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Navy's Jack Davis skipped over 110-meter high hurdles in 0:13.4 in preliminary of AAU meet at Bakersfield, Calif. to clip one-tenth of second off world record (June 22) but next day ran second to North Carolina College's fleet Lee Calhoun in 0:13.6 final (see page 27).
Finland's Soini Nikkinen got off heave of 274 feet 1.83 inches to better Bud Held's world javelin mark by nearly 6 feet at Kuhmoinen (June 24).
Indiana's Bill Woolsey, back in native Hawaii and "in greatest condition of my life," churned through Waikiki salt water pool in 2:07.7 for 200-meter freestyle (June 22), setting pace for assault on U.S. records by slender 13-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, Calif., who covered 400-meter individual medley in 5:59.7 (June 22) and Ohio State's Yoshi Oyakawa, who swam 100-meter backstroke in 1:04.3 (June 24). Other distaff record breakers: 15-year-old Page Anderson of Berkeley thrashed 200-yard breaststroke in 2:41.2 for U.S. mark at Santa Clara, Calif. (June 23); 12-year-old Chris von Saltza of San Jose, Calif. splashed 500-yard freestyle in 5:52.5 for world standard at San Jose (June 24).
Mickey Mantle's week: eight hits, five walks, three strikeouts, three runs scored, three home runs (putting him three ahead of Babe Ruth's record year after 64 games) in 25 times at bat. Mickey leads American League in following departments: BA—.376; H—91; R—62; RBI—66; HR—27.
Chicago, weary of playing patsy to New York, had surprise ready when front-running Yankees came to town. White Sox swept four straight from shocked New York, had Casey Stengel muttering to himself as they made it eight in row for week and moved within one game of American League lead. Cleveland also made long-awaited move as pitching perked up, beating Boston and Washington in six games to regain third place.
Milwaukee, feeling its oats under new Manager Fred Haney, who chalked it all up to "law of averages" (but see page 15), ran winning streak to 10 at expense of Pittsburgh and New York, soared two games ahead of pack in National League. Braves helped burst Pirate bubble with four straight, pushed Giants into cellar in next four. Cincinnati won three out of four from Brooklyn to take second place while dropping Dodgers to third. Pirates lost eight in row before nosing out Chicago 1-0, barely remained in first division ahead of St. Louis, who ran into trouble in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.