BOATING—Miss Bardahl and TAHOE MISS won two preliminary heats apiece in the Governor's Cup race for unlimited hydroplanes on the Ohio River in Madison, Ind. and Miss Bardahl, driven by Ron Musson, led all the way in the fifth and final heat. But Referee Bill Newton ruled that Musson had forced Chuck Thompson, the driver of Tahoe Miss, inside the course after the lanes had been established and penalized him one lap, making Thompson the winner. Musson, though dropped to last place in the final heat by the penalty, wound up second overall in the standings.
Sailing in the Berkeley Shoals area of San Francisco Bay, JAKE WOOSER of San Francisco won the world championship of the International One-Design class by 7¼ points over Ingar Dobloug of Oslo, Norway, in a seven-race series.
BOXING—VICENTE SALDIVAR of Mexico successfully defended his world featherweight title at Earl's Court Stadium in London by winning a 15-round decision over Howard Winstone of Wales, the British Empire champion. It was Saldivar's 26th victory in 27 fights.
FOOTBALL—The 1964 champion BUFFALO BILLS opened the 1965 American Football League season with an easy 24-7 victory over Boston, the Eastern Division runner-ups, after breaking a 7-7 half-time tie with a 22-yard return of a pass interception for a touchdown by Charley Warner. SAN DIEGO, last year's Western Division champion, edged Denver 34-31 when John Hadl tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Lance Alworth in the last quarter. In other games HOUSTON defeated New York 27-21 and OAKLAND beat Kansas City 37-10.
September 19, 1965
GOLF—GARY PLAYER, leading Jack Nicklaus by one stroke after the first round of the two-round World Series of Golf on the Firestone Country Club course in Akron, shot a final-round 69, one under par, to defeat Nicklaus by three strokes. Peter Thomson finished five strokes back, followed by Dave Marr, 12 strokes out.
Playing in an exhibition match with Doug Sanders in Johnson City, Tenn., ARNOLD PALMER fired a hole in one on the par-3, 135-yard 2nd hole and went on to finish with a five-under-par 66. Sanders shot an even-par 71.
HARNESS RACING—Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Transoceanic Trot, a mile and a quarter for foreign-owned Standardbreds, was won by ELAINE RODNEY ($4.40) by 2¾ lengths over Apex Hanover, one of the two Russian-owned entries. The 8-year-old American-bred mare from the Santipasta Stables of Bologna, Italy was timed in 2:36⅖ the fastest clocking in four renewals of the Transoceanic. Rodney's driver, Gerhard Kruger, announced after the race that she will be retired this week following the United Nations Trot.
Bret Hanover equaled the world record for the mile, set by Adios Harry in 1955, with a 1:55 clocking the first heat of the $34,838 Horseman Futurity Pace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But ADIOS VIC, the only horse to have defeated Bret in his 37 previous races, won the second heat and then beat Bret by a nose in a third-heat runoff.
HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($3.60), Braulio Baeza aboard, won the $335,475 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park after taking the lead at the eighth pole and holding it to cross the finish line a half length in front of Fathers Image (page 112). It was the 2-year-old bay colt's eighth straight victory in nine starts.
Greentree Stable's MALICIOUS ($10.20), weighted at 116 pounds, with Bobby Ussery up, beat Pluck by three lengths and Roman Brother by another nose to win the $108,200 Aqueduct Stakes at Aqueduct. Top-weighted (130 pounds) Kelso, attempting to reach the $2 million mark in earnings, came in fourth, his ninth finish out of the money in 61 races.
Meadow Court was the 4-to-11 favorite to win the St. Leger Classic at Doncaster, England, but PROVOKE, a 28-to-1 long shot ridden by Joe Mercer, ran away with the race by 10 lengths. Meadow Court came in second.
The world's richest single horse race, the $419,460 All-American Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex., was only 400 yards long and was over in 20.3 seconds, but it earned its winner, SAVANNAH JR. ($14.80), $192,730. Art's Model finished second, 2½ lengths back.
MOTOR SPORTS—DON PRUDHOMME's elapsed time of 7.505 seconds set a record in the National Hot Rod Association's fuel eliminator competition at Indianapolis Raceway Park and also gave him his second straight NHRA championship. The Granada Hills, Calif. car painter covered the quarter mile .313 of a second faster than Tommy Ivo of Burbank, Calif. and reached a top speed of 207.33 mph.
Jim Hall's Chevrolet Chaparrals came in first and second in Road America's 500-mile sports car race at Elkhart Lake, Wis., but GEORGE FOLLMER of Pasadena, Calif., driving a Lotus Porsche, gained the U.S. road-racing championship with his fourth-place finish. Hall, the 1964 champion, began the race driving the car that eventually won and received credit for the victory. For the last third of the 125-lap race, however, he switched to his other Chaparral, taking the wheel from Bruce Jennings of Towson. Md., and drove it to a second-place finish. The winning Chaparral averaged 89.526 mph.
With every other top contender knocked out of the Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C. by wrecks or mechanical failures, NED JARRETT of Camden, S.C. drove a 1965 Ford to an easy victory, finishing 11 laps ahead of Buddy Baker of Charlotte, N.C. in a new Plymouth. His average speed was 115.878 mph. The win virtually clinched the 1965 NASCAR Grand National Championship, worth $25,000, for Jarrett.
SWIMMING—An East German 880-yard freestyle relay team (ALFRED MULLER, UDO POSER, HORST-GUNTHER GREGOR and FRANK WIEGAND) swam to a world record of 8:07.3 in Leipzig, bettering by one second the mark set by four West Germans in London five weeks earlier.
TENNIS—Spain's MANUEL SANTANA defeated Cliff Drysdale of South Africa 6-2, 7-9, 7-5, 6-1 to gain the U.S. men's singles title at Forest Hills, while MARGARET SMITH of Australia beat the U.S.'s Billie Jean Moffitt 8-6, 7-5 for the women's championship (page 36).
MILEPOSTS—PROMOTED: To head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers following Buddy Parker's resignation, MIKE NIXON, an assistant coach with the Steelers the past four seasons and head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1959 and 1960. During Parker's eight years with the Steelers the team had a record of 51 wins, 47 losses and six ties. Pittsburgh's best finish under Parker was in 1962, when it placed second in the NFL's Eastern Division. The Redskins under Nixon won four games, lost 18 and tied two.
HIRED: To serve as public-relations director for the Detroit Lions of the NFL, LYALL SMITH, who has been sports editor and columnist for the Detroit Free Press since 1945. He replaces Bud Erickson, who moved to Atlanta as assistant to the president of the new NFL team there.
SIGNED: By the Kansas City Athletics to pitch during the remainder of the 1965 season, the legendary LEROY SATCHEL PAIGE, who is "a shade over 50," according to Paige, or close to 60, according to the record books. Paige began his career in 1926 in the Negro leagues and finally was brought to the majors in 1948 by Cleveland President Bill Veeck. After helping the Indians win the pennant that year with a 6-1 record in relief, Paige pitched one more season for Cleveland (4-7) before going back to the Negro leagues for a year. In 1951 Veeck, by then the owner of the old St. Louis Browns, gave him another fling in the big leagues and Paige played for three more seasons (18-23). In the 12 years since he left the Browns in 1953, Paige has pitched in the minor leagues and barnstormed. "It isn't getting the ball over the plate that might give me trouble," said Paige, who is noted for his hesitation pitch and his razor-sharp control. "When I warm up, I'll simply drop a bubble gum wrapper on the ground and use it as home plate. It's what happens to the ball after it gets up there. I still think I can keep it off the fat part of their bats, though."
RESIGNED: As coach of the Austrian national ski team, PEPI STIEGLER, 28, the 1964 Olympic gold medal winner in the slalom, to become director of the ski school at the new Jackson Hole, Wyo. ski resort.