This is an article from the Sept. 26, 1955 issue
Herb Score, fastballing young Cleveland southpaw, fanned nine Washington Senators, brought total for season to 235, set new major league strikeout record for rookie. Old mark: 227 by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911.
OSCA announced streamlined prototype of stock 1956 MT 4, owned by James Simpson Jr. of Wadsworth, Ill. and driven by veteran racers Tony Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, Ill. and Marshall Lewis of Round Lake, Ill., broke 15 world records, 52 U.S. standards in recent speed runs on western Utah's salt flats.
George Byers Jr., Columbus, Ohio speedster, roared his seven-liter hydroplane over one-mile course at 125.436 mph, shattered own world mark in Ohio River boat races at Melbourne, Ky.
Spain's chubby but fit Francisco Franco battled 710-pound tuna on Bimini King rod and No. 39 line for more than hour in waters off La Coru√±a, finally boated monster to set tackle record for biggest fish ever caught in Spain, ordered prize to be divided among charitable institutions in region.
Vladimir Kuc, powerful-striding Russian, legged 5,000 meters in swift 13:46.08 at Belgrade, surpassed own listed world standard of 13:51.2, bettered 13:50.8 clocking of Hungary's Sandor Iharos.
New York Yankees picked up pennant scent, swept three straight from "relaxed" Boston while fading Cleveland bowed three times to charged-up Detroit, moved two full games ahead of Indians as tense American League race headed into final week. Despite injuries to Mickey Mantle, Bill Skowron and Phil Rizzuto, Yankee old pros got smell of World Series money in sensitive nostrils, came from behind to edge Red Sox 5-4 on ninth-inning home runs by clutch-hitting Hank Bauer and banged-up Yogi Berra, won second game 4-1 with-help of sparkling four-hit pitching of rejuvenated 35-year-old Tommy Byrne, took third 3-2 behind seven-inning hitless relief job by sophomore Bob Grim. Meanwhile gloom settled in Cleveland and fans booed as Detroit's Steve Gromek relieved injured Billy Hoeft in fourth inning, got even with former Indian teammates by pitching 3-0 shutout; fastballing Frank Lary outhurled veteran Bob Lemon to win 3-1. Real crusher was 10-3 trouncing administered by Tigers, who got timely slugging from Outfielder Al Kaline, league's leading hitter, and superb pitching from bonus rookie Bob Miller in final game of set.
Chicago White Sox, all but eliminated from chase, split four with eighth-place Baltimore, lost two of three to sixth-place Kansas City, fell five games behind front-running Yankees. Baltimore took four in row from Washington, moved out of cellar for first time this season into seventh-place tie with Senators, spoiled chances for American League record.
Brooklyn Dodgers, with National League flag safely tucked away, went into tailspin, lost five straight before knocking off New York Giants 4-3, then split next two with 1954 champions 5-8, 7-5. New York's Willie Mays got home-run range, banged two against Milwaukee (who clinched second place), three against Dodgers to take over league leadership with 48, led Cincinnati's strongboy Ted Kluszewski by two. Philadelphia took three of four from Chicago and Pittsburgh, drew within one game of third-place New York.
Ronnie Knox, highly publicized apple of stepfather Harvey's eye, pitched three scoring passes in college debut, helped powerful UCLA roll up 21-0 win over Texas A&M at Los Angeles, became latest California favorite (see page 34).
Southern California, paced by brilliant running of Junior Jon Arnett, scored at will in last three quarters, overwhelmed Washington State 50-12 at Los Angeles.
Pitt, on way back as football power, treated home-town fans and new coach Johnny Michelosen to blazing finish in 92° heat, broke 7-7 tie with three touchdowns in last quarter (two by substitute Dick Bowen, one by hard-hitting Bob Grier), punched out 27-7 victory over California.
Georgia Tech took full advantage of 48-yard punt return (on fair-catch-interference foul) by Halfback Paul Rotenberry, 25-yard pass interception by Center Johnny Morris, held off Miami's power thrusts, chalked up 14-6 triumph in nationally televised opener at Atlanta.
Maryland rolled to two touchdowns in first half, got scare when Missouri struck back for pair in third and fourth periods but made Bob Laughrey's conversion stand up for close 13-12 win at Columbia, Mo.
Texas Tech parlayed crafty quarter backing by Jack Kirkpatrick, bruising blocking by line into first half 13-0 lead, snuffed out last-ditch Texas rally to run up 20-14 win over Longhorns at Austin, Tex.
Sherwood Johnston of Greenwich, Conn. whipped into lead at start of 101.2-mile grind over 4.6 miles of country roads, kept Briggs Cunningham's fish-finned D Jaguar humming along at average speed of 81.92 mph, edged Bill Spear of Southport, Conn. and Bill Lloyd of Green Farms, Conn., both in 3-liter Maseratis, to win Watkins Glen Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Dr. M. R. J. Wyllie of Allison Park, Pa. took his third straight Seneca Cup in C Jaguar; Oakleigh Robinson of Washington, D.C. won Collier Brothers Memorial with his MG TF; Paul O'Shea of Rye, N.Y. captured Glen Trophy event with Mercedes 300SL; Bill Weldon of New York, in Porsche, nosed home ahead of Art Bunker of Kansas City for Queen Catherine Cup (for class winners, see OTHER RESULTS).
Stirling Moss, ranking British racer, pushed his Mercedes Benz over crooked Dundrod course at average speed of 88.32 mph after setting lap record of 92.70 in trial spin, outclassed world champion Juan Manuel Fangio by near-lap, celebrated 26th birthday with victory in tragedy-filled 623-mile Ulster Tourist Trophy Race at Belfast. Flaming crashes took lives of Jim Mayers, Bill Smith and Richard Mainwaring, sent French star Jean Behra to hospital with head injuries.
Nino Valdes, long-armed Cuban heavyweight, raked roly-poly Don Cockell with sharp jabs and jolting hooks, floored game but inept Englishman in third, won by TKO when referee halted fight at end of same round in London. Valdes, beaten by Archie Moore last May, announced new policy ("to be a killer"), clamored for shot at winner of Rocky Marciano-Moore heavyweight title bout.
Tony DeMarco, relieved of welterweight crown by Carmen Basilio, threw bombs from opening bell, smashed befuddled former drama student Chico Vejar to canvas twice, was given TKO victory after 2:40 of first round at Boston.
Frankie Ryff, tender-skinned young New York lightweight, collected gash over left eye to match scar over right eye, skillfully outboxed and outpunched aggressive Joey Lopes to take 10-round decision at Detroit.
Pennsylvania Boxing Commission made latest move to clean up boxing, charged Anthony Ferrente and Carmen Graziano, co-managers of Lightweight Champion Wallace (Bud) Smith (who has agreed to defend title against Jimmy Carter, Oct. 19 in Cincinnati) and the jailed Joey Giardello, with "association with gamblers, racketeers and persons of ill repute," ordered both to appear at hearing in Philadelphia, Sept. 22 to show cause why their licenses should not be revoked or suspended.
Harvie Ward, handsome, 29-year-old transplanted North Carolinian who now hails from San Francisco, blasted shots straight and long off tee, used rusty putter accurately over tricky James River Course greens, overwhelmed weekend golfer Bill Hyndman of Philadelphia 9 and 8 to become first Southern-born player since Bobby Jones to win U.S. Amateur championship at Richmond, Va. (see page 22).
Ted Kroll, onetime infantry sergeant from Bethesda, Md., dropped 30-foot putt on first sudden-death extra hole, edged PGA Champion Doug Ford to take Daily News Open and $4,000 at Philadelphia.
Bernard (Tut) Bartzen, hustling San Angelo, Tex. ballhawk, surprised newly crowned but weary National Champion Tony Trabert, scored 7-9, 11-9, 6-4 upset victory in long-delayed (since July) Tri-state-Western final at Cincinnati.
Guy Lombardo's supercharged Tempo VII made sweet music for canny pilot Danny Foster, won prized President's Cup when Miss Pepsi, winner of two earlier heats under skillful handling of veteran Chuck Thompson, was disqualified for jumping gun by four seconds in final race at Washington, D.C. Victory was second big one this year for Lombardo, Tempo VII and Foster, who won Silver Cup at Detroit.
David Livingston of Lake Village, Ark. zoomed his Class C service hydro and Class C service runabout to second straight NOA titles, lost third when he bowed to Dennis Martin of Jackson, Mich. in Class C hydro at Mt. Carmel, Ill.
Mrs. H. L. Nathenson's Irish-bred Blue Choir got topnotch ride from top-winning U.S. jockey Willie Hartack, squeezed along rail to take lead, outsprinted rivals to win by good 3½ lengths in $50,000 Foreign Bred Stakes; Chris Chenery's Prince Hill overcame slow start, got up in time to outrun Chevation in $50,000 American Bred Stakes, led eight qualifiers (four in each race) for Saturday's $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City. Rest of field: Foxcatcher's Chevation, Mrs. Zelda Cohen's Boy d'Amour, C. M. Kline's Kaster, Mrs. J. W. Hanes's Queens Beeches, Martin Fabiani's Klairon, Mrs. Ogden Phipps's Fox II (see page 40).
Lalun, Cain Hoy Stable's 19 to 1 shot, survived first-turn accident that brought injuries to Jockeys Tony DeSpirito and Sidney Cole, Shawmut Stable's Gainsboro Girl, made bid in stretch under Henry Moreno's urging, went on to take $69,400 Beldame Handicap at Aqueduct, N.Y.
Robinar, Alberta Ranches' swift-footed unbeaten 2-year-old filly, with veteran Johnny Longden up, coasted home by 2¼ lengths, won her fifth straight in $25,000 California Junior Miss Stakes at Bay Meadows, San Mateo, Calif.
Adios Harry, J. Howard Lyons' swift 4-year-old brown sidewheeler, showed his appreciation for 10-day rest cure, bounced back to grab early lead, held off challenging rivals to win $27,900 Good Time Pace at Yonkers Raceway, N.Y.
Repose, M. G. Walsh's 11-year-old timber-hopper who won Foxcatcher National Cup week earlier, was still in good form, led field home in Cecil County Steeplechase at Fair Hill, Md. Arcadia Stable's frisky Caste had easy time, finished first in Manly Steeplechase over two miles of brush jumps.
MARRIED—Rex Richard Dyer, Philadelphia salesman, men's national saber fencing champion; and pretty Louise Knab, No. 2-ranked woman fencer; in New York.
DIED—Tom Friedmann, 28, prominent Milwaukee sportsman, sports car racer; of severe body burns and injuries suffered when Maserati overturned during trial run at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Sept. 9; at Milwaukee.
DIED—Capt. Jim Sutherland, 84, onetime traveling shoe salesman, hockey player, manager, coach and league official, founder of Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame; at Kingston, Ont.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Tim Flock, Atlanta, NASCAR 250-m. late model stock car race, with 77.8 mph avg. speed (record), Langhorne, Pa.
Jack McGrath, S. Pasadena, AAA 200-m. stock car race, with 81.39 mph avg. speed, Milwaukee.
(Watkins Glen Class winners, Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
Charles Moran, Rye, N.Y., Class B modified, in Cunningham C4R.
Sherwood Johnston, Greenwich, Conn., Class C modified, in D Jaguar.
Bill Spear, Southport, Conn., Class D modified, in Maserati.
Dr. M. R. J. Wyllie, Allison Park, Pa., Class C modified, in C Jaguar.
Dan Boylan, Canton, Mass., Class D modified, in Mercedes 300.
Bill Wonder, Flushing, N.Y., Class E modified, in Frazer-Nash.
John Plaisted, Lynnfield Center, Mass., Unrestricted, in Cheetah.
(Queen Catherine Cup)
Bill Weldon, New York, Class F modified, in Porsche 550.
Len Bastrup, Wilton, Conn., Class G modified, in Lotus.
Candy Poole, S. Glastonbury, Conn., Class H modified, in PBX.
E. Pupilidy, Freeport, N.Y., Class F production (Porsches only), in Porsche Speedster.
Dick Thompson, Washington, D.C., Class C Production, in Jaguar XK140MC.
John Clapp, Danielson, Conn., Class D Production (first section), in Aston Martin.
Paul O'Shea, Rye, N.Y., Class D Production (second section), in Mercedes Benz.
Gunnard Rubini, Toledo, Ohio, Class E Production, in Morgan.
(Collier Brothers Memorial)
Oakleigh Robinson Washington, D.C., Class F Production, in MG TF 1500.
Henry Willard, Wethersfield, Conn., Class G Production, in MG TC.
Rochester, over Toronto, 11-10, Intl. League Governors' Cup, in 4 straight, Rochester, N.Y.
Minneapolis, over Omaha, 7-3, American Assn. play-offs, in 4 straight, Omaha, Neb.
Harold Carter, 10-round split decision over Wayne Bethea, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Gene Fullmer, 10-round decision over Al Andrews, middleweights, Ogden, Utah.
Johnny Saxton, 10-round decision over Joe Shaw, middleweights, Portland, Me.
Virgil Akins, 10-round decision over Harold (Baby-face) Jones, welterweights, Indianapolis.
Ralph Dupas, 10-round decision over Mickey Northrup, lightweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Willie Pep, 6-round TKO over Jimmy Ithia, featherweights, Hartford, Conn.
Peter Keenan, 14-round KO over Jake Tuli, bantamweights, Glasgow, Scotland.
(Leading college games)
Arkansas 21—Tulsa 6
Baylor 35—Hard.-Simm. 7
Clemson 33—Presbyter. 0
Denverl9—Iowa State 7
Fla. 20—Miss. State 14
Fla. State 7—N.C. State 0
Ga. Tech 14—Miami 6
Hawaii 6—Nebraska 0
Houston 54—Montana 12
LSU 19—Kentucky 7
Maryland 13—Missouri 12
Mississippi 26—Georgia 13
Oregon St. 33—Brig. Young 0
Pitt 27—California 7
S. Cal. 50—Wash. St. 12
S. Carolina 26—Wofford 7
Stanford 33—Col.-Pac. 14
TCU 47—Kansas 14
Texas Tech 20—Texas 14
Tulane 20—VMI 7
UCLA 21—Texas A&M 0
W. For. 13—Va. Tech 0
Washington 14—Idaho 7
Wyoming 38—Kans. St.20
Baltimore 44—Pitts. 17
Chi. Bears 24—Cleve. 21
Detroit 27—N.Y. 17
Green Bay 37—Chi. Cards 28
Philadelphia 35—Los Angeles 21
Edmonton 24—Calgary 12
Edmonton 26—Sask. 9
Montreal 38—Hamilton 20
Ottawa 27—Toronto 12
Winnipeg 25—Sask. 0
Winnipeg 20—Brit. Col. 19
Louise Suggs, Sea Island, Ga., St. Louis Open, with 289 for 72 holes, St. Louis.
Marilynn Smith, Wichita, Kan., Mile High Open, with 221 for 54 holes, Denver.
SPEED ROUSER: $29,850 Midwest Handicap, 6½ f., by¾ length, in 1:17 2/5, Hawthorne, Chicago. Al Popara up.
GANDHARVA: $19,350 Mermaid Handicap, 7 f., by 3½ lengths, in 1:22 2/5, Atlantic City, N.J. Hedley Wood-house up.
FIRST LAP: $18,300 Babylon Handicap, 6 f., by nose, in 1:11 3/5, Aqueduct, N.Y. Hedley Woodhouse up.
Japan, over U.S., 4-2, Tokyo.
Dr. Allen B. Du Mont, Clifton, N.J., natl. predicted log cruiser championship, with 2,704 pts.
(NOA championships, Mt. Carmel, Ill.)
Bill Tenney, Dayton, Ohio, Class A hydro title.
Burt Blaskie, Battle Creek, Mich., Class B hydro title.
Harry Vogts, Madison, Wis., Class F hydro title.
Bill Seebold, Granite City, Ill., Class C racing runabout title.
Mary Hubbell, Rosemead, Calif., Class M (Midget) hydro title.
Meadow Brook, over Oak Brook, 13-6, for Natl. Handicap championship, Chicago.
Tony Trabert, Cincinnati, and Beverly Baker Fleitz, Long Beach, Calif., over Darlene Hard and Ken Rosewall, 6-1, 9-7, Pacific Southwest mixed doubles title, Los Angeles.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (Week Ending September 18)
1. New York
6. Kansas City
3. New York
7. St. Louis