ARCHERY—LON STANTON, 51-year-old curio dealer from Lake Ozark, Mo., shot with precision to regain his instinctive (without sights) title and become top bowman at the national field championships in Crystal Springs, Ark. Theresa Carter of San Francisco captured the women's title. In the freestyle (with sights), Robert Kadlec of Rochester, Minn, took the men's division, Ann Clark of Cincinnati the women's. Darryle Blank of Cedar City, Mo. won the amateur instinctive. Bob Sevey of Mound, Minn, the freestyle.
BOATING—In the first North American Finn championships ever held on the West Coast FRED MILLER JR., from the Bahia Corinthian YC of Newport Beach, Calif, sailed his 15-foot Seaweed IV to victory with six firsts and one fifth. Another Californian, Roland Whitaker, was second in the regatta, held at Long Beach, while New York's defending champion, Glen Foster, placed ninth. Miller earned the right to represent the U.S. in the world championships in Germany this August. BE BE TOO. 37-foot yawl owned and skippered by Jack Medendorp of Muskegon, Mich., won the 79-mile Queen's Cup race across Lake Michigan.
BOWLING—DALE WHISLER of Dayton, Ohio took top prize of $28,850 over 12,000 other bowlers in the marathon, six-month Petersen Classic that ended last week in Chicago. Whisler rolled his eight-game score of 192, 178,242,278,267, 184, 187 and 161 for 1,689 points last February, finished a comfortable 32 points ahead of runner-up Frank Sospirato of Warrensville, Ohio.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON, NBA light heavyweight champion, proved the faster man with the heavier punches in fight against Eddie Machen, No. 2 contender for the heavyweight crown, winning a close decision in Atlantic City (see page 12).
July 9, 1961
Pone Kingpetch of Thailand successfully held off young Japanese challenger Mitsunori Seki for 15 rounds to retain his world flyweight title with a split decision in Tokyo.
Cassius Clay, Olympic champion turned pro, continued his slow but steady climb up the heavyweight ladder with a 10-round decision over Kolo Sabedong of Hawaii in Las Vegas.
George Chuvalo, Canadian heavyweight champion, bounced Willi Besmanoff to the canvas six times in the second round at Toronto, finished him off in the fourth with a climactic left hook.
Jose Torres, middleweight, needed only three rounds to extend his undefeated record to 22 victories, using a snappy right to the jaw to KO Ike White in Boston.
Alejandro Lavorante of Argentina, heavyweight, using a quick right to good advantage, won his 14th victory in 15 bouts with a 10-round decision over Monroe Ratliff in San Francisco.
GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT of San Diego, after a disconcerting 80 on the second round, came from four strokes behind to win her third Women's Open, at Springfield, N.J., with a 5-over-par 293. Runner-up: Betsy Rawls, with a 299 (see page 18).
HARNESS RACING—With a confident Eddie Cobb clucking in the sulky, ADIOS BUTLER ($2.60) passed tiring False Step in the stretch of the $25,000 Dan Patch Pace at Roosevelt and hustled home in 1:57 4/5 to tie the world pacing record for a mile on a half-mile track (set by Bye Bye Byrd in 1959). Australia's Apmat nosed out False Step to place. The 5-year-old winner also holds the record for the fastest pace on a mile track, 1:54 3/5.
HORSE RACING—POLYLAD ($6.80), with Eddie Arcaro up, took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge by Our Hope to win a photo finish in the $57,700 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs. The 5-year-old son of Polynesian ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01 4/5.
Perizade ($180.60) took the lead over her more favored rivals right at the start and grimly hung on for the whole 1 1/8 miles to win by a half length over Mountain Glory in the $42,400 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old mare, with Alex Maese up, won in 1:48 3/5.
Sir Gaylord ($8) came from off the pace to win the colt division of the $39,980 National Stallion Stakes at Belmont by 2¼ lengths over I'm For More. It was the third straight for the Meadow Stable's colt, who galloped the 5½ furlongs in 1:04 4/5 under Ismael Valenzuela.
Globemaster ($3.20) stuck to the front to take the $28,750 Saranac Handicap at Aqueduct by an impressive 2½ lengths over Ethel Jacobs' Dr. Miller. Under Johnny Rotz, the Leonard P. Sasso colt, carrying top weight of 125 pounds, ran the mile test for 3-year-olds in 1:36 3/5.
Chief of chiefs ($7) crossed the line a neck in front of Careless John to win the $28,050 Rum-son Handicap at Monmouth. Ridden by Jackie Leonard, the 4-year-old gelding completed the six furlongs in 1:10.
MOTOR SPORTS—In a corking finish before some 50,000 champagne-sipping customers in Rheims, France. Italy's GIANCARLO BAGHETTI, driving a Ferrari, edged out the U.S.'s Dan Gurney in the last 100 yards to win the French Grand Prix. Driving in his first important race, Baghetti displayed a veteran's tactics in averaging 119.7 mph over the 268-mile course. Gurney, just 1/10 of a second behind, drove a Porsche.
TENNIS—The early rounds of this year's WIMBLEDON championships were marked by a determined home team and a host of brash upsets. Biggest surprise came from Britain's little Bobby Wilson, who defeated Defending Champion Neale Fraser in a two-hour, 53-game match that left the English audience limp and delighted. The score: 1-6, 6-0, 13-11, 9-7. Wilson then lost to hard-smashing and sometimes tempestuous Chuck McKinley of the U.S. 4-6, 4-6. 6-4. 4-6, who joined Australia's lone survivor. Rod Laver. India's Ramanathan Krishnan and England's Mike Sangster in the semi-final round. The lone American woman to reach the quarter-finals was blonde and youthful (18) Karen Hantze from Chula Vista, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—Performances at WOMEN'S AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS in Gary, Ind., which determined the U.S. team that will tour Europe and Russia, boded ill for U.S. future in international meets. Tennessee State's wondrous Wilma Rudolph, won in a sound, if not surprising, 10.8 for the 100-yard dash, but Vivian Brown, Wilma's roommate and best U.S. hope in the 220, pulled a muscle, finished third to Lacey O'Neal of Chicago, whose time was a slow 25 seconds. Earlene Brown of Los Angeles won both the shotput (47 feet 8½ inches) and discus (149 feet 4½ inches), then said she would not go abroad. Only happy surprises of the meet were Billee Daniels of San Mateo, Calif., 17. who broke AAU record in the 880 by more than three seconds, winning in 2:19.2, and Jackie Peterson, who set 440 record of 59.5. Other results: Willye White, broad jump (19 feet 11½ inches); Francis Davenport, javelin (137 feet 8 inches): Liz Josefsen, high jump (5 feet 1 inch): Willye White, Lacey O'Neal, Doris Mayand Ernestine Pollards. 440 relay (47.0); Billee Daniels, Jackie Mack, Nancy Duensing and Benetta Johnson, 880 relay (1:49).
Paul Herman of Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif, won the final event, the 1.500 meters, to come from third place and take the National AAU decathlon championship in Albuquerque with 7,142 points. Runner-up, with 7,048 points, was David Edstrom of the Emerald Empire Athletic Association of Oregon.
France broke an international record for the first time in 13 years when Jean Clausse, Robert Bogey, Michel Jazy and Michel Bernard lowered the 6,000-meter (4 x 1,500 meters) relay mark by more than seven seconds with a time of 15:04.2, in Versailles.
Chaotic conditions at the annual OSAKA MARATHON, where Ethiopia's Olympic Champion Abebe Bikila was forced to a complete stop three times by fans who darted onto course to take his picture, gave Japanese track officials a brief nightmare view of problem excitable crowd could be at 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Nineteen of the 47 starters quit, one after being run into by a motorcyclist. Commented winner Bikila good-naturedly, "At least I'm thankful for the cheers of the crowd."
Bruce Kidd, 17, continued to beat his elders, set a Canadian record of 8:46.4 for the two miles, more than 15 seconds better than the old record, in Toronto.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: Veterans MEL TRIPLETT, fullback. BOB SCHNELKER, end, and BOB SCHMIDT, utility lineman, by the New York Giants to the new Minnesota Vikings, in Allie Sherman's first attempt to bring youth to Giants. In return Sherman gets Zeke Smith, offensive guard and linebacker; Dave Whitsell, defensive halfback; plus two of the Vikings' 1962 draft choices.
RESIGNED: J. EDWIN CARTER, 54, national tournament director of the PGA since 1956, and FRED CORCORAN, 50, tournament director of the LPGA, which he founded in 1948, both to devote more time to private interests.
DIED: ERNEST HEMINGWAY, 61, writer and sportsman, of a gunshot wound in Ketchum, Idaho (see page 9).