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May 10, 1959 - Image 6

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Wolverines Edge Badgers
In Doubleheader 8-7, 5-4
(Continued from Page 1)
scattered eight hits and gave up Reserve infielder George Fead
base was Mogk. He had gotten four runs to turn in the day's turned in a workman-like per-
there by the way of a single - his best pitching performance. ( formance, filling in at both first
third in the contest Dale Hackbart, who had five for and third in the course of the day.
six in the two games, was the: Sparked by a sudden surge of
Best Batting Performance biggest thorn in the side for the long - awaited power - hitting, the
Mogk finished the afternoon Michigan pitchers. Rinckey's chief: Wolverine nine, after sweeping
with five hits in nine times at bat, nemesis, however, was Badger three straight, is now in position
including three runs batted in4 - Russ Mueller who smashed three to make a strong bid for a high, if
the top Wolverine batting per- hits including a home run. not highest, finish in the Big Ten.
formance of the day.
However, John Halstead, who
had entered the contest batting
.556 to lead the Conference, did I
not fair as well. The big sopho- . IUrthIg m eS hei hing!
more managed just one hit in
eight trips to the plate and saw Fred Katz, Associate Sports Editor
his average drop 99 points to .457.
The first game saw the Bay
City yearling go hitless for the
first time in 15 games, as he went Dapper Young Man
zero for five.
Game Saver T WAS 1:15 P.M. The dapper young man of 72 sat in the dugout.
However, Halstead came up with He was no stranger there. He had seen the cool greenness of the
er (41) pushes prospective a fielding play in the eighth inning inside of this particular dugout for 38 years. He had stared at the
empt to break loose. His of the second contest that prob- blistering paint of its roof many a time when things weren't going well.
y caghthim fte a fve- ably saved the game for the home
' caught him after a five- team. But for the most part things had gone exceptionally well for Ray
terday's Blue-White game. With one out and runners on Fisher and Michigan baseball. A host of Big Ten championships and a
first and second Wisconsin third couple of national titles went into the archives during those 38 years.
i or obaseman Dick Van Eerden teed off It was 1:18 p.m. The dugout bell clanged and the team charged
on one of pitcher Gordon Rwnckey's onto the field, no different than another Wolverine team did on a
offerings and sent it sailing toward
the right-centerfield fence. Hal- chilly April afternoon in 1920.
i tC ontes t stead was playing near the line Ray Fisher peered out from his familiar perch on the first base
for the left handed batting Van line. Thirty-eight years had come and gone and now the situation had
Eerden, but with a sudden burst changed. Ray Fisher had hung up his white flannel uniform for good,
to turn the end and cross the of speed he raced back to the fence The flannels were replaced by a bluish gray summer suit that would
line, bringing the score to, and gloved what appeared to be almost make a liar of anyone who said Ray Fisher was 72,
a sure home run. The dapper young man was like a king without an official kingdom.
lowing the kickoff, the Blues The pitching in both contests After a 38-year reign he had been deposed only because a University
round back to their own 12- was far from spectacular, as bat- has said that when 72 springs have passed in the life of one ofits
line and on fourth down ters on both sides connected for 43 has tahens, spin e pase in th one o its
Myers' punt was returned hits. In the first game Bob Stab- coaches or teachers, it's time to replace that man with one who has
~rdsby erryLeih totherylla came on in relief of Nick seen fewer springs.
34-ya dieerry Leith to the Liakonis in the seventh inning But age and university 'egulations can't diminish Ray Fisher's
plays carried to the one- and stayed around to pick up the great love affair. It is a love that will never be full-bloomed. The dapper
ine from which point Noskin win, young man will have more devotion next year than he has this year
:ed over and the Whites In the second game, Gordon for the game he chose as his way of life. And this will be a never-
ahead to stay, 22-21. Rinckey picked up his first Big ending procedure in the years to come.
e in the period the Blues Ten victory. The junior hurler It was 1:25 p.m. The love of Ray Fisher's life was close to being
ed two big breaks, but failed Bombed reciprocated once again. He was five minutes away from receiving
pitalize on either. BUdgers still another token of the respect others have for him and his love.
First on Poor Center FIRST GAME It was only fitting that Michigan should make Ray Fisher the
e first came when the pass Wisconsin AB R H E RBI focal point il its celebration of the centennial year of college baseball.
center sailed over Jim Mc- Maatt, cf 5 1 1 0 0 The dapper young man was to throw out the first ball of the double-
;on's head as he attempted Marik, 2b 5 1 1 1 1
nt and the Blues took over Hackbart, cf 3 2 3 * o header with Wisconsin. Another feature was to come as a surprise.
he White 33. Their attack stivers, ss 3 1 2 1 4
Rognsoy, 3b 03 0002Ask 1
: and Darrell Harper's field Jon, lb 3 1 2110 Players Ask the Questions . .
attempt from the 30 was Moriarty, rf 5 0 1 0 0
However, two plays later Cannon, c 5 0 0 1 1 AND RAY FISHER was excited, maybe even a bit nervous. The dapper
iciffmbe n A al-Simon, p 21 1 1 10AN
icliff fumbled and Al Calla- 2, 0 000 0 young man would never admit to either. But he was. The white
ecovered for the Blues. TOTALS 35 :7 11 4 7 flannel uniforms trotted off the field into the dugout. He was there to
e Blues moved to the seven MICHIGAN AB R H E RBI greet them just as he had for 38 years. But this time THEY were
line, but after a fumble and struczewski, sa 3 2 2 1 0 checking on HIS condition.
alty Stamos' third down pass Franklin, i 5 1 1 0 1
intercepted by Tureaud on Romanl1b 5 0 1 0 o Jack Mogk:, "What will the pitch be, Ray, a curve or fast one?"
0 and the game ended two Brown, 3b 2 0 0 0 0 Ray Fisher: "Neither, I'll probably roll it there."
later. Fead, 3b 2 1 0 0 0 Bob Stabrylla: "How's the arm?"
Iway in the first period the Halstead, rf 5 0 0 1 0 Ray Fisher: "I'd better save it for that one pitch."
made the initial score when Mogk, f 4 1 2 0 2 Moby Benedict: "Want me to warm you up?"
Kucher, 2b 4 2 2 0 0
os sneaked over from the Liakonis, p 2 1 1 0 0 Ray Fisher: "Somebody better. My left arm still aches. Maybe
This play came after a 41- Stabrylla, p 1 0 1 1 0 I've got arthritis. I need some teeth pulled. That might help."
pass from Stamos to Harper. TOTALS 38 s 11 4 6 Jim Dickey: "You know they've outlawed/the spitter, Ray."
Fitzgerald Scores 2B-stivers, Rogneby, Struczewsk, Ray Fisher: "I used to use slippery elm anyway."
er in the period the Blues Mogk. 3B-Franklin, HR-Mogk. SB- Ra ihr "sdt sesipr emaya.
Kucher, Stabrylla, Brown, Hackbart Dick Syring: "Be sure and snap the pitch, Ray."
d up a two touchdown lead 2, Rogneby. Ray Fisher: "Mine doesn't snap anymore, I'm afraid."'
Dennis Fitzgerald scored Wisconsin 012 100 210-7 11 4 Nick Liakonis: "They've made the mound higher for you, Ray."
34 yards out on a counter MICHIGAN 200 031 011-8 11 4 Ray Fisher: "I see that; I used to like the flatter one, myself."
As on the other two Blue
downs Harper added the PITCHING SUMMARY It was 1:30 p.m. The loudspeaker gave the introduction. Gray
point. IP H BB SO R ER flannels and white flannels poured from the dugouts and took their
e Blues' final score came near Liakonis 69 41 66 respective places on the two baselines.
id of the half when Stamos Simon 4% 4 . 4 3 5 2 Catcher Dickey squatted behind the plate. The dapper young man
leted a perfect 52-yard pass Sund (L) 4 7 0 3 3 1 stood proudly on the high mound. He went into the classic windup Na-
d Bob Brown. SECOND GAME tional League players and fans saw 40 years ago. The pitch showed
e Whites first score came in Wisconsin AB R H E RBI the effects of the two-month period he has undergone since he last
second period when Ron Mueler, of 4 3 3 0 1 trw
p iod w o M0 threwa baseball. It wasn't quite a strike, coming in low and outside
'it plunge ove ro11ne... Mari. 2b3 0 1.

atiunge boepunt e o acbart, I 3 0 20 2o to a righthanded batter. (The dapper young man will probably be
Blues won the battle of Stivers, ss 4 0 0 1 1 out next week attempting to regain his "lost" control.)
Rogneby, Ilbi3,0010
tics, outgaining the White Van Erden, 3b 4a0 00 0 Then came the surprise. Wisconsin coach Art Mansfield strode
278 yards to 168 yards. Moriarty, rf 4 0 2 0 0 to the microphone to present a memento on behalf of the Big Ten
hard chingbrtanwasselectedRichardnon, p 3 1 1 0 o0 coaches-amantle clock with a golden baseball statuette adorning one
e coaching staff as the most TOTALS 30 4 $ 2 ¢ side of the base.
ved player at spring practice MICHIGAN AB R H E RBI Ray Fisher accepted the presentation without a speech. He began
eceived the Meyer W. Morton Struczewski, s 4 0 1 0 0 walking off the diamond and brushed something from his eye with
y emblamatic of this honor. Franklin, rf 4 2 2 0 1
Roman, lb 1 0 0 0 0 his right hand. It was rather windy:
Fead, lb 3 0 2 0 1 A reporter emerged from the dugout to shake the dapper young
Cheerleaders Brown, 3b 3 0 1 0 1 man's hand. The reporter felt a trace of moisture on his hand that
Syring, c 4 0 10 0
he annual spring cheerlead- Halstead, rf 3 1 1 0 0 wasn't there before.
clinic will be held Monday Mogk, of 4 1 3 0 1 Ray Fisher opened the gate and ascended from the playing field
ugh Thursday next week Rinckey, p 2 0 1 0 0 into the grandstand. He walked past a few rows of scattered spectators.
he I-M Building from 5-6 TOTALS 31 5 13 1 5 The dapper young man quietly merged into the shadows of the grand-
. Any men interested in be- 2B-Franklin. 3B-Hackbart, Kuch- Stand.
ing Michigan cheerleaders er, Halstead. HR-Mueller. SB-Hack-
Bart, Syring, \Mogk.
ild report to Bill Skinner in __rt,__y___,_ _ ___._ _ __ _ __ _ __--4_ __ _
auxiliary gymnasium with Wisconsin 102 010 00-4 -2
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Rinckey(W) 8 8 1 3 4,4 4%M
Richard (L) 7%13 3 3 5 5
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