- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2009


Regarding Dan Daly’s column on “the top, oh, nine sports events of all time in the D.C. area” (“Game 7 should take its spot among city’s big sporting events,” Sports, Wednesday), there was one minor error. In 1941, at Griffith Stadium, Joe Louis, the heavyweight champion, defeated Buddy Baer - not his older brother, Max Baer, a former champion. Max was knocked out twice by Louis, but not in Washington.

Two events, in my opinion, should be included in the list. The greatest local golf event was the gutsy 36-hole Sunday final round by Ken Venturi in the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. Venturi staggered to victory while suffering from severe dehydration and heat exhaustion. For the last 18 holes, he was accompanied by a doctor, who warned Venturi that playing “could be fatal.”

My other suggestion would be the Jan. 30, 1965, high school basketball game at Cole Field House between Power Memorial High School of New York City and DeMatha Catholic High School. The visitors came to town with a 71-game win streak, including a 65-62 win over the Stags in 1964. They were the two-time defending national champions led by center Lew Alcindor, who became Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Thanks to Mr. Daly for initiating a local sports debate with numerous possibilities.


Falls Church

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