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West Coast Relays at Fresno (May 11) produced bumper crop of record breakers once flame-throwing weed burners dried out track saturated by early-day rains. USC's Max Truex (see above) set pace with new U.S. marks for three miles and 5,000 meters; Southern California Striders Club's Mike Larrabee, Ralph Butler, Lang Stanley and Jerome Walters, who outlegged California's Don Bowden in unofficial 4:01.5 last-leg mile, hurried through distance medley relay in 9:42.2 for American record: Abilene Christian's mercury-footed Bobby Morrow, who also beat California's Leamon King and Fresno State's Mike Agostini in 9.4 hundred and anchored 880-yard relay team to victory in 1:24.4, picked up rhythm from Teammates Waymond Griggs, Bill Woodhouse and Jim Segrest, carried quartet to 39.9 clocking for 440-yard relay to equal world mark set by Texas last month.
Jim Brewer, rangy N. Phoenix U.S. pole vaulter who has already cleared 14 feet 9� inches (unrecognized because less than four schools were in competition), continued his assault on U.S. record, soaring 14 feet 6� inches to push standard up one more inch in Arizona State Meet at Tucson (May 11).
Russia also poked nose into record-breaking act, claiming world marks for Olympic Champion Leonid Spirin, who heeled and toed 15-kilometer walk in 1:05:45.8 (May 8); female Sprinter Polina Lazareva, who scampered 400 meters in 55.2 (May 10).
Sergeant First Class Antonio Miranda, eagle-eyed Fort Knox (Ky.) sharpshooter, had his M-1 rifle focused dead on target, clicked off 33 bull's-eyes while posting score of 246-33 out of 250 for new world record in Second Army commander's small arms championships at Ford Meade, Md. (May 11).
Cincinnati, getting kind of pitching contenders dream about and inspired hitting from former Dodger Don Hoak, put down Brooklyn 9-2, 7-6, Cubs 5-4, 7-5, 7-1, to stretch winning streak to 12, shared National League lead with Milwaukee, which had 3-4 week against Brooklyn, Philadelphia and St. Louis. Bumbling Dodgers lost four in row to Redlegs and New York before Johnny Podres' left-handed magic beat Giants 5-0, halted slide with champions 2� games out of first place.
Chicago, given downward push by Boston's Ted Williams, who hit four homers, three in one game (see below), bounced back to blank Red Sox 2-0, beat Detroit 6-4, 5-4 to hold � game American League edge over New York Yankees, who finally found patsy in Baltimore, took two straight 6-4, 4-3 (on two home runs by Andy Carey, one by Mickey Mantle) after dropping three to Cleveland and Orioles. Indians, shocked by unfortunate injury to Herb Score (see page 26), put together smallish four-game string before Kansas City ended it with 9-2 victory. Washington changed managers in middle of losing streak, ran it to 10 before Right-hander Camilo Pascual drew smile from Cookie with 8-5 win over Detroit.