This is an article from the Sept. 5, 1955 issue
Atie Voorbij, little 14-year-old Dutch swim star, fortified by "strength-giving" brown beans, swooshed 100-meter butterfly in rapid 1:13.2 at Algiers to lower world record for second time in month.
Harold Connolly, crooked-armed former Boston College weight specialist, threw hammer 206 feet 10 inches, bettered own U.S. mark at Boston.
Butch Rosenberg, 20-year-old University of Miami aquabat, soared off six-foot ramp behind towboat going 35 mph, leaped 125 feet (five feet further than first airplane flight) for new world water ski jump record in successful defense of national championship at Lakeland, Fla. Other world records in same meet: Mary Ann Moenert of West Palm Beach, 60-foot jump in girls' (14-16) division; Earl (Pappy) Hallowell of Panama City, Fla., 73-foot jump in veterans' class.
Ralph Miller, stylish Hanover, N.H. skier in training for Winter Olympic Games, schussed specially measured 45° slope at incredible 109.11 mph to break world speed record (held by Italy's Zeno Colo) by nearly 12 mph at Portillo, Chile.
Bob Hilmer of Dysart, Ia. drove six miles in 6:15.93; Ernie Deer of Keokuk, Ia. hurried through five miles in 5:03.58, for new world marks in late model stock car races at St. Paul.
Australia got off to 2-0 lead when little Ken Rosewall beat Vic Seixas 6-3, 10-8, 4-6, 6-2 and powerful Lew Hoad upset Tony Trabert 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 in singles, clinched Davis Cup next day as Hoad teamed with sharpshooting Rex Hartwig to outlast U.S. pair in five-set marathon 12-14, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 at Forest Hills, N.Y. Aussies completed 5-0 shutout as Hoad trimmed Seixas 7-9, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and Rosewall turned back Ham Richardson, subbing for Trabert, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 (see page 18).
Kosei Kamo and Atsushi Miyagi, speedy young Japanese combination, squandered two-set lead at Brookline, Mass., bounced back to whip hopeful but below par Jerry Moss and Bill Quillian 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4 in watered-down U.S. national doubles tournament plagued by postponements because of heavy rains, withdrawal of U.S. and Australian Davis Cup stars. Cagy veterans Louise Brough and Mrs. Margaret Osborne du Pont parlayed power and shrewdness into 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over defending champions Shirley Fry and Doris Hart, won women's title for 10th time.
New York, Chicago and Cleveland bounced in and out of American League lead like rubber ball but at week's end it was Yankees who held top spot by one-half game over White Sox, full game over Indians. Yanks rumbled into Cleveland with ½ game edge over Chicago, won first game on fine pitching of Rookie Rip Coleman, then lost two straight as Indians heard sorry news that Outfielder-First Baseman Vic Wertz was suffering from polio. Veteran Bob Lemon pitched Cleveland to 5-2 victory, came back next day to beat Yankees 7-6 with pinch hit sacrifice fly (after Bobby Avila's three-run homer tied score), put rivals in flat-footed tie for lead when Chicago lost two out of three to seventh-place Washington. New York moved back to top by splitting Sunday double-header with Chicago, winning 6-1 on Whitey Ford's top-notch pitching, home runs by Mickey Mantle (No. 34) and Yogi Berra (No. 23), and losing 3-2. Meanwhile Cleveland ran into trouble against Washington, bowed twice to lowly Senators 8-2, 13-4 (see page 17).
Boston Red Sox remained within hailing distance of embattled leaders, 3½ games behind New York, thanks to robust hitting of sure-eyed Ted Williams, who single-handedly beat Detroit 4-3 with ninth-inning grand slam homer (14th of career); Jackie Jensen, who became first American Leaguer to bat in 100 runs; Eddie Joost and Grady Hatton, who helped beat Kansas City 14-2. Brooklyn Dodgers, safely ensconced in National League lead but worried about rising Milwaukee Braves and paying more attention to booing fans, began week with double win over Chicago 6-4, 9-5, faltered long enough to lose three straight to Cincinnati 8-5, 6-5, 4-2, then got tremendous lift from pair of rookie pitchers: 19-year-old bonus baby Sandy Koufax, who shut out Redlegs 7-0 with two hits, fanned 14; Karl Spooner, who beat St. Louis 6-1. Milwaukee, riding high after three-game sweep over hapless New York Giants, ran into unexpected double setback by last-place Pirates 5-3, 2-0, settled down 11½ games behind Dodgers.
Philadelphia Phillies became league's hottest team, beating Milwaukee 4-3, St. Louis 11-9 (for Robin Roberts' 21st victory), 8-3 to stretch winning streak to six before losing 4-1, roared back to whip Cards 8-2, belted Cincinnati 7-6, 8-3 to take third place from Giants and draw within 3½ games of second place.
Rich Cominski, peppery little catcher shifted to right field because of injury suffered to right hand while "horsing around," unloaded seventh-inning home run to give Morrisville, Pa. 4-3 extra-inning victory over Delaware Township, N.J. in Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa.
Bill (Superman) Pickering of Bloxwich, England, told to "get in water and swim—or else" by angry neighbors who raised $980 to finance him, plunged his 252 pounds into raging English Channel at Dover, battled heavy seas and torrential thunder storms for 14 hours, 6 minutes, pulled himself ashore near Calais, was quick to admit he made crossing only "to save myself from having to lead a dog's life." Big Bill's reward: Channel Swimming Association recognized his time as official record.
Needles, Florida-owned-and-bred son of 1949 Kentucky Derby winner Ponder, stormed up from seventh place, passed fading Nan's Mink, Decathlon and Polly's Jet, scampered home three and one-half lengths ahead of Career Boy to win $71,700 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and become East's leading candidate for 2-year-old honors.
Willie Shoemaker booted home Duke's Lea, Calumet Farm's 4-year-old dark bay colt in driving finish, edged Blue Choir by scant head in $56,150 Meadowland Handicap at Washington Park, Homewood, Ill. for his fifth win of day, closed in on Willie Hartack in race for national jockey honors. Hartack now has 265, leads Shoes by two.
Harry M. Warner, Hollywood movie producer, outbid Texas Oilman Ralph Lowe, paid world-record price of $25,000 for stud service of Rex Ellsworth's Khaled, sire of Swaps, at benefit auction held in advance of Del Mar yearling sales. Highest previous stud fee: $10,000 paid three times for Royal Charger, English-bred stallion.
Carl (Bobo) Olson, bustling world middleweight champion, hardly looked like 4-1 favorite as young G.I. Joey Giambra tagged him with jarring left hooks in early rounds, but came back to score frequently with solid body punches, was voted unanimous 10-round decision (booed lustily by usually pro-Olson crowd) in nontitle bout at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Giambra "thought" he was ahead at finish, hoped his commanding general at Ft. Hood, Tex. saw fight on TV: "Maybe he'll make me a private first class for a reward."
Bob Baker, sharpshooting Pittsburgh heavyweight, was staggered by trimmed-down Rex Layne in fifth, recovered to counterpunch his way to split decision in 10-rounder at West Jordan, Utah.
Chuck Davey, welterweight darling of TV who was unbeaten in 39 bouts until exposed by Kid Gavilan in 1953, made first comeback start, looked no better while squeezing out dull 10-round split decision over Pat Manzi at Saginaw, Mich.
Pat Lesser, spectacled Brooklyn-born Seattle University senior, bounced back after bad eighth hole, displayed unerring putting accuracy on tricky Bermuda greens to score 7 and 6 win over Indianapolis schoolmarm Jane Nelson for U.S. women's amateur title at Charlotte, N.C. (see page 44).
Gene Littler, pint-sized Palm Springs, Calif. pro, finished in 272 tie with rallying Stan Leonard of Vancouver, got routine par five on first extra hole to win Labatt's Open and $4,280 at Montreal.
Sandy Douglass of Mentor, Ohio, who designed Thistle Class and built first boat, sailed his Paukie to victory in national championship on Lake St. Clair at Detroit. Other championships decided in busy week: Corny Shields Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y. took International 110 title with his Iris at Ocean City, N.J.; Jimmy Roosevelt of Oyster Bay, N.Y., grandson of President Teddy Roosevelt, skippered Old Crow to Raven Class crown at Put-in-Bay, Ohio; Hank Enos of Indian Harbor Yacht Club (Greenwich, Conn.) took fourth place in final race, nosed out Dix Votell of Los Angeles Yacht Club by one point for International Luders 16 honors at Hamilton, Bermuda.
Willa McGuire of Winter Haven, Fla. placed first in slalom and tricks, second in jumping, won her eighth national women's water ski championship at Lakeland, Fla.
Bandleader Guy Lombardo's sleek blue-and-yellow-hulled Tempo VII, skillfully piloted by able Danny Foster, outdueled Lee Schoenith's powerful Gold Cup winner Gale V, with Bill Cantrell at wheel, in thrilling 15-mile final heat, boosted point total to 1,100 to win top prize in Silver Cup Regatta before estimated 100,000 who lined docile Detroit River. Victory gave Foster O. J. Mulford Memorial Silver Cup Trophy and national unlimited class championship.
Logan Bennett, 39-year-old Hodgenville, Ky. salesman and father of six, came out of nowhere to break 99 targets from 19 feet, outshot field of 2,024 to capture Grand American Handicap at Vandalia, Ohio.
Jack Disney of Pasadena, Calif., who bought his first bicycle 3½ years ago, pedaled to victories in half-mile, mile and 5-mile events for 21 points, took national senior men's cycling title for second straight year in New York. Jeanne Robinson of Detroit swept three races, regained girls' crown she lost last year.
Stan Ockers, 35-year-old Belgian, poured it on in last four laps, raced to world professional road racing championship at Frascati, Italy.
Pat Flaherty of Chicago burned out clutch on final lap, coasted home five seconds ahead of Tony Bettenhausen in AAA 250-mile national championship race at Milwaukee to score his first major big car victory. Bob Sweikert, Indianapolis 500 winner, placed third, held commanding lead in national standings.
TRACK & FIELD
Leila Buckland, 30-year-old Biggin Hill housewife, stepped off two miles in 11:01.8, fastest time ever recorded by woman, at Charlton Park, London.
HONORED—Eddie Brannick, 63, long-time (50 years) employee of New York Giants who rose from batboy to secretary, served under four club presidents, as many managers; at testimonial dinner, in New York.
HONORED—Among 12 jockeys named to racing's Hall of Fame, at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: Tod Sloan, Isaac Murphy and Edward (Snapper) Garrison (famed for Garrison finish), active around turn of century; Earl Sande and Laverne Fator of more recent vintage.
DIED—Antonio (Tony) P. Entenza, 75, California Athletic Commission chairman, attorney, labor leader, onetime (1945) AFL-sponsored candidate for mayor of Los Angeles; of pneumonia, at Sawtelle, Calif.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Bobby Grim, Indianapolis, 100-m. big car Missouri Futurity, in 1:14:37.86, in Offenhauser (IMCA record), Sedalia, Mo. Runner-up: Herschel Wagner, Hickman Mills, Mo.
Tony Bettenhausen, Tinley Park, Ill., AAA 150-m. stock car race, in 1:49:52, in 1955 Chrysler, Milwaukee. Runner-up: Jack McGrath, South Pasadena, Calif., in 1955 Mercury.
Tommy Hinnershitz, Reading, Pa., 15-m. big car race, in 15:31.8, Harrisburg, Pa.
Leland (Bud) Randall, Fairmount, Ind., 25-lap big car race, in Offenhauser, St. Paul.
Reg Parnell, England, 221-m. Daily Intl. Trophy race, in 2:43:17.6, in Aston-Martin. Oulton Park, England.
Detroit, over Chicago, 7-2, Natl. Amateur Baseball Federation jr. championship, Altoona, Pa.
Harold Carter, 10-round decision over Julio Mederos, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Bob Albright, 10-round decision over John Arthur, heavyweights, Seattle.
Ray Drake, 10-round decision over Danny Giovanelli, middleweights, New York.
Milo Savage, 4-round TKO over John Houston, middle-weights, Reno, Nev.
Charley Sawyer, 6-round TKO over Ike Jenkins, welterweights. Los Angeles.
Paolo Melis, 10-round decision over Rinzi Nocero, welterweights, New York.
Kid Anahuac, 7-round TKO over Luke Sandoval, featherweights. Hollywood.
East, over West, 20-14, "All-American" High School game, Memphis, Tenn.
(Natl. Football League exhibitions)
Chi. Cards 17-Detroit 16 Philadelphia 27-Chi. Bears 20 Detroit 17-Washington 14 Pittsburgh 16-Green Bay 14 Los Angeles 23-New York 17 San Francisco 17-Cleveland 14
(Western Interprovincial Union)
Brit. Col. 14-Calgary 8 Edmonton 13-Winnipeg 9 Edmonton 29-Brit. Col. 12 Saskatchewan 29-Calgary 12
Marilyn Smith, Wichita, Kan., over Mrs. Alice Bauer Hagge, Heart of America Women's Open, Kansas City.
Bill Campbell, Huntington, W. Va., West Virginia Open, with 274 for 72 holes, Huntington, W. Va.
Joe Campbell, Anderson, Ind., Indiana Open, with 282 for 72 holes, Indianapolis
REGISTER: $50,950 Spinaway Stakes, 6 f., by 1 length, in 1:13 2/5, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ted Atkinson up.
RICO RETO: $29,800 Alabama Stakes, 1¼ m., by 3 lengths, in 2:05 4/5, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Bill Boland up.
HI PARDNER: $25,000 Del Mar Derby, 1‚⅛ m., by 1½ lengths, in 1:49, Del Mar, Calif. Bill Harmatz up.
TALORA: $23,250 Philadelphia Turf Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by 2 lengths, in 1:49, Atlantic City, N.J. Sam Boulmetis up.
SWOON'S SON: $17,600 Prairie State Stakes, 6 f., by 2¼ lengths, in 1:10 4/5, Washington Pk., Homewood, Ill. Dave Erb up.
Everett Brashear, Beaumont, Tex., 15-m. dirt track race, in 10:48.34, to clinch AMA natl. expert championship for third time, Du Quoin, Ill.
Joe Leonard, San Jose, Calif., 9-m. feature race, in 8:4.31. Milwaukee.
Theodor Kocerka, Poland, European single sculls championship, in 7:08.3 for 2,000 meters, Ghent, Belgium.
Ann Burroughs, Flint, Mich., U.S. natl. jr. Y-Flyer championship, Whitehall, Mich.
Violet, skippered by Dr. Adrien Ver Brugghen, Richardson Trophy, for championship of Lakes Michigan, Ontario & Erie, Youngstown, N.Y.
(Grand American Trapshoot, Vandalia, Ohio)
Dick Webber, Sussex. Wis., Vandalia Handicap, with 98 of 100, at 21 yds.
A. M. Feltus, Washington, Miss., men's all-around championship, with 384.
Joan Pflueger, Miami, Fla., women's all-round championship, with 357: overall championship in doubles shoot-off.
Bill Morris, Russell, Kan., jr. all-around championship, with 375.
Cliff Doughman, Morrow, Ohio, professional all-around championship, with 381; professional overall championship, with 941.
Larry Gravestock, Amarillo. Tex., jr. overall championship, with 934.
Hugh McKinely, Harrisburg, Ohio, natl. doubles title, with 97 of 100.
Ned Lilly, Stanton, Mich., men's N. American Clay Target championship, with 200.
Helen Thomas, Los Angeles, women's N. American Clay Target championship, with 197.
Kansas City CIO-AFL, over Topeka, 1-0, for Western Regional women's title, Omaha.
Shiharu Igatma, Japan, giant slalom, in 1:22, Intl. tournament, Portillo, Chile. Runners-up: Ralph Miller, Hanover, N.H.; Marvin Melville, Univ. of Utah.
Barbara Breit, N. Hollywood, Calif., over Rosa Maria Reyes, 6-2, 6-1, U.S. girls' grass court title, Philadelphia. JOHN POWLESS, Flora, Ill., over Norman Appel, 6-3, 6-0, Western Lawn Tennis Assn. men's closed invitational, Decatur, Ill.
Hugh Stewart, New York, over Juan Manuel Conder, 8-6, 7-5, 6-3, Intl. men's singles, St. Moritz.
Sven Davidsson, Sweden, over Mervyn Rose, 8-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, men's singles tournament, Istanbul.
TRACK & FIELD
Reinaldo Gorno, Argentina, intl. marathon race, Enschede, The Netherlands.
Illinois AC, over New York AC, 9-6, for Natl. AAU outdoor championship, Chicago.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending August 28)
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