RETIRED: CASEY STENGEL, 75, as manager of the New York Mets, to become vice-president of the Mets' west coast operation at the end of the season. Stengel's retirement ends an active baseball career that began in Kankakee, Ill. in 1910.
DIED: JOHNNY HAYES, 79, marathon gold medal winner in the 1908 London Olympics, after a long illness in Englewood, N.J. At the age of 21, "Little Johnny" approached the finish of the marathon just behind the famous Italian distance runner, Dorando Pietri. A few yards away from victory, Pietri collapsed and had to be helped across the line. Hayes finished 30 seconds behind. After three hours of debate the judges disqualified Pietri, and Hayes became the second and last American Olympic marathon winner.
DIED: DAVID BURNSTINE, 65, organizer and member of the Four Aces bridge team that dominated championship competition during the 1930s, of lung cancer in Los Angeles. The group, Oswald Jacoby, Howard Schenken, Michael Gottlieb and Burnstine, won the Vanderbilt Trophy four times, the Spingold Trophy three times and in 1935 became unofficial world champions when the Aces defeated the French team that held the European title in a match, part of which was held in Madison Square Garden. Burnstine himself was 26 times a national champion and invented the strong artificial two-club opening bid now practiced by experts.
DIED: PAUL (Big Poison) WANER, 62, one of the finest hitters in baseball history, in Sarasota, Fla. Waner, who spent the best part of his 20-year major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1926-1940), led the National League in batting in 1927 (.380), 1934 (.362) and 1936 (.373); hit over .300 his first 12 years in the majors; scored over 100 runs nine different seasons; and was the league's MVP in 1927. In his lifetime Waner collected 3,152 hits, third best in NL history, and batted .333.