Good Counsel, Castleton Farm's bay filly, stepped off mile in 1:58 1/5, two heats in 3:58 3/5 (Aug. 27), best ever by 2-year-old pacer, to break two world harness records at Du Quoin, Ill. (see page 37).
Souped-up hot rods and motorbikes roared across Bonneville Salt Flats in week-long assault on world speed records, brought down 31 in runs over two-way mile course. Fastest speed: 213.191 mph by Ernie Inner-so of Phoenix, Ariz. in Class D Lakester.
Milwaukee, continuing to play its game as National League season headed into last month, took five in row from Pittsburgh and St. Louis as Warren Spahn won his 199th game, used unexpected assist from New York to move 3� games ahead of hard-pressed Brooklyn and rallying Cincinnati at week's end. Giants, loosened up after losing three to Brooklyn, came back to stun Dodgers with sweep of Sunday double-header 2-1, 4-1. Cincinnati, fired up by home run hitting of Rookie Frank Robinson and Ed Bailey, old pro pitching of Joe Nuxhall, got back into race with five straight over New York and Chicago.
Mickey Mantle's run at Babe Ruth's home run record was big news in American League as New York Yankees finished week with 7�-game lead over Cleveland. President Eisenhower, intrigued by slugger's power, came out to watch Yankees play Washington (see page 28), was rewarded with Mickey's 47th as Yankees won 6-4. But it was unheralded Senator Outfielder Jim Lemon who stole spotlight by blasting three in same game (two days later he fanned twice, set new American League record of 122 strikeouts). Mantle went hitless in next two games as Washington won 4-3, 4-3. Cleveland split four with Chicago but had little hope of catching Yankees.
Art Aragon, cocky welterweight who has parlayed controversy into fame and fortune, had rough time for seven rounds, finally found target in eighth and ninth to floor Lightweight Cisco Andrade, was awarded TKO when Referee Abe Roth (later suspended by California State Athletic Commission) unexpectedly stopped fight in ninth at Los Angeles (see page 24).
Spider Webb, once-beaten but unranked middleweight, used his nimbleness to withstand best shots of previously unbeaten (in 23 straight) Rory Calhoun, came away with upset 10-round decision at Chicago.
Bernabe (Baby) Vasquez, pint-sized Mexican who gave up fighting bulls to try his luck with humans, caught Philadelphia's Jimmy Soo with lethal combination in sixth, won by TKO to end 33-bout winning streak at Washington.