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Interest in National League began to center around struggle for second place, individual home-run leadership, as Brooklyn Dodgers increased lead to 14� games. Dodgers took three of four from Milwaukee as Gil Hodges hit 11th grand slam of career, Roy Campanella won series final with two-out, three-run homer in ninth, lost two to Chicago 10-8, 4-3 despite Duke Snider's 37th and 38th home runs. Milwaukee , rocked by Dodgers, only gained split with last-place Pittsburgh Pirates , still held on grimly to second place.
New York Giants showed signs of coming to life though losing second-basemen Davey Williams through retirement, replacement Wayne Terwilliger by bean ball, swept three from St. Louis before being shut out 3-0 by Cardinals' Tom Poholsky, split four with Cincinnati, held third place 2 games behind Milwaukee. Robin Roberts , strong-throwing Philadelphia right-hander, won 17th and 18th, kept Phillies in fourth place.
Ernie Banks belted six home runs, raised total to 37 as Chicago Cubs won three of five from Pittsburgh, two straight from Brooklyn, moved to within one game of first division. Cincinnati Redlegs ran winning streak to seven in row on shutouts by Johnny Klippstein, Joe Nuxhall, moved into sixth place over slumping St. Louis.
Japan's swimming team, paced by two world-record performances (see "Record Breakers") and double win by Tsukasa Ohno in 800-, 1,500-meter freestyle, was hard-pressed by Coach Bob Kiphuth's youthful U.S. team, won just half of 16 events but all three relays, edged Americans, who got two victories from Diver Don Harper, 44-35, at Tokyo. Japanese victory, third of four in current series, indicates powerful team for 1956 Olympics.
Tom Park, transplanted Canadian now hailing from Lakewood, Calif., churned through high winds, rough water, avoided curious sand shark, circled Atlantic City's Absecon Island (26 miles) in 9:49:30 to come in first, collected $5,700. Lies Put of Montreal came in 11th, was first woman to finish, collected purse of $1,000.