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September 30, 1963
BASEBALL—"We won the pennant in 1960 with Danny and we're going to do it again," said Pittsburgh-General Manager Joe Brown after rehiring DANNY MURTAUGH, 45, to manage the eighth-place Pirates in 1964. In the major leagues, only Walter Alston of the Dodgers and Al Lopez of the White Sox have lasted longer with their present clubs than Murtaugh, who replaced Bobby Bragan midway through the 1957 season.
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September 30, 1963

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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AFL—In what may turn out to be the biggest upset of the season, NEW YORK stunned Houston, the three-time Eastern Division champions, 24-17, on ex-Colt Fullback Mark Smolinski's touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was victory No. 1 for the Jets under ex-Colt Coach Weeb Ewbank. Oakland's surprising two-game winning streak ended 20-14 as BOSTON piled up all its points in three periods before allowing the Raiders to score. League champion Kansas City scrambled to a 27-27 tie with winless Buffalo when, with 40 seconds left, Len Dawson tossed a touchdown pass to Chris Burford and followed that with another pass to him for a two-point conversion. Dawson, overall, completed 25 of 38 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

GOLF—After nearly nine years on the pro circuit MICKEY WRIGHT, 28, of Dallas became the first woman pro golfer to win 11 major tournaments in one year when she took the $11,000 Visalia ( Calif.) Country Club open with a three-under-par 285. Miss Wright's win also tied the tournament record of 50 victories, set in 14 years of play by Louise Suggs, who is now retired.

U.S. Ryder Cup player DAVE RAGAN JR., 28, of Orlando, Fla. found the Scottish weather to his liking and shot a 13-under-par 271 to win the $22,400 Dalmahoy ( Scotland) open by two strokes over Peter Alliss, a member of the British Ryder Cup team.

George Knudson, 26, of Toronto sank a 40-foot chip shot for an eagle to win the $30,000 Portland Open on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Mason Rudolph of Lehigh Acres, Fla. The victory was worm 14,300 to Knudson, who had not won a major tournament since 1961.

HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Leonard J. Buck's OVER-TRICK, with John Patterson in the sulky, won the $68,294 Little Brown Jug (see page 30) at Ohio's Delaware County Fairgrounds in straight heats. He paced the first mile in 1:57[1/5], the fastest competitive mile on a half-mile track in the 157-year recorded history of the sport, and the second in 1:57[3/5]. In an earlier race at Delaware, the country's fastest half-mile track, AYRES, driven by John Simpson, trotted the mile in 2:00[1/5], the fastest time ever by a 2-year-old trotter.

Billy Haughton drove DUKE RODNEY ($7.90) to a neck triumph over Su Mac Lad in the $25,000 Galophone Trot at Yonkers, but the $6,250 second-place purse boosted Su Mac Lad's lifetime earnings to $707,049—$152,792 more than any other Standardbred in history.

HOCKEY—After 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. Left Wing DICKIE MOORE, 32, who was the NHL's top scorer in 1958 and 1959 (alltime high of 96 points), is hanging up his skates for good because of recurrent knee ailments.

HORSE RACING—Mrs. Marion Frankel's BUPERS ($35.30), with Avelino Gomez in the irons, beat previously undefeated Black Mountain to the wire by a head and won the $146,960 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct.

Earlier at Aqueduct another long shot, John Gaines's OIL ROYALTY ($54.20), with Manuel Ycaza aboard, scored her first victory of the year on her 13th attempt, beating favorite Lamb Chop to the wire by a nose to win the $86,650 Beldame Stakes.

MOTOR SPORTS—FRED LORENZEN, 28, driving a 1963 Ford, won the $17,700 Old Dominion 500 late-model stock car race in Martinsville, Va. and collected $3,300 to boost his earnings on the NASCAR circuit to a record $104,380.

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