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November 29, 1965
BASEBALL—In a surprise move, the major league owners hired LIEUT. GENERAL WILLIAM D. ECKERT, USAF (ret.), 56, whose experience lies wholly in the field of military logistics and business administration, as Commissioner of Baseball for seven years, to replace retiring Ford C. Frick. Eckert's chief assistant and administrator of his office will be LEE MacPHAIL, president and general manager of the Baltimore Orioles the past seven years.
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November 29, 1965

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HORSE RACING—PRINCE SAIM ($30.80), ridden by Joe Culmone, beat 11 other 2-year-olds in winning the $311,945 mile-and-a-sixteenth Garden State Stakes by a neck over Gunflint (page 76). Amberoid finished third, while Fathers Image, the favorite, came in sixth.

Jorge Velasquez of Panama joined Willie Shoemaker, Lawrence Reynolds and Danny Weiler as a co-holder of the American record for consecutive winning mounts on one program when he rode six in a row at Garden State. The 18-year-old's streak began in the third race on Western Gal ($15.20) and continued through Indian Brother ($15.20), Bo Bo Girl ($10.80), Nance's Lad Jr. ($15.20), Inyala ($5) and Superado ($9.60). The potential record breaker was the ninth race, but Velasquez' horse, Divy Den, finished third. Velasquez came to the U.S. in August and won on his first mount, at Atlantic City.

HORSE SHOWS—The U.S. Equestrian Team took the international team championship at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto with 143 points to Canada's 69. U.S. Team Captain FRANK CHAPOT guided San Lucas through four perfect rounds over a difficult course to win his first North American title, while Canada's Gail Ross, who had three perfect rounds, took second place when she picked up a fault in the second jump-off.

SHOOTING—In a championship meet in Santiago which drew 48 entrants from 12 countries, the U.S. team—PETER ROUSSOS, KEVIN M. ONKA, WILLIAM D. ABBOTT and JACK JOHNSON—won the world trapshooting team title with a score of 769X800.

TENNIS—Australia's JOHN NEWCOMBE and MARGARET SMITH gained the singles titles at the New South Wales championships in Sydney by defeating the U.S.'s Arthur Ashe 6-8, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 and Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2.

TRACK & FIELD—In a race staged in Paris for television, MICHEL JAZY, world-record holder for the mile, improved his own world indoor mark for 1,000 meters by .6 second with a clocking of 2:21.

MILEPOSTS—REINSTATED: NORM VAN BROCKLIN, as coach of the Minnesota Vikings, 24 hours after quitting in a fit of despair when the Vikings lost a crucial game to the Baltimore Colts. After thinking it over for 12 hours, Van Brocklin asked for his job back, explaining, "I finally came to my senses and quit feeling sorry for myself. That's why I'm called the Dutchman, I guess. I have to learn the hard way."

RESIGNED: After 15 years as head football coach at Duke University, with a record of 93 wins, 51 losses and nine ties, BILL MURRAY, 57, to accept the executive chairmanship of the American Football Coaches Association. Murray's teams won seven Atlantic Coast Conference championships, one title in the old Southern Conference and played in three bowl games.

RETIRED: To stud, three of harness racing's biggest stars, SPEEDY SCOT, DARTMOUTH and RACE TIME, all from Frederick Van Lennep's Castleton Farm. Speedy Scot, who earned $650,909, was harness horse of the year in 1963 and won The Hambletonian (1963), the Kentucky Futurity (1963) and Roosevelt Raceway's International (1964). Race Time, pacer of the year as a 2- and 3-year-old, earned $486,956, and Dartmouth $427, 655.

FIRED: JERRY BURNS, 38, head coach at Iowa for five years, after the disappointing Hawkeyes won only one out of nine games this season. Burns's overall record was 16-26-2.

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