BOATING—Sailing close to the rhumb line, Clayton Ewing's DYNA caught a private breeze and coasted to victory in an Annapolis-Newport race that had hung all 88 yachts in a limbo of glassy calm (see page 48). First to finish and second in class A was the 64-foot aluminum sloop, Challenge, in her racing debut. SEAFLOWER won class B, with the Naval Academy's Frolic second. Class C honors went to SUN DANCE, followed by Harrier, the Ray Hunt-designed sloop that had won overall in 1957 with Hunt at the helm. In class D REINDEER finished ahead of Fleetwood and Swamp Yankee. Fearsome Bolero, which joins Dyna in the transatlantic race, finished 33rd in the fleet. The Italian Navy ship, Corsaro II, another transatlantic entry, was ninth in class A, 17 hours behind the leader.
Bill Twist Jr., a sophomore at Stanford, won the ICYRA single-handed title by a narrow three points over Bill Cox Jr., a Princeton senior. Only 20 years old, Twist has an impressive sailing record, including the Pacific junior title, a fourth at the 1961 Star World's Championships and the current Pacific single-handed title. The nine-race intercollegiate series is a new event, held in Finn Monotypes, for the Glen S. Foster trophy.
FOOTBALL—The season opened early, in 93° heat, as those top college seniors who have turned pro met in the third annual East-West game. Hugh Campbell, Washington State (San Francisco 49ers), starred for the West, catching eight passes for 108 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Bill Nelsen, Southern California (St. Louis Cardinals), passed for a two-point conversion and completed two touchdown passes to Campbell. Ron VanderKelen, Wisconsin (Vikings), threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Pat Richter, Wisconsin (Washington Redskins' No. 1 draft choice), but East lost 21-22.
GOLF—KATHY WHITWORTH, 23, overcame a seven-stroke deficit to win the Ladies' PGA Carvel Open, scoring a one-over-par 217 for 54 holes. Favorite Mickey Wright, who has won seven of the 11 pro tournaments this year, and 47 pro tournaments in all, tied for fourth. Althea Gibson, the best of the amateurs, carded 236.
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Going into the final round of the richest tournament to date, the $110,000 Cleveland Open, Tony Lema, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were tied at 8 under. Then Jack faltered and Tom Aaron, the 26-year-old Georgian who finished last in the National Open, wound up with four straight birdies for 273 to enter a three-way 18-hole playoff that was won with a 4-under-par 67 by Palmer.
HARNESS RACING—DELLA DARES ($39.70) won a wild mile pace at Westbury, N.Y., when Royala, first to finish, was disqualified for interference. On the second lap Royala cut in on Afton Nibble, Nibble broke. Door Knob crashed into Nibble, Metropolitan hit Door Knob, Yankee Boy pulled wide, but Tornado Coast slammed into Door Knob. Four horses finished.
A.C.'s Viking ($3.60), who promises to be the best of the 4-year-olds, set a track record of 2:01 for the mile at Northville Downs. With 3/8ths of a mile to go, the 1962 Hambletonian winner came from third, dueled with Sprite Rodney the pacesetter, held off a late challenge from Tercel and won by half a length. Apex Hanover was third.
HORSE RACING—To cap the visit of Ireland's favorite son, an Irish colt won the Irish Sweeps Derby. Amid some shenanigans, the 8 to 11 favorite, Relko, the highly touted French horse who "couldn't lose," was mysteriously scratched as the horses were at the post. Ireland's RAGUSA, at 100 to 7, won the first prize of $140,000.
Sanctus held the rail, won $132,000 and the Grand Prix de Paris for 3-year-olds to add France's second richest race to his victory in the French Derby. Due de Gueldre was second when Signor was disqualified for interference.
MOTOR SPORTS—Scotsman JIMMY CLARLK, won his third victory of the season in the Grand Prix of France, to pile up an almost unassailable 27 points in the World Drivers' Championship. Clark's factory Lotus led the entire 53 laps, averaging 125.31 mph and setting a one-lap record of 131.147. Graham Hill, the current champion, took a one-minute penalty for pushing his BRM to start and finished third behind Tony Maggs. Jack Brabham and Dan Gurney, driving the two Brabham-Climaxes, were fourth and fifth.
Ford-powered Cobra sports cars took first, second, third and fifth at WATKINS GLEN to gain a 17-point lead over Ferrari in the U.S. sports-car manufacturers' championship. In the Glen Grand Prix event. Bob Holbert added nine points to lead the U.S. road-racing drivers' championship.
Parnelli Jones, the slick winner of the Indianapolis "500," received the Hickok pro athlete award for May. Jones will move into stock cars to drive a Mercury (Ford) Marauder in the July 4th Pikes Peak hill climb and later in Milwaukee. Ford's racing endeavor, good for second in the "500," looks even brighter.
TENNIS—In the 77th All-England Championships at WIMBLEDON best-laid plans went awry once again as intermittent rain, determined competitors and an assortment of injuries combined to upset the seedings. Of the eight men in the quarter-finals, only three were seeded players: Australia's Roy Emerson, America's Chuck McKinley and Spain's Manuel Santana. Then in the semifinals, the number one seed, Emerson, bowed to Germany's unseeded Wilhelm Bungert, 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Frank Froehling, the lanky Floridian who has had trouble getting his game under control this year, beat Roger Taylor of Britain after three hours and 70 games, then was defeated by Australian Fred Stolle. Arriving not so fresh and with a badly blistered racket hand from winning the NCAA championships, Dennis Ralston bowed 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 12-10 to Indian Davis Cupper Ramanathan Krishnan, who then lost to Emerson. Except for the jovial Czech housewife, sixth-seeded Vera Sukova, who had another of her frequent mishaps and defaulted, the ladies kept close to form—if not to the seeding. Unseeded Billie Jean Moffitt, No. 2 in the U.S., shattered Wimbledon for the second straight year with a brilliant upset as she knocked out second-seeded Australian Lesley Turner, 4-6,6-4,7-5. Darlcne Hard, Margaret Smith, Jan Lehane, Ann Haydon Jones, Maria Bucno and Renee Schuurman all advanced more or less as expected. The only notable upset in the doubles was the third-round elimination of the top-seeded men's team as Britain's Mike Hann and Roger Taylor defeated Fred Stolle and Bob Hewitt of Australia 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
After 35-year-old Pancho Gonzalez, the long-inactive longtime pro champ went down to defeat at the hands of Alex Olmedo (see page 18), the U.S. Professional Grass Court Championships at Forest Hills, N. Y. began to take on a routine look, and the whole thing ended up in an all-Aussie final. As he had time and again on the pro tour, relentless little Ken Rosewall defeated his red-headed countryman Rod Laver, this time in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
Mike Belkin, a Miami Beach High School senior, and the nation's best junior player (SI, March 18, 1963), battled three hours in 90° heat to defeat Cliff Richey of Dallas, 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, for the USLTA interscholastic title. Dick Dell and Linn Foss of the Landon School in Bethesda, Md. took the doubles. Landon School won the team trophy.
Roberta Alison, of Alabama successfully defended her women's collegiate title, then teamed with Justina Bricka of Washington University to win the doubles title, their third of the season.
TRACK & FIELD—STEVE PAULY, 22, of Oregon State won the AAU decathlon with 7,852 points and a new career record. Dick Emberger, a Camp Pendleton Marine, defeated Dave Edstrom in the final event to capture second place and a berth on the Moscow-bound U.S. track team.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: JOHN FRANKLIN (Home Run) BAKER, 77, of a stroke at his home in Trappe, Md. As a member of the Philadelphia Athletics $100,000 infield during their years of greatness (1911-1914), Baker led the American League in homers, having started his first full season in 1909 with a bases-loaded home run his first time at bat. He was sold to the Yankees for $35,000, a sizable sum for a ballplayer in the days of the "dead ball."
DIED—SAM GRIFFITH, 53, of complications following an operation for cancer in Miami. A seamed, weather-beaten giant who drove to victory in the world's toughest ocean powerboat races (which were mainly his idea), Griffith won the Miami-Nassau race four times in seven years, making the names Doodles and Moppie by-words in boat design. He won the Gold Coast Marathon twice, setting a record of 72.01 mph. He took Blue Moppie the 1,257 miles from Miami to New York at an average speed of 35.5 mph to erase Gar Wood's record. Sam Griffith rarely lost a race, but he could be patient in defeat. "A man does what he has to do," he once said; "if it doesn't work out—well, there are other races."