New York, Chicago
bounced in and out of American League lead like rubber ball but at week's end it was
who held top spot by one-half game over White Sox, full game over Indians. Yanks rumbled into Cleveland with � game edge over Chicago, won first game on fine pitching of Rookie Rip Coleman, then lost two straight as Indians heard sorry news that Outfielder-First Baseman
was suffering from polio. Veteran
to 5-2 victory, came back next day to beat Yankees 7-6 with pinch hit sacrifice fly (after
Bobby Avila's three-run homer tied score), put rivals in flat-footed tie for lead when Chicago lost two out of three to seventh-place
Washington. New York
moved back to top by splitting Sunday double-header with Chicago, winning 6-1 on
Whitey Ford's top-notch pitching, home runs by
(No. 34) and
(No. 23), and losing 3-2. Meanwhile Cleveland ran into trouble against Washington, bowed twice to lowly Senators 8-2, 13-4 (see page 17).
Boston Red Sox
remained within hailing distance of embattled leaders, 3� games behind
, thanks to robust hitting of sure-eyed
, who single-handedly beat Detroit 4-3 with ninth-inning grand slam homer (14th of career);
, who became first American Leaguer to bat in 100 runs; Eddie Joost and
, who helped beat Kansas City 14-2.
, safely ensconced in National League lead but worried about rising
and paying more attention to booing fans, began week with double win over Chicago 6-4, 9-5, faltered long enough to lose three straight to
8-5, 6-5, 4-2, then got tremendous lift from pair of rookie pitchers: 19-year-old bonus baby
, who shut out Redlegs 7-0 with two hits, fanned 14;
, who beat St. Louis 6-1. Milwaukee, riding high after three-game sweep over hapless New York Giants, ran into unexpected double setback by last-place
5-3, 2-0, settled down 11� games behind Dodgers.
became league's hottest team, beating Milwaukee 4-3, St. Louis 11-9 (for
Robin Roberts' 21st victory), 8-3 to stretch winning streak to six before losing 4-1, roared back to whip Cards 8-2, belted Cincinnati 7-6, 8-3 to take third place from Giants and draw within 3� games of second place.
Rich Cominski, peppery little catcher shifted to right field because of injury suffered to right hand while "horsing around," unloaded seventh-inning home run to give
Morrisville, Pa. 4-3 extra-inning victory over Delaware Township, N.J. in Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa.
Bill (Superman) Pickering of Bloxwich, England, told to "get in water and swim—or else" by angry neighbors who raised $980 to finance him, plunged his 252 pounds into raging English Channel at Dover, battled heavy seas and torrential thunder storms for 14 hours, 6 minutes, pulled himself ashore near Calais, was quick to admit he made crossing only "to save myself from having to lead a dog's life." Big Bill's reward: Channel Swimming Association recognized his time as official record.
Needles, Florida-owned-and-bred son of 1949 Kentucky Derby winner Ponder, stormed up from seventh place, passed fading Nan's Mink, Decathlon and Polly's Jet, scampered home three and one-half lengths ahead of Career Boy to win $71,700 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and become East's leading candidate for 2-year-old honors.
booted home Duke's Lea, Calumet Farm's 4-year-old dark bay colt in driving finish, edged Blue Choir by scant head in $56,150 Meadowland Handicap at Washington Park, Homewood, Ill. for his fifth win of day, closed in on
in race for national jockey honors. Hartack now has 265, leads Shoes by two.
Harry M. Warner, Hollywood movie producer, outbid Texas Oilman Ralph Lowe, paid world-record price of $25,000 for stud service of
Rex Ellsworth's Khaled, sire of Swaps, at benefit auction held in advance of Del Mar yearling sales. Highest previous stud fee: $10,000 paid three times for Royal Charger, English-bred stallion.