BOATING—WEATHERLY, driven by a crisp 10-to-20-knot west-northwest wind, easily beat Gretel in the opening race for the America's Cup before 20,000 happy spectators who watched from 2,000 assorted craft (see page 28).
Bill Muncey, who has proved unbeatable on the unlimited hydro circuit this season, scored 1,200 points in winning all his heats in the President's Cup race. Roaring past 50,000 spectators lined along the Potomac River, Muncey pushed Miss Century 21 to a screaming 109.157 average speed in taking the trophy for the second straight year.
James Payton, 34, brought a breezy freshness to the surging tidal waters of Newport, Calif. in winning the Mallory Cup, the North American sailing championship (see page 33). Payton, a Wisconsin lake sailor who had never even seen the Pacific, let alone gotten wet in it, whisked the prize from under the sunburned noses of seven regional champs.
BOXING—RALPH DUPAS, New Orleans welterweight, fined $500 for being a pound and a quarter overweight for his match against British champion Brian Curvis, had injury added to insult when he was disqualified in the sixth round for butting and assessed an additional $280.
September 24, 1962
Eder Jofre, Brazil's world bantamweight champion who has not lost in 46 bouts, easily kept his crown in a title defense, his third, with Mexico's José Medel in S√£o Paulo. Jofre waited through five rounds, then knocked Medel out in the sixth.
COURT TENNIS—OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE out-pointed the Junior (under 25) U.S. Court Tennis Association team 7-4 in three days of play in New York. England thus won the James Van Alen trophy for the third time since the international matches began in 1956.
FOOTBALL—NFL: CLEVELAND rolled over New York 17-7 in Cleveland, as the powerful Browns, ably led by Quarterback Jim Ninowski, sparkled with some rare razzle-dazzle in the big game of opening day. In Detroit, Halfback Pat Studstill set up two touchdowns for the Lions as they crushed Pittsburgh 45-7. Maybe it was the dismayed boos of Baltimore fans that urged Johnny Unitas into throwing two touchdown passes in the second half to help the Colts overcome Los Angeles 30-27. Paul Hornung picked up right where he left off last year, scoring 28 points for Green Bay as the Packers predictably outpowered Minnesota 34-7 in Green Bay. St. Louis invaded Philadelphia and, with the help of John David Crow, who scored three touchdowns, sacked the Eagles 27-21. Bobby Mitchell, the first Negro ever to play for Washington, did most of the scoring for his team in Dallas (18 points) but the two Cowboy quarterbacks, Don Meredith and Eddie LeBaron, were equally as good as the game ended in a 35-35 tie. Chicago's fast Willie Galimore ran 37 and 77 yards for two touchdowns as the Bears conquered San Francisco 30-14 in an upset win.
AFL: DENVER, up after their opening-game upset against San Diego, got up even more, defeating Buffalo 23-20 in Buffalo. Quarterback Frank Tripucka threw two touchdown passes in the second half. Babe Parilli's 32-yard run enlivened the Patriots, as Boston surprised Houston 34-21 in Boston and ended the Oilers' 11-game winning streak. Led by Halfback Keith Lincoln's 103-yard kickoff return, San Diego lost no time in downing New York 40-14 in San Diego.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS avoided one of golf's controversial playoffs (see page 20) by blasting a tremendous eagle on the 15th hole of the last round to win the $30,000 Seattle Open by two strokes over Tony Lema.
HARNESS RACING—LORD GORDON ($15) clouded the 3-year-old scene by upsetting the favorite and Triple Crown hopeful, A.C.'s Viking, in the Dexter Cup trot at Roosevelt Raceway. Guided by John Patterson, the winner flashed to the fore in the stretch, leaving the Viking and Driver Sanders Russell second in the mile-and-a-sixteenth race.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BEND ($4.30), off jerkily in a bunched start, stayed behind the leaders through much of the $152,150 Futurity at Aqueduct before surging ahead in the straightaway to win his first stakes race (seepage 112). The start was protested by Jockey Donald Pierce, who contended that Willie Shoemaker, on the winner, had fouled his Outing Class. He was not upheld. Capt. Harry F. Guggenheim's colt sprinted the six and a half furlongs in 1:17 1/5, only 3/5ths over the track record, beating the fast-closing Outing Class by one and three-quarters lengths.
Mongo ($19.40), owned and bred by Mrs. Marion duPont Scott, moved to the outside in the stretch and slipped ahead to win the $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City. The 3-year-old, youngest in the field of 12, was a neck ahead of T.V. Lark, who had gamely moved up from 10th.
Slipped Disc ($5.40) broke to the front early in the 15th running of the $84,615 Del Mar Futurity, and held the lead all the way home (see page 112).
Hethersett, a 100-to-8 shot, easily clomped through a yielding, rain-soaked turf to win England's oldest racing classic, the $102,415 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster. Remembered chiefly as one of the stumblebums in the seven-horse pileup in the Epsom Derby last June, the bay colt didn't miss a step this time, earning a nice $87,928 for his owner, Major Lionel Holliday.
MOTOR SPORTS—GRAHAM HILL, 33, a cheerful, mustached British racer who occasionally chafes at being widely confused with another Hill (Phil, the 1961 world champion), all but clinched the 1962 world driving title for himself. Leading all the way in the Italian championship in Monza, Hill averaged 123.5 mph for the 307.27 mile serpentine race.
SWIMMING—LINDA LUDGROVE emerged a dripping new star in the British championships in Blackpool. The 15-year-old English girl churned through the 220-yard backstroke in 2:35.6 (East Germany's Ingrid Schmidt's time of 2:36.1 was the pending mark). Another English girl, Olympic gold medalist Anita Lonsbrough, bubbled through the 220-yard breaststroke in 2:52.2 to better the world record of 2:52.5 set by Ada den Haan of The Netherlands five years ago.
TRACK & FIELD—EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS in Belgrade were dominated, as expected, by a Russian team that took 13 gold medals, six silver and 10 bronze for 187 points. Germany was second with 156 and Poland third with 106. Individual winners included England's barefoot runner, Bruce Tulloh, who won the 5,000 meters, greatly surprising Russia's durable strongman, Pyotr Bolotnikov, the 10,000-meters winner (in a slow 28:54). Tulloh's shoeless time was 14:6, Poland's Kazimierz Zimny was second and Bolotnikov third. France's Michel Jazy paced himself beautifully through the 1,500 meters to win in 3:40.9. Valeri Brumel leaped 7 feet 3 inches, but missed three tries at 7 feet 5 3/8 inches. Igor Ter-Ovanesyan broad-jumped 26 feet 10¼ inches, and Italy's 400-meter hurdler Salvatore Morale equaled Glenn Davis's world record of 49.2. Tamara Press took her specialties, the shot put (60 feet 10¼ inches) and the discus (186 feet 8½ inches), then promptly announced that she was retiring to study construction engineering. But her sister Irina didn't fare as well. She pulled out of the pentathlon with a strained muscle. Her comrade, Galina Bystrova, won it for Russia anyway. On a windy day over a soft track, Dorothy Hyman of England sprinted to an 11.3 victory in the 100 meters, but unexpectedly lost the 200 to Germany's upstart Jutta Heine, who finished in 23.5.
Paul Pesthy, a swarthy, strong New Yorker and a former member of the U.S. Army pentathlon team, won the U.S. pentathlon trials in San Antonio. Pesthy amassed 4,615 points to head the list of players who will represent this country in the world competition next month in Mexico City. Other team members are Jack Daniels, an Oklahoma schoolteacher who followed Pesthy with 4,587 points, and Army captains Alan Jackson and James Moore.
MILEPOSTS—FILED: AGAINST FINGER LAKES race track, New York's westernmost Thoroughbred plant which opened barely four months ago and has been fetlock-deep in financial trouble since, by the State of New York, a suit for $354,201 in delinquent taxes and tax penalties.
RECOVERING: ANTONIO ORDÓ√ëEZ, 30, Spain's top bullfighter, idolized by Ernest Hemingway in The Dangerous Summer as a matador who would "increase in courage and passion after every grave wound," after being gored severely in the right thigh; in Salamanca, Spain.
DIED: GLENN LEASHER, 26, a California dragster from Burlingame, in a rocketing and near-successful try to surpass the automobile speed record of 394.196 mph (a landmark established 15 years ago by the late John Cobb), when his jet racer, Infinity—little more than a J-47 jet engine with wheels—exploded while screeching into the measured mile at an estimated 400 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
DIED: CLEMENT J. SCHWENER, 87, reticent Boston banker who planned out the frightfully complex major league baseball schedules in the pre-jet era of 1919 to 1946, and whose mathematical astuteness annually saved teams thousands of miles of rail travel; in Boston.