This Day In Red Wings History: Wings come from behind to win Governors’ Cup


The Rochester Red Wings completed their sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs on this day in 1955, winning 11-10 in a come-from-behind victory to clinch the Governors’ Cup in front of 11,364 fans. Vern Benson’s 11th inning single into right-center field sent Jackie Brandt scrambling home and ended the series 4-0.

Allie Clark, Jay Van Noy, Stan Jok and Benson led a late offensive rally, each tallying an RBI in the seventh inning to tie the game 10-10. The game remained locked up for three innings until Benson’s bat sent Brandt flying.

The Wings trailed 10-6 heading into the seventh, barely keeping pace with Toronto thanks to home runs from Brandt, Ebba St. Claire, Clark, and Van Noy, and RBI singles from St. Claire and Howie Phillips.

Phillips, Brandt (3), Cunningham, Clark, Blaylock, Benson, Van Noy (2), and St. Claire scored runs for Rochester. Tony Jacobs earned the win, striking out one Maple Leaf, walking another, and allowing no runs.

Mike Goliat’s three-run double in the first inning and Archie Wilson’s three-run homer in the fourth kept Toronto ahead of the Wings for most of the game. Babe, Rodriguez (2), Morton (3), Wilson (2), Stevens, and Berberet scored for Toronto.

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