May 16, 1955
May 16, 1955

Table of Contents
May 16, 1955

Events & Discoveries
  • Few sights are more beautiful than the collected curves of an ocean racer's hull, bared for the spring overhaul

Time For A Swim
Brother To The Swan
Fisherman's Calendar
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



This is an article from the May 16, 1955 issue

Eddie Southern, lanky 17-year-old speedster from Dallas' Sunset High School, zipped through 440-yard dash in 0:47.2 day after turning in 0:47.4 clocking in preliminary, twice shattered national scholastic record of 48 flat in Texas Interscholastic League meet at Austin. Southern, hailed as greatest high school track star in Texas history, also won 220-yard dash in 20.7, tied 22-year-old mark held by fabulous Jesse Owens, took 120-yard high hurdles in 0:14.2.

Don Bowden of University of California took first competitive crack at mile in dual meet with Stanford at Berkeley, Calif., romped home in 4:11.7, established new national freshman standard.

Charlie Krapp and Phil Drake, University of North Carolina middle-distance swim stars, each set two American records in AAU-sanctioned trials at Chapel Hill, N.C. Krapp was timed in 5:49.1 for 500-yard backstroke, 6:21.9 for 500-meter backstroke; Drake did 500-yard butterfly in 6:37.1, 500-meter butterfly in 7:11.3.


Brooklyn Dodgers, rolling along at breakneck pace, won close ones, ran latest winning streak to 10, raised season's record to 21-2, moved nine full games out in front of Milwaukee in runaway National League race. Brooks edged Milwaukee 2-0 on 12th-inning home run by Carl Furillo, beat fading St. Louis Cardinals 12-4, 4-3, swept three-game series from faltering Philadelphia Phils 6-4, 6-3, 9-8. Carl Erskine contributed superb pitching, bested Milwaukee's Gene Conley in 2-0 game, whipped Phils 6-3 later in week for fifth victory. Manager Walter Alston also won out in week's biggest rhubarb, suspended Pitcher Don Newcombe, who refused to pitch batting practice, for insubordination, was backed up by club officials. Contrite Newcombe apologized after one-day absence, returned to beat Philadelphia in relief, remarked, "It was mighty expensive day off—it ain't gonna happen again."

Milwaukee dropped four games to Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, bounced back to sweep three-game series from St. Louis 8-5, 9-7, 6-2, took over second place.

New York Giants continued to have troubles but took two out of three from Chicago Cubs 0-6,4-3, 6-3, split four games with surprising Pittsburgh Pirates, moved into third place with .500 mark. Outfielder Don Mueller collected five hits in Sunday twin-bill with Pirates, hit in 21st consecutive game, raised batting average to .421, three points behind St. Louis' Bill Virdon, who topped National League with .424.

Pittsburgh Pirates' young ball club amazed rest of league, ripped off six straight before bowing to Giants 11-2, jumped to fifth place. Cincinnati showed improvement, won five of six from Phils and Cubs, moved out of last place. St. Louis dropped from second to sixth after losing seven in row; hard-pressed Philadelphia absorbed nine successive defeats, wallowed in National League cellar.

Cleveland Indians had good week, beat Boston Red Sox 4-2, split pair with New York Yankees 7-4, 5-11, took four games from Kansas City 4-1, 9-3, 9-6, 2-1 to hold American League lead after Detroit Tigers made most of strong hitting by Al Kaline, batting cool .407, to earn tie, then slumped to fourth with three losses to Chicago White Sox. Rookie Herb Score turned in week's best pitching chore for Indians, beat Kansas City 4-1 on three-hitter, struck out 10.

New York Yankees had trouble with Detroit and Cleveland, recovered to blast Boston Red Sox 6-0, 9-6, 5-0, settled into second-place tie with Chicago White Sox, who split pair with Washington 5-3, 4-5, grabbed three of four from Tigers 1-0, 1-7, 5-4, 1-0. Yankees' Bob Turley won fifth game with two-hit 6-0 victory over Red Sox, fanned 13, has given up 17 hits, seven runs, struck out 46, walked 28 in 45 innings.

Kansas City maintained fifth-place standing despite losses to Washington Senators, who moved up to sixth, and Cleveland while Red Sox managed only one win in seven games with Cleveland, Detroit and New York, slumped to seventh, mere 1½ games ahead of last-place Baltimore.


Swaps, Rex C. Ellsworth's brilliant California-bred chestnut colt, came out of West with reputation, made it stand up in richest ($152,500) Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Off to good start in run for roses, Swaps quickly moved into lead under urging of Jockey Willie Shoemaker, stayed there despite stretch challenge by favored Nashua, won going away by length and half in 2:01⅘ two fifths of second off Whirlaway's record for mile and quarter, earned $108,400 for jubilant owner, more for bettors who backed 14-5 second choice. Summer Tan faded badly, was disappointing third, six-and-a-half lengths behind Nashua.

Louis B. Mayer's Alidon led all way, fought off Determine, 1954 Kentucky Derby winner, galloped to half-length victory in $50,000 Golden Gate Handicap at Albany, Calif. Favored Rejected finished dejected last in five-horse race.


Penn's smooth-stroking oarsmen accomplished what no other crew had been able to do in 31 previous races since 1951—beat Navy. Rowing in Adams Cup regatta on Charles River at Cambridge, Mass., Coach Joe Burk's determined eight-oared experts moved to front soon after start, skimmed along at even beat set by Stroke Fred Lane, zoomed to 38 to beat off challenge of hard-driving Navy in last quarter-mile, joyously swept to length-and-half triumph over chagrined Middies in record-breaking 8:47.7 for mile and three quarters. Host Harvard was five lengths back. Disappointed Navy Coach Rusty Callow, who had seen his charges win three IRA, three Eastern sprint titles, 1952 Olympic championship while piling up 31 straight victories, cracked: "Now I guess Navy will have to start budgeting for crew shirts."

Cornell started slowly, staged late sprint to pull away from Syracuse, won by six lengths in 10:15.2 over two-mile Cayuga Lake course at Ithaca, N.Y., made Big Red threat to Penn and Navy in Eastern sprint championship at Washington, D.C. May 14.

Bermuda's international one-design yachtsmen sailed to victories in four races, scored 31¼ points to 29 for U.S. crews from Long Island Sound, captured Amorita Cup in International Race Week feature at Hamilton. U.S. took team racing honors in international 14-foot dinghy class.

Uncle Pierre, Cyrus Manierre's 9-year-old bay gelding, ridden by Penn law student Laddie Murray, stormed from behind when favored Democles and Gliding Slide failed to navigate tough timber fences, scored three-length victory over Drift Wood in 8:41[3/5] as only four of 13 horses finished grueling four-mile steeplechase at Warren-ton, Va., earned leg on Virginia Gold Cup, thistle-shaped, octagonal goblet made from gold nuggets mined during 1849 California gold rush.


Julio Mederos, Cuban heavyweight, slugged queer-acting, rubber-legged Harold Johnson, No. 1-ranked light-heavyweight challenger, for two rounds, won by TKO when Dr. Alfred Ayella Jr. ordered weird IBC-promoted TV fight stopped at end of second at Philadelphia and announced that Johnson "appeared to have been doped" (see page 82).

Sugar Ray Robinson, looking slightly sharper and faster in fifth comeback start, was staggered by right to head in first, came back to pound out easy 10-round decision over much-beaten Garth Panter of Salt Lake City at Detroit.

Archie Moore, fresh from 15-round victory over Nino Valdes, temporarily set aside hope of meeting Rocky Marciano for heavyweight championship, agreed to defend light-heavyweight crown against Middleweight Champion Carl (Bobo) Olson June 22 at New York's Polo Grounds. Moore, faced with prospect of shedding 21½ pounds to make 175-pound limit, had another problem this week. Arrested in San Diego on charge of non-support of son Archie Jr. on complaint signed by ex-wife, Archie Sr. pleaded innocent, must appear for jury trial July 21.

Percy Bassett, interim featherweight champion while Sandy Saddler was in service and now No. 1 contender, heard bad news: He is suffering from badly detached retina in left eye, spelling end to career which saw him win 64, lose 12, draw once.

Marion Ladewig of Grand Rapids, Mich., America's best woman bowler, teamed with Wyllis Ryskamp to roll 1,264 series, broke doubles record in Women's International Bowling Congress tournament at Omaha, Neb. Marion also took over all-events lead, moved into fourth place in singles.


Wes Santee, brilliant Kansas miler, battled 12-mph breeze, ran favorite event in 4:07, failed again in bid for four-minute mile in invitation race at Miami.

Arnie Sowell, Pitt's fleet junior, ripped off unofficial 0:45.4 quarter-mile, six-tenths of second faster than Herb McKenley's world record of 46 flat, to help Panthers win mile relay in triangular meet with Ohio State and Army at Pittsburgh.

Newcastle United outscored Manchester 3-1 despite sensational play of losers' Goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, first German to play in final, took English Football Association Cup for third time in five years before Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret and 100,000 onlookers at London's Wembley Stadium.

Chandler Harper, balding 41-year-old golf-course builder from Chattanooga, Tenn., equaled three course records with second-round 65, went on to take $25,000 Colonial Invitation with 276, eight strokes ahead of second-place Dow Finsterwald of Bedford Heights, O. at Ft. Worth, Tex.

Maryland swarmed over Army 12-6 at West Point, N.Y. for ninth straight in undefeated season, just about wrapped up national college title. Rangy Dick Corrigan led Terp attack with four goals.


Peter Collins, young British racer, pushed his Maserati around 180-m. airdrome course at average speed just shy of 96 mph, finished first in Daily Express Trophy Race at Silverstone, England. Next three places also went to Maseratis, as England's new Vanwall cars failed to make good showing.

Italy's Alberto Ascari averaged 69.33 mph in his Lancia, toured 153½-mile course in 2:13:3.6, won Naples Grand Prix.


BORN—To Bevo Francis, former Rio Grande College basketball scoring star, now with pro Boston Whirlwinds; and Mrs. Francis, a daughter, Marjorie Anna, their second child; at East Liverpool, O.

ELECTED—Robert Moses (Lefty) Grove, 55, pitching star of Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33) and Boston Red Sox (1934-41), winner of 31 games in 1931, 20 or more in seven other seasons, named to Hall of Fame in 1947; tried hand at new game, was elected to Town Council in home town of Lonaconing, Md.

DIED—Robert Hyatt (Red) McDaniel, 44, ex-jockey, top U.S. trainer of thoroughbreds, among them Poona II who won Santa Anita last February; in jump from San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, at San Francisco. McDaniel saddled 150 or more first-place finishers for five consecutive seasons, set world record of 211 winners in '53.



Tim Flock. Atlanta, NASCAR 100-m. stock car race, in 1:35, in Chrysler 300, Phoenix, Ariz. Runner-up: Marvin
Panch, U.S. Army, in Mercury.
Junior Johnson, Ronda, N.C., NASCAR 100-m. race, in Oldsmobile, Hickory, N.C. Runner-up: Tim Flock, Atlanta, in Chrysler 300.
Tommy Hinnershitz, Reading, Pa., AAA 15-m. race, in 13:57.5, Williams Grove, Pa. Runner-up: Johnny Thomson, Springfield, Mass.
Jerry Hoyt, Speedway City, Ind., AAA 30-lap sprint race, in 12:30, Ft. Wayne, Ind. Runner-up: Andy Linden,
Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Ruppert Waltl, Brooklyn, N.Y., 25-m. Middle Atlantic championship, in 1:02:1.4 (new U.S. record), Belleville, N.J.


Charles(Sonny)Liston, 5-round TKO over Emil Brtko, heavyweights, Pittsburgh.
Andy Mayfield, 12-round split decision over Gus Rubicini, middleweights, Miami Beach.
Virgil Akins, 8-round KO over Ronnie Delaney, welterweights, New York.
Art Aragon, 2-round TKO over Irish Johnny McCray, welterweights, Los Angeles.

(Natl. AAU championships, Kansas City, Mo.)

George Moore, Detroit, 1-round KOover John Johnson Army, heavyweights.
John Horne, Washington, 2-round KO over Robert Scrivans, San Antonio, 178-pound class.
Paul Wright, Air Force, decision over Floyd McCoy, New York, 165-pound class.
Frank Davis, Ft. Wayne, Ind., decision over William Anderson, St. Louis, 156-pound class.
Walter Sabbath, Detroit, decision over Rudell Stitch, Louisville, 147-pound class.
Robert Cofer, Philadelphia, 1-round KO over Herman Thompson, Baltimore, 139-pound class.
Joe Puscas, Portland, Ore., 1-round KO over Walter Taylor, Washington, 132-pound class.
Joe Charles, Air Force, decision over Nicholas Akana, Honolulu, 125-pound class.
John Cerephin, Air Force, decision over Ward Yee, Air Force, 119-pound class.
Heiji Shimabukuro, Honolulu, 2-round KOover James Anderson, St. Louis, 112-pound class.

Herman Velasco, Chicago, over James Campoli, Midwest men's foil title, Cleveland.


Ralph Blomquist, Glendale, Calif., California State Open, with 283, Fresno, Calif.
Lester Kelly, Univ. of Georgia, Southern Intercollegiate championship, with 281, Athens, Ga.


HIGH VOLTAGE: $31,950 Acorn Stakes, 1 m., by¾ length, in 1:38 4/5, Belmont Pk., N.Y. Eddie Arcaro up.
DEDICATE: $31,200 Delaware Valley Stakes, 6 f., by½ length, in 1:09 3/5, Garden State Pk., Camden, N.J. Sam Boulmetis up.
LALUN: $30,150 Kentucky Oaks,1 1/16m., by¾ length, in 1:46, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. Hank Moreno up.
RED HANNIGAN: $31,050 Roseben Handicap. 7 f., by head, in 1:24 1/5, Belmont Pk., N.Y. Paul Bailey up.
FLYING FURY: $14,850 Derby Trial, 1 m., by nose, in 1:38, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. Conn McCreary up.


California, over UCLA, by 6 lengths, in 15:41, Berkeley, Calif.
Stanford, over USC, by 1 length, in 7:02.4, Los Angeles.
Columbia, over Boston U. and MIT, in 11:06.2, New York.


Heidelberg, PA., over Ludlow, Mass., 3-2, Natl. Amateur Cup Eastern final, Pittsburgh.
Sunderland, England, over American League All-Stars, 7-2, New York.
Nurnberg, Germany, over National League All-Stars, 5-3, Chicago.

Bridgewater College, Va., over Washington & Lee, 4-0, Virginia Amateur Softball Assn. tournament, Richmond.


Tony Trabert, Cincinnati, over Gil Shea, 6-1,6-1, 7-5. S. California men's singles, Los Angeles.
Beverly Fleitz, Long Beach, Calif., over Louise Brough. 7-5, 6-4, S. California women's singles, Los Angeles.


(Golden West Grand Trapshoot, Reno, Nev.)

Forrest Solomon, Winchester, Ore., over-all title, with 765 of 800.
Arnold Riegger, Seattle, all-round title, with 384 of 400.
Edward Heister, Columbus, O., men's handicap, with 100 of 100.
Anna Linn, Maupin, Ore., women's handicap, with 96 of 100.
George Williamson Jr., Compton, Calif., jr. title, with 95 of 100.

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1. Cleveland
W-6; L-1
Seas.: 17-7
Pct.: .708


New York
7-4, 5-11

Kansas City
4-1, 9-3
9-6, 2-1

2. New York
W-4; L-2
Seas.: 14-8
Pct.: .636


4-7, 11-5

6-0, 9-6

2. Chicago
W-4; L-2
Seas.: 14-8
Pct.: .636

5-3, 4-5

1-0, 1-7
5-4, 1-0

4. Detroit
W-4; L-4
Seas.: 14-10
Pct.: .583

New York

4-2, 2-3

0-1, 7-1
4-5, 0-1

5. Kansas City
W-2; L-5
Seas.: 9-13
Pct.: .409


4-3, 6-5

1-4, 3-9
6-9, 1-2

6. Washington
W-4; L-3
Seas.: 9-14
Pct.: .391

Kansas City

3-5, 5-4

2-1, 1-5
3-4, 15-7

7. Boston
W-1; L-6
Seas.: 9-16
Pct.: .360


2-4, 3-2

New York
0-6, 6-9

8. Baltimore
W-2: L-4
Seas.: 7-17
Pct.: .292

Kansas City
3-4, 5-6

1-2, 5-1
4-3, 7-15

Batting—Bill Skowron, New York, .451
Runs batted in—Mickey Vernon, Washington, 26
Home runs—Gus Zernial, Kansas City, 8
Pitching—Bob Turley, New York, 5-0


1. Brooklyn
W-6; L-0
Seas.: 21-2
Pct.: .913


St. Louis
12-4, 4-3

6-4, 6-3

2. Milwaukee
W-3; L-4
Seas.: 12-11
Pct.: .522


0-4, 4-5

St. Louis
8-5, 9-7

3. New York
W-4; L-3
Seas.: 11-11
Pct.: .500

0-6, 4-3

2-3, 11-3
5-7, 6-3

4. Chicago
W-4; L-5
Seas.: 12-13
Pct.: .480

4-2, 2-1

New York
6-0, 3-4

2-4, 7-8
5-3, 3-4

5. Pittsburgh
W-6; L-2
Seas.: 10-13
Pct.: .435

St. Louis

4-0, 5-4

New York
3-2, 3-11
7-5, 3-6

6. St. Louis
W-0; L-6
Seas.: 8-12
Pct.: .400


4-12, 3-4

5-8, 7-9

7. Cincinnati
W-5; L-1
Seas.: 9-14
Pct.: .391

7-5, 7-3

4-2, 8-7
3-5, 4-3

8. Philadelphia
W-0; L-7
Seas.: 8-15
Pct.: .348

2-4, 1-2

5-7, 3-7

4-6, 3-6

Batting—Bill Virdon, St. Louis, .424
Runs batted in—Duke Snider, Brooklyn, 29
Home runs—Carl Furillo and Snider, Brooklyn, 8
Pitching—Carl Erskine, Brooklyn, 5-0