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A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

Feb. 07, 1955
Feb. 07, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 7, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

Boating
Bobsledding
Whitfield
  • Olympic Track Star Mal Whitfield of the U.S. runs, demonstrates and lectures in Northern Rhodesia at the end of a five-month international tour building good will through sport

Soundtrack
Spectacle
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Sporting Look
Steelheads
Column Of The Week
Football
Hockey
Golf
Horses
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

RECORD BREAKERS

This is an article from the Feb. 7, 1955 issue Original Layout

Wes Santee, confident, short-striding Kansan, ran away from Denmark's formidable Gunnar Nielsen, made good his boast of new world indoor mark with sensational 4:03.8 performance in Hunter Mile at Boston AA meet, clipped one and a half seconds from Gil Dodds' 4:05.3 standard.

Bill Sharman, sharpshooting Boston Celtics' guard, dropped in four foul shots in team's 101-90 win over Syracuse, set new NBA mark of 50 consecutive free throws at Boston.

Jean Paul Gosselin of Sherbrooke, Quebec mushed five miles in 44:12.2 for new world snowshoe record at International Snowshoers Convention in Ottawa.

Elizabeth Boselli, French aviatrix, averaged 465 mph in Mistral jet over 1,000-kilometer closed circuit course near Mont-de-Marsan in southern France, established new world speed record for women.

Lafayette, Ind. Swim Club raced 400-yard medley relay in 4:34.2, bettered own women's world record time at Lafayette, Ind.

BASKETBALL

Minnesota edged Purdue 59-56 in six overtime periods, took over undisputed Big Ten leadership. With score still deadlocked after five extra sessions, Minnesota took advantage of Purdue errors, three quick baskets by Gerald Lindsey and Dave Tucker to post win.

Marquette extended winning streak to 15, longest in nation, scored double win over Loyola of New Orleans 73-70, 90-88. Southerners carried Marquette into overtime in second game, lost out on Bobby Van Vooren's lay-up with 22 seconds to play.

Kentucky got first-rate scare from Vanderbilt, forged ahead in last five minutes, won 75-71, maintained No. 1 ranking.

Maryland got unexpected resistance from weak Navy, won 60-54 for 13th victory in 16 games.

Villanova repeated earlier upset of North Carolina State, whipped sixth-ranked Wolfpack 107-96 despite 49 points and 35 rebounds by Ron Shavlik.

SMU walloped Baylor 96-84, set new Southwest Conference scoring record, tied TCU for first place.

La Salle had easy going, disposed of St. Joseph's of Philadelphia 82-56, boosted season's record to 14-4.

San Francisco, in No. 2 spot, continued to win with ease, routed Stanford 76-60, California 84-62.

Utah trailed Utah State by nine points early in game, came on to win 60-52, retained Skyline Conference lead.

Oregon State beat Washington 55-51, 57-43, moved closer to Northern Division title in Pacific Coast Conference.

Boston Celtics and Syracuse Nationals each won twice, remained deadlocked for first place in tight NBA Eastern Division race. N.Y. Knickerbockers lost three, were two and a half games off pace.

Ft. Wayne Pistons snapped three-game losing streak, whipped second-place Minneapolis Lakers 99-92, held substantial lead over rivals in Western Division. Streaking Rochester Royals won five straight, drew closer to Lakers.

TRACK AND FIELD

Arnold Sowell, fleet-footed Pitt star, ran extra lap in confused Hollis 600 at Boston AA meet, was clocked in 1:14.3 for regulation distance, beat Joe Gaffney by 12 yards. Mal Whitfield, back from five-month world tour, dropped out on final lap.

Herman Wyatt of Armed Forces came within half inch of world indoor high jump record in same meet, won with 6-foot, 10-inch mark. Other winners: Gene Maynard won rough Lapham 1,000 in slow 2:14; Harrison Dillard nipped Rod Perry in 45-yard hurdles in :05.6; Horace Ashenfelter of New York took two-mile run in 8:55.5; Ron Richard of Armed Forces edged Art Bragg in 50-yard dash in :05.4; the Rev. Bob Richards cleared 15 feet in pole vault for 62nd time in career, was first with 15-foot, 2-inch leap.

BASEBALL
Joe DiMaggio, former N.Y. Yankee outfield star, polled 223 votes in annual election conducted by Baseball Writers Association, led Pitchers Ted Lyons (217) and Dazzy Vance (205), Catcher Gabby Hartnett (195) into baseball's Hall of Fame, greatest honor a ballplayer can achieve.

HORSE RACING
Determine finished neck behind fast-stepping Miz Clementine but won $163,360 Santa Anita Maturity when stewards upheld Jockey Ray York's claim of foul, penalized Calumet Farm's filly and Eddie Arcaro for bumping Andy Crevolin's little gray Kentucky Derby winner in stretch.

BOXING

U.S. Supreme Court, in long-awaited decision, ruled 6-2 that boxing is subject to anti-trust laws, cleared way for Justice Department to press anti-trust suit against International Boxing Club (see page 16).

Joey Giardello, young middleweight whose principal exercise in recent months has been limited to Philadelphia street corner brawls, was hard pressed in early rounds, staged late rally, overtook tough Al Andrews to win close 10-rounder at Norfolk, Va. IBC promptly rematched pair for Feb. 9 at Baltimore.

Jimmy Carter made first start since regaining lightweight title from Paddy DeMarco, chased Bobby Woods for 10 rounds, won unanimous decision in dull nontitle fight at Spokane.

Nino Valdes, No. 1 heavyweight contender who hopes to fight Rocky Marciano for championship, appeared sluggish but had easy time in seventh-round KO win over Jack Flood at Huntington, W.Va.

FOOTBALL

George Halas, owner-coach of Chicago Bears, winner of five National Football League titles in 29 years, revealed his intention to retire as coach after 1955 season, remarked wishfully, "It would be sweet to leave with another championship."

Sid Gillman, successful University of Cincinnati coach, was named coach of Los Angeles Rams, succeeding Hampton Pool.

Bob Blackman of Denver University, whose playing career was halted by polio, was appointed coach at Dartmouth College.

BOBSLEDDING

Franz Kapus, lanky Swiss mechanic, whipped down icy one-mile run in 5:10.52 for four heats, upset Fritz Feierabend by scant [3/100] second, captured world four-man bobsled championship for self and crew at St. Moritz.

Stanley Benham, veteran U.S. driver, was banned from international competition for three years by International Bobsled Federation for "withdrawal from four-man championship in 1954...." At Lake Placid, N.Y. Benham set four-heat record of 4:44.77, one-heat mark of 1:10.35, won Adirondack AAU four-man title, created new standards of 5:01.47 for four heats, 1:14.20 for one heat, grabbed two-man crown.

BILLIARDS
Willie Mosconi, world pocket billiards champion from Haddon Heights, N.J., won nine of 10 blocks, rolled up 1,500 points to 589, overwhelmed Joe Procita of Los Angeles in successful defense of title at Chicago.

GOLF

Bill Campbell of Huntington, W.Va., runner-up in 1954 British Amateur, now recovering from severe hand burns, was named captain of nine-man U.S. Walker Cup team. Others selected: Billy Joe Patton, Harvie Ward Jr., Don Cherry, James G. Jackson, Lieut. Joe Conrad, Bruce Cudd, Dale Morey, Richard Yost.

Mortie Dutra of Los Angeles finished with strong 72 on final round, grabbed National PGA senior title with 213 at Dunedin, Fla.

Pat Lesser of Seattle maintained superiority over Barbara Romack, national amateur champion from Sacramento, Calif., won 6 and 5 in Helen Lee Doherty tournament at Miami.

HOCKEY
Detroit Red Wings tied N.Y. Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, blasted league-leading Montreal Canadiens 7-1, moved within one point of top spot. Boston Bruins blanked Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0, Goalie John Henderson scoring fifth shutout.

AUTO RACING
Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina placed second in two heats in new Mercedes Benz 3,000 but edged Stirling Moss of England on combined time of 2:23:18.9, won Buenos Aires Grand Prix.

ICE SKATING

Ken Bartholomew, veteran Minneapolis speed skater, captured 440, 880,¾-mile, 5-mile events, placed second in 220 and 2-mile, piled up 160 points for sixth straight national outdoor title at St. Paul. Pat Gibson of University of Wisconsin swept all five races, successfully defended senior women's crown.

Alain Giletti, 15-year-old French youngster, outskated 13 rivals, took European men's figure skating championship at Budapest. Hanna Eigl, blond Austrian star, won women's title when Yvonne Sugden of England, leading in competition, fell during free-skating events.

TENNIS
Ken Rosewall, who upset Tony Trabert in semi-finals, outclassed Lew Hoad, 9-7, 6-4, 6-4, captured Australian singles title at Adelaide. Trabert and Vic Seixas downed Hoad and Rosewall, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-1, became first Americans to win doubles crown since 1933.

SKIING
Snow Cup Giant Slalom attracted top-notch field to Alta, Utah, produced both good performances and disaster. Marvin Melville of Salt Lake City led men with fast 1:39.9 clocking; Mrs. Andrea Mead Lawrence of Aspen, Col., U.S. Olympic double gold medal winner in 1952, paced women with 1:38.4. Disaster entered the picture late in day when wind became brisk, sun faded, turned slopes icy, created wicked bump, caused disqualification of eight skiers who went too fast to make all gates, brought bad spills to dozen others, sent four to hospital. Most seriously injured was pretty Jill Kinmont of Bishop, Calif., first to win women's national junior and senior slalom in same year and outstanding candidate for Olympic team (SI, Jan. 31), who suffered fractures of fourth, fifth and sixth vertebrae of neck.

MILEPOSTS

HONORED—Willie Mays, exciting New York Giants outfielder, National League's Most Valuable Player, Male Athlete Of Year in AP poll; named winner of Ray Hickok $10,000 diamond-studded belt as professional athlete of year.

DIED—Jonni Myyra, 62, Finnish javelin thrower, onetime holder of world record of 216 feet, 10‚Öú inches, Olympic champion in 1920, 1924; at San Francisco.

DIED—Arthur Duffey, 75, first man to run 100-yard dash in :09.6, Boston Post sports columnist, of heart attack, at Boston. Duffey was charged with being professional in 1905, had three-year-old performance stricken from record book.

OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD

BOXING

Johnny Holman, 4-round TKO over Cesar Brion, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Paddy Young, 5-round TK0 over Tony Johnson, light-heavyweights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pete Adams, 9-round TKO over Angelo Brisci, middle-weights, New York.
Chico Vejar, 3-round TKO over Riggie Alotti, middle-weights, Stamford, Conn.
George Johnson, 10-round decision over Ramon Fuentes, middleweights, Philadelphia.
Tony Percy, 12-round decision over Reggie Chartrand, for Canadian welterweight title, Montreal.
Joey Lopes, 10-round decision over Johnny McCray, lightweights, Sacramento, Calif.
Ray Famechon, 15-round decision over Sergio Milan, for European featherweight title, Milan.

CURLING
Mt. Royal, Montreal, over Utica No. 1, 12-6, intl. mixed bonspiel, Lake Placid, N.Y.

DOG SHOWS
Fuath of Ulaid, Irish wolfhound, best-in-show, Maryland Kennel Club, Baltimore.

FIELD TRIALS

Timilee, Natl. Amateur Shooting Dog championship, Somerville, Tenn.
Belloaks Ezra, amateur all-age stake, Brittany field trials, Pinehurst, N.C.
Turnto, Field Trial Club Derby, Canton, Miss.

GOLF

Heinie Manush and Paul Waner, tied for first, with 237, Early Wynn invitation, Venice, Fla.
Mike Fetchick, Scarsdale, N.Y., Imperial Valley Open, with 266, Brawley, Calif.

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HORSE RACING

GUERRERO: $39,810 California Breeders' Championship, 1 1/16 m., by a nose, in 1:43, Santa Anita, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
ST. VINCENT: $25,000 San Gabriel Handicap, 1¼ m., by a nose, in 2:00, Santa Anita, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
BLESSBULL: $20,550 Palm Beach Handicap, 7 f., by 3½ lengths, in 1:23, Hialeah Pk., Fla. Jack Skelly up.

ICE SKATING

(Middle Atlantic figure skating championship, New York)

Nancy E. Heiss, New York, sr. women's singles title.
Larry Lovett, Baltimore, sr. men's singles title.

(Midwest Open speed skating championships, La Crosse, Wis.)

Paul Elliot, Chicago, sr. men's title, with 80 pts.
Gale Erdmann, Milwaukee, sr. women's title, with 70 pts.

MOTORBOATING

Ray Gassner, St. Petersburg, Fla., Orange Cup Trophy for inboards, Lakeland, Fla.
Bill Tenny, Dayton, Ohio, Orange Club Trophy for out-boards, Lakeland, Fla.

SAILING
Hoot Mon, 28-m. Lipton Cup race, in 3:18:20 corrected time, Miami Beach.

SHOOTING
(World live bird championships, Cairo)

Bill Isetts. U.S., men's championship, with 24 of 25.
Mrs. P. Torregianni, Italy, women's championship, with 9 of 10.
U.S., over Egypt, in shoot-off, Match of Nations title.

SKIING

Ansten Samuelstuen, Steamboat Springs, Col., N. American jumping championship, with 229.1 pts., St Paul, Minn.
Sven S. Johansson, Alaska, N. American cross-country title, in 1:12:27, Minneapolis.
Art Devlin, Lake Placid, N.Y., Norsemen Ski Club Trophy, with 219.6 pts., Bear Mountain, N.Y.
Charles Tremblay, Lebanon, N.H., Class A title, with 244.7 pts., New Hampshire jumping championship, Lebanon, N.H.

TENNIS

Eddie Moylan, Trenton, N.J., over Jean Noel Grinda, 9-7, 6-2, S. Florida men's singles, W. Palm Beach.
Mildred Thornton, Ormond Beach, Fla., over Pat Stewart, 9-7, 6-4, S. Florida women's singles, W. Palm Beach.
Jerry Moss, U.S., over Mike Green, 10-8, 6-2, Australian jr. singles, Adelaide.
Moss and Green, over Graham Stewart and Neville Nette, 16-14, 3-6, 6-4, Australian jr. doubles, Adelaide.

RESULTS OF 1OO LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES

EAST

Army 95—St. Michael's 64
Boston U. 78—Boston Coll. 58
Brown 81—Tufts 66
CCNY 78—New Britain 56
Calif. (Pa.) 76—Slipp. R. 71
Canisius 73—Loyola (Balt.) 63
Columbia 75—Army 69
Fordham 75—Seton Hall 55
Hofstra 102—Baltimore 91
Lafayette 88—Albright 71
La Salle 82—St. Joseph's 56
Manhattan 72—Lemoyne 65
Manhattan 52—Siena 50
Niagara 91—Scranton 65
Penn St. 84—Temple 80
Slipp. R. 96—Alliance 76
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63—Siena 48
St. Francis (Pa.) 95—St. Bon. 93
St. Joseph's 81—Drexel 78
W.Va.T.127—W.Va.Wes.106
W.Va. Tech 137—Bethany 80

SOUTH & SOUTHWEST

Alabama 101—Georgia 74
Arkansas 55—Okla. City 52
Auburn 93—Florida 69
Furman 89—Clemson 73
Furman 125—Va. Tech 87
Georgetown 82—Spring Hill 75
Georgia 70—Georgia Tech 66
Georgia Tech 73—Auburn 70
Houston 60—Okla. A&M 58
Houston 59—Texas 52
LSU 67—Mississippi St. 63
Louisville 68—Bradley 51
Loyola (N.O.) 69—Georgetown 68
Kentucky 75—Vanderbilt 71
Marquette 73—Loyola(N.O.) 70
Marquette 90—Loyola(N.O.) 88
Maryland 60—Navy 54
Miami 84—Georgetown 81
Miss. South. 73—N. Texas 72
Miss. South. 69—Georgetown 65
Navy 79—American U. 52
Phillips Oilers 82-Fla. St. 65
SMU 96—Baylor 84
Tennessee 79—Georgia Tech 58
TCU 101—Abilene Christian 83
Tulane 83—Mississippi 82
Tulsa 67—Houston 64
Vanderbilt 88—Dav. Lips. 61
Villanova l07—N. Car. St. 96
Virginia 87—VMI 72
Wake Forest 75—Richmond 72
W. Virginia 64—Va. Tech 61
W. Virginia 88—Pitt 74
W. Kentucky 81—Tenn. Tech 73

WEST

Beloit 90—Wheaton 82
Cincinnati 113—Ball St. 65
Cincinnati 101—W. Kentucky 92
Dayton 91—Xavier 80
Illinois 95—Loyola (Chi.) 70
Iowa 79—Ohio St. 66
Michigan St. 88—DePaul 72
Minnesota l02—N'western 82
Minnesota 59—Purdue 56
Ohio St. 91—N'western 90
Okla. City 67—Wyoming 47
St. Francis (Pa.) 102—B.-Wall. 84
St. Francis (Pa.) 115—J. Carroll 94
St. Louis 88—St. John's 70
Tulsa 47—Oklahoma A&M 44
W. Kentucky 89—Bowl. Green 69
Wichita 80—Drake 78
Wyoming 73—Wichita 70

FAR WEST

Arizona St. 92—Arizona 74
Arizona St. 101—S. Diego NTC 70
Arizona St. 79—Arizona 72
Colorado 78—Iowa St. 71
Colo. A&M 76—Colo. St. 57
Denver 73—Colo. A&M 69
Idaho 75—Wash. St. 73
Idaho St. 88—Gonzaga 76
Montana 71—Montana St. 62
Oregon 81—Brig. Young 76
Oregon 82—Brig. Young 71
Oregon St. 57—Washington 43
Oregon St. 55—Washington 51
San Fran. 84—California 62
San Fran. 76—Stanford 60
S. Jose St. 73—Cal. Poly 66
S. Jose St. 59—S. Diego St. 46
Santa Clara 66—California 59
Seattle 70—Loyola (L.A.) 58
S. Cal. 68—Hawaii Navy 23
S. Cal. 84—Hawaii 58
S. Cal. 76—Hawaii 43
Stanford 72—Santa Clara 67
UCLA 84—Cal. Poly 55
UCLA 91—Santa Barbara 62
Utah 60—Utah St. 52
Washington St. 68—Idaho 60

HOCKEY
Natl. Hockey League

1. Montreal
W-29; L-13; T-8
Pts.: 66

Toronto
1-1

Boston
4-0

Detroit
1-7

2. Detroit
W-29; L-15; T-7
Pts.: 65

New York
3-3

Chicago
2-2

Montreal
7-1

3. Toronto
W-20; L-16; T-15
Pts.: 55

Montreal
1-1

New York
1-3

Boston
0-3

4. Boston
W-17; L-19; T-12
Pts.: 46

Chicago
5-2

Montreal
0-4

Toronto
3-0

5. New York
W-13; L-25; T-13
Pts.: 39

Detroit
3-3

Toronto
3-1

Chicago
2-4

6. Chicago
W-9; L-29; T-11
Pts.: 29

Boston
2-5

Detroit
2-2

New York
4-2

PROFESSIONALS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

EASTERN DIVISION

1. Syracuse
W-25; L-21
Pct.: .543

Ft. Wayne
66-69
94-79

Phila.
107-99
83-93

Boston
90-101

1.Boston
W-25; L-21
Pct.: .543

Ft. Wayne
99-90

Rochester
92-98

Syracuse
101-90

Milwaukee
79-88

3. New York
W-22; L-23
Pct.: .489

Rochester
104-107
94-96

Phila.
94-83

Milwaukee
95-93

4. Philadelphia
W-18; L-25
Pct.: .419

Syracuse
99-107
93-83

New York
94-83

Rochester
85-87

WESTERN DIVISION

1. Ft. Wayne
W-31; L-16
Pct.: .660

Syracuse
69-66
79-94

Boston
90-99

Minneapolis
91-100
99-92

2. Minneapolis
W-25; L-21
Pct.: .543

Milwaukee
79-85

Ft.Wayne
100-91
92-99

3. Rochester
W-21; L-23
Pct.: .477

Milwaukee
97-86

NewYork
107-104
96-94

Boston
98-92

Phila.
87-85

4. Milwaukee
W-15; L-32
Pct.: .319

Rochester
86-97

Minn.
85-79

NewYork
93-95

Boston
88-79

BASKETBALL'S TOP TEN
(Verdict of Associated Press writers' poll)
Team standings this week with points figured on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis (first-place votes in parentheses):

Points

1—Kentucky (48)

1,031

2—San Francisco (33)

953

3—La Salle (2)

541

4—Duquesne

532

5—Utah (4)

442

6—North Carolina State

434

7—George Washington (7)

421

8—UCLA (2)

276

9—Marquette (10)

274

10—Illinois

236

RUNNERS-UP: 11, Minnesota (1) 228; 12, Maryland 214; 13, Alabama (3) 147; 14, Holy Cross (5) 108; 15. Dayton (2) 90.