BASKETBALL—NBA: MILWAUKEE (23-46) stayed in the Eastern cellar but set a record for expansion clubs by winning its sixth straight, over—of all teams—the division-leading Bullets. In win No. 5, over San Diego, Greg Smith (whose parents had driven 1,000 miles to see him play) got nine points, blocked three shots and grabbed five rebounds in the fourth period. DETROIT (27-43) won one and dropped two (and has now won only four of its last 16), while CINCINNATI (34-36) lost five. BOSTON (41-28) lost three of five, and NEW YORK (47-24) got hot again with three straight victories. In the Knicks' 92-88 win over the Celtics, Walt Frazier and Dick Barnett alone outscored Boston in the fourth quarter. PHILADELPHIA (47-22), with four wins and a loss, is now merely a game ahead of the Knicks and 3½ behind BALTIMORE (50-18), which won three (and nine of its last 11) and lost one, as Westley Unseld bid to become the league's MVP as well as its Rookie of the Year. In the Western Division, Phoenix (15-56) closed in on Alcindor, losing four out of five. SEATTLE (26-45) split four and CHICAGO (28-41) won two of three. SAN DIEGO (29-40) stayed only a game ahead of the Bulls, losing three of four, and SAN FRANCISCO (34-37) split four. Only two teams in the West are over .500—ATLANTA (42-29), which won one of three, and LOS ANGELES (46-24), which won three of four.
ABA: MIAMI (33-27) and OAKLAND (47-12) stayed on top in their divisions. MINNESOTA (32-27) won two, KENTUCKY (30-28) won two, lost one and INDIANA (33-32) won two, including a 113-104 victory over the Nets in which the Pacers' Roger Brown scored nine of his 41 points in the final 3½ minutes. NEW YORK (16-43) lost its other three games likewise, one after Maurice Mc-Hartley, whom the Nets had traded to Miami, hit a three-point basket with 11 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Back in the West, DENVER (35-26) won only one against three losses, but held second. NEW ORLEANS (32-30) won two and lost one, DALLAS (28-31) split four, LOS ANGELES (25-35) had but one win in three games and HOUSTON (19-39) brought up the rear with a four-game split.
BOWLING—DICK RITGER of Hartford, Wis., won the $45,000 Greater Buffalo Open 190 to 174 over Steve Wallace. Said Ritger, "You don't win too many games, let alone tournaments, with a 190 score."
COURT TENNIS—PETE BOSTWICK JR., a New York stockbroker who is also a prominent golfer and a hockey player, won his fifth straight National Amateur championship in Boston, defeating Robert MacDonald, also of New York, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.
March 10, 1969
FIGURE SKATING—U.S. Champion TIM WOOD of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and GABRIELE SEYFERT of East Germany, both 20, won the men's and women's titles, respectively, at the world championships at Colorado Springs, Colo. (page 24).
GOLF—TOM SHAW, 26, from Golf, Ill., won the $150,000 Doral Open at Miami with a 276, 12 strokes under par and one under Tommy Aaron, who failed once more, in his 10th year on the tour, to win his first tournament. Shaw, who led or was tied for the lead throughout and who joined the tour in 1963, scored his first victory.
HOCKEY—NHL: It was a big week for big scores: 9-0, 7-2, 9-1, 9-0, 8-5. And it was a big week for scorers, as Phil Esposito, off suspension, broke the league record with 99 points, two more than the previous mark held jointly by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita of the Black Hawks. Bobby Orr also returned to action and scored twice in the Bruins' 8-5 win over the Rangers, and Mike Walton, who had been suspended for going AWOL, showed up in Toronto and scored the Maple Leafs' sole goal to tie the Flyers. MONTREAL (39-16-8), leading the East for the second week in a row, was in on the high scoring, too. The Canadiens got five goals in the first period of a 7-3 victory over Detroit. BOSTON (36-13-12) broke a four-game losing streak to stay in second and was on both ends of 9-0 scores, losing to the Rangers and beating the Seals. DETROIT (31-24-9) barely held third with its 4-2 victory over the North Stars, and NEW YORK (32-24-6) remained only three points ahead of fifth-place TORONTO (27-21-13), which lost to the North Stars 7-2, but still pushed CHICAGO (29-28-6) back to sixth place. In the West, ST. LOUIS (33-19-12) lost two for the Blue's worst week since December, but stayed in first by 21 points over OAKLAND (24-30-9), which stayed in Oakland (page 62). LOS ANGELES (21-33-8) split two and tied two, PHILADELPHIA (13-33-17) lost one and tied two and MINNESOTA (16-36-10) had a win, two losses and a tie. But the biggest news of all was out of PITTSBURGH (14-38-10). The Penguins got through the week without a loss for the first time since November 30, stretching their nonlosing streak to three, as they upset the Black Hawks and tied the Maple Leafs.
HORSE RACING—The several boycotts by male jockeys against their female counterparts became understandable when MRS. TUESDEE TESTA of Bayside, N.Y., mother of an infant daughter, rode Buz On ($9.20) to a neck victory in a six-furlong claiming race at Santa Anita, and DIANE CRUMP survived two foul claims to win a 1-mile race by half a length at Florida Downs, near Tampa, on Bridle n' Bit ($6.80).
Princessnesian ($8), ridden by Donald Pierce, won the $100,000 1‚⅛-mile Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita when favored Dark Mirage, out for her 11th consecutive victory, injured her right front sesamoid bone and dropped out.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART of Scotland, in a Matra-Ford, led all the way in the South African Grand Prix, winning the opening event of the 1969 Formula I series with an average speed of 110.62 mph. Graham Hill (page 40) was second.
SKIING—World Cup competition came to the U.S. and the great drifts of Squaw Valley, Calif., with BILLY KIDD of Stowe, Vt. and BERNI RAUTER of Austria winning the slalom events and REIN-HARD TRITSCHER of Austria and FLORENCE STEURER of France the giant slalom (page 24).
SQUASH RACQUETS—ANIL NAYAR, a Harvard senior from Bombay, defeated Sam Howe of Philadelphia 13-15, 15-11, 15-5, 14-15, 15-13 to take the national championship in Rochester, N.Y. HENRI SALAUN of Boston defeated Vic Seixas 15-10, 15-7, 15-10 for the veterans title.
TRACK AND FIELD—In the 81st National AAU Indoor Championships at Philadelphia, GEORGE YOUNG won his 17th straight indoor race with a world record 13:09.8 for the three-mile, 2.8 seconds faster than Ron Clarke's mark set at Oakland in January. WILLIE DAVENPORT also lengthened his winning streak, to 15, taking the 60-yard high hurdles, and MADELINE MANNING of Tennessee State bettered her own American record in the 880 with a 2:07.9 clocking. In the Midwest, RAY ARRINGTON led WISCONSIN to its third Straight Big Ten championship, with conference records of 1:49.9 and 4:02.2 in the half and the mile, over the exceedingly fast, 6¾-lap Tartan track at the University of Illinois. KANSAS, competing without injured Jim Ryun, won its fourth straight Big Eight championship at Kansas City. At the Moscow Palace of Sports, NIKOLAI DUD-KIN, 21, improved the world indoor record for the triple jump by 3½", with a leap of 55'3¾".
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: ELROY (Crazy Legs) HIRSCH, 45, as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin. An All-America as a sophomore at Wisconsin, Hirsch then went to Michigan, where he was the first to win four letters in one season. He was an All-Pro receiver with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he played from 1949 to 1957. In 1960 he was named general manager of the Rams and most recently was assistant to club President Dan Reeves.
RETIRED: MICKEY MANTLE. 37, after 18 years in the majors, all with the Yankees and many injury-ridden. Said Mantle: "I can't play anymore. For the last three years I didn't hit the ball when I needed to, I couldn't steal second when I needed to, I couldn't go from first to third or score from second when I wanted to." Mantle, an MVP three times, hit 536 home runs—he is surpassed by Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (587)—and had a .298 lifetime batting average. The Yankees will retire his number (7), an honor previously accorded Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4) and Joe DiMaggio (5).
DIED: EUGENE (Bubbles) HARGRAVE, 76, former catcher with the Cubs, Reds and Yankees; in Cincinnati. Hargrave led the National League in hitting in 1926 with a .353 average.
DIED: EDWARD C. MILLER, 88, last remaining member of the original Buffalo Germans, in Buffalo. The Germans, one of four teams in the basketball Hall of Fame, won the 1904 Olympic title in St. Louis and once had a 111-game winning streak.