•Cleveland Indians, with the American League pennant already clinched, went on to beat Detroit Tigers for 111th victory of season, most ever won in year by American league ball club. Old record: 110, set in 1927 by New York Yankees.
•Karl Spooner, 23, left-handed rookie pitcher for pitcher-poor Brooklyn Dodgers, set major league record by striking out 15 New York Giants while winning 3-0 in big-league debut. Next time out, Spooner struck out 12 Pirates for league two-game strike-out mark, wound up with 1-0 shutout to tie a third record for rookies.
•Milwaukee Braves lost final game on field to St. Louis Cardinals, but final home crowd of 39,485 spectators raised league record attendance to 2,131,388 for season.
•George Byers Jr. of Columbus, Ohio drove seven-liter hydroplane Miss DeSoto over measured mile at New Martinsville, W.Va. at world-record speed of 114.6605 mph. Old mark: 113.235, set only few hours earlier by Ray Fageol, 23, son of Lou Fageol, recently retired speedboat Gold Cup champion.
•Darn Safe of Hayes Fair Acres set world record for three-year-old gelding trotters with combined time of 4:12[4/5] for consecutive mile heats over half-mile track at Delaware, Ohio.
•On same Grand Circuit card, Dotties Pick, owned by Armstrong Brothers of Brampton, Ont., paced mile heats in combined time of 4:11[3/5] to set world record for two-year-old filly pacers.
•J. Frank Baxter of Miami, Fla. boated 145-pound sailfish using nine-pound test line during Panama International Marlin and Sailfish tournament. Baxter's catch was 11 pounds heavier than previous record for ultralight (12-pound test or under) line.
•Tom Park of Long Beach, Calif., with no advance publicity and accompanied by AAU timekeeper, swam Catalina Channel in record time of 13 hours, 25 minutes, 31 seconds. Old mark for 21-mile distance: 13 hours, 47 minutes, set by Florence Chad-wick two years ago.
HORSE'S MOUTH—With pennants safely tucked away, Cleveland and Giants headed for World Series opener Sept. 29 at Polo Grounds. Latest line: Cleveland, favored at 17-10.
STARS—Willie Mays, Giants' center fielder, made three hits on final day to wrest National League batting title from Don Mueller, Giant teammate, and Duke Snider of Brooklyn. Willie's winning average: .345.
•Bobby Avila, second baseman for Indians, won American League batting championship with .341. Ted Williams, Red Sox left fielder, batted .345 but lacked enough official at-bats to qualify for title.
•Top pitcher in National League: Johnny Antonelli of Giants with 21 victories, seven losses. American League: Sandy Consuegra of Chicago White Sox, 16-3.
•Larry Doby, Cleveland center fielder, won American League home-run title with 32 and drove in most runs (1261).
•Ted Kluszewski, first baseman for fifth-place Cincinnati Redlegs, blasted 49 homers and drove in 141 runs to lead National League in those departments.
EMPLOYMENT—Clark Griffith announced resignation of Bucky Harris as manager of sixth-place Washington Senators. His replacement: Charley Dressen, who managed Oakland Oaks to championship in Pacific Coast League this season, on two-year contract.
•Casey Stengel, who failed to win with the Yankees for the first time in six years, signed a new two-year contract calling for reported $80,000 per year.
JUG—Howard Lyon's Adios Harry won race-off heat to earn first money in $69,300 Little Brown Jug, world's richest race for pacers. Runner-up in final: Walnut Hill Farm's Phantom Lady, who equalled own world record for three-year-old pacing fillies of 2:01[2/5] in winning opening heat of first division.
SPRINTER—Mrs. Russell Firestone's Summer Tan covered six and one-half furlongs in crackling 1:16 to beat Belair Stud's Nashau—top-weighted at 124 pounds and late-summer candidate for two-year-old honors—in Cowdin Stakes at Belmont.
STAYER—Jaclyn Stable's closed Door, another Hartack mount, moved into lead at bottom of stretch and fought off challenge by favored Royal Vale to win by head in United Nations Turf Handicap over mile and three-sixteenths at Atlantic City.
GOLD STANDARD—Robert Sterling Clark of Upperville, Va. became England's top money-winning owner with $108,976 so far this season when Tip The Bottle earned $1,352 for first place in Swinley Forest Handicap at Ascot Heath. Runner-up to Clark as money-winner: Queen Elizabeth, whose horses have earned $107,632 so far.
•Two days after taking lead, Clark announced that leading earner Never Say Die would be retired to stud. Winner of St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, three-year-old colt had picked up $87,211 in purses, looked like good bet for upcoming Champion Stakes and St. Leger at Newmarket.
PROCESSIONS—In opening game of season for Notre Dame, Quarterback Ralph Guglielmi intercepted two passes, scored two touchdowns and passed for another to lead team to 21-0 victory over Texas before 57,594 spectators at South Bend.
•Scoring five times in final quarter, Duke rolled over Pennsylvania 52-0 in season opener at Franklin Field.
•Wisconsin showed tremendous offensive strength while brushing past Marquette 52-14 in opening game witnessed by 52,819 at Madison.
•U.C.L.A. scored three times in first quarter, added two more in final period to beat Kansas 32-7 at Lawrence.
•SQUEAKER—Oklahoma, touted as possible national champion in preseason polls, needed two quick touchdowns in final period to beat unranked Texas Christian 21-16 at Norman, Okla.
•UPSETS—Piling up awesome 446 yards on ground, South Carolina handed Army its third opening-day defeat since 1890 with 34-20 upset at Michie Stadium.
•Quarterback Jerry Reichow sneaked across on fourth down with less than six minutes left in game to give Iowa 14-10 victory over Michigan State at Iowa City.
•Penn state's stout defense contained Illinois stars Mickey Bates and J. C. Caroline as State upset Big Ten contenders 14-12 before opening-day crowd at Champaign.
•Florida rolled up 295 yards on ground, completed nine of 14 passes in beating Georgia Tech 13-12 at Atlanta.
PROS—National Football League opened season with all 12 teams in action. Biggest surprise of day: Philadelphia Eagles, 28-10 over once mighty Cleveland Browns. Biggest scores: Los Angeles Rams, 48-0 over Baltimore Colts; San Francisco 49ers, 41-7 over Washington Redskins; and Detroit Lions, 48-23 over Chicago Bears.
PACIFIC—Tony Trabert of Cincinnati broke service in first game of final set, went on to beat Vic Seixas of Philadelphia 6-3, 6-8, 6-4, 6-3 for Pacific Coast singles title at Berkeley, Calif. Trabert previously teamed with Seixas to win doubles crown 6-1, 6-4 from Eddie Moylan of Trenton, N.J, and Bernard Bartzen of San Angelo, Texas.
BOGEYS—Marty Furgol of Lemont, Ill. won "world" division of National Celebrities tournament with 72-hole score of 273 when Bo Winninger of Oklahoma City, even-up after 71, took bogey five on final green.
•Patty Berg of St. Andrews, Ill. won women's Ardmore open with 72-hole score of 299 when Jackie Pung of Honolulu, even on final tee, bogeyed last hole for 300.
CHAMPIONS—Gerhard Hecht of Germany retained European light-heavyweight championship by pounding out 15-round decision over Wim Snoek of The Netherlands at Hamburg.
•Ray Famechon of France won back European featherweight title by knocking out Jean Sneyers of Belgium in third round of scheduled 15-round bout at Paris.
•Raton Macias of Mexico won North American bantamweight championship and chance to meet Robert Cohen for world title when he outpointed Nate Brooks of Cleveland in 12-round bout at Mexico City.
CHALLENGERS—Jimmy Carter, former World lightweight champion, won 10-round decision over outclassed Freddy (Babe) Herman in bout held in San Francisco Sept. 22—date of Carter's postponed title bout with Paddy DeMarco, champion.
•Joe Giardello, No. 1 contender for Bobo Olson's middleweight crown, won unanimous decision in 10-round bout with tough Tiger Jones at Philadelphia.
SOVIET SWEEP—Russian chess masters defeated Czechoslovakia 2½-1½ in 10th round to clinch Hamilton-Russell trophy, major award in International Chess Olympics at Amsterdam. Top three at tournament's end: Russia, 34-10; Yugoslavia, 25½-14½ Argentina, 24½-15½
RETIRED—George Mikan, 30, basketball's Player of the Half Century and key man for Minneapolis Lakers in six championships during seven years of NBA competition; to devote full time to law practice. Mikan, 6-foot-10 center, was named All America at De Paul College in 1945-46, averaged 23.05 points per game during peak years as pro, once scored 61 in game against Rochester Royals. NBA career total: 10.963 points.
RETIRED—Jim Peters, 35, holder of World record (2:17:39.4) for marathon distance but victim of historic heartbreak in marathon at Vancouver Games (SI, Aug. 16).
RETIRED—Marion Motley, 34, ranked as one of finest fullbacks in football history during eight-year career on professional Cleveland Browns; when chronic knee injury again failed to respond to treatment.
DIED—Ken Buck, 22, All-America end for College of the Pacific last season and first draft choice of New York football Giants; of cancer at Paso Robles, Calif.
BORN—To Larry Doby, centerfielder for Cleveland Indians and home-run king of American League and Mrs. Doby; a seven-pound, 12-ounce girl.
OTHER RESULTS FOR THE RECORD
Herb Thomas, Sanford, N.C., 250-m. Grand Natl., with 71.18-mph avg. speed, Langhorne, Pa.
Fort Ord (Army) over Norfolk Naval Air Station, 5-3, Inter-Service championship, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Houston, over Battle Creek, 6-2, American Baseball Congress championship, Watertown, S. Dak.
Jacques Royer Crece, 8-round TKO over Ramon Martinez, middleweights, Lyon, France.
Tony De Marco, 6-round TKO over Chris Christenson, welterweights, Boston.
Luther Rawlings, 2-round TKO over Frankie Fernandez, welterweights, New York.
Hector Constance, 10-round split decision over Chico Varona. welterweights, New York.
Carlos Chavez, 10-round decision over Bobby Woods, lightweights, New Orleans.
Ch. Braebeck Toni, owned by Mrs. Marguerite S. Tyson, Charlottesville, Va., best in show, Ox Ridge Kennel Club, Darien, Conn.
(Leading college games)
Amherst 32—Colby 12
Brown 18—Columbia 7
Colgate 19—Cornell 14
Dartmouth 27—Holy Cross 26
Oregon St. 13—Idaho 0
Navy 27—Wm. & Mary 0
Princeton 10—Rutgers 8
Syracus 28—Villanova 6
Yale 27—Conn. 0
SOUTH & SOUTHWEST
Baylor 25—Vanderbilt 19
Georgia 14—Clemson 7
Memphis St. 13—Tulane 13
Miss. 28—Kentucy 9
N.Car. 20—N.Car. St. 6
Okla. A&M 14— Texas A&M 6
Tenn. 19—Miss. St. 7
Texas Tech 33— W. Texas 7
Boston Coll. 12—Detroit 7
Kan. St. 21—Wyoming 13
Minn. 19—Nebraska 7
N'west. 27— Iowa St. 14
Ohio St. 28— Indiana 0
Purdue 31—Missouri 0
Calif 45—San Jose St. 0
Michigan 14—Wash. 0
S. Cal. 27—Pitt. 7
Standford 18— Oregon 13
Wash. St. 18—Coll. Pac. 0
National Football League
Detroit 48— Chi. Bears 23
N.Y. 41— Chi. Cards 10
Los Angles 48—Balt. 0
Phila. 28—Cleve. 10
Pitt. 21—Green Bay 20
San Fran. 41—Wash. 7
Edmonton 12—Winning 8
Calgary 18—Regina 10
Hamilton 38—Ottawa 12
Montreal 28—Toronto 7
Joe Taylor, Charleston, W. Va., over Sam Snead, 1 up. West Virginia PGA, Sisterville, W. Va.
George Bolesta, Danville, Ill., Illinois Open, with 219, Chicago.
Dr. Frank Taylor, Pomona. Calif., over Walt Gilliam, 3 and 2. California State Amateur, Pebble Beach, Calif.
WILMINGTON'S STAR: $15,000 Good Time Invitation Pace (by disqualification of Adios Boy), Wilmington, Del. Eddie Taylor, driver.
JAMIE: $15,000 Rochester Trot, 1 m, by a nose, in 2:05⅕ Batavia Downs, N.Y. Bob Parkinson, driver.
SWEET TALK: $9,183 Breeders' Filly Stake, 2-yr-old trotters, 2 of 3 heats, Delaware, Ohio. Billy Current, driver
STENOGRAPHER: $8,035 Breeders' Filly Stake, 3-yr-old trotters, in 1 of 2 heats, Delware, Ohio. Del Miller, driver.
VANTAGE: $57,600 Charles W. Bidwill Memorial Handicap, 1‚⅛ m., by 2 length, in 1:49⅗ Hawthorne Pk., Cicero, Ill. Johnny Heckmann up.
BICARB: $29,450 N.Y Ted Atkinson up.
MARTYR: $25,250 Jerome Handicap, 1 m., by 7 lengths, in 1:35⅘ Belmont pk., N.Y. Stanley small up.
PET BULLY: $25,250 Fall Highweight Handicap, 6 f., by 1½ length in 1:11⅕ Aqueduct, N.Y. William Hartack up.
BERSEEM: $16,500 Peninsula Handicap, 6 f., by neck, in 1:09 4/5, Tanforan, San Bruno, Calif. Johnny Longden up.
Meath, over Kerry, 16-10, All-Ireland sr. championship, Dublin.
Gale V, piloted by Lee Schoenith, Detroit, Gold Cup, with 85.794-mph avg. speed, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Guy Hamilton, New Bern N.C., Seed Trophy, class B stock hydroplane, with 45.825 mph avg. speed, Richmond, Va.
Pat Owens, Bedford Ind., ward Intl. Trophy, Class C hydroplanes, Pasco, wash.
Brandywine, over Dallas, 11-2. Natl. 12-goal tournament, first round, Westbury, N.Y.
M.I.T., Danmark Trophy dinghy regatta, with 219 pts., New London, Conn.
Merry Maiden, skippered by H. Irving Pratt, Philip J. Roosevelt Trophy, with 6 pts., Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Nugget, skippered by W. Porter Buck, Elihu Root Jr. Trophy, in 15:05:17 corrected time, Oyster Bay. N.Y.
Clearwater, Fla., over Detroit, 4-0, world championship, Minneapolis.
SHIPBOARD: $11,100 Broad Hollow Steeplechase Handicap, about 2 m., by 2 lengths, in 3:44, Aqueduct. N.Y. Albert Foot up.
Budge Patty, U.S., over Tony Vincent, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, Poree Cup singles, Paris.
Mrs. Virginia Wolfenden Kovacs, Oakland, Calif., over Anne Shillock, 9-7, 6-1, Pacific Coast women's singles, Berkeley, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD
Roger Bannister, England, Silver Pears Trophy, for outstanding British achievement, London.
Henry Laskau, New York, Natl. A.A.U. 15,000-meter walk, in 1:15:04.1, New York.
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