Ercole Baldini, piston-footed Italian, vigorously pedaled his bicycle around Milan's Vigorelli Stadium at 28.837 mph for new world record (Sept. 19) but will not be available to represent Italy in Olympics. Reason: his announced plan to turn professional Jan. 1.
Ted Allsopp, smart-strutting Australian, hot-footed 16 miles 401 yards two inches around dampish quarter-mile track in two hours at Melbourne to better world walking mark (Sept. 22).
Good Counsel, fastest 2-year-old in harness racing history, set two more world standards at Delaware, Ohio, pacing off mile in 2:01 2/5 and two heats in combined time of 4:04 1/5 (Sept. 19) day after Rhonda Hanover, A. C. Mudge's 2-year-old bay filly, trotted mile in 2:05, best ever for age, gait and sex, at same track.
Box Trade, durable 7-year-old, sprinted seldom-run half mile in rapid :45 3/5 at Cleveland's Cranwood track to break 16-year-old U.S. turf record (Sept. 18).
Milwaukee and Brooklyn, going right down to wire in bitter National League race, were still neck-and-neck as season entered final week. Braves, after slipping against New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago, pulled themselves up by bootstraps on Bill Bruton's first grand slam homer to beat Cubs 7-4, tentatively held first place by mere percentage point as Dodgers, beaten two straight by aroused Pittsburgh, led Pirates 8-3 in ninth of Sunday game suspended by curfew, prepared to sew up victory Monday night. Cincinnati, back in home run business, went off on six-game winning kick but were three behind in lost column with time running out.
New York Yankees, with seventh American League pennant in eight years safely tucked away, turned interest to Mickey Mantle's battle for triple crown. Mantle snapped out of slump to hit 50th and 51st home runs, giving Yankees new American League team record of 183 (later raised to 184), outhit Boston's Ted Williams in face-to-face combat to regain batting lead, .356 to .350, led Detroit's Al Kaline in RBI, 127 to 123.
Nashville, promising Llangollen 2-year-old with 6-pound pull in weights, outran unbeaten Bold Ruler, who bled from mouth after starting-gate bump in first race since June, by length and quarter in six-furlongs at Belmont.