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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—The LOS ANGELES DODGERS swept the New York Yankees in four straight games (5-2, 4-1, 1-0, 2-1) to produce one of the most startling results in World Series history (see page 18). The Yankees were so intimidated by the Dodger pitchers—Sandy Koufax (first and fourth games), Johnny Podres and Ron Perranoski (second) and Don Drysdale (third)—that they batted a puny .171 (22 hits), the lowest since the 1905 Athletics.

Mild-mannered MEL HARDER, who spent all of his 36 major league seasons with Cleveland, was replaced as the Indians' pitching coach by Early Wynn, the tough 300-game winner. Harder had pitched for Cleveland from 1928 through 1947 (223 wins and 186 losses) and had been pitching coach since 1948.

The NATIONAL LEAGUE, in an unrealistic attempt to make up for its poorly planned creation of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s two years ago, made four players from each of the other NL teams available (at $30,000 apiece) to the two beleaguered clubs. "I don't expect too much from the list," said Mets' President George Weiss.

BOATING—JEAN-PIERRE RENEVIER of Switzerland outmaneuvered the boats of 22 other countries to win the Flying Dutchman class world championship on Lake Starnberg near Munich, Germany. Sailing six races in as many days, Renevier accumulated 5,105 points, while the U.S. entry, Bud Melges of Lake Geneva, Wis., finished fifth with 3,634 points.

FOOTBALL—NFL: the CLEVELAND BROWNS kept their lead in the Eastern Division and an undefeated record (four in a row) by coming from behind in the last period to beat Pittsburgh 35-23 (see page 65). The Steelers' Ed Brown completed 18 of 35 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough as Frank Ryan threw three touchdown passes and scored another, and Jimmy Brown ran for 175 yards and a touchdown. Y. A. Tittle had another big day (19 completions for 324 yards and three touchdowns), and NEW YORK defeated Washington 24-14. For the first time in three games (82 passes), however. Tittle had a pass intercepted. ST. LOUIS moved into a second-place tic with the Giants by smothering Minnesota 56-14. Charley Johnson accounted for 301 yards of the Cardinals' 520-yd. offense when he completed 16 passes for three touchdowns. In a dogfight between the Eastern Division's only winless teams, PHILADELPHIA outlasted Dallas 24—21 as Reserve Quarterback King Hill, starting his first game in place of the injured Sonny Jurgensen, completed 12 of 20 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. The undefeated CHICAGO BEARS squeezed by Baltimore 10-3 to hold onto first place in the Western Division. The Colts were leading 3-0 in the last period when Rudy Bukich, a reserve quarterback for the Bears, won the game with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Ronnie Bull (see page 52). GREEN BAY won its third straight game by romping over Los Angeles 42-10. The Packers' Herb Adderley quickly started the Rams on the way to their fourth loss in a row when he ran 98 yards to a touchdown with the opening kickoff. Bart Starr made sure of it with two touchdown passes, including a 53-yard toss to End Max McGee. San Francisco had a new coach (Jack Christiansen), but that was about all as the 49ers lost their 11th consecutive game (two in 1962, five exhibitions and four this year) 26-3 to DETROIT. To make matters worse, Tommy Watkins of the Lions broke Christiansen's 12-year-old NFL record for punt returns with five for 184 yards.

AFL: DENVER staggered previously undefeated San Diego 50-34 as Gene Mingo kicked five field goals and five extra points, and John McCormick tossed three touchdown passes. The Chargers had led by three points at half time on Tobin Rote's three TD passes, but the Broncos galloped to 33 points in the second half. NEW YORK defeated Boston 31-24 when the surprising Jets turned three of their five interceptions into touchdown drives. It was the third victory in a row for the Eastern Division leaders. Len Dawson's four touchdown passes (12 for the season) led KANSAS CITY to a 28-7 win over Houston, and BUFFALO won its first game by shutting out Oakland 12-0, It was the Raiders' third straight loss after opening the season with two victories.

GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER added $26,000 more to his record earnings this year ($127,555) when he won the 72-hole Whitemarsh Open in Philadelphia with a 281. After coasting to a five-stroke lead over the first nine holes of the final round, Palmer suddenly lost his touch and needed a birdie on the 17th hole to beat Lionel Hebert by one stroke.

HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY SCOT surprised no one when he won the $60,861 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats at Lexington, to become the second horse to win trotting's Triple Crown (see page 70).

Cane Futurity Winner MEADOW SKIPPER defeated Overtrick, winner of the Little Brown Jug, in a race at Lexington, but he had to set a world record to do it. Driven by Earle Avery, Skipper paced a mile heat in 1:55⅕ bettering by [2/5] of a second the record for 3-year-old pacers.

HOCKEY—The National Hockey League ALL-STAR team tied the Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs 3-3 in the NHL preseason All-Star Game in Toronto. Frank Mahovlich, the Maple Leafs' All-Star left wing, scored two first-period goals, and Right Wing Eddie Litzenberger got one in the third period. Chicago's Bobby Hull, Detroit Defenseman Marcel Pronovost and Montreal's Henri Richard did the scoring for the All-Stars.

HORSE RACING—Baron Guy de Rothschild's EXBURY, under Jean Deforge, won the 1½-mile Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Europe's richest race, by two lengths at Longchamp, Paris. The victory, Exbury's fifth straight as a 4-year-old, was worth $196,933 and made him the richest French horse in history ($435,000 overall). Relko, the Epsom Derby winner and prerace favorite, finished a dismal sixth.

Raymond Guest's CHIEFTAIN ($4.50) and Mrs. Dorothy Comiskey Rigney's DUNFEE ($9) won the split-division Cowdin Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. Chieftain, ridden by Bill Hartack and the favorite among the 11 starters in his section, won by a neck. Dunfee, with Ray Broussard up, went off third choice in his division, but led the field all the way to win by 2½ lengths.

In the mile Frizette Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct, Tony Imbesi's undefeated TOSMAH ($2.90), with Sammy Boulmetis up, won her sixth race in a fast 1:36.

Paul Bongarzone's DEAN CARL ($67.10), under Bob Ussery, won the Lawrence Realization for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct by 3¾ lengths. Kentucky Derby and Belmont Winner Chateaugay, the odds-on favorite, was out of the money.

MOTOR SPORTS—England's GRAHAM HILL, driving a BRM, won the 253-mile U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. (see page 26). Hill, last year's world driving champion, averaged 109.91 mph over the 110-lap course and finished 34 seconds ahead of his BRM teammate, Richie Ginther, of Granada Hills, Calif. Scotland's Jim Clark, this year's driving champion, came in third in a Lotus.

SWIMMING—Britain's STELLA MITCHELL, 16, broke her own world record for the 220-yard women's breaststroke in a meet against Hungary in Blackpool, England. Her time was 2:50.2-1.2 seconds faster than the mark she set in the same pool last month.

TENNIS—The U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM, in what was supposed to be a warmup for its interzone final against India, was thoroughly trounced by three Italians in the Palermo (Sicily) international tournament. Dennis Ralston lost to Sergio Tacchini, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round and, in the quarter-finals, Chuck McKinley was defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Giuseppe Merlo, and Marty Riessen bowed to Nicola Pietrangeli 6-3, 10-8. Frank Froehling managed to reach the semifinals before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Pietrangeli, who went on to win the singles title.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: HERB JOESTING, 58, Minnesota's two-time All-America fullback (1926-27) who led the Gophers to an undefeated season in 1927, of a heart attack in St. Paul.

DIED: RALPH FOSTER (CY) PERKINS, 67, longtime catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1917-1930) and later a coach for two other teams, at a convalescent home in Philadelphia.