BOATING—WARREN BROWN of Bermuda out-sailed Arthur Knapp of Manhasset, N.Y. to win two out of three International One-Design races for the King Edward VII Gold Cup at the Bermuda International Race Week. It was the first time Bermuda had won the cup since 1961.
This is an article from the May 16, 1966 issue
FOOTBALL—The American Football League, reorganizing its front office under the leadership of new Commissioner Al Davis, named as director of public relations MICKEY HERSKOWITZ, 32, sports editor of the Houston Post; as director of special events VAL PINCHBECK, 35, head of sports publicity at Syracuse; as administrative assistant CARROLL MARTIN, 50, a vice-president of the Houston Oilers and as supervisor of officials MEL HEIN, 58, who played 15 years (1931-46) with the Giants before joining the coaching staff at University of Southern California.
GOLF—KATHY WHITWORTH of San Antonio won the $1,875 first prize at the Tall City Open in Midland, Texas, with a five-under-par 208, defeating Mickey Wright of Dallas, who had led by two strokes until the 17th hole, by one stroke. A week earlier Miss Wright beat Miss Whitworth in the Shreveport (La.) tournament by two strokes.
Mrs. Nancy Roth Syms, 27, of Hollywood, Fla., who won the Doherty and the North-South titles earlier this year, defeated Mrs. Judy Eller Street, 25, of Chattanooga, 9 and 7 in the 36-hole final in New Orleans to take her second Women's Southern Amateur Championship.
GYMNASTICS—MAKOTO SAKAMOTO, a freshman at the University of Southern California, won his fourth straight men's all-round title, and LINDA METHENY of Tuscola, Ill. beat Marie Walther of Kent State (Ohio) University to take the women's all-round at the national championships in Bartlesville, Okla. (page 78).
HARNESS RACING—Richard Downing's 1964 and 1965 Harness Horse of the Year, BRET HANOVER ($2.80), driven by Frank Ervin, made his 1966 debut a winning one by taking the $60,000 Adios Pace by 1½ lengths over Adios Vic, the only horse ever to beat Bret (three times last year);at Washington Park.
HOCKEY—NHL: Henri Richard's goal at 2:20 in overtime gave MONTREAL its second straight Stanley Cup as the Canadiens defeated Detroit 3-2 in the sixth game to take the series 4-2 (page 38).
HORSE RACING—"I was so shook up that I almost went into orbit," said Omaha Businessman Mike Ford as his Native Dancer colt KAUAI KING ($6.80), with Don Brumfield up, became the first wire-to-wire Kentucky Derby winner since Jet Pilot in 1947, beating Mrs. Ada L. Rice's Advocator by half a length at Churchill Downs (page 30).
A day earlier at Louisville, Brumfield rode NATIVE STREET ($7.80), a Native Dancer filly, to a head victory over Clifford Lussky's Justakiss in the $60,550 Kentucky Oaks. Justakiss was disqualified for bumping another horse at the start of the race, and Lady Pitt was moved up to second.
Davis II ($34), an Argentine-bred 6-year-old gray owned by Herman M. Harris and ridden by Calvin Stone, scored his first U.S. stakes victory when he defeated Ogden Mills Phipps's Time Tested by a length in Aqueduct's $57,600 Carter Handicap.
MOTOR SPORTS—Belgium's WILLY MAIRESSE and West Germany's HERBERT MULLER drove their Porsche-Carrera 6 to victory in Sicily's Targa Florio, the world's oldest automobile race (SI, May 9), in 7:16:32.3. The winners averaged 61.49 mph as a driving rain made the tough 430-mile, 10-lap course more hazardous than usual and only 13 of 70 starters were able to finish.
TRACK & FIELD—For the first time in 34 years, UCLA defeated USC, winning 11 of 17 varsity events for a score of 86-59 (page 74).
"I leaned forward a little and I just seemed to fly," said San Jose State junior TOMMY SMITH after he broke the world record in both the 220-yard and 200-meter dash on a straightaway by half a second with a 19.5 clocking in a triangular meet at San Jose.
Kentucky State's JIM KEMP, the NCAA 440-yard champion, didn't think he would be able to run during the outdoor season after he pulled a muscle in his right leg in January, but at the Marine Corps School Relays in Quantico, Va., Kemp anchored KENTUCKY STATE's sprint medley team, which set a meet record, ran the second leg of the 880-yard relay as the Thorobreds set another meet mark and anchored the winning invitational mile relay team.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: As head coach of the U.S. men's track and field team that will meet Russia in the annual dual meet in Los Angeles, July 23-24, STAN WRIGHT, 44, track coach at Texas Southern University for 15 years. Assisting him will be Vern Wolfe, the USC coach, and Chuck Coker, former coach of the Southern California Striders.
HIRED: As head coach of the new NBA team, the Chicago Bulls, JOHNNY (Red) KERR, 33, a former University of Illinois star who played 12 seasons in the NBA and holds the record for most consecutive games played (917). Signed as assistant coach was Kerr's roommate for nine seasons at Syracuse and Philadelphia, AL BIANCHI, 34.
NAMED: As head basketball coach at North Carolina State, NORMAN SLOAN, 39, who had a 221-137 record in 14 seasons at Presbyterian, The Citadel and Florida, to replace PRESS MARAVICH, who resigned to take the head coaching job at LSU. Accepting a similar coaching post at Boston University was CHARLES LUCE, 37, a BU graduate and head coach at Greenwich (Conn.) High School.
TRADED: ORLANDO CEPEDA, 28, the San Francisco Giants' slugging first baseman, to the St. Louis Cardinals for left-hander RAY SADECKI, 25, and Los Angeles Dodger left-hander JOHNNY PODRES, 34, to the Detroit Tigers for cash and an unnamed player.
RETIRED: BILL GADSBY, the rugged 38-year-old Detroit Red Wing defenseman, after 1,315 NHL games and more than 500 stitches in his face. Gadsby, who is one of only three men to play 20 years in the league, said he would like to coach, but he will go back to his insurance agency in Edmonton, Alberta, for the present.
FIRED: New York Yankee Manager JOHNNY KEANE, 54, after the club—a sixth-place finisher last year under Keane's direction—fell into last place in the American League with a 4-16 record (page 34). Replacing Keane was Vice-President and General Manager RALPH HOUK, 45, who piloted the Yankees to pennants in 1961, 1962 and 1963.
DIED: BOB ELLIOTT, 49, a major league outfielder and third baseman for 15 seasons (1939-53) and the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1947 while with the Boston Braves; of a ruptured vein in his windpipe, in San Diego. Elliott hit .333 in the 1948 World Series for the Braves, played in five All-Star games (.333) and had a lifetime batting average of .289. He also managed in the Pacific Coast League from 1955-59 and in 1960 was the manager of the Kansas City Athletics.
DIED: C.O. BROWN, 66, organizer and president of the American Amateur Baseball Congress; in Battle Creek, Mich. In 1935, Brown, a native of Chattanooga, founded the AABC, which now has 2,500 teams involving 40,000 players in the U.S. and Canada, and served as its only president.
DIED: BING MILLER, 71, a former Philadelphia Athletic right-fielder who had a .312 lifetime batting average in his 16-year career (1921-36); after an auto accident near his Wynnewood (Pa.) home. Miller batted over .300 for seven consecutive seasons, played in three World Series with the A's (1929, '30 and '31) and coached for various American League teams from 1937-53.