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BASEBALL—After talking about it with his wife for the "last two or three years," STAN MUSIAL, 42, finally decided to retire as an active major-leaguer. When he plays his last regular season game on September 29 against Cincinnati, Musial will close out a remarkable 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player three times, won seven batting titles and hit .317 in a record 24 All-Star Games. He also holds 17 major league, 30 National League records.
BASKETBALL-JERRY LUCAS, most wanted player in pro ball, finally signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Royals, joining another three-time All-America, Oscar Robertson, and enormously increasing the value of the Cincinnati franchise.
BOATING—When the 605-mile FASTNET race, last in a four-race series for the Admiral's Cup, finally ended after nearly a week of hazardous coastal sailing from Cowes, " England to Ireland's Fastnet Rock and back, two British boats finished well up in the six-team international competition to give Britain 250 points and the cup. The U.S. team of Figaro, Windrose and Dyna came in second.
Sovereign, Britain's new 12-meter and potential challenger for the America's Cup, sailed into bad weather and bad luck at the Cowes Regatta, snapping her spinnaker guy in one race, blowing out two jibs in another and being becalmed in a third. Misfortunes aside, the New York Yacht Club considered Sovereign enough of a cup threat to organize a syndicate to build a new 12-meter.
FISHING—Following his own advice to "go all out all the time," JON TARANTINO (SI, July 8) won both the national casting and skish (skill in fishing) all-round titles at Nashville.
FOOTBALL—Ignoring baseball for the moment, nearly a quarter million fans turned out to watch seven NFL exhibition games. Cleveland's Municipal Stadium drew 83,218 to a doubleheader as NEW YORK defeated Detroit 24-21 and Johnny Unitas completed 14 of 19 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead BALTIMORE to a 21-7 win over Cleveland. GREEN BAY came from behind to down Dallas 31-10 before 53,121 in the Cotton Bowl, MINNESOTA easily beat Los Angeles 27-3 before 42,966 in the Coliseum and CHICAGO squeezed by Washington 28-26 before 35,420 in District of Columbia Stadium. Before smaller crowds, Philadelphia lost to PITTSBURGH 24-13, and ST. LOUIS edged San Francisco 24-22 on a last-minute touchdown by Prentice Gautt.
In AFL games, KANSAS CITY Reserve Quarterback Eddie Wilson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Chiefs beat Oakland 35-21. Frank Tripucka passed 75 and 60 yards for touchdowns to lead DENVER to a 31-25 victory over San Diego and BUFFALO defeated ill-starred New York 23-8. George Blanda, seemingly ageless, completed 11 of 12 passes for three touchdowns in the second half and kicked all three extra points as HOUSTON downed Boston 21-20.
GOLF—Out of action for three months with a hand injury, BILLY CASPER made a successful comeback by winning the $40,000 Insurance City Open in Hartford, Conn. with a 13-under-par 271. He sank a six-foot putt for a birdie on the 17th hole to break a tie with George Bayer, who finished one stroke back.