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Sport: Scoreboard: Oct. 13, 1961

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∙Bettors who base their choice on the jockey rather than his mount found a bonanza when crew-cut Johnny Sellers, 23, the nation’s leading rider (304 winners), booted home eight straight winners, tied the U.S. record set by Howard Craig in 1951. A $2 bet parlayed on Sellers’ eight mounts would have earned some $49,000.

∙Major league baseball attendance was down 5.6% in 1961, but other statistics were impressive. Detroit’s Norm Cash (.361) took the American League batting championship. Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente (.351) won the National League crown. Top American League pitcher was New York’s Whitey Ford (25-4); big winners in the National League were Cincinnati’s Joey Jay and Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn, with 21 victories each.

∙Football rolled on, taking its toll and separating the men’s schools from the boys’. Columbia’s best team in years lost to Princeton for the tenth straight year, 30-20. Maryland upset high-ranked Syracuse, 22-21. Notre Dame, strong on the ground, took to the air to edge tough Purdue, 22-20. The Big Ten looked like one big powerhouse: Michigan routed Army, 38-8; Michigan State took Stanford, 31-3; Ohio State set down U.C.L.A., 13-3. But, in the week’s thriller, Iowa, rated first in the nation and heavily favored, just did turn back U.S.C. and its brilliant sophomore back, Willie Brown, 35-34, after leading 21-0.

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