Sport: Scoreboard, Dec. 21, 1953

¶ Sport attendance figures for 1953, released last week, showed a drop of 1.7% for major-league baseball, with all eight clubs in the American League down from last year and only three of the eight in the National League (Dodgers, Phillies and the transplanted Braves) doing better. Football, for the first time since the advent of television on a national scale, showed an increase: 2.05%. Biggest gain of the year: harness racing, which, despite fall scandals, was up 20.2%.

¶ In Melbourne, Australian Miler John Landy, aiming for a world record four-minute mile, came within a breathtaking two seconds of it...

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