Sports News and Highlights
Elliott, Australian distance runner who
set world records for the mile and 1,500
meters, was named Outstanding Male
Athlete of 1958 by an East-West European
sports editors' panel on December 12 and
in an Associated Press poll reported on
Jimmy Bryan won the
500-mile Memorial Day race at the
Indianapolis Speedway on May 30, driving
a Belond Special at an average speed of
133.791 miles per hour. Pat O'Connor was
killed in a 13-car crash in the first
Automobile Racing Highlights]
The 1958 Major League season was
marked by the National League's
abandonment of New York, with the New
York Giants moving to San Francisco,
California, and the Brooklyn Dodgers
moving to Los Angeles, California.
On January 28, Brooklyn
Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella was seriously injured in an
auto accident in Glen Cove, New York. The
accident left him paralyzed from the neck
On February 27, New York Yankees
center fielder Mickey
Mantle signed a contract worth an
estimated $72,000 to $75,000.
The Washington Senators defeated the
Boston Red Sox 5-2 in the first Major
League game of the 1958 season in
Washington on April 14.
The New York Yankees, leading the
American League by 12-1/2 games, clinched
their ninth pennant in 10 years under
Manager Casy Stengel with their first two
victories in Kansas City, Missouri, on
September 14. The Milwaukee Braves, 5-1/2
games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates,
clinched their 2nd consecutive National
League pennant on September 21 by winning
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Yankees beat the Braves 4 games to
3 to win the World Series, October 1-9.
National Basketball Coaches Association
All-American Team, announced on March 12,
Chamberlain of Kansas, Oscar
Robertson of Cincinnati, Elgin Baylor of
Seattle, Guy Rodgers of Temple, and Don
Hennen of Pittsburgh.
Kentucky won the National Collegiate
Athletic Association Basketball
Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, on
March 23 with an 84-to-72 victory over
Charley Gaul won
the Tour de France, which finished at the
Parc des Princes Velodrome in Paris on
July 19. Gaul's winning time was 116
hours 59 minutes 5 seconds. Although the
race usually starts and finishes in
Paris, this year it started in Brussels,
Belgium, scene of the World's Fair.
Ercole Baldini won the Professional
Road Title at Rheims, France, on August
won the World's Professional Sprint
Championship at Paris, France, on
Roger Rivière, who in 1957 set a new
one-hour unpaced record of 29 miles 276
yards, bettered his mark to a distance of
29 miles 938 yards at the Vigorelli
Velodrome in Milan, Italy, on September
Mosconi retained his crown as World
Pocket Billiard Champion and Harold Worst
held his title as World Three-Cushion
Billiards Champion, as 1958 saw no
professional championship matches or
national tournaments in either sport.
outboard motorboat speed record of
107.821 miles per hour was set on June 7
on Lake Washington, Seattle, Washington,
by Hugh Entrop, in his 12½-foot boat.
The previous record of 100.3 miles per
hour had been set by Massimo di Priolo in
The Hawaii Kai III, Jack
Regas driving, won the Gold Cup Speedboat
Race on Lake Washington on August 10.
Donald Campbell, driving his
jet-propelled Bluebird K7, set a
world boat speed record of 248.62 miles
per hour on Lake Coniston, England, on
The 72-day American
Bowling Congress Tournament in Syracuse,
New York, which ended on June 6,
attracted 5,434 five-man teams, 8,712
doubles teams, 17,402 singles entrants,
and 15,184 all-events competitors. The
Falstaff Beer team of St. Louis,
Missouri, won the men's team event with a
score of 3,210 (including a tournament
record single-game score of 1,226) and
the team all-events title with a new
tournament record of 9,608 pins. Bill
Tucker and James Vrenick won the doubles
event with 1,414. Ed Shay was voted the
tournament's most spectacular performer;
his championship singles score of 733
included the 15th perfect game in ABC
tournament history. Al Faragalli scored
2,043 for the individual all-events crown
and Tom Hennessey averaged 209.15 pins as
he swept seven matches to win the ABC
Chicago, Illinois's, Allgauer
Restaurants took the team championship at
the 42nd annual Women's International
Bowling Congress tournament in San
Francisco, California, with a total score
of 2,972. Mae Ploegam, who was
instrumental in the Allgauer victory,
also won the all-events crown with 1,828.
Ruth Hertel took the singles crown with
622 and Jean Schultz and Tess Johns won
the doubles with 1,173.
Ed Lubanski won the men's bowling
title and Charlotte Grubic won the
women's title in the World Individual
Match-Game Tournament in Chicago,
Illinois, on December 12.
Don Carter and Marion Ladewig were
named Bowlers of the Year by the Bowling
Writers Association of America.
Ray" Robinson, weighing 159-3/4
pounds, won the world middleweight
championship for the fifth time by
scoring a 2-to-1 decision over Carmen
Basilio, 153 pounds, in 15 rounds in
Chicago, Illinois, on March 25.
German equestrian team won the Prix des
Nations on November 11 and the over-all
jumping title in the National Horse Show,
held in New York, New York, November
The U.S.S.R. outscored
France, Hungary, and Italy to capture the
Prince Rainier Trophy in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, in the first world
championships held on the American
continent. The Soviets won the women's
team, the women's individual foil with
Valentina Kisseleva, and the saber
individual with Iakov Rylskii. They lost
the foil team to France on a count of
touches, after tying in matches and
bouts. Italy won the épée team, Hungary
retained the saber team crown, Great
Britain's H. William Hoskyns won the
individual épée, and Italy's Giancarlo
Bergamini won the foil individual..
West beat the East in the Pro Bowl
National Football League All-Star Game in
Los Angeles, California, on January 12.
The Baltimore Colts won the National
Football League championship on December
28 by beating the New York Giants 23-17
in "sudden death" overtime at
Army halfback Pete Dawkins was awarded
both the Maxwell and Heisman Memorial
trophies. Teammate Billy Cannon was voted
"Back of the Year."
Leonard won the $40,000 Tournament of
Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April
Mickey Wright won the Ladies
Professional Golf Association title in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 8.
Tommy Bolt won the U.S. Open title on
June 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Deutscher Turner
Bund, a West German gymnastics team,
toured the United States in 1958.
The Amateur Athletic Union
championship competition, held in San
Fernando, California, on May 9 and 10,
was won by the Los Angeles Turners.
The United States was represented in
gymnastics at the World Games in Moscow,
Russia, July 6-10, by a men's team only.
Members of the team were Abe Grossfeld
and Don Tonry, both from the University
of Illinois; Armando Vega, Pennsylvania
State University; John Beckner, Arthur
Shurlock, and Larry Banner, all of the
Los Angeles Turners.
Glenn Wilson, Don Tonry, Abe
Grossfeld, Leonard Harris, and Armando
Vega gave gymnastics exhibitions in
Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iran from August
23 through September 10 on a tour
sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
brought in the 4,000th winner of his
career as a jockey, at Santa Anita, on
Tim Tam, Ismael Valenzuela up, won the
$160,500 Kentucky Derby on May 3.
Cavan, Pete Anderson up, won the
Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Horse Racing Highlights]
Montreal Canadiens, after winning the
National Hockey League title for the
tenth time, won their third straight
Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston
Bruins 4 games to 2, April 8-20.
Gordie Howe, Detroit
Red Wings, was named Most Valuable Player
of the National Hockey League.
Ice Hockey Highlights]
Meadow Brook polo team (Long Island, New
York) won the U.S. 20-goal tournament in
Jericho, New York, on July 13.
defeated Oxford in London, England, on
April 5 in their 104th crew rowing meet
since 1841; it was the 58th victory in
the series for Cambridge.
The University of Washington rowing
crew defeated the Leningrad Trud crew
(Henley Regatta winners, July 5) in a
race at Moscow, Russia, on July 19.
In the World Championship Ski
Meet at Bad Gastein, Austria, Toni Sailer
of Austria won the men's giant slalom,
the downhill run, and the Alpine combined
[All Skiing Highlights]
February 8, a plane carrying the
Manchester United soccer team crashed on
a take-off in Germany. Although seven of
its players were killed and several more
were seriously injured, Manchester United
continued to the final of the English
Cup, which it lost to the Bolton
Wanderers, 2-0. The Wanderers
subsequently fell to Milan of Italy, who
in turn were defeated by Real Madrid of
Spain in the European Cup.
Sixteen nations met in
Sweden in June to compete for the 1958
World Championship. Brazil defeated
Sweden, 5-2, in the final; France took
third place with a 6-3 victory over the
defending champions from Germany.
For the first time in history
the world championships for both men and
women were won by the same sponsor.
Raybestos of Stratford, Connecticut,
whose Cardinals defeated the McDonald
Scots of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for the
men's title, completed the feat when
their Brackettes defeated the defending
champion Rockets of Fresno, California,
for the women's title.
At the National Outdoor Speed
Skating Championship held at Lake Como,
St. Paul, Minnesota, in January, Jean
Omelenchuk won four of the five top
events in the senior women's division and
Gene Sandvig won three of the seven
events in the senior men's division.
[All Speed Skating Highlights]
Forty-one new world records were
confirmed by the Fédératio
Internationale de Natation Amateur, the
world governing body of amateur swimming.
Jon Konrads set seven of those new world
records -- 220-yard free-style, 2:03.2;
400-meter and 440-yard free-style,
4:21.8; 800-meter and 800-yard
free-style, 9:14.5; 1,500-meter and
1,650-yard free-style, 17:28.7.
Ruuska tied a record when she won four
titles at the Women's National AAU
Outdoor Championships -- the 400- and
1,500-meter free-style, 200-meter
butterfly, and 400-meter individual
medley, the latter with a world record
time of 5:43.7.
The Santa Clara
(California) Swim Club retained its
national AAU outdoor team swimming title
in Topeka, Kansas, on August 1-3.
The University of
Michigan won the 35th annual National
Collegiate swimming championships.
In October Greta
Andersen became the first person to make
a round-trip swim of California's 22-mile
|Track and Field
The National AAU Championships
held at Bakersfield, California, June
20-21, produced three world records, one
tied world mark, an American record, and
a total of ten championship records.
The Soviet Union and
the United States met in a two-day track
and field match in Moscow, Russia, on
Herb Elliott ran the mile in the world
record time of 3 minutes 54.5 seconds in
Dublin, Ireland, on August 6.
Track and Field Highlights]
A group of eight
Russian wrestling champions came to the
United States in the spring. They faced a
picked American team in matches in
Norman, Stillwater, and Tulsa, Oklahoma,
and in New York City, New York. Terry
McCann, the U.S. 125½-pound Amateur
Athletic Union Champion, defeated
Vladimir Arsenyan three times and tied
him once. Bill Kerslake, the Amateur
Athletic Union heavyweight champion, tied
Otar Kandeleki three times. None of the
other six American wrestlers fared well
against their Russian opponents.
Oklahoma State University won its 20th
National Collegiate Wrestling
Championship on March 29.
The National A.A.U. Wrestling
Championships were held in San Francisco,
California,in April. Tsukukisa Torikura
of Japan, victor in the 114½-pound class
was named outstanding wrestler of the
In the 17th attempt to
take the America's Cup away from the
United States, the British Yacht Club's Sceptre
was soundly defeated in four straight
races by the New York Yacht Club's Columbia
off Newport, Rhodes Island, September
20-26. The Columbia won by
margins ranging from 7 minutes 5 seconds
to 11 minutes 42 seconds in time and up
to 1-1/2 miles in distance.
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