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September 05, 1955

A Roundup Of The Week's News

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Carl (Bobo) Olson, bustling world middleweight champion, hardly looked like 4-1 favorite as young G.I. Joey Giambra tagged him with jarring left hooks in early rounds, but came back to score frequently with solid body punches, was voted unanimous 10-round decision (booed lustily by usually pro-Olson crowd) in nontitle bout at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Giambra "thought" he was ahead at finish, hoped his commanding general at Ft. Hood, Tex. saw fight on TV: "Maybe he'll make me a private first class for a reward."

Bob Baker , sharpshooting Pittsburgh heavyweight, was staggered by trimmed-down Rex Layne in fifth, recovered to counterpunch his way to split decision in 10-rounder at West Jordan, Utah.

Chuck Davey, welterweight darling of TV who was unbeaten in 39 bouts until exposed by Kid Gavilan in 1953, made first comeback start, looked no better while squeezing out dull 10-round split decision over Pat Manzi at Saginaw, Mich.


Pat Lesser, spectacled Brooklyn-born Seattle University senior, bounced back after bad eighth hole, displayed unerring putting accuracy on tricky Bermuda greens to score 7 and 6 win over Indianapolis schoolmarm Jane Nelson for U.S. women's amateur title at Charlotte, N.C. (see page 44).

Gene Littler , pint-sized Palm Springs, Calif. pro, finished in 272 tie with rallying Stan Leonard of Vancouver, got routine par five on first extra hole to win Labatt's Open and $4,280 at Montreal.


Sandy Douglass of Mentor, Ohio, who designed Thistle Class and built first boat, sailed his Paukie to victory in national championship on Lake St. Clair at Detroit. Other championships decided in busy week: Corny Shields Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y. took International 110 title with his Iris at Ocean City, N.J.; Jimmy Roosevelt of Oyster Bay, N.Y., grandson of President Teddy Roosevelt, skippered Old Crow to Raven Class crown at Put-in-Bay, Ohio; Hank Enos of Indian Harbor Yacht Club ( Greenwich, Conn.) took fourth place in final race, nosed out Dix Votell of Los Angeles Yacht Club by one point for International Luders 16 honors at Hamilton, Bermuda.

Willa McGuire of Winter Haven, Fla. placed first in slalom and tricks, second in jumping, won her eighth national women's water ski championship at Lakeland, Fla.

Bandleader Guy Lombardo's sleek blue-and-yellow-hulled Tempo VII, skillfully piloted by able Danny Foster , outdueled Lee Schoenith's powerful Gold Cup winner Gale V, with Bill Cantrell at wheel, in thrilling 15-mile final heat, boosted point total to 1,100 to win top prize in Silver Cup Regatta before estimated 100,000 who lined docile Detroit River. Victory gave Foster O.J. Mulford Memorial Silver Cup Trophy and national unlimited class championship.

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