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by Rick Stern
An 'Oh My' From Fritzj
And A Poem From Cazzie
One thing's for sure about last Friday night's basketball banquet-
toastmaster Jimmy Enright deserved every cent he earned and prob-
ably a little bit for overtime.
Enright is one of the most colorful sports figures in the Midwest,
having written sports in Chicago's American "for more years than
is any of your business," in addition to serving as a Big Ten basket-
ball referee until his retirement before last season.
Slightly long winded and perhaps overly preoccupied with his
own accomplishments, Enright nonetheless kept a potentially listless
affair moving well. Talking about Notre Dame, he glibly stated that
the school stands "as the Pope's answer to Southern Methodist and
Brandeis." Enright didn't worry about the lampooned either. In a
Twain-like comment he remarked that "Fritz Crisler will probably
have to have a hernia operation after he picks up the tab for my trip
to Ann Arbor."
Actually the Michigan Club of Ann Arbor, an Alumni organiza-.
tion, financed the whole affair so Enright's observation was of
aesthetic value only.
Nor did chubby Jimmy resist the obvious temptation to get
in a good natured poke at Dave Strack. When it was time to in-
troduce the veteran coach, Enright sent Strack to the podium
saying "And now we come to the boss himself-one of the many
reasons why I quit officiating. I figured that when Dave finally
out acted me, it was time to get out. Of course, I didn't even
referee a Michigan game until three years ago, because they used
to give me-only the important games."
Crisler, called upon to. speak to the gathering, received a standing
ovation and kept things light-veined, stating that "Dave Strack is an
expensive guy. You get him in here and you win three championships
and poof, it costs you seven million dollars." Crisler's reference of
course was to the new University Events Building.
Crisler recalled one event which occurred early in the season.
"Michigan was losing by a good margin and looking terrible. All of a
suden Mrs. Strack came up to me and said "We're resigning."
Then Crisler talked about Michigan's NCAA regional win over
Western Kentucky, a game which was decided by two Russell free
throws in the last ten seconds. "We were losing by one and there were
only 40 seconds left. Then Cazzie threw away the ball and said to
myself, 'Oh, my.'"
Said Howie Wikel, a local booster who spoke later, "I was sit-
ting two rows in front of you, Fritz, and I wasn't sure what you
said. I was glad to find out it was 'Oh my."'
Harlan Hatcher offered Strack a position as "Professor of Drama,
because of your fine performances on the bench." Hopefully Strack
will turn him down.
Hatcher spoke extensively about his recent trip to Tokyo. In all
seriousness, he described how one hospitable Japanese newspaper
owner had inserted a special box in each day's paper, just to keep
Hatcher informed on Michigan's basketball situation.
Jim Skala was in good humor too. "It was quite a season-Cazzie
got the ink, Jorgy got a new job, Strack got the money, and I got a
spastic colon."
Conflict of Interest ?
And then there were the door prizes-six autographed basket-
balls. One notable winner was Regent Paul Goebel. Another (though
Strack would swear complete innocence) was an out of town guest-
high school All-Ameria Lamar Thomas of Thornton, the Illinois state
high school champion. Hopefully the prize is not a violation of Big
Ten recruiting regulations.
But there was a straight-faced sombre side to the evening too.
Cazzie, after being praised by all the speakers and receiving a dozen
awards and trophies throughout the evening, spoke with emotion and
He praised his teammates and thanked the coaches for their help.
And talked about the University itself, promising never to forget all
that had been done for him here.
Concluding, he quoted the following poem from memory.

Spirit Fires 'M' Nine
By NANCY BLAKER the first three days,1

the Wol- the games. but he was too weak
play two to continue." explained Benedict.




People often tag it with different
adjectives. They call it spirit and
drive, or the insatiable zest to
keep on trying no matter what.
It's the intangible something
which separates the winners from
the losers, the champions from
the also-rans.
Michigan's baseball coach, Moby
Benedict, calls it simply "deter-
"The boys kept o1 battling re-
gardless of the score. They wanted
to win, and they showed some of
the qualities which make a team
of national championship caliber,"
enthused Benedict.
The Michigan coach had just
returned yesterday from a nine-
day tour in the southwest part of
the country where the Wolverines
annually run into some of the
nation's toughest competitors. This
year, however, it was the Wol-
verines' turn to turn the heat on
as the diamondmen posted their
best record since these annual
trips began.
Too Hot for Devils
Discounting the outcome of last
Friday's questionable forfeit as
neither a loss nor a win, the record
for the Wolverines stands at 8-4.
Included among the victories are
three decisions over the defending
national champion Arizona State
Sun Devils.
Bobby Winkles' Devils hadibeen
rated second in the Associated
Press poll before Michigan tar-
nished the glitter on that NCAA
The Wolverines started off with
seven straight wins, then slumped
and lost four, but then came back
to pull out the finale last Satur-
day night with the same perserver-
ance and gusto that characterized
their opening games.
Into the Frying Pan
Saturday's game was the second
of a twinbill with the Arizona
Wildcats, and after eight innings
the Wildcats held a 5-2 edge. But
with the same inflection that
Benedict gives to his voice when
he says "we wanted that one," the
Wolverines ganged up to push
across four runs in the ninth.
Mel Wakabayashi, pinch hitting
for pitcher Bob Reed, led off the
ninth with a walk. Bob Gilhooley
also received a free pass to first,
and Ted Sizemore promptly
singled to left to score "Waka."
Andy Fisher went out to the
first baseman, but Doug Nelson
kept the rally going with a walk.
Al Bara lined a single to drive in
Gilhooley and Sizemore and tie
the score. Chan Simonds then
pulled a liner which hit the run-
ner Nelson in the leg. Bara, who
had advanced to third, scored the
deciding run on a single by Keith
Larry Guidi, who had come in
as relief pitcher, walked the first

verines then had to

Skates to Spikes
man he faced in the bottom of the
ninth. But, with the pressure on,
he proceeded to strike out the
third, fourth and fifth men in
the Wildcats' batting order.
Benedict emphasized that this
team spirit was with the squad
from the minute they stepped off
the plane. "There was no indeci-
sion when they went up there
and grabbed the bats. We scored
seven runs in the first inning we
"The first games were spaced'
farther apart because of the rain-,
out on Saturday, but after the
pace picked up even conditioned
athletes like Wakabayashi became
tired after being in uniform all,
day." After playing two games in

doublerheaders and a triple-
header in the next three days.
"The team did reach a pointj
where playing got to be a chore.
They would have to get up at
seven in the morning and would
be on the baseball field from 8:30!
a.m. to 11 p.m. Even pro players
would say 'You're nuts' if asked
to play seven games in three
days," explained Benedict.
He continued. "They just ran
out of gas. Whereas the other
teams were accustomed to the
weather and the playing condi-
tions they were on their home
field) we had to adjust for all
these factors. But we did go down
there totplay ball andtthis way
all of the players got to see
Tanona and Bara
Despite the heavy schedule-13
games in nine days-Benedict felt
that all the players had a good
trip. "If I had to single out one
player as having the best trip, it
would have to be Les Tanona.
They just couldn't get him out,"
commented the coach.
Al Bara and Tanona played
every game and led the regulars
in batting with .396 and .348
averages respectively. Wakabaya-
shi, Michigan hockey captain, hit
a torrid .391 with nine hits in 23
at-bats while filling in at second
base andat shortstop.
Bad luck centered on Dick
Schryer for the entire trip. Schry-
er, the Wolverine's regular center-
fielder, was first ill and then
injured. He had a throat infection
when he arrived and had to re-
main in bed for two days. "He
tried to play and started some of

Neurotic Nemesis
"Then he injured his hand and
couldn't grip the bat properly.
Right now he just needs rest,"
added the coach. He explained
that Schryer was examined by the
team physician yesterday morn-
ing. "Andy Fisher filled in very.
very adequately for Schryer," con-
tinued Benedict.
Benedict rated sophomore pitch-
ers Jeff Zahn and Guidi and
junior third sacker Keith Spicer
as the first-year men who had
outstanding spring trips. "Guidi
did a tremendous job in our last
game although he'd pitched two
innings of relief the night before.
I.was very impressed with him. He
might find a job in the starting
rotation," added Benedict.
Zahn had already been named
as one of the probable starters.
"He threw 110 pitches in his first
game and went the route."
Benedict expects to go with the
same starting lineup that was
set before the trip, with the pos-
sible exception of Fisher for
Schryer in center, in the team's


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Sometimes when your ego's in bloom,'
Sometimes when you take it for granted
That you're the best qualified in the room,
Sometimes when you think that your going
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Just follow these simple instructions
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Chicago (N) 4, California Q
Cleveland 7, Los Angeles 2
New York (A) 10, Cincinnati 9
Baltimore 8, Washington 4
Atlanta vs. Philadelphia (rain)
Houston vs. Pittsburgh (rain)
New York (N) vs. Boston (rain)
St. Louis vs. Chicago (A) (rain)
Kansas City vs. Minnesota (rain)

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And it's just the same as
When he was done, tears in the
eyes of many in the audience in-
dicated that Cazzie would still be
missed just a little.
It was too bad that the affairs
was stag, and Cazzie's mother had
to listen via a radio transmission
elsewhere in the Union. Same for
Tom Jorgensen's wife, since it was
her husband's last official activity
with the University and he was
honored several times. Earlier in
the day, the Board in Control of
intercollegiate Athletics had ac-
cepted Jorgensen's resignation so
that he could accept the head
coaching position at Northern
Perhaps it would also have been
nice if more students could have
attended and shared in the fun.
But tickets were $10 apiece and
£he Alumni who ran the banquet
were not ready to give anybody a
No matter what, it was a worth-
while evening with every bit as
much thrill and spectacle as the
team it honored.
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