This is an article from the Dec. 26, 1955 issue
San Francisco headed east, stopped off in Chicago to beat Marquette 65-58, De Paul 82-59, took honors in De Paul Invitational. Big (6 feet 10 inches) Bill Russell, held to one field goal in first half by Marquette's smaller (6 feet 9 inches) Terry Rand, found range in second half, finished with 16 points. Russell concentrated on defense, helped Dons get by De Paul in final to stretch winning streak to 31. Duquesne had rough time, was upset by De Paul 68-64, then lost to Marquette 83-59 in consolation game when Rand scored 43 points.
Texas knocked two teams from unbeaten ranks, defeating Auburn 83-76, Mississippi 86-72 to win Blue-Gray Tournament at Montgomery, Ala.
North Carolina State continued high-scoring pace, beat Clemson 100-83, South Carolina 90-66, West Virginia 92-71 for 19th straight.
North Carolina used shifting defense and sharpshooting of The Bronx's Lennie Rosenbluth to hand Alabama first loss 99-77, outscored stubborn Maryland 68-62.
George Washington made bid for higher ranking, scored over West Virginia 94-79 (despite 40 points by Hot Rod Hundley), Washington and Lee 86-70, VMI 106-54 as able Joe Holup showed way.
Kentucky bounced back from Temple loss but was hard-pressed to beat De Paul 71-69 and Maryland 62-61 before Bob Burrow led Wildcats to easy 91-49 win over Idaho.
Utah's Art Bunte was at his best, led third-ranked Utes to victories over Idaho State 69-53, Washington State 91-56.
Ohio State's Robin Freeman ran his five-game total to 186 points with 40 as Buckeyes beat Oklahoma 89-68, 39 more in 89-83 triumph which ended St. Louis' unbeaten record.
Bob Hopkins, gangling 6-foot-9 Grambling (La.) center (first college player to score 3,000 points), added 42 against Tuskegee to run total to 3,142.
Holy Cross, Dayton, Brigham Young continued unbeaten while The Citadel snapped 28-game losing streak, defeating Charleston 56-52. (For other basketball news, see page 46).
St. Louis won two of three games with Rochester, 100-97, 86-85 on clutch shooting of Jack Stephens, consistent accuracy of Bob Pettit to regain lead in Western Division of NBA. Minneapolis won three straight, including 135-133 triple overtime decision over Syracuse to help set new league scoring record of 268 points, before losing to Fort Wayne 96-86.
Philadelphia squeaked past Boston 109-108 on Substitute Larry Hennessy's late set shot, outscored Fort Wayne 80-73, lost to Syracuse 99-79 but increased Eastern Division lead to two and a half games over second-place New York, who beat Minneapolis and Fort Wayne, lost twice to Boston.
Sandy Saddler cut up outclassed Dave Gallardo around nose, mouth and eyes, floored him with wicked left hooks in third and sixth, won by TKO when opponent failed to answer bell for seventh round in nontitle bout at San Francisco.
Ludwig Lightburn had trouble finding switch-hitting Lightweight Ralph Dupas, who cleverly flicked, danced, jabbed with both hands, but landed on target often enough to win 10-rounder in New York.
Mrs. Elaine Flores, wife of Welterweight George Flores who died in 1951 after Madison Square Garden bout, was awarded $80,000 by New York State Court of Claims, which held five athletic commission physicians were negligent in permitting boxer to fight too soon after previous knockouts. Still pending: $500,000 suit against Madison Square Garden Corp. and IBC.
Northwestern, seeking way out of Big Ten cellar, pinned hopes on 32-year-old Ara Parseghian, onetime Cleveland Browns halfback who had unbeaten team at Miami of Ohio, signed him to 3-year contract. Other coaching changes: George Barclay' fired by North Carolina after 11-18-1 record in three years; Jim Trimble, dismissed by Philadelphia Eagles after first losing season in four years.
Tony Trabert, named No. 1 singles amateur and first-ranked in doubles (along with Vic Seixas) for 1955 by USLTA (No. 1 women's doubles team: Louise Brough and Mrs. Margaret O. DuPont), achieved first pro success, put pressure on Pancho Gonzales for 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory at Los Angeles. Next night Gonzales came back from first-set deficit, put together big serve and accurate forehand to win 6-8, 6-4, 6-4, brought tour score to 3-1.
Nashua, handsome Belair Stud 3-year-old whose racing fate was left in doubt after death of Owner William Woodward Jr., went to Leslie Combs II (leader of 5-man syndicate) of Kentucky's Spendthrift Farm for $1,251,200—largest price ever for Thoroughbred—in sealed bidding in New York. Combs announced Nashua will continue to be trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, who plans to run colt at Hialeah in February (see page 30).
Bobby Brocato, taken to front at start by Jockey George Taniguchi, ran away from field, won by 4½ lengths although eased up at wire in $35,000 Tanforan Handicap at San Bruno, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD
Dave Stephens, promising Aussie, surprised touring Hungarian record breakers Laszlo Tabori and Sandor Iharos, took 5,000-meter run in good 14:07.2 at Melbourne three days after slender Iharos outran Tabori by inches to win 2-mile race in 8:47.4 for new Australian record. Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi had better luck, winning half-mile and 1,500-meter events.
Herb Score (SI Cover, May 30), fastballing Cleveland Indians right-hander who struck out 245 for first-year major league record, was appropriately named American League Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association, who had earlier picked St. Louis Cardinals' distance-hitting Bill Virdon for National League honors.
Detroit, on move after slow start, blanked Toronto 4-0, cooled off streaking Montreal 2-0 for rookie Goalie Glen Hall's second and third shutouts. Earlier, league-leading Canadiens beat New York 2-0, then lost able Goalie Jacques Plante, who suffered broken nose in practice session, but called up minor leaguer Bob Perreault in time to stop Chicago 5-0. Slumping second-place Rangers, seeking cure after losing four in row, brought in three players from minors, halted skid by outroughing Toronto 4-1, trailed by 12 points in NHL.
Horst Fritsche, East German swim star, sped 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.2, bettered existing world record for event for second time in two days.
Scott Frost, potato farmer Sol Camp's swift standardbred who took every major 3-year-old trotting stake to earn $186,101, was solid choice of U.S. Trotting Association poll for Harness Horse of the Year.
Casey Tibbs, colorful young (25) bronc peeler who announced intention to retire from fulltime competition, went out in fine style, became world's all-round cowboy champion by piling up 42,064 points but lost his saddle bronc title to Deb Copenhaver, hard-riding Post Falls, Idaho buster.
Bill Lillard, slim 28-year-old transplanted Texan, held firm in exciting final match with Joe Wilman, barely beat veteran by eight pins for men's title in national All-Star tournament at Chicago. Anita Cantaline of Detroit outrolled rallying Doris Porter to take women's crown (see page 47).
HONORED—Johnny Podres, Brooklyn Dodgers' pitching hero of World Series; named King of Winter, for Lake Placid (N.Y.) winter sports season.
HONORED—J. B. (Ears) Whitworth, whose Alabama team lost 10 straight games this year, got unusual treatment from students, was gifted with plaque inscribed as follows: "The SGA [Student Government Association] honors the 1955 Crimson Tide and Coach J. B. Whitworth. Ten times defeated, they never lost the will to win. They personified the true 'Bama spirit."
DIED—Henry A. Kean, 61, retired Tennessee A&I State University football coach, 5-time winner of Negro national championship with Kentucky State (1934, 1937) and Tennessee A&I (1946, 1947, 1954); of heart attack, at Nashville.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Rosendo Bos Santos, Venezuela, 159.67-m. Barranquilla-to-Cartagena race, in Ferrari, in 1:32, with avg. speed of 104.32 mph, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Japan, Asian championship, with 6-0 record, Manila.
Joe Rowan, 8-round decision over Zack Hobbs, heavyweights, Trenton, N.J.
Gil Turner, 10-round decision over Jackie LaBua, middleweights, Syracuse, N.Y.
Del Flanagan, 10-round decision over Jimmy Martinez, middleweights, St. Paul, Minn.
Art Aragon, 10-round decision over Don Jordan, welterweights, Los Angeles.
Miguel Diaz, 10-round decision over Danny Giovanelli, welterweights, Miami Beach.
L. C. Morgan, 10-round decision over Glen Flanagan, lightweights, Troy, Ohio.
Johnny Gonsalves, 10-round decision over Henry Davis, lightweights, Sacramento, Calif.
Paolo Rosi, 10-round decision over Lulu Perez, lightweights, New York.
Bobby Courchesne, 10-round decision over Leroy Jones, featherweights, Holyoke, Mass.
Nicholas Ludington, Harvard, over James Bostwick, 6-3, 6-3, U.S. Court Tennis Assn. jr singles handicap tournament, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
Ch. Travella superman of Harham (wire fox terrier), owned by Mrs. Harold Florsheim, Chicago, best-in-show, Worcester, Mass.
Ch. Wilber White swan (toy poodle), owned by Bertha Smith, Bethpage, L.I., best-in-show, Philadelphia.
St. Paul's, Concord, N.H., over Taft, 4-1, Lawrenceville School invitation tournament, Princeton, N.J.
Fort Ord Warriors, over Pensacola NAS, 35-13, Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, Calif.
Fort Hood Tankers, over Little Creek (Va.) Navy Gators, 33-13, Shrimp Bowl, Galveston, Texas.
Army All-Stars, over Marines, 20-6, Tori Bowl, Tokyo.
U.S. Far East Air Forces, over Navy, 21-0, Sukiyaki Bowl, Tokyo.
Al Balding, Toronto, $15,000 Sanford Open, with 269 for 72 holes, Sanford, Fla.
Jerry Barber, Los Angeles, $5,000 Montebello Open, with 205 for 54 holes, Montebello, Calif.
SWITCH ON: $8,725 Coral Gables Handicap, 6 f., by 2½ lengths, in 1:10 2/5, Tropical Park, Fla. Bobby Ussery up.
(Rodeo Cowboys' Assn. 1955 champions)
Dean Oliver, Boise, Idaho, calf roping, with 19,963 pts.
Eddy Akridge, Hesperia, Calif., bareback, with 18,213 pts.
Benny Combs, Checotah, Okla., steer wrestling, with 13,742 pts.
Jim Shoulders, Henryetta, Okla., bull riding, with 23,073 pts.
Vern Castro, Livermore, Calif., team roping, with 6,227 pts.
Shoat Webster, Lenapah, Okla., steer roping, with 5,163 pts.
(Natl. Challenge Cup)
Baltimore Rockets 5—Spike Soccer Club 1
Elizabeth Falcons 7—Paterson Dovers 1
Lusitano 3—Braga Soccer Club 1
N.Y. Americans 2—Malta United 0
Philadelphia Uhrik Truckers 9—Phoenix First German 3
Segura 4—Brooklyn Hispanos 3
Jacques Charland, Three Rivers Ski Club, Quebec, Torger Tokle Memorial, with 223.7 pts.; Met. ski jumping championship, with 222.7 pts., Bear Mountain, N.Y.
Byron Dickenson, Seattle, 2-m. Sir Arnold Lunn Downhill race, in 3:58.6, Mt. Hood, Oregon.
Sven Davidson, Sweden, over Kurt Nielsen, 6-4, 6-1, 15-17, 6-4, All-India men's singles, New Delhi.
Althea Gibson, New York, over Saichiko Kamo, 6-2, 6-2, All-India women's singles, New Delhi.
TRACK & FIELD
Wes Santee, U.S. Marines, Met. AAU handicap 1-mile race in 4:10.2, New York.
RESULTS OF 100 LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Canisius 106—Richmond 79
Colgate 67—Columbia 66
Columbia 76—Army 60
Conn. 71—St. Jos. 66
Duke 98—Penn 80
Duke 86—Villanova 76
Duquesne 63—St. Fr. (Pa.) 48
Holy Cross 85—NYU 50
H.C. 85—St. Mich. (Vt.) 65
La Salle 95—Lafayette 81
Mich. St. 82—Pitt 81
Niagara 66—Loyola (Md.) 56
Penn St. 83—Colgate 75
Penn St. 102—Rutgers 78
St. Bon. 66—Fordham 55
St. John's 87—Alabama 79
St. Jos. 83—Villanova 70
Seton H. 79—Albright 68
Syracuse 84—Niagara 71
Syracuse 68—Brown 49
Temple 72—Gettysburg 53
Temple 83—Princeton 80
Tufts 84—Harvard 76
Yale 86—Navy 85
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Ark. St. 76—Miss. St. 61
Clemson 75—Virginia 73
E. Ky. 93—Auburn 71
Furman 90—Citadel 61
Furman 105—Wofford 66
G. Wash. 94—W. Va. 79
G. Wash. 106—VMI 54
G. Wash. 86—Wash. & Lee 70
Ga. Tech 75—Georgia 62
Houston 78—Texas A&M 44
Houston 86—Detroit 84
Houston 89—Detroit 76
Kentucky 91—Idaho 49
Kentucky 71—De Paul 69
Kentucky 62—Maryland 61
Ky. Wes. 72—TCU 62
Ky. Wes. 73—New Mex. 69
Miss. 95—Ark St. 79
Miss. 95—E. Ky. 92
N. Carolina 68—Maryland 62
N. Carolina 99—Alabama 77
N.C. St. 90—S. Carolina 66
N.C. St. 92—W. Virginia 71
N.C. St. 100—Clemson 83
Okla. A&M 85—Baylor 48
Rice 85—LSU 60
S. Carolina 70—Virginia 69
SMU 81—Kansas 61
Texas 86—Miss. 72
Texas 83—Auburn 76
Texas A&M 85—Tulane 66
Tulane 69—Springfield 61
Wake For. 82—Virginia 69
Bradley 73—Canisius 66
Bradley 93—La Salle 78
Butler 63—Michigan 57
Dayton 66—Cincinnati 57
Dayton 93—Idaho 56
De Paul 68—Duquesne 64
Ill. 103—Notre Dame 93
Ill. 75—Wash. (St. L.) 74
Indiana 81—Missouri 78
Iowa 84—Loyola (L.A.) 61
Kan. St. 74—Wash. 69
Kan. St. 92—Loyola (L.A.) 66
Marquette 83—Duquesne 59
Marquette 71—Miami (O.) 65
Mich. St. 99—S. Ill. 71
Minn. 83—Notre Dame 75
Nebraska 71—UCLA 65
Ohio St. 89—St. Louis 83
Ohio St. 89—Oklahoma 68
Oklahoma 69—Arkansas 59
Okla. A&M 68—Wyoming 45
Okla. City 92—W. Ky. 87
Okla. City 65—Wyoming 59
Purdue 69—Loyola (Chi.) 68
Purdue 79—Valparaiso 65
San Fran. 65—Marquette 58
San Fran. 82—DePaul 59
St. Louis 86—Indiana 75
SMU 75—Wisconsin 62
Tulsa 67—W. Ky. 56
Tulsa 73—TCU 38
Wash (St. L.) 68—Canisius 63
Wichita 71—Nebraska 46Wichita 76-UCLA 68
Brig. Young 84—Colo. 53
Brig. Young 70—Colo. 53
Calif. 59—Santa Clara 51
Calif. 70—Col. Pac. 57
Colorado 60—Iowa 57
Denver 81—Col. Mines 57
Montana 73—Wash. St. 54
Utah 69—Idaho St. 53
Utah 91—Wash. St. 56
U.S. LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION TENTATIVE RANKINGS FOR 1955
1. Tony Trabert, Cincinnati
2. Vic Seixas, Philadelphia
3. Art Larsen, San Leandro, Calif.
4. Bernard Bartzen, Dallas
5. Eddie Moylan, Trenton, N.J.
6. Gil Shea, Los Angeles
7. Ham Richardson, Westfield, N.J.
8. Herb Flam, Beverly Hills
9. Sammy Giammalva, Houston
10. Tom Brown Jr., San Francisco
WOMEN'S SENIORS' SINGLES
1. Mrs. Richard A. Buck, Manchester, Mass.
2. Mrs. Q. A. Shaw McKean, South Hamilton, Mass.
3. Mrs. Gracyn W. Kelleher, Beverly Hills
4. Mrs. Estelle Kristenson, Northridge, Calif.
5. Mrs. Roxie Turpin, Encino, Calif.
6. Mrs. Harry Hoffmann, Philadelphia
7. Miss Molly Yeaton, Worcester, Mass.
1. Doris Hart, Coral Gables, Fla.
2. Shirley Fry, St. Petersburg, Fla.
3. Louise Brough, Beverly Hills
4. Dorothy H. Knode, Forest Hills, N.Y.
5. Beverly B. Fleitz, Long Beach, Calif.
6. Barbara S. Davidson, Milwaukee
7. Barbara N. Breit, N. Hollywood, Calif.
8. Althea Gibson, New York
9. Darlene R. Hard, Montebello, Calif.
10. Dorothy B. Cheney, Santa Monica, Calif.
1. Arthur Andrews, Iowa City
2. Mike Green, Miami Beach
3. Crawford Henry, Atlanta
4. C. Maxwell Brown Jr., Louisville
5. Ronald Holmberg, Brooklyn, N.Y.
6. Norman Perry, W. Los Angeles
7. Gregory Grant, San Marino, Calif.
8. Earl Baumgardner, Oakland, Calif.
9. Roger S. Werksman, Los Angeles
10. Donald Dell, Bethesda, Md.
MEN'S SENIORS' SINGLES
1. R. Philip Hanna, Jackson Heights, N.Y.
2. Edgar D. Yeomans, Los Angeles
3. David L. Freed, Salt Lake City
4. Bryan M. Grant Jr., Atlanta
5. Jack A. Staton, St. Petersburg, Fla.
6. Leonard Prosser, Mission, Kans.
7. William A. Maxwell, Bakersfield, Calif.
8. John E. Sisson, San Marino, Calif.
9. John E. Woodall, Los Angeles
10. Edward G. Tarangioli, Yonkers, N.Y.
1. Barbara N. Breit, N. Hollywood, Calif.
2. Mary Ann Mitchell, San Leandro, Calif.
3. Patricia Naud, San Mateo, Calif.
4. Diane M. Wootton, Santa Barbara, Calif.
5. Mardel Railey, Fresno, Calif.
6. Audrey Arnold, Redwood City, Calif.
7. Linda Vail, Oakland, Calif.
8. Donna Floyd, Arlington, Va.
9. Sally M. Moore, Bakersfield, Calif.
10. Patricia Shaffer, St. Petersburg, Fla.
FATHER AND SON DOUBLES
1. Dr. J. A. Crane and Michael, Berkeley, Calif.
2 Harry Hoffmann and Harry Jr., Philadelphia
3. Capt. James A. Farrin and James S., Washington, D.C.
4. Karl Kamrath and Karl Jr., Houston
5. Clarence E. Sledge and Clarence E. Jr., Dallas
6. J. Bushnell Richardson Jr. and Thomas, Longmeadow, Mass.
7. Robert S. Dowditch and Robert Jr., Worcester, Mass.
8. J. Edward Meyer Jr., and J. Edward Ill, Glen Head, N.Y.
9. Harrison F. Rowbotham and Harrison Jr., Waban, Mass.
10. Everett M. Hicks and Donald, Worcester, Mass.
Natl. Hockey League
2. New York
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
2. New York
1. St. Louis
3. Ft. Wayne