AUTO RACING—DEWAYNE (TINY) LUND, operator of a South Carolina fishing camp when he is not squeezing his 270 pounds behind the wheel of a fast car, won the $100,000 Daytona 500-mile stock car race, averaging 151.566 mph (see page 36).
This is an article from the March 4, 1963 issue
BASKETBALL—NBA: After their last furious and losing encounter with Los Angeles in Boston two weeks ago, the champion Celtics began playing their best of the year. They won six in a row before moving into Los Angeles to try the Western Division leaders again. LA, meantime, was struggling, hardly able to play .500 ball for the three weeks that back-court ace Jerry West has been out with a pulled muscle. But before a packed house of 15,196 partisans, one of the largest ever to watch an NBA game, an aroused Laker team downed Boston 113-105. It was a Dick Barnett fadeaway jump shot and a Frank Selvy scoring spree that put the Lakers ahead in the closing minutes. In the second game two days later, before another huge crowd of frenzied Angelenos, Boston ran up a 30-point lead, then coasted to a 119-109 win, marked by a half-time assault by fans on Referee Norm Drucker. Earlier, San Francisco beat the Lakers 111-109, but it was all downhill for the Warriors after that. They dropped three of four, slid deeper into fourth place in the West, 2½ games behind Detroit, and drastically hurt their playoff hopes. In the East, Syracuse took a four-game lead over Cincinnati. Although the Nats lost two, they won three, including a 128-109 defeat of the Royals.
BOATING—BEVERLY, a red catamaran skippered by Owner Van Alan Clark Jr. of Marion, Mass., skimmed across a choppy Biscayne Bay to beat 82 assorted craft in Miami's One-of-a-Kind Regatta (see page 12).
BOWLING—BILL JOHNSON, a former Southern Methodist University golfer, returned to his hometown of Dallas for a victory in a different sport. Johnson rolled six strikes in a row to beat Pat Patterson of St. Louis 242 to 209 for the All-American Classic championship and 55,000.
BOXING—DICK TIGER of Nigeria, world middleweight champion, and Challenger Gene Fullmer of West Jordan, Utah slugged through 15 rounds to a draw in Las Vegas. Tiger, who cut the unusually nimble Fullmer several times and was bloodied himself, thus keeps the title.
CRICKET—AUSTRALIA kept The Ashes after the Test matches with England ended in a 1-1 stand-off". The indecisive play in the fifth match caused 14,500 bored Sydney fans to jeer and Aussie papers to complain about a "travesty of cricket."
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO moved out to an eight-point league lead, thanks in great measure to a scoring splurge by Stan Mikita, who got three goals and an assist in a 4-3 defeat of Boston and three more goals in a 5-3 win over Detroit, performances that gave him the lead in the NHL scoring race. Detroit was down to only four defensemen as tempestuous Howie Young sat out his three-game suspension, but Goalie Terry Sawchuk, who slashed his hand six weeks ago, was back, and the Red Wings had enough to beat the Rangers 3-2. Toronto, meanwhile, slipped briefly into second place, but was quickly ousted by Montreal as the Canadiens beat New York 6-3, and the Leafs were upset 4-2 by Boston. Thus the battle for the second, third and fourth positions remained one of the closest in years.
HORSE RACING—CROZIER ($15.80) took the richest race of the week, the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap. Fred W. Hooper's 5-year-old caught the leaders in the backstretch and moved out to a decisive 5½-length victory over favored Crimson Satan. The win was worth $100,000.
Candy spots ($2.60), Kentucky Derby hopeful (see page 18), beat Bonjour, also a possible Derby contender, by a sniffle in a six-furlong race at Santa Anita.
Beau purple ($8.70) stumbled at the start but didn't take another wrong step as he won the $128,400 Widener Handicap at Hialeah, beating favored Kelso (see page 6), 1962's Horse of the Year, by 2¼ lengths. Well trained by Allen Jerkens for his first start since November, Beau Purple ran in front for the entire mile and a quarter, collecting $83,460 for Owner Jack Dreyfus Jr.
Ridan, the 4-year-old bay that has earned $635,074, was conspicuously absent from the Widener. He strained an ankle in a race two weeks earlier and was retired to stud at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky. TEARSMUNN, ridden by Arch Kingsley, a commercial airline pilot who dieted away 50 pounds to get in shape for the saddle, won the Casanova Cup at Warrenton, Va., the opening event in Virginia's point-to-point season.
SKIING—MIKE ELLIOTT, a hardy competitor from Durango, Colo. covered 30 kilometers in 2:10.10 and then raced through the 15-km. cross-country event in 1:01.9 to win both in the North American Nordic championships at Crested Butte, Colo.
SPEED SKATING—JONNY NILSSON, 19-year-old Swedish engineering student, cut 3.5 seconds off the world 5,000-meter mark when he finished in 7:34.3 at the world championships in Karuizawa, Japan (see page 49). Then he upset Veteran Knut Johannesen of Norway by three-quarters of a lap in the 10,000 meters, setting a world record of 15:33. Nilsson's low overall point score of 178.447 was also a record. Although Russia's Evgeny Grishin took the 500 meters, as he has for seven straight years, Edward Rudolph Jr. of Northbrook, Ill. was barely a blade-length behind. Russia's Lydia Skoblikova swept all four women's events, the first time it has ever been done. She broke her own 1,000-meter record with a time of 1:31.8.
SWIMMING—SATAKO TANAKA, durable 20-year-old Japanese backstroker who has been breaking records for four years, shattered the 200-meter and 220-yard women's world marks in the Australian championships in Perth, lowering her own record by four-tenths of a second. Later she set a world record of 1:10 in the 110-yard event. Teammate Eiko Takahashi cut 1.4 seconds off the women's 220-yard butterfly mark with a clocking of 2:32.2. But it was Aussie Bob Windle who turned in one of swimming's best clutch performances. His trunks slipped down during the 1,650-yard men's freestyle. He stopped, made emergency repairs, then kept swimming and tugging—-and won.
TRACK & FIELD—THE NATIONAL AAU indoor championships in New York had everyone winning who was expected to, except one. Finland's world record holder, thick-waisted Pentti Nikula. lost his snap in the pole vault at 15 feet. Dave Tork went on to clear a scanty 15 feet 6 inches and win, beating a field that included four vaulters who had at one time topped 16 feet but couldn't get close to it at Madison Square Garden. Jim Beatty caused the most commotion by trying the first front-running mile of his career. With Coach Mihaly Igloi ill back in California, Beatty planned his strategy for himself, shot in front of the field at the start, blistered through the first quarter (58.2) and the second (1:58.8). But not pressed—and a bit pooped—he slowed to finish in 3:59, his third best indoor mark. Russia's graceful Valeri Brumel floated over the bar at 7 feet 3½ inches (rival John Thomas stopped at 7 feet), and handsome Igor Ter-Ovanesyan again beat Ralph Boston, this time with a meet-record jump of 26 feet 6½ inches. Bunched in the pack for much of the 1,000-meter run, bespectacled Bill Crothers of Toronto had to go to the outside, but won going away in a swift 2:09.8. Lieut. Jack Yerman, on the eve of leaving the Army, took the 600 in a strong closing rush, then announced his retirement. Gary Gubner won the shotput with a 62-foot 8-inch hoist and Hayes Jones easily took the 60-yard hurdles, his 42nd indoor victory in a row.
MILEPOSTS—REAPPOINTED: LAWRENCE B. SHEPPARD. 64. owner of famed Hanover Shoe Farms; as chairman of the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, by Republican Governor William Scranton. Outspoken but also out-maneuvered, he had fought unsuccessfully for tight controls in harness racing under the state's former Democratic administration (SI, June 5, 1961), may fare better now, since Scranton bounced a Democrat off the three-man commission.
RETIRED: MARGARET VARNER, 35, four-time national women's squash champion: after 20 title-filled years of playing tournament squash, tennis and badminton, because, as she gasped after losing an exhausting squash match, she was "too tired."
RESTING: PETER SNELL, 24; for two months on doctor's orders when, after running one of his sub-four-minute miles in New Zealand, he became ill.
INJURED: TOMMY LITZ, 17, of Hershey, Pa., who twirled his way to the U.S. figure skating championship last month, twisted his ankle while posturing for cameras, may be out of this week's world title meet at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
DIED: FRANK VESSELS SR., 64, onetime oil field roustabout who hit a gusher of his own, parlayed it and his Los Alamitos, Calif., ranch into the multimillion-dollar world capital of quarter-horse racing and staged California's richest race ($200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity in December); of a heart attack, in Tulsa.