BASEBALL—Kansas City, going all out for power, traded first basemen with Baltimore and got JIM GENTILE in exchange for NORM SIEBERN.
BASKETBALL—Eastern leader BOSTON ran its victory streak to eight games (15 for 16 overall) and held its opponents to fewer than 100 points in the last four (while trouncing LA 114-78 and Philadelphia 112-78, the Celtics allowed the Lakers only 30 points in the first half and the 76ers 32). Jack Twyman was back with CINCINNATI after missing 14 games because of an injury, and the Royals Started winning (five in a row) and scoring (they averaged 125 points a game during the streak). What's more, Jerry Lucas pulled down 31 rebounds in a 125-110 defeat of Philadelphia, and two days later grabbed 33 in a 135-110 win over New York. PHILADELPHIA (3-2) beat Baltimore 115-113 on Hal Greer's last-second field goal to extend its small winning streak to four games before losing two in a row. Then the 76ers defeated New York 132-125 on Greer's 43 points (NBA high for the week) and Detroit 132-121 on Greer's 42 points. NEW YORK dropped four straight, despite Bill McGill's 41 points (22 in the third period) in a 119-112 loss to the Lakers. LOS ANGELES (4-1) increased its lead in the West to 1½ games by beating second-place St. Louis 97-96 (Jerry West scored three points in the last 21 seconds) and the Royals 114-109. ST. LOUIS had moved briefly into first place after defeating the Pistons twice. Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record when he made 18 consecutive field goals in SAN FRANCISCO'S only win of the week, 118-89 over New York. BALTIMORE broke a five-game losing streak by beating the Warriors 100-99, and climbed past hapless DETROIT (six straight losses) by defeating the Pistons 120-101.
BOWLING—JIM ST. JOHN of St. Louis averaged a high 233 and led the field of 16 finalists all the way to win the $48,000 World's Invitational Match Game Tournament in Chicago. Don Carter, who had won five of the six previous tournaments, finished next to last. In the women's division MARION LADEWIG successfully defended her title.
BOXING—"I mean to continue boxing because I want my middleweight title back," said SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, 43, after winning a 10-round decision (his fourth fight in six weeks—three victories, one draw) over Frenchman André Davier, 31, in Grenoble, France.
December 9, 1963
BRIDGE—In Miami at the ACBL's Fall Nationals CHARLES GOREN captained the winning team in an event he first won 26 years ago—-the Open Team board-a-match championship. It is the eighth time he has taken the title.
CROSS-COUNTRY—As expected, Canada's BRUCE KIDD regained his AAU title (won in 1961), covering the 10,000-meter course on New York's Van Cortlandt Park in 30:47.2. In the four-mile NCAA championships in East Lansing, Mich., SAN JOSE STATE'S team won for the second straight year and VICTOR ZWOLAK of Villanova took the individual title in 19:35. Kansas State (Emporia) College's JOHN CAMIEN was 10 yards behind in second place, but four days later he took the NAIA championship in Omaha (20:23.7). The USTFF championships in Chicago were won collectively by the HOUSTON TRACK CLUB (four finishers in the top 10) but individually by Loyola of Chicago's TOM O'HARA, who ran over Washington Park's 10,000-meter course in 30:12.1.
FOOTBALL—NFL: CLEVELAND knocked St. Louis out of its share of first place with a surprisingly easy 24-10 victory (see page 22). Jimmy Brown scored two TDs and gained 179 yards running to break his single-season rushing record by 150 yards (1,527 set in 1958). Y. A. Tittle also broke a league record as he led NEW YORK to a come-from-be-hind 34-27 win over Dallas. Yat scored one touchdown and passed for two more to bring his career TD record to 197—one more than Bobby Layne's total. Dallas had led 27-14 at half time, but two Don Chandler field goals (one for 53 yards) tied the score, and Tittle's record-breaking pass (17 yards to Del Shofner) won the game and kept New York in a first-place tie with the Browns in the East. PITTSBURGH scored 17 points in the fourth quarter—on two TD passes from Ed Brown to Gary Ballman and a 24-yard field goal by Lou Michaels with only 40 seconds left—to tie Philadelphia 20-20 and remain in contention, 1½ games behind. CHICAGO trailed Minnesota 17-3 at the half, but a Viking fumble set up a last-period score and gave the Bears a 17-17 tie. Chicago kept its half-game lead in the Western Division, however, since Detroit played GREEN BAY to a 13-13 tie. BALTIMORE beat Washington 36-20 as Johnny Unitas had his best day of the season (24 completions for 355 yards, including three TDs), and LOS ANGELES edged San Francisco 21-17. It was the Rams' third straight win and their fifth in seven games since Roman Gabriel took over as starting quarterback.
AFL: Western Division leader SAN DIEGO humiliated Houston, the top team in the East, with a 27-0 shutout. OAKLAND, trying desperately to catch the Chargers, crushed last-place Denver 26-10 by scoring 24 points in the last half. The Broncos had led 3-2 at half time on Gene Mingo's 52-yard field goal. Babe Parilli passed for one TD and ran for another as BOSTON defeated Buffalo 17-7, to move into a tie with Houston for the Eastern lead. NEW YORK climbed past the Bills into third place, only a half game out of first, by shutting out Kansas City 17-0.
COLLEGE: ROGER STAUBACH (SI, Dec. 2), the U.S. Naval Academy's junior quarterback, overwhelmingly won the Heisman Trophy to become the second Navy player in four years (Joe Bellino, 1960) and only the fourth junior in history (Doc Blanchard, 1945; Doak Walker, 1948; and Vic Janowicz, 1950) to win the award.
The HAMILTON TIGER-CATS defeated the British Columbia Lions 21-10 in the Grey Cup, Canada's pro championship game, in Vancouver, B.C. as Bernie Faloney completed 14 of 20 passes for 272 yards and two TDs (one 70 yards).
HARNESS RACING—RALPH BALDWIN, driver and trainer for Castleton Farm (Speedy Scot), was the leading money winner on the 1963 Grand Circuit, with earnings of $299,899.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO won seven straight games before being held to a 3-3 tie by the Rangers. Glenn Hall's shutout (2-0) of Toronto was his third of the season—all against the Maple Leafs. MONTREAL won two and tied the Bruins 0-0 (Charlie Hodge's first shutout and Ed Johnston's second) to regain second place, one point ahead of faltering TORONTO (1-1-1) but 10 behind the Black Hawks. NEW York, with Jacques Plante back in the net, ran its unbeaten streak to four games before losing two and tying one, but with DETROIT gaining only a tie in four games, the Rangers climbed into a share of fourth with the Red Wings. Before tying the Canadiens, BOSTON defeated New York 5-3 for its longest unbeaten streak of the season—two games. Then Montreal beat the Bruins 3-1 and spoiled all the fun.
HORSE RACING—This year's best 3-year-old filly, LAMB CHOP ($2.60), with Manuel Ycaza up and carrying top weight of 126 pounds, easily won the Firenze Handicap at Aqueduct by two lengths.
POCKET BILLIARDS—Defending Champion LUTHER LASSITER of Elizabeth City, N.C. outshot Eddie (Knoxville Bear) Taylor to win the World's All-Round title in Johnson City, Ill.
RODEO—DEAN OLIVER of Boise, Idaho, the national calf-roping champion, won the 1963 all-round cowboy championship at the six-day National Finals in Los Angeles. BILL KORNELL, 19, of Palm Springs, Calif. earned the bull-riding championship in his first year on the circuit and was named Rodeo Rookie of the Year.
TENNIS—CLIFF RICHEY of Dallas beat Lamar Roemer 6-4, 11-9, 6-3 to win the national indoor junior championship in St. Louis.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: LEE WALLARD, 52, the first man to win the Indianapolis "500" in less than four hours (3:57:38.05 in 1951), of a heart ailment in a St. Petersburg (Fla.) hospital.