THE BIG MONEY GOLFER
Bob Toski, who can't tolerate a hat but suffers from migraine when he plays golf bareheaded, and Earl Stewart Jr., who suffers loneliness when he plays without his 7-year-old son Chip, protected themselves well during last week's Tam O'Shanter "World" tournament. Toski had an umbrella, and Stewart had Chip. The system worked fine for three rounds as 27-year-old Toski of Livingston, N.J., smallest pro golfer in the U.S., and 32-year-old Stewart from Dallas, swapped the lead. But on the final round something happened. Toski shot 3-over-par 7 on the sixth hole. Stewart dubbed in a 2-over-par 5 on the 16th, But Toski came in ahead by a single stroke over Earl Stewart, who followed along with his tiring son. Toski's prize, biggest ever offered in golf: $50,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of exhibition contracts. Grabbing his check from Promoter George S. May, Toski reflected: "I needed that umbrella."
This is an article from the Aug. 23, 1954 issue
THE BIG SURPRISE
Ham Richardson (left) had to overcome his own condition as well as lean, stubborn Straight Clark before he could win their four-hour final in the 73rd Newport Invitation tennis tournament. The night before the climactic match, the 21-year-old Intercollegiate champion—a diabetic—suffered an insulin reaction. During the 83-game match, he was haunted by cramps and fatigue, had to fight off match point five different times before he finally put over an unanswerable serve at 40-15 of the final game.
Despite the fact that both finalists were Americans, the outlook for U.S. tennis in the upcoming Nationals at Forest Hills remained bleak. U.S. champion Tony Trabert had to pass up Newport to have inflamed callouses removed from his racket hand. His Cup partner Vic Seixas entered, but was knocked out on the second day. There was some consolation in the early-round upsets of Aussie stars Lew Hoad and Ken Rose-wall, but at least one seasoned grass-court player was quick to point out the Australian habit of laziness in warmup tournaments. Least heartening of all was the Newport doubles final, in which Hoad and Rose-wall lost 6-3, 6-4, 9-7 to two promising youngsters, Neale Fraser and Rex Hartwig—both Australians.
First ladies of baseball's Hall of Fame gathered at Yankee Stadium Old Timers exhibition, a few to see their husbands play again, others to relive the old memories alone. Among them were (left to right) Mrs. John McGraw, Mrs. Babe Ruth, Mrs. Lou Gehrig, Mrs. Joe McCarthy, Mrs. Fred C. Clarke and Mrs. Bill Terry, who watched her 55-year-old husband hit one of the two home runs scored during two-inning game staged by Hall of Famers. Notable for her absence from the wives' bench was Marilyn Monroe, wife of Old Timer Joe DiMaggio, who hit the only other home run of the game.
Willie Mays leaped fantastically high to catch a Duke Snider drive near the Ebbets Field wall during last of three-game Giants-Dodgers series. But his effort alone could not stave off Brooklyn's clean sweep which left New York only one-half game ahead in National League.
Duke Snider, working mightily like his Giants' counterpart Willie Mays (left), scrambled against center-field wall in vain try to snag a long fly by Alvin Dark. Dodgers swept series 3-2, 6-5, 9-4.
Stocky Patty Berg looked unhappily incredulous when a dead-straight 15-foot putt failed to drop during Tarn O'Shanter play. But professional Berg recovered quickly, won $5,000 championship.
The Heartbreak (Act ID: Home to England from Vancouver last week flew Dr. Roger Bannister, hero of the "mile of the century" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Aug. 16), and James Peters, victim of the most heartbreaking marathon finish in modern track history. Scholarly Intern Bannister diagnosed Peters' collapse after a 26-mile run as salt deficiency. Peters, still pale and weak, was less interested in explanations than regrets. "I wouldn't have cared if I had died if I had won the race for England," he said. "Jim doesn't mean that," chided Bannister. "Yes I do," said Peters. "Other chaps have done more for England—in the war and all."
Leo Durocher, who buttoned his lip this year (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Aug. 16), unbuttoned before Umpire Gore during series' second game and was ejected.
Open-armed Joy was the response from Fortune Gordien's wife when he threw the discus 197 ft. 2 in. Gordien thought he had beaten his own world's record with the toss in Pasadena, but throw was later disqualified because discus was an ounce too light. His ten-mon h-old daughter Joli Elissa, in stroller munching a teether, seemed unimpressed.
WATER SKIING: NOW EVERYWHERE
In New Hampshire: the national championships
Not many years ago the frothy wakes churning around young water skiers Winnie Wolford and Jack Beattie (above and left) would have been little more than the refreshing backwash of a publicity stunt. But last week on Lake Opechee in Laconia, N.H., Jack and Winnie, both 19, were skimming over the water for an altogether different reason. They were trying for mixed doubles honors (unsuccessfully, as it turned out) in the National Water Ski Championships. More important were individual titles to those who could perform best in three tough events: jumping, slalom skiing and trick riding. Among the champions at week's end were Willa McGuire of Cypress Gardens, Fla. (pictured below with William D. Roosevelt, grandson of FDR, and Dick Binette), and Butch Rosenberg of the University of Miami, who set a new jump record of 103 feet.
Women's Champion Willa McGuire got salute from William D. Roosevelt (left).
In Mexico Sam Zamudio, 43, who has won both U.S. and world's championships, performed difficult stunts on a single trick ski on Lake Tequesquitengo. He did not appear at Laconia.
In Seattle, champion jumper Bill Schumacher, 42 years old, skimmed off a Lake Washington ramp at 40 mph to clear 85 feet. Although Schumacher soared 12 feet in the air, distance rather than altitude counts in water-ski jumping. Record jump set at Laconia is 103 feet.
In Italy Liselotte Feuchtinger of Austria skipped across the water, zigzagging sharply to right and left behind a 35 mph tow boat to win the women's slalom championship at European water skiing tournament on Lake Idroscalo outside Milan. Slalom is less difficult on water than on snow.