HORSE SHOW—the AMERICAN TEAM easily won the international jumping title at the Harris-burg, Pa. show with seven first places and the unusually high total of 106 points in 10 classes. Ireland was a lagging second with 42 points, two better than third-place Canada. Mexico was last, not winning a single event. Outstanding performer on the U.S. team was 28-year-old, bespectacled Frank Chapot of Wallpack, N.J., who clinched the individual title.
MOTOR SPORTS—ROGER PENSKE, jaunty driver of his own Penske-modified Zerex Special, was the happy winner at Laguna Seca (see page 12).
TRACK & FIELD—JAPAN displayed a growing prowess at long-distance running by beating a strong field of 125 in an international marathon in Auckland, New Zealand. Tiny (5 feet) Takayuki Nakao ran the 26-mile event in two seconds under the 2:18:54 New Zealand record formerly held by Olympian Barry Magee.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: BOBBY BRAGAN, 44, as fourth Milwaukee Brave manager in slightly more than three years in the hope he will shake up the team with his obstreperous personality. Also hired, as coaches with the Baltimore Orioles, .310-lifetime-hitter LUKE APPLING, 54; and wistful HANK BAUER, 40, who recently quit the manager's job at Kansas City before being fired. Sighed Bauer, even after taking Oriole post: "Once a Yankee, always a Yankee, and some day I hope to go back to them."
REHIRED: WALTER (Smokey) ALSTON, 50, for the ninth straight year as manager of the Dodgers, despite the Dodgers' collapse and reports that some players had lost faith in him.
REASSURED: LEO (The Lip) DUROCHER, 56, former Dodger manager, now Dodger coach, who hoped for Alston's job, and second-guessed him after final Dodger playoff defeat, by a forgiving Alston. For once, no immediate word from Leo.
DIED: JOHN B. LAW, 57, captain and All-America guard on the 1929 national champion Notre Dame football team, who, although slight, developed into a crunchingly able lineman and whose later career as a coach included a volunteer tour of duty with the Sing Sing football team; in Tarrytown, N.Y.
DIED: GEORGE C. REIS, 73, happy extrovert, occasional actor and versemaker who drove his powerboat, El Largarto, to three straight Gold Cup victories in 1933-35, and who continued to drive the same boat at the same speed until last summer; in Glens Falls, N.Y.