This is an article from the June 13, 1955 issue
•Sandor Iharos,slim, 25-year-old Hungarian clerk who was too sick to run mile two daysearlier, recovered quickly, thrilled 50,000 London track fans with 8:33.4two-mile race, shattered Gaston Reiff's existing world record by seven fullseconds in his first attempt at distance.
•HoraceAshenfelter, veteran FBI agent, made pre-meet prediction stand up, turned in8:49.6 clocking to break American two-mile standard at Compton, Calif., thenhopped plane to New York where next day he ran 9:04.7 for NYAC gamesrecord.
•Tom Skutka,slender, smooth-striding Morris Hills Regional H.S. senior, uncorked blazingsprint in home stretch, sped to U.S. high school mark of 4:19.5 for mile in NewJersey State Interscholastic A.A. championships at New Brunswick.
•JacquelineAuriol, attractive, fast-flying daughter-in-law of France's former president,zoomed 708.362 mph, set unofficial world air speed record for women, inParis.
•John Coll andGeorge Joseph of Memphis maintained their balance on 314.1-mile jaunt downMississippi River, claimed world distance water-ski record at Memphis.
Brooklyn Dodgersrolled along at merry pace in National League as Roy Campanella and Duke Snidersprayed home runs all over Ebbets Field, and big Don Newcombe continued toprovide airtight pitching (as well as lusty hitting), stretched lead oversurprising Chicago Cubs to 7½ games. Dodgers took two of three from Pittsburgh,with unbeaten Newcombe hitting two homers to win eighth game 8-3, smashedMilwaukee 11-8, 13-2 as Snider belted three homers in first game, hammered outthree wins over suffering St. Louis Cardinals, including 6-1 victory forNewcombe's ninth. Red-hot Dodgers hit 23 home runs, seven by Campy, five bySnider.
Chicago Cubsdropped two games to Philadelphia, stormed into New York (see page 22) to tripGiants 4-1, 9-8, lost third game 3-2 to Sal Maglie, who won seventh straight,bounced back to take fourth 3-1 on Frank Baumholtz's pinch home run in ninth.Milwaukee got up steam, tore off three in row over Phillies 4-3, 11-3, 5-4,moved into fourth place while St. Louis slumped to sixth. Cincinnati rookieright-hander Rudy Minarcin turned in week's best pitching, tossed one-hitter in6-0 win over cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh Pirates.
New York Yankeessplit pair with Washington, throttled Kansas City in three contests, gotMexican standoff in four-game series with third-place Chicago White Sox toincrease American League lead to four games. Bob Turley was beaten twice, byWashington 3-2, Chicago 3-2, but superb relief hurling by Tom Morgan saved twogames, earned victory in third for him. Mickey Mantle hit 12th and 13th homeruns, moved into tie with Kansas City's Gus Zernial for league lead.
Cleveland beganweek by splitting two games with Chicago, took three from Baltimore, then raninto trouble—lost three to Senators before winning 6-3 to hold second place by½game over Chicago.
Detroit Tigersbowed twice to Kansas City, bounced back to run off five in row over Senatorsand Baltimore before last-place Orioles snapped seven-game losing streak with6-5 victory. Washington broke even in eight games, took over fifth place whileBoston Red Sox, despite two home runs by Ted Williams, dropped to sixth.
Joe Conrad,slight, 25-year-old Texan, battled high winds and driving rainstorms, gave"little whistle before each putt," dropped big 8-footer on 27th hole,resolutely hammered out 3 and 2 triumph over England's Alan Slater to captureBritish Amateur at St. Anne's (see page 41).
Ed Furgol's 72and Patty Berg's 77 over San Francisco's tough Olympic Club layout was targetof estimated 180,000 duffers of four nations who competed in LIFE-sponsoredNational Golf Day. Among approximately 35,000 who beat Furgol and Berg;87-year-old Ellen Hogg of New York; 12-year-old Barry Huff of Pittsburgh.
Sam Snead wentover 70 in only one of five rounds, wound up with record-breaking 65 overDeepdale Golf Club course, piled up 46 points to finish far ahead of JohnnyPalmer of Badin, N.C. and Peter Thomson, British Open champion from Australia,in Palm Beach round-robin at Great Neck, N.Y.
Louise Suggs,veteran Cincinnati shot-maker, blasted par with last-round 69, made upseven-stroke deficit to edge Fay Crocker of Uruguay 291 to 292 in Easternwomen's pro tournament at Reading, Pa.
Wes Santee,perennial pursuer of elusive four-minute mile, got competition from BobbySeaman, UCLA sophomore, and Fred Dwyer, his old sparring mate, was pushed to4:01.2 clocking in invitation mile at Compton, Calif. Seaman was close secondin 4:01.4, followed by Dwyer in 4:01.9.
Bobby Morrow,Abilene Christian's lanky, swift-sprinting freshman, ran 100-yard dash in0:09.1 with aid of 7-mph wind which thwarted hope for world record, won 220 inrapid 0:20.9 to lead his school to NAIA championship at Abilene, Tex.
Paddy Young,veteran left-hooking Greenwich Village, N.Y. middleweight, bruised, batteredand cut up boring-in Billy McNeece to take 10-round decision at New York'sMadison Square Garden. Once top-ranking contender, Young has had only fourbouts since 1953, recently got himself new manager with "connections."Paddy's postfight comment: "It took me 10 years to get smart. Maybe I'llget somewhere, now that Dewey Bentham [race track confrere of Jim Norris] is mymanager."
Pascual Perez,Argentina's bull-necked world flyweight champion, battered ex-titleholderYoshio Shirai helpless, won by KO in five rounds at Tokyo.
Art Aragon,aggressive Los Angeles welterweight, was floored in third round, badly hurt insixth but unleashed two-fisted attack in closing minutes to earn 10-rounddecision over Don Jordan before 10,400 disappointed fans who paid $36,250 tocrowd into Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium in hopes of seeing Aragonbeaten.
Pete Moran,Philadelphia matchmaker for Promoter Herman (Muggsy) Taylor—already chargedwith participating in sham contest (fight between drugged Harold Johnson andJulio Mederos) and with being Johnson's undercover manager—was in more hotwater this week. Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, in midst of broadinvestigation of boxing in state, threw book at Moran, who was arrested onperjury charge, released in $3,500 bail for grand jury action.
Helioscope,William G. Helis Jr.'s bay 4-year-old who set three track records in four 1955starts, battled it out with top-weighted (133 pounds) High Gun in spectacularstretch duel, got his head in front at wire to capture $88,250 SuburbanHandicap at Belmont Park, N.Y.
Nance's Lad, whosnapped Boston Doge's long winning streak, bided time in early going, movedinto lead on final turn, took off to win by four and a half lengths in $31,500Peter Pan Handicap at Belmont Park.
Swaps, handsomechestnut Kentucky Derby winner, put on sparkling show for 62,752 horse-loversin first race since Louisville classic, breezed to 12-length victory in $27,150Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park, Calif.
Tony Trabert gotoff to shaky start, dropped 2-6 set to Sweden's Sven Davidson, stormed backwith smashing service and brilliant net game to win next three 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 insingles final, then teamed with Vic Seixas to beat Italy's Orlando Sirola andNicolas Pietrangeli 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in doubles at French championships inParis.
Doris Hart,even-tempered, smooth-stroking U.S. champion from Coral Gables, Fla., showedlittle emotion while losing hour-long 9-11 first set to second-ranked LouiseBrough of Beverly Hills, Calif., settled down to win 6-2, 6-2 in Northerntournament at Manchester, England.
Paul Anderson, beefy 341-pound "Dixie Derrick," flexed his oversizemuscles, warmed up with record 390-pound press, added 320-pound snatch,completed night's work with 435-pound lift in two-hands clean and jerk foranother new mark and 1,145-pound total that unofficially exceeded NorbertSchemansky's world standard, became "world's strongest man," in AAUchampionships at Cleveland. Bantamweight Charles Vinci of Cleveland also setnew AAU records of 260 pounds for clean and jerk and 690 for combinedtotal.
Juan ManuelFangio, Argentine daredevil, got his German Mercedes out in front at start ofrace, kept it there for 2 hours 39½ minutes, crossed finish line ahead ofEngland's Stirling Moss, to win 315-mile Belgian Grand Prix atFrancorchamps.
Johnny Thomsonof Springfield, Mass. averaged 98.8 mph for track record, nosed outIndianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert by 23 seconds in 100-mile Rex MaysMemorial at Milwaukee.
Ch. Barroque of Quality Hill, striking 2-year-old fawn-and-white boxer bitchowned by Mr. and Mrs. John P. Wagner of Chicago and sired by famed Ch. BangAway of Sirrah Crest, became first of breed to win best-in-show at Morris andEssex Kennel Club show at Madison, N.J.
Ford Konno and Yoshi Oyakawa, Ohio State's record-breaking Hawaiian aquastars,were awarded two first places on All-America team selected by College SwimmingCoaches Association of America. Konno was rated tops in 440-yard freestyle withbest time of 4:28.4 and 1,500-meter freestyle with 18:16.1; Oyakawa, also namedon Buckeye 300-yard medley relay team, headed list in 100-yard backstroke with0:56.5 and 200-yard backstroke with 2:06.1.
Stanford's "unofficial" crew fought its way into lead at halfway mark,stroked to two-and-a-half-length victory over California at Redwood City,Calif. for first win over Golden Bears in 38 years, strengthened rumor thatuniversity may include rowing in official athletic budget next year (see page12).
Pfeiffer's Beer of Detroit, with 3,136 series rolled April 19, won opendivision title for third time and $2,500 in 10-week-long ABC tournament in Ft.Wayne, Ind.
Dodge Stables of Lexington, Ky. and Rochester, Mich., owned by Mr. and Mrs.Frederick L. Van Lennep, won 18 blue ribbons, three championships, topped fieldat Devon, Pa. Horse Show (see page 24).
HONORED—AmosAlonzo Stagg, alert, white-haired, legendary 92-year-old "grand old man offootball," University of Chicago coach for 41 years (1892-1932); honoredguest at reunion of his 1905 football, track, tennis, cross-country Big Tenchampionship teams, in Chicago. Venerable Stagg, who coached College of Pacificfrom 1933 to 1946 and was named "Coach of the Year" in 1943, attributedlongevity to "just behaving and letting the rest to God," was wished"seven years more" of coaching by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
DIED—Richard(Dick) W. Burnett, 57, millionaire oilman, colorful, violent-tempered owner ofDallas Eagles of Texas League, stormy petrel of organized baseball, minorleague executive of year in 1953; of heart ailment, at Shreveport, La.
OTHER RESULTSFOR THE RECORD
Tim Flock,Atlanta, NASCAR 200-lap race, in 1955 Oldsmobile, Chattanooga. Runner-up: JimReed, Peekskill, N.Y., in Chevrolet.
Jimmy Romaine, Youngstown, Ohio, late model 100-m. Memorial Day race, in1:59:36.72, in 1955 Oldsmobile, Youngstown, Ohio. Runner-up: Ray Duhigg,Dayton, Ohio, in 1955 Buick.
Jud Larson, Austin, Tex., Intl. Motor Contest Assn. 50-m. race, in 45:21.82,Des Moines. Runner-up: Bobby Grim, Indianapolis.
Malaya, over Denmark, 8-1, for Thomas Cup, Singapore.
Fiorenzo Magni,Italy, Tour of Italy, with avg. speed of 22 mph, Milan.
Art Longsjo, Fitchburg, Mass., 75-m. Eastern road-racing championship, in3:12.52.2, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
(ABC tournament,Ft. Wayne, Ind.)
Fred Bujack,Detroit, all-events title, with 1,993.
Eddie Gerzine, Milwaukee, singles title, with 738.
Harry Zoeller and George Pacropis, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., doubles title, with1,365.
Willie Vaughn,6-round TKO over Garth Panter, middleweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Peter Mueller and Hans Stretz, 10-round draw, middleweights, Cologne,Germany.
Kid Gavilan, 3-round KO over Luigi Celumine, welterweights, Santa Clara,Cuba.
Kenny Lane, 10-round decision over Richard (Kid) Howard, lightweights,Halifax.
Willie Pep, 4-round TKO over Joey Cam, featherweights, Boston.
Dai Dower, 9-round TKO over Pierre Gress, flyweights, London.
Fay Crocker,Uruguay, Wolverine Open, with 291 for 72 holes, Detroit.
Ray Ferguson, N. Texas State, NAIA championship, with 273 for 72 holes (newrecord), Abilene, Tex.
N. Texas State, NAIA team title, with 569 for 36 holes, Abilene, Tex.
LADY DUNN:$10,000 Washington Cup Trot, 1 m., in 2:03 4/5, Laurel Raceway, Laurel, Md.Harry Miller, driver.
HILLSOTA: $10,000 Triple Crown Pace, 1 m., by neck, in 2:02 4/5, RosecroftRaceway, Oxon Hill, Md.
Faber Hanover, $8,000 Syosset Trot, 1 m., by length, in 2:03 1/5, RooseveltRaceway, Westbury, N.Y. Bill Haughton, driver.
ADIOS HARRY: $8,000 Huntington Pace, 1 m., by 3¾ lengths, in 2:03, RooseveltRaceway, Westbury, N.Y. Luther Lyons, driver.
SEA O ERIN:$59,900 Citation Handicap, 1 m" by 4 lengths, in 1:38 2/5, Balmoral,Homewood, Ill. Johnny Adams up.
WEST WOOD HO: $34,500 Kent Stakes, 1 1/16 m., by nose, in 1:43 4/5, DelawarePk., Stanton, Del. Nick Shuk up.
GANDHARVA: $31,850 Betsy Ross Stakes, 6 f., by 2 lengths, in 1:10 3/5, GardenState Pk., Camden, N.J. Hedley Woodhouse up.
MAHARAJAH: $28,350 John R. Macomber Memorial Turf Handicap, 1½ m., by length,in 2:31 3/5 (track record), Suffolk Downs, E. Boston, Mass. Ted Atkinson up.
BLUE VIOLIN: $28,350 Honeymoon Stakes, 7 f., by 6 lengths, in 1:23 2/5,Balmoral, Homewood, Ill. Chris Rogers up.
COUNTESS FLEET: $27,350 Milady Handicap, 6 f., by½ length, in 1:09 1/5,Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
SOUTHARLINGTON: $26,075 Brandywine Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by¾ length, in 1:45,Delaware Park, Stanton, Del. Bill Boland up.
Wa Wa Too, piloted by William Ritner Jr., Merion, Pa., Ocean City Memorial Day18-m. inboard marathon, in 21:10, Ocean City, N.J.
Serada,skippered by Dr. C. D. Goodhope, Seattle, 136-m. Swiftsure ocean race, in23:36.17, Victoria, B.C.
Aileen, skippered by Cornelius Shields, Intl. Class, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Nimrod V, skippered by Robert L. Hall, Class A regatta, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Dick Savitt,Houston, Tex., over Bernard Bartzen, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Triple A championship, St.Louis.
Angela Mortimer, England, over Mrs. Dorothy Head Knode, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8, women'ssingles, French intl. tournament, Paris.
Beverly Baker Fleitz and Darlene Hard, Calif., over Pat Ward and ShirleyBloomer, 7-5, 6-8, 13-11, women's doubles, French intl. tournament, Paris.
Hugh Stewart, Pasadena, Calif., over Roger Becker, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, Northernmen's singles, Manchester, England.
Michigan, Central Collegiate Conference championship, with 54½ points,Milwaukee.
Sachem, intl. tugboat race winner, Windsor, Ont.
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