Earl Lunsford, 200-pound Calgary (Alta.) fullback, became the first player in Canadian pro football to carry the ball for more than a mile in a single season, with a total of 1,794 yards. This broke the mark set in 1957 by Edmonton's John Bright, former star at Drake.
Jane Mayo, 25, of Okemah, Okla., who learned to ride as a child on a 25-year-old horse without a saddle ("We couldn't afford it"), won the Girls' Championship Barrel Racing title in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the third year in a row on the same horse, V's Sandy.
Port Robertson, 47-year-old wrestling coach of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and a member of the Helms Hall of Fame, returned to the position of head coach at Oklahoma when top protégé Tommy Evans was called to active service by the Air Force.
Harlow Daly, retired accountant from Sanford, Me. and holder of the New England amateur chess championship (he won the New England professional championship in 1908 at 24), won the annual Maine Open Chess Tournament, beating Larry Eldridge.
December 18, 1961
Tom Blodgett, 22, from Great Barrington, Mass., a student at Cambridge, paced his freshman team to an 84-51 outdoor track win over Oxford despite displeasure with the English weather ("It's freezing"), with victories in four events and a total 20 points.
Herman Byers, 56-year-old football coach at Evansville (Ind.) Reitz High School, guided his team to its second straight state title. Reitz was undefeated, untied and un-scored upon in nine games. Says Byers, in explanation of success: "I'm a perfectionist."