BASEBALL—JOHNNY TEMPLE, Cleveland Indian infielder and the American League's 1961 Ail-Star second baseman, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league Catcher Harry Chiti and two other players to be named.
Roger Maris won the American League's Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year, in a close ballot battle with Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle. Maris, a .269 hitter with a record 61 home runs, beat out Mantle, a .317 hitter with 54 home runs, by four points, 202 to 198. Jim Gentile, Baltimore first baseman, was third, and Norm Cash, Detroit first baseman and the American League's batting champion, who received only one first-place vote, was fourth.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA, Eastern Division: BOSTON (9-2) won 3 games, lost 2, increased its lead to 3½ games. Philadelphia (8-7) got help from rookie Tom Meschery but still lost 3 games and won 2. Syracuse (6-7) rode a modest scoring binge by Dolph Schayes, won 2 and lost 1. New York (6-10) played well but still lost 2, won 1, remained in last place. Western Division: LOS ANGELES (13-2), undefeated for the second straight week, increased its lead to four games. Cincinnati (8-7) won 2, lost 1, was second. St. Louis (6-9) fired Coach Paul Seymour and swapped Si Green, Woody Sauldsberry, Fred LaCour and Joe Grabowski to Chicago for Archie Dees, Barney Cable and Ralph Davis. The Hawks won 2 and lost 2, tied Detroit (5-7), which won 1 and lost 3. Chicago (2-12) continued to win one game a week and was last.
BOATING—RUDY RAMOS and his co-driver DON ELLIS were declared the over-all winners of the $12,500 Salton Sea 500, in Salton City, Calif. Because of high winds and choppy water, the powerboat competition was cut from 500 to 250 miles but no one was seriously injured. Ramos and Ellis, driving a Chrysler-powered Rayson Craft, covered the 250 miles in 4 hours 23 minutes.
November 27, 1961
BOWLING—OMAHA PACKERS' franchise was turned in to the National Bowling League by Owner William Russell after the team failed to draw. A week off from league play gave bowlers a chance to participate in the World Invitational Tournament and the directors time to relocate the Omaha team. At the break, Detroit led in the East and Fresno in the West.
Dave Soutar, 21-year-old professional newcomer, beat established stars in head-to-head competition to win the Professional Bowlers Association national championship, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Soutar, whose victory brought him a $6,000 first-place prize, scored 212-02 Petersen points to runner-up Morrie Oppenheim's 208-19.
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE, defending his featherweight title for the fourth time, found the bobbing and weaving Kazuo Takayama a difficult target but got the range in the late rounds to win a unanimous decision, in Kuramae Sumo Stadium, Tokyo.
CRICKET—TONY LOCK, English bowler, took four wickets in the test match against India, in Bombay, India. This raised his career total to 2,000. He is the 24th bowler in cricket history, and the only one currently active, to reach this mark. Despite Lock's efforts, the test match ended in a draw.
CROSS-COUNTRY—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY placed four runners in the first 15 finishers to win the NCAA college division championships at Wheaton, Ill. John Mulholland of Loras College ran the four-mile course in 20:06.9, won the race and broke the record he set last year.
FIELD TRIALS—FLD. CH. DEL TONE COLVIN, a 4½-year-old Labrador, won the National Retriever Trials at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, Dover, Del. Colvin, handled by Tony Berger, completed the 10 hurdles in almost flawless fashion, was picked by the judges over seven others in the all-Labrador final. A son of the 1955 winner, Cork of Oakwood Lane, Colvin is owned by L. J. Snoeyenbos of Baldwin, Wis.
FISHING—MRS. MARY L. SMITH fought a 423-pound blue marlin for almost three hours, finally boated it to win the Fort Lauderdale blue marlin tournament. None of the other 119 anglers caught a fish.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL, Eastern Conference: NEW YORK beat Pittsburgh 42-21 and took over first place. Led by the pinpoint passing of Y. A. Tittle, the Giants have now scored 133 points in three games. Cleveland overwhelmed Philadelphia 45-24, moved into a tie for second place with the Eagles. The Browns' Jimmy Brown had the biggest day of his great career, rushed for 237 yards, tying his own record, scored four touchdowns. Washington, after nine straight losses, tied Dallas 28-28. The Cowboys, however, moved ahead of St. Louis, which was shut out 16-0 by Baltimore, and the Steelers. Washington was, of course, last.
NFL, Western Conference: GREEN BAY, undismayed by injuries or the draft, moved toward its second successive division title. Playing without Paul Hornung, the Packers eschewed the field goal, scored three TDs on passes and two on runs, beat Los Angeles 35-17. Detroit continued its late-season surge, defeated Minnesota 37-10 to remain second. San Francisco tried a new tack, the old pro T, and beat Chicago 41-31. This moved the 49ers to third and dropped the Bears into a tie with the Colts. The Rams were next and the Vikings last.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON crushed New York 49-13, held on to first place. Boston edged Oakland 20-17 and pulled ahead of the Titans. Buffalo defeated Denver 23-10, moved to within a game of .500 but was still last.
AFL, Western Division: SAN DIEGO beat Dallas 24-10 to continue undefeated. The second-place Texans were 7½ games back, followed by the Broncos and the Raiders.
GOLF—DALE MOREY, former Walker Cup player, teamed with Ed Tutwiler, sank a 12-foot putt on the 16th hole to score a 1-up victory over Dave and Charlie Smith and win the Dunes National Four-ball Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
HARNESS RACING—AIR RECORD took the third and final leg of the $80,000 American Trotting Classic, at Inglewood, Calif. With George Sholty driving, Air Record squeezed between two horses in the stretch and won by a head over Silver Song. The winner, who took the first leg two weeks ago, covered the 1‚⅛ miles in 2:17 2/5.
HOCKEY—Montreal (9-5-4) narrowly retained the lead with 22 points. New York (8-5-5) went undefeated in five straight games, moved into a tie for second with Toronto (10-6-1), both at 21 points. Detroit (6-8-3) was next with 15 points, followed by Chicago (4-7-6) with 14 points, and Boston (4-10-3) with 11 points.
HORSE RACING—CRIMSON SATAN ($2.60) won the $116,920 Pimlico Futurity, at Pimlico, Md. The colt, with Willie Shoemaker up, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 2/5, finished five lengths in front of Green Ticket for his seventh victory in 13 starts. He is now the likely choice as 2-year-old Horse of the Year.
Polylad ($16.10), owned by Mrs. Q. A. S. McKean, the famous women's amateur tennis player of the '30s, beat Hillsborough by three-quarters of a length to win the $83,400 Gallant Fox Handicap, at Aqueduct, N.Y. Herberto Hinojosa rode the 5-year-old gelding in 2:45 3/5 for the 1[5/8] miles.
HORSE SHOWS—U.S. came from behind to win the International jumping championship at the Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto, Canada. A 1-2-3 sweep in the McKee International Stake, the last event of the competition, raised the U.S. team's total to 38 points, enough to edge the Canadians, who had held the lead for six days of the eight-day test.
MOTOR SPORTS—REX WHITE, driving a 1961 Chevrolet, finished 60 yards in front of runner-up Buck Baker's Chrysler to win the 100-mile Rain Check Grand National race in Weaverville, N.C.
TRACK & FIELD—TOM BLODGETT, a Yank at Cambridge, led his freshman team to a 84-51 victory over Oxford, in Oxford, England. Blodgett, a 22-year-old Harvard graduate from Great Barrington, Mass., won the 120-yard high hurdles and the 220-yard low hurdles. He set a meet record of 12 feet 11 inches for the pole vault, then took first place in the javelin with 170 feet.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: CHARLES HURTH, general manager of the New York Mets, who was chosen for the job in 1960 when the club was a member of the proposed Continental League. It is expected that Met President George Weiss will handle the general managing duties himself.
DIED: OSCAR TOBIN, lightweight contender from 1913 to 1922. Under the ring name of Willie Jackson, he defeated many of the division's most famous fighters. He knocked out Johnny Dundee in the first round in 1917, later fought Dundee so frequently—a total of 11 times—that they traveled together. Dundee, who became featherweight and junior lightweight champion, was never able to beat Jackson.