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A roundup of the sports information of the week

June 03, 1968
June 03, 1968

Table of Contents
June 3, 1968

Boomerang
  • Torturing former teammates is a labor of love for baseball players. With ticket hustling and expansion causing more trades all the time, the revenge of the outcast is having an increasing effect on who finishes where in the pennant races

A Real Shot
Boxing
Wrestling
Bridge
A Flare
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOWLING—JIM STEFANICH of Joliet, Ill. beat Billy Hardwick of Louisville 208-211, 226-225, 246-180, 233-216 to win the PBA $65,000 All-Star championship in Garden City, N.Y. Overall, Stefanich had a three-day average of 222 and led Hardwick in total points 12,401 to 12,104. The victory earned $15,000 for Stefanich, who is the top money-winner this year with $49,950. DOTTY FOTHERGILL of North Attleboro, Mass. won the women's title (worth $5,000) and became the first lefthander—male or female—ever to finish first in the tournament. She had a 211 average and was an easy winner over Doris Coburn of Buffalo in total points, 9,000 to 8,187.

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BOXING—The world light-heavyweight title was won by BOB FOSTER of Washington, when he knocked out Dick Tiger of Biafra at 2:05 of the fourth round at Madison Square Garden (page 52).

Former Heavyweight Champion SONNY LISTON, who at 222 pounds outweighed his opponent by 32½ pounds, plodded his way to a sluggish, albeit not slugging, win over Billy Joiner in a bout stopped after the seventh round in Los Angeles.

GOLF—BOB LUNN of Sacramento finished with a 72-hole total of 268 and a one-stroke win over Monty Kaser at the $100,000 Memphis Open.

HARNESS RACING—ROMULUS HANOVER won the 1¼ mile $100,000 Empire Pace at Yonkers—a nonbetting race—by three-quarters of a length over Nardin's Byrd.

Twelve-year-old CARDIGAN BAY ($10.60) won the $25,000 Adios Butler Cup at Roosevelt Raceway by a head over True Duane in 1:59.8, the fastest mile of the year at a New York track. Cardigan Bay's victory, the 68th of his career, was worth $12,500 and increased his record lifetime earnings to $973,071.

HORSE RACING—The $55,800 Carter Handicap was won by IN REALITY ($6.40), who finished 1½ lengths in front of Tumiga, at the opening of the completely rebuilt Belmont Park (page 31).

Five days later at Belmont, the $60,100 Acorn Stakes was taken by DARK MIRAGE ($4.60), who crossed the finish line six lengths ahead of Another Nell, tying the track record of 1:34.8 for the mile set in 1942 by Count Fleet.

LACROSSE—ARMY became the first team ever to beat the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club (club champions five of the past seven seasons) three years in a row, winning this time by a score of 10-7.

MOTOR SPORTS—Eleven of 16 starters had to drop out of the grueling Grand Prix of Monaco in Monte Carlo, but GRAHAM HILL of Great Britain took his Lotus into the lead on the third lap and held it the rest of the way. Hill, who won with a record average speed of 77.7 mph, finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Richard Attwood, another Briton, who drove a B.R.M. The victory left Hill far in front in the standings for the world driving championship. He now has 24 points, 14 more than Denis Hulme of New Zealand, who was fifth at Monte Carlo, where the course was shortened from its usual 195 miles to 160 miles in a vain attempt to cut down on the number of dropouts.

Buddy Baker of Charlotte, N.C. finished first in the World 600-mile stock-car race that was cut down to the World 381½ by heavy rains in Charlotte. Twenty drivers averaged 153.895 mph in the qualifications, but Baker, driving a Dodge, won with an average speed of 104.207 as 114 of the 255 laps were run under caution flags. Second was Donnie Allison of Hueytown, Ala.

ROWING—The Vesper Boat Club was upset by both the varsity and junior varsity crews from PENNSYLVANIA on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's varsity, which has lost only to Harvard this year, finished two-tenths of a second ahead of the jayvees, who, in turn, finished nearly three seconds in front of Vesper.

SOCCER—NASL: Goalie Mirko Stojanovic came up with his sixth shutout as OAKLAND beat Houston 3-0 and moved to within two points of idle SAN DIEGO in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. VANCOUVER had a win, a loss and a tie, the victory being a 1-0 decision over last-place LOS ANGELES. That loss was the first of the season for the Wolves, and the goal was the first allowed by Goalie Malcolm White after 231 consecutive scoreless minutes. Eric Barber's two goals gave KANSAS CITY a 2-2 tie with Vancouver as the Spurs increased their lead to four points in the Gulf Division. HOUSTON, which had lost only twice during the first seven weeks of the season, dropped three games in six days. ST. LOUIS was not scheduled, and winless DALLAS lost for the ninth time. A 2-1 win over Houston left NEW YORK just four points behind first-place ATLANTA, which did not play, in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Third-place WASHINGTON defeated Vancouver 3-2. BALTIMORE and BOSTON both played Cleveland, the Bays winning 2-1 for their fourth win in a row and the Beacons losing 4-1. That 4-1 win temporarily moved CLEVELAND into a tie for the Lakes Division lead with CHICAGO. By the end of the week, though, the Mustangs, who tied Toronto and beat Houston, were back on top by seven points. DETROIT, with Roy Cheetham setting a league record by scoring on three penalty kicks, drubbed Dallas 6-0. The Cougars then lost 3-2 to last-place TORONTO on a 45-yard free kick.

TENNIS—The U.S. defeated Mexico 5-0 to win the North American Zone Davis Cup series in Berkeley, Calif. Lieut. ARTHUR ASHE and CLARK GRAEBNER took the opening singles matches, Ashe taking care of Rafael Osuna 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 and Graebner beating Joaquin Loyo-Mayo 6-3, 8-6, 4-6, 6-4. Two USC students—STAN SMITH and BOB LUTZ—then won the doubles match from Osuna and Vicente Zarazua 4-6, 6-3, 9-7, 10-8.

The Federation Cup was won by AUSTRALIA for the third time in six years as MRS. MARGARET SMITH COURT and KERRY MELVILLE defeated a surprising Dutch team in Paris. Mrs. Court beat Astrid Suurbeek 6-1, 6-3 and Miss Melville barely held off Marijke Jansen 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 but had to save four match points to do so. The Aussie women took the doubles 6-3, 6-8, 7-5 from Miss Suurbeek and Lidy Venneboer. A day earlier the Dutch girls had stunned the U.S. team, which was trying to win the cup for the third year in a row.

TRACK & FIELD—With DAVE PATRICK (page 26) running the anchor leg, Villanova easily won the two-mile relay in 7:17.7 at the California Relays in Modesto, Calif. JAY SILVESTER of Smithfield, Utah set a world discus record with a toss of 218'4", surpassing the mark of 213'11½" set in 1965 by Ludvik Danek of Czechoslovakia. An American record was established in the 5,000-meter run by GERRY LINDGREN of Washington State, who finished in 13:33.8, two seconds faster than Australian Ron Clarke. The former mark of 13:38 had been set in 1964 by Bob Schul.

WEIGHT LIFTING—Heavyweight LEONID ZHABOTINSKY of Russia, the world champion and 1964 Olympic gold medalist, bettered his own world record for the jerk, lifting 485 pounds in Lugansk.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As head basketball coach at Syracuse, ROY DANFORTH, 32, who coached the freshman team the past four years.

SELECTED: As the nickname for the new Milwaukee franchise in the NBA, the BUCKS—alluding to male deer, not money.

SOLD: By SONNY WERBLIN, 58, his 23.4% interest in the New York Jets to the other four members of the syndicate with whom he bought the then-bankrupt Titans in 1963. Werblin, whose share originally had cost him an estimated $200,000, sold out for $1,638,000 to DONALD C. LILLIS, 66, who succeeds him as president, TOWNSEND B. MARTIN, LEON HESS and PHILIP H. ISELIN.

TRADED: By the Chicago Black Hawks, PIERRE PILOTE, 36, a five-time first-team all-star and three-time recipient of the Norris Trophy for being the NHL's best defenseman, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Right Winger JIM PAPPIN, 28.

TRANSFERRED: To MIAMI BEACH, the former Minnesota Muskies of the ABA, who averaged only 2,400 fans for home games and reportedly lost $500,000.

RETIRED: After 40 years as head coach of the Chicago Bears, GEORGE HALAS, 73, whose teams won a record total of 321 games, seven world championships and 11 Western Conference titles. His Bears had perfect seasons in 1934, when they were 13-0, and in 1942, when they were 11-0. Said Halas, who is hampered by an arthritic condition in his hip: "I can no longer keep up with the physical demands of coaching." He will, however, retain ownership of the Bears, which he organized in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys.

DIED: JOHN M. SHIPPEN (SI, May 20), one time golf professional at the Maidstone Club on Long Island; in Newark, N.J. at the age of 90.