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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

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TRACK & FIELD—RALPH BOSTON, whose world-record-breaking broad jump of 27 feet 1 3/4 inches was recently certified, was awarded the L. Di Benedetto Memorial Award for the outstanding performance of the year by an American track and field athlete. Frank Budd, whose 9.2 for the 100-yard dash broke the sprint record, was the second choice of the AAU track and field committee.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED—ERNIE DAVIS, Syracuse University's All-America halfback, as the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy for being the outstanding college football player in the country. Davis is the first Negro to win the 27-year-old award. Ohio State Fullback Bob Ferguson, also an All-America, was second, 53 points back.

SENTENCED—FRANK CARBO, the underworld manipulator of boxing, was denied a new trial, sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $10,000 in a Los Angeles federal court. Carbo was convicted May 30, 1961 for conspiracy and extortion after he and four other men tried to gain control of Former Welterweight Champion Don Jordan. Sentenced along with Carbo were: Frank Palermo, 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine; Joe Sica, 20 years in prison and $10,000 fine; Louis Dragna, five years in prison. Truman Gibson Jr., former president of the National Boxing Enterprises, was placed on five years' probation but must pay a $10,000 fine.

DIED: FRANKLIN C. CAPPON, 61-year-old Princeton University basketball coach, at Princeton. Dean of the Ivy League coaches and a former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Cappon was elected to the Helms College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1957. Since he came to Princeton in 1938, his teams have won the Ivy League championship five times and have held that title for the last two years. His career record was 339 wins and 244 losses. He is succeeded by Assistant Coach Joey L. McCandless.

DIED: EDGAR ALLAN POE, 90, former Attorney General of Maryland and onetime Princeton University football great, in Philadelphia. A Walter Camp All-America, Poe was 5 feet 3 inches and weighed only 135 pounds as quarterback and captain of the Princeton teams of 1889 and 1890. He was also a Phi Beta Kappa and captain of the lacrosse team.

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