Vladimir Kuts, stocky but power-legged 30-year-old Russian naval officer who ran off with two gold medals at Melbourne, gave 20,000 cheering spectators at Rome glimpse of his finest form, smartly stepping off 5,000 meters in 13:35 to break Briton Gordon Pirie's world record by almost two full seconds, had enough breath left to romp another lap with bouquet of red flowers under his arm, tossing blossoms to crowd (Oct. 13).
Deiter Konig of Germany and Bud Jones of Sioux City, Iowa, closed out NOA world championships for modified stocks in record style, zooming to pair of world speed marks over one-mile straightaway on Corpus Christi's Sunset Lake. Konig throttled hard all way to average 65.814 mph in his Class B hydro while Jones clocked 64.865 mph in Class C hydro (Oct. 7).
Milwaukee, home of lager and National League pennant winner, took over as nation's baseball capital, began celebration (see below) that threatened to awaken every cow in Wisconsin. Pitcher Lew Burdette, who became first since Cleveland Spitballer Stanley Coveleskie (in 1920) to win three complete games in one Series, was welcomed home as messiah who led Braves to promised land; Manager Fred Haney was hailed as "new" Casey Stengel; Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron were greatest hitters ever known to baseball; every Brave was a most valuable player. All this because Milwaukee, after bowing to Yankee home run hitters Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer, Pitcher Bob Turley in 3-2 sixth game of World Series, came back behind low-ball hurling of Burdette to win seventh game 5-0, give haughty but outplayed New York city slickers their comeuppance (see page 24).
Brooklyn Dodgers did what Walter O'Malley knew they would all along, announced they were moving westward to Los Angeles. Although expected, diehard Brooklyn fans, who always hoped for best, were left with only fond memories of zany days of Wilbert (Uncle Robbie) Robinson, Casey Stengel, Babe Herman and Burleigh (Boily) Grimes of earlier vintage, more recent exploits of Leo Durocher, Dixie Walker, Kirby (Koiby) Higbe, Hugh Casey, Mickey Owen, Jackie Robinson, Carl (Oiskin) Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe. Los Angeles, in big leagues at last, drew hardly an extra breath, except for jubilant mayor and council (see below).
Round Table, doughty little colt who has had California and Midwest buzzing about him as top candidate for best 3-year-old, made his backers (and his chances) look good, running away from touted Swoon's Son to take $126,550 Hawthorne Gold Cup by three lengths (see page 10).
Belmont's week was story of Willie Shoemaker, Jewel's Reward, Gallant Man, Bold Ruler and Neji.
Shoemaker had his biggest money-winning day, booting home 2-year-old Jewel's Reward in $156,500 Champagne Stakes and his old buddy. Gallant Man, in $80,700 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Maine Chance Farm's rugged Jewel's Reward, in solid bid for year's juvenile title, bounced along within striking distance of leaders until ready to make move, then took command from Alhambra and held on gamely to stave off on-rushing Misty Flight by neck in rich Champagne. Ralph Lowe's Gallant Man, settled in last place heading into backstretch, responded promptly to Shoe's urgent whipping, picked up pace to win going away in Gold Cup, remained firmly in running for 3-year-old honors.