This is an article from the July 18, 1955 issue
Gordon Pirie, limber-legged British iron man with insatiable desire to break records, ran 1½ miles in rapid 6:26, easily surpassed Sandor Iharos' unofficial world mark for distance at London.
Adios Harry, J. Howard Lyons' bargain basement 4-year-old brown stallion pacer, tore off 1:55 2/5 clocking for mile in first heat of $10,000 Thomas P. Gaines Memorial Pace, then stepped 1:56 1/5 in second race for combined time of 3:51 3/5, broke two world race records at Vernon Downs, N.Y.
Bill Tenney, former lumberjack from Dayton, Ohio, powered his souped-up Class B hydroplane at average speed of 66.796 mph over measured mile course in Buggs Island Lake regatta at Clarksville, Va., lowered own world standard by better than 2 mph.
Dave McIntyre, fast-moving North Carolina State AC swimmer, barreled through 165-yard individual medley in 1:44.4; Buddy Baarcke, of Fort Knox, representing Chapel Hill (N.C.) Swim Club, swam 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.2, for new American long-course marks in Palmetto open championships at Columbia, S.C.
Galina Ermolenko, Russian student teacher, zipped over 80-meter hurdles in 0:10.8, set new world record for women at Leningrad.
New York Yankees rebounded from four straight losses, took three out of four from Washington Senators as Tommy Byrne and Bob Turley hurled successive shutouts (3-0, 4-0) and powerful Mickey Mantle blasted three home runs. Yankees led Cleveland by five games, Chicago by six as play halted for All-Star Game recess.
Cleveland and Boston made week's biggest gains. Indians moved into second place with four wins in five games with Detroit and Kansas City while Chicago split four with same teams. Cleveland broke even in four-game series with White Sox, winning 1-0, 5-2, losing 6-0, 4-2, held runner-up spot by single game. Surprising Red Sox continued to get good pitching, solid hitting from Ted Williams, Norm Zauchin and Jackie Jensen before bowing to Baltimore. Boston regained stride to beat last-place Orioles 5-4, 10-7, were in fourth place, seven games behind Yanks at week's end. Milwaukee, New York and St. Louis made news in National League although front-running Brooklyn Dodgers, with big Don Newcombe pitching his 14th win against Philadelphia, still held comfortable 11½-game lead. Braves started badly, lost twice to Cardinals, recovered to beat Chicago Cubs 5-1 behind three-hit pitching of lanky Gene Conley and 3-2 on Bobby Thomson's single, took over second place. Milwaukee stretched string to six straight with four wins over Cincinnati before Redlegs managed 7-6 triumph.
Giants, with Willie Mays hitting home runs and Johnny Antonelli and Jim Hearn (who also clubbed two homers in one game) doing some fine pitching, showed signs of awakening from season-long slump, regained fourth place. Leo Durocher's men mowed down Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with loss of only one game, dropped 12-8 slugfest to Brooklyn, stormed back to beat surprised Dodgers two in row 10-2, 3-2.
St. Louis, after beating Milwaukee twice, took on Cincinnati, won two out of three in series featured by slugging match between managers Harry (The Hat) Walker and Birdie Tebbetts, lost to Chicago 6-4, came back to rock slumping Cubs 4-2, 7-2, moved from seventh to fifth place.
Mare Nostrum, owned and skippered by Enrique Urrutia, Spanish-born Mexican citizen, its position unreported for 10 days because of radio trouble, sailed into San Sebastian well ahead of John Hertz Jr.'s Ticonderoga to become surprise winner of 4,200-mile race from Havana.
Gene Walet III, 20-year-old New Orleans skipper who has won Mallory Cup two years running, sailed his 29-foot Dragon Class racer to three firsts, one second in trials at Port Townsend, Wash., earned right to represent U.S. in Olympic Games next year.
Floyd Patterson, quick-handed young (21) Brooklyn light heavyweight, moved into heavyweight division, caught up to veteran Archie McBride in sixth, unleashed lightninglike combinations to score seventh-round KO in New York.
Sandy Saddler, free-swinging featherweight champion, had rough time with Japan's game Shigeji Kaneko for two rounds, dropped exhausted rival with left hook in sixth, won by TKO when Kaneko's seconds tossed in towel at Tokyo.
Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission completed lengthy investigation of May 6 fight between top-ranked light heavyweight Harold Johnson and Julio Mederos, in which Johnson collapsed at end of second round, decided Philadelphia fighter was drugged before bout; that he, his manager and handlers "acted against best interests of boxing" by failing to report illness. Commission meted out six-month suspensions to Johnson; his manager of record, Tommy (Loughran) Loughrey; his longtime trainer, Clarence (Skinny) Davidson; picked up Lou Gross's second's license for three months. Matchmaker Pete (Mangine) Moran, arrested on perjury charge during hearings held in Philadelphia, was found guilty of representing Johnson without being registered as manager, had his matchmaker's and promoter's license revoked. As added punishment, Johnson's $4,113.33 purse was ordered forfeited. At week's end, National Boxing Association announced it would honor suspensions; Gov. George M. Leader, whose 90-day ban on boxing in state is due to end August 9, planned to issue statement; attorneys for Johnson and Moran prepared to appeal.
Peter Thomson, 25-year-old Australian pro who won his first British Open last year, parlayed consistency, even temperament and brilliant strategy into 281 for 72 holes, finished two strokes ahead of England's John Fallon, three in front of unheralded Frank Jowle (who shot astounding 63 for course record in qualifying round), repeated his 1954 victory at St. Andrews. Ed Furgol's 292 was best score for American while little Joe Conrad, British Amateur champion, was leading amateur with 293.
Tommy Bolt, weather-beaten Texas pro, controlled his temper, woods and irons, shot brilliant 68 in final round to overtake Jerry Barber of Los Angeles, won St. Paul open by two strokes with 19-under-par 269 at St. Paul, Minn.
Judy Rullah, unbeaten little 2-year-old filly, moved up from fourth place to challenge leaders, outdueled Guard Rail and Waikiki in sizzling stretch finish to win $96,505 Arlington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Ill., brought earnings to $73,260 in four races this year.
High Gun, King Ranch's handsome 4-year-old colt who finished sixth behind Bobby Brocato in $61,000 Carter Handicap earlier in week, moved out in front soon after start, stayed there to romp home 3½ lengths ahead of Paper Tiger in $56,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct, N.Y.
Greatest, 26-1 long shot almost scratched after finishing fifth in last race, surprised favored Pelouse and fast-closing Platan with driving finish, stormed home first by nose to take $58,025 Michigan Mile in record-breaking 1:36 4/5 at Detroit.
Swaps, Rex C. Ellsworth's brilliant chestnut Kentucky Derby winner, was held in check most of way by Willie Shoemaker but had little trouble breezing to easy six-length victory, his eighth straight, in $57,750 Westerner at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif.
Louis B. Mayer's Alidon sped mile-and-eighth in 1:46 4/5 to equal 5-year-old world record while edging Mister Gus by scant nose in $53,780 American Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Bert Thomas, husky 250-pound Tacoma, Wash, logger, put his training as Marine frogman to good use to plow through tricky tides of icy 18.3-mile Juan de Fuca Strait from Port Angeles, Wash, to Victoria, B.C. in 11:07.30, became first to conquer tough international waterway (see page 11).
Greta Patterson, pretty 18-year-old blue-eyed blonde from Batavia, N.Y., plunged into Lake Erie at Angola, N.Y. at 6:35 a.m. on July 4, calmly doffed her black nylon tank suit for most of 15-mile swim, wearily crawled ashore at Crystal Beach, Ont. 13 hours 3 minutes later to successfully complete first crossing of lake at that point.
Hans Guenther Winkler, smooth-riding German, guided Halla over tricky obstacle course in 2:19.2 with only four faults, successfully defended his world equestrian jumping championship in jump-off with Italy's Raimondo D'Inzeo, who had better time but made eight faults, at Aachen.
Scott Frost, Hambletonian future book favorite making initial start of year, lost first two heats, came back under able drive by Joe O'Brien to take next two and $16,000 Historic-Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Goshen, N.Y.
Mrs. Prances Bera and her co-pilot, Mrs. Edna Bower, petite California sisters, zoomed their Cessna 180 cross-country from Long Beach, Calif. to Westfield, Mass. (2,800 miles) at avg. speed of 175 mph to capture top prize of $800 in ninth annual Powder Puff Derby (see page 32).
Milan, touring Italian champions, treated sellout crowd of 80,000 Russians to rare sight, trimmed powerful Moscow Dynamo team 4-2 in exciting match on losers' home grounds in Moscow. Four days later Milan bowed to Moscow Spartak 3-0.
Russia made up for 2½ -1½ defeat of World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik by America's Sam Reshevsky, overwhelmed U.S. 25-7 in Moscow (see page 18).
Penn's powerful-stroking oarsmen, fresh from Royal Henley triumph, stopped off in Hamburg, Germany, came from behind twice to win pair of 2,000-meter races from strong Hansa boat, added traditional Shipping Cup, Hamburg Senate trophy to rapidly growing collection.
HONORED—Richard D. Sears, Henry W. Slocum Jr., Malcolm D. Whitman, Oliver S. Campbell, Robert D. Wrenn, Dr. James Dwight, Joseph S. Clark, national champions from 1881 to 1900; first to be selected for tennis Hall of Fame, at Newport, R.I.
DIED—Piero Valenzano, 31, promising Italian auto racer; in crash during Dolomite Cup race, at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Valenzano, whose brother Gino is one of Italy's top drivers, died instantly when his Maserati overturned on curve, then burst into flames.
DIED—Arch Ward, 58, quiet, soft-spoken influential Chicago Tribune sports editor, radio and TV commentator, author, promotional wizard who originated All-Star baseball and football games, developer of Golden Gloves, Silver Skates; of heart attack, in Chicago (see page 12).
DIED—Daniel (Dumb Dan) Morgan, 82, sprightly, loquacious fight manager who handled three world champions—Welterweight Jack Britton, Middleweight Al McCoy, Light Heavyweight Battling Levinsky, boxing's elder statesman, confirmed horse player; after long illness, in New York. Facetiously nicknamed Dumb Dan by sportswriters, mild-mannered Morgan was never at loss for words, would talk for hours about Britton, his favorite fighter.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
(Eastern Archery Assn. target championships, Springfield, Mass.)
Dimitri Erdely, Erie, Pa., men's title, with 3,011 pts.
Mrs. Ann weber corby, Boonton, N.J., women's title, with 3,303 pts.
Jim Paschal, High Point, N.C., NASCAR 100-m. Grand Natl., in 1955 Olds, Columbia, S.C. Runner-up: Jim Lewallen, Archdale, N.C., in 1955 Olds.
Tim Flock, Atlanta, NASCAR 100-m. Grand Natl., in 1955 Chrysler 300, Asheville-Weaverville Speed way, N.C. Runner-up: Fonty Flock, Atlanta, in 1955 Chrysler 300.
Andy Linden, Manhattan Beach Calif., AAA 30-lap sprint car race, in 13:09.13, Oklahoma City. Runner-up: Pat O'Connor, N. Vernon, Ind.
Herschel Buchanan, Shreveport, La., 125-m. stock car race, in 2:25:35.10, Des Moines. Runner-up: Marvin Copple. Lincoln, Neb.
Oliver Gendefien, Belgium, 188.8-m. Dolomite Cup race, in 3:23:01.8, in Mercedes, Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.
Johnny Summerlin, 8-round decision over Bert Whitehurst, heavyweights, Detroit.
Bobby Dykes, 10-round split decision over Moses Ward, middleweights, San Antonio, Tex.
Milo Savage, 10-round decision over Sammy Walker, middleweights, New York.
Georgie Johnson, 8-round TKO over Charley Cotton, middleweights, Miami Beach.
Miami, Fla., U.S. Public Links team championship, with 224, Indianapolis.
Wally Burkemo, Franklin Hills, Mich., over John Barnum, in sudden death, Michigan PGA, Owosso, Mich.
Bill Campbell, Huntington, W. Va., over Dave Clovis, 10 & 9, West Virginia Amateur, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Stan Mosel, Glen Ridge, N.J., New Jersey Open, with 273 (new record), Morristown, N.J.
Bill Shields, Albany, over Tommy Goodwin, 1 up, New York Amateur, Jamestown, N.Y.
Jean Ashley, Chanute, Kans., over Mrs. Russell Mann, 10 & 9, Broadmoor women's invitation, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Germany, over Switzerland, 25-13, world handball championship, Dortmund, Germany.
ARVILLA HANOVER: $15,503 Coaching Club Oaks trot, 1 m., two of three heats, in 2:07.1 & 2:07, Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Bill Haughton, driver.
WILMINGTON'S STAR: $10,000 Miss Maryland free-for-all pace, 1 m., by ¾ length, in 2:01 2/5, Baltimore. Eddie Taylor, driver.
FERKE: $31,800 Charles S. Howard Stakes, 5½ f., by 2½ lengths, in 1:03 4/5, Hollywood Pk., Inglewood, Calif. Milo Valenzuela up.
MISTYMORN: $30,700 Molly Pitcher Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by ¾ length, in 1:42 2/5, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Sammy Boulmetis up.
MARK-YE-WELL: $28,225 Stars & Stripes Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by neck, in 1:48 2/5, Arlington Pk., Arlington Heights, Ill. Dave Erb up.
DOC EGGERS: $24,000 Hyde Pk. Stakes, 5½ f., by 4 lengths, in 1:04 1/5, Arlington Pk., Arlington Heights, Ill. Willie Carstens up.
MAHARAJAH: $29,200 Sussex Handicap, 1¼ m., by 1 length, in 2:02 4/5, Delaware Pk., Stanton, Del. Logan Batcheller up.
DECATHLON: $21,900 Tyro Stakes, 5½ f., by ¾ length, in 1:04 (track record), Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Gene Martin up.
Irene K, owned by Elias Kalil, Manhasset, L.I. & navigated by Dr. Ralph U. Whipple, Manhasset, 104-m. NYAC predicted log race, with 98.93% accuracy, Block Island, R.I.
Des Koch, USC, Natl. AAU championship, with 3,216 pts., Alhambra, Calif.
NYAC, mid-Hudson regatta, with 167 pts., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Bill Heintz, Cumberstone, Md., Great Lakes Thistle championship, with 109 pts., Rochester, N.Y.
Sam Kooistra, Chicago, Natl. AAU jr. 800-meter free-style title, in 10:38.4, Rockford, Ill.
Donn Squire, San Francisco, Natl. AAU men's synchronized solo championship, Rockford, Ill.
Ham Richardson, Baton Rouge, La., over Mervyn Rose, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, Swedish intl. men's singles, Bastad.
Vic Seixas, Philadelphia, and RICHARDSON, over Sven Davidson and Torsten Johansson, 7-5, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, Swedish intl. men's doubles, Bastad.
Doris Hart, Coral Gables, Fla., over Ruth Kauffman, 6-3, 9-7, Swedish intl. women's singles, Bastad.
Hugh Stewart, Los Angeles, over Bob Howe, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 13-11, Irish men's singles, Dublin.
Mrs. Beverly Baker Fleitz, Santa Monica, Calif., over Darlene Hard, 6-2, 6-2, Irish women's singles, Dublin.
Jaroslav Drobny, Egypt, over Art Larsen, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, Midland Counties men's singles, Birmingham, England.
Mimi Arnold, Redwood City, Calif., over Barbara Breit, 6-4, 6-4, Western Tri-State women's singles, Cincinnati.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending July 10)
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