AAU women's swimming championships at Tyler, Texas (July 6-7) produced wholesale assault on world and U.S. records, portended great things for distaff waterbirds at Melbourne. World marks were set by Shelley Mann (see above); chunky 14-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, Calif., who covered 880-yard freestyle in 10:54.5; Mary Jane Sears of Walter Reed, who glided through 100-meter breaststroke (new event) in 1:22.7. Other U.S. record breakers: pretty young Carin Cone of Ridge-wood, N.J., 100-meter backstroke in 1:14.5 and 200-meter backstroke in 2:43.8; Miss Sears, 200-meter breaststroke in 2:59; Walter Reed (team titlist with 104 points) relay teams thrashed 400-meter medley in 5:05.8 and 800-meter freestyle in 10:09.8.
Russia's muscular Mikhail Krivonosov whirled off toss of 217 feet 9� inches at Moscow (July 8) to better listed (211 feet� inch) and pending (216 feet� inch) world mark for hammer throw just four days after America's Cliff Blair unfurled heave of 216 feet 4� inches at Needham, Mass.
Egyptian Princess, Clearview Stable's Hambletonian favorite, stepped off two one-mile heats in combined time of 4:08[2/5], best ever by 3-year-old filly, while winning Coaching Club Trotting Oaks at Goshen, N.Y. (July 2).
New York, even without full-time duty from injured Mickey Mantle (see page 11), took two out of three in Boston, three straight from Washington with help of hot hitting by Gil McDougald, top-drawer relief pitching by Tom Sturdivant and Tom Morgan to stretch American League lead over Chicago to fat 6� games. White Sox, running comfortable second to Yankees, unexpectedly ran into Detroit buzz saw, dropped three in row to revived Tigers, who wrested fifth place from slumping Baltimore. Cleveland, on move again, won five from Kansas City and Detroit, edged up on Chicago. Boston's Ted Williams reached one goal, neared second as he batted in 1,500th run, slammed 399th home run.
Cincinnati, vacillating in and out of National League lead, used three straight over St. Louis to nail down 1�-game margin over Milwaukee as Redleg clouters continued to hit long ball (five homers by Ted Kluszewski), and unbeaten Brooks Lawrence won his 12th game (see page 8). Milwaukee could get no better than even break in eight games with Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago, while Brooklyn had its troubles with Philadelphia and fell two games off pace. New York Giants broke out with near-record home-run blast against Pittsburgh, hitting seven in one game, but couldn't get out of cellar.
Chuck Harris, 19-year-old Tacoma, Wash, roller, adeptly balanced himself for 2:45 of continuous log rolling, upset newly crowned National Roleo Champion Jubiel Wickheim to take world title in World Championship Timber Carnival at Albany, Ore.
Lew Hoad, blockbusting Australian who attributed improvement to being "more emotionally mature," was at his power-hitting best as he overwhelmed countryman Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win men's singles title at Wimbledon (see page 26). Shirley Fry, determined stroker from St. Petersburg, Fla., finally made it after nine long years, easily beating England's Angela Buxton 6-3, 6-1 for women's crown after upsetting Althea Gibson and Defending Champion Louise Brough. Other winners: Hoad and Rosewall in men's doubles; Miss Gibson and Miss Buxton in women's doubles; Miss Fry and Vic Seixas in mixed doubles.