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March 31, 1958
RECORD BREAKERS—RINK BABKA, whalish (6 feet 5 inches, 245 pounds) USC senior, literally threw discus out of park at Victorville, Calif., scaling platter 198 feet 10 inches into ditch to better spectator Fortune Gordien's world record by more than 4 feet (March 22).
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March 31, 1958

A Worldwide Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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AUTO RACING—ENGLAND'S PETER COLLINS and CALIFORNIA'S PHIL HILL, hottest drivers on sports-car circuit, teamed up to push their shiny red Ferrari 1,040 miles at record 86.7 mph average, wheeled home well ahead of 40 other finishers in Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance (see pages 10 and 16).

GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, muscular but erractic former U.S. amateur champion from Latrobe, Pa., careened madly from bogey to birdie over first three rounds, straightened out on final day to shoot scorching 65, win $15,000 St. Petersburg Open with 276.

BASEBALL—BOSTON RED SOX and SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS were leading leagues in exhibition play after two weeks, but springtime's most loaded bat belonged to Yankees' Mickey Mantle, who bit four homers in as many days, helped Casey Stengel's talented young men win three out of four before splitting pair with oldtime neighbors, Los Angeles Dodgers. Milwaukee's Lew Burdette made first appearance, pitched three shutout innings in 4-0 win over Pittsburgh.

HOCKEY—DETROIT protected third place with 4-2 victory over Montreal in closing game, won dubious right to meet fearsome Canadiens in Stanley Cup playoffs. Second-place New York faced fourth-place Boston. Montreal, which set season record for goals scored (250), also had top NHL scorer in Dickie Moore, whose 36 goals, 48 assists and 84 points earned him $1,000 prize.

FENCING—ART SCHANKIN slashed his way brilliantly through 21 winning sabre bouts, pulled Illinois ahead of eastern champion Columbia (see page 30) into first place in NCAA championships at Lubbock, Texas. Other individual winners: Wayne State's Bruce Davis, who repeated his 1957 victory in foil; Navy's R. R. Womack, épée.

HORSE RACING—ROUND TABLE, who has been piling up earnings almost as fast as one of Owner Travis Kerr's spouting oil wells, needed only slightest jostle from Jockey Willie Shoemaker to start zipping in stretch, equaled track record of 1:59[4/5] for 1¼ miles in $110,900 Gulfstream Park Handicap, stuffed another $70,900 into his saddlebag to increase boodle for 38 races to $937,964, moved ahead of Stymie into third place among alltime money winners.

Calumet's Tim Tam took page out of Silky Sullivan's well-thumbed book, dawdled along deep in ruck before turning it on to win $16,850 Fountain of Youth Stakes, last prep for Florida Derby, at Gulfstream, brought show of enough fresh money to rate boost to 2 to 1 favorite in Caliente winter book for Kentucky Derby.'

Silky, dropped to 5 to 2 in Alessio brothers' book, was hardly perturbed, showed still another talent in workout at Golden Gate Fields, breaking out of gate fast and sprinting five muddy furlongs in 1:00[4/5].

TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES, his big game sizzling once again before southern audiences, won three out of four, completed uphill climb from 18-9 deficit to tie Challenger Lew Hoad at 21-21 in Promoter Jack Kramer's 100-match pro tour.

HANDBALL—JOHN SOLAN, young (22) Chicago hustler, handcuffed No. 1-seeded San Francisco Detective Bob Brady, backed into his first national championship when Jimmy Jacobs was forced to default because of back injury in final of handball's "world series" played in revolutionary new glass-walled court at Aurora, Ill.

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