BASEBALL—Led by the four-hit pitching of Joe Pollack, a junior right-hander, MINNESOTA overpowered top-ranked Missouri 5-1 for its third NCAA championship in three tries, in Omaha. (The Gophers' other college world series wins also occurred in election years—1956 and 1960.) Unheralded Maine finished third, after a 2-1 loss to Missouri in the semifinals, but the Yankee Conference team earlier had upset second-ranked Arizona State 4-2 and NCAA defending champion USC 2-1. Maine sophomore pitcher JOE EERRIS (9-0), who defeated Seton Hall, and USC and pitched 2‚Öì innings of scoreless relief against Arizona Stale, was named the tournament's outstanding player.
BOXING—In a light-heavyweight fight in Madison Square Garden, 24-year-old JOHNNY PERSOL of Brooklyn, N.Y. hammered out a 10-round split decision over former Middleweight Champion Bobo Olson, 35, of San Francisco, for his 12th win in 13 fights. Olson, to whom victory might have meant a title match with Light Heavyweight Champion Willie Pastrano, said, "I wanted to look real good. I trained so hard I guess I left it all in the gym."
FIELD TRIALS—A.F.T. CH. DUTCHMOOR'S BLACK MOOD, a 4-year-old Labrador owned and handled by A. Nelson Sills of Milford, Del., won the National Amateur Retriever Trials in Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
GOLF—Faint from exhaustion in the near-100° heat, San Francisco's KEN VENTURI, 33, winless the past four years on the pro tour, shot a third-round 66 and a par 70 on the final round to win the U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. (see page 12).
June 28, 1964
Mickey Wright gained her fifth victory in 10 LPGA tournament starts this season with a 54-hole total of 220 in the $10,000 Lady Carling Eastern Open in Sutton, Mass.
Houston University won its seventh NCAA title in nine years when its four-man team shot 580 for 36 holes to defeat defending champion Oklahoma State by seven strokes, in Colorado Springs. Four days later TERRY SMALL, a 205-pounder from San Jose State, beat Kansas State's Jim Colbert 2 and 1 in a 36-hole final match to take the individual championship.
HARNESS RACING—Mr. and Mrs. Pat Di Gennaro's 6-year-old DUKE RODNEY ($16.20), driven by Billy Haughton, came back from a stand at stud to beat Porterhouse by three-quarters of a length in the $45,000 Gotham Trot at Yonkers Raceway.
Castleton Farm's SPEEDY SCOT ($2.60), 1963's Harness Horse of the Year who a week earlier had finished seventh in his first start of the season, redeemed himself with a five-length victory in the $65,000 American National Maturity Trot at Sportsman's Park. Driven by his trainer, Ralph Baldwin, the 4-year-old covered the mile in a fast 2:00 3/5.
HORSE RACING—E. P. Taylor's NORTHERN DANCER ($2.30), Bill Hartack up, romped to a 7½-length victory in the $74,075 Queen's Plate, at Woodbine, Ont. It was the little 3-year-old's 14th triumph in 19 starts.
Rex Ellsworth's 6-year-old OLDEN TIMES ($4.60), Willie Shoemaker in the saddle, beat Babington by 1¼ lengths to win the $111,300 Illinois Handicap at Arlington Park.
HORSE SHOWS—As an aftermath of the Devon Show (SI, June 15), where the officials overofficiated and competitors deliberately spoiled a class in protest, the enforcement committee of the AHSA reprimanded and penalized five of the participants: DANNY LOPEZ, MILTON KULP JR., RICHARD HENDRECKS and FRANK CHAPOT each was put on probation for 12 months, and KATHY KUSNER for 18 months (Chapot also lost his judge's license). The committee dropped its charges against CAROL HOFMANN, who came to the hearing with her father (a member of the AHSA board of directors), and against CHRIS BROWN, who brought along a lawyer.
MOTOR SPORTS—The FERRARI factory team of Jean Guichet of France and Nino Vaccarella of Italy averaged a record 121.49 mph to win the French classic, the 24 hours of Le Mans (see page 51). Prototype Ferraris also took second and third, but the coveted GT title went to the fourth-place finisher, a Ford-Cobra built by Carroll Shelby of Venice, Calif. and driven by Californians Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant.
A. J. Foyt, averaging 102.552 mph in his Offenhauser, led from start to finish in the USAC's 100-mile race for Indianapolis-type cars at Langhorne, Pa. It was his fifth victory in as many national championship races this season.
ROWING—Stroking a brisk 39 or better on calm Lake Onondaga, CALIFORNIA beat Washington by a length and three-quarters to win the 2,000-meter IRA championship in 6:31.1 in Syracuse, N.Y. Defending champion Cornell finished third, followed by Princeton, MIT and Navy.
In their traditional four-mile test on the Thames River in New London, Conn., low-stroking HARVARD crushed Yale by five boat lengths, after leading all the way in the gruelling upstream race.
TENNIS—At the Queen's Club tournament in London, England, the last warmup for Wimbledon, Australian ROY EMERSON barely bested Tomas Lejus, the first Russian ever to gain the finals of a major tournament outside the U.S.S.R., 12-10, 6-4 for the singles title. The surprising Lejus, a blond, 22-year-old Estonian, had defeated U.S. Champion Rafael Osuna 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in one semifinal match, while Emerson overwhelmed Cliff Richey of Dallas 6-2, 6-3 in the other.
Top-seeded DENNIS RALSTON, the defending champion from USC, overpowered Marty Riessen of Northwestern 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 for the NCAA singles title in East Lansing. Mich. Then, before taking off for Wimbledon, Ralston teamed with BILL BOND to defeat UCLA's Arthur Ashe and Charles Pasarell 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles and lead USC to its third straight team title, 26-25 over UCLA.
TRACK & FIELD—Two collegiate records were broken, the American 100-meter record was matched five times, and there were two rare dead heats during the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. In the 1,500-meter run both the winner, MORGAN GROTH of Oregon State (3:40.4), and runner-up, Archie San Romani of Oregon (3:40.8), bettered the previous record of 3:40.9, set four years ago by Oregon's Dyrol Burleson; and Villanova's VIC ZWOLAK won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:42 flat, clipping 3.6 seconds off the mark set by his former teammate Pat Traynor in May 1963. Oregon's HARRY JEROME edged Ed Roberts of North Carolina College and Trenton Jackson of Illinois in a 100-meter final that was so close all three were clocked in a record-equaling 10.1. Jerome and Jackson also hit 10.1 in their semifinal heats the day before. ULIS WILLIAMS of Arizona State and Brigham Young's BOB TOBLER tied for the 400-meter title (45.9), and Army's BILL STRAUB and JIM MURPHY of the Air Force Academy shared the 5,000-meter championship (14:12.3). Other winners were: BOB HAYES of Florida A&M, 200 meters (20.4); TOM FARRELL of St. John's of Long Island, 800 meters (1:48.5); San Jose State's DANNY MURPHY, 10,000 meters (29:37.8); BOBBY MAY of Rice, 110-meter high hurdles (13.7); and LSU's BILLY HARDIN, 400-meter hurdles (50.2). Champions in the field events were: JOHN RAMBO of Long Beach State, high jump (7 feet¼ inch); JOHN UELSES of La Salle, pole vault (16 feet); Arizona's GAYLE HOPKINS, broad jump (26 feet 9¼ inches); CHARLIE CRAIG of Fresno State, triple jump (51 feet 8¾ inches); GARY GUBNER of NYU, shotput (61 feet 8 inches); New Mexico's LARRY KENNEDY, discus (185 feet 2½ inches); ALEX SCHULTEN of Bowdoin, hammer throw (191 feet 6 inches); and Oregon's LES TIPTON, javelin (249 feet 10½ inches).
MILEPOSTS—DIED: BULL LEA, 29, the greatest American sire in modern Thoroughbred racing history, at Calumet Farm near Lexington, Ky. His most illustrious son was Citation, the last Triple Crown winner (1948), but the list of Bull Lea's offspring includes such outstanding names as Armed, Bewitch, Coaltown, Hill Gail, Iron Liege, and Twilight Tear. Altogether his progeny won 1,726 races, $13.2 million and averaged $41,632 per starter.