BASEBALL—"We won the pennant in 1960 with Danny and we're going to do it again," said Pittsburgh-General Manager Joe Brown after rehiring DANNY MURTAUGH, 45, to manage the eighth-place Pirates in 1964. In the major leagues, only Walter Alston of the Dodgers and Al Lopez of the White Sox have lasted longer with their present clubs than Murtaugh, who replaced Bobby Bragan midway through the 1957 season.
Oklahoma city, the top Houston Colt farm team, won the opening game from Spokane (Dodgers), dropped the next three and then came back with three straight victories to take the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
First Baseman Larry Garman batted in three runs as COLDWATER (Mich.) beat Seattle 11-1 to win the American Amateur Baseball Congress championship in Baltic Creek, Mich.
BOATING—The International One-Design Class world championship in Larchmont, N.Y. was won by CORNELIUS (Glit) SHIELDS JR., a 29-year-old investment banker who last summer skippered Columbia in the America's Cup Trials. Shields sailed his 33-foot sloop to victory on the first day and then added a first, fifth, third and two sixth places to edge Defending Champion Fred Olsen, a shipping executive from Oslo, Norway, by 4¼ points for the title.
September 29, 1963
BOWLING—JACK BIONDOLILLO and DON ELLIS of Houston won the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America doubles championship in Boise, Idaho by 35 pins over Luke Barlow and Ronnie Brown.
BOXING—"Why, it ended so quickly I never had time to feel or think of anything at all," said Japan's HIROYUKI EBIHARA, 23, after knocking out World Flyweight Titleholder Pone Kingpetch of Thailand in 2:07 of the first round of their scheduled I5-round championship fight in Tokyo. Before 12,000 stunned fans, the sad-eyed Ebihara scored his 40th win and 24th KO (against one loss and one draw) to become the second left-hander and third Japanese to win the world flyweight title.
Heavyweight EDDIE MACHEN, 31, making his first appearance in the ring since suffering a mental breakdown last year, knocked out Ollie Wilson of Miami in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round fight in Santa Monica, Calif. Machen's future plans: to fight Cassius Clay as soon as possible and then try Liston again (in 1960 Machen lasted 12 rounds with Sonny, the only fighter to go that far against the heavyweight champion).
In a nontitle 10-round fight in Miami Beach GREGORIO PERALTA, 29, the heavyweight champion of Argentina, made a surprising debut in this country by winning a unanimous decision over World Light Heavyweight Titleholder Willie Pastrano.
In San Diego former Light Heavyweight Title-holder ARCHIE MOORE lost a decision, too—he finished fifth (in a field of six) in a City Council election.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Regaining their championship form, the GREEN BAY PACKERS held Detroit to 71 yards rushing and 76 passing while tearing the mighty Lion defense apart to gain their first victory, 31-10 (see page 76). CHICAGO took first place in the Western Division by beating Minnesota 28-7 as Bill Wade completed 22 of 31 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns (he also ran for one) for the Bears' second straight win. BALTIMORE defeated San Francisco 20-14, giving new Coach Don Shula his first victory. The winless 49ers still had company in last place, however, as the Los Angeles Rams lost to WASHINGTON 37-14. CLEVELAND, paced by Jimmy Brown's 232 yards rushing (including two TDs of 71 and 62 yards), crushed Dallas 41-24 to remain tied for the lead in the Eastern Division with ST. LOUIS, which came from behind to defeat Philadelphia 28-24 on Charley Johnson's third touchdown pass late in the game. With Y. A. Tittle unable to play (bruised ribs). New York couldn't move against the strong PITTSBURGH defense and was shut out 31-0.
AFL—In what may turn out to be the biggest upset of the season, NEW YORK stunned Houston, the three-time Eastern Division champions, 24-17, on ex-Colt Fullback Mark Smolinski's touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was victory No. 1 for the Jets under ex-Colt Coach Weeb Ewbank. Oakland's surprising two-game winning streak ended 20-14 as BOSTON piled up all its points in three periods before allowing the Raiders to score. League champion Kansas City scrambled to a 27-27 tie with winless Buffalo when, with 40 seconds left, Len Dawson tossed a touchdown pass to Chris Burford and followed that with another pass to him for a two-point conversion. Dawson, overall, completed 25 of 38 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
GOLF—After nearly nine years on the pro circuit MICKEY WRIGHT, 28, of Dallas became the first woman pro golfer to win 11 major tournaments in one year when she took the $11,000 Visalia (Calif.) Country Club open with a three-under-par 285. Miss Wright's win also tied the tournament record of 50 victories, set in 14 years of play by Louise Suggs, who is now retired.
U.S. Ryder Cup player DAVE RAGAN JR., 28, of Orlando, Fla. found the Scottish weather to his liking and shot a 13-under-par 271 to win the $22,400 Dalmahoy (Scotland) open by two strokes over Peter Alliss, a member of the British Ryder Cup team.
George Knudson, 26, of Toronto sank a 40-foot chip shot for an eagle to win the $30,000 Portland Open on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Mason Rudolph of Lehigh Acres, Fla. The victory was worm 14,300 to Knudson, who had not won a major tournament since 1961.
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's OVER-TRICK, with John Patterson in the sulky, won the $68,294 Little Brown Jug (see page 30) at Ohio's Delaware County Fairgrounds in straight heats. He paced the first mile in 1:57⅕ the fastest competitive mile on a half-mile track in the 157-year recorded history of the sport, and the second in 1:57[3/5]. In an earlier race at Delaware, the country's fastest half-mile track, AYRES, driven by John Simpson, trotted the mile in 2:00⅕ the fastest time ever by a 2-year-old trotter.
Billy Haughton drove DUKE RODNEY ($7.90) to a neck triumph over Su Mac Lad in the $25,000 Galophone Trot at Yonkers, but the $6,250 second-place purse boosted Su Mac Lad's lifetime earnings to $707,049—$152,792 more than any other Standardbred in history.
HOCKEY—After 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. Left Wing DICKIE MOORE, 32, who was the NHL's top scorer in 1958 and 1959 (alltime high of 96 points), is hanging up his skates for good because of recurrent knee ailments.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Marion Frankel's BUPERS ($35.30), with Avelino Gomez in the irons, beat previously undefeated Black Mountain to the wire by a head and won the $146,960 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct.
Earlier at Aqueduct another long shot, John Gaines's OIL ROYALTY ($54.20), with Manuel Ycaza aboard, scored her first victory of the year on her 13th attempt, beating favorite Lamb Chop to the wire by a nose to win the $86,650 Beldame Stakes.
MOTOR SPORTS—FRED LORENZEN, 28, driving a 1963 Ford, won the $17,700 Old Dominion 500 late-model stock car race in Martinsville, Va. and collected $3,300 to boost his earnings on the NASCAR circuit to a record $104,380.
TENNIS—At the Pacific Southwest tournament in Los Angeles ARTHUR ASHE, 20. defeated National Champion Rafael Osuna 6-0, 8-6, in the semifinals and then held on to beat unseeded Whitney Reed 2-6, 9-7, 6-2 for the men's title. DARLENE HARD won the women's division by beating top-seeded Margaret Smith in the semis 6-4, 6-4, and Wimbledon runner-up Billie Jean Moffitt in the finals 6-3, 6-3.
MILEPOST—DIED: Lieut. Colonel CHARLES KENNETH HOWARD-BURY, 80, who led the first expedition to Mount Everest in 1921, at his home in Mullingar, Ireland. His group reached a height of 22,000 feet and paved the way for the successful 29,002-foot ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 32 years later.