BASEBALL—BOB FELLER, modern-day strikeout record holder, and JACKIE ROBINSON, clutch-hitting, sure-fielding Brooklyn infielder, were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. In 18 American League seasons, all with Cleveland, Feller won 266 games, lost 162. His career earned run average was 3.25. He holds the modern major league record of 18 strikeouts for a nine-inning game, 28 for two consecutive games, and the modern season's record of 348. He pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters.
Robinson had a late start in the majors, coming up to Brooklyn in 1947, at the age of 28. But for 10 seasons he was the most exciting player of the postwar era. In 1949 he hit .342 and drove in 124 runs to win both the National League batting title and the Most Valuable Player award. He set a fielding record for second basemen in 1951, with only seven errors and a percentage of .992. That same year he participated in 137 double plays, also a record. Twice, in 1947 and 1949, he led the league in stolen bases with 29 and 37. Six times he hit .300 or better, and had a career average of .311. EDD ROUSH, National League center fielder from 1916 to 1929 and again in 1931, and BILL McKECHNIE, manager of four National League pennant winners, were elected to the Hall of Fame by a special 12-man veterans committee. In 16 seasons Roush had a batting average of .325, twice was National League batting champion. McKechnie won pennants in Pittsburgh in 1925, in St. Louis in 1928 and won two in row, in 1939 and 1940, in Cincinnati. His 1925 and '40 teams were world champions.
Southern Association, one of the sport's oldest and most productive minor leagues, was disbanded after 61 years of continuous operation.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The best and worst teams in the Eastern Division reversed form. First-place Boston, with Bill Russell injured, lost four straight, while last-place New York won three out of four. Philadelphia took six in a row and cut Boston's lead from 9� to seven games. Syracuse had Dolph Schayes back, but still was unable to win.
Los Angeles boosted its division lead to a comfortable 8� games, beating runner-up Cincinnati twice. Elgin Baylor, on pass from the Army, scored 77 points, and Jerry West had 88 for the two-game set. Detroit lost ground to revived St. Louis. With Len Wilkens on Army passes, the Hawks moved to within three games of third place. Chicago finally won its 10th game of the season.
BOWLING—FRED LENING upset the favorites in the Empire State Open tournament, then outrolled J. Wilbert Sims 254-243 in a one-game final to win the $5,000 first prize, in Colonie, N.Y.
BOXING—TOM McNEELEY JR., in his first fight since the December title bout with Floyd Patterson, lost a split decision to former sparring partner Don Prout, in Providence.
Luis Rodriguez, normally a counter-puncher, carried the fight to welterweight Federico Thompson, won a 10-round decision, in New York.
GOLF—GENE LITTLER, U.S. Open champion, canned a birdie on the 14th hole of the last round to go ahead of George Knudsen and win the $50,000 Lucky International Open in San Francisco. Littler, who finished with a 274 for the 72 holes, had a 6-stroke lead going into the final round. Knudsen pulled even on the 13th hole, finally lost by two strokes.
HARNESS RACING—NEWSTAR, a French-bred but Italian-owned mare, won the $81,600 Prix D'Amerique, Europe's richest trotting race, at Vincennes racetrack, Paris. Masina, last year's winner, was second. Al Weil, president of Roosevelt Raceway, announced that Newstar would be entered in the $50,000 Roosevelt International, on Aug. 18.