Gary Adler, 8-year-old first baseman for Corky's Outdoor Advertising "K" Land team in Miami, caught a line drive with men on first and second, stepped on first, then ran to touch second before the runner returned, for an unassisted triple play.
Doug Miller, quarterback for Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, traded a pigskin for pawns in the off season and won seven of eight matches to win the novice division of the National High School Chess Championships—his first tournament.
Todd Lathers, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Oregon, was timed in 8:40.4 in the steeplechase at the Pacific Eight meet in Seattle for a world age-group record. Lathers, previously a miler and half-miler, ran his first steeplechase earlier this year.
Hubert Rutland III of St. Petersburg ( Fla.) Junior College won the eighth annual Clyde Trophy Junior Invitational Handicap Regatta sponsored by Scotland's Royal Clyde Yacht Club. Sailing a Thistle class sloop, he had a first, two seconds and a fourth.
Robin Stoecker of Ranum High in Westminster, Colo. won the all-round title in the state high school gymnastics meet with a first in floor exercise and parallel bars, a second in long horse and side horse, a third in still rings and a fourth on the horizontal bar.
Steve Baird of Short Hills, N.J., a junior at Bucknell who never played tennis in high school, was unbeaten in 14 matches this season as the Bisons' No. 1 player. In two years of competition, Baird is 27-1 in singles, 22-1 in doubles, and has a 16-match win streak.