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September 04, 1961
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September 04, 1961


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Governor Rockefeller of New York has bet Governor Swainson of Michigan three bushels of New York apples to one bushel of Michigan apples that the New York Yankees will beat the Detroit Tigers for the American League pennant.

This probably does not mean that Rocky, who has not been to a major league baseball game since 1958 or a race track since 1959, is revising his well-known opposition to off-track betting in New York. But he should have given Swainson five to one—which was the correct odds when he clinched the bet.


?Willie O'Ree, who played with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League last season (four goals, 10 assists in 43 games), has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens. O'Ree, the first Negro in the NHL, is not considered good enough prospect to make parent club this season. The Canadiens probably will farm him to the Hull- Ottawa team or Quebec Aces.

?Ted Erickson, a 33-year-old research chemist, became the first person to swim 36� miles across Lake Michigan (time: 36 hours and 37 minutes). He fought high waves, a driving rain and darkness. At one point his wife, rowing alongside, lost him for 10 minutes. When he staggered onto the shore, one of the first things he asked for was a shower.

?Jockey Mike Sorrentino, who became a rider in July for the famous Greentree Stable of John Hay Whitney and Joan Whitney Payson, parted with the stable last week: Once powerful Greentree has now lost four riders in the last four years (others: Ted Atkinson, John Ruane, Sam Boulmetis). Sorrentino's last ride for Greentree was aboard Trial Balloon, which finished sixth in a field of seven. In his first start against his old employers Sorrentino drove Jaywalking to a nose victory—over Trial Balloon.

?Sam Graham, a Ruthophile from Phoenix, Arizona, recently quoted statistics which proved to him that The Babe stood far above either Maris or Mantle as a home-run hitter. Graham points out that Ruth's 60 home runs in 1927 were 13.7% of the American League's total while Maris, because of the large number of homers hit in the American League this season, accounts for only 4%.

?Philosophical Light Heavyweight Eddie Cotton, who after 14 years finally got a shot at some portion of a title by fighting Harold Johnson for the NBA light-heavy championship this week, said in a story in The New York Times : "You get promises, promises and then they fall through. But you still get up early every morning, do your road work and go into the gym. You figure one day maybe somebody by mistake will give you a break."


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