Rocky Marciano faces a problem not unlike Alexander the Great's: no more heavyweight contenders much worth conquering at the moment. But look for a surge in the demand for a Marciano-Moore rematch in Miami in February.
Earl Blaik's Army football team opened the season by running up the day's biggest score (and the biggest Cadet point spree since Davis and Blanchard) while crushing Furman 81-0. Don Holleder, the converted All-America end, failed to receive any real test as a quarterback but can expect it against strong Penn State this week.
Max Hirsch, 74-year-old trainer for Bob Kleberg's King Ranch, gained a verdict over Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, 81-year-old trainer for Belair Stud, as High Gun, leading 3-year-old of 1954, gave Nashua, the current sophomore champion, five pounds and a sound licking in the rich and muddy Sysonby at Belmont.
Three Ball Clubs, already rebuilding for 1956, started at the top. Mrs. Grace Comiskey of the White Sox accepted the resignation of stormy General Manager Frank Lane, Horace Stoneham of the Giants did the same for even stormier Manager Leo Durocher, and Branch Rickey of the Pirates fired peaceful Manager Fred Haney on the last day of the season.
Willie Mays, whose batting average fell from first in the National League in 1954 to second in 1955 while his New York Giants were falling even farther, had further statistics to apply toward a raise in pay: most home runs in the majors (51), 127 runs batted in, 122 runs scored, 24 stolen bases, a .319 batting average.
The Denver Conference to discuss a national fitness program this week, which President Eisenhower was to have addressed, was postponed, possibly until this winter, after the President's heart attack.