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A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

Aug. 23, 1954
Aug. 23, 1954

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Aug. 23, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Saratoga
Spectacle
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Preview Of The U.S. Amateur
Hunting
Health
Motor Sports
Boxing
Baseball
Tennis
Column Of The Week
  • A tip from the horse's mouth may not be much good if the horse is neurotic. Ray Terrell warns the $2 better that the day is coming when he'll need to study Freud as well as racing forms.

Yesterday
Last Laugh

A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

RECORD BREAKERS

This is an article from the Aug. 23, 1954 issue Original Layout

•Hillsota, 4-year-old pacer owned by the late William E. Miller estate and driven by Billy Haughton (see below), set world record of 3:04 4/5 for mile and half in beating favored Philip Scott for $35,000 Nassau Pace at Roosevelt Raceway, N.Y.

•The five-man U.S. Masters Knockout bridge team defended its national title with unprecedented sweep of seven straight matches in round-robin competition at Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

•Harry Bickford, speedboat driver from Hampton, Va., drove his service runabout Skip to world-record average of 50.737 mph in second of two five-mile heats on Niagara River to win Class D championship of American Power Boat Association.

•Seventeen other world speedboat records were set by limited-class hydroplanes over a one-mile course on Lake Washington. Most notable: 63.811 for Class F runabouts, 63.670 for Class C racing runabouts, and 60.176 for Class C service runabouts—all by Bill Wiget of Concord, Calif.

•In Tokyo, Jiro Nagasawa, 18, of Waseda University, bettered world long-course (pool length 50 yards) record for 200-meter butterfly with winning time of 2:31.4 in Japanese national championships. Old record: 2:34.4, set in 1952 Olympics by John Davis of Australia.

•Dick Binette of Laconia, N.H. and Butch Rosenberg, 19, of Miami jumped 102 and 103 feet respectively to break the world water-ski distance record (97 feet) during the national championships at Laconia.

BOXING

CHAMPIONS—Trailing on points after 13 rounds, Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore knocked out challenger Harold Johnson with left hook to jaw at 0:56 of 14th round in Madison Square Garden.

•Welterweight Champion Kid Gavilan signed to defend against fourth-ranking Johnny Saxton on Sept. 1 at Philadelphia.

OLD AND NEW—Featherweight Tommy Collins, knocked down 10 times in bout with ex-Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter of New York, returned from 14-month rest to knock out Jimmy Ithia of New York in fourth round of scheduled 10-round bout at Boston.

•Undefeated Cisco Andrade, 23, of Compton, Calif., got up from a first-round knockdown to win 10-round decision (his 25th victory) over tough Bolden Abrams of Philadelphia.

BASEBALL

CLOSING IN—For the New York Giants, it was the gloomiest week of the year. After swaggering through most of mid-season with a comfortable lead, they blew three in row to the second-place Dodgers at Ebbets Field, finished the week a bare half-game ahead of their rivals. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Braves had lifted themselves with an incredible drive of 20 victories in 22 games and were only 3½ games out of first place. Milwaukee pitching was chiefly responsible. In six games during the week, Braves hurlers gave up only ten runs.

•In the American League, Cleveland pitching held the opposition to 15 runs in seven games. And whenever the Indians needed a long hit, Centerfielder Larry Doby was there to supply it. At week's end, Cleveland was still three games ahead of the Yankees and Doby led his league in both homers (27) and RBI (94).

WILLIAMS DEPT.—Another hitter who prospered last week was Ted Williams, Boston's 35-year-old batting wonder, who cracked two home runs against the Washington Senators to tie Johnny Mize for sixth place (359) among big-league baseball's career home-run hitters. Still out of Sight: Babe Ruth's 714.

ERA ENDING—Branch Rickey, 72-year-old general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced that he would retire from the job at the end of his five-year contract in November, 1955.

SWIMMING

AMERICANS ABROAD—Gail Peters set a Japanese record of 2:32.6 in qualifying heat for 200-meter free-style," then won finals in 200-meter free-style (over former record holder Sabako Yamashita) and 100-meter butterfly. Ford Konno of Hawaii and Ohio State came back after losing to Yoshihiro Shoji in 1,500-meter free-style to outsprint Shoji for 400-meter title. Bill Woolsey, also of Hawaii, scored only other American victory in 200-meter free-style final.

•Distance swimmer Florence Chadwick, conqueror of English Channel, Bosporus, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Catalina Channel, was hauled out after covering only 4½ miles in unsuccessful attempt to swim tide-swept 18.3-mile Juan de Fuca Strait off Victoria, B.C.

SAILING

REPEATER—Tom Frost, 19, of Newport Beach, Calif. won Heinzerling Trophy—emblematic of National Senior Snipe championship—for second straight year by taking two firsts, a second, a third and fourth in five-race series at Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Runners-up: Ted Wells, two-time International Snipe champion from Wichita, Kan.; Terry Whittemore of Middlebury, Conn.

HEAVY WEATHER—Commodore John Nicholas Brown's Bolero bored through a 30-knot wind on Buzzard's Bay to win Astor Cup race on final day of the 11-day New York Yacht Club cruise with a corrected time of 2:36.27. Runner-up: Carleton Mitchell's Caribee, with corrected time of 2:46.44.

HORSE RACING

DANCER BACK—Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt's great gray Native Dancer—Eric Guerin up—carried highest weight of career (137 pounds) to an awesome nine-length victory in seven-furlong sprint at Saratoga. Un-raced since he suffered foot bruise in May 15 Metropolitan, the gray horse now has record of 21 wins in 22 starts.

WHITNEY WINNERS—C. V. Whitney's 3-year-old Fisherman, bet down to nine to 20, scored a 2½-length victory over Mrs. Edward Lasker's Lychnus in 85th running of Travers, oldest stake race in nation. It was 14th success in 26 races for Whitney horses since Saratoga summer meeting opened Aug. 2.

STRETCH RUNS—Clearwater Stable's crack juvenile, Royal Coinage, began week by outsprinting previously unbeaten Royal Note of Wilton Stables in the six-furlong Sapling Stakes at Monmouth, then moved to Saratoga to nose out Whitney's Pyrenees in winner-take-all ($15,000) Saratoga Special.

PACE-SETTER—Harness Driver Billy Haughton's record-breaker with Hillsota in the Nassau Pace raised his victory total for year to 98—tops in nation so far this season and only 31 behind Levi Harner's all-time record of 129 set in 1952.

BASKETBALL

PRIZE CATCH—Sharpshooter Frank Selvy, who set collegiate scoring records (including an average of 41.7 points per game during the 1953-4 season) while playing for Furman College, signed with the Baltimore Bullets at a reported salary of $10,000. With the pros, Selvy will have to shoot even faster to keep up with a new rule sanctioned by N.B.A. officials: the offensive team must shoot within 24 seconds after taking possession of the ball.

TRACK AND FIELD

OOPS—Discus Thrower Fortune Gordien bettered his own world record (194 ft., 6 in.)-with a toss of 197 ft., 2 in. at Pasadena, but the new mark was disallowed when official scales showed the record-breaking discus one ounce too light.

•Willie Williams of Illinois ran the fastest 100 yards (9.5 seconds) in British track history at White City Stadium, but learned afterward that, thanks to a following wind, it was no record.

TENNIS

UPSETS—After four days of play, every favorite had been knocked out of the Newport Invitational Tennis tournament:

•Vic Seixas, U.S. Davis Cupper from Philadelphia, lost on the second day to Jack Frost, 19, of Stanford University, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

•Australian champion Lew Hoad lost in the third round to 17-year-old Roy Emerson, 3-6, 6-4, 8-6.

•Ken Rosewall, Hoad's Davis Cup partner, was beaten in his quarter-final match by Straight Clark, 29, of Pasadena, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0, 9-7. The finalists: Clark and Ham Richardson, 21-year-old intercollegiate champion, with Richardson coming out on top 6-3, 9-7, 12-14, 6-8, 10-8 in a four-hour match.

GOLF

THE TAM—Tiny (127 pounds) Bob Toski of Livingston, N.J. shot a birdie three on the final hole for a 72-hole total of 274 to edge Jack Burke of Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. and Earl Stewart of Dallas, Tex. by a single stroke in the "World" finale of the Tarn O'Shanter tournament at Chicago. The victory was worth $50,000 in prize money and another $50,000 in exhibition contracts to 27-year-old Toski. Top prize taker among the women pros: Patty Berg of Chicago, whose 298 earned her first money of $5,000. High amateurs: Frank stranahan of Toledo in the men's division with 284; Mickey Wright, 19, of San Diego in the women's division with a 309.

INTERNATIONAL—In an earlier phase of the Tarn, a picked team of six American pros beat six foreign entrants, 6½ to 5½, in the tournament's first International match.

•Led by free-wheeling Billy Joe Patton of Morganton, N.C., a team of top U.S. amateurs retained the Americas Cup after two days of triangular competition with Mexico and Canada. Final score: U.S.—14, Canada—13, Mexico—0.

ROME—Marlene Stewart, 20, of Fonthill, Ont., walked off with her fourth consecutive Canadian Women's Open title, defeating Mary Gay of Kitchener, Ont., 9 and 8.

SPEEDBOAT RACING
LIKE SON—Ray Fageol, 23, whose father Lou won the speedboat Gold Cup in straight heats two weeks ago, became a national champion in his own right with straight-heat victories in the 7-liter speedboat class of the APBA's national meet at Buffalo.

MILEPOSTS

RETIRED—Sir Gordon Richards, 50, world champion jockey with 4,870 winners in 34-year career and favorite rider of Queen Elizabeth; five weeks after the queen's colt Abergeldie threw him and rolled on him at Sandowne track.

HONORED—Amos Alonzo stagg, for 65 years football coach at Springfield (Mass.) College, University of Chicago, College of the Pacific and still active as assistant to his son at Susquehanna College in Pennsylvania; on 92nd birthday at his home at Stockton, Calif.

HONORED—The late Grantland Rice; .by Football Writers Association, which retired its annual players' award in his honor and established Rice Memorial Award, to be presented each year to college player voted best in nation by the writers.

OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD

AUTO RACING

Sherwood Johnston, Rye, N.Y., Mt. Washington Hill Climb, in 10:44.8 (new record), in a Jaguar Special, Mt. Washington, N.H.

Luigi Musso, Italy, Int'l. Grand Prix, with 98.17 mph avg. speed, in a Maserati, Pescara, Italy.

BASEBALL
Indianapolis Indians, Stars, 3-2, Indianapolis.

BOXING

Walter Cartier and TED OLLA, 10-round draw, middleweights, New York.
Luther Rawlings and CHARLIE SALAS, 10-round draw, middleweights, Miami Beach.
Jack La Bua, 8-round decision over Clem Florio, middleweights, New York.
Manny Renteria, 10-round decision over Freddie "Babe" Herman, welterweights, Los Angeles.
Danny Jo Perez, 2-round TKO over Dickie Wong, lightweights. New York.
Yoshio Shirai, 10-round decision over Alberto Barenghi, flyweights (nontitle), Buenos Aires.

BRIDGE

(Natl. championships, Washington, D.C.)
Eric R. Murray, Hamilton. Ont. and DOUGLAS DRURY, Toronto, men's pairs.
Mrs. Sally Neely, Warwick, Va. and MRS. MARGARET ALCORN, Hampton, Va., women's pairs.
John W. Hubbel, Kansas City, and DAVID C. CARTER, St. Louis, life master pairs.
Mrs. Margaret Wagar, Atlanta, MRS. HELEN SOBEL, New York, SIDNEY SILODOR and CHARLES H. GOREN, Philadelphia, mixed team of four.

CHESS
Larry Evans, New York, U.S. score, New Orleans.

FOOTBALL

Detroit Lions, over College All-Stars, 31-6, Chicago
San Francisco 49ers, over New York Giants, 43-35 San Francisco.
Baltimore Colts, over Philadelphia Eagles, 10-0, Hershey, Pa.
Chicago Bears, over Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-14, Pittsburgh.
Chicago Cardinals, over Green Bay Packers, 17-10, Minneapolis.

GOLF

Don Wearley, Toledo, Ohio, over David Baldwin, 2 up, natl. left-handers championship, Dayton. Ohio.
Walter Porterfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin State Open, with 291, Milwaukee.

HORSE RACING

MISTER BLACK; $28,525 Grassland Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by a nose, in 1:48[4/5] (new track record), Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Johnny Adams up.
ALSPAL: $23,325 Mademoiselle Stakes, 6 f., by 1½ lengths in 1:11⅗ Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Johnny Adams up.
NEW DREAM: $23,025 Boardwalk Handicap (first division), 1 m. by a head, in 1:36⅖ Atlantic City, N.J. Logan Batcheller up.
COUNTY CLARE: $23,075 Boardwalk Handicap (second division), 1 m., by 2½ lengths, in 1:36⅖ Atlantic City, N.J. Nick Shuk up.
DISPUTE: $18,575 Test Stakes. 7 f., by 3 lengths, in 1:25⅕ Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Eric Guerin up.

MOTORBOATING

(Al Endres Memorial Regatta, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Miss you, piloted by William Engle, Washington, Pa., Class E service runabout natl. title, with 700 pts.
Nitrogen, piloted by H. G. Hibbert, Miami, Class F service runabout natl. title, with 800 pts.

SAILING

Bill Cox, Noroton, Conn., L.I. Sound men's championship, with 72 pts., Noroton, Conn.
Pat O'Neal, Larchmont, N.Y., Pequot Cup, L.I. Sound jr. championship, with 19 pts., Rowayton, Conn.
Kingston Yacht Club, intl. jr. regatta, with 28½ pts., Kingston, Ont.

STEEPLECHASE
ESCARGOT: $8,675 North American, 2 m., by a nose, in 4:13, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Frank Adams up.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jon Hendricks, Australia, 100-meter free-style, in 0:56.1 (new U.S. record), Culver City, Calif.
Buddy Baarcke, Fort Knox, men's open 100-meter free-style; open 100-meter butterfly; open 100-meter backstroke. Louisville, Ky.
Marion Park, Miami Beach, women's natl. jr. 3-meter diving title, with 433.60 pts., Louisville, Ky.

TENNIS

Rex Hartwig and NEALE FRASER, Australia, over Lewis Hoad and Ken Rosewall, 6-3, 6-4, 9-7, Newport Invitation men's doubles. Newport, R.I.
Budge Patty, Los Angeles, over Hugh Stewart, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4, Bavarian intl. tournament, Munich.
Mrs. Betty Rosenquest Pratt, Jamaica, B.W.I., over Mrs. Barbara Davidson, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1, Essex: County Club title, Manchester, Mass.
Yale-Harvard, over Oxford-Cambridge, 6-4, for Prentice Cup, Wimbledon, England. U.S., over Canada, 7-1, for Gordon Trophy, Brookline, Mass.

TRACK & FIELD
Rich Ferguson, Toronto, Norton Crowe Trophy, for Canada's outstanding male athlete of 1954, Vancouver.

WATER POLO
New York A.C., over Mexico, 9-2, Natl. A.A.U. championship. New York.

WATER SKIING

(Natl. championships, Laconia, N.H.)
Butch Rosenberg, Univ. of Miami, men's overall title.
Willa McGuire, Cypress Gardens, Fla., women's overall title.

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ILLUSTRATION

BASEBALL (Major League) Week ending August 15

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. CLEVE.
W-6; L-1
Seas.: 82-33
Pct.:.713

Detroit
0-4, 2-0
10-1

Baltimore
9-4, 4-3
5-2, 3-1

1. N.Y.
W-1; L-3
Seas.: 70-44
Pct.:.614

Pittsburgh
2-1

Brooklyn
2-3, 5-6
4-9

2. N.Y.
W-7; L-0
Seas.: 80-37
Pct.: .684

Philadelphia
5-2, 3-1
5-4, 7-1

Boston
8-2, 3-1
14-9

2. BKLYN.
W-4; L-1
Seas.: 70-45
Pct.: .609

Philadelphia
3-6, 3-2

New York
3-2, 6-5
9-4

3 CHI.
W-3; L-3
Seas.: 74-44
Pct.: .627

Baltimore
1-3, 1-0

Detroit
1-0, 4-3
1-2; 7-8

3. MILW.
W-6; L-0
Seas.: 66-47
Pct.: .584

St. Louis
11-0, 6-5
3-1

Chicago
5-2, 3-1
2-1

4. DET.
W-3: L-4
Seas.: 52-63
Pct.:.452

Cleveland
4-0, 0-2
1-10

Chicago
0-1, 3-4
2-1, 8-7

4. PHILA.
W-1; L-5
Seas.: 55-57
Pct.: .491

Brooklyn
6-3, 2-3

Pittsburgh
5-9, 0-5
4-8, 6-9
6-6

5. WASH.
W-3: L-5
Seas.: 49-65
Pct.: .430

Boston
0-4, 1-10
5-4, 9-5
0-5

Philadelphia
2-3, 4-6
4-1

5. CIN.
W-4; L-2
Seas.: 56-60
Pct.: .483

Chicago
2-1, 8-1
8-6

St. Louis
8-10, 6-5
12-14

6. BOST.
W-3; L-5
Seas.: 47-67
Pct.:.412

Washington
4-0, 10-1
4-5, 5-9
5-0

New York
2-8, 1-3
9-14

6. ST. L.
W-2; L-4
Seas.: 54-61
Pct.: .470

Milwaukee
0-11, 5-6
1-3

Cincinnati
10-8, 5-6
14-12

7. PHILA.
W-2; L-5
Seas.: 39-76
Pct.: .339

New York
2-5, 1-3
4-5, 1-7

Washington
3-2, 6-4
1-4

7. CHI.
W-0; L-6
Seas.: 44-71
Pct.: .383

Cincinnati
1-2, 1-8
6-8

Milwaukee
2-5, 1-3
1-2

8. BALT.
W-1; L-5
Seas.: 39-77
Pct.: .336

Chicago
3-1, 0-1

Cleveland
4-9, 3-4
2-5, 1-3

8. PITTS.
W-4; L-1
Seas.: 43-73
Pct.: .371

New York
1-2

Philadelphia
9-5, 5-0
8-4, 9-6
6-6

LEADERS
Batting—Noren, New York, .345
Runs batted in—Doby, Cleveland, 94.
Home runs—Doby, Cleveland, 27
Pitching—Feller, Cleveland, 10-2

LEADERS
Batting—Snider, Brooklyn, .351
Runs batted In—Musial, St. Louis, 109
Home runs—Mays, New York, 37
Pitching—Wilson, Milwaukee, 8-0