This is an article from the Aug. 8, 1955 issue
Chris Chataway, chunky, easygoing Englishman, took over lead with half-mile to go, raced to new world record of 13:23.2 for three miles, regained mark he once held, at London.
Sandor Iharos, slender 25-year-old Hungarian, outdueled teammate Istvan Rozsav√∂lgyi in thrilling 1,500-meter race, was clocked in 3:40.8 for new world standard, his third in three months, at Helsinki. Iharos's next goal: John Landy's mile record of 3:58.
Adios Harry, rigged with two head poles (to prevent him from bearing in on turns, out on stretch) and expertly guided by substitute driver Morris MacDonald, stepped off world-record time of 3:04 2/5 for mile and half, gained easy victory in $35,000 Nassau Pace at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y. (see page 27).
Platan, Hasty House Farm's 5-year-old, with veteran Johnny Adams up, trailed briefly in early stages, then outsprinted field by three lengths to set new American grass course mark of 1:54 4/5 for mile and three sixteenths in rich ($161,600) Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park, Ill.
Lenie de Nijs, 16-year-old Dutch girl, churned 1,500 meters in 20:46.5, established new world swimming standard at Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Doug Ford, swarthy, unemotional shot-maker from Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. who took medal honors with 135, refused to bow to pressure, came from behind to beat wilted Cary Middlecoff 4 and 3 in 90-degree heat, won PGA title and $5,250 on his first try at Detroit.
Henry Ransom, Texas rancher, finished in four-way tie with PGA champion Doug Ford, Jackson Bradley of Houston, Tex. and Jack Burke of Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., dropped 12-foot putt for birdie on first hole in sudden death playoff to edge rivals in Rubber City Open at Akron, Ohio.
Beverly Hanson of Indio, Calif., who recently won Ladies PGA, trailed by two strokes going into final nine holes, fired 32 to finish with 220, one stroke ahead of stocky Jackie Pung of Honolulu in Battle Creek (Mich.) open.
Chicago White Sox took over first place in tight American League race, led faltering New York and challenging Cleveland by full game and surging Boston by three, but learned it would have to get along without Pitcher Dick Donovan (13-4), out for four weeks after appendectomy. Chicago bowed to Yankee veteran Tommy Byrne 1-0, came back to take next two 7-4, 3-2 on pitching of Harry Byrd and Rookie Connie Johnson. Next stop was Washington where pennant-hungry White Sox made it 12 in row over Senators before losing to Bob Porterfield 1-0, bounced back to win Sunday double-header 3-1, 6-5 on Jack Harshman's 11-inning 2-hitter.
New York Yankees, badly in need of sound pitching and consistent hitting, sent aging nothing-ball pitcher Eddie Lopat to Baltimore, brought up fast-balling Don Larsen (who promptly beat Kansas City 5-2) from Denver, but could only split four games with Athletics. Cleveland dropped pair to Boston before taking third game 6-4 on two-run homer by Al Rosen, then knocked over last-place Baltimore three out of four as Rookie Herb Score hurled one-hit shutout, Art Houtteman started triple play, won 6-0.
Boston continued to threaten leaders with two wins over Cleveland, three over Detroit. Red Sox got long-distance hitting from veteran Ted Williams, who hit four home runs (including grand-slam against Tigers), Catcher Sammy White and Outfielder Jimmy Piersall, top-notch pitching from Frank Sullivan, Tom Brewer and Willard Nixon.
New York Giants, 17½ games out of first place in National League and still unable to approach 1955 pennant-winning form despite current home-run slugging of Willie Mays (he has 33) and pitching of Jim Hearn, began house cleaning, sold Sal Maglie, once team's clutch pitcher, to Cleveland for $25,000.
Brooklyn's bulky Don Newcombe, majors' winningest pitcher, brought his record to 18-1 with 4-2 win over Cincinnati, 11-2 triumph over St. Louis, helped front-running Dodgers win five out of six, hold comfortable 13½-game lead over second-place Milwaukee. Braves also began streaking, clubbed Philadelphia three straight, ran string to six with two victories over Giants but then bowed 7-3.
Smoky Burgess, able Cincinnati catcher, had big day against cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh, batted in nine runs with three homers and single as Redlegs took four in row from Pirates, moved within ½ game of sixth-place St. Louis. Philadelphia ran into trouble against Milwaukee, lost three straight, divided four games with Chicago Cubs, managed to stay in fourth place but trailed Dodgers by 20 games.
Willie Pastrano, agile, fast-moving young (19) New Orleans light heavyweight, out-boxed and outmaneuvered slow-moving Chuck Speiser, scored frequently with stinging left jab to take 10-round decision at Chicago.
Gene (Cyclone) Fullmer, aggressive middleweight puncher, bleeding from cut under left eye, pounded away at Del Flanagan's middle, accumulated enough points to win 10-rounder at Butte, Mont.
Marilyn Bell, honey-haired, blue-eyed 17-year-old Toronto schoolgirl, plunged into icy English Channel at Cap Gris Nez, stroked her way through choppy water and adverse tides for 14 hrs. 35 min., stumbled ashore at Warren, near Dover, to become youngest to conquer Channel.
Alfredo Camarero, lanky Argentinian, successfully battled rough waters from Capri to Naples, covered 19 nautical miles in record-breaking 8:45.40 to win world long-distance championship, predicted he would "swim the English Channel next."
Roberto Maddalena, 14-year-old Argentine schoolboy, liberally smeared with lanolin, swam 63 miles down Mississippi River from St. Louis to Ste. Genevieve, Mo. in 16:39.
Robert L. Hall's 55-foot cutter Nimrod V trailed Lee Loomis Jr.'s scratch boat Good News across finish line but used handicap to post 81:07.35 corrected time, took first place in 420-mile Mount Desert race from New London, Conn, to Marblehead, Mass.
Glory Bea II, Jim Carlin's 33-foot Class D sloop out of Detroit, conquered damaging winds that knocked out 26 of 68 competing boats to win 243-mile Port Huron to Mackinac Island yacht race with 38:08.48 corrected time.
Tim Flock, hard-driving racer from Atlanta, finished first in NASCAR 100-miler at Syracuse, N.Y., used helicopter and plane to rush to San Mateo, Calif., where next day he drove his 1955 Chrysler 300 to victory in 250-mile race in 3:33.4.
Eddie Moylan of Trenton, N.J. won Meadow Club Invitation at Southampton, N.Y. for second straight year when hard-hitting Tony Trabert, suffering from stabbing back pains, defaulted in fifth set after splitting first four. Trabert also withdrew from Eastern grass courts at Orange, N.J., hoped to be ready for Davis Cup defense later in month.
Australia's Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad and Rex Hartwig rushed past Canada 5-0 in American Zone Davis Cup final, qualified to meet Japan in first Interzone final this weekend at Glen Cove, N.Y. Italy's Fausto Gardini upset Sweden's Sven Davidson and little Giuseppe Merlo whipped Lennart Bergelin, set pace for 4-1 victory in European Zone final.
Jack Kelly, smooth-stroking U.S. champion, easily outdistanced Detroit's Pat Costello by five lengths to capture single sculls, became first six-time winner of event in Royal Canadian Henley Regatta at Port Dalhousie, Ont. Buffalo West-sides upset Philadelphia Vespers in senior eights but team title went to St. Catharines Rowing Club of Ontario with 315¼ points.
Arab Actress, Mrs. Henry J. Damm's 5-year-old chestnut mare, stormed out of pack at head of stretch under prodding of Jockey William McKinley Cook, outraced Clear Dawn by length to win $60,175 Arlington Matron at Arlington Park, Ill., paid off happy bettors at 13 to 1.
Saratoga, Montpelier Farm's moody but game colt, battled it out with hard-riding Traffic Judge in thrilling stretch duel, managed to inch ahead, then hung on to win by head in $29,050 Choice Stakes at Monmouth Park, Oceanport, N.J.
Rex C. Ellsworth's Swaps, accompanied by Trainer Meshach Tenney, who flatly stated California-bred colt was "ready to race right now," arrived in Chicago, got full celebrity treatment from photographers and newspapermen, then moved out to Washington Park to prepare for American Derby Aug. 20 and long-awaited match race with Nashua (relaxing at Saratoga) Aug. 31 (see pages 26 and 27).
Keeneland Yearling Sales at Lexington, Ky. brought $3,863,700 for 346 horses, averaged $11,167 for new record. Top price paid was $80,000 by Tulsa Oilman Forrest Lindsay to Dr. Leslie Asbury's Forest Retreat Farm for thoroughbred yearling sired by Nasrullah. Wealthy Bill Helis Jr. purchased two colts for $60,000 each.
New York's Blackfish team of Ted Levchenko, Ken Simpson and Frank Stock picked off 108 pounds 12 ounces in four hours, ran off with AAU National Underwater Spearfishing championship at Catalina Island, Calif.
Ann Marston, pert, pretty 16-year-old sharpshooter from Wyandotte, Mich., displayed usual accuracy, piled up 2,080 points to retain her Women's Free Style Championship in National Field Archery tournament at Ludington, Mich., prepared to face Mrs. Ann Corby of Boonton, N.J., who set two U.S. records while winning instinctive division crown with 1,864 points, in National Target Archery Championships Aug. 8-12 at Oxford, Ohio. Among other winners: Reuben Powell of Chula Vista, Calif, in men's free style division with 2,796 points; Erwin Ketzler of Flint, Mich, in instinctive division (see page 48).
Ted Allen of Boulder, Colo, pitched 36 consecutive doubles (72 ringers) for new world record, completed 38 games without defeat, regained world title in tournament at Murray, Utah. Women's championship was won by Hazel Harris of Denver, who upset defending titleholder Katie Gregson of Crestline, Calif.
Louison Bobet, France's top cyclist, pedaled into lead on 16th day, grimly held advantage to win 22-day 2,700-mile Tour de France at Paris (see page 10).
DIED—Al Jensen, 49, Danish-born horse trainer whose 61 winners in eight years won $262,021; of heart attack, at Pleasantville, N.Y.
DIED—Albert Schaufelberger, 55, of Detroit, national commissioner of U.S. Handball Association, AAU national four-wall doubles champion in 1928; in auto accident, near Cadillac, Mich.
DIED—George Mulligan, 75, onetime fighter and baseball player, boxing and football promoter; after long illness, at Waterbury, Conn.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Jimmy Bryan, Phoenix, Ariz., AAA 50-lap "All-Indianapolis" race, in 22:18.35 (new record) in Dean Van Lines Special, Williams Grove, Pa. Runners-up: Jimmy Davies, Pacoima, Calif.; Don Freeland, Inglewood, Calif.
Tommy Hinnershitz, Reading, Pa., AAA 10-m. big car sweepstakes, in 8:50.38 (track record), Harrington, Del.
Carroll Shelby, Inglewood, Calif., 128-m. Seafair sports car race, in 1:14.01, Bremerton, Wash.
West over East, 2-0, Negro American League All-Star game, Chicago.
Harold Carter and Wayne Bethea, 10-round draw, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Franco Cavicchi, 3-round TKO over Herbert Wiese, heavyweights, Rimini, Italy.
Yvon Durelle, 1-round KO over Billy Fifield, for Canadian light heavyweight title, Moncton, N.B.
Neal Rivers, 9-round TKO over Sal Perea, middle-weights, Hollywood, Calif.
Gene Poirer, 10-round decision over Danny Jo Perez, welterweights, New York.
Rocky Randell, 10-round decision over Tony Dupas, welterweights, New Orleans.
Yama Bahama, 8-round decision over Mickey Savage, welterweights, Detroit.
Kenny Lane, 8-round TKO over Elmer Lakatos, lightweights, Milwaukee.
Charles Kalme, Philadelphia, U.S. Chess Federation natl. jr. tournament, with 9-1, Lincoln, Neb.
Los Angeles Rams, over Ft. Ord Warriors, 44-17, Long Beach, Calif.
Pat Lesser, Seattle, over Carol Diringer, 7 & 6, Women's Western Amateur, Chicago.
Dave Sullivan, Newton, Mass., over Al Faenza, 2 & 1, New England Amateur, Manchester, N.H.
Jim English, Topeka, Kans., over Milt Hicks, 8 & 7, Broadmoor men's invitational, Colorado Springs, Col.
SCOTT FROST: $10,000 Hambletonian Test, in race-off with Galophone, by 1½ lengths, Vernon Downs, N.Y. Joe O'Brien, driver.
FIRST AID: $27,900 Merchants' & Citizens' Handicap, 1 3/16 m., by 2½ lengths, in 1:58, Saratoga-at-Jamaica, N.Y. Ted Atkinson up.
ROYAL BATTLE: $17,750 Rumson Handicap, 6 f., by 3/4 length, in 1:10 1/5, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Sammy Boulmetis up.
DEAR BRUTUS: $17,100 Midsummer Hurdle Handicap, 1¾ m., by nose, in 3:20, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Scott Riles up.
France, team championship, with 333 1/3 pts., Barcelona. Runners-up: Italy, Egypt, Spain.
Hurricane Ill, piloted by Dr. Allen B. Du Mont, Westchester Power Squadron 31-m. predicted log cruiser race, with 98.29 per cent accuracy, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Flame, skippered by Stan Ogilvy, Larchmont, N.Y., Great South Bay Star Class championship & Corry Trophy, Bellport, N.Y.
Doris, skippered by Harold M. Lane, American YC overnight cruise, with 9:14.54 corrected time, Clinton, Conn.
Third Army, All-Army championship, with 95 pts., Ft. Sill, Okla.
Euro-African Air Force, World-Wide Air Force title, with 106 pts., Sampson AFB, N.Y.
Peony Park Swim Club, Omaha, Granite City Open meet, with 218 pts., St. Cloud, Minn.
Richard (Pancho) Gonzales, Los Angeles, over Francisco (Pancho) Segura, 6-2, 7-5, 8-6, British pro singles title, Scarborough, England.
Gonzales and SEGURA, over Ken McGregor and Fred Perry, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, British pro doubles title, Scarborough, England.
Estaban Reyes, Mexico City, over Art Andrews, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, U.S. jr. singles championship, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Ned Neely, Atlanta, over Earl Buchholz, 6-4, 6-1, U.S. boys' singles title, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Joyce Pniewski, Hamtramck, Mich., over Carolyn Wikoff, 6-1, 9-7, Western girls' (under 18) singles title, Middleton, Ohio.
Gwynneth Thomas, Shaker Heights, Ohio, over Nancy O'Connell, 6-3, 6-4, Western girls' (under 15) singles title, Middleton, Ohio.
Marilyn Voges, Chattanooga, over Barbara Dupree, 6-3, 6-2, Southern girls' (under 15) singles title, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Carol Cummings, Wichita Falls, Kans., over Nancy Loop, 6-2, 6-3, Southern jr. (under 18) singles title, Chattanooga, Tenn.
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