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A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

April 25, 1955
April 25, 1955

Table of Contents
April 25, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
Kansas City A's
Column Of The Week
  • Intrigued by Jackie Robinson's new method of breaking up a double play, Columnist Arthur Daley turns inquiring reporter to determine the legality of the strategy and gets varied reactions from Leo Durocher, who screams no, and Warren Giles, who says yes

Motor Sports
Horses
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Bowling
Sports Court
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not its tallest headlines

A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

RECORD BREAKERS

This is an article from the April 25, 1955 issue

Lonnie Spurrier, sensational San Francisco Olympic Clubrunner who unexpectedly cracked half-mile world record March 26, raced 1,000 yards in 2:08.5, broke U.S. outdoor mark of 2:09.3 (set in 1939) in special race at Berkeley, Calif.

Jim Brewer, 16-year-old North Phoenix, Ariz. high school sophomore, who used to do his pole vaulting in bare feet, shifted to spiked shoes, cleared 14 feet 2 inches, bettered national interscholastic record in Arizona Relays at Tempe.

Charles Dumas of Los Angeles' Centennial High School leaped 6 feet 7½ inches, shattered 17-year-old national interscholastic high jump mark at Inglewood, Calif.

Mary Kok, slight but powerful 14-year-old Dutch youngster, swam 100-meter butterfly in 1:13.8 at Alkmaar, The Netherlands, accounted for her second world record in two weeks.

Betsy Woodward, 26, of Riderwood, Md. soared 40,160 feet in air in Pratt-Reed glider, claimed new women's world altitude standard for single-place glider at Bishop, Calif.

BASEBALL

Brooklyn Dodgers got off to flying start in National League, won first six games, thumped Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1, 6-0, 10-3, 3-2, edged New York Giants 10-8, 6-3. Dodgers got good pitching from Carl Erskine, Johnny Podres, Billy Loes and Russ Meyer, who set Pirates down with two hits, and some lusty hitting from Outfielder Carl Furillo, who bashed four home runs in first three games.

Philadelphia's star righthander, Robin Roberts, hurled 8 1/3 hitless innings in opener against Giants, was tagged for three blows in ninth, won 4-2, came back later in week to beat New Yorkers by same score as Phillies swept doubleheader, moved into second place with 4-1 mark.

Chicago Cubs took four of first six games with Cincinnati and St. Louis, held third place, half-game ahead of Milwaukee and Cardinals.

Willie Mays's spring slump continued and New York Giants hitting and pitching were spotty as Leo Durocher's world champions dropped first three games, beat Phillies 8-3, then lost two more to same club, nestled in sixth place.

Pittsburgh lost first five games, found itself in familiar last-place spot in National League standings.

Boston Red Sox, not yet missing absent Ted Williams, ripped off four wins over Baltimore, split pair of games with New York Yankees, took over top spot in American League. Faye Throneberry, Williams' replacement in left field, hit three homers, while Third Baseman Ted Lepcio hit same number during week.

Cleveland Indians showed championship form, were close behind Red Sox thanks to top-notch pitching of veteran Bob Lemon, who tossed pair of five-hitters, beat Chicago White Sox, 5-1, 4-2, and Herb Score, talented rookie lefthander, who made major league debut with 7-3 win over Detroit Tigers. Score overcame shaky start, struck out nine, walked nine.

New York Yankees stilled cocky Charley Dressen with 19-1 thrashing of Washington Senators as Whitey Ford twirled two-hitter in opener, split next four games with Nats and Red Sox, showed good pitching, hitting strength.

Detroit's Al Kaline, 20-year-old outfielder, smashed three home runs, two in one inning to tie major league record, led Tigers to 16-0 win over hapless Kansas City at week's end.

HOCKEY
Detroit Red Wings took 3-0 lead on pair of goals by Alex Delvecchio, demoted center, and deflected shot by sharpshooting Gordie Howe, held on to whip Montreal Canadiens 3-1 for fourth time in seven-game series, skated off with Stanley Cup at Detroit. Jimmy Skinner, Red Wings' first-year coach who brought Detroit through to two-point edge over Canadiens during regular season for seventh straight National Hockey League title, accepted congratulations on his feat, wearily commented: "I'm tired and I want to take a bath."

BOXING

Carl (Bobo) Olson, impassive middleweight titleholder from San Francisco seeking more fertile fields to conquer, was heaviest of career at 169 pounds, sported brand new crewcut, mustache and right-hand power, surprised flabby (even at announced 175 pounds), 33-year-old Joey Maxim with lethal two-fisted attack, battered ex-light heavyweight champion to canvas with savage combinations in second and ninth rounds, kept up lightninglike barrage all way to win easy 10-round decision at San Francisco, confidently set sights on Archie Moore's light heavyweight crown. Victory-flushed Manager Sid Flaherty exulted: "Olson is ready for Moore tomorrow—here, Chicago or New York...anywhere for a $150,000 guarantee."

Sugar Ray Robinson, flashing best form of comeback campaign, took it easy for two rounds, smashed Ted Olla with series of thunderous rights to head in third, had rugged young middleweight in bad shape when referee stopped fight at Milwaukee.

Pascual Perez, Argentina's world flyweight champion, showed President Peron and 25,000 cheering countrymen sample of his skill, floored Alberto Barenghi twice before unloading knockout punch in third round of non-title scrap at Buenos Aires.

Billy Graham, 32-year-old veteran welterweight contender, who came within one vote of winning title from Kid Gavilan in 1951, announced retirement in New York. Graham, master boxer who won 102 times, fought nine draws, lost 15 (nine by split decision), was never knocked out in 126 bouts in 14 years, slowed down perceptibly in last 12 months, dropped decisions to Chris Christensen, Ramon Fuentes and Chico Vejar, decided to quit while he still has good health and "some money."

FOOTBALL
NCAA and NBC announced 1955 program of eight games to be televised nationally, gave fireside fans something to look forward to. The full schedule: Sept. 17—Miami at Georgia Tech; Oct. 1—Ohio State at Stanford; Oct. 15—Notre Dame at Michigan State; Oct. 29—Iowa at Michigan; Nov. 19—UCLA at Southern California; Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day)—Texas at Texas A&M; Nov. 26—Army vs. Navy; Dec. 3—North Carolina at Duke. Still to come: Five sets of regional telecasts.

GOLF

Sam Snead, sweet swinger from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., came from behind in last round, birdied final hole for 273 total, nosed out Art Wall of Pocono Manor, Pa. and newlywed Julius Boros of Bridgeport, Conn. by single stroke to win Greater Greensboro, N.C. Open for fifth time, registered his first major tournament victory since last spring.

Betty Jameson, veteran San Antonio, Texas stylist, set course record with sparkling first-round 65, added cautious 71 and 74, held eight-stroke (210 to 218) lead over Patty Berg of St. Andrews, Ill. at finish, romped off with top money in Babe Zaharias Open at Beaumont, Texas. Babe Zaharias was 13th with 230.

HORSE RACING

Boston Doge, flashy little unbeaten 3-year-old sprinter, sped to easy 2½-length victory in six-furlong $34,300 Governor's Gold Cup at Bowie, Md. for 10th straight win, brought earnings to $85,720, once again made Andolino brothers glad they were unable to sell him for $7,500 last year.

C. V. Whitney's small but mighty Fisherman gave away weight to rest of field, was held off early pace by Jockey Hedley Woodhouse but took over lead with three furlongs to go and then beat off Joe Jones's determined bid to take $29,500 Excelsior Handicap by three-quarters of length in 1:45 for 1 1/16th mile at Jamaica, N.Y.

The Jockey Club, racing's exclusive parent organization, elected four prominent horsemen, brought membership to 63. Those elected: Tyson Gilpin, president of Virginia Horsemen's Association, breeder, expert in field of auctions and dispersal sales, judging conformation and bloodlines; P. A. B. Widener 3rd, grandson of late Joseph E. Widener, operator of Kentucky's Elk Hill Farm; Daniel Van Clief, master of Nydrie Stud at Esmont, Va.; Cortright Wetherill, owner of Happy Hill Farm, prominent hunt meeting patron.

ROWING
Navy's varsity crew with five new men in boat made debut, showed it would be tough to beat. Middies' smooth-rowing newcomers got early jump on Princeton, won by 2½ lengths in near-flawless performance, extended winning streak to 30 at Princeton, N.J. In other Eastern opener, Columbia outrowed Rutgers by more than three lengths at New Brunswick, N.J.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association wound up season with annual meeting in New York, gave President Maurice Podoloff three-year contract at increased salary, and announced All-Star team, held player draft.

Philadelphia Warriors landed biggest prize in draft, picked three-time All-America Tom Gola of La Salle for its territorial choice. Other notable selections: All-America Dick Ricketts of Duquesne by Milwaukee Hawks; Minnesota's Dick Garmaker by Minneapolis Lakers; Maurice Stokes of St. Francis (Pa.) by Rochester Royals; Ken Sears of Santa Clara by N.Y. Knickerbockers; Ed Conlin of Fordham and Don Schlundt of Indiana by title-winning Syracuse Nationals; John Horan of Dayton by Ft. Wayne Pistons; Oregon's Jim Loscutoff, Virginia's Buzz Wilkinson, Tulsa's Bob Patterson and Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric, who set major college four-year scoring record of 2,578 points, by Boston Celtics.

Bob Pettit of Milwaukee was named "Rookie of the Year," became second first-year player in NBA history to make All-Star team, joined Neil Johnston of Philadelphia, Bob Cousy of Boston, Adolph Schayes of Syracuse, Larry Foust of Ft. Wayne on club selected by sportswriters and sportscasters.

SKIING
Ralph Miller, formful Army private from Camp Hale, Col., tied Bill Beck of Kingston, R.I. in downhill, next day edged same rival by 3.2 seconds in slalom, took North American combined championship at Sugar Bowl, Norden, Calif. Gladys (Skeeter) Werner of Steamboat Springs, Col. bowed to taped-up, shy Cathy Carey of Denver in downhill, came back to win slalom, earned women's combined title.

SOCCER
Bishop Aukland's Derek Lewin booted home goals in each half, gave County Durham team 2-0 win over Hendon for English amateur soccer cup title before 100,000 at London's Wembley Stadium.

MILEPOSTS

MARRIED—Julius Boros, 35, of Bridgeport, Conn., former U.S. Open and Tarn O'Shanter champion, Golfer of Year in 1952; to Armen C. Boyle, 23, of Miami, Fla., at Aiken, S.C.

DIED—Paul B. Williamson, 64, geologist, inventor of Williamson system of rating college football teams, one of founders of New Orleans' Mid-Winter Sports Association; after long illness, at New Orleans.

DIED—Ad Wolgast, 67, onetime newsboy, and hard-hitting, cautionless and colorful world lightweight champion from 1910 to 1912; of heart disease, at Camarillo, Calif, mental institution. Wolgast won title in 1910, outlasting Battling Nelson in bloody finish bout that ended in TKO in 40th round. Declared mentally incompetent in 1917, he fought last bout in 1920, was committed to mental hospital in 1927 as result of brain injuries suffered in 136 fights. Wolgast continued to "train" for "big fight" until he became blind four years ago.

OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD

AUTO RACING

Pat O'Connor, N. Vernon, Ind., AAA 30-lap sprint car race, in 12:32.41. Kansas City, Kan. Runners-up: Jerry Hoyt, Indianapolis; Bob Sweikert, Indianapolis.
Dempsey Wilson, Lawndale, Calif., AAA 150-lap midget race, in 39:33.3, Gardena, Calif.

BASKETBALL

California Flying Wheels, over St. Louis Rams, 44-27, for natl. wheelchair championship, Rantoul, Ill.
Alberni athletics, Alberni, B.C., over Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Gunners, 84-66, 96-58, 91-64, All-Canada sr. men's championship, Vancouver Is., B.C.

BICYCLING
Fiorenzo Magni, Italy, 263-kil. Tour of Romagna, in 6:54, Lugo, Italy.

BOWLING
George Young and Therm Gibson, Detroit, natl. doubles title, with 9,783 for 24 games, Louisville, Ky.

BOXING

Ezzard Charles, 3-round KO over Vern Escoe, heavyweights, Edmonton.
Johnny Summerlin, 6-round KO over Charlie Powell, heavyweights, Los Angeles.
Holly Mims, 10-round decision over Bobby Jones, middleweights, Philadelphia.
Eduardo Lausse, 4-round TKO over Georgie Small, middleweights, Boston.
Pat Lowry, 10-round decision over Pete Adams, welterweights, New York.
Danny Giovanelli, 10-round decision over Chris Christensen, welterweights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bobby Woods, 10-round decision over Carlos Chavez, lightweights, Spokane, Wash.

DOG SHOWS

Ch. kashdowd's White Rock of Coolyn Hill (bull terrier), best-in-show, Charlottesville, Va.
Ch. Fircot L'Ballerine of Maryland (miniature poodle), best-in-show, Fredericksburg, Va.
Ch. Travella Superman of Harham (wire-haired fox terrier), best-in-show, W. Orange, N.J.

FIELD TRIALS

Fast Delivery Belle, Imperial all-age stake, Jockey Hollow F.T.C., Clinton, N.J.
Rhett's night, amateur all-age stake, Jockey Hollow F.T.C., Clinton, N.J.
Paladin Jake, Missouri Derby Stake, Weldon Spring, Mo.

GYMNASTICS
West Side, New York, natl. YMCA championship, with 111.50 pts., Dayton, Ohio.

HORSE RACING

COUNTESS FLEET: $15,000 Golden Poppy Handicap, 1 m., by ¾ length, in 1:36, Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif. Ismale Valenzuela up.
CATCHPENNY: $13,375 Rosedale Stakes, 5 f., by 4 lengths, in 1:00 1/5, Jamaica, N.Y. Paul Bailey up.
SOCIAL OUTCAST: $58,300 Lincoln Downs Special, 1 1/16 m., by 1½ lengths, in 1:45, Lincoln, R.I. Eric Guerin up.
LAND'S CORNER: My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point, 3 m., by a head, in 6:16, Monkton, Md. Benjamin H. Murray up.

HUNT RACING

MARCHIZED: Middleburg Hunt Cup Steeplechase, 3 m., by 4½ lengths, in 5:20 3/5 (new record), Middleburg, Va. Sidney Walters Jr. up.
LAND'S CORNER: My Lady's Manor, 3 m., by a head, in 6:16, Monkton, Md. Benjamin H. Murray up.
REPOSE: Block House Steeplechase, 2 m., by 4 lengths, in 6:34, Tryon, N.C. Johnny Conner up.

SAILING
Arthur Knapp, Larchmont, N.Y., spring frostbite dinghy regatta, with 25 pts., Larchmont Y.C., N.Y.

SWIMMING

(Natl. YMCA championships, Tucson, Ariz.)

Gunter Walk, Dayton, Ohio, 50-yd. freestyle, in 0:24.5
Donald L. Brown, Colorado Springs, Col., 100-yd. backstroke, in 1:00.8; 200-yd. backstroke, in 2:15.2 (new records).
Richard Kennedy, Oakland, Calif., 220-yd. freestyle, in 2:19.2, 1,500-meter freestyle, in 20:32.2.
Jerry Labonte, Long Beach, Calif., 200-yd. breast-stroke, in 2:29.4.
Joseph Hunsaker, St. Louis, 100-yd. breaststroke, in 1:02.7.
David B. Demmin, Colorado Springs, Col., 100-yd. freestyle, in 0:54.9.
Robert Mckinnon, Oakland, Calif., 440-yd. freestyle, in 5:07.
Theodore H. Jones, Tulsa, Okla., 150-yd. individual medley, in 1:36.9.
Dayton, Ohio, 300-yd. medley relay; 400-meter freestyle relay.
Murray Hubley, Huntington, Ind., 1-meter dive.
Gordon Peak, Fresno, Calif., 3-meter dive.
Dayton, Ohio, team championship, with 68 pts.

TENNIS

Tony Trabert, Cincinnati, over Vic Seixas, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 Dallas C.C. singles, Dallas, Texas.
Trabert and Seixas, over Dick Savitt and Tom Brown, 6-3, 10-8, 6-4, Dallas C.C. doubles, Dallas, Texas.
Don Budge, of New York, over Bobby Riggs, 6-4, 6-4, 8-6, natl. professional clay courts singles title, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Doris Hart, Coral Gables, Fla., over Shirley Fry, 6-2, 6-4, Havana C.C. women's singles, Havana.
Miss Hart and Miss Fry, over Darlene Hard and Yola Ramirez, 6-2, 6-2, Havana C.C. women's doubles, Havana.

WATER POLO
Illinois A.C. over N.Y.A.C. "A" team, 9-7, Natl. AAU indoor championship, N.Y.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending April 17)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Boston
W-5; L-l
Pct.: .833

Baltimore
7-1, 6-5
14-5, 12-9

New York
8-4, 4-6

2. Cleveland
W-4; L-2
Pct.: .667

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

Detroit
5-3, 7-3

3. New York
W-3; L-2
Pct.: .600

Washington
19-1, 5-2
3-7

Boston
4-8, 6-4

3. Chicago
W-3; L-2
Pct.: .600

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

Kansas City
7-1

5. Washington
W-2; L-2
Pct.: .500

Baltimore
12-5

New York
1-19, 2-5
7-3

5. Detroit
W-3; L-3
Pct.: .500

Kansas City
2-6, 10-2
8-3, 16-0

Cleveland
3-5, 3-7

7. Kansas City
W-l; L-4
Pct.: .200

Detroit
6-2, 2-10
3-8, 0-16

Chicago
1-7

8. Baltimore
W-0; L-5
Pct.: .000

Washington
5-12

Boston
1-7, 5-6
5-14, 9-12

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Brooklyn
W-6; L-0
Pct.: .1.000

Pittsburgh
6-1, 6-0
10-3, 3-2

New York
10-8, 6-3

2. Philadelphia
W-4; L-l
Pct.: .800

New York
4-2, 3-8
4-2, 4-2

Pittsburgh
4-3

3. Chicago
W-4; L-2
Pct.: .667

Cincinnati
7-5, 6-4

St. Louis
14-4, 11-12
6-5, 1-14

4. Milwaukee
W-3; L-2
Pct.: .600

Cincinnati
4-2, 9-5
10-1, 5-6

St. Louis
7-8

4. St. Louis
W-3; L-2
Pct.: .600

Chicago
4-14, 12-11
5-6, 14-1

Milwaukee
8-7

6. New York
W-l; L-5
Pct.: .167

Philadelphia
2-4, 8-3
2-4, 2-4

Brooklyn
8-10, 3-6

6. Cincinnati
W-l; L-5
Pct.: .167

Chicago
5-7, 4-6

Milwaukee
2-4, 5-9
1-10, 6-5

8. Pittsburgh
W-0; L-5
Pct.: .000

Brooklyn
1-6, 0-6
3-10, 2-3

Philadelphia
3-4