Mackay Fraser, American racing driver, pressed heavy foot to throttle of Coventry Climax-engined British Lotus, zoomed over Monza circuit in futile quest of world three-hour record for cars up to 1100 cc, but bettered three marks along way: 50 kilometers in 13:49.3 at 135.14 mph; 50 miles in 22:10.9 at 135.20 mph; 100 kilometers in 27:31.5 at 135.44 mph (Sept. 29).
East and West Germany, together for first time, fielded team of Erika Fisch, Christa Stubnick, Gisela Koehler and Baerbel Meyer, who sprinted 400-meter relay in :45.1 for world mark at Berlin (Sept. 30).
Flaming Arrow, with Eddie Cobb in sulky, sidewheeled first heat in 1:58 2/5, came back with same clocking in second to set four world records (for best heat race and best time trial by 3-year-old pacing filly; fastest two-heat totals by 3-year-old pacing filly and by pacing mares of any age) while winning $15,228 Hanover Filly Stake at Lexington, Ky. (Sept. 29).
Brooklyn's old pros, taking heart from amazing Sal Maglie's 5-0 no-hitter over Philadelphia, swept three straight from Pittsburgh while Milwaukee folded in St. Louis, to win National League pennant on final day, prepared to meet Yankees, whose Mickey Mantle won triple crown (.353 BA, 130 RBI, 52 HR) in World Series.
Bucky Harris of fifth-place Detroit and Al Lopez of second-place Cleveland were first managerial casualties in American League. Harris, unable to be "fiery, aggressive" skipper ("I prefer to try and get winning results by exercising my best judgment, percentagewise") demanded by new Tiger management, resigned. Lopez, after winning one pennant and finishing second five times in six years, also threw in sponge: "The tension has been a devil of a thing."
Oklahoma, bursting at seams with usual power, put 61 players to work, easily overwhelmed North Carolina 36-0 for 31st consecutive victory to set pace for college football's second week. In East, Pitt shackled Jimmy Brown to beat Syracuse 14-7, while Army, contender for sectional honors, sputtered to victory over VMI 32-12. In South, Tennessee had easy time with Auburn 35-7, and Georgia Tech edged SMU 9-7. Big Ten teams sneaked up on embattled Pacific Coast Conference foes to sweep four inter-sectional games. Michigan used UCLA fumbles to win 42-13; Michigan State, with Clarence Peaks grinding out huge chunks of yardage, beat Stanford 21-7; Illinois, trailing 20-0 at half, scored four times in 6� minutes of third quarter to overhaul California 32-20; Minnesota's versatile attack proved too much for favored Washington as Gophers won 34-14. In other games: Wisconsin trounced Marquette 41-0; Ohio State used ground game to defeat Nebraska 34-7; Purdue squeaked past Missouri 16-7; Northwestern held off rallying Iowa State 14-13; Iowa moved into conference lead by defeating Indiana 27-0.
NFL got opening-day jolt when Chicago Cardinals used three field goals by Pat Summerall to upset Cleveland 9-7; and Baltimore downed touted Chicago Bears 28-21. In other games: New York overpowered San Francisco 38-21; Detroit beat Green Bay 20-16; Los Angeles outscored Philadelphia 27-7; Pittsburgh whipped Washington 30-13.