This is an article from the June 6, 1955 issue
Arnie Sowell,lithe, fast-moving Pitt junior, outlegged Fordham's Tom Courtney by two yardsin sizzling 1:49.1, bettered national collegiate record of 1:49.8 for half milein IC4A championships at Randall's Island, N.Y. (see page 28).
Charlie Dumas,lanky, long-legged Centennial High School senior from Compton, Calif., soared 6feet 9‚Öú inches (fourth time this year he surpassed 6-foot 7‚⅛-inch record), setnew U.S. scholastic mark in California Interscholastic Federation meet at LosAngeles. Other record breakers in same meet: Todd White of Newport Harbor, whoran superb 4:20 mile; Jefferson High School Los Angeles foursome of HenryPhillips, Willie White, Harold Brice and Ed Walter, who zipped throughhalf-mile relay in 1:27.2.
Diane Leather,attractive 23-year-old English laboratory assistant, first woman to break fiveminutes for mile, did it again, was clocked in 4:50.8 at London, fastest timeever recorded by woman, and new British standard.
GeorgeKoltanowski, durable 53-year-old San Francisco chess expert, played 110simultaneous games in 12 hours 10 minutes, won 89, drew 17, lost four, brokeold record of 101 set by late José Capablanca of Spain.
Bob Sweikert, ofIndianapolis, pushed his John Zink Special at average speed of 128.209 mph, wongrueling Memorial Day 500-mile race at Indianapolis Speedway in which deathovertook veteran driver Bill Vukovich, winner in 1953-54 (see page 24).
Juan ManuelFangio, carefree Argentinian, maneuvered his Mercedes out in front by scant twoyards at finish, edged England's Stirling Moss in near dead heat (both weretimed in 44:52.9, had average speed of 81.03 mph) to win Eifel sports car raceat Nurburgring course, Germany.
Jean Behra ofFrance and Luigi Musso of Italy took turns at wheel of powerful 3,000-ccMaserati, set lap and course records, won crash-filled 626-mileSuper-Cortemaggiore Grand Prix in 5:41:41.3 at Monza, Italy.
Brooklyn, stillleading National League by six games, fell apart in 15-1 beating by last-placePittsburgh, who finally snapped 11-game losing streak, but Dodgers quicklybounced back to trim Pirates 6-2 for unbeaten Don Newcombe's seventh straight,took two out of three from New York Giants. Fresh from four straight losses torampaging Philadelphia Phillies, Giants got well-pitched game from Sal Maglie,pinch-hit home run by Bobby Hofman, his third of year and ninth of career totie major league record, another homer by Willie Mays to down Dodgers 3-1, thensuffered while Brooklyn won next two 5-3, 8-5 despite triple play started byGiant Second Baseman Dave Williams in second game of series (see page 29).
Chicago Cubs andPhiladelphia Phillies made week's biggest gains. Cubs swept three-game set fromSt. Louis 1-0, 3-1, 3-0 on splendid pitching of Paul Minner, Bob Rush andveteran Howie Pollet, dropped one to Milwaukee 7-5 before rapping Braves 5-2,9-6 to move into second place ahead of Giants. Streaking Phillies tore offseven straight at expense of Giants and hapless Pittsburgh, vacated cellar.
President GussieBusch, disappointed at St. Louis' .472 percentage, changed horses in midstream,fired Eddie Stanky, brought in Harry (The Hat) Walker from Rochester to manageCardinals.
New York Yankees,feeling quite at home in first place in American League standings, stretchedlead over second-place Cleveland to three games with six straight overWashington and Baltimore after losing to Senators 3-2 at week's start. BulletBob Turley came up with brilliant three-hitter to beat Washington 6-2 foreighth win, Johnny Kucks, Whitey Ford, Eddie Lopat and Bob Grim turned inwinning efforts, Yogi Berra, Eddie Robinson and Mickey Mantle whacked ballsoundly as Manager Casey Stengel nodded approvingly.
Chicago WhiteSox, fighting to move into second place, knocked out Herb Score, beat Cleveland4-1, upset Bob Lemon 3-1 on Jack Harshman's five-hitter before losing toIndians 10-9. Detroit spilled White Sox 1-0 in series opener, then lost 16-4,9-3. Cleveland came back to dump Kansas City 7-2, 4-2 as Larry Doby smacked500-foot homer, Score picked up fifth victory.
Ted Williamsreturned to action, was little help as Boston lost to Washington 5-3,contributed triple and double next day as Jackie Jensen belted pair of homeruns to help Red Sox trounce Senators 12-7. Earlier in week, Rookie FirstBaseman Norm Zauchin unloaded three homers, knocked in 10 runs, led Boston to16-0 win over stumbling Washington.
Navy, its long winning streak shattered by Penn and sixth-place finisher inEastern sprints, snapped back for Coach Rusty Callow (see page 38), took leadfrom co-favored Washington at halfway mark, then beat out surprising Stanfordby boat length in slow 6:44.5 to win Western sprint championship at NewportBeach, Calif.
Laszlo Tabori,little-known Hungarian soldier who wasn't good enough to make his country'steam for 1954 European Games, astounded world with remarkable 3:59 mile inmagnificent race which also saw amiable Chris Chataway, runner-up to Dr. RogerBannister and John Landy in two other sub-four-minute miles, and Brian Hewson,RAF bombardier, clocked in 3:59.8 at London's White City Stadium (see page 28).Next day Wes Santee took still another shot at elusive goal, failed again. Withno challenging rival, uninspired Kansan ran 4:05.4 in Gerry Karver Mile atReading, Pa.
SouthernCalifornia, spurred by Ernie Shelton's record-breaking 6-foot 10-inch leap inhigh jump, scored 65 points, dominated Pacific Coast Conference championships,swept to 15th consecutive title at Eugene, Ore. Fourth-place Oregon's BillDellinger ran mile in 4:09 to crack 14-year conference record; teammate KenReiser carved out 9:02.6 victory in two mile, accounted for third new mark.
Michigan capturedseven first places, rolled up smashing 62 1/6-point total, outclassed defendingchampion Illinois to win Big Ten crown at Columbus, Ohio in meet marred by highwinds and heavy downpour which flooded track. Northwestern's Jim Golliday, withassist from breeze, streaked through 0:09.3 hundred for second time this yearin semifinal heat, won final in 0:09.5, captured 220 in 0:21.3. Only doublewinner: Willard Thompson of Illinois, who skimmed over 120-yard high hurdles inrecord-equaling 0:14, took 220-yard low hurdles in 0:23.
Manhattan wononly one individual victory but scored in 12 of 16 events, placed second inmile relay after Penn State entry was scratched, edged Nittany Lions 38 to 353/4 at Randall's Island, N.Y. to complete clean sweep of IC4A titles. CharleyPratt gave Manhattan lone triumph in 220-yard low hurdles in 0:23, was secondto Duke's Joel Shankle, who also won broad jump, in record-tying (0:14.1)120-yard high hurdles. Pitt's Arnie Sowell accounted for national mark of1:49.1 in half mile, set pace for five other IC4A-record-breaking efforts. PennState's Roosevelt Grier matched Shankle's double win, took shot-put anddiscus.
Nashua, WilliamWoodward Jr.'s exciting bay son of Nasrullah, was permitted to go to the paceearly by Eddie Arcaro, ran down powerful-striding Saratoga in spectacular duel,sprinted under wire first by length in $116,100 Preakness at Pimlico, Md.Nashua's 1:54 3/5 for mile and three sixteenths broke Tom Fool's PimlicoRecord, was history's fastest Preakness (see page 49).
High Voltage,Wheatley Stable's 3-year-old gray filly, got smart ride from skillful TedAtkinson, raced home two and a half lengths in front of Cain Hoy's Lalun to win$63,900 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park, N.Y., fulfilled hopes ofbettors who made her odds-on choice.
Louis B. Mayer'sAlidon let Determine and favored El Drag run themselves out in early going,moved up on leading Mister Gus in stretch, zoomed ahead to win by three-quarterlength in track record time of 1:34 4/5 for mile in $55,250 Argonaut Handicapat Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif.
Phil Drake,pretty Suzy Volterra's inexperienced, French-trained colt, running in thirdrace of career, came from far behind, bolted inside in last 50 yards, called onamazing burst of speed to whip past 100-to-1 shot Panaslipper, thrilled QueenElizabeth and some 25,000 as he won 176th running of traditional Epsom Derby(see page 30).
Joey Lopes,tenth-ranked lightweight, beat Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler to punchoften enough, scored effectively with looping rights, stinging left jabs,pounded out unanimous 10-round decision in nontitle fight at Sacramento, Calif.Annoyed Saddler complained, "I didn't have a chance. That referee [JohnnyBassanelli] won the fight." Later cooled off and expressed desire to meetLopes again "any time, any place."
Carmelo Costa,clever New York featherweight, using speedy combinations and jolting left hooksto outmaneuver, outpunch and outbox Lulu Perez in 10-rounder in New York, drewpromise of July title bout with Saddler.
Virgil Akins,stiff-punching, in-and-out welterweight who couldn't get good matches untilEddie Yawitz, St. Louis druggist, became his manager, floored Joe Miceli threetimes in first round, scored fourth straight KO victory, in New York. HappyAkins, his fortunes looking up, exulted: "Clean living done it."
Joanne Royer, pretty, shapely aquastar from Riverside, Calif., who won outdoorsynchronized swim championship last year, added indoor title at Oakland, Calif.with graceful performance of complicated routine called "Diana of theHunt." (For synchronized swimming in color, see page 19.)
Dow Finsterwald, slender Bedford Heights, Ohio pro, battled stiff winds, madeshort iron shots good for last-round 67 and 269 total, squeezed past Doug Fordof Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. by three strokes to win Ft. Wayne Open.
ENGAGED—Dr. RogerBannister, 26, retired track star, first to break four-minute-mile barrier, SISportsman of year (SI, Jan. 3), author of forthcoming book First Four Minutes;and Moyra Elver Jacobsson, 26, portrait artist, youngest daughter of SwedishEconomist Per Jacobsson, niece of Sir Archibald Nye, British High Commissionerto Canada; in London.
DIED—AlbertoAscari, 36, fearless racing driver, idolized as Italy's greatest sports hero,world champion in 1952 and 1953; in crash, at Monza (see page 17).
DIED—Gustav AdolfBaumm, 35, shaggy-bearded German motorcycle speed demon who recently broke 22world records in single morning, graphic artist; of fractured skull sufferedwhen his almost fully enclosed, cigar-shaped NSU "FliegenderLiegestuhl" hit tree during practice run at treacherous Nurburgring course,Germany.
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OTHER RESULTS FORTHE RECORD
Don Oldenberg,Highland, Ind., 100-lap Circuit of Champions race, in Buick Century, OklahomaCity. Runner-up: Darel Dieringer, Deer Lodge, Mont., in Oldsmobile.
Dave Michaels, new Class E record, in Bandini-Offenhauser; PAUL O'SHEA, newClass D record, in Mercedes 300 SL; BILL LLOYD, new Class D record, in Maserati3-litre class, New England SCCA sports car races, Thompson, Conn.
India over U.S., 6-3; DENMARK over Australia, 9-0, Thomas Cup Inter-zoneplay-offs, Singapore.
Don Ellis, Houston, Texas, Petersen Bowling Classic, with 1,622 pins,Chicago.
Holly Mims,10-round decision over Charley Green, middleweights, St. Louis.
Carlos Chavez, 10-round decision over Morris Leviege, lightweights, LosAngeles.
Ray Famechon, 15-round decision over Billy Kelly, for European featherweighttitle, Donnybrook, Ireland.
Mario D'agata, 8-round TKO over Arthur Emboule, bantamweights, Turin, Italy.
Willie Toweel, 8-round TKO over Tino Cardinale, bantamweights, Durban, S.Africa.
Bobby Locke, S.Africa, Australian Open, with 290 for 72 holes, Brisbane.
Philadelphia over New York and Boston, Griscom Cup intercity matches,Philadelphia.
KNIGHT PATROL:$25,920 William E. Miller Memorial, 1 m., by neck, in 2:7 2/5, RosecroftRaceway, Oxon Hill, Md. Del Miller, driver.
LADY DUNN: $10,000 Symbol Gantle free-for-all trot, 1 1/16 m., in 2:13.1,Rosecroft Raceway, Oxon Hill, Md. William E. Miller, driver.
LORD STEWARD: $8,000 Bronx Trot, 1 m., by nose, in 2:03 3/5, Roosevelt Raceway,Westbury. N.Y. Joe O'Brien, driver.
ADIOS HARRY: $8,000 Triboro Pace, 1 m., by 2¼ lengths, in 2:00, RooseveltRaceway, Westbury, N.Y. M. MacDonald, driver.
MELD: $46,704Oaks Stakes, 1½ m., by 6 lengths, in 2:47 3/5, Epsom Downs, England. Harry Carrup.
POLLY'S JET: $30,690 Natl. Stallion Stakes, 5 f., by 2¼ lengths, in 0:56 1/5,Belmont Pk., N.Y. Eddie Arcaro up.
COMMONWEALTH: $30,000 Suffolk 21, by½ length, in 1:10, Suffolk Downs, E.Boston, Mass. Johnny Heckmann up.
ROYAL FAN: $29,850 Colonial Handicap, 6 f., by neck, in 1:10 1/5 (trackrecord), Garden State Pk., Camden, N.J. Logan Batcheller up.
INSOUCIANT: $22,125 Coronet Stakes, 6 f., in photo finish, in 1:15 1/5,Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Billy Fisk up.
TIGER WANDER: $17,950 Apprentice Stakes, 5½ f., by 10 lengths, in 1:06 4/5,Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Al Popara up.
FAIR MOLLY: $17,275 Goose Girl Stakes, 6 f., by neck, in 1:10 1/5, HollywoodPk., Inglewood, Calif. Ralph Neves up.
MISS TODD: $17,125 Jr. League Stakes, 5 f., by 2 lengths, in 0:58, HollywoodPk., Inglewood, Calif. Ray York up.
ERIN'S COTTAGE: Connecticut Cup, 3 m., by 5 lengths, in 5:56 3/5, AdjacentHunts meeting, Purchase, N.Y., Carlyle Cameron up.
Everett Brashear, Beaumont, Texas, AMA 5-m. natl. championship, in 4:43.9,Richmond, Va.
Penn overWisconsin, by 1½ lengths, in 4:50.7, Madison, Wis.
John B. Kelly Jr., Philadelphia, single sculls race, in 8:29.3 for 2,000meters, Newport Beach, Calif.
Heidelberg Tornadoes over Chicago Eagles, 5-0 in second game, 7-2 in total-goalhome-and-home series, Natl. Amateur Cup championship, Pittsburgh.
Jaroslav Drobny,Egypt, over Hugh Stewart, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, intl. tournament, Berlin.
Eddie Moylan, Trenton, N.J., over Bill Cranston, 6-0, 6-2, Connecticut singlestitle, New Haven, Conn.
Warren Mueller, Wisconsin, over Al Kuhn, 6-3, 6-3. Big Ten singleschampionship, Evanston, Ill.
Louise Brough, U.S., and ANN SHILCOCK, England, over Lois Felix and KayHubbell, 6-2, 6-1, Surrey grass-court tournament, Surbiton, England.
Ted Corbitt, New York, J. Gordon Flannery Memorial 15-m. race, in 1:28:14.4,Fishkill, N.Y.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending May 29)
1. New York
7. Kansas City
3. New York
4. St. Louis