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September 16, 1960 - Image 23

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Skala, Jorgenson Appointed
Basketball Aides to Strack


The youth movement among the
Michigan coaching staffs rolled on
during the summer with the addi-
tion of Jim Skala, 30, and Tom
Jorgenson, 25, to the basketball
staff under new head coach Dave
Skalla, who received his Masters
here in 1953, spent a year at
Adrian in central Michigan. He
then moved to nearby Eastern
Michigan University to assume the
head coaching position there and
remained there until his appoint-
ment as an assistant to Strack.
Coaches Prep Schools
Jorgenson since his graduation
from Michigan in 1956 has been
coaching in the high school ranks.
His first position was at. Mau-
mee, Ohio where he led his cagers
to a conference title in his second
year. Following his three-year ten-
ure there he accepted the head
coaching position at Mount Pleas-
ant High School and last year his
team reached the regional finals
against tough Class A competition
before bowing to Flint Southwest-
Outstanding Players
Both men were outstanding on,
the hardwood for the Wolverines.
In three years Skala played at all
positions, and in his senior year
was named Captain and Most Val-
uable Player and his efforts also
brought his a place on the all-Big
Ten second team.
Jorgenson, while not gaining an
honored position on an all-Con-
ference team, also had his big
moments. He held the all-time
Michigan career scoring record for
a while before All-American Ron
Kramer smashed the mark.
Hard at Work
Both men at present are hard
at work side by side with Strack
in an attempt to bring Michigan
to the top following last year's
disastrous season. Skala will assist
Strack with the varsity, while Jor-
genson has the Job of introducing

the boys who may make Michigan
a basketball power some day (the
freshmen) to the Michigan sys-
The new Michigan system under
Strack will be different from the
fast break used in the past few
years by Bill Perigo. This year the
Wolverines will put the accent on
defense and on ball control-pat-
tern offense style used with so
much success on the West Coast.
Adjust Style
This means that Jorgenson's
boys will not only have to adjust
to collegiate style basketball, but
learn many more defensive skills
than usually applied in high
Finally, both Jorgenson and
Skala, besides their duties on the
court, will handle most of the
scouting for Strack and will assist
in the recruitment of players next

SCORES RUN-Wll Franklin, recent acquisition of the Detroit
Tigers, comes home with one of the many runs he scored during
his two-year collegiate career for Michigan. Franklin's speed on
the bases and in the field was an important reason behind his

Franklin Signs Tiger Contract

Wilbur Franklin, slugging right-
fielder for Michigan's baseball
team for the past two years, be-
came the third Wolverine in three
months to turn pro a few weeks
ago when he signed with the De-
troit Tigers for an undisclosed
He follows first baseman Bill
Roman and leftfielder Dave'
Brown to the Tigers. Roman and
Brown had both played out their
collegiate careers but Franklin for-
feited his senior year of eligibility.
Michigan Baseball Coach Don
Lund said, "I hate to lose him as
he was a heck of a good ballplay-
Attempt to Postpone
Michigan Baseball Coach Don
Lund spent parts of two days
talking to Franklin in an attempt

to postpone his signing until next
summer thus giving him another:
year in school and allowing him
to play college baseball and foot-
ball again this year but to no
Franklin will report to Detroit's
training camp at Lakeland, Fla.,
next spring.
This past summer "Wil" hit
well playing for the Grand Rapids
Sullivans in league and exhibition
play and then starred as the 8ul-

livans won the National Non-Pro-
fessional Baseball Championship
held in Wichita three weeks ago.
Prime Target
He had been a prime target
for the major leagues since he
completed high school. Several
pro teams considered him a top
prospect for the future.
He had led the Michigan team
in batting percentage for the past
two years and his loss will leave
an unexpected hole in right field
for Lund to fill next spring.

' M' Diamond Stars Do Well
Playing Professional Ball



In the next few months you will be seeing a section of every day's
Daily sports page devoted to an item known as Grid Picks.
Here you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities
at pigskin prognostication and to win a pair of tickets to the latest
movie at the Michigan Theatre.
The Daily sports staff selects 20 of the top football games of the
week to be featured in Grid Picks and makes this list available daily.
You, the reader, clip the list out of the paper, circle your selections,
and mail the list into The Daily, postmarked before midnight Friday.
Your pick of the score of the MICHIGAN game will be used as a
tie-breaker. One entry only per person.
Mail your entry to The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard, or bring
it to our offices

The recent signing of Wil
Franklin brings the total of recent
Wolverine ball players in profes-
sional baseball to five.
Besides Franklin, Bill Roman!
Dave Brown; and Steve Boros are
in the Tiger farm system and for-
mer All-American fullback John
Herrnstein is with the Phillies
Brown and Roman, the two
most recent initiates, are with De-
troit's Durham, N. Carolina farm
club and with the club in sixth
place hold .257 and .287 batting
averages respectively.
Boros, playing AAA baseball
with Denver of the American As-

sociation, is slugging away at a
healthy .306 clip for the first-place
Herrnstein, playing with Class A
Williamsport in the Eastern
League, had a great year. He led
the team into first place with a
.306 batting mark, good for fifth
place in the league, and swapped
15 homers.
The former football star chose
baseball over a football career two
years ago when he signed for the
biggest bonus ever received by a
Michigan man. The Phils paid
him an estimated $55,000, while
Roman is next in line with $30,000.








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