Tommy Henrich, oldtime Yankee outfielder, parted company with San Francisco Giants, moved on to Detroit, where his main job will be to try to help Tigers beef up their hitting. Meanwhile, Giants were reported wooing Pitching Coach Bucky Walters with $25,000 offer to follow team to San Francisco.
England's Peter Collins and America's Phil Hill teamed up to roar their Ferrari 4100 around sharp curves and over twisting highways, found themselves all alone when they completed 600-mile run in 6:31:55 to win accident-marred Grand Prix of Venezuela at Caracas and give Ferrari team, which swept first four places, 1957 sports car championship over Maserati. Hap Dressel of Arlington, Va. was carted off to hospital with reported brain concussion, fractured pelvis, bad cuts on face and legs when his AC Bristol was hit by Stirling Moss's Maserati, flew into air and cracked up on highway post.
Idun, smooth-striding young lady who made all her starts winning ones to stand alone in running for 2-year-old filly crown, got happy ride by Willie Hartack to snug through $89,650 Frizette Stakes at Jamaica for her eighth straight, was sent packing off to Florida for much-deserved rest after earning record $220,955 for Owner Mrs. Charles Ulrick Bay.
Round Table, versatile 3-year-old with eye on bigger prize—this Saturday's $75,000 Trenton Handicap and possible Horse of Year clash with Gallant Man and Dedicate—warmed up with easy eight-length frolic in exhibition at Garden State, next day acquired still another potential rival in Bold Ruler, who drew steadily away with almost arrogant leisureliness despite 136-pound impost to romp home by 12 lengths in $25,575 Benjamin Franklin Handicap.
Decathlon, River Divide Farm's great 4-year-old sprint champion, made his last race before cantering off to stud at John Galbreath's Darby Dan Farm one of his very best, lugging 133 pounds to neck victory in Princeton Handicap at Garden State. Winning haul of $14,820 brought Decathlon's earnings to $269,688, gave Owner Robert J Dienst neat return on $15,500 investment. Decathlon won eight of nine starts this year, 25 of 42 in brilliant career.
Queen Elizabeth U, back home after whirlwind American visit, paid tribute to Washington hospitality, aptly registered one of her yearling geldings (by Supreme Court out of Snowberry) as White House.
Poland's determined booters outkicked Finland 4-0 at Warsaw, set up playoff with Russia (already beaten by Poles 2-1) to decide which country will go to World Cup finals next June.
Lady's First, stepping smartly and resolutely to front early, stayed there all way, beating off last-furlong challenge by favored Jean Laird to win first leg of $75,000 American Trotting Classic, big apple of jug-head circuit, at Hollywood Park. Defending Champion Scott Frost pulled up lame before start, lost chance to overtake Pronto Don as alltime money winner.