BASEBALL—As Cincinnati struggled to stay in the National League's first division, Red Owner Bill DeWitt squelched rumors that FRED HUTCHINSON was on his way out by signing the onetime Manager of the Year (1961 when the Reds won the NL pennant) to a new two-year contract, good through 1965.
BOATING—By the narrow margin of a single point MRS. ALLEGRA (LEGGIE) KNAPP MERTZ of the American Yacht Club, Rye, N.Y. captured her fifth Syce Cup. The victory qualified Leggie for the North American Women's Sailing Championships in August, an event she has won three times.
"On the very first lap I almost climbed out of the cockpit and said the hell with it, but then I got adjusted and now I'm going boat racing," said veteran Auto Driver EDDIE SACHS after driving his first hydroplane. Such Crust, in a trial run on the Detroit River. Sachs, who hit a wall in this year's Indianapolis "500," hopes to enter the Diamond Cup on July 27 but will not let his new water career interfere with any of his land commitments.
The fifth annual Around Long Island Marathon provided water choppy enough to prevent RAY ATWOOD and GEORGE THOMPSON from eating their candy bars, but it did not stop their 18-foot Glastron, El Diablo, from beating 27 boats across the finish line of the more-than-200-mile race, to give the combination top honors in the inboard class.
Charles F. Johnson, 66, president of the Daytona Marine Corporation, skippered one of his own models—the Daytona 37 (a 37-foot sport fishing boat with twin 380-hp engines) nonstop from Miami to New York in the record elapsed time of 46 hours 23 minutes, to clip 9 hours 35 minutes off the mark set by the late Sam Griffith in a Bertram 31.
BOWLING—After seven months of play, during which many of the 15,392 contestants commuted back and forth from their homes to Chicago, bowling's richest ($400,192) and most informal tournament came to an end as RANDY AUBERT of Broadview, Ill. was declared winner of the 53rd Petersen Classic. After rolling an eight-game series of 1,677 on April 24, Randy had to sweat out 5,792 bowlers taking aim at his lead before he collected the $30,100 top prize and traditional diamond-and-ruby medal, worth a mere $2,500.
BOXING—Eight ounces over the weigh-in limit, Featherweight Champion SUGAR RAMOS sweated off the half pound in 45 minutes and retained his world title by outpointing Nigerian Challenger Rafiu King in a 15-round go in Mexico City. It was Ramos' first defense of the crown he won in Los Angeles last March against Davey Moore, who later died of injuries suffered in the fight.
FOOTBALL—-The formidable four-man defensive line of the New York Giants became a truncated trio when ROOSEVELT GRIER, the 31-year-old, 290-pound All-Pro tackle, was lopped away from his teammates Dick Modzelewski, Andy Robustelli and Jim Katcavage and traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a future high draft choice and 1962 bench-warmer John Lo Vetere, who is four years younger, five pounds lighter and, at 6 feet 4 inches, an inch shorter than Rosey.
GOLF—Lefty BOB CHARLES of New Zealand sank one incredible putt after another to defeat Phil Rodgers of La Jolla, Calif, by eight strokes in the 36-hole playoff of the British Open. The first southpaw to win a PGA tournament (last April's Houston Classic) thus became the first to take a major international championship as well (see page 10).
"I'm not sure I won it," said 1958 Champion BARBARA McINTIRE in disbelief after Jean Ashley blew a tap-in 15-inch putt on the final hole to give her a 1-up victory in the Western Women's Amateur golf championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.