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Changing the guard, incoming President Franklin D. Roosevelt exchanges handclasp with Herbert Hoover before Capitol inauguration at which Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Exploring the wild blue, Balloonist Auguste Picard says farewell from sputnik-shaped gondola before his 10�-mile, record-breaking ascension. His report on the stratosphere upon his return: "Delightful beyond description."
Glory day for Babe Ruth comes in third game of 1932 World Series after the Babe, two strikes down to Cub Pitcher Charlie Root, waggled a magisterial finger to demand one more pitch—and lashed it over the center-field barrier. Here Ruth gets a happy handclasp from teammate Lou Gehrig after crossing the plate.
Explosive kick, good for 65 yards, is booted by Army Halfback Ken Fields in 1932 Army-Navy game, which Army won 20-0. Onetime Halfback Fields, now general manager of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, was elected to this year's Silver All-America, as was Navy's tackle Bill Kane.
Gold-medal day comes for Babe Didrikson in Los Angeles Olympic Games as she outruns and outjumps an international field in the 80-meter hurdles. The Babe also won a gold medal in the javelin throw in the Games that year. Thereupon she gave notice: "My mind is set now on winning a national golf championship."
Explosive shot from a trap, which landed his ball inches from pin, is Gene Sarazen's response to sandy challenge in the National Open, held at Fresh Meadow Country Club, Long Island. Sarazen, aged 30, won both the U.S. and British Open tournaments that year, was manifestly the golfer of the year.
Davis Cup upset is registered as France's Jean Borotra and America's Ellsworth Vines march off Roland Garros courts in Paris after the Frenchman's unexpected victory. France won the Davis Cup for the sixth straight year.
Rose Bowl Day 1933 brings triumph and added national stature to Southern California Trojans, as they crush the highly regarded Pitt Panthers 35-0 at Pasadena. Here Trojan Quarterback Homer Griffith, one of the game's heroes, plunges off-tackle for more Southern California yardage. In the regular season 10 opponents had managed to score only 25 points against Pitt's Sutherland-coached team.
Bridge triumph comes for four-man team of Willard Karn, Hal Sims, Harold S. Vanderbilt and Baron Waldemar von Zedtwitz who outscored the runners-up for the Vanderbilt Cup, a trophy put up by Bridge Master Vanderbilt himself. Pre-tournament favorites had been Ely Culbertson's team. The tournament referee was Army Lieutenant Alfred M. Gruenther, later to become a four-star general.