BASEBALL—The BUFFALO BISONS quickly ran through the Rochester Red Wings, four games to one, in the International League's (best of seven) playoffs, winning the final game at Rochester 4-0, when starter Paul Brown and reliever Max Surkont teamed up in a six-hit shutout. Buffalo now plays the Louisville Colonels, the American Association playoff champion, in the Junior World Series. The Colonels, helped by seven Houston errors (five by Shortstop J. C. Hartman) in the last game of their playoffs with the Bulls won easily 11-4 to take the AA series four games to two.
BOATING—Brazilian entry of Skipper AXEL SCHMIDT, crewed by his twin brother ERIK, sailed smoothly on the final day of the World's Snipe Regatta at Rye, N.Y. to win the last two races of the seven-race series and the title. The Schmidt twins easily outsailed the 18-nation field, finished with 9,442 points, 1,133 more than the second-place U.S. boat, manned by Harry and Alan Levinson.
Norway's FRED OLSEN, although beached by an eye injury before the final race, accumulated an unbeatable 34¾ points in four earlier races, won the International One-Design world sailing championship for second straight year, on Long Island Sound. After six days of trials in Hempstead, N.Y. Harbor, Roy Hickok's California-based WILDCAT was named the American defender in the International Catamaran Challenge Match against Britain's Hellcat. With a good windward start and a five-second lead in the first of seven races, the sleek 21-foot cat met with floating debris, punctured one hull. Skipper John Beery sailed on until forced to retire but not until the challenger had shown speed and stability on the beat and the run.
BOXING—Middleweight RORY CALHOUN stepped up a class and battered Light Heavyweight Franz Szuzina for 10 rounds, won a unanimous decision, at Toledo.
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Paolo Rosi, anxious for another try at Joe Brown's lightweight title, used a jolting right hand to score a second-round TKO over Jack Donnelly, at Boston. Rosi may now meet Brown later in the year, since Promoter Silverman is willing to guarantee the champion $50,000 for a title bout.
HARNESS RACING—HENRY T. ADIOS ($3.20) led all the way over two other side-wheelers in fourth-heat race-off to win the $70,069 Little Brown Jug pace at Delaware, Ohio (see page 30). On the same program, pacer ADIOS BUTLER set a world half-mile-track time trial record with 1:55[3/5] for the mile. Eddie Cobb drove the 1959 Triple Crown winner through remarkable fractional clockings of 0:28[4/5]: 57⅘ and 1:27. In another time trial, Johnny Simpson drove CALEB to a 2:00[3/5] mile, a new mark for trotters. APMAT ($8.70), winless since May 11, responded to Billy Haughton's whip, held off Tar Boy's late spurt to the wire, won the $25,000 Red Sails pace by 1¼ lengths, at Yonkers. On a fast track, the 8-year-old Australian gelding paced the mile in 2:00[3/5].
HORSE RACING—AIRMANS GUIDE ($9.30), who hadn't raced since July 29, was held close to the pace all the way by Howard Grant, passed Craftiness at the eighth pole to win the $96,000 Beldame and equaled the stakes record of 1:49[2/5] for the mile and an eighth, at Belmont. The 4-year-old mare, owned by Pennsylvanian Hugh Grant, finished ¾ of a length in front of Craftiness, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, and 3¼ lengths ahead of Willie Shoemaker on favored Primonetta.
Le Levanstell, a 20-to-1 long shot ridden by Bill Williamson, beat the Aga Khan's Petite Etoile by a half length in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, England. Instead of retiring, Petite Etoile may race in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket in October. Before the Queen Elizabeth, she had never been beaten at a mile, had won 14 of 18 starts.
Yes you will ($18), close to the leaders all the way, held off fast-closing Polylad, who moved up from last to second, won the $29,800 Boardwalk Handicap by a short neck at Atlantic City. Well handled by Jockey Tommy Lee, Mrs. Edith L. Price's 5-year-old covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41[4/5].
Naval treaty ($5.30), under Robert S. McDonald, followed the four other horses slopping through puddles caused by Hurricane Esther, then at the 7th jump began to overtake field to beat Independence by 4½ lengths in the Charles L. Appleton Memorial Steeplechase handicap at Belmont. Allison Stern's 4-year-old gelding covered the 2‚⅛ miles in 4:10[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—England's STIRLING MOSS, driving a revolutionary new Ferguson, claimed by the manufacturer to be the family auto of the future, won the 165-mile International Gold Cup race. The car's unique four-wheel drive, which works off a central transmission and differential system, and nonlocking aircraft-type brakes, enabled Moss to set a lap record of 93.42 miles per hour for Formula I Grand Prix cars, though driving on a wet track, and finish 46 seconds ahead of Jack Brabham's Cooper.
George Constantine, 43-year-old Massachusetts public relations man, driving a Ferrari TR, patiently played a waiting game until the last lap of the Watkins Glen sports car race. He then overtook the Maserati driven by Walt Hansgen to win the Glen Classic by 8 seconds, for the second time. The winner averaged 89.51 per hour for the 40 laps.
SOFTBALL—Detroit Pitcher BONNIE JONES, voted the World Softball championship's most valuable player, threw 77‚Öî almost faultless innings, but saw his team blow it all by losing the final game and the title to Aurora (Ill.) 2-0, at Clearwater, Fla.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALEZ (the second "z" is correct, he now says) announced his retirement after losing a semifinal match to Australian Lew Hoad 4-6, 13-11, 6-3, 6-2 in London's indoor championship. Although Gonzalez, in his contract battles with Tour Promoter Jack Kramer, has frequently threatened to quit, this time he appeared in earnest. He has signed as tennis pro for Huntington Hartford's Paradise Island resort. Hoad may have the distinction of being the last man to defeat Gonzalez in tournament play, but he, in turn, lost the finals to fellow Australian, Ken Rosewall, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, who won for the third time.
TRACK & FIELD—At dual meet in London TAMARA PRESS, Russia's strong-arm female star, flipped the discus a world-record 193 feet 6 inches, breaking by 3 feet her still pending mark set earlier in the month at Sofia, Bulgaria. High Jumper VALERI BRUMEL, determined to erase Boston's John Thomas from the record book, tried for 7 feet 5 inches, but tipped the bar with his trailing foot on the way down. Brumel settled for an earlier 7-foot-3-inch jump, 3 inches better than Thomas' United Kingdom mark. Both the Russian men and women won team honors, but England's 3,000-meter world record holder Gordon Pirie brought cheer to the 20,000 in White City Stadium by winning the 5,000 meters in 14:15.6. Pirie then quit "sham amateurism," announced his next appearance would be in a race in a Barcelona bull ring for a purse of $1,400.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Poland's middle-heavyweight champion IRENEUSZ PALINSKI strained to two world records at Vienna's world weight-lifting championships, but Russia, with 42 points, carried away the team title. Palinski, a Warsaw construction engineer, hefted 419 pounds—8 more than his previous record—with a clean and jerk, pressed 325 pounds and snatched 303 more for a total weight of 1,047 pounds and a second record. The U.S. team lost a chance to increase its second-place lead when almost certain winner Tommy Kono of Honolulu weighed in a half pound over the middleweight standard. Kono moved up to light heavyweight and placed third. Isaac Berger, with an 810-pound lift in the featherweight division, was the only U.S. champion.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: ED (PORKY) OLIVER, 45, the gallery's favorite professional golfer, of cancer at Wilmington, Del. In 20 years, Oliver never won a major tournament, but was perhaps the most frequent second-place finisher on the pro tour. He played on three winning U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1947, 1951 and 1953) and was named honorary captain of the 1961 team.
MARRIED: TED WILLIAMS, 43, baseball's most recent .400 hitter (.406 in 1941), who retired last year after 20 seasons as the American League's most respected hitter and its foremost nonconformist, to blonde model Lee Howard, 36. Williams appeared for the ceremony, held at the clerk's office of the East Cambridge (Mass.) District Court, without a necktie, as usual.
MARRIED: PANCHO SEGURA, 40, comic relief for Jack Kramer's professional tennis tour, and also an outstanding doubles player known for his improbable retrieves, to Beverly Young, 33, of Beverly Hills. Calif., in London.
SUSPENDED: SAM SNEAD, TOMMY BOLT, DICK MAYER, CHICK HARBERT, WALT BURKEMO and LEW WORSHAM by the Professional Golfers' Association for six months and fined $500 apiece, for playing in the Cincinnati pro-am which conflicted with the PGA co-sponsored Portland Open.