This is an article from the Aug. 15, 1955 issue
Roger Moens, Belgium's brilliant, temperamental middle-distance runner, got big assist from Audun Boysen and Finn Larsen of Norway, shattered one of oldest track records, raced 800 meters in 1:45.7 to establish new world mark for distance at Oslo. Boysen also surpassed mark in 1:45.9. Old record: 1:46.6 set by Germany's Rudolf Harbig in 1939.
Mikhail Krivonosov of Russia hurled 16-pound hammer 211 feet 11¾ inches, surpassed own world mark by four feet in meet at Warsaw.
Japan's Masaru Furukawa, 20-year-old Nippon University sophomore, churned through 200-meter breast-stroke in 2:33.7, broke own official world record by 1.7 seconds in Japan-U.S. dual meet, at Tokyo. Following night Japan's 400-meter relay team beat U.S. swimmers by length in 3:46.8, set new world standard for event.
Pearl Creed, Delbert and Wayne Smith's 9-1 mare, gave Driver Jimmy Wingfield fast ride around Roosevelt Raceway's double oval, set world half-mile track mark of 2:01 2/5 for 4-year-old pacing mares in first round of Roosevelt Pacing Tournament at Westbury, N.Y.
Scott Frost, Sol Camp's California bay colt with Trainer-Driver Joe O'Brien in sulky, won both heats of 30th Hambletonian, picked up winner's share of $86,863 purse in classic for 3-year-old trotters at Goshen, N.Y. Next day, Hambletonian Society renewed contract with Good Time Park, will keep top trotting event there for at least five more years.
Gale V, owned by Joe Schoenith of Detroit, driven by son Lee, placed 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, in 30-mile heats, got 400-point bonus for covering 90 miles in shortest elapsed time (54:16.2), edged Thrifway 1,225 points to 1,025, won 48th Gold Cup before 250,000 shoreline spectators at Seattle. Stan Sayres's Slo-Mo-Shun IV, winner in 1950, '52, '53, finished third with 625 points (see page 20).
American League pennant race got drum tight as season went into final third, first division teams had unaccountable trouble with tail-enders. Chicago White Sox barely maintained first-place hold, beat Boston 2-1 on pitching of Connie Johnson, Jim Rivera's home run, then lost two to Red Sox, two to Baltimore 2-1, 8-1, as Orioles got sharp pitching from ex-National Leaguers Jim Wilson and Erv Palica, before teams battled to 12 inning, 2-2 tie.
New York Yankees moved to within .003 of top spot though losing two to Cleveland, barely getting four-game split with Detroit as Mickey Mantle broke out of slump, hit 2 home runs. Bob Turley showed return to form in 3-2, 10-inning, final game victory. Cleveland Indians moved into second place, but dropped three straight to seventh-place Washington, fell back to third as Senators shelled ex-New York Giant Sal Maglie in American League debut, also got fine pitching from Spec Shea, Johnny Schmitz. Torrid Boston Red Sox, after successful series with Chicago, got slight chilling from Kansas City Athletics, 5-2, 6-5 but came back to win 16-12 in 35-hit slugging match, moved to within 1½ games of first. Detroit Tigers continued to press hard for first-division berth, outlasted Washington 13-10, 3-0 on Frank Lary's two-hitter, lost series final 9-6 but split four games with New York, finished week 5½ games out of first, only 4 behind fourth-place Boston.
Baltimore Orioles came suddenly to life with first-class pitching by mound staff, clutch hitting by Bob Hale, Dave Pope, Dave Philley's grand slam, won 5 of 6 during week.
Interest in National League began to center around struggle for second place, individual home-run leadership, as Brooklyn Dodgers increased lead to 14½ games. Dodgers took three of four from Milwaukee as Gil Hodges hit 11th grand slam of career, Roy Campanella won series final with two-out, three-run homer in ninth, lost two to Chicago 10-8, 4-3 despite Duke Snider's 37th and 38th home runs. Milwaukee, rocked by Dodgers, only gained split with last-place Pittsburgh Pirates, still held on grimly to second place.
New York Giants showed signs of coming to life though losing second-basemen Davey Williams through retirement, replacement Wayne Terwilliger by bean ball, swept three from St. Louis before being shut out 3-0 by Cardinals' Tom Poholsky, split four with Cincinnati, held third place 2 games behind Milwaukee. Robin Roberts, strong-throwing Philadelphia right-hander, won 17th and 18th, kept Phillies in fourth place.
Ernie Banks belted six home runs, raised total to 37 as Chicago Cubs won three of five from Pittsburgh, two straight from Brooklyn, moved to within one game of first division. Cincinnati Redlegs ran winning streak to seven in row on shutouts by Johnny Klippstein, Joe Nuxhall, moved into sixth place over slumping St. Louis.
Los Angeles Rams got National Football League exhibition season underway with 35-24 victory over Pittsburgh Steelers as team delighted crowd of 21,000 with touchdown parade at Portland, Ore.
San Francisco 49ers trailed Washington Redskins 6-0 at half, put on third-period scoring march of 74 yards, edged weak eastern team 7-6 before 27,000 in exhibition at San Francisco.
Japan's swimming team, paced by two world-record performances (see "Record Breakers") and double win by Tsukasa Ohno in 800-, 1,500-meter freestyle, was hard-pressed by Coach Bob Kiphuth's youthful U.S. team, won just half of 16 events but all three relays, edged Americans, who got two victories from Diver Don Harper, 44-35, at Tokyo. Japanese victory, third of four in current series, indicates powerful team for 1956 Olympics.
Tom Park, transplanted Canadian now hailing from Lakewood, Calif., churned through high winds, rough water, avoided curious sand shark, circled Atlantic City's Absecon Island (26 miles) in 9:49:30 to come in first, collected $5,700. Lies Put of Montreal came in 11th, was first woman to finish, collected purse of $1,000.
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, clowning Far Rockaway, N.Y. heavyweight, belied underdog role, displayed nimble dance routines between rounds, bolo punch, double uppercut during rounds, pranced off with unanimous decision over sluggish straight man Ezzard Charles in 10-rounder at Syracuse (see page 12). Said Ezzard Charles, "Next time I'll know how to fight a swarm of bees."
Joe Miceli, another underdog, looked like 10-to-1 favorite, bombed wild-swinging Art Aragon with vigorous lefts, sent eighth-ranked contender to canvas in first, went on to win lopsided 10-round decision in welterweight bout at Los Angeles. Luckless Aragon suffered first loss of year, severely damaged ankle.
Doug Ford, playing out of Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., displayed same consistent shooting that won recent PGA championship, scored three 69s, finished with 70 for 11 under par 277, defeated Leo Biagetti by three strokes, pocketed first prize of $3,420 in Ail-American tournament at Chicago. Red-headed Patty Berg won women's division for fourth time, beat runner-up Fay Crocker by six strokes, earned $1,000 with 302 for 72 holes.
William Dunn, husky 17-year-old from Duncan, Okla., used powerful driver, razor-sharp irons, bested William Seanor in finals 3 and 2, won USGA National Junior title, at Lafayette, Ind.
Italy, extending postwar renaissance in sports to horsemanship, marked up only 16 faults over two rounds of 14-fence course, won Aga Khan jumping trophy over teams from Britain, Ireland, Sweden, U.S. at Dublin Horse Show.
Australia got shaky singles performances from Ken Rosewall, Rex Hartwig but decisive doubles victory by Hartwig and hard-hitting Lew Hoad, defeated Japan 4-0 before final match was rained out in Davis Cup Interzone semifinal at Glen Cove, N.Y. Aussies won right to meet Italy, European champions, in Interzone final this weekend at Germantown Cricket Club.
Sammy Giammalva, unseeded Houston, Tex. power-stroker, scored jarring upsets over Bob Falkenburg, Vic Seixas, Kurt Neilsen en route to finals, won week-long Eastern Grass Courts Championship by outlasting Gil in 3-hour volleying duel 6-2, 3-6, 11-9, 9-7, made Davis Shea Cup selection committee sit up, take notice, at South Orange, N.J. Fourth-seeded Barbara Scofield Davidson of Milwaukee won women's title with 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 victory over first-ranked Barbara Breit.
Donna Floyd, talented Washington, D.C. prospect, beat Tina Rodi of Beverly-Hills, Calif. 10-8, 9-7, won National Girls 15-and-under title, at Chicago.
Fulton, Laddie Sanford's 8-year-old gelding, got skillful ride from Frank (Dooley) Adams, nation's top steeplechase jockey, finished 6½ lengths in front of Mighty Mo, won top money in 52nd running of Shillelah Handicap at Saratoga, N.Y.
Misty Morn, Wheatley Stable's 3-year-old filly with Eddie Arcaro up, fell six lengths back of leader at outset, came up with rush on backstretch, outfought Blue Sparkler in humid 90° heat to win by neck in 32nd $61,800 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park, Oceanport, N.J.
Parador, owned by Mrs. Harvey C. Fruehauf, carried Jockey Willie Hartack over muddy track to win $27,500 Sheridan Handicap for 3-year-olds by six lengths at Washington Park, Homewood, Ill. Hartack went on to score triple during afternoon, increased his national lead in victories to 235 against Willie Shoemaker's 229.
Determine, Andy Crevolin's plucky little gray colt, winner of 1954 Kentucky Derby, 18 out of 44 races, $573,360 (most ever by California-owned horse), was retired to stud, will stand at C. H. Jones' Ryana Ranch in California's San Fernando Valley.
Camarero, tiny Puerto Rican bay colt owned by Juan Coll Vidal, won 6½-furlong dash in slow time of 1:22 2/5, posted 55th consecutive victory to set new world record at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
American Automobile Association announced decision to "dissociate" from all auto racing after fulfilling 1955 commitments, ended 53 years' connection with sport. Reason: racing's emphasis on speed, power, endurance, not compatible with club's promotion of safe driving. AAA's move left 2,000 yearly races, including Indianapolis "500," looking for sponsor.
Mercedes-Benz continued domination of world auto-racing picture, won first two places in Swedish International Grand Prix as Argentinian Juan Fangio edged English teammate Stirling Moss by 10 yards. Italy's Eugenio Castellotti finished third in Ferrari, 90 seconds behind winner.
APPOINTED—Rogers Hornsby, Baseball Hall of Famer, .400 hitter, major leagues' terrible-tempered nomad, to $15,000-a-year post as director of Chicago's string of municipal sports schools for boys 8 to 18.
DIED—Sam Levy, 60, Milwaukee Journal baseball writer for 37 years, chairman, Milwaukee chapter, Baseball Writers of America; of heart attack, at Milwaukee.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Frank Mundy, AAA 100-mile late model stock car race, in Chrysler 300, Knoxville, Tenn.
Gil Cadilli, 7-round KO over Rudy Garcia, featherweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Fabeia Chavez, 4-round technical decision over Tommy Manaois, lightweights, Los Angeles.
Stan Bryant, 10-round decision over Esau Ferdinand, middleweights, Oakland, Calif.
Gene Linscott, 10-round split decision over Al Andrews middleweights, Pontiac, Mich.
Bobby Boyd, 3-round TKO over Tony Anthony, middle-weights, New York.
Arthur Persley, 12-round decision over Joe Brown, lightweights, New Orleans.
Bobby Dykes, 10-round decision over Pedro Gonzales, middleweights, Miami, Fla.
Hans Stretz, 3-round KO over Franco Festucci, middleweights, Rome.
Cisco Andrade, 6-round KO over Eddie Chavez, lightweights, San Jose, Calif.
Chico Vejar, 10-round decision over Vic Cardell, welterweights, Hartford, Conn.
Boris Spassky, Moscow, World Junior championship, Antwerp, Belgium.
Lew Oehmig, over Ed Brantly 10 and 8, Tennessee Amateur, Nashville, Tenn.
Doug Sanders, Cedartown, Ga., with 286 for 72 holes, All-American men's amateur, Chicago.
Wiffi Smith, St. Clair, Mich., with 312 for 72 holes, All-American women's amateur, Chicago.
Moe Norman, Kitchener, Ont., over Lyle Crawford, Canadian Amateur, Calgary, Alberta.
Marlene Stewart, Fonthill, Ont., with 223 for 54 holes, Canadian Women's championship, Victoria, B.C.
Ray Terry, Jacksonville, Fla., with 283 for 72 holes, World-Wide Air Force championship, Langley AFB, Va.
Ken Venturi, San Francisco, over Joseph Brooke 8 and 7, German Intl. championship, Hamburg, Germany.
Royal Pastime, $7,000 Connecticut free-for-all trot, by neck in 2:03, Westbury, N.Y. Del MacTavish, driver.
Revolt, $18,300 Long Branch Handicap, 1 1/16 m., by ¾ length in 1:45 1/5, Monmouth Pk., Oceanport, N.J. Hank Moreno up.
First Aid, $27,150 Whitney Stakes, 1‚⅛ m., by neck in 1:51 3/5, Saratoga, N.Y. Hedley Woodhouse up.
Career Boy, $26,450 United States Hotel Stakes, 6 f., by ½ length in 1:12 2/5, Saratoga, N.Y. Hedley Wood-house up.
Reneged, $13,175 Flash Stakes, 5½ f., by 2 lengths, in 1:05 1/5, Saratoga, N.Y. Eddie Arcaro up.
Duke's Lee, $22,850 Clang Handicap, 2 f., by nose in 1:21 2/5, Washington Pk., Homewood, III. Willie Shoemaker up.
Gary Girton, Oliver Beach, Md., 24.317 mph (new world record), JU runabout title, Tidewater Sweepstakes Regatta, Norfolk, Va.
Arvid Nyleen, Willamina, Ore., Diamond Cup outboard marathon, 316-m. in 7:09:36.6, Redding, Calif.
Warren Sherwood, Cornwall, N.Y., 10-lap AMA race, Williams Grove, Pa.
Maule Farm, PA. over Philadelphia, 8-3, at Brandy-wine, Pa.
Brandywine over Libertyville, III., 11-7, at Brandy-wine, Pa.
Brandywine over Milwaukee PC, 5-1, at Milwaukee, Wis.
Texas, with 13½ points, Southeastern women's championships, Tampa, Fla.
Fiddle-Paddle, skippered by Billy Roberts, Chattanooga, Tenn., Natl. Jr. Snipe championships, Allatoona Lake, Ga.
Royal Norwegian YC over Manhasset Bay YC, N.Y., Intl. Regatta, Hankoy, Norway.
Carina II, owned by Richard F. Nye, Greenwich, Conn., New York YC Challenge Cup, Cowes, England.
Tom Carter, Aspen, Colo., downhill title, in 2:27.6, intl. meet, Portillo, Chile. Runner-up: Tom Corcoran, Westfield, N.J.
Gardner Mulloy, Denver, Colo., over Linn Rockwood, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4, Intermountain singles title, Salt Lake City.
Art Larsen, San Leandro, Calif., over Vladimir Skonecki, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-8, 6-3, Hamburg Intl. men's singles title, Hamburg, Germany.
Beryl Penrose, Australia, over Erika Vollmer, 6-4, 6-4, Hamburg Intl. women's singles title, Hamburg, Germany.
Grant Golden, Wilmette, III., over Roger Pharr, 6-1, 6 1, 6-3, All-Army singles title, Ft. Meade, Md.
Budge Patty and Gottfried Von Cramm, over Adrian Quist, Russell Seymour, 6-1, 7-9, 6-4, 9-7, Hamburg Intl. men's doubles title, Hamburg, Germany.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending August 7)
2. New York
6. Kansas City
3. New York
7. St. Louis