BOATING—WEATHERLY, smartly skippered by Bus Mosbacher, sailed well through a strong southwest wind to win the 24-mile Queen's Cup race from Block Island to Newport, R.I. over four other top 12-meter boats. Easterner finished second, followed by Nefertiti, the Australian-chartered Vim and Columbia. The race, a part of the New York Yacht Club's cruise, has no direct bearing on the contest to choose the defender for the September America's Cup event.
This is an article from the Aug. 6, 1962 issue
Flame, a 40-foot cutter owned by Jim Doane of Chicago, finished the 333-mile Chicago-Mackinac race four and a half hours behind the leaders, but defeated the 104-boat fleet on corrected time.
BOXING—MIKE DE JOHN, Miami heavyweight with a record of 28 knockouts in 53 bouts, couldn't kayo Robert Cleroux, the Canadian heavyweight champion, but slugged his way to a 10-round unanimous decision in Miami.
FISHING—JOHN MARTIN MATTHEWS, veteran offshore guide at Port Aransas, Texas, threw all kinds of bait overboard trying to catch a sizable sailfish nosing around his boat in fairly shallow water off St. Joseph Island. When all else failed, Matthews threw himself overboard and wrestled the fish aboard. It was 7 feet 5 inches and perfectly healthy.
GOLF—TED KROLL, who was the leading PGA money winner in 1956 and hadn't won a tournament since, finally found the range in the $30,000 Canadian Open in Montreal. Tied with Charlie Sifford, five-time Negro champion, going into the final round, Kroll went ahead by two strokes on the closing four holes to win at last.
HARNESS RACING—A.C.'s VIKING ($3.10), getting ready for The Hambletonian, outclassed a field of five in the $14,600 Gen. George Washington trot at Brandywine Raceway. Driven by Sanders (The Preacher) Russell, the 3-year-old, who has already won the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown, quickly took the lead and stayed there to beat Pro Hanover by a length. Safe Mission was third.
HORSE RACING—SEVEN THIRTY ($21) was the girl of the hour at Delaware Park as she won the $141,875 Delaware Handicap, world's richest race for fillies and mares. (See page 20.) George D. Widener's 4-year-old slipped along the rail to catch front-running Cicada in the stretch, then burst past to win by a head. The favorites, Darby Dan Farm's entry of Bramalea and Primonetta, finished in that order, about seven lengths back. Larry Adams urged the winner over the mile and a quarter in the near-record time of 2:02 3/5. Ronnie Ferraro, the almost unnoticed Philadelphia apprentice who has become the winningest jockey of the year, piled up a record number of 84 firsts during Delaware's 54-day meeting, and now has 195 wins, nine more than Willie Shoemaker.
Affectionately ($2.60), the darling of the form players, didn't cause her followers a flutter as she easily won the $100,440 Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park over eight other 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Swaps, ridden by Ismael Valenzuela, set a stakes record of 1:10 for the six furlongs. Never headed from the start, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' filly pounded in five lengths ahead of Fashion Verdict. No Resisting, the only horse to have beaten Affectionately in her 9 starts, was no challenger this time, finishing seventh.
Prove it ($3.80) took the $88,000 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park in a photo finish over Windy Sands for his fourth straight stakes win. Rex C. Ellsworth's 5-year-old caught Windy Sands at the stretch turn, and the two dueled to the finish of the 1 5/8-mile race. Willie Shoemaker rode the winner.
A filly by Bold Ruler became the most expensive miss of the auction world as she brought a world record price of $79,000 at the Keeneland (Ky.) summer sale of yearlings. Spendthrift Farm's Leslie Combs II and his son, Leslie B. Combs II, collected the sum from hotel owner Garvice Kincaid. Spendthrift sold a total of 30 yearlings for $827,200, the highest amount ever grossed by one stable at the Keeneland sale. Bidding on 273 yearlings, however, averaged only $12,993 a head, a drop of 8% from last year's prices.
ROWING—SEYMOUR CROMWELL, the U.S. sculling champion, won the Canadian title for the third time. Competing in the Royal Canadian Henley regatta in St. Catharines, Ont., he defeated Robert C. Lea, a teammate from the Riverside Boat Club of Cambridge, Mass. St. Catharines Rowing Club pulled ahead of the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo in the senior heavyweight final to keep that honor at home as well as the overall team title, but Seattle's Lake Washington Rowing Club annexed the senior fours championship.
SWIMMING—THE AMERICAN TEAM staged a record-tumbling spree in the Japanese championships at Osaka, capturing 21 of the 29 events. Although the eight U.S. men faced strong opposition from the Japanese, who are earnestly preparing for the 1964 Olympics, the five American women primarily spent their time thrashing each other. Sharon Finneran, a brilliant 16-year-old Californian, eclipsed another speedy Californian, Donna de Varona, splashing to a breathless 5:21.9 for the 400-meter individual medley to set a new world record by a remarkable 7.6. Later Miss Finneran took 12.6 seconds off her own pending American record for the 800-meter freestyle, lowering the mark to 10:01.1. Miss De Varona won the 100-meter butterfly and backstroke for two more American wins. Another world record was set by Japan's Satoka Tanaka, who broke her own 200-meter backstroke mark with 2:31.6. Freestyler Robyn Johnson of Arlington, Va. handily won the 100 meters and 400 meters. Barbara McAlister had no trouble in winning the platform-and 3-meter-diving crowns. The biggest upset of the meet was world titlist Chet Jastremski's loss to Yoshiaki Shikiishi in the 200-meter breaststroke, although Jastremski came back to win in the 100. Roy Saari, the El Segundo, Calif. teenager, also lost. He was beaten in the 400-meter freestyle by Japan's most popular athlete, Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, thus giving 10,000 onlookers something to shout about. Results were reversed, however, in the 1,500 meters as Saari outdistanced Yamanaka by 35 meters. Fred Schmidt won the 100-meter butterfly in 59.6.
Mary Stewart, 16-year-old Vancouver, B.C. schoolgirl, was also setting world records, these in a Vancouver time trial. While turning in the fancy time of 1:07.3 in the 110-yard butterfly, she also bettered the 100-meter mark on the way.
Simon Paterson, a 20-year-old English frogman, lost no time in topping one of the newest records of all: the underwater swim of the English Channel. A fortnight or so after American Fred Baldasare gurgled from Calais to Dover in 18 hours and one minute, Paterson performed the same soggy feat. His mark: 13 hours, 50 minutes.
TENNIS—SWEDEN, playing on its home courts in Baastad, upset Italy in the Davis Cup European Zone finals. It was Sweden's first European Zone win since 1954. With tall, blond Jan Erik Lundquist leading the attack, the Swedes jolted the erratic Italians, 4-1. In the opening singles, Lundquist quickly dispatched Nicola Pietrangeli, but peppy Ulf Schmidt lost to Fausto Gardini. Then Lundquist and Schmidt teamed to upset Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola, who together have won 31 Davis Cup matches, 6-1, 3-6, 6-8, 6-4, 9-7, and the Italians couldn't recover.
Margaret Smith showed the power that makes her the world's best woman player, as she convincingly won the Pennsylvania grass court championships at Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. During the final match, played against Wimbledon Champion Karen Hantze Susman, the formidable Australian seldom wavered in her control of service and smashing ground strokes, as she won 6-4, 10-8.
William Bond, a USC student who is rated 10th nationally, took the men's title at Merion with surprisingly little strain. The young La Jolla, Calif. player dropped his placements perfectly to defeat Ron Holmberg of Brooklyn in a five-set final. He also upset upsettable Whitney Reed, top-ranked U.S. player, in the semifinals, thus further diminishing Reed's chances of rejoining the Davis Cup team from which he received an unrequested furlough two weeks ago.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: JERRY TARR, Oregon's champion hurdler, who competed brilliantly against the Russian team two weeks ago, with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League for a reported $10,000.
DIED: BURT SHOTTON, 77, soft-spoken former manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who brought them two pennants after Branch Rickey hired him from relative obscurity in 1947 to replace Leo Durocher, in Lake Wales, Fla.
DIED: SONNY NUNEZ, 22, who never earned more than $1 an hour as a farm laborer and told his mother he was becoming a boxer to make "big money," suffered a fatal knockout punch in his first pro fight in Phoenix.
DIED: MAX YOUNGER, 75, who in his 30 years as Temple University's gymnastic coach produced 13 championship teams, in Lake Worth, Fla.
DIED: THOMAS SYLVESTER BERRY, 80, harness racing driver who won many stake races, including two Hambletonians, in Lexington, Ky.