This is an article from the May 2, 1955 issue
Brooklyn Dodgers, powered by hitting of Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Duke Snider, pitching of Carl Erskine, Billy Loes, Ed Roebuck, won 10 straight games before 5-4 loss to New York Giants, set modern major league record for consecutive victories at season's start. Old mark: nine straight, shared by 1918 Giants, 1940 Dodgers, 1944 St. Louis Browns.
Margaret Edwards, Margaret Grundy and Mortimer and Angela Barnwell, speedy quartet of English schoolgirls, bettered women's world swimming record for 400-yard medley relay by nine seconds, were clocked in 4:34.4 in meet at Wallasey, England.
Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking fast in National League race, bowled over Philadelphia 5-2, 7-6, 3-2, 14-4, won 10 straight to set modern major league mark for consecutive victories since season's start, then dropped 5-4 thriller to New York Giants when Shortstop Don Zimmer uncorked wild throw. Carl Erskine of Dodgers bested Sal Maglie 3-1 in second game, but Giants came back with two in ninth, six in 10th to take rubber game of series 11-10. Willie Mays came to life against Brooks with great fielding plays, two homers, single in final game.
Milwaukee Braves, two and one-half games behind first-place Dodgers, took three from Chicago Cubs 2-1, 3-2, 9-5, split with St. Louis Cardinals, losing first 2-1, winning second 5-4. Bobby Thomson of Braves won final against Cubs by knocking in five runs on grand-slam, bases-loaded single, won second game against Cards with 12th-inning single.
Cubs bounced back from Braves series by taking three from Cincinnati 6-3, 1-0, 2-1. Warren Hacker, Jim Davis combined for five-hit shutout.
Pittsburgh, losers in eight straight since season began, got off ground with 6-1 win over Phils, thanks to Max Surkont's pitching, Dale Long's hitting.
Chicago White Sox, American League leaders, beat Detroit Tigers 9-1, sailed into Kansas City, won first two games 5-3, 29-6, dropped third game 5-0 as Alex Kellner became first A's pitcher to pitch full game this year. In 29-6 affair, Bob Nieman hit two of Chicago's seven homers as White Sox tied modern major league scoring mark by one team in one game.
New York Yankees took two of three from Baltimore 6-0, 14-2 on Whitey Ford's three-hit shutout, Bob Turley's win over former mates. Orioles took second game 6-3 as Catcher Hal Smith drove in three. Yankees also took two of three from Boston as Ford, pitching second shutout of week, beat Red Sox 3-0, took second game 7-2 as First Baseman Bill Skowron whacked homer, double, chased in five runs. Boston's Willard Nixon, who shut Out Washington 1-0 earlier in week, came back strong to give Red Sox 1-0 win over Yanks in final game.
Cleveland Indians split with Kansas City 11-9, 7-8, beat Detroit 8-5, but dropped next two to Tigers 3-0, 6-4.
Vic Raschi, 36-year-old right-hander bothered by sore back, unconditionally released by St. Louis. Cards paid Yankees reported $85,000 for Raschi last year. From 1946 to 1953 Vic won 120, lost 50 for Yanks, had five Series victories, three defeats.
TRACK AND FIELD
Hideo Hamamura, 26-year-old, 124-pound government clerk from Yamaguchi, Japan, elated by good-luck omen of two perpendicular leaves in morning cup of tea, paced himself for first 13 miles of Boston AA marathon, then turned on speed, pulled ahead on Beacon Street, won in meet-record time of 2:18.22—29 seconds less than mark set in 1953 by Keizo Yamada, fellow Japanese. Happy Hamamura, who trained on diet of rice with meat and fish, said he felt at home in rain which pelted field of 160, panted to interpreter: "...It was grand." Eino Pulkkinen of Finland ran second in 26-mile 385-yard grind. Nick Costes, Slippery Rock graduate from Natick, Mass. finished third, but was clocked in 2:19.57, best ever by American.
Wes Santee of Ashland, Kans. bucked strong winds, slopped through muddy track, ran Glenn Cunningham Mile in 4:11.4, his slowest time in months, before 13,000 fans at Lawrence, Kans.
Orlando Zulueta, ninth-ranking lightweight from Cuba, kept landing against Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter, 5-1 favorite who kept missing, won nontitle decision at Washington. Before bout, Carter's manager, Willie Ketchum, volunteered: "Carter should win, but you never can tell in this business."
Willie Pastrano, 19-year-old middleweight fancy dan, tied wife's wedding ring to left shoe for luck, had none as judges voted his bruiser with Willie Troy draw, at Chicago.
Gene Poirer, 23-year-old welterweight, won sixth straight by stopping Johnny Busso with crunching overhand right in third round in Brooklyn.
Milo Savage, swarming Salt Lake City middleweight, brushed off Bobby Boyd's left jabs, punched way to 10-round decision at New York.
Army captured 1955 Inter-Service team title by one point, but Navy sailed off with four individual championships in fistic fiesta at Oakland, Calif. Navy winners: Gene Toran, 132-pound; Frank Medley, 139-pound; Larry Barrett, 147-pound; Rudy Sawyer, 156-pound. Army winners: Heiji Shimabukoro, 112-pound; Jim Boyd, 178-pound; John Johnson, heavyweight. Air Force winners: Ward Yee, 119-pound; Harry Smith, 125-pound. Marine winner: Richard Hill, 165-pound.
Belair Stud's Nashua nosed past favored Summer Tan to win $111,700 Wood Memorial at Jamaica, N.Y. (see page 20).
Determine, Andy Crevolin's game gray colt, fought off stretch bids by Poona II, Rejected, captured $50,000 Golden Gate Mile by head, in 1:38, at Albany, Calif.
Snugger, 30-1 longshot, led all way, won $28,525 first division of Correction Handicap, clocked 1:12 1/5 for six furlongs, at Jamaica, N.Y. Brazen Brat, 2-1 choice, captured $28,275 second division in 1:12 2/5.
Boston Doge, unbeaten in 10 sprints, will not run in Kentucky Derby. Owner Paul Andolino cited colt's lack of distance experience.
Montreal Canadiens placed three players on National Hockey League's 1954-55 all-star team: Jean Beliveau, center; Maurice (Rocket) Richard, right wing; Doug Harvey, defense. Others selected by sportscasters and writers in six league cities: Detroit Red Wings' Red Kelly, defense, for fifth straight season; Toronto Maple Leafs' Harry Lumley, goalie.
Frank Boucher, 54, resigned as manager of New York Rangers after 29 years with club, hinted he had been bounced, but publicly regretted suffering fans "have not been rewarded with a winner." Murray (Muzz) Patrick, 40, gave up job as Ranger coach, moved up as manager.
Chandler Harper, 41-year-old Portsmouth, Va. pro, made great iron shots, fired 72-hole score of 260, clipped two strokes off tournament record in winning $17,500 Virginia Beach Open. Dick Mayer of St. Petersburg, Fla., was runner-up with 264.
Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C. fought off stiff winds, determined bid by Patty Berg, shot 54-hole total of 218, won $5,000 Carrollton Women's Open by three strokes, at Carrollton, Ga.
Tony Trabert of Cincinnati, playing possibly best tennis of career, won ninth straight tournament by walloping Vic Seixas, Davis Cup teammate, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4, in one-sided River Oaks final at Houston. Victory was Trabert's seventh consecutive over Seixas.
Trabert and Seixas teamed to take doubles title with 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Ham Richardson and Dick Savitt.
Irving Crane of Binghamton, N.Y. held up under pressure, forced Willie Mosconi into final play-off game after week-long tournament, won world pocket billiard championship, 150-87, in 32 innings at Philadelphia. Earlier in tourney, Crane tied world best-game record of two innings in defeating Erwin Rudolph, 150-64, with runs of 116 and 34.
Toshiajki Tanaka of Japan whipped Yugoslavia's Zarko Dolinar 21-12, 21-9, 21-14, won men's singles title in world championships at Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rumania's Angelica Rozeanu won her sixth straight women's title.
Pennsylvania's varsity eight, stroked by Fred Lane, led almost entire Henley distance of mile and five-sixteenths, won Childs Cup by length and three-quarters ahead of Princeton, before merry crowd of 8,000, on Schuylkill. Columbia was third.
Harvard varsity, stroked by Carolo F. Zezza Jr., easily outdistanced Syracuse, Boston University and MIT in mile-and-three-quarter haul on Charles River.
Christopher M. Green's Ray Quick, seven-year-old gelding piloted by Grover Stevens, made first start of year, covered Worthington Valley course of 18 jumps and about three miles in 6:11 3/5 (one second off course record), won Grand National point-to-point race by two lengths, before 5,000 fans at Butler, Md.
Sam Costa, 29-year-old Brooklyn navy yard worker, made first appearance in national championship tourney, dethroned Bill Lauro, 21-18, 21-17, as national senior AAU champion, at New Haven, Conn.
John Pinezich, substitute center, booted two goals within minute to win national open for New York Eintracht 2-0, deny home-grounds bid of Los Angeles Danes for city's first U.S. title.
HONORED—Arnold Sowell, 20, smooth-striding Pitt junior; named Outstanding Athlete of 1955 Indoor Track season, by New York Track Writers Association. Sowell's top performance was tying world indoor record 1,000-yard mark of 2:08.2 in National AAU championships.
ELECTED—Frank G. Mitzel, 58, Detroit insurance executive, to presidency of American Bowling Congress, at Fort Wayne, Ind.
DIED—Col. Jim Corbett, 80, Kiplingesque big-game hunter and author; at Nyeri, Kenya. Raised in Himalayan hill station, Corbett grew up without fear of "jungle folk," seldom killed except from necessity.
DIED—Leroy E. (Hank) Day, 62, football coach at Washington and Jefferson, 1932-36; after long illness, at Washington, Pa.
DIED—Cameron Beach Waterman, 76, pioneer in invention of outboard motor; at Detroit. Waterman got idea in 1903 when he re-rigged motorcycle engine and put it on rowboat; founded Waterman Marine Motor Company in 1906, but sold out in 1916 for $20,000. When others attributed invention to late Ole Evinrude, Waterman said: "When the claims began to be made for Ole I was out of business; they didn't hurt me."
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
George Amick, Venice, Calif., AAA 50-lap midget auto race, Oklahoma City. Runner-up: Johnny Boyd, Fresno, Calif.
Jean Behra, France, 300-Km. Grand Prix de Bordeaux, in 2:54:12.6, Bordeaux, France.
Minnesota, Big Ten conference tournament, with 2,833 for three games, Columbus, Ohio.
(Knights of Columbus National Tournament, Chicago)
Clo Gardner, Detroit, singles title, with 701 for three games.
Jerry Olen and Norbert Bartels, Milwaukee, doubles title, with 1,245.
Stan Weglars, Chicago, all events title, with 1,889.
Art Aragon, 7-round TKO over Morris Leviege, welter-weights, Los Angeles.
Percy Bassett, 10-round TKO over Seraphin Ferrer, lightweights, Paris.
Jack Johnson, 5-round TKO over Gene Thompson, heavyweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Johnny Lombardo, 8-round TKO over Phil Kim, middleweights, St. Louis.
Rex Layne, 1-round TKO over Willy Jackson, heavyweights, Salt Lake City.
Joe Lindsay, 10-round decision over Bob Satterfield, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Joe Miceli, 10-round decision over Luther Rawlings, welterweights, St. Louis.
Johnny Williams, 3-round TKO over Lucien Touzard, heavyweights, Cardiff, Wales.
Ch. Dolobran's Spook, Labrador Retriever Club all-age stake, Southampton, N.Y.
Invail's Pennell, Labrador Retriever Club amateur all-age stake, Southampton, N.Y.
Nic-O-Bet's Black Candy (Labrador retriever), Shasta Cascade Retriever Club open all-age stake, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Buster Cupit, West Monroe, La., Lake Charles invitational tournament, on second hole of sudden death playoff, Lake Charles, La.
Theodora (Pippy) Ronney, Jamaica Plains, Mass., Bermuda Ladies championship, 3-and-1, over Ellen Gery, Hamilton, Bermuda.
SARATOGA: $20,000 Chesapeake Stakes, 11/16 m., by 2 lengths, in 1:43 1/5, Laurel, Md. Nick Shuk up.
Sea O Erin, $12,750 Ben Ali Handicap, 7 f. 184 ft., by 1½ lengths, in 1:27 4/5, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky. Steve Brooks up.
Naute Mia, Conformation Hunter stake and championship, Boulder Brook Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Oxford-Cambridge, over UCLA, 15-14 and 12-5, Los Angeles.
Creepy, skippered by Foster Clark, with 28 pts., Myers Cup, Nassau.
Gem III, skippered by Durward Knowles, with 22 pts., Silver Star spring championships, Nassau.
Georgetown, with 177 pts., Boston Dinghy Club Cup, New England spring invitational, Medford, Mass.
Kings Point, with 59 pts., Coast Guard Academy regatta, New London, Conn.
Wales, over Ireland, 3-2, international match, Belfast.
Japan over Czechoslovakia, 5-3, Swaythling Cup (world men's team championship), Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Sven Davidson, Sweden, over Michael Davies, 6-4, 6-1, Connaught Club hard court championship, Chingford, England.
Tony Vincent, Miami, over Peter Molloy, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4, Cannes international tournament, Cannes, France.
(Paris International Tournament)
Budge Patty, Los Angeles, over Mervyn Rose, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, men's singles.
Patty and Rose, over Marcel Bernard and Paul Remy, 7-9, 6-0, 7-5, 6-3, men's doubles.
Ginette Bucaille, France, over Anne-Marie Seghers, 6-2, 6-3, women's singles.
Russia, six of eight championships, for world Greco-Roman title, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Runners-up: Sweden, Turkey, Finland.
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