BASEBALL—SANDY KOUFAX was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1963, making it two years in a row a Los Angeles Dodger has won the award (Maury Wills in 1962). He is also the second pitcher ever to gain both the Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season (Don Newcombe of the Dodgers in 1956).
This is an article from the Nov. 11, 1963 issue
Accordion-player KEN SMITH, a baseball writer for the past 38 years (most recently for the defunct New York Mirror), was named the new director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Herb Heft, outstanding publicity director for the old Senators and the new Twins the past eight seasons, was hired to handle the same job for the New York Mets.
BASKETBALL—The undefeated BOSTON CELTICS took two games from Detroit (108-102, 117-109) and one from Philadelphia (119-102) to extend their winning streak to six and their NBA Eastern Division lead to 2 games. The tenacious Boston defense, which has allowed just over 101 points a game this season, held the 76ers scoreless for five minutes (and without a field goal for nearly seven) in the last period. CINCINNATI beat San Francisco 108-101, but Jack Twyman, who had played 609 straight regular-season games, broke his left hand. The Royals, without Twyman, then split two games with Los Angeles and edged Philadelphia 95-93 to retain second place in the East. After its loss to the Royals. SAN FRANCISCO let Wilt Chamberlain loose against the Lakers, and he poured in 55 points (one-game high for the week) in an easy 118-99 win. Surprising ST. LOUIS, also playing good defensive ball, won all three of its games (109-103 and 121-104 over New York, 128—99 over Philadelphia) for five in a row overall and moved ahead of the Lakers and the Warriors into first place in the Western Division. NEW YORK held high-scoring Walt Bellamy to seven points and crushed the Bullets 123-105 to win its only game of the week. Quickly proving themselves the weak teams in the league, PHILADELPHIA lost three in a row after defeating the Bullets 111-108. and both BALTIMORE and DETROIT dropped their third and fourth straight games.
BOXING—EDDIE COTTON of Seattle won Michigan's version of the world light-heavyweight title when he outboxed Henry Hank of Detroit in an uneventful 15-rounder in Flint, Mich.
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY and CHICAGO remained tied at the top of the Western Division (both 7-1), as the Packers beat Pittsburgh 33-14 (see page 68), and the Bears defeated Baltimore 17-7. The hard-charging Chicago defense held Johnny Unitas to only 15 yards passing in the first half and intercepted one of his tosses to set up the Bears' second TD. Earl Morrall's four touchdown passes helped DETROIT crush San Francisco 45-7, and MINNESOTA broke a four-game losing streak by beating Los Angeles 21-13. Fran Tarkenton accounted for all the Vikings' touchdowns with two passes and a run, while the Rams' only score came on a 99-yard kickoff return by Carver Shannon. CLEVELAND maintained its one-game lead in the Eastern Division with a 23-17 victory over Philadelphia, as Jimmy Brown ran for 223 yards (including a 62-yard TD). NEW YORK emphatically broke its second-place tie with St. Louis by defeating the Cardinals 38-21. Y. A. Tittle just about won the game in the first half when he completed 14 of 19 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Moreover, his total of four TD passes was one more than the Cardinal secondary had given up in its seven previous games. Don Meredith also threw four TD passes in DALLAS' 35-20 win over Washington.
AFL: Western Division leader SAN DIEGO, with Tobin Rote completing 21 of 29 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns, romped over New York 53-7. BOSTON tied Houston for the Eastern Division lead by beating the Oilers 45-3. The Patriots' defense held Houston to 0 yards rushing and intercepted three of George Blanda's passes (one was run back 98 yards to a TD) in the first half. OAKLAND squeezed by Kansas City 10-7 for its third successive victory. The Raiders were losing 7-3 in the last quarter when Claude Gibson ran a punt back 85 yards for the winning touchdown. Bronco Rookie Reserve Don Breaux threw four long touchdown passes (70. 45. 43, and 27 yards), but it wasn't enough as BUFFALO edged Denver 30-28.
GOLF—Despite his 2-over-par 74 on the final round. California Pro AL GEIBERGER won the $25.000 Almaden Open in San Jose, Calif, for the second year in a row, by one stroke over Dutch Harrison and Dick Lotz.
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's OVER-TRICK ($3.20), driven by John Patterson, took the lead early and stayed ahead all the way to win the $146.324 Messenger Stake pace at Roosevelt Raceway (N.Y.). Overtrick, the Little Brown Jug winner, finished the mile in 2:00 4/5, three lengths ahead of Meadow Skipper, winner of the Cane Futurity, and 4¾ lengths in front of Country Don.
Lawrence B. Sheppard's GAMECOCK ($15.20), driven by Joe O'Brien and undeterred by his poor post position (16th in a field of 16), sprinted in the stretch to win the American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park by¾ of a length over Adora's Dream. The favorite, Henry T. Adios, finished third.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO'S unbeaten streak reached eight games, with a 5-1 win (on Ken Wharram's hat trick) over Detroit and a 2-0 victory over Toronto (Glenn Hall's first shutout this season). MONTREAL Goalie Gump Worsley was injured as the Canadicns lost 6-3 to Toronto. The Canadiens, however, won their next two games (5-1 over Detroit, 5-3 over New York) with Charlie Hodge in the net, to move into second place, four points behind the Black Hawks. TORONTO was 1-1 for the week, and DETROIT lost three out of four. NEW YORK gained its only victory in three games when Vic Hadfield scored with 50 seconds remaining to beat the Bruins 4-3 (the Rangers' other three goals came on Phil Goyette's hat trick). Last-place BOSTON finally won its second game of the season by defeating the Red Wings 4-1.
HORSERACING—Greentree Stable's THE AXE II ($4), with Johnny Rotz up, easily won the $113,700 Man o' War Stakes on the turf at Aqueduct, leaving Will I Rule five lengths behind in second place.
"I feel just like a new bride," said Mrs. Katherine Price as her horse, CARRY BACK ($16), unexpectedly ran away with the $59,400 Trenton Handicap at Garden State Park. N.J. Johnny Sellers guided the 5-year-old to a 2½-length margin over Mongo for Carry Back's first stakes win since he was brought out of retirement last August.
HORSE SHOW—West Germany's HERMANN SCHRIDDE won the President's Cup at the Washington (D.C.) International, but FRANK CHAPOT of the U.S. gained blue ribbons in three other international jumping events to become the show's overall winner with 17 points. TOMBOY, an 8-year-old chestnut marc ridden by Mary Mairs of Pasadena. Calif., was named the champion international horse of the show.
MOTOR SPORTS—West Germany's EUGEN B√ñHRINGER drove a Mercedes 300 an average of 80.899 mph in six days of racing to win Argentina's Grand Prix for touring cars. His overall time for the rugged 2,732.7-mile road race (divided into six separate geographical sections, starting and ending near Buenos Aires) was 33:22:11, or almost 1½ hours faster than the record time for the race set last year by Sweden's Mercedes 220 team of Ewy Rosqvist and Ursula Wirth, who finished third in this year's overall standings.
TENNIS—The U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM, cool despite the 93° heat and undismayed by Bombay's "sand" courts (SI, Nov. 4), easily won the interzone final against India in Bombay and will meet Australia in the Challenge Round next month. The U.S. took the first two singles matches in straight sets, as Chuck McKinley defeated Premjit Lall 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 and Dennis Ralston beat Ramanathan Krishnan 6-4, 6-1, 13-11. The next day McKinley and Ralston teamed up and took Lall and Jaideep Mukherjea 6-8, 6-3, 12-10, 6-4 in the doubles.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Japan's YOSHINOBU MIYA-KE lifted a total of 832 pounds to better his own world record in the featherweight class by 5½ pounds at a meet in Shimonoseki, Japan.