A roundup of the sports information of the week

June 24, 1968
June 24, 1968

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June 24, 1968

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASEBALL—The deadline for trading came and went—and so did a total of 17 players. Pitchers MILT PAPPAS, 29, and TED DAVIDSON, 28, and In-fielder BOB JOHNSON, 32, were shipped by Cincinnati to Atlanta for Pitchers TONY CLONINGER, 27, and CLAY CARROLL, 27, plus In-fielder WOODY WOODWARD, 25. Pappas broke in with the Orioles in 1957 and went to the Reds after the 1965 season in the controversial trade that brought Frank Robinson and the pennant to Baltimore. In all, Pappas has a career record of 140-103 but had slipped to 2-5 and a 5.57 ERA this year. Cloninger came to the Braves in 1961, won 24 games in 1965 and has a career mark of 86-62. He has, however, been ineffective since suffering an eye malady last season and this year had lost three of four decisions and had a 4.26 ERA. In a pair of deals involving outfielders, the Indians sent LEON WAGNER, 34, to the White Sox for RUSS SNYDER, 33, and also sent VIC DAVALILLO, 27, to the Angels for JIMMIE HALL, 30. A Baltimore-Washington trade wound up with the Orioles getting Outfielder FRED VALENTINE, 33, in exchange for Pitcher BRUCE HOWARD, 25. St. Louis gave up Outfielder DICK SIMPSON, 24, and Pitcher HAL GILSON, 26, to get Outfielder RON DAVIS, 26, from Houston. The Yankees sold two pitchers—JOHN WYATT, 33, to the Tigers and JIM BOUTON, 29, to Seattle.

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A two-out, two-run pinch triple in the bottom of the ninth by Pat Kuehner gave USC a 4-3 win at the NCAA tournament in Omaha.

BOXING—Middleweight EMILE GRIFFITH earned a 12-round split decision over Andy Heilman in Oakland, Calif.

GOLF—LEE TREVINO of El Paso shot a five-under-par 275 for 72 holes to take the U.S. Open by four strokes in Rochester, N.Y. (page 16).

U.S. women took the final three matches to close out a 10½-7½ Curtis Cup triumph over Great Britain at Newcastle, Northern Ireland (page 56).

HOCKEY—NHL: Trading was brisk at the league's annual meetings in Montreal, where the Canadiens were involved in five transactions, from which they emerged with just one player, plus money, incidentals and five draft picks and two players to be named later. The one man the Canadiens got immediately was Defenseman AL MacNEIL, 32, who was obtained from Pittsburgh for Forward WALLY BOYER, 30. In another deal the Canadiens sent Rightwingers CLAUDE LAROSE, 26, and DANNY GRANT, 22, to Minnesota for two amateur draft picks, two players to be named at training camp, cash and "other valuable considerations." New York traded Defenseman WAYNE HILLMAN, 29, and two minor leaguers to Minnesota for Leftwinger DAVE BALON, 29, who had 15 goals and 32 assists last season. The Rangers also made a deal with St. Louis, giving up Leftwinger CAMILLE HENRY, 35, Defenseman BILL PLAGER, 22, and amateur Goalie BOB IRONS. In return, the Rangers got two players from the Blues' Kansas City farm team in the Central League—Goalie DON CALEY, 22, and Rightwinger WAYNE RIVERS, 26. After a dizzying round of trades, the Penguins wound up with Rightwinger LOU ANGOTTI, 30, and the Blues got Leftwinger AB McDONALD, 32.

HORSE RACING—HIGH HAT ($3.60) finished a nose in front of Irish Rebellion in Belmont's $56,100 Bowling Green Handicap.

ROWING—The IRA title was taken by Pennsylvania, a 1½-length winner over Washington (page 26).

Harvard closed out its fifth straight unbeaten collegiate season with its 34th consecutive victory, a 12-length effort against Yale.

SOCCER—NASL: Three teams forged far ahead in their divisions, with ATLANTA building the biggest lead, a 20-point bulge over New York in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The Chiefs came up with their fourth straight shutout, ending a six-game winning streak for third-place BALTIMORE, which then lost to Chicago 2-0. Fourth-place WASHINGTON stopped NEW YORK 1-0 and BOSTON dropped its only game. In the Lakes Division, CHICAGO won twice and took the lead from idle CLEVELAND by a dozen points. TORONTO also won twice to pull within six points of Cleveland, but DETROIT lost its only contest. SAN DIEGO split two games and led the Pacific Division of the Western Conference by 18 points over OAKLAND, which had a win and a tie. That tie was against last-place VANCOUVER which scored in the final 30 seconds on a goal by Cheung Chi Wai. LOS ANGELES defeated Houston 2-0.

Kansas City, the only leader not to have a big advantage, beat HOUSTON 1-0 and led the Gulf Division by three points over the Stars, who split their other two games. Tiby Vigh had three goals as the Stars beat St. Louis 4-1. Nonwinners included ST. LOUIS, which lost twice and fell to third place, and DALLAS, which lost once, bringing its record to 0-12-2.

TENNIS—For the first time in eight years GREAT BRITAIN won the Wightman Cup from the U.S., beating the American girls 4-3 at Wimbledon. MRS. CHRISTINE TRUMAN JANES and NELL TRUMAN, her sister, took the decisive doubles match from Kathy Harter of Seal Beach, Calif. and Stephanie DeFina of Hollywood, Fla. 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. With the U.S. leading 3-2 going into the next to last match, VIRGINIA WADE upset Nancy Richey of San Angelo, Texas 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

TRACK & FIELD—Little GERRY LINDGREN (page 22) was the only double winner at the NCAA meet in Berkeley, Calif., but his Washington State team barely missed taking the championship from USC, which won 58-57. Other winners included DAVE PATRICK of Villanova (3:39.9 for 1,500 meters); LEE EVANS of San Jose State (45.0 for 400 meters); EARL McCULLOUCH of USC (13.4 for the 110-meter high hurdles); High Jumper DICK FOSBURY of Oregon State (7'2¼") and Pole Vaulter JON VAUGHN of UCLA, who cleared 17'¼" and upset Bob Seagren of USC.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, CLAUDE RUEL, 29, replacing Hector (Toe) Blake, who retired last month and has become an assistant vice-president. Ruel, the youngest coach in the NHL, was a minor league player and coach for the Canadiens and, most recently, the chief scout for the club.

NAMED: As director of athletics at Fordham, PETE CARLESIMO, 52, who held a similar position at the University of Scranton for the past 10 years.

DECIDED: By the NHL board of governors, to grant a franchise to VANCOUVER when the league expands again, a move that will not occur until at least the 1969-70 season.

TRADED: By the Baltimore Colts, Linebacker BARRY BROWN, 25, to the New York Giants for Defensive Back HENRY CARR, 25, recipient of two gold medals at the 1964 Olympics, where he won the 200-meter dash and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.

In two other transactions, the Washington Redskins came up with former UCLA Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner GARY BEBAN, 21, and Defensive Back PAT FISCHER, 28. They got Beban from the Los Angeles Rams, with whom he had not been able to reach a contract agreement, in return for their No. 1 draft pick next season. Fischer, who has been in the NFL for seven years, played out his option with the St. Louis Cardinals last season. Commissioner Pete Rozelle will designate a player the Redskins will have to send to the Cardinals to culminate the deal.

RETIRED: End DEL SHOFNER, 33, of the New York Giants, who set a team record by catching 68 passes in 1961. Shofner played in five Pro Bowl games and three NFL championship contests during his 11-year career.

FIRED: After nearly eight and a half years as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, GENE MAUCH, 42. He was replaced by former major league outfielder BOB SKINNER, 36, who was called up from San Diego of the Pacific Coast League, a team he managed to the league title a year ago.

DIED: SAMUEL (Wahoo Sam) CRAWFORD, 88, a Hall of Fame outfielder who batted cleanup behind Ty Cobb and played on three Detroit Tiger World Series teams; of a stroke in Los Angeles. Crawford played 19 seasons in the majors, four with the Reds (1899-1902) and 15 with the Tigers (1903-1917), and amassed 2,964 hits for a .309 batting average. His 312 lifetime triples is still a major league record. A strong power hitter who played his whole career in the dead-ball era, Crawford hit 95 home runs and became the only man to lead both leagues in homers, hitting 16 in 1901 with the Reds and seven in 1908 with the Tigers.