BASKETBALL—NBA club owners argued for 17 hours, tentatively bounced around the franchises of four cities as if dealing with the marbles teams of a cub scout troop, and ended up by not letting Philadelphia's Eddie Gottlieb sell Wilt Chamberlain and his Warrior teammates to a syndicate seeking a franchise in San Francisco for $850,000.
This is an article from the May 14, 1962 issue
BOATING—JOHN BAKOS, an open-throttle marathon driver from St. Cloud, Fla., won the Miami-Nassau powerboat race (see page 74) after successfully disentangling his 25-foot Bertram Moppie from a mixed-up start that accidentally sent off the field. His 280-hp AOK one sped over the unusually calm 180-mile run in the record time of 3:42:20. cutting 38 minutes off the previous mark set by runner-up Sam Griffith, who had won the race four times in the last five years.
BOXING—EDER JOFRE, an interior decorator when he isn't in the ring, finished off Challenger Herman Marquez in the tenth round of a scheduled 15-round world championship bantamweight bout in San Francisco (see page 22). He first staggered Marquez with a combination to the head, then knocked him out with a left hook to the jaw.
Luis Rodriguez cut up the usually durable Yama Bahama in the first and third rounds of a scheduled ten-rounder in New York, and the bloodied Bimini middleweight wasn't allowed out for the fourth. It was Rodriguez' forty-third win in 47 bouts, and only the second time Bahama has not finished a fight.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER birdied three of the last six holes to win the $58,000 Las Vegas Tournament of Champions in his typical rush-from-the-rear style. This time the runner-up was Billy Casper, who watched helplessly as Palmer sank a 25-foot putt for a total of 276 and a one-stroke victory. It was Palmer's fifth tournament win; his third dramatic finish in a month.
Peter Thomson, of Australia, set a 72-hole record for famed St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland. He shot rounds of 66, 69, 72 and 68 for a total of 275, winning the $16,800 Martini Tournament for the third straight year.
GYMNASTICS—DALE McCLEMENTS, a little Seattle high school girl who is hardly as high as a parallel bar, won the national women's AAU title in her home town by the littlest of margins. She defeated Gail Sontgerath of West Palm Beach, Fla. by 1/1000th of a point (75.767 to 75.766). En route to the championship she upset favored Doris Fuchs of Rochester, N.Y. Olympian Muriel Grossfeld, a student at the University of Illinois, retained her national championship in the floor exercises and won the balance beam, and Barbara Galleher kept the tumbling title, but lost on the rebound tumbling to Beverly Averyt of Austin, Tex. Olympian Don Tonry, with the Army, won the men's All-Around title and added individual championships in the parallel bars and floor exercises. Hal Holmes of Champaign, Ill. kept his tumbling title, Frank Schmitz, a Lafayette, La. teenager, took the rebound tumbling and Seattle's Charlie Denny won on the flying rings. Two Pasadena, Calif. entrants took home awards: Carl Wolf in still rings and Steve Leidner in the rope climb.
HARNESS RACING—DUKE RODNEY ($2.70), an outstanding three-year-old last season, proved lie's still in top condition by trotting to a new world record for the mile and 1/16 in the $67,105 Realization Trot in Westbury, N.Y. Driven by Billy Haughton, the Duke broke the old mark of 2:10 for Roosevelt Raceway when he went the mile and 1/16 in 2:03 4/5. It was his first start since March 30. Orbiter, driven by Ralph Baldwin, finished second,½ lengths behind.
HORSE RACING—DECIDEDLY ($19.40) broke Whirlaway's 21-year-old Churchill Downs record by a full second, winning the Kentucky Derby in a blistering 2:00 2/5 over Roman Line and favored Ridan and giving Jockey Bill Hartack his third Derby victory (see page 18).
Cicada ($2.20), Meadow Stable's highly favored filly in a field of six for the $42,800 Kentucky Oaks, came through as expected, breezing to a three-length win ahead of Flaming Page. Willie Shoemaker rode Cicada over the mile and 1/16 course.
Seven Thirty ($6.70), running through a steady drizzle, came from behind in a field of 13 to win the $29,600 Bed O' Roses Handicap at Aqueduct. Ridden by Larry Adams, George D. Widener's four-year-old filly finished a length and a half ahead of Taylor Asbury's Epitome.
Merry Ruler ($15.20) and Hitting Away dueled through the stretch in the $59,300 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, but Henry O. H. Freling-huysen's four-year-old stepped out at the wire to win by a head and equal the track time of 1:22 for seven furlongs. Johnny Sellers rode the winner. Beau Purple, the 9-to-10 favorite, finished in ninth place. HILL TIE overtook the front runner. Uncle Monk, in the last mile of the four-mile course to win the Virginia Gold Cup at Warrenton. A. P. (Paddy) Smithwick rode Mrs. June McKnight's hunter.
LACROSSE—NAVY used every player including two part-time managers in a 16-2 drubbing of Duke at Annapolis, giving the harassed Blue Devils only 13 shots, for its seventh straight win.
Johns Hopkins, also undefeated, held on at New Brunswick to beat a surprising Rutgers squad that grew stronger each quarter, 13-11.
Army beat Maryland 11-9 at West Point, as Attackman Lenny Butler led the scoring with three goals and four assists.
MOTOR SPORTS—OLIVIER GENDEBIEN of Belgium, aided by countryman Willy Mairesse and Ricardo Rodriguez of Mexico, drove a Ferrari to victory in the Targa Florio endurance race. Gendebien, who has won the Sicilian road event twice before, averaged 63.83 mph for the 447.4-mile course. An Italian team of Giancarlo Baghetti and Lorenzo Bandini, also in a Ferrari, finished second.
ROWING—CORNELL, in its first start of the season, scored a decisive victory over Syracuse and Navy to win the Goes Cup on Cayuga Lake. Without raising the beat over 32, the heavyweight crew covered the two-mile course in 11:06.2, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of Syracuse and 4½ in front of Navy.
Yale, off to a slow start, followed the Pennsylvania eight through half of the Henley-distance course along the Schuylkill River, then put on a burst of speed that carried it to a half-length lead which it held to win its second straight Blackwell Cup. It was Yale's third win of the season, and Penn's first loss. Columbia finished three lengths behind the Quakers.
MIT closed fast in the last quarter of a mile-and-three-quarter course along Princeton's Lake Carnegie to take home its first Compton Cup in 26 years of trying, beating Princeton and Harvard.
SOCCER—BENFICA of Lisbon kept the European Soccer Cup, which it won last year, by beating Real Madrid, a five-time winner, 5-3 in Amsterdam. At the half Benfica was behind 3-2, but Inside-Forward Silva Eusebio came through with two goals in the closing minutes.
TENNIS—RUSSIA, making its debut in Davis Cup competition, won the first round of the European Zone eliminations, beating The Netherlands at The Hague (see page 24). The team will face Italy in the second round later this month.
University of Miami added its 106th win to an imposing list of consecutive dual-meet victories with a 6-3 triumph over North Carolina, undefeated in 34 previous competitions, in a convincing display that allowed the Tar Heels only one singles win. In the course of the rout, witnessed by a surprising crowd of 3,500 in Chapel Hill. N.C., Miami's Rod Mandelstam crushed Carolina's George Sokol, who never before had lost in college play, 6-1, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—DAVE TORK, the Marine Lieutenant who set the world record for the pole vault two weeks ago with a leap of 16 feet 2 inches, cleared 16 feet¼ inch in the San Jose State College meet in Sunnyvale, Calif. but declined to try for a new record because he felt the approach did not meet normal specifications.
Oregon pummeled Oregon Slate in Eugene as the Ducks more than doubled the OSU score, 98-45, taking their 36th straight home win. Dyrol Burleson ran the fastest college mile of the year in 4:01.2, and Jerry Tarr set a similar mark by clearing the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.5.
WATER POLO—ILLINOIS ATHLETIC CLUB of Chicago defeated the Olympic Club of San Francisco 8-3 in New York for the national AAU indoor senior title, with former Olympian Bill Koostra leading the Chicago attack with three goals.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: INGEMAR JOHANSSON, 29, former world heavyweight champion now trying for a comeback, and his longtime secretary and companion, Birgit Lundgren, 25, in a secret ceremony in Stockholm.
DIED: FREDERIC CAVENS, 79, the Belgian-born fencing master who during the past 40 years gave lessons to such cinema swashbucklers as Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr., Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power, and also assisted with the Zorro television series, in Woodland Hills, Calif.