BASKETBALL—At last, four weeks after the season started, BOSTON lost a game, 110-109 to the 76ers and then shocked everyone by losing again, this time to the Lakers 114-112. The Celtics had been unbeaten in 11 straight games and had won 18 in a row in Boston Garden before the back-to-back defeats. Despite their losing week, they still held a comfortable four-game lead in the East over CINCINNATI, which took three out of four. PHILADELPHIA had a modest winning streak—two straight—but poor NEW YORK lost two more to run its latest losing streak to seven. LOS ANGELES moved two games ahead in the West by winning four, while second-place ST. LOUIS was losing two of three. In the one game the Hawks won, a 108-94 victory over the Warriors, bald Bob Pettit, the Hawks' 31-year-old captain and 10-time All-League forward, scored his 20,000th point, the most ever in the NBA. BALTIMORE dropped two, then beat the Lakers 127-115 as Gus Johnson and Walt Bellamy totaled 81 points. SAN FRANCISCO defeated the 76ers 110-99 and Cincinnati 122-106 (Wilt Chamberlain scored 62 points) while DETROIT won two for its new coach, Dave DeBusschere.
BOXING—There was no action in Boston, but just west of Broadway OSCAR BONAVENA, a 22-year-old heavyweight from Buenos Aires, won his seventh fight in seven tries, a unanimous decision over Dick Wipperman. Bonavena's 76-year-old trainer, Charlie Goldman, was exultant. "One more champion," he said, "one more, and I'll call it quits." His first champion was Rocky Marciano.
FOOTBALL—NFL: In a jarring defensive battle BALTIMORE avenged its only loss—to Minnesota in the first game of the season—by edging the Vikings 17-14. The Colts trailed 14-10 in the final minutes, but John Unitas tossed a 27-yard pass to Alex Hawkins in the end zone, and the Colts had their ninth straight victory and a 3½-game lead in the Western Division. CHICAGO snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Los Angeles 34-24, and SAN FRANCISCO, with a host of rookies in the lineup—including George Mira starting for the first time—upset Green Bay 24-14. CLEVELAND just about clinched the Eastern Division title with a 37-21 win over Detroit as Jimmy Brown went more than 1,000 yards for the sixth time in eight seasons (he also scored two TDs) and Lou Groza booted three field goals. Second-place St. Louis was tied 10-10 by New York in a game slowed by rain and mud and fell 2½ games behind. PHILADELPHIA moved ahead of Dallas into third by beating the Cowboys 17-14 on King Hill's 38-yard touchdown pass to Pete Retzlaff with little more than two minutes to go. Sonny Jurgensen threw two 80-yard TD passes (leads league with 19) as WASHINGTON shut out Pittsburgh 30-0.
AFL: Babe Parilli tossed five TD passes to lead BOSTON to a 36-28 come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Buffalo, the Eastern leader. SAN DIEGO won its sixth straight by defeating Kansas City 28-14 and widened its lead in the West to three games. OAKLAND and DENVER, both in last place, gained their second victories of the season as the Raiders beat Houston 20-10 and the Broncos edged New York 20-16.
November 23, 1964
In the opening games of Canada's Eastern and Western Conference finals, OTTAWA defeated Hamilton 30-13, and BRITISH COLUMBIA beat Calgary 25-10.
GOLF—JOHN MERCER, a 5-foot optometrist, and DEXTER DANIELS, a 6-foot fruit grower, teamed to win the amateur seniors' four-ball title, at Pinehurst, N.C. They beat John Ledbetter and Colonel Wallace Simpson 2 and 1 in the final match.
HARNESS RACING—Castleton Farm's RACE TIME ($2.70) took his 10th in a row, the $123,191 Cane Pace at Yonkers. The pigeon-toed colt coasted to a length victory over Bengazi Hanover, giving Glen Barrows, the soft-spoken groom who cares for him, the best possible present on his 72nd birthday.
At Hollywood Park ELMA ($5.60) scored a¾-length win over Marco Hanover in the $15,000 Preview for this week's $50,000 American Trotting Classic.
HOCKEY—Gordie Howe of DETROIT set two NHL records (he played in the 1,200th game and made the 627th goal of his 19-year career), but they didn't help the Red Wings. The team lost two games and tied one before beating New York 6-2. MONTREAL won two and tied Boston 2-2 to move within a point of the Red Wings. TORONTO ended Detroit's nine-game streak with a 3-1 victory (Goalie Terry Sawchuk made 30 saves on 31 shots by his former longtime teammates) but the Maple Leafs lost to the Black Hawks 4-2 and dropped into third. NEW YORK split two games and remained tied for fourth with CHICAGO, which lost three out of four. Basement-dwelling BOSTON had its best week of the season: one win, two ties and only one defeat.
HORSE RACING—After four years of trying, KELSO ($4.40) finally won the $150,000 Laurel International. Mrs. Richard C. duPont's gelding drew away to a 4½-length victory over Gun Bow and broke the American record for 1½ miles on the grass with a clocking of 2:23[4/5].
In the $301,700 Garden State, Manuel Ycaza urged Mrs. Mary Hecht's SADAIR ($7.60) to a 10-length win over Royal Gunner (page 28).
Backgammon Champion Charlie Wacker went gambling at the Keeneland Sales and bought LA DAUPHINE, a 7-year-old Princequillo mare, for $177,000. IN THE CLOUDS, a half sister to the 2-year-old champion, Bold Lad, was knocked down to Warner Jones for $125,000.
HORSE SHOW—HELEN CRABTREE, a Simpsonville, Ky. horsewoman, rode off with both saddle-horse championships at the National in Madison Square Garden. She achieved her unprecedented feat on I've Decided in the three-gaited division and Legal Tender in the five-gaited.
MOTOR SPORTS—Not every girl has a jet racer, but PAULA MURPHY was able to borrow one. The 29-year-old brunette then sped off on the Bonneville Salt Flats and set a women's land speed record (226.37 mph).
TENNIS—In an all-Australian finals of the Queensland tournament in Brisbane, FRED STOLLE upset his Davis Cup teammate, Roy Emerson, 6-3, 8-6, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, and MARGARET SMITH bested Lesley Turner in a 90-minute match, 11-9, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—Hoping to run a 3:50 mile this week, PETER SNELL warmed up in Auckland by lowering the world's 1,000-meter record to 2:16.6.
MILEPOSTS—FOR SALE: SOVEREIGN, England's latest loser in the America's Cup. When Owner Anthony Boyden commissioned the yacht, he declared: "I shall apply the principles of modern business success to the challenge." Principles were not enough. The challenge cost $280,000. The asking price for Sovereign is $61,000.
FIRED: CHARLEY WOLF, the clean-living but constantly losing coach of the Detroit Pistons.
HIRED: DON WATTRICK, as the fourth general manager of the Pistons, and DAVE DEBUSSCHERE, as the fifth coach, in seven years. DeBusschere, only 24 and a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the off season, will continue to play forward for the Pistons as well as coach.
HIRED: ALVIN DARK, 42, as a coach by the Chicago Cubs. The recently fired San Francisco Giant manager played for the Cubs in 1958 and 1959.
NAMED: As the major leagues' most valuable pitcher, 23-year-old DEAN CHANCE of the Los Angeles Angels. The colorful Chance, 20-9, was voted the Cy Young Award for leading the American League in earned run average (1.65), shutouts (11) and complete games (15).
DIED: FRED HUTCHINSON, 45, manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1959 to 1964, former manager of the Detroit Tigers (1952-1954) and St. Louis Cardinals (1956-1958) and for 11 years a major league pitcher with Detroit; of cancer, in Bradenton, Fla. A burly, grim-visaged man with a constantly smoldering temper, he was one of the best-liked and most widely respected men in baseball.