BASEBALL—BOB FELLER, modern-day strikeout record holder, and JACKIE ROBINSON, clutch-hitting, sure-fielding Brooklyn infielder, were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. In 18 American League seasons, all with Cleveland, Feller won 266 games, lost 162. His career earned run average was 3.25. He holds the modern major league record of 18 strikeouts for a nine-inning game, 28 for two consecutive games, and the modern season's record of 348. He pitched three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters.
Robinson had a late start in the majors, coming up to Brooklyn in 1947, at the age of 28. But for 10 seasons he was the most exciting player of the postwar era. In 1949 he hit .342 and drove in 124 runs to win both the National League batting title and the Most Valuable Player award. He set a fielding record for second basemen in 1951, with only seven errors and a percentage of .992. That same year he participated in 137 double plays, also a record. Twice, in 1947 and 1949, he led the league in stolen bases with 29 and 37. Six times he hit .300 or better, and had a career average of .311. EDD ROUSH, National League center fielder from 1916 to 1929 and again in 1931, and BILL McKECHNIE, manager of four National League pennant winners, were elected to the Hall of Fame by a special 12-man veterans committee. In 16 seasons Roush had a batting average of .325, twice was National League batting champion. McKechnie won pennants in Pittsburgh in 1925, in St. Louis in 1928 and won two in row, in 1939 and 1940, in Cincinnati. His 1925 and '40 teams were world champions.
Southern Association, one of the sport's oldest and most productive minor leagues, was disbanded after 61 years of continuous operation.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The best and worst teams in the Eastern Division reversed form. First-place Boston, with Bill Russell injured, lost four straight, while last-place New York won three out of four. Philadelphia took six in a row and cut Boston's lead from 9½ to seven games. Syracuse had Dolph Schayes back, but still was unable to win.
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Los Angeles boosted its division lead to a comfortable 8½ games, beating runner-up Cincinnati twice. Elgin Baylor, on pass from the Army, scored 77 points, and Jerry West had 88 for the two-game set. Detroit lost ground to revived St. Louis. With Len Wilkens on Army passes, the Hawks moved to within three games of third place. Chicago finally won its 10th game of the season.
BOWLING—FRED LENING upset the favorites in the Empire State Open tournament, then outrolled J. Wilbert Sims 254-243 in a one-game final to win the $5,000 first prize, in Colonie, N.Y.
BOXING—TOM McNEELEY JR., in his first fight since the December title bout with Floyd Patterson, lost a split decision to former sparring partner Don Prout, in Providence.
Luis Rodriguez, normally a counter-puncher, carried the fight to welterweight Federico Thompson, won a 10-round decision, in New York.
GOLF—GENE LITTLER, U.S. Open champion, canned a birdie on the 14th hole of the last round to go ahead of George Knudsen and win the $50,000 Lucky International Open in San Francisco. Littler, who finished with a 274 for the 72 holes, had a 6-stroke lead going into the final round. Knudsen pulled even on the 13th hole, finally lost by two strokes.
HARNESS RACING—NEWSTAR, a French-bred but Italian-owned mare, won the $81,600 Prix D'Amerique, Europe's richest trotting race, at Vincennes racetrack, Paris. Masina, last year's winner, was second. Al Weil, president of Roosevelt Raceway, announced that Newstar would be entered in the $50,000 Roosevelt International, on Aug. 18.
HOCKEY—College: MINNESOTA, sixth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, tied Michigan State 1-1, and kept State from moving into a first-place tie with MICHIGAN. Third-place Michigan Tech beat Minnesota (Duluth) 7-1, 4-3, brought its season record to 11-3-0.
NHL: MONTREAL, on a 10-game winning streak, built its lead to four points over Toronto. Chicago's goal tending was near perfect. Glenn Hall leads the league in shutouts with six, and the Hawks are now secure in third place, six points ahead of Detroit. New York, unable to break out of a slump, lost 10 straight, fell three points behind the Red Wings. Boston was last but improving.
HORSE RACING—BRAMALEA ($14), with Braulio Baeza up (see page 12), ran the seven furlongs in 1:24.6 to win the $33,500 Jasmine Stakes, in Hialeah, Fla. Windy Miss, the 3-to-5 favorite, was second, 2¼ lengths behind.
Four-and-twenty ($3.40), ran in front all the way to win the $153,910 Santa Anita Maturity by four lengths over Garwol, in Arcadia, Calif., covering the 1¼ miles in 2:01, with Johnny Longden up.
MOTOR SPORTS—BRUCE McLAREN of New Zealand, driving a 2.5-liter Cooper, finished ahead of England's Stirling Moss and Australia's Jack Brabham to win the Teretonga Trophy, in Invercargill, New Zealand.
SKATING—INGA VORONINA of the U.S.S.R. set women's records of 44.9 for the 500 meters and 2:19 for the 1.500 meters at national championships in Alma-Ata.
SKIING—KARL SCHRANZ of Austria schussed down the 3,845-yard slope in 2:41.2 to win the Cop-pa Ilio Colli international downhill race, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. The fast course spilled almost half the 80-man field—only 48 skiers completed the race.
Chuck Ferries improved U.S. prospects in the World Alpine Championships later this month (see page 18) by winning the Duca D'Aosta special slalom. In two runs over the 70-gate course. Ferries had a total time of 138 seconds. Charles Bozon of France was second. Ferries had won the slalom event at Kitzb√ºhel, now has two successive victories over the best of the European skiers.
Grete Grander, continuing Austria's sweep of the women's races, won the Tre Comuni Ladini downhill trophy, completing the 2,520-meter course in 2:32.0, in Ortisei Selva, Italy. Pia Riva of Italy was second . American women made a strong showing in this last tune-up race before the World Championships, placing fourth, 10th and 14th in the field of 54. ASTRID SANDRIX of Norway had a total time of 90.5 to win the slalom event. PIA RIVA was fourth and won the combined trophy.
Anderl Molterer of Kitzb√ºhel, Austria, took the $1,100 first-place prize money for the slalom event at the professional ski races at Heavenly Valley, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—PETER SNELL, New Zealand's 800-meter Olympic champion, clipped 1 /10th of a second off the world mile record, running that distance in 3:54.4 on a grass track at Cook's Gardens, Wanganui, New Zealand (see page 48).
John Uelses, a Marine lance corporal, easily cleared 15 feet 10¼ inches, to set an indoor pole-vault record and equal the pending world outdoor mark, at District of Columbia Invitation Meet, in Washington, D.C.
Oregon invitational indoor meet at Portland was marked by major upsets. Jim Grelle ran a slow 4:10.2 mile, but beat Dyrol Burleson, one of America's three sub-four-minute milers. Norm Monroe of Oregon State beat USC's top-rated Rex Cawley in the 500 in 57.5 Keith Forman of Oregon ran the fastest two miles of his career, 8:52.1, to beat Laszlo Tabori.
Ralph Alspaugh beat Dave Styron in the 60-yard dash, after both tied the American indoor record of 6.0 in a preliminary heat in Lubbock, Texas. Alspaugh, the meet's only double winner, also won the 300-yard dash in 32.8. In the 60-yard high hurdles, Don Styron tied the American record of 7.0, also in a heat race, but lost in the finals to Ray Cunningham. Ted Nelson. Texas A&M freshman, sprinted the 500 in 59.8, upset Olympian Earl Young of Abilene Christian.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE, defending national collegiate team champion, defeated NCAA runner-up Oklahoma 25-7 in Norman, Okla.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JACK FAULKNER, for 13 years an assistant to San Diego's Sid Gillman, to coach the Denver Broncos of the American Football League, with a two-year contract.
DIED: STEVE O'NEILL, iron man catcher of the 1920s and manager of the 1945 Tigers, the last Detroit team to win a pennant. Brought up by Cleveland in the fall of 1911, O'Neill stayed in the majors for 17 years, playing with four different American League teams. He caught all but five games for Cleveland's 1920 world champions, including the entire World Series against Brooklyn. For nine years O'Neill played in 100 or more games for the Indians, batting over .300 in three successive seasons.
DIED: Mrs. Violet Wolfner, 62, board chairman of St. Louis pro football Cardinals and treasurer of Chicago's Sportsman Park, in Miami Beach.