A roundup of the sports information of the week

June 13, 1966
June 13, 1966

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June 13, 1966

Second Fastest
  • By Gwilym S. Brown

    A 19-year-old Kansas freshman, Jim Ryun, gave U.S. track fans their biggest thrill of 1966 when he came within two-tenths of a second of breaking Michel Jazy's 3:53.6 world mile record

Reckless Dash
U.S. Open
Harness Racing
A Nobody
  • Each year thousands of unknown golfers try to qualify for the U.S. Open, and some succeed. This is the story of one of them, a country-club pro from Michigan City, Ind. named George Thomas (right), who had long dreamed of 'teeing it up' in the game's greatest tournament but never really expected that one June day he would be sharing the Bellerive Country Club locker room with—and competing against—players like Jack Nicklaus

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—SKIP ALLAN, sailing out of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, skippered his father's Holiday, Too to the National Cal-40 championship for the second consecutive year when he scored two firsts and a second in rough water and a 20-knot blow off Long Beach, Calif.

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Bolero, Mrs. Charles M. White's 73-foot yawl from Huntington, L.I., crossed the finish line first and had the best corrected time in the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island race, but lost the trophy when a protest for a starting line infraction was upheld by race officials. John B. Kilroy's KIALOA II, a 73-footer out of Newport Beach, Calif. was moved up from second and became the first California yacht to win the 21-year-old Block Island event.

BOXING—"I'm tired and must decide my future plans later," said Brazil's Eder Jofre after he failed in his attempt to regain the world bantamweight title he lost a year ago to Japan's FIGHTING HARADA. The 23-year-old Japanese who beat Jofre won the world flyweight title at age 19 to become the youngest world titleholder ever. Harada, who has a pro record of 41 wins, including 17 knockouts, and three losses in two divisions (flyweight and bantamweight) scored a unanimous decision over Jofre, seven years his senior, in their 15-round bout in Tokyo. The defeat was Jofre's second in 74 professional matches.

CHESS—The U.S.S.R.'s TIGRAN PETROSIAN, 36, retained his world championship by defeating Boris Spassky, the 29-year-old challenger, also from Russia, in the crucial 22nd game of a match that began April 11 in Moscow. Petrosian, who took the world championship in 1963 from another Russian, Mikhail Botvinnik, won four games to Spassky's two. All the others ended in draws.

GOLF—BERT YANCEY, 27, a former West Point cadet who plays out of Philadelphia, collected the biggest check ($20,000) of his seven-year professional career when he won the Memphis Open with a 15-under-par 265 over Gene Littler.

HARNESS RACING—"It was the first turn that did it," said Frank Ervin as he drove BRET HANOVER ($3.20) to a three-quarter-length victory in Roosevelt's $50,000 pace. The race was called the Revenge because it was supposed to be a duel between Bret and Cardigan Bay, the New Zealand champion who beat him two weeks ago (page 72). However, Cardigan Bay proved an also-ran and ended up in third place, three-quarters of a length behind Rex Pick, the surprising second-place finisher.

HORSE RACING—Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Kauai King failed in his bid for racing's Triple Crown as Reginald N. Webster's AMBEROID ($13.00), ridden by Bill Boland, ran away with Aqueduct's Belmont Stakes, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of King Ranch's surprising Buffle (page 34). Kauai King came in fourth, a neck behind Mrs. Ada L. Rice's Advocator.

In the preceding race, a six-furlong allowance called the Sherluck, Ogden Phipps's BUCKPASSER ($2.80), who might have been eligible for some greater 3-year-old honors if he hadn't suffered a quarter crack in his hoof earlier in the season, won his first start since he took the Flamingo Stakes in March with a two-length victory over Golden Triangle Stables' Tim's Stingray.

Nelcius, an 8-1 shot ridden by Yves Saint-Martin, collected a $160,000 purse when he won the French Derby by 1½ lengths over Bon Mot at Chantilly, France.

LACROSSE—NAVY defeated Army 16-7 at West Point to take its seventh straight national championship and complete its third consecutive undefeated season in collegiate competition (page 88). The Middies, who suffered their last intercollegiate loss in 1963 to the Cadets, were beaten once this year (by a single goal), but that was by the more mature team of Baltimore's Mount Washington Lacrosse Club.

As Navy routed Army, the MOUNT WASHINGTON LACROSSE CLUB won its fourth U.S. Club Lacrosse Association title in six years with a 17-7 victory over the University Club in Baltimore. Mount Washington ended the season with an 8-1 record. Its only loss was to Army.

MOTOR SPORTS—Californian PHIL HILL and Sweden's JOAKIM BONNIER drove their Texas-built Chaparral-Chevrolet, a rear-engine racer with automatic transmission, to victory in 6:58:47.6 in the N√ºrburgring 1,000-kilometer classic in Adenau, West Germany.

Mario Andretti of Nazareth, Pa. won the Milwaukee 100, after A.J. Foyt, the four-time national driving champion who was favored to win, cracked up his new Lotus-Ford and was severely burned in a pre-race practice run.

ROWING—PENNSYLVANIA'S powerful freshmen remained unbeaten in seven races as they scored a three-length victory over the Potomac Boat Club of Washington to win the Stewards Cup at the American Henley regatta on the Schuylkill. The NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB won over five other crews in the senior eights division, and DON SPERO, winner of the Diamond Sculls at England's Henley last year, won the Farragut Cup for the 2,000-meter single sculls championship.

The UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC defeated Philadelphia's Olympic Champion Vesper Boat Club by half a length in an eight-oared race over 2000 meters, in Cairo, Egypt.

TENNIS—After being beaten in the singles by Russia's Alexander Metreveli (page 80), America's No. 1-ranked DENNIS RALSTON teamed with Clark Graebner of Beachwood, Ohio, to win the men's doubles title over 'Rumanians Ion Tiriac and Ilie Nastase 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 at the French International Championships in Paris. It was the first U.S. victory in the men's division since 1955. Metreveli later lost to Australia's TONY ROCHE who defeated 1st van Gulyas of Hungary for the singles crown. Nancy Richey of Dallas was upset by Britain's MRS. ANN HAYDON JONES in the women's singles, and MARGARET SMITH and JUDY TEGART won over Fay Toyne and Jill Blackman in an all-Australian women's doubles final.

TRACK & FIELD—Kansas freshman JIM RYUN defeated Jim Grelle by 20 yards as he won the mile in a fantastic 3:53.7, missing the world record by one-tenth of a second at the Compton Invitational in Los Angeles (page 26).

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: PONE KINGPETCH, 30, Thailand's former world flyweight boxing champion, from the ring after 12 years. Pone, who said he felt "a bit bored," won the flyweight title first in 1960, lost it three times and regained it twice before his final defeat in 1965 by Salvatore Burruni of Italy. Although he had gone into semi-retirement after his loss to Burruni, Pone tried a comeback earlier this year, winning one bout and losing one.

RETIRED: RODGER WARD, 45, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1959 and 1962) and 15th place finisher this year, from auto racing. For the present, Ward plans to "just sit around and let the smoke clear." He ends his career as the U.S. Auto Club's alltime point-standing leader with 16,524.4 points and has 26 wins, second only to A. J. Foyt, who has won 32 races (page 30).

DIED: JAMES (Hippo) VAUGHN, 78, the Chicago Cubs pitcher who was the loser on May 2, 1917 in the only major league game ever to go nine innings without a hit (Cincinnati got two hits and a run in the 10th to win); in Chicago. Vaughn came up to the majors in 1908 with the American League's New York Highlanders (renamed the Yankees in 1913) and spent four seasons with them before going to Washington for a year in 1912. Five times during the following nine seasons with the Cubs (1913-1921), Vaughn won 20 or more games. "Because my arm was hurting and I'd been pitching hard for 10 years," Vaughn retired in 1921 with a lifetime record of 178 wins, 137 losses.