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September 02, 1957
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September 02, 1957


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Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson bounced to his haunches briefly in second round, came back smartly and professionally to joggle plucky but amateurish Olympic Champion Pete Rademacher up and down like a Yo-yo (seven knockdowns in four rounds) until string snapped in sixth, when Referee Tommy Loughran counted out weary challenger in most unusual championship light of all at Seattle (see page 15).

Lightweight Champion Joe Brown, still seeking to make his crown pay off, may have found way in Chicago, where he hobbled seventh-round chance to knock out No. 10 Contender Joey Lopes, a 4-to-1 underdog, but managed to come away with 10-round over-the-weight draw and possible opponent for title bout. Offered Brown: "I'll fight him for the title if the money is right."

Sugar Ray Robinson, who gave Jim Norris all kinds of fits before he agreed to defend middleweight, title against Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio in Yankee Stadium, September 23, had another one ready for boxing's No. 1 monopolist: king-size beef over theater TV contract coupled with threat to walk out on fight. Cried Sugar Ray: "He's violated our contract. I've always had trouble with him and the IBC. The fights I have with Norris are tougher than the ones in the ring." Commissioner Julius Helfand told Robinson to fight or face loss of his title.


Willie Hartack, drawing bead on Eddie Arcaro's record of 40 stakes victories in single year, had his 32nd after booting 12-to-1 shot Jewel's Reward past. Arcaro and favored Alhambra in sprint for wire to win $144,550 Washington Park Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Reneged, Woodley Lane Farm's leggy 4-year-old bay colt, responded gamely to Bobby Ussery's stretch-whipping, drew out neatly when pressured to finish length ahead of Ricci Tavi, 2� in front of comebacking Career Boy in $58,100 Saratoga Handicap.

Ken Venturi, cocky San Francisco auto dealer who deserted amateurs to play for pay, hit his second straight pot of gold, stroking consistent 267 to win rich Miller Open and $6,000 at Milwaukee.

DIED—Nels Stewart, 56, hell-on-skates hockey phenom for Montreal Maroons, Boston Bruins and New York Americans from 1925 to 1940, known in trade as "Old Poison" for deadly shotmaking around cage holder of NHL lifetime scoring record (324) until overtaken by Maurice (Rocket) Richard in 1953; of heart attack, at Wasaga Beach, Ont.

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