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March 24, 1959 - Image 6

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Penn State Takes GymCrown
Wolverines Place Far Fifth;
Vega Dethrones Grossfeld

OUTDOORS AT LAST-Wolverine shortstop Gene Struczewski takes a healthy cut at one of
southpaw John Krueger's pitches yesterday as the Michigan baseball team invaded Ferry Field
for its first outdoor hitting practice of the year. Catching is Dave Garcia.
Michigan Baseball Squad Holds First
Outdoor Batting Practice of Season

Powerful Penn State, behind
triple-winner Armando Vega,
rolled to the National Collegiate
gymnastics title Saturday at
Berkeley, Cal., in record style.
Defending co-champion Illinois
was far behind the winners' rec-
ord total of 152 points with 871/2,
but still took runner-up honors.
California grabbed third with
Tightly Bunched
From there the field was tight-
ly bunched with Michigan State's
39 points good for fourth and
Michigan right on the Spartans'
heels with 33. State was the other
defending titlist.
Other team totals: Iowa 31,
Southern Illinois 20%, Minnesota
20, Florida State 17, Ohio State,
12, Indiana 10 and Pittsburgh 91/2.
The overall balance of the Big
Ten was in evidence as seven of
the eight Conference schools that
compete in gymnastics finished in
the first 11 places.
Only Champion.
Ed Cole was the Wolverines'
only champion. The 'M' co-
captain, competing'in his last col-
legiate meet, grabbed first place
on the trampoline after having
won it three years in succession
in the Big Ten meet.
Frank.Newman, another Michi-
gan senior, took fourth in the
same event, thus climaxing an
outstanding season.
The other two members of the
four-man Michigan delegation
also distinguished themselves
quite well and will be back again
to vie for the top spot another
Skinner Third
Bill Skinner, Michigan captain-
elect, finished in the number
three spot in tumbling while Jim-
my Brown was a shade behind in

fourth. Skinner, a junior, scored
83 points of a possible 100. Soph-
omore Brown tallied 82%.
The Wolverines' fifth-place fin-
ish was a tribute to quality. Com-
peting in only two events, Michi-
gan still outscored several teams
that had men in practically every
event. Michigan State placed at
least one performer in each event,
yet topped the Wolverines by
only six points.
Vega left no doubt as to who is
this, country's greatest collegiate
gymnast. The Penn Stater cap-
tured three events, Including the
all-around title. Vega had won
it as a sophomore and junior but
dropped out of school last year.
Illinois' Able Grossfeld, a triple-
winner last year, was unable to
retain any of his crowns.
Win Six
Penn State won six of the ten
events with Big Ten stars taking
three of the remaining four. Be-
sides Colle's trampoline victory,
the Illini's Don Tonry was free
exercise winner and MSU's Stgn
Tarsis took the horizontal bar.
House Passes
WASHINGTON (P') - A bill
authorizing $500,000 federal aid
for the Pan American Games in
Chicago next summer was passed
yesterday by the House.
The roll call'vote that sent the
measure to the Senate was 257-
The games are scheduled from
Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, with
2,000 athletes from North and
South American countries parti-



Michigan's baseball team took
advantage of one of spring's in-
frequent but pleasant visits to
Ann Arbor to hold its first out-
door practice of the season yes-
With the weather balmy and
the temperature approaching the
60s, the Wolverines left the dark
confines of Yost Field House -
for good they hope- and held
their first batting practice of the
year on the faded green turf of
Ferry Field.
Makeshift Diamond
Since the regular diamond is
still suffering somewhat of a
hangover from a severe winter,
the squad moved home plate and
the batting practice screen be-
hind second base and set up
makeshift baselines extending off'
into the depths of the practice
The reason for this sudden
burst of outdoor activity under
makeshift conditions can easily
be seen when one realizes that
the squad's first game of the sea-
son will be this Saturday against
the Blue Devils of Duke at Tal-
lahassee, Fla.
This will be the first of seven
games in eight days for the Wol-
verines who will be participating
in the Florida State University
tourney. The tourney field con-
tains no 'patsies' and the Wolver-
ines will have to be tough from
the opening pitch if they hope to
pick up. any wins against a field
that includes Illinois, Michigan
State and Western Michigan.
Intra-Squad Game
Yesterday with assistant Coach
Moby Benedict umpiring and
Head Coach Don Lund observing
from the sidelines, the squad split
into two teams and played what
might loosely be called an intra-

squad game with both sides tak-
ing cuts against a number of
hurlers in several six-out innings.
Base running was difficult,
fielding ground balls treacherous
and sliding was prohibited as the
slippery turf of Ferry Field handi-
capped play considerably. But the
practice accomplished its main
Sophomore managers are
needed for baseball. Call NO
5-6181-ask for Bob Davidson
or Ralph Kleinedler for infor-
purpose in that the Michigan
team was able to' hit and run un-
der near-game conditions for the
first time this year.
Even more important than the
practice as far as several team
members were concerned was a
slip of paper posted next to the
batting nets in Yost where the
team had worked out since mid-
Head for Southland
Listed on the paper were the 22
players who will accompany Lund
and Benedict on the team's an-

nual trip to the Southland. Hurl-
ers making the traveling squad
are returnees Jim Bradshaw, Al
Koch, Nick Liakonis, Gordon
R i n c k e y, Bob Stabrylla, and
George Weemhoff plus three
sophomores: Joe Brefeld, Dennis
McGinn and Bob Marcereau.
Infielders making the trip in-
clude probable starters Dave
Brown at third base, Bob Kucher
at second, Bill Roman at first and
Gene Struczewski at shortstop
plus Terry Ziegler, George Fead
and Barry Marshall.
Catchers heading south will be
veteran Jim Dickey plus promis-
ing sophomores Wilbur Franklin
and Dick Syring. Only three out-
fielders, Jack Mogk, John -Hal-
stead, and John Danovich made
the traveling list but both Mar-
shall and Franklin who have had
outfield experience are expected
to see action at the position.



A column of incidental intelligence
by Joe(eI" brand


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Chicago (A) 8, Kansas City
New York 5, Baltimore 0
Detroit 15, Cincinnati 5



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