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October 03, 1955

A Roundup Of The Week's News

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Performance leaders for the season: Batting— Al Kaline , Detroit, .340, Richie Ashburn , Philadelphia, .338; Home Runs— Willie Mays , New York Giants, 51, Mickey Mantle , New York Yankees, 37; Runs Batted In— Duke Snider , Brooklyn, 136, Jackie Jensen , Boston, and Ray Boone , Detroit, 116; Pitching— Don Newcombe , Brooklyn, 20-5, Tommy Byrne , New York Yankees, 15-6; Strikeouts— Herb Score , Cleveland, 244, Sam Jones, Chicago Cubs, 197.

Rocky Marciano , crude-swinging world heavyweight champion, came back from second-round knockdown (second of his unbeaten 49-fight career), smashed aging but willing Archie Moore with vicious punches, finally battered crafty light-heavyweight titleholder to canvas for good after 1:19 of ninth round before thrilled 61,574 in New York's Yankee Stadium (see page 36).

High Gun, King Ranch's big brown colt, was held off early pace by mud-spattered Bill Boland , made move at three-furlong pole, finally caught fast-moving Jet Action in final stride to win $106,700 Sysonby Stakes at Belmont Park, N.Y. Belair Stud's handsome Nashua, pitted against older horses for first time, finished third (see page 44).

Blue Choir, dark-brown son of Menetrier who won Foreign Bred Stakes week earlier, raced home 3� lengths ahead of Chevation in $104,600 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City.

Traffic Judge, with Eddie Arcaro up, bolted from fifth to first, sprinted to length-and-a-quarter victory in $30,800 Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park.

Doug Ford , 1955 PGA champion, tacked a 69 onto previous sub-par rounds of 70, 69, 68 to win the $43,000 Sponsors Golf Tournament at Newton, Mass. The Yonkers, N.Y. pro's 276 beat Art Wall of Pocono Manor, Pa. by a single stroke.

Tony Trabert , power-stroking U.S. men's champion, walloped Herbie Flam 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 for easy victory in Pacific Southwest Tennis Championships at Los Angeles. Trabert and Vic Seixas dropped men's doubles final to Australian Davis Cup Aces Lew Hoad, Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Pretty Beverly Baker Fleitz atoned for upset at Forest Hills by Barbara Breit, whipped Barbara easily 6-1, 6-4 for women's title

Quick Chief, frisky black beauty who cost potato farmer John Froelich of Brookville, N.Y. $5,500 two years ago, polished off Knight Chief and Dottie's Pick in straight heats under able drive by Veteran Billy Haughton to win $66,883 Little Brown Jug, and rating as top 3-year-old pacer of year at Delaware, Ohio.

Bob Sweikert , winner of Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day, set mark for 50-lap race on half-mile track with 17:22.15 at Salem, Ind. to win Joey James Memorial Race, clinch Midwest sprint championship.


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