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'M' Nine Faces Long Road to


Elliott Faces Problem
Of Building End Corps


Although the Michigan baseball
team is currently riding herd on
rest of the Big Ten squads, the
Wolverines have a long way to go
before they can wrap up their sec-
ond consecutive conference crown.
At present, Michigan, with an
8-1 record, has a one game lead
over the rest of the pack. Tied for
second are Ohio State and Illinois
at 7-2. The only other possible
contender for the championship is
Indiana, three games behind with
Easy Card
Each of these teams has six
games remaining on its schedule,
and it would seem that the Illini
have the most favorable combina-
tion of teams to play. That is, Il-
linois has already played each of
the other three contenders, and
will round out its schedule against
also-rans. On the other extreme,
Michigan must play both theI

Buckeyes and the Hoosiers.
The Wolverines lost to the 1111-
ni, 1-0, to open the Big Ten sea-
son for both teams.
Indiana invades Ferry Field to-
morrow to face Michigan, and on
Saturday Ohio State comes in for
a doubleheader. The following
weekend the Wolverines travel to
Northwestern for a single game
and Wisconsin for a twin bill.
Even though the Wildcats have
only a 3-6 won-lost mark in the
conference thus far, they are not
to be discounte'd, because two of
their wins have been at the hands
of the Illini and the Buckeyes. In
other contests involving the lead-
ers, Indiana has knocked off Illi-
nois while it, in tur:;, has beaten
Plenty of Pitching
If the Illini do win the title, it
will be largely due to pitchers Tom
Fletcher and Doug Mills. In the
first 36 innings these two pitched

in the Big Ten this year, they have
given up a total of two earned
runs. Mills, a senior, has yet to lose
a game in the conference.
The best Illinois hitter thus far
has been catcher Lloyd Flodin,
whose average hovers around the
.350 level. Not a generally power-
ful team at bat, Coach Lee Eil-
bracht's men concentrate on tight
fielding and capitalize on oppon-
ents' mistakes.
In contrast, Ohio State mentor
Marty Karow has more of a slug-
ging squad going for him. Paced
by the quintet of Bob Klein at
short, John Machado at third,
Walt Zabinski at first, Ken Peters
at second, and Dave Mason in cen-
ter, the Buckeyes have an ex-
tremely powerful lineup and at
present lead the league in batting
and runs batted in. In one game
a g a i n s t Northwestern, they
amassed a total of 27 runs.
Joe Sparma, the football quar-

terback, and Dave
the top men on
mound corps.

Stazenski are
the Buckeye


Solid Performer Tate A ids '
With S

The consistent play of sopho-
more Ron 'Date, starting right
fielder, is one of the reasons why
this season's young Michigan team
is at the top of the Big Ten.
Not only is the powerful left-
handed batter fourth in team bat-
ting with a .300 average but also
he is tied for second in runs batted
in with 19. Throughout the season
he has compiled this record with-
out any injurious slump pointed
out Coach Don Lund.
Tate agreed that he has always
been a consistent type of ball-
player. The most severe slump he
remembers lasted about a week
in high school. "I was taking my
eye off the ball," he said, "but
somebody told me about it and the
problem was corrected."
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Coach Lund commented that one
of Tate's good qualities is that he
works to improve himself.
Before the season started, Tate
had two bad habits which he suc-
cessfully overcame said Coach
Lund. One problem was that he
was lunging at the ball and not
connecting with any solid hits.1
Tate said that this forced him not
to follow through as well with
his right arm on his swing. With
his naturally wide stance at the
plate, he overcame the trouble
once he was made aware of it.
Another problem was not picking
up the ball in right field and
throwing into the infield quickly'
enough. But this was brought un-
der control also with deliberate
Tate explained that he has al-
ways batted left-handed and has
thrown right-handed. "Any time
I use two hands like batting or
playing golf, I'm a lefty," he said,
"when I use only one hand as in
throwing, I'm a right hander."
Old Pro
Tate has been in organized base-
ball for many years and he finds
a significant difference in Big Ten
and college pitching. "The pitch-
ing is very consistent. A batter,
can't let down at any time. You
must be in the right frame of
mind for each game and each
pitcher," he said.
Th.P toughest pitcher he has
ever faced is Dan Schnieder of
Arizona. He added though, "I
never like to say pitchers are
tough. It's a defeatist attitude."
Likes Tate
Coach Lund says that he has
counted on Tate as a starter even

before the season started and even
though he was a sophomore. "Tate
catches the ball well, has a good
arm, and knows how to hit," said
coach Lund, summarizing Tate's

Hitting Hoosiers
Ernie Andres' Indiana team has
come on strong enough in the last
week to take its place among the
contenders. Also a very dangerous
group at the plate, no less than
seven Hoosiers placed in the top
20 Big Ten batters last season.
Among these are this year's three
strongmen, second baseman and
captain Eddie LaDuke, shortstop
Bill Elyea, and 'outfielder Bart
A 1 t h o u g h Indiana's hurlers,
probably will not set any records
this year, they comprise a sound
staff headed by Bob Bradley and
Dave Granger, with Charley Hall
as an ace reliever.
Indiana and Ohio State must
play each other three times, one
the last weekend of the regular
season, and considering the hitting
prowess of the two teams, many
fireworks can be anticipated be-
fore the guns are laid down for
another year.
If it is any consolation to Michi-
gan fans, the Illini must play a
single game with the Minnesota
Gophers. The Gophers finished
second to the Wolverines in the
conference race last season, and
were considered to be a major
power at the beginning of this
year. In fact, at one time they
were ranked third in the nation
in a national college baseball poll.
Minnesota, however, has flopped
miserably in the Big Ten so far.
Its record is 0-b, with two losses
coming at the hands of Mlichigan
at Minneapolis.
Certainly no team can be con-
sidered a shoo-in, including the
defending champions. However,
the Wolverines have been unde-
feated in the conference since the
Illinois game, and are currently
on a torrid hitting streak. Coach
Don Lund feels that this momen-
tum, coupled with some welcome
rest this week, will stand his team
in good stead for the crucial week-
end meetings.
Scott Riflers
Win I-M Meet
Scott House walked off with the
Intramural Rifle Tournament
championship last night, running
up a score of 777 to 731 for Evans
Scholars and 657 for Frederick
SBillShields of Evans Scholars
led the field of 65 competitors for
the individual high score cham-
pionship with a score of 189 out of
a possible 00.
Following Shields were John
Markley, an independent entry
with 181, and Laurence Rydell,
also of Evans, with 174.
Major Leaguer
- Burrell Dies at 95

When you speak of Michigan
football, someone invariably re-
slonds, "They've sure had some
great ends."
Ends like Bennie Oosterbaan in
the late 20's, ends like Lowell Per-
ry in 1951, and ends like Tom
Maentz and the unmatchable Ron
Kramer, now a standout with the
pro champs the Green Bay Pack-
ers have made this rich tradition.
And last year's flankers, George
Mans and Scott Maentz (Tom's
cousin) weren't too easy to be
pushed out of a play either.
End Around?
But Coach Bump Elliott is not
quite sure whether this tradition
is going to be upheld in the same
fashion next fall.
"We lost our two starters (Mans
and Maentz) plus lettermen Jim
Korowin and Jim Zubkus who
gave us a lot of support," he said.
True, he has lettermen Bob
Brown, captain, and Doug Bickle
returning, but the only other ex-
perienced end he has back is John
Big Brown

of freshmen flankers is "going to
have to rely on the new men."
Supporting Brown on the left
side will be Ben Conley and Jim
Farabee, while Bickle will be aided
by John Henderson and Fred Lam-
Big John
Henderson, 6'3", from Dayton,
the hometown of starting halfback
Dave Raimey, high scorer last sea-
son, is considered the best of the
rookie ends. He was injured early
in spring drills and has not parti-

Brown caught six passes last
year, but half of them were touch-
downs. He gained 127 yds. for an
average of 21.2 yds. per reception.
Like his predecessor Captain
Mans, Brown, who stands 6'3" and
weighs 225 lbs. is a rugged defen-
sive end.
Brown was a favorite with the
Michigan rooters at basketball
games this winter, pulling down
rebounds from his, forward posi-
tion. An aggressive player, he gave
the Wolverines a lot of strong sup-
port under the boards.
Big Bickle+
Right end Bickle only latched
on to four passes, but the big+
junior wound up in third place in1
team scoring being used for place
kicking duties. His 32 points, com-
ing on 20 of 23 extra points at-
tempted and four field goals, put
him only four behind speedy half-i
back Bennie McRae.,
Elliott, then, with his fine crop

team captain

cipated in the last two scrimmages.
And so Elliott is keeping his
eye on the end position, one of
the comparatively inexperienced
"We're making progress, but
we're too far behind at the mo-
ment," he said. "They have an
awful lot to learn before they can
be put into Big Ten action," he


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. . . sparks diamondmen
value to the team and the reason
why he was made a starter.
Tate is pleased with his success
and the success of the team. "It's
great to be with a team that's on
top, especially one that has so
many sophomores and juniors,'
he said, thinking of the experienc-
ed personnel that the team wil
have for the next two years.
Doesn't Forget
Still he is not forgetting the
possibility of younger players com.
ing along to take the position o
a veteran like himself in the next
two years. "Nobody's got it made,'
he said; referring to a permaneni
starting position on the team.
"We're very happy to have Ror
on the team," said Coach Lund as
his concluding remark about Tate.
Chances are Coach Lund will con-
tinue to be happy about Tate for
the next two seasons.

if so


WEYMOUTH, Mass. OP)-Frank
A. (Buster) Burrell, 95, the oldest
living former major league base-
ball player according to the base-
ball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown,
N.Y., died yesterday at a nursing
He began his baseball career in
the old New England league and
later played with the New York
Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Certification as the senior big
leaguer was received only a few
weeks ago, a nephew said.
He left a widow, Mary.

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