This is an article from the July 11, 1955 issue
Jacqueline Auriol, attractive, daring Frenchwoman who recently was grounded because "you have flown too low, too fast, have taken too many risks," took one more chance, pushed her French Mystere IV turbo-jet fighter plane at unofficial 683 mph over Melun Airfield, south of Paris, once again broke Jacqueline Cochran's world speed record for women.
Pentti Karvonen, durable Finn, covered grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:47.8 in international meet at Helsinki, bettered accepted world mark of 8:49.6 established by Hungary's Sandor Rosznyoi in European Games last year.
Russell Wright, daredevil Invercargill builder, roared his expensive 1,000-cc Vincent Black Lightning machine at breakneck 184.7 mph average speed over timed kilometer on lonely country road near Christchurch, New Zealand to set motorcycle world speed record.
Robert Burns, Scottish-born racer driving Vincent Black Lightning fitted with sidecar and streamlined shell, zipped along at 161 mph over same New Zealand course, surpassed own world standard by six mph.
Tony Trabert, strong-armed, sandy-haired young U.S. Davis Cupper from Cincinnati, made good use of big serve and powerful ground strokes to polish off Denmark's blond Kurt Nielsen 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 in final after blasting transplanted American Budge Patty 8-6, 6-2, 6-2 in semifinal, romped through All-England tournament without loss of single set to walk off with first Wimbledon singles championship and earn ranking as world's No. 1 player (see page 21).
Louise Brough, talented Beverly Hills, Calif. shotmaker, had to call upon all her vast experience, wide variety of shots to break up rhythm of pert, pretty Beverly Baker Fleitz, ambidextrous swinger from Long Beach, Calif., finally succeeded, won hard-fought 7-5, 8-6 match for her fourth Wimbledon singles title (see page 18).
Vic Seixas of Philadelphia, still suffering from ailing shoulder, teamed with Doris Hart of Coral Gables, Fla. to turn back Miss Brough and Enrique Morea of Argentina 8-6, 2-6, 6-3 in mixed doubles, gave U.S. third crown.
Lew Hoad and Rex Hartwig, reported to be Australia's best bet for Davis Cup doubles, beat countrymen Ken Rosewall and Neale Fraser 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in men's doubles; Britain's Angela Mortimer and Ann Shillock defeated Pat Ward and Shirley Bloomer 7-5, 6-1, gave England first women's doubles title since 1936.
Pittsburgh Pirates, low man on National League totem pole, lived it up last week, plastered three straight defeats on Brooklyn Dodgers 3-2, 7-6, 7-5 before bowing 3-1 when Gil Hodges blasted three-run homer to burst Pirate bubble. Dodgers missed slugging Catcher Roy Campanella, out with knee injury (see page 49), but whipped New York Giants two out of three earlier in week and still held 11½-game edge over second-place Chicago Cubs as season moved nearer halfway point.
Cubs dropped pair to Milwaukee, lost second place for day but came back to knock over skidding St. Louis Cardinals in three out of four, regaining runner-up spot while Braves ran into trouble in Cincinnati. Charley Grimm's team was shelled 14-2, 10-5 before winning 7-3 as up-and-coming Redlegs, helped by big Ted Kluszewski's 24th, 25th and 26th home runs, ousted New York Giants from fourth place. Giants beat Philadelphia 6-1, 4-3 for Sal Maglie and Ruben Gomez after losing opener 9-3 to husky Robin Roberts, were hopeful of moving back into first division as Willie Mays came out of slump.
New York Yankees made time against American League tailenders, belted hapless Baltimore 9-2, 7-3, then routed Washington 7-2, 12-0 before losing 5-0 decision to Senators' Johnny Schmitz.
Chicago White Sox had rough going, lost three in row to surging Detroit Tigers, who then proceeded to get drubbed by Kansas City four straight. Chicago was stopped by Early Wynn in 1-0 game, came back to edge Indians 2-1 as Jack Harshman out-pitched touted Rookie Herb Score. Third game was slugfest won by Cleveland 14-9, putting White Sox 6½ games behind Yankees and only half game ahead of Indians.
Boston Red Sox moved into fourth place ahead of Detroit when two victories from Pitcher Frank Sullivan helped them take six out of seven from Washington and Baltimore, the latter stretching its losing streak to 12 straight.
Parlo, swift-paced 4-year-old Foxcatcher Farm filly, was held in check by Eric Guerin until final turn, then stormed into lead with brilliant burst of speed to drive across finish line first by three lengths in 2:02 2/5, breaking record for mile-and-quarter $151,500 Delaware Handicap, world's richest race for fillies and mares, at Delaware Park.
Nashua, Belair Stud's powerful 3-year-old bay, played hide-and-seek with old rival Saratoga, stayed within easy reach for first mile before taking off when Eddie Arcaro went to whip, romped home five lengths ahead of runner-up, 45 in front of fading Mainlander in betless three-horse $55,300 Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct, N.Y. Victory was worth $37,200 to sleek Nashua, pushed two-season earnings to $690,890.
Doubledogdare, nearly left at post, had to go to outside to catch fast-breaking field but made it neatly to score easy three-length win in $27,950 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park, Oceanport, N.J.
Countess Fleet, flashy daughter of famed Count Fleet, closed out racing career in spectacular fashion at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif., racing mile and eighth in rousing 1:47 3/5 for new track record while winning $28,000 Vanity Handicap.
Miss Todd, speedy 2-year-old filly, grabbed early lead, eagerly sprinted away from rivals to equal world record of 57 flat for five furlongs in $24,100 Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Penn's smooth-stroking heavyweight crew, beaten only by Cornell in U.S. competition, got off to good start, turned on tremendous power to stay in front of unheralded Vancouver Rowing Club, who scored popular surprise victory over Russians in preliminary, packed away coveted Grand Challenge Cup in historic Royal Henley Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England. MIT lightweights sneaked past London Rowing Club in semifinal, outlasted husky Royal Air Force strokers in final to win Thames Challenge Cup for second straight year for only other American win. Silent Russians, shut out in two big races, gained some solace from triumphs in Stewards Challenge Cup, Silver Goblets and double sculls.
Wallace (Bud) Smith, lightly regarded Cincinnati challenger, chalked up valuable points with jolting left hooks, slashed open cuts over both Jimmy Carter's eyes to win bloody 15-round split decision and lightweight championship before slim crowd of 1,983 at Boston (see page 41).
Willie Pastrano, fast-moving 19-year-old New Orleans light heavyweight, led flabby, ring-weary Joey Maxim merry chase in early rounds, scored frequently with combinations to body and head, grabbed 10-round decision at New Orleans.
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, who breezed in and out of heavyweight picture last year, slapped and flailed away at back-pedaling, weaving Jimmy Slade to win 10-rounder in New York (see page 9).
Rocky Marciano agreed to defend heavyweight championship against aged but able Archie Moore, Sept. 20 at New York's Yankee Stadium, ending latter's year-long crusade for shot at title. Promoter Jim Norris predicted gate of $750,000 at $40 ringside top, estimated theater TV take at $250,000, announced pair would be re-matched if Moore wins.
Samuel Reshevsky of New York, America's No. 1 chessman, amazed world by drawing two games, winning one from Russia's world champion, Mikhail Botvinnik, but Soviet moved to 13-4 lead over U.S. in match at Moscow.
Dow Finsterwald, 25-year-old Air Force veteran from Bedford Heights, Ohio, calmly carved out early rounds of 67, 68 and 65 to take lead while name players faltered, zoomed to 70 on last 18 but still edged slender Bud Holscher of Apple Valley, Calif. 270 to 271 to win British Columbia Open and $2,400 at Vancouver. Sam Snead, Mike Souchak and Bob Rosburg tied for third at 274.
Fay Crocker, wily Uruguayan pro, used her head and slick stroking in clutch to outsmart rough, shifting prairie winds, shot 74 for final 18 holes to beat off late challenges by Mary Lena Faulk and Louise Suggs, posted 299 to win $7,500 women's U.S. Open by four strokes at Wichita, Kans.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bob Richards, long-legged Long Beach, Calif. preacher, left his pulpit long enough to win national AAU decathlon title for third time in two-day competition at Crawfordsville, Ind. Olympic Champion Richards won only one event, soaring 14 feet 10¾ inches to take pole vault, but piled up 6,873 points while powerful Bob Lawson, 20-year-old USC freshman who led at halfway mark, was second with 6,501, barely beating out Duke's versatile Joel Shankle.
Chris Chataway, who recently became one of five men to break four minutes for mile, took aim at John Landy's 3:58 world record in Army meet at Aldershot, England but had to be satisfied with 4:00.8 clocking when competition failed to press him.
Carina, 53-foot yawl owned and captained by bearded Richard S. Nye, Greenwich, Conn. financial consultant, and manned by young crew that spent its leisure time reading Cruising Cookery Book, battled 70-mph mid-Atlantic gale, 25-foot waves and broken toilet, was first to sail into ancient Viking town of Marstrand on West Swedish coast, three hours ahead of 56-foot Swedish-built American-owned Circe in 3,450-mile Lipton Cup ocean race that started in Newport, R.I., June 11.
Adios Boy, 4-year-old Virginia pacer beaten by half-brother Adios Harry in two previous races, gave long-shot bettors good payday (6 to 1) when he drove to one-length victory over Philip Scott in $25,000 National Pacing Derby at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y.
Lt. Col. James A. Poston of Columbus, Ohio, crew-cut Air National Guardsman flying F84E jet fighter, streaked 1,945 miles from Ontario, Calif. to Detroit's International Air Exposition at estimated 546.505 mph, was clocked in 3:32.30.4, with corrected time of 2:57.14, to win Ricks Memorial Trophy race and hug from Actress Anne Francis.
RETIRED—Sir Norman Brookes, 78, patriarch of Australian tennis, two-time Wimbledon champion in 1907 and '14, longtime Davis Cup star, one of world's top players from 1907 to 1920, credited with being first to develop twist service; as president of Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, after 29 years, at Melbourne. Venerable Brookes, who lost memorable 17-15 marathon set to America's Maurice McLoughlin in 1914 Davis Cup challenge round, was succeeded by Donald M. Ferguson, Davis Cup team selector.
RETIRED—Capt. Morris D. Gilmore (Ret.), 65, onetime Navy lacrosse star, assistant athletic director, submarine sailor; from post as secretary-treasurer of Naval Academy AA, at Annapolis, Md.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Frank Mundy, Atlanta, AAA 100-lap late-model stock car race, in 1955 Chrysler, Knoxville, Tenn. Runners-up: Tony Bettenhausen, Tinley Park, Ill., in 1955 Chrysler; Les Snow, Bloomington, Ill., in 1955 Buick Century
Strohs Beer, Detroit, San Francisco team championship, with 12,108 pins, San Francisco. Runner-up: Hamilton Enterprises, Chicago, with 11,523 pins.
Harold Carter, 10-round decision over Julio Mederos, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Esau Ferdinand, 10-round decision over Harvey Taylor, light heavyweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Italo Scortichini, 4-round KO over Young Paulino, middleweights, Manila.
Bobby Boyd, 3-round KO over Lloyd Triplett, for Illinois middleweight title, Chicago.
Yama Bahama, 7-round TKO over Battling Douglas, welterweights, Bimini, B.W.I.
Kenny Lane, 10-round decision over Dick (Kid) Howard, lightweights, Halifax, N.S.
Bobby Woods and Georgie Dunn, 10-round draw, lightweights, Vancouver, B.C.
Pappy Gault, 3-round KO over Jimmy Calcutta, featherweights, Florence, S.C.
Lauro Salas, 9-round KO over Pupy Garcia, featherweights, Havana.
Billy (Sweetpea) Peacock, 4-round KO over Alex Fimbres, bantamweights, Houston, Tex.
Mario D' Agata, 10-round decision over Robert Meunier, bantamweights, Rome.
Hilaire Pratesi, 5-round KO over Nate Brooks, bantamweights, Paris.
Mortie Dutra, Los Angeles, over John Burton, 2 up, world sr. championship, Glasgow.
Billy Thornton, Ft. Jackson, Watermelon Festival tournament, with 64, Hampton, S.C.
Mrs. Harlan Reidel, Dallas, over Paula Sue Gore, 2 & 1, Denver women's championship, Denver.
LADY DUNN: $10,000 President's Cup Trot, 1 m., in 2:03 3/5 (track record). Baltimore Raceway. Harry Miller, driver.
MANOTICK: $30,450 Gazelle Stakes, 1 1/16 m., by head, in 1:45 3/5, Aqueduct, N.Y. Angel Valenzuela up.
IMPROMPTU: $29,700 Warren Wright Memorial Stakes, 7 f., by 3½ lengths, in 1:22, Arlington Pk., Arlington Heights, Ill. Willie Hartack up.
GUILTON MADERO: $28,050 Cinema Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by 2 lengths, in 1:41 4/5, Hollywood Pk., Inglewood, Calif. Milo Valenzuela up.
SWIFT STEVE : $27,325 Governor's Day Handicap, 1 1/18 m., by head, in 1:50 3/5, Narragansett Pk., Pawtucket,
R.I. Bob Ussery up.
COUNTY CLARE: $23,375 Longfellow Handicap (first division), 1 m., by 6 lengths, in 1:38 2/5, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Sammy Boulmetis up.
PRINCE HILL: $23,375 Longfellow Handicap (second division), 1 m., by½ length, in 1:39 3/5, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Angel Valenzuela up.
Joe and Don Less, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., Intl. Cup for hydroplanes, Gananoque, Ont.
(Speed boat regatta, Hampton, Va.)
Scott Straus, Baltimore, Class AU stock runabouts, with 800 pts.; Class A stock hydroplanes, with 800 pts.
Warren Klamans, Annapolis, Md., Class BU stock runabouts, with 800 pts.
A. W. Seeley Jr., Norfolk, Va., Class CU stock runabouts, with 800 pts.
Nolly Simpson, Norfolk, Va., Class DU stock runabouts, with 700 pts.
William G. McClung, Portsmouth, Va., Class B stock hydroplanes, with 800 pts.
Mel Hughes, Norfolk, Va., Class D stock hydroplanes, with 800 pts.
Eddie Moylan, Trenton, N.J., over Ron Holmberg, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0, Eastern clay-courts title, Hackensack, N.J.
Bill Quillian, Seattle, over Sam Daniel, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, Mid-Dixie singles, Spartanburg, S.C.
Mike Green, Miami Beach and QUILLIAN, over Allen Quay and Bill Umstaedter, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0, Mid-Dixie doubles, Spartanburg, S.C.
Harry Hoffman Sr., Philadelphia Rifle Club, over Ed Dailey, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, Middle States clay-court men's singles, Wilmington, Del.
Alice Fehrenbach, Philadelphia Rifle Club, over Belmar Gunderson, 6-4, 6-2, Middle States clay-court women's singles, Wilmington, Del.
Earl Buchholz Jr., St. Louis, over Rodney Susman, 6-1, 6-2, Missouri Valley AAU boys' singles, Winfield, Kans.
Connie Cristler, Kansas City, over Mary Clendenin, 6-1, 6-4, Missouri Valley AAU girls' singles, Winfield, Kans.
Master Sgt. William Knupple, USMC, Morris, Minn., Inter-Service championship, with 2,689 pts., San Antonio, Tex.
Hughie Neilson, England, 105-m. walking race, in 18:26.27, London.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending July 3)
1. New York
6. Kansas City
5. New York
7. St. Louis