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).
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).
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."