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October 23, 1961
BASEBALL—NATIONAL LEAGUE held a 3�-hour draft session for new teams. Houston Colts and New York Mets, at Cincinnati. The Colts, leaning heavily to younger men, spent $1,850,000 for 23 players, picked Bob Aspromonte, Al Spangler and Paul Roof, added seasoning with Pitchers Sam Jones and Bobby Shantz, First Baseman Norm Larker. The Mets. looking for familiar names to draw nostalgic New Yorkers, paid $1,800,000 for 22 players, including old Brooklyn Dodgers Gil Hodges, Don Zimmer, and Roger Craig, but made a notable exception in selecting Cincinnati's temporary World Series hero, 24-year-old Elio Chacon.
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October 23, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HOCKEY—After first week of play NEW YORK RANGERS had 3-1-0 record and led the National Hockey League with 6 points, followed by TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-1-0) with 4, MONTREAL CANADIENS (1-0-1) with 3, CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS (0-0-2) and DETROIT RED WINGS (0-1-2) both with 2, while the BOSTON BRUINS (0-3-1) were last with 1 point.

HORSE RACING—DONUT KING ($19.90) battled heavily favored Jaipur in a rough stretch duel, won the $206,800 Champagne Stakes at Aqueduct, N.Y. by a head. With Manuel Ycaza up, the 2-year-old colt owned by Verne H. Winchell Jr., California doughnut chain operator, ran the mile in 1:36 despite rain and a stiff wind in the backstretch. SHERLUCK ($17.20), the upset victor over Carry Back in the Belmont Stakes last June, ridden once again by Braulio Baeza, left the Kentucky Derby winner far behind—a remote third—as he won the $54,600 Lawrence Realization Stakes by 1� lengths over Ambiopoise at Aqueduct. Jacob Sher's 3-year-old raced the mile and 5 furlongs in 2:43 4/5.

Nickel Boy ($14.20), ridden by Ismael Valenzuela, shot past Troubador III in the stretch and won Aqueduct's $56,900 Manhattan Handicap by two lengths. A nonwinner in 18 starts this year, the 6-year-old Nickel Boy raced the 1 5/16 miles in 2:10—one second off the American record.

Bobar, Mme. G. Courtois' French colt, came on in the stretch to edge favored St. Paddy by � of a length, in the 10-furlong Champion Stakes, at Newmarket, England. Lady Sassoon's St. Paddy, 1960 winner of the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger, lost both the race and the chance to become the leading money winner in British and Irish racing history and will now retire with earnings of $272,141, second only to Ballymoss.

T. V. Lark ($17.80), recently purchased for $600,000 by Preston Madden, brought Madden his first dividend by winning the $127,250 Hawthorne Gold Cup in Cicero, Ill. by � length over Heroshogala. Ridden by Johnny Longden, the 4-year-old bay covered the 1� miles in 2:02 3/5, won for the first time since May 20.

Hitting away ($11.80), with Bobby Ussery nervously up (he had fallen off another horse owned by Ogden Phipps in the previous race), ran through 1 1/16 miles of slop at Camden's Garden State in 1:45 4/5 to win the $29,800 Benjamin Franklin Handicap.

HORSE SHOWS—ARGENTINA, with two faultless rides by Dr. Hugo Miguel Arrambide, swept the top three places of the international jumping competition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, Pa. Arrambide guided Malairo, a gray gelding, over the course of 10 obstacles in 30.3 seconds to win first place, also rode the chestnut gelding S'il Vous Plait to second place without a fault in 0:33.4. Lieut. Eduardo Castaing took third place on Merlin in 0:33.8.

MOTOR SPORTS—WALLY DUNNABACH lost and then won the $10,300 Modified and Sportsman stock car race, when it was discovered that the announced winner, Cale Yarborough, who had already collected a victory kiss from race queen Linda Vaughan, actually finished a lap behind Dunnabach in the 150-mile race, at Charlotte, N.C. Yarborough led with 15 laps to go but made a pit stop and was passed by the winner, who averaged 115.335 mph in his souped-up Ford.

Jack Brabham, driving a Cooper-Climax, dogged Bruce McLaren for 30 laps, finally moved ahead on the next-to-last lap to win the $28,600 Southern California Grand Prix at Riverside, Calif.

TRACK & FIELD—IRINA PRESS, sister of Russia's record-flipping Discus Thrower Tamara Press, competing in Soviet Union's track and field championship, for the second time this year, broke her world record for the pentathlon, at Tiflis. The only woman ever to score more than 5,000 points in this event, Miss Press totaled 5,137 points, 117 more than her record of last August, with superb performance in the five events: shotput, 50 feet �; broad jump, 20 feet 5�; 80-meter hurdles, 10.9; 200-meter dash, 24.2; high jump, 5 feet 3� inches.

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