BASEBALL—After talking about it with his wife for the "last two or three years," STAN MUSIAL, 42, finally decided to retire as an active major-leaguer. When he plays his last regular season game on September 29 against Cincinnati, Musial will close out a remarkable 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player three times, won seven batting titles and hit .317 in a record 24 All-Star Games. He also holds 17 major league, 30 National League records.
BASKETBALL-JERRY LUCAS, most wanted player in pro ball, finally signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Royals, joining another three-time All-America, Oscar Robertson, and enormously increasing the value of the Cincinnati franchise.
BOATING—When the 605-mile FASTNET race, last in a four-race series for the Admiral's Cup, finally ended after nearly a week of hazardous coastal sailing from Cowes, "England to Ireland's Fastnet Rock and back, two British boats finished well up in the six-team international competition to give Britain 250 points and the cup. The U.S. team of Figaro, Windrose and Dyna came in second.
Sovereign, Britain's new 12-meter and potential challenger for the America's Cup, sailed into bad weather and bad luck at the Cowes Regatta, snapping her spinnaker guy in one race, blowing out two jibs in another and being becalmed in a third. Misfortunes aside, the New York Yacht Club considered Sovereign enough of a cup threat to organize a syndicate to build a new 12-meter.
August 25, 1963
BOXING—Cuban-born LUIS RODRIGUEZ, who lost his welterweight title to Emile Griffith two months ago, knocked out Denny Moyer of Portland in the ninth round of a one-sided fight in Miami Beach.
Floyd Patterson, down but not out, cabled Ingemar Johansson's ex-adviser, Eddie Ahlquist, requesting a comeback bout against an as yet to be announced heavyweight in Europe at year's end.
FISHING—Following his own advice to "go all out all the time," JON TARANTINO (SI, July 8) won both the national casting and skish (skill in fishing) all-round titles at Nashville.
FOOTBALL—Ignoring baseball for the moment, nearly a quarter million fans turned out to watch seven NFL exhibition games. Cleveland's Municipal Stadium drew 83,218 to a doubleheader as NEW YORK defeated Detroit 24-21 and Johnny Unitas completed 14 of 19 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead BALTIMORE to a 21-7 win over Cleveland. GREEN BAY came from behind to down Dallas 31-10 before 53,121 in the Cotton Bowl, MINNESOTA easily beat Los Angeles 27-3 before 42,966 in the Coliseum and CHICAGO squeezed by Washington 28-26 before 35,420 in District of Columbia Stadium. Before smaller crowds, Philadelphia lost to PITTSBURGH 24-13, and ST. LOUIS edged San Francisco 24-22 on a last-minute touchdown by Prentice Gautt.
In AFL games, KANSAS CITY Reserve Quarterback Eddie Wilson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Chiefs beat Oakland 35-21. Frank Tripucka passed 75 and 60 yards for touchdowns to lead DENVER to a 31-25 victory over San Diego and BUFFALO defeated ill-starred New York 23-8. George Blanda, seemingly ageless, completed 11 of 12 passes for three touchdowns in the second half and kicked all three extra points as HOUSTON downed Boston 21-20.
GOLF—Out of action for three months with a hand injury, BILLY CASPER made a successful comeback by winning the $40,000 Insurance City Open in Hartford, Conn. with a 13-under-par 271. He sank a six-foot putt for a birdie on the 17th hole to break a tie with George Bayer, who finished one stroke back.
Billy Joe Patton was named playing captain of the U.S. amateur golf team that will meet Mexico and Canada in the Americas Cup Matches at Des Moines in September.
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY SCOT ($2.70). the odds-on favorite for The Hambletonian (see page 28), won the $135,127 Yonkers Futurity, first of trotting's Triple Crown races. He broke stride at the start, but Driver Ralph Baldwin brought him back for a 2:03 3/5 clocking in the mile race.
Two other Hambletonian contenders met in the $24,125 Review Futurity with GLIDDEN HANOVER the upset winner over Cheer Honey. The second-mile-heat time of 1:59 4/5 by Glidden Hanover was only 2/5 of a second off Speedy Scot's best of the season.
HORSE RACING—CARRY BACK, out of retirement, finished second by five lengths to Gushing Wind ($19) in the $33,950 Buckeye Handicap.
George D. Widener's CREWMAN ($41.90), with Eric Guerin aboard, surprised nearly everyone and ran off with the $81,400 Travers Stakes (see page 16). Chateaugay was third, Candy Spots fourth and Never Bend last.
MOTOR SPORTS—The LOTUS-FORDS of Jim Clark and Dan Gurney won the front line at the Milwaukee 200-mile race (see page 18). Clark finished a full half minute ahead of A. J. Foyt, driving an Offenhauser. Gurney placed third.
ROWING—The powerful German eight-man crew outstroked a Russian shell by a length to lead GERMANY to a decisive (four of seven titles) victory in the European Rowing Championships. The only Americans entered, Seymour Cromwell and Don Spero, finished second in the double sculls. In the biggest upset of the meet, VACLAV KOZAK of Czechoslovakia defeated Vyacheslav Ivanov, the Russian world champion single sculler.
SHOOTING—WESLEY WELDEN, 17, topped 700 military and civilian marksmen and tied a national match "record at the National Rifle and Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio. Welden won the 50-yard smallbore prone metallic-sight rifle event with a perfect 400 with 38 in the X ring. Air Force Reserve Major Arthur Cook, national prone champion as a teenager and an Olympic and Pan American gold medal winner, set a new national match record of 1,600-124x to win the prone metallic-sight smallbore rifle title. Army Reserve First Lieut. Lones Wigger was the first man in the history of the national matches to win both the smallbore rifle prone and position championships.
SWIMMING—DONNA DE VARONA earned the high-point trophy at the National AAU senior women's outdoor championship by winning the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys, both in American and meet record time, and placing second in the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly. ROBYN JOHNSON, the lone triple champion, won every event she entered—the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle. The only world mark was set by 16-year-old KATHY ELLIS, who swam the 100-meter butterfly in 1:06.5.
The UNITED STATES splashed water on Japan's 1964 Olympic hopes by crushing a strong Japanese team 63-22 in a dual meet in Tokyo. The U.S. men's team lost only three of 17 events, two in dead heats, and set five world records. Outstanding among them were Don Schollander's 1:58.5 in the 200-meter freestyle and Roy Saari's 17:05.5 in the 1,500-meter freestyle.
TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON (see page 8) dominated the American Zone Davis Cup semifinal in Los Angeles He won his singles match with Antonio Palafox 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, teamed with Chuck McKinley to take the doubles and overpowered Rafael Osuna 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 in the deciding match to give the U.S. an upset victory over Mexico.
Australia's powerful Wimbledon winner MARGARET SMITH downed Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 11-9 in the finals of the Essex women's invitational. Miss Bueno tenaciously fought off four match points to come within two points of taking the second set before losing. After 20 consecutive doubles victories. Miss Bueno and Darlene Hard lost to the Australian team of Miss Smith and Robyn Ebbern, 7-5, 6-4.
Mrs. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, 76, the Wightman Cup donor and winner of 48 national titles, will receive the Tennis Immortal Award, given by the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association for making a lasting impact on the game.
In an all-foreign, all-left-hander final, IAN CROOKENDEN of New Zealand defeated Roger Taylor of England in the finals of Newport's Hall of Fame Invitation Championship. Crookenden dropped the first two sets 4-6, 9-11 but came back strongly to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: Beatrix Hoyt, 82, of heart failure at her home in Thomasville, Ga. Three times the National Women's Amateur golf champion, she was the youngest person ever to hold that title, winning at 16 in 1896. She successfully defended the title the following two years and retired from tournament play in 1900.