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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 15 (July 1961)

Alumni news,   pp. 49-50

Mott, Jim
Athletics,   pp. 50-53

Page 50

by Jim Mott
Spring Sports Recap
      teams achieved little success in
their 1961 campaigns, winning 17, los-
ing 43, and tying one in the overall
schedule of events.
  The baseball team finished strong,
posting victories in five of its final eight
games to salvage sixth place in the final
Big Ten standings, and a 9-19-1 sea-
son's record. The Badgers lost 6-5 in
10   innings to Michigan, conference
champions, split with Michigan State
and Ohio State in double headers,
thumped Western Michigan, Mid-
American conference champions, and
District 4 representative to the NCAA
championships at Omaha in June, by
10-8 and 9-1 scores, and shut out In-
diana 5-0 to drop the Hoosiers out of
championship contention in the Big Ten.
  Wisconsin's star sophomore in three
sports-Hugh "Pat" Richter-paced the
team's hitters with a .398 average, set-
ting the pace in hits (43), runs scored,
doubles (13), triples (4), home runs
(7), and runs batted in (24). Sopho-
more pitcher Ron Krohn set the pace in
victories with four, including three Big
Ten wins via the shutout route. Ron
blanked Northwestern 2-0, Illinois 2-0,
and Indiana 5-0, while losing to Michi-
gan 6-5, and to Iowa 4-3 in conference
games. His 47 innings pitched and three
shutouts lead Big Ten pitching.
   Another sophomore, Mark Dilley, sec-
ond baseman, was named most valuable
player, ranking second to Richter in hit-
ting and runs batted in. Only shortstop
and captain for 1961, Dick Van Eerden,
is lost through graduation for next sea-
son so the Badgers will be Strong favor-
ites to challenge for a first division berth
next season.
  Wisconsin's crew won their only race
against Wayne State University on May
6, winning by 7 lengths. In the season's
opener, Purdue's Boat Club       varsity
edged the Badgers by a half-length
while on May 13, the Badgers placed
'third behind MIT and Dartmouth in a
13/4 mile race on Lake Mendota.
   The Badger sweepswingers failed to
qualify in the Eastern Sprint Regatta on
May 20, while on June 10, they lost to
Navy by three lengths on the Severn
River. The Middies were Eastern Sprint
champions and were unbeaten as the
crews assembled at Syracuse, N. Y. for
the Intercollegiate Rowing Association
final on June 17. California won the
event for the second year in a row while
the Badgers finished eighth.
  Coach Norm Sonju had described
Wisconsin's 1961 crew as the "most in-
experienced" in his coaching career, and
Norm's observation    was well docu-
mented as the season unfolded.
   The golf team fell to a 3-10 record
for 1961 and placed ninth in Big Ten
championship play. Captain Larry Wall-
den proved to be the Badgers most con-
sistent golfer during the regular season
with an average of 75 strokes for each
round of play. In Big Ten competition,
Marty Gharrity led the Badgers with a
72 hole total of 307,. good for a tie for
11th in the individual medal play title.
Wallden was close behind with a 309.
   Coach Carl Sanger's tennis team had
a 4-8 season record, best of all spring
'28) is presently with the American Embassy
in Vientiane, Laos.
  Ralph D. CASEY '29 received an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from Marquette Uni-
versity at their convocation ceremonies held
recently in observance of the 50th anniversary
of the College of Journalism at Marquette.
Dr. Casey also was awarded an honor medal
for distinguished service in the field of jour-
nalism from the 'University of Missouri and
received an honor medal from the University
of Wisconsin.
  Dr. Ralph E. HODGSON '29, director of
the animal husbandry research division for
the Agricultural Research Service, recently
attended a Regional Dairy Conference held
in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  James 'S. OWENS '29, general manager of
the Ceramic Division of Champion Spark
Plug 'Co., was made a Fellow of the American
Ceramic 'Society at its 63rd annual meeting
held recently in Toronto, 'Canada. The award
was presented to him in recognition of his
outstanding achievements and contributions
to ceramic science and technology.
  Dr. Anthony 'CURRERI '30, professor of
Surgery at the University of Wisconsin has
been elected president of the Wisconsin Sur-
gical Society.
  Alvin J. BINKERT '31, executive vice-
president of the Presbyterian Hospital, New
York City, was elected president of the
'Greater New York Hospital Association at
the association's annual meeting held recently
in New York.
  Harvey SARGENT '31 was elected vice-
      Wisconsin Alumnus, July, 1961
sports teams, and placed eighth in the
Big Ten meet with eight points. Leo
Rideout, sophomore from Madison
(West), made the best Badger perform-
ance in conference play-placing third
in the No. 5     singles division. The
Badger netters scored wins during dual
meet play over Iowa, Illinois, Ohio
State, and Purdue. Several other dual
meets were closely contested.
  Wisconsin's outdoor track team lost
dual meets to Iowa and to Minnesota,
and placed last in the Big Ten meet
during an abbreviated season. Badger
point winners in the conference meet
were all sophomores-Tom        Creagan,
fourth in the 660 yard run; Elmars
Ezerins, fourth in the shot put; and Jim
Nelson, who tied for third in the pole
vault with a leap of 13 feet, 8 inches. As
in baseball, the track team loses just one
performer, and with the influx of out-
standing freshmen, should be a good
possibility for the first five in next year's
Big Ten competition.
  Don Dooley, distance runner from
Waukesha, was re-elected captain for
the 1962 track season. Earlier in the
year, he had been elected captain of the
cross country team for the second year
in a row.
   Other captains named include: seniors
Lon Ruedisili, Madison, and Dick Pease,
Hinsdale, Ill., as honorary captains for
the 1961 tennis team; and golfers Marty
Gharrity and Tom Nelson, Green Bay,
as 1962 co-captains.
   Gerald Kulcinski, senior football
guard from La Crosse, was named recip-
ient of the Big Ten medal for profi-
ciency  in  athletics, scholarship, and
   In spring football, the Varsity staved
off a late Alumni rally to hold on to a
24-21 advantage. The long range fore-
casters are predicting an improved sea-
son for the Badger gridders, barring
eligibility difficulties and injuries.

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