AUTO RACING—NATHAN OSTICH, 52, became one of the only men who has ever walked away after a 331-mph automobile skid. The Los Angeles doctor calmly popped the parachute brake on his jet-powered racer when it threw a wheel across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and rolled to a safe stop. The accident happened during his 13th trial run, forcing him to give up, for a while, his attempt to break the 394.2 mph world land speed mark.
BOATING—AMERICA'S CUP TRIALS showed a surprising shift in personnel just before the deciding series of observation races at Newport. John J. (Don) McNamara, a helmsman and the articulate promoter of Nefertiti, was given the heave-ho, replaced by Bradley Noyes, an old sailing buddy of Commander Ted Hood. George O'Day, the 1960 Olympic champion, was relieved of his command on Easterner and Designer Ray Hunt took over. O'Day immediately appeared on board Weatherly, as did two sacked Columbia crewmen.
BOXING—GEORGE BENTON, struggling for a comeback in off hours from his regular factory job in Fairless Hills, Pa., was awarded a unanimous 10-round decision over Joey Giardello in Philadelphia after battering the NBA's No. 2-ranked middleweight nearly senseless.
Flornetino Fernandez had little trouble with another come-againer, Portland, Ore.'s Phil Moyer, who once retired shortly after losing a crushing bout with Fernandez. The Cuban middleweight ended things with a TKO in the seventh round as nearly 10,000 turned out to watch Eugene's first professional fight in 15 years.
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BRIDGE—PHILIP FELDESMAN, New York diamond man nicknamed The Arab by bridge associates, successfully defended two championships in the Summer Nationals in Minneapolis—the Men's Pair and the Life Masters Pair events (see page 54). His partner was Ira Rubin of Fair Lawn, N.J. The Women's Pair title went to Mrs. Clarice Holt of Fort Worth and Mrs. Greeley Warner of Pampa, Texas. The Mixed Team Championship was won by Eric Murray of Toronto, Charles Coon of New York, Mrs. Agnes Gordon of Buffalo and Mrs. Helen Portugal of Los Angeles. The Masters Knockout Team event was taken by a team led by Edwin Kantar of Los Angeles.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, ignoring a bee sting and his opposition, led all the way to win the $50,000 Firestone tournament in Akron, and boost his money winnings for one year to a record $80,198. In taking his eighth victory of 1962 Palmer broke his 1960 record high of $75,262. He was never in trouble, swinging to an easy five-stroke victory over Mason Rudolph. Finishing with a 276, he said he had never putted so well.
HARNESS RACING—PORTERHOUSE ($32.40) turned on the steam in the $50,000 American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt Raceway, blazing through the final sixteenth of the mile-and-a-quarter distance to win with a world record time (for a half-mile track) of 2:32[2/5]. The victory, which earned an invitation to this week's glittering Roosevelt International, surprised an impressive field. Among those left behind by Porterhouse and Driver Earle Avery were Duke Rodney, in second, and the highly-favored Su Mac Lad, fourth.
HORSE RACING—FIRM POLICY ($7.70) paid an unexpected dividend in the $57,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, the historic race for 3-year-old fillies, by running down the favored Cicada in the stretch and finishing an easy length and three-quarters ahead of Lincoln Center. Cicada, who had set the pace for most of the muddy mile-and-a-quarter distance, faltered into third, 5½ lengths behind Lincoln Center, barely maintaining her record of always finishing in the money.
Royal Patrice ($6) won her first big race, the $61,800 Pucker Up Stakes, at Arlington Park. The Harbor View Farm entry, maneuvered smartly through the 10-horse field by Ismael Valenzuela, pounded ahead in the stretch to beat Darby Dan Farm's Polylady by a length.
HORSE SHOW—ITALY carried off the top prize of the Royal Dublin Society's Horse Show, the Aga Khan Trophy, by a mere point. The U.S. team, leading with a faultless first round, took a four-point penalty in the second when Sinjon, ridden by Captain Bill Steinkraus, barely nicked a water jump. But the 30,000 onlookers who disconsolately watched the Irish team slide into fourth place found a little to smile about. The Italians rode to victory on Irish-bred mounts.
SHOOTING—BARNEY HARTMAN, RCAF squadron leader, shot 550 times in the world skeet championships at St. Janvier, Que. and missed only four times to win the all-round title. He was wild on three targets in the demanding .410-gauge and one in the 20-gauge, but had perfect scores in both the 28-and 12-gauge events.
Tommy G. Pool of Fort Benning, Ga., an Army captain with a disposition for exactness, was named the national small-bore rifle position champion at Camp Perry, Ohio, but only after he had politely asked officials for a recount. Apparently tied with Army 1st Lieut. Presley W. Kendall at 1,558 out of a possible 1,600 points. Pool emerged victorious when the retally showed he had a slim three-point edge in the deciding offhand position test. Kendall won the prone title with 4,793 out of 4,800 points.
SOCCER—DUKLA OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA successfully defended its American Challenge Cup, which it won last year, against America of Brazil, the recent winners of the International Soccer League title. The first of the two-game series ended with a 1-1 tie in Chicago. Then in New York's Downing Stadium the Dukla team, well-manned with six World Cup veterans, scored the deciding goal in the second half for a 2-1 victory.
SWIMMING—TOM STOCK, at 20, was one of the oldest of the flailing young men who smashed five world records and tied one in the AAU national outdoor championships in Cuyahoga falls, Ohio (see page 59). Stock, a junior at Indiana University, splashed through the 100-meter backstroke in 1:01 and the 200 in 2:10.9, then joined Chet Jastremski, Fred Schmidt and Peter Sintz for an assault on the 400-meter medley relay mark, which they lowered to 4:01.6. Seventeen-year-old Carl Robie churned through an early heat in the 200-meter butterfly in a gasping 2:12.4, said, "I can do better," and churned through the pool again in 2:10.8. Both broke the world mark. It was only after he had smashed the listed record for the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:51.5 that Ted Stickles announced he was headed for the hospital to have a splintered elbow repaired. Freestyler Don Schollander, 16. tied the 200-meter mark and Murray Rose, one of the old men at 23, proved he is not ready to be pensioned off just yet as he set two new American freestyle records: 4:17.2 for the 400 and 17:16.7 in the 1,500 meters. The Indianapolis AC brought home its seventh AAU championship, collecting a staggering 124-point total to runner-up Santa Clara's 35½. The visiting Japanese and West German teams got experience in the choppy Waterworks Pool, but little else.
TENNIS—FRED STOLLE, one of a swarm of Australians who collect U.S. titles, added another one with a three-set sweep (7-5, 6-2, 8-6) over Whitney Reed in the Southampton, N.Y. grass-court tournament. His unerring service completely undid Reed, the No. 1 U.S. player who has had trouble reaching even the semifinals of a tournament this year. In fact,. Reed just squeezed by India's Jaidip Mukerjea in this one.
TRACK & FIELD—PYOTR BOLOTNIKOV, 32-year-old Soviet distance runner who has run farther than most men ever walk, broke his own 10,000-meter world mark by .6 second at an all-Soviet meet in Moscow. His time was 28:18.2.
Jim Beatty, the Los Angeles loper now on tour in Scandinavia, got hot in the cool Norwegian summer to better his own American 1,500-meter record by .8 second, finishing in 3:39.4, in Oslo.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: MAT MANN II, 77, for 28 years the widely-respected swimming coach at the University of Michigan. He molded one of the nation's top swimming powers there, collecting 16 Big Ten titles and 13 NCAA championships, before coaching eight years at Oklahoma, which never lost a Big Eight championship under his direction. He was the 1952 Olympic coach. He suffered a heart attack after a swim at his summer camp in Burks Falls, Ont.
DIED: ARCHIE COMPSTON, 69, outspoken former British professional golf champion who taught such notables as the Duke of Windsor and whose big day of fame came in April 1928 when he beat Walter Hagen in Hertfordshire, England at a highly publicized, $3,500 challenge match; in London.
DIED: ROBERT L. (DINK) TEMPLETON, 65, track and field coach at Stanford University from his graduation there in 1921 until 1939, during which time he developed the all-out method of training that was condemned as too harsh then, but has since become standard technique; in Palo Alto, Calif.
DIED: TED HUSING, 60, whose redolent voice and crackling vitality made sports events memorable for millions of radio listeners during the '30s and '40s when he was the country's foremost sports announcer; in Pasadena, Calif.