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November 28, 1960
BASEBALL—DICK GROAT, 30-year-old shortstop for Pittsburgh who has been with the Pirates ever since he stepped off the campus at Duke University eight years ago, was named the Most. Valuable Player in the National League by the Baseball Writers Association. Groat hit .325 during the season and, though he had only two home runs and 50 RBIs, his leadership was a major factor in Pittsburgh's pennant victory. Runner-up was third baseman and fellow teammate Don Hoak, who received 162 points to Groat's 276. The AMERICAN LEAGUE awarded the new Washington, D.C. franchise to a 10-man syndicate headed by Lieut. General Elwood Quesada, present administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency. Quesada in turn disclosed the syndicate had named Mickey Vernon, Pittsburgh coach, as manager, and Edward S. Doherty, president of the American Association, as general manager of the new team. Vernon, a Washington hero, was the Senators' only two-time (1946 and 1953) American League batting champion. Quesada also announced the new club would retain the name of Senators.
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November 28, 1960

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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University of Texas, with a low score of 39, took the Southwest Conference championship at Austin over Arkansas, seeking its fifth consecutive title. Tied for second with Arkansas was Texas A&M with 50 points Individual winner: JACK NELSON of Arkansas, running the three miles in 15:02.

North Carolina captured the Atlantic Coast championship, closing out Duke's two-year reign, when the Tar Heels' GROVER EVERETT and Gerald Stuver finished one-two. Everett ran the 3.8 miles in 17:53, at College Park, Md.

FOOTBALL—EDMONTON, on a field goal by Tommy-Joe Coffey with 10 seconds left in the game, beat Winnipeg 4-2 and won the Western Interprovincial Football Union championship at Winnipeg. Edmonton will meet the Big Four winner at Vancouver in the Grey Cup game for the Canadian pro title.

GOLF—LIONEL HEBERT of Lafayette, La. won his home town's $15,000 Cajun Classic with 272 for 72 holes. Runner-up: Johnny Pott of Shreve-port with 274.

HARNESS RACING—U.S. Harness Writers Association named ADIOS BUTLER for the Head-liner Award as the outstanding horse of the year. Adios Butler set a world pacing record of 1:54[3/5] last month at Lexington, finished the season by taking the $75,000 Hollywood Park Pacing Classic at Inglewood.

HOCKEY—DETROIT, TORONTO and MONTREAL tied for first place with 24 points apiece. Each club now has 10 wins, four ties.

HORSE RACING—CORNELIUS VANDERBILT WHITNEY became the second owner ( Calumet Farm was first) to earn more than $1 million in one season when his colt Counterate ($8.60) handily won the $25,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. The $17,927 winner's share pushed Whitney's earnings to $1,015,666.

Garwol ($6) revealed a strong finishing drive to win the $110,260 Pimlico Futurity by 1� lengths over Bal Musette. Under Ismael Valenzuela, Garwol, purchased earlier this year for $32,000 by owner Louis Wolfson, covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:45[4/5]. The $68,256.50 winner's share put owner Wolfson, a relative newcomer to racing, right behind C. V. Whitney as money-winner of the season, and seemed to prove his claim that he could swiftly achieve racing prominence through massive investment.

Don Poggio ($4) coasted to an easy 7-length victory over Manassa Mauler in the $83,121 Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct. Ridden by Sammy Boulmetis, the Argentine-bred colt covered the 1� miles in 2:55[4/5].

HORSE SHOW—UNITED STATES retained the Prix des Nations trophy in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show at Toronto. The U.S. team, composed of George Morris, Frank Chapot and Hugh Wiley, won with only four faults.

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