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A roundup of the weak July 30—Aug 5
Compiled by GREG KELLY
August 13, 1984
CYCLING—GINTAUTUS UMARAS of the U.S.S.R. lowered the world record in the 5-km individual pursuit by 1.949 seconds, to 5:48.256, at a national tournament in Moscow. The previous record was set a year ago by the Soviets' Alexandr Krasnov.
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August 13, 1984

A Roundup Of The Weak July 30—aug 5

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DIED: JOHN E. (BEANS) REARDON, 86, former National League umpire (1926-49), considered one of the most colorful in the game's history; of pneumonia, in Long Beach, Calif. A feisty, voluble man, Reardon once described the difficulties of his profession thusly: "If the Pope was an umpire, he'd still have trouble with the Catholics."

Elmer Smith, 91, a lifetime .276 hitter who played with five big league clubs from 1914 to '25; of emphysema, in Columbia, Ky. As an outfielder for the 1920 Cleveland Indians, he hit the first World Series grand slam ever, off Brooklyn's Burleigh Grimes in the fifth game.

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