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U.S. teen-agers churned up record-breaking swell at Houston, teamed up with Australia's Dawn Fraser and Lorraine Crapp to haul down 11 American marks in AAU championships (Aug. 13-16). Top record breaker was 13-year-old Chris Von Saltza of Santa Clara, who cracked three, winning 220-yard backstroke in 2:40.2 and clocking fastest time by American citizen, while trailing Miss Fraser, who won 110-yard freestyle in 1:03.9, and Miss Crapp, who took 440-yard freestyle in 5:08.5. Chris's records: 1:05.3 for 110 yards, 5:13.3 for 440 yards. Next best was 15-year-old Sylvia Ruuska of Berkeley, who thrashed 440-yard individual medley in 5:49.5 and 880-yard freestyle in 10:45.8. Other marks fell to Carin Cone, 17, of Ridgewood, N.J., 110-yard backstroke in 1:13.6; Nancy Ramey, 17, of Seattle, 110-yard butterfly in 1:11.3; Carolyn Murray, 15, of North Hollywood, mile freestyle in 22:13.9; Los Angeles AC's Sharon Kelley, Judy Primrose, Caryn Simonson and Molly Botkin, 440-yard freestyle relay in 4:36.
Bonneville Salt Flats got annual going over as Americans Phil Hill and David Ash and Briton Tom Wisdom took turns wheeling British Motor Corporation's experimental racing car, Ex-179, to nine world and 62 U.S. speed records in three days of throttle tromping (Aug. 13, 16, 17).
Milwaukee polished off skidding Cincinnati, pushing winning kick to 10 and lead over St. Louis, helpless in nine-game losing streak, to 8� games. But Cards suddenly found renewed strength, took three out of four from Braves to chop Milwaukee edge to still safe but not nearly so comfortable 6 l/2 games. Brooklyn continued to rock along, 7� games out of first place. Oddly enough, week's best ball was played by seventh-place Chicago Cubs, who won six in row, and New York Giants, who took six out of eight. Cincinnati had Manager Birdie Tebbetts tweeting sorrowfully after dropping six straight.
New York Yankees continued to roll toward American League pennant, cooling off Boston and Baltimore, while Chicago, after taking two from Cleveland, had all kinds of trouble in Detroit, slipped 7� games off pace. Best fight was for fourth place with Tigers, Orioles and Indians slugging it out.
Jack Kramer, bossman of road show pros, turned teacher to find out what ails his most recent (and most expensive) acquisition, started lessons by knocking off Lew Hoad 6-3, 10-8 to help U.S. retain "world" professional title at Vittel, France.
Dick Savitt, semiretired amateur, left his executive desk to sweep through Eastern grass courts at South Orange, N.J., defeating Vic Seixas 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 8-6 in final, but neither was on hand at Newport, where Australia's Mal Anderson outlasted Britain's Michael Davies 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 for title.