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A roundup of the sports information of the week
August 22, 1966
BOATING—PAUL ELVSTROM of Denmark skippered his Web III to the 5.5-meter world championship with five firsts and two seconds in the seven-race competition at Skovshoved, Denmark.
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August 22, 1966

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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DIED: DAN B. HAINS, 63, the father of organized water skiing and the founder of the American Water Ski Assn.; in Glen Cove, N.Y. Hains conducted the first water-ski tournament on record at the Jones Beach ( N.Y.) pavilion, and he also designed water skiing's first slalom course.

DIED: CHARLEY DRESSEN, 67, who was associated with baseball the last 47 years, including 15 as the manager of five major league teams; of a heart attack, in Detroit. He had led the Detroit Tigers until May 16, when his second heart attack in 14 months forced him out of the dugout. Dressen played eight seasons in the majors, hitting .272 in 646 games, before he managed his first big-league club, Cincinnati, in 1934. In 1952 and 1953 Dressen led the Brooklyn Dodgers to the National League pennant, and baseball people still tell how Dressen once told his Dodgers during a close game: "Stay with them a few more innings until I think of something." One year when the experts were discussing Dressen's Milwaukee Braves, one of them said: "I don't know where the Braves will finish, but Dressen will be five games ahead of them." He was recognized as a master handler of young pitchers, the most recent of whom is Denny McLain, the Tigers' 22-year-old right-hander. When McLain was having difficulties a few weeks ago, it was Dressen who came into the dugout in street clothes to help straighten the pitcher out. "That man," said McLain admiringly, "will go with his boots on."

DIED: MIKE McTIGUE, 73, a pug-nosed Irishman from County Clare who fought 145 bouts in a 17-year career (1914-1930) and once held the world light-heavyweight championship (1923-1925); in New York.

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