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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASEBALL—The major leagues played their first interclub exhibition games. In St. Petersburg, Yogi Berra gave a lively demonstration of how and how not to play third base, made the first error of the season with a wide throw to first. Mickey Mantle, reformed holdout who had just signed $65,000 contract, sat the game out. The Chicago White Sox, who won 35 one-run games last season, squeezed out their first one-run victory of 1960, beating Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 15 innings. Most spectacular play was made by Gino Cimoli, Pirate outfielder, who smashed into right-field wall after making catch against Baltimore Orioles, left the game with a sprained wrist. The Dodgers sent three top pitchers (Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Roger Craig) to the mound, watched the Kansas City Athletics collect 13 hits from them for 8-4 victory.

Across the continent in Tucson, the San Francisco Giants ran up the highest score, beat the Cleveland Indians 11-8 in ball game that had eight home runs, including two by Rocky Colavito. Rocky hit a third homer, but it was disallowed after it was discovered the Indians had been batting out of order.

TRACK & FIELD—Before a hushed crowd of 10,000 at Chicago meet, Boston University astronaut John Thomas soared over the bar at 7 feet 2½ inches, once again broke his own world record. In their usual premeet countdown, Coach Ed Flanagan and Thomas played a game of cribbage, then exchanged slips of paper on which they had jotted down what height they expected Thomas to clear. Both exactly predicted Thomas' leap, wrote down on the slips of paper 7 feet 2½. As for the cribbage results—"He lost again—as usual," said Coach Flanagan.

FENCING—In the Intercollegiate championships in New York the swordsmen of New York University proved the superior duelists, held off the 10 competing colleges in the foil event for the fourth year in a row, took the oldest intercollegiate trophy there is, the Little Iron Man statue. Princeton surprised the small but vocal crowd by running in Navy, for their first épée title since 1940. Navy, in turn, found its mark with the sabre, defeated NYU for that title. Winner of the three-weapon crown and the overall champion was NYU, with 58 points to the Midshipmen's 56 points. Third place went to Columbia, with 49 points.