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Parnelli Jones won the controversy-riddled Indianapolis 500 on May 30.

Joe Weatherly clinched the NASCAR Grand National Championship with a 7th-place finish at the Golden State 400, on November 3.


The United States successfully defended the Uber Cup at Wilmington, Delaware, on April 6, with a 4-3 defeat of England. Judy Devlin Hashman won her singles match and joined with Carlene Starkey to win two doubles matches.


The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised almost everyone by defeating the New York Yankees in four straight games to win the World Series, October 2-6.

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Loyola came from behind to record a 60-59 overtime victory over top-seeded University of Cincinnati to secure the NCAA Men's Championship, on March 23 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Providence defeated Canisius 81-66 to win the National Invitational Tournament.

The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 2 to win their fifth straight NBA Championship, April 4-14.


On July 22, Sonny Liston KO'd Floyd Patterson in 2:10 of the first round to retain his heavyweight championship. The heavily promoted fight took place at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, before a crowd of 7,816 spectators, and was shown on closed circuit television in 143 locations in 109 cities.

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Canada won the Gordon International at Montreal, Canada, by outscoring the United States 321-304.


Canada won the right to represent North America in the 1964 Olympic Games when it outscord the United States 3-1 in two matches played in Lyons, France, in September.


The University of Texas secured the top spot in the UPI rankings by being the only major college team to go undefeated in 1963.

Navy quarterback Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy.

The Chicago Bears downed the New York Giants 14-10 to win the National Football League Championship, on December 29.

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Jack Nicklaus scored a 286, one-stroke victory over Tony Lema to win the Masters Golf Tournament, April 4-7. At 23, he became the youngest Masters winner ever. He went on to become just the third golfer in history to win both the Masters and the PGA Championship in the same year.


Chateaugay, ridden by Braulio Baeza, crossed the finish line of the Kentucky Derby 1 lengths ahead of Never Bend; Candy Spots came in third. The race was run on May 4.

Mrs. Richard de Pont's six-year-old Kelso clinched Horse of the Year honors for the fourth straight year by winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct.


The Toronto Maple Leafs won their second straight Stanley Cup by downing the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 1 in the finals, April 9-18.


In the first international competition between the United States and the United Kingdom since 1939, the Cowdray Park team of the United Kingdomdefeated a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, team 18-11 in two matches for the Robert A. Uihlein International Cup.


Canada defeated the United States 11-4 for the Lapham Cup and 4-3 for the Grant Cup in matches played at Toronto, Canada.


A number of new world records were set in 1963, including:

event record setter
200-meter freestyle 1:58.5 Don Schollander
200-meter butterfly 2:08.2 Carl Robie
1,500-meter freestyle 17:05.5 Roy Saari
110-yard freestyle 54.0 Bobby McGregor
220-yard butterfly 2:08.4 Kevin Berry
110-yard butterfly 59.0 Kevin Berry
100-meter freestyle 54.4 Steve Clark
800-meter freestyle relay 8:07.6 Santa Clara (California) Swim Club
200-meter butterfly, women's 2:29.1 Sue Pitt
220-yard backstroke, women's 2:28.5 Satoko Tanaka
110-yard backstroke, women's 1:10 Satoko Tanaka


Chuck McKinley defeated Fred Stolle 9-7, 6-1, 6-4 to become the first American to win the men's championship at Wimbledon since 1955 (on July 5). He also became the first man to ever win the championship without ever meeting a seeded player, and only the third to win without the loss of a single set. Margaret Smith won the women's title by defeating Billie Jean Moffitt.

On December 28, Chuck McKinley of the United States defeated John Newcombe of Australia, ending Australia's 4-year possession of the Davis Cup.


C. K. Yang crossing the finish line of the 1,500-meter run, the final decathlon event at the Mt. San Antonio Relays atWalnut, California, April 27-28. Yang's time of 5 minutes 2.4 seconds earned him 245 points, which propelled him to a record total of 9,121 points; the former record of 8,683 points had been set by Rafer Johnson in 1960.
C. K. Yang

Jim Beatty setting a new indoor world record of 8 minutes 30.8 seconds in the two-mile run during a meet sponsored by the Chicago Daily News on March 8.
Jim Beatty

John Pennel employing a fiberglass pole to set an outdoor record vault of 16 feet 8 inches at White City Stadium in London, England, on July 13.
John Pennel


The U. S. S. R. won the international team titles at both the free-style and Greco-Roman championships, held in Bulgaria and Sweden, respectively.

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