ARCHERY—BILL BEDNAR of Hartford, Ohio won the $1,000 first prize in the men's division of the Professional Archers Association National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., while a grayhaired grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Tillberry of Springfield, Ohio took the women's championship. BEN WALKER of Bartow, Fla. scored an impressive 1,164 out of a possible 1,200 in the amateur freestyle division to upset favored David Keaggy Jr., the 16-year-old who ranks third in the world.
BASEBALL—KlRKLAND, Wash, lost 4-2 to Chicago in an early round of the Connie Mack League championship but came back to beat Chicago 6-5 in the deciding game of the series for boys under 19.
Unbeaten EVANSVILLE, Ind. won the PONY League championship for boys 13 and 14 when Pitcher Steve Lambert allowed only three hits for a 3-1 victory over Canoga Park, Calif. in the championship game.
BOATING—The season's biggest week in class sailing starred 17-year-old HENRY SPRAGUE III, who won the National Finn title for his third championship this year, and 50-year-old ALLEGRA KNAPP MERTZ, who won her fourth Adams Cup (the North American women's trophy). MEAD BATCHELOR III, 17, won the Scars Cup (the North American junior trophy), while hefty MIT sailing instructor JOE DUPLIN took the North American Star title with a near-perfect 1-2-3-3-2. Australia's BRIAN PRICE won three of six races from 52 other boats representing nine nations to take the world 5-0-5 championships. MAX CULPEPPER, sailing a homemade boat, won his third Jet 14 national crown, and GEOFFREY BOURNE beat five other boats in the six races for Middle Atlantic Midgets with a 4-3-1-2-6-1 score.
September 8, 1963
CRICKET—The powerful WEST INDIES team won the fifth and final Test Match against England in London's Oval, to give them the series 3-1, with one draw.
FOOTBALL—Lou Michaels was just about the whole PITTSBURGH offense as he kicked five field goals (the longest 42 yards) and one extra point to lead the Steelers to a 22-7 upset win over Detroit in an NFL exhibition game. The San Francisco 49ers lost their fourth straight preseason game when DALLAS came from behind in the third quarter to beat them 37-24. Rookie Cowboy Halfback Jim Stiger ran for two touchdowns, and dependable old Sam Baker accounted for 13 points with three field goals and four extra points. PHILADELPHIA, with Sonny Jurgensen throwing three second-half touchdowns, gave Minnesota its first loss, 34-27. Ron VanderKelen (SI, Aug. 19), making his first pro start at quarterback, had led the Vikings to an 11-point lead at the half. The undefeated BALTIMORE Colts edged Washington 27-21 when, with six minutes to go, rookie Quarterback Gary Cuozzo threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to rookie End John Mackey. ST. LOUIS scored all its points in the second half to beat Chicago 17-14, and CLEVELAND defeated Los Angeles 23-14.
In AFL exhibition games Jack Kemp completed 15 of 19 passes as BUFFALO downed Denver 21-14, HOUSTON upset Kansas City 23-17, and SANDIEGO defeated Oakland 13-3.
GOLF—Left-handed GEORGE HAGGARTY, 59, from Detroit defeated Fred Siegel in the 18-hole final 3 and 2 to take the World Senior Golf Championship, for players 55 and over, at the Broadmoor course in Colorado Springs, Colo. The pretournament favorite and two-time winner, left-handed Howard Creel, was eliminated in the first round.
HARNESS RACING—Ralph Baldwin drove SPEEDY SCOT to a world record three-heat aggregate of 5:54 to win the $115,549 Hambletonian (see page 22). Scot lost the first heat by a neck to Florlis, whose 1:57 3/5 clocking set a world mile record for 3-year-olds, but came back to edge Florlis in both the second (1:58) and third (1:58 2/5) heats.
In a preview of next year's Hambletonian, BIG JOHN won two out of three heats to take the $30,000 Castleton Farm Stake for 2-year-old colts at Du Quoin. Dartmouth, driven by Ralph Baldwin, won one heat and finished second to Big John in the other two.
Overtrick, the favorite for the September 19 Little Brown Jug pacing classic, won the one-mile Geers Stake at Du Quoin in two heats of 1:58 1/5 and 1:57 3/5.
George Sholty drove COFFEE BREAK ($3.80) to an easy victory in the $86,030 American National Maturity pace at Sportsman's Park, Chicago. The son of Good Time paced the mile in two minutes flat.
HORSE RACING—The richest filly in Thoroughbred racing history, Christopher Chenery's CICADA, was retired after throwing a stifle in her left rear leg. In four years she earned $783,324, won 23 of 41 starts and was voted the best filly as both a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old. She will be bred to Chenery's colt. Sir Gaylord, the favorite for the 1962 Kentucky Derby who was retired because of an injury the day before the race.
Sari's Song ($3.80), with Willie Shoemaker aboard, led all the way to easily win the $186,505 Arlington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park, the world's richest race for 2-year-old fillies.
Greek Devil ($4.60) easily outran an oversize field of 16 to win the $33,135 New England Futurity by 3½ lengths. The $20,500 netted by the 2-year-old colt's owner-breeder, James Arvanites, a welder for General Electric, will enable him to purchase a small farm for breeding more horses.
MOTOR SPORTS—EUGENE BOHRINGER of West Germany, the 1962 World Rally Champion, gunned his Mercedes 230 SL out of a ditch to win the 3,417-mile Spa-Sofia-Liege endurance run for the second straight year. The race was marred by the death of Japan's top driver, Giyishi Suzuki, who was killed when his Honda skidded across the road and plummeted into a 40-foot ditch near Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. His co-driver, Nuobo Koga, was hospitalized for light injuries.
The 1961 Indianapolis 500-mile race winner, A. J. FOYT, led from start to finish of the 25-mile US AC national sprint car race at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fair. Trailing him were "500" drivers Bobby Marsh-man, Chuck Hulse and Don Branson.
SHOOTING—LAURENCE MORE of Aberdeen, Md. won the Wimbledon Trophy, symbolic of long-range rifle supremacy, at the marathon National Rifle and Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio. He also took the Air Force Cup in the seven-event service-rifle championship and the Crowell Trophy.
SOFTBALL—JOAN JOYCE, a 23-year-old schoolteacher, struck out 18 and gave up only one hit in pitching RAYBESTOS of Stratford, Conn, to a 1-0 victory over Lind Florists of Portland, Ore. in the title game of the Women's World Softball Championship in Stratford. Outfielder Mickey Stratton hit an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning to win the game. Miss Joyce, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy, won four games (three of them shutouts), struck out 68 and allowed only one run in 34 innings during the tournament.
Unbeaten UNITED COMMAND, a team from Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., won the five-day Worldwide Air Force Softball Tournament in Dayton. United had to play 10 innings against Air Force Systems Command of Kirkland AFB, Albuquerque in the championship game before a single by Nebraska Lavender loaded the bases and a sacrifice fiy by Bob Gibson won it 2-1.
SWIMMING—ROBERT McGREGOR, 19, of Scotland broke his own world record for the 110-yard freestyle with a 54.1 clocking at the British national championships in Blackpool, England.
The visiting UNITED STATES men's team ended its all-victorious, four-meet tour of Japan by taking six of eight events in Okayama. The only consolation for the disappointed Japanese was Kenjiro Matsumoto's win in the 200-meter breaststroke and a victory by Shigeo Fukushima in the 200-meter backstroke, giving the hosts four straight victories in these events.
WEIGHT LIFTING—YURI VLASOV, the Russian heavyweight Olympian who is considered an amateur even though he taught weight lifting in Cuba, set a world press record of 424¼ pounds in Moscow. Later, at the same meet. Middleweight Vladimir Belyaev snatched a world record 305¼ pounds.
MILEPOST—RETIRED: ALFRED MASTERS, 65, as athletic director at Stanford University after 38 years. Some of the more famous of the 10,000 athletes who passed through Stanford during his long tenure were All-America footballers Ernie Nevers and Bobby Grayson, Hank Luisetti, who popularized the one-hand shot, and two-time Olympic decathlon winner Bob Mathias. "Back in 1925 I only wanted a three-year contract," said Masters. "The job kept me on ever since."