Spectacular Bid ($2.20), Bill Shoemaker up, won the $361,000 Meadowlands Cup in New Jersey in a track-record 2:01[1/5] for the mile and a quarter. The $234,500 winner's share increased the 3-year-old's 1979 earnings to $1,279,183, a single-season record.
MARATHON—BILL RODGERS won the New York City Marathon for the fourth consecutive year, with a time of 2:11:42. GRETE WAITZ was the first woman finisher, in 2:27:33, breaking her own world record by 4:57 (page 22).
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 123.203 mph in his Chaparral, AL UNSER won the 26th annual Bobby Ball 150 Indy Car race at the Phoenix International Raceway, finishing 5.76 seconds ahead of his brother Bobby in a Penske PC 7. Rick Mears' third place in another Penske gave him the CART national points title.
TENNIS—Top-seeded VITAS GERULAITIS defeated Guillermo Vilas 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 to win the $192,500 Australian indoor championship in Sydney.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As president and chief executive of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, JOHN R. COOPER, 45, a former USAC vice-president, to replace Joseph Cloutier, whose tenure was marked by an acrimonious jurisdictional dispute between USAC and CART.
NAMED: As manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, BOBBY MATTICK, 63, the club's director of player development since 1977 and, before that, a scout for 30 years. He replaces Roy Hartsfield, who was fired at the end of this season.