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December 04, 1961
BASEBALL—FRANK ROBINSON, Cincinnati Reds' complete outfielder, won the National League's Most Valuable Player award for 1961. An excellent fielder, Robinson batted .323, hit 37 home runs, drove in 124 runs and stole 22 bases to provide most of the scoring punch for Cincinnati's first pennant winner in 21 years. Robinson was almost a unanimous selection. He was named on 15 of the 16 first-place ballots and was 102 points ahead of runner-up Orlando Cepeda, the San Francisco Giants' first baseman-outfielder.
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December 04, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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NFL, Eastern Conference: NEW YORK won another big game, beat CLEVELAND 37-21. The victory maintained the Giants' 1-game lead and dropped the Browns to third place, 2 games out with only 3 left to play. PHILADELPHIA Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen threw for five touchdowns, and the Eagles defeated DALLAS 35-13 to remain close behind the leader. PITTSBURGH edged ST. LOUIS 30-27 with a last-second field goal, and took over fourth place. The Cowboys were next, followed by the Cards. WASHINGTON gained a total of 97 yards, lost to BALTIMORE 27-6 and was last in the division.

NFL, Western Conference: GREEN BAY struggled to a 17-9 victory over DETROIT to clinch a playoff berth. SAN FRANCISCO beat MINNESOTA 38-28 and moved into a tie with the Lions. CHICAGO defeated LOS ANGELES 28-24 to share third place with the Colts. The Rams were next, followed by the last-place Vikings.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats came from 18 points back to tie the Toronto Argonauts 27-27, and then won the total point series in overtime 55-27 in Hamilton, Ont. The victory gave the Cats Canadian football's Eastern Conference title.

GOLF—FRANK PHILLIPS, Sydney professional, held on to an early lead to win the Australian Open Championship, in Melbourne. Phillips shot a 275, former British Open Champion Kel Nagle was second with 277. Gary Player tied Bruce Devlin for third at 279.

HOCKEY—NHL; MONTREAL (11-5-5), TORONTO (13-6-1) and NEW YORK (10-6-6) whirled in and out of the lead as if caught in a revolving door. The Rangers held first place early in the week but lost it on Saturday after a 6-0 defeat by the Leafs. The Canadiens then took over but had to make room at the top for the Leafs, who won 3 straight and tied Montreal at 27 points.

HORSE RACING—KELSO, owned by Mr. Richard C. duPont, was named Horse of the Year for the second successive time. The 4-year-old gelding, a son of Your Host-Maid of Flight, by Count Fleet, won seven out of nine races in 1961. Carry Back was chosen the 3-year-old of the year; Crimson Satan, the best 2-year-old; and Peal, the steeplechaser of the year.

Hillsborough ($14.40), owned by Peter Fuller, manager of heavyweight title challenger Tom McNeeley, easily won the $55,400 Display Handicap, at Aqueduct, N.Y. Ridden by Don Pierce, Hillsborough covered the two miles of sloppy track in 3:29 4/5 to finish six lengths in front of Polylad.

SOCCER—HOWARD UNIVERSITY of Washing, ton, D.C. beat Newark College of Engineering 3-2 to win the NAIA championship, at Lock Haven, Pa. Cecil Durham kicked the winning goal with 18 seconds left to play and broke Newark's 23-game unbeaten streak.

West Chester (Pa.) State Teachers College beat St. Louis University, the defending champion, 2-0, to win the national collegiate championship, in St. Louis. West Chester scored its first goal on a free kick early in the final period, four minutes later scored again when Inside Right Joe Brownholtz booted the ball 45 yards into the upper left-hand corner of St. Louis' goal.

SWIMMING—COLGATE scored in every event except the diving to win the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association's Relay Carnival at New York. With six victories and two second-place finishes in nine events, the Colgate swimmers tallied 104 points to 90 for runner-up NYU.

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