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St. Louis and Milwaukee continued to play potsy with National League lead, but Cards held meager �-game edge at week's end after running off eight straight over Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia before Phillies burst bubble. Braves won two out of three from Brooklyn, pushing Dodgers three games off pace, while Cincinnati overtook Phillies to climb back into fourth place. Pirates, going from bad (seventh) to worse (eighth), tried usual remedy, fired Manager Bobby Bragan (see page 19).
Alhambra, Fred Hooper's flashy colt, took to Eddie Arcaro's rated ride with assurance, turned it on in dash for wire to run off with $17,000 George Woolf Memorial at Washington Park, began to look more and more like nation's top 2-year-old.
Kid Gavilan, who hasn't won many since his welterweight title was handed to Johnny Saxton, got his bolo punch back in working order, belabored third-ranked Gaspar Ortega for 10 bustling rounds to win decision at Miami Beach.
Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, rushed to hospital suffering from kidney contusions following 10-round TKO at hands of Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson, "signed" himself out after two days, directed tornado-sized blast at his managers: "My managers all did wrong and they know it. They pushed me along pretty fast. My time was up, that's all. Thank God I'm alive." Meanwhile NBA belatedly discovered Jackson's ability was "limited only to absorb punishment," dropped him to No. 5 in monthly rankings, boosted Eddie Machen to No. 1, Zora Folley to No. 2, Roy Harris to No. 3.
Sugar Ray Robinson, his usual recalcitrant self, kept. Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio and New York Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand cooling their heels for two hours while he inspected small print in return bout contract prepared by Jim Norris' IBC, finally showed up to sign to defend middleweight title Sept. 23 at Yankee Stadium. Growled Basilio in true traditional style: "He's greedy and arrogant and I despise him. I can't wait to get in the ring with him."
Sammy Giammalva had to be at his scampering best to beat Brazil's Armando Vieira 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, but rejuvenated Vic Seixas, cavorting like rabbitlegged youngster, blew down 19-year-old Carlos Fernandes 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, then teamed up with young Barry Mackay to win doubles and clinch American Zone Davis Cup final for U.S. at Brookline. With pressure off, Mike Green and Mackay made it 5-0 in final singles matches.