BASKETBALL—BOSTON retained a comfortable 3½-game lead in the East by winning two of three as CINCINNATI split four. PHILADELPHIA adopted two pretty waitresses as mascots and won two games in a row. But the 76ers quickly found out that beauty is no substitute for talent in the NBA when they dropped two of their next three. Last-place NEW YORK's rookies continued to impress as the Knicks won two straight for the first time this season before losing two of their next three. LOS ANGELES took three of four and moved three games ahead in the West. Second-place ST. LOUIS, playing without Bob Pettit. who strained his stomach muscles, defeated the Celtics 110-98 but lost three other games. BALTIMORE took two of three for the team's new owners (three local men bought the Bullets for $1.1 million), and SAN FRANCISCO lost three more before defeating the Lakers 109-106. It was the second victory for the Warriors in 11 games, and there were rumblings that Wilt Chamberlain was back to his bad old ways of playing for Chamberlain instead of the Warriors.
This is an article from the Dec. 7, 1964 issue
BOXING—JOSÉ TORRES knocked out Bobo Olson in the opening round of a light-heavyweight match in New York (page 30) and won a promise of a title match with Champion WILLIE PASTRANO, who defeated Terry Downes in London.
Giant James J. Beattie, the 6-foot-9 St. Paul heavyweight fighting out of New York (SI, Aug. 31), lost an eight-round bout by a decision to JAMES J. WOODY, a 5-foot-11 New Yorker, in Madison Square Garden.
CHESS—In the 16th Olympiad held in Tel Aviv, the SOVIET UNION won the championship by amassing 36½ points. Yugoslavia finished second, while the U.S. was a dismal sixth.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Western Division Champion BALTIMORE won its 11th straight, a surprisingly close 14-3 victory over San Francisco, while second-place GREEN BAY rolled over Dallas 45-21. MINNESOTA crushed Los Angeles 34-13, and CHICAGO beat Detroit 27-24 on a 17-yard field goal by Roger Leclerc with less than two minutes to play. The CLEVELAND defense recovered a fumble, blocked a punt and intercepted a pass for three touchdowns in the first half as the Browns coasted to an easy 38-24 victory over Philadelphia and almost—but not quite—clinched the Eastern Division title. ST. LOUIS, a game and half behind with two games left to play, scored two TDs in the last quarter (a 42-yard pass by Charley Johnson and a 49-yard run with a recovered fumble by Pat Fischer) to edge Pittsburgh 21-20. Sonny Jurgensen threw four touchdown passes to lead WASHINGTON to a 36-21 come-from-behind win over New York.
AFL: In a possible preview of the AFL championship playoff, Eastern Division leader BUFFALO defeated Western Division leader San Diego 27-24 when rookie Pete Gogolak kicked a 33-yard field goal with eight seconds to go. BOSTON remained a game behind Buffalo in the East with a 34-17 victory over Houston. In other games, NEW YORK defeated Kansas City 27-14 and OAKLAND tied DENVER 20-20.
The two professional leagues held their annual draft of college players on the same day in New York City and. after 16 hours and 40 minutes, the AFL picked 224 players in 28 rounds, while the NFL took 27 hours and 10 minutes to draft 280 players in 20 rounds. Here are the select players picked by both leagues in either their first or second rounds: LARRY ELKINS, Baylor end, Green Bay and Houston; GALE SAYERS, Kansas halfback, Chicago and Kansas City; STEVE DE LONG, Tennessee guard, Chicago and San Diego; TOM NOWATZKE, Indiana fullback, Detroit and New York Jets; JOE NAMATH, Alabama quarterback, St. Louis and New York Jets: DICK BUTKUS, Illinois linebacker, Chicago and Denver; JERRY RUSH, Michigan State tackle, Detroit and Boston; ROY JEFFERSON, Utah end. Pittsburgh and San Diego; RALPH NEELY, Oklahoma tackle, Baltimore and Houston; MALCOLM WALKER, Rice linebacker. Dallas and Houston. Auburn Fullback TUCKER FRED-ERICKSON was the NFL's first selection and was immediately signed by the New York Giants.
British Columbia, which had lost in the Grey Cup final to Hamilton last year, upset the Tiger-Cats 34-24 to take this season's Canadian championship.
HOCKEY—DETROIT maintained its one-point lead in a tight race by defeating Montreal 3-1 and tying second-place TORONTO 1-1. The Maple Leafs dropped two of their other three games, while MONTREAL won two of three to hold third, two points back. NEW YORK took two from Toronto to remain unbeaten by the Maple Leafs in six games this season—a most improbable occurrence—but were defeated by the Canadiens and trounced 6-1 by the last-place Bruins. Slumping CHICAGO lost two games and fell to fifth, while surprising BOSTON won two out of three.
HORSE RACING—Money-loving Mary Hecht watched her money-making SADAIR earn $110,913 first purse in the betless Pimlico Futurity. The bay colt scored an easy 1¾-length win over Hail to All and raised his season's earnings to $498,217, the most ever by a 2-year-old.
TENNIS—In the New South Wales championships in Sydney, FRED STOLLE upset his Davis Cup teammate, Roy Emerson, for the second time in a row 4-6, 6-3, 11-9, 6-8, 6-3.
Fourth-seeded FRANK CONNER of Belleville, Ill. defeated unranked Todd Ballinger of Leawood, Kans. 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to win the U.S. junior boys' title in St. Louis.
TRACK & FIELD—Using John Davies and Bill Baillie as pacemakers, PETER SNELL tried to lower his world mile record for the second week in a row. But the weather in Wellington turned cold and he ran his slowest race in nearly a year—4:03.9.
Southern Illinois' DAN SHAUGHNESSY, a 20-year-old Canadian, won the U.S. Track and Field Federation's 10,000-meter championship by 120 yards in 30:37.8 in Chicago's Washington Park. Two days later the AAU staged its own 10,000-meter championship over the same course, and DAVE ELLIS, a Toronto tax assessor, beat 102 other runners in 30:49.3.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Heisman Trophy, for the nation's finest college football player, to Notre Dame Quarterback JOHN HUARTE. Huarte, who played only 46 minutes last year, completed 114 passes in 205 attempts for 16 touchdowns in leading the Irish to a 9-1 record, their best since 1954.
NAMED: KEN BOYER, 33, the Ail-Star third baseman of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, as the National League's Most Valuable Player. The steady captain of the Cards led the majors in RBIs with 119, batted .295 and hit 24 home runs.
NAMED: Minnesota Twin Outfielder TONY OLIVA, 24, and Philadelphia Phillie Third Baseman RICHIE ALLEN, 22, as Rookies of the Year. Oliva led the American League in batting (.323), runs (109) and hits (217), while Allen, who topped the National League in runs (125), batted .318 and had 91 RBIs.
HIRED: FRANK SEDGMAN, 36, who won the Wimbledon and Forest Hills titles in 1952 and led Australia to three straight Davis Cup victories (1950—52), to train West Germany's Cup team.
TRADED: Slugging Boston Red Sox First Baseman DICK STUART (33 HRs, 114 RBIs), to the Philadelphia Phillies, for left-handed Pitcher DENNIS BENNETT (12-14, 3.68 ERA).
CRITICALLY BURNED: Indy Driver BOBBY MARSHMAN, 28, when his Lotus Ford careened into the retaining wall at Phoenix Raceway and exploded in flames.
CRITICALLY INJURED: CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, 31, a highly rated heavyweight, by a bullet fired by a Texas highway policeman, while allegedly resisting arrest for drunken driving.
DIED: JIMMY WALSH, 78, the 5-foot-2 bantamweight who won the world title in 1905 from London's Digger Stanley, in Beverly, Mass.