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Baltimore Colts got off in front when Alan (the Horse) Ameche, in his first official ball-carrying effort as a pro, bolted 79 yards for touchdown, fought off counterattack by Chicago Bears to win 23-17 at Baltimore.
Leo Durocher , caustic-tongued little manager who led New York Giants to two National League pennants, one World Series victory in 7� years since startling shift from Brooklyn in 1948, resigned "to enter private business," confirmed much-repeated rumors. His replacement: jug-eared Billy Rigney, onetime Giant journeyman in-fielder, quietly efficient manager of pennant winning Minneapolis Millers of American Association (see page 43).
Frank Lane , bombastic Chicago White Sox front-office chief who gained reputation as baseball's most prolific trader, found himself at odds with Vice President Chuck Comiskey, promptly resigned as general manager.
Paul Richards , who doubles in brass as field manager and general manager of Baltimore Orioles , was socked with $2,500 fine by Commissioner Ford Frick for violation of bonus rule and "conduct detrimental to baseball" in connection with undercover signing of former Oklahoma A&M Pitcher Tom Borland for $40,000.
Fred Haney , who has lived through many terrible moments as manager of last-place Pittsburgh Pirates, was handed his walking papers on final day of season.
New York Yankees , their eight-game stretch-drive win streak broken by Boston Red Sox , came back in second half of day-night double-header to win 3-2 and clinch sixth American League pennant in seven years as runner-up Cleveland Indians split two-game series with third-place Chicago White Sox. Don Larsen and Whitey Ford pitched clincher for Yanks, who faced possible loss of Centerfielder Mickey Mantle for World Series with wrenched leg tendon.
Brooklyn Dodgers , tuning up for World Series, gave all pitchers short workouts in closing series with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, whipped Phils twice and dropped two of three to Pirates. New York Giants clinched third behind Milwaukee Braves with two double wins from Pirates, dropped two of three to fourth-place Phillies, closing out Durocher's reign on frustrating note when Bobby Hofman lined into ninth-inning triple play in final game.