Johnny Longden, racing's somber-faced Mr. Moneybags, booted home fractious 5-year-old Arrogate in $33,350 Del Mar Handicap for his 4,871st victory (Sept. 3) in nearly 30 years and more than 25,000 mounts to break world riding record held by Sir Gordon Richards, boosted total to 4,881 by week's end. Usually taciturn, Johnny loosened up long enough to aptly describe his career: "I've always done my best."
Parry O'Brien, massive-muscled Californian who was first to break 60-and 61-foot barriers, gave world another goal to shoot at, heaving shotput 62 feet 6? inches at Eugene, Ore. (Sept. 3).
Britain's Anne Pashley, Heather Armitage, June Paul and Sheila Hoskin sprinted 400-meter relay in 45.4 at London to surpass listed world mark (Sept. 8).
Johnny Allen, 26-year-old Texan, settled himself in cockpit-type seat of The Devil's Arrow, streamlined bullet-shaped motorcycle designed and built by Airline Pilot Stormy Mangham, bounced over Bonneville Salt Flats at 214.40 mph to lower world speed standard set six weeks ago by Germany's Wilhelm Herz (Sept. 6).
Jean Hebert, Renault engineer, whipped his company's low-slung, plastic Etoile Filante through measured mile at 191.2 mph at Bonneville, set new mark for gas turbine-powered car (Sept. 4).
Takashi Ishimoto, young Nihon University swimmer, churned 100-meter butterfly in rapid 1:02 at Tokyo for new world long-course record (Sept. 7).
Milwaukee, showing signs of feeling strain, faltered long enough to drop five straight to Cincinnati and Chicago, perked up to beat Cubs 7-4, 5-3 to stay bare game ahead of onrushing Brooklyn, which kept on pressure by taking two out of three from Pittsburgh, three out of four from New York. Redlegs, after showing muscles to Braves, began to fade against St. Louis, lost three in row to fall three games off pace.
New York Yankees sailed along 11 games ahead of pack after thumping Baltimore, Boston and Washington but Mickey Mantle's dream of home run record went down drain as he failed to hit even one in six games, held his total at 47 (latest minor leaguer to hit 60: Frosty Kennedy of Plainview, Texas). Chicago began stretch run, won three out of four from Cleveland to tie Indians for second place.