BASEBALL—The NEW YORK YANKEES, whose regular starters played only eight games together, won their fourth straight American League pennant (see page 117).
Center Fielder JIM HALL of Minnesota broke Ted Williams' longtime record for home runs by an American League rookie (31 in 1939), and SANDY KOUFAX of Los Angeles broke his own recent National League record for strikeouts (269 in 1961). Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou of San Francisco set a new major league record when they all batted in the same inning against New York (most brothers in the same lineup—3).
Former major leaguer DANNY LITWHILER, 47, whose unorthodox coaching methods (SI, June 3) sent Florida State to three college world series, was chosen to succeed retiring Coach John Kobs at Michigan State University.
In the International League INDIANAPOLIS, the top White Sox farm team, defeated Syracuse and Atlanta, taking each series 4 games to 1, to win the Governor's Cup.
September 22, 1963
BOATING—JAMES DeWITT of Richmond, Calif. was finally declared the winner of the Mallory Cup after he and Norman Freeman of Ithaca, N. Y. had tied for first place (42½ points) in the eight-race series between the top eight regional skippers in North America. Both men had won two races, and it took DeWitt's second-place finish in the fifth race to determine the North American sailing champion.
MIT's husky sailing instructor, JOE DUPLIN, edged three-time champion Lowell North to win the World Star Championship in Chicago.
Raymond Hunt of Marblehead, Mass., sailing the boat he designed for Finland's Jussi Nemes, defeated 32 boats from nine nations to win the World 5.5-meter Championship in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He had built up such a big lead, finishing 8-3-2-2-1 in the first five races of the series, that he was able to watch the last two from shore.
Brazil's Danish twins, AXEL and ERIK SCHMIDT, 24, retained their World Snipe title at Bandol on the French Riviera.
Miss Exide, driven by Milkman Bill Brow, was declared the winner of the President's Cup for unlimited hydros in Washington when rain canceled the last three heats of the five-heat series.
BOXING—Leading middleweight contender RUBIN (Hurricane) CARTER of Paterson, N.J., who sports a mandarin mustache and a clean-shaven head, won a unanimous decision in 10 rounds over Farid Salim of Argentina in Pittsburgh.
FOOTBALL—COLLEGE: Northern Illinois Quarterback GEORGE BORK (see page 68) set his 10th small-college passing record when he threw seven touchdown passes against Whitewater State College.
NFL: The season opened with a crash, as CHICAGO upset champion Green Bay 10-3 (see page 28). Y.A. Tittle threw three touchdown passes and ran for one as he led NEW YORK to a 37-28 come-from-behind victory over Baltimore. Washington's George Izo tied a 24-year-old league record with a 99-yard scoring pass to Bobby Mitchell, but that was about it for the Redskins, as they lost to CLEVELAND 37-14. ST. LOUIS coasted to a surprising 34-7 win over Dallas despite the loss of Fullback Prentice Gautt, who ruptured a kidney, and DETROIT smothered Los Angeles 23-2. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia tied 21-21 when Lou Michaels—who kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder—missed an extra-point attempt in the last few minutes of the game. San Francisco's Abe Woodson raced 103 yards with the opening kickoff to a touchdown, but the 49ers lost to MINNESOTA 24-20 as Fran Tarkenton guided the Vikings to two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
AFL: OAKLAND, the most improved team in the league, won its second game in a row by defeating Buffalo 35-17 as Cotton Davidson completed 14 passes for 315 yards. SAN DIEGO kept pace with the Raiders by beating Boston 17-13 on two long touchdown passes. George Blanda once again dominated the HOUSTON offense as he kicked two field goals and one extra point and threw a touchdown pass in the Oilers' 20-14 win over Denver.
GOLF—DEANE BEMAN, 25, of Bethesda, Md. took his second National Amateur championship by defeating 23-year-old National Collegiate champion Dick Sikes 2 and 1 in the finals in Des Moines (see page 90).
Bobby Nichols, 27, won his first tournament in 17 months when he shot a 16-under-par 272 to take the $35,000 Seattle Open by two strokes.
HARNESS RACING—Norman Woolworth's MEADOW SKIPPER ($8.70), driven by 69-year-old Earle Avery, won the $163,187 Cane Futurity in Yonkers, N.Y., the first race of pacing's triple crown. Overtrick, the favorite, was second by ¾ of a length.
HORSE RACING—Irish-bred-and-trained RAGUSA, the 2-to-5 favorite under Australian Jockey Garnet Bougoure, easily won the St. Leger, Britain's oldest race for 3-year-olds, by six lengths. The victory was worth $90,546 to his Scots owner, J. R. Mullion, and increased the earnings of the bay son of Ribot to $322,000 this year.
In one of the best handicap fields of the year, Mrs. Marion duPont Scott's MONGO ($11.80), ridden by Wayne Chambers, won the $125,000 United Nations Handicap in Atlantic City, N.J. for the second year in a row. Never Bend, making his first start on grass, was second by two lengths, while favored Carry Back was third.
Chateaugay ($4.70), the Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner, just about clinched 3-year-old honors with a half-length victory under Braulio Baeza in the $57,300 Jerome Handicap at Aqueduct.
MOTORCYCLING—Britain's MIKE HAILWOOD, 23, took his third world title by driving a scarlet 500-cc. MV-Agusta to a record 117.8 mph average in the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza.
MOTOR SPORTS—The 1962 Indy winner, RODGER WARD, set a record in qualifying for the pole position in the Hoosier Hundred at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, then won the race in a record 93.545 mph average.
SWIMMING—Scotland's ROBERT McGREGOR, who had set 54 seconds flat as his goal in the 110-yard freestyle, did just that at the International Meet in Blackpool, England to break his three-week-old world record by 1/10 of a second. In the same meet, Britain's STELLA MITCHELL, 16, swam the 220-yard breaststroke in 2:51.4 to clip 3/10 of a second off the old world record.
TENNIS—The U.S. Davis Cup team of MARTY RIESSEN, 21, and DENNIS RALSTON, 21, won the first two singles matches and the doubles without dropping a set to defeat Venezuela in the American Zone finals. Ralston and Arthur Ashe, substituting for Riessen, also swept the last two singles matches for a 5-0 shutout.
Chuck McKinley, 22, wore out Ham Richardson, 30, in the finals of the Colonial National Invitation tournament in Fort Worth to take the singles title 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. Richardson had surprised everyone with an upset win over national champion Rafael Osuna in the semifinals.
WEIGHT LIFTING—In an impressive display of muscle-flexing, the U.S.S.R. took three gold, one silver and two bronze medals to win the team title at the World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. Hungary and Poland followed the Russians, while the U.S. finished far behind in fourth place with only two silver medal winners. World records were set by Hungary's Gyozo Veres, who successfully defended his light heavyweight title: Poland's Marian Zielinski, who upset 1962 champion Viktor Kaplunov of Russia with a record total of 920 pounds in the lightweight class; and Russia's Yuri Vlasov, a 270-pound engineer, who broke two heavyweight marks during the competition and, immediately after the meet, broke them again as he lifted 468 pounds and totaled 1,234 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: All-America Halfback WILLIAM MARTIN HESTON, on his 85th birthday in Traverse City, Mich. A fast, powerful runner, who was equally effective through the line or around the ends, Willie Heston played four years (1901-04) at Michigan and scored 93 touchdowns for Coach Fielding Yost's famous "point-a-minute" teams. In his last two seasons he gained first-team All-America honors. After graduation, he coached football at North Carolina A&T and at Drake, practiced law in Detroit and was a prosecuting attorney and a police court judge there before retiring 15 years ago.
DIED: STONE JOHNSON, 23, rookie halfback for the Kansas City Chiefs, of a neck injury received in an AFL exhibition game. While at Grambling College, Johnson equaled the world record (20.5) for the 200-meter dash around a turn, placed fifth in the 1960 Olympics 200-meter final and ran the third leg on the winning U.S. 400-meter relay team, which was later disqualified.