BOATING—BILLY SCHUMACHER drove Miss Bardahl to three successive heat victories as he successfully defended his Gold Cup Championship at Detroit. The first two heats were runaways but the third was a battle among Miss Bardahl, Miss Budweiser, piloted by Bill Sterett, and Eagle Electric, driven by Warner Gardner, with whom Schumacher was tied with three wins apiece in the last seven American powerboat races. Schumacher went on to win after Eagle Electric became airborne and flipped over. Gardner was pulled unconscious from the water and died the next day.
BOXING—BUSTER MATHIS, down to 220½ pounds from a high of 300, won a split decision over Amos (Big Train) Lincoln at Los Angeles. The fight was notable for the disparity in the scoring, if not for the action: under the California system, two officials scored it 9-1, 11-0 for Mathis, while the third official had Lincoln ahead 5-4.
Eleven winners and 11 alternates won places on the Olympic boxing squad at semifinal trials in Maumee, Ohio. Unless they are outclassed by the alternates at the final trials in Santa Fe. N. Mex. Sept. 21-24, the following will represent the U.S. in Mexico City: 106 pounds—HARLAN MABLEY; 112 pounds—DAVID VASQUEZ; 119 pounds—SAM GOSS; 125 pounds—ALBERT ROBINSON; 132 pounds—RON HARRIS; 140 pounds—JAMES WALLINGTON JR.; 147 pounds—AMANDO MUNIZ; 156 pounds—JOHN BALDWIN; 165 pounds—ALFRED JONES; 178 pounds—ART REDDEN; heavyweight—GEORGE FOREMAN.
GOLF—BILLY CASPER finished with a final round of 66 for a 72-hole total of 266, three strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton, the early leader, to win the $100,000 Greater Hartford Open at Wethersfield, Conn. The victory was his fifth of the 1968 tour and increased his earnings to $171,436. Jack Nicklaus, a close second to Casper in tour earnings, took the week off (page 30).
September 15, 1968
Gary Player made an eight-foot putt on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the World Series of Golf at Akron, Ohio, after Bob Goalby just missed a 12-footer for a birdie on the same hole. Player's putt meant $35,000, the difference between $50,000 for the first-place prize and $15,000 for second.
HORSE RACING—STRONG STRONG, who had earned only $9,105 in 11 previous starts, came from last place to win the $385,350 Arlington-Washington Futurity by a nose at Arlington Park (page 96). In winning $212,850 in first-place money, the 2-year-old earned almost as much as Man o' War did in his entire career. King Emperor, the favorite, was second and Night Invader was third.
Gallant Bloom, Eddie Belmonte up, led all the way to win the $100,860 Matron Stakes by nine lengths at Aqueduct.
MOTOR SPORTS—Extending his record of USAC victories to 39, A.J. FOYT won the Hoosier Hundred auto race for the fifth time, at Indianapolis. Mario Andretti, who had hoped to make his European debut in the Grand Prix of Italy the next day, was second. Andretti and Bobby Unser flew to Italy but were barred by a rule that prohibits Grand Prix entrants from competing in other races 24 hours before the Italian competition.
Despite a balky engine and a wet track, DENIS HULME of New Zealand raced away from the field to win the 200-mile opening race in the Canadian-American Cup series at Elkhart Lake, Wis. Both Hulme and second-place-finisher Bruce McLaren drove McLaren-Chevrolets.
Taking the lead on the first lap, BART MARKEL held it all the way to win the American Motorcycle Association 14-mile national championship race at San Jose, Calif. Gary Nixon came from last place to finish second.
OLYMPICS—The following athletes were named to various U.S. Olympic teams. CANOEING: Canadian singles—Andrew Weigand; Canadian pairs—Toby Cooper, Andrew Weigand; William Gates, Mal Hickox; kayak singles—Mervil Larson; kayak pairs—Peter Weigand, John Glair; kayak fours—John Pickett, L.E. Cutler, Bill Jewell, Paul Beachen, Ernst Heinke; women's kayak singles—Marcia Jones Smoke; women's kayak pairs—Sperry Rademaker, Marcia Smoke; Virginia Moore, Francine Fox. ROWING: double sculls—William Maher, John Nunn; pair oars with coxswain—Richard Edmunds, William Hobbs (cox—Stew McDonald); pair oars without coxswain—Anthony Johnson, Lawrence Hough; fours with coxswain—Gardner Cadwalader, Anthony Martin, William Purdy, Luther Jones (cox—John Hartigan); fours without coxswain—Lawrence Terry, Charles Hamlin, Gary Wright, Peter Raymond. FENCING: saber-Thomas Balla, Robert Blum, Jack Keane, Alfonso Morales, Alex Urban; foil—Jeff Checkes, Uriah Jones, Lawrence Anastasi, Albert Axelrod, Herbert Cohen; épée—Paul Pesthy, David Micahnik, Stephen Netburn, Robert Beck, Lieut. Daniel Cantillon; women's foil—Mrs. Maxine Mitchell, Harriet King, Mrs. Janice Lee Romary, Mrs. Veronica Smith, Sally Pechinsky. SAILING: 5.5-meter—Gardner Cox, skipper, Stephen Colgate, Dr. Stuart Walker; Star—Lowell North, skipper, Peter Barrett; Finn—Carl Van Duyne. SWIMMING: 100-meter freestyle—Zac Zorn, Ken Walsh, Mark Spitz; 200-meter freestyle—Don Schollander, John Nelson, Stephen Rerych; 400-meter freestyle—Mike Burton, Brent Berk, John Nelson; 1,500-meter freestyle—Mike Burton, John Kinsella, John Nelson; 100-meter breaststroke—Don McKenzie, Ken Merten, Dave Perkowski; 200-meter breaststroke—Brian Job, Ken Merten, Phillip Long; 100-meter backstroke—Charlie Hickcox, Ron Mills, Lawrence Barbiere; 200-meter backstroke—Jack Horsley, Mitch Ivey, Gary Hall; 100-meter butterfly—Mark Spitz, Doug Russell, Ross Wales; 200-meter butterfly—Mark Spitz, John Ferris, Carl Robie; 200-meter individual medley—Charlie Hickcox, John Ferris, Greg Buckingham; 400-meter individual medley—Charlie Hickcox, Greg Buckingham, Gary Hall; alternates—Chet Jastremski, David Johnson, William Johnson, Ray Rivero, Andy Strenk, Peter Williams; springboard diving—Jim Henry, Keith Russell, Ernie Wrightson; platform diving—Keith Russell, Win Young, Rick Gilbert; alternate—Chuck Knorr. WATER POLO: Dave Ashleigh, Bruce Bradley, Russ Webb, Torrey Webb, Dean Willeford, Keith Asch, Steve Barnett, Bill Birch, Jim Ferguson, Gary Scheerer, George Stransky, Barry Weitzenberg, Greg Hind, John Parker, Stan Cole, Ron Crawford, Tony Van Dorp. WEIGHT-LIFTING: heavyweight—Joe Dube, George Pickett; 198 pounds—Phil Grippaldi, Bob Bartholomew; 181 pounds—Joe Puelo; 165 pounds—Fred Lowe, Russell Knipp. No lifter met the Olympic standard in the three other weight classes.
TENNIS—GARDNAR MULLOY, 55, went to match point seven times before he defeated Torsten Johansson of Sweden 6-4, 6-4 to win the U.S. Seniors Grass Court Tennis Championship at Philadelphia. It was the seventh U.S. Seniors title for Mulloy, who is now tied with J. Gilbert Hall, champion from 1944 through 1950.
Arthur Ashe completed a sweep of the U.S. amateur and open championships by defeating Tom Okker of The Netherlands 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals of the U.S. Open Tennis championship at Forest Hills (page 26). VIRGINIA WADE, a 23-year-old archdeacon's daughter from Great Britain, never once lost her service as she upset Billie Jean King, the Wimbledon champion and generally regarded as the world's best woman player, 6-4, 6-2 in the women's finals.
TRACK & FIELD—With a chance to set a world record as he won the U.S. Olympic decathlon trials at South Lake Tahoe, Calif., BILL TOOMEY, wearied by the altitude and the arduous two-day competition, ran the 1,500 meters in 4:47.2—commendable but 15 seconds slower than the time he needed—to fall 97 points short of the 8,319-point record held by Kurt Bendlin of West Germany. "I wasn't in very good condition," Toomey said later, "but all I wanted to do was make the team and I did it." Rick Sloan, 7,800 points, was second, and Army Doctor Tom Waddell third, with 7,706 points. Russ Hodge, the U.S. record holder (at 8,230, eight points better than Toomey's 8,222) picked up only one point in the 1,500 (his time was 7:08.2) and finished eighth.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To manage the newly named Montreal Expos, National League expansion team, GENE MAUCH, who was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies in June.
HIRED: To manage the Kansas City Royals, American League expansion team, JOE GORDON, former manager of Cleveland, Detroit and the Kansas City Athletics.