Adios Express, sidewheeling under full head of steam, left heavily favored but tiring Torpid, beaten for first time as 3-year-old after 17 straight, to wage futile fight with Silk Byrd for third, went on to win $18,400 Brown Jug Trial at Detroit. Despite defeat, Torpid still was pacer to beat in Little Brown Jug.
Diamond Hal, spunky, California-bred 6-year-old, sneaked along rail when Adios Harry, Dottie's Pick and Duane Hanover drifted wide on last turn, responded resolutely to crafty little Joe O'Brien's whipping to take $25,000 National Pacing Derby for second time at Roosevelt Raceway.
Hillman Robbins Jr., slender 25-year-old Air Force lieutenant from Memphis, perked up his game as Dr. Frank (Bud) Taylor, 40-year-old dentist from Pomona, Calif. who had staged remarkable comeback on morning round, slowly but surely wearied, put his 30-year-old putter to work for 5-and-4 victory and national amateur title at Brookline, Mass. (see page 19).
Heavyweight contenders by the gloveful got in their licks last week but Champion Floyd Patterson's crown seemed more secure than ever. Second-ranking Zora Folley, using injured right hand sparingly, left-jabbed to 10-round victory over one Monroe Ratliff at Phoenix; fourth-ranked Willie Pastrano, jiggling and stabbing nimbly, pitched shutout against outclassed George Peyton until referee stopped fight in eighth at Miami Beach; eighth-ranked Alex Miteff, latest to get buildup, almost lost his ranking when forgetful Johnny Holman tagged him in sixth, but Holman remembered in time, was counted out while resting on one knee in ninth at Denver; Harold Johnson, No. 1-ranked light heavyweight, moved up to meet Heavyweight Wayne Bethea, easily outboxed his scrambling rival in drab 10-rounder at Philadelphia.
Vince Martinez, at best no tiger but seemingly back in good graces of IBC (along with Manager Bill Daly), jabbed and ran until he opened up gash near right eye of hustling Larry Baker in eighth, got savage right which sent him wobbling for his trouble, but won by TKO when Referee Sonny Weissman refused to permit Baker to come out for ninth at Chicago.
Milwaukee Braves, sputtering badly, watched once comfortable lead shrink to 2� games as surging St. Louis Cards took advantage of every misstep to pull ever closer. Hitting tailed off to whisper as Braves split pair with Pittsburgh, dropped two out of three to Brooklyn, lost single to Philadelphia while eager-beaver Cards mowed down second-division Phillies, New York Giants and Pirates in five out of six. Dodgers, six games out, had that "wait until next year" look—either in Los Angeles or Brooklyn.
New York Yankees welcomed back Mickey Mantle's booming bat in time to split two with still hopeful Chicago but string began to run out fast on White Sox after pennant-scenting Yanks used their Kansas City playmates to hold firm to 5�-game lead.