BASEBALL—ROGER MARIS, hefty 26-year-old right fielder who moved up to the New York Yankees last winter after two years in the lower majors with Kansas City, then hit .283, slammed 39 home runs, drove in 112 runs, kept base runners cautious with a cannonlike right arm to lead the Yanks to the American League pennant this summer, was named the Most Valuable Player in his league by the Baseball Writers Association. Said usually laconic, but now jubilant Maris: "This is a happy feeling." Runner-up with 222 votes to his teammate's 225, fellow-outfielder Mickey Mantle (.278, 40 home runs, 94 RBIs).
San Francisco Giants closed out their exhibition tour of Japan with 11 wins, four losses, one tie. In the final game at Shizuoka, Felipe Alou put the Giants ahead with a ninth-inning home run, but the Japanese All-Stars pushed across two runs in the last half of the inning, won 3-2. WILLIE MAYS, with seven home runs and a .404 batting average, was named the tour's Most Valuable Player, received a new Japanese automobile.
BASKETBALL—The ST. LOUIS HAWKS dealt the Philadelphia Warriors their first defeat of the season after nine wins, 107-105, despite a 42-point splurge by Wilt Chamberlain. Two points behind with three seconds to play, Philadelphia missed its chance to tie when a pass from out-of-bounds was batted away from Chamberlain by the Hawks' alert Dave Piontek. The BOSTON CELTICS were struggling to stay with fast-moving Philadelphia, closed some ground with a 131-124 victory over Los Angeles, but only after the Celtics' Bill Russell, his temper riled in a fourth-period rebound hassle, had floored the Lakers' Jim Krebs with a crushing left hook. Russell was expelled from the game for the first time in his career. PHILADELPHIA, leader in NBA Eastern Division standings; ST. LOUIS, leader in Western Division.
BOXING—SAN JOSE STATE COLLEGE, NCAA champion for the past three years, announced that it will drop intercollegiate competition this season because so many schools have given up the sport that San Jose can no longer make up a schedule. "But we want to make it perfectly clear," said Athletic Director Walter McPherson, "that we are not dropping boxing as such, that we will continue to teach it and that we hope to see the other schools return to the sport on a major basis."
Florentino Fernandez, eighth-ranked welterweight from Havana pumped left hooks into the body of Phil Moyer, Portland, Ore. middleweight, for the first three rounds, then shifted the attack to his head, knocked his opponent down twice in the fourth round, once in the fifth before Referee Harry Kessler stopped the nationally televised Madison Square Garden fight.
CHESS—As expected, Russia's team of champions and ex-world champions cleaned up on 40 nations at the chess Olympics at Leipzig. Close behind in second place was an amazing U.S. team of youthful contenders: Bobby Fischer, Robert Byrne, William Lombardy, Arthur Bisguier, with 19-year-old former Junior Champion Raymond Weinstein and veteran Nicholas Rossolimo pinch hitting capably as alternates.
CROSS-COUNTRY—MICHIGAN STATE warmed up for defense of its IC4A and NCAA championships, placed three finishers among the top five, captured its sixth straight Big Ten team title in Chicago with 33 points to runner-up Iowa's 61.
Gerald Young, MSU junior, won individual honors with a record-breaking time of 19:35.3 for the four-mile course.
Western Michigan jammed five of its runners among the first seven finishers, handily won the Central Collegiate team championship with 21 points as WMU senior Jerry Ashmore took the individual title in a fast 19:41.8 over the four-mile course, also in Chicago.
Bobby Lowe, slender, hard-training Brown University senior, still fresh after his recent Heptagonal victory, stood as East's strongest entry in IC4A and NCAA meets by trotting off with the New England Intercollegiate race by 300 yards in 21:08 for 4� miles, at Boston. Team champion: Brown, with 90 points.