Brooklyn's Junior Gilliam handled 12 assists to set modern major league record for second basemen but couldn't stem tide as bumbling Dodgers absorbed 13-6 thrashing from Cardinals at St. Louis (July 21).
Bill Hodgson, 29-year-old Toronto hotel owner, bounced his Miss O'Keefe over measured mile on Bay of Quinte, averaged 125.28 mph for two runs to better world mark for 266-cubic-inch speedboats at Picton, Ont. (July 22).
Milwaukee (see page 8) set merry pace in National League, concluding successful home stand (15 out of 20) by knocking over Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia six times in eight games to move three ahead of Cincinnati. Redlegs won two out of three from Brooklyn but split four with Pirates as Brooks Lawrence lost his first decision after 13 straight. Dodgers after rough time in Cincinnati got back on beam against St. Louis to take three out of four as Don Newcombe won his 13th, but still trailed Braves by six.
New York's 11-game winning streak ended with double loss to Detroit but Yankees were still sitting pretty with 9�-game lead in American League after polishing off last-place Kansas City twice in three games. Cleveland picked up pace, swept three from Baltimore to hold second place while Boston maintained grip on third at expense of Kansas City and Detroit. Chicago, after 11 losses in row, snapped out of it to beat Orioles but fell into bad habits again and were 13 games off pace at week's end.
Mileposts of the week: Boston's Ted Williams hit his 400th home run (see page 27), later added two more; St. Louis' Stan Musial got his 2,700th hit; Brooklyn's gracefully aging Pee Wee Reese collected his 2,000th hit.
Wayne Bethea, young Bronx heavyweight, spent better part of evening chasing reluctant Jimmy Slade around St. Nick's ring, caught up with backpedaling veteran often enough to take 10-round decision at New York. Slade's complaint, "My arms were tired," drew fitting retort from disgusted Trainer Bat Norfolk: "If you had used your arms to do some punching, they wouldn't be tired."
Italy's bull-shouldered Francesco Cavicchi, jeered as "sleeping boxer" by critical fans after three losses in eight non-title bouts, woke up to batter Germany's paunchy Heinz Neuhaus to canvas five times, won by KO in 11th round to retain European heavyweight crown in first defense at Bologna.