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June 03, 1963
BASEBALL—In a straight player deal JERRY LYNCH, whose pinch-hitting prowess helped the Cincinnati Reds to a 1961 pennant and coined the phrase "Lynch in the Pinch," was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Outfielder BOB SKINNER. The Washington Senators and New York Mets were also swapping. Soft-spoken GIL HODGES, 39, a major leaguer for 18 years (Dodgers and Mets), left New York and the National League to manage the Washington Senators, as unpredictable JIMMY PIERSALL journeyed up from Washington to become a Met. Meanwhile the Washington infield was graced by a freshman Senator just up from the minors. Name: JOHN KENNEDY.
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June 03, 1963

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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In their first day as legitimate Vermont merchants, the pari-mutuel machines at GREEN MOUNTAIN PARK toted up a paltry handle of $220,651. A horse appropriately named HARD NOSE won the $5,000 feature to pay shrewd bettors $3.40.

MOTOR SPORTS—Defending World Driving Champion GRAHAM HILL of England successfully opened the 1963 season by driving his BRM to victory in the 100-lap Grand Prix de Monaco. The mustached Briton was followed across the finish line by BRM teammate Richie Ginther of Granada Hills, Calif., while New Zealand's Bruce McLaren, driving a Cooper, roared in third.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING—The unruffled snow atop Mt. Everest, highest mountain in the world, was becoming as trampled as a city sidewalk. Last month James Whittaker became the first American to scale the peak. Last week four more Americans mingled their footprints with his at the top. WILLIAM UNSOELD and THOMAS HORNBEIN reached the peak by climbing the hitherto never attempted West Ridge. Earlier in the day BARRY BISHOP and LUTHER JERSTAD climbed to the summit via the South Col, the route taken by Whittaker. It was the first time four men had reached the summit on the same day. "We feel very good about it," said Expedition Leader Norman Dyhrenfurth, despite the fact that two climbers, Bishop and Unsoeld, were so frostbitten they had to be plucked off by helicopter.

ROWING—In its final test before the IRA championships, last year's winner CORNELL continued to dominate college crew by snapping Pennsylvania's four-year winning streak in the Crawford Madeira Cup with a two-length triumph. This spring the Big Red has taken the wake of only one rival—The Ratzeburg Rowing Club of Germany—and before suffering the loss the college eight defeated the world champions in a heat.

TENNIS—Playing below their usual form, the Australians let a few outsiders into the finals of the French Championships in Paris but still managed to clinch four of the five titles. Aussie ROY EMERSON squeaked into the men's finals and held his game together long enough to defeat Pierre Darmon, the first Frenchman to get that far in 17 years, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile, LESLEY TURNER, behind until the 11th game of the second set and down 2-5 in the deciding set, came back and beat Ann Haydon Jones of England 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, to give the Australians the women's title. In doubles play EMERSON teamed with MANUEL SANTANA of Spain to take the men's crown, while Aussie ace MARGARET SMITH (whose defeat in the quarterfinals of the singles was the major upset of the tourney) teamed with countryman KEN FLETCHER to win the mixed doubles. In the final that got away—the women's doubles—South Africa's RENEE SCHUURMAN and England's ANN HAYDON JONES downed the Aussie team of Margaret Smith and Robyn Ebbern.

TRACK & FIELD—One official world record, plus two more that might have been, and the third fastest mile in history highlighted the California Relays (see page 26) in Modesto, Calif. With no complications, the OREGON STATE two-mile-relay team brought the Beavers their first world mark by pacing the distance in 7:18.9. University of Washington sophomore BRIAN STERNBERG cleared 16 feet 7 inches in the pole vault and would have regained the world record but it appeared that the crossbar was too long. And in an even more ludicrous situation, hitherto unknown PHIL SHINNICK, also of Washington, leaped 27 feet 4 inches in the broad jump, bettering Igor Ter-Ovanesyan's record by � inch, but since no one had bothered to check the wind gauge to see if there was an aiding breeze the record was disallowed. In the mile New Zealand's PETER SNELL breezed to a 3:54.9 victory, with Cary Weisiger second in 3:57.3, while Jim Beatty and Jim Grelle finished third and fourth respectively, in 3:58.

"I wanted to do something for the last race of my college career. It's a nice way of saying thanks and so long," said University of New Mexico senior ADOLPH PLUMMER, after breaking the world 440-yard record at the Western Athletic Conference track meet in Tempe. Plummer covered the distance in 44.9 seconds and for the first time in over 12 meetings beat Arizona State University's Ulis Williams, who also got in under the record (45.7) with a 45.6 clocking.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: JUDGE CLIFFORD (Gavvy) CRAVATH, 83, former major league baseball player, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Gavvy led the National League in home runs six times and reached his peak in 1915 as an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies when he hit 24 homers—a record that stood until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919.

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