A roundup of the sports information of the week

July 29, 1963
July 29, 1963

Table of Contents
July 29, 1963

Sonny Slams Ahead
They Could Be Good
Sandy Koufax
Summer Houses
Scuba Diving
Speed King
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—Skippered by Robert F. Johnson, Ticonderoga was first to finish in the 23rd Transpacific Race, followed by Audacious, but when the time corrections were made, Tim Moseley's cutter Orient had won Class A. Legend, a sloop skippered by Charles Ullman, won Class B, and another sloop, Mistress, took Class C. ISLANDER, a Class D sloop, was the overall winner, sailing the 2,225 miles in just under two weeks of flat calms and tropical storms.

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In the 2,864-mile Transatlantic Race, Sally Ames Langmuir's Bolero ran into a gale, blew out five spinnakers and a reaching jib, broke two spinnaker poles and smashed a mizzen boom gooseneck, but still managed to cross the finish line first. Huey Long's ONDINE, skirting the gale, finished third and was Class A and overall winner on corrected time. Clayton Ewing's aluminum yawl Dyna lost her rudder while 900 miles from port. The crew pressed on, steering into port by trimming the sails.

De Coursey Fales and his 35-year-old schooner NINA, the scratch boat, set a new record of 45 hours, 25 minutes for the 360-mile race from Marblehead to Halifax. DIABLO, a 39-foot yawl from Portland, Me., was the overall winner.

Al Frost defeated six other national one-design champions in the Sailboat Training Facility's 5.5-meter sloop series, a seminar intended to train skippers for the Olympics.

Britain's new 12-meter SOVEREIGN won 12 out of 16 races in her first trials against the old challenger, Sceptre, to give British yachtsmen a flicker of hope for the America's Cup.

Larchmont race week was nearly swamped when 800 youngsters set sail in the junior regatta.

Henry Sprague Jr. 17, of Newport Beach, Calif., North American Junior sailing champion and the youngest sailor in the Single-Handed championships in Long Beach, Calif., piloted a skittish Finn Monotype to victory over some of the finest skippers in North America.

CYCLING—JACQUES ANQUETIL, after protesting that he was too ill to be in the race at all, won the brutal 22-day Tour de France for an unprecedented fourth time. He averaged 22.6 mph for the 2,570-mile route that includes the Alps among its obstacles. Anquetil decided to push himself on the mountain passes, where he normally takes it easy, and proved that even there he could beat out his closest competitor, Federico Bahamontes, the Spanish cyclist, who is considered the best mountain racer.

FOOTBALL—The professionals' horse trading began again as a Percheron-sized running back, HUGH McELHENNY, veteran of 11 NFL seasons, went from the Minnesota Vikings to the New York Giants for a draft choice in 1964 and 1965 and an unnamed player. The Vikings, who were overstocked with linebackers, traded CLIFF LIVINGSTON and CLANCY OSBORNE to the Los Angeles Rams for a future draft choice. PETE RETZLAFF signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a tight end and an end coach.

Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Baltimore Colts, was cleared of charges that he had bet on pro football games. An important factor in the NFL decision was the repudiation of an affidavit by one of Rosenbloom's original accusers who said he "thought Rosenbloom would seek me out and offer me a job or something."

GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, a hot man in the 100° heal in Dallas, took the lead when he sank a 30-foot putt on the 69th hole and went on to win the PGA Championship (see page 16).

HARNESS RACING—Indefatigable SU MAC LAD ($2.90) needed little urging from driver Stanley Dancer as he won his second International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway, beating France's Martini II by half a length. The 9-year-old trotter's time was 2:32⅗ equaling the world record for 1¼ miles. The $50,000 from the two Internationals plus his other purses brings Su Mac Lad's total earnings to $687,549.

HORSE RACING—Favored RAGUSA won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot by four lengths over Miralgo. The Irish-trained winner of the Irish Derby collected $80,480.

In a typically big stakes race week MALICIOUS ($6.20) and NEVADA BIN ($17.80) won the two divisions of the $189,800 Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship, CYRANO ($19) won the $100,000 Brooklyn Handicap, and TABLE MATE ($14) won the $48,962 New Castle Stakes, with Writer-Owner Ernie Havemann's frightening filly Nubile (SI, July 22) finishing second.

MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK, reducing the world championship competition to no race at all, took his fourth straight victory when he won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Averaging 107.75 mph in his Lotus-Climax, he had lapped all but six cars by the midpoint of the race and went on to finish ahead of John Surtees, who was driving the only Ferrari in the event. Clark's win gives him 36 world championship points, 19 more than runner-up Graham Hill.

ROWING—At the 89th National Regatta on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, the U.S. lost the team trophy to Canada for the first time in 36 years, as Ontario's St. Catherines Rowing Club won the lightweight eights and placed second to the Detroit Boat Club in the heavyweights. James Barker rowed his single scull to victory in the 150-pound quarter-mile race and joined three teammates in the quadruple sculls for his 23rd and 24th national title—a regatta record. Francis Sulger, 20, a Fordham junior, became the third generation rower in his family to take a national senior title when he stroked the NYAC senior quadruple scull to a three-quarter-lenglh victory over the Vesper Boat Club. In a triumph of pupil over master, 23-year-old Don Spero upset his Riverside Boat Club teammate and mentor, defending champion Seymour Cromwell, to win the single sculling title.

SCUBA DIVING—After a month in its underwater headquarters, famed Scuba Diver JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU's scientific diving expedition surfaced from under the Red Sea where Jacques had been joined by his wife Simone for their 26th wedding anniversary celebration.

SWIMMING—PER-OLA LINDBERG, of Sweden, clocked 54.3 for the 100-meter freestyle in a 50-meter pool, bettering the European record held by Alain Gottvalles of France.

Margaret Revell, hardy but handsome mermaid from Detroit who has swum the Strait of Messina, the Bosporus and the Strait of Gibraltar, entered the Bay of Biscay to inaugurate a new long distance course: the 26 miles from San Sebastiàn, Spain to Biarritz, France. "Maybe they'll give champagne during the swim," she joked, but after three hours and 22 minutes she developed a stomach ache and put off her attempt.

Robyn Johnson, 17, who ranked second in the world last year in the 100-, 200-and 400-meter freestyle, turned to a longer distance in Akron, where she set a national record of 1:09:38.2 for three miles.

TENNIS—The WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS had a formful week as all the top-seeded players made the semifinals. Then second-seeded Bill Lenoir upset Marty Reissen in five sets for the men's title, and teamed with Clark Graebner to win the men's doubles. Nancy Richey, ranked sixth in the nation and top-seeded, defeated Vickie Palmer to take the women's crown. Carol Loop and Connie Jaster, both of California, beat Miss Palmer and Justina Bricka in the women's doubles.

At the national CLAY COURTS Miss Palmer staged an upset by defeating Wimbledon finalist Billie Jean Moffitt 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the quarter-finals, while Judy Alvarez put out nationally first-ranked Darlene Hard 8-6, 6-2. In the finals Miss Richey again defeated Miss Palmer 6-1, 6-1. In the men's singles Wimbledon winner Chuck McKinley continued his fine play, pounding slightly more youthful Dennis Ralston 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

In the semifinal round of European Zone Davis Cup play, GREAT BRITAIN defeated Spain 4-1, and now will meet SWEDEN, who easily eliminated South Africa 5-0.

Elected to the National Tennis Hall of Fame for the years 1934-37 were three top players of that era, all of whom arc still playing. WILMER ALLISON defeated Sidney Wood Jr. for the 1935 national title and with JOHN VAN RYN won the doubles at Wimbledon and Forest Hills twice. Van Ryn also teamed with George Lott for the Wimbledon and French titles in 1931. MRS. SARAH PALFREY DANZIG won the national singles twice. Teamed with four different partners, she also won the national doubles crown nine times, Wimbledon twice and played on nine winning Wightman Cup teams.

TRACK & FIELD—A team of U.S. male track stars strode into Moscow's Lenin Stadium bursting with overconfidence, and just managed to squeak through to victory over the Russians by a meager five points (see page 18). Even after some gratuitous lessons from their opponents, America's women were hopelessly trounced. The final score: Russia's men 114, U.S. men 119; Russia's women 75, U.S. women 28. Highlight of the meet: a world record in the high jump, 7 feet 5 3/4 inches, by Valeri Brumel.