HORSE'S MOUTH?With pennants safely tucked away, Cleveland and Giants headed for World Series opener Sept. 29 at Polo Grounds. Latest line: Cleveland, favored at 17-10.
STARS?Willie Mays, Giants' center fielder, made three hits on final day to wrest National League batting title from Don Mueller, Giant teammate, and Duke Snider of Brooklyn. Willie's winning average: .345.
?Bobby Avila, second baseman for Indians, won American League batting championship with .341. Ted Williams, Red Sox left fielder, batted .345 but lacked enough official at-bats to qualify for title.
?Top pitcher in National League: Johnny Antonelli of Giants with 21 victories, seven losses. American League: Sandy Consuegra of Chicago White Sox, 16-3.
?Larry Doby, Cleveland center fielder, won American League home-run title with 32 and drove in most runs (1261).
?Ted Kluszewski, first baseman for fifth-place Cincinnati Redlegs, blasted 49 homers and drove in 141 runs to lead National League in those departments.
EMPLOYMENT?Clark Griffith announced resignation of Bucky Harris as manager of sixth-place Washington Senators. His replacement: Charley Dressen, who managed Oakland Oaks to championship in Pacific Coast League this season, on two-year contract.
?Casey Stengel, who failed to win with the Yankees for the first time in six years, signed a new two-year contract calling for reported $80,000 per year.
JUG?Howard Lyon's Adios Harry won race-off heat to earn first money in $69,300 Little Brown Jug, world's richest race for pacers. Runner-up in final: Walnut Hill Farm's Phantom Lady, who equalled own world record for three-year-old pacing fillies of 2:01[2/5] in winning opening heat of first division.