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lonely sports
by dick mintz
Australia appears to have stepped into its own Golden Era of
In swimming, track and tennis, the boys from "Down Under"
loom invincible. Even in golf they have managed to grab more
than their fair share of laurels.
"Have-Not" Nation
The United States is in the peculiar position of being some-
thing of a "have-not" nation in the realm of individual athletic con-
tests in which the Australians seem to specialize so well.
This U.S. deficiency in the individualized athletic events has
been brought into focus by our poor showing at Wimbledon and the
rather pathetic challenge we're once again offering for the Davis Cup.
Tennis, however, is only the most publicized of these individual-
ized sports.
It will take the Olympic Games in 1960 to point out our weak-
nesses in both swimming and track . . . the foremost events on the
international agenda.
Herb Elliott was the man U.S. officials were caught tempt-
ing tenders before in Australia. Every time he steps to the cinders
this speedster breaks another mile record. His best now is 3:57.8. Jim
Bailey at Oregon is not far behind with 3:58.6. Is there an Ameri-
can to match that? And what of Albert Thomas, the holder of the
three-mile record. Most Americans might not even be aware of such
an event, never even thinking of training for it.
All this points to the increasing apparency that the standout
athlete in the two gruelling sports of swimming and track is a dis-
appearing species on the American sports scene. In this society of
what sociologist David Reiseman prefers to call "other-directed," it
is the team sports that get emphasis. The.kid who had. to trot the
cinders by himself or struggle up and down pool laps is marked the
outcast. And a stop-watch, doesn't offer much spirited companion-
ship. The goals in swimming and track have to be set by the in-
dividual himself. Only he alone can reach them and establish new
ones, constantly pushing himself to take greater punishment. How
many. American athletes now have this Spartan minded sports de-
votion that the Australians have caught? Champions can only be
made through such devotion. But it's football, basketball and base-
ball that drape themselves in the color, cheers and glory that comes
fro mthe crowd. Swimming and track aren't crowd sports and Ameri-
cans love crowds.
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... smiling champion

Wins Trophy
Dow Finsterwald, Tequestra,
Fla., beams above as he poses with
huge trophy after winning the
Professional Golfer's Association's
40th annual tournament at Llan-
erch Country Club, Philadelphia,
Pa., July 20. Finsterwald defeat-
ed Sam Snead, who went into the
final round with a two-stroke
edge on Finsterwald. Snead fin-
ished third behind Bill Caspar, Jr.

Hurdles Record
Set at British
Empire Meet
CARDIFF, Wales ( )-Gerhardus1
Potgieter of South.-Africa smashed
his own world record in the 440-
yard hurdles yesterday in another.
record-breaking day at the sixth
British Empire and Commonwealth
Defeats Lean
The 22-year-old police inspector,
was clocked in 49.7 seconds in fin-
ishing five yards ahead of the 1954
champion, David Lean of Australia
and Michigan State University.
With a cold, 14-mile wind at his
back as he came down the stretch
to overtake Lean, Porgieter fin-;
ished a full second faster than his'
own accepted record and also sur-
passed two unratified marks for
the event. The wind may affect the
acceptance of this time as a record.
Remarkable Performances
Two other remarkableurunning,
pe rf or manc e s- by Australia's:
wonder miler Herb Elliott and by
Murray Halberg of New Zealand
-took some of the edge off Pot-
gieter's feat.
In all, gamestrecords were sur-
passed in eight track and field
events. Then the swimmers took
up the assault and the first three
heat winners in the men's 440
yards freestyle beat the Empire
Games record.
Margaret Edwards, 19, of Britain
broke her 'own world record with a
time of 1:12.3 in the 110-yard
backstroke. Miss Edwards clipped
one-tenth of a second off her re-
cord while swimming the first leg'
in a 440-yard relay heat. Since it
was the first leg, the time is ad-
missible as a record.
Slow Pace
Elliott, 20, who has run a mile
in 3:57.8, followed a slow pace for
the first 440 yards in the half mile,
then put on an amazing burst of
speed to win in 1:49.3. He covered
the last quarter in 50.5 seconds
and that remarkable kick estab-
lished him as favorite to win the
Empire Games Mile Saturday.
Halberg ran the third-fastest
three miles on record and finished
about 60 yards ahead of Aus-
tralia's Albert Thomas, who
smashed the record less than a
month ago.
Sets Pace
Thomas, who was timed in
13:10.8 at Dublin, July 9, set the
pace for two miles. Then as he
started to tire,, Halberg shot into
the lead and won as he pleased in
13:15.0. Thomas' pending record
and the accepted mark of 13:14.2
by Sandor Iharos of Hungary are
the only faster three-mile times.


By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's singles in four

trips and had a eighth home run with a



Carl Willey bested the Cardinal's!
Bob Mabe in a rookies' pitching
duel last night as Del Crandall's
eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke
a tie and sent over the deciding
run as the Braves defeated St.
Louis 2-1.
The triumph, in the second
meeting of a four-game series, en-
abled tne Braves to climb within a
half-game of the National League-
leading San Francisco Giants,
rained out at Philadelphia. It was
Milwaukee's 11th victory in 16,
games with the Cardinals this
While Crandall's fly provided
the deciding run, Hank Aaron led
I the Braves at the plate with four

hand in each of
The Milwaukeer
ed his average
time this seasonl
.300 mark.

the scoring bursts.
right fielder push-
to .305, the first
he's been over the

Right-hander Willey, who broke
a three-game losing streak, al-
lowed only five hits as he took his
third victory against as many set-
backs. He struck out eight, equal-
ing his major league high, and
walked only three.

aboard in the fifth inning.
Indians 5, Senators 3
CLEVELAND - Cleveland's new
southpaw, Hal Woodeschick, won
his second complete game last
night, beating Washington 5-3
after the Tribe's Cal MeLish was
shipped 4-2 by a pair of 12th-
inning home runs in the opener of
the twi-night twin bill.
Consecutive homers by Norm
. A...-L..-i.:. i 1 th, J an -. Ken Aspro-


... leads Braves

J mant 'Protection' 13ill

Braves Win in Rookie Duel;
Yankees Blast Tigers, 13-3



The Women's Physical Educa-
tion Department is sponsoring an
All-Campus Women's Golf Day
and Tournament, today, July 23
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Yel-
low Course on Saline Road.
All women enrolled in summer
school are free to participate. The
department will furnish balls,
clubs and bags if students do not
have their own. Those wishing to
participate should sign up for a
starting time with the matron at
the WAB. If this is impossible re-
port to the course.

WASHINGTON (.) - All-Pro
end Bill Howton told Senate sports
investigators yesterday a House-j
passed bill would strip players of
protection from what he termed4
dictatorial policies of football club
Howton, the Green Bay Pack-
ers' crack pass receiver, testified
"club owners have proven over the
years that they abuse the players
when they have a free hand."
He and Creighton Miller, attor-
rney for the National Football
League Players Assn., said they
prefer legislation to provide some
restraint on the owners while
granting exemptions from federal
antitrust laws.
Lack of restrictions, they said,
might lead to such things as
blacklisting players or blacking
out television of NFL games.
Howton, a star at Rice before
turning into one of pro football's
best ends, is president of the play-
ers association. Miller is the for-
mer Notre Dame back hired last
year as counsel to the group,
which represents players of all 12
NFL teams except the Chicago
They appeared with Kyle Rote,
New York Giants' end and vice
president of the association, and
Les Richter, Los Angeles Rams'

linebacker, before the Senate An-
timonopoly committee.
Before switching to football, the
subcommittee was asked by Sen.
William Langer (R-N.D.) to rec-
ommend a ban on pay television
for major league baseball games.
And Sen. Karl E. Mundt (R-
S.D.), testified in support of his
proposal to grant organized base-
ball anti-trust law exemptions
only so long as the majors keep
a team in Washington.
Kramer Out
With Bad Leg
Ron Kramer, former Michigan
star, will probably be kept from
playing this season with the Green
Bay Packers by a leg injury that
has failed to .iend.
The Packers said Kramer, their
regular slotback last season, will
not report to training camp and
probably is out for the season.
Kramer was hurt in a game
with Los Angeles last year and
it was thought a ligament was
torn. The leg had, however, been
Steve Meilinger was obtained
from the Redskins to replace
Kramer this year.

Zauchin. his 10th, and Ken Aspro-
Yankees 13, Tigers 2 monte, his fourth, spoiled the 32-
DETROIT--The hit-happy New year-old McLish's bid to run his
York Yankees blasted 23 safeties winning string to six straight and
off five Detroit pitchers last night match his major league high of
and scored a 13-3 triumph as Bob nine won.
Turley won his 15th game. The Indians got off to a 2-0 lead
The runaway league leaders set in the nightcap on a first-inning
an American League season high double by Vic Power, who missed
with the 23 hits, one more than most of the first game because he
they had against Washing~ton in thought only one game was schied-
the second game of a July double- uled and arrived after play had
header. The score of that one was started.
13-2. White Sox 4, Orioles 2
The defeat was the Tigers' sixth CHICAGO-The Chicago White
in their last seven games and they Sox defeated Baltimore 4-2 Tues-
never were in Tuesday night's con- day nig:ht in a battle of unearned
test from the time Hank Bauer runs as Turk Lown put down an
led off the Yankee first with a Oriole uprising in the ninth inning.
single. I White Sox starter Billy Pierce,
Norm Siebern paced the Bomb- sailing along with a shutout until
ers with four hits, including his the ninth, blew sky high when
shortstop Luis Aparicio committed
. an error with two out in the ninth
and forced in two runs with walks
before Turk Lown got pinch-bat-
I ter Jim Marshall to fly out with
I the bases loaded.
Pierce,snevertheless, collected his
10th victory in 16 decisions and
struck out six. Bob Nieman opened
the ninth with a double. After
Pierce retired the next two men,
Aparicio booted Bob Boyd's
grounder and Pierce walked the
next three men, forcing in two
Baltimorestarter JackhHarsh-
*man suffered his eighth loss
against seven victories.
A's 4, Red Sox 3
KANSAS CITY -- A two-out
'4home run in the ninth inning by
Hector Lopez gave the Kansas
City Athletics a 4-3 victory last
night over the Boston Red Sox
who scored all their runs on hom-
BILLY PIERCE ers by Jackie Jensen and Pete
. .,. tenth victory Runnels.
Underdog Giants Still Top
Contenders for NL Honors





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Daily Classifieds

Major League Standings


New York
Kansas City

W L Pet.
47 41 .534
58 30 .659
43 44 .494
42 45 .483
43 47 .478
41 46 .471
41 49 .456
38 51 .427

16 2

W L Pct. GB
Milwaukee 48 38 .588 1
San Francisco 50 38 .568 -
Chicago 46 45 .505 51
St. Louis 42 43 .494 6'
Cincinnati 41 46 .471 8'
Philadelphia 39 44 .470 8'
Los Angeles 41 47 .466 9
Pittsburgh 41 47 .466 9
San Francisco at Philadelphia (N)
-Worthington (8-5) 'vs. Sanford
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh (N) -
Drysdale (4-10) vs. Friend (11-11).
Chicago at Cincinnati (N) - Hill-
man (2-1) or Briggs (4-0) vs. Nux-
hail (6-5).
St. Louis at Milwaukee (N) -
Jackson (6-7) vs. Jay (5-3).

New York at Detroit (N) - Dit-
mar (5-1) vs. Larry (9-8).
Washington at Cleveland (N) -
Ramos (7-8) vs. Bell (3-4).
Baltimore at Chicago - O'Dell
(9-10) or Johnson (3-6) vs. Wynn
Boston at Kansas City (N) -
Monbouquette (0-0) vs. Grim (0-1).

the National League baseball cam-
paign started, you found odds of
50-1 against the San Francisco
Giants winning.
Today, with the Giants seesaw-
ing back and forth with the World
Champion Milwaukee Braves,
you'd have to settle for odds of
6-1 or less.
In fact, one gambling club in
Reon, where wagering is legal,
closed down betting at mid-season
because its bets were being re-
ceived on the Giants only.
What's making the difference?
A quick answer would be that
youth, power, perseverance, plus
manager Bill Rigney's storehouse

Except Yours!

of talent keeps the former New
Yorkers contending for top honors
in their first season on the West
The power shows in the club's
.271 batting average, best in the
Milwaukee and - St. Louis, the
two clubs pegged by most to fight
for the flag, ran into troubles.
And when the Giants faltered last
month, so did the other leading
With four and sometimes five
rookies in the lineup the Giants
kept near the top. Veteran short-
stop Daryl Spencer observes:
"The big difference this year is
the ability to come from behind
and score runs.
"As the season started, Willie
Mays, Orlando Cepeda and I car-
ried a lot of the load. Then I got
in a slump and Willie went in a
rut, and still there was somebody
else picking up the club.
"There was only about a week
and a half or two weeks when
the entire club slumped.
"We've also got a better bench.
Ray Jablonski, Bob Speake,
Whitey Lockman and big Hank
Sauer are there to pinch hit or
play when needed.
"We've four or five rookies who
really help. Cepeda, that big guy
on first, is terrific.



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