BOATING—Mustachioed ROBERT (Ted) TURNER III of Atlanta skippered his 12-meter yacht American Eagle to first place overall and in Class A in the 473-mile Annapolis-to-Newport ocean race. Huey Long's big ketch Ondine, which finished second 20 minutes later, had swapped the lead with the Luders-built winner for much of the race.
This is an article from the June 30, 1969 issue
BOXING—Light-heavyweight Champion BOB FOSTER, of Washington, D.C., opened a gash above challenger Levan Roundtree's eye with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round non-title bout in Atlanta, defeating the New Yorker by a TKO.
CHESS—In a major upset, BORIS SPASSKY, 32, outmaneuvered the defending titlist and fellow Russian, Tigran Petrosian, to gain the world championship 12½ to 10½ in Moscow.
COLLEGE BASEBALL—Larry Gura, a confident senior lefthander from Joliet, Ill., held Tulsa to six hits in a 10-1 victory to lead ARIZONA STATE to its third NCAA baseball championship in five years, in Omaha (page 48). The Sun Devils had scored a record number of victories for a college season (56) while losing only 11 games
GOLF—Denver's DALE DOUGLASS, 33, ahead after the third round with 207, shot a five-under-par 67 on the last 18 to win the $150,000 Kemper Open at Charlotte, N.C. Douglass pulled away from Charles Coody on the sixth hole with a birdie, then birdied the 10th, 14th, 15th and 18th to defeat Coody by four strokes.
HARNESS RACING—OVERCALL ($2.60), owned by Mrs. Helen Buck and driven by Del Insko, won the $50,000 National Championship Pace at Yonkers Raceway in two minutes flat to complete a sweep of the $159,500 International Pacing series.
Bill Popfinger, driving Buttonwood Tree Farm's 5-year-old LADY B. FAST ($23.80) in the $25,000 Volomite Trot at Yonkers, kept heavily favored Nevele Pride parked out for nearly half a mile "to take a bit of the sting out of him," then eased back behind him, but caught up again in the closing brush to win by a nose over Fresh Yankee in 2:00⅘ who in turn beat Nevele Pride by 2¾ lengths. For Nevele Pride, the Harness Horse of the Year for 1967 and 1968 and third highest American money-winner in harness history, it was only his seventh defeat in 56 starts.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Whitney Stone's SHUVEE ($2.60) became the second filly to win the distaff Triple Crown, outracing Hail to Patsy by three lengths in the $119,625 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. Jockey Jesse Davidson was aboard, as he had been on the two previous legs, the Acorn and the Mother Goose. The other Triple Crown filly was Dark Mirage just last year.
In the stretch of the 1½-mile, $100,000 Hollywood Park Turf Handicap William Hawn's Poleax chopped FORT MARCY's lead and drew even, but Paul Mellon's turf-loving gelding, ridden by Manuel Ycaza, persisted to win by 1½ lengths and pay $4.40.
The expert hands of Braulio Baeza guided the Cain Hoy Stables' ACK ACK ($5.20) to a 4½-length victory over King of the Castle in the $111,800 Arlington Classic mile at Arlington Park, with Fast Hilarious third and Dike fourth.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART of Scotland drove his Matra-Ford to victory in the Dutch Grand Prix at a record average speed of 111.6 mph to fatten his lead toward the world driving championship (page 50). Jo Siffert of Switzerland finished second in a Lotus-Ford, New Zealand's Chris Amon third in the only Ferrari competing.
Bobby Unser battled with Mario Andretti for 60 miles, then drew away to win the 150-mile Langhorne, Pa. big-car race at an average speed of 112.424 mph.
It was A. J. FOYT out front in the 100-mile Indiana Classic USAC stock-car race on the state fairgrounds dirt track in a Ford Torino, averaging 85.369 mph.
TENNIS—In the last big Wimbledon warmup—the London grass-court championships—Australia's FRED STOLLE took the first set of the singles final from his countryman John Newcombe 6-3, then was extended to 22-20 in the second, decisive set. Britain's Ann Jones won the women's singles.
Joaquin Loyo-Mayo, a member of the Mexican Davis Cup team and a student at Southern Cal, defeated Mike Estep of Rice in the NCAA singles final at Princeton 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, then joined MARCELLO LARA, also on the Mexican and USC teams, to win the doubles from another USC pair, Steve Avoyer and Bob Lutz, 7-5, 6-4, 12-10. In the women's intercollegiate tournament at Carlton College, Northfield, Minn., EMILIE BURRER and BECKY VEST of Texas' Trinity University took the doubles, and Miss Burrer won the singles from Pam Richmond of Arizona State 6-1, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD—Paced by John Carlos, who won the 100 and the 220 and anchored the winning 440 relay, SAN JOSE STATE nipped Kansas 48 to 45 in the NCAA outdoor championship in Knoxville, where the Jayhawks' Jim Ryun lost his mile race to Marty Liquori of Villanova (page 10). CURTIS MILLS, 20, of Texas A&M, set a world record for the 440 with a 44.7, a tenth second under Tommie Smith's mark, and ERV HALL of Villanova tied the world 120-yard high-hurdles mark (13.2) first set by Martin Lauer of West Germany in 1959.
The pole vaulters' race to reach 18' heated up as JOHN PENNEL of the Southern California Striders set a new world record of 17'10¼" in the Sacramento Invitational meet. Meanwhile, his chief rival and present world champion, Southern Cal's Bob Seagren (17'9"), won the NCAA vault with a meet-record 17'7½" and just did miss a try at the magic 18.
Jorma Kinnunen set a world record of 304'1½" in the javelin, at Tempere, Finland, improving by 2'2¼" the previous record held by Janis Lusis of the Soviet Union.
Liesel Westermann of West Germany broke her own world record in the discus with a toss of 205'8½" in East Berlin.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: LOU CARNESECCA, 44, head basketball coach at St. John's University, to a five-year contract as general manager and coach of the ABA's New York Nets. His successor at St. John's will be Assistant Coach FRANK MULZOFF, 41.
SIGNED: Controversial CONNIE HAWKINS, 26, the ABA's Most Valuable Player last season as a forward for the Minnesota Pipers, to a five-year contract with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA (page 6). He is the first ABA player to switch leagues.
MARRIED: LEO DUROCHER, 62, manager of the Cubs, to Lynn Walker Goldblatt, 40; in Chicago.
DIED: MAUREEN (Little Mo) CONNOLLY BRINKER, 34; of cancer; in Dallas. In 1951, at 16, Miss Connolly became the youngest player to win the U.S. women's singles title at Forest Hills In the ensuing years she won the singles title at Wimbledon (1952-54), France (1953-54), Australia (1953), as well as two more at Forest Hills (1952-53). She was the only woman ever to win all those tournaments in one year (1953) and so achieve a grand slam. She may well have been the best woman player in history, but in July 1954, at the height of her career, she suffered a severe injury to her right leg while on horseback, from which she never fully recovered. In the years since, she lived with her husband, Norman Brinker and her two daughters in Dallas, teaching young tennis players despite her injury and working with the Wightman Trophy Cup program.