BASEBALL—The BUFFALO BISONS, International League Playoff champions, stormed over the American Association's Louisville Colonels 18-8 in the first game of the Junior World Series, went on to shut out the Colonels in the second and fourth games the last one a one-hitter by Paul Brown—to sweep the series 4-0. Heavy hitting by Center-fielder Ted Savage (9 hits) and Second Baseman Bob Sadowski (3 home runs, 8 RBIs), along with scoreless pitching by Brown and Bill Smith, earned Buffalo's Kirby Farrell the distinction of being the only man to manage teams from both leagues to win the series title.
BICYCLING—OSCAR PLATTNER and ARMIN VON BUREN, both of Switzerland, took the lead with only two hours left in the 75th International Six-Day Bicycle Race at Madison Square Garden and finished ahead of Italians Nando Terruzzi and Leandro Faggin. The first three teams all covered the same distance, 2,359.2 miles, but the Swiss won 10 of the last 29 one-mile sprints, and amassed 1,224 points, 443 more than the second-place Italians.
BOATING—SABRE, skippered by Ernest B. Fay with a crew of Ted Parsons and Pete Masterson, retained its 5.5-meter U.S. sailing championship at Oyster Bay, N.Y. with a third-place finish in the fifth and final race of the series. George O'Day's Minotaur, 1960 Olympic gold medal winner, won three races to Sabre's two, but an eighth-place finish in the second race, caused by a broken boom, was too much of a handicap and Minotaur lost by 36¾ to Sabre's 41½ points.
Hull punctures twice stopped the U.S.'s outclassed WILDCAT, in the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, and she finished the first two races at the end of a tow line as Britain's Hellcat went two up in the best-of-seven series. After patchwork, Wildcat won the third, but lost the next two and the series 4-1 (see page 68).
October 8, 1961
BOXING—SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, 41 years old and five times the middleweight champion, launched still another comeback with a 10-round split decision over Canadian Champion Wilf Greaves at Detroit. Warming slowly, Robinson found his combinations in the middle rounds but tired late in the fight and was knocked down just before the eighth-round bell. He rallied to carry the ninth and was barely favored by the two judges, 47-46, 46-44, but not by the referee, who scored it 45-44 for Greaves.
Alejandro Lavorante, Argentine heavyweight, scored his 17th victory in 18 fights with a 10-round unanimous decision over Alonzo Johnson at San Francisco. Fourth-ranked Lavorante, who recently knocked out Willi Besmanoff and Zora Folley, knocked Johnson down twice in the ninth to continue his progress toward a title fight with Floyd Patterson.
Benny Paret, caught frequently by Champion Emile Griffith's long-range punches, suffered two badly swollen eyes and a bloody mouth but stuck to his close-in style and won a 15-round split decision to regain his welterweight title, at Madison Square Garden. Paret, the 3-to-1 underdog, lost the title to Griffith six months ago, but does not intend to make the same mistake again. His manager announced there will be no rematch with Griffith.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Detroit watched the wrong barrel as San Francisco's shotgun offense clicked on seven touchdowns. The Lions lost 49-0 and suffered their first shutout in 115 games. On the last play of the game, Baltimore's Steve Myhra kicked a 52-yard field goal to beat Minnesota 34-33. Green Bay shut out Chicago 24-0, and Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh 24-14. Cleveland scored in every period, easily defeated Dallas 25-7. Y.A. Tittle came off the bench and completed 24 passes as New York beat Washington 24-21. St. Louis kicked a field goal with five seconds to play, edged Philadelphia 30-27.
AFL: San Diego won its fourth game, 19-11, from Buffalo, remained the only undefeated team in the league. Dallas set a league rushing record of 398 yards, beat Houston 26-21. New York defeated Boston 37-30, and broke their division first-place tic. Oakland beat Denver 33-19.
HARNESS RACING—IMPISH, 2-year-old filly, made quick work of the $18,155 Hanover Shoe Stake at Lexington, Ky., trotting two successive mile heats of 1:58[3/5] and 1:59⅗ setting a record for her age and sex for a single mile heat.
Caduceus ($3.90) opened Roosevelt Raceway's fall meet with a 2:00[4/5] mile, finished a head in front of stablemate Apmat in the $25,000 Spirit of St. Louis Pace at Westbury, N.Y. The 11-year-old New Zealand pacer, with Hugh Bell driving, led almost all the way, gave Billy Haughton's entry, Caduceus and Apmat, a one-two sweep of the race. SILVER SONG ($20.80) moved up from fifth at the top of the stretch to nose out Elaine Rodney in the $25,000 Jean Laird trot, at Yonkers, N.Y. Favorite Su Mac Lad, top trotting money-winner of all time, led for three quarters but faded to sixth as Mercury Stable's winner with Jimmy Cruise in the sulky led a fast field with 2:33[4/5] for the 1¼ miles.
HORSE RACING GEORGE H. BOSTWICK moved close to the $1 million mark in earnings of jumpers he had trained, when his 3-year-old bay, BARNABYS BLUFF ($4) won the $16,300 Elkridge Hurdle at Belmont. The $10,595 purse raised Bostwick's record earnings to $991,536.50.
Our Jeep ($6.40), after a three-month rest, found the firm Atlantic City grass course to his liking and broke the track record with 2:28[3/5] for 1½ miles in the $23.700 Ocean City Handicap. Ridden by Sammy Boulmetis fresh from a 10-day suspension the winner finished 3 lengths in front of favored Harmonizing.
Newmarket Yearling sales brought out a flush crowd of buyers who paid $2,151,442—a British record—for 435 yearlings at Suffolk, England. A filly by Grey Sovereign out of Ardue brought the highest price. $47,040, and will join her brother. Sovereign Lord, winner of the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, in the stables of Sir Gordon Richards.
Kelso ($3), with Eddie Arcaro up, tied the track record of 2:00 for 1¼ miles, won the $109,600 Woodward Stakes at Belmont (see page 18).
MOTOR SPORTS—PETER RYAN, 21, driving a Lotus 19, finished the first Canadian Sports Car Grand Prix a lap in front of Pedro Rodriguez's Ferrari Dino at Orono, Ont. Ryan sped over the 250-mile course at an average speed of 89.64 mph but England's Stirling Moss, in an all-out effort to make up for too many pit stops, set a lap record of 1:34.2 though he finished third.
PENTATHLON—PAT DANIELS, Brigham Young freshman and runner-up to Joan Terry in last year's National AAU Women's Championship, turned the tables on Joan in the 1961 competition at Fort Collins, Colo. Although she won only the 200-meter run, Pat placed well in the other four events, had a 53-point margin over Joan, who 'took both the 80-meter hurdles and the broad jump.
TENNIS—U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM defeated India 3-2, prepared to move on to Rome to tackle the Italians for the right to meet Australia in the challenge round. At New Delhi, Chuck McKinley beat 19-year-old Jaidip Mukerjea 6-4, 6-4, 9-7, paired with Don Dell to win the doubles from Ramanathan Krishnan and Premjit Lall 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Then he lost to Krishnan 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, and Whitney Reed beat Mukerjea 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, Krishnan's two singles victories had been anticipated by tennis experts.
WEIGHT LIFTING—At dual meet in Warsaw, the U.S. defeated Poland 4-3, won all but the middle-heavyweight class and two others in which the Poles were unopposed.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: CASEY STENGEL, 71, to manage the New York Mets, one of the two new-teams in the recently expanded National League, for the 1962 season.
SIGNED: By PRESIDENT KENNEDY, a bill allowing professional teams to pool their television rights in a single contract, legal sanction sought especially by the National Football League which negotiated a pool-type contract for the 1961 season that was later disallowed by a federal court as a violation of the antitrust laws. The contract, granting each NFL team $325,000 for TV rights, will probably be reinstated.
DIED: CAYETANO ORDONEZ AGUILERA (Ni√±o de la Palma), 57, famous Spanish matador of the 1920s, who was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's character. Pedro Romero, in The Sun Also Rises, at Madrid. Ordonez and his son Antonio, now the world's best bull fighter, were close friends of the late author.
DIED: CLINTON F. RUSSELL, 65, an organizer and founder of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association, at Duluth, Minn. Russell was one of the world's best blind golfers, twice won both the world championship and the international tournament for the sightless, was awarded the Ben Hogan Trophy for golfers who continue to play despite physical handicaps and whose example has proved an inspiration to the community.
DIED: DONALD FOLEY, 19-year-old Naval Academy midshipman, of injuries suffered in a scrimmage while playing for the junior varsity at Annapolis, Md. Foley's death was the first in college football this year and the second in Annapolis history.