This is an article from the Jan. 2, 1956 issue
Silver City four-man team of Charles Bushnell, George Brunner, Charles Mallory and Al Zophy rattled pins for sensational 913 single game (without handicap) score to set national 1955 record for four-man teams, but lost 2-1 league match to opposing Tavern foursome at Oneida, N.Y. (Dec. 22).
Camathias Florian and Bula Maurice, daring Swiss motorcyclists, alternated in bouncing their 250-cc (Category B) German NSU with sidecar through dense fog and rain on dreary Montlhery track near Paris, roared to 16 world speed marks at distances from 10 to 1,000 kilometers (Dec. 20).
Dayton, using its tremendous height to good advantage, made week's biggest news, handing Utah first loss 77-73, trouncing host Kentucky 89-74 to capture Kentucky Invitational at Lexington and No. 2 spot in AP poll. Hard-driving Jim Paxson led attack against Utes with 35 points while Ray Dieringer scored 25 against Kentucky, handicapped by absence of Bob Burrow, who injured ankle in 72-65 first-round victory over Minnesota. Gophers went on to upset Utah 90-77 for third place.
North Carolina State, warming up for Dixie Classic, outraced touring Brigham Young 95-81, became first to beat Mormons. Rangy Ron Shavlik's tap-in shots, flashy Vic Molodet's speed accounted for 53 points, overshadowed tiny Terry Tebbs, who kept losers reasonably close with 26.
Wake Forest, aided by Little Jackie Murdock's accuracy from foul line, overpowered Mississippi State 95-68, moved neatly past Colgate 87-80 and Clemson 98-79 to win honors in Carousel tournament at Charlotte, N.C., then added 86-80 triumph over Brigham Young.
San Francisco, hailed by Duquesne's Dudey Moore as having best two teams in country ("one on the floor, one on the bench"), continued to roll merrily along, beating Wichita 75-65 and Loyola of New Orleans 61-43 to boost winning streak to 33 as All-America Bill Russell dominated boards and scoring.
Iowa State, knocked out of undefeated ranks by Denver 65-62, bounced back to give Vanderbilt same treatment in 87-86 game on Gary Thompson's 40 points.
Ohio State had easy time with Tulane 72-66, Washington 94-73. Amazing Robin Freemen, "held" to 21 points by Greenies, clicked for 34 against Huskies, brought seven-game total to 211.
Rice, showing signs of being best in Southwest, made it eight in row by beating Kansas 75-66, squeezing past Auburn 82-80 in double overtime.
Alabama and Manhattan came through with major upsets as Crimson Tide, with George Linn (26 points) and Dennis O'Shea (20 points) starring, halted Holy Cross 89-84 while Manhattan stopped George Washington 71-63 despite 34 points by ball-hawking Joe Holup. Unbeaten Oklahoma City had better luck, got by Auburn 76-58, TCU 64-54. Seton Hall bested Colby 61-54; Duke outshot Pitt 92-54; Temple beat Penn 93-72 in other top games.
Boston and Syracuse gained ground on front-running Philadelphia in Eastern Division of NBA, each winning twice while Warriors won only game against Rochester 96-92. Celtics, with magic-handed Bob Cousy showing way, staged last-quarter rallies to overhaul floundering Minneapolis 111-104, 115-112; Nationals, climbing slowly upward, beat New York 98-91, Rochester 111-96 for fourth straight, took over third place from slipping Knicks.
Ft. Wayne's third-period spurt, led by Corky Devlin and Odie Spears, carried Pistons to 92-87 victory over New York and into second place behind idle St. Louis in Western Division as Rochester dropped pair and Minneapolis continued in cellar.
Otto Graham, pro football's passmaster, playing second farewell season in row, put on spectacular show for playoff crowd of 87,695 at Los Angeles, completing 14 of 25 passes for 209 yards, including two for touchdowns, ran for two more to lead Cleveland Browns to 38-14 victory over Los Angeles Rams (see page 49) and National Football League title.
President Tony Morabito, who flatly asserted "Red will still be here" even if he doesn't win championship when he hired veteran Norman (Red) Strader to coach his San Francisco 49ers last December, changed his mind after poor 4-8 season, fired Strader, blaming it on "a case of incompatability."
Johnny Pont, onetime Miami of Ohio halfback whiz who couldn't make grade with pro Green Bay Packers because he was "too light," got pleasant pre-Christmas surprise, was promoted from freshman coach to succeed resigned Ara Parseghian (who moved to Northwestern) at alma mater.
Leslie Combs II, free-spending master of Spendthrift Farm, revealed identity of syndicate who chipped in record $1,251,200 to purchase Nashua from estate of late William Woodward Jr. The partners: John W. Hanes, finance committee chairman of Olin Mathiesen Chemical Corp., Jockey Club member, and Christopher J. Devine, Wall Street broker, who together with Combs own majority interest; Harry M. Warner, movie magnate, owner of California's W-L Ranch; Peter A. B. Widener III, grandson of late Joseph E. Widener, owner of Lexington's Elk Hill Farm; Robert W. McIlvain, retired oil executive, owner of Walmac Farm; Mereworth Farm, owned and operated by Mrs. Walter J. Salmon and Walter J. Salmon Jr. Nashua, who will race for Combs under lease from group, arrived at Hialeah, got warm welcome from Trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and movie-star treatment from city officials.
Combs, still feeling his oats over acquisition of Nashua, showed interest in forming syndicate to buy Swaps, said, "I'll start one real quick when I get to where I can buy him." Meanwhile, Mrs. Rex Ellsworth revealed she and her husband had turned down offer to join syndicate to purchase Nashua, explained in proud reference to Swap's sire, Khaled: "We think we have a better bloodline."
Willie Hartack, second jockey in history to ride 400 winners (the first: Willie Shoemaker with 485 in 1953), booted home four more at Tropical Park, Fla. to put 1955 leading total at safe 412, hung up silks for year and prepared to relax at favorite sport—water skiing at Cypress Gardens, Fla.
Willie Pastrano, getting buildup for possible heavyweight title shot, quick-stepped and jabbed in usual deft style, had little trouble beating washed-up and pudgy Rex Layne in gory 10-rounder at New Orleans.
Bobby Boyd, lanky Chicago middleweight, was troubled by stocky Italo Scortichini, whose turtlelike tactics often saw him crouching low enough to get head between Boyd's legs, but landed often enough to earn 10-round decision at St. Louis.
Tony Trabert, hitting fast and hard, came from behind to catch Pancho Gonzales 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 at San Francisco, then dropped two straight to veteran strokemaster at Oakland and Salt Lake City before overpowering Gonzales 6-4, 6-3 at Denver, still trailed 5-3 in cross-country pro tour.
Montreal, working its short-passing game to near-perfection, outskated Chicago 7-1 on rare double hat trick by Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, hustled past Detroit 4-2 but ran into unexpected resistance in New York when second-place Rangers surprised Canadiens and Christmas night crowd of 15,308 with 5-1 triumph in National Hockey League. Detroit beat Boston 3-2, tied Toronto 1-1 to hold third place as Black Hawks, beaten by Maple Leafs 5-2, came back to outscore last-place Boston 4-2.
TRACK & FIELD
Dave Stephens, little Australian distance star who uses his pretty wife Beverley as pacemaker in early-morning wind sprints, stepped smartly through rain in 13:37.6 for 3 miles to upset Hungary's famed Sandor Iharos for second time in five days at Melbourne. Iharos, later found to be suffering pulled tendon and misplaced anklebone, was ordered to rest for three months.
U.S. stars Parry O'Brien, Lon Spurrier and Bobby Morrow, in New Zealand on good-will tour, easily outdistanced local talent, treated fans to sample of what to expect in Olympic Games. In meet at Christchurch, strongboy O'Brien, who has consistently surpassed New Zealand shot-put record, spiraled discus 151 feet 7 inches while Spurrier battled grass track and stiff breeze for 1:51.2 half-mile. Sprinter Morrow had little trouble in 100-yard dash, winning in 0:09.8.
Verne Goodwin, slick-skiing former U.S. Olympian from Pittsfield, Mass. now a student at Cambridge, skidded down trails at Sestiere, Italy to win giant and special slalom events, helped teammates beat Oxford in annual meet. Next day Goodwin again captured same events but combined Oxford-Cambridge squad lost challenge match to skilled skiers from Bologna University.
England's pro soccer players, who perform before TV cameras almost weekly, concluded they are no different from actors, refused to play in future televised matches unless they get extra fees from BBC.
Real Madrid put together fantastic speed and pinpoint marksmanship to overwhelm Partizan of Belgrade 4-0 in first round of quarter finals for European Cup before 130,000 who jammed way into Chamartin Stadium at Madrid.
Billy Haughton, able young horseman from Massapequa, N.Y., set alltime records again, pushing his trotters and pacers to $599,445 in earnings and 168 winning races to rank as U.S. harness racing's No. 1 driver.
HONORED—Sandor Iharos, skinny record-breaking Hungarian track star; named Athlete of the Year, in worldwide 21-country poll by German sports weekly Internationale Sport-Korrespondenz. Runners-up: Roger Moens of Belgium; Paul Anderson of U.S.; Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina; Louison Bobet of France; Tony Trabert of U.S.; Rocky Marciano of U.S.; Vladimir Kuts of Russia; Rafer Johnson of U.S.; Michael Krivonosov of Russia (for SI's Sportsman of the Year, see page 18).
MARRIED—Joe Louis, 41, portly former heavyweight champion; and Rose Morgan, 42, wealthy divorcee, cosmetics manufacturer known to friends as "Helena Rubenstein of Harlem"; he for third time (twice to Marva Trotter); she for second time; on Christmas Day, in New York.
MARRIED—Enos (Country) Slaughter, 39, hustling veteran major league outfielder with Kansas City; and Helen Spiker, 25, airline stewardess, voted "most beautiful girl in government" when she worked in Washington in 1951; he for fifth time; she for first time; at Cumberland, Md.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Ezzard Charles, 10-round split decision over Bob Albright, heavyweights, San Francisco.
Julio Carreras, 12-round decision over Luis Rendon, for Cuban light heavyweight title, Havana.
Al Andrews, 10-round decision over Luther Rawlings, middleweights, Miami Beach.
Charley Joseph, 10-round decision over Sammy Walker, middleweights, Holyoke, Mass.
Gene Poirier and Carmine Fiore, 10-round draw, welterweights, New York.
Frankie Ryff, 10-round decision over Baby Vasquez, lightweights, New York.
Reuben Smith, 8-round TKO over Cleo Lane, featherweights, Los Angeles.
Henry (Pappy) Gault, 15-round decision over Johnny O'Brien, for U.S. bantamweight title, Spartanburg, S.C.
Kevin James, 10-round decision over Bobby Sinn, for Australian bantamweight title, Sydney.
Hitoshi Misako, 10-round decision over Takeshi Yamaguchi, for Japanese flyweight title, Tokyo.
Natl. Hockey League
(American Hockey League)
Providence 4—Cleveland 3
Buffalo 4—Pittsburgh 2
Hershey 7—Springfield 3
Alan Ameche, Baltimore Colts, picked as National Football League's pro Rookie of Year, New York.
Don Holleder, Army quarterback, voted Nils V. (Swede) Nelson Sportsmanship Award, Boston.
Carmen Basilio, world welterweight champion, named November winner in Professional Athlete of the Year poll, New York.
Masaru Furukawa, record-breaking swimmer, named Japan's outstanding athlete of 1955, Tokyo.
Normie Kwong, Edmonton Eskimos fullback, voted Canada's outstanding male athlete of year, Edmonton.
H. B. chief, owned by Roland Lacroix, voted Canada's Harness Horse of the Year, in poll conducted by Canadian Sportsman.
Decathlon: $8,375 Dade County Handicap, 6 f., by 4 lengths, in 1:10 3/5, Tropical Pk., Fla. Gene Martin up.
Judy Darling: $3,000 Yuletide Purse, 6 f., by 3 lengths, in 1:11 4/5, Fairgrounds, New Orleans. Lorrett Breaux up.
(Natl. Challenge Cup)
Brookhattan-Galicia 6—Danish A.C. 0
Ben Heckscher, Harvard, over Oliver Stafford, 15-11, 17-14, 15-11, invitation intercollegiate tournament, University Club, New York.
Victor Elmaleh, New York, over James Prigoff, 15-13, 15-11, 16-15, Natl. Squash Tennis Assn. fall handicap tournament, City AC, New York.
Toshiaki Tanaka won Japanese men's student championship, Osaka
Budge Patty, Los Angeles, over Pierre Darmon, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, Intl. tournament, Tunis.
Milan Branovich, Czechoslovakia, over Juan Manuel Couder, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, men's singles title, Christmas tournament, Barcelona, Spain.
Edda Buding, Argentina, over Alicia Uri, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, women's singles title, Christmas tournament, Barcelona.
(All-American tournament, Cypress Gardens, Fla.)
Paul Smith, Winter Haven, Fla., men's overall title.
Connie Der, Univ. of Florida, girls' overall title.
Dick Pope Jr., Cypress Gardens, men's slalom title.
Al Crockett, Jacksonville Navy Base, men's tricks title.
Bob Clark, Winter Haven, men's jumping title.
Henry Holmes, W. Palm Beach, veterans' title.
RESULTS OF 100 LEADING COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES
Alabama 89—Holy Cross 84
Connecticut 90—NYU 82
Duke 92—Pitt 54
Duquesne 71—Loy. (L.A.) 55
Fordham 94—Rutgers 54
Manhattan 71—G. Wash. 63
Manhattan 85—Conn. 82
St. Jos. 83—Albright 81
Seton Hall 61—Colby 54
Temple 93—Penn 72
SOUTH &, SOUTHWEST
Akron 95—Ball St. 83
Akron 67—Iona 54
Boston U. 87—Davidson 69
Clemson 94—Fla. State 76
Clemson 89—Tenn. 86
Colgate 87—Tenn. 83
Colgate 86—Davidson 51
Dayton 89—Kentucky 74
Dayton 77—Utah 73
Florida 74—Miami (Fla.) 69
Fla. St. 86—Boston U. 52
Houston 86—Kan. St. 79
Kentucky 72—Minn. 65
Loy. (N.O.) 71—Brad. 65
Memp. St. 98—Ariz. 92
Memph. St. 98—Tex. W. 70
Miami (Fla.) 80—Bradley 73
Minn. 90—Utah 77
Mt. St. Mary's 78—Wab. 75
Miss. St. 79—Fla. St. 71
Miss. St. 89—Davidson 82
N.C. St. 95—Brig. Young 81
Ohio St. 72—Tulane 66
Okla. City 64—TCU 54
Okla. City 76—Auburn 58
Quantico 109—LeMoyne 86
Quant. 100—Mt. St. Mary's 71
Quantico 94—Akron 74
Rice 82—Auburn 80
Rice 75—Kansas 66
San Fran. 61—Loy. (N.O.) 43
Tenn. 80—Boston U. 77
Tulane 91—Wash. St. 52
Tulsa 64—Baylor 59
Vanderbilt 85—Ga. 61
Wake For. 98—Clemson 79
Wake For. 87—Colgate 80
Wake For. 86—B. Young 80
Wake For. 95—Miss. St. 68
W.Va. 89—Richmond 74
Cincinnati—87 DePauw 58
DePaul 84—Wayland 56
Detroit 109—Bald.-Wal. 85
Illinois 97—DePaul 79
Illinois 82—Okla. 58
Indiana 82—Drake 79
Indiana 80—Cincinnati 61
Iowa St. 87—Vanderbilt 76
Kansas 62—SMU 58
Louisville 84—Marquette 68
Mich. St. 84—Notre Dame 78
Mich. St. 72—Wyoming 62
Missouri 81—Idaho 57
Ohio St. 94—Wash. 73
Okla. A&M 70—Baylor 51
Okla. A&M 67—Okla. 66
Okla. City 76—Auburn 58
Purdue 67—Butler 59
St. Louis 85—Wash. 77
San Fran. 75—Wichita 65
SMU 85—Wichita 67
Vanderbilt 66—Nebraska 48
Wash. (St. L.) 75—Idaho 62
Wash. (St. L.) 55—Cornell 50
Wichita 79—TCU 69
Wisconsin 71—Nebraska 52
Calif. 64—Ariz. St. 59
Calif. 84—Arizona 74
Calif. 78—Dartmouth 59
Colo. A&M 60—Colo. 58
Colo. St. 86—Wayne 61
Colo. St. 67—Wayne 56
Dartmouth 61—USC 57
Denver 65—Iowa St. 62
Iowa St. 72—Colo. A&M 60
Michigan 81—Oregon 71
Montana 60—Whitworth 46
Montana 85—Gonzaga 69
Mont. St. 85—Utah St. 81
Oregon 85—N'western 81
Oregon St. 84—Michigan 71
Oregon St. 63—N'western 61
St. Mary's 70—Portland 68
Seattle 84—St. Mary's 69
Seattle 73—St. Mary's 54
S. Cal. 68—Dartmouth 50
S. Cal. 64—Santa Clara 49
Stanford 62—Santa Clara 55
Stanford 56—Dartmouth 55
Utah St. 64—Mont. St. 59
BASKETBALL'S TOP TEN
1—San Francisco (96)
3—North Carolina State (14)
4—North Carolina (4)
10—Oklahoma City (8)
RUNNERS-UP: 11, Louisville (3) 238; 12, George Washington 216; 13, Kentucky 196; 14, Holy Cross 177; 15, Ohio State 160.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
4. New York
1. St. Louis
2. Ft. Wayne
2. New York