A roundup of the sports information of the week

April 01, 1963
April 01, 1963

Table of Contents
April 1, 1963

Point Of Fact
  • A Stanley Cup playoff quiz to excite the memory and increase the knowledge of fans and armchair experts

Death Of A Champion
  • By Morton Sharnik

    Battered helpless by Sugar Ramos, Champion Davey Moore sits on the canvas at Dodger Stadium a moment after his head bounced off the ring ropes. An hour later Moore fell into a deep coma, and three days later he died, setting off new demands from California to Rome that boxing be outlawed

Ramblers Wreck Cincy
War At Augusta
Boston Girl
Motor Sports
TV Fitness
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: The St. Louis Hawks, led by Bob Pettit's three-game average of 36 points, were ahead of Detroit 2-1 in the best-of-five playoff series. The winner plays Los Angeles. In the Eastern Division, Cincinnati and Syracuse were tied at two games each. Boston will meet the winner.

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Bartlesville (Okla.) Oilers, led by Jerry Shipp's 22 points, routed the Denver D-C Truckers 100-70 and successfully defended their AAU basketball championship at Denver.

BOXING—DAVEY MOORE, 26, of Springfield, Ohio, died of an injury to the brain stem suffered in a defense of his world featherweight title in Los Angeles against Sugar Ramos of Mexico City. Ramos scored a 10th-round knockout over Moore to become the new champion (see page 18). On the same card, Luis Rodriguez of Miami took away Emile Griffith's world welterweight title in 15 rounds, and Roberto Cruz of the Philippines knocked out Raymundo (Battling) Torres of Mexico to win the world "junior" welterweight crown.

Willie Pastrano of Miami and WAYNE THORNTON of Bakersfield, Calif. fought to a draw in a lively light heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.

GOLF—DAN SIKES, a slender, 32-year-old who deserted a law career to join the PGA tour, won the $50,000 Doral Open in Miami with a 72-hole, 5-under-par score of 283. National Public Links champion in 1958, Sikes's first major pro tournament victory was worth $9,000. Sam Snead, who limped through the tournament on a sore left foot, finished one stroke back. Tony Lema was third.

HOCKEY—NHL: TORONTO lost its last two games to Detroit but earlier tied Montreal 3-3 and won its first league championship in 15 years with a 35-23-12 record. Chicago, tied with Montreal going into its last game, beat Boston and took second place as the Canadiens were shut out 5-0 by fifth-place New York. Detroit finished fourth as Gordie Howe wrapped up his sixth league scoring title with 86 points on 38 goals and 48 assists. Boston was last.

HORSE RACING—AHOY ($5), running for the first time since he was injured in August, sailed out of the gate and was never headed as he won the $28,050 Swift Stakes for 3-year-olds at the Aqueduct season opener on a sloppy track. Ridden by Jockey Herberto Hinojosa, Ahoy went six furlongs in 1:10 3/5. KELSO ($3.60), coming out of a jam in the approach for the final turn, won the $109,750 John B. Campbell Handicap at Bowie and displaced Carry Back as the third-ranking millionaire horse in racing history. With Jockey Ismael Valenzuela up, the Bohemia Stables' 6-year-old gelding ran the 1[1/16] of a mile in 1:43, beating Crimson Satan by ¾ of a length. Only Round Table and Nashua stand ahead of Kelso, who has now earned $1,218,767.

Tutankhamen ($5.90) surged into the lead after the final turn and won the 1½-mile, $41,335 Donn Handicap on the grass at Gulfstream Park by 2½ lengths over El Loco. Under jockey Willie Shoemaker, Tutankhamen ran the distance in 2:26.

Fluctuate, a 16-year-old brown gelding ridden by Tommy Smith, won the 3½-mile Rokeby Bowl timber race in the Piedmont point-to-point races at Upperville, Va. It was Fluctuate's third victory in the event and the last race of his career.

MOTOR SPORTS—ENZO FERRARI, his cars as durable as ever, opened the 1963 season with a clean sweep at Sebring, taking the first six places, followed dutifully by British Jaguars and German Porsches (see page 68). The overall winner was the Ferrari prototype V-12 with Motorcyclist John Surtees and Italian Ludovico Scarfiotti driving.

ROWING—OXFORD overtook Cambridge at the two-mile mark and went on to an upset five-length victory in the 109th rowing of the English boat-race classic. The Oxford crew was stroked by Duncan Spencer, 23, of New York, a former Yale stroke.

SKIING—UNIVERSITY OF DENVER won its third straight NCAA skiing crown at Solitude Ski Area outside Salt Lake City, squeaking past Colorado by three points. Dartmouth finished third in the meet. In the individual events little Jimmy Heuga, 19-year-old Colorado sophomore, upset former U.S. Olympians Buddy Werner and Chuck Ferries to win the slalom event. Colorado's Werner and Billy Marolt finished with Western State's Dave Gorsuch in a tie for first in the downhill. Eddie Demers of Western State took the cross-country, and University of Washington's Tom Nord of Norway won the 55-meter jumping event. Dartmouth's Jim Page won the skimeister award, finishing highest among those who competed in all four events.

SWIMMING—INDIANA UNIVERSITY, led by Chet Jastremski, 22, who lowered American records in the 100-and 200-yard breaststroke events and the 200-yard individual medley, overwhelmingly won the team championship at the men's AAU indoor meet held in Yale University's 25-yard pool in New Haven (see page 67). American records were set in all 14 events during the four-day meet. Southern California's freshman team finished second, largely through the efforts of 18-year-old Roy Saari, another triple-event winner.

TRACK & FIELD—HENRY CARR, 19, of Detroit, a lanky sophomore sprinter at Arizona State University, twice bettered the world record for the 220-yard dash around a curve. Against Utah he ran 20.4, then did 20.3 four days later at Tempe, Ariz. JOHN PENNEL, of Miami, 22, a senior at Northeast Louisiana State College, set a new world outdoor pole-vault record with a leap of 16 feet 3 inches in the Memphis Relays. Pennel, who used a fiberglass pole, suffered delays before making his record jump—once when the wind blew the bar off the standards and another time when a check was made to see if the planting pit box was legal. It was the first time Pennel had cleared 16 feet.

Marilyn White, 18, of Los Angeles, set a new American record in the 220-yard dash with a time of 24.8 in the Women's AAU Indoor Championships at Columbus, Ohio. Six American records were broken and one tied during the 12-event meet, which saw 15 girls qualify for the U.S. team in the Pan American Games. The other five records: a 2:13.6, 880-yard run by Mrs. Leah Bennett Ferris of Baltimore; a 5-foot-5½ high jump by Eleanor Montgomery of Cleveland; a 48.3, 440-yard relay by the Los Angeles Mercurettes (Miss White, Diana Wilson, Margaret Billingsley and Joyce Lawson); a 1:50.6, 880-yard relay by the Ohio Track Club (Sue Knott, Rida Thompson, Laura Voss and Karen Davis); and 57 seconds flat for the 440-yard run by Miss Knott.

Betty Cuthbert, Australia's triple gold medal winner at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, broke her own unofficial world record for the 440-yard run with a time of 53.3 in the Australian women's championships at Brisbane, Australia.

WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY broke a tie with Iowa State on Mickey Martin's victory in the 130-pound class to win the NCAA championships at Kent, Ohio. Michigan finished third and Defending Champion Oklahoma State, which had won the title the last two years, and 23 times in all, was fourth. The champions: Bucky Maughm, Moor-head State (115 pounds); Mike Nissen, Nebraska (123 pounds); Bill Dotson, State College of Iowa (137 pounds); Mike Natvig, Army (147 pounds); Kirk Pendleton, Lehigh (157 pounds); Jim Harrison, Pittsburgh (167 pounds); Dean Lahr, Colorado (177 pounds); Jack Barden, Michigan (191 pounds); and Jim Nance, Syracuse (heavyweight).

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: BOB BOYD, 31, tall (6-foot-7) and successful basketball coach at Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College where his teams compiled a 69-18 record; by Seattle University.

HIRED: EDWARD (BO) SCHEMBECHLER, 33, assistant football coach at Ohio State; as head coach at Miami University of Ohio, replacing John Pont, who resigned to become head coach at Yale.

RETIRING: WARD HAYLETT, 65, the dean of Big Eight track coaches; from Kansas State University, after 35 years there.

RETIRING: ZSIGMOND ADLER, Hungarian boxing coach who supervised the training of European middleweight champion Laszlo Papp. His dictum: "I want to develop real sportsmen and not bums thirsting for knockouts."

MOVED: CHICAGO ZEPHYRS, last-place team in the NBA's Western Division; to Baltimore, giving that city its first NBA team since 1954.