AUTO RACING—LARRY FRANK of Greenville, S.C. was the winner of the Southern 500-mile NASCAR race in Darlington. S.C, but it took him a long time (see page 13). Nearly seven hours after Robert (Junior) Johnson of Ronda. N.C. was declared winner, the confused officials rechecked the scoring and found an unaccountable error; they had completely missed one lap. Frank got the $21,730 winner's purse, and Johnson dropped to second place. Frank, in a Ford, and Johnson, in a Pontiac, both covered the hot (track-surface temperature, 145°) 500 miles in a blisteringly close 117 mph, finishing only .039 mph apart.
BUNK MOORE slammed to a stop during a 125-lap stock car race in Monroe, N.C. when a rival, Pat Nixon, cracked up. Moore turned his car broadside to keep other racers from piling into the flaming wreck and dragged the unconscious Nixon to safety. Then he roared back into the race, and won it.
BOATING—BILL MUNCEY, 33, the. nearly unbeatable Seattle speedster, nervily navigated Miss Century 21 through a 15-mile course dangerously sprinkled with storm-loosened debris, sweeping all three heats of the Governor's Cup at Madison, Ind. Muncey thus retired the cup he had won twice previously, and collected his third straight unlimited hydro national championship.
Ondine, S.A. Long's aluminum yawl, comfortably whipped 82 boats in the 233-mile Stamford-Vineyard race through Long Island Sound. Long, a Park Avenue ship broker, won the new North American Racing Trophy for the best record in six East Coast ocean races. He then sent Ondine off on a 70-day trip to Australia for the Sydney-Hobart ocean race, which will make her the first American entry to compete in the event.
September 16, 1962
BRIDGE—JULES WRIGHT, a Yale senior and an occasional player, drew a hand that the law of probability says is a 635,013,559,600-to-one-shot—13 spades. Wright, playing with his mother and two friends in Wilmington, Del., made 3,280 points on the hand, doubled, redoubled and vulnerable.
FOOTBALL—AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE opened in Denver before an SRO crowd of 28,000—largest ever to see a pro game there—which roared delightedly as Jack Faulkner's recharged Broncos upset San Diego 30-21. Houston beat Buffalo 28-23 in Buffalo. Fullback Charlie Tolar sprinted 19 yards for the Oilers' first touchdown of the season, and Quarterback George Blanda showed up the Bills' pass defense. Halfback Abner Haynes scored four touchdowns as Dallas downed the Boston Patriots, 42-28, in Dallas. With newcomer Lee Grosscup leading the way with three touchdown passes (he signed with the Titans only two days earlier). New York beat Oakland in Oakland, Calif. 28-17.
GAMES—JAPAN won gold medals in volleyball and tennis to complete its domination over 16 other nations competing in the Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta. The Japanese finished with 1,137½ points. Host Indonesia was a pallid runner-up with 401½.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, driving hard and putting neatly, beat Arnold Palmer and Gary Player in the $75,000 World Series of Golf at the Firestone Country Club in Akron (sec page 26). With a brilliant show of sub-par golf on one of the country's most demanding courses, Nicklaus shot a 66 and a 69 for a total of 135, 5 under par. Player and Palmer tied at 139.
HORSE RACING—CANDY SPOTS ($6.60), cut oil at the start, still managed to break through a 12-horse field to win the first running of the $357,250 [Arlington-Washington Futurity in Chicago (see page 54). the world's richest race. Rex Ellsworth, who thought Candy Spots was a slow developer, grudgingly entered the 2-year-old after Jockey Willie Shoemaker urged him to. Shoemaker then proceeded to urge Candy Spots through a drizzle to cover the seven furlongs in a fast 1:21[4/5]. He beat favored Never Bend by half a length.
Rambunctious ($13.60) took the $114,910 World's Playground Stakes at Atlantic City after a breathless duel through the stretch with Be Somebody. Getting his first big stake victory, the only Jersey-bred entry in the 12-horse field zipped through seven furlongs in 1:22[4/5] to win by a head. Earlier, a flabbergasted crowd watched highly favored Kelso lose. Running in what amounted to a workout for this week's big United Nations Handicap, Kelso just didn't have it. He finished fourth behind the winner. Call the Witness ($26.60).
Smart Deb ($7.60) stayed unbeaten, surprising highly favored Affectionately in the $102,760 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Mrs. Russell L. Reineman's Chicago challenger pulled away in the stretch under Bob Ussery's whipping, finishing a length and a half ahead of Fashion Verdict. Affectionately faltered home a tired third.
Crozier ($9.80) burst out of the shadowy ranks of runners-up by beating a stellar field in the $106,300 Aqueduct Stakes. Fred Hooper's 4-year-old defeated Guadalcanal by half a length, with Ridan and Carry Back a close third and fourth in the mile-and-an-eighth event.
Hustling man ($11.40) won that annual Labor Day cavalry charge, the $222,850 All-American Futurity for quarter horses at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex. Owned by J. B. Ferguson of Wharton, Texas, who entered a horse in each of the past three Futurities without success. Hustling Man hurtled through the 400-yard sprint in 20.3 to beat nine 2-year-olds.
HORSES—EBONY MASTERPIECE stepped ahead of 1.203 horses in the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, and walked away with the $3,500 Grand Championship Stake. The new champion is a 6-year-old stallion, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hale of Gallatin, Tenn.
PARACHUTING—MURIEL SIMBRO, 35, outmaneuvered 34 rivals from 11 countries to win the women's jumping title in the concluding phases of the world championships in Orange. Mass. The easy falling Californian from Van Nuys also led the American women to first place in the women's team scoring. She was followed by Dagmar Kuldova of Czechoslovakia and Nona Pond of New Salem, Mass. James Arender of Tulsa took the men's title. Czech Vaclav Klima was second and Army Sergeant Dick Fortenberry third. Czechoslovakia won the men's team events and piled up 2,226.084 points to barely edge the U.S., which scored 2,225.852 points, for the overall victory. Russia finished third in the three-week fallathon that attracted teams from 24 nations, including one Yugoslav jumper who has refused to leave, asking to remain as a political refugee.
ROWING—GERMANY captured five gold medals and a bronze in the world championships in Lucerne. In an impressive display, equaled only by Germany's outstanding 1936 Olympic performance, the rowers won the pairs with and without coxswains, the coxed and uncoxed fours and the eights, as well as a bronze medal in the double sculls. Russia's Olympic gold medalist, Vyacheslav Ivanov, won the single sculls, and a surprisingly strong French team produced winners with René Fuhamel and Bernard Monnereau in the doubles.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER ripped through the national singles at Forest Hills. N.Y. (see page 51) for the first Grand Slam since Don Budge did it in 1938. The redheaded left-hander beat Roy Emerson in the all-Australian men's finals, 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. In the semifinals Laver lambasted a wriggling Rafael Osuna, the Mexican Davis Cup ace, 6-1, 6-3, 6—4. Emerson had earlier dashed the hopes of [the last American survivor. Chuck McKinley of St. Ann, Mo., 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Margaret Smith, 20, the Australian loner, beat a revitalized Darlene Hard, 26, last year's champion, 9-7, 6-4 in the women's final. The powerful Miss Smith had to play brilliantly to beat another former champion. Brazil's Maria Bueno, in the semifinals, 6-8, 6-3, 6-4.
MILEPOSTS—DONATED: 7,764 more acres of timber to Maine's Baxter State Park by Former Governor Percival P. Baxter, 85, whose gifts to the park during the past 30 years now total a huge 201,018 acres, the largest individual donation of land ever turned over to a state for recreation.
DIED: MIKE KELSEY, 20, Southern Methodist football player who suffered a fatal heat stroke during opening day of practice, in Dallas. Kelsey, in whose name a scholarship fund is being established, was one of several heat-prostration cases incurred during practice sessions (see page 14).
DIED: MORTON L. RUBINOW, 35, noted bridge player and instructor, from a heart attack in New York. Rubinow, who played on the winning 1959 Masters' team and pairs and represented the U.S. in the 1960 world championships in Turin, was widely respected as a teacher who sought simplicity in bidding and a player who never complained about his partner's play.
DIED: WILLIAM J. CLOTHIER, 80, wealthy Philadelphia businessman and sportsman, longtime horseman and tennis player (national singles champion in 1906 and a member of the first Davis Cup team), who persisted in sports in spite of many a broken bone, including one that kept him bedridden for his wedding ceremony; following a series of strokes, at his farm in Valley Forge, Pa.