THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FIDAY, MAY 25,
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Major League Standings.
1961 Title und's High Point
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New York 9, Kansas City 4
Boston 7, Minnesota 5
Detroit 5, Baltimore 4 (11 inn., n)
Los Angeles 7, Washington 4 (n)
Only games scheduled
Detroit at New York
Baltimore at Boston
Los Angeles at Kansas City
Minnesota at Chicago
Cleveland at Washington
San Francisco 7, Philadelphia 4
Chicago 4, Milwaukee 3
Cincinnati 5, Houston 0
Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 4, New York 2
Milwaukee at St. Louis (n)
Chicago at Cincinnati (n)
Pittsburgh at Houston (n)
New York at Los Angeles (n)
Philadelphia at San Francisco
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Don Lund
graduated from Michigan in 1945 as
one of its few nine letter winners.
He went into Major League baseball
after graduation and in his career
saw service with the Brooklyn Dodg-
ers, St. Louis Browns and Detroit
Tigers. After later servingdas a Ti-
ger scout and coach he became
Michigan's baseball coach in 1958
and his team won the Big Ten
championship in 1961.)
By DON LUND
As Told to John Scochin
When Fritz Fisher completed a
three hit performance against Il-
linois last year to cinch the Big
Ten championship for us, that
Coach Don Canham wants-all
Michigan trackmen who have
competed in a varsity meet this
season to report to Yost Field
House at 4:30 p.m. today for
the team picture.
The team will elect next
year's captain at the same
victory was the high point of my
-areer as a player and a coach.
We had beaten Purdue twice be-
fore the Illinois series which would
close out our season. We went into
Champaign needing one victory
in two games to clinch the title.
I picked Fritz to start the first
game and he came through to
win it, striking out 11 men and
keeping the Illinois hitters off the
bases for most of the afternoon.
We came up with three runs late
in the game and it was enough to
NCAA Champs Dethroned
Winning the title was especially
rewarding because Minnesota,
which won the Big Ten and NCAA
championships the year before was
favored to repeat. It was a close
battle all the way and it took
very fine performances in key
games .for us to stay out in front.
The season's opener was an es-
pecially important game. We play-
ed Minnesota in an early show-
down and won the game 5-3 on
Dick Honig's ninth inning homer
over the leftfield fence. Against
Purdue in another close one, Bill
Freehan won it in the eighth with
a bases loaded triple. That sweep
of a tripleheader against Michigan
State at East Lansing also put us
a big step ahead in the race for
the Conference title.
I guess my second biggest mo-
ment came as a baseball player.
It was in 1947 and the Brooklyn
Dodgers and the St. Louis Card-
inals were fighting for the Na-
tional League pennant. I had al-
ready gone home after finishing
the American Association season
with St. Paul.
Branch Rickey called me and
told me to join the Dodgers in
St. Louis for a crucial three game
series against the Cards. I didn't
play in the first game, which the
Dodgers won, but in the second
game Rickey called me off the
bench to pinch hit for the pitcher.
Pinch Hit Homer
Howie Pollett was on the mound
for St. Louis. There were two men
on fod us. The first pitch was a
ball and then he threw a low fast-
ball. I got the good wood on it and
hit the ball into the seats to
put us into the lead. We didn't
win the game, however, since Enos
Slaughter homered for the Card-
inals in the ninth to pull it out.
I stayed with the club for the
rest of the season and his .300.
The Dodgers won the pennant by
about four or five games, but
since I joined the club a few days
after the September 1 deadline I
missed my chance to play in a
Mother's Day Present
Another game that I remember
was when I was with the St. Louis
Browns. On September 16 we play-
ed the Red Sox. It was my
mother's birthday and I collected
four hits in four trips, a home run,
double and two singles for my best
day of the season.
In the International League with
Buffalo in a game against Ottawa
I made a fielding play wihch also
stands out in my memory. I was
playing rightfield and Bubba Phil-
lips, who is now with the Cleve-
land Indians, was in left.
It was the ninth inning and we
were ahead by one run. There was
a man on third base with one out
and the hitter coming up had
gotten six straight hits to left-
Out at Home ...
Since I had a strong arm our
manager switched me to left and
put Phillips in right. The batter
lined one to me in left and I
threw to the plate in time to get
the runner coming in from third
to save the ball game. Whenever
you make a play or get a hit to
win a game it always has to be
listed as a great thrill, and this
was one of mine.
As a recruiter the signing of,
Honig and Freehan was a high
point. I heard about Freehan from
the rest of the boys who played.
on the American Legion cham-
pionship Edison Post team in De-
troit, many of whom had decided
to come to Michigan.
He had moved from Royal Oak
to Florida but still used to play
baseball in Detroit over the sum-
mer. On our spring tour he came
to watch us play Florida and in-
troduced himself. Later he elected
to come to Michigan along with
his 'old teammates to form the
nucleus of our championship club.
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Michigan Nine Faces
Broncos, NCAA Berth
By BOB ZWINCK
The Michigan nine could neither
scalp the Illini nor slay the Titans.
But can they tame the Broncos?
An NCAA bid is likely if the
Blue come through with a weekend
sweep over the 15-1 Western Mich-
igan Broncos. Otherwise, one can-
not be too sure.
Western Michigan took the Mid-
America Conference title with a
9-0 record and along with it an
automatic bid to the NCAA dis-
In today's game, Lund will
probably pitch hard-luck South-
paw Fritz Fisher (4-5). In to-
morrow's double-header at Kala-
mazoo, the hurlers should be Dave
Roebuck (7-2) and John Kerr
Bronco mentor Charles Maher
has a teary. with a .314,batting av-
erage and five regularshitting
over .300 as well as a strong mound
The outfielders have the loftiest
averages: centerfielder Mike Gatza
at .406, rightfielder Dave Kwia-
kowski at .385, and leftfielder Al
Drews at .328.
Second-baseman Pat Bidelman
is hitting .313 and shortstop Fred
Michalski follows at .304.
Ken Larson, today's probable
Western pitcher, sports a 5-0 rec-
ord and a 2.16 ERA in 49 innings.
Ace southpaw Bill Ortlieb has
a 4-0 record with a 1.80 ERA in
34 innings and will team with Ken
Palmateer in the second game of
the twin-bill. Palmateer is 2-0 and
has a 2.07 ERA in 21 innings of
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