BOATING—WEATHERLY, Henry D. Mercer's 12-meter yacht skippered by Arthur Knapp Jr., defeated her rivals Easterner and Columbia in five out of six races to win both the Queen's and Astor cups in the New York YC cruise.
Harry Sindle of Toms River, N.J. piled up so many points (6,713) in the first five races of the North American Flying Dutchman championship in Chicago that he skipped the sixth race and won anyway over Canada's Pierre Desjardins.
Ron Musson of Akron, Ohio, drove the Seattle-owned Miss Bardahl to two firsts (an average 109 mph) and a fourth to win the Seafair Trophy for unlimited hydroplanes over Lake Washington near Seattle.
BOXING—GENE FULLMER survived a strong finish by Cuba's Florentino Fernandez to win a split decision and retain his NBA middleweight title in a rousing 15-rounder at Municipal Stadium in Ogden, Utah (see page 18). Fullmer built up an early lead only to have it nearly whittled away in the final rounds when Fernandez reverted to a natural left-handed stance that confused the champion.
August 13, 1961
Curtis Cokes, Dallas bank messenger and little-known welterweight, belted No. 2 Welterweight Contender Luis Rodriguez to the canvas three times before a home-town crowd, won a 10-round split decision and a possible crack at titleholder Emile Griffith.
FOOTBALL—The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, out to prove they could fly without Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin (now coach of the Minnesota Vikings), soared over the College All-Stars 28-14 in a charity game at Chicago's Soldier Field (see page 54). All four Eagle touchdowns came on passes, three to Tommy McDonald. The All-Stars, minus Joe Bellino—who pulled a muscle during pregame warm-up—tallied in the last two minutes of the game when they drove 75 yards for one touchdown and, on the final play, intercepted a pass for the other.
GOLF—JUDY KIMBALL, 23, of Sioux City, Iowa, a newcomer this year on the LPGA tour, relied on steady nerves and a deft putter (21 putts on the final 18 holes) to quell a last-round bid by her idol, Betsy Rawls, and win her first LPGA championship, the American Women's Open in Minneapolis.
Anne Quast Decker of Seattle, a 23-year-old bride and high school history teacher, played sub-par golf to beat Barbara McIntire 3 and 2 and win the Women's Western Amateur championship in Pasadena, Calif.
Doug Sanders shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the $35,000 Eastern Open in Baltimore by one stroke over Ken Venturi, who missed a five-foot putt for a tie on the final hole. It was Sanders' fourth win of the year and brought his year's earnings to $46,127, third behind Player and Palmer.
Deane Beman of Bethesda. Md. sank a curving seven-foot putt on the final hole to beat Ed Justa of Rocky Mount, N.C. by one stroke and retain his Eastern Amateur title at Portsmouth, Va. with a record 281.
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY PRINCESS ($10) cut loose after favorite Meadow Farr broke stride and won the $44,780 Hudson Futurity Trot for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers by 1½ lengths over Formal Hanover. The Clearview Stables filly, driven by 67-year-old Earle Avery, trotted the 1 1/16 miles in 2:13, a record for the Hudson Futurity.
Su Mac Lad ($4) set a Yonkers mile record of two minutes with an easy victory over Air Record in the $25,000 Scott Frost Trot. The 7-year-old gelding, pulling a grateful Harold Dancer Sr. along in the sulky, trotted snappy quarters of 28 4/5, 1:00 1/5, 1:29 4/5 and 2:00.
Adios Don ($3.60) and AL SAM ($37.30) won the split divisions of the $56,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-olds at Brandywine. Adios Don paced the mile in a heady 2:00 2/5 while AI Sam tartly outstepped Sweet Miriam to win by a neck.
HORSE RACING—PRIMONETTA ($6.90), under Willie Shoemaker's direction, took an early lead in the $54,700 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, was held under restraint awaiting the expected stretch challenge from favorite Bowl of Flowers. To everyone's surprise the Brookmeade Stable filly failed to respond to Eddie Arcaro's urging and finished third as Primonetta won by five lengths over Andrew Crevolin's Mighty Fair in a record 2:03 1/5 for the 1-mile stakes.
Sir Gaylord ($3.60) charged from behind to capture the $123,410 Sapling Stakes for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park by a noble 2¾ lengths over Armageddon's son. Battle Joined. The Christopher T. Chenery colt, now winner of six of 10 starts, ran the six furlongs under Ismael Valenzuela in a sprightly 1:10 3/5.
Beau Prince ($8.40) turned on the speed to catch a far-in-front Editorialist and win the $118,900 American Derby at Arlington Park by 2½ lengths. Under the left-handed whipping of Steve Brooks the Calumet Farm's bay colt covered the 1 1/8 miles over a muddy track in 1:51 3/5.
Orleans Doge ($16.80) moved boldly at the head of the stretch and raced down the center of the track to take the $59,600 Choice Stakes at Monmouth by 1¼ lengths over Guadalcanal. The 3-year-old colt, with William Skuse up, ran the 1 1/16 miles in a slow 1:44 3/5.
Mr. West ($6.60), 5-year-old chestnut ridden by Pete Moore for Andy West of Dodge City, Kans.. galloped to a world quarter horse record for 870 yards with a clocking of 45.2.
MOTOR SPORTS—STIRLING MOSS of England whipped his British-made Lotus into the lead at the start and averaged 92.3 mph to stay in front throughout to win the 212-mile Grand Prix of Europe at Adenau, Germany. Second was Wolfgang von Trips, in a Ferrari, followed a second later by his stablemate Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif. Von Trips now has 33 points toward the drivers' world championship, Hill 29 and Moss 21.
Art Malone of Tampa, driving Mad Dog IV, a racer outfitted with winglike air foils to keep it on the ground, set a new world closed-course record of 177.479 mph on the 2.5-mile asphalt track at Daytona, Fla. Malone failed to clock 180 mph for a $10,000 prize offered by the speedway.
SHOOTING—Army Sergeant WILLIAM BLANKENSHIP JR. of Richlands, Va. outshot 2,691 of the country's top marksmen to successfully defend his national pistol-shooting title at Camp Perry, Ohio. Scoring 2,631 out of a possible 2,700, Blankenship edged out his teammate James Kurtz by four points, LUCILLE CHAMBLISS of Winter Haven, Fla. proved nearly as accurate, defeated Lois Montgomery of San Francisco by one point to hold on to the women's title.
Miner Cliett, 18, of Childersburg, Ala. proved he could shoot with the men, hit 100 straight targets to tie two others in the Champion of Champions event in the National Skeet championships in Reno, then shot 50 more in a row to win. Another teenager, BOB SHULEY, 15, of Roselle, Ill. won the .410-gauge title with 99 out of 100. PETE CANDY of Los Angeles was all-around winner with a score of 546 out of a possible 550.
SWIMMING—Fresh from a spate of records set in the Nationals at Tokyo a week before, U.S. and Japanese swimmers churned out times as fast and faster in meets at Osaka and Nagoya. CHET JASTREMSKI of Indiana University, doing 1:09.5 in the 100-meter breaststroke. broke his pending world record set in Tokyo by 5/10 of a second. Jastremski also turned in a 2:34.7 for 200 meters while schoolmate TOM STOCK swam the 100-and 200-meter backstroke races in a speedy 1:02.3 and 2:13.3, the latter only 1/10 of a second off his pending world record. Japan's free-style distance star, TSUYOSHI YAMANAKA, who was believed washed up at 21, lowered his 200-meter world record to 2:01.1.
TRACK & FIELD—At a meet in G√∂teborg, Sweden JIM BEATTY defeated Sweden's Dan Waern in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:44.8. FRANK BUDD won the 100 meters in 10.2, fastest time of the year, duplicated it the next night in Malm√∂, Sweden. RALPH BOSTON won the broad jumps at both meets, the second with a leap of 26 feet 6¾ inches.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: FRANK McGUIRE, 46, highly successful but recently controversial basketball coach at the University of North Carolina (with a won-lost record of 164-58 for nine seasons), to a three-year contract as coach of the slightly less successful Philadelphia Warriors of the National Basketball Association. The Warriors, pushed by league-leading scorer Wilt Chamberlain, finished second in the Eastern Division last season, only to lose to third-place Syracuse in the playoffs.
Dean Smith, 29, McGuire's assistant, was named the Tar Heels' new head coach.
DIED: JESSE C. HARPER, 77, Notre Dame football coach whose star players, Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne, popularized the forward pass, of a heart ailment in Ashland, Kans. Rockne stayed on as Harper's assistant coach after graduation, became head coach when Harper retired in 1918.
DIED: J. WALTER MORRIS, 81, player, manager, league president and club owner during more than 50 years in and around baseball, in Dallas. Morris, who started in Class D ball and rose to the majors (St. Louis Cardinals in 1908) before an injury ended that phase of his career, organized 14 leagues (he was president of seven).