University of Texas foursome of George Schneider, Jerry Prewit, Bobby Whilden and Frank Daugherty found track to their liking at Kansas Relays in Lawrence, sprinted 440-yard relay in hasty 0:40.1 to better world record set by another Texas quartet (which included Prewit and Whilden) last May (April 21).
Allen C. Sherman Jr., 28-year-old Brooklyn executive, found himself with two hours to squander while waiting for hotel room in San Juan, used time to bring in 756-pound blue marlin, largest ever caught on 80-pound test line (April 19).
Bill Yorzyk, fast-moving Springfield pre-med student, took dead aim at Japanese star Jiro Nagasawa's world butterfly marks, swooshed 200 meters in 2:16.7 and 220 yards in 2:18.7 for new world standards at Winchendon, Mass. (April 14).
Thane Baker, former Kansas State star now stationed at Lockbourne AFB, got assist from wind in 0:09.3 hundred, later headed into same gusts to tear off world-record 0:29.4 clocking for 300-yard dash at Ohio Relays in Columbus, Ohio (April 21).
Buck Baker, daring 36-year-old racing driver from Charlotte, N.C., gunned his Chrysler around dirt track at Langhorne, Pa. for 150 miles in 1:58.32, set new NASCAR Grand National record (April 22).
New York Yankees, with aid of long-distance hitting by Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, were off and running in American League pennant race, taking two out of three from Washington before sweeping series with Boston 7-1, 14-10, 13-6. Chicago got good pitching from Billy Pierce and Jack Harshman, kept pace with Yankees by beating Cleveland 2-1, 1-0 and winning twice in Kansas City.
Milwaukee opened with two in a row over Chicago, split four games with St. Louis to hold slight edge over second-place Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Cubs. Cincinnati's Ray Jablonski hit four homers, one a grand slam, but Reds were able to manage only one victory while Phillies' Robin Roberts became first National League pitcher to win two games.
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