Arnie Sowell, soft-striding Pitt speedster, rushed into early lead, outran country's top half-milers in 1:47.6 for new AAU record, became third runner to better 880-yard world mark this year in National AAU championships at Boulder, Col. (see page 13).
This is an article from the July 4, 1955 issue
Harold Connolly, Boston University graduate student who recently became first American to surpass 200 feet in 16-pound hammer throw (SI, June 27), got off tremendous heave of 199 feet 8 inches; Bob Backus, NYAC strongman, threw 56-pound weight 43 feet 5 inches; Bud Held of San Francisco Olympic Club tossed javelin 260 feet 3 inches; Rod Richard, fast-breaking Army sprinter, barreled 220 yards around turn in 21 flat, for records in same meet.
Fernando Ledesma, slightly-built USC junior, stepped off two miles in 8:57.7 to break Wes Santee's college standard in Pacific Coast Conference-Big Ten competition at Berkeley, Calif.
Jon Hendricks, flashy Australian swim star, churned through 100-meter freestyle in 0:55.8 to crack American long-course record day after setting 200-meter freestyle mark with 2:06.9; in Keo Nakama meet at Honolulu.
New York Yankees continued to win big ones, increased lead over Chicago White Sox to three games in American League. Casey Stengel's money players ran off three straight against Kansas City, cooled off Cleveland by taking three out of four, pushed Indians six games off pace. Superb relief pitching of veteran Jim Konstanty, homers by Yogi Berra and Irv Noren and Bob Cerv's pinch single won first two games 2-1, 3-2, stretched winning streak to seven before Indians' Early Wynn tossed 5-0 shutout at Yanks, who came back to take second game of Sunday doubleheader 2-0 for southpaw Whitey Ford's ninth win.
Boston Red Sox, with sights set on first division, rolled past Detroit 5-4, 12-7, 7-0, faltered long enough to drop pair to Chicago 3-2, 8-3 when aching back forced slugging Ted Williams out of lineup but quickly bounced back on able hurling of Willard Nixon and Tom Brewer to whip White Sox 5-2, 8-2 and move within game of fourth-place Tigers.
Brooklyn Dodgers began week by racking up second-place Chicago Cubs three in row, aided by fireball-flinging Don Newcombe's 12th win, moved on to Milwaukee where they lost two out of three but still managed to hold comfortable 12½-game lead in National League. Braves' Lou Burdette and Bob Buhl, aided by home-run hitting of rejuvenated Eddie Mathews, who belted No. 16 and No. 17, beat Dodgers 8-2, 4-0. Newcombe, with help of Rookie Karl Spooner, sandwiched in his 13th victory 5-3, also got three hits to lift batting average to .451.
Cincinnati handled New York Giants with ease, won two of three from last year's champions, lost first game of series to Philadelphia 8-6, then clobbered Phillies 6-0, 16-5, 5-0 as Joe Nuxhall and Art Fowler contributed whitewash jobs and big Ted Kluszewski powered way into tie with Brooklyn's Duke Snider for league's home run leadership. Victories moved Redlegs into fifth place, scant percentage point behind sagging Giants, who attempted to bolster team by selling veteran Outfielder Monte Irvin to Minneapolis and bringing up Second Baseman Wayne (Twig) Terwilliger from same club but still lost three straight to St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, 9-2, 7-2.
Archie Moore, crafty old ring wanderer who has been vainly seeking shot at Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, put light heavyweight crown on line against balding middleweight king Carl (Bobo) Olson, deftly picked off latter's best blows, exploded with "double right," smashing left hook to score clean knockout in third round at New York's Polo Grounds (see page 50). Confident Moore blandly announced to world, "I can beat any fighter who lives," prepared to test his claim in September bout with Marciano.
Vince Martinez, fourth-ranked welterweight from Paterson, N.J., came out of 6½-month retirement forced by managers' boycott which prompted New York State Athletic Commission to launch inquiry, dropped aggressive Chico Varona in fourth, gave Cuban fighter dazzling 10-round boxing lesson to walk off with unanimous decision at Syracuse, N.Y. (see pages 9, 56).
Floyd Patterson, fast-punching Brooklyn light heavyweight, banged away at Canadian champion Yvon Durelle with quick combinations, forced opponent to quit at end of fifth round before jampacked crowd at Newcastle, N.B.
TRACK AND FIELD
NYAC broke two-year Los Angeles AC monopoly, scored 111 points to win unofficial team championship as five records fell in National AAU championships at Boulder, Col. Air Force's husky Parry O'Brien won shotput with toss of 58 feet 5¾ inches, spun discus 175 feet 7 inches, was meet's only double champion. Other winners: Abilene Christian's Bobby Morrow edged Rod Richard, Dean Smith and Bob Washington in 0:09.5 blanket finish 100; garrulous Wes Santee gave advance notice that he was bothered by 5,000-foot altitude, had to come from behind to win mile in slow 4:11.5; Indiana's Milt Campbell took 120-yard high hurdles in 0:14.7; New York Pioneer Club's Charley Pratt sped over 220-yard low hurdles in 0:23.5; Josh Culbreath of Morgan State won 440-yard hurdles in 0:52; Villanova's Charlie Jenkins romped to victory in 0:46.7 quarter-mile; Dick Hart of Philadelphia was first in six-mile run in 31:58.5; Horace Ashen-felter coasted home in 14:45.2 in three-mile run; Ken Reiser of Eugene, Ore. copped two-mile steeplechase in 10:20.7; Henry Laskau of New York's 92nd Street YMHA won two-mile walk in 15:09.4; Bob Richards of Los Angeles AC soared 15 feet to win pole vault; Ernie Shelton of Los Angeles AC and Compton's 18-year-old Charlie Dumas each cleared 6 feet 10 inches to tie for first in high jump; Victor Paredes of Cuban National Physical Education Institute captured hop, step and jump with 50-foot 3-inch effort (see page 13).
Pacific Coast Conference stars won only seven first places but broke three records, including college two-mile mark by Fernando Ledesma of USC, outscored Big Ten 75-57 in annual intersectional meet at Berkeley, Calif. UCLA's Bobby Seaman, latest U.S. hope for four-minute mile, won his event in slick 4:04.4 while another UCLA's, Don Vick, pegged shotput 56 feet 2¼ inches for meet standards.
Cary Middlecoff, stroking with precision of well-oiled machine, burned up course with record-tying 63 on final round, finished with 16-under-par 272, beat out husky Mike Souchak by two strokes to take Western Open at Portland, Ore.
Patty Berg, 37-year-old links veteran, parlayed long driving and hot putter into 292 for 72 holes, edged Fay Crocker and Louise Suggs by two strokes to win Women's Western Open at Madison, Wis. for fifth time since 1941.
Traffic Judge, Cliff Mooers's 3-year-old chestnut colt, was guided through packed field by able Eddie Arcaro, caught front-running long shot Selinsgrove in stretch, went on-to win $46,675 Ohio Derby by half-length at Thistle Down Park, Ohio.
Clear Dawn, unheralded Darby Dan Farm field horse who had won only one allowance race this year, got expert ride from Logan Batcheller, bided time until ready, then moved ahead to score astounding 2½-length victory in $39,800 New Castle Stakes at Delaware Park, Stanton, Del.
Paper Tiger, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' 4-year-old son of Stymie, emulated famous father's feat in $28,300 Edgemere Handicap at Aqueduct, N.Y., roared up from last place to push head in front of Straight Face at wire, duplicated Stymie's time of 1:50 2/5 for mile-and-eighth in 1946 Edge-mere victory.
Determine, Andy Crevolin's spunky little gray, threw off four-race losing streak, outgamed Mister Gus and Alidon in driving finish, got nod from judges in photo finish to win $27,550 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park, Calif.
Phil Drake, pretty Suzy Volterra's frisky Epsom Derby winner, turned on brilliant burst of speed at final turn, romped away from field to take $57,000 Grand Prix de Paris, Europe's richest race for 3-year-olds, in record-breaking 3:08.32 for 1 7/8 miles before 100,000 at historic Longchamp.
Jimmy Bryan of Phoenix, Ariz, streaked around Langhorne, Pa. track in 1:02:40.71, edged Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert by 10 seconds to win second straight AAA 100-mile national championship, pocketed $10,000 first-place prize money
Tom Carstens of Tacoma, Wash, powered his Allard up Maryhill Loops Hill in 2:35.04 for 2¾ mile 26-turn course, took over-all title in Yakima Valley Sports Car Club Hill Climb at Goldendale Wash.
Charles Dennehy, U.S. equestrian team star, swept four titles, rode Black Watch to victory in grand jumper championship in Detroit Horse Show at suburban Bloom-field Hills, Mich
Bill Cantrell, fearless Detroit driver, zoomed Joe Schoenith's Gale IV at average speed of 93.729 mph to win first heat despite spectacular five-boat crash, took second race with slightly lower speed, trailed sister boat Gale V across line in final heat, posted 1,025 points for victory in unlimited class of Detroit Memorial speed boat regatta. Lloyd Maddock, 51, of Pontiac, Mich, died after his Holiday collided with Harry Vogel's Little Audrey in 135-cubic-inch class race.
Actaea, Henry Sears's brisk little Class C 40-foot sloop, outsailed 26 other yachts in slowest New London-to-Annapolis biennial ocean race, covered 446 miles in 85:43:24 corrected time to capture Blue Water Bowl.
MIT, with Alain J. de Berc and H William Stiles Jr and Fred Brooks and J. Nichols Newman leading their respective divisions, piled up 217 points to 210 for second-place Navy, nailed down North American intercollegiate dinghy championship and ninth leg on Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy at New London, Conn.
MARRIED—Tom Gola, sharpshooting three-time All-America basketball star at La Sal le College, recently signed by professional Philadelphia Warriors; and Caroline Ann Norris, at Washington, D.C.
DIED—Harry (Golden Greek) Agganis, 25, Boston Red Sox first baseman, former Boston University football and baseball star, one of nation's leading southpaw passers; of "massive pulmonary embolism," at Cambridge, Mass. Drafted by pro football's Cleveland Browns in 1952, Agganis elected to try his hand at baseball, signed with Red Sox for reported $25,000 bonus, was sent to Louisville in 1953. Brought up by Boston last year, he batted .251, was hitting over .300 when he contracted pneumonia in May. Hospitalized for several weeks before his sudden death, he was recently placed on voluntarily retired list.
DIED—Frank Hayes, 39, former catcher for Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, holder of major league record of catching 312 consecutive games (1943-'46); at Point Pleasant, N.J.
DIED—Hy Turkin, 40, scholarly sports writer for New York Daily News, co-author of The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball, former president of Metropolitan Track Writers Association, one of founders of National Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy; after long illness, in New York.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Tom Friedman, Milwaukee, annual "relaxed road race," with 55.6 mph avg. speed, in Maserati Wilmot, Wis.
Andre Darrigade, French natl. road cycling championship, in 6:36.51 for 245-kilo., Ch√¢teaulin.
Franco Cavicchi, 15-round decision over Heinz Neuhaus, for European heavyweight title, Bologna, Italy.
Gene Fullmer, 10-round decision over Gil Turner, middleweights, Salt Lake City.
Virgil Akins, 8-round TKO over Billy Suddeth, welterweights, Chicago.
Johnny Saxton, 6-round TKO over Jimmy Fuller, welterweights, Brockton, Mass.
Oscar Pita, 8-round KO over Gene Poirier, welterweights, New York.
Kenny Lane, 10-round decision over Larry Boardman, lightweights, Miami Beach.
Idrissa Dione, 15-round decision over Wally Thom, for European welterweight title, Liverpool, England.
Johnny O'Brien, 9-round TKO over Tony Grasso, bantamweights, Plainville, Conn.
Danny Kid, 12-round decision over Hitoshi Misako, for Orient flyweight title, Osaka, Japan.
Egon F. Quittner, Philadelphia, Western Srs. title, with 148 for 36 holes, Columbus, Ohio.
Joe Campbell, Purdue Univ., over Johnny Garrett, 3 & 2, NCAA championship, Knoxville, Tenn.
Antonio Cerda, Argentina, Yorkshire Evening News tournament, with 276 for 72 holes. Leeds, England.
JAMIE: $10,000 Savage Trot, 1 m., in photo finish, in 2:03 3/5, Laurel, Md. Bob Parkinson, driver.
ADIOS HARRY: $7,500 Orient, 1 1/16 m., by 2 lengths, in 2:13 1/5, Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y. Luther Lyons, driver.
MISTY MORN: $37,500 Providence Stakes, 1 1/8 m., by 1½ lengths, in 1:52, Narragansett Pk., Pawtucket, R.I. Ted Atkinson up.
OIL PAINTING: $29,350 Distaff Handicap, 7 f., by 1½ lengths, in 1:24, Aqueduct, N.Y. Hedley Woodhouse up.
MARK-YE-WELL: $28,025 Laurance Armour Memorial Handicap, 1 1/8 m., by nose, in 1:49, Arlington Pk., Arlington Heights, Ill. Dave Erb up.
BABY ALICE: $27,300 Hollywood Oaks, 1 1/8 m., by ¾ length, in 1:49 1/5, Hollywood Pk., Inglewood, Calif. Ray York up.
MOBILE: $26,400 Haggin Stakes, 5 f., by nose, in 0:57 4/5, Hollywood Pk., Inglewood, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
STAR ROVER: $25,600 Lamplighter Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by ¾ length, in 1:43 4/5, Monmouth Pk., Ocean port N.J. Walter Blum up.
Raymond Jones, Pittsburgh, natl. boys championship, Asbury Park, N.J.
Karen Olson, Niles Ohio, natl. girls championship, Asbury Park, N.J.
Frank Caudillo, N. Platte, Neb., VFW national championship, Denver.
R. Perry Collins, Boston, Huckins Memorial Trophy 42-m. predicted log race, in Permar II, with 99.743% accuracy, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Jack Abraham, Fremont, Wis., Winnebagoland 88-m. outboard marathon. DU class, with 47.03 mph avg. speed Fond du Lac, Wis.
Rudy Jezek, NYAC, sr. 150-lb. single shell 1,200-meter race, in 4:45, for Major Joe Angyal Memorial Trophy, Pelham Manor, N.Y.
Lincoln park boat club, Central States Amateur Rowing Assn. regatta, with 227 pts., Chicago.
Bernard (Tut) Bartzen, San Angelo, Texas, over Whitney Reed, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2, Southwest Open men's singles, Little Rock, Ark.
Yola Ramirez, Mexico City, over Karol Fageros, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, Southwest Open women's singles, Little Rock. Ark.
Jose (Pepe) Aguero, Tulane Univ., over Bill Quillan, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0, NCAA singles title, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Pancho Contreras and JOAQUIN REYES, USC, over Sammy Giammalva and Johnny Hernandez, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5, 15-13, NCAA doubles, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Crawford Henry, Atlanta, over Norman Perry, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, natl. scholastic singles championship, Charlottesville, Va.
Bob Macy and John Skogstad, Coral Gables, Fla., over Richard Hoehn and Stanley Wilkins, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, natl. scholastic doubles championship, Charlottesville, Va.
TRACK & FIELD
Browning Ross, N.Y. Pioneer AC, St. Vincent de Paul 10-m. road race, in 51 mins., Providence, R.I.
Barbara Green, Stockton, Calif. and BRUCE PARKER, Darts, N.Y., 110-m. Mermaid Ski-a-thon, in 6:55, Atlantic City, N.J.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending June 26)
1. New York
6. Kansas City
4. New York
6. St. Louis