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A roundup of the sports information of the week

Sept. 23, 1968
Sept. 23, 1968

Table of Contents
Sept. 23, 1968

A Rouser
Triumph And Tragedy
Show Biz Denny
  • Until he stepped on the mound, you couldn't tell the man from the celebrities. Then Denny McLain began to pitch, and baseball had its first 30-game winner since 1934, when Diz became an American original

  • Nobody really won—Jimmy Ellis lost ground in his fight for public acceptance, Floyd Patterson saw a fine effort wasted, the Swedes were melancholy about it all and the draft dodgers Just kept smoking

Van Breda Kolff
Horse Racing
Pro Football
Bobby Jones
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BOATING—ROBERT JAMES of Bena, Va., with his brother Dave crewing, won the Flying Dutchman class Olympic sailing trials at San Diego with a 3-1-7-4-6-3-1-DNF record for the eight-race series

This is an article from the Sept. 23, 1968 issue

BOXING—A battered JIMMY ELLIS retained his WBA heavyweight championship with a 15-round decision over unmarked Floyd Patterson, in Stockholm (page 26).

Light Heavyweight Champion BOB FOSTER failed to score a knockdown but damaged Roger Rouse with jabs and right-hands to earn a fifth-round TKO in Washington. Staggered once in the first round, Foster afterward controlled the fight. He was far ahead on points when Referee Joe Bunsa stopped it.

FOOTBALL—NFL: Quarterbacks starred as the 1968 season began on a high-scoring weekend. For WASHINGTON the man was Sonny Jurgensen, who, though still troubled by a preseason elbow operation, completed four touchdown passes in the Redskins' 38-28 defeat of Chicago—the only victory for an underdog. Don Meredith of DALLAS, another passer whose arm is feeling none too well, hit on 16 of 19 for 228 yards to blast Detroit 59-13. GREEN BAY won easily, as expected, over Philadelphia 30-13 as Bart Starr threw two touchdown passes. MINNESOTA, with the repatriated Canadian Leaguer Joe Kapp calling signals and firing, rolled over Atlanta 47-7. Fran Tarkenton and NEW YORK showed surprising ball control in the second half while handling Pittsburgh 34-20. Earl Morrall filled in nicely for the injured superstar Johnny Unitas as BALTIMORE defeated San Francisco 27-10, Morrall passing for two touchdowns. CLEVELAND'S Frank Ryan threw a touchdown pass, then the defense took over to turn back New Orleans 24-10.

AFL: HOUSTON and KANSAS CITY had a strenuous opening, each playing two games in less than a week, each winning one and losing one. K.C. took the first game 26-21 from Houston as Jan Stenerud kicked four field goals. But then NEW YORK's Joe Namath probed the weakness first uncovered by Houston's Pete Beathard—an uncertain K.C. secondary—and passed to Don Maynard for two long touchdowns as the Jets edged K.C. 20-19 in the Chiefs' second game. Houston came back from its loss to the Chiefs by defeating Miami 24-10. In that game Houston's strong defense, the key to the team's 1967 Eastern Division championship, reasserted itself and intercepted three passes, two of them in the end zone. OAKLAND'S running backs scored four touchdowns as last year's AFL champions got off to a strong start, trampling Buffalo 48-6. CINCINNATI, which in preseason games had appeared to be the best expansion team in pro football, confirmed that promise by beating Denver 24-10.

GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER had a birthday two weeks ago (his 39th) and then broke a prolonged slump by winning the $150,000 Kemper Open at Sutton, Mass. He thus became the first golfer to earn more than $1 million in prizes. In a late charge, reminiscent of his earlier days, Palmer came from three strokes back going into the final round to shoot a 67 and finish with 276, twelve strokes under par and four ahead of Bruce Crampton and Art Wall, who tied for second.

HARNESS RACING—CARDIGAN BAY, a 12-year-old New Zealand gelding trained by New Jersey's Stanley Dancer, became the first harness horse to earn $1 million by winning the $15,000 Freehold Special at Freehold, N.J., pacing the mile in 2:01, the fastest time of the meeting. Along with the $1 million, Cardigan Bay earned his retirement. He'll go first to Dancer's farm, then back to New Zealand.

Nevele Pride, with Dancer in the sulky, as usual, trotted to an easy 7½-length victory and a world record 1:59 clocking for the mile (on a ‚Öù-mile track) in the $100,000 Colonial at Liberty Bell Park, Philadelphia.

HORSE RACING—Running on grass for the first time in his career, DR. FAGER won the $100,000 United Nations Handicap by a neck over a 31-to-1 outsider, Advocator, at Atlantic City (page 70). The victory was Dr. Fager's 17th in 21 starts and increased his earnings to $965,592.

Nodouble finished 2¾ lengths in front of the favorite, Damascus, to win the $123,300 Michigan Mile and One-Eighth, at Livonia.

Gamely won the 1‚⅛-mile $81,850 Beldame Stakes by a nose in a photo finish over Politely at Aqueduct, N.Y.

Ribero, ridden by Britain's Lester Piggott, fought off a stretch drive by Canterbury to take the $96,000 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, England.

MOTOR SPORTS—Pennsylvania's MARK DONOHUE moved ahead in the Canadian-American sports car series with a victory in the 200-mile Bridgehampton, N.Y. Grand Prix, averaging 111.32 mph in a Chevy-engined, Roger Penske-prepared racer. Favorites Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme had engine failures.

Bobby Isaac took over the lead with 30 miles to go and went on to win the Beltsville (Md.) 300 stock-car race. NASCAR Grand National leader David Pearson finished only eight seconds behind him—but was disqualified when inspectors discovered that his car was under the two-ton minimum weight.

SOCCER—ATLANTA won the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland and will meet the winner of the Kansas City-San Diego Western Conference playoff for the North American League championship. JOHN KOWALIK of Chicago Mustangs, the league's top scorer, was named Most Valuable Player. Kowalik scored 30 goals and had nine assists for 69 points, edging San Diego's Cirilo Fernandez, who finished with 67 points. Kaizer Motaung, Atlanta's South African halfback, was voted Rookie of the Year.

SWIMMING—KAYE HALL, CATIE BALL, ELLIE DANIEL and SUE PEDERSEN set a world record of 4:28.1 in the 400-meter medley relay during an exhibition at Colorado Springs, Colo. Although records are normally certified only in scheduled meets, this one is expected to be approved because Olympic and AAU officials were present.

TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE, the U.S. Open tennis champion, won the Desert Inn invitational tournament by defeating Clark Graebner 9-7, 6-3 at Las Vegas. Graebner and Charles Pasarell were upset doubles winners over the Davis Cup doubles team of Bob Lutz and Stan Smith 6-3, 7-5.

TRACK & FIELD—"I just wanted to finally do something," said GEOFF VANDERSTOCK after breaking the world record for the 400-meter hurdles in the Olympic Trials at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (page 18). Vanderstock's 48.8 beat Rex Cawley's old record by three-tenths second. BOB SEAGREN, who had been hospitalized before the Trials for a congenital vertebra problem, regained the world record by pole vaulting 17'9". Other world marks were set by John Carlos (19.7 in the 200 meters) and Lee Evans (44.0 in the 400 meters). However, these marks may be disallowed because, on the Tartan track, Evans and Carlos wore the radically different shoes with brushlike spikelets (page 12), which for the time being are not acceptable footwear to the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

On his first throw in a meet in Budapest, GYULA ZSIVOTZKY of Hungary broke his world hammer record of 241'11" by one inch.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOE COLLIER, coach of the AFL's Buffalo team, following a 48-6 defeat of the Bills by Oakland, their second loss of the season. In Collier's first year as head coach the Bills were Eastern Division champions, but they dropped to a 4-10 record in 1967, tying Miami for third. Collier's fate undoubtedly was decided four weeks ago when he held a scrimmage in which Buffalo's regular quarterback, Jack Kemp, suffered a severe knee injury and was lost for the season.

RETIRED: MRS. MARY RAND, Great Britain's triple medal winner at the 1964 Olympics, because of an Achilles' tendon injury. Mrs. Rand won a gold medal with a record long jump, a silver in the pentathlon and a bronze as a member of the 400-meter relay team.

DIED: TOMMY ARMOUR, 72, the golf champion, teacher, club designer and raconteur, after a long illness, in Larchmont, N.Y. Born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh University, Armour suffered head and arm wounds while serving with the Black Watch Highland Regiment in World War I. He returned from the war blind in the left eye but became a successful amateur player and later an even more successful professional. In 1921 he came to the U.S. after playing on a British amateur team that defeated America in a forerunner of the Walker Cup, and he subsequently decided to live in this country. His greatest triumphs were the U.S. Open in 1927, the PGA championship in 1930 and the British Open in 1931.