came suddenly to life with first-class pitching by mound staff, clutch hitting by Bob Hale, Dave Pope, Dave Philley's grand slam, won 5 of 6 during week.
began to center around struggle for second place, individual home-run leadership, as
increased lead to 14� games. Dodgers took three of four from Milwaukee as
hit 11th grand slam of career,
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.
, rocked by Dodgers, only gained split with last-place
, 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.
right-hander, won 17th and 18th, kept Phillies in fourth place.
belted six home runs, raised total to 37 as
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.
Los Angeles Rams got National Football League exhibition season underway with 35-24 victory over Pittsburgh Steelers as team delighted crowd of 21,000 with touchdown parade at Portland, Ore.
San Francisco 49ers
trailed Washington Redskins 6-0 at half, put on third-period scoring march of 74 yards, edged weak eastern team 7-6 before 27,000 in exhibition at San Francisco.
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.