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A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

June 20, 1955
June 20, 1955

Table of Contents
June 20, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • Each year the third week in June produces both America's oldest rowing classic and the battle for national crew honors

  • In rowing's big week, Penn and Cornell are favorites in the transplanted Poughkeepsie Regatta at Syracuse; one day earlier Yale meets Harvard in the 90th renewal of their four-mile rowing classic at New London

Garden Party
Boxing
Preview: The U.S. Open
Horses: Big Weekend For Two Champions
Tarpon
Tennis
Yesterday
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

RECORD BREAKERS

This is an article from the June 20, 1955 issue

Swaps, gentle, smooth-galloping Kentucky Derby winner, challenged older horses for first time, showed undeniable class under able ride by Dave Erb, subbing for suspended Willie Shoemaker, outran spunky little Determine by length and a quarter to set new world record of 1:40 2/5 for mile and sixteenth in $109,800 Californian at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif., zoomed total earnings to $315,200 (see page 44).

Brian Hewson, 22-year-old Englishman who recently ran third in unprecedented triple sub-four-minute mile, zipped through rare three-quarter-mile test in 2:55.4 to break Roger Bannister's British native mark as well as unofficial world standard at London.

Gordon McKenzie, New York Pioneer Club's tireless national cross-country titleholder, stepped off six miles in 30:24.7, wiped out former American citizens' record by nearly nine seconds in Metropolitan AAU championships in New York.

Bob Backus, husky, broad-backed NYAC strongman, unfurled heave of 43 feet 5½ inches, snapped own U.S. standard for 56-pound weight in same meet.

Rafer Johnson, 19-year-old UCLA freshman, compiled 7,983 points, bettered Bob Mathias' world decathlon record in Central California AAU meet at Kingsburg, Calif.

AUTO RACING
Mike Hawthorn, daring British racer, and Ivor Bueb grimly went about business of pushing their big, gleaming Jaguar D to victory in disaster-filled 24-hour Le Mans speed classic. With Mercedes team withdrawn after tragic accident to Driver Pierre Levegh, resulting in 87 deaths, 108 injured, and Ferraris out because of engine trouble, ashen-faced Hawthorn and partner covered 2,564.28 miles at average speed of 106.84 mph for new record. Runners-up: England's Peter Collins and Belgium's Paul Frere in Aston Martin; Belgium's John Claes and Jacques Swaters in Jaguar D. Germany's Helmuth Polensky and Richard Von Frankenberg, driving Porsche, topped field in performance index category. Class winners: Hawthorn and Bueb in Jaguar, 5-liter; Collins and Frere in Aston Martin, 3-liter; Britain's Peter Wilson and J. Mayers in Bristol, 2-liter; Polensky and Von Frankenberg in Porsche, 1.5-liter; Germany's Jura Duntov and A. Veuillet in Porsche, 1,100-cc; France's L. Cornet and M. Mougin in D. B., 750-cc (see page 40).

BASEBALL

New York Yankees split four games with fourth-place Detroit, confidently sailed into Cleveland with comfortable five-game lead over second-place Chicago White Sox, hoped to deliver telling blow at Indians' pennant hopes. Yankees got off on right foot, edged Cleveland 3-2 on fine relief pitching of 38-year-old palm ball specialist Jim Konstanty, working for eighth time in 10 games, then watched lead disintegrate to 2½ over Chicago, 3½ over Cleveland. Indians ended four-game losing streak, struck back to take three straight, 7-6, 10-2, 7-3. Art Houtteman, Early Wynn and Bob Lemon pitched important wins, put Al Lopez's club back in race (see page 9).

Chicago, after trading Outfielder Johnny Groth, Catcher Clint Courtney and Pitcher Bob Chakales to Washington for fleet fly-chaser Jim Busby, got top-notch hurling jobs from Virgil Trucks and Billy Pierce, coasted past Senators 10-0, 1-0, 8-4, made up for 3-2 loss to Baltimore, once again had visions of overtaking Yankees.

Boston Red Sox made week's biggest gain, hammered Cleveland's Herb Score twice, thumped Indians 9-5, 5-4, 4-2, Detroit 5-2, moved into fifth place.

Brooklyn Dodgers, still belting home runs and getting good pitching, won three in row from St. Louis and Cincinnati, then proceeded to cool off Chicago Cubs by taking three out of four to stretch lead to big 10½ games. Carl Erskine set Cubs down 7-0 with four hits, also hit home run in true Brooklyn pitchers' tradition. Home runs by Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and Junior Gilliam gave Billy Loes 4-3 triumph before Chicago set down Dodgers 9-5, halting Newcombe's 10-game winning streak. Clem Labine's relief pitching helped Brooks beat Cubs 6-2 as leaders prepared to head West.

New York Giants continued mediocre play, split pair with Milwaukee 4-13, 5-4, took two from St. Louis 2-1, 8-3, then lost to Cards 5-6, were in danger of losing third place to Milwaukee. Cincinnati bought Pitcher Joe Black from Brooklyn but still lost three games, dropped to seventh as Phillies took over fifth place.

BOXING

Carmen Basilio, free-swinging Canastota, N.Y. onion farmer who waited patiently for second chance at welterweight title, wore down doughty Tony DeMarco with thudding body blows in action-packed early rounds, shifted attack to head in 10th, battered outclassed but courageous champion to canvas twice, finally took possession of crown when Referee Henry Kessler halted bout in 12th as 9,170 jam-packed partisan fans roared approval at Syracuse, N.Y. (see page 22).

Joey Giardello, once-top-ranking middleweight contender who specialized in street-corner brawls, apparently had his ring career ended in Philadelphia last week when Judge Edward P. Little sentenced him to six to 18 months in county prison on charges of riot and conspiracy to riot—aftermath of row for which he was convicted of beating service-station attendant with crutch. Emotionless Giardello planned appeal, was released in $1,500 bail.

HORSE RACING

Nashua, mighty Belair Stud colt used to making even easy ones look close, coasted along until prodded by Eddie Arcaro, who "didn't want him fooling around," then bolted out in front, turned on magnificent burst of speed to run away from mediocre field in $119,800 Belmont Stakes at New York's Belmont Park (see page 44).

Blue Choir, dark-brown Irish-bred 15-1 long shot, was held off early pace by Jockey Ronnie Baldwin, made move to inside going into homestretch, opened six-length lead over Smoke Screen to win $58,300 Balmoral Turf Handicap at Washington Park, Homewood, Ill.

Saratoga, Montpelier Farm's temperamental 3-year-old, paid little attention to muddy track, beat off Alibhai Lashes, won $48,085 Leonard Richard Stakes by half-length at Delaware Park, Stanton, Del.

Ace Marine, purchased for $8,500 as yearling by Larkin Maloney, paid rich $25,270 dividend with smart two-and-a-half length triumph in historic Queen's Plate at old Woodbine Park, Toronto.

GOLF

Ed Furgol (see page 3), prepping for defense of National Open title, exploited his masterful iron game, fired sensational 67 on last round to earn tie with Australia's Peter Thomson and Belgium's Flory Van Donck at 279, then whipped both rivals in sudden-death playoff to win International championship at Washington, D.C. Furgol and PGA champion Chick Harbert totaled 560 strokes to give U.S. victory in Canada Cup team competition.

Henri de Lamaze, steady-stroking Paris businessman familiar with every blade of grass on Chantilly course, eliminated newly crowned British Amateur champion Joe Conrad 4 and 3 in semifinals, took on another American—husky, blond 20-year-old Don Bisplinghoff of Orlando, Fla.—in final, moved out in front early in match, carved out 5 and 4 victory to win his sixth French Amateur title at Paris.

ROWING
Penn's smooth-stroking unbeaten crew waged stirring duel with heavier Cornell, forged into lead with half-mile to go, stepped up beat to 34, swept across finish line full length ahead of Big Red at Ithaca, N.Y., moved on to Syracuse as favorite in Saturday's IRA regatta.

TRACK AND FIELD

Yale-Army combined team won eight first places, including 440-yard relay, day's final event, to earn 8-8 tie with Oxford-Cambridge at London. New series records were set by Yale's burly Stew Thompson, who heaved discus 159 feet 10 inches (he also won shot-put); Oxford's W. W. Kretzschmar, who tossed javelin 200 feet 2 inches; Cambridge's John Knopf, two-mile winner in 9:11.8. Army's Bob Kyasky accounted for other U.S. double, winning 100-yard dash and broad jump. Chris Chataway, England's easygoing four-minute miler, ran special 2,000-meter race, coasted home in 5:09.4 for new British record.

Wes Santee, limber-legged, crew-cut Kansan who recently ran second fastest half-mile in history (1:48.5), took week off from futile chase of four-minute mile, returned to 880 to overpower Pitt's soft-striding Arnie Sowell by three yards in good 1:49.1 at Pacific Association AAU meet in Stockton, Calif.

Ernie Shelton, lanky, long-legged USC record seeker, cleared 6 feet 11¼ inches, barely missed world mark by quarter-inch in South Pacific AAU championships at Los Angeles.

MOTORCYCLING
Geoff (The Peerless) Duke, wearing tight-fitting leathers and riding improved Italian Gilera, got off to roaring start in Senior Tourist Trophy, main event of Britain's premier motorcycle week at Isle of Man, went on to score easy victory in 2:41:49.8, set new record of 97.93 mph average speed. Bill Lomas, who quit AJS team after row with manager, shifted to Mo to Guzzi 350-cc piloted streamlined yellow cycle at average speed of 92.33 mph, took first place in Junior T.T., then won lightweight 250-cc race on Italian M V. Agusta in 1:21:38.2 and 71.37 mph, broke records in both events. Other winners: C. Ubbiali, on M.V. Agusta, ultra-lightweight (125-cc) race, with average speed of 69.67 mph: Willi Schneider, on B.M.W., international sidecar event, with average speed of 70.01 mph.

FLYING
Jacqueline Auriol, daredevil French aviatrix, daughter-in-law of ex-President Vincent Auriol, who recently whipped her Mystere jet fighter 708.362 mph for unofficial women's speed record, was ordered grounded for one month by Bretigny Air Center personnel navigator, who objected: "You have flown too low, too fast, have taken too many risks."

MILEPOSTS

MARRIED—Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly, 20, U.S. tennis champion at 16, three-time Wimbledon winner and San Diego sports columnist who recently retired from tournament competition after suffering injuries in horseback accident; and Norman Brinker, 24, of Rosswell, N Mex., member of U.S. Olympic equestrian team in 1952, U.S. modern pentathlon squad in 1954, at San Diego, Calif.

MARRIED—Dr. Roger Bannister, 26, England's greatest track star, now retired, first to break four-minute-mile barrier author of First Four Minutes (see page 26), newly appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth's latest honors list; and dark-haired Moyra Elver Jacobsson, 26, Swedish portrait painter, niece of Sir Archibald Nye, British High Commissioner to Canada, at Basel Switzerland.

DIED—Pierre Levegh, 49, veteran French auto racing driver; in crash, at Le Mans (see page 40).

DIED—Michael Joseph Kelley, 79, former major leaguer playing manager for St. Paul of American Association, retired owner of Minneapolis Millers; after surgery, at Minneapolis Kelley, one of last independent owners, gave up managing in 1932, sold Millers to New York Giants in 1946.

OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD

BOWLING

(Women's IBC tournament, Omaha)

Mrs. Marion Ladewig, Grand Rapids, Mich., all-events title, with 1,890.
Mrs. Nellie Vella, Rockford, Ill., singles title, with 695.
Mrs. Ladewig and WYLLIS RYSKAMP, Grand Rapids, Mich., doubles title, with 1,264.
Falstaff, Chicago, team championship, with 2,991.
Tipsey Pine, Dennison, Iowa, boosters team championship, with 2,424.

BOXING

Ezzard Charles, 10-round decision over Johnny Holman, heavyweights, Cincinnati.
Alec Brown, 10-round decision over Coley Wallace, heavyweights, Brockton, Mass.
Jack Gardner, 5-round KO over Johnny Williams, heavyweights, Nottingham, England.
Gerhard Hecht 13-round KO over Willi Hoepner, for European light-heavyweight title, Dortmund, Germany.
Yolande Pompey 6-round KO over Ivano Fontana, light-heavyweights, Birmingham, England.
Chuck Speiser, 8-round KO over Andy Mayfield, middleweiehts, Miami Beach.
Kenny Lane, 10-round decision over Eli Leggett, lightweights, Detroit.
Lauro Salas, 10-round decision over Gil Velarde, lightweights, Los Angeles.

FENCING

(Natl. championships, New York)

Salle Santelli, women's team title; men's épée team title.
Fencers Club, men's foil team title.

GOLF

Mary Ann Downey, Baltimore, Eastern Amateur, with 230 for 54 holes, Charlottesville, Va.
Hillman Robbins Jr., Memphis, Sunnehanna Amateur, with 280 for 72 holes, Johnstown, Pa.
Paul O'Leary, Bismarck, N.D., Culver City Open, with 69, Culver City, Calif.

HORSE RACING

PARLO: $30,750 Top Flight Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by 3 lengths, in 1:41 4/5 (track record), Belmont Pk., N.Y. Eric Guerin up.
TIGER WANDER: $29,825 Joliet Stakes, 5½ t., by nose, in 1:09, Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Al Popara up.
MADAM JET: $22,650 Sea Breeze Stakes. 1 m., by nose, in 1:36 3/5, Hollywood Pk., Inglewood, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
DARK PETER: $18,550 Oceanport Handicap, 6 t., by ½ length, in 1:10, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Sammy Boulmetis up.

LACROSSE
South over North, 12-11, all-senior game, Baltimore.

MOTORCYCLING

Everett Brashear, Beaumont, Tex., 10-m. natl. expert's championship, Columbus, Ohio.
George Roder, Monroeville, Ohio, 10-m. natl. amateur championship, Columbus, Ohio.

SAILING

Shamrock, skippered by Garry Corwin, Larchmont YC diamond jubilee race, in 20:48:13 corrected time, Larchmont, N.Y.
Prelude II, skippered by Raymond Paige, New York YC regatta, Port Washington, N.Y.

SHOOTING

(Capt. Billy Fawcett Memorial trapshoot, Minneapolis)

Bard Higgins, Duluth, Minn., Ducks Unlimited singles title, with 150 x 150.
Dolly Isepps, Kenosha, Wis., women's title, with 140 x 150.
Roy Long, Minneapolis, professional title, with 143 x 150.
Nick Egan, New York, jr. title, with 141 x 150.

SWIMMING
Helge Jensen, Denmark, 50-kilo. Loire River Marathon, in 14:08.30, Nantes, France.

TENNIS

Tony Trabert, Cincinnati, over Herb Flam, 6-4, 6-2 Kent grass court men's singles, Beckenham, England.
Louise Brough, Beverly Hills, Calif., over Mary Carter, 6-2, 6-4, Kent grass court women's singles, Beckenham, England.
Enrique Morea, Argentina, over Sid Schwartz, 2-6, 10-8, 6-2, 6-2, West of England men's singles, Bristol, England.
Doris Hart, Coral Gables, Fla., over Dorothy Head Knode, 6-1, 6-3, West of England women's singles Bristol, England.
Eddie Moylan, Trenton, N.J., over Allan Morris, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 15-13, Blue-Gray men's singles, Montgomery, Ala.
Yola Ramirez, Mexico, over Jean Clarke, 7-9, 6-3, 6-3, Blue-Gray women's singles, Montgomery, Ala.

(European Zone Davis Cup quarterfinal matches)

Italy, over Denmark, 5-0, Copenhagen.
Sweden, over France, 3-2, Saltsjobaden, Sweden.
Chile, over Belgium, 3-2, Brussels.
England, over India, 3-2, Manchester, England.

TRACK & FIELD

N.Y. Pioneer Club, Metropolitan AAU championships, with 120 11/15 pts. New York.
Shanahan Catholic Club, Middle Atlantic AAU championships, with 72½ pts., Philadelphia.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending June 12)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. New York
W-3; L-5
Seas.: 38-20
Pct.: .655

Detroit
7-5, 3-4
1-3, 7-3

Cleveland
3-2, 6-7
2-10, 3-7

2. Chicago
W-3; L-l
Seas.: 32-19
Pct.: .627

Baltimore
2-3

Washington
10-0, 1-0
8-4

3. Cleveland
W-3; L-4
Seas.: 33-22
Pct.: .600

Boston
5-9, 4-5
2-4

New York
2-3, 7-6
10-2, 7-3

4. Detroit
W-3; L-3
Seas.: 30-24
Pct.: .556

New York
5-7, 4-3
3-1, 3-7

Boston
2-5, 7-5

5. Boston
W-4; L-1
Seas.: 25-31
Pct.: .446

Cleveland
9-5, 5-4
4-2

Detroit
5-2, 5-7

6. Washington
W-2; L-5
Seas.: 22-32
Pct.: .407

Kansas City
3-2, 7-3
2-3, 2-4

Chicago
0-10, 0-1
4-8

7. Kansas City
W-4; L-4
Seas.: 22-34
Pct.: .393

Washington
2-3, 3-7
3-2, 4-2

Baltimore
0-3, 2-1
2-7, 3-0

8. Baltimore
W-3; L-2
Seas.: 18-38
Pct.: .321

Chicago
3-2

Kansas City
3-0, 1-2
7-2, 0-3

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Batting--Al Kaline, Detroit, .383
Runs batted in--Al Kaline, Detroit, 44
Home runs--Mickey Mantle, New York, and Gus Zernial, Kansas City, 14
Pitching--Early Wynn, Cleveland, 8-1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Brooklyn
W-6; L-1
Seas.: 43-13
Pct.: .768

St. Louis
5-4

Cincinnati
4-0, 3-1

Chicago
7-0, 4-3
5-9, 6-2

2. Chicago
W-3; L-4
Seas.: 33-24
Pct.: .579

Pittsburgh
4-3, 1-2
6-2

Brooklyn
0-7, 3-4
9-5, 2-6

3. New York
W-3; L-2
Seas.: 29-27
Pct.: .518

Milwaukee
4-13, 5-4

St. Louis
2-1, 8-3
5-6

4. Milwaukee
W-4; L-3
Seas.: 28-27
Pct.: .509

Philadelphia
2-4, 5-2

New York
13-4, 4-5

Pittsburgh
7-4, 3-5
6-5

5. Philadelphia
W-3; L-2
Seas.: 23-30
Pct.: .434

Milwaukee
4-2, 2-5

St. Louis
4-5, 2-0

Cincinnati
12-8

6. St. Louis
W-2; L-4
Seas.: 22-30
Pct.: .423

Brooklyn
4-5

Philadelphia
5-4, 0-2

New York
1-2, 3-8
6-5

7. Cincinnati
W-0; L-3
Seas.: 21-29
Pcet.: .420

Brooklyn
0-4, 1-3

Philadelphia
8-12

8. Pittsburgh
W-2; L-4
Seas.: 18-37
Pct.: .327

Chicago
3-4, 2-1
2-6

Milwaukee
4-7, 5-3
5-6

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Batting--Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia, .351
Runs batted in--Duke Snider, Brooklyn, 60
Home runs--Duke Snider and Roy Companella, Brooklyn, 19
Pitching--Hal Jeffcoat, Chicago, 6-0