BOATING—WINSOME III surged through spinnaker-ripping winds of 45 mph and some of the slickest competition around Puget Sound to take the overall title in the rough, 136-mile Swiftsure Lightship ocean race through Juan de Fuca Strait. Owner Ches Rickard of the Royal Vancouver (B.C.) Yacht Club skippered his 36-foot sloop in front of the 66-boat fleet for his second Swiftsure win.
This is an article from the June 11, 1962 issue
BOXING—ARCHIE MOORE, the ageless one, tripped the not-so-light fantastic through a 10-round bit of nothing with young Willie Pastrano, 26, before a disappointing crowd in Los Angeles. The only damage Moore suffered was to his jaw after the final bell. It dropped startlingly when he heard the decision—a draw.
GOLF—LIONEL HEBERT sank a 30-foot putt on the first extra hole (the 19th doesn't seem to be in the clubhouse on the PGA tour this spring) to break a three-way tie and win the $40,000 Memphis Open over Gary Player and Gene Littler. Hebert missed victory on the 72nd hole by overshooting a three-foot birdie. Lionel's brother, Jay Hebert, came in one stroke behind the leaders, as did Australia's Bruce Crampton, who shot the tournament's lowest round, a 7-under-par 63. Bothered by a cold during the first two rounds, Arnold Palmer lost a chance at a fourth straight win. He tied for eighth.
HARNESS RACING—RANGER KNIGHT ($16.50) came from behind in the stretch for an upset win in the $117,540 Cane Pace at Yonkers. Fourth at the turn of the mile and 1/16 race, the colt slugged through a slow track softened by an earlier downpour and nosed out the favored combination of Lehigh Hanover and Stanley Dancer. Wily Clint Hodgins, a last-minute selection as driver after Co-owner and Driver Eugene Minniear was suspended, won his third Cane prize and Ranger Knight almost doubled his total track winnings with the sizable ($64,648) purse. The race came the day after a riot at Yonkers when outraged bettors ripped up fences and equipment after a morning line 10-to-1 shot. Miss Chief Moken, suddenly fell to 5 to 2 at post time and won without working up a lather.
HORSE RACING—CICADA ($3.70), C. T. Chenery's money-gathering filly, jumped her earnings to over the half-million-dollar mark with an easy victory in the $86,175 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont, a second part of the Triple Crown for Fillies. Ridden by Willie Shoemaker, Cicada covered the mile-and-an-eighth track in 1:50, finishing a length ahead of Firm Policy, urged on by Johnny Sellers, at the wire.
Jaipur ($8.20) took the winner's purse in the $130,700 Jersey Derby for 3-year-olds at Garden State after first-finisher Crimson Satan lost on a foul. The colt was placed third for bumping in the stretch, and Jockey Larry Gilligan was set down for 15 days, in a season for 3-year-olds that is beginning to read like a page from a judge's blotter. The stewards allowed the foul claims of Larry Adams on Jaipur and Braulio Baeza on Admiral's Voyage, who moved to second place.
Carry back ($11.80) fetched $72,735 for Owner Katherine Price in winning the $111,900 Metropolitan mile at Aqueduct and thus became the fourth Thoroughbred in track history to earn over $1 million. (The other three: Round Table, Nashua and Citation.) Johnny Rotz drove the 4-year-old from his customary lagging position at the three-quarter pole—seventh amidst a strong field—to win by two and a half lengths, equaling the track record of 1:33[3/5]. Merry Ruler was second, as favored Kelso finished well back in sixth place. It was Carry Back's first stakes victory in eight starts this year.
Winonly ($5.20), Fred W. Hooper's 5-year-old, ridden by Willie Harmatz, captured the first of Hollywood Park's top stakes, the $27,950 Hollywood Express, a length ahead of King Kameha over the five-and-a-half-furlong distance. Earlier in the program Johnny Longden passed another milepost in his 35-year career. He rode his 5,600th winner, Hostera, which paid $20.
LACROSSE—NAVY captured sole possession of the national championship, which it shared last year with Army, by beating Army 8-5 at West Point. The Middies completed the season with a perfect 10-0 record, compared to the Cadets' 8-2 mark. Playing before a roaring, jubilant June Week crowd of 6,000, Navy's Pete Taylor led the Middies, scoring three goals in a close game which wasn't settled until the closing minutes when Navy broke it open.
MOTOR SPORTS—RODGER WARD, the sartorial king of Gasoline Alley, roared a Leader Card Special through the Indianapolis "500" to win auto racing's most lucrative prize for the second time (see page 76). His average of 140.293 mph was a new record for the Speedway. Teammate Len Sutton of Portland, Ore. flashed across the line 11 seconds behind Ward, who had taken the lead on the 126th lap from Parnelli Jones, the pacesetter until his brakes gave out.
Bruce McLaren cornered his Cooper Climax around the streets of Monaco at 70.27 mph to win the 195-mile Monte Carlo Grand Prix, finishing a scant 1.3 seconds ahead of Phil Hill, who drove a Ferrari. McLaren, a chubby-faced New Zealander, held on to the lead along the final boulevard straightaway that borders the yacht-filled harbor after front-runner Graham Hill dropped down to sixth place when his BRM gave out four laps away from a seeming victory. McLaren is now one point behind the two Hills, who lead the Grand Prix circuit championship chase with 10 points apiece.
Dennis Taylor, 41-year-old British racer, crashed into a tree with his Formula Junior and died, the second fatality in Monaco's 32 years of Grand Prix racing.
Walt Hansgen of Westfield, N.J. drove to an easy win in a SCCA 75-mile national championship road race in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Averaging 90 mph. Hansgen pulled his Cooper—powered by a 265-hp Buick engine—in ahead of his teammate. Dr. Richard Thompson of Washington, D.C. Another Cooper, driven by Allen Connell, a Texas oilman, finished third.
SOCCER—THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Santiago, Chile settled down after two rollicking rounds punctuated by brawls that drew the police out to quell the fervor of overly enthusiastic fans and players (see page 90). Amid a mounting casualty list on the playing field, Defending Champion Brazil got off to a shaky start as upstart Czechoslovakia held the team to a scoreless draw. Chile narrowed Italy's chances for the world cup with a 2-0 victory, and the mechanically precise Russian team was set back by a 4-4 standoff with Colombia. An outclassed Mexican team couldn't manage to score even one goal. Only Hungary and Chile made it through the first two rounds undefeated and untied as the third round began.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER, left-handed Australian champion, drew his regular finalist, Countryman Roy Emerson, in the Paris hardcourt finals, and beat him 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2, in an excellent exhibition of cross-court volleying that had the crowd standing and cheering. Laver, who is out for a sweep of the Big Four championships—Australia, France, England and the U.S.—now has won the first two. Margaret Smith, a tall 19-year-old, lost her only set of the tournament to Lesley Turner, but fought back after that with a smashing service and won, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. They too are Australians. What else?
TRACK & FIELD—BRUCE KIDD listened to one of the world's finest long-distance runners, Murray Halberg, talk prerace strategy, followed what he heard and gave Halberg a beating at his own specialty, the 5,000-meter run, at Los Angeles' Compton Relays. The Toronto youngster set a new American record of 13:43.8, nearly eight seconds lower than the previous mark. Kidd kicked at the start when Halberg did, but when he kicked again at the finish Halberg couldn't follow and finished a shocked third behind little Max Truex. Kidd explained he had worked through the winter at correcting his herky-jerky running style. Other Comp-ton highlights: Ulis Williams of Arizona State, pushed by San Jose State's Willie Williams, ran the fastest 440 in the country this year, 45.9. Arizona State set a new national collegiate time of 3:05.7 in the mile relay with Mike Barrick (47.7), Henry Carr (45.7), Ron Freeman (46.6) and Williams (45.7). Jan Sikorsky of USC threw the javelin 261 feet, 3½ inches. Dallas Long of USC brought down NYU's Gary Gubner for the second straight time with a 64-foot, 11½-inch shotput throw, and Jay Silvester heaved the discus 199 feet.
Dennis Carr of Lowell High School, Whittier, Calif., cracked the national interscholastic record for the mile, finishing in 4:08.7 in the state's high school meet at Modesto. The previous record was 4:11.0, set by Californian Dale Story three years ago.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: VERN WOLFE, widely respected California coach at little-known Foothill College in Mountain View, by the University of Southern California as track coach to replace Athletic Director Jesse Hill who had filled in following the death of Jess Mortensen last winter. Wolfe, a former pole-vaulter, is an excellent bet to maintain USC's strong reputation in track and field.
FOUND: 1914 GR√ÑF, long the subject of a search by classic-car collectors who had believed that the elegant automobile of Emperor Karl, last of the Austro-Hungarian monarchs, still existed, in a Swiss junk pile.