The Daily Telegram from Eau Claire, Wisconsin on March 22, 1962 · 14
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The Daily Telegram from Eau Claire, Wisconsin · 14

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-I, - A QutdonhA S J - r - , Don LT Too Many 7s' foe Pirates fo Johiuoa SHORTENING SHADOWS in the snow have sig nalled the Arrival of spring to all nature, even more surely than our calendars noted the new season this week. " " ' . - As the days lengthen the rooster pheasant, feels sud denly compelled to crow, and the cock grouse goes in search of a drumming spot Sap flows in the sugar bush, and the old hound starts scratching the underfur which kept him warm all winter. - it's 0 ifljMOT nature lovers in general. During the next few weeks our area wUl be visited by great numbers and varieties of birds, many of which wiU stop only briefly on the icay to more northern nesting grounds. There will be the northward migration of water fowl too an even more stirring1 sight than the fall flight to me. The scene will be one of mingled hope and sadness thisyear though, for the returning ducks will be few m comparison to other years ,Snowmelt and rain may help restore some of the nesting grounds lost to drainage and drought m recent years but the fate of waterfowl remains in the hand and mind of man. HORNED LARKS and horned owls have already settled down to the business of raising families this year. The doughty little 1 a r k s build nests on the first bare patches . they can find. This usually means the . edges of country roads, where heaps of dirty snow still tower over the tiny nests, made of the same dead grass in which they are hidden...,. . .. . Find such a nest and you will likely find it occupied by four gray t eggs, marked with brow n, scarcely an . inch long and half as much in diameter. The tinkling song of these little fellows is ( especially beautiful in the white silence In which it is usually first heard each year. Undismayed by snow, you may even see a horned lark taking a bath in it! The huge owls are raising their young in big hollows where the eggs were 1 aid last month. Two owlets to the nest is the usual thing. Th e great horned owl is a deadly hunter and the youngsters seldom suffer front lack of food. Luckily for the squirrels, the owls find moonlight much more to their liking than the glare of the sun on snow. Not so lucky though, for the cot tontail and other nocturnal travelers. " The squirrel has troubles enough with such characters as the red tailed hawk. The bushytails are really out scratchying these days, and they realize that they can be seen at great distances from the air. When you see a squirrel in a snow-covered field these days you see a highly-nervous in- . dividual, usually streaking for the next nearest tree. And in some of those trees birth, has already-been- given to the first young of squirrels of the season. The female fox squirrels are usually first, with the first gray squirrels usually arriving a week or two later. And in the fox dens too new life has begun. Litters arrive as early as the first week in March, although many vixens do not have their kits until early April This U the fifth of to d 1 s- patches on the 1962 prospects of the major league baseball clubs. v s . . . j By LEO H.' PETERSEN" FORT. MYERS, Fla. (UPI) The Pittsburgh .. Pirates seem to lack too much to figure in : the 41962 National League pennant race, al though Manager Danny Mur-taugh insists they could go all the way if:. " : Pitcher Vera Law .comes back; - ::: He finds a catcher to back up Smoky Burgess;, -He finds some reserve out fielders ; -----t-" Plus a left handed relief pitcher. Those are all trig' its. LAW, WHO WON 20 games hazards. She is unflinching in her resolve once the mother instinct is strong in her breast, If nesting boxes prove prac tical, the design will be offered to conservation clubs looking for wildlife projects W n n diwk" npstint hrotps nave been the birthplaces of a multitude of woodie? in our area in recent years and also- have produced u n told pounds of wild h on e y, quantities of squirrels, and have served as home and hearth for assorted other wildlife.- If the maljard boxes could do half as well they would be worth the trouble. THE FIRST FAWNS of spring will soon have arrived. The earliest reliable record I have for this area is April 1 Heavy does have been es pecially easy prey for-roving dogsduring these past two weeks, and the. number of deer being pulled down by dogs is probably beyond the imagination of most readers In some places it has been carnage. Scores of dogs of all descriptions have been shot by wardens since the deer yarded up In the deep snows, but each new day has brought reports of more dead deer. The situation was probably easing by the middle of this week because the settling snow was crusting hard dur mg the early morning hours. i n l s nas permitted many deer to move into new areas scattering the ri'' somewhat and bringing them to fresh food supplies. Deer in some places are unquestionably in feeble con- dition, but most of them, will tough it out until spring bar- ring another bad blizzard which could take a heavy ton. MALLARD BOXES may be a partial answer to the problem of raising more ducks on less area and some experi-mental work is going to be done along those lines - this season. . Bob 'Dreis, district game . manager at Menomonie, is making up some' boxes A e-signed to offer Ma Mallard a virtually -prrdatorTproof 'placf to hatch a brood this spring. Bud Smith, manager at Viro-qua, is reportedly going to try another design along the Mississippi River. Mallard are not dumb ducks, but it Is only fair to ay that,' when It comes to nesting sites, the hen mil-Jard often lacks foresight. Her nest may be located , where it is threatened by attackfrom all manner of predator, noods. approaching St. John's, )ayton Eye NIT Finals &9 urem Pennant Race Signs with Stampeders ! CALGARY, Alts, (UPI The 'Calgary Stampeders of the Western Football Confer- ence - today announced t h e signing of tackto Pat Holmes of Texas Tech. , . The $ foot, 4 I Inch, 245-pounder was the third round draft choice of the : Phlladel- jr Hw Oolly Mt Cos Ctolf. Wisml . Thursday, Mar. 22,-1962 phis Eagles of the N s 1 1 o n- al Football League. ' , NEW YORK (AP) -Day ton, a perennial . runnerup, and St. John's, a third-time winner, are favored to g a i n the finals tonight in the Na tional Invitation Basketball Tournament at - .Madison Square Garden. Dayton IZi-b) is matched against Loyola of Chicago (22-3) in one game and St John's of New York (204) plays Duquesne (22-5) in the other. The winners will meet Saturday- afternoon - for- the championship of the 25th NIT. Dayton, which has been close so often with five second - place finishes in nine previous NTTs, may have its title club at last. The Flyers, led by sopho more Bill Chmielewski and Gordy Hatton, whizzed by Wichita -and Houston in im- pressive style during the quar ter-finals. CHMIELEWSKI scored 56 points in the two Dayton victories and Hatton 43. They form the first string with Garry Roggenburk, Hal Schoen and Tom Hatton, Gor-dy's older brother. Loyola juns and shoots, then runs and shoots some more. The Ramblers wore down a solid Temple club 75-64 in their only NIT appearance this year, displaying a world of bounce. Duquesne gained the semifinals by routing Navy and toppling Bradley's nationally fifth-ranked Missouri Valley Conference co-champions. St.t John's, winner of three NIT titles under Joe Lapchick and a competitor in 16, has the polish and cohesiveness of a typical Lapchick-coached team. -The Redmen, who drew a first-round bye, had little trouble handling Holy Cross in the quarter-finals 80-74. Hook Reveals Sign Stealing by Cincinnati ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Did Cincinnati yvin the National League pennant last- year with the help of some cloak- and-dagger sign stealing? Pitcher Jay Hook,-a Red leg hurler last season and now with the New York Mets, Tuesday backed up reports that the Reds had a man posted in the center field scoreboard at some h o m e games to pick off signs flashed by opposing catchers, The signs were reportedly telephoned to the Cincinnati dugout. : REPORTS THAT Cincinna tl was using Brooks Law fence,' former Redleg pitcher who is now a scout, m the scoreboard role have been rampant this spring. I don t Know, exactly what games, but I do k n o w that Brooks Lawrence w a s out there in the scoreboard," Hook said. "Other clubs were doing it at their home parks, too." Hook said he suspected the Chicago Cubs and Milwau kee Braves. Until Jast winter there was no written rule against stealing signs with the aid of field glasses, but it has always been frowned on in the majors. Apparently reacting to reports about the Reds and others, National League President Warren "Giles warned after the season ended he would forfeit any games won with the aid of mechanical devices. Lawrence, told of - Hook's remacks, flatly denied d fl ing any scoreboard spying-. Contacted in Dayton, Ohio, where he manages a bowling establishment, Lawrence said he fails to see how many signs could be stolen from a scoreboard vantage point in Crosley Field. He said he used to slip into the scoreboard before games for a smoke, and took a look- to see just what could be seen. "You couldn't see any. thing,." Lawrence said. H e noted that the scoreboard is in left - center field, and said right handed batters block the view of the catcher. in 1960 when the Pirates won the pennant, chalked up only three victories in . 1961 when sore arm sidelined - h i mj most of the season. He's been taking it easy thus far this spring. .-' . : "J. don t "want mm try-owing to hard down here," Mar-taugh ? explains. "I've told him that all I want him to ao is to be ready' by April . 10)- that he doesn't have to make this ball club In spring training." Law, his doctor and M ur- taugh all are hopefuL but it's far too early to tell. Without him back in his 1960 form, the Pirates probably will lack the necessary pitching. 1 :; Last year, Burgess shared the catching with Hal Smith, whom the Pirates lost along with all their reserve outfielders and lefthanded relief hur ler Bobby Shantz in the NL draft. Burgess is 35 and frank ly admits that tie no.Jonger can go out there every oay. Don Leppert, who hit .deb as a part-timer Columbus is the big catching, hope. THERE CERTAINLY is nothing wrong with the -Pi rates starting outfield of Bod Clemente, Bill Virdon and Bob Skinner, although the latter slumped off to .268 in 1961 with only three homers and 42. runs batted inv C 1 e- mente is their big power gun He batted .351 with 23 homers and 89 RBI's while the fleet Virdon hit .260 with nine HR's and 58 RBI's. - None of - the three rookies available for utility outfield duty has an impressive rec ord. Larry Elliot hit .257 at Moore Opens Workout LOS ANGELES. (UPI) Archie Moore, co - holder of the world light heavyweight t i 1 1 e, opened workouts Wednesday for his March 30 Dout with' Alejandro Lavo ratite of Argentina. Columbus, Howie Goss -' .299 at Vancouver and Ron woods .309 at Hobbs. It looks like Woods needs at least another year of seasoning. v Donn Clendenon, wno , n 1 1 ,290 at Columbus with 22 hom ers and 82 RBI's, may: turn out to be an outfield sleeper. He normally is a first base man, but with DicK, stuan available for that spot,1 M u r- taugh is giving Clendenon a shot in the outfield. The Pirates are loaded with shortstops regular Dick Groat and reserves Dick Schofield arid Johnny Logan 'andone-otmelatter t w 0 might go in a deal for either outfield or catching help. . The infield is set with Stu art on first, Bill Mazeroski at second. Groat at short and Don Hoak at third. Mazeroski and Groat slumped off in 1961 from their showing of the year before,' but it's still con-sidered one of the best all around infields in the league. Murtaugh is going to try out the veteran Harvey Haddix in the bullpen. The southpaw was 10-6 last season, in spot starting roles and relief. If Haddix should make it b i g and little righthander Elroy Face (6-12) comes back to his 1959 and 1960 form,; the Pi-rates would be all right in the bullpen department. ; " FOB STARTERS there are Bob , Friend. (14-19), Joe Gib, bon (13-10), Wilmer Mizell (7-10) and Tom Sturdivant, who won five games for the Pirates after they bought him from Columbus; and, of course, Law if he is sound. Friend came to camp -this spring weighing the same as he did when he broke in back in 1951 .197 pounds and Murtaugh believes this lighter weight will help him. Mizell is 31 and cannot be used every; fourth dayr So if La w doesn't come back, the P i . rates could be hurting and for starting hurlers. Nats, Warriors Playoff Tonight PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Warriors meet- the Syracuse Nats in Convention Hall tonight in the fifth and deciding game of a best-of-five semifinal series for the right to play Boston in the .National Basketball Asso elation Eastern Division finals. The Warriors won the first two games but Syracuse ral lied to take the next two, set ting the stage for tonight's crucial contest. The winner will meet Boston, regular season champions, in a best- of-seven final series begin ning Saturday afternoon a t Boston Garden. The Boston game will be nationally televised. JWeanwhilc, the -Detroit Pis tons, who eliminated Cincin nati in the Western Division semifinals, will open a best- of-seven final series with the Los Angeles Lakers, who took first place, Saturday night. The first two games will be at Los Angeles. 1 MO SASKSTSALL y Thi associated f rim NSA SwMM PtayoH No MiriH tctwdvkd Wdrwdv or Frt- iy. AMt THURSDAY - yracuM tt Philadelphia Caitwn W- Braves Cut Squad to 32 BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Milwaukee Braves to day sent two pitchers and an infielder to minor league farm clubs. Righthander Phil Niekro and Infielder Phil Herrscher were shipped to Louisville of the American Association, and righthander Claude Ray mond was sent to Toronto of the International League. 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