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Mike DeJohn, rangy journeyman heavyweight who had only one main bout, reached out for handful of sky, found it with well-placed left hook to jaw which knocked out 4-to-1 favorite Alex Miteff in first round (see below) at Syracuse, N.Y., threw consternation into camp of Manager Hymie (The Mink) Wallman, who had visions of his tiger fighting for title. Miteff, unbeaten in 12 straight on build-up trail, was shocked: "I hit him one left hook in the body. I start a second left hook—and poof! The next thing I know I am looking up at the referee."
Jimmy Slade, wily old light heavyweight who has been spoiler more often than not, came back from 15-month layoff to outsmart and outslick Jerry Luedee in 10-rounder at New York. Explained bewildered Luedee: "I went to hit him but he wasn't there."
Hawaii Kai III, already top boat in national point standings, added icing to cake by taking Sahara Cup with 1,000 points at Boulder City, Colo. Little Jack Regas roared his Seattle boat to victories in two early heats, coasted home behind Thriftway Too in final race over wind-ruffled Lake Mead.
Cruiser Racing Commission Chairman William Edgar John took second look at figures, decided that M. N. Shansby of Los Angeles and not television scientist Dr. Allen B. Du Mont was nation's best predicted-log-race skipper. Late tabulations from West Coast boosted Shansby's total for six events to 2,510.9 to give him national championship trophy over Du Mont, who had 2,425.3. Shansby also posted 1,619.6 points to 1,475.8 for Du Mont in unsanctioned and sanctioned cruises to take Herbert L. Stone Trophy.
HONORED—Marshall Cassidy, 65, balding, hard-as-nails ex-soldier of fortune, onetime jockey, starter and steward, now secretary general of Greater New York Association, executive secretary and assistant treasurer of The Jockey Club, who pioneered use of film patrol in Last and organized The Jockey Club school for officials, among other things; as "outstanding racing figure," by Thoroughbred Club of America, at Lexington, Ky.
HONORED—Man o' War, Samuel Riddle's imperially arrogant colt beaten only once (by appropriately named Upset in 1919 Sanford Stakes) in 21 starts, holder of five U.S. records, winner of $249,465; one of 10 great champions of 1910-1930 era enshrined in National Museum of Racing, at Saratoga Springs. Others Gallant Fox (1930 Triple Crown champion), Equipoise, Exterminator, Twenty Grand. Blue Larkspur, Regret only filly to win Kentucky Derby in 1915), Grey Lag, Sarazen, Sir Barton.