BASKETBALL—Even though he has not completed negotiations for a controlling interest in the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA, Cincinnati Businessman Warren Hensel had enough confidence to hire himself a new coach for the team. His choice to replace Charley Wolf, who recently resigned to coach the Detroit Pistons: JACK McMAHON, 33, former St. John's University star and pro player, who guided the Kansas City Steers to the Western Division championship in the defunct American Basketball League in 1962 and last season served half a year as coach of the Chicago Zephyrs (now Baltimore Bullets) before being fired.
BOATING—PRINCETON took the lead on the first day and then had to stand off a strong closing bid by Harvard to win its first North American Intercollegiate Dinghy Championship in 20 years on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.
BOXING—In a red satin robe with a golden crown perched on top of his 6-foot 2½-inch frame, prophet CASSIUS CLAY strutted into the ring at London's Wembley Stadium and proceeded to stop British and Empire Heavyweight Champion Henry Cooper in round No. 5 as promised (see page 42). Cooper, usually a slow starter, tore into Clay at the opening bell and in the fourth round, though badly bleeding from cuts around his eyes, managed to knock "I's the prettiest" to the canvas with his powerful left hook, but British hopes were short-lived as a sobered Cassius answered the bell for round five and then pummeled Cooper until blood gushed from his face. The referee stopped the fight after only one minute and 15 seconds of the round.
Defending Champion RALPH DUPAS built up an early lead over Denny Moyer to retain his junior middleweight title on a unanimous decision in Baltimore's first championship fight in 21 years.
June 30, 1963
BRIDGE—The ITALIAN team overcame a 21-point deficit in the final session of the tournament in St. Vincent, Italy to win the world championship for the sixth straight time, with the U.S. a close second, France third, and Argentina last (see page 28).
GOLF—Two former titleholders, Arnold Palmer (1960) and Julius Boros (1952), finished tied with young (25) Jacky Cupit at a nine-over-par 293 for 72 holes at this year's U.S. Open in Brookline, Mass. In the three-way playoff BOROS shot a one-under-par 70 to become, at 43, the oldest player ever to win the event, while Cupit ended up second with a 73 and Palmer (stricken by a stomach disorder before the tee-off) played gamely but could only manage a 76 (see page 16).
Dick Sikes of the University of Arkansas, National Public Links titleholder and Walker Cup team member, birdied the 37th hole to beat John Lotz of San Jose State and win the 66th NCAA individual golf championship in Wichita, Kans.
Oklahoma State won team honors defeating defending champion Houston, the winner of six of the last seven team titles, by one stroke, with North Texas State third and USC fourth.
New Mexico's High School Champion JOE LOPEZ, 17, of Socorro, put his elders to shame by shooting a 291 for 72 holes, the only one of 294 golfers to break 300 in the national left-handers amateur tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. Since only players 18 and over are eligible for the big championship, Joe had to settle for the junior title.
HORSE RACING—Favorite Spicy Living's bid for the Triple Crown for Fillies was squelched at Aqueduct as LAMB CHOP ($10.30), who had finished third behind her in both the Acorn and Mother Goose Stakes, won the $120,375 Coaching Club American Oaks by 3½ lengths.
Jockey Herberto Hinojosa rode CRIMSON SATAN ($6.60) to a 5½-length victory over 1962 Kentucky Derby winner, Decidedly, in the $50,000 Michigan Mile and One-Sixteenth Handicap at Detroit and covered the distance in a record 1:40 3/5, lowering by 11/5 seconds the record he set aboard Total Traffic in 1959.
Mrs. Richard C. duPont's KELSO ($2.60) with Ismael Valenzuela up, was off and winning again as he dashed to a 1½-length triumph over Lanvin in the $27,300 Nassau County Stakes at Aqueduct. Kelso, named Horse of the Year for the past three years, collected $I7,745 to boost his career earnings to $1,236,513, the third largest (Round Table is first and Nashua second) in history.
MOTOR SPORTS—Once more, behind the wheel of a bright green Lotus-Climax, Scottish farmer JIMMY CLARK took the lead and held it to win the Dutch Grand Prix, in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Dan Gurney of Riverside, Calif., drove his Brabham across the finish line second, one lap behind Clark, with England's John Surtees in a Ferrari third. The win put Clark in first place in the world drivers' championship.
TENNIS—"When I play for America," said bespectacled Billie Jean Moffitt of Long Beach, Calif., "I've just gotta win. Gotta, gotta!" She did, as the U.S. upset Australia and took the first FEDERATION CUP for the women's team tennis championship of the world. Billie Jean, 19, won all three of her singles matches at the Queen's Club in London (as did Darlene Hard) and teamed with Carole Caldwell to take one of the doubles, as the U.S. defeated Italy 3-0, the Netherlands 3-0, and England 3-0 to reach the finals. Top-seeded Australia, fielding Margaret Smith and Lesley Turner, who are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, swept Belgium, Hungary and South Africa off the courts without dropping a match. In the conclusive round Margaret easily dispensed with Darlene 6-3, 6-0, but Lesley, unlike the spider, was unable to scare Miss Moffitt away and went down to defeat 5-7, 6-0, 6-3. Amazingly, Darlene and Billie Jean then came back from three match points to take the doubles from the supposed best team in the world—Lesley and Margaret—3-6, 13-11, 6-3 to capture the first women's cup for the U.S. just as in 1900 a U.S. Davis Cup team took the first men's cup.
Potent UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA captured its fifth straight 1962-63 NCAA athletic championship by sweeping the tennis courts clean at Princeton (see page 40). After having won at football, swimming, baseball and track, the Trojans fielded a tennis team loaded with national champions to take the NCAA singles, doubles and team tennis titles for the second straight year. Dennis Ralston beat Marty Riessen of Northwestern for the singles crown, then teamed with roommate Rafael Osuna to beat their schoolmates Bill Bond and Ramsey Earnhart for the doubles title. UCLA finished second in the team standings, with Northwestern third and Miami fourth.
TRACK & FIELD—The results of the 75th AAU championships in St. Louis indicated that the U.S. will field its strongest track team yet at the dual meet with Russia in Moscow on July 20-21 (see page 22). Bob Hayes of Florida A&M set a world record of 9.1 in the 100-yard dash; Arizona State's Henry Carr and Paul Drayton of Philadelphia finished in a dead heat in the 220 around a turn, both bettering the listed world record with a 20.4 clocking; Dyrol Burleson won the mile in 3:56.7, followed by Loyola of Chicago's Tom O'Hara (3:56.9), Cary Weisiger (3:58.5) and Jim Beatty (3:59.2); Ulis Williams beat arch rival Adolph Plummer in the 440-yard dash, tying his own meet record of 45.8; while Brian Sternberg won the pole vault with a meet record leap of 16 feet 4 inches; and Pete McArdle set an American citizen's record of 28:29.2 in the six-mile run.
Al Oerter, holder of the world discus record, will miss the Moscow meet because a slipped disc kept him sidelined at St. Louis, but High Jumper John Thomas is staying home because he could not jump high enough to qualify for the trip.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: GEORGE TRAUTMAN, 73, President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues since 1947, of a heart ailment in Columbus, Ohio. Minor league baseball hit its peak in 1949 under Trautman's guidance with 59 leagues in 448 cities, only to decline in later years to the 18 leagues in 130 cities in operation today. Mr. Trautman, commenting on the situation, once said, "Baseball in the minors has come up the hard way, and we have a few difficulties. But whatever you do, don't paint a dark picture for minor-league baseball, because we are going to be all right."
DIED: BEN GERAGHTY, 50, former Brooklyn Dodger and Boston Brave infielder and minor league baseball's most successful manager (six pennants and four second-place finishes in the last 10 years); of a heart attack, in Jacksonville, Fla.