BASEBALL—Elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans' committee of the BWAA were BURLEIGH GRIMES, last of the legal spitballers (won 270 games 1916-1934); URBAN (Red) FABER, another spitball pitcher, who won 253 games for the While Sox in 20 seasons; Outfielder HENRY (Heinie) MANUSH, a left-handed power hitter with a .330 lifetime batting average (1923-1939); MILLER HUGGINS, who managed the Yankees to their first six pennants; Pitcher TIM KEEFE, who won 345 games (including 42 in 1886) from 1880-1893; and JOHN MONTGOMERY WARD, who pitched a perfect game for Providence in 1880 and was manager of the Giants in 1893 and 1894.
BASKETBALL—SAN FRANCISCO, 3½ games behind in third place at the beginning of the week, won four out of five (13 of its last 18) and vaulted into first place in the West. LOS ANGELES, the Western leader since late November, played without Jerry West (sidelined with a broken thumb) and promptly lost five in a row to fall into third place, half a game behind the Warriors. ST. LOUIS took two (both from LA) out of three and remained in second, .003 out of first. BALTIMORE ran its winning streak to six games and then lost two straight while DETROIT ended a five-game losing streak by winning three in a row for the first time this season. BOSTON lost three games (out of five played) in one week for the first time this season, and its Eastern Division lead shrank from five games to three over CINCINNATI, which ran up three straight, including a big 119-117 overtime victory over the Celtics. Slumping PHILADELPHIA dropped three out of four (lost nine of its last 12), and NEW YORK won two in a row, for the first time in 14 weeks, before dropping two.
BOATING—SABRE, a newly built Class C 38-foot sloop owned and skippered by Dick Dungan of Bradenton, Fla., won the 403-mile St. Petersburg-Fort Lauderdale race and went to the top of the SORC standings at the halfway point in the season.
GOLF—TOMMY JACOBS, 28, defeated old (53) and resplendent Jimmy Demaret, in a sudden-death playoff at the $50,000 Palm Springs (Calif.) Classic (see page 48).
HARNESS RACING—ELAINE RODNEY, owned by S.L. & K. Stables of Eggertsville, N.Y., made up for the poor showing by U.S. horses in last week's Prix d'Amérique by winning the $50,000 Prix de France over some of Europe's best trotters at Vincennes, France.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL won two games in a row and took the NHL lead for the first time since the initial week of the season. In a 2-1 win over Toronto, Bobby Rousseau scored the winning goal at 16:20 of the final period, and three nights later he totaled five—one short of the 20-year-old league record—as the Canadiens overwhelmed the Red Wings 9-3. But then Montreal lost to the Rangers, and CHICAGO, which had two ties and a victory (its first undefeated week in two months), climbed back into a first-place tie with the Canadiens. TORONTO rested comfortably in third, six points behind the leaders, after a 1-1-1 week. NEW YORK, moving at the fastest pace in the league (only five losses in 21 games), zipped one point past DETROIT (two ties, one loss) in the skirmish for fourth place by winning two and tying one. BOSTON, on the other hand, flopped deeper into the cellar (27 points behind) as it lost all three games it played.
MOTOR SPORTS—World Champion MIKE HAILWOOD of England rode a 500-cc. Italian MV-Agusta motorcycle a record average of 100.166 mph to win the 200-km. Grand Prix of the U.S. at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
TRACK & FIELD—In the Millrose Games, the first meet of the season at Madison Square Garden, Toronto's BILL CROTHERS came from behind in the final lap to win the 880 in 1:50 flat, breaking his own U.S. record by .2 second and, on the way, snapping Arnie Sowell's 800-meter world indoor record by the same margin with 1:49.5 (see page 56). TOM O'HARA effortlessly won the Wanamaker Mile in 4:00.6, after sprinting the final quarter in 55 seconds, and BRUCE KIDD set a three-mile meet record of 13:32.4. Two nights later in the Boston AA meet, Yale's WENDELL MOTTLEY, who had finished last in the 600 at the Millrose Games, sprinted to a new world indoor mark of 48 seconds flat in the 440, breaking the 21-year-old record of 48.2 held by Roy Cochran. Another world record was also set, in the two-mile relay, as the VILLANOVA team of Vic Zwolak, Al Adams, Tom Sullivan and Noel Carroll won in 7:26.4—2.6 seconds better than the mark set by Georgetown in 1963.
In a Wanganui, New Zealand meet PETER SNELL, mile-world-record holder, ran the distance in 3:57.7—on the same grass track he set his 3:54.4 mark two years ago. Bill Baillie of New Zealand finished second in 3:59.2 for his first sub-four-minute mile.
WINTER OLYMPICS—Russia dominated the first half of the Olympic Games at Innsbruck by winning six gold, five silver, and four bronze medals (see page 14). Following are medal winners in each event. FIGURE SKATING (pairs): LUDMILLA and OLEG PROTOPOPOV, U.S.S.R. (104.4 points); Marika Kilius and Hans-J√ºrgen B√§umler, Germany; Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell, Canada. CROSSCOUNTRY (30-km., men): EERO MANTYRANTA, Finland (1:30:50.7); Harald Groenningen, Norway; Igor Voronchikhin, U.S.S.R. SPEED SKATING (500-m., ladies): LIDIA SKOBLIKOVA, U.S.S.R. (45.0); Irina Egorova, U.S.S.R.; Tatyana Sidorova, U.S.S.R. DOWNHILL (men): EGON ZIMMERMANN, Austria (2:18.16); Léo Lacroix, France; Wolfgang Bartels, Germany. SPECIAL JUMP (70-m.): VEIKKO KANKKONEN, Finland (229.90 points); Toralf Engan, Norway; Torgeir Brandtzeag, Norway. SPEED SKATING (1,500-m., ladies): LIDIA SKOBLIKOVA, U.S.S.R. (2:22.6); Kaija Mustonen, Finland: Berta Kolokoltseva, U.S.S.R. SLALOM (ladies): CHRISTINE GOITSCHEL, France (1:29.86); Marielle Goitschel, France; Jean Saubert, U.S. CROSS-COUNTRY (10-km., ladies): CLAVDIA BOYARSKI, U.S.S.R. (40:24.3); Evdokia Mekshilo, U.S.S.R.; Maria Gusakova, U.S.S.R. BOBSLED (two-man): ANTONY NASH and ROBIN DIXON, Great Britain (4:21.90); Sergio Zardini and Romano Bonagura, Italy; Eugenio Monti and Sergio Siorpaes, Italy. SPEED SKATING (1,000-m., ladies): LIDIA SKOBLIKOVA, U.S.S.R. (1:33.2); Irina Egorova, U.S.S.R.; Kaija Mustonen, Finland. CROSS-COUNTRY (15-km., men): EERO MANTYRANTA, Finland (50:54.1); Harald Groenningen, Norway; Sixten Jernberg, Sweden. SPEED SKATING (3,000-m., ladies): LIDIA SKOBLIKOVA, U.S.S.R. (5:14.9); Valentina Stenina, U.S.S.R., tied for second with Pil Hwa Han, North Korea. GIANT SLALOM (men): FRAN√áOIS BONLIEU, France (1:46.7); Karl Schranz, Austria; Pepi Stiegler, Austria. FIGURE SKATING (ladies): SJOUKJE DIJKSTRA, Netherlands (2,018.5 points); Regina Heitzer, Austria; Petra Burka, Canada. NORDIC COMBINED: TORMOD KNUTSEN, Norway (469.28 points); Nikolai Kiselev, U.S.S.R.; Georg Thoma, Germany. GIANT SLALOM (ladies): MARIELLE GOITSCHEL, France (1:52.24); Jean Saubert, U.S., tied for second with Christine Goitschel, France.
MILEPOSTS—DROPPED: Volatile Defenseman HOWIE YOUNG (SI, Jan. 28, 1963), holder of the NHL record for most penalty minutes (273) in one season, by the Chicago Black Hawks. "I'm going to cool it for a year," said Young. "If I ever went to Buffalo [the Hawks' farm club], I'd have to live on $6,000 a year. I couldn't even afford to get there."
RETIRED: AMORY T. (Slats) GILL, 62, after 36 years as head basketball coach at Oregon State, (592-391), to become the university's athletic director after the current season.
RETIRED: ELVIN C. (Ducky) DRAKE, 60, as head track coach at UCLA after 17 years, effective July 1.
DIED: DR. CLARENCE W. SPEARS, 69, All-America guard from Dartmouth in 1914 and 1915 and later head football coach at seven major colleges, of a heart attack, in Jupiter, Fla.
DIED: LUCIEN REEBERG, 22, of Hampton Institute (Va.), a rookie offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, in a Detroit hospital.