BOWLING—"I can't believe it. I really can't," said JUDY LEE, 26, part-owner of a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles, after defeating Nancy Peterson of Phoenix, Ariz. 799-760 and 771-742 in two four-game matches to win the Women's International Bowling Congress' Queens double-elimination tournament in New Orleans. Miss Lee, who lost earlier to Miss Peterson 679-668, then beat Lorry Rocka of Hayward, Calif. to gain the finals, became the first bowler in the tournament's six-year history to come from a loser's bracket and win the title.
In the American Bowling Congress super 66-day tournament in Rochester, N.Y., touring pro LES SCHISSLER, 36, of Denver became the third bowler in ABC history to win three titles as he took the classic singles (with a record 760), the classic all-events (with 2,112) and joined the ACE MITCHELL SHUR-HOOKS of Akron, Ohio to win the classic team event (with 6,536 points). Other division winners were: DON CHAPMAN of Scranton, Pa., regular singles; JOHN WILCOX of Williamsport. Pa., regular all-events; TONY LOICANO and BOB KWIECIEN of Detroit, regular doubles; PLAZA LANES of Sault Sainte Marie, Ont., regular team; JIM STEFANICH and ANDY ROGOZNICA of Chicago, classic doubles; and PAT'S DAIRY of Rochester, booster's team.
BOXING—California Heavyweight JERRY QUARRY, who has won 17 fights and had three draws in his year of professional boxing, and TONY ALONGI of Paterson, N.J., a veteran of 43 fights, fought to a 10-round draw in Los Angeles Sports Arena. Their first match, in March at New York's Madison Square Garden, was also a draw (p. 28).
Undefeated since he turned pro after winning the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1964, Philadelphian JOE FRAZIER scored his 10th straight professional knockout when he floored Al Jones of Memphis in 2:33 of the first round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Los Angeles.
June 5, 1966
FOOTBALL—The NFL and AFL went on snarling at one another about player-snatching as ROMAN GABRIEL, 26-year-old Rams quarterback from North Carolina State, seemingly signed conflicting contracts in both camps. Gabriel, who has spent the past four seasons with the NFL's Los Angeles club, reportedly signed up to play another two years for the Rams just a few days after he had reportedly signed another contract to begin playing with the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League in 1967. "I had a long conversation with Gabriel, and he signed a contract with us," said Gordon Stirling, general manager of the Raiders. But the Rams insisted Gabriel had signed with them for '66-'67 with an option for 1968. Wherever his signature might be, Gabriel's heart was plainly in L.A. "The Rams are my team," he said. "I plan to be with them for many years to come."
HARNESS RACING—Richard Downing's BRET HANOVER, barred from the betting, won his 48th of 52 starts when he beat Rivaltime by 3½ lengths in the $86,111 Realization Pace on a sloppy track at Roosevelt Raceway. Moved up to the winner's spot in the betting, Rivaltime paid $14.80. Driven by William Myer, ROMEO HANOVER, the 3-year-old who got one leg up on pacing's Triple Crown by winning the Cane Futurity two weeks ago, scored an easy 1½-length victory over Rocky Adios in the $25,000 Commodore Pace at Roosevelt Raceway's opening summer meeting. Rocky Adios paid $6.60 to win, because betting (except for twin double and exacta wagering) was barred on Romeo Hanover.
HOCKEY—BOBBY HULL, 27, the Chicago Black Hawks left winger who broke two National Hockey League scoring records this season with 54 goals and 97 points, won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second consecutive year. Hull is the fourth player ever to win the award twice.
HORSE RACING—Queen Elizabeth was under a roof, but everyone else huddled under umbrellas in the downpour at Epsom, England as they watched Lady Zia Wernher's CHARLOTTOWN, with Australian Scobie Breasley up, win the Derby by a neck over Pretendre in the closest finish of the English classic since 1949. "I nearly fainted when I saw Charlottown going through to win," said Lady Wernher, who was delighted with the $208,570 purse, but not too pleased with the winner who tried to bite her hand after the race. Charlottown's sire, Charlottesville, won the French Derby in 1960; his dam, Meld, the Oaks in 1955. This makes the 3-year-old bay the first offspring of winners of these two stakes races ever to take the Derby.
Two days later the Queen was at Epsom again—this time without her umbrella—to cheer on a new Oaks winner as Lester Piggott rode VALORIS, the Irish-trained favorite owned by English Millionaire Charles Clore, to an easy 2½-length victory over American Paul Mellon's Berkeley Springs in this 188-year-old Epsom classic for 3-year-old fillies. "This is my first classic success, and it has taken me 20 years to achieve it," said Clore, who collected $99,990 for the victory.
ROWING—Coach Joe Burk's Pennsylvania crews swept Cayuga's waters clean as Penn's varsity won over Cornell by one length, Penn's jayvees beat the Big Red by 1½ lengths, and the fabulous Penn freshmen crossed the line 11 lengths ahead of their Cornell counterparts at Ithaca, N.Y.
TENNIS—In a major upset, Dennis Ralston, top-ranking U.S. player and the last American male left in the singles, was tossed out of the French championships in the fourth round by upstart Russian ALEXANDER METREVELI 8-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD—MARYLAND won its second straight IC4A team title with a total of 40 points (27 in field events) as Villanova finished second with 32 and Morgan State was third with 20 at the two-day meet on Randalls Island, N.Y.
Southern University's 440-yard relay team—Harvey Nairn, Grundy Harris, Webster Johnson and George Anderson—clipped .1 second off the world record (set by Stanford last year) with a 39.6 clocking at the California Relays in Modesto, Calif.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: As personnel director of the Baltimore Colts, UPTON BELL, 28-year-old son of the late Bert Bell, commissioner of the National Football League for 13 years. Young Bell has spent the past six years learning the business with the Colt ticket-sales and scouting departments.
NAMED: Minneapolis-St. Paul's new National Hockey League team in an area-wide contest offering a prize of $100 (in savings bonds) and two season tickets. Winning name: NORTH STARS.
HIRED: PETE REISER, 46, who played 12 years of major league baseball in the outfields of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, as manager of the Dallas-Fort Worth baseball team in the Texas League.
REHIRED: As a player by the Philadelphia 76ers, LARRY COSTELLO, 34, who played 10 years in the NBA with Philadelphia and Syracuse before retiring from pro ball to become a high school coach in 1965. A former Niagara star forward, Costello played in 629 pro games and scored 8,041 points for an average of 12.8 per game.
DIED: JIM BARNES, 79, one of golf's "Big Three" (with Walter Hagen and Jock Hutchison) in the 1920s, in East Orange, N.J. Barnes won the PGA Championship in 1916 and 1919, the U.S. Open in 1921 and the British Open in 1925. He came to the U.S. from his Lelant, Cornwall, England home in 1906 because "considerable was said about the state of California being a land of sunshine with mild winters, and this seemed to mean that it was a great place for golf." Barnes, whose trademark on the golf course was the cud of sweet clover he always chewed, won his first tournament—the Pacific Northwest Open—in 1908. He ended his touring days in 1930 and recorded his last notable victory in 1939 in the New Jersey Open. From 1941 to 1947 he was head golf pro at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, N.Y.