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August 19, 1957


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National League race began to stretch out for first time as Milwaukee knocked off challengers in bat-to-bat combat. Braves swept six in row from Cincinnati and St. Louis, drew 5� games ahead of skidding Cards (who ran losing streak to six), 6� ahead of fumbling Brooklyn Dodgers, who suffered unkindest cut of all—double-header defeat at hands of last-place Pittsburgh. Redlegs were still within reach in fourth place but pennant race had a Brave new look.

New York Yankees tempted Chicago by losing three straight to Washington and Baltimore but withdrew bait and still held 5�-game edge over White Sox in American League. Kansas City, perked up by new Manager Harry Craft (who succeeded fired Lou Boudreau), ran off four in row over Cleveland, dumped Indians into sixth place behind Detroit and Baltimore.

Miss Thriftway, with Bill Muncey at throttle, roared to victory in first two heats, coasted home behind Maverick in third sprint, averaged record 101.983 mph, retained Gold Cup with 1,500 points at Seattle.

Virgil Akins, veteran welterweight trial horse from St. Louis, found sideburned Garnett (Sugar) Hart to be hardly the menace his TV buildup suggested in sparsely attended (about 1,000) Cleveland bout. Akins decked willing but inexperienced Hart with overhand right in seventh, sent Philadelphia sponsors off talking to themselves when referee stopped light in eighth.

National Open Champion Dick Mayer, fortified by allergy shots for grass, dust and chocolate, held firm on last round of George May's glistening, pressure-cooker "world championship" at Tarn O'Shanter in Chicago, came through with neat 68 to catch and pass early leader Sam Snead, finished with 279 to haul down $50,000 first prize. Cracked Mayer: "I did everything out there but putt with my No. 4 wood." Patty Berg and Fay Crocker finished in 302 tie for women's pro title, headed into playoff for $6,000 payoff. Other winners: Crooner Don Cherry with 296 in amateur division; Coed Clifford Ann Creed with 317 in women's amateur class.

Althea Gibson and Dorothy Head Knode scored double victories in singles, led U.S. to 6-1 victory over young but brash Britishers for Wightman Cup at Sewickley, Pa. Lone upset: by Ann Haydon, 18-year-old table tennis expert, who beat Darlene Hard 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

New York Giants, shook up gently by passing of John Brodie Stanford' and line-blasting of Billy Ray Barnes ( Wake Forest) in early going, called on Pass Master Charley Conerly, who pinpointed Ken McAfee for two touchdowns, and still chipper Ben Agajanian, who footed 33- and 45-yard field goals, to polish off College All-Stars 22-12 before rain-splashed 75,000 at Chicago's Soldier Field (see page 22).


HONORED—Amos Alonzo Stagg, respected football patriarch whose active career bridged two centuries, All-America end at Yale (1888), longtime coach at Chicago (1892-1932), later at College of Pacific (1933-1946) and Susquehanna (1947-1952), now advisory coach at Stockton Junior College, inventor of tackling dummy, man-in-motion, flanker, quick kick, six-man defensive line, T-formation and many other innovations; in anticipation of his 95th birthday (Aug. 16), by former players, at Stockton, Calif. Also honored: Stagg's wife Stella ("best assistant a coach ever had"), in belated observance of her 81st birthday (Aug. 7).

MARRIED—Lee Calhoun, 23, Olympic 110-meter high hurdle champion, holder of world indoor record (8.2) for 70-yard high hurdles; and Gwendolyn Bannister, 22; on NBC-TV's gift-packed Bride and Groom show, in New York. Calhoun defied warning from AAU, which promptly lifted his amateur standing On grounds he "capitalized on his athletic fame."

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