Dumpty Humpty, sleek Irish-bred 4-year-old, hardly looked his name as he drew out neatly in stretch under able guidance of Jockey Pete Moreno, hothoofed six furlongs in 1:08 for new world record (old mark: 1:08 1/5, by Bolero in 1950 over same strip) in $11,000 Richmond Handicap at Golden Gale Fields, Albany, Calif. (Nov. 2). "What a trip!" exclaimed Moreno breathlessly. "The runningest dude I ever saw."
Oklahoma had another rough Saturday but not so rough as Notre Dame, Duke, Iowa and Dartmouth, which found themselves on outside looking in when unbeaten and untied teams were counted. Sooners had to fight for their lives to hold off Kansas State 13-0 while Navy got up full head of steam to upset Notre Dame 20-6; Georgia Tech outdefensed Duke 13-0; Iowa was forced to come from 14 points behind to tie Michigan 21-21; Dartmouth needed touchdown in final seconds to earn 14-14 deadlock with Yale. On calmer side, Auburn kept slate clean by beating Florida 13-0; Ohio State trounced Northwestern 47-6 to move step closer to Rose Bowl and date with Oregon, which all but clinched West Coast bid in 27-26 thriller with Stanford; Army treated President Eisenhower to awesome display of power to roll over Colgate 53-7; Texas A&M squeezed past Arkansas 7-6.
San Francisco 49ers. with Quarterback Yelberton Abraham Tittle climaxing one of his greatest pro days by passing 41 yards to End R. C. Owens in final seconds to beat Detroit 35-31, moved two games ahead of pack in NFL Western Division when Baltimore bowed to Pittsburgh 19-13 for its third straight loss. In Eastern Division, Cleveland Browns used Jimmy Brown's running and Tom O'Connell's passing to turn back Washington 21-17 and stay ahead of runner-up New York Giants, who beat Green Bay 31-17, and Steelers. In other games, Chicago Bears outscored Los Angeles 16-10; Philadelphia scored early and late to beat Chicago Cards 38-21.
New York Rangers, suddenly catching fire after 4-0 loss to Detroit, shut out Boston twice 3-0 (see below) and 5-0, beat Chicago 3-2, began breathing hotly down necks of first-place Montreal Canadiens, who split, two with Toronto, beat Red Wings but saw lead cut to one point. Bruins, after losing six straight, had ex-teammate Terry Sawchuk jumping around in goal like uninhibited jitterbug, plastered him and his Detroit club 4-0 to share third with Chicago. Red Wings, rapidly going nowhere, were only point ahead of cellar-roosting Toronto.
Boston Celtics, even with only part-time service from swift-handed Bob Cousy (ailing with flu) and none at all from free-wheeling Jungle Jim Loscutoff (nursing leg injury), made it look easy as they overwhelmed Syracuse 107-83, 113-95 for fourth and fifth straight victories in NBA Eastern Division. New York Knicks basket-handled Philadelphia easily enough 123-105 to take over second. In West, Cincinnati had things tougher, splitting pair with St. Louis and losing to Detroit Pistons, who moved into first place lie with Royals. Minneapolis dropped three more, was still without win at end of second week.
Hot stove league began to sizzle earlier than usual and, oddly enough, it was coaching shifts which heated up fire. Milwaukee Manager Fred Haney, who complained, "I have nobody who could take charge in my absence, and nobody who will make a decision on his own," started general house cleaning which swept out Connie Ryan, Charley Root and Johnny Riddle, added Los Angeles Dodgers' Billy Herman (who, along with Jake Pitler, had been demoted from coach to scout) to staff, set pace for other significant changes.
Dodgers, who only week earlier had signed Manager Walter Alston to new contract, decided he needed help, acquired ex-manager Charley Dressen as third-base coach just four years after Dodger President Walter O'Malley, irked by letter written by Mrs. Dressen, gave whistling Charley his walking papers because cocky but successful skipper had temerity to ask for three-year contract. Despite denial by Vice-President Buzzie Bavasi ("Dressen absolutely has no ambitions to manage club"), announcement implied win-or-else ultimatum to Alston.
Cleveland Indians, with lame-duck General Manager Hank Greenberg still pulling strings, were talking about rehiring their onetime leader, Lou Boudreau (sacked by Kansas City last September), to lend hand to new Manager Bobby Bragan.