BASEBALL—NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFF between San Francisco and Los Angeles turned into a poor man's copy of the 1951 playoff, when Bobby Thomson's homer capped a four-run ninth-inning rally by the Giants. This year the Giants won the same way—coming from behind with four runs in the ninth—but instead of a homer, walks and an error by the sluggish Dodgers made the difference. San Francisco won this deciding game 6-4. Earlier they had taken the opener 8-0, behind three-hit pitching by Billy Pierce and two home runs by Willie Mays that brought his total for the season to 49, high in the majors. The second game went to Los Angeles 8-7. During the playoff, Maury Wills stole four bases to run his season record total to 104.
World series (see page 16) was first between Yankees and Giants since 1951 when travel was across the Harlem River instead of cross-country. The perennial Series hero, Whitey Ford, won the opener 6-2 for New York in Candlestick Park, but the Giants took the second 2-0. Back home, the Yanks won the third game 3-2 but lost the fourth 7-3 to leave things at 2-2.
Little world series between Class AAA minor league playoff winners went to International League's Atlanta, four games to three, when the Crackers took an unprecedented Series doubleheader from American Association's Louisville club.
BOATING—PALAWAN, skippered by Thomas J. Watson Jr., energetic president of IBM, led a wind-battered fleet to the finish of a rough 64-mile Stratford Shoal race, the final event on the Long Island racing calendar. The 54-foot sloop held her winning lead on corrected time as well, but official victory was withheld pending a protest hearing.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH, appearing at Madison Square Garden for the first time since his fatal knockout of Benny (Kid) Paret, superstitiously chose a different corner, and then outboxed Don Fullmer through 10 dreary rounds.
Raymundo Torres, with five straight knockouts behind him, met former world welterweight champion Don Jordan, who had lost seven in a row, in a Los Angeles mishmash that was all too reminiscent of another recent fight. Torres floored Jordan at 2:18 of the first round. The event's most exciting moment came when officials stepped into the ring, declared the fight "no decision" and told a booing crowd that the purse would be held up pending an investigation. Later, officials released Torres' share and suspended Jordan, a key figure in Gambler Frankie Carbo's trial last year, for a poor performance. "I didn't see a punch," snapped Referee Jimmy Wilson.
FOOTBALL—NFL: WASHINGTON clung even tighter to the top of the Eastern Division and shoved still winless Los Angeles down even more as the Redskins beat the Rams 20-14 in Washington (see page 61). With three wins, the rebuilt Redskins now have won more games than in the past two seasons combined. In a battle of the Western Division leaders. Green Bay's Paul Hornung kicked the deciding 21-yard field goal against Detroit as the final seconds ticked off. Hornung, scoring leader of the league (55 points), also kicked two other field goals—the Packers didn't get a touchdown but won 9-7 in a cold rain in Green Bay, Wis. The New York defense yielded two touchdowns to St. Louis, but Quarterback Y. A. Tittle passed for one, set up another and finally ran 21 yards for a third as the Giants overcame the fitful Cardinals 31-14 in St. Louis. A 50-yard scoring pass from Quarterback Jim Ninowski to Fullback Jim Brown in the last quarter pulled the Browns to a 19-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Cleveland. On Lou Groza Day there, the man of the afternoon kicked two field goals (35 and 42 yards) and added a point after touchdown to take the alltime NFL scoring lead by one point from Philadelphia's Bobby Walston: 850 points in Groza's 17-year career. John Brodie's passing and Halfback J. D. Smith's running (145 yards) squashed Baltimore on its home ground as San Francisco won, 21-13. Even more squashed: Johnny Unitas, benched for the first time in his seven years as a pro. Winless Minnesota stayed so. with a 13-0 loss to Chicago on a drizzly Minneapolis afternoon, and the Steelers downed Philadelphia, 13-7, in Pittsburgh.
AFL: BOSTON beat an inept New York team, 43-14, before a meager crowd at the Polo Grounds. Standouts were the Patriots' Babe Parilli (three touchdown passes) and End Gino Cappelletti (19 points). Rookie Quarterback John Hadl did most of the work, passing for two TDs and running for one in San Diego, as the Chargers handed Dallas its first defeat, 32-28. In Denver, the Broncos overwhelmed Oakland 44-7 in a scoring explosion that featured Halfback Gene Mingo's 83-yard touchdown run. Buffalo came close to winning one in Houston, but a late Oiler rally closed the Bills out, 17-14.
GOLF—ALTHEA GIBSON, the former Wimbledon tennis champion who retired from court competition two years ago, won her first title at her new sporting interest, golf. Ignoring wind and rain at Englewood, N.J., she beat LaJunta White for the women's club championship. 2 and 1.
Augusta (GA.) National Golf Club won an international pro-am, four-ball tournament under brilliant blue skies at St. Andrews. Scotland, with a 246. two strokes better than a team from Plainfield, N.J. The field was made up of more than 100 country-club golfers, who went with their club pros on a golf tour of Scotland. One complaint of the Americans at St. Andrews—no electric golf carts.