Parry O'Brien, whale-sized muscleman who has made world shotput record his personal property, hefted metal ball 61 feet 5¾ inches at Pasadena (Sept. 15), once again bettered mark but was more than foot off spectacular 62-foot-6¼-inch Labor Day toss.
Vladimir Kuts, sinewy Ukrainian sailor, purposefully strode 10,000 meters in 28:30.4 at Moscow, smashed existing and pending world standards (Sept. 11).
Sandor Rozsnyoi, another of Hungary's well-conditioned long-distance supermen, hustled through 3,000-meter steeplechase course in 8:30.6 to break world mark at Budapest (Sept. 16).
Betty Cuthbert, pretty 18-year-old shrub-nursery assistant from Ermington, sprinted 200 meters in 23.2 at Sydney to lower world record (Sept. 16).
Egyptian Princess, Clearview Stable bay with Earle Avery in sulky, stepped off middle heat in 2:03 1/5, three heats in combined 6:12 4/5, set two world marks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on half-mile track at Reading, Pa. (Sept. 12).
Barney Navarro and Carl Maginn of Glendale, Calif. took aim at APBA world speedboat records, broke two at Newport Beach. Navarro skippered his 7-liter boat at 83.807 mph; Maginn bounced his Crackerbox runabout at 73.8 mph (Sept. 16).
Brooklyn Dodgers, getting whiff of World Series dividends, split pair with Milwaukee, took three straight from Chicago and Cincinnati to inch past Braves into first place by bare half-game in National League. Sal Maglie, once most-hated Dodger foe but rapidly becoming Flatbush hero, teamed up with 24-game winner Don Newcombe and Reliefer Don Bessent to provide airtight hurling. Milwaukee, after winning two extra-inning games from Philadelphia, was shocked by 13-1, 6-5 defeats as pitching began to falter. Cincinnati was still in running, three games off pace, but Redleg chances were fading fast.
New York Yankees were on verge of clinching American League pennant after splitting Sunday double-header with Cleveland to eliminate Indians and Boston, still needed one more victory to kill off second-place Chicago White Sox, who stayed alive by knocking over Washington 7-5, 7-2.