BOATING—Strung out across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were 46 of the world's finest ocean racing crafts. Spread along the 2,225-mile downhill run to HONOLULU were 32 yachts, ranging from the 90-foot ketch, Novia del Mar to the 34-foot sloop, Spirit. Mystery ruled the ATLANTIC as the other 14 yachts headed in fog and radio silence for Point Alpha, a turning point in the 2,864-mile route from Newport to Britain's Eddystone Rocks. Bolero, at 73 feet, was scratch boat in this race. Smallest participant was Four Square, a plucky 30-foot sloop, racing unofficially.
Naval Architect David Boyd's new 12-meter SOVEREIGN went down the ways into Scotland's Holy Loch to become Britain's 15th challenger for the America's Cup. Owner Tony Boyden plans to test his new boat against Boyd's fat-cheeked Sceptre, which hobbyhorsed to ignominious defeat in 1958.
Seattle kept the Gold Cup, top trophy in hydroplane racing, but it was Ron Musson and MISS BARDAHL who won the first prize of $10,000, while four-time winner Bill Muncey finished sixth with Miss Thrift way, after qualifying at a record 116.643 mph. Detroit's Gale V was second; Gale VII was sunk (see page 52).
GOLF—DOUG FORD sank a 15-foot putt on the 17th hole at the Canadian Open, won it for the second time with a four-under-par 280.
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John Spotts, 20, putting in a parking lot in Cleveland, won the $50,000 Professional Putters Association tournament and first prize of $10,000 (see page 16).
HARNESS' RACING—LEHIGH HANOVER ($6.70), the top 3-year-old of 1962, promises to be this year's best 4-year-old. With trainer and part owner Stanley Dancer at the reins, the son of Adios won the $93,163.50 Realization Pace, adding $46.581.75 to his lifetime earnings for a total of $314,097. Second was Adora's Dream, and third was the only mare in the race, Stand By, driven by Del Insko.
HORSE RACING—CICADA ($4.90) made her debut on grass to win the $28,050 Sheepshead Bay Handicap over Nubile, owned by Writer-Bettor Ernest C. Havemann. Cicada, at 4 years the world's richest race mare, increased her total to $758,324.
Kelso ($2.90), three-time Horse of the Year, won the $108,500 Suburban Handicap by 1¼ lengths over Saidam to become history's second-highest earner with $1,307,037.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY UNSER made the Pikes Peak hill climb a family affair when he won for the seventh (sixth straight) time in the championship car division, breaking the record of five consecutive wins held by his uncle, Louis Unser. Bobby led the time trials with brother Al in second place. PARNELLI JONES drove a 1963 Mercury over the tortuous 12.4 miles to first place in the stock car division in a record 14:17.4.
Glenn (Fireball) Roberts of Daytona Beach, who switched from Pontiac to Ford in April, won the Firecracker "400," averaging 150.927 mph, followed by two other Fords. With 10 laps to go four Fords led the race, then Tiny Lund blew a tire, and the 1961 Indianapolis winner, A. J. Foyt, blew his engine. Fred Lorenzen (Ford) battled with Roberts, even under the caution lights, but Fireball won by inches on the last turn.
ROWING—Four eights, a single and a pair made up the U.S. contingent at the 124-year-old HENLEY REGATTA in England. Underdog Rollins College arrived breathless and gleeful at the semifinals only to lose the Thames Cup to the Argosies Rowing Club, a squad of London dock workers. Harvard's 21-year-old Robert Lea was beaten by favored Robert Groen of Holland in a preliminary heat of the Diamond Sculls, which was won by Switzerland's Gootfried Kottmann, a detective. The U.S. pair-oars, Tom and Joe Amlong, took a tip from Cassius Clay and predicted an easy victory for themselves in the Silver Goblets, then lost to six-time single scull champion Stuart MacKenzie and veteran Chris Davidge in the finals. (The angry Amlongs complained of politics, interference and collusion with the referees.) Cornell's big eight, after demolishing a tough German crew in a preliminary heat, lost the Grand Challenge Cup to a determined boat from London University. Cornell Coach Stork Sanford had only praise for the victors, "They were a whale of a crew, we just couldn't get past them."
On Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, the VESPER BOAT CLUB took six first places at the Independence Day Regatta to win the Gallagher Memorial Trophy. SEYMOUR CROMWELL, twice national singles sculling champion, won the Plaisted Trophy and the senior singles title, then after a 40-minute rest, paired with Don Spero to win the doubles.
TENNIS—CHUCK McKINLEY became the first American to win the men's singles at WIMBLEDON since 1955, when he beat Australian Fred Stolle 9-7, 6-1, 6-4 in a bristling, bouncing display of energy (see page 12). Unseeded, unpredictable Billie Jean Mofiitt of California climbed to the finals over second-seeded Lesley Turner, seventh-seeded Maria Bueno and third-seeded Ann Haydon Jones to meet MARGARET SMITH, the powerful Australian favorite, who justified her top-seeding by defeating René Schuurman and Darlene Hard in earlier rounds. After two days' delay due to rain, Billie Jean and Margaret met for a tense final on the center court, and the little giant killer, suddenly on the defensive, finally succumbed to the Aussie's sheer power, lost 6-3, 6-4. In the men's doubles, top-seeded Stolle and Bob Hewitt went out in the third round, McKinley and Dennis Ralston, third-seeded, lost to the Russian team of Tomas Lejus and Sergei Likhachev 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the fourth round. The fourth-seeded Yugoslavians bowed in the quarter finals to Mike Sangster and Billy Knight of Britain, and in the semifinals Roy Emerson and Manuel Santana fell to Jean Barclay and Pierre Darmon, the first French team to reach a final since 1934, but the French lost to Rafael Osuna and Antonio Palafox, Mexico's first team to win. On the women's side, Bueno and Hard took their second doubles title, beating Robyn Ebbern and Smith, who then teamed with Ken Fletcher to win the mixed doubles from Hard and Hewitt.
TRACK & FIELD—BRIAN STERNBERG, who has a pending world pole vault record of 16 feet 8 inches and is one of the nation's top trampolinists, fell 14 feet while doing a fliffis (double back somersault with a twist). In critical condition and facing possible permanent paralysis, Sternberg apologized for defaulting the U.S.A.-U.S.S.R. track meet in Moscow on July 20-21. His place on the U.S. team will probably be taken by Ron Morris (16 feet 1 inch).
Already in Europe, U.S. pole vaulter John Pennel vaulted 16 feet 5¼ inches in Bern. MORRIS won at the World Games in Helsinki with 15 feet 9 inches. LARRY QUESTAD won the 100 meters in 10.3. In a Moscow meet ("The Znamensky Brothers") two days earlier, Questad took the 100 in 10.3 and the 200 in 20.9. Russia's ELVIRA OZOLINA broke her own javelin mark with 196 feet 1½ inches. MICHAEL JAZY, the Frenchman who holds three world and five French records, shattered the Russians by taking their specialty, the 5,000 meters, in 13:50.2 for a new French record. World record holder TAMARA PRESS won the shot but lost the discus to JIRINA NEMCOVA of Czechoslovakia. Immediately following the meet, the U.S.S.R. announced the track team of 57 men and women who will face the U.S. next week. As usual, it appears very strong in distance events, weak in short distances and the pole vault.
The 22 women who will represent the U.S. in Moscow and on the European tour were chosen from the national AAU outdoor meet in Dayton. A comparison of our season's best times with those of the Russians shows the usual U.S. superiority in the dashes and relay and the usual mediocrity in the throwing events. The 880-yard winner, Sandra Knott, clocked 2:12.5, only .2 second off the American record, but well over the Russian best (2:06.3). The broad jump was won by Edith McGuire at 19 feet 4¾ inches. Second was Willye White, always a strong competitor, and equally reliable in the dash and the relay. Eleanor Montgomery won the high jump at 5 feet 8 inches, equal to the Russian best this year. The Chicago Mayor Daley Youth Foundation team broke its own American record in the 880 medley relay with 1:46.9. Tennessee State retained the team title, winning four of the 12 events.
WRESTLING—First to arrive in H√§lsingborg, Sweden, RUSSIA'S Greco-Roman team complained that Swedish beds were too small. Despite this hardship the Reds took four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the world championships.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: JOHN LEO McKERNAN (Doc Kearns), 80, of old age and high living, after a career as gold rush miner, bartender, promoter and fight manager (Jack Dempsey, Mickey Walker, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore). He made boxing's first million-dollar gate, participated in five others and went down as the last of the big-time spenders.
DIED: SPIKE WEBB, 74, "the man who taught the Navy how to fight," in 35 years as boxing coach at Annapolis; of a heart attack. Spike, a chunky 5 feet 4½, coached four Olympic teams and eight world champions, including Gene Tunney and Sugar Ray Robinson.