BASKETBALL—GEORGE SMITH, who rode to coaching prominence at U. of Cincinnati on Oscar Robertson's marvelous skills, will henceforth do his masterminding from athletic director's chair. Smith moved up to replace M. Charles Mileham (raised to assistant to Vice-President Ralph C. Bursiek), was in turn succeeded by his assistant, Ed Jucker, 42, who will assume almost impossible task of finding another Robertson.
Jim Pollard, short-term (19 weeks) Minneapolis coach, will not be around when Lakers move to Los Angeles next fall. Denied long-term contract by Owner Bob Short, Pollard lost "interest in coaching pro basketball," quickly found himself out of job. Possible replacement: Boston Celtics' Bill Sharman, nearing end of trail as player, and home-town favorite in Los Angeles, where he once starred for USC.
BOATING—MISS THRIFTWAY, with Bill Muncey at wheel, finished third to Wahoo in first heat, took second and third heats, averaged 101 mph to win Apple Cup for unlimited hydros, Lake Chelan, Wash.
Bravata, Class-D 40-foot sloop owned and sailed by Ed Bourne and Don Stewart, Cabrillo Beach YC, over-all winner, Ensenada Race, Newport Harbor, Calif.-to-Ensenada, Mexico.
May 15, 1960
Burt Ross Jr., 32-year-old Spokane salesman, bounced custom-built X-class hydro (powered by Mercury Mark 75-hp motor through two runs over one-kilometer course on Seattle's Lake Washington, averaged 115.547 mph for new world speed record for outboard hydros.
Harvard Varsity, over Princeton (by 2½ lengths), MIT and Dartmouth, in 8:35.9 for 1¾ miles, Compton Cup; HARVARD LIGHTWEIGHTS, over Princeton (by 3 lengths) and Penn, in 6:27 for 1[5/16] miles, Princeton, N.J. PENN, over Yale (by 2½ lengths) and Columbia, in 11.42 for 2 miles, Blackwell Cup, Derby, Conn. CALIFORNIA, over Stanford (by 12 lengths), in 15:27 for 3 miles, Redwood City, Calif.
BOWLING—JAMES CHEARNO, Baltimore, men's all-events, with 1,292; ETHEL DIZE, Baltimore, women's all-events, with 1,259, National Duckpin championships, Richmond, Va.
James Nixon, Minnesota, over Carl Mackerer, Rutgers, 606-533, national collegiate individual match-game title, New York.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON, deliberate No. 1 light heavyweight contender, chased cautious Clarence (Tiger ?) Floyd for 10 dull rounds, caught him often enough to win decision at Philadelphia. Complained Johnson: "He's a clown, not a fighter."
Willie Pastrano, nimble Miami Beach light heavyweight, flicked his way to 10-round decision over Alonzo Johnson, Louisville, Ky.
Ralph Dupas, 12-round decision over 2nd-ranked welterweight Rudell Stitch, Sydney, Australia.
BRIDGE—FRANCE won men's title when Spingold Two held challenging Britain to draw; UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC, women's title, Olympiad world tournament, Turin, Italy (see page 26).
CHESS—MIKHAIL TAL, brash young (23) Latvian, forced draw in 21st game, pushed lead to 12½-8½, successfully concluded his two-month-long challenge for Mikhail Botvinnik's world title, Moscow.
GOLF—JERRY BARBER, Los Angeles, finished with dazzling 67 for 268 total, won Tournament of Champions and $10,000, Las Vegas.
Wiffi Smith, St. Clair, Mich., Peach Blossom Open, with 212 for 54 holes, Spartanburg, S.C. COBBY WARE, Georgia, with pressure 67 on last 18 holes, tied LSU's Don Essig at 283, was awarded title when Essig passed up playoff to make plane schedule, Southern Intercollegiates, Athens, Ga. Team champion: LSU, with 573.
Army, Eastern Intercollegiate title, with 754, Pittsburgh. Runner-up and Ivy League champion: Penn, with 757.
HARNESS RACING—MESSENGER STAKES, first of triple crown pacing events, fleshed out 11-horse field in mile trials at Roosevelt Raceway. Surprisingly enough, Major Goose (2:02 1/5) and Betting Time (2:03 2/5) finished on top in respective divisions, put favored Bright Knight on notice for Saturday's $142,786 pace for 3-year-olds. The ladies, too, got ready for Friday's $26,972 Lady Maud, filly counterpart of Messenger. Billy Haughton-trained Hodge Podge and Rapid Transit stepped out handsomely in trials, became generally regarded as sidewheelers to beat.
HOCKEY—NHL continued to hand out postseason goodies to its stars. Latest to receive awards worth $1,000 each: Detroit's Gordie Howe, voted Hart Trophy as most valuable player—for fifth time; Montreal's rough-tough Doug Harvey, named outstanding defenseman and winner of James Norris Memorial Trophy—also for fifth time.
HORSE RACING—VENETIAN WAY, under expert hands of Bill Hartack, strode resolutely away from Bally Ache to win $158,950 Kentucky Derby by 3½ lengths at Churchill Downs (see page 21).
Make Sail, Harry Guggenheim's lightly campaigned 3-year-old filly stirred up own breeze with late speed, finished neck in front of Quaze to give owner second straight win in $40,550 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
MANASSA MAULER: $25,000 Valley Forge H., 1 m. 70 yds., by 2½ lengths over Yes You Will, in 1:42 4/5, Garden State. Bill Boland up.
RICACHO: Virginia Gold Cup, 4 m. (over 22 jumps), by 1½ lengths over Mainstay, in 8:29, Warrenton, Va. Joe Aitchenson Jr. up.
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS—HANS HERRMANN and JOACHIM BONNIER averaged 59.5 mph in German Porsche, won 450-mile Targa Florio race in 7:33.8, Palermo, Sicily.
LACROSSE—ARMY, led by Bob Miser's five goals and four assists, trimmed Maryland 17-6, remained unbeaten in college competition, West Point, N.Y.
Mt. Washington, over Rutgers, 15-8, for 18th straight, Baltimore.
POLO—SAN ANTONIO, over Dallas, 12-6, for Southwestern Intra-Circuit title and place in next summer's national 12-goal tournament, San Antonio, Texas.
SOCCER—BURNLEY, over Manchester City, 2-1, in final game to win English Soccer League title with 55 points, London. Burnley will represent England in International Soccer League, which begins play in New York and Jersey City May 25.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, over Blackburn Rovers, 3-0, for Football Association Cup before 100,000 at London's Wembley Stadium (see page 28).
TRACK & FIELD—MAX TRUEX, sturdy little Californian, stepped off 5,000 meters in 14:03.6 to break own U.S. record; Buddy Edelen, San Francisco Olympic Club, broke American mark for 10,000 meters with 29:58.8, San Jose All Comers Meet, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Larry Shoemaker, Ted Nelson, Darvis Gormier and R. E. Merritt, Andrews (Texas) H.S., raced 440-yard relay in 41.5, broke U.S. interscholastic record for second time in month, Austin, Texas.
USC, over California, 80-51, for 91st straight dual meet victory, Los Angeles.
WRESTLING—DICK WILSON, 25-year-old Toledo U. senior who won 114.5-pound freestyle title week earlier, added Greco-Roman crown in Olympic trials at Ames, Iowa. Other winners: Larry Lauchle, Pittsburgh, 125.5 pounds; Lee Allen, Portland, Ore., 136.5 pounds; Ben Northrup, San Francisco, 147.5 pounds; Jack Grubbs, St. Louis, 160.5 pounds; Rudy Williams, Romulus, Mich., 174 pounds; Howard George, Watertown, N.Y., 191 pounds; Dale Lewis, Milwaukee, heavyweight.
MILEPOSTS DIED: VERN BICKFORD, 39, briefly starred Boston (later Milwaukee) Braves pitcher from 1948 until arm trouble ended career in 1954; of cancer, at Richmond, Va. Bickford won 66, lost 57, had his greatest season in 1950 when he pitched 312 innings, won 19 games, hurled no-hitter against then Brooklyn Dodgers.
DIED: JOHN REED KILPATRICK, 70, bluff, extroverted Yaleman, two-time (1909-1910) All-America end, soldier, builder, sportsman; of cancer, in New York. Kilpatrick became president of deficit-ridden Madison Square Garden in 1933, soon had it booming, in 1955 moved up to chairman of board to make way for James Norris. He also was president of N.Y. Rangers.
DIED: BILLY SHERIDAN, 70ish, longtime (40 years) wrestling coach at Lehigh, where his grapplers compiled 223-83-7 record in dual meets, won 13 Eastern team titles, five national and 59 Eastern individual championships; of leukemia, at Bethlehem, Pa.