SIGNED: Controversial CONNIE HAWKINS, 26, the ABA's Most Valuable Player last season as a forward for the Minnesota Pipers, to a five-year contract with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA (page 6). He is the first ABA player to switch leagues.
MARRIED: LEO DUROCHER, 62, manager of the Cubs, to Lynn Walker Goldblatt, 40; in Chicago.
DIED: MAUREEN (Little Mo) CONNOLLY BRINKER, 34; of cancer; in Dallas. In 1951, at 16, Miss Connolly became the youngest player to win the U.S. women's singles title at Forest Hills In the ensuing years she won the singles title at Wimbledon (1952-54), France (1953-54), Australia (1953), as well as two more at Forest Hills (1952-53). She was the only woman ever to win all those tournaments in one year (1953) and so achieve a grand slam. She may well have been the best woman player in history, but in July 1954, at the height of her career, she suffered a severe injury to her right leg while on horseback, from which she never fully recovered. In the years since, she lived with her husband, Norman Brinker and her two daughters in Dallas, teaching young tennis players despite her injury and working with the Wightman Trophy Cup program.