The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on February 3, 1969 · Page 13
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£>: X*X*X-X*:*X.;.x.:.;.:.;.;.;. : .;^^ Hook, Line & Sinker ly CHESrr* ROGIM Stanley has caught an average of 1,000 to 2,080 buUfro«s a yetr ever since he has lived in Baytown. His son, Greg 13 whose more formal name is Gregory Clifford If an ,f^T P ^T ff0g Clltcher ' ««» » »• Mw. Stanley, who carl be called Margaret Jo. *' Stanley put his family in the frog catchers' haH of fame one quiet night last summer when his grab gig pinned down a very rare partially albino bultdrog. * He had never seen one before but had heard about the kind of frog it was. It was a full-grown specimen, measured right at 18 inches long and weighed maybe two pounds. Stanley thought so much of it he drove right on into Houston and made a present of it to the Houston Museum of Natural Science where it still is making its home. Since the Museum had no other frog like it, they gave it royal treatment, and still give it the best possible attention and care Right now this partially albino hero of our story, like most good frogs, is sleeping it off in the comfort of winter hibernation. The rare frog was caught in some marsh areas near Votaw, which to most of us is just about the heart of what the famous Big Thicket of Texas once was. The capture of the half green bulldrog was such an event it stopped the whole party from frogging that night. They just had to admire that beautiful creature of the lowlands. Les Depugh and his wife, Ruth, as well as the three Stanleys were on the trip. All had quite a time that night. Stanley prefers the grab gig for catching his frogs because he can unlatch the trigger on the gig, drop the frog in a tow sack, and waL until tomorrow, if he wants to, for the cleaning chores. A grab gig operates on the spring principle, a lot like a spring powered varmint trap. Good frog hunters keep them in excellent shape so they can be counted on to bring home the game they capture. They can be freed easily of snakes if they happen to be caught while the hunter is probing around in the water looking for a frog. Bulldrogs, like every other type of wild game, must be taken care of properly if they live up to expectations. Stanley, like most frog hunters, prefers the middle-size ones. The smail ones haven't had enough time to grow up, and the full-grown ones sometimes are a little tough, to say the least. Stanley, a native of Alabama, has hunted frogs since he was five years old. He came to Texas for his health, something had to cure that malnutrition he suffered from unemployment, and so far the work climate has agreed with him. Late in the spring, after spawning time, Stanley, his family and his friends will again hit the frog-hunting trail, maybe even look for another one of those very rare partial albino bulldrogs. — - . Monday, February 3, 1969 liytoara ftnn ** & \ Up S Ira Berkow Sperta J Face-off in the NEW YORK— (NEA)— By one player's count this was about the 10th fight of the hockey game. And it would be the last, as it turned out. Eddie had told Joey he would kick his butt if he didn't quit it, whatever it was. Joey said Oh Yeah? Yeah. And naturally a time out ensued. The goalie, biggest kid on the street, removed his mask and skated toward the pair. "All right," said the goalie, casually, authoritatively, "don't no one else put their two cents in." "Let's make a circle," someone else said. "Hold sticks." Eddie and Joey were face to face in the center and the lonely confrontation (age-old in the history of boyhood) slowly grew more real, more fearful—inevitable. Now, neither appeared eager to fight. Yet. dutifully, they pawed the street with their roller skates. With slow and invisible strokes, the night was painting the day gray. Street lamps had just been turned on, still too early (o do much good. Here on Greenwich Street in the Lower West Side, a solitary brave tree stood starkly in winter undress. The wind was crisp. Later, the hockey players would sit at the supper table with faces flushed and* bodies aching sweetly and heads stuffed with warmth. The foes were in fight pose. Eddie, a lean dark-haired boy, wore a blue New York Ranger jersey and skates tied to white sneakers. Joey was shorter and shaggy-blond and his red Chicago Black Hawk jersey fit tight over his belly. "I don'l wanna hit him," said Eddie. "He's younger den me." "He's fatter, too," someone observed. As in flareups al Madison Square Garden, hockey sticks and gloves had been discarded and were strewn and forgotten on the street. Joey was the aggressor and stalked Eddie, who back- pedaled. Joey wound up and hurled a right haymaker that missed the mark by half a block. Or nearly the distance between the two "nets." (The goals were actually three skids formed in a "C" and taken from the nearby docks.) Somehow the combatants now had entwined themselves into a ball near the curb. Eddie rolled on top. "I don'l wanna hit him," he repeated. "I can't fight with my skates on," said Joey, on his back. The goalie thought this was reasonable and instructed (he boys to gel up. Eddie's knee-length blue stockings with red stripes drooped and exposed catcher's shin guards. Joey flung high one roller skate with a bravado unwarranted by his feats in combat. The circle was broken and Eddie again stalked Joey, up and down and up and down the street. Two others embraced and danced and chorused "Here Comes the Bride." Another bored spectator skated away and, in lazy circles, slick-handled a puck. Now the lighters were against the corrugated sliding door of a warehouse. A man in a cap strolled by, stopped, continued on. Steam rose from a sewer. A car with lights passed. It seemed far, far away. The two boys were entangled again and the aluminum door grumbled as they tussled and then, motionless, held each other in hcadlocks. A crash startled everyone. A skid had blown down. "This ain't nothin'," someone said "It's gettin' dark. I'm goin' home." It seemed a good idea. Krtdie and his brother were the last to leave. His brother waited while Eddie, sitting on (he curb, tied on his skates and pulled his stockings over his shin guards. "I didn't wanna hit him," said Eddie. "I'm 12, gonna be 13. lie's only 10, gonna be 11. I coulda murdcrlized him." They skzited off with languid, graceful strides. Eddie found a tin can and he stick-handled it toward home. lie and his brother and the scraping sound faded into the dimness of memory. MRS. L. C. STANLEY and the rare Albino Bullforg. Basketball Round-Up By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer The littlest Lobo wears No. 00 on his basketball shirt ... and stands 10 feet tall in New Mexico today. Petie Gibson, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, pumped in a 30-foot jump shot at the buzzer last Saturday at Albuquerque, giving the Lobo s a 68-66 triumph over arch rival New Mexico State. It was the pint-sized playmak- er's only field goal in the game, but it completed a two-games- in-four-days sweep for New Mexico over the eighth-ranked, previously unbeaten Aggies. The Lobos won 86-66 Wednesday on State's Las Cruces court. Top-ranked UCLA continued to roll up winning numbers, smashing Stanford 96-61 Saturday night after a 109-74 romp over California Friday night. The Bruins have won 32 in a row, including 16 this season, 36 straight in Pacific 8 Conference play and 80 in succession on their home court. UCLA and third ranked Santa Clara, idle last weekend, are the only unbeaten major college powers. No. 2 North Carolina boosted its season mark to 14-1 with a 107-87 conquest of Maryland, but fourth-ranked Davidson fell to Iowa 76-61 at Chicago. No. 5 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 103-89, No. 6 St. John's, N.Y., topped Temple 65-49, No. 7 Illinois trimmed Wisconsin 86-73 and No. 9 LaSaHe clobbered New Orleans Loyola 102-65 in other Saturday action. Gibson, smallest man ever to play for Chicago Bob King at New Mexico, swept the Lobosto their 13th victory in 19 games with a high-arching shot that dropped cleanly through the cords as the clock ran out. 'I've got a bruise on the side of my ribs where Coach King hit me as he jumped up saying, 'It's going in,' " said Lobos assistant coach Norm Ellenberg. "I've got a few bruises, too," said Gibson, a farandson of former aemipro baseball great Josh Gibson, who was half-carried, half-dragged from the court by New Mexico fans after the winning shot. Lew Alcindor scored 27 points for UCLA against Stanford as the Bruins tightened their hold on the Pacific 8 lead. Bill Buntin's 30 points and 12 rebounds paced North Carolina's attack and Glenn Vidnovic hit for 23 to trigger Iowa's upset of Davidson. Dan Issel and Mike Casey led Kentucky past Vanderbilt with 28 and 24 points, respectively, and Joe DePre's 16 kept St. John's rolling against Temple. Soph Greg Jackson put in 21 of his 36 points in the second half, leading Illinois past Wis consin, and LaSalle buried Loyola after running off 17 successive first half points for a 35-17 bulge. Purdue grabbed the Big Ten Conference lead with a 4-0 mark by subduing Ohio State 95-85 in overtime. The Buckeyes and Iowa are 4-1, Illinois 3-2 in league play. Tulsa reeled off its eighth straight victory in the Missouri Valley Conference, whipping Wichita State 94-69 for a 16-2 over-all mark. Kansas handed Colorado its first Big Eight Conference loss, 80-70, and the Buffalos' troubles were compounded Sunday when 7-foot-2 Ron Smith was declared scholastically ineligible. 13 Baseball Player Strike Gets Nearer NEW YORK (AP) - DM dent major league baseball players, threatening strike action In their bid for higher pension benefits, were set to hold a strategy meeting today in a midtown hotel. Marvin Miller, executive director of the Players Association, expected about 100 major leaguers, including the player representatives from each of the 24 clubs to attend the 11 a.m. EST, session. The players recently rejected the club owners' offer of a $1 million increase in contributions to the pension fund by an overwhelming margin. The Association is talking strike, and the players have been urged not to sign 1969 contracts until their pension demands are met. Willie Mays, Bob Gibson and Hank Aaron are among the top stars who have voiced support of the no-sign campaign. With the start of Spring Training IMS than a month away and player-owner pension negotiations at a standstill, the New York meeting was called to inform the players of the situation and dtscuas possible courses of action should the deadlock continue. The cufwnt peuion agreement wtpfres March 31. Meyer contracts are supposed to be malted by ati clubs before Feb. 15 aad turning camps are due to op«B fer pitchers and catchers Feb. », with the rest of the playeic to report a week later. At least ene owner has threatened to avcpend operations for the entire season if the players Sophomore halfback Billy Hunter of Levittown, Pa., returned 13 punts for 247 yards for Army's football team last season. fail to report for spring training. Miller, in turn, has accused the owners of attempting to wreck the Players Association. "I would say we are as far former players from participating in any improved benefits. The players turned down the owners' proposed $1 million pension boost by a «l-6 landslide mail vote. Most of them have Indicated they wttl not sign contracts until the issue is resolved. apart as ever on the main issues," Miller said last week after three fruitless meetings with the owners' committee. Miller says the owners have sought to delete reference to television revenue in the new pension contract, although it is mentioned in the old one. He claims the owners also demand the right to unilaterally liquidate the plan at the end of the contract and want to exempt 9lip lamtmmt 0im ^^^m rppprs a«W* PAGES However, some came to terms for 1969 before the dispute boiled to a head last month. HFNT A CAU National Franchise System Of Ford Dealers COURTESY FORD «2*-S12l CA 8-*m (Houston) Nicklaus Takes 1st In SD Open SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tom Weiskopf, a soldier stationed at Ft. Polk, La., may be wondering how Jack Nicklaus won the 1969 1150,000 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Golf Tournament and required 284 strokes to do it. Weiskopf, you see, won the tournament a year ago, before the U.S. Army borrowed him, and did it in 273 shots. And Nicklaus walked away, headed today for the Bob Hope Classic at Palm Springs, with the $30,000 winner's loot in another rather unusual situation. Seldom in these days does a pro golfer overcome a deficit of two strokes, win by one—and do it with a final round one-over par 73. Jack did it. Generally something like four-under in the last round is required. As it turned out Nicklaus, the Big Bear from Columbus, Ohio, defeated San Diego's hometown hero, Gene Littler, in a two man duel Sunday. Littler's artistic 67 over the par 72 Torrey Pines Golf Club Saturday sent him into Sunday's final round two strokes in front of Nicklaus. "Scoring," Nicklaus conceded, "was pretty bad this week. 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