- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Yuri Stepanov, 6-foot 1-inch Russian high jumper who failed to make 1056 Soviet Olympic team, leaped 7 feet 1 inch at Leningrad to better Charley Dumas' world record by half inch, became second man in history to surpass 7-foot barrier (July 13).
Three world marks were established in 100-meter Honolulu salt-water tank during annual Keo Nakama swim meet: Nancy Ramey, perky, 17-year-old Seattleite, thrashed 100-meter butterfly in 1:10.5 (July 12); Australia's Dawn Fraser smashed own 100-yard freestyle mark, negotiating distance in 56.3 (July 12); Australia's sturdy Lorraine Crapp broke own 800-meter freestyle standard by more than 6 seconds with 10:24.3 clocking (July 12).
Luigi Musso of Italy gunned his 8-cylinder Ferrari to first place in Reims Grand Prix race at average speed of 123.3 mph for 314.7-mile course, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Jean Behra of France in a Maserati. World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, in second position with two laps remaining, inexplicably stopped his machine on turn leading to grandstand straight, got out, gave car blank look. He finished eighth.
American League, with Manager Casey Stengel manipulating the forces, received stout pitching from Rookie Jim Bunning, Retread Billy Loes, survived scary ninth inning when Nationals scored thrice, to win 24th annual All-Star Game at St. Louis, 6-5.
St. Louis' league-leading Cardinals lost ground after All-Star break as hitting tailed off, dropping three games while winning one but remained in first by half game. Philadelphia, rising like rocket, rode its magnificent pitching to five victories, moved into second. Milwaukee won thrice, lost twice, fell to third, one game off pace. Dodgers won all three starts against Cincinnati and Milwaukee with fine pitching, clutch homers. Redlegs wound up week with 2-2 record, descended to fifth.
New York Yankees, getting ninth-inning pinch-hit, grand-slam home run from Scowling Moose Skowron, were able to increase their lead by half game over plucky White Sox. Yanks won three, lost two, including first loss in 14 games to Kansas City. Chicago, battling to stay up there, split four, floundered three games behind. Boston, two and three on week despite magnificent hitting of Ted Williams (5 homers, 10 hits in 15 trips), held third position.