Athletes and Sports Events of the Past Year
By JESSE SILVER
(Copyright 1967, JTA Inc.)
The man who wasn't there was
the big sports story of the year.
Sandy Koufax retired from base-
ball, and the game lost one of its
all-time great pitchers. The mag-
nificent lefty was probably the
most renowned Jewish athlete to
have emerged on the American
Koufax left behind many records,
and when his name comes up for
consideration, in 1971, he should be
a sure thing for the Hall of Fame.
Those baseball players who
performed during the year in-
cluded: Ken Holtzman, Chicago
Cubs; Mike Epstein, Washington
Senators; Barry Latman, Houston
Astros; Larry–Sherry, Houston;
Norm Miller, Houston, and Art
Shamsky, Cincinnati Reds.
Holtzman, a second-year south-
paw, spent much of the baseball
season fulfilling his National Guard
obligation. On • the occasions that
he did take the mound, he was
first class and gave all indications
he was a future 20-game winner.
Mike Epstein created much dis-
cussion early in the season when
he refused to report to the minor
leagues. The big slugger, the 1966
League Player of the Year, was
traded by Baltimore to the Wash -
ington Senators. Major League
pitching slowed the big first base-
man down, but it still appears he
will be a valuable player to the
Senators in the years to come.
Brightest minor league prospects
seemed to be outfielder Richie
Scheinblum, Cleveland Indians;
pitcher Mickey Abarbanel, Chicago
White Sox: and Mark Blomberg.
N. Y. Yanks. Blomberg, a high
school first baseman, was the first
man selected in the free-agent
In professional football, quar-
terback is the name of the game.
The Detroit Lions came up with a
new one in Karl Sweeten. Sweetan
was called upon after the regular
Lion signal caller was injured. lie
had a fine rookie season, even
though the Lions didn't fare too
Ron Mix, a standout offensive
tackle for the San Diego Chargers
for many years, again made the
AFL All-Star team, while the Buf-
falo Bills had rookie Booth Lusteg
do the place kicking. Richie Rich-
man did some quarterbacking for
Philadelphia of the Continental
Phil Handler and all-time great
Sid Luckman were again assistant
ooaches for the Chicago Bears.
On the executive side of the pro
game, Art Modell, Cleveland Brown
owner, was named president of
the National Football League, while
G. Sydney Halter resigned as com-
missioner of the Canadian Football
League. Sol Rosen continued as
commissioner of the Continental
Other executives on the pro
football front included Sonny Wer-
Min, N. Y. Jets; Jerry Wolman,
Philadelphia Eagles; Al Davis, Oak-
land Raiders; Carroll Rosenbloom.
Baltimore Colts; Max Winter, Min
nesota Vikings and Eugene Klein
and Sam Schulman, San Diego
On the college football side,
sophomore end Glenn Meltzer of
Wichita State captured the NCAA
pass receiving title with 91 recep-
tions. Other standouts included:
Mike Blatt, linebacker, Florida
State; Al Glaman, tackle, UCLA;
Mike Stromberg, end, Temple; Ron
Grossman, linebacker, Princeton;
Ron Silver, guard, Northwestern;
Pete Zeitzoff, end, Princeton; Bruce
Weinstein, end, Yale; Neal Wein-
stock, fullback, Brown; Al Green-
berg, guard, Rutgers; Howie Small,
tackle, Rhode Island; Al Pepper,
guard, Missouri; Glenn Greenberg,
tackle, Yale; Larry Kemelgor,
tackle, Rhode Island; Paul Hand-
macher, tackle, Georgia; and Brent
Kaufman, halfback, Rhode Island.
Coach Mary Levy gave William
& Mary its first share of the South-
ern Conference title in 19 years.
Rudy LaRusso of the Los Anglese
Lakers and Ron Watts of the BOs-
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ton Celtics were the only Jewish
players in the National Profes-
sional Basketball League. Art Hey-
man led the Eastern Pro League
Among the owners in the NBA
were Ben Kerner, St. Louis Hawks;
Arnold Heft, Baltimore Bullets;
Iry Kosloff, Philadelphia 76ers; and
Mary Kratter, Boston Celtics, while
Red Auerbach was the Celts gen-
eral manager. New owners named
in the expanded NBA were Bob
Brietbard, San Diego, and Eugene
Klein and Sam Schulman in Seattle.
Adolph Schayes was the supervisor
of the NBA officials.
A new pro league, the American
Basketball League, was formed.
Owners announced were Arthur
Brown in New York and Gabe
Rubin in Pittsburgh. Max Zaslofsky,
former NBA great, was named
coach of the New York entry.
The tallest Jewish basketball
player, 7-foot Dave Newmark
of Columbia, missed the college
season' due to illness.
Successful co 11 e g e basketball
coaches were Harry Litwack, Tem-
ple; Roy Rubin, LIU; Dave Polan-
sky, CCNY; Mike Gordon, Adelphi;
Hal Blitman, Cheyney State; Sam
Cozen, Drexel Tech; and Julie
Cohen, Miami-Dade South J.C.
- On the international scene Tal
Brody, former Illinois All-America,
played in Israel for Maccabi-Tel
Aviv, while Steve Chubin, Rhode
Island, and Ron Green, Vanderbilt,
dribbled around in Italy. Alexander
Gomelsky was the coach of the
winning Russian team at the World
Israel was almost as successful
on the athletic field as on the bat-
tlefield. The Israelis enjoyed their
greatest international sports tri-
umph at the Fifth Asian Games.
The 23 members of the Israeli con-
tingent collected three gold, five
silver and three bronze medals.
The gold medals were garnered
by Debra Mar c u s and Hannah
Shizifi in women's track, and the
men's basketball team. The basket-
ball squad, led by Tanhum Cohen-
Mintz, toured the U.S. just prior
to the Asian Games.
Texas amateur Marty Fleckman
created the big noise in golf when
he led the U.S. Open after three
rounds. He collapsed in the final
round, but still was the low score
amateur. Fleckman also competed
in England as a member of the U.S.
Walker Cup squad.
Roger Ginsberg continued as a
touring pro, and little Beverly
Klass, only 10 years old, caused
an uproar when she became the
youngest player ever to compete
in a major pro golf tourney. She
was subsequently barred by the
Ladies Professional Golf Asso-
ciation because of her age.
It is becoming increasingly dif-
ficult to keep up with the swim-
ming accomplishments of Mark
Spitz. The 17-year-old Californian
set three individual world records,
won five Pan American Games
gold medals and captured six in-
dividual national titles. He could
well become the greatest of all
Richard Schneider won a na-
tional indoor title as a member
of a Yale relay team, Yvonna Tovis,
Avraham Melamed and Gershon
Sheffal of Israel won medals in
swimming at the Asian Games,
while Julio Arango of Colombia
won a medal at the Pan-Am Games.
• Alfred Hajos-Guttmann, a Hun-
garian Olympic champion, and Bill
Bachrach, U.S. Olympic coach, were
named to the Swimming Hall of
Poland's Irena Kirszenstein con-
tinued her outstanding perform-
ances on the running track. She
won three gold medals at the Euro-
pean championships, and tied her
own world record in the 200-meter
Abbie Hoffman of Canada set a
women's indoor record in the 880-
yard run, and took a bronze medal
in the 800 meters at the Pan-Am
Games. Best of the U.S. men were
Milt Sonsky, javelin; Dick Trichter,
dashes; Sam Goldberg, decathlon;
Bill Beller, discus; and Eugene
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Comroe, marathon. The English and to a second at the world cham-
showed Ray Roseman, mile; Leon pionships.
Walters, 440 and 880; and Ian Mor-
Mauri Ross was elected to the
gan, 440 hurdles, while Italy had Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Flavio Asta, shot and discus, and
Sue Hardy was named to the
Canada, Mark Arnold, 440 hurdles. women's All-America trapshooting
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team, and Nehemia Sirkis won a
In tennis the foreign contingent shooting for Israel at the Asian
continued to lead the way. No. I Games.
ranked players in their countries
Mark Cohn won gold, silver and
were Mike Belkin, Canada; Eleazer bronze gymnastics medals for the
Davidman, Israel; Pierre Darmoh, U.S. at the Pan-Am Games, and
France; Tom Okker, the Nether- Steve Cohen retained his NCAA
lands; and Tova Epstein, Israel. gymnastic title. Ron Barak, USC;
Ranked No. 2 were Vicki Berner, Abe Grossfeld, Southern Connecti-
Canada; Esme Emanuel, South cut- Art Sherlock, UCLA; and Mike
Africa; and Jorgen Ulrich, Den- Jacobson, Navy; all coached gym-
mark. Others who were ranked in-_ nastics.
dude: Jackie Saul, South Africa;
Jim Prigoff retained his national
.Abe Segal, South Africa; Monique squash tennis title.
Salfati, France; and Torgen Ulrich,
The best of the Americans were
Schloss, Ron Gold-
Soccer went big league in the
U.S.; and three Israeli players and
a referee were involved. David
Primo and Shimon Cohen played
with Baltimore; and Zeev Zeltser
for Los Angeles, where Max Woz-
niak was the coach. Menahem Ash-
kenazi was the referee.
Dave Matlin was named presi-
dent of the Amateur Athletic Union
of the United States.
Don Spero won the world's sin-
gle scull title, and James Fuhrman
and Larry Gluckman took gold
medals in rowing at the Pan-Am
Al Axelrod captured a fencing
silver medal in fouls at the Pan-
Neal Shapiro was a member of
the U.S. equestrian team that com-
peted in Europe.
Death took 'Barney Ross, Charles
Ornstein, Frank Basloe, Harold
Labair, Arthur (Young Otto) Sus-
kind, George Sheppard, Hans Hal-
berstadt and Shalom Zysman.
Richard Sofman won a gold
medal in wrestling, and Victor
Vernik of Argentina took a bronze
at the Pan Am Gameg.
Harlan Cohen, national women's
volleyball coach, led his team to
a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games
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For A Year of
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