Bold Ruler, there with mostest when chips were down in hoof-to-hoof Trenton Handicap battle with Gallant Man and Round Table, was Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form poll's choice for Horse of Year and best 3-year-old honors. Other champions: Bayou, 3-year-old filly; Idun, 2-year-old; Nadir, 2-year-old colt; Dedicate, handicap horse; Pucker Up, handicap mare; Decathlon, sprinter; Round Table, grass horse; Neji, steeplechaser.
Billy Martin, petulant former Yankee whose after-hours exploits prompted his exile to Kansas City, turned up as key player in 13-man swap between Athletics and Detroit Tigers but showed little appreciation for role—unless he gets cut in for piece of cash. Others involved in king-sized shift: Outfielders Bill Tuttle and Jim Small; Pitcher Duke Maas and John Tsitouris; Catcher Frank House and two unnamed minor leaguers to Kansas City; Outfielders Gus Zernial and Lou Skizas; Pitchers Tom Morgan and Mickey McDermott; and Catcher Tim Thompson to Detroit.
Russian booters, beaten by Poland October 20 to force playoff, did not make same mistake again, striking accurately in each half to outkick Poles 2-0 before 110,000 who jampacked neutral Leipzig's Central Stadium, to qualify for World Soccer Cup championships in Stockholm next June (see page 20).
Rory Calhoun, young middleweight strong boy from White Plains, N.Y. who spends his off-training hours lolling around listening to Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, turned loose his own brand of symphony on Bobby Boyd, beating out heavy-handed rhythm to deck his china-chinned rival twice in 2nd round, last time for good, at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Kid Gavilan, mambo-stepping, old ex-welterweight champion who has heart set on winning back title stolen from him by Johnny Saxton in one of Philadelphia's smellier decisions, flailed away at stubby Walter Byars' body with reckless abandon to win 10-round decision at Chicago. But Byars, angered by several low blows as well as decision, was hardly impressed: "Gavilan is not going anywhere."
Mexico's Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno unexpectedly found No. 2-ranked Featherweight Ike Chestnut foolishly willing to slug it out with him, responded in his fiercest free-swinging fashion to open deep gash under New Yorker's left eye, drew enough gore to force referee to stop bout in 6th round and send 10,000 fans at Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium into screaming frenzy for their favorite "Little Bird."
California State Athletic Commission Chairman Dan. O. Kilroy, who had stoutly maintained that Hurricane Jackson was "absolutely normal" in answer to criticism for sanctioning fight with Eddie Machen, last week played vastly different tune. Said Dr. Kilroy, in announcing that Jackson has been banned in California: "Little, if any, ability to defend himself...in essence, a human punching bag."
Boston Celtics, even without injured Bob Cousy, were no match for NBA rivals as Bill Sharman, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey took up scoring slack, made cords whistle to overwhelm Detroit 112-90, Minneapolis 131-107 and run unbeaten string to 13, lead over Syracuse and Philadelphia to seven games in Eastern Division. Race was considerably closer in West, where St. Louis edged New York 118-115, Detroit 115-110 to hold first place over streaking Cincinnati Royals, who took three in row.