BADMINTON—JIM POOLE defeated Bill Berry, both of San Diego, 15-9, 17-18, 15-2 to win the American amateur—open championship in Long Beach, Calif. JUDY DEVLIN HASHMAN of London beat McGregor Stewart of Baltimore 11-2, 11-3 for the women's title, teamed with her sister Susan to win the women's doubles, and with Wynn Rogers of Arcadia to take the mixed doubles.
This is an article from the April 10, 1961 issue
BASKETBALL—ST. LOUIS, with Bob Pettit sinking the decisive basket, clipped Los Angeles 105-103 in the seventh and deciding game of their Western Division playoff. Earlier, with the series tied 2-2, the Lakers took a one-game lead by out-scoring the Hawks 121-112 behind a 47-point effort by Elgin Baylor. In the sixth game the Hawks nipped the Lakers 114-113 in overtime (Pettit scored with 12 seconds remaining) to even the series again. In the first game of the best-of-seven series for the NBA championships BOSTON beat St. Louis 129-95.
The AAU picked its All-Star team, which will tour Russia later this month: Jerry Lucas, Ohio State All-America, and 11 members of the NBL teams that competed for the AAU championships. They are Ben Warley, Dan Swartz, Jack Adams, Roger Taylor and John Barnhill of Cleveland, the AAU champions; Mike Moran of Denver; Gary Thompson and Jerry Shipp of Bartlesville, Okla.; Jim Francis of Akron; Tom Meschery of San Francisco; Paul Neumann of New York. John McClendon is coach.
BOWLING—MICHAEL FLANAGAN of the University of Washington rolled 1,792 for nine games to win the national intercollegiate championship in Detroit. Flanagan also won the doubles title with Jerry Johnson of the University of Idaho and shared in the team title to become the first to win all three events.
Dorothy Hull of Danbury, Conn., rolled a three-game string of 506 to set a world record in women's duckpins. Mrs. Hull scored 136, 203 and 167 in her three games.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH, with two left hooks to the jaw followed by a right, KO'd Benny (Kid) Paret in the 13th round to win the world welterweight championship at Miami Beach. At the end of the 12th, Griffith's handlers told him he was losing. "It woke me up," said Griffith.
After months of investigation Senator ESTES KEFAUVER introduced a bill in the Senate to place professional boxing under federal policing. Hearings on the bill, which would create the post of Federal Boxing Commissioner (with power to license boxers, managers, promoters and matchmakers), will begin in May.
Ray Patterson, with brother Floyd watching from ringside, won the final Golden Gloves bout in Chicago to lead New York to a 9-7 victory over Chicago. Patterson won his heavyweight bout over Al Jenkins of Milwaukee. Other winners: Marion Conner of Pittsburgh over Charles Williams of St. Louis (175-pound class); John Persol of New York over James Ellis of Louisville (160-pound); Roy McMillian of Toledo over Thomas Haynes of New York (147-pound); Mike Cortez of New York over Thomas O'Shea of Chicago (135-pound); James Anderson of St. Louis over Henry Hurley of Jersey City (125-pound); Joe Cortez of New York over Oscar German of Grand Rapids, Mich. (118-pound); Allen Lattimore of Kansas City over Raymond Jutras of Lowell, Mass. (112-pound).
Chico Vejar, 29, of Stamford, Conn., received a standing ovation when he retired from boxing after winning 10-round decision over Wilfie Greaves of Canada in middleweight fight in New York. "Boxing has been good to me," said Vejar, who has won 93 out of 117 fights in the past 11 years, "but the road for me now would be all down hill."
GOLF—HOMERO BLANCAS of the University of Houston shot a 3-over-par 291 for 72 holes to win the individual medal title at the All-America Intercollegiate championships in Houston. University of Houston took four out of the five team titles.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($5.20) led from start to finish to win the $25,000 Inaugural Trot at Yonkers by 1¼ lengths over Silver Song. With Harold Dancer Sr. in the sulky, the gelding covered the mile in 2:03[4/5].
HOCKEY—DETROIT, with Goalie Terry Sawchuk tending the nets and Winger Gordie Howe leading the attack, finished off Toronto four games to one to win their half of the Stanley Cup semifinals. The Red Wings clinched the series with a 3-2 win on Toronto's home ice. Montreal tied up their semifinals with Chicago by beating the Rlack Hawks 5-2, but Chicago snatched the lead back with a 3-0 shutout over the Canadiens in Montreal.
HORSE RACING—CARRY BACK ($5.20) staged a hard stretch run to beat Fred W. Hooper's Crozier by a head in the $115,100 Florida Derby at Gulfstream (see page 24). Calumet Farm's Beau Prince was third. With John Sellers up, Carry Back, owned and trained by Jack Price, ran the mile and a furlong in 1:48[4/5] over a sloppy track. MAIL ORDER ($11) staved off a late drive by Calumet Farm's Pied d'Or to win the $28,700 Westchester Stakes at Aqueduct by a nose. Under Larry Adams, the Alamode Farm's Mail Order ran the mile in 1:34.
Ingo broke in front, kept close to the pace, then pulled away before the last jump to win the Carolina Cup Steeplechase by six lengths at Camden, S.C. The 6-year-old gelding covered the three-mile, 18-jump race in 5:52.
ROWING—CAMBRIDGE upset Oxford by 4¼ boat lengths in their traditional Thames River race. Two former Harvard rowing captains, Mark Hoffman and Mike Christian, were members of the Cambridge crew. Cambridge rowed the 4¼ miles in 19:22. It was their 59th victory (to Oxford's 47) in race first rowed in 1829.
SWIMMING—Led by 18-year-old Los Altos (Calif.) High School senior STEVE CLARK, swimmers at the AAU championships in New Haven broke 12 American short-course records (see page 30). Clark set two outstanding records: the 100- and 220-yard freestyle in 46.8 and 2:00. Charles Bittick of Southern Cal had three more, the 100- and 220-yard backstroke in 53:4 and 2:09.7, and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:23.7. Chet Jastremski of Bloomington, Ind. broke two, the 100- and 220-yard breaststroke in 59.6 and 2:26.7. Frank Legacki of Ann Arbor, Mich., swam to a 100-yard butterfly record of 51.9, while Mike Troy of Bloomington, Ind. won the 220-yard butterfly with a new mark of 2:10.9. Red Stickle of Bloomington, Ind. set a 200-yard individual medley record of 2:02.1. The New Haven SC team of Michael Austin, James Loofbourrow, David Tyler and Gary Ball broke the 400-yard freestyle relay record with 3:15.9. The North Carolina AC team of Thompson Mann, Peter Fogarsy, Ed Spencer and Harry Bloom set a 400-yard medley relay mark of 3:39.9. Southern Cal won the team championship with 74 points, to New Haven SC's 44½ and New Trier SC's 21.
TENNIS—ROY EMERSON of Australia beat Wolfgang Stuck of West Berlin 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Good Neighbor championship at Miami Beach. ANN HAYDON of England beat Susan Kormocsy of Hungary 6-0, 6-2 for the women's title.
TRACK AND FIELD—DENNIS JOHNSON, successor to Ray Norton at San Jose State College, equaled the 9.3 world record for the 100-yard dash in Stanford, Calif. It was Johnson's second 9.3 clocking in two weeks.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: DALLAS LONG, 20, shotputter, to Barbara Littlejohn, in Los Angeles. Both are students at the University of Southern California.
DIED: POWEL CROSLEY JR., 74, inventor, manufacturer, and owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, in Cincinnati. Crosley acquired controlling interest in the Reds in 1936, saw them win National League pennants in 1939 and 1940. Ownership of the team will pass to a charitable foundation. Crosley's will stated his desire that the club remain in Cincinnati.
DIED: ELMER H. BAUMGARTEN, 79, American Bowling Congress secretary during its turbulent years from 1933 to 1951, in Tucson, Ariz. "Baum" rolled in every ABC tournament from 1908 until this year, saw ABC membership rise from 32,000 to 320,000 during his years of leadership.