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New NCAA Football'Wildcard' Rule
Lets Specialists Enter When Needed

RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS:
Diamondmen Begin Practice

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By BOB BENSON
Michigan's baseball team will
begin their third annual fall prac-
tice on Monday, September 18, in
preparation for the defense of
their 1961 Big Ten Champion-
ship.
The Wolverines compiled an
outstanding 10-2 record in cap-
turing their title, losing only to
Indiana and Illinois. Highlighting
the season was a triple header
sweep from Michigan State. I
Their overall mark was 21-11,
giving Michigan one of their fin-
est seasons in years.
Filling the Gaps
Coach Don Lund's main task
will be filling the gaps vacated
by Bill Freehan and Mike Joyce,
who both signed with major
league teams. Freehan signed
with the Detroit Tigers in the
latter part of June for an amount
somewhere around the $100,000
nark. Joyce followed suit signing
into the Chicago White Sox or-
ganization with a $45,000 con-
tract.
The battery mates, both: soph-
omores last year, will definitely
hurt Michigan's 1962 hopes. Joyce
was the team's top pitcher com-
piling a record of 9-3, overall.
The stury righty hander showed
a great deal of poise and skill as
a sophomore, and his absence will
surely be felt.
Led Conference
Freehan led the Big Ten in bat-
ting with a .585 average, and also
paced the conference wlbh 18
RBI's. Both were selected to the
regional all star team.
In order to fill' the catcher's
gap, Lund plans to move third
baseman Joe Merullo behind the
.plate. Merullo, from Revere,
Mass., was a former catcher be-
fore. he was switched to third
base last year.,
Sophomore Harvey Chapman, is
a strong candidate for the third
base position which will be vacat-

ed by Merullo. Harvey will miss
the fall practice, however, being a
halfback on the football team.
Fritz Fischer Returns
The pitching staff will be
strengthened by the return of
Fritz Fischer, a tall lanky junior,
who compiled a record of 6-2 last
year. The fastballing left hander
will be backed by Franz Neu-
brecht, John Lengeman, both
righthanders, and John Kerr, a
southpaw.
Bolstering the present staff will
be a number of boys from last
year's freshman team. Dave Roe-
buck, a transfer from Wheaton,
Ill., and Jim Bobel were with
Coach Lund at Huron, South Da-
kota in the; Basin League this
past summer and should be very
impressive this coming fall.
Other sophomore prospects are
,righthander Wayne Slusher, and
southpaws Paul Sydloski, Bob
Dunston, and Bud Ruud.
Another gap which needs look-

ing into is first base which was
left vacant with Barry Marshall's
graduation. Coach Lund is try-
ing to work in Dave Campbell, a
sophomore who played on last
spring's freshman squad. Camp-
bell is a strong hitter and should
fare out well at the tough infield
position.
The positions of shortstop and
second base should be well cover-
ed this year with the return of
Dick Honig and Joe Jones.
Combo Returns
Honig overcame many of the
first year shortstop difficulties.
Jones, his double play mate at
second, shined in-the hitting de-
partment with a .303 batting
average.
The entire outfield will be re-
turning this year, all of the mem-
bers being juniors. Starters Jim
Steckley, Dennis Spalla, and Jim
Newman had much experience
last year and should bolster the
upcoming team.

Three Football Stars
Honored for Scholarship

By DAVE GOOD
Head Football Coach Bump
Elliott has at least three Wolver-
ines that won't give him eligibility
problems this year.
Senior halfback Bennie McRae,
junior tackle Jon Schopf and
senior fullback Bill Tunnicliff
have all been nominated for the
Big Ten's All-Conference academ-
ic football team for 1961.
McRae, the team's biggest-
breakaway threat and one of the
best collegiate hurdlers in the
country, was an honorable men-
tion selection to the Big Ten's
regular All-Conference team last
year.

A physical education major, Mc-
Rae compiled a 3.45 scholastic
average last year and now hopes
to do graduate work in public
health.
Schopf is a prime candidate for
All-America honors this year.
Majoring in history, he- had an
even 3.00 average and is plan-
ning graduate studies in business.
Tunnicliff, who won the start-
ing fuillback berth late last season,
had a 3.00-plus average in edu-
cation.
Other Nominees ,
Sixteen other Big Ten gridders
were also nominated for the aca-
demic team by Commissioier Bill
Reed's office, but the final selec-
tions won't be made until the end
of the season, when a panel of
sports writers will pick 11 of them.
Ohio State's Tom Perdue, a sec-
ond team end, was the only play-
er nominated from last year's
regular All-Conference team.
Three of the nominees made
last year's academic team: end
Gary Hembrough of Illinois, quar-
terback Bob Eickhoff of North-
western and center Jim Bridges
of Michigan State.
The College Sports Information
Directors of America and the
American Peoples Encyclopedia
co-sponsor the project and re-
quire a , player to have a "B"
average or better in either or both
semesters previous to nomination
or throughout his collegiate ca-
reer.

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