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MILEPOSTS—NAMED: To the Legion of Honor by French President Charles de Gaulle in a precedent-setting move: Miler MICHEL JAZY and five other prominent French athletes. They are Tour de France Winner JACQUES ANQUETIL, Skater ALAIN CALMAT, Skier GUY PERILLAT, Rugby Star MICHEL CRAUSTE and Olympic track and field star JOCELYN DELECOUR. "I know that this upsets custom a bit," De Gaulle told the French cabinet, "but when athletic champions, through their continued efforts, set an example and enrich the patrimony of France...the government ought to recognize and reward their achievements."
NAMED: By the new 11-team U.S. National Professional Soccer League as its acting executive secretary, SIR GEORGE GRAHAM, former head of the Scottish Football Association. Sir George predicted: "Soccer will become as big in the United States as it is in Europe."
TRADED: Itinerant NFL Back JOE DON LOONEY, from the Detroit Lions to the Washington Redskins for a middle draft choice, two weeks after Lion Coach Harry Gilmer suspended him for refusing to reenter a game against Atlanta. "If you want a messenger," Looney told Gilmer, "call Western Union." Washington is the fourth NFL team Looney has played for in three years. In two of his Detroit games Looney was fined an estimated $4,000. Though fines are the one aspect of the game not listed in the record books, this is believed to be the largest amount ever levied by a club against a player. It was perhaps exceeded only by Commissioner Pete Rozelle's fines against Paul Hornung and Alex Karras three years ago.
TERMINATED: The eight-year, 71-game winning streak of the JEFFERSON CITY (Mo.) High School football team, when a good, but hardly great, team from Columbia's Hickman High defeated the Jays 27-6. Up to then the closest the Jays had come to defeat since 1958 was two years ago when McCluer of St. Louis scored 13 points to Jefferson's 14. Five years before that, John Burroughs High nearly stopped the streak at eight games, but the Jays squeaked by, 19-14. During the entire eight years Jay opponents were able to score more than a single touchdown in only 12 games, while the Jays themselves racked up an unbelievable 35 shutouts, seven of them in succession.
RETIRED: By the Boston Celtics, the numbers of former stars TOMMY HEINSOHN (No. 15) and BILL SHARMAN (No. 21). They will be hung from the Boston Garden rafters with previously retired No. 1 (for late Owner Walter Brown), No. 14 ( Bob Cousy), No. 22 ( Ed Macauley) and No. 23 ( Frank Ramsey).
DIED: Veteran Umpire GEORGE MAGERKURTH, 77, who retired in 1947 after 19 years in the National League; in Rock Island, Ill. The most flamboyant arbiter of baseball's Golden Age, Magerkurth set the tone of his whole career on his first day in the majors when he ejected fiery New York Giant Manager John J. McGraw. His later victims included such professional hecklers as Billy Jurges, Frankie Frisch and—several times—Leo Durocher. Magerkurth was also a fine storyteller and was most often asked to relate how Babe Ruth called in advance his famous home run against the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series. Magerkurth had the best view for that one. He was behind the plate.
DIED: Bridge Expert ALBERT H. MOREHEAD, 57; of cancer, in New York City. A writer, editor, lexicographer and onetime student of Ely Culbertson, Morehead edited Culbertson's Bridge World magazine, and later, from 1959 to 1963, wrote a daily bridge column for The New York Times.