BASKETBALL—LOS ANGELES moved into second place in the Western Division, a full game ahead of Detroit as they beat the Pistons 129-106 (Elgin Baylor scored 57 points), then dumped New York 121-106.
In the NBL Cleveland split with New York, then defeated Seattle to move within half a game of clinching the Eastern Division title. In the Western Division, Denver took a 53½-game lead with a win over Bartlesville.
COURT TENNIS—JIMMY BOSTWICK of Old Westbury, N.Y., defeated Jimmy Dunn of Philadelphia 2-6, 6-1, 5-6, 6-2, 6-1 to win the U.S. open championship for the second year in a row, in Philadelphia. Dunn, 48, has been runner-up every year since the tournament began in 1955.
DOG SHOW—CH. CAPPOQUIN LITTLE SISTER, a black toy poodle, won the best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club championships, in Madison Square Garden. The poodle, owned by Florence Michelson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was handled by Anne Rogers of Mahopac, N.Y. It was Miss Rogers' third victory in five years.
February 27, 1961
FENCING—GENE GLAZER, 21-year-old New York University senior, coolly held off a savage attack by 40-year-old U.S. National Champion Albert Axelrod, won 8-6 in foils to take the title in the New York AC's first annual international championship. Before meeting Axelrod (nicknamed Ironfist for his hacking attack), Glazer triumphed over a field of international stars. GERARD LEFRANC, a 6-foot 6-inch Frenchman, with swift precision cut through Italian Olympic Champion Giuseppe Delfino's defense to win the épée title, 8 touches to 1.
GOLF—DAVE HILL sank a twisting, downhill 15-foot putt to defeat Tommy Bolt and Buddy Sullivan on the third playoff hole of the $20,000 Tucson Open. All three had finished the first 72 holes of the tournament with 11-under-par 269s.
Louise Suggs of Atlanta, who has long contended that women can beat men at the short game, came from behind to beat a dozen men professionals, win the $10,000 Palm Beach par-3 invitational and prove her point. Miss Suggs was one shot ahead of Dub Pagan, two ahead of Sam Snead.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL won four straight over Toronto, Boston, New York and Detroit, scored 23 goals and tied Toronto for first place. In their loss to the Canadiens the Red Wings' Gordie Howe scored his 500th NHL goal.
Denver University clinched its second straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship with a 6-2 victory over Michigan, after beating the Wolverines 4-1 the night before. Denver's Jerry Walker scored four goals in the second game to set a new WCHA single-season record of 48. Minnesota beat Michigan Tech twice (5-1 and 3-2), is now tied with Michigan in second place.
Boston College defeated Harvard 4-2 in the title game of the Beanpot Tournament in Boston, ending an 11-game winning streak for Harvard. In the Ivy League, Harvard beat Princeton 7-4 to hold on to first place, and Yale beat Dartmouth 5-4, taking sole possession of second place again. RPI kept its No. 1 ranking in the East for the fourth consecutive week, beating Yale 8-3 and Middlebury 5-4.
HORSE RACING—YORKY ($3.30), Calumet 4-year-old, beat Never Give In by½ length in the $125,800 Widener Handicap at Hialeah. In third, seven lengths back, was Bourbon Prince. Ridden by Johnny Sellers, Yorky ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01, carried 116 pounds in the strictly two-horse race.
Flutterby ($7) closed with a rush, won over Olden Times by a head in the $59,200 San Felipe Handicap at Santa Anita. Under Johnny Long-den the colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:42[1/5].
SKIING—ANSTEN SAMUELSTUEN of Boulder, Colo. won the National Jumping championship at. Brattleboro, Vt., with two leaps of 206 and 200 feet. Runner-up: Gene Kotlarek of Duluth, Minn. with leaps of 203 and 200 feet.
SPEED SKATING—HENK VAN DER GRIFT of Holland defeated Russia's Viktor Kosichkin, won the world championship at Goteborg, Sweden.
SQUASH RACQUETS—HENRI SALAUN of Boston defeated Diehl Mateer Jr. of Philadelphia 15-18, 15-5, 15-11, 15-12 for the U.S. singles championship in Philadelphia.
SWIMMING—INDIANA downed Michigan for its 14th straight victory, set four national collegiate records in the process. The record breakers: Mike Troy, who swam the 200-yard butterfly in 1:57.3; Alan Somers, 4:23.7 in the 400-yard freestyle; Ted Stickles, 2:03 in the 200-yard medley; Indiana (Frank McKinney, Ken Nakasone, Troy and Torn Verth), 3:38.8 in the 400-yard medley relay. The same team has a 3:37.7 time pending. Michigan's Ron Clark also set a collegiate record: 2:15.9 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Against Purdue, Indiana freshman TOM STOCK swam the first sub-two-minute 200-yard backstroke ever recorded. His time: 1:59.9.
TENNIS—DICK SAVITT, 34, with a booming service and flashing backstrokes, defeated erratic Whitney Reed of Alameda, Calif., 6-2, 11-9, 6-3, to win the national indoor championship in New York. It was Savitt's third title (he won in 1952 and 1958) and gave him permanent possession of the 25-year-old trophy.
TRACK & FIELD—In the best indoor meet of the season, Russia's Valeri Brumel high-jumped 7 feet 3 inches, barely missed 7 feet 5 as he topped the U.S.'s John Thomas in the first of their three meetings this winter (see page 20). Also in the New York AC games Ralph Boston became the first person to surpass 26 feet indoors, broad-jumped 26 feet 1¼ inches to better by 3¼ inches his previous best indoor mark set the week before in Los Angeles. Another record went to schoolmate Wilma Rudolph, who dashed 60 yards in 6.8. Don Bragg reached 15 feet 7 inches, highest pole vault ever achieved in the Garden. Istvan Rozsavolgyi ran another winning mile, this time in 4:04, for a meet record. Dave James ran the 60 yards in 6.1, while Hayes Jones dashed the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.1. George Kerr of the West Indies captured the 880 in 1:52.2; Pete McArdle the two miles over Max Truex in 8:52.2; Dick Edmunds the 500 yards in 57.8; James Wedderburn the 600 yards in 1:11.8. Next night in the Mason-Dixon Games at Louisville, Wilma Rudolph ran the 70-yard dash in 7.8 to beat the old world record of 8.2, set 26 years ago by Stella Walsh. Wilma later anchored the Tennessee State Tiger Belles' 440 relay team to a 54.4 victory. Ralph Boston entered three events, won the broad jump with a leap of 25 feet 7 inches, the high jump at 6 feet 8 inches, placed second to Don Styron in the 70-yard high hurdles. Styron's time was 8.3. Rose Lovelace of Cleveland set a women's indoor record in the 880, with a time of 2:24.8, cut nearly 14 seconds off the old record. In a preliminary heat, Nate Adams, a Purdue freshman, tied the indoor record for the 70-yard dash in seven seconds. Al Lawrence won the two miles in 8:56.8, and Ernie Cunliffe, running on Freedom Hall's eighth of a mile track, turned in a slow 4:09.9 mile.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: PENNY PITOU, 22, to Austria's Egon Zimmermann, 28, director of Penny's ski school in Belknap, N.H., at her mother's home in Gilford, N.H.
HIRED: RAFER JOHNSON, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, as assistant track and field coach at UCLA.
DIED: DAZZY VANCE, 69, star pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, of a heart attack in Homosassa Springs, Fla. A big, ruddy-faced right-hander, Dazzy was 31 years old when he was brought up from the minors to pitch for the Dodgers in 1922. For the next seven years he led the National League in strikeouts (a record that still stands), in 1924 won the NL's MVP award with a 28-6 record, including 262 strikeouts.
DIED: H. ADOLPH ANDERSON, 94, operator of a dock and general store at Ephraim, Wis., on Lake Michigan's Green Bay. Anderson, known to generations of Great Lakes yachtsmen, was the son of a Norwegian immigrant who built the family business in the 1860s.
DIED: U.S. FIGURE SKATING TEAM, on their way to Prague for the world championships (later canceled), in a jet crash outside Brussels. Team members were: Roger Campbell, Donna Lee Carrier, Patricia Dineen, Robert Dineen, Ila Ray Hadley, Ray Hadley Jr., Laurie Hickox, William Hickox, Gregory Kelley, Bradley Lord, Rhode Lee Michelson, Laurence Owen, Maribel Owen, Larry Pierce, Douglas Ramsay, Dudley Richards, Diana Sherbloom, Stephanie Westerfeld. Coaches and officials were: Alvah Hadley, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hartshorne, William Kipp, Deane E. McMinn, Maribel Vinson Owen, Walter S. Powell, Daniel Ryan, Edi Scholdan, C. William Swallender.