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December 11, 1961
BASEBALL—MAJOR LEAGUE OWNERS meeting in Miami Beach voted to change the bonus rules. Now first-year players are eligible for the draft at $8,000 if left in the minors; if advanced to the parent club roster, only one can be optioned out the following year. The others can be bought for $8,000 through irrevocable waiver procedures. The effect of the new rules is to make large bonus payments impractical though not unlawful. The owners also agreed to continue with two All-Star games for at least another year.
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December 11, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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The Western standings remained unchanged since the teams all lost to their Eastern opponents. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS scored a 21-14 overtime victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the Grey Cup, signifying the Canadian pro championship, in Toronto.

GOLF—LODDIE KEMPA, long-driving pro from Okmulgee, Okla., shot a 9-over-par 293 to win the $10,000 National Left-Handers' Open golf tournament, in Bradenton, Fla.

HARNESS RACING—U.S. TROTTING ASSOCIATION announced that attendance and wagering increased by more than 4�% over 1960 totals, with 15,719,479 spectators and $857,587,384 in bets. Tax revenue to states with pari-mutuel harness racing was $58,490,684. It was the 16th consecutive year that these figures had increased.

Robert G. Farrington, 32-year-old Richwood, Ohio driver, won 201 harness races to break the record of 176 set in 1958 by Billy Haughton. Harry Burright, the 1948 driving champion, also broke the record with 184 victories.

HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL led the league with 33 points. Toronto was close behind with 31 points. New York was next with 28, followed by Detroit, 19, Chicago, 18, and Boston, 13.

HORSE RACING—MANASSA MAULER ($7.80), a 5-year-old son of Count Turf- Escalade, won the $30,700 Queens County Handicap, at Aqueduct. Ridden by Braulio Baeza, he ran the mile in 1:36 1/5, beat Mail Order by 2 lengths.

JUDO—ANTON GEESINK of the Netherlands upset Defending Champion Koji Sone of Japan to win the world judo title, in Paris.

PARACHUTING—A U.S. team of Jacques Istel, Lew Sanborn, Nate Pond and William Jolly broke two Russian-held world records for a 4-man-group precision jump from 1,500 meters, at Williams AF Base, Ariz. Jumping in succession at a target, they landed within an average 13 feet 7 3/16 inches of the mark to beat the Russian daylight record of 18.471 feet. Then they came within an average 13 feet 10� inches of the center to break the Russian night record of 48.490 feet.

SOCCER—SPAIN beat Morocco 3-2, in Madrid, to qualify for the world championship tournament to be held in Santiago, Chile in May 1962.

TENNIS—MARGARET SMITH of Australia beat Darlene Hard for the second time in a week, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals of West Australian Championships in Perth, Australia. In the men's finals Roy Emerson defeated Neale Eraser 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

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