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Hays Free Press August 25, 2010 NEIGHBORS Page 3C or many gardeners, the easiest and most effective way to control weeds is to grab a bag of'Weed and Feed' and spread it over the lawn. The 'weed' part is an herbi- cide that kills unwanted lawn weeds before they emerge. These products have names like Turfian and Surflan, and when applied at the right time they control most turf weeds for an entire season. There are, however, prob- lems with this approach.., big problems. These chemical controls are toxic. They will poison kids and pets and songbirds and anyone or anything that IT'S ABOUT THYME comes into contact with them. They also contaminate surface water and groundwater. Since most of us have kids and dogs and drink water from the highland lakes or wells, it is safe to say that these chemical herbicides are not a good idea. However I do have some good news. There is a prod- uct called corn gluten that's organic and safe. It looks a lot like cornmeal, and actually is a by-product of the cornmeal milling process. Corn gluten contains natu- ral chemical elements that stop seeds from forming roots. For this product to work, the most important thing is timing. You must spread it on before the winter/spring and summer weeds germinate. To control the winter/spring weeds, apply it during the upcoming fall before germina- tion. A second treatment in February and early March will control summer weeds like dandelions and crabgrass. There is another huge ben- \ efit. Com gluten contains nine percent nitrogen- so it also works as a'weed and feed.' It helps to green up those plants that are growing while stopping the weed roots from forming. Use it also for weed control in flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Just let the marigolds and beans sprout first. Happy Gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to lt's About Thyme11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsab- ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband intemet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners Two weeks after break- ing the Texas League home run record that had stood for 32 years, Ken Guettler hit his sixtieth rnund-tripper of the season on Aug. 26, 1956. Still alive and kicking in Fort Worth, Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft had no comment on the day his best known achievement was erased from the record book. Like his legion of fans, the leg- endary slugger of the 1920's may have believed it would last forever. Kraft got his start in professional baseball on his hometown team in Indiana. After knocking around in the lower levels of the minor leagues with clubs named the River Rats, Merchants, Vehicles and Swamp Angels, he received a call from the Boston Braves in May 1914. Kraft appeared in three games for Beantown's Na- tional League franchise go- ing to plate three times and getting one hit, a single. Two weeks later, he was sent back down to the minors never to return to the big leagues. The six-foot, 190-pound First baseman everyone :ailed "Big Boy" found a aermanent home in 1918 Adth the Fort Worth Panthers )f the Texas League. With the ntroduction of the "livelier" )aseball in 1921, his home- un production increased by eaps and bounds. In the 1924 season, Kraft vas a power-hitting ma- :hine. Besides his 55 hom- ers, he finished with 196 uns batted in, 96 extra base dts and 414 total bases, dl Texas League bests that rave gone unequalled for 86 'ears. And then at age 36 "Big ;oy" decided to rest on his turels. He turned down a ontract from the Panthers hat would have paid him ;lore than most major- ~aguers and bought a Ford ealership in downtown Fort orth hoping to cash in on is celebrity status. Kraft's many admirers did zdeed pack the place, but ~ey came to talk baseball ot to buy cars. As much as Big Boy" loved the limelight he once considered punch- ~g somebody in the nose tst to keep his name in the apers - all the attention did ot pay the bills. So he got out of the car usiness and went into alitics, another field where ersonal popularity was a important qualifica- an. Elected county judge, kept the voters happy ;udoku $olufio. 4 2 S Crossword Solution q~ s..,..,_,_,_,_~l A~i ~ zn o el ~G T~EE. G M~!R Ar Y "~ : o,~iiV 9 THIS WEEK IN enough to stay in office for a quite a few years. When the Piedmont League folded after the 1955 season, the owner of the de- funct Portsmouth (Virginia) club asked his counterpart in Shreveport to give Ken Guettler a try. Even though the 28-year-old veteran had never seen the inside of a majorqeague ballpark without a ticket, his 41 hom- ers against Class B pitching proved he cguld hit with power. With a partially crippled right arm he could not fully extend and glasses as thick as Coke bottle bot- toms, Guettler did not make a good first impression. However, when opening day rolled around in April 1956, he was in right field for the Shreveport Sports. That night against the vis- iting Houston Buffs, Guettler blasted a pitch over what was to be his favorite target - the left field fence at Texas League Park. He followed that impressive debut with an eye-popping, three-home run performance the follow- ing day. The series moved to Hous- ton, and Guettler hit his fifth homer in three games. But when he opened his locker in the visitors dressing room the next day, his glasses were gone. Since their near-sighted slugger could not see a pitch "until it was halfway to plate" without his "cheat- ers," the Sports understand- ably suspected the Buffs of skullduggery. Harry Walker, the former batting cham- pion five years into a second career as a manager, did not help Houston's case with his quick-wit denial: "I don't know anything about it, but it was a great idea." Thanks to a San Antonio optometrist who specialized in 24-hour service, the dirty trick blinded Guettler for only a single game. Armed with a new pair of glasses, he picked right up where he had left off. After two weeks, Guettler had seven home runs to his credit. May was a memo- rable month, as he added 18 more with round-trippers in nearly every park in the league. On the 28th, he tagged three Tulsa pitchers for his second "hat trick." June was the closest Guettler came to a slump with his home-run out- put dropping to six. But just when opposing clubs thought he might be cooling off, he heated up again with 17 more in July. Guettler passed Kraft on Aug. 13 with his fifty-sixth base-clearing swing and hit Number 60 on the 26th. His sixty-second and last homer of the season came on Sep. 2. An argument can be made that Guettler actually should be credited with 64. His home run in the all-star game did not count, and a ball he clearly hit out of LaGrave Field in Fort Worth was ruled a double. Ken Guettler was not the only ballplayer on a Texas team to hit 60 or more home runs in 1956. Frosty Ken- nedy reached that magical milestone with the Plainview Ponies of the Southwestern League. But like Guetfler he too never wore a major- league uniform. "Secession & Civil War" - newest "Best of This Week in Texas History" collection available for $10.95 plus $3.25 postage and handling from Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or order on-line at Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by | See Solution, same page ACROSS 43 ___ oo, TX 1 TXism: "want it so 44 skip school: "play .................... 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