BASEBALL—THE WORLD SERIES found Giants losing three to Yankees, Yankees losing two to Giants and both teams losing to the weather. The fifth game was postponed one day in New York, and then the sixth was washed out three days in a row in San Francisco before the Giants won to tie it up at 3-3 (see page 28).
BOXING—MASAHIKO HARADA, 19-year-old baby-faced boxer whose nom de guerre is "Fighting Harada," assailed a surprised Pone Kingpetch, of Thailand, the defending world flyweight champion, and took the title with an 11th-round knockout before 10,000 exulting Tokyo spectators. Ranked only second in Japan, Harada became the first Japanese to hold a world title in eight years.
CHESS—A Soviet team, as anticipated, won the Chess Olympics at Varna, Bulgaria over opponents from 37 countries. With World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik at first board, the Russians finished with a score of 31½-12½, followed by Yugoslavia (28-16), Argentina (26-18) and the U.S. (25-19). Bobby Fischer, playing first board for the U.S. team (Larry Evans, Pal Benko, Robert Byrne, Donald Byrne, Edmar Mednis), drew his game with Botvinnik.
FIELD HOCKEY—BERMUDA'S NATIONAL MEN'S TEAM outscored the U.S.'s colorful Privateers by two goals in a close three-game series to win the Connecticut Cup in Rye, N.Y. It was the first Bermuda victory in five years of shin-smacking.
October 21, 1962
FOOTBALL—NFL: WASHINGTON Coach Bill McPeak said in St. Louis after the game, "We blew a 14-3 lead by giving the ball to St. Louis too much." Whatever it was, it was almost the Cardinals' ball game when in the last quarter Charley Johnson's fine quarterbacking brought St. Louis two touchdowns and a three-point lead. But with 13 seconds left, Bob Khayat kicked a 29-yard field goal and the Redskins stayed on top of the Eastern Division with a 17-17 tie. Not so fortunate were the New York Giants, who went under to Pittsburgh by three points, 20-17, before a disappointed 62,808 in Yankee Stadium and lost ground-gaining End Del Shofner for two weeks with a shoulder injury as well. Steeler Quarterback Bobby Layne slipped through the line to score one touchdown from a yard out after Fullback John Henry Johnson ran the ball 40 yards. Later Layne passed to Johnson for another tally. Baltimore piled up 23 points before Cleveland managed to get a first down. The Colts, with Johnny Unitas on target for 18 of 31 attempts and 225 yards, won 36-14, holding the Browns' rushing attack to a piddling 20 yards. Although the winless Vikings piled up the highest point score of the year—21—against the unbeaten NFL champions, they stayed winless. The Packers were brilliantly commanded by Quarterback Bart Starr, with 21 completions in 29 attempts for 296 yards and three TDs, as they won 48-21. But they lost scoring leader Paul Hornung in the first half. He went out with a twisted knee. Detroit used Milt Plum on three scoring plays, one pass and two field goals, as the Lions beat Los Angeles 13-10 in Detroit to stay just behind Leader Green Bay in the Western Division standings. In Chicago the Bears and San Francisco seesawed into a 27-27 deadlock in the fourth quarter before John Brodie broke it up with an 80-yard pass for a 34-27 49er victory. Dallas' Amos Marsh ran a kickoff back 101 yards, and another Oregon lad, Mike Gaechter, added a spectacular 100-yard touchdown run as the Cowboys downed the Eagles 41-19 in Dallas.
AFL: HOUSTON set a league scoring record in defeating the New York Titans, 56-17, in Houston. George Blanda's six touchdown passes fell one short of the record he set last year, also against the luckless Titans. Dallas unsettled the Patriots in Boston by splitting their hitherto tight ends, and then upset them 27-7 to push Boston down to second place behind Houston in the Eastern standings. Denver is first in the West, just ahead of Dallas. The Broncos stayed up there by trouncing Oakland 23-6 before 7,000 in Oakland. Surprising Buffalo gave Coach Lou Saban a fine birthday present and cheered 20,000 home fans with its first win in six games, a convincing 35-10 one over mediocre San Diego.
GOLF—U.S. TEAM of Deane Beman, Dick Sikes, Labron Harris and Billy Joe Patton won the world amateur team championship, the Eisenhower cup, beating 22 other countries on a tight, frustrating and beautifully manicured course in Kawana, Japan (see page 24). It was no rout for the Americans. Behind by six strokes to Canada after two days of play, the U.S. finally clinched the victory when Beman tied the course record of 66 on the last round. The U.S. totaled an 854, eight strokes ahead of Canada.
Billy Casper, jolly, chubby Apple Valley, Calif. pro, collected his fourth major tournament victory of the year by winning the $40,000 Bakersfield (Calif.) Open. He finished with a 272, four less than curly-headed Tony Lema, who had started the final round tied with Casper.
Kathy Whitworth, 23, lofty Jal, N.Mex. player, upset Mickey Wright in the $11,000 Phoenix Thunderbird Open, coming from four strokes behind to win. A familiar second-place finisher—eight times this season—Miss Whitworth dropped two birdie putts on the last nine to finish the 54-hole match with a 213, four strokes ahead.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($3.20), held under light rein by Driver Stanley Dancer, brushed off unsuccessful charges by Duke Rodney and Porterhouse and led every bit of the way to take the $45,000 Gotham Trot in Yonkers. With this win the 8-year-old gelding, owned by Irvin W. Berkemeyer, crept $22,500 closer to the record earnings of Bye Bye Byrd. Su Mac Lad now needs a mere $8,908 to equal the $554,257 high.
Matastar trotted the second fastest mile in history, barely missing the world time of 1:55¼ set by Greyhound in 1938. The 4-year-old finished in 1:55[4/5] at a special time trial in Lexington, Ky.
HOCKEY—TORONTO opened the National Hockey League season where it left off last spring, beating the Black Hawks 3-1 in Chicago. In a rough game marked by 14 penalties, George Armstrong scored twice for the Maple Leafs, Bobby Baun once. Playing on the Toronto side was Left Wing Frank Mahovlich, for whom the Leafs refused a $1 million cash offer by Hawk Owner James D. Norris last week. The next game for Toronto was with Boston, but they were held to a 2-2 tie by the revitalized Bruins, who had opened at home with a memorable 5-0 win over Montreal. Hero of both games was Boston's 31-year-old, wide-as-the-goal rookie goalie, Bobby Perreault. Up from minor league Hershey, Pa., Goalie Perreault (5 feet 7 and 184 pounds) made a remarkable total of 70 saves for both games. Rookie Right Wing Rod Gilbert brightened the New York Ranger line with his adept passing, but the Rangers still lost two in a row, the opener with Detroit 2-1 and to Montreal 6-3, then upset Toronto 5-3. After their opening win, Detroit nervously scrambled to a scoreless tie with Chicago, which went on to play a 2-2 deadlock with Boston. The Wings beat Montreal 3-1 at home to take the NHL lead at the close of the first week's play.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BEND ($2.90) easily won New York's richest race, the $189,675 Champagne Stakes at Belmont. Running a mile for the first time, the Cain Hoy favorite performed effortlessly under Manuel Ycaza, leaving six other 2-year-olds Struggling eight lengths behind him for the runner-up position.
MOTOR SPORTS—ROGER PENSKE, 25-year-old Philadelphia sales engineer who designed his own sports car, a Zerex Special with a 2.7-liter Climax engine, beat an impressive international field at Riverside, Calif. Speeding smoothly through the 200-mile Grand Prix, Penske hit the long, fast straightaways at an average of 95.6 mph, while a gasping crowd of 76,400 watched. Wealthy Texas Oilman Jim Hall came in second in his Chapparal and Masten Gregory third in a Lotus 19 Climax. Graham Hill, the world's leading racing driver on points, dropped out with brake trouble. But the race was marred by a serious accident when Pat Pigott, 37, of Bellingham, Wash, spun out and was fatally injured. Earlier, Indianapolis "500" winner Roger Ward was hospitalized with a spinal injury after he went off the course in a practice run.
TRACK & FIELD—RON MORRIS, 27, Los Angeles College physical education teacher, cleared a lowly 15 feet 9 inches in the pole vault competition during the Japanese national meet in Omiya, but it was good enough to beat the world record holder, Finland's Pentti Nikula (16-2½), who failed to top Morris in three tries.
MILEPOSTS—REDESIGNED: NORANGO, the late Norman B. Woolworth's 153-foot steel luxury yacht built in 1959 for an estimated $1 million along lines that resembled a North Sea fishing trawler—but with air conditioning and wall-to-wall carpeting—into the not-so-posh Sea Search, an oceanographic research vessel based in Florida.
DIED: EMMET T. (RED) ORMSBY, 67, retired baseball umpire whose 19 years as a major league official had their occasional peppery moments, including one police rescue from the field that provoked the officers to publicly declare that it was their duty to assist the blind; following a heart attack, in Chicago.