John Weigert, 13, Cypress Gardens, Fla., set world junior boys' jumping record of 81 feet during the Greater Miami water ski championships, added victories in the slalom and trick events to score a perfect 3,000 points and win the over-all trophy in his division as well.
Andrew Chechak of Sacramento, now in his 17th week of a cross-country horseback ride on a 7-year-old mare, passed Mount Vernon, Ohio, on the way to his destination in Kittery, Maine. He sleeps outdoors every night, has spent less than $40 so far.
Joan Joyce, Stratford, Conn., voted most valuable player in the women's world softball tourney, pitched 33‚Öì innings on the final day, struck out 67 batters to finish with an overall record of six wins, one loss (2-1 in 19 innings), and a pair of no-hit, no-run games.
Palmer Donnelly, 21, whose unprecedented swim around Staten Island (36 miles in 25 hours) defeated swirling tides and cold water, drew cheers from 15,000 at a motorcade in Perth Amboy, N.J., won keys to two cities, a trophy, medals and more than $2,000.
September 24, 1961
Jim Gruber, 18-year-old shortstop from Cincinnati, named Player of the Year in American Legion baseball, led his team to second place in the Legion's national championships, batted .352 for the year. His picture will be hung in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
Dave Hill, youthful Denver golf pro, overcame some last-round jitters and tricky winds to preserve his lead in the $25,000 Denver Open, finished with a 21-under-par 263 for first-prize money of $3,500, thus boosting his over-all 1961 winnings to $18,000.