Fred Haney, still walking on cloud after World Series victory over Yankees, began to settle down to earth after signing to manage Milwaukee again next year. His first move: to fire Coaches Johnny Riddle, Charley Root and Connie Ryan, retain Bullpen Coach Bob Keely. Replacements: Whitlow Wyatt to handle pitchers, John Fitzpatrick for first base, with Ryan's successor still to be named.
Gaspar (Indian) Ortega, cool-punching 22-year-old Mexican, moved into welterweight title picture after going 12 bustling rounds with ex-Champion Kid Gavilan to win split decision at Los Angeles. Gavilan, old bongo drum beater who was once world's best welterweight, gave it good try all way, unloading punishing hooks and crushing bolos to earn votes of most fans and sportswriters, but took latest defeat philosophically: "My spirit, it is low...just put another one in the book, that's all." His manager, ebullient Yamil Chade, was not quite so calm, screaming, "You were robbed! You never fight again or I go to electric chair!" Best bet was that the Keed would fight again, and Chade would safely evade electric chair.
Willie Pastrano, quick-stepping, fancy-flicking New Orleans heavyweight dancemaster, left-jabbed and flitted around Britain's bulling Dick Richardson like queen bee inspecting her troops to take 10-rounder before 11,000 admiring spectators at London's Harringay Arena (see below).
Art Aragon, onetime brash-as-brass Los Angeles Golden Boy who was convicted on charge of offering $500 bribe to Welterweight Dick Goldstein to throw fight, was almost humble after California District Court of Appeal reversed decision, put him back in running to apply for license (see page 29). "The happiest day of my life," exclaimed Aragon. "I'm going to fight again just as soon as they'll let me."
Nadir, Arthur B. (Bull) Hancock Jr.'s husky 2-year-old bay son of Nasrullah, surged powerfully to front leaving backstretch, stuck to his task with determination in run for wire to leave Terra Firma good two lengths behind on way to scorching victory and $155,047.50 first prize in $277,150 Garden State, world's richest race, at Garden State Park (see page 34). For Jockey Willie Hartack, who switched from favored Jewel's Reward and got mild pat on wrist ("He's a bad boy for doing that") from Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, it was highly profitable day: he booted home his 41st stakes winner of year to break Eddie Arcaro's record and pocket $15,504 as his share of purse.
Bornastar, lightly regarded 9-to-l shot, responded to intermittent whipping in stretch by substitute Jockey Kenny Church (for Hartack), held firm in face of challenge by favored Pucker Up to win $76,050 Spinster Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.
Spinney, Louis Rowan's California-bred 4 year-old, nicely rated in early going, stayed within striking distance until ready to make move, then led charge for home to win going away by length in $60,400 Canadian Championship Stakes at Woodbine.
Torakichi Nakamura, chunky 42-year-old Japanese pro with scant hitting power but deft touch of safecracker on greens (see below), served due notice on U.S. when he beat Sam Snead by six strokes in face-to-face combat, totted up rounds of 68-68-67-71 to win International Trophy with 274 at Tokyo. Nakamura also teamed with phlegmatic but equally straight-putting Koichi Ono to win Canada Cup for Japan. Surprised runners-up: America's Snead (281) and Jimmy Demaret (285).