Brooklyn Dodgers, overwhelmed by rousing Tokyo welcome, mistook Japanese pitchers Sho Horuichi and Takumi Otomo for Yankees' Don Larsen and Tom Sturdivant, struck out 16 times in 5-4 loss to Yomiuri Giants. Red-faced Dodgers recovered major league aplomb and home run touch, bounced back to smother Central League All-Stars 7-1 but quickly fell back into losing ways when Japan All-Stars knocked out Don Newcombe in first inning and went on to win 6-1.
Service boxers won six of 10 titles in Olympic trials at San Francisco. The champions (pictured below from left to right): Ray Perez of Hawaii, flyweight; Choken Maekawa of Hawaii and Michigan State, bantamweight; Air Force's Harry Smith of New York, featherweight; Marines' Luis Molina of San Jose, Calif., lightweight; Joe Shaw of St. Louis, light welterweight; Army's Pearce Lane of Big Rapids, Mich., welterweight; Army's Jose Torres of Puerto Rico, light middleweight; Roger Rouse of Idaho State College, middleweight (not in picture); Army's Jim Boyd of Rocky Mount, N.C., light heavyweight; Army's Pete Rademacher of Grandview, Mich., heavyweight.
C. V. Whitney's Magic Frost, bumped and then barely nosed by Romanita in stirring stretch duel, was declared winner of $136,275 Gardenia Stakes at Garden State Park when stewards disqualified Romanita, who also hampered Light n' Lovely for double foul.
Keeneland's closing week's winners included 13-to-5 shot Doubledogdare, who responded with burst of speed in run for wire to take $70,400 Spinster Stakes, but biggest loser was Money-rider Eddie Arcaro, left sitting idly by counting pennies he will lose from October 23 until November 1. Arcaro, up on also-ran Nimble Doll in Spinster, was set down for 10 days for "careless riding," will be unable to ride favored Bold Ruler in $300,000 Garden State Stakes next Saturday.
Willie Shoemaker, who usually lets his riding speak for him, booted home Beautillion at Garden State, became first jockey in U.S. Thoroughbred racing history to earn $2,000,000 in purse money in one year, next day boosted record total to $2,006,165.
Joey Giambra, cautious Buffalo middleweight, picked off ever-bustling but slowed-up Gil Turner (stuffed with ice cream to fatten up to unnatural 150 3/4 pounds) with accurate counter punches, impressed all but Referee Harry Kessler (who gave fight to Turner) to win 10-rounder in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Issy Kline, vari-talented IBC hand who had misfortune to get himself pinched for gambling last month as he whiled away time playing panguingue, got the "Dear Issy" treatment from Chicago IBC Storekeeper Truman Gibson Jr. after his "resignation" as Chicago Stadium matchmaker: "We accept your decision with very real regret...with best wishes from Art [Wirtz], Jim [Norris], Benny |Bentley]...Yours, Truman." Penitent Issy, who has been replaced by Bentley, plans to stay in boxing, will "resume my activities as manager and trainer".
New York Rangers won two out of three, moved up to challenge front-running Detroit Red Wings, who played pair of ties, in NHL. Montreal Canadiens showed signs of life in 5-0 victory over Rangers, but Boston, Toronto and Chicago were unable to win.