BOATING—ARGONAUT, a 39-foot sloop, was declared overall winner of the roughest 2,225-mile Los Angeles-to-Hawaii race in 14 years. Windward Passage crossed the Diamond Head finish line first but was penalized two hours after the Transpacific Protest Committee upheld a complaint filed against her by the crew of Esprit. First-to-finish honors were given instead to BLACKFIN, commanded by Ken DeMeuse.
Don Aronow, former world champion power-boater and defending U.S. titlist, won the 214-mile race for ocean-going powerboats at Viarreggio, Italy, in The Cigarette, a 32-footer powered by a pair of 475 hp Mercruiser engines. His average speed of 73.1 mph broke the record set last week in Florida by New Yorker Bill Wishnick.
BOXING—Heavyweight Charlie Green, who paid $6 to see former Light Heavyweight Champion JOSE TORRES fight Jimmy Ralston at Madison Square Garden, landed in the ring as a substitute when Ralston claimed to have injured his elbow while working out in his hotel room. Green, who happened to be in shape, stunned the audience by knocking Torres down twice in the first two rounds before the wobbly comeback hopeful, realizing he'd "better get the guy out quick," KO'd Green with a right.
HARNESS RACING—Howard Beissinger drove LINDY'S PRIDE ($7.80) into the lead at the half-mile of the $100,000 Yonkers Futurity Trot and won by three-quarters length over Prophet. The expected duel among Gun Runner, Lindy's Pride and Dayan for the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown never materialized as Gun Runner was scratched and Dayan straggled in fifth (page 40).
July 27, 1969
The seemingly unbeatable Nevele Pride disappointed his bettors when he broke stride in the first turn of the $73,833 American National Maturity at Sportsman's Park, Chicago, and never became a threat. Out in front from the gate, Ralph Baldwin drove SNOW SPEED to an easy six-length victory over Kerry Pride in a time of 1:59⅖ equaling the track record for the mile.
HORSE RACING—NODOUBLE ($5), carrying top weight of 127 pounds, overtook Verbatim in the final half-mile of Aqueduct's $109,000 Brooklyn Handicap and drew away at the wire for a 1½-length victory. Dike put on a stretch drive to finish third. The first money of $70,850 increased Nodouble's career earnings to $603,419.
In the $159,350 Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds, INSUBORDINATION ($3.20), the favorite, collected the winner's purse of $101,850 for his fifth victory in eight starts. Laffit Pincay Jr. forced his mount out in front in the stretch and crossed the finish of the six-furlong race three-quarters of a length ahead of the second choice, With Evidence.
Pelican Stable's favored 3-year-old roan, AL HATTAB ($3.40), set a track record on his way to winning the $54,800 Patriot Stakes at Liberty Bell Park, Philadelphia, by 1¼ lengths over Best Turn and boosted his career earnings to more than $275,000. Jockey Ray Broussard guided the winner through the mile-and-one-sixteenth race in 1:41.2, two seconds faster than the record set earlier this month by Shuvee.
MOTOR SPORTS—Before an estimated crowd of 120,000, the biggest in British motor-racing history, JACKIE STEWART of Scotland posted a lap record of 129.61 on his way to winning the British Grand Prix, at the Silverstone track. It was his fifth major victory this season, bringing his total points toward the world title to 45-28 more than his nearest competitor, Bruce McLaren.
TENNIS—In the Davis Cup European Zone finals at the Bristol Lawn Tennis Club, the BRITISH team, expected to lose, clinched the title when GRAHAM STILWELL defeated Bob Maud of South Africa, giving Britain a decisive 3-1 lead. The South African team played only one match going into the finals, winning two by default when Czechoslovakia and Poland refused to face them for political reasons.
Rod Laver defeated fellow Aussie John Newcombe 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 at Brookline, Mass. to win his fourth straight U.S. Professional tennis championship and the winner's purse of $8,000, bringing his tour earnings to almost $80,000.
In the USLTA National Junior Clay Court Championships at Louisville, Danny Birchmore of Athens, Ga. defeated Harold Solomon of Silver Spring, Md. 6-3, 8-6 for the boys' 18-and-under title. Kristien Kemmer of Los Angeles took the girls' division by beating Connie Cappozi of Middletown, Ohio in sets of 8-6 and 6-0. In the 16-and-under event, Freddy De Jesus of Puerto Rico defeated John Whitlinger of Neenah, Wis. 6-4, 6-1 for the championship.
TRACK & FIELD—U.S. men and women won the team titles in the triangular meet with the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union at Los Angeles (page 38). Among the major events JURIS LUZINS of William and Mary upset Olympian Ralph Doubell and Byron Dyce in the 800-meter run. BOB SEAGREN, failing again to reach the elusive 18' mark, won the pole vault at 17' 6¾", and BILL TOOMEY took the decathlon. Trailing by 12 yards at the start of the final lap in the 1,500-meter run, MARTY LIQUORI of Villanova burst past the Russian leader 50 yards from the tape to win. The U.S. women clinched their team title by winning the 1,600-meter relay by 12 yards.
George Frenn of North Hollywood, Calif. broke his own national record in the rarely performed 56 pound weight throw by almost two feet with a toss of 49'7" during the AAU championships held at New Britain, Conn.
WRESTLING—The Soviet Union dominated the Greco-Roman events in the First Junior World Wrestling Championships, held at Boulder, Colo., winning seven firsts, a second and a third for the team title. Bulgaria captured second place with 10 medals, including three firsts, and the U.S. placed third. In the freestyle division, the U.S. upset Russia by one point (51-50) to take the team title with five firsts, two seconds and two thirds. Bulgaria came in third.
MILEPOSTS—REPORTED: JOE NAMATH, to the New York Jets camp, after he agreed to reverse his decision of June to retire rather than comply with Commissioner Pete Rozelle's order to sell his share of Bachelors III and rid himself of undesirable associations (page 12).
RESIGNED: From his post as commissioner of the ABA since its inception two years ago, GEORGE MIKAN, who would prefer to stay in Minneapolis where he has other businesses than move to the new league headquarters in New York. Assistant Commissioner Thurlo E. McCrady will take his place, with the title of executive director.
RETIRED: AL OERTER, 32, four-time Olympic discus gold medalist, after competing in the New York AAU Invitational at Elmira where he set a state AAU meet record with a throw of 181'7". "The bug will have to bite real deep for me to even suit up again," he said. He has been bothered for several years by a pinched nerve in his neck and doesn't want to risk further damage to it.
RETIRED: JOE BURK, 55, who put together formidable crews as coach at the University of Pennsylvania for 19 years. His crews won the IRA title the past three years, and last month reached the finals of the Henley Royal Regatta before losing to East Germany.
DIED: The 1967 world champion motorcyclist in the 125-CC Class and last year's titlist in the 250 Class, BILL IVY, 26, when his cycle slid on a wet curve during a race and hit a wall, throwing him into a lamppost.
DIED: DENMAN THOMPSON, 81, former sports editor of the Washington Evening Star for 32 years and president of the Baseball Writers Association of America (1933), after a long illness.