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OLD AND NEW?Featherweight Tommy Collins, knocked down 10 times in bout with ex-Lightweight Champion Jimmy Carter of New York, returned from 14-month rest to knock out Jimmy Ithia of New York in fourth round of scheduled 10-round bout at Boston.
CLOSING IN?For the New York Giants , it was the gloomiest week of the year. After swaggering through most of mid-season with a comfortable lead, they blew three in row to the second-place Dodgers at Ebbets Field, finished the week a bare half-game ahead of their rivals. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Braves had lifted themselves with an incredible drive of 20 victories in 22 games and were only 3? games out of first place. Milwaukee pitching was chiefly responsible. In six games during the week, Braves hurlers gave up only ten runs.
?In the American League, Cleveland pitching held the opposition to 15 runs in seven games. And whenever the Indians needed a long hit, Centerfielder Larry Doby was there to supply it. At week's end, Cleveland was still three games ahead of the Yankees and Doby led his league in both homers (27) and RBI (94).
WILLIAMS DEPT.?Another hitter who prospered last week was Ted Williams , Boston's 35-year-old batting wonder, who cracked two home runs against the Washington Senators to tie Johnny Mize for sixth place (359) among big-league baseball's career home-run hitters. Still out of Sight: Babe Ruth's 714.
AMERICANS ABROAD?Gail Peters set a Japanese record of 2:32.6 in qualifying heat for 200-meter free-style," then won finals in 200-meter free-style (over former record holder Sabako Yamashita) and 100-meter butterfly. Ford Konno of Hawaii and Ohio State came back after losing to Yoshihiro Shoji in 1,500-meter free-style to outsprint Shoji for 400-meter title. Bill Woolsey, also of Hawaii, scored only other American victory in 200-meter free-style final.
?Distance swimmer Florence Chadwick , conqueror of English Channel, Bosporus, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Catalina Channel, was hauled out after covering only 4? miles in unsuccessful attempt to swim tide-swept 18.3-mile Juan de Fuca Strait off Victoria, B.C.