BASEBALL—MAJOR LEAGUE OWNERS meeting in Miami Beach voted to change the bonus rules. Now first-year players are eligible for the draft at $8,000 if left in the minors; if advanced to the parent club roster, only one can be optioned out the following year. The others can be bought for $8,000 through irrevocable waiver procedures. The effect of the new rules is to make large bonus payments impractical though not unlawful. The owners also agreed to continue with two All-Star games for at least another year.
The Chicago White Sox made three major deals: Outfielder Minnie Minoso, 39, went to the St. Louis Cardinals for First Baseman Joe Cunningham, 29; 35-year-old Roy Sievers went to Philadelphia for Infielder Charley Smith, 24, and Pitcher John Buzhardt, 26; Pitchers Billy Pierce, 34, and Don Larsen, 32, went to the Giants for Pitchers Dom Zanni, 29, Ed Fisher, 24, First Baseman Bob Farley, 23, and a fourth player to be announced. In other deals the Milwaukee Braves sold Outfielder-Infielder Frank Thomas to the New York Mets for $125,000; the Cleveland Indians sent Pitcher Bob Locke to the Chicago Cubs for Infielder Jerry Kindall; Houston sent Sam Jones to Detroit for Pitchers Bob Bruce and Manuel Montejo.
BASKETBALL (PRO)—NBA, Eastern Division: BOSTON increased its lead to 5 games over Philadelphia. The Warriors' Paul Arizin scored the 15,000th point of his career, and Wilt Chamberlain tossed in a season's record 60 points, both in a game against the Lakers. Syracuse won 3 games, while last-place NEW YORK split 2.
NBA, Western Division: LOS ANGELES lost 2 games but still led by 3½. Cincinnati, with Wayne Embry, Jack Twyman and Oscar Robertson among the league's 10 top scorers, continued to cut into LA's lead. Detroit remained 3rd, winning 1 and losing 2. St. Louis showed no signs of improving, lost 2 games and won 1. Chicago was last.
December 11, 1961
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE: SAN FRANCISCO SAINTS fired Phil Woolpert, after the team had won only 6 of its first 15 games. Pittsburgh lost the Eastern lead to Cleveland. KANSAS CITY held first place in the West but lost ground to Los Angeles.
BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY scored a seventh-round TKO over Willie Besmanoff, in Louisville.
Eddie Machen, the third-ranking heavyweight, was too strong and ring-wise for unbeaten Light Heavyweight Doug Jones, won a 10-round decision, in Miami Beach, Fla.
FOOTBALL (PRO)—NFL, Eastern Conference: Green Bay beat NEW YORK 20-17 (see page 26), dropping the Giants to a first-place tie with PHILADELPHIA, as the Eagles beat Pittsburgh 35-24. Cleveland heightened the tension by beating Dallas 38-17 and moving within one game of the division lead. St. Louis beat Washington 38-24 and moved from next to last into a fourth-place tie with the Steelers. The Cowboys were next, and the Redskins, still winless, were last.
NFL, Western Conference: GREEN BAY clinched the division title, leaving Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and Chicago to fight it out for a berth in the NFL's runner-up bowl. The Lions beat the Bears 16-15, despite a record-equaling five field goals by Roger Leclerc, and took over second place. The Colts edged the 49ers 20-17 and moved to within½ game of the Lions. The 49ers were next, followed by the Bears. Minnesota, after a 42-21 win over Los Angeles, is tied for seventh with the Rams.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON won the big game, beat undefeated San Diego 33-13 to remain a game in front of Boston, as Oiler End Charlie Hennigan raised his season reception yardage to 1,541, a new professional football record. The Patriots stayed alive by edging Denver 28-24. New York stopped Abner Haynes and easily defeated Dallas 28-7, while last-place Buffalo dropped Oakland 26-21.
The Western standings remained unchanged since the teams all lost to their Eastern opponents. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS scored a 21-14 overtime victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the Grey Cup, signifying the Canadian pro championship, in Toronto.
GOLF—LODDIE KEMPA, long-driving pro from Okmulgee, Okla., shot a 9-over-par 293 to win the $10,000 National Left-Handers' Open golf tournament, in Bradenton, Fla.
HARNESS RACING—U.S. TROTTING ASSOCIATION announced that attendance and wagering increased by more than 4½% over 1960 totals, with 15,719,479 spectators and $857,587,384 in bets. Tax revenue to states with pari-mutuel harness racing was $58,490,684. It was the 16th consecutive year that these figures had increased.
Robert G. Farrington, 32-year-old Richwood, Ohio driver, won 201 harness races to break the record of 176 set in 1958 by Billy Haughton. Harry Burright, the 1948 driving champion, also broke the record with 184 victories.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL led the league with 33 points. Toronto was close behind with 31 points. New York was next with 28, followed by Detroit, 19, Chicago, 18, and Boston, 13.
HORSE RACING—MANASSA MAULER ($7.80), a 5-year-old son of Count Turf-Escalade, won the $30,700 Queens County Handicap, at Aqueduct. Ridden by Braulio Baeza, he ran the mile in 1:36 1/5, beat Mail Order by 2 lengths.
JUDO—ANTON GEESINK of the Netherlands upset Defending Champion Koji Sone of Japan to win the world judo title, in Paris.
PARACHUTING—A U.S. team of Jacques Istel, Lew Sanborn, Nate Pond and William Jolly broke two Russian-held world records for a 4-man-group precision jump from 1,500 meters, at Williams AF Base, Ariz. Jumping in succession at a target, they landed within an average 13 feet 7 3/16 inches of the mark to beat the Russian daylight record of 18.471 feet. Then they came within an average 13 feet 10½ inches of the center to break the Russian night record of 48.490 feet.
SOCCER—SPAIN beat Morocco 3-2, in Madrid, to qualify for the world championship tournament to be held in Santiago, Chile in May 1962.
TENNIS—MARGARET SMITH of Australia beat Darlene Hard for the second time in a week, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals of West Australian Championships in Perth, Australia. In the men's finals Roy Emerson defeated Neale Eraser 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—RALPH BOSTON, whose world-record-breaking broad jump of 27 feet 1 3/4 inches was recently certified, was awarded the L. Di Benedetto Memorial Award for the outstanding performance of the year by an American track and field athlete. Frank Budd, whose 9.2 for the 100-yard dash broke the sprint record, was the second choice of the AAU track and field committee.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED—ERNIE DAVIS, Syracuse University's All-America halfback, as the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy for being the outstanding college football player in the country. Davis is the first Negro to win the 27-year-old award. Ohio State Fullback Bob Ferguson, also an All-America, was second, 53 points back.
SENTENCED—FRANK CARBO, the underworld manipulator of boxing, was denied a new trial, sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000 in a Los Angeles federal court. Carbo was convicted May 30, 1961 for conspiracy and extortion after he and four other men tried to gain control of Former Welterweight Champion Don Jordan. Sentenced along with Carbo were: Frank Palermo, 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine; Joe Sica, 20 years in prison and $10,000 fine; Louis Dragna, five years in prison. Truman Gibson Jr., former president of the National Boxing Enterprises, was placed on five years' probation but must pay a $10,000 fine.
DIED: FRANKLIN C. CAPPON, 61-year-old Princeton University basketball coach, at Princeton. Dean of the Ivy League coaches and a former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Cappon was elected to the Helms College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1957. Since he came to Princeton in 1938, his teams have won the Ivy League championship five times and have held that title for the last two years. His career record was 339 wins and 244 losses. He is succeeded by Assistant Coach Joey L. McCandless.
DIED: EDGAR ALLAN POE, 90, former Attorney General of Maryland and onetime Princeton University football great, in Philadelphia. A Walter Camp All-America, Poe was 5 feet 3 inches and weighed only 135 pounds as quarterback and captain of the Princeton teams of 1889 and 1890. He was also a Phi Beta Kappa and captain of the lacrosse team.