THE l IVHIGAN DAILY
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY,]
ookie Coach Believes in Top Physical Conditioning
Former Wolverine Captain, Shortstop
To Coach Freshmen, Work with Vars-i
By TOM 'WITECKI
Latest 'addition to the youth
movement on the Michigan coach-
ing staff is former Wolverine dia-
mond star Moby Benedict, who has
assumed the title of assistant base-
Benedict joins head baseball:
coach Don Lund , and football
coaches Bump Elliott and Hank
Fonde as members of a recent
coaching turnover which has had
an emphasis on youth.
Benedict, who' captained the
Wolverine nine just three seasons'
ago in the spring of '56, has di-
vided his time since between the
Detroit Tiger farm organization
and the United States Army.
Signed by the Bengals after his
graduation in January of '57, the
one-time Michigan shortstop spent.
a successful summer with Idaho
Falls of the Pioneer League, bat-
ting .282 and collecting 15 home
runs and q0 RBI's.
Last year he played with Lan-
caster of the Eastern League be-
fore joining the armed forces.
Coached by Lund
While in the Tiger organization
he came under the tutelage of
Lund who at the time was a coach
on the Detroit team. Now, he will
be aiding the former Tiger who is
in his initial season as Michigan's
baseball mentor. '
Working out with his squad at
Yost Field House, Lund seemed
well' pleased with the addition to
his staff. He added, "Moby will.
handle the freshman team in ad-
dition to helping out with the
Former baseball coach Ray3
Fisher, who retired last spri
after 38 years of service, co:
mented that Benedict would bE
good man for the job.
While in Michigan unifoi
Benedict earned the reputation
a scrappy team player who alwi
kept the infield alive with chatt
He also wielded a heavy bat,
livering key clutch hits and
maining around the .300 mark
three Big Ten seasons.
Does Grad Work
For the present, Benedict ply
to work on a master's degree
physical education in addition
his duties on the coaching staff.
As for the future, he is not,c
tain yet -what he wants to
While he has a great deal of
terest in coaching, he just mi
j attempt another try with 1
... youth movement
A' Top Big Ten
.. . wastes no time
defensive play in left often bor-
dered on the spectacular. Jack
Mogk appears a strong candidate
for one of the other two garden
John Herrnstein, who was ex-
pected to double as pitcher and
center fielder for Lund, was ruled
out of the picture in December
when he signed a contract with
the Philadelphia Phillies.
Baseball coach Don Lund has
announced that varsity practice
for all infielders and outfielders
will begin immediately.
Candidates are requested to,
report to Yost Fieldhouse at
their earliest convenience.
By WAYNE MORTBERG
Illinois, Michigan State and
Michigan are already classified as
the cream of the Big Ten in gym-
naatics, although the Conference
championship meet is over a
Of the trio, Illinois is rated as
the best bet to cop the crown be-
hind their prodigious one-two
punch of Abie Grossfeld and Don
Tonry. Grossfeld was highly in-
strumental in Illinois' successes
the last two seasons, when the
Illini won and then shared the
NCAA title with Michigan State.
However, it must be remembered
that the services of Tonry were
not available last year because he
was not enrolled in s'chool. So the
powerful Illini are even stronger
this season with Tonry back.
In addition to the; remarkable
tandem of Tonry and Grossfeld,
Illinois has a top-notch trampo-
linist and tumbler, Allan Harvey,'
and Ed Gombos, who should add,
to Illinois' strength in the 'all-'
Michigan coach Newt Loken, al-
though conceding that Illinois.de-
serves to be favored, remarked;
that, "We should give Illinois a
good fight because, you can never
tell what. can happen between now
tand the Big Ten meet, or in the
Although each team has several .
dual meets with some of the other
teams in the conference before the,
Big Ten Meet, the Big Ten cham-
pion is determined solely on the1
basis of the March championship
Michigan will depend upon its
trampoline and tumbling perform-
ers to pile up an advantage on
Illinois to offset the scoring punch,
of Grossfeld and Tonry.
Michigan has been splendid on'
the trampoline all season with
such outstanding performers as
NCAA champion Ed Cole, Dick
Kimball, Chuck Clarkson and'
Bill Skinner and Jim Brown
have compiled impressive records
in tumbling to give the Wolverines
a solid one-two punch in that
event. The tumbling squad should
be an even more formidable ag-
gregation when injured co-captain
Jim Hayslett returns to top form.
Coach Loken reports that Hays-
lett should be ready to perform at
his best soon. i
In the all-around events, Rich-
ard Monpetit, who is rapidly im-
proving, seems to have a slight
edge over Nino Marion-last sea-
son's NCAA runnerup to Grossfeld,
Wolf Dozauer and Al Stall. Also
available on the high'bar and side
horse is Barry Feinberg.
Rated slightly behind Illinois
and on a par with the Wolverines
is Michigan State. The Spartans
defeated Southern Illinois by ex-
actly the Same tally as the Wol-
The MSU team is paced by
veteran all-around star Cal Girard
and trampolinist Chuck Thomp-
son. Stan Tarshis, John Daniels
and Angie Festa should provide
additional strength in the all-
Although Michigan, Illinois and
Michigan State appear to be the
elite of the Conference, it does not
mean that the Big Ten is without
any other 'star performers.
For instance Iowa has Bill Buck
and Marshall-Claus, but the Hawk-
eyes lost their outstanding man
when Steffan Carlsson graduated
in January. John McCurdy and
Joe Tim are two threats for the
Don Schwaptzkopt and Ken Hoe-
cherl give Minnesbta's Gophers
two capable performers. Other
standouts. around the conference
are Ohio State's Tom Kompf, Wis-
consin's Dale Karls and Jerry Jac-
quin and tumbler Ron Walden of
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