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By ELLIOT LEGOW
Today is the first day of
spring. It must be since today
is the Michigan baseball team's
first game of the season - a
spring training duel with Ari-
zona in Tucson.
The Wolverines will meet
Arizona eight times during their
spring trip and will have to be
lucky to come back with many
victories. But this doesn't really
bother baseball Coach Moby
Benedict who views the spring
trip as, more of a practice ses-
sion than as the start of the
"It's unjust to count these
games as part of our record,"
Benedict contends. "It's our
spring training, just like the Ti-
The trip serves two purposes
for the Wolverines. The play-
ers get some much needed out-
door practice and Benedict gets
the opportunity to s e e them
. perform under game condi-
The Wolverines have only
been able to practice inside this
winter in the dreary confines
of Yost Field House. Arizona,
on the other hand, has had the
whole winter available for out-
door practice, and according to
Benedict, "is in mid-season
The Wolverines will be play-
ing to win, of course, but that
goal is only one of three Bene-
dict hopes to fulfill while in
"First, we've got to get into
shape for the Big Ten season,
second, we want to evaluate our
talent under game conditions,
particularly our freshmen and
sophomores, and third we want
The Big Ten schedule is the
part of the season which Bene-
dict is working toward. "If we
lose all our games in Arizona
and then win the Big Ten, I'd
reallydbe satisfied," Benedict
Talent evaluation will be a
much more important aspect of
this year's trip than of most
springs' southerly excursions,
Of the 25 players on the Michi-
gan roster, only seven have seen
any varsity competition. Six
sophomores and twelve fresh-
men comprise the bulk of the
squad, which would be in a sor-
ry state if the freshman-eligi-
bility rule hadn't taken effect
Benedict feels that it is still
too early to pass any kind of
judgment on this year's team.
"We can't really tell until we've
been in a game situation."
T h e quality of, Michigan's
competition is sure to be top
rate. "Arizona's always good...
we always look for them to be
Benedict is uncertain about
what lineup he will be fielding,
but does have several players he
regards as potential stars.
Tom Lundstedt, the team cap-
tain and starting catcher, is the
Wolverine's outstanding return-
ing letterman. The only other
lettermen sure of starting jobs
are shortstop Mike Rafferty and
center fielder Mike Bowen.
Newcomers Benedict plans to
give long looks in Arizona are
first basemen Bob Makoski and
Pat Sullivan; second sackers
Reggie Ball and Brian Balaze
and third baseman Bob Moug.
Of his pitchers, Benedict rates
lefty Jim Burton his ace. Fresh-
men Mickey Elwood, a lefty, and
Pete Helt, a right-hander, are
expected to be other starters for
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and again in the ashes like a pot
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whelming. My partner (Joel Block
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Daily Sports Editor) and I wer
perhaps a trifle optimistic in
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former Daily City Editor Steve
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had set their minds to it
Joel, meanwhile, was intent on
snatching defeat from the jaws of
victory so many times that only
a great effort by McLaughlin and
Nissen allowed the contract to be
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Opening lead - ace of clubs
the Wolverines. ____
Fighting for the other start- By AL SHACKELFORD
ing spots in the outfield will be CAMPY RUSSELL and his Pontiac Central teammates took
junior Dan Fife and freshmen the floor and quietly warmed up.
TomnKettinger and Greg Buss. Moments later the Pioneers of Detroit Kettering emerged
Kettinger has agood shot at the shouting and hollering from the tunnel, circled the floor once
left field job and is rated by in a bobbing line, and went into a spirited layup drill.
Benedict as a fine hitter.
By March 25 when the series It was just a matter of class.
is over Benedict will have gain- Pontiac Central defeated Kettering 76-73 Wednesday night
ed a better idea of what to ex- at Crisler Arena to advance into a state semifinal game against
pect f r o m this year's team, undefeated Garden City West tonight at Jenison Field house.
Then he will have to keep the Russell, a 6-7 junior, led Central to its win with 32 points
team in shape for their home and 16 rebounds and shook up the press box quite a bit in the
opener April 4 against U of D process.
and the important Big Ten op- "This Russell is better than Alcindor," bubbled one scribe
ener April 25 at Iowa. to another during half-time. "He can do more things than
In the mean time it's the sun Lew."
of Arizona and the "fun of see-
ing how it all falls into place," SUCH SUPERLATIVES, ridiculous now that the game is over,
for Benedict and the baseball seemed appropriate at the time. Campy dominated the game: he
took rebounds away from 6-7 Kettering all-stater Lindsay Hairs-
ton and muscular Floyd Haywood, Spencer's brother; he tossed
in 20-feet jumpers and moved inside for tricky layups. And when
Kettering troubled Central with a tight press, Russell took the
inbounds passes and gracefully brought the ball down the floor.
iuq als chao s A nice Frank Merriwell touch to Russell's performance was
setup when he twisted his ankel and was forced to the locker-
room late in the third quarter with his team ahead by only a
idea, but he led the club ten first, point.
and Marty gathered in the de- Kettering and Lindsay Hairston, now free of Campy, took
fense's second trick with the king, over the lead and held it until the 5:53 mark of the fourth period.
The obvious lead of the ace of At that point Fate reared its head, in the form of Russell's re-
hearts will doom the contract. turn to the game
From the bidding and the play, ittroteae.
is evident that Joel could have Detroit Kettering played tough basketball the rest f the
started with no more than two way, but they couldn't handle a Central team fired up by Cam-
hearts, and he would almost cer- py's return. Kettering closed the gap to 73-72 with about ten
tainly get rid of it on the club seconds remaining, but Central guard Bill Glover added a final M
king. storybook touch by heaving in an 85-foot shot as time ran out.
But Marty, perhaps blinded by
the possiblity of a diamond ruff, NOW THE QUESTION IS: Can the University of Michigan
led a small club and Joel, by now get Campy Russell?
nearly as confused as the kib- "Pontiac will have to build another Astrodome for next
bitzers, gathered it in and ditched year just to take care of all the scouts down to see Campy,"
Joel lead a small diamond to- remarked another of the many press box spectators impressed by
wards his hand, looking to draw Russell's performance.
the last trump and claim the bal- While an obvious exaggeration, this statement has more than
ance after losing the diamond ace. a little verity to it. Scouts were roaming Crisler Arena in packs
This is all fine and dandy, but as before the game, all of them must have been sold on Russel's
the cards lie, the contract was still performance. This means one hell of a lot of competition for
doomed in spite of all the mistakes Michigan recruiters.
made by the defense. Imagine a team consisting of Henry Wilmore, Ken Brady,
Steve wisely rose with the ace John Lockard, Ernie Johnson and Campy Russell: think of these
immediately, preventing Joel from glorious trips the Wolverines would take to the NCAA tourna-
returning to his hand to draw ment.
trump. Now a diamond lead would Crisler Arena is now referred to as "the house that Cazzie
allow Marty to make his 1 a s t built"; if Michigan can pull off the biggest recruiting coup in
trick short. However, Steve hadn't its history, the arena may in the future be known as "the house
been doing his homework, either, that Campy made a home.""
and he didn't realize that Marty
had another trump left.Psto
JOEL RUFFED in and drew thePo/tas
last trump and claimed the re- -5, )
maining tricks with the good dia- GopFters itch gets pro job
monds, and a seemingly impossible
contract rolled home, though by By The Associated Press
accident rather than by design. f HONOLULU - Billy Sullivan, owner of the homeless Boston
Marty mumbled something about Patriots of the National Football League, sas it now appears probable
how hard it was to make an open- that the Patriots would have to leave Boston.
ing lead from his hand and that A Boston City Council committee voted to move the proposed
he certainly had no idea that Joel,
had only two hearts. Steve could site of a 55,000 seat stadium from the suburban area of Neponset to
only shake his head and curse in the urban area of South Station, apparently a setback in the NFL's
disbelief - "You had another requirement.
trump!" Could it have been more Sullivan indicated that everything would be done to keep the
obvious? Patriots "somewhere in New England."
Joel and I talked about the mis- Tampa, Fla. and Memphis, Tenn., are being mentioned by sources
takes he had made with the club here as possible new homes if the Patriots are moved.
suit, but nobody else was listening. * * *
f CLEVELAND - Bill Fitch, University of Minnesota basketball
coach for the past two years, has been hired to coach the new Cleve-
4NUAL) land entry in the National Basketball Association. '+
e CENTURY A spokesman for Nick Mileti, owner of the Cleveland franchise,
said Fitch agreed to, a contract by telephone Wednesday night and
Scandle of the Environment!" would begin his new duties immediately. Fitch also will be director
.?)of player personnel for the club, the spokesman said.
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His reluctance to lead trump is
perhaps understandable, but con-
sidering the .alternatives, it is
hardly forgiveable. Steve started
a high-low signal with the nine,
which should have told Marty that
there was a doubleton jack in
Instead of leading the queen of
clubs to smother the jack, or for
that matter, shifting to a trump,
Marty continued with a small
club, which a happy Joel let ride
to the closed hand.
AT THIS POINT, the contract
was cold, but Joel wasn't aware of
this. He started off correctly by
drawing threeurounds of trump
and winding up in dummy. By
this time, he knows that Steve
started with two clubs and one
spade, and he can feel perfectly
safe in dropping his two heart
losers on the king and ten of clubs.
Joel apparently had the right
DEBATE of th
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