BASEBALL—The four new expansion teams selected 120 players at the National League draft in Montreal and the American League session in Boston. Among the most prominent National Leaguers taken were Infielder Maury Wills, First Baseman Donn Clendenon and Outfielder Manny Mota of the Pirates, all of whom went to the Montreal Expos. The Expos also took Outfielders Jesus Alou of the Giants and Mack Jones of the Reds, plus Pitchers Larry Jackson of the Phillies and Jim Grant of the Dodgers. The San Diego Padres' choices included Pitchers Dave Giusti (Cardinals), Dick Selma (Mets), Billy McCool (Reds) and Al McBean (Pirates); Outfielders Ollie Brown (Giants), Larry Stahl (Mets) and Tony Gonzalez (Phillies); Infielder Jose Arcia (Cubs), as well as two shortstops—Roberto Pena (Phillies), and Zoilo Versalles (Dodgers). The Seattle Pilots of the American League drafted First Baseman Don Mincher (Angels), Shortstop Ray Oyler (Tigers), Outfielders Tommy Davis (White Sox) and Tommy Harper (Indians). Chosen by the Kansas City Royals were Second Baseman Jerry Adair and Third Baseman Joe Foy (both from the Red Sox), Infielder Paul Schaal (Angels), plus Pitchers Wally Bunker, Moe Drabowsky and Roger Nelson (all from Orioles) and seemingly ageless Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm, 45, from the White Sox.
BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (2-0), out to prove it can win without Wilt Chamberlain, did just that—twice—and gave the management its first moment of relief since Wilt was traded to Los Angeles. The sweetest win was a 114-96 frolic over Chamberlain and the Lakers (1-1). BOSTON (2-0) kept pace with the 76ers, as did CINCINNATI (2-0). BALTIMORE (1-1) has matched las year's high-scoring Rookie of the Year, Earl Monroe, with the Bullets' No. 1 draft pick, Westley Unseld, to become a strong threat to make the playoffs. NEW YORK (0-2), MILWAUKEE (0-2) and DETROIT (0-3) were no threat at all and were quickly convincing the fans that they had no postseason plans. SAN DIEGO (2-0), sparked by two outstanding rookies, Elvin Hayes and Rick Adelman, led the West and appeared to be the strongest second-year team in expansion history. PHOENIX (1-0), the division's new team, defeated Seattle 116-107. CHICAGO (2-1), helped off the boards by two 7-footer—first-year men Tom Boerwinkle and Dave New-mark—was greatly improved over last year's team. ATLANTA (1-1), which is the transplanted St. Louis Hawks, and LOS ANGELES (1-1) were followed by winless SAN FRANCISCO (0-1) and SEATTLE (0-2).
FOOTBALL—NFL: Baltimore's (5-1) bubble burst, and the goat was Johnny Unitas, the Colts' perennial hero. Unitas completed one out of 12 passes and had three intercepted, all three leading to CLEVELAND scores as the Browns (3-3) hung the first loss of the season on the Colts, 30-20. Cleveland's Bill Nelsen used a strong running game to ease the pressure of the Colts' very tough front four, then shrewdly called for passes at just the right moments. His careful timing paid off with three touchdown passes. The victory kept the Browns in a tie at the top of the Century Division with the Cardinals and the Saints. The loss dropped the Colts out of first place and gave LOS ANGELES (6-0) the undisputed lead in the Coastal Division. The Rams apparently had the closest thing to a day off, a laugher with Atlanta (1-5) but before they pulled the game out the Rams had to sweat, struggling back from a 14-point deficit. The Falcons scored first on an interception and a 90-yard return by Ken Reaves. A fumble recovery followed by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bob Berry to Bob Long added to the Falcons' lead, but Roman Gabriel put the Rams back in the game with two touchdown passes. Two field goals and a 46-yard touchdown on an interception secured the 27-14 victory. SAN FRANCISCO (3-3) made the most of the weak New York (4-2) defense, running through the Giant line for 214 yards and passing over the secondary for two touchdowns as the 49ers easily defeated the Giants 26-10. The loss dropped the Giants two games behind undefeated Dallas in the Capital Division. The Packers' Bart Starr kept Green Bay's hopes alive by coming off the bench in the fourth quarter and throwing a touchdown pass (page 28). The play gave Green Bay (2-3-1) a 14-14 tie with Detroit (3-2-1), which continued on top in the Central Division. Minnesota (3-3) lost to DALLAS (6-0) 20-7 and dropped to second in the division. CHICAGO (2-4) got five field goals from Mac Percival and a 96-yard touchdown on an interception by Roosevelt Taylor to beat Philadelphia (0-6) 29-16. The win constricted the close standings of the Central Division even further, so that less than two games separate the top from the bottom team. ST. LOUIS (3-3) defeated Washington (3-3) 41-14 as the defense and offense combined for the first time in the 1968 season. The NEW ORLEANS Saints (3-3) stopped Pittsburgh (0-6) four times within the five-yard line and beat the Steelers 16-12.
October 28, 1968
AFL: Everything may not have been up-to-date in KANSAS CITY (6-1) but the Chiefs, who went back to old-fashioned power football out of a T formation, beat Oakland (4-2) 24-10 to retain their half-game lead in the Western Division. The Chiefs set a league record by trying just three passes and completing two. On the ground, though, they ripped through for 294 yards, 215 of them in the first half. Elsewhere, the offense took to the air. John Hadl of SAN DIEGO (5-1) hit on nine passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-24 win over Denver (2-4). Joe Namath helped keep NEW YORK (4-2) a game in front in the Eastern Division, completing four straight throws during a fourth-quarter drive as the Jets came from behind to beat Houston (2-5) 20-14. Two touchdown tosses by Mike Taliaferro of BOSTON (3-3), plus three field goals by Gino Cappeletti, were enough to finish off Buffalo (1-5) 23-6. MIAMI (2-3-1), with Bob Griese passing for two scores in the last period, rallied to defeat Cincinnati (2-5) 24-22.
HARNESS RACING—LAVERNE HANOVER, with Billy Haughton in the sulky, won the $83,365 Roosevelt Futurity Pace at Westbury, N.Y. Barred from the betting, Laverne Hanover recorded his 21st victory out of 22 starts, and brought his earnings to $168,983.
Neon Rodney, driven by Stanley Dancer, finished three-quarters of a length in front of Adios Maia to win the $75,000 New York Sires Stake trot at Yonkers, N.Y.
HOCKEY—NHL: Bobby Hull's retirement from hockey lasted one game, and although the Blackhawks won without him, CHICAGO (4-0-0) was overjoyed to have him back. With Hull leading the power plays, the Hawks stood at eight points, tying Boston (4-1-0) for the lead in the East. MONTREAL (2-0-1) won two games and remained ahead of arch-rival TORONTO (1-1-1), which won one, lost one and tied one. "It's the young guys," said Rangers' Coach Boom Boom Geoffrion, putting the knock on his rookies after NEW YORK (1-2-0) lost two games, one of them a 7-2 shellacking by Detroit. "The kids don't have enough pride." Detroit (1-2-0) shared last place with New York.
Minnesota (2-2-0) won one and lost two but moved into a first-place tie with ST. LOUIS in the West by defeating Los Angeles (1-2-1) 4-1. The Blues (2-2-0) lost to MONTREAL but defeated Oakland 4-1 as Goalie Jacques Plante lost his shutout in the last 10 seconds of the game. The L.A. Kings were second, with a win, a loss and a tie. PHILADELPHIA (1-2-0) rallied with a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh (0-2-2) to tie the Penguins at two points each. Oakland (0-3-1) lost two games and tied one.
HORSE RACING—CZAR ALEXANDER ($24.80), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, finished 3½ lengths in front of Fort Marcy to win the $116,200 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park, N.Y.
Nodouble ($10.80) equaled the track record, ran the 1¼ mile in 1:59[1/5] to win the $132,680 Hawthorne Gold Cup at Cicero, Ill.
Sale day ($23.60) took the lead after the first furlong and finished half a length in front of Politely to win the $58,650 Spinster Stakes at Keene-land in Lexington, Ky.
OLYMPICS—The record book became obsolete with the games only half over as Olympic and world marks fell by the dozens (page 16). Some of the outstanding individual performances were: JIM HINES, 100-meter dash in 9.9; TOMMIE SMITH, 200-meter dash in 19.8; LEE EVANS, 400-meter run in 43.8 (to lead a U.S. sweep of the event); BOB BEAMON, long jump, 29'2½ (an incredible 1'9¾" farther than the previous world mark); AL OERTER, discus, 212'6½ (to become the first man ever to win four consecutive gold medals in one event). Remarkable efforts by non-Americans included: DAVID HEMERY of Great Britain, 400-meter hurdles in 48.1, and KIPCHOGE KEINO of Kenya, 1,500-meter run, 3:34.9 (to upset Jim Ryun).