The match race is on: Swaps and Nashua will meet at Chicago's Washington Park on August 31 for $100,000 and a gold cup, each carrying 126 pounds, (see page 24).
Nashua, meanwhile, scared and enriched his backers by gaining, losing, and regaining the lead in the Arlington Classic at Chicago, thus adding another $91,675 to his earnings. Owner William Woodward forthwith shipped his handsome three-year-old colt to Saratoga, saying: "He has earned a vacation."
Charles E. Wilson, 65-year-old Secretary of Defense, admitting he had taken a spill while aquaplaning at 35 mph on a lake in Michigan during the Fourth of July weekend and broken three or four ribs, said: "I think I have to learn to act my age."
Casey Stengel, contemplating his slumping New York Yankees, who had lost eight out of their last 12 games, blamed it all on his pitchers: "They pitch good for a while and then for a while they don't pitch good at all."
Spain, having beaten Belgium 2-0 for the European baseball championship, was preparing for the Amateur "world series" in Milwaukee Sept. 23-28, when the competition will be Japan, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii and the U.S.
Guy Lombardo, back in big-time speedboat racing with his brand-new Tempo VII, which has been clocked as high as 175 mph, started tuning up in Canada for the Gold Cup races at Seattle in August.
Don Budge, carrot-topped tennis immortal, was announced as the new coach of the junior Davis Cup group, after Jack Kramer, who thought up the idea and first coached the boys, angered the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association by publishing an article on how he had once been a "paid amateur."