3) What did the Russian executioner do to the defector from that country's bobsled team when he was returned to Russia? He hung a slider.
4) As Supreme Court Chief Justice, what did Earl Warren possess in large measure? Bench strength.
5) Prior to playing a club date, a clarinetist in Spike Jones' band polished off a bottle of his boss' 100 proof. In what condition did he show up for work? He came in with Spike's high.
6) In unbelievably hot, dry weather the salmon were swimming upstream to breed until the water became so shallow that the exposure to the sun drove them out of their minds. What was their only recourse? Spawn insane and pray for rain.
Oh, March and spring training, where are you?
JACK R. EKSTROM
The great surgeon was operating simultaneously on a man and his boy. When it was all over, one of his instruments was missing. "I'm sorry," he explained, "I lost it in the son."
Flat Rock, N.C.
A rustler is hanged for his crime, while the man who sold the stolen cattle goes unpunished—a case of someone swinging for the fence.
MIKE W. FISHER
I seem to remember a bridge party my mother and three of her friends had recently. When I walked into the room, I noticed wild bidding and a nearly empty bottle of Scotch on the table. What did I conclude? Last of the fifth and the bags were loaded.
I nominate Alvin Dark for Sportsman of the Year. He took over one of the toughest jobs in the whole country. The A's had already won two world championships under Dick Williams. With Dark, the A's won the playoffs in four games; it took Williams five in each of his two tries. Under Dark, the World Series took five games; both years under Williams the Series went to seven.
Certainly there are many fine athletes from several different sports who merit consideration. However, I don't think any one is quite as deserving as North Carolina State's incomparable basketball star David Thompson. He has combined superlative ability with humility.