BOATING—WEATHERLY clearly triumphed in four Straight America's Cup test races as the final series of observation trials opened in the watery battleground off Brenton Reef, R.I. Helmsman Bus Mosbacher, who has hands as responsive as a safecracker's, liked the soft summer zephyrs and slithered the doughty 12-meter ahead of his rivals. Easterner thumped to the other extreme with four disheartening defeats; Columbia and Nefertiti tied 2-2.
Legend, a 52-foot yawl that has done well in races north of Boston this summer, capped the season by winning the slowest Monhegan Island (Me.) race ever. Only 19 of 32 starters completed the 120-mile course—passing the vacationing Presidential flotilla en route—in air that was hardly more than a fitful puff. Wells Morss ghosted Legend in with an elapsed time of 31:03:55, more than an hour ahead of Arthur Homer's Salmagal III.
Sam Griffith idled his 31-foot powerboat. Blue Moppie, to a coughing stop in the Hudson River off Manhattan's 86th Street and claimed another record. The rangy Florida distance racer had broken the 1,257-mile Miami-to-New York time by finishing in 38 hours. 28 minutes. Gar Wood had set the previous record of 47 hours and 15 minutes in 1921. Griffith and three unshaven companions pounded the stripped-down racer over the open seas at an average speed of 35.5 mph. One of them said upon reaching New York, "even my whiskers are sore."
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE, world-weary traveler from Springfield, Ohio who roams about looking for purses, found one in Helsinki. The world featherweight champion floored Olli Maki, a Finnish fledgling, three times before the second round of the 15-round title match was over. Moore collected his 28th KO, and about $35,000, for his fifth title defense.
August 26, 1962
Emile Griffith, the welterweight champion, slugged for 10 rounds with Denny Moyer, one of the Moyer brothers of Portland, Ore., in a non-title bout in Tacoma, Wash., and came away with a split decision.
GAMES—THE NINTH CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES got off to a wild start in Kingston, Jamaica (see page 8). The first week was marked by a steamy riot on the baseball field (Cuba vs. Puerto Rico) and skulduggery on the basketball court (Cuban coach, José Sarasa, defected, along with 19 other fed-up Cubans). The Mexicans took a commanding lead in the nonpolitical events, with 353 points going into the second week of the Games. Fifteen nations are competing.
GOLF—THE U.S. WOMEN completely dominated Curtis Cup play over the rolling Broadmoor course in Colorado Springs, Colo., as they routed a youthful visiting English team 8-1 (see page 12). Ably captained by Polly Riley, and led on the course by Anne Quasi Decker, the U.S. Amateur champion, the eight-member American team, which included little Clifford Ann Creed and powerful JoAnne Gunderson, was seldom in trouble. The U.S. has now won the cup eight times, the English twice.
Doug Sanders, the handsome Ojai, Calif. ace, waited until the last day to shoot his best round of the $30,000 St. Paul Open. His closing 65 gave him a 269 and a three-stroke win over runner-up Dave Hill of Jackson, Mich. Tied at 273 were PGA Champion Gary Player and Dave Ragan Jr. of Orlando, Fla.
HARNESS RACING—TIE SILK ($22.50), a lightly regarded Canadian entry, startled a big crowd of 53,279 as he beat an impressive field in the $50,000 International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway (see page 48). Off to a slow start behind favorites Su Mac Lad and Porterhouse, Tie Silk slipped past the leaders in the stretch to beat Su Mac Lad by a neck. The time for the mile and a quarter was a disappointingly slow 2:34[1/5]. Keith Waples drove the 6-year-old American-bred winner for Owners Adrien and Gerard Miron of Quebec.
A. C.'s Viking did nothing but add to his status as the horse to beat in next week's Hambletonian by convincingly winning two heats in the $10,237 Hanover-Hempt stakes at the Carlisle (Pa.) Fairgrounds. He stepped to a record 2:03[2/5] in the first mile heat (2:06 in the second), for his best lime ever over a half-mile track. Winning Driver Sanders (The Preacher) Russell, wearing a white sneaker and a gleaming plaster cast to protect a dislocated ankle, was almost as eye-catching as his horse.
HORSE RACING—JAIPUR ($2.30) had to prove himself faster than Man o' War to win the $82,650 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and he did. In a thrilling duel, the dark bay favorite battled evenly with Ridan all of the mile-and-a-quarter distance before winning by inches. His time of 2:01[3/5] was a fifth of a second faster than Man o' War's 42-year-old Travers record. Willie Shoemaker rode Jaipur for Jockey Club Chairman George D. Widener; Manuel Ycaza rode the loser.
HORSESHOES—PALL FOCHT, Dayton automobile worker, finally broke a personal jinx as he won the world championship in Greenville. Ohio. A runner-up to Harold Reno for six years, Focht, 52, practiced steadily for a month to develop the eye that enabled him to toss ringers in 81.7 per cent of his tries during the 10-day tournament. He beat Reno by winning 32 of 35 games.
HUNTING—FEDERAL WATERFOWL regulations were set by the Department of the Interior last week, and proved to be the strictest ever. Seasons in the Mississippi and Central flyways were slashed to a maximum of 25 days. The Atlantic flyway was given 50 days, and the Pacific 75 days, both the same as last year. Shooting of redheads and canvasbacks was prohibited for the third straight year. Bag limits on mallards were tightened in all flyways except the Pacific, as was the black duck limit in the Mississippi flyway. Seasons and limits on geese remained roughly the same as a year ago.
SWIMMING—CAROLYN HOUSE, 16, kept her white hair bobbing far ahead of the competition as she produced the big moments at the AAU women's outdoor championships in Chicago. She broke one of the three world marks that fell during the record-tumbling spree that always seems to happen whenever more than one American gets into a pool. Miss House paced herself beautifully through the 1,500 meters against Los Angeles teammate Sharon Finneran and was 30 meters ahead of her at the finish. New time: 18:44. She also bettered the listed American record for the 200-meter freestyle in 2:14.6. Miss Finneran set a world record for the 200-meter butterfly in 2:31.2, and Donna de Varona made the best time ever for the 200-meter individual medley in 2:33.3. With the imperturbable Misses House and Finneran leading the way, Los Angeles took team honors with 80 points. Santa Clara was a close second with 74. Murray Rose, 23, after eating a few lettuce leaves and figs for quick energy, whipped through the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.4 for a new world record, as the men also competed at Chicago. He broke Jon Konrad's record as Konrad watched from the sidelines. Out for Konrad's other major world record, the 1,500-meter two days later, Rose broke the American mark but missed the big one. Don Schollander, the Santa Clara club's whiz, tied the world 200-meter freestyle mark in 2:00.4.
TENNIS—MEXICO advanced farther along the Davis Cup route than it ever had before as it defeated Yugoslavia 4-1 in Mexico City. Rafael Osuna (see page 55) delighted the crowd with his vivacious play against blond Nicola Pilic. beating him 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 after his teammate Antonio Palafox had steadily ground down Boris Jovanovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening singles match. Then the two Mexicans took the conclusive doubles 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 before Pilic beat Mexican Captain Pancho Contreras in a meaningless singles match.
Frank Froehling of Coral Gables, Fla. had his name inscribed at the top of the list of the Russian championships when he won Moscow's first major international tournament. He beat another guest. Australia's John Newcombe, then paired with America's Donald Dell to take the doubles.
Margaret Smith needed only 39 minutes to trounce onetime Wimbledon champ Maria Bueno of Brazil in the Essex invitation tournament in Manchester. Mass. The big Australian never let up, as she won 6-1, 6-4.
Chuck McKinley was the only one in Newport, R.I. with a serve bigger than that of upstart Gene Scott, 24, of St. James, N.Y. He beat Scott in the finals 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to take the men's singles.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM BEATTY, hearkening to a wildly encouraging crowd at London's White City Stadium and a phalanx of helpful pacesetters, ran the mile in 3:56.5, a record for an American. Beatty, touring Europe with a Los Angeles Track Club team, barely spurted past teammate Jim Grelle at the finish as Grelle, Too, bettered the American record of 3:57.6 set by Dyrol Burleson. Three followers were helped to a sub-four-minute mile, among them another L.A. runner, Bob Seaman, in 3:58.
Peter Snell, the world's fastest miler but not a competing distance runner until he began training arduously for the November Empire Games in Perth, showed he had further increased his stamina by winning New Zealand's cross-country championship. Snell clambered over hills and jumped fences as he outdistanced a good field over a six-and-a-quarter-mile course. Defending champion Pat Sidon was 41 seconds behind him at the finish.