BASEBALL—STAN MUSIAL, who in his 23 years with the Cardinals established more individual records than any other major leaguer, and ROY CAMPANELLA, who spent 10 illustrious seasons with the Dodgers, were voted into the Hall of Fame. Musial had a career batting average of .331, was the National League's Most Valuable Player three times (1943, 1946 and 1948) and was the batting champion for seven seasons. Campanella was also MVP for three seasons (1951, 1953 and 1955) and set NL records for catchers by hitting 41 home runs and driving in 142 runs in 1953.
"We have lost one of the finest hitters in baseball," said Houston Manager Harry Walker after the Astros traded RUSTY STAUB, their 24-year-old first baseman and Outfielder, who hit .291 last season, to Montreal for Outfielder Jesus Alou and First Baseman Donn Clendenon, both obtained by the Expos in the expansion draft. Alou batted .263 for the Giants last year; Clendenon had a .257 average with the Pirates.
BASKETBALL—NBA: ATLANTA (33-18) made it 21 of 24 with four wins and a loss, to move just half a game behind division leader LOS ANGELES (33-17). The Hawks surprised the Lakers with a 110-106 victory as Zelmo Beaty shot around Wilt Chamberlain for 36 points, while holding him to 11. CHICAGO (22-29) hung onto third with a squeaker over the Celtics 95-94, while fourth-place SAN FRANCISCO (21-28) won two and lost one. Fifth-place SAN DIEGO (21-30) came off six straight losses to win three and lose one. SEATTLE (16-36) and PHOENIX (10-41) somehow won a game apiece, but remained, irremediably, in sixth and seventh places. In the Eastern Division second-place PHILADELPHIA (33-14) kept shadowing BALTIMORE (35-13) as the 76ers, led by Billy Cunningham—who had a career high of 44 against the Knicks—won three and lost one. The not-so-speeding Bullets were two and two. Slumping BOSTON (31-17) dropped three in a row. NEW YORK (34-21), just half a game away in fourth place, won two and lost three, blowing two on turnovers, but suffered their biggest setback when Cazzie Russell broke his ankle in a game against Seattle. Fifth-place CINCINNATI (26-22) split two; sixth-place DETROIT (21-29) won three and lost two; seventh-place MILWAUKEE (15-36) took one and lost two.
ABA: LOS ANGELES (21-24) scored an upset in the West, a 123-121 win over first-place OAKLAND (35-5), which stopped the Oaks' streak at 16 straight. But the Stars slipped into fourth despite the big win. DENVER (26-18) muddled along in second, 11 games behind the mighty Oaks. NEW ORLEANS (22-24) sneaked up to third with back-to-back wins, while DALLAS (17-23) and HOUSTON (13-28) remained in fifth and sixth. In the East the clubs held their places, but feckless NEW YORK (12-32) descended deeper in the cellar with five more losses, making it 10 straight. MINNESOTA (26-18) held first place; KENTUCKY (23-21) second, INDIANA (25-23) third, MIAMI (19-23) fourth.
February 3, 1969
BOXING—"I wasn't warmed up yet," said BOB FOSTER, who calls himself "a little piece of leather well put together," after he survived a flash knockdown to drop Frankie DePaula three times in the first round and retain his light-heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden (page 46).
HOCKEY—NHL: Claude Larose of Minnesota scored a goal with less than three minutes to play as the WEST—made up of players from the 2-year-old expansion teams—tied the EAST 3-3 in the AllStar game in Montreal. In regular play BOSTON (27-8-10) won two and tied one to hold onto its lead in the East (page 18). Second-place MONTREAL (26-13-7) split its two games, while third-place TORONTO (22-12-10) had two wins and a loss. NEW YORK (24-18-4) stretched its unbeaten string to four games, two of them since General Manager Emile Francis took over for ailing Coach Boom Boom Geoffrion, and climbed into fourth place with DETROIT (22-17-8). CHICAGO (23-19-4) slid from fourth to last ST. LOUIS (22-13-11) beat the North Stars, then lost two, but managed to keep on top in the West. OAKLAND (17-25-6), with two wins and a loss, held second as LOS ANGELES (15-22-6), lost two and slipped to third. PHILADELPHIA (11-24-12) remained in fourth with one win, one loss and a tie, while MINNESOTA (11-29-7) and PITTSBURGH (10-30-7) exchanged the two bottom spots. The North Stars shone, gaining fifth with two victories and one loss as the Penguins waddled to three losses.
HORSE RACING—Dorothy Rigney's FAST HILARIOUS ($5.40) won the $32,550 Hibiscus, first Eastern stakes for Derby hopefuls, at Hialeah (page 48).
MOTOR SPORTS—PORSCHE won the Monte Carlo Rally for the second straight year when Bjorn Waldegaard and Lars Helmer beat a pair of Frenchmen in another Porsche. The Swedes tallied 21,554 points as only 32 of the 183 teams which set out from eight European cities finished the run.
SKIING—It was a formidable week for the French as ANNIE FAMOSE took the women's World Cup lead from Austria's Gertrud Gabl, while other members of the French team swept the World Cup events in France. Miss Famose passed Miss Gabl in the standings with a second place in the slalom and a tie for second in the downhill at Saint Gervais, and now leads her Austrian rival 110-90. France's INGRID LAFFORGUE and ISABELLE MIR took the slalom and the downhill. At Meg√®ve ALAIN PENZ won the slalom and HENRI DUVILLARD the downhill. Penz and Duvillard finished one-two in the combined. Austria's Karl Schranz, who has the flu and did not compete, still holds the men's World Cup lead.
SWIMMING—South Africa's KAREN MUIR, who holds three world backstroke marks, bettered the world record for the 440-yard individual medley by 3.9 seconds, with a 5:21.2, at Kimberley.
TRACK AND FIELD—Four world indoor records three-mile, the pole vault, the 880 and the 100—fell at meets in California, New Mexico and Texas. Australia's RON CLARKE smashed the three-mile mark by 2.6 seconds with a 13:12.6 clocking at Oakland. Clarke, who is almost 32 now, had predicted his record run, but admitted afterward that he "felt very tired." In the closing minutes of the Albuquerque meet BOB SEAGREN broke his own pole vault record with a 17'5¾" vault, and RALPH DOUBELL, another Australian, beat Dave Patrick's 880 record by one second with a 1:47.9. At Houston (page 16) LENNOX MILLER of USC ran the rarely contested 100 in 9.4 to lower the 9.5 standard set by Dave Sime in 1956. NEAL STEINHAUER, a former Oregon star now competing for the U.S. Army, was named outstanding athlete at Seattle after putting the shot a mediocre (for him) 64'9½" for his second straight victory in two nights. Steinhauer had won the shot at Oakland with his best performance of the season—67'1¾". Former Kent State miler SAM BAIR overtook West Germany's J√ºrgen May just a few strides from the finish to win the mile in 4:03.6 and take top honors at Philadelphia. The veteran May was competing for the first time in two years because he had been ruled ineligible after he defected from East Germany to the West. GEORGE YOUNG scored his 12th straight indoor victory in Philadelphia, winning the two-mile in 8:44.6, and RON JOURDAN, a newcomer from the University of Florida, took the high jump with a 7'1" leap.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Sixteen-year-old DEBBIE MEYER of Sacramento, the only swimmer ever to garner three Olympic gold medals in individual events, as winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award, which is given to the top U.S. amateur athlete.
NAMED: By the Professional Golfers' Association, as commissioner, JOSEPH C. DEY JR., 61, executive director of the United States Golf Association since 1934. P. J. Boatwright Jr., 41, an assistant director of the USGA for nine years, was chosen as Dey's replacement.
DIED: BOWDEN WYATT, 51, the only college football coach ever to win championships in three major conferences, of a virus infection in Sweet Water, Tenn. Wyatt, an All-America end at Tennessee in 1938, won titles with Wyoming (1949-50), Arkansas (1954) and Tennessee (1956).
DIED: WING COMMANDER, 26, who retired from horse show competition in 1954 with a record of 175 victories in 177 showings, at Castleton Farm near Lexington, Ky. Undefeated since 1948, Wing Commander won six consecutive championships at the Kentucky State Fair (from 1948-1953), and eight at the Chicago International (1947-1954) and was a leading sire of saddlebred horses.
DIED: LOUIS TEWANIMA, 86, a Hopi Indian who was a teammate of Jim Thorpe's at the Carlisle Indian School and a two-time Olympic distance runner, after a fall from a cliff on the Hopi Reservation near Second Mesa, Ariz. Tewanima finished ninth in the marathon at the 1908 Games and placed second to Hannes Kolehmainen in the 10,000-meter run in the 1912 Olympics.