At Rheims, France, German Mercedes-Benzes entered the 500-kilometer Grand Prix de France road race for the first time since World War II and won first and second places, ahead of an Italian Ferrari.
The winning driver: Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, now leading contender for the 1954 Grand Prix championship.
His time: 2:42:47.9.
At Southport, England, Australia's Peter Thomson, 24, became the youngest winner of the British Open golf tournament since Bobby Jones won at the same age in 1926. Thomson's 283 was just one stroke under Runners-up Bobby Locke, Syd Scott and Dai Rees, all bunched at 284. Closest American was Jim Turnesa, who tied for fifth with a 286.
C| In Chicago, just 18 years after his major-league debut, Cleveland's Bob Feller scored his 2,511th strikeout, firmly fixing himself in third place in the alltime strikeout standings. Only Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators (3,497) and Cy Young (2,836), who played for Cleveland, St. Louis and Boston, struck out more men. In fourth place, behind Rapid Robert: the great Christy Matthewson, with 2,499.