BASEBALL—THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES at Williamsport, Pa. had everything jumping. There were frogs in the rain-soaked outfield, sensitive mothers in the stands, and a carnival of shrewd off-field trading (a Japanese 100-yen note worth 28 cents went for one Yankee dollar). At the end of the week-long, eight-team series the Little Leaguers of San Jose, Calif. won. With superlative pitching by Ted (Teddy Bear) Campbell—at 6 feet 1, 210 pounds biggest Little Leaguer ever to play in the series—San Jose overcame a Kankakee, Ill. team 3-0 in the final game. Campbell pitched a six-inning no-hitter, striking out 11, walking one. Dan Brewster of the luckless Kankakees (this was their third losing series finals) had 10 strikeouts, but a walk, his own fielding error and a home run by Shortstop Vaughn Takata in the fifth was the ball game.
Babe Ruth League Championship went to Trenton, N.J. for the second time. In Bridgeton, N.J. a crowd of 7,400 saw Trenton Pitcher Frank Partyka scatter seven hits for a close 7-6 victory over a Portland, Ore. team.
BOATING—WEATHERLY WON (see page 10). At the end of three days of light-wind match racing against a surprisingly ungainly Nefertiti (the other two 12s, Columbia and Easterner, were dropped early in the week), the America's Cup selection committee chose Weatherly as the cup defender. The committee had only to scan the results, Up to the final series tests off Newport, R.I. Weatherly had won 12 and lost 5, while Nefertiti was 14 and 4. However, the score between the two was even, 3-3. Then Bus Mosbacher sailed Weatherly to three convincing victories (in 72 miles of racing she won by a total of 11:46 minutes). As the loser, "Neffy" gets a silver tea urn donated by the Lipton company in honor of Founder Sir Thomas Lipton, who tried for the cup five times—and lost five times.
Albert Frost Jr. had trouble eluding wily rival Michael West of Wilmette, Ill. but won his fourth straight 110 Class title. Frost, who conceivably might have been weary from trailing his boat, wife and five children from San Diego to the Greenwich, Conn. event, look two of the live races and managed to emerge the winner by a quarter of a point.
September 2, 1962
Bill Muncey continued his seldom-contested domination of unlimited hydro races by calmly whining through the Spirit of Detroit at 104.500 mph in Miss Century 21. Muncey, who hasn't blown as much as a sparkplug in 49 straight heats, collected his seventh straight win. Happily for the 7,500 Detroit onlookers, a home-town hydro managed to take second place—Notre Dame, driven by Air Force Colonel Werner Gardner.
CHESS—ANTONIO MEDINA, a Senior Master of Caracas, won the U.S. Open Championship in San Antonio. Medina defeated the U.S. junior champion, Larry Gilden, in the final round to compile a 10-2 record. Tied for second were International Grand Masters Pal Benko and William Lombardy of New York, each with 9½-2½. Stephen Jones, a University of Texas student whose outstanding moves engineered the defeat of several top players, became the first U.S. handicap champion.
GAMES—CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES concluded in Kingston, Jamaica on a more even-tempered note than they began. Mexico's winning margin was huge. By completely dominating the swimming events, Mexico collected 52 gold medals, 28 silver and 27 bronze for a total of 733 points. Venezuela followed in team standings with 413. But it was Jamaica's own George Kerr, the former Illinois runner, who highlighted the second week with a fine 45.9 in the 400 meters.
Asian Games began under smoldering political harassment in Jakarta, Indonesia, where the millions spent on Operation Lotus didn't quite spruce up a sagging city. Nineteen nations were invited, but Nationalist China received a box of blank while cards instead of visas and Israel nothing at all. On the second day, with four international sports organizations objecting to these slights to anti-Communist countries, Japan contemplated withdrawing. South Korea did, and the remaining teams were left wondering whether lo call the event the "Fourth Asian Games."
GOLF—MARY LOU DANIEL of Louisville, who sweet-talked her shots down the fairways—"Whoa, there, ball"—and carried a lucky feather in her pocket, hardly needed all the help she asked for as she beat Mary Alice Sawyer of Baltimore 2-up to win the USGA girls' junior championship in Buffalo.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($8.70), the biggest winner in trotting, paid off again for Owner Irving W. Berkemeyer of New Milford, N.J. in the $25,000 Challenge Cup trot at Roosevelt Raceway. With his smartly taken victory, executed under the flawless handling of Driver Stanley Dancer, the 8-year-old gelding upped his total winnings to $490,749. Finishing in the commendable time of 2:33 3/5 for the mile and a quarter, Su Mac Lad left two top trotters behind: Duke Rodney and Porterhouse, in that order.
HORSE RACING—OUTING CLASS ($4.50), the barely noticed half of Greentree Stable's entry in the $117,550 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga, unexpectedly ran away with the big prize on the closing day there (see page 48). Greentree's Catullus, recent big winner at Saratoga and the undefeated favorite, was pinned to the rail so hard by Almanac at the three-furlong pole that he scraped away the paint and was bounced out of the running. Outing Class came up from last in the field of 12, moved on the outside through the stretch and pulled away with a strong rush to the finish. It was his second win in three starts. Early pacesetter Alabama Bound was a length and three quarters behind, in second, and Catullus ninth.
Kootenai ($6), a 4-year-old filly who likes the mud, found the track at Arlington Park just the right consistency and splashed off with the $55,750 Arlington Matron Stakes. Last year's winner, Shirley Jones, was a $105,000 disappointment to Mrs. John O. Burgwin of Sewickley, Pa., who recently bought her for the highest price ever paid for a mare at a Saratoga auction. She finished second, a long 4½ lengths behind the winner. Willie Shoemaker rode Kootenai over the mile-and-an-eighth race for fillies and mares.
SHOOTING—BERNARD KALAPACH of Highland, Ind. broke 968 of 1,000 targets to win the overall title in the Grand American Trapshoot in Vandalia, Ohio. A close second, only one target behind, was defending champion, John Sternberger of Trotwood, Ohio. Milton Youngs, a Chicago police detective who practices marksmanship on his days off, took the handicap title in a shootoff against K. F. Kiplinger of Lewisville, Ind. Youngs had two misses to Kiplinger's three in the extra 25-round match. Little Punkin Flock took the women's overall, by the largest margin ever. Her 938 total was 10 ahead of Marion Harrison of Los Angeles.
SPEED TRIALS—BILL JOHNSON whizzed off on a streamlined motorcycle, designed by the chief mechanic on the X-15 rocket-plane project, across the Bonneville Salt Flats on a record-breaking two-way run of 230.069 mph. The 38-year-old truck driver from Garden Grove, Calif. broke the old mark of 214.87 mph set in 1956. Another record attempt saw Akron's Art Arfons zoom his jet-powered Green Monster through the intricate timing devices, which rent at $1,500 per day, only to have it sputter to a halting stop halfway into the measured mile—out of gas.
TENNIS—RAFAEL OSUNA AND ANTONIO PALAFOX proved they are as good on American grass as they are on Mexican clay, beating Chuck McKinley and Dennis Ralston 6-4, 10-12, 1-6, 9-7, 6-3 for the U.S. doubles title on the Longwood courts in Brookline, Mass. The tournament was marked by a few upsets. Rod Laver and Fred Stolle, the powerful Australian combination, were ousted by the unseeded South African team of Cliff Drysdale and Gordon Forbes. Impressive pairings like Margaret du Pont and Margaret Varner, and Margaret Smith and Justina Bricka, also lost. But Darlene Hard and Maria Bueno held on tightly, and in the finals beat Karen Hantze Susman and Billie Jean Moffitt 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for the women's title.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM BEATTY ran his second record-breaking mile within a week in Helsinki (see page 50). Again pushed by Los Angeles teammate Jim Grelle, Beatty lowered the best American time for the mile to 3:56.3. It was .2 of a second faster than his London performance four days earlier. Then, moving over to Turku, Finland, Beatty paced himself through the fastest 5,000 meters ever run by an American. Cutting through a cold drizzle, he was clocked at 13:45, which was 4.6 seconds faster than the pending record of Max Truex.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: WILLIAM ATKIN, 79, yacht designer, yachting writer and first elected member of the Cruising Club of America; in Stamford, Conn. He advocated simple lines and scorned the "cream puff" look of modern boats. He produced 700 designs, ranging from the small pram that was the prototype of the millions now afloat to August Heckscher's elaborate 108-foot commuter cruiser.
DIED: CLARK (SHORTY) TEMPLEMAN, 43, Indy racer who had survived two spin-outs this year, following an 11-car smashup in the Marion, Ohio county fair midget auto race; in Marion.