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TUESDAY, APRiL 18, 1961


'M' Hitters Let Chips Fly

Coaches Hope for Good Year

One is tempted to suggest that
otre Dame's baseball squad is
snowed" by Michigan's reputa-
on-but is it the reputation of
2e state of Michigan for fine
eather, or the reputation of the
ampaging Wolverine' baseball
Whichever it is, the game
cheduled for this afternoon with
he Irish has been cancelled-for
bvious reasons.
The game was to have provided
he first real test for the Wolver-
nes since they returned from their
outhern trip. Since then the team
as scored rather easy victories
gainst Wayne State, 14-8, and
"entral Michigan, 9-1 and 13-8, to

bring their overall record to nine
and three.
In all three games Michigan has
demonstrated a devastating hit-
ting attack and smooth fielding,
and in spots excellent pitching.
Weak Pitching
Coach Don Lund is quick to
point out that the 36 hits the
Wolverines have rolled up in the
last three games came against
pitching that was somewhat be-
low Big Ten caliber.
Nevertheless, the frequency with
which Wolverine sluggers have
sprayed hits into opponents' fields
has been impressive. And a .286
team batting average is nothing
to sneer at.
Included in the 36 hits have

been eight home runs-two each
by sophomores Bill Freehan and
Dennis Spala, and one apiece by
Ed Hood, Joe Merullo, Dick DeLa-
mielleure, and Franz Neubrecht (a
pitcher no less).
Again these figures should be
taken with a grain of salt. At Cen-
tral Michigan Saturday, the fences
were supposed to be 320 feet away
down the line and 385 to straight-
away center. And the wind was
blowing away from home plate.
Tough Grandma
All in all, it looked like your
grandmother could have dropped
one over the fence if she hit it
hard enough.
The fielding has been equally
impressive. The Wolverines turned
in five double-plays in the Satur-
day twin bill against the Chips
and contributed many other fine
plays besides.
Lund considers the club's sec-
ond base combination of Dick
Honig at short and Joe Jones at
second the finest it has had in
several years. u,
Solid Outfield
The outfield also appears solid,
whether Lund uses righties Jim
Steckley and Jim Newman or
lefties DeLamielleure and Spalla
in right and left fields, respective-
ly. The latter two turned in fine
throws to cut down unwise Chip
runners Saturday. Hood in cen-
ter adds to the Wolverine fielding
strength up the center.
As far as the pitching is con-
cerned, Wolverine hopes rest on
the success of sophs Mike Joyce
and Fritz Fisher. Joyce has been
the team's leading pitcher this
spring, chalking up his third
straight win Saturday, a master-
ful two-hitter, marred only by
touches of wildness.
Fisher carried a 2.81 earned-
run-average into Saturday's game,
but seemed unable to bear down
all the way and frequent wildness
kept him in trouble most of the
The team will get its biggest
test of the season Friday against
the Gophers, defending Big Ten
and NCAA champs. After that a
more accurate evaluation of their
prospects can be made.

The Michigan track team is
favored to win the Big Ten Out-
door Championships this year even
though Illinois beat them by over
20 points in last year's meeting.
The main reason the Wolverines
are favored is that this year there
have been no injuries of any con-
sequence, while last year the
Maize and Blue team, after hand-
ily winning the indoor title, was
hampered by injuries to Bennie
McRae, Les Bird and others ex-
pected to place in their events.
Also slowing the Michigan men
was a loss in the mile relay, in
which it was favored, to Illinois
as George Kerr, having one of his
best days. picked up 12 yards on
Tony Seth and opened up a seven-
yard lead. The meet nad already
been decided, but with McRae, the
race could have been the crucial
Robinson Injured
This year the only injury has
been to Tom Robinson, who hurt
his leg in the Trinidad Games
over spring vacation, but the var-
sity captain is running this week.
The Michigan team, as usual
well-fortified with reserves, will
be entering open meets away from
home this season, having only one
home meet, the Michigan Open
April 25, and one dual meet, with
Western Michigan May 13.
The first encounter for the
squad will be the annual Ohio Ile-
lays April 22 to be held in the
Ohio Stadium at Columbus, where
the heavily favored Michigan team
will meet stars from Purdue,
Michigan State, Western Michigan
and Ohio State.
Seth Lost
Lost from last year's squad are
Seth, 600-yd. champion, Earl Dear-

dorf, 880-yd. runner and Steve
Williams, Big Ten high jump
winner, but again sophomores
have provided the necessary
strength, as shown in the win of
the Indoor championship in
March. .
How do the trackmen keep in
form? "Most of them make up
their own workouts, since there
are so many different things they
are doing," stated coach Don Can-
ham. "Some wear weight belts
(working out with ten or more
pounds hung over their shoulders),
some work on their legs by run-
ning up and down the bleachers
at Ferry Field and others stick
to calesthentics and straight run-
Canham is eager to have his
men work outside the confines of
Yost Field House. "I'd rather have
them out there almost any day,

even in light rain, than in there,"
he relates.
The weekend after the Ohio
Relays, the team will travel to
Philadelphia for the Penn Relays,
return for the Michigan Open and
wait out an open date May 6
before the meet with Western
Michigan. Western beat Michigan
by a half-point at the University
Relays over spring vacation by
virtue of the fact that neither
Robinson nor McRae was running
in their respective specialties, the
sprints and the hurdles.
On May 19 and 20 comes the
Big Ten Championships at Iowa
City. "Our main competition
should be Illinois again," states
assistant coach Elmer Swanson,
but George Kerr and four strong
teammates are gone. So, probably,
are Illinois' chances of winning,
barring injuries.

-Daily-James Warneka
DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE-Wolverine gridders hit the dummies
as they prepare for Big Ten football competition this fall. The
team has been working out for a week despite the inclement
weather, and heavy workouts will continue for two more weeks.
Enthusiasm High Spirit
Mark Spring Grid Drills

Michigan Sailors Sweep
To Two StraightVictories

-Daily-David Giltrow
MICHIGAN'S HOT HITTING 6 "- Bob Marcereau, Wolverine
pitcher, has a sure hit taken away from him as the Wayne State
first baseman makes a diving grab of his sharp grounder between
first and second. Marcereau was robbed, but the team is hitting
at a very respectable .286 clip.

Mantle's Homer Tops KC, 3-0

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Mickey Mantle,
hitless in the first two games,
slammed a two-run homer and two
singles for the New York Yankees
yesterday while Whitey Ford shut
out Kansas City 3-0 with three
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pitch off the facade of the upper
deck in right field after Yogi Berra
walked in the first inning. In the1
Yankee third Hector Lopez singled
but was thrown out trying for two.1
Berra then walked, took second on
a wild pitch and scored on Man-'
tle's single to right. Mantle also
singled in the fifth and walked in
the seventh.
It was Walker's first appearance
for the Athletics since he was
traded with outfielder Chuck Es-
segian to Kansas City for pitcher
Dick Hall and utility man Dick
After Walker left for a pinch
hitter in the eighth, relief man
Joe Nuxhall and Ed Keegan ran
into trouble. After Bill Skowron
singled and Tony Kubek walked,
Nuxhall was replaced by Keegan
when he threw a ball to Clete
Boyer. Although Boyer singled,
loading the bases, Keegan made
Ford hit into a force play and got
Bobby Richardson to ground into
a double play.
Haywood Sullivan singled in the
third, Jerry Lumpe singled in the
sixth and pinch hitter Essegian hit
a ground rules double in the
Boston 3, Los Angeles 2
BOSTON -Frail-looking Gary
Geiger smashed a 400 foot home
run today, nailing down a 3-2
Boston victory over the Los An-
geles Angels.
Sidelined much of last season by
a collapsed lung, Geiger teed off
on reliefer Tom Morgan's 2-1 pitch
in the seventh inning with the
bases empty.
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Geiger, deceptively strong for his
165 pounds, came through with the
big one just after fireman Mike
Fornieles checked a Los Angeles
bases-loaded uprising.
Fornieles had his troubles with
pinchljitters before completing his
salvage chores, yielding a ninth in-
ning solo homer to former Boston
outfielder Albie Pearson.
Boston broke a scoreless duel In
the sixth to take a 2-0 edge on
loser Ken McBride. Jackie Jensen
snapped his season's hitless streak
with a wrong-field single to right
driving in one run. Pumpsie Green
drew a bases loaded walk to force
in the other.
Ilajor League
Standing s

Coach Bump Elliott's Michigan
gridders took a day off yesterday
from spring practice because of
the uncertain, winter-like weath-
The weatherman 'gas kind
enough last week to allow the Wol-
verines to get in their prescribed
five sessions, as they wound up
Saturday with a two-hour control-
led scrimmage. Elliott called it a
"normal practice, but a hard-hit-
ting one" and felt that the team
has come along well in such a
short time.
"However, . .. there is still lots
of progress to be made and much
improvement forthcoming," he1
Elliott mentioned that he no-;
ticed some of the newer players,
who will possibly help out next,
fall but added that it was too early
to single out any particular indi-
viduals, other than the proven vet-;
erans from last year.7
"We are all still going through
a sorting out process," said Elliott,
explaining that more concrete
specifics will be known after Sat-
urday's first full-scale scrimmage
in the Stadium.
"The one thing we especially
liked about Saturday's workout
was the intensity with which they
were hitting. They were really go-
ing after one another. The morale
and spirit were also very high."
The enthusiasm could be con-
tributed to the' fact that the
younger men are trying hard to
earn themselves a spot on the
team, with the returnees, both let-
termen and reserves, determined
to hold on to their respective po-
Openings Left
In I-M League
I-M Director Earl Riskey an-
nounced yesterday that in addi-
tion to the 200 teams participating
in I-M softball, there will also be
a regulation baseball league.
As yet there are still three
openings for teams for the league,
which will play its games on the
freshman baseball diamond.
Riskey also anounced that spring
hours for the I-M Building will be
from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on week-
days and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on Saturdays.

Despite Saturday's hard-hitting
contact drill, the team remains in
good shape with only minor in-
juries, such as pulled muscles and
sprained ankles, cropping up. El-
liott and his staff are looking for-
ward to~ this week's drills with re-
newed anticipation as to how the
squad will develop.

By The Associated Press
MONTREAL-Pierre Pilote, de-l
fenserman for the Stanley Cups
Champion Chicago Black Hawks,x
set a record for most assists by a
defenseman in the Cup series that1
ended Sunday night.
Pilate scored one assist last
night for a total of 12 in thek
series, one more than the previousI
record of 11 set by Montreal Cana-
diens' Doug Harvey.
Pilote's total of 15 points, in-
cluding three goals, gave him a
tie for first place with Detroit's
Gordie Howe in the individual Cup
scoring race. It was probably the
first time a defenseman finished
first or tied for first.
* . * *
Sharman Leaves Celts
geles Jets of the American Basket-
ball Association yesterday signed
Bill Sharman, veteran star of the
NBA Boston Celtics, to a three-
year contract as general manager
and coach.
Sharman, contacted in the east,
said he was "most happy" with
the appointment, adding:
"If things work out, I may try
to test the NBA option rule by'
operating as a player-coach."
He said the ABA three-point
rule for field goals looked espe-
cially attractive to him.
The Celtics have said they
would let Sharman go as a coach
but would not agree to his play-
ing for the Jets because of an op-
tion clause in his Boston NBA
Leo the Toe Fined
LOS ANGELES-Leo Durocher,
co-star in a shin-kicking exchange
with an umpire Sunday night,
drew a three-day suspension yes-
The other half of the shin-to
shin fest, umpire Jocko Conlan,

left town. He wasn't talking, any-
way. All he told reporters last
night was:
"I got kicked twice and so did
The affair made it plain that
Lippy Leo after five years out of
baseball has quickly regained-if
not surpassed-his old form as
one of the game's premier rhu-
barb artists.
Baseball-Si, Si
BALTIMORE - Pitcher Pedro
Ramos of the Minnesota Twins
says now he didn't mean it when
he talked of joining a revolution
in his native Cuba.
"I baseball player, not fighter
or great lover," he said here Sun-
day before beating the Baltimore
Ramos was quoted last week in
New York as saying if a revolution
was mounted against Castro he
was ready to get in it.
"I'm just kidding Cookie when
I say I leave club," Ramos said.
Since then, Manager Cookie
Lavagetto of the Twins has cau-
tioned reporters seen talking to
Ramos by saying "baseball, si,
politics, no."

Pilote Sets Stanley Cup Assist Record

Michigan sailors emerged vic-
torious from their first two spring
Michigan Collegoate Sailing As-
sociation regattas.
Skippers Timmy Schnieder, '62
E, John Goldsmith, '62E, Paul
O'Reilly, '62, and Otto Scherer,
'61E, sailing the club's Jet-14
sloops, beat out Wisconsin, Pur-
due, Notre Dame, Detroit, Wayne
State, and Middlebury (Vt) by
taking nine out of ten races sail-
ed Saturday in their home Cary-
Price Memorial Regatta.
The remaining four races were
called off on Sunday because of

sudden snow and wind storms, giv-
ing the Michigan helmsmefi a
hands-down win. The club has
held the Cary-Price trophy since
the institution of the memorial
regatta three years ago in hon-
or of two club members who were
lost on a camping trip in Canada.
The Whipper-snappers took an-
other trophy, their first of the
season, in South Bend, the week
before at the Notre Dame Spring
Invitational. There too, the weath-
er turned nasty on Sunday, but
the sailors braved it to ,win over
five opposing schools.
Scherer and O'Reilly also skip-
pered in that regatta in the 'A'
division, with John Gebhardt, '64
E, Bob Beuhler, '63, and Rolfe
Worden, '61, sailing the 'B' divi-
sion races.
Next weekend, the Michigan
sailors will face tough, New Eng-
land competition at the Boston
Dinghy Cup Regatta in Massachu
setts. The host school will be the
Coast Guard Academy.
The Middlebury sailors from
Vermont were the first Eastern
competitors to attend a Michigan
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Cleveland 3 1 .750
Detroit 2 1 .667
New York 2 1 .667
Boston 2 1 .667
Kansas City 1 2 .333
Los Angeles 1 2 .333
Chicago 1 2 .333
Washington 1 3 .250
Baltimore 1 4 .200


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