Phenomenal Dale Long of equally phenomenal Pittsburgh Pirates hit his eighth home run in as many games (May 28) before Brooklyn halted his string.
Villanova's high-soaring Don Bragg cleared 15 feet 3� inches to surpass college pole vault standard in Pacific Association AAU meet at Stockton, Calif. (June 2), one of three track marks bettered on same day. Other records: University of Texas quartet of Hollis Gainey, Ronnie White, Walter McNew and Joe Villarreal pranced through rarely run 2,900-meter medley relay in 6:52.2 for new U.S. record, in Texas AAU meet at Corpus Christi; Los Angeles' Jefferson H.S. foursome tore off 1:26.3 clocking at Chico, Calif., bettering national interscholastic mark.
Paul Anderson, piano-legged Toccoa, Ga. fatboy, in Philadelphia to defend his AAU weight-lifting crown, warmed up with 400-pound press, stepped up tempo to break three heavyweight world records: 335 in snatch; 440 in clean and jerk; 1,175 for total lift (June 1).
Pittsburgh's hungry Pirates turned hope into fact, moved into National League lead for few happy hours after taking first game of Sunday double-header from Milwaukee 3-1, dropped mere six percentage points behind Braves when they lost second 4-3. Earlier in week, neat-throwing Bob Friend beat Brooklyn 3-2, Milwaukee 4-1, became baseball's winningest pitcher with 9-2 record. Cincinnati took two out of three from slipping St. Louis (who also lost three to Philadelphia), split four with New York to take over third place while Cards slid to fourth. Still-faltering Brooklyn continued to muddle along in second division, came back from harrowing experience of losing three straight to last-place Chicago to beat Cubs 4-3.
New York used Mickey Mantle's booming bat to good advantage against Boston and Washington, beefed up American League lead to 6� games before running into streaking Detroit, scrambling back after poor start. Red-hot Tigers swept three from Yankees, extending winning streak to six and soaring all way to fourth-place tie with Boston. Cleveland lost five out of seven, made way in second place for Chicago, who whipped Indians twice, Baltimore in two out of three to trail front-running Yankees by 4� games (for more facts and figures see page 50).
TRACK & FIELD
Villanova's Irish-born Ron Delany became third to conquer 4-minute mile on U.S. soil, barely outkicking Denmark's Gunnar Nielsen to win in 3:59 at Compton ( Calif.) Invitational (see page 23). Among other winners: Tom Courtney, who outhustled world 800-meter record-holder Roger Moens in 1:49 half mile; U.S. Army's Ira Murchison, who raced 100 meters in 0:10.2 to equal world mark; whale-sized Parry O'Brien, who hurled shot 60 feet 5� inches.
Duke's Dave Sime, as usual, captured spotlight next night as athletes moved up to Stockton, winning 100 in 0:09.3 and 220 in 0:20.4 with aid of favoring wind. Delany dropped down to half mile, staged great finish to win in 1:49.5; O'Brien got off another 60-footer, this time for 60 feet� inch.