BASEBALL—The major leagues finally solved the drawn-out debate on expansion in their meeting at St. Louis, agreed that the American League will add Los Angeles and St. Paul-Minneapolis in 1961, the National League, New York and Houston in 1962 (see page 16).
In an interleague trade the Milwaukee Braves strengthened themselves further at second base by getting Frank Boiling from the Detroit Tigers (they had previously bought Billy Martin from Cincinnati), giving up Center Fielder Bill Bruton, Second Baseman Chuck Cottier, Catcher Dick Brown and Pitcher Terry Fox.
BASKETBALL—The champion BOSTON CELTICS slipped in their battle with the Philadelphia Warriors for the eastern division title of the NBA. The Celtics first lost the lead in a double-header at Philadelphia when they dropped a game 118-115 to the Cincinnati Royals ( Jack Twyman and Oscar Robertson each tallied 36), while the Warriors beat the New York Knickerbockers 114-111. Boston pulled up to a tie the next night at home by turning the tables on Cincinnati 146-123. But they lost the lead again when the Warriors beat them 102-97 on Saturday night at Philadelphia as Warrior Sub Ed Conlin came off the bench to score 23 points. The ST. LOUIS HAWKS opened their lead to seven games in the western division, beat the runner-up Los Angeles Lakers 111-108, with the Hawk front line of Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan and Clyde Lovellette scoring 85 points.
In the NIBL, the CLEVELAND PIPERS won three of four games during a western swing, continued to lead the eastern division with 5-1 record. Only loss: a 100-98 decision to the Seattle Buchan Bakers. The Denver D-C Truckers took two games from the New York Tuck Tapers (now 3-3), tied with Seattle for (he western division lead with 2-2 record. Vying for league scoring honors: Adrian Smith of the Akron Goodyears, with 171 points and Dick Swartz of Cleveland, with 169.
BOATING—TOM ALLEN of Buffalo, N.Y., skippering Atom, swept all five races, won International Lightning Class competition at Buenos Aires.
BOWLING—In the men's division of the World Invitational Tournament at Chicago, DON CARTER of St. Louis, former minor league baseball player, captured his third title in the four years the tournament has been held, collected $7,500. In the women's division, MARION LADEWIG of Grand Rapids, Mich., won her second title and $4,000. Finishing only seven pins behind Mrs. Ladewig: Mrs. Laverne Carter, Don's wife.
BOXING—Senator Estes Kefauver's Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee heard James D. Norris, Truman K. Gibson Jr., et al. admit the sport's close ties to the underworld (see page 12).
Benny (Kid) Paret of Santa Clara, Cuba piled up points by forcing the fight throughout, retained his welterweight championship with a unanimous decision in New York over Federico Thompson of Buenos Aires. It was the second meeting between the two men, the first ending in a draw. Thompson previously had been undefeated in 32 fights over a three-year span.
Pete Marciano, younger brother of retired Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, made his ring debut, won his bout, at the University of Miami with a second round TKO. Asked if he would make a career of fighting, Pete said, "I like boxing, but my real sport is baseball."
FOOTBALL—MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, largest Roman Catholic institution in the U.S., dropped intercollegiate football because the game was costing money. The Rev. E. J. O'Donnell, the school's president, announced that this year's team had run up a $50,000 deficit, said he found this inconsistent with the university's long-term fund-raising goal of $30 million. Coach Lisle Blackbourn answered: "I don't think football should be run as a financial source for the school, but as a portion of the education program." COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC President Robert Burns declared that student apathy (54,500 total attendance in six home games) had convinced COP it would be best to modify its schedule, cancel next year's intersectional games.