BASEBALL—SYRACUSE, a Tiger farm team, rebounded from a last-place finish in the International League in 1962 to win the league's Northern Division pennant, and ATLANTA (Cardinals) took the Southern Division championship. Third Baseman Don Buford of Indianapolis (White Sox) had the league's highest batting average (.336), while Outfielder Richie Allen of Arkansas (Phils) led in home runs (33) and RBIs (97). Another last-place team in 1962, SPOKANE (Dodgers) ran away with the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division title, and OKLAHOMA CITY (Colts) edged San Diego by half a game to win the Southern Division. Outfielder Chico Salmon of Denver (Braves) took the batting title with .327, First Baseman Deron Johnson of San Diego (Reds) hit the most homers (33) and Outfielder Bill Cowan of Salt Lake City (Cubs) had the most RBIs (119).
BOATING—A' Speranziella, designed, built and raced by RENATO LEVI of Italy, whipped into the lead after a choppy 45-mile crossing of Lyme Bay, overtook Thunderstreak, raced by Tommy Sop-with, the son of Britain's prewar America's Cup helmsman, and slogged on to win the 170-mile powerboat race from Cowes to Torquay, England.
Lars Thorn, a 57-year-old Swedish sailor, thoroughly dominated an international fleet battling for the 5.5-meter class U.S. National Championship at Oyster Bay, N.Y. Thorn sailed his Rush VII to three victories in the five-race series to put him solidly ahead of defending Champion Ernest Fay of Houston (see page 52).
BOXING—In a rain-slippery outdoor ring in Milan, SANDRO MAZZINGHI, 24, of Italy knocked out Defending Champion Ralph Dupas, 28, of New Orleans in the ninth round to win the world junior middleweight title.
September 15, 1963
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS fought oft" a strong finish by Julius Boros to win the $50,000 purse by a single stroke, 140-141 for 36 holes, in the $75,000 "World Series" tournament in Akron (see page 20).
Tommy Jacobs, 28, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. pro who had won the national junior championship at 16 but only three PGA tournaments since, stroked an eight-under-par 272 to win the $40,000 Utah Open in Salt Lake City.
Although Canada got dangerously close midway through the Americas Cup Matches in Des Moines, the U.S. AMATEUR TEAM, captained by Billy Joe Patton, rallied to keep the trophy here for the seventh year in a row.
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY SCOT, the Triple Crown candidate, and Driver Ralph Baldwin took up where they left off in The Hambletonian by beating challenger Florlis in both heats of the $39,549 Horseman Futurity in Indianapolis.
HORSE RACING—GOLDEN RULER ($6.80) beat Chieftain by nearly a length in a thrilling duel for the huge $112,500 purse in the rich $352,500 Arlington-Washington Futurity in Chicago (see page 16).
Before a record 71,675 holiday-happy Labor Day crowd off on a $5.5 million betting spree, KELSO ($3.40) effortlessly romped through an impressive field to win the $110,600 Aqueduct Stakes in New York. Not-so-happy followers included Candy Spots, Rex Ellsworth's 3-year-old, who injured his left front leg during the running and will be out for the rest of the year at least.
In Atlantic City, CARRY BACK ($5.60), under only 116 pounds, flourished along the comeback trail with an easy, six-length victory in a $7,500 allowance race.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY CLARK, 27, "The Flying Scotsman" who tends his 1,200-acre farm back home when he is not on the racing circuit, clinched the world driving title with an impressive win in the Grand Prix of Italy, his fifth victory in seven Grand Prix races. Clark, driving a green Lotus-Climax, spun through the 86-lap Monza road course at a fast 128.47 mph average speed.
Glenn (Fireball) Roberts, 34-year-old daredevil driver who earned his nickname from pitching a baseball, swept around the track in a '63 Ford at a record average speed of 129.784 mph to win the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. for the second time.
PRO FOOTBALL—KANSAS CITY crushed Denver 59-7 in the AFL season opener (see page 26) as Len Dawson threw four touchdown passes and Halfback Dave Grayson ran 99 yards for another. OAKLAND equaled its 1962 victory total by upsetting Houston 24-13. Behind 6-0 at half time, Tom Flores replaced starter Cotton Davidson at quarterback for the Raiders and completed seven passes for 217 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown toss to End Art Powell. SAN DIEGO edged Buffalo 14-10 on Halfback Paul Lowe's 48-yard touchdown run in the third period, and Boston rolled over New York 38-14.
In the final week of NFL exhibition games (the total attendance figure was over a million for the second straight year) GREEN BAY continued its uninterrupted winning rampage, beating NewYork 24-17 and Washington 28-17. Baltimore, with Johnny Unitas on the bench nursing a sore arm, lost its first preseason game to CHICAGO 14-7. DALLAS downed Detroit 27-17, and NEW YORK humbled Philadelphia 34-10. MINNESOTA beat St. Louis 35-0, LOS ANGELES handed San Francisco its fifth straight exhibition loss, 17-0, and PITTSBURGH had no trouble subduing Cleveland 16-7 in the Hall-of-Fame dedication game in Canton, Ohio.
SOFTBALL—A slugging NEWPORT, KY. team overwhelmed the error-prone defending champion Hogan's club from Pittsburgh 9-6 lo win the Amateur Softball Association's men's world slow-pitch championship at Jones Beach, N.Y.
SWIMMING—A Dutch girl, ADA KOK, stroked to a 1:06.1 world record for the women's 100-meter butterfly in Soestduinen, The Netherlands. An EAST GERMAN TEAM lowered the women's world mark for the 440-yard medley relay to 4:44.7 in a Leipzig meet.
TENNIS—Mexico's RAFAEL OSUNA, 24, never looked better as he trounced America's strongest hope, Chuck McKinley, 6-4, 6-4. 10-8 in the semifinals and America's tallest hope, 6-foot-3 Frank Froehling, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 in the finals to win the national men's singles championship at Forest Hills, N.Y. (see page 22). Brazil's MARIA BUENO fully recovered her championship game of four years ago and surprised Aussie wonder girl Margaret Smith 7-5, 6-4 to make it the first Latin sweep of the U.S. singles titles. Ageless GARDNAR MULLOY, 48, won his fifth senior men's trophy with a 9-7, 6-4 victory over Robert Galloway of La Jolla, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—Belgian Runner GASTON ROELANTS clipped .8 second off Pole Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak's world record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Leuven, Belgium. The new time is 8:29.6.
WATER SKIING—In the best showing that an American team has ever made in 14 years of international competition, the U.S. took four of six world titles and won both overall titles in the Vichy, France championships. BILLY SPENCER, a 14-year-old Sarasota, Fla. skier who flunked gym in grammar school, took the men's overall title, and JEANNETTE BROWN, 16, of Tampa, Fla. won the women's award.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: GEORGE EMLEN ROOSEVELT, 75, banker, yachtsman and cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt; in Oyster Bay, N.Y. An indefatigable yachtsman, he was a member of the 1934 America's Cup Rainbow syndicate, served on the cup committee, was commodore of the New York Yacht Club and Cruising Club of America and won many ocean-racing honors in his black, 60-foot schooner Mistress.
DIED: SAM GREENE, 68, sports editor and writer for the Detroit News for nearly 40 years, whose gentle personality made him many enduring friendships with baseball and boxing notables from the '20s on; in Detroit.