BASEBALL—The interleague trading period came to a close with the National League Champion San Francisco Giants sending two pitchers, Stu Miller and Mike McCormick, and Catcher John Orsino to Baltimore for Pitchers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft, plus Catcher Jim Coker.
BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES, with Elgin Baylor averaging 48.8 points during the week, won four straight and increased its lead in the Western Division. The Lakers downed Cincinnati 124-121, partially revenged three previous losses to Syracuse with a 126-120 victory and beat third-place San Francisco twice, 120-118 and 113-104. St. Louis stayed in second by beating Detroit and New York, while dropping one to the Eastern Division leader, Boston. The Celtics also beat Detroit, 103-93, but lost two games, one to Cincinnati (124-120) in which 13-year veteran Bob Cousy sank seven field goals. He thus set a league record of 5,926, six more than still active, but injured, Dolph Schayes of Syracuse. The Nats dropped two but stayed in second, followed by Cincinnati and New York.
The U.S. wound up the Philippines Invitational International tournament in Manila with its sixth straight victory, smacking the host country 94-58 in a game marred by 49 personal fouls. Canada, 5-1, was second in the seven-nation competition.
BOWLING—BILLY GOLEMBIEWSKI of Detroit rolled a final game of 224 to beat Earl Johnson by 45 pins and earn top prize money of $4,000 in the $20,400 Charlotte (N.C.) Open.
December 24, 1962
BOXING—DUILIO LOI, 33-year-old Italian, regained the world junior welterweight title by outpointing Eddie Perkins, 25, of Chicago, in 15 rounds before 15,000 loyal fans at Milan's Sports Palace.
Davey Moore, world featherweight champion, won the decision, if not the foot race, by beating Fili Nava, former Mexican national champion, in a 10-round bout in San Antonio. Moore took every round, but could never catch the back-pedaling Mexican long enough to land a damaging blow.
Doug Jones came back from being dropped in the first round to knock out Heavyweight Zora Folley in the seventh of a 10-round bout in Madison Square Garden.
Cassius Clay, Louisville's loud young heavyweight, has signed to fight Charlie Powell, a former pro football player, in Pittsburgh on January 24.
FIELD TRIALS—McCASKELL'S MR. RANGER, a 3½-year-old liver-and-white pointer from Rockingham, N.C, won his first national title by taking the Open Shooting Dog Championships in Orange, Va. Handled by Art Beane, the victory was worth $1,500 to Owner Lonnie F. McCaskell.
FISHING—DOROTHEA L. DEAN, pianist, composer and one of the country's best anglers, reeled in eight sailfish to win the weather-shortened Stuart (Fla.) Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament.
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY, playing with its third Western Division title safely won, subdued the surprisingly plucky last-place Los Angeles Rams 20-17 to set up a championship game with New York on Dec. 30. Fullback Jim Taylor scored one of the Packer touchdowns, establishing a new season record of 19. Chicago, displaying its best defensive effort of the season, took the pressure off the Packers by upsetting Detroit 3-0 on a last-quarter field goal by Roger Leclerc. This left the Bears in third place with a 9-5 record. Baltimore finished fourth after beating Minnesota 42-17. The Vikings were even more miserable. The Colt defeat gave them a 2-11-1 mark, one less victory than in their league debut last season. In the East, NEW YORK, which had clinched the title two weeks earlier, scored a 41-31 triumph over fifth-place Dallas before a seventh-straight-sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium, but Quarterback Y. A. Tittle suffered an apparently minor back injury during the game. He had thrown six touchdown passes to set two NFL season records: the most touchdown passes by a team, 35; the most by an individual, 33, Second-place Pittsburgh beat one-time division leader Washington 27-24 and finished with a 9-5 mark, the best in Steeler history. Washington, after winning only one game last season, had to be content with fourth place and a 6-6-2 record. Jimmy Brown sloshed through the mud to score both Cleveland touchdowns and give the Browns a 13-10 triumph over San Francisco and a third-place finish. St. Louis beat Philadelphia 45-35 to leave the Eagles all alone in the cellar.
AFL:HOUSTON squashed last-place New York 44-10 to clinch its third straight Eastern Division title and the right to play the Dallas Texans for the league championship on Dec. 23 (see page 82). George Blanda, Billy Cannon and Charlie Tolar led the Oilers to their 11th victory against three defeats. Boston, its title hopes gone, was obliging enough to help last-place Oakland snap pro football's longest current losing streak—19 in a row—by being shut out 20-0. Buffalo had already finished the season in third with a 7-6-1 record. In the Western Division, Bobby Ply tied the league record for pass interceptions with four against third-place San Diego as Dallas loosened up for its title game by beating the Chargers 26-17. Second-place Denver closed out its season a week ago, with a 7-7 record.
COLLEGE: OREGON STATE, with the country's best college football player, Terry Baker, running 99 yards for the touchdown, squeaked past Villanova 6-0, in the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia (see page 80).
Nebraska, first making sure its $35,000 guarantee check was good, came to New York's Gotham Bowl and beat Miami 36-34 in one of the season's wildest games. As elusive as the football were the fans. Only 6,166 of them showed up.
GOLF—The start of the $30,000 Haig and Haig Scotch Mixed Foursomes in Sebring, Fla. was delayed three hours when the temperature dropped to 22°, but it didn't chill Mason Rudolph and Kathy Whitworth, who burned up the course with a two-under-par 70 to take a lead they never relinquished. They finished with a 16-under-par 272 and collected $2,225 each. Hawaii's rotund Jackie Pung, asked what was keeping her warm, quipped, "240 pounds."
HOCKEY—NHL: DETROIT stretched New York's losing streak to six games with a 3-2 victory and then squelched league-leading Chicago 3-1 to move into a first-place tie with the Black Hawks. Chicago earlier defeated New York 4-3. The leaders stayed tied by losing: Detroit to New York, 5-2, in a game enlivened by 48 penalty minutes; Chicago to Toronto. 6-2, as the Maple Leafs moved to within two points of the top. Montreal remained fourth by tying and beating Boston, and losing to New York.
HORSE RACING—JET DECK ($2.80) thundered out of the gate and pulled steadily away from the nine-horse field to win the Far West's richest race, the 350-yard $207,750 Los Alamitos (Calif.) Futurity for quarter horses.
TRACK & FIELD—VALERI BRUMEL, the world's best high jumper, displayed some of his other talents at a meet in Moscow, winning the 30-meter dash and the broad jump—with a leap of 24 feet six inches—and finishing second in the shotput.
Pete McArdle, a 33-year-old New York bus mechanic, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded by an American to win the 15th annual Western Hemisphere event in Culver City, Calif. He covered the 26-mile 385-yard course in two hours 17 minutes and 11.4 seconds.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: DICK TIGER, the rugged middleweight champion from Nigeria, as Fighter of the Year, by the Boxing Writers' Association.
NAMED: SU MAC LAD, the only trotter to win two races in two minutes or less on a half-mile track, as Harness Horse of the Year. Owned by Irving W. Berkemeyer, the 8-year-old gelding collected 520 points in the U.S. Trotting Association's poll.
SUSPENDED: ALEX POLLOCK, 49, Silver Springs, Md. trainer, for 10 years by the Maryland Racing Commission for participating in an illegal claim of a horse during the Timonium meeting.
HOSPITALIZED: EDDIEMACHEN, heavyweight contender, for observation, after being found in his car with a suicide note and revolver. Machen entered Napa (Calif.) State Hospital calmly but later attacked three attendants in an attempt to escape.
DIED: ALAIN RONDI, 16, and PIERRE BELET, 18, members of the French junior ski team, in an avalanche in Val d'Is√®re.