This is an article from the Dec. 5, 1955 issue
Art Luppino, bulldozing Arizona junior halfback, battered away for 68 yards, scored team's only touchdown, kicked extra point to upset Arizona State at Tempe 7-6, pushed rushing total for year to 1,313 yards, became first player to lead nation's major college running backs for two consecutive seasons and top alltime two-season rusher with 2,682 yards (Nov. 26).
Charles Vinci, multimuscled little man from Cleveland, majestically lifted 290 pounds in exhibition at Calcutta, surpassed world bantamweight record for clean and jerk (Nov. 22).
Lorraine Crapp, formful Australian aquastar, streaked 220 yards in 2:02.5 at Sydney for new women's world long-course standard (Nov. 25).
Horst Fritsche of Magdeburg, representing East Germany, swam 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.2 in meet with Rumania at Rostock to better recognized world record but was nearly full second slower than October clocking of 1:08.3 by Japan's Masharu Furukawa (Nov. 22).
Army gave up touchdown in first quarter, held on while favored Navy fumbled away scoring chances, then bounced back with savage second-half ground attack ably directed by Quarterback Don Holleder, sent Captain Pat Uebel crashing over from the five, fleet Pete Lash around end for 23 yards to upset Midshipmen 14-6 before 102,000 at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium (see page 22). Navy's magnificent sharpshooter George Welsh completed 18 of 29 passes for 176 yards in losing cause, took over as nation's leading passer.
Southern California, presented with powder puffs before game by much-criticized Coach Jess Hill, reacted as planned, treated crowd of 94,892 at Los Angeles to 42-20 surprise victory over Notre Dame. Speedy Jon Arnett scored three times, shared honors with Jim Contratto, who passed Trojans to two touchdowns in 21-point last period.
Oklahoma, playing under wraps but flashing usual power to protect its No. 1 ranking (see below), crushed Oklahoma A&M 53-0 at Norman for 29th consecutive triumph, sat back to await Orange Bowl date with unbeaten Maryland.
Texas Christian, given chance for Southwest Conference title when Texas shocked Texas A&M 21-6 in Thanksgiving Day game, made most of it, stormed from behind in last four minutes on fleet feet of Jim Swink to pull out 20-13 triumph over Southern Methodist at Fort Worth.
Mississippi got brilliant quarterbacking from Eagle Day, determined running from Earl Blair, swept past Mississippi State 26-0 at Starkville to capture second straight Southeastern Conference crown and bid to face TCU in Cotton Bowl.
Georgia Tech's rugged line stopped Georgia attack cold while prancing George Volkert led speedy attack for 21-3 win, helped put Engineers in Sugar Bowl against Pittsburgh, invited earlier in week.
Auburn's talented Millard Howell Tubbs passed for two touchdowns, scored third on plunge, carried Tigers to 26-0 trouncing of Alabama at Birmingham and into 'Gator Bowl Dec. 31 against Vanderbilt, beaten by Tennessee 20-13 in upset at Knoxville.
Denver and Wyoming battled through scoreless 59 minutes 53 seconds, provided enough thrills in last seven seconds to last lifetime. Wyoming's Joe Mastrogiovanni kicked 17-yard field goal with seven seconds to play, set stage for controversial 78-yard kickoff return by Dick Cupton that won for Denver 6-3, knocked Wyoming out of tie for Rocky Mountain Conference championship, brought on protest by aroused Cowboys.
Oklahoma (10-0-0), top-ranked for past four weeks, was voted nation's No. 1 college team with 3,581 points in final Associated Press poll, easily outdistanced runner-up Michigan State (8-1-0). Rest of first 10:3, Maryland (10-0-0); 4, UCLA (9-1-0); 5, Ohio State (7-2-0); 6, Texas Christian (9-1-0); 7, Georgia Tech (8-1-1); 8, Auburn (8-1-1); 9, Notre Dame (8-2-0); 10, Mississippi (9-1-0).
Harvey Harman, whose Rutgers teams had 74-44-2 record in 14 years (8-17 last three years), was fired from football coaching post but retained as faculty member. Also fired: Alton Kircher, let out by Washington State after four years and 1-7-2 season this fall.
New York Giants and Cleveland Browns put on best game of year, battled to 35-35 tie before 45,699 in New York. Charlie Conerly's 23-yard pass to Frank Gifford, Ray Krouse's smothering of field goal attempt by Lou Groza in final seconds gave fired-up Giants deadlock after Otto Graham had passed Eastern Conference leaders to three scores.
Washington Redskins turned long scoring runs by Leo Elter and Scooter Scudero into 23-14 win over Pittsburgh Steelers, moved within half game of Browns.
Chicago Cardinals exploded for seven touchdowns, two each by Ollie Matson, Dave Mann and Don Stonesifer, stunned Chicago Bears 53-14 in snowstorm to end six-game Bear winning streak, push losers into second place in Western Conference.
Los Angeles Rams played it safe with two field goals by burly Les Richter in last quarter, suddenly needed a third to hold off rallying Philadelphia Eagles. Richter obliged with 25-yard placement with seven seconds to go, gave Rams close 23-21 victory, Western Conference lead.
Baltimore Colts, battling to stay in race, eased past San Francisco 49ers 26-14 when George Shaw broke up middle for 21-yard touchdown run in last quarter; Detroit Lions beat bumbling Green Bay Packers 24-10 on Thanksgiving Day.
Edmonton Eskimos, trailing 19-18, struck in second half, overpowered Montreal Alouettes 34-19 before record crowd of 39,417 at Vancouver to win Grey Cup and Canada's pro title for second straight year. Jackie Parker, Normie Kwong and Johnny Bright starred for Eskimos.
Little Leaguers, some 250,000 strong, were thrown into confusion when Founder and Commissioner Carl Stotz padlocked national headquarters in Williamsport, Pa., planned to file $300,000 suit against Little League Baseball, Inc. for "breach of contract," claiming that, "the commissioner and volunteer field personnel no longer have a representative voice in...policy decisions." President Peter J. McGovern posted $130,000 bond to gain access to offices, countered by firing Stotz as commissioner, observed, "It is regrettable that Mr. Stotz has been unwilling to accept decisions of the Board of Directors." Only thing certain is that there will be a Little League next year—and maybe two—since Stotz plans to set up own program under name of Original Little League.
George Weiss, cagey trade-master of New York Yankees with long record of success (six pennants, five World Series titles in eight years), was given five-year extension of contract as general manager.
Sailor, turned loose earlier than planned by Jockey Hedley J. Woodhouse when his saddle slipped, stayed out in front of challenging field, responded to whip in stretch, went on to win $50,000 Pimlico Special, paid off grateful bettors at 11 to 1.
Queen Mother Elizabeth, hoping to realize ambition of winning Grand National Steeplechase, watched her promising 9-year-old gelding M'as-Tu-Vu take 3-mile race at Lingfield Park, appreciatively patted horse on neck, chortled: "That was marvelous."
Nashua, relaxing on Kentucky farm while executors of estate of late William Woodward Jr. ponder his fate, was named Horse of the Year and 3-year-old champion in annual Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form poll (see page 21).
Vince Martinez, Paterson, N.J. welterweight contender, parried bull-like rushes of eager but helpless Chris Christensen with skill of fencing master, carefully pecked away with accurate left jab to win easy 10-round decision at St. Louis.
Eduardo Lausse, lethal-punching Argentine middleweight, outslugged aggressive Gene Fullmer, had his cyclonic opponent on floor briefly in eighth, took decision in rousing 10-rounder at New York as Manager Charlie Johnston bravely tossed $50,000 challenge at Champion Bobo Olson.
Joe Walker, New Jersey commissioner with practically no boxing to supervise, was appointed chairman (to replace resigned George Barton) of special committee to investigate crime and corruption in sport by NBA President Lou Radzienda. Walker, on record as being opposed to federal investigation of boxing, said he would confer with commissioners in other states, then decide "what action, if any, is warranted."
New York Rangers, riding high, trounced slipping Boston Bruins 4-0, 5-0 on brilliant goaltending of Gump Worsley, high-speed scoring of Wally Hergesheimer, Dean Prentice, Dave Creighton and Danny Lewicki, had league-leading Montreal on hook until Dickie Moore and Ken Mosdell earned Canadiens 3-3 tie in last period. Chicago Black Hawks split with Toronto 3-2, 4-7, routed Boston 6-0 to take over third place in National Hockey League as Detroit and Toronto moved into fourth-place deadlock, punchless Boston nose-dived into cellar.
Philadelphia had 8-game winning streak snapped by improving Minneapolis 99-94 but Warriors held first place in Eastern Division of National Basketball Association. New York split four games with Boston, Philadelphia and Syracuse, stayed close behind leaders. Minneapolis and Fort Wayne began to move up to challenge leading St. Louis in Western Division.
De Cardenas family (SI, Nov. 21) completely dominated Star world championships at Havana, placing one-two in unprecedented finish. Stumpy father Carlos (who rightfully calls Star sailing "an intellectual sport"), with Carlos Jr. as crew, failed to win single race but piled up 170 points with his Kurush V to edge husky No. 2 son Jorge, 21, aboard Kurush IV, by four points to take second world title.
APPOINTED—Duane Carter, 42-year-old driving veteran, competitor in eight Indianapolis 500 races; named director of racing for U.S. Auto Club, successor to AAA, which quits Jan. 1 as governing body for auto racing, at Indianapolis.
DIED—Louis Lachenal, 35, famed French mountain climber who accompanied Maurice Herzog to top of 26,502-foot Annapurna No. I in 1950; after fall into deep crevasse while skiing down slopes of Mont Blanc, at Chamonix, France.
DIED—Herman Steiner, 50, Hungarian-born U.S. Open chess champion in 1946, international star for 27 years; of heart attack, after competing in California state tournament, at Los Angeles.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Bobby Grim, Indianapolis, named 1955 speedway champion; DON WHITE. Keokuk, Iowa, late model stock car champion (for second time), by Intl. Motor Contest Assn., Chicago.
Donald Kriplen and Charles Rickert, Indianapolis, declared winner of 1,200-mile Great American Mountain endurance rally, in Porsche, with 257 penalty pts., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Al Andrews, 10-round decision over Jimmy Martinez, middleweights, Miami Beach. RAMON FUENTES, 10-round decision over Joe Miceli, welterweights, Los Angeles.
Duilio Loi, 15-round decision over Serafin Ferrer, to retain European lightweight title, Milan.
Cisco Andrade, 7-round TKO over Kenny Davis, lightweights, Hollywood, Calif.
Vassily Smyslov, Russia, intl. tournament, with 14½ pts., Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
Don Gagnon, Florida, Southeastern Conf. title, with 21:37.3 for 4.4 miles, Atlanta. Team co-champions: Auburn and Florida.
Dave Pikethly, VMI, Southern Conf. title, with 21:25 for 4.1 miles, Davidson, N.C.
Jim Beatty, N. Carolina. Atlantic Coast title, with 20:42.6 for 3.9 miles, Raleigh, N.C.
Ed Morton, Arkansas, Southwest Conf. title, with 15:01 for 3 miles, Austin, Tex. Team champion: Texas.
Chattanooga, over Fairless Hills. 12-0, Natl. Pop Warner Conference title, Fairless Hills, Pa.
Army 14—Navy 6
Cornell 39—Penn 7
Bost. C. 26—Holy Cross 7
Colgate 25—Brown 0
Howard 38—Lincoln 12
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Auburn 26—Alabama 0
Chatt. 25—Memph. St. 7
Ga. Tech. 21—Georgia 3
How. Payne 21—Ab. Ch. 6
LSU 13—Tulane 13
Mississippi 26—Miss. St. 0
Morgan St 32—Va. St. 19
Prairie V. 21—South'n 19
S. Carolina 21—Virginia 14
Tenn. 20—Vanderbilt 14
TCU 20—SMU 13
Va. Tech 39—VMI 13
Baylor 15—Rice 7
Clemson 40—Furman 20
Hampton 31—Va. Union 7
Len.-Rhyne 34—Catawba 7
Miami 7-Florida 6
Miss. S. 21—Fla. St. 6
Newberry 20—Presbyt. 18
Richmond 6—W & M 6
Sou. St. 12—Ark. A&M 7
Texas 21—Texas A&M 6
Tex.T. 16—Hard.-Sim. 14
W.Va. 27—N. Car. St. 7
Bradley 7—S. Illinois 7
Kearney 34—N. Teach. 13
Okla. 53—Okla. A&M 0
Dayton 19—Villanova 7
Miami (0.) 14—Cinn. 0
Wichita 54—Tulsa 0
Ariz. 7—Ariz. St. (T.) 6
Denver 6—Wyoming 3
S.Cal. 42—Notre Dame 20
Whittier 28—S.Diego St. 6
Colo. A&M 10—Colorado 0
N.Mex.21—Brig, Young 16
Utah 14—Utah St. 13
Whitworth 7—Idaho 6
Al Besselink, Cincinnati, over Don Fairfield, in sudden death playoff, W. Palm Beach, Fla. Open.
TIMES SQUARE: $75,000 American Pacing Classic (third heat), to tie with Hillsota for top prize money, Hollywood Pk., Calif. McKinley Kirk, driver.
SCOTT FROST: $75,000 American Trotting Classic (third heat), to win $31,841, Hollywood Pk., Calif. Joe O'Brien, driver.
BOBBY BROCATO: $16,775 San Francisco Handicap, 1/16 m., by 3 lengths, in 1:44 2/5, Tanforan, San Bruno, Calif. George Tanigucchi up.
Brown Univ., Midwest dinghy title, with 205 pts., Chicago.
Hakoah 4—Baltimore Rockets 1
Polish Falcons 3—Brooklyn Hispanos 1
Lusitano 3—Newark Portuguese 1
Uhrik Truckers 2—Brookhattan 0
Earl Buchholz, St. Louis, over Gerald Dubie, 6-3, 6-1, natl. indoor boys' singles title, St. Louis.
Ron Holmberg, Brooklyn, over Les Dodson, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, natl. indoor jr. singles title, St. Louis.
TRACK & FIELD
Rodolph Mendez, N.Y. Pioneer Club, 10-m. road race, in 52:24 (new record). Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Robert Milner, Syracuse Univ.. 5-m. road race, in 24:39 (new record), Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Browning Ross, Woodbury, N.J., 9 1/3-m. marathon, in 46:43, Berwick, Pa.
Daniel Clancy Jr., U.S. Military Academy, 10½-m. handicap race, in 1:42.35, New York.
Ivy League—Princeton (6-1-0)
Yankee—Rhode Island (4-0-1)
Southern—West Virginia (4-0-0)
Southwest—Texas Christian (5-1-0)
Border—Texas Tech (3-0-1)
Big Ten—Ohio State (6-0-0)
Mid-American—Miami (Ohio) (5-0-0)
Big Seven—Oklahoma (6-0-0)
Mo. Valley—Detroit and Wichita (3-1-0)
Rocky Mountain—Idaho State (6-0-0)
Skyline—Colorado A&M (6-1-0)
Pacific Coast—UCLA (6-0-0)
HOW THE PROFESSIONALS FARED LAST WEEK
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
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