BASEBALL—The major leagues finally solved the drawn-out debate on expansion in their meeting at St. Louis, agreed that the American League will add Los Angeles and St. Paul-Minneapolis in 1961, the National League, New York and Houston in 1962 (see page 16).
In an interleague trade the Milwaukee Braves strengthened themselves further at second base by getting Frank Boiling from the Detroit Tigers (they had previously bought Billy Martin from Cincinnati), giving up Center Fielder Bill Bruton, Second Baseman Chuck Cottier, Catcher Dick Brown and Pitcher Terry Fox.
BASKETBALL—The champion BOSTON CELTICS slipped in their battle with the Philadelphia Warriors for the eastern division title of the NBA. The Celtics first lost the lead in a double-header at Philadelphia when they dropped a game 118-115 to the Cincinnati Royals (Jack Twyman and Oscar Robertson each tallied 36), while the Warriors beat the New York Knickerbockers 114-111. Boston pulled up to a tie the next night at home by turning the tables on Cincinnati 146-123. But they lost the lead again when the Warriors beat them 102-97 on Saturday night at Philadelphia as Warrior Sub Ed Conlin came off the bench to score 23 points. The ST. LOUIS HAWKS opened their lead to seven games in the western division, beat the runner-up Los Angeles Lakers 111-108, with the Hawk front line of Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan and Clyde Lovellette scoring 85 points.
In the NIBL, the CLEVELAND PIPERS won three of four games during a western swing, continued to lead the eastern division with 5-1 record. Only loss: a 100-98 decision to the Seattle Buchan Bakers. The Denver D-C Truckers took two games from the New York Tuck Tapers (now 3-3), tied with Seattle for (he western division lead with 2-2 record. Vying for league scoring honors: Adrian Smith of the Akron Goodyears, with 171 points and Dick Swartz of Cleveland, with 169.
December 19, 1960
BOATING—TOM ALLEN of Buffalo, N.Y., skippering Atom, swept all five races, won International Lightning Class competition at Buenos Aires.
BOWLING—In the men's division of the World Invitational Tournament at Chicago, DON CARTER of St. Louis, former minor league baseball player, captured his third title in the four years the tournament has been held, collected $7,500. In the women's division, MARION LADEWIG of Grand Rapids, Mich., won her second title and $4,000. Finishing only seven pins behind Mrs. Ladewig: Mrs. Laverne Carter, Don's wife.
BOXING—Senator Estes Kefauver's Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee heard James D. Norris, Truman K. Gibson Jr., et al. admit the sport's close ties to the underworld (see page 12).
Benny (Kid) Paret of Santa Clara, Cuba piled up points by forcing the fight throughout, retained his welterweight championship with a unanimous decision in New York over Federico Thompson of Buenos Aires. It was the second meeting between the two men, the first ending in a draw. Thompson previously had been undefeated in 32 fights over a three-year span.
Pete Marciano, younger brother of retired Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, made his ring debut, won his bout, at the University of Miami with a second round TKO. Asked if he would make a career of fighting, Pete said, "I like boxing, but my real sport is baseball."
FOOTBALL—MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, largest Roman Catholic institution in the U.S., dropped intercollegiate football because the game was costing money. The Rev. E. J. O'Donnell, the school's president, announced that this year's team had run up a $50,000 deficit, said he found this inconsistent with the university's long-term fund-raising goal of $30 million. Coach Lisle Blackbourn answered: "I don't think football should be run as a financial source for the school, but as a portion of the education program." COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC President Robert Burns declared that student apathy (54,500 total attendance in six home games) had convinced COP it would be best to modify its schedule, cancel next year's intersectional games.
The EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE voted down a proposal that would have placed a four-year limit (instead of the prevailing five) on college competition and thus would have eliminated "red-shirting." Ironically, the East's top exponents of red-shirting—Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Penn State—voted for the proposal. All three schools say they are against red-shirting in principle, feel they must do it to compete with intersectional opponents.
Kansas lost its Big Eight title to runner-up Missouri when the conference ruled Kansas had used an ineligible player (Halfback Bert Coan) the last two games of the season (in one of which Kansas beat Missouri). The ruling technically gives Missouri an undefeated season.
Phil Sabroe of Humboldt (Calif.) State College was named coach of the year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, then saw his team lose to Lenoir Rhyne (N.C.) College 15-14 in the St. Petersburg, Fla. Holiday Bowl. Coach DICK VORIS of the University of Virginia (loser in its last 28 games) handed in his resignation, received his salary for the remainder of his contract, which had a year to run.
GOLF—BOB GOALBY of Crystal River, Fla. shot a four-round 272 to take first place (and $2,800) in the $20,000 Coral Gables Open, last 72-hole event on this year's tournament circuit. Tied for 10th place was this year's top money-winner, Arnold Palmer of Ligonier, Pa., who won $730, boosted his record-breaking total to $75,106.66. Amateur HARRY SHOEMAKER of Chattanooga went into the final round of the first National Open Left-handed tournament at Bradenton, Fla. three strokes behind Professional Thorne Wood of Asheboro, N.C., rallied to win the title by one stroke, posting a four-round total of 289.
HOCKEY—The MONTREAL CANADIENS, with substitute goal tender Charlie Hodge in the nets, won their sixth, seventh and eighth straight games—all eight victories coming since Hodge replaced the injured Jacques Plante. Montreal took the measure of the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 (as Canadien Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion tallied two goals to become the fifth-highest scorer in NHL history), then pasted the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 and 5-1. The three wins boosted Montreal's league-leading point total to seven over Toronto. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-0 (Ranger Goalie Gump Worsley's first shutout, in two years) and tied them 2-2, vacated the cellar by hurdling the Bruins.
HORSE RACING—BEAU DIABLE ($6.80) won the $21,225 Pimlico Cup handicap by 3½ lengths, seta track record of 3:35[3/5] for the 2[1/16]-mile stake—the longest in the U.S.
Mrs. Mirabel Topham, owner of the Aintreo course where Britain's Grand National steeplechase is run, announced the approaches to the jumps would be changed in an attempt to cut casualties. This year only eight of 26 starters reached the finish line. But, she admonished, "I don't want anyone to think the jumps themselves will be any easier."
SOCCER—The International Soccer League, which completed its first season last summer in New York, will admit the Concordia Club of Montreal in 1961, will play in Montreal and New York.
SWIMMING—ROGER GOETTSCHE of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. did the 100-yard backstroke in 55.1, broke the American and national interscholastic record by 1/10 second.
TENNIS—ITALY lost the first two singles matches of the Davis Cup Interzone finals to the U.S. at Perth, Australia, then beat the Americans in the doubles and the final singles. The Italians will meet the Australians for the cup later this month, as the U.S. failed to reach the Challenge Round for the first time since 1936. Earl Buchholz and Barry MacKay first beat Orlando Sirola and Nicola Pietrangeli, respectively. But Buchholz, 20, and Chuck McKinley, 19, dropped the doubles to the more experienced Italians. In the final singles, Pietrangeli outlasted Buchholz 6-1, 6-2, 6-8, 3-6, 6-4, and Sirola upset MacKay 9-7, 6-3, 8-6.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: HYPERION, 30, one of the great sires of British Thoroughbred racing, destroyed because of the infirmities of old age, at Newmarket. Winner of the Epsom Derby and the Saint Leger in 1933, Hyperion (by Gainsborough out of Selene) led the English sire list six times in money won. His offspring won 744 races. While his influence at stud was worldwide, its largest impact was in the U.S., where his sons Alibhai, Heliopolis, Khaled and Pensive themselves developed into championship sires.
RETIRED: GIL McDOUGALD, 32, versatile New York Yankee infielder, described once by Casey Stengel as "the best second baseman, best third baseman and best shortstop in the American League." The hard-working McDougald batted .277 over nine seasons, but slumped to .259 as little more than a utility man last year. "I didn't like sitting on the bench," he explained.