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coach bolsters thinclads' hopes

McLain strikes out competition,
gets Athlete of the Year award

A new coach, a new track, re-
turning champions, and some tal-
ented newcomers all combine to
give t h e Michigan track team
hopes of winning its first Western
Conference team title since 1964.
Michigan's new head coach is
Dave Martin, a former Michigan
miler. Coach Martin takes over
the reins from Don Canham who
is now the University's Athletic
Martin attended Michigan in
the late fifties when he set two
varsity track records; 9:07.5 in the
3,000 meter steeplechase, a record
which still stands; and a 4:06.9
mile which was broken by . Tom'
Kearney in 1967.
As an assistant under Canham
since 1963, Coach Martin m a y
have inherited Canham's winning
ways which led to twelve confer-
ence championships during his
nineteen-year tenure.
Jack Harvey and Ken Burnley
have joined the coaching staff as
Martin's assistants. Harvey, who
was captain of Michigan's 1967
squad, will concentrate his atten-
tion on the field event competi-
tors. Harvey holds the current Big
Ten shot put record with a throw
of 58'-4".
Burnley will work with the
sprinters. He was an outstanding
sprinter on the Wolverine teams
which won Big Ten titles from
1962 to 1964.
The team itself will be running
on a ,new $35,600 rubberized as-
phalt track that was installed in
Yost Field House to replace the
outmoded cinder track. The new
track should provide easier run-
ning and faster times.
The Wolverine thinclads boast



Russell is only a Junior, but he
has already established a reputa-
tion for himself. Indoors, he fin-
ished third in both the Big Ten"
and NCAA Championships. Out-
doors, he captured the conference
crown with a leap of 24-feet 11/2
Senior hurdler Larry Midlam
returns after grabbing a share of
the Big Ten honors with an :08.1
clocking in the 70-yard high hur-
Coach Martin admits that our
strength is in the middle distaric-
es. "But then we're pretty good in
most events," he adds.
Evidence of this can be found
among the sprinters. Grid star
George Hoey returns with a var-
sity record of :06.1 in the 60-yard
dash. Senior Leon Grundstein fin-
ished second in the 220-yard dash
at the outdoor Big Ten meet, and
junior Sol Espie finished third in
the 100-yard dash.
Other returning lettermen of
note are Tom Kearney who broke
Coach Martin's record in the mile

and Paul Armstrong who is strong
in the middle distances.
New comers will help to fill the
weak spots of last season's team.
The shot put was a sore spot for
the Wolverines last y e a r after
Jack Harvey left the squad. This
year linemen Dan Dierdorf and
Giulio Catallo will join the squad
after posting throws of 62-feet
while in high school with a 12-
pound shot.
Adding strength to the mile and
half-mile will be Rick Storrey of
Windsor, Ontario. He carries a
4:14 and a 1:51.8 respectively in
the two events.
Coach Martin also has high re-
gard for Lorenzo Montgomery, a
:48.9 quarter-miler from Detroit
and John Thornton who runs the
880 in 1:53.
It 1 o o k s as though Michigan
does have the ingredients for a
championship team. The cinder-
men should be a welcome addition
to Wolverine's winter sports 'bri-
Indoor Track Schedule
Feb. 1 Western Michigan Relays
Feb. 8 Michigan State Relays (E.
Feb. 22 IOWA
Feb. 28 Big Ten Championships
Mar. 1 at Champaign, Ill.
Mar. 8 USTFF Championships
Mar. 14-15 NCAA Championships



three returning conference cham-
pions, Ron Kutchinski, Ira Rus-
sell, and Gary Knickerbocker.
These three men provide some
justification for Michigan's title
Captain Rlon Kutchinski will be.
the nucleus for this season's
squad. Kutchinski was a member
of the United States Olympic
team last summer, competing in
the 800--meter run. He currently
holds two Michigan varsity rec-
ords, the 880-yard run and the

1000-yard run. He also shares the
record for the 600-yard run and
is a member of the record-holding
Two-Mile Relay and Distance
Medley teams.
Knickerbocker won the confer-
ence, indoor and outdoor h i g h
jump championships last season,
and broke the Big Ten outdoor
record with a jump of 6-feet 92/x
inches. This event will also be bol-
stered by senior Clarence Martin
who won the Big Ten champion-
ship outdoors in 1967.

NEW YORK (,P)-Denny Mc-
Lain, the flamboyant Detroit
pitcher who is equally at home
standing on a mound or sitting
at an organ, was named yesterday
Male Athlete of the Year in the
38th annual Associated Press poll.
Continuing recent domination
by baseball players of the year-
end award, McLain became the
fou th in succession and the sev-
enth in the last eight polls to find
himself sitting on top of the sports
In those eight years only Don
Schollander, the swimming star
of America's 1964 Olympic team,
has managed to break baseball's
hold on the award.
But no Olympian from the 1968
U.S. team or such an outstanding
college football player as O. J.
Simpson, the Heisman Trophy
winer from Southern California,
was able to overshadow McLain's
exploits both on and off the field
during the 1968 season.
For the 24-year-old right-han-
der conducted a delicate balancing
act during the entire season,
pitching baseballs with one hand
and playing the organ with two.
He received acclaim for the for-
mer, notoriety for the latter and
money for both.
And, when the season had end-
ed, McLain had posted 31 victories
-becoming the first pitcher to
reach the 30-victory plateau since
Dizzy Dean in 1934-and was on
his way to a Las Vegas opening
dress in mink.
In the balloting by sports writ-
ers and broadcasters, McLain was
rewarded with 108 first-place
votes and amassed a total of 517
points on the basis of three
points for first place, two for
second and one for third.
Michigan R u g b y Footbal
Club announces the beginning
of spring conditioning. Practices
will be held at Yost Field House
Tuesdays and Thursdays at
6:30 P.M. Anyone interested is
urged to attend.
The Lacrosse squad will hold
practice this evening in Yost
Field House at 8:00 p.m. Any-
one interested is urged to at-

-Daily-Andy Backs
IMMERSED IN CONCENTRATION, Denny McLain (17) displays
the winning form which netted him thirty-one season victories.
As a result of his achievements, the part time organist was yes-
terday voted the Male Athlete of the Year.

Tanker cubs seek spurs at State

On Stengelese in Glendale---
Mighty Casey's going strong

Only three other athletes re-
ceived more than 200 points-
Simpson, pitcher Bob Gibson of
the St. Louis Cardinals and quar-
terback Earl Morrall of the Balti-
more Colts, the only pro football
player able to crack the Top Ten.
The poll, however, was taken

before the Super Bowl game,
which will become a part of the
1969 voting, and therefore does
not reflect the stunning upset
pulled off by quarterback Joe Na-
nath in leading the New York
Jets to a 16-7 victory over the

Michigan's Freshman Swim-
ming Team travels to East Lan-
sing .tonight to take on Michigan
State's yearling squad at'7:30 P.M.
Coach Gus Stager says, "We're
going into the meet blind. I'm
just putting each man in his best
*events, and hope that everyone
swims well.",
The Wolverine mentor said the
same thing last year before his
first-year tankers swamped State
79-53 in their dual meet of the
year. Again this lone dual meet
will serve as a warm-up to the.
'Big Ten Freshman Swimming
Championships to be held in Ann

Arbor at the end of February.
If Stager can come -up with a
frosh squad as powerful as the one
last year, which incidentally won
the Freshman Championship Meet,
the prospects for a Big Ten Cham-
pionship for the varsity swimmers
will be greatly enhanced.
Three freshman tankers stand
out from the rest of the squad.
Stager' says of Greg Goshorn,
Dave Kelly, and Byron MacDon-
ald, "All three are really tough.
They've each had quite a bit of
experience in AAU competition
and it's encouraging to watch
their times 'suddenly come down
in preparation for this meet."

Greg Goshorn will be swimming
the 200 yard backstroke, and could
fill the need for a top-flight dor-
sal man on the varsity team next
Dave Kelly will probably swim
the 200 yard individual medley,
plus the 500 and 1000 yard free-
style. Commenting on Kelley's
versatility, Stager says, "Kelly is
the only swimmer that I'll be able
to play around with. He's capable
of doing well in as many as four
Byron MacDonald leads a strong
contingent of freshman butter-
fliers. After the graduation of Lee
Bisbee and Tom Arusoo this year,
these "flyers" will be eagerly re-
ceived on the varsity squad.
Three other freshman that
could do well in the meet tonight
are Ed Kenehen, Jeff Thornberg,
and Harry Duffield. Kenehen will
enter the individual medley,
Thoi'nberg swims the butterfly and
freestyle, while Duffield is a free-
style sprinter.
Stager has been encouraged by
the progress of his yearling team
this year. "A lot of these boys
aren't used to the all swimming
that we do in workouts. But they
are adjusting gradually and get-
ting in good shape."

GLENDALE, Calif. (R) - Th e
doctor gave strict orders. T h e
news conference was to last 1
minute. No more.
Thirty minutes went by and the
old boy still was going strong. It
took hospital attaches a little
more than oral persuasion to end
it and get him out of the room.
Casey Stengel, it may be re-
ported today, is back in excellent
He also was back in his hand-
some home in Glendale.
The switchboard at Glendale
Memorial Hospital and its mail
room can rest easier.
"Calls, calls and a huge bun-
dle of mail every day. But Mr.
Stengel is such a wonderful man.
Amazing." said Elaine Beers, the
hospital's public relations direc-
Stengel, who belies his 78 years,
underwent recent surgery for clo-
sure of a perforated ulcer. While
never in serious condition, he was
)laced in the intensive care ward
because of his age. This was a
galling situation.
Nurses insisted he appear at
this news gathering in gown and
robe Casey argued. He wanted to
don street clothes.
"People will get the idea I'm
sick if I go down there in my
nightgown," said Casey. The
nurses won out.

Night shirt or whatever, Casey
erased any doubts as to his. phy-
sical and verbal shape.
An executive with the N e w
York baseball Mets, the club's
first manager 10 years ago, por-
tions of Casey's lengthy, seldom
interrupted remarks involved the
"The Mets never had a Hall of
Fame player until I got in but
Seaver Seaver is a fine pitcher
which if he hasn't had a winning
season yet he will have this year,
meaning he'll win more than he
loses, and Hodges was a g r e a t
first baseman who could move his
foot quick off the bag and he's a
good teacher for our young ball
;layers . . . and those New York
Mets, terrific." Get the idea?


is ULRICH'S Ann Arbor's busiest bookstore?
THERE must be a GOOD Reason-


Quinn disavows discord


Manager John Quinn of the Phil-
adelphia Phillies doesn't believe
there will be a baseball players
strike. He's counting on the play-
ers' love of the game outweighting
%their love for money.
"While many things have to be
resolved." Quinn admitted Tubs-
day at the Phillies' annual Jan-'
uary news conference, "these
players like baseball, know i t s
meaning to the public and to their
families. I'd be very disappointed
if there was a players' strike."
Quinn referred to the threat-'
Cikan, Czech
NEW YORK (A)-One member
of the Sparta basketball team of
jCzechoslovakia remained behind
in New York Tuesday night when
the teams returned to Czechoslo-
Frantisek Cikan, bid farewell to
his teammates after their pre-
liminary game in Madison Square
Garden. The team had been tour-
ing the eastern United States for
the past month. fo
A friend of Cikan, who identi-
fied himself as' Jack McDowell, a
student at Brandywine Junior
College outside Wilmington, Del.,
said Cikan wants to attend school
at the college.

ened boycott of spring training
by the players if a pension dis-
pute with baseball's club owners
is not resolved satisfactorily.
The Phillies' general manager
got involved in the discussion of
pension problems during ques-
tioning of Manager Bob Skinner
on his plans for spring training.
scheduled to start next month.
Skinner disclosed that he was
unhappy with the physical condi-
tion of the players he inherited
after succeeding Gene Mauch as
manager in June. Mauch was fir-
ed. Skinner promised a camp de-
dicated to making the Phillies the
best conditioned team in bla s e-
Quinn said he had not signed
many of his veteran players. Ap-
parently they are living up to a
promise to the Baseball Players
Association not to sign contracts
until the pension money dispute
is settled.
"I've reached agreement on
terms with some of our veterans-
f won't mention names-but they
haven't signed," Quinn said.
"I've told them we don't want
them to sign until the pension
agreement is worked out. We
don't want them to. break their
word to the association." Skin-
ner said he has always been a
student of the game and studied
under winning managers and
coaches. He said he arrived at a
philosophy of ABC's- Attitude,
Basics and Conditioning.




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