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December 25, 1961
BASEBALL—ARIZONA WINTER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ended in a first-place tie between Baltimore and San Francisco, both with 32-17 records. NEW YORK METS bought Los Angeles Infielder Charlie Neal for a reported $100,000 and Outfielder Lee Walls. Neal, playing at short, completes the Met infield with Hodges at first, Chacon at second and Zimmer at third. Including the $125,000 spent for Walls in October's expansion raffle, the total price for Neal was $225,000.
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December 25, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BASEBALL—ARIZONA WINTER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE ended in a first-place tie between Baltimore and San Francisco, both with 32-17 records. NEW YORK METS bought Los Angeles Infielder Charlie Neal for a reported $100,000 and Outfielder Lee Walls. Neal, playing at short, completes the Met infield with Hodges at first, Chacon at second and Zimmer at third. Including the $125,000 spent for Walls in October's expansion raffle, the total price for Neal was $225,000.

Kansas City just beat the interleague trading deadline, dealt Pitcher Bob Shaw and Infielder Lou Klimchock to Milwaukee for three minor league players. The Athletics also sent Catcher Joe Pignatano to San Francisco for Texas League Outfielder Jose Tartabull.

Charles Comiskey II, after trying for more than two years to purchase the 54% of the Chicago White Sox he did not own, sold his holdings to an 11-man syndicate headed by a Chicago lawyer, Thomas A. Reynolds Jr., for an estimated $3,500,000. Founded by Comiskey's grandfather, the White Sox had been family-owned for 60 years.

BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON ran up a nine-game winning streak, brought their season's record to 23-3 and increased their Eastern Division lead to seven games over Philadelphia. LOS ANGELES maintained a comfortable five-game edge over runner-up Cincinnati in the West.

BOXING—HENRY HANK, seventh-ranked middleweight, beat British Empire Light Heavyweight Champion Chic Calderwood at Detroit. Knocked down in the third round and bleeding badly in the last four rounds, Calderwood lost his second fight in 34.

Ingemar Johansson lost his fight with the U.S. Government over $1,009,801 in back taxes in Miami. U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. ruled against Johansson's contention that he was a Swiss resident and entitled to income tax immunity under a U.S.-Swiss agreement. If the decision is upheld on appeal, Johansson will have to pay $598,181 in taxes for the second fight with Floyd Patterson and $411,620 for the third.

FENCING—PAULETTE SINGLELAKES, fourth nationally ranked woman fencer, won the Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Christmas competition in New York. A student at Patterson State Teachers College, Miss Singlelakes was undefeated in the eight-match final round. Carol Kuzen was second.

FOOTBALL (COLLEGE)—KANSAS upset favored Rice 33-7, to win the Blue Bonnet Bowl game at Houston. Less than 24 hours before the game, the NFL's Detroit Lions questioned the eligibility of Kansas Quarterback John Hadl, accusing him of having signed with the AFL San Diego Chargers. Hadl denied the charge, went on to direct all five of his team's touchdowns and set up the halftime lead score with a 41-yard run on a fake kick. After the game Hadl signed with the Chargers. Ken Coleman, Kansas sophomore fullback, gained 107 yards in 18 carries and was selected the game's outstanding back. SYRACUSE, behind 14-0 at the half, scored in each of the last two quarters to edge Miami 15-14 at the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia. Hard-running Halfback Ernie Davis cut through the Miami defenses for 140 rushing yards and shared game honors with his quarterback teammate, Dave Sarette, who completed 13 of 26 passes for 148 yards.

Texas A&M picked former Army All-America end and Wichita head coach Hank Foldberg to succeed Jim Myers as athletic director and football coach. An A&M player before he went to West Point, Foldberg has had two Missouri Valley champions in his two years at Wichita, and twice was named conference coach of the year.

Southern Methodist named 32-year-old Hayden Fry its new head football coach. A high school coach until three years ago, Fry spent the 1959 and '60 seasons as defense assistant at Baylor. This season he moved to Arkansas where he was the offensive coach. Fry was a brilliant quarterback at Baylor but an understudy to the better-passing Adrian Burk and Larry Isbell.

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