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June 26, 1961
BASEBALL—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, with Jim Withers pitching, shut out Oklahoma State 1-0 in fifth game of series to become the first college to win three NCAA championships, in Omaha. The losing pitcher, LITTLETON FOWLER, was nonetheless named most valuable player of the series. He pitched a total of 23 innings for Oklahoma State during the five games, allowed only 14 hits and struck out 13 batters.
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June 26, 1961

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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MOTOR SPORTS—PHIL HILL of Santa Monica drove an average 127.865 mph in a Ferrari to win the 264-mile Belgium Grand Prix in Spa-Francor-champs. The victory gives Hill 19 points toward the world championship, one more than Germany's Wolfgang Von Trips, who finished second.

At Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway, A. J. Foyt, winner of the Indianapolis "500." beat Parnelli Jones, Rookie of the Year in the "500," to win the 100-mile National Championship for Indianapolis cars and drivers. His time: 1:14:42.

ROWING—CALIFORNIA and Cornell made it a two-shell race for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship on Onondaga Lake at Syracuse (see page 47). The smooth-swinging Golden Bears took the lead after half a mile in the three-mile race and, pulling a steady 32 strokes per minute, stayed half a length ahead until the Big Red upped their own beat in a determined closing sprint. California blithely retaliated by upping theirs even higher to hold their lead across the finish line. It was California's second straight IRA victory. Surprise of the race was MIT, which pulled away from the pack to finish third. Earlier, Cornell's junior varsity won its three-mile row, while Washington's unbeaten freshmen took the two-mile opener.

On the Thames River near New London, Conn., after seeing their freshmen and jayvees go down in defeat, the HARVARD VARSITY humiliated Yale with a 7�-length victory, their third straight win over the Elis, and their 50th in 96 meetings. Harvard's time for the four-mile run was 22 minutes, nearly half a minute better than Yale's time.

SOCCER—EVERTON of Britain romped over the New York Americans 7-0 at game in Montreal to win the first section of the International Soccer League with 12 points. Bangu of Brazil was second in the standings with 9 points.

TRACK & FIELD—Six meet records fell in the NCAA championships at Philadelphia and another was set (see page 44). After dawdling along in ninth place for the first half mile, Dyrol Burleson of Oregon scooted the last quarter in 54.7 to win the mile in 4:00.5. John Thomas, hitting the heights again, did 7 feet 2 inches. Shotputter Dallas Long of Southern California helped his school take the team title with a heave of 63 feet 3� inches. With the first four finishers bettering the record, Pat Clohessy, a University of Houston junior from Australia, ran the three miles in 13:47.7. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase John Lawler of Abilene Christian won with a 9:01.1: Luther Hayes of Southern California retained his hop, step and jump title with 51 feet 2� inches: Dixon Farmer of Occidental won the 440-yard hurdles in 50.8 to set a record in this new event. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Frank Budd of Villanova, first in the 100 and 220 with 9.4 and 20.8; New Mexico's Adolph Plummer in the 440 with 46.2: John Bork of Western Michigan in the 880 with 1:48.3; Jerry Tarr of Oregon in the 120-yard high hurdles with 13.9; George Davies of Oklahoma State, Dick Gear of San Jose State and Jim Brewer of Southern Cal in the pole vault, which was a three-way tie at 15 feet 4 inches; Chuck Wilkinson of Redlands in the javelin throw with 247 feet 8� inches; Tom Pagani of California Poly in the hammer with 194 feet 10� inches. Oregon was second, while Villanova was third in the team standings.

At the ALBUQUERQUE INVITATIONAL meet Ralph Boston stuck strictly to the broad jump, again leaped over 27 feet, this time 27 feet� inch, only a quarter inch shy of his pending world record set earlier this season. Don Styron of Southern Illinois ran a 50.4 in the 440 hurdles, while brother Dave took the 220 in 21 seconds flat. Hayes Jones streaked over the 120 high hurdles in 13.7. Don Webster, a 16-year-old runner from Kennett Square (Pa.) High School, dashed the 440 yards in 46.5 and Brian Turner of Southern Illinois won the mile in 4:09.5.

In the GOLDEN WEST INVITATIONAL for high-schoolers, Tom Sullivan of Evanston, Ill. tied the schoolboy record for the 880 with a time of 1:50.6. a mark that won't go into the record books, however, since Sullivan just graduated and is no longer a high school athlete. Don Castle of Palo Alto. Calif. put the shot 65 feet 7� inches—best high school toss of the year. Morgan Groth of Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif. won the mile in 4:10, more than eight seconds faster than last year's meet time.

Russian High Juniper VALERI BRUMEL soared over the bar at 2.23 meters in Moscow. John Thomas' recognized world record of 7 feet 3� inches converts 'o 2.228 meters. The two will meet in a dual U.S.-Russian meet July 15 and 16 in Moscow.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: JOE GORDON. 46, manager of the Kansas City A's since last fall, after 59 games as field boss under Owner Charles Finley and GM Frank Lane. Last year at Cleveland, Lane also fired Gordon. HANK BAUER, 39-year-old KC outfielder and ex-Yankee star, was named KC's new manager.

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