Sal Maglie and Ed Lopat, for years the pitching royalty of the Giants and Yankees respectively, were sold off on the eve of the August 1 trading deadline as a penalty for their disappointing 1955 performances—Maglie to the Cleveland Indians for a rumored $25,000, Lopat to the tail-end Baltimore Orioles for $10,000, while the Yankees' two currently useless bonus players remained sitting on the bench (SI, Aug. 1).
Italy's Davis Cup team proved itself the hottest tennis combination in Europe by upsetting the Swedes 4-1, thus qualifying to meet Australia at the Germantown Cricket Club, August 12. The ecstatic Italians, after clinching their victory over Sweden, jumped full-clad into the nearest swimming pool.
Louison Bobet, a baker from Brittany whose cycling feats have made him France's greatest sports hero, won his third straight Tour de France, a 22-day cross-country cycling marathon through Belgium, Switzerland and France.
Chris Chataway, having abandoned his role as pace-setter for others, peeled another three seconds off the three-mile record with a 13:23.2 performance for which he kept his plans secret, sardonically explaining later that premeditated world-record attempts are "out of fashion these days" with British track authorities.
Doug Ford, one of golfing's up-and-coming Young Guard, took a convincing 4 and 3 decision from Middle Guarder Cary Middlecoff to win the P.G.A. championship.
Bill Sherwood, an unemployed steeplejack who has been earning $25 a day from a group of Milwaukee merchants for sitting on a flagpole until the Braves win seven straight games, continued his work when the N.Y. Giants ended a six-game Braves winning streak, 7-3.