This is an article from the Dec. 12, 1955 issue
•Ron Alsobrook,24-year-old University of Michigan freshman, streaked rarely swum 100-yardorthodox breaststroke in speedy 1:04.7 in preliminary of Michigan AAUchampionships at Ann Arbor (Dec. 3) to shatter existing American record of1:14.1 set by Corporal Fred McGuire of Third Army last year.
•West Side Beers,led by Dennis Wright's perfect 300 game (his fourth), rattled pins for twonational bowling marks in Uptown Three-Man Classic League at Milwaukee. WestSide's 755 topped previous high of 751 for single game while 2,078 for threegames (Dec. 1) surpassed own record made last month.
Ohio State'sbrilliant Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, winner of Heisman and Maxwell trophies asnation's outstanding college player, was picked for Associated PressAll-America backfield along with Jim Swink of Texas Christian, Earl Morrall ofMichigan State and Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma. The line: Ends Ron Beagle ofNavy and Howard Schnellenberger of Kentucky; Tackles Frank D'Agostino of Auburnand Paul Wiggin of Stanford; Guards James Brown of UCLA and Pasquale Biscegliaof Notre Dame; Center Bob Pellegrini of Maryland. Cassady, Swink, Beagle andPellegrini also were named on seven other All-Americas.
Duke,hard-pressed by underdog North Carolina, used second-quarter 35-yard touchdownrun by sophomore Oliver Rudy to hold off stubborn Tarheels 6-0 at Durham, N.C.,gained tie with unbeaten Maryland for Atlantic Coast championship.
Cleveland's oldpros Otto Graham and Lou Groza got whiff of playoff gold, were at their best asthey led Browns to 30-7 victory over Pittsburgh Steelers to clinch sixthstraight Eastern Conference crown in National Football League. Graham passedfor two touchdowns, scored one on plunge while sure-footed Groza kicked threefield goals, added as many conversions.
New York Giants,unleashing newly found offensive strength, hooked up in thriller withWashington, came from behind to win 27-20 on Ben Agajanian's 35-yard fieldgoal, Charlie Conerly's 27-yard scoring pass to Kyle Rote, knocked Redskins outof race.
Los Angeles Ramsbuilt up early lead on power running of Tank Younger and Ronnie Waller andaccurate passing of Norm Van Brocklin, held off rallying Baltimore Colts 20-14to maintain slender lead in Western Conference.
Chicago Bears,bouncing back from drubbing by Chicago Cardinals, scored on Ed Brown's 20-yardtoss to Harlon Hill in final minutes, caught improving Detroit Lions 21-20 toremain close behind Rams.
PhiladelphiaEagles throttled Chicago Cardinals 27-3 as Rookie Dick Bielski led attack withtouchdown, two field goals, three conversions; Green Bay Packers exploded forthree scores in second period, went on to trounce San Francisco 28-7.
San Francisco,top-ranked in nation last year, picked up where it left off, opened season infine style by running over Chico State 70-39 and whipping Southern California58-42 as fabulous Bill Russell controlled boards, scored 39 points to helpstretch Don streak to 28.
Kentucky hadtough time, finally squeezed past troublesome LSU 62-52 after Phil Grawemeyermade difference with three quick layups.
North CarolinaState, with big Ron Shavlik back, routed Florida State 88-63, walloped PennState 78-42, showed it will rank up with leaders.
La Salle, withoutgraduated Tom Gola and missing injured Bob Maples, got past Millersville 88-70but ran into strong Muhlenberg, bowed 69-58 to spoil new Coach Jim Pollard'sdebut.
Iowa, WestVirginia, Utah, Dayton, Holy Cross and George Washington were among otherexpected leaders who opened with victories.
PhiladelphiaWarriors split four games with St. Louis, New York and Rochester, continued attop of Eastern Division of NBA as contenders shifted positions. On-the-moveSyracuse took over runner-up spot after beating Minneapolis twice 114-103,102-96. Boston outran Syracuse and St. Louis before losing to Fort Wayne111-90, passed Knicks, hobbled by four-game losing streak, to take third.
St. Louis Hawks,despite high scoring of Bob Pettit, had so-so week, winning three and losingtwo, but held on to lead in Western Division. Rochester and Fort Wayne weretied for second while Minneapolis, unable to give big Clyde Lovellette helpinghand, plummeted into cellar.
Carmen Basilio,rocked by lethal punches in early rounds, craftily weathered storm, got his ownpower working in 12th, hammered worn-out Tony DeMarco unconscious to win byTKO, retained welterweight title before 13,373 who jampacked Boston Garden.Bandy-legged Basilio, bruised and battered but happy, said he would honorcontract to fight Johnny Saxton (who reportedly collected fat $12,500 fee forbeing bypassed) in February. In New York, Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfandturned thumbs down on proposed Basilio-Saxton bout in Syracuse so long asSaxton is managed by Blinky Palermo (see page 44).
Vince Martinez,artful welterweight contender, continued to campaign against pushovers, knockedout unknown Ernie Greer in three rounds at Spokane, listened to Basilio'sopinion of him ("Martinez is a creep. He can't fight a lick. I have noreason to fight him... although I'd flatten the guy in nothing"), grinnedand ventured that he expects to be fighting Basilio "soon."
Isaac Logart,fancy Cuban imitator of Kid Gavilan, showed willingness to fight but got littlecooperation from listless Virgil Akins, took 10-round decision in New York,also put in bid to face much-challenged Basilio.
Ewart Potgieter,hulking 330-pound South African Boer farmer with powderpuff punch, announcedretirement from ring, asking, "What's the good when I don't seem to be ableto hurt anybody?"
Joe Walker, NewJersey State Athletic Commissioner who last week was appointed chairman of NBAspecial committee to investigate alleged crime and corruption in boxing,resigned when Elizabeth (N.J.) Board of Recreation felt duties would interferewith his job as superintendent of recreation.
Montreal Canadiens, with Jean Beliveau, Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Bernie(Boom Boom) Geoffrion, off injured list, providing hot stickwork, swept pastBoston 2-1, Toronto 3-1, Chicago 5-1, held firm as National Hockey Leagueleader despite challenge of amazing New York Rangers, who rolled over Chicago6-1, 2-1, scored five times in last period to throttle Detroit 7-3, trailed bysix points. Boston, nonvictorious in 10 straight games and hooted by hometownfans, finally emerged from slump, shut out fading Toronto 5-0, to go intofifth-place tie with Maple Leafs. Chicago dropped three in row, shared thirdplace with rising Detroit.
Yogi Berra,hard-working catcher who helped New York Yankees win pennant with 108 RBIs, 27home runs, outranked Detroit's slugging young Al Kaline by 17 points, was votedAmerican League's Most Valuable Player for second straight season, third timein five years, by Baseball Writers Association. Elated Yogi received news withear-to-ear grin, enthused, "No matter how many times you win it, it's stilla thrill," eagerly looked forward to contract-talking time.
Brooklyn Dodgers,hoping to move out of antiquated Ebbets Field before too long, signed agreementto play seven National League games, one exhibition at Jersey City's RooseveltStadium next year.
Willie Hartack,pint-sized riding wizard, booted home Athena at Tropical Park to become secondjockey to win 400 races (the first: Willie Shoemaker with 485 in 1953), wasawarded gold cup and 10-day suspension (until Dec. 16) for allowing mount todrift out in race day earlier.
Trackmaster, whobroke 18-race losing streak two weeks ago, responded to vigorous ride byApprentice Don Lewis, stormed through mud to take $34,750 California Derby atTanforan, San Bruno, Calif.
Mrs. HirschJacobs' 3-year-old bay filly Searching eased into early lead, maintainedpressure under able ride by Conn McCreary to win by three lengths in $15,000Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico, Md.
Nashua, rumoredabout to be sold at auction along with late William Woodward Jr.'s Belair Stud,got nod from TRA as best 3-year-old colt, seemed almost certain to bedesignated American champion later in week. Other TRA champions: Nail,2-year-old colt; Nasrina, 2-year-old filly; Misty Morn, 3-year-old filly; HighGun, older horse; Parlo, filly and mare; Neji, steeplechase.
Tim Flock, youngest member of Atlanta's most distinguished auto-racing family,won 18 races with his 1955 Chrysler 300, set 22 speed records while earning$33,790 and 9,596 points, drove off with 1955 NASCAR title.
Oswald Jacoby, veteran Dallas strategist, and son James teamed up with TexansGeorge Heath, Ben Fain and P. H. Hodge to win 57½ matches, took openteam-of-four championship in American Contract Bridge League nationaltournament at Miami Beach.
Willie Mosconi, sharpshooting cuemaster, had his shots clicking, whipped IrvingCrane of Rochester, N.Y. 1500-676 to regain world pocket billiard championshipat Philadelphia. Mosconi immediately offered to defend crown against allcomers, tossed challenge at Harold Worst, world three-cushion titleholder.
Cork of Oakwood Lane, Dr. A. Harold Mork's 100-pound black Labrador, got everyduck and pheasant assigned to him in near-perfect trial on final day to run offwith National Retriever Championship Stake held on Conway ranch at Sacramento,Calif.
Hawaii's fast-moving Ford Konno dominated AAU All-America swimming team, wasnamed for five events (220-yard, 200-meter freestyle; 440-yard, 400-meterfreestyle; 800-meter relay). Other choices: Kerry Donovan, Hendrik Gideonse andDave Armstrong of Yale; John Glover of New York AC; George Breen of Cortland(N.Y.) State Teachers; Yoshi Oyakawa, Dick Cleveland, Bill Woolsey and GeorgeOnekea of Hawaii; Bob Mattson of North Carolina State; Bill Yorzyk of New HavenSwim Club; George Harrison of Berkeley (Calif.) City Club; Jerry Harrison andAl Wiggins of Ohio State; Gary Tobian of Los Angeles; Frank Brunell ofPhiladelphia; George Holtrey, Bill Shriner and Jerry Holtrey of Huntington(Ind.) YMCA; Reid Patterson of Georgia (honorable mention).
HONORED—Daniel J.Ferris, capable AAU secretary-treasurer since 1927, answer man of amateurathletics; named to Helms Hall of Fame "for noteworthy contributions tosports," at Los Angeles.
DIED—Auburn D.(Dan) Sowers, 60, founder of American Legion junior baseball program (in 1926),industrial lawyer, public relations specialist; after long illness, atFairmont, W. Va.
OTHER RESULTS FORTHE RECORD
Billy Myers,Winston-Salem, N.C., sportsman division.
Bill Widenhouse, Midland, N.C., modified division.
Fred Meeker, Norwalk, Conn. (Offenhauser-powered cars) and Roger Bailey,Patchogue, N.Y. (Ford-powered cars), midget division.
Harvard 62—Amherst 55
Hofstra 69—Princeton 60
Holy Cross 80—St. Ans. 55
LaSalle 88—Millersville 70
Muhlenb'g 88—Kutzt'n 53
Muhlenberg 69—LaSalle 58
Navy 90—Delaware 70
Niagara 72—Fordham 70
Pitt 75—Michigan 66
St. Jos. 89—Fordham 71
St. Jos. 84—Rh. Island 72
Seton Hall 93—Toronto 60
Seton H.70—Scranton 54
W.Va.92—Cam. Tech 79
Yale 96—Colby 74
Duke 97—Clemson 63
G.Wash. 101—Wake For.86
Kentucky 62—LSU 52
Maryland 67—Virginia 55
N.Carolina 73—Clemson 58
N.C.St. 88—Fla. St. 63
N.C.St. 76—Penn St. 42
Rice 82—Ab. Ch. 43
SMU 82—N.Texas 67
Tennessee 86—Georgia 67
Tenn. 77—Davidson 64
Texas 85—W.Texas 73
TCU 91—Austin 79
Texas Tech 94—St.Mich. 49
Texas Tech 76—TCU 64
Tulsa 53—Arkansas 45
Vanderb't 79—Tex.A&M 69
Dayton 75—Pepperdine 35
Dayton 87—G. Adolphus 61
Detroit 77—Notre Dame 71
Indiana 93—Ohio U. 74
Iowa 60—Nebraska 51
Marquette 88—St. Norb.43
Minnesota 82—DePaul 78
Missouri 71—S.Dak. 46
Ohio St. 73—Butler 51
Purdue 62—Missouri 58
St. Louis 98—La. Tech 81
Texas 59—Okla.A&M 56
Tulsa 48—Texas A&M 43
Brig. Young75—UCLA 58
Brig. Young 67—UCLA 65
Colo. 63—Ore. St. 53
Mont. St. 68—Wyoming 59
Mont. St. 66—Wyoming 57
Oregon 57—Oregon St. 46
San Fran. 70—ChicoSt. 39
San Fran. 58—S. Cal. 42
Stanford 72—Wash. 55
Stanford 73—Wash. 68
Dick Weber, St.Louis, Southern Match Game championship, with 172.09 Peterson pts., Nashville.(Midwest Women's Bowling Tournament, Omaha)
Emma Mullen, Kansas City, singles title, with 695. Clara Oberndorfer, KansasCity, all-events title, with 1,831.
Ann Rand, Des Moines, 600 Sweeper title, with 611.
Helen Pierson, Kansas City, and Dorothy Dean, Sioux Falls, S. Dak., doublestitle, with 1,198.
Donald Ducks, Des Moines, team title, with 2,878.
Rex Layne,10-round decision over Mike Hammer, heavyweights, Miami Beach.
Tony Johnson, 8-round TKO over Billy McNeece, light heavyweights, New York.
Artie Towne, over Yvon Durelle, by disqualification in 7th round, lightheavyweights, Nottingham.
Rory Calhoun, 9-round TKO over Charlie Salas, middleweights, Los Angeles.
Johnny Gonsalves, 10-round decision over Mickey Northrup, lightweights,Hollywood, Calif.
Willie Pep, 10-round decision over Pappy Gault, featherweights, Tampa, Fla.
Charles (Deacon)Jones, Iowa, NCAA individual title, with 19:57.4 for 4 miles, E. Lansing, Mich.Team champion: Michigan State.
Wes Santee, Quantico Marine Base, military cross country run, with 14:56.7 for3 miles, Ft. Meade, Md.
Ludlovian BruceOF Greenfair, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Quirk, Greenwich, Conn, andhandled by Lawrence R. MacQueen, Pottersville, N.J., English springer spanielnatl. title, Herrin, III.
San-Dwan Sam, owned by Mrs. De Lancey Nicoll Jr., Friday Harbor, Wash, andhandled by De Lancey Nicoll Jr., English springer spaniel natl. amateurshooting dog stake, Herrin.
Tighten Up, owned and handled by G. E. Oebhler, Springfield, III., all-agestakes, Moccasin Bend Field Trials, Chattanooga.
EAST and WEST,6-6 tie, Canadian pro all-star game, Toronto
Boll. AFB 23—Ft.Belvoir 7
Ft. Hood 31—Ft. Sill 20
Duke 6—N. Carolina 0
Houston 26—Wyoming 14
Grambling 28—Fla.A&M 21
Jacksonville St.12—R.I. 10
Fla. St. 26—Tampa 7
N. Tex. St. 7—Trinity 6
Mike Souchak, Grossinger, N.Y., $15,000 Havana invitational, with 273 for 72holes, Havana.
Brookhattan5—Baltimore Rockets 1
Uhrik Truckers 1—Lusitano 1
G. Diehl MateerJr., Philadelphia, over A. Carter Fergusson, 15-8, 15-7, 15-5, Gold Racquetsfinal, Cedarhurst, N.Y.
Dick Squires, Cleveland, over Joe Hahn, 6-15, 15-2, 15-14, 7-15, 15-10, ThistleClub international, Hamilton, Bermuda.
HOW THE PROFESSIONALS FARED LAST WEEK
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
3. New York
4. Chicago Cards
1. Los Angeles
2. Chicago Bears
3. Green Bay
5. San Francisco
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
2. New York
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
4. New York
1. St. Louis
2. Ft. Wayne