In the National League,
was providing the excitement, sweeping three straight over the weekend from the first-place N. Y.
to close in behind second-place Brooklyn. The
, meanwhile, climaxed a winning week with a 20-7 rout of Cincinnati (including a record 13 runs in the eighth inning) and edged to within three games of the Giants but only four and a half ahead of the Braves. Top individual performers in the National League were, as usual,
of St. Louis?first in RBI (104), second (.339) in batting to Brooklyn's
(.354), and third behind
(36) in home runs (30); and
of the Philadelphia Phillies, who struck out five Chicago Cubs in winning his 17th game and raising his strike-out total to 135?both high marks for the major leagues so far this season.
MEN AND MONEY?Arthur ("Red")
, for 8 years public relations chief of the New York Yankees, resigned after "a clash of personalities" with Yankee General Manager George Weiss. Six days later he was appointed assistant general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
, an American League landmark for 51 years but flat broke now and tied for last place, got an offer of $4,500,000 for their franchise from Arnold Johnson, who would move the A's to Kansas City, and a similar offer from a hometown group. At week's end neither offer had been acted upon but most baseball men were convinced that, civic pride or no, the A's were on their way out of Philadelphia.
, apparently at the peak of her golfing skills after recovering from a cancer operation, shot a 10-under-par 294 (including a course-record 69 on the second round) to win $1,000 first money in the women's professional division of the rich Tam O'Shanter tournament in Chicago. Other prize takers in the 72-hole grind:
of La Canada, Calif., first among the male pros with a 277 that earned him $3,420;
, Cleveland amateur, whose 285 ended the six-year reign of Toledo's Frank Stranahan in the men's amateur division;
of San Diego, tops among the women amateurs with 315.
OLD AND NEW?
, 20, of Fonthill, Ont. won her third consecutive Canadian women's closed golf championship with 54-hole score of 232. Runners-up: Dorothy Herbertson of Victoria, B.C., 241, and Macy Gay of Kitchener, Ont., 243.
?Foster Bradley, 17, of Los Angeles beat Allen Geiberger of Santa Barbara, Calif. 2 and 1 in final of U.S.G.A. junior amateur championships at Los Angeles.
, 46-year-old president of the Professional Golfers Association, edged out Chick Harbert, PGA champion, by single stroke to win Michigan Open championship at Detroit.
, tennis champion of the '30s, resigned as resident golf pro for the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles to replace
as pro at the Tamarish Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif. as of Oct. 1.