This is an article from the May 9, 1955 issue
Stirling Moss, 24-year-old daredevil Briton, gunned his Mercedes Silver Bullet over hazardous, twisting 992-mile route in 10:07:48 for average speed of 97.96 mph and new record, outclassed Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, who finished second in another Mercedes, and Italy's Umberto Maglioli, third in Ferrari, to win perilous Mille Miglia road race at Brescia, Italy. Old record: 87:96 mph set by Italy's Giannino Marzotto in 1953 and broken by first three finishers.
Helioscope, William G. Helis Jr.'s four-year-old long-striding bay son of Heliopolis, broke in front at start, had things his own way until Joe Jones made desperate bid, then responded to urging of Jockey Sammy Boulmetis with last-second surge to win by nose, set new track record of 1:40 3/5 for mile and 70 yards while taking $28,750 Valley Forge Handicap at Garden State Park, Camden, N.J.
Cleveland Indians won five out of six, forged into first place in American League on superb pitching of Veterans Bob Lemon and Bob Feller and Rookie Herb Score. Lemon beat Washington 3-2, Baltimore 5-2, became first major leaguer to win five games. Thirty-six-year-old Feller hurled 12th one-hitter of career, blanked Boston 2-0 in first game of Sunday doubleheader while Score fanned 16, two short of Feller's major league record, whipped Red Sox 2-1 in nightcap, kept Indians½ game ahead of bunched-up New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.
Detroit, aided by Outfielder Al Kaline's 14-game hitting streak (halted by Washington), rolled over Baltimore and Washington for seven straight before bowing to New York's Bob Turley 6-1. Victory was second of week, fourth of season for Bullet Bob, who also blanked Chicago 5-0 with superb one-hitter. Kansas City's Bobby Shantz took big step on comeback trail, shut out Yankees 6-0 with three hits as Athletics bounced into fifth place with four triumphs in five games.
Brooklyn Dodgers continued to set merry pace in National League, got good pitching from Billy Loes, Carl Erskine, Clem Labine, Russ Meyer, Reliefer Ed Roebuck, power hitting from Carl Furillo, who belted homer No. 7, and Duke Snider, who hit No. 6, out-scored Cincinnati 7-2, Chicago 4-2, 7-5, Milwaukee 5-4, pulled 5½ games ahead of second-place St. Louis Cardinals.
New York Giants' Johnny Antonelli supplied week's best pitching, beat Milwaukee 3-2 on three-hitter, then hurled six-hit 16-inning 2-1 win over Cincinnati in game featured by 10 double plays, Bill Taylor's pinch-hit, game-winning single.
Cincinnati punished Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, 5-0, ended six-game losing streak but remained in last place.
Cincinnati and Philadelphia pulled off major trade, Reds sending Outfielders Jim Greengrass and Glen Gorbous, Catcher Andy Seminick to Phillies for Catcher Forrest (Smoky) Burgess, Pitcher Steve Ridzik, Outfielder Stan Palys.
Golden Land, Andy Crevolin's three-year-old son of Bull Lea, got smart ride from Jockey Ray York, pulled away in late stages after taking command at half-way mark, scored three-length victory in $50,000 Golden Gate Derby at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif.
Racing Fool came on with rush, outran Jean's Joe in exciting stretch duel, took first money in $35,250 Blue Grass Stakes, prep for Kentucky Derby, at Keeneland, Ky.
Nance's Lad, 13-1 long shot, and Informant, who won last two times out, exploded myth of Boston Doge's invincibility, handed Paul Andolino's lethargic colt first defeat after 10 straight victories in $25,500 Swift Stakes at Belmont Park, N.Y.
Swaps, Rex C. Ellsworth's homebred chestnut colt fresh from successful campaign in California, with Willie Shoemaker up, flashed to easy 8½-length win in six-furlong Jefferson Purse at Churchill Downs, heartened horse players who have made him third choice behind Nashua and Summer Tan in Kentucky Derby.
Our Babu staged great uphill run in last furlong, nipped favored Tamerlane by neck in 147th running of 2,000 Guineas Stakes, first of Britain's classic races for three-year-olds, before Queen Elizabeth and 75,000 fans at Newmarket, England.
University of Maryland's Dick Corrigan converted feed from Charlie Wicker into his fourth goal in closing minutes to give unbeaten Terps 9-8 win over Navy in rugged battle at Annapolis, Md., ending 19-game Middie winning streak and virtually assuring Maryland national championship.
Navy's smooth-rowing newcomers maintained steady cadence most of way, picked up beat to 39 near finish, overcame Cornell's late challenge, won 31st consecutive victory in fast 8:55 for 1¾ miles in Goes Trophy regatta at Annapolis, Md. Cornell was first in junior varsity, freshman races.
Penn responded to Fred Lane's powerful stroking, staged tremendous closing sprint against wind on choppy Harlem River, nosed out Yale, beat Columbia by two lengths to take two-mile Blackwell Cup regatta in 10:40.4 at New York. Talented Penn crewmen also finished on top in three other races, tied Yale in freshman heavyweight event.
Wisconsin, ineligible for Compton Cup, edged Harvard by less than deck length at Cambridge, Mass. but Cantabs won trophy for 13th time in 22-year-old competition.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wes Santee failed in bid to crack four-minute mile but raced to easy 4:08.4 victory in Drake Relays at Des Moines, bettered meet record of 4:14.5.
Manhattan romped off with top honors in Penn Relays at Philadelphia, winning four-mile, shuttle hurdles, 880-yard, Metropolitan events while Villanova cracked ice with pair of victories in mile and sprint medley relays. Syracuse took two-mile crown; Morgan State was first in 440-yard race; NYU captured distance medley. Duke's Joel Shankle was individual star with double victory in record (0:14.1) 120-yard high hurdles and broad jump.
University of Texas quartet of Dean Smith, Al Frieden, Jerry Prewit and Bobby Whilden sprinted 440-yard relay in 0:40.5 in Quadrangular meet at Dallas, equaled world record set by Southern California in 1938 and tied twice by Texas last year.
James Dear of England outstroked Jack Johnson of New York 7-3 in second half of home-and-home series at London after losing 7-4 in New York, succeeded 60-year-old Pierre Etchebaster, who retired after 26-year reign, as world open champion.
Lands Corner, Mrs. William J. Straw-bridge's 11-year-old gelding, ran away from rest of field after favored Marchized fell at 18th fence, romped to eight-length victory in 8:52 in four-mile Maryland Hunt Cup at Shawan, Md.
Gene Littler, diminutive, steady-swinging Palm Springs, Calif. pro, overcame rain, strong winds, fired par 72 on final 18 holes for 280 total, finished 13 strokes ahead of Bob Toski of Livingston, N.J., Jerry Barber of Los Angeles and Pete Cooper of Birmingham, Mich, to grab $10,000 first prize in rich Tournament of Champions at Las Vegas, Nev. Victory also was worth $79,200 to Crooner Frankie Laine, who "bought" Littler in Calcutta pool.
Babe Zaharias, long-hitting veteran who came back after cancer operation, rallied to par last two holes, broke tie with Marilynn Smith of Wichita, Kan., 293 to 295, to win Peach Blossom-Betsy Rawls tournament at Spartanburg, S.C.
Johnny Holman, run-of-the-mill Chicago heavyweight whose only claim to fame was knockout victory over Cesar Brion, floored over-the-hill Ezzard Charles in first round, again in ninth with vicious two-fisted attack, had former heavyweight king reeling when Referee Eddie Coachman stopped fight at Miami Beach. Holman jumped to No. 5 in The Ring magazine ratings, promptly challenged Rocky Marciano to title fight; Charles dropped to sixth, announced intention to continue fighting.
Cisco Andrade, Los Angeles lightweight hopeful, staggered Lauro Salas twice with powerful rights to head in fifth round, went on to win 10-round decision over ex-champion at Los Angeles, avenged defeat suffered two months ago.
Randy Turpin, former world middleweight titleholder, scored second-round KO over Alex Buxton, won British light heavyweight crown at London.
Glenn (Fireball) Roberts, Daytona Beach speed demon, pushed his Cadillac-powered Chevrolet at average speed of 100.38 mph, beat Curtis Turner of Roanoke, Va. by 27 seconds in NASCAR 200-mile modified stock car race at Darlington, S.C. Bill Widenhouse of Midland, N.C. was third but set new record of 113.976 mph with Cadillac-powered Chevrolet in time trials.
Squadron A, led by Jack Ivory, hard-driving No. 2 who was named most valuable player, and Phil Brady, who scored six goals, upset favored NYAC trio 11-8, won national senior indoor title in New York.
Hotel Spaniol of St. Cloud, Minn, ripped off 3,081 series, moved into second place in ABC tournament at Ft. Wayne, Ind. Pfeiffer's Beer of Detroit held team lead with 3,136. Other leaders at halfway mark: Singles, Eddie Gerzine of Milwaukee with 738; doubles, Harry Zoeller and George Pacropis of Wilkes Barre, Pa. with 1,365; all-events, Fred Bujack of Detroit with 1,993.
BORN—To Wes Santee, fast-talking, fast-running Kansas miler who set U.S. outdoor record of 4:00.5 in April, and Mrs. Santee; a son, their first child, at Lawrence, Kan.
BORN—To Fortune Gordien, discus-throwing champion, holder of world record, and Mrs. Gordien; twin boys, their second and third children, at Portland, Ore.
HONORED—Honus (Hans) Wagner, 81-year-old Flying Dutchman whose bow-legged batting stance terrified National League pitchers in 21-year career (1897-1917) with Louisville and Pittsburgh, generally acclaimed as game's greatest shortstop, manager, coach; by dedication of 20-foot-high, 40-ton statue erected by friends and admirers, at Pittsburgh.
HONORED—Lt. Richard Shea, former West-Point track star, three-time IC4A crosscountry champion, killed in action in Korea July 8, 1953 while repelling Communist "suicide attack"; posthumously awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, at Washington, D.C.
DIED—Mike Nazuruk, 33, of North Bell-more, N.Y., veteran auto racing driver, runner-up in 1951 Indianapolis "500"; of injuries received when his Offenhauser crashed into fence during AAA race at Langhorne, Pa. Speedway day after he set record of 3:22.36 for six one-mile laps.
DIED—Hannes Schneider, 64, world's foremost ski meister, credited with development of Arlberg technique, teacher of royalty; of heart attack, at North Conway, N.H. Austrian-born Schneider began career as mountain climber and skier in St. Anton am Arlberg, was exiled to Garmisch-Parten-kirchen by Nazis in 1938, came to America in 1939, operated famed ski school at Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Buck Baker, Charlotte, N.C, NASCAR 100-m. Grand Natl., in 1:53:43, in 1955 Buick, Charlotte, N.C. Runnersup: Tim Flock, Atlanta. Ga.; Dave Terrell, Newtown, Pa.
Frank Mundy, Atlanta, Ga., AAA 100-lap stock engine class, Knoxville, Tenn.
Charlie Musselman, Collegeville, Pa., AAA 30-m. race, in 16:48.01, Langhorne, Pa. Runners-up: Mike Magill, Haddonfield, N.J.; John Thomson, Springfield, Mass.
Bob Sweikert, Speed way City, Ind., AAA 30-lap sprint race, Salem, Ind.
Bill Brown, Chicago, "Circuit of Champions' convertible stock car race, in Mercury, Birmingham, Ala.
Joey Giambra, 10-round decision over Jimmy Welch, middleweights, Houston, Tex.
Rocky Castellani, 10-round decision over Chico Varona, middleweights, New York.
Hans Streitz,10-round decision over Johnny Sullivan, middleweights, Manchester, England.
Chico Vejar, 4-round TKO over Giampaolo Melis, welterweights, Syracuse, N.Y.
Benny Nieuwenhuizen, 5-round TKO over Wally Thorn, welterweights, Manchester, England.
Kenny Davis, 10-round decision over Augie Villa, feather weights, Hollywood, Calif.
Lulu Perez, 10-round decision over Rudy Garcia, lightweights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ch. Silvertips Scion of Wychwood (samoyed), best-in-show, Rhode Island Kennel Club, Cranston, R.I.
Toronto All-stars, over Westchester, 2-0, U.S. Canada tournament, Greenwich, Conn.
Oakcreek's Van Cleve (golden male), open all-age stake, Eugene, Ore.
Don Bisplinghoff, Orlando, Fla., over Bill Campbell, 5 & 4, North & South amateur, Pinehurst, N.C.
A.J. Ruffini, Cleveland, over S. P. Davis, 2 & 1, Campbell Cup srs., tournament, Hot Springs, Va.
Alan Thirwell, Newcastle, over Michael Burgess, 7 & 6, English Amateur, London.
(Natl. AAU championships, Rochester. N.Y.)
Karl Schwenzfeier, Penn State, and JACK MILES, Florida State Gymkhana, tied for men's all-round title, with 327 pts.
Ernestine Russell, Windsor, Ont., women's all-round title, with 227 pts.
Florida State Gym Khan A, team championship with 42¾ pts.
SAILOR: $28,000 Toboggan Handicap, 6 f., by nose in 1:08 4/5, Belmont Pk., N.Y. Hedley Woodhouse up
FIRST LAP: $21,500 Lafayette Stakes, 4 f. 51 yds., by 3½ lengths, in 0:50, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky. Job Dean Jessop up.
PRETTY PLUNGER: $20,075 Fashion Stakes, 4½ f., by 3 lengths, in 0:51 1/5, Belmont Pk., N.Y. Ted Atkinson up.
TAHITI: $11,620 Maryland Sprint Handicap, 6f., by 6 lengths, in 1:10, Laurel, Md. Tony DeSpirito up.
MELD: 1,000 Guineas Stakes, 1 m., by 2 lengths, Newmarket, England. Willy Carr up.
Ted Corbitt, N.Y. Pioneer Club, Fairmount Pk. Marathon, in 2:38:20, Philadelphia.
Rutgers, over Brown, by 2½ lengths, in 6:36.6 for 15/16 m. (new course record), Providence, R.I.
Dartmouth, over Amherst, by 3 lengths, in 6:23 for 1 5/16 m., Hanover, N.H.
Barrow, over Workington Town, 21-12, Rugby League Cup final, London.
Bobby Monetti, Manhasset Bay YC, frostbite dinghy title, with 53 pts., Larchmont, N.Y. Runners-up: Arthur Knapp Jr., Larchmont; Howard McMichael, Larchmont.
GINNY BUG: Billy McFadden Memorial Hurdles (b rush), 2½ m., by 5 lengths, in 5:46 2/5, Memphis, Tenn.
June Ann Fitzpatrick, Dublin, over Helen Wong, 8-6, 6-2, N. California women's singles, San Francisco.
Fausto Gardini, Italy, over Art Larsen, 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-2, Genoa intl. tournament, Genoa, Italy.
(Davis Cup first round play)
Switzerland, over Holland, 3-2, Basel, Switzerland.
Argentina, over Monaco, 3-2, Monte Carlo.
Germany, over Ireland, 4-1, D√ºsseldorf.
Austria, over Finland, 3-0, Vienna.
Chile, over Yugoslavia, 5-0, Karlovac, Yugoslavia.
Czechoslovakia, over Portugal, 5-0, Lisbon.
Egypt, over Turkey, 4-1, Istanbul.
Leo Sjogren, New York, Natl. AAU 50-kilo. walk, in 4:30:57 (new record), Baltimore.
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