The U.S. Davis Cup team beat India 4-1 in San Juan, P.R., to qualify for the Challenge Round in Adelaide on Dec. 26-28 (page 90).
MILEPOSTS—HONORED: DENNY McLAIN, Detroit's 31-game winner, unanimous choice for Most Valuable Player award, becoming the first American League pitcher to win both the MVP and the Cy Young awards.
DIED: Vern (Junior) Stephens, 48, a 15-year major league veteran with a .333 average in six All Star games, of a heart attack in Long Beach, Calif. Stephens played for four major league clubs, had his best years as a shortstop with the Red Sox.
DIED: Willis O. Hunter, 76, athletic director at USC from 1925 to 1957, at Altadena, Calif. Hunter was appointed AD after being backfield coach, and during his tenure Howard Jones produced the famed " Thundering Herd" Trojan football teams.