BASEBALL—BALTIMORE'S fluttery Orioles lit momentarily in second-place tie with skidding Red Sox for best showing since entering majors in 1954. Red Sox' preoccupation with previous week's bright display cost dearly as they lost four straight, rejoined undergrads in seven-team second division. Yankees, meanwhile, slipped into synchromesh, won five straight, had gained 15½-game advantage, best of season, shortly before Cleveland stripped gears. Detroit helplessly helped New York cause as they fell 13-3, 16-4 and 10-7 to Yanks, were left scuttling at head of cellar steps. Washington, as customary, waited at bottom.
Giants had disastrous week, lost four out of five, were shut out twice. Still and all, they remained one game behind leading Milwaukee, which lost four, won four. Glory-bidding Cubs sputtered out as they dropped five of seven games but managed to keep slippery grip on third place. Put-upon Dodgers enjoyed three-day respite from cellar, but at Pirates' insistence returned, mollified by neighborly Phillies, who won two for New Manager Eddie Sawyer, then subsided into recognized win-a-few, lose-a-few pace.
BOXING—PETE RADEMACHER, showing more doggedness than style, alternately backtracked and banged his balding head against the hard right fist of Zora Folley, went down twice in the third round, twice in the fourth, ran out of coordination altogether 75 seconds into the fourth, lost on KO (see below).
Joe Brown, maturing lightweight world champion, called on experience of 32-odd years to outpoint 26-year-old southpaw Kenny Lane, eke out fifth title defense in 23 months. Brown, who has proposed that all left-handers be taken out before supper and drowned, found fight awkward going all the way but rallied in closing rounds to sway judges against ex-farmboy Lane.
Paul John Carbo, Frankie Carbo, Frank Russo and Mr. Grey, one and the same criminal, who gets his laughs corrupting boxing, was indicted on 10 counts of undercover finagling by New York grand jury, was still undercover and free at week's end (see page 25). Earlier in week, jury issued two-count indictment against Gabriel Genovese, first cousin to Mafia's Vito Genovese, proprietor of plush Miami bookie-barbershops. The charges: acting as undercover manager of Lightweight Ludwig Lightburn.
TRACK & FIELD—THE U.S. MEN outscored Russians, and the Russian women outscored Americans in the long-awaited U.S.-Soviet dual meet in Moscow (see page 8).
Herb Elliott became first to break 4-minute mile seven times, did it in 3:59 run at British Empire Games in Cardiff. Earlier, South African Police Inspector Gerhardus Potgeiter, 22, smashed world record in 440-yard hurdles, clipping off .2 second for 49.7 time.
BOATING—BILL STEAD kept pluming rooster-tail of 2½-ton hydroplane Maverick ahead of flock all the way, was cock of the walk at end of 30-mile Mile High regatta on Lake Tahoe. Maverick took $5,000 Mapes Cup with good mile advantage over second-place Miss Bardahl, averaged roiling 89.341-mph average over mountain water.
Detroit boat club, after 67 years of futile trying, scored overwhelming win of Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie, Ont., smashed nine-year grip on title by Buffalo West Side and St. Catherines Rowing Club. All told, Detroit accumulated 12 victories and 397.75 points to 149 for runner-up St. Catherines.
Garrison R. Corwin, Rye, N.Y. 210 skipper, won Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy for best performance during weather-hounded Larchmont Race Week.
TENNIS—ALTHEA GIBSON, disappointed by missed opportunity to play Beverly Baker Fleitz in Pennsylvania lawn championships (Beverly, never beaten by Althea, fell in third round), found consolation in finals against Sally Moore, 18, won 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. For her part, seventh-seeded Miss Moore provided some of week's best action, left court among most promising juniors.
Barry Mackay rallied from seven match points to beat Peru's (and U. of California's) Alejandro Olmedo 6-8, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 14-12 in Pennsylvania matches, men's division.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—JAMES and BARBARA DICKHAM, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, stitched Mercedes 190SL around 818.45 miles of Lake Huron territory for two days, won SCCA Press-on-Regardless Rally at Sarnia, Ont. Second: Bob Mollman and Suzanne Hundertmark.
Bob Welborn, Nascar's leading convertible driver, took Myrtle Beach, S.C. 100-miler in 1957 Chevrolet with 66.5-mph average, his third win in three weeks. Atlanta's Tiny Lund, in 1956 Ford, was second.
HORSE RACING—BOLD RULER, accommodating to a fault, graciously undertook 136-pound load in Brooklyn Handicap at Jamaica, found the mile and [3/16] an uphill proposition and finished seventh in field of eight, his fourth finish out of the money in his career. Cohoes, under feathery 110 pounds, won $57,000 feature (see page 44).
Dark Vintage, unbeaten 2-year-old filly by Wine List out of But Definitely, captured $101,150 Arlington Lassie Stakes under John Heckman, earned uncontestable No. 1 ranking in western filly division.
Gallant Man, toting 132 pounds for first time, handily completed two-race assault on Hollywood Park, won $107,600 Sunset Handicap four lengths over Eddie Schmidt, the same horse he beat 10 days earlier in $162,100 Gold Cup.
Endine, in world's richest race for fillies and mares, rushed into proceedings from sixth place in last quarter-mile, squeaked through with nose win over Dotted Line in $143,562 Delaware Handicap. Said out-jumped Jockey Bobby Ussery on Dotted Line: "Another jump and the pot was mine."
A dragon killer, 17-to-1 shot in Arlington Classic for 3-year-olds, photo-finished over Talent Show to win $146,575 event, tripled total earnings of previous 23 starts.
SWIMMING—TONATIUH GUTIERREZ, Mexico's indefatigable marathoner, won 19-nautical-mile Capri-to-Naples race for second year in row, earned world long-distance swimming championship.
British empire games continued to be jumping-off spot for existing world swimming records as Dawn Fraser set new 1:1.04 mark for 110-yard freestyle, four English teen-agers posted new 4:54 time for 440-yard medley relay, Judy Grinham (see right) set new backstroke mark.