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August 15, 1960
BOATING—A series of accidents postponed the final heat of the Seafair Trophy event for unlimited hydroplanes, but the major casualty of the Seattle race came on the first lap of heat 1B when Mira Slovak (SI, Aug. 8), gunning Miss Wahoo into the north turn a shade too fast, hooked his sponsons. The hydro flipped wildly, sent a wall of spray high into the air. The steering wheel was badly twisted, the instrument panel torn loose, a portion of the top decking torn out, one side and the tail section ripped off and Slovak himself hurled into Lake Washington. Charging up close behind in Kol Roy was Slovak's friend and fellow airline pilot Bob Larsen. He stopped his hydro, jumped into the water and kept the unconscious Slovak afloat until a helicopter dropped down to make the rescue. Luckily, Slovak, who was rushed to the hospital in a state of shock, suffered only minor injuries. Said unfriendly rival Bill Muncey, Miss Thriftway's driver, "It was a terrible thing. She was a good boat and Mira had driven her hard."
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August 15, 1960

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BOATING—A series of accidents postponed the final heat of the Seafair Trophy event for unlimited hydroplanes, but the major casualty of the Seattle race came on the first lap of heat 1B when Mira Slovak (SI, Aug. 8), gunning Miss Wahoo into the north turn a shade too fast, hooked his sponsons. The hydro flipped wildly, sent a wall of spray high into the air. The steering wheel was badly twisted, the instrument panel torn loose, a portion of the top decking torn out, one side and the tail section ripped off and Slovak himself hurled into Lake Washington. Charging up close behind in Kol Roy was Slovak's friend and fellow airline pilot Bob Larsen. He stopped his hydro, jumped into the water and kept the unconscious Slovak afloat until a helicopter dropped down to make the rescue. Luckily, Slovak, who was rushed to the hospital in a state of shock, suffered only minor injuries. Said unfriendly rival Bill Muncey, Miss Thriftway's driver, "It was a terrible thing. She was a good boat and Mira had driven her hard."

Weatherly, the 69-foot 12-meter yacht owned by Henry D. Mercer, Rumson, N.J., and sailed by Arthur Knapp Jr., Larchmont, N.Y., captured the prestigious, silver Queen's Cup, in the feature race of the seven-day New York YC Cruise, gliding over the 15-mile triangular course in the corrected time of 14:34:01, 2:09 faster than James J. O'Neill's Stormy Weather; at Newport, R.I.

FISHING—MABRY HARPER, Hartsville, Tenn., threw his line into Cumberland River near Hartsville, came out with a 25-pound walleye that broke the previous world record by 2 pounds 12 ounces. State fish and game officials needed two days to certify the fish for a record. Harper, hungrier for a pike dinner than a world mark, had already dressed it and put it in the refrigerator.

GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, the 30-year-old Open and Masters champion from Latrobe, Pa., jumped back into come-from-behind form at the $30,000 Insurance City Open outside of Hartford, Conn. Trailing Jack Fleck by five shots going into the final 18 holes. Palmer came up with eight birdies, scored a 66, tying him at 270 for 72 holes with Fleck and Bill Collins. He beat both in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff. It was Palmer's seventh victory of the year, and the winner's prize of $3,500 ballooned his 1960 earnings to $72,228.

Tommy Aaron, 23-year-old Walker Cup golfer from Gainesville, Ga., easily won the 58th Western Amateur at Duluth when opposing finalist Bob Cochran, the 47-year-old British Amateur runner-up from St. Louis (SI, June 6), was forced by a painful backache to concede the championship after only six holes of their scheduled 36-hole match.

Bill Tindall, Seattle, ignored painfully blistered feet, scored with birdie putts of 60 feet on the 11th hole, 50 feet on the 15th, defeated Laurie Hammer of Sarasota, Fla. 2 and 1 in close to 100� heat at Kansas City, to win the USGA Junior championship.

Jack Walters, 47, of Tacoma, Wash., shot a 74 in the playoff to Bob Wilson's 80 after the two had tied with 292 for 72 holes, won the National Left-handers championship; at Tacoma.

HORSE RACING—It was a winning week for Patrice Jacobs' HAIL TO REASON and Jockey BOB USSERY. On Monday, opening day at Saratoga, the 2-year-old brown colt ($2.90), Ussery up, stormed into the lead at the head of the stretch and won the six-furlong, $36,050 Sanford Stakes by six lengths in 1:11. On Saturday, closing day at Monmouth Park, Ussery shuffled the favorite ($5) through a pack of 18 2-year-olds in the $136,875 Sapling Stakes, brought him out with a rush in the homestretch and nipped 40-to-1 shot He's a Pistol by a half length in 1:10 2/5 for the six furlongs. The double victory brought Ussery's record to seven wins in his last eight stakes rides.

Warhead ($5.50), surviving a foul claim, the $59,500 Whitney Stakes by three quarters of a length over Talent Show, 1? m. in 1:51, Saratoga, N.Y. Mike Sorrentino up.

Dotted Swiss ($4.20), the $53,750 Laurance Armour Handicap by 1� lengths over Resolved, 1? m. in 1:50, Arlington Park, Ill. Willie Shoemaker up.

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