BASKETBALL—BOSTON won one, lost one and finished the NBA regular-season schedule with a record 62 wins and 18 losses. Now the Celtics will have a rest until the playoff series between second-place CINCINNATI (48-32) and third-place PHILADELPHIA (40-40) is over. NEW YORK, which can rest until next season, split four (one win was over the Celtics) and wound up with a 31-49 mark, its best in six years. In the West LOS ANGELES finished with a win and two losses for a 49-31 record, 4 games ahead of the second-place Hawks. When Elgin Baylor scored 19 against the Warriors he boosted his point total to 2,009, making the Lakers the first team ever to have two 2,000-point scorers in one season (Jerry West had gone over 2,000 a week earlier). ST. LOUIS (45-35) sharpened up for its playoff series with the Bullets by winning three straight while BALTIMORE (37-43) lost three of four. DETROIT (31-49) lost its two final games, and SAN FRANCISCO (17-63) surprisingly took two of its last three.
BOWLING—BOB STRAMPE, winner of the PBA's 1964 All-Star title, defeated Billy Golembiewski in a close (190-189) final match to win the $35,000 Continental Open in Detroit.
BOXING—The team title at the 38th Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Kansas City went to LOS ANGELES when Heavyweight JERRY QUARRY KO'd Jim Donlinger of Minneapolis in 1:32 of the second round to become the only fighter to win all his fights by knockouts.
CURLING—The six-year domination of Scotch Cup competition by Canada ended when the young U.S. champion rink from Superior, Wis. skipped by RAYMOND (Bud) SOMERVILLE, defeated the Canadian rink 9-6 in the final round in Perth, Scotland (page 28). The cup represents the unofficial world championship.
March 29, 1965
DOGS—CH. FEZZIWIG RAGGEDY ANDY (SI, March 1), a pigeon-blue Old English sheepdog owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hendrik Van Rensselaer of Basking Ridge, N.J., defeated a field of 1,696 at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Kennel Club show to gain his fourth best-in-show ribbon.
FENCING—COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, the winner of the Intercollegiate Fencing Association's title three weeks ago, won the NCAA championship in Detroit with 76 wins to New York University's 74.
GOLF—BERT WEAVER of Beaumont, Texas, won his first PGA tournament, the Greater Jacksonville Open, with a 72-hole score of 285, three under par. The winning score, after four days of high winds and rain, was the highest on the PGA tour so far this year. Jack Nicklaus, Dave Marr, Bruce Devlin and Bob Charles all tied for second at 286.
HOCKEY—Three straight losses eliminated CHICAGO from the NHL race leaving DETROIT, still in first by two points with a week to go, and MONTREAL to fight it out. The Red Wings tied the Rangers and beat the Bruins and the Black Hawks for their 12th and 13th victories on home ice, while the Canadiens extended their winning streak to five with three in a row. In one of their victories, 5-2 over the Bruins, Ralph Backstrom scored a hat trick for the first time in his 11-year career. Going through the motions were TORONTO, which was 2-0-1, NEW YORK, 0-1-2, and BOSTON, 1-0-2.
Michigan tech, competing for the fourth time in the finals of the National Collegiate hockey championship, held this year at Brown University, won its second title with an 8-2 defeat of Boston College. The young team (14 players on the squad were completing their first varsity season) from Houghton, Mich. placed five men on the All-Tournament first team.
HORSE RACING—Jockey Bill Mahorney, who has ridden more than 130 winners but never won a slakes race, finally won one when he guided CUPID ($7.20) to an eight-length victory in the $27,700 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct.
SWIMMING—MIKE GERRY set meet records of 5:05 in the 500-yard freestyle and 18:13.2 in the 1,650-yard freestyle to load SAN DIEGO STATE to the National Collegiate (college division) title at Normal, Ill. California State (Long Beach) finished second, largely on the record performances of GARY ILMAN in the 100-and 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and as anchor man in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
TRACK & FIELD—Three U.S. Olympic gold-medalists were defeated at the Knights of Columbus indoor meet in Cleveland. BILL CROTHERS of Toronto edged Ollan Cassell by two steps in the 600 with a time of 1:11; DAVE ELLIS, also of Toronto, came within five yards of lapping Bob Schul in the three-mile run (13:57); and JIM GRELLE of Portland, Ore. turned it on in the last half lap to pass Billy Mills and win the mile by five yards in 4:10. IOLANDA BALAS of Rumania and ABBY HOFFMAN of Toronto both set meet records—Miss Balas in the high jump at 5 feet 10½ inches and Miss Hoffman in the women's 880 in 2:12. MEL PENDER, Paul Drayton and Willie Davenport, all U.S. Army runners, took first, second and third in the 50-yard dash. ERGAS LEPS, who holds the Canadian indoor and outdoor mile records, ran the 1,000 meters in 2:13.5, to win by eight yards over John Dunkelberg of North Carolina. RALPH BOSTON came in third in the high jump, which was won by GENE JOHNSON of Santa Clara, Calif. at 6 feet 10, then beat Willie Davenport by 1/10 second in the 50-yard high hurdles.
Robin Lingle of the University of Missouri, who ran the fastest 1,000 indoors this reason (2:07.3), and JOHN CAMIEN of Emporia State, who equaled his best mile time (4:01.7), were the only defending champions who repeated at the U.S. Track and field federation championships (the Journal Games) in Milwaukee. JOHN RAMBO of California State (Long Beach) high jumped 6 feet 11¾ inches, exceeding the federation mark by 2¾ inches, and STEVE CARSON of Iowa Stale ran a section of the 600 in 1:10.6, also a federation record. In a time that was almost four seconds slower than the winning time at the NCAA championships in Detroit a week earlier. OKLAHOMA STATE's two-mile relay team set a federation mark of 7:31.7.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Commissioner of the newly organized Continental Football League, former U.S. Senator and governor of Kentucky, A.B. (Happy) CHANDLER, commissioner of baseball from 1945 to 1951.
NAMED: Old pro RICHARD (Pancho) GONZALEZ to coach the 1965 U.S. Davis Cup tennis team. Gonzalez was the coach of the 1963 U.S. team that captured the cup from its current owners, the Australians.
RETIRED: The New York Giants backfield star for 12 seasons, FRANK GIFFORD, 34, to devote himself full time to sports broadcasting. Gifford, who was an All-America halfback at USC in 1951, led the Giants in both rushing and pass receiving from 1956 to 1959.
DIED: JACK QUINLAN, 37, broadcaster of Chicago Cub games on radio since 1956, in an automobile accident near Phoenix, Ariz., where he had been covering the club in spring training.
DIED: AMOS ALONZO STAGG, 102, football coach for 70 years and pioneer of the forward pass and the T formation, of uremic poisoning at a rest home in Stockton, Calif. (page 11). As an undergraduate baseball pitcher, Stagg led Yale to five championships, and as an end on the football team. was named to Walter Camp's first All-America team in 1889. After turning down six offers to play professional baseball, he was invited 10 coach football at the newly founded University of Chicago in 1892. In 41 years there his teams won seven Big Ten titles and had four unbeaten seasons. When requested by the university in 1932 at the age of 70 to retire to a job as supervisor of athletic , Stagg moved on to the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he coached 14 more years. He finished his coaching career after six seasons at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and held a supervisory job at COP until his retirement in 1960 at the age of 98. Stagg is the only person ever to be elected to the Football Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach.