With much of the U.S. sweltering under unusually high temperatures, major league baseball matched the weather with feverish action of its own. Although the Brooklyn Dodgers held a chilling margin (a dozen games or so) over their nearest rivals, the competition was not yet giving up. Dodger hitters suffered a steady diet of dusters, such as the one that hit Catcher Roy Campanella on the back of the neck (opposite page) last week and led to an official Brooklyn protest to League President Warren Giles. In the American League things were even more frenetic as no less than five teams ran pennant fever. The New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers all tried to claw their way to the top of the standings. For a gallery of some of baseball's current headliners in action, see pages that follow.
Hard-hitting Pitcher Don Newcombe bolsters powerful Dodger attack
Oft-injured Campanella takes Ruthian swing in bid for an extra-base hit
Newcombe whips arm around in game against Chicago Cubs for 16th win
Cards' Schoendienst rounds third sharply, saves steps en route home
Grim-faced Mickey Mantle, like Yankee teammates, fights slump
Bonus Baby Al Kaline of Detroit Tigers tops majors in batting
Lanky Ted Williams (see "Conversation Piece," page 28) leads Red Sox