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Koufax Chosen NL

's Most Valuable)

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BOSTON (R)-Los Angeles left-
hander Sandy Koufax-the come-
back Dodger who made the dif-
ference-was named the National
League's Most Valuable Player for
1963 yesterday.
The 27-year-old strikeout king
decisively beat Dick Groat, the St.
Louis Cardinals' sparkplug, 237
points to 190. Results of the an-
nual poll of a 20-man committee
of the Baseball Writers Associa-
tion of America were announced:
by BBWAA secretary Hy Hurwitz.
Koufax was named on all but one
Koufax, recovered from a se-
rious circulatory ailment in a
finger on his left hand which
sidelined him in July 1962, pitch-
ed the Dodgers to the pennant
they couldn't quite pull off 'with-
out him the latter half of '62.
Strikeout Record
The Brooklyn - born bachelor
registered a National League rec-
ord 306 strikeouts en route to a
25-5 mark and a brilliant 1.88
earned run average. He pitched
his second major league no-hitter
early in the season against San
Francisco and personally account-
ed for two victories in the four-
game World Series sweep of the
New York Yankees.
Previously c h o s en th e Cy
Young Award winner as the year's
finest pitcher, Koufax completed
Ehis double by capturing 14 first
place votes. Shortstop Groat was
named first by four voters while
Milwaukee outfielder Hank Aaron
and Los Angeles infielder Jim
Gilliam split the other two.
Groat was 1960 MVP for the
world champion Pittsburgh Pi-
rates and Aaron, third with 135
points to 130 for Dodger relief ace
Ron Perranoski, was honored in
1957. Groat and Aaron were the
only players listed on all 20 bal-
lots. Willie Mays of San Fran-
cisco was fifth.
LA Places Four
Los Angeles placed four men1 in
the first eight with batting cham-
pion Tommy Davis eighth with 41
points. Injury-slowed Maury Wills
of the Dodgers who was MVP
last year, finished in a 17th place
tie with Willie McCovey of San

Koufax is the first pitcher to
be voted the National League's
top prize since Brooklyn Dodger
Don Newcombe in 1956 and only
the seventh in 33 years.
Koufax made the jump directly
from the Cincinnati campus to
the majors but had to labor to
cure wildness in his early days.
Sandy had 14 victories and was
on a strikeout binge when his ail-
ing hand forced him out of action
July 17, 1962.
Come Back
Sandy came back this season
completely cured and took com-
mand on a staff Manager Walt
Alston called "the best I've ever
If there had been any doubts
about Koufax they were erased
Saturday night May 11 when he
fired an 8-0 no-hitter against the
Giants and didn't allow a man to
reach base until the eighth inning.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who
owns a pair of record-tying 18-
strikeout performances, fanned 10
or more batters 11 times this sea-
son and his career total of 51 is
three shy of the major league
mark shared by Bob Feller and
Rube Waddell.
Southpaw Shutouts
Koufax had 11 shutouts in 20
games, most even by a southpaw
in the majors. He struck out 15
Yankees in the Series opener,
breaking the mark of 14 set by
Dodger Carl Erskine 10 years
The selection of Koufax marks
the eighth time a Dodger has been
picked for MVP, tying the team
with St. Louis.
"Oh, thank you," Koufax said
when informed of his selection by
phone. "I didn't think I was going
to win it because I didn't think a
pitcher would win. I am especially
proud because I believe this is
the most important award in base-
Koufax Surprised
Koufax was surprised Groat
didn't get more voting points.'
Groat finished in a third-place
tie in the batting race with Aaron
at .319. He was the driving force
behind a St. Louis pennant bid.
Aaron ledwthe league in runs
batted in with 130 and runs

scored with 121 and hit 44 homers.
Perranoski, used strictly in re-
lief, had an earned run average
of 1.67 and posted a 16-3 record
while working 129 innings.
Mays, after a poor start, fin-
ished batting .314 with 103 RBI
and 38 homers. He won the MVP
award in 1954.
One name missing from all the
ballots was that of Stan Musial,
the St. Louis great who retired
this year. The Man captured the
prize three times.
And two recent winners, Frank
Robinson of Cincinnati, 1961, and
Ernie Banks of Chicago, 1958-59,
also failed to get a vote.
Sandy Kouf ax's manager said
yesterday he was not especially
surprised to hear that the Los
Angeles Dodgers' star southpaw
had been named the National
League's Most Valuable Player of

... most valuable,

South African Predicts
End. of OlympicGames

Davis Cuppers Faee India
For Right To Meet Aussies

BOMBAY OP) - The United
States Davis Cup tennis team
began tapering off yesterday after
a week of hard practice under In-
dia's broiling sun.
The Americans, led by Wim-
bledon champion Chuck McKinley,
will meet India, headed by Ra-
manathan Krishnan, for the right
to challenge Australia for the huge
international tennis trophy in
Brisbane Dec. 26-28.
The interzone final here opens
Saturday with a pair of singles
matches. The doubles will be play-
ed Sunday and the closing singles
n Teams in Shape
Both teams appeared in good
shape but few experts give India
much chance of winning more
than one match - Khishnan's
against McKinley's singles team-
The choice might fall on Frank
Froehling, of Coral Gables, Fla. He
beat Krishnan the last time they
'M Sail Club
Wins Trophy
Michigan's sailing club won the
Robert Allen-Carey Price Trophy
for the fifth straight year last
weekend in a regatta sponsored by
the Wolverine group.
The Wolverines had 102 points
to 92 for Marquette, 77 for De-
troit, 72 for Notre Dame, 52 for
Purdue and Michigan State, and
48 for Ohio State. Terry Timm was
the high point skipper for the
Members of the crew were Dick
Reuttinger, Tom Frederick, Chuck
Cannon, Dave Moomy, Pete Guild
and Bill Moss.

met, at the Queens Club tourna-
ment in London last spring.
Krishnan has played almost no
tennis since returning from Eur-
ope in late July. He started train-
ing here 10 days ago.
Indian in Shape
"I am in good shape now," the
hefty Indian star said Wednesday
after a workout with Jaidip Mu-
kerjea and Premjit Lall, his two
Mukerjea and Lall both said
they are in fine fettle but their
best shape never has been of in-
ternational class.
Krishnan is the only first-class
tennis player produced by this
big nation of 460 million persons
-few of whom even know such a
sport as tennis exists.
Meanwhile, the Lawn Tennis
Association of Australia protested
against the plan of McKinley,
playing exhibitions in India in-
stead of competing in the New
South Wales championships.
The LTAA protested to Bob
Kelleher of Los Angeles, the U.S.
Davis Cup captain, by cable. The
association said it had learned
that McKinley would play in In-
dia and not reach Australia until
four days after the start of the
New South Wales Tournament.

By The Associated Press
South Africa's representative on
the 63 - member International
Olympic Committee, predicted
yesterday the international Olym-
pic sport movement would soon
"crumble and die."
He accused the IOC of malad-
ministration, partisanship and
discrimination and said it is fall-
ing prey to the connivances of the
Afro-Asian bloc led by Russia.
Honey said the IOC is becoming
a one man, one vote organization
where all members, regardless of
seniority and service to the Olym-
pic ideal, would have equal say.
He predicted "further injustices
such as those suffered by South
Africa" at the recent Baden Ba-
den, Germany, meeting and said
as adresult membership would
At Baden Baden, South Africa
was charged with race discrimina-
tion in sport and given until the
year's end to abolish it or face
being banned from the 1964 Olym-
pics in Toyko.
Honey also accused the IOC of
being blind to the fact that
America was sending "a bunch of
sham amateurs" to the, Games
and that Russian athletes were
nothing but highly paid state of-
* * *
Investigate Boxing
BALTIMORE-City Councilman
Leon Rubenstein announced yes-
terday he is calling a special meet-
inf of the council's Health Com-
mittee Nov. 12 to discuss profes-
sional boxing.
"I think boxing is a racket,"*
said the chairman of the Health
Committee, adding the sport "is
now dangerous."
The city council will be the
second body to review boxing since
the death of Ernie Knox after a
heavyweight fight in Baltimore's
Coliseum. Knox, of Baltimore, died
32 hours after he was counted out
in a fight Oct. 14 with Wayne
Bethea of New York.
A grand jury has been investi-
gating the death since a medical
examiner reported the body weigh-
ed only 153 pounds. Knox had
been listed at 178 for the fight
and Bethea 205.
The Maryland Athletic Commis-
sion, which approves and regulates
boxing, said it would not review
the fight until after the grand
jury reports.
* * *

man, veteran star forward for the
Cincinnati Royals, probably will
be sidelined for a month with a
broken left hand suffered in Tues-
day night's National Basketball
Association game against the San
Francisco Warriors.
Another Cincinnati starter,
backcourt man Adrian Smith, sus-
tained a severely sprained left
ankle and is likely to miss two
The game's other casualty, Tom
Meschery of the Warriors, got a
gash on his forehead that required
10 stitches but is expected to
play in his club's next game,
against Los Angeles here Satur-
day night.
* * *
Ban Bribery
WASHINGTON -- The Senate
passed by voice vote yesterday a
bill which would make bribery to
influence the outcome of sports
events a criminal offense.
The measure, which now goes
to the House, provides that such
bribery would be an offense when
the scheme involved and used in-
terstate or foreign 'commerce f a-
cilities. It carries a penalty of im-
prisonment up to 10 years, a fine
up to $5,000, or both.:
In introducing the bill last Feb-
ruary Sen. Kenneth B. Keatlig
(R-NY) said it would provide the
authority law enforcement agen-
cies need "to prevent gamblers
from corrupting college and pro-
fessional sports."
* * *
Colavito on Block
DETROIT-The Detroit Tigers'
front office is using slugger Rocky
Colavito as trade bait.
General Manager Jim Camp-
bell confirmed this Wednesday,
saying he has discussed a possible
trade for Colavito with several
other clubs, including the Mil-
waukee Braves of the National

Future Plan
For Cagers
STANFORD, Calif. (o)-Tenta-
tive schedules have been proposed
to add Oregon and Oregon State
to the basketball program of the
Athletic Association of Western
Universities just as soon as they
may gain membership.
As yet, there is nothing definite
on when such expansion will take
place but indications point to a
final decision by the AAWU Big
Six school presidents and Oregon
administrators soon.
Basketball Coach Howie Dall-
mar of Stanford sent out pro-
posed schedules for 1964-65 and.
1965-66 including the two Oregon
schools so the programs can be
ready if the AAWU becomes the
"Big Eight" as expected. He con-
firmed Wednesday that letters
went to cage coaches at the eight
Want To Be Set
"We want to be set in the event
it does happen," Dallmar ex-
"The proposed schedules are for
14 conference games, a round
robin on a home and home basis."
Teams in the Big Six currently
have 15 conference games, three
against each other member per
Aim for Eight
Dallmar said the aim was to
have the eight-team league for
next season if Oregon and Oregon
State are admitted in time, but
schedule commitments already
made by OSU may make it im-
possible to have such a round
robin until 1965-66.
"If our conference is expanded,
we all want to have the basketball
program operating as soon as
possible," he said. "You can't wait
too long."
Schedules Made
In football, schedules are made
as many as five years in advance
and present difficulties in getting
a round robin into operation.
Oregon and Oregon State were
members of the now defunct Pa-
cific Coast Conference along with
Idaho and the Big Six schools-
Southern California, UCLA, Stan-
ford, California, Washington and
Washington State.
Buckeyes Drill
Half back Plays
COLUMBUS - Ohio State's
Buckeyes returned to their half-
back offense yesterday in drills
for the first time since their 32-3
loss to Southern California Oct. 19.
Departing from quarterback-
fullback, up-the-middle plays,
Coach Woody Hayes gave his half-
backs a good workout in a prac-
tice session that lasted 1 hour,
45 minutes.


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