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m TH.E MIChIGAN DAILY

'Nine Breaks osing

Walkerin 'Good Shape'
Following Knee Surgery

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and he kept the Hurons at
in the last four innings.
stern Michigan, in its first
3 of the season, received cred-
e pitching from Neil Otto,
committed three errors behind

him. Each Huron miscue resulted
in an unearned run.
In the fourth, Dave Brown
scored the game's first run when
he singled, stole second, and came
home on a two-base error by Hur-
on first baseman Bill Shelton.
After Mathews' homer deadlocked

'PORT-WHYS
Too Strong?
DESPITE certain philosophers who are interested merely in the
All-American attitude, the fact is generally accepted that teams
compete with the primary objective of WINNING. Curious, then, that
certain people around Michigan are beginning to think that a team
can be TOO GOOD.
The team in question, of course, is Michigan's invincible swimming
squad: winner of innumerable dual-meets, two straight Big Ten crowns,
and three straight NCAA titles.
And these critics-expounding what at first sounds like a purely
ridiculous and absurd doctrine-can back their case up with a number
of fairly sound arguments.
/First is the simple question of spectator interest. Last year the
Wolverine mermen were interesting, and the fact that the NCAA
meet was in Ann Arbor kept the fans close to the Varsity Pool. But
the just-finished campaign, marked by home meets with completely
outclassed opponents, failed to attract crowds.
A team that doubles or triples the score on every one it meets
simply isn't interesting. Granted, a few records may be set, and the
spectator is shown many of the nation's top swimmers in action-but
one meet is sufficient to satisfy the average fan, and no consistent
following of any size is obtained. Many of the swimmers themselves
pointed out at the beginning of the season that the home schedule
would be quite dull this year. And even the Big Ten and NCAA meets
were dull if one was looking for any sort of contest.
What About the Seniors?
QPORTS ANALYSTS have for many years pointed out a single dis-
'advantage to having a strong team: that of overconfidence, and
resultant nonchalance. But this doesn't apply to coach Gus Stager's
swimmers. A team on which almost every swimmer steadily improves
his times meet after meet, and finally builds up t~o the NCAA finals
to produce the best performances ever from each individual (despite
the fact that victory was virtually assured in every single meet, in-
cluding the NCAA) cannot be charged with nonchalance-and if over-
confidence was present one must concede that it is a truly helpful
attribute.'
The newest argument, come to life in the wake of the past two
seasons of Michigan swim supremacy stems from the old fashioned
belief that athletes start out as beginners during their sophomore year
and steadily develop until they are-top-notch veteran performers as
seniors. Michigan's swimming team has twisted this schedule around
slightly, and many spectators have not yet accustomed themselves to
watching 'M' then who were Big Ten and NCAA titlists as sophomores
be consistently surpassed by younger teammates during the next two
years.w
But such has been the case-and the result is a feeling of slight
i dignation among some critics. Certainly, it may seem unfair that the
veteran performers, who have struggled three previous years for the
glory of Michigan are beaten by men who by all "rights" should be
their understudies; but such is the Michigan swimming team.
How Good Can They Get?
AND A TRULY ODD new sport it is. In the prep, collegiate, and
Olympic pool no record is sacred. The turnover is almost complete
every year, and at times every week. It isn't unusual for a single record
to be broken four or five times a season, and almost every meet on the
Big Ten or NCAA scale finds more than half the marks smashed both
in the preliminaries and the finals.
Nothing in the area of athletics has undergone the complete re-
vamping, rebuilding and fantastic progress that swimming has in the
past decade. And the results of this upswing readily explains the fact
that the younger, rather than the older members of most collegiate
squads are gathering in the trophies.
Swimming is a sport, perhaps above all others, that takes complete
dedication and concentration. Because of this, and spurred on by im-
proved coaching on the prep levels, swimmers are reaching an early
peak that is truly torturous to keep. And even if they do remain at
that peak, others are constantly arriving at even better peaks due
to the rapid growth of the sport and the many new coaching ideas and
techniques. Every year there appear on the high school and college
freshman level many swimmers who are potentially, if not already,
far better than the collegiate sophomores, juniors and seniors.
At present the majority of the collegiate records are held by
sophomores, while even more of the world records are held by swim-
mers who haven't even reached college competition.
Yet Michigan Prospers ...
AND EVEN THIS stampede of talent is taken by some spectators as
a disadvantage of Michigan's team. They feel the Wolverines'
present strength will discourage the new stars from coming here, and
that the result will be-in a few years-a depleted team.
But here is where the critics of Michigan's power are misled, and
where their arguments suddenly fall apart. Strength builds strength:
this fact has been shown time and again in all sports the top prospects
have gone to the schools where the top teams are - top coaches and
opportunity to be part of a championship squad being the drawing
cards. And Michigan has them all; a top team, top coaches and cham-

pionships-and it is continually getting the top prospects, too.
Strength also builds itself when the top two men in many events
- often the two best in the country - are able to meet each other day
after day in practice, and intersquad meets. In this way many sur-
prising youngsters have blossomed into stars simply because of the
caliber of the competition in the Varsity Pool practice sessions.
So it seems that Michigan's swimming team-or any other top-
notch team-is not, and probably cannot be too strong. In fact, if the
Wolverines' finish in the NCAA had been any weaker, there would be
people from the far West declaring that Southern California could
have won the meet if it had been eligible. But as it is Michigan beat
the field three-fold, and handled the ghost of the Trojans, too.

things at 1-1, Michigan went ahead
to stay in the sixth.
John Halstead singled, stole
second, went to third on an out-
field error, and scored on Jim
Dickey's infield hit. The outfield
miscue came when Jack Mogk loft-
ed a fly ball to left-center. Ma-
thews caught the ball, but dropped
it when centerfielder Chuck Shon-
ta collided with him.
Seventh-inning singles by Bill
Roman, Brown and Wilbur Frank-
lin-the second hit for each play-
er -- brought in Michigan's only
earned run. In the eighth, with
Eastern reliefer Ted Nix pitching,
Dickey's short fly to right was
dropped by Lou Maini, who was
attempting a falling catch. Gene
Struczewski then doubled to score
Dickey.
Coach Don Lund was enthused
by Michigan's first home victory
and by Koch's pitching. Koch
"was all right," Lund said, noting
that he required 115 pitches in
nine innings, compared to 131 de-
liveries by Eastern hurlers. For
much of the game Koch had East-
ern batters hitting ground balls
to the infield.
"We've got that big win," Lund
continued. "All we need to do now
is loosen up at the plate and get
some power into our hitting."
Michigan coild only manage four
runs with 11 hits, of which only
one went for extra bases. In addi-
tion, 11 Wolverines were left on
base.
The Hurons will return Friday
for another engagement with the
Wolverines, starting at 3:30..
Second Victory
E. MICHIGAN ABR HE RBI
Berrington, 2b 3 0 0 0 0
Kubiak, ss 4 0 0 0 0
Duffeld, 3b 4 0 0 0 0
Shelton, Ib 2 0 0 1 0
Mathews,If 3 1 1 0 1
Otto,'p 2 0 0 0 0
Nx, p 0 0 00 0
a-Genova 1 0 0 0 0
Shonta, cf 3 0 0 1 0
Murray, c 3 0 2 0 0
Deunsmore, rf 2 0 0 0 0
Maini, rf 1 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 28 1 3 3 1
MICHIGAN AR R H E RBI
Struczewski, ss 5 "0 2 1 1
Kucher, 2b 4 0 0 0 0
Roman, lb 5 1 2 0 0
Brown, 3b 4 1 2 0 0
Franklin, If 4 0 2 0 1
Hastead, rf 3 1 1 1 0
Mogk,cof 3 0 00 0
Dickey, c 2 1 2 0 1
Koch, p . 3 000 0
TOTALS 33 4 11 2 3
a-grounded out for Nix in 9th.
E. MICHIGAN 000 010 000-1 3 3
MICHIGAN 000 101 1lx-4 11 2
2b-Struczewski. HR-Mathews. SB
Brown, Franklin, Halstead.
PITCHING SUMMARY
IP H BB SO R ER
Otto (LP) 7 10 2 5 3 1
Koch (WP) 9 3 3 6 1 1
Nix 1 1 1 0 1 0

By HAL APPLEBAUM
John Walker, Michigan's num-
ber one fullback, was reported in
good condition by University Hos-
pital authorities last night after
undergoing surgery on his injured
right knee.
He injured his knee Monday in
a tackling drill during the first
session of spring practice.
Dr. Carl Badgley, head of the
hospital's orthopedic surgery staff,
who performed the operation was
unavailable for comment last
night.,
Not Released
The exact nature and serious-
ness of Walker's condition were
not released by the hospital au-
thorities.
Walker, a 6', 195-lb. soplhomore
from Milford, hampered by an
injury to his left knee, carried the
ball 11 times for a total of 36
yards gained last season. He was
the only fullback candidate out
for spring practice with previous
varsity experience.
With Walker sidelined head
coach Bump Elliott stated, "the job
is pretty much up for grabs. This
will change some of our plans."
May Scrimmage
Elliott may get his first chance
to see the remaining fullback can-

didates in action this afternoon
in scrimmage.
"We may get into a scrimmage.
It all depends how far we've come
along in attaining cur other ob-
jectives," Elliott said.
Heading the list of fullback pos-
sibilities are reserves Dennis Fitz-
gerald and Paul Raeder and fresh-
men Bill Tunnicliff, Phil Wynn
and Ken Tureaud.
!3Iajor League
Standings.',t

AMERICANI
Chicago
Cleveland
,New York
Boston
Washington
Baltimore
Kansas City
Detroit

LEAGUE
W L Pct.
4 °0 1.000
3 0 1.000
2 0 1.000
1 1 .500
1 1 .500
0 2 .000
0 3 .000
0 4 .000

GB
1
2
3
3%
4

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Chicago 2, Kansas City 0
Boston 7, Washington 3
New York 13, Baltimore 3
Cleveland S, Detroit 1
TODAY'S GAMES
Kansas City at Chicago
Detroit at Cleveland
New York at Baltimore
Washington at Boston

LUND, BENEDICT
. . . new coaches' first home win

Power Hitting Features A'
Fraternity Softball Action

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee
San Francisco
Chicago'
Cincinnati
Philadelphia
*Los Angeles
*St. Louis
Pittsburgh

W
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0

L
0
1
1
1
1
1
4

Pct. GB
1000 -
.750 %
.667 I1
.667 l'YfJ
.500 2
.500 2
.000' 3
.000' 3%

By DAVE ANDREWS
Power and big innings featured'
yesterdays "A" fraternity softball
action.
Leading the plate parade 'was
Phi Kappa Tau with it's 38-8
trouncing of Triangle. Showing
their power Phi Kappa Tau scored
16 times in the first inning and hit
T'oronto Edgces
Canatdiens, 3-2
TORONTO (A-) - Dickie Duff's
goal at 10:06 of a sudden death
overtime period gave the Toronto
Maple Leafs a 3-2 triumph over
the Montreal Canadiens last night
and their first victory in the play-
off for the Stanley Cup.
The Canadiens lead two games
to one.
The Canadiens forced the game
into overtime when Dickie Moore,
the league's scoring champion
during the regular season, caged
a goal early in the third period to
tie the score at 2-2.
Marcel Bonin got the other
Montreal goal. It was his ninth in
the playoffs.

seven home runs during the rout.
Paul Stottlemeyer led the attack
with a pair of homers and a triple.
In other high scoring affairs
Sigma Alpha Mu got eight runs
in the first and 13 more in the fifth
as they bombed Phi Kappa Sigma
28-3 and Alpha Epsilon Pi rolled
up 18 runs in the opening two
frames going-on to out slug Alpha
Sigma Phi, 21-12.
Chi Psi also had a big inning
as they scored nine times in the
third to send them off to an 11-1
win over Alpha Tau Omega. Still
more power showed up in the Phi
Sigma Delta lineup in their 18-8
pasting of Tau Delta Phi.
In other action Delta Tau Delta
got the best pitching of the day
from Boyd Henderson as he shut
out Pi Lambda Phi 5-0. Henderson
gave up one-hit. Another tight
game saw Delta Upsilon score in
the last inning to eke out a 3-2
win over Theta Delta Chi. -
Finally Tau Kappa Epsilon out
hit Theta Xi, 18-10, and Phi Delta
Theta clobbered Kappa Sigma, 17-
8. In close ones Phi Gamma Delta
edged Delta Sigma Phi 10-9, Beta
Theta Pi beat Alpha Delta Phi, 6-4,
and Theta Chi topped Trigon, 10-
8.

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 3
Chicago 5, San Francisco 2
Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 2
*St. Louis at Los Angeles
(incomplete)
TODAY'S GAMES
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Philadelphia at Milwaukee
St. Louis at Los Angeles.
Chicago at San Francisco
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