Wednesday, October 2, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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IM renovation rumor confirmed
Major League umpires unite!
after twin firing of veterans,
0 By MIKE STONE
Attention basketball players and,
for that matter, sports fans in.
general - if you haven't seen it
for yourself, the rumors you have
been hearing are true. The IM
building has finally been improv-
If one had occasion to play bass-
ketball in the gymnasimn during
former years, skepticism might
well be your first emotion. And for
One intramural league player
candidly remembers the time last
year when his team ran gloriously
onto the court preceding a game,
whereupon a teammate imme-
diately slipped on water. accum-
ulated under a leak in the roof,'
embarrassing the entire squad.
During games, fast breaks werel
often impossible as anyone run-
fing down the court took a great
risk in tripping over one of the
warped or rotten floor boards,
The situation was summed up
well by this same person who de-
clared that it was, "The worst
damn court I ever played on."
Well, as mentioned before,
things have changed. The crux of
the matter was the roof. Through
age, this structure had developed1
a number of leaks, so that during
and after a rain or snowfall, wa-
ter constantly was dripping onto
the court below.
This did no good whatsoever for
the floorboards, which eventually
began to rot away.
Water on the court became such
a problem that many intramural
games were played using just half-
court, giving an unfair advantage
to the taller, but slower teams.
The administration w a s nat-
urally concerned about this prob-
lem. Replacing the whole r o o f
would be a costly affair. nstead,
attempts w e r e made to simply
patch it up. These, however, prov-
ed unsuccessful and conditions
grew steadily worse.
Last summer, decisive action was
taken. The roof was finally re-
placed, providing a basis for all
other improvements. Next the rot-
ten floor boards of the basketball
court were torn up and the gym-
nasium was both refinished and
The result is that the IM build-
ing now has a decent place for
students to play basketball.
Not content with this, the ad-
ministration decided that the
handball courts were also inade-
quate, and these too were com-
As it stands now, intramural
basketball will no longer be the
hazard it once was. This may take
some of the thrill out of the game,
but it will certainly add to the en-
CHICAGO M)-Major league
umpires, angered at the firing of
two compatriots, Monday decided
to join forces after ruling out a+
World Series strike.
Al Salerno and Bill Valentine1
were fired by American League
President Joe Cronin for incom-
petence two weeks ago and the
move led to a meeting of umpires
from both leagues in Chicago
However, Salerno and Valentine
claim they were fired for trying
to organize American League um-
Salerno and Valentine were in-
strumental in preventing a strike
at the present time which would
have hampered the World Series.
But the umpires voted to form
a joint association with National
League umpires and the move was
If Salerno and Valentine are not?
reinstated, the new group is ex-
pected to strike next spring for
exhibition games and early April
Cronin, reached in Boston, said
he would have no comment until
he received a formal statement.
Wednesday, October 9,
The Michigan Sports' Club
Association will hold a general
meeting tonight at 8 p.m. in
room 3529 of the S.A.B. All in-
terested persons are invited to
The Volleyball Club will hold
a mass meeting tonight at 8
p.m. in the IM Building for all
grads and undergrads interested
in playing volleyball.
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