HOCKEY—Young Bobby Hull of Chicago Black Hawks won NHL scoring crown (plus $1,000) by scoring two points against Boston in the last game of the regular season. Hull beat out Boston's Bronco Horvath 81-80. Horvath, injured in the first period, made dramatic return from hospital in final minutes, but was unable to score tying goal. Hockey's second major individual award, the Vezina Trophy for goalies, went to Montreal's Jacques Plante for a record-breaking fifth straight year. Tied with Chicago's Glen Hall going into the final game (each had permitted 175 goals), Plante had a bad night, allowed three goals, but learned $1,000 title was his when Hall did even worse in 5-5 tie with Boston.
FOOTBALL—The National Football League gave its unanimous approval to Walter and Violet Wolfner to move their Chicago Cardinals to St. Louis, agreed to pay them $500,000 to help defray the cost of the shift. The NFL also approved Joseph Griesedieck, 41-year-old president of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation (one of the major television sponsors of the league), as minority owner of the Cards. Until St. Louis gets its new stadium (projected date: 1963) the football Cardinals will use Busch Stadium, home of the baseball Cardinals. A possible stumbling block to the move turned up in the 7% city-state admissions tax. "A very serious matter," said Walter Wolfner. Solution suggested by Wolfner: tax relief until the new stadium is built.
HORSE RACING—Caliente winter book On Kentucky Derby offered shortest odds on Edgehill Farm's Bally Ache (4-1), followed by Bellhurst Stable's Warfare (5-1) and C. V. Whitney's Tompion (6-1). Canadian E. P. Taylor's Victoria Park and C. Marc Crawford Jr.'s Flow Line were rated 10-1. At 15-1 were Greentree Stable's Weather-wise and Calumet Farm's Hillsborough, followed by Calumet's Fango at 20-1. Others: Yorktown, Bourbon Prince, All Hands, Llangollen Farm's Eagle Admiral and Calumet's Pied d'Or, all at 30-1.
DOG RACING—Eight greyhounds scooted out of the starting gate after the mechanical rabbit in America's first $50,000 Futurity for greyhounds, at Greyhound Park in Phoenix, Ariz. Victory went to a lightning fast pooch named Andale, was worth $20,000 to his owner Mike Castellani of Hollywood, Fla. The 9,400 fans set a record of their own on the futurity, backed the hounds for a record pari-mutuel pool of $35,975.
March 28, 1960
TRACK & FIELD—AI Lawrence, University of Houston, flew home to Australia to run in his country's Olympic trials, found the change to warm weather almost too much for him. In first trial at Melbourne, Lawrence placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run. "The last time I ran it was 32 degrees," said Lawrence. "When the pressure was applied, I just dropped dead." Five days later in Sydney, in his last bid for Rome, Lawrence finished the 10,000-meter run in 29 minutes, 55.4 seconds to win the event and a place on Australia's Olympic squad.