This is an article from the Sept. 19, 1955 issue
Sandor Iharos, durable Hungarian who has already set three world records this year, stepped off 13:25 for three miles, 13:50.8 for 5,000 meters, bettered two more listed marks in Poland-Hungary dual meet at Budapest.
Laszlo Tabori, second half of Hungary's limber-legged one-two punch, edged Denmark's Gunnar Nielsen by inches in thrilling 1,500-meter duel at Oslo as both were clocked in 3:40.8, one second faster than John Landy's accepted world standard and equaling Iharos' time in July 28 race.
Jerszy Chromik, swift-running Pole, raced over 3,000-meter steeplechase course in 8:40.2, broke world record for second time in week at Budapest.
Japan's fast-moving Takashi Ishimoto thrashed 200-meter butterfly in 2:23.8 to shatter long-course world mark at Tokyo. Old record: 2:28.4, set by Jiro Nagasawa last month.
Art Kennedy of St. Louis bounced his Class D-2 runabout at rapid 51.428 mph over Ohio River for 5-mile NOA speed standard at Cairo, Ill.
Col. Horace A. Hanes, dashing Air Force flyboy, flew F-100-C Super Sabre jet fighter at 870.627 and 773.644 mph in two runs at 40,000 feet over Edwards AFB, Calif., averaged 822.135 mph (faster than speed of sound) for official level-flight record.
Cleveland Indians, staging grim battle to repeat as American League champions, had anxious moments in Boston and New York, finally emerged from tense week's play with 1½-game edge over challenging Yankees, 3½ over slipping Chicago White Sox, 6 over faltering Red Sox as all four contenders participated in exciting round robin. Indians put damper on Boston's chances, won 3-1 on home runs by Al Smith, Al Rosen and Ralph Kiner, solid pitching by Bob Lemon and ace reliefers Ray Narleski and Don Mossi, stormed from behind to throttle Red Sox 10-7. Next stop was New York where Yankees, who had split with White Sox 5-4, 8-9, waited for chance to take over first place. Veteran left-hander Tommy Byrne put New York within reaching distance with brilliant four-hit 6-1 triumph over Early Wynn in opener of double-header watched by 67,000. Indians trailed 2-1 in second game, rallied to tie score on Bobby Avila's eighth-inning homer, squeezed out 3-2 victory when usually reliable Whitey Ford lost control, let winning run score on what may become wildest pitch of season (see page 28). Meanwhile Chicago and Boston, still hopeful, split two games, stayed within hailing distance of embattled leaders as schedule headed into final two weeks.
Brooklyn Dodgers, in first place since April 15, rattled off eight-game winning streak, nailed down National League pennant with 10-2 win over second-place Milwaukee in 138th game, earliest clinching of flag since 1904 New York Giants won big prize in 137th contest. Rookie Karl Spooner was hero of deciding game, hurling 5‚Öî hitless innings and fanning nine after relieving Roger Craig. Earlier, husky fireballer Don Newcombe beat Philadelphia 11-4 for 20th victory, slammed seventh home run to set league record for pitchers. Carl Erskine and Billy Loes came through with 9-inning victories over Philadelphia 8-2, Milwaukee 3-1, gave Manager Walter Alston two more able starters for World Series.
Bill Buchan Jr., lanky young University of Washington pre-dental junior, displayed sound tactics, skippered unfamiliar Luders 16 to North American sailing championship over choppy Lake St. Clair at Detroit, won right to have name engraved on ancient soup tureen known as Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. Buchan summed up victory: "We didn't take a chance all week." Defending champion Gene Walet III of New Orleans finished fourth (see page 54).
Cuba's Jorge de Cardenas, assisted by younger brother Carlos Jr. as crewman, lived up to tradition set by father, who holds world championship, sailed his Ku-rush III to two first places, broke deadlock on final day to win North American Star Class title at Rye, N.Y.
Tony Trabert had his big game clicking at Forest Hills, N.Y., polished off Australia's Lew Hoad in semifinals, overpowered little Ken Rosewall 9-7, 6-3, 6-3 in final to win national singles title and complete first triple slam (Wimbledon, France and U.S.) since Don Budge turned trick in 1938. Doris Hart dropped first three games to England's Pat Ward, recovered magnificently to hammer out 6-4, 6-2 triumph for her second straight women's singles crown.
Carmen Basilio, sad-eyed welterweight champion with ambition to challenge Bobo Olson for middleweight title, had his hands full with left-hooking Gil Turner before punching out 10-round split decision over aggressive Philadelphian in nontitle TV bout at Syracuse, N.Y., prompted Co-Manager Johnny DeJohn to take second look: "What can we gain now by risking a fight with him [Olson]?" More likely prospect for Basilio's next fight: clutching Johnny Saxton, for welter crown.
Vince Martinez, fifth-ranked welterweight contender still finding it difficult to get work, gave home-town fans first look at his skills, punched way to easy 10-round decision over Bob Provizzi at Paterson, N.J.
Cisco Andrade, clever California lightweight, unleashed brilliant two-fisted attack, jolted jabbing Orlando Zulueta with sharp overhand rights to win 10-rounder in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Jet Action, Maine Chance Farm's 4-year-old chestnut colt, was kept close to early pace by crafty Willie Shoemaker, forged into safe lead when roused with whip, coasted home by 2½ lengths to win $152,950 Washington Park Handicap at Chicago.
Busher Fantasy, winner of only one race in nine starts, broke smartly, paid strict attention to Jockey Sam Boulmetis, raced to surprising victory over Espea and highly regarded but faltering Needles in $30,925 World's Playground Stakes at Atlantic City, N.J. to provide healthy (13-1) payoff for backers.
Westward Ho, running as entry with favored Saratoga, took over when Montpelier Farm colt pulled up with injury to right hind pastern, saved day for bettors by barging under wire ¾ length ahead of fast-finishing Illusionist to capture $28,350 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct, N.Y.
Blen Host got off to fast start, outlasted challenging Gliding Wings in stretch run to win by scant head in closing-day $58,550 Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar, Calif.
Meld, Lady Zia Wernher's spirited filly, came from behind to win historic St. Leger Stakes as Queen Elizabeth and crowd of 200,000 looked on at Doncaster, England.
Cary Middlecoff, chip-shooting with gun-sight accuracy, dropped 50-footer for eagle three on final hole, edged pressing Sam Snead by two strokes 276 to 278 to pocket $10,000 first prize in rich Cavalcade of Golf at Scotch Plains, N.J.
PGA named 10-man team to meet British in Ryder Cup matches at Palm Springs, Calif. Nov. 5-6. Those selected: PGA champion Doug Ford, Masters champion Cary Middlecoff, Chick Harbert, Tommy Bolt, Ted Kroll, Jerry Barber, Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr., Marty Furgol and Chandler Harper. Notable absentee: Bob Toski, leading money winner of 1954.
Phil Hill, daring young engineering consultant from Santa Monica, Calif., battled Sherwood Johnston of Greenwich, Conn, wheel-to-wheel over 148 miles of winding black-top course, finally prodded his Monza Ferrari two lengths ahead of Johnston's D Jaguar in feature race at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Class winners: Class B modified—Harold Ullrich, Evanston, Ill., in Excalibur; Class C—Ralph A. Miller, Lincoln, Neb., in Jaguar XK140MC; Class D modified—Hill, in Monza Ferrari; Class D—Paul O'Shea, Rye, N.Y., in Mercedes 300SL; Class E modified—Ted Boynton, Chicago, in Maserati; Class E—Bob Gold-rich, Chicago, in TR2; Class F modified—Frank Bott, Chicago, in Osca; Class F—Bob Ballenger, Highland Park, Ill., in Porsche; Class G modified—Rees Makins, Chicago, in Osca; Class G—Roy Heath, Salina, Kan., in TC MG; Class H modified—John C. Mays, Bloomington, Ill., in Fibresport (see page 52).
Juan Manuel Fangio, racing-wise Argentine, gunned his sleek silver Mercedes into early lead, kept it there for full 310.5 miles while averaging 128.493 mph, eased home in front of teammate Piero Taruffi in Italian Grand Prix watched by 300,000 at new Monza track.
Herb Thomas, long-legged Sanford, N.C. racer, roared from behind in Chevrolet, averaged 92.281 mph to win tough Southern 500-mile stock car grind, $7,460 in prize money and 1,500 points at Darlington, S.C. Tim Flock of Atlanta set qualifying record of 112.041 mph in trials, could finish no better than third in Chrysler 300 but held lead in NASCAR point standing.
Al Whisnant Jr. of New York boated 585-pound bluefin on first day, gave U.S. enough points (1,185) to win International Tuna Cup Matches and Sharp Trophy at Wedgeport, N.S. after three days of exasperating chumming and trolling produced only three catches by 40 anglers from seven countries. Argentina's Arturo Llavallol had 615-pounder in hand when hungry shark helped himself to mouthful, disqualifying fish. Only other tuna snared: 277-pounder by Venezuela's Carlos Behrens.
Master Sgt. Huelet Benner, sharpshooting West Point coach, set good example for cadets, scored 2,619 points out of possible 2,700, took his fourth pistol title in eight years at National Rifle and Pistol championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Torrid, 15 to 1 longshot, moved up from third place, sidewheeled down stretch to finish in rare dead heat with heavily favored Adios Boy in $25,000 New York Championship Pace at Yonkers, N.Y.
Caversham Ko Ko of Shanruss, sprightly little 4-year-old Pekingese imported from England only three weeks ago by R. William Taylor and Nigel Aubrey-Jones of Montreal, won best-in-show at Westchester Kennel Club show in Rye, N.Y.
Triple C of Detroit rallied in final chukker, slammed home three goals to beat Brandywine (Pa.) 9-8 for national open polo title at Hinsdale, Ill.
Cliff Lumsdon, strong-armed 24-year-old New Toronto swim instructor, his lips blue and puffed from slogging through frigid (56°) Lake Ontario waters for 19 hours 49 minutes, wearily paddled across finish line at Toronto, was lone survivor of bone-chilling 32-mile Canadian National Exhibition lake-front marathon. Ordeal was worth $24,600 to exhausted Lumsdon.
HONORED—Chauncey D. Steele Jr. of Cambridge, Mass., president of New England Lawn Tennis Association, player, official; awarded William Johnston Trophy, for "contribution to growth and development" of tennis, at Forest Hills, N.Y.
DIED—Howard (Babe) Wells, 52, longtime horse trainer, breeder and owner, saddled 841 winners who earned $2,675,359 in 28 years; of heart attack, at Chicago.
DIED—John (Shano) F. Collins, 69, onetime major leaguer with Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, manager of Red Sox in 1931 and 1932; at Newton, Mass.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Jimmy Bryan, Phoenix, Ariz., AAA Ted Horn Memorial 100-m. natl. championship, in 1:04.09.05 (record), Du Quoin, Ill.; AAA 100-m. sprint race, in 58.09.38, with 101.73 mph avg. speed (record), in Offenhauser, Langhorne, Pa.
Frank Mundy, Atlanta, AAA 100-m. stock engine race, in 1:22.20 (record), in Chrysler 300, Du Quoin, Ill.
Roscoe Thompson, Atlanta, AAA 200-m. stock car race, in Buick, Atlanta.
Bob Finney, Colorado Springs, AAA Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in 14:27.2 (record), Pikes Peak, Colo.
Bob Sweikert, Indianapolis, AAA 100-m. natl. championship, in 1:06.43, in John Zink Special, Syracuse, N.Y.
Tim Flock, Atlanta, NASCAR 100-m. late model stock car race, in Chrysler 300, Montgomery, Ala.
Malcolm Brooks, Gosford, New South Wales, named provisional outright winner of 10,500-m. "round Australia" reliability trial, in Standard Vanguard, Sydney.
Boeing Bombers, over Plymouth Oilers, 9-3, Natl. Nonprofessional championship, Wichita.
Jack Johnson, 12-round decision over Willie Bean, for California heavyweight title, Hollywood, Calif.
Floyd Patterson, 8-round TKO over Alvin (Chief) Williams, light heavyweights, Moncton, N.B.
Al Andrews, 10-round split decision over Jack King, middleweights, Detroit.
Bobby Courchesne, 9-round TKO over Tony Puleo, lightweights, New York.
U.S., over Great Britain, for N.Y. Canoe Club Intl-Challenge Trophy, Sea Cliff, N.Y.
(Natl. Football League exhibitions)
Bait. 24—Chi. Cards 14
Chi. Bears 7—N Y. 0
Detroit 19—Cleveland 3
N.Y. 17—Baltimore 14
Phila. 24—Pittsburgh 20
S. Fran. 31—Los Angeles 10
Washington 33—Green Bay 31
Edmonton 18—Brit. Col. 13
Brit. Col. 24—Sask. 23
Hamilton 37—Toronto 12
Hamilton 23—Ottawa 12
Montreal 43—Toronto 11
Sask. 24—Calgary 23
Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs. W.Va., Insurance City Open, with 269 for 72 holes, Wethersfield, Conn.
Charley Boswell, Birmingham, Ala., intl. blind golfers' championship, with 213 for 36 holes, Windsor, Ont.
BACHELOR HANOVER: $26,578 Fox Stakes, in race-off, Indianapolis. Billy Haughton, driver.
SABOTEUR: $25,867 Horseman Stake, in straight heats, Indianapolis. H. Pownall, driver.
SIR TRIBAL: $33,700 Chicago Handicap, 1 m., by 1 length, in 1:36 2/5, Hawthorne Pk., Chicago. Steve Brooks up.
RED HANNIGAN: $28,750 Bay Shore Handicap, 7 f., by ¾ length, in 1:24, Aqueduct, N.Y. Ed Arcaro up.
ARROGATE: $25,000 Del Mar Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by nose, in 1:47 2/5, Del Mar, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
LALUN: $24,500 Pageant Stakes, 1 1/16 m., by 1 length, in 1:43 2/5, Atlantic City. Hank Moreno up.
Breathless, owned by J. Philip Murphy, Piedmont, Calif. & piloted by Floyd Ciochon and Roger Murphy, Gold Cup Trophy Race, with 825 pts., Tahoe City, Nev.
Howard Lippincott, Riverton, N.J., Comet Class intl. championship, in Cirus II, Mattituck, N.Y.
(Natl. Rifle & Pistol championships, Camp Perry, Ohio)
Capt. John W. Kolb, Little Rock, Ark., service rifle title, with 633.
PFC Lloyd G. Crow, Carrollton, Miss., service match rifle title, with 643.
Thomas R. Barns, Billings, Mont., civilian service rifle title, with 602.
Ruth I. Sawyer, Dayton, Ohio, women's rifle title, with 541.
Ammon F. Bell, Hummelstown, Pa., civilian match rifle title, with 630.
Marlene Bellinger, Seattle, women's match rifle title, with 618.
Mrs. Gertrude Backstrom, Hoquiam, Wash., women's pistol title, with 2,535.
Major Ben C. Curtis, Chattanooga, Tenn., natl. service pistol title, with 290.
Mrs. Viola Pollum, Brooksville, Pa., natl. small bore rifle title, with 6,390.
Lt. Charles Folsom, Emerson, Neb., Natl. Trophy Rifle match, with 242.
U.S. Marine Corps, natl. service rifle title, with 1,388; Infantry Trophy, with 1,216.
U.S. Army, service pistol team title, with 1,137.
Orange, Calif., over Phoenix, Ariz., 4-1, Amateur Softball Assn. women's title, Portland, Ore.
First Army, over Ft. Sill, Okla., 1-0, All-Army championship, Ft. Dix, N.J.
Lackland AFB, over Ardmore AFB, 4-1, Air Force World-Wide championship, Biloxi, Miss.
REPOSE: Foxcatcher Natl. Cup Steeplechase, 3 m., by head, in 6:06½, Fair Hill, Md. J. Cotter up.
Vic Seixas, Philadelphia, and DORIS HART, Coral Gables, Fla., over Shirley Fry and Gardnar Mulloy, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, U.S. mixed doubles, Forest Hills, N.Y.
TRACK & FIELD
Russia, over Great Britain, 220-141, Moscow.
Henry Laskau, New York, 20,000-meter Natl. AAU walking title, Pittsburgh.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending September 11)
Bklyn. 9-0, 5-3
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