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A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

Sept. 12, 1955
Sept. 12, 1955

Table of Contents
Sept. 12, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • That's the cry that sends bankers, doctors and generals into the saddle for a five-day trek through Old California

  • From 36 states—and lands overseas—come the horsemen known as Los Rancheros Visitadores, an easy-going crew 500 strong that meets once a year in southern California. Riding, eating bulls' heads, or soaking guests, the Rancheros have fun

The Match Race
The Race—Mr. Fitz's Story
Conversation Piece:
Jones's Grand Slam
Keep In The Pink
  • This most common mishap should receive more than casual treatment

Rare Dogs
Tip From The Top
Matchwit*
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS

RECORDBREAKERS

This is an article from the Sept. 12, 1955 issue

Bill Whedon,unknown 28-year-old Farmington, Conn. amateur whose greatest ambitions were"to hold 13 spades in bridge and make hole-in-one in golf," got twoaces in first nine holes in opening round of Insurance City Open atWethers-field (Conn.) Country Club for PGA recognized tournament record.

Col. Horace A.Hanes, who zoomed North American F-100-C Super Sabre at incredible 832 mph lastAug. 20 at Edwards AFB, Calif., was announced as official holder of newlevel-flight world speed standard, at Philadelphia. Old record: 755 mph.

Audun Boysen,slender Norwegian middle-distance star, raced 1,000 meters in 2:19 to break ownworld mark at Gothenburg, Sweden, set off rash of world track records inEuropean meets. Other record breakers this week: Poland's Jerszy Chromik, whoroamed over 3,000-meter steeplechase course in 8:41.2 at Brno, Czechoslovakia;Lars Hindman, Swedish heel-and-toe specialist, who stepped off five miles in34:49.8 to surpass own walking standard at Gothenburg.

Johnny Allen,Fort Worth, Tex. daredevil, roared his streamlined red and silver motorcycle at191 mph, fastest speed ever recorded by two-wheeler, over Utah's BonnevilleSalt Flats.

BASEBALL

ClevelandIndians began drive down American League homestretch, swept three straight fromChicago after losing series opener, edged into precarious half-game lead overNew York Yankees, dropped White Sox to third place, 1½ games off pace. Indianstook two from Baltimore as Herb Score won his 14th game (5-1), fanned 13 tobring total to 209, became first major league rookie since Grover ClevelandAlexander in 1911 to strike out more than 200 batters in season. Orioles'Hector (Skinny) Brown matched Score after relieving Bill Wight in first,pitched eight hitless innings. White Sox beat Boston twice 7-5, 4-2, celebratedarrival in Cleveland with 8-1 win on Jack Harshman's four-hitter, hot bat ofOutfielder Minnie Minoso. Cleveland picked itself up, battered Chicago 6-1behind top-notch pitching of Early Wynn, two home runs by Larry Doby, trippedstumbling Sox 5-3, 5-3 in Sunday double-header on pitching of Bob Lemon, MikeGarcia and star reliever Ray Narleski, extra-base hitting of Ralph Kiner, AlRosen and Al Smith.

New YorkYankees, hopeful of gaining ground at expense of tailenders, split pair withKansas City, celebrated return of holler-guy Billy (The Kid) Martin from Armyservice with 4-2 win over Washington as Whitey Ford hurled one-hitter for 16thwin, Mickey Mantle hit 36th homer, Martin (installed as regular shortstop) gottwo hits. Senators came from behind to beat Yankees 10-5 but New Yorkerssnapped back to win third game 8-3 as Mantle hit homer No. 37. Boston Red Soxrecovered from double loss to Chicago, took three straight from Baltimore 8-3,2-1, 5-4 with assistance from 41-year-old relief pitcher Ellis Kinder and37-year-old Ted Williams, who hit 26th and 27th home runs, to lag four gamesbehind leaders.

Brooklyn Dodgersstretched National League lead to comfortable 14 games over Milwaukee, neededany combination of six to clinch pennant after winning two out of three fromBraves, three straight from last-place Pittsburgh.

New York Giantsdropped 5-3 game to Philadelphia, won next two 3-2, 7-4 to move back into thirdplace, one percentage point ahead of Phillies, but Manager Leo Durochersuspended Johnny Antonelli (21-game winner last year, 11-16 this year) forinsubordination after irked pitcher resented removal from game. Chicago Cubs'lanky Ernie Banks smacked his 40th home run, set major league record forshortstops but couldn't raise his team out of sixth place.

Frank Lane,blustering Chicago White Sox general manager and onetime college basketball andfootball official, was fined $500 by Commissioner Ford Frick for "conductunbecoming a baseball official and using profane language" after heunleashed full-throated blast at umpiring during Chicago-Boston game, wasordered to make public apology to American League President Will Harridge andWhite Sox fans. Lane apologized as directed; three days later did some moreumpire criticizing during Chicago-Cleveland game: "I have always maintainedthat spectators should not be allowed on the playing field...and Mr. [Bill]Summers was in that class tonight."

HORSE RACING

Nashua, WilliamWoodward Jr.'s handsome bay colt, surged out of starting gate, never lookedbetter as he hustled all way under masterful ride by Eddie Arcaro to whipCalifornia-bred Swaps, his Kentucky Derby conqueror, by big 6½ lengths in$100,000 match race at Washington Park, Chicago (see page 22).

Swoon's Son,smooth-striding colt owned by E. Gay Drake, sprinted into early lead,maintained fast front-running pace to score easy victory in six-furlong$147,845 Washington Park Futurity, pushed year's earnings to healthy $221,120tops among nation's 2-year-olds.

Clifford Mooers'Traffic Judge, runner-up to Nashua and Swaps in recent races, had capable EddieArcaro aboard, responded nobly with brilliant three-length triumph in $30,250Ventnor Turf Stakes at Atlantic City, N.J.

Park Dandy, 16to 1 long shot, got smart ride from Bob Ussery but had to outgame Marked Gamein thrilling stretch run to capture $46,150 Buckeye Handicap at Randall Park,North Randall, Ohio.

Miss Todd,California's leading 2-year-old filly, held off fast finishing Snoop to win by¾length in $29,970 Del Mar Debutante at Del Mar, Calif.

BOXING

Tommy(Hurricane) Jackson, windmilling Rockaway Beach, N.Y. heavyweight, baffledover-the-hill Ezzard Charles with long-lefts and jigtime dance steps, nearlyfloored weary ex-champion with blistering 10th-round attack, won unanimousdecision in TV fight at Cleveland. Jackson, $10,000 richer after second victoryover Charles, admitted: "I don't want to fight. I fight because there'snothing else I can do."

Robert Cohen ofFrance floored clutching Willie Toweel twice in second, once in 10th, barelyweathered strong comeback by challenger in late rounds to gain draw, retainedhis world bantamweight title before 30,000 at Johannesburg.

Eduardo Lausse,hard-hitting Argentine middleweight, clobbered Kid Gavilan, who now dancesbetter than he fights, for 12 rounds, earned decision at Buenos Aires.

Gov. George M.Leader signed into law new Pennsylvania boxing code giving Jim Crowley's StateAthletic Commission "legal tools to make boxing clean sport rather thancrooked business," promptly lifted 114-day ban triggered by investigationof Harold Johnson-Julio Mederos fight May 6 (SI, May 30).

SAILING

Mario Capio ofItaly piled up 7,242 points with his Portorose in five races to win world Snipechampionship at Santander, Spain. U.S. team of Harry Allen of Westport, Conn,and Terry Whittemore of Naugatuck, Conn., aboard Canuto VI, gained twovictories but lost chance for title when broken mast forced boat out of secondrace.

Tom Allen,24-year-old Navy corpsman from Buffalo, N.Y., outskippered all rivals, capturedLightning Class International crown for second straight year on LakePontchartrain at New Orleans.

Toni Monetti,pert 18-year-old Manhasset Bay Yacht Club youngster who has been around boatssince knee-high to jib, sailed off with North American women's championship andAdams Trophy, gave Long Island its seventh win in past nine years, at Rye,N.Y.

HUNTING
Governors Robert F. Kennon of Louisiana, Allan Shivers of Texas and Joe Foss ofSouth Dakota made good use of single bullets, bagged high-bounding antelopewith first shots to lead four-man team (only Gov. J. Bracken Lee of Utahmissed) to victory in annual one-shot antelope hunt at Lander, Wyo. Dr. A. M.Lyninger of Denver hit jackpot, got two antelope when bullet passed through oneanimal and struck another.

HARNESSRACING

Scott Frost,California's long-striding 3-year-old bay son of Hoot Mon, quickly moved tofront under strong drive by dour little Joe O'Brien, trotted home two lengthsahead of old rival Galophone to win $73,840 Yonkers Futurity (richest in nightharness-racing history) at Yonkers, N.Y., boosted 1955 winnings to all-timehigh of $119,651.80, brought some solace to West Coasters still mourning defeatof their Swaps.

Lawrence B.Sheppard, wealthy 57-year-old shoe manufacturer, paid out record $500,000 toMeadowlands Farm's Delvin Miller for 15-year-old standard-bred stallion Adios,sire of many pacing champions. Sheppard already owns Hoot Mon, 1947Hambletonian winner who sired trotter Scott Frost, will get stud fee of $5,000for each at his Hanover (Pa.) Shoe Farms.

Pronto Don,10-year-old sorrel gelding who earned record-breaking $332,000 for Hayes FairAcres, got well-deserved rest, was formally retired by owners at Du Quoin,Ill.

FOOTBALL
Cleveland Browns, badly in need of quarterback after losing three of fourexhibition games, found one: Otto Graham, nine-year veteran who"retired" after leading Browns to 1954 pro title. Said BusinessmanGraham: "My return is for this season only—that's positive."

SOCCER
Wolverhampton Wanderers, back home after suffering two defeats in Moscow,treated 40,000 spectators to tremendous show of power, trampled Cardiff 9-1 inEnglish League first division match at Cardiff, Wales. Forty-six league matchesproduced 182 goals, were watched by 930,000 dedicated fans.

MOTORBOATING
Don Baldaccini, 21-year-old Miami, Fla. motor dealer who specializes in speed(SI, Aug. 29), conquered rough water, powered his way to victories in B stockhydro and BU runabout classes but had to share top honors with BillySchumacher, 12-year-old Seattle schoolboy, who beat Baldaccini for AU crown andalso captured JU title in APBA national stock outboard championships at DevilsLake, Ore.

MILEPOSTS

HONORED—SteveNagy, barrel-chested Detroit cabinetmaker, ABC doubles and all-events championin 1952, All-Star singles titleholder this year; and Sylvia Wene, 27-year-oldPhiladelphian who ended Marion Ladewig's five-year reign as All-Star women'ssingles champion; named Bowlers of Year, Nagy for second time, by BowlingWriters Association, at Miami, Fla.

RETIRED—Lester(Silver Fox) Patrick, 72, hockey star, longtime New York Rangers' manager,played or managed 15 clubs in Stanley Cup finals, selected for hockey's Hall ofFame in 1947; at Victoria, B.C. Patrick sold majority interest in his VictoriaCougars of Western Hockey League to his sons, Murray and Lynn, and group ofbusinessmen.

DIED—Jack F.Mahan, 57, onetime Texas A&M star fullback (1919-20), football official,member of U.S. Olympic track and field team in 1920; of drowning, while onfishing trip, at Gainesville, Tex.

DIED—Lawrin, 20,upset winner of 1938 Kentucky Derby, first of Eddie Arcaro's five Derbywinners; of heart ailment, at Kansas City.

OTHER RESULTSFOR THE RECORD

AUTO RACING

HerschelBuchanan, Shreveport, La., AAA 100-m. late model stock car race, in 1:50:14.68,in 1955 Ford Thunderbird, St. Paul.
Frank Mundy, Atlanta, Ga., AAA 100-m. late model stock car race, in 1:23:20.05,Du Quoin, Ill.
Ernie McAfee, Beverly Hills, Calif., modified cars over 1,500 cc., in 3-literFerrari Monza, with 74.2 mph avg. speed, Santa Barbara, Calif.

BASEBALL
Cincinnati, over Washington, D.C., 10-4, American Legion jr. championship, St.Paul.

BOXING

Jimmy Slade,8-round TKO over Yvonne Durelle, light heavyweights, Glace Bay, N.S.
Chris Christensen, 6-round TKO over Gene Poirier, welterweights, New York.
Ralph Dupas and Leonard Gaines, 10-round draw, lightweights, Oakland, Calif.
Carmelo Costa, 10-round split decision over Bobby Bell, featherweights, NewYork.
Teddy (Red Top) Davis, 10-round split decision over Paul Jorgensen,featherweights, Houston, Tex.

FOOTBALL

(Natl. FootballLeague exhibitions)

Chi. Bears45—Wash. 10
Detr. 24—Pitts. 0
L.A. 38—Cleve. 21
S. Phila. 24—Green Bay 10
Fran. 43—Chi. Cards 7
Wash. 28—Balt. 28

(Canadian profootball)

Calgary15—Winnipeg 13
Montreal 34—Ottawa 22
Sask. 19—Brit. Col. 13
Toronto 31—Hamilton 6

HARNESSRACING

SABOTEUR:$30,000 Castleton Farm Stake, in straight heats, Du Quoin, Ill. Wayne Smart,driver.
BUCKEYE: $30,000 McMahon Memorial Stake, in straight heats, Du Quoin, Ill.Jimmy Fitzpatrick, driver.

HORSE RACING

SEARCHING:$28,725 Vagrancy Handicap (1st div.) 7 f., by 1½ lengths, in 1:23 3/5,Aqueduct, N.Y. Conn McCreary up.
TALORA: $28,725 Vagrancy Handicap (2nd div.) by¾ length, in 1:24 3/5, Aqueduct,N.Y. Hank Moreno up.

HORSESHOEPITCHING
Glen Riffle, Dayton, Ohio, over Floyd Toole, in playoff, Natl. AAUchampionship, Little Rock, Ark.

HURLING
Wexford, over Galway, 22-14, All-Ireland sr. championship, Dublin.

MOTORBOATING
(APBA Natl, stock outboard championships, Devils Lake, Ore.)

Ron Loomis,Bakersfield, Calif., CU runabout title.
Paul Woodroffe, Salem, Ore., DU runabout title.
Dean Mahaffey, Salem, Ore., EU runabout title.
Don Benson, Seattle, A stock hydro title.
Bill Holloway, Tipp City, Ohio, D stock hydro title.

MOTORCYCLING
Brad Andres, San Diego, Calif., 100-m. natl. speedway championship, in1:04:51.16 (new record), Langhorne, Pa.

POLO
Oakbrook, over Meadowbrook, 10-6, National Open first round game, Hinsdale,Ill.

SAILING

Buzzy II, ownedby Bryan Newkirk and skippered by Bill Gooderham, North American 6-meterchampionship, Bellingham, Wash.
Royal Canadian Yacht Club, National Sears Cup jr. championship, with 43 pts.,Boothbay Harbor, Me.

SHOOTING

(Natl. SkeetShooting championships, Waterford, Mich.)

Mrs. CarolaMandel, Chicago, women's all-gauge championship, in shootoff; women's 20-gaugetitle, with 100.
Robert B. Rath, Winnetka, Ill., men's over-all championship, with 540 of 550;sub small-gauge title, in shootoff.
Mrs. Alphonse Ragland, Dallas, women's overall championship, with 522 of550.
Fred Alford, Dallas, sr. championship, with 246 of 250.
Maj. V. J. L. Roth, Ft. Lee, Va., high-gun title, with 100.
Alex Kerr, Beverly Hills, Calif., all-gauge, in shootoff; small-gauge title,with 100.
Alex Kerr, Beverly Hills, and Andy Laird, Stockton, Calif., small-gauge 2-mantitle, with 196 of 200.
Miner Cliett, Childersburg, Ala., jr. title, with 96 of 100.
Ed Dougherty, Holyoke, Mass., sr. 20-gauge title, in shootoff.
George Hess, Wayne, Mich., sub srs. 20-gauge, with 98 of 100.
Ben Diorio, Utica, N.Y., 20-gauge, in shootoff.

(Natl. Rifle andPistol Championships, Cape Perry, Ohio)
Arthur e. Cook, Washington, D.C., 22 caliber intl. free rifle championship,with 1,147 of 1,200.

SOARING
Lt. David McMay, Vienna AFB, Ohio, One-Design Sailplane Regatta, in Schweizer1-26, Elmira, N.Y.

SOFTBALL
Andrews AFB, over Barksdale AFB, 1-0, WAF worldwide title, Elgin AFB, Fla.

TENNIS
Darlene Hard, Montebello, Calif., over Barbara Breit, 9-7, 6-1, Maidstone Clubsingles, East Hampton, N.Y.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending September 4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Cleve.
W-5; L-1
Seas.: 82-53
Pct.: .607

Balt.
7-4, 5-1

Chi.
1-8, 6-1
5-3, 5-3

2. N.Y.
W-3; L-2
Seas.: 81-53
Pct.: .604

K.C.
3-4, 11-6

Wash.
4-2, 5-10
8-3

3. Chi.
W-3;L-3
Seas.: 80-54
Pct.: .597

Bost.
7-5, 4-2

Cleve.
8-1, 1-6
3-5, 3-5

4. Bost.
W-3; L-2
Seas.: 77-56
Pct.: .579

Chi.
5-7, 2-4

Balt.
8-3, 2-1
5-4

5. Detr.
W-4; L-3
Seas.: 69-66
Pct.: .511

Balt.
0-6, 3-4

Wash.
4-0, 7-4

K.C.
6-7, 11-6
17-1

6. K.C.
W-2; L-3
Seas.: 55-78
Pct.: .414

N.Y.
4-3, 6-11

Detr.
7-6, 6-11
1-17

7. Wash.
W-1; L-4
Seas.: 47-83
Pct.: .362

Detr.
0-4, 4-7

N.Y.
2-4, 10-5
3-8

8. Balt.
W-2; L-5
Seas.: 41-89
Pct.: .315

Detr.
6-0, 4-3

Cleve.
4-7, 1-5

Bost.
3-8, 1-2
4-5

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Jotting—Al Koline, Detroit, .350
Runs batted in—Jackie Jensen, Boston, Ray Boone, Detroit, 102
Home runs—Mickey Mantle, New York, 37
Pitching—Tommy Byrne, New York, 13-4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Bklyn.
W-6; L-1
Seas.: 88-46
Pct.: .657

St. L.
10-4

Milw.
8-6, 8-13
6-3

Pitts.
2-0, 4-0
6-5

2. Milw.
W-3; L-3
Seas.: 75-61
Pct: .551

Bklyn.
6-8, 13-8
3-6

Cinc.
0-2, 6-5
5-2

3. N.Y.
W-5; L-3
Seas.: 70-65
Pct.: .519

Chi.
3-6

Cinc.
5-0, 9-7
5-0, 4-7

Phila.
3-5, 3-2
7-4

4. Phila.
W-2; L-4
Seas.: 71-66
Pct.: .518

Cinc.
3-4

Chi.
1-3, 13-2

N.Y.
5-3, 2-3
4-7

5. Cinc.
W-3; L-5
Seas.: 67-73
Pct.: .479

Phila.
4-3

N.Y.
0-5, 7-9
0-5, 7-4

Milw.
2-0, 5-6
2-5

6. Chi.
W-4; L-2
Seas.: 66-73
Pct.: .475

N.Y.
6-3

Phila.
3-1, 2-13

St. L.
12-2, 2-3
4-3

7. St. L.
W-2; L-6
Seas.: 56-79
Pct.: .415

Bklyn.
4-10

Pitts.
1-0, 1-3
3-4, 6-7

Chi.
2-12, 3-2
3-4

8. Pitts.
W-3; L-4
Seas.: 53-83
Pct.: .390

St. L.
0-1, 3-1
4-3, 7-6

Bklyn.
0-2, 0-4
5-6

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Batting—Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia, .336
Runs batted in—Duke Snider, Brooklyn, 128
Home Runs—Ted Kluszewski, Cincinnati, 44
Pitching—Don Newcombe, Brooklyn, 19-4