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Page Six

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Freloy, April 3, 1960

Pa e SxT E M C IAiA L

F idayfARil , 96

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By BETSY MAHON
When baseball coach M o b y
Benedict took his charges on
their spring outing to Arizona,
he hoped to make some signi-
ficant discoveries about the up-
coming season. As t h e squad
dropped six of the eight games
they played out west most of his
discoveries were none too pleas-
ant.
However, Benedict made one
exciting find in the person of
freshman Tom Kettinger. Ket-
tinger was the team's leading
hitter with a .448 batting aver-
age, four home runs and ten
runs batted in.
KETTINGER AMAZED n o t
only his coach and the fans
back in Ann Arbor but also, to
a certain extent, himself. "I
was pretty surprised that I did

that well. I was really fortun-
ate."
He does not feel any great
pressure on him after his Ari-
zona exploits. "You can't rest
on the past. You've got to think
about future games. I don't wor-
ry about what I'm going to do
in any particular game."
KETTINGER WAS NOT par-
ticularly disappointed with the"
team's performance on the trip.
"We hoped to win more but
Arizona has a good team. We
kept improving and we b e a t
their t w o best pitchers." He
feels that the squad's experience
at playing out of doors hindered
their efforts m o r e than any
other single factor.
Baseball has been an integral
part in Kettinger's life e v e r
since he can remember. He

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played in Little League, Pony
and Colt Leagues in his home-
town of Oak Park, Illinois. He
was a catcher on his high school
team and also went out for foot-
ball and basketball.
Because he lived so close to
Chicago the White Sox were
his favorite team (they w o n
more than the Cubs) but his
hero was Mickey Mantle. He
never tried to pattern his style
of play after a n y particular
player because "everyone has to
go his own way."
Despite his achievements on
the diamond Kettinger was re-
cruited more for his football
playing abilities. Because base-
ball was the greater of his two
loves he spurned the gridiron
scholarships. He narrowed his
choice of colleges down to Mich-
igan, Wisconsin and Pennsyl-
vania a n d finally decided on
Michigan because "I heard it
was good academically."
Since the catching position,
manned by captain Tom Lund-
stedt, is one of the Wolverines'
strongest Kettinger found him-
self displaced to the outfield.
Now that he has adjusted to his
new station he thinks it is a
better position for a strong hit-
ter.
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punishment involved in catch-
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more relaxing. It gives you mor
of a chance to concentrate o
your hitting."
Kettinger's favorite pitch
the fast ball because "It can b
hit farther. Much of the impe
tus is supplied by the pitcher
Although he is quite capable c
hitting the long ball Kettinge
does not go up to the plate wit
the intention of hitting a hom
run.
"I just go up there swinging
It would be nice to be a hom
run hitter and have a high av
erage too. But if I had to choos
between them, I would rathe
go for the good average."
Unlike many of his fellow att
letes, Kettinger is not on se
olarship. However, he does nc
think that this seriously effect
his play. "The money incentiv
could have s o m e bearing o
how much you put out. But
still expect a lot of myself an
I certainly don't feel inferic
to those on scholarship. On
team we all have to work to
gether."
Kettinger thinks that "a lc
of people here have a precor
ceived image of an athlete as
BMOC." This view is somewho
unjustified since "Most of th
athletes on this campus a r
very diversified. They don't f
into any stereotyped group, ev
en the BMOC one."
Kettinger personally does nc
like being stereotyped. "I don'
want people to treat me any dif
ferently j u s t because I'm a
athlete. I'd rather be treated a
an individual. It really bother
me when some one introduce
me by saying 'This is Tom Ket
tinger. He's a jock.' I'd rathe
they found out for themselves,
One of the reasons Kettinge
chose Michigan is the personm

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Tom Kettinger

freedom it allows him. "T h e
athletic department treats us
as individuals and lets us make
up our own minds. Even on the
road trip we didn't have hours
or anything like that. I didn't
want to spend my college life
having other people t e 11 me
what to do."
ALTHOUGH HE HAS several
friends who are not involved in
athletics, most of his close
friends are other athletes be-
cause "They're the people I see
most." The majority of the
freshmen baseball players live
in the same house in West Quad
and Kettinger considers this
"an excellent idea. I like living
with the guys I play ball with."
Does a college freshman think
about playing in t h e major
leagues? "Of course you think
about it and then you p u s h
yourself harder. So few play-
ers make it that I'm not plan-
ning on it. If I was I wouldn't
be majoring in business admin-
istration like I am now."
Hopefully for the fortunes of
of the Michigan baseball team
Kettinger will keep on major-
ing in business administration
and hitting the ball as he has
been. Then both Kettinger and
the Wolverines are sure to ben-
efit from his talents.

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