A roundup of the sports information of the week

July 08, 1968
July 08, 1968

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July 8, 1968

  • Because of a fierce storm whipping the Atlantic, this year's entries had to wait a full 24 hours before lining up for their start off Brenton Reef, but once the race got going it was the easiest Bermuda ever

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—In a brief flurry of buying and selling, the Chicago Cubs sent Outfielder LOU JOHNSON, 34, to the Cleveland Indians for Utilityman WILLIE SMITH, 29, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who bought Pitcher BILL HENRY, 40, from the San Francisco Giants, sold Pitcher JUAN PIZARRO, 31, to the Boston Red Sox.

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BOATING—TED HOOD brought Robin home first in the Newport-to-Bermuda race, helping the U.S. regain the Onion Patch Trophy for international racing (page 14).

A 25-year-old British geography teacher, GEOFFREY WILLIAMS, piloted his 57-foot ketch—Sir Thomas Lipton—to victory in the singlehanded transatlantic race from Plymouth, England to Newport, R.I. His time of 25 days 20 hours and 33 minutes beat the record by 29 hours and 23 minutes.

BOWLING—A single-season money-winning record was set by JIM STEFANICH of Joliet, Ill. when he took the PBA Fresno (Calif.) Open and boosted his earnings to $57,700. The old mark was set in 1966 by Wayne Zahn when he pocketed $54,720.

BOXING—Mexico's Manuel Ramos, battered to the canvas for the first time in 29 pro fights, waved his arms in surrender and JOE FRAZIER of Philadelphia was awarded a second-round knockout as he successfully defended his share of the world heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden.

Teo Cruz became the first Dominican ever to win a world boxing title when he earned a split decision over Defending Lightweight Champion Carlos Ortiz in their fight in Santo Domingo.

EQUESTRIAN—ITALY, led by MAJOR PIERO D'INZEO's triumph aboard Fidux in the Grand Prix of Europe, took the Prize of Nations at the Aachen (West Germany) International horse show.

FENCING—National épée titles were taken by JANICE ROMARY of Beverly Hills, Calif., who won her 10th women's title, and by PAUL PESTHY of San Antonio, Texas, winner of the men's competition for the third straight year. JACK KEANE of the New York AC was first in the saber matches, which were held in Miami.

FOOTBALL—Two touchdowns in the final five minutes helped the WEST to break a 20-20 deadlock and gain a 34-20 win over the East at the Coaches All-America game in Atlanta (page 50).

HARNESS RACING—No betting was allowed on NEVELE PRIDE, who won his 12th straight race, the $166,746 Dexter Cup Trot at Westbury, in a stakes-record time of 2:02.4 for the mile. He was a four-length winner over Snow Speed ($20).

HORSE RACING—The $55,700 Saranac Handicap for 3-year-olds at Belmont was won by STAGE DOOR JOHNNY ($3.40), who finished 1¼ lengths in front of Out of the Way.

A 100-6 outsider, RIBERO, who is owned by Charles Engelhard of Far Hills, N.J., upset heavily favored Sir Ivor in the Irish Sweeps Derby at The Curragh. Ribero was ridden to a two-length victory by British Jockey Lester Piggott, who earlier in the month had booted Sir Ivor home first in the Epsom Derby.

French-owned VIN SEC took the $37,200 Prix des Drags at the Auteuil steeplechase track in Paris, beating America's Bon Nouvel by six lengths.

Dhaudevi, also French-owned, was a 2½-length winner over favored Tapalque at the $282,650 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in Paris.

SOCCER—NASL: A goal by Amancio Cid gave CLEVELAND a 1-0 win against Detroit and moved the Stokers into first place by one point over idle CHICAGO in the Lakes Division of the Eastern Conference. Earlier, the Stokers had tied New York 1-1. TORONTO had a tie, DETROIT two losses. Atlantic Division leader ATLANTA did not play. Second-place NEW YORK (0-1-1) had its lead over BALTIMORE reduced to one point. The Bays tied Toronto 3-3 and beat New York 2-1 on a pair of goals by Arcangel Lopez. Washington, which fell to fourth place, lost 3-1 to BOSTON, which ended a 12-game winless streak. No team in the Gulf Division of the Western Conference was able to come up with a win, but KANSAS CITY (0-1-1) held a six-point edge over HOUSTON (0-0-1). ST. LOUIS was idle, and DALLAS lost twice. Two victories and a tie enabled SAN DIEGO to build a 32-point lead in the Pacific Division. OAKLAND, which did not play, was nudged out of second place by LOS ANGELES, which had a win, a loss and a tie. Carlos Metidieri scored three times in a 7-1 Los Angeles win over Dallas, but Goalie Malcolm White's scoreless streak was ended after a record 428 minutes. VANCOUVER Goalie Chris Varnavas picked up his fourth and fifth shutouts of the year by blanking Kansas City 2-0 and by stopping Los Angeles' eight-game nonlosing string 1-0.

SWIMMING—A world record for the 400-meter freestyle was set by MARK SPITZ of the Santa Clara Swim Club, who swam the distance in 4:07.7 and in the process beat Don Schollander by three lengths at a meet in Hayward, Calif.

TRACK & FIELD—Triple Jumper ART WALKER broke his own American record by leaping 55'1¾" at the Olympic trials in Los Angeles (page 10). RON WHITNEY had the most impressive time of the runners, winning the 400-meter hurdles in 49.5, the fastest time in the world this year. Other winners in the track events were JIM HINES (10.3 in the 100 meters), TOMMIE SMITH (20.2 in the 200), LEE EVANS (45.1 in the 400), WADE BELL (1:46.1 in the 800), DAVE PATRICK (3:43.6 in the 1,500), TRACY SMITH (13:42.4 in the 5,000), BILL CLARK (29:11.0 in the 10,000), ERV HALL (13.6 in the 110-meter hurdles) and GEORGE YOUNG, who ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:34.2. The remainder of the field events were taken by FRANK COVELLI (257'9" in the javelin), RANDY MATSON (67'1" in the shotput), BOB BEAMON (26'8¾" in the long jump), JAY SILVESTER (205'4" in the discus), ED BURKE (224'1" in the hammer throw) and DICK FOSBURY (7'1" in the high jump).

WEIGHT LIFTING—A pair of Russians—Middle-heavyweight JAN TALTS and Heavyweight LEONID ZHABOTINSKY—set world records during the European championships in Leningrad. Talts hoisted a total of 1,127.5 pounds in three lifts, and Zhabotinsky surpassed his own mark in the snatch by 1¼ pounds as he raised 388 pounds.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As athletic director at California, PAUL W. BRECHLER, 55, who held a similar position at Iowa from 1947 until 1960, had been commissioner of the old Mountain States Conference for three years and, for the past six years, had been commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.

NAMED: As baseball coach at Yale, KEN MacKENZIE, 34, a former pitcher for the Bulldogs who also had an 8-10 record with five National League teams from 1960 through 1965.

TRANSFERRED: To Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Pittsburgh Pipers, champions of the ABA, after Owner Gabe Rubin sold part of the franchise to William J. Erickson, a Minneapolis businessman and attorney. The Pipers, who averaged 3,100 fans for last season's home games, will play at the 15,500-seat Metropolitan Sports Center in suburban Bloomington. They will replace the Minnesota Muskies, who shifted to Miami because they were able to attract crowds averaging only 2,473 last season.

RETIRED: As athletic director at Michigan, HERBERT O. (FRITZ) CRISLER, 69, one of the leading innovators and coaches in college football during the 1930s and 1940s. It was in 1917, while Crisler was attending the University of Chicago in pursuit of a career in medicine, that he ambled over to the football field to watch Amos Alonzo Stagg's team practice. In trying to get out of the way of an end sweep, Crisler bumped into Stagg and both fell to the ground. "If you're going to play football, why don't you put on a suit?" Stagg told Crisler, a 98-pound nonathlete at the time. That was the start of Crisler's career. Later he became head coach at Princeton, Minnesota and Michigan, had a record of 116-32-9 and led his Wolverines to two Big Ten titles. Crisler, who became athletic director in 1941, was twice chairman of the NCAA rules committee and was the man most responsible for developing two-platoon football.

DIED: NFL Hall of Famer JOHN (PADDY) DRISCOLL, 72, in Chicago. Before entering professional football, Driscoll played 13 games at second base for the Chicago Cubs in 1917. He then played for the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL (1920-25), setting a league record for the most drop-kicked field goals in one game (four) and for the longest dropkick for a field goal (50 yards). Driscoll played for the Chicago Bears (1926-29) and coached them in 1956 and 1957, winning the Western Conference title in the former season. In 1964 he became director of research for the Bears, a job he held until his death.