MOTOR SPORTS—BUDDY BAKER of Charlotte, N.C. averaged 130.317 mph in his Dodge Charger to take the Charlotte (N.C.) 500 (page 22).
New Zealander BRUCE McLAREN, driving his McLaren-Chevrolet, lapped the field of 10 finishers as he easily won the 202-mile Monterey ( Calif.) Grand Prix, the fourth leg in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series. The winner of the first three races, Denis Hulme, who also drives a McLaren-designed car, did not finish.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the New York Mets, GIL HODGES, 43; of the Washington Senators, JIM LEMON, 39; and, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, LARRY SHEPARD, 48. Hodges, a power-hitter (370 HRs, 1,274 RBIs) and a remarkable first baseman, played with the Dodgers (1947-1961) and the Mets (1962-1963) before he took over as manager of the Senators and lifted them from last place to a tie for sixth in 1967. He succeeds Wes Westrum, who resigned a month ago. Lemon, a Minnesota Twins coach for the past three years, had his best years as an outfielder with the Senators (142 HRs from 1955-1960) before managing York (Pa.) in the Eastern League in 1964. Shepard spent 22 years in the minors as a pitcher, player-manager and manager before becoming pitching coach of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1967. He replaces Danny Murtaugh, who was interim manager after Harry Walker was fired last July.
SIGNED: An estimated $250,000 one-year contract—presumably the highest salary ever paid an athlete—with the NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers by WILT CHAMBERLAIN, 31, the league's third-highest scorer last year; and a three-year $115,000-per-year contract with the Cincinnati Royals by OSCAR ROBERTSON, 28, second in scoring and assists in 1966-67.
DIED: FRANK W. KEANEY, 81, retired basketball coach and athletic director at the University of Rhode Island; in Kingston, R.I. Keaney, who popularized the fast-break, fire-horse style of play, led his teams into four NIT tournaments (1941, 1942, 1945 and 1946) and compiled a 401-120 won-lost record in 28 seasons.