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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1962

THE MICHIGAN DAILY;

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1962 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Diamondmen

Open

Big

Ten

Season

Fisher Hurls for Michigan Against Illini;
Play Twin Bill with Purdue Tomorrow

By MIKE BLOCK
Michigan's baseball team will
play its first Big Ten game of the
season this afternoon at Ferry
Field.
Furnishing the opposition will
be the University of Illinois. The
Illini finished fourth in the con-
ference last year, and are prime
contenders for the crown held by
the Wolverines. Last year the
teams met twice, each taking one
victory.
Pitcher's Duel

runs batted in. The team as a
whole, however, has hit only .241,
20 points below their average of
.261 of last year.
Coach Don Lund will probably
stick with the lineup he used in
the Wayne State game of Jim
Newman at third, Dick Honig at
short, Joe Jones at second, and,
Dave Campbell at first, with Tate,
Jim Steckley and Dennis Spalla
in the outfield, and a battery of
Fisher and Merullo.
Host Purdue

Illinois, the Wolverines will host
Purdue in a twin bill tomorrow,
and play single games with Cen-
tral Michigan and Notre Dame
Tuesday and Wednesday before
taking to the road. They will re-
turn May 5 to play a double-
header with Michigan State.
By that time, they will have seen
enough action to indicate whether
or not this year's squad has the
same tight pitching and fielding,
and all - around batting spark
which last year swept them to the
Big Ten's top spot.

-Daily-Bruce Taylor'
SAFE OR OUT!-More baseball action such as this is due to take place when Michigan opens its
Conference season at Ferry Field today against Illinois. The Wolverines will oppose Purdue in a dou-
bleheader Saturday. Michigan, defending Big Ten Baseball Champions will try to get a good start for
the new season.
LEAD IN SERIES 3-2:
Toronto Beats Chicago 8-4

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TORONTO VP) - The Toronto
Maple Leafs, getting three goals
from Bob Pulford and two from.
Frank Mahovlich, blasted Chicago
8-4 last night and grabbed a 3-2
lead in the best-of-seven Stanley
Cup playoff series.
The Black Hawks' Stan Mikita,
a Czechoslovakian-born center, got
two assists and smashed two play-
off records. The total score also
was a record for a playoff final se-
ries game.
Returns to Chicago
The series returns to Chicago,
where the Black Hawks won the
third and fourth games, for the
sixth game Sunday. The seventh,
if necessary, will be played in Tor-
onto Tuesday.
Mikita assisted on each of two,
goals by Ab McDonald in the sec-
ond period. It gave him 21 playoff
points on six goals and 15 assists,
one, up on the record 20 set by
Detroit's Gordie Howe in 1955.
It also broke the record 14 as-
sists recorded by Boston's Flem
Mackell in 1958.
McDonald's two goals, less than
four minutes deep in the middle
Knudson Leads
In Golf Classic
HOUSTON (P) - George Knud-
son, a young Canadian playing
with an Alabama putter, fired a
four-under par 66 yesterday to
grab the first round lead in the
$50,000 Houston Golf Classic.
The 32-34-66 for the 7,100-
yard, par 70 Memorial Park course
left the 24-year-old Toronto pro
one stroke ahead of Jay Hebert,
the defending, champion from La-
fayette, La., and Jacky Cupit, the
1961 rookie of the year from
Longview, Tex.
Cupit and Hebert, late finishers,
missed 20 foot putts on the final
green while trying to tie Knudson's
early 66, Cupit, a 24-year-old Tex-
an who won $22,813 his first year
as a pro, had a 33-34-67, as did
Hebert, the 1960 PGA champion.
Knudson missed only two greens
and had birdie putts of 6, 6, 18, and
25 feet. He got his long bogie, a
five on the 454-yard fourth, by
missing the green and then seeing
a seven-foot putt stop short.
"The cup on that 25-foot putt
was impossible," he said. "I told
myself before putting I'd be lucky
to 'get down in two."
A pro five years, Knudson's lone
PGA tour title came in late De-
cember in the Coral Gables Open.
His only high finish on the 1962
tour was a second place that was
good for $4,600 at San Francisco.

If past performance means any-
thing, today's battle should be
strictly a pitcher's duel. The Big
Ten's two most effective pitchers
last year-Illinois' Doug Mills and
Michigan's Fritz Fisher-are both
back, and will carry their respec-
tive teams' hopes into the action.
Mills paced conference hurlers
with a stingy 1.03 earned run
average, while Fisher compiled a
1.74. Both moundsmen also notch-
ed respectable won-lost records,
Mills with 4-0 and Fisher with 3-1.
Quite Different
But for Fisher at least, the
story thus far this year has been
quite different. He won none and
lost three on the team's Arizona
trip, and was racked for an over-
all 5.56 ERA. In fact, the entire
Michigan pitching staff was a dis-
appointment in the Southwest.
The staff ERA was a sky-high
7.43, contrasted with 3.33 a year
ago.
Both pitchers will be backed up
by fine defenses. The Wolverines
tied for the Big Ten lead in that
department last season, while the
Illini stood a strong third.
The Wolverines will be trying
for their third straight victory,
having won their previous two
jousts with Arizona State and
Wayne State. They will also at-
tempt to even their season's rec-
ord at six and six.
Tate Leader
Michigan's leading batsmen thus
far have been right fielder Ron
Tate with .318, and catcher Joe
Merullo with 2 home runs and 10

Following today's

bout with

period, gave the Hawks a brief 3-2
lead.
But Toronto wouldn't be denied,
and came flashing back to take a
5-3 margin before the session was
over. The powerful Leafs made a
rout of it with three in the third.
Pulford got his first two goals in
the first period, giving the Leafs a
2-0 lead before Murray Balfour
scored for the Hawks.
17 Seconds
Pulford's 'first goal, only 17 sec-
onds deep into the game, produced
a shower of debris from the fans.
They littered the ice with items
that included three hats, two over-
shoes and three eggs.
It served as the keynote for the
fast, rough affair that produced 16

penalties and featured a brief
sticking duel between Carl Brewer
and Bob Turner.
Bob Nevin of the Leafs and Chi-
cago's Elmer Vasko left with in-
juries in the middle period.
Second Period
Billy Harris, Dave Keon and
Mahovlich scored in Toronto's sec-
ond period rush that gave the
Leafs a two-goal lead and put
them ahead to stay.
Pulford's third goal, another by
Mahovlich and one by George
Armstrong in the third completed
Toronto's scoring. Turner got
Chicago's other goal.
The Leafs had the masked Don
Simmons in goal, substituting for
the injured Johnny Bower, Toron-
to's regular goalie.

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Trac kmeu Off to Ohio Relays

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By DAVE GOOD
The loss of ailing dashman Mac
Hunter left track Coach Don Can-
ham on the lookout this week for a
replacement to bolster his sprint
units in the annual Ohio Relays at
Columbus tomorrow.
Last year the Wolverines took
four of the six featured university
relays but Canham feels secure
about defending successfully in
only the two-mile and distance
medley.
Leps Anchors
Captain Ergas Leps, the Big Ten
mile and half-mile champion, will
be anchoring both races just as
he did last year. But the other
two relays, the 440 and 8$0, Can-
ham rates as only "possible" wins
as Hunter is out with a muscle
pull in his leg.
So to strengthen his 440 relay,
made up of four men each running
110 yds., Canham reached down in
his magic hat and pulled out a
man who has never run a flat race
for Michigan.
Instant Track
He's a junior who came out for
track this year as an afterthought
and has broadjumped in three
meets and run the low hurdles
once-but no flat races.
His name is Dave Raimey, he
plays halfback on the football
team and Canham hopes to good-
ness he can sprint.
Raimey in Sprints
Canhan says he "probably"
would have used Raimey on the
sprint team even. if Hunter had
not been hurt, but that now Rai-
mey can play a role of increased
importance on a team that's short
of dashmen.

"We've got to find out if he can
do a good 100," explained Can-
ham. "If he's fast enough we plan
to run him in the sprints in the
Big Ten meet and we may run
him in the low hurdles. But if he's
just another sprinter, then we
won't."
Robinson, Now Hunter
Raimey will team up with Ben-
nie McRae and Detroit sophomores
Talt Malone and Ken Burnley in
the 440. McRae ran on the 440 and
880 teams last year, .which both
won even without Tom Robinson,
one of the best sprinters in Michi-
gan history. Maybe history will re-
peat.
But the other two short relays,
the 880 and the sprint medley,
don't stand much chance of win-
ning in a field which will include
Michigan State, Illinois, Penn
State, Loyola of Chicago and little
Central State of Wilberforce, 0,
among others.
In Sprint Medley
Charlie Peltz, John Davis, Jeff
Engel and Malone will run the 880,
and Bill Hornbeck, Peltz, Joe Ma-
son and Dave Romain the sprint
medley.
The mile relay, which Canham
has been juggling all year, is an-
other "possible" win against tough
competition. Malone, Carter Reese,
Charlie Aquino and Burnley are

listed tentatively, with Ted Kelly
and Dorr Casto as alternates.
Rainy weather forced the Wol-
verines to pull out of the meet last
year before the race was run, and
Canham says if it's cold out, he
won't attempt to run the sprint
relays.
Best Finishing Kicks
Leps, with one of the best-
known finishingnkicks in thecol-
lege ranks, makes the Wolverines
one of the favorites in the two
longer relays. The two-mile, tradi-
tional Michigan strong point, will
include Kelly, Jay Sampson, Char-
lie Aquino and Leps.
The distance medley will have
Reese running the 440, Sampson
the 880, Dave Hayes the three-
quarter mile and Leps the mile.
In his sophomore year, Leps was
accustomed to anchoring three
races, but Canham says, "We
wouldn't ask him to do that now;
in the Big Ten meet, maybe."
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