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December 20, 1965
BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES (18-14), the Western Division leader by 3� games, played six games, winning three, losing three. BALTIMORE (14-17), with victories over the 76ers and the Warriors and a loss to the Knicks, leaped from fourth to second as SAN FRANCISCO (13-16) and ST. LOUIS (11-16) both slumped badly. The Warriors took one game from the Royals 110-109 when Guy Rodgers sank a free throw with five seconds to go, but lost three others. The Hawks beat the Knicks 104-93 while losing four. Last place DETROIT (9-17) won two straight from the Warriors and the 76ers. BOSTON (18-7) increased its Eastern Division lead to 2� games by taking three straight, despite limited activity from the injured Sam Jones and Bill Russell. Only seven percentage points separated second-place CINCINNATI (17-11) and third-place PHILADELPHIA (15-10) as the Royals were 0 for 3 while the 76ers split four. The biggest surprise of the week was NEW YORK (10-17). The Knicks won three games—two of them in a row for the first time this season and one over the Lakers. In addition, their 150-127 victory over the Bullets was New York's second highest point total in 20 seasons of play. The Knicks' only loss was to the Hawks 104-93.
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December 20, 1965

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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HIRED: By the University of Iowa after eight years as head football coach at the University of Utah, RAY NAGEL, 38, to replace Jerry Burns. Nagel's record with the Redskins was 43-38-1, and his 1964 team (9-2) beat West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.

HIRED: To succeed recently fired Football Coach Johnny Michelosen at the University of Pittsburgh, DAVE HART, 39, for the last two years defensive backfield coach at Navy and formerly a successful high school coach in western Pennsylvania.

TRADED: By the Cincinnati Reds, long-ball hitter FRANK ROBINSON, 30, who averaged 32 home runs, 101 RBIs and batted .303 in his 10 years in the National League, to the Baltimore Orioles for Pitcher MILT PAPPAS, 26 (13-9, 2.61 ERA), Reliever JACK BALDSCHUN, and Outfielder DICK SIMPSON.

RESIGNED: The Los Angeles Angels' dynamic director of public relations, IRV KAZE, 39. Kaze, who had been with the Angels since their inception in 1960, will join Grey Public Relations, Inc.

FIRED: Maryland Football Coach TOM NUGENT after seven years and a 36-34 record. This year's Terrapins, which Nugent called his best Maryland team ever before the season began, won only four of 10 games.

FIRED: PAUL RICHARDS, 57, the Houston general manager since 1962, and LUMAN HARRIS, 50, the Astros' manager the past season. Harris was replaced by GRADY HATTON, 43, 1965's minor league manager of the year at Oklahoma City, a Houston farm club.

DIED: Baseball's most famous and most successful front-office man, BRANCH RICKEY, 83, after lying in a coma for 26 days in Columbia, Mo. A bust as a player (batted .239 in 117 games with the Browns and the Yankees, 1905-1907, and had a record 13 bases stolen on him in one game while catching) and as a manager (finished out of the second division only twice in 11 years with the Browns, 1912-1915, and the Cardinals, 1919-1925), Rickey gained his great fame as a developer of ball clubs and as a shrewd trader of ballplayers. While managing the Cardinals, Rickey conceived the idea of farm clubs, and after he became vice-president of the team in 1925 he built the famous Cardinal farm system that produced six pennant winners and four World Series champions in 17 years. In 1943 Rickey moved to the Brooklyn Dodgers as president and, in October 1945, chose Jackie Robinson to become the first Negro to play in organized baseball. The color bar in the majors was broken forever in 1947 when Robinson, guided by Rickey, played for the Dodgers and ended up as the league's rookie of the year. By signing up every young man that he could during the war, Rickey had such a large stockpile of talent in the postwar years that Brooklyn dominated the league for the next decade. From 1950 to 1955 Rickey worked his magic for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and in 1960 they won their first pennant in 33 years. By then Rickey was president of the Continental League, the projected third major league that forced the existing leagues into expansion. Rickey returned to the Cardinals in 1962 as a consultant on player personnel but resigned at the end of the 1964 season.

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