BASEBALL—NEW YORK YANKEES, who make habit of cooling off pretenders, lured streaking White Sox into Stadium, polished them off in two out of three before splitting Sunday pair with Detroit to wind up week still 12 big games in front of Chicago. Meanwhile, Boston suddenly came alive against Cleveland and Kansas City, moved to within 1½ games of second place.
Los Angeles Dodgers, who have time beating anyone but Milwaukee these days, used unique spell to bump Braves in four out of five, maintaining own fragile position in fourth place and keeping Giants and Pirates in National League pennant race. But Braves found succor in San Francisco, whipped Giants 8-5 to hold seven-game edge over hosts and Pirates, who won four from Redlegs, divided two with Cardinals.
Monterrey's bubble-gum-chewing moppets, who captured nation's fancy at Williamsport last year, did it again, routing Kankakee, Ill. 10-1 on Hector Torres' three-hitter, homers by Andres Galvan, Manuel Mora, Hugo Lozano and Juan Castro for Mexico's second Little League World Series title. At Vancouver, John Houser dropped squeeze bunt in 10th inning, gave Charlotte, N.C. 4-2 victory over Massapequa, N.Y. and Babe Ruth World Series crown.
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP hopefuls continued to test their muscles, completed eight-day Observation Trials at Newport. Blue-hulled Weatherly, skippered by Arthur Knapp Jr., sailed off with best record—six victories, two defeats—but only barely ahead of oldtimer Vim and highly regarded Columbia. Easterner, still having its troubles, was unable to win even one race.
August 31, 1958
Bill Stead, Nevada rancher, held bucking Maverick in line despite threat by daring Bill Cantrell in Gale V, thunder boated to victory at 105.481 mph in final heat of Silver Cup Regatta at Detroit to add to lead in hydro point standings.
FOOTBALL—CALIFORNIA, USC, UCLA, and WASHINGTON, who helped put last nail in Pacific Coast Conference coffin, banded together at San Francisco to form new conference to be known as Athletic Association of Western Universities. Big Four, leaving door open for Stanford to join in future, set up qualified plan for athletic grants-in-aid, hopefully agreed to put each other on honor to observe rules.
Detroitlions, still smarting from All-Star defeat, got over some early-game sputtering, pulled out 17-7 victory over Cleveland. In other exhibitions. Los Angeles turned Billy Wade's passing into 38-10 win over New York; Pittsburgh edged Green Bay 3-0 on Rookie Tom Miner's last-second field goal from 30; San Francisco just made it against Washington 20-19; Chicago Bears squeaked past Philadelphia 3-0; All-Star Hero Bobby Joe Conrad booted 30-yard placement with five seconds to go to give Chicago Cards 31-31 tie with Baltimore.
TENNIS—HAM RICHARDSON, who has balked at making trip to Australia, and ALEX OLMEDO, Peruvian who studies at USC, teamed up for first time, swept through U.S. doubles tournament at Brook-line, beating Barry MacKay and Sam Giammalva 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in first ail-American final since 1948, gave Davis Cup selection committee food for thought. Another new pair, unseeded Darlene Hard and Jeanne Arth, surprised Wimbledon Champions Althea Gibson and Maria Bueno 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win women's title.
GOLF—ANNE QUAST ended seven-year quest for U.S. women's amateur title, twice coming from behind with spray of birdies to upset Defending Champion JoAnne Gunderson 1 up in semifinals and then defeat pretty Barbara Romack 3 and 2 at Darien, Conn. (see page 18).
BOXING—HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON, shoved to canvas in second round, methodically sliced up brave challenger Roy Harris, floored him four times before Texan's corner decided he had absorbed enough to call it quits at end of 12th in Los Angeles (see page 12).
Welterweight champion Virgil Akins, battered bloody by Charlie (Tombstone) Smith and behind on points, rushed out in 10th, sent his lanky tormentor sprawling, salvaged his slipping prestige when Referee Frank Sikora quickly stopped nontitle scrap at Chicago. Muttered Akins, ring-rusty and overweight at 150 pounds: "I'm not satisfied with the way I looked."
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—BRITAIN'S icy-calm Stirling Moss, behind wheel of Vanwall, swirled into early lead, leadfooted 213.47 miles in 2:11:28.08 to finish more than five minutes ahead of Countryman Mike Hawthorn's Ferrari in Grand Prix of Portugal at Oporto. Moss picked up eight points but trails Hawthorn 37 to 32 in race for world driving title.
Pat Flaherty, 1956 Indy winner who was forced to sidelines by near-fatal crack-up two years ago, returned to races for first time at Milwaukee, roared his 1957 Chevy around one-mile paved track at 85.6-mph clip to win USAC 200-miler in 2:20:05.29.
HORSE RACING—CHRIS CHENERY'S unbeaten FIRST LANDING left four outclassed rivals floundering well behind as he romped to 5½-length victory in $57,500 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga to score his seventh straight victory and bolster ranking as East's top 2-year-old. Jockey Arcaro's strategy: "I popped him with the whip a few times because I didn't want him loafing with all that cabbage around."
Round table stuffed $54,100 more into Owner Travis Kerr's already bulging moneybag, moving handily past Hoop Band at head of stretch to gallop home first in $85,200 Arlington Handicap. Unbeaten on grass, Round Table brought earnings to cool $1,215,114, moved within $73,451 of retired Nashua's alltime record.
SWIMMING—AUSTRALIAN Wunderkind JON KONRADS, chagrined at defeat by Japan's Tsuyoshi Yamanaka (see right), leaped back into pool next night, twice outchurned rival (in 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay) as Aussies overwhelmed Japanese in good-will meet at Osaka. Australians claimed two world records when John Monckton clocked 1:01.5 for 100-meter backstroke leg, led Teammates Terry Gathercole, Brian Wilkinson and John Devitt to 4:10.4 for 400-meter medley relay.
Greta Anderson, husky Danish-born California housewife, plunged into misty English Channel at Cap Gris Nez, France, fought off seasickness and weariness (which claimed 25 of 29 rivals) as she plowed through swift currents in time to rock 'n' roll tunes, crawled ashore 11 hours later at Deadman Gulch on Britain's rocky shore to win mass race for second time, $1,400 in cash and trophy worth $3,080. Day earlier another American, Bert Thomas, thrashed same route in 19 hours 28 minutes, failed in attempt to complete round trip.
TRACK & FIELD—RUSSIA, as expected, plucked off 11 gold medals (to eight for Poland, seven for Britain, six for Germany) for Kremlin appreciation, dominated rhubarb and surprise-filled European Games at Stockholm. But most notable individual performance was recorded by Britain's Brian Hewson, reluctant starter in 1,500 meters, who outlegged Sweden's Dan Waern and Ireland's Ron Delany in thriller, snapped tape in fine 3:41.9.
SHOOTING—TRAPSHOOTERS filled countryside at Vandalia, Ill. with bang-bang of scatter-guns and when smoke cleared Emerson Clark, 66, of Preston, Ont. had won Grand American Handicap while Ned Lilly of Stanton, Mich. took over-all title.
FENCING—ITALY'S GIAN CARLO BERGAMINI, master of parry and thrust, won men's foil title as world championships began at Philadelphia. Team champions: Italy, men's épée; France, men's foil; Russia, women's foil.