BASEBALL—ARIZONA WINTER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ended in a first-place tie between Baltimore and San Francisco, both with 32-17 records. NEW YORK METS bought Los Angeles Infielder Charlie Neal for a reported $100,000 and Outfielder Lee Walls. Neal, playing at short, completes the Met infield with Hodges at first, Chacon at second and Zimmer at third. Including the $125,000 spent for Walls in October's expansion raffle, the total price for Neal was $225,000.
Kansas City just beat the interleague trading deadline, dealt Pitcher Bob Shaw and Infielder Lou Klimchock to Milwaukee for three minor league players. The Athletics also sent Catcher Joe Pignatano to San Francisco for Texas League Outfielder Jose Tartabull.
Charles Comiskey II, after trying for more than two years to purchase the 54% of the Chicago White Sox he did not own, sold his holdings to an 11-man syndicate headed by a Chicago lawyer, Thomas A. Reynolds Jr., for an estimated $3,500,000. Founded by Comiskey's grandfather, the White Sox had been family-owned for 60 years.
BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON ran up a nine-game winning streak, brought their season's record to 23-3 and increased their Eastern Division lead to seven games over Philadelphia. LOS ANGELES maintained a comfortable five-game edge over runner-up Cincinnati in the West.
December 25, 1961
BOXING—HENRY HANK, seventh-ranked middleweight, beat British Empire Light Heavyweight Champion Chic Calderwood at Detroit. Knocked down in the third round and bleeding badly in the last four rounds, Calderwood lost his second fight in 34.
Ingemar Johansson lost his fight with the U.S. Government over $1,009,801 in back taxes in Miami. U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. ruled against Johansson's contention that he was a Swiss resident and entitled to income tax immunity under a U.S.-Swiss agreement. If the decision is upheld on appeal, Johansson will have to pay $598,181 in taxes for the second fight with Floyd Patterson and $411,620 for the third.
FENCING—PAULETTE SINGLELAKES, fourth nationally ranked woman fencer, won the Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Christmas competition in New York. A student at Patterson State Teachers College, Miss Singlelakes was undefeated in the eight-match final round. Carol Kuzen was second.
FOOTBALL (COLLEGE)—KANSAS upset favored Rice 33-7, to win the Blue Bonnet Bowl game at Houston. Less than 24 hours before the game, the NFL's Detroit Lions questioned the eligibility of Kansas Quarterback John Hadl, accusing him of having signed with the AFL San Diego Chargers. Hadl denied the charge, went on to direct all five of his team's touchdowns and set up the halftime lead score with a 41-yard run on a fake kick. After the game Hadl signed with the Chargers. Ken Coleman, Kansas sophomore fullback, gained 107 yards in 18 carries and was selected the game's outstanding back. SYRACUSE, behind 14-0 at the half, scored in each of the last two quarters to edge Miami 15-14 at the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia. Hard-running Halfback Ernie Davis cut through the Miami defenses for 140 rushing yards and shared game honors with his quarterback teammate, Dave Sarette, who completed 13 of 26 passes for 148 yards.
Texas A&M picked former Army All-America end and Wichita head coach Hank Foldberg to succeed Jim Myers as athletic director and football coach. An A&M player before he went to West Point, Foldberg has had two Missouri Valley champions in his two years at Wichita, and twice was named conference coach of the year.
Southern Methodist named 32-year-old Hayden Fry its new head football coach. A high school coach until three years ago, Fry spent the 1959 and '60 seasons as defense assistant at Baylor. This season he moved to Arkansas where he was the offensive coach. Fry was a brilliant quarterback at Baylor but an understudy to the better-passing Adrian Burk and Larry Isbell.
(PRO)—NFL, Eastern Conference: NEW YORK battled CLEVELAND to a 7-7 tie and won the conference title (see page 22). PHILADELPHIA beat DETROIT 27-24 on Bobby Walston's 10-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the game. Walston brought his 11-year scoring total to an NFL record of 833 points, with two field goals and three extra points. The second-place Eagles will meet the Lions on Jan. 6 in the NFL's runner-up bowl. The Browns were in third, followed by ST. LOUIS, which beat PITTSBURGH 20-0 to break a fourth-place tie. WASHINGTON finished last but saved face by defeating sixth-place DALLAS 34-24 for its first victory of the season.
Western Conference: GREEN BAY kept in shape for the Dec. 31 championship game with the Giants, beat LOS ANGELES 24-17. The fight for second place and a berth in the runner-up bowl was settled early when SAN FRANCISCO lost to BALTIMORE 24-27 on Saturday. The Lions, despite their defeat by the Eagles, finished second and gained the consolation bowl bid. CHICAGO beat MINNESOTA 52-35 to move into a third-place tie with the Colts. The 49ers were next, followed by the Rams. The surprising Vikings finished last but won three games.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON beat Oakland 47-16 to win its second straight division title and set up a replay of last year's championship game with SAN DIEGO. Boston, futilely chasing the Oilers since mid-season, upset the Chargers 41-0 but finished second, one game back. NEW YORK lost to Dallas 24-35 but remained third, followed by BUFFALO. Western Division: SAN DIEGO ran an 11-game winning streak into an unassailable lead, finished six games ahead of the second-place Texans. DENVER was next and the Raiders last, with a 2-12 record.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL retained an uneasy lead of one point over Toronto. NEW YORK lost six straight but held onto third place. Awakened DETROIT, unbeaten in the last six games, moved to within two points of the Rangers. Chicago was next, three points back, and BOSTON, with only one victory in the last 15 games, was in the cellar.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK of Britain, driving a Lotus Climax, finished seconds ahead of Stirling Moss to win the Durban Grand Prix, at Durban, South Africa. Clark averaged 89.59 mph for the 89-lap course, 0.43 mph faster than Moss. On the 46th lap, Moss broke the track record with a speed of 93.37 mph.
RUGBY—CAMBRIDGE, for the second consecutive year, defeated Oxford 9-3, at Twickenham, England. Pete Dawkins, former West Point All-America halfback, wearing Oxford colors for the third and last time in this traditional game, got off several long runs in a losing cause.
SKIING—JEAN CLAUDE KILLY led six other Frenchmen to a sweep of the first seven places in the men's giant slalom of the international Critérium de la Premi√®re Neige ski meet, at Val d'Is√®re, France. Killy was timed in 2:30.95 for the event. Buddy Werner of Steamboat Springs, Colo., placed 13th, the best showing among a sizable group of Americans.
SOCCER—BULGARIA beat France 1-0 in Milan, Italy to become the last entry in the 16-team World Soccer Cup Championships, to be held in May 1962 at Santiago, Chile. Brazil, Chile, Czechoslovakia, England, Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, West Germany, Hungary and Russia had all qualified previously.
SWIMMING—STEVE CLARK and DAVE LYONS, Yale freshmen swimmers, set two National Collegiate freshman records in a meet against New Haven Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Clark, world-record holder for the 100-meter freestyle, swam that distance in 48.3 to break the record of 49.1 set last year by Mike Austin, also of Yale. Lyons swam the 220-yard freestyle in 2:03.8, beating the mark of 2:05.2 held by Murray Rose of USC. Yale won 76-10.
TRACK & FIELD—JEFF FISHBACK and CHARLIE CLARK, San Jose State long-distance runners, broke the world's record for the 10-mile, two-man relay held by Max Truex and Mal Robertson, at all-comers meet, Palo Alto, Calif. Running alternate miles, Fishback and Clark were timed in 42:9.6.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: WILLIAM E. (Dummy) HOY, 99, major league baseball player from 1888 to 1902, in Cincinnati. Hoy, deaf since childhood, began his career with Washington, then in the National League. The following year, with the Senators playing Indianapolis, he threw out three runners at the plate, still a record. In the next 13 years, playing with teams in both leagues, Hoy developed a reputation as an excellent fielder and a timely hitter. His lifetime batting average was .291.