HORSE RACING—Flying into the stretch in the $109,800 Woodward Stakes at Aqueduct, a race that, it was generally agreed, would settle claims to Horse-of-the-Year honors, came Hillsdale, Round Table and Sword Dancer. On Sword Dancer, Eddie Arcaro found space along the rail, put away Round Table, gave his horse some galvanizing left-handed cracks with his bat, beat Hillsdale by a head (see page 20).
PERSONALITIES—Ingemar Johansson, vacationing briefly in Florida, and Rocky Marciano, who now grows potatoes there, confronted each other in the swinging competition of golf at Fort Lauderdale's Coral Ridge Club. Result: no decision. "I never count my shots," said Ingo. Photographer asked the two men to put heads closer together. "Hell," objected Marciano, "we're not that friendly."
TENNIS—As predicted, an Australian won the Pacific Southwest tennis championships—not the expected Neale Fraser but his Davis Cup teammate Roy Emerson, who defeated Fraser in the Los Angeles semifinals, then went on to overpower India's Ramanathan Krishnan 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the finals. In earlier play Spain's Manuel Santana dumped ache-ridden Alex Olmedo. Women's title went to Beverly Fleitz. Long Beach, Calif., 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, over Maria Bueno of Brazil.
HARNESS RACING—At Delaware, Ohio, Adios Butler, with the Cane Futurity and the Messenger Stakes already safely tucked away in his stable, decided he might as well have the Little Brown Jug (worth a tidy $28,335) and with it pacing's Triple Crown. To show there should be no doubt, he paced off his first heat in 1:59[2/5] to set a world record for 3-year-old pacers for mile on a half-mile track. Taking off in the deciding heat he left second-place Meadow Al a length behind at the finish. It was driver Clint Hodgins' first swipe at the Little Brown Jug (see page 58).
October 4, 1959
INVESTIGATIONS—Organized Baseball was roused to fresh concern when Humberto Robinson, Phillies pitcher, reported an attempt to bribe him to "throw" late-season game against Cincinnati. Robinson pitched and won. Police arrested, on Robinson's charges, a Philadelphia cafe owner named Harold Friedman. Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sent an investigator of his own to work with Philadelphia police.