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Homing birds and ballplayers

When Angelo Giuliani of St. Paul is not beating the bushes for baseball players, he is scanning the heavens for pigeons. A former big leaguer (St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Brooklyn Dodgers) and a major league scout for the last 15 years, the sad-eyed, cheery-voiced Giuliani has been racing pigeons twice that long. "Every time I send a bird out," he confesses, "I feel the same anxiety as the commander of an aircraft carrier." Despite his fears, Giuliani's pigeons have returned often enough, and fast enough, to make him a top U.S. racer.

Now that the old Senators have moved to Minnesota, Giuliani expects that his baseball and his birds will fly together more happily than ever. "The new stadium," he says, "is right on my pigeons' line of flight." Moreover, pigeon fancier Giuliani predicts at the strong northwest winds will help such Twin Cities sluggers as Killebrew, Allison and Lemon break Babe Ruth's home run record. "My birds tell me it's a cinch," he says.