BASKETBALL—BOSTON, leader in NBA Eastern Division standings; ST. LOUIS, leader in Western Division.
BOWLING—DON CARTER, St. Louis, World Invitational Tournament, Chicago, with 320.32 Petersen points; MRS. OLGA GLOOR, Chicago, women's title, with 149.02 Petersen points.
BOXING—SONNY LISTON, 7-round TKO over Willie Besmanoff, heavyweights, Cleveland. FEDERICO THOMPSON, Argentina, 4-round kayo over Don Jordan, world welterweight champion, in nontitle fight, Buenos Aires.
FOOTBALL—Final NFL standings. WESTERN DIVISION: Baltimore 9-3, Chicago Bears 8-4, San Francisco 7-5, Green Bay 7-5, Detroit 3-8-1, Los Angeles 2-10; EASTERN DIVISION: New York 10-2, Philadelphia 7-5, Cleveland 7-5, Pittsburgh 6-5-1, Washington 3-9, Chicago Cardinals 2-10.
December 21, 1959
Billy Cannon, LSU halfback who was No. 1 choice in NFL draft, was voted Heisman Memorial Trophy, New York.
HARNESS RACING—BYE BYE BYRD, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Rex C. Larkin, Chicago, named Harness Horse of the Year; ADIOS BUTLER, owned by Paige West, Snow Hill, Md. and Angela Pellillo, Scarsdale, N.Y., named 3-year-old Pacer of the Year; DILLER HANOVER, owned by Hall Stables, Watertown, N.Y., named 3-year-old Trotter of the Year; in U.S. Trotting Assn. poll of harness writers.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL first, DETROIT second, TORONTO third in NHL standings. Last week's scores: Detroit 2, Chicago 0; Boston 6, Toronto 3; Detroit 3, Montreal 2; Chicago 4, Toronto 2; New York 4, Boston 2; Montreal 4, Chicago 4; Detroit 4, Toronto 2; New York 4, Boston 3.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—BRUCE McLAREN, Auckland, New Zealand, driving Cooper Climax, U.S. Grand Prix, Sebring, Fla., when Jack Brabham's Cooper Climax broke down in last lap. JACK BRABHAM, who pushed his car across finish line for fourth place, clinched his first world driver's championship.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: BILL SUMMERS, 64, American League senior umpire, and EDDIE ROMMEL, 62, American League umpire for 22 years. Rommel was first major league umpire to wear eyeglasses during game.
DIED: JIM BOTTOMLEY, 59, star first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1920s, nicknamed Sunny Jim for a contagious good humor that showed itself in a happy disposition, cocky stride, jaunty bill-up fashion of wearing his cap; of heart attack, St. Louis. Bottomley joined Cardinals in 1922, helped them to pennants in 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, set yet-to-be-equaled record when he drove in 12 runs in game against Brooklyn Dodgers in 1924, voted NL's MVP award in 1928, in 16 major league seasons batted .309.
DIED: TONY CANZONERI, 51, featherweight, lightweight, junior welterweight champion; of heart attack. New York. Canzoneri learned to tight protecting his bootblack business as a young boy in New Orleans, won his first professional fight at 16, featherweight title at 19. Always a favorite with the fans for his fighting audacity, he cap-lured lightweight crown in 1930 with a first-round kayo, lost it three years later to Barney Ross, regained it in 1935 when Ross moved up to welterweight division. Canzoneri quit in 1939 when he was kayoed for first time, took to show business, played a boxer in Broadway show, They Should Have Stood in Bed, and a comic in nightclubs.