slender, crew-cut ex-jalopy racer from Greensboro, N.C., once again proved to
be best driver on NASCAR convertible circuit, piling up 9,364 points for title.
Other NASCAR champions: Ned Jarrett, husky 25-year-old Newton, N.C. lumber and
grain broker, sportsman division; Ken Marriott, lanky 37-year-old Baltimore
truck driver, modified division.
heavy-footed Texan, was hooked up in fight of his life until he skidded his 4.5
Maserati ahead of young homebred Dan Gurney, in 4.9 Ferrari, on 17th lap.
maintained pressure and 87.8-mph average to win 25-lap feature in year's final
sports car race at Riverside, Calif. (see page 68).
New York Rangers, with rookie Goalie Marcel Paille kicking out shots like his
major league life depended upon it, achieved near double miracle, beating
Montreal twice 4-2, 4-2, to move into NHL lead by single pointover Canadiens,
whosorely missed Maurice (Rocket) Richard, sidelined for at least five weeks by
cut Achilles tendon suffered in 4-2 victory over Toronto. Boston Bruins
outskated Chicago 5-2, Toronto 4-2, played 2-2 tie with Maple Leafs to share
third place with Black Hawks.
Boston continued to set merry pace in NBA Eastern Division, running unbeaten
string to 11 by beating Minneapolis 107-104 and Philadelphia 111-89 as Big Bill
Russell outdefensed Warriors, grabbing 49 rebounds for NBA record and holding
Neil Johnston scoreless from field. Syracuse was only other Eastern team to win
as New York and Philadelphia went into losing tailspin. In West Detroit got off
on winning kick, held slender edge over St. Louis.
Australian Davis Cup selectors, embarrassed by their talent-rich position,
picked Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, Mervyn Rose and Roy Emerson
for squad to defend in Challenge Round, still had one more spot to fill.
Meanwhile, Cooper, regarded as sure pop for No. 1 singles berth, hardly raised
sweat as he hustled through New South Wales tournament at Sydney, easily
beating Fraser 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in final, as U.S. team, which still has to get
past Philippines and Belgium, watched from sidelines.
U.S. jumpers, guiding their mounts smartly and efficiently over obstacles, won
six events to five for runner-up British, pranced off with 120 points and team
trophy in National Horse Show at New York's Madison Square Garden (see page 62)
before moving on to try their luck in Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at
Toronto. Top individual: America's graceful Hugh Wiley aboard his palomino
Nautical, who edged Britain's leathery-faced Ted Williams, 59 points to 57. At
Toronto, Charles Dennehy and Pillbox got U.S. off and running with faultless
performance in opening event, but dashing Irish riders won jumpoff with English
and Mexicans to take second-night honors.
Bill Maybury's sleek-stepping Galophone, second-ranked only to now-retired
Scott Frost, had busy (and profitable) week at Hollywood Park, opening with
1�-length victory and closing with head triumph over Demon Rum in second and
third legs of $75,000 American Trotting Classic. But biggest news was provided
by Widower Creed, 4-year-old black beauty, who sneaked past favored Dottie's
Pick going into Stretch, held on grimly to win second leg of $75,000 American
Pacing Classic and pay off to tune of 93-1, highest in Western Harness Racing
(Cub) Buck, one time monstrous U. of Wisconsin tackle (1913-15) who threw his
280 pounds (and his opponents) around with bearlike abandon, later one-man gang
for Green Bay Packers (1922-25); by induction into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of
Fame, at Milwaukee. Now relatively slimmed-down (to 219 pounds) Rock Island,
Ill. auto dealer. Buck was genuinely pleased over his selection but modestly
speculated: "I am sure somebody made a mistake. I don't think I deserve
Canadeo. line-crunching Green Bay Packers' fullback (1941-52); Lou Groza,
hulking Cleveland Browns' kicking specialist (1946-57); Elroy (Crazy Legs)
Hirsch. agile, pass-snaring halfback-end for Chicago Rockets (1946-48), Los
Angeles Rams (1949-57); Doak Walker, sticky-fingered pass receiver and accurate
placement kicker for Detroit Lions (1950-55); Ed Sprinkle, handy all-round
tackle-guard-end for Chicago Bears (1944-55); to Helms Hall Major League
Football Hall of Fame, at Los Angeles.