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September 02, 1957


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Stirling Moss, icy-nerved British racing driver, throttled teardrop-shaped, British-built experimental MG back and forth across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats at record-roaring clip to set live speed marks for Class F cars (Aug. 24). His records: 245.64 mph for one kilometer; 245.11 mph for flying mile; 243.08 mph for five kilometers; 235.69 mph for five miles; 224.7 mph for 10 kilometers (see page 20).

Swim records, as vulnerable as pickpockets at a policemen's ball, continued to fall on both sides of ocean. Dutch teen-agers overhauled two world marks at Barcelona, where Atie Voorbij splashed 100-meter butterfly in 1:10 and Judith de Nijs covered 1,500-meter freestyle in 20:01.2 (Aug. 20). Three American long-course stands were broken when 17-year-old Lance Larson of El Monte, Calif. was clocked in 1:02.7 for 100-meter butterfly at Glendale (Aug. 19); Olympian Bill Yorzyk barreled 100-yard butterfly in 56.6 at Larchmont, N.Y. (Aug. 21); pretty 13-year-old Chris Von Saltza of Santa Clara pinwheeled 100-meter backstroke in 1:13.4 at San Francisco (Aug. 24).


Pitcher Bob Keegan, aging (36) right-hander, gave Chicago much-needed shot in arm, projected White Sox right smack into American League pennant fight. Keegan hurled 6-0 no-hitter against Washington (see page 17), came back five days later to beat Baltimore 6-2 on three-hitter and move streaking (six straight) Chicago to within four games of league-leading New York Yankees as two teams headed toward face-to-face battle.

Milwaukee, back on road after giving local burghers some second thoughts, began to stretch out National League again, taking two out of three from Brooklyn to forge 7� games ahead of Dodgers and St. Louis.

English Channel, looking more like busy intersection than once unconquerable mass of rough water, got beaten again for the 90th or so time last week. Greta Anderson, Danish-born American housewife, paddled off with biggest prize—Challenge Trophy worth $2,940 and $1,400 in cash—after thrashing 22 miles through currents and tides from Cape Gris-Nez to Dover in 13:53 to stagger ashore ahead of Britain's Kenneth Wray in international mass swim. While Greta was beating her way westward, British Naval Commander Gerald Forsberg, 46, slipped into water at St. Margaret's Bay, thrashed his way eastward to Cape Gris-Nez in 13:33 to better record set two years ago by America's Florence Chadwick.

Russians showed up without Discus Thrower Nina Ponomareva, who pulled celebrated hat trick in England year ago, hardly needed her to overwhelm British in two-day meet at London's While City Stadium, scattering records hither and yon to win men's competition 119-93, women's events 73-40.

Vic Reinders, sharp-eyed U. of Wisconsin professor and newly elected president of Amateur Trapshooting Association, finished well behind Carmi Russell Crawford of Maywood, Ill. (see below) in Grand American Handicap but proved to be most consistent marksman in week-long blastfest at Vandalia, Ohio, breaking 961 of 1,000 targets for over-all title, 386 of 400 for all-round crown. Lela Hall Frank of Los Angeles, back on firing line after nine-year absence, was best over-all distaff shooter with 911 of 1,000. Amateur Clay Target championships went to Herb Bush of Canton, Ill. and Helen Thomas of Los Angeles, who also captured all-round title.


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