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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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TENNIS—ROY EMERSON, Australian and U.S. titleholder, defeated Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 for the South Australian tennis championship at Adelaide, Australia. Fraser, the world's No. 1 amateur until a knee injury and operation forced him to rest for nearly a year, showed almost a complete return to form as he eliminated Wimbledon champion Rod Laver in a five-set semifinal match. Margaret Smith beat Darlene Hard in the women's finals 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: DAN FERRIS, 72, from his policy-making post as honorary secretary of the AAU, at New York. Ferris relinquished his position as AAU secretary-treasurer in 1957 after 30 years as an AAU official, but continued in charge of foreign affairs.

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