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A roundup of the sports information of the week

July 17, 1961
July 17, 1961

Table of Contents
July 17, 1961

First Blood
Power Versus Perfection
Sonny Liston
Harness Racing
Two Hearted River
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Fuller Callaway's Morning Star was the first of the seven-boat field to finish the 3,571-mile race from California to Tahiti, less than three weeks after leaving Los Angeles. Handicap winner was ATHENE, out of San Francisco. John Hedden's Good News was second.

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CHESS—With a display of formidable team power, RUSSIA treated opposition like pawns, won the European Championships at Oberhausen, Germany, with 74.5 points out of a possible 100. Far behind in second place, with 58.5 points, was Yugoslavia. Though Russian Grandmasters Mikhail Tal and Mikhail Botvinnik—who reclaimed his world championship over Tal this spring—were visibly tired, Botvinnik nonetheless won six out of a possible nine points, while Tal captured 5½. Most successful of the Russians were Victor Korchnoi, with 8½ points, Vassily Smyslov, an ex-world champion, with 8, and Mark Taimanov with 7½.

GOLF—In an 18-hole, three-way playoff at the $50,000 Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., JACK BURKE JR. defeated his two rivals, Billy Casper Jr. and Johnny Pott, with some deadly putting, including a 63-footer uphill for a birdie on the 11th. Burke finished with a 1-under-par 71. Casper and Pott each had indifferent 74s. It was Burke's first victory in two years.

Don January of Dallas shot an 8-under-par in the last 18 holes to overtake third-round leader Buster Cupit of Fort Smith, Ark. and win the $30,000 St. Paul Open with a 19-under-par 269. Cupit, a part-time tournament player, eagled the last hole for a second-place 270.

Paul Runyan, 52, of La Jolla, Calif. caught his British opponent Sam King, 50, in the world senior championship at Fairhaven, England on the 27th hole, where King blasted from one bunker to another for a 6, pulled ahead to win the 36-hole final 3 and 1.

HARNESS RACING—With dour Clint Hodgins in the sulky, ELAINE RODNEY took the first heat ($6.30) of the $14,500 Titan free-for-all trot at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y. in 2:02⅗ an hour later returned to win the second heat ($5.30) in an even faster 2:02, for a world record for her sex of 4:04[3/5] for two heats on a half-mile track. Old record was 4:05[1/5] by Proximity. For another Goshen record, see page 42.

Merrie Duke ($65) rallied from next to last in the $50,000 American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt to upset Su Mac Lad by ¾ of a length and earn an invitation to join him in this week's International Trot (see page 44). The 4-year-old, driven by John Patterson, trotted the 1¼ miles in a fast 2:33[3/5]. With his usual winning form ADIOS BUTLER ($2.60) took his fifth straight, the $25,000 Little Pat Pace at Roosevelt, by 1¼ lengths over Mr. Budlong. Urged on by Eddie Cobb, the 5-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 2:07[2/5].

HORSE RACING—GLOBEMASTER ($8.40) caught the Fourth Estate Stable's front-running Editorialist in the final strides to win the $108,900 Arlington Classic by a neck. Fred W. Hooper's Crozier finished third. The Leonard P. Sasso colt, who was second in the Preakness and the Belmont, carried top weight of 119 pounds, finished in 1:35[2/5] under John L. Rotz.

Four-and-twenty ($4.60), Alberta Ranches' temperamental 3-year-old, won his second straight Hollywood Park stakes, the $122,900 Hollywood Derby, by running the only way he knows—in front all the way—to beat We're Hoping by 3¼ lengths. A bad fall on the stretch turn marred the race. Mr. America snapped a bone in his leg and threw Jockey Eddie Burns inside the rail. Ronnie's Ace, with Pete Moreno up, crashed into the fallen horse and also went down. Neither jockey was hurt, but Mr. America had to be destroyed. Four-and-Twenty, with graybeard Johnny Longden in the saddle, ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5].

Seemingly oblivious of his 133-pound weight, heaviest of his career, Bohemia Stable's KELSO ($3.20) breezed home five lengths in front of Nickel Boy in the $111,900 Suburban Handicap at Aqueduct. It was Kelso's 10th victory in a row and his ninth under Eddie Arcaro. The 4-year-old gelding ran the 1¼ miles in a snappy 2:02, only four-fifths of a second off the Aqueduct record set last September by Sword Dancer, who carried only 126 pounds.

MOTOR SPORTS—DAVE PEARSON of Spartanburg, S.C. gunned his 1961 Pontiac into the lead four miles from the finish of the Firecracker 250-mile race at Daytona Beach, Fla., ended a bumper-to-bumper duel with Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, Ill. by crossing the line a scant car's length in front. Pearson, NASCAR's 1960 Rookie of the Year, averaged a blistering 154.294 mph to set a stock-car world record (the Indianapolis "500" record, by comparison, is 139.131 mph). The pace was so fast that Lorenzen and third-place finisher Jack Smith also bettered the old mark of 146.842.

For the fourth straight year BOBBY UNSER of Albuquerque won the annual Pikes Peak hill climb, while brother Louis of Montebello, Calif. won the stock-car division. Both set records—Bobby completing the twisting 12.5-mile gravel course in 12:26.7, Louis in 15:06.

ROWING—Britain and Russia shared top honors at the HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA on England's Thames River. The University of London outrowed Jesus College of Cambridge by a half length to take the Thames Challenge Cup for eights, stroking the mile and 550 yards in a slow 6:59. A Soviet eight took the lead and held it against former Oxford rowers of the Leander Club to win the Grand Challenge Cup, senior trophy of the regatta, by a length. In bourgeois fashion, the happy Russians then threw their coxswain in the river, were abashed to find he could not swim. Australia's Stuart Mackenzie won the Diamond Sculls for the fifth straight year, a feat last accomplished in 1879.

SKIING—Before a crowd of 4,000 sun-drenched spectators, JOHN PLATT of the University of British Columbia won the last major ski event of the U.S. season: the Heather Cup Giant Slalom on Washington's Mount Baker. Piatt dropped down the ¾-mile, 30-gate course in a sizzling 48.2. Runner-up: Jon Allsop of Bellingham, Wash.

SWIMMING—MARY STEWART, 15-year-old Canadian Olympic swimmer, took 8/10 of a second off the women's world 110-yard butterfly record, covering the distance in 1:10 in the Pacific Northwest meet at Tacoma, Wash.

TENNIS—In the WIMBLEDON finals left-handed Rod Laver of Australia, runner-up for the past two years, overpowered Chuck McKinley (see page 6) of St. Louis 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in one of the quickest finals matches (55 minutes) in Wimbledon history. In the women's singles, first all-British final in 47 years, unemotional Angela Mortimer upset Christine Truman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, after Miss Truman twisted her leg when she fell on the rain-soaked grass during the second set. The men's doubles was a nerve-tingling two-hour 45-minute, all-Australian match, which ended in the 14th game of the fifth set when Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser broke the service of Bob Hewitt, who played with Fred Stolle, for the victory. Final score: 6-4, 6-8, 6-4, 6-8, 8-6. Two California teen-agers, Karen Hantze of Chula Vista and Billie Jean Moffitt of Long Beach, gave the U.S. its only major victory when they handily beat Margaret Smith and Jan Lehane of Australia 6-3, 6-4 in the women's doubles.

Five-foot-four BRYAN (BITSY) GRANT JR., 50, of Atlanta won the U.S. senior clay court title for the third time, beating George Ball of New York 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. His loss of the first set was the only one he dropped in the entire tournament, held at Edgemoor Club in Bethesda, Md. Grant also teamed with Larry Shippey to win the doubles.

TRACK & FIELD—MURRAY HALBERG, New Zealand runner with a long, feathery stride, clipped two seconds off the world two-mile record with an 8:30 clocking at international meet in Jyvaeskylae, Finland. Halberg, who won the 5,000 meters in Rome last September, ran each mile in 4:15. YOLANDA BALAS of Rumania bettered her own world high-jump record by more than an inch, with a leap of 6 feet 2¾ inches at Budapest, Hungary. Husky Defending Champion BILL TOOMEY scored a record 3,484 points to take the National AAU Pentathlon title at Boulder, Colo. Toomey won two events—the broad jump (23 feet 4 inches) and 200-meter dash (21.3)—placed second in the 1,500 meters (4:30.4), and fourth in the javelin (177 feet 8¼ inches) and discus (111 feet 314 inches).

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: SOLLY HEMUS, 37, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1958. The Cardinals, in sixth place in the National League, finished last season in third. New Manager: JOHNNY KEANE, 50, Hemus' No. 1 coach. Hemus was the third major league manager to lose his job this season.

DIED: EDWARD T. SULLIVAN JR., 59, soccer player, manager and official for 45 years who organized several U.S. soccer teams for tours abroad, in Collingdale, Pa.