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Tape Measure Clout Soars 461'1"

"'It would've been out of Briggs
For that matter it would've
been out of Tiger stadium too, for
coincidentally enough, the dimen-
sions of both parks are identical.
The slightly partial observer who
is still living somewhat in the past
is Michigan baseball Coach Don
Lund, and the subject under dis-
cussion was the home run Wol-
verine right fielder Dick DeLamiel-
leure hit against Wayne State last
Friday afternoon.
With two men on in the third
inning, DeLamielleure caught hold
of a fast ball offering by Wayne
State's Larry Strausberger and
sent a sky high shot into the ten-
nis courts far beyond the right
field barrier.
Wanted Verification
Lund, the Tiger's regular right
Aelder in 1953-4 when the Detroit
park was still Brigg's stadium, is
not one to make idle statements.
But this one he wanted to verify.
Yesterday, armed with a tape
measure and accompanied by
Michigan equipment manager
Henry Hatch-who had visually
marked the spot where the ball hit
from his press box seat - Lund
marched out to prove his point.
The distance? Four hundred
sixty-one feet, one-inch-as the
crow flies.
Not Many Longer
"You don't see many farther,
than this," Lund said, with a look
of fulfillment. And then he added,
"You have to remember that the
upper deck at Detroit leans out

over the lower deck and is ac-
tually only about 320-ft. from
home plate. There's no doubt in
my mind that Dick's ball would
have been on the roof if not over."
"When Mantle or somebody in
the big leagues hits one this far
everybody takes it for granted.
But when a college player does it
then it's open to skepticism. I
think the caliber of college base-
ball is being vastly under-rated."
Herculean Clout
Actually, the Herculean clout
was DeLamielleure's second homer
of the inning-but the first had
curved foul. After arguing on the
next pitch-a called strike - he
connected for the big one,
"I was still seething a little, I
guess, when I cut at his fast ball,"
recalls DeLamielleure, "and I
might have swung a little harder
than usual. I knew it was gone
the moment I hit it."
With a 461'1" reference at hand,
it's obvious that DeLamielleure
has more going for him than his
name, which incidentally is pro-
nounced Da-lam-ma-leer.
Illustrious Club
At present the 6' 200-1b. junior
transfer from Notre Dame is the
only active Wolverine in the I-
almost - maimed - a - tennis-play-
er-club. He joins an illustrious
group, of which the most famous
member is sequoia arms himself,
Ted Kluszewski.
"Kluszewski hit his homer a
little closer to the right field line,"
recalls Lund, who played against
the former Indiana star in his
senior year at Michigan in 1945.

"I think Dick's might have been
a little farther though."
Two Timer
If DeLamielleure was power (the
political kind) hungry he might
even claim the presidency of the
organization. His qualifications
are simply that he has reached
the distant cement not once, but
His intitiation came last year
in the freshman-varsity game
when he powered a similar shot
to almost the same spot. This
one was not measured, however.

"I think the one I hit last Fri-
day was a little farther," ventures
DeLamielleure. "It was certainly
more satisfying-it counted."
Tomorrow when the Wolverines
face NCAA champion Minnesota
in their Big Ten opener, Lund
wouldn't be a bit unhappy if the
big right fielder became the only
three time member of the exclu-
sive organization.
He *would be just as happy,
though, if big "D" would slice one
of his home runs into four dou-

Four Team\
Meet Awaits
'M' Golfers
What does a golf team do in the
Despite the standard joke about
using red golf balls, a golf team
doesn't do much. Thus the Wolver-
ines had a problem, and with the
biggest meet of the young season
coming up Saturday at Columbus,
nobody was too happy about the
Back on Links
The squad is back on the links
now, working hard, for waiting
for them at Columbus besides
Ohio State's Buckeyes, will be
Purdue and Indiana.
To a coach of another sport the
prospect of meeting these three
teams, one at a time, isn't en-
Although Purdue and Indiana
are in the midst of a rebuilding
operation after two years of lead-
ing the Conference, they can still
be expected to present a respect-
able team. Ohio State with the
home course advantage and the
big, bold Jack Nicklaus is con-
sidered by many as the team to
beat for the Big Ten Champion-
Nicklaus Tough
Nicklaus, seasoned by National
Open and Masters competition as
well as numerous other amateur
tournaments, is especially tough
on his home course.
The chore of beating him will
go to Captain Joe Brisson. He did
it last year here, but he'll have. to-
go some to repeat.
But regardless of how Brisson
and Nicklaus come out, the hopes
of the Wolverines rest with the
other five, Dick Youngberg, Tom
Ahern, Mike Goode, Chuck New-
ton and Bill Newcombe.
As Katzenmeyer put it so well,
"we know they've got Nicklaus, we
just want to find out what else
they've got. That goes for Indiana
and Purdue as well."

About this time a year sgo
Michigan's baseball team rode in-
to Minnesota with Big Ten title
aspirations on its mind.
A day later the Wolverines be-
gan the long plane ride hack to
Ann Arbor with the memories of
those title aspirations hanging
vaguely in the backs of their
minds. A little fresher was the
rude display of power the Gophers
used to blast the Wolverines in a
twin bill, 10-3 and 11-2.
Probably the freshest memory
was of a big, strong first baseman,
Wayne Knapp by name, who al-
most personally pushed Michigan's
pitching staff clear back to Ann
Three Homers
That fatefull Saturday, aided by
a strong wind, he collected no less
than three homers while going
four for five in the double header.
As a sidelight he batted in five
Although this year Knapp and
his crew of fence busters have had
to take a back seat to Harmon
Killebrew & Co. of the new Min-
nesota Twins, the Gophers are
expected to make another strong
run for Big Ten and national
Gone from the 1960 Champions
are scrappy catcher Niel Junker,
keystone combination Johnny
Erickson and Dave Pflepson and
centerfielder Ron Causton. Also

gone are five of last year's eight
man pitching staff, some by grad-
uation, and others to professional
teams, but the Gophers have
plenty back.
Knapp heads the list, but be-
hind him a few others swing
mean sticks. Third baseman Cal
Rolloff, another power boy, has
been shifted to shortstop to
strengthen the middle but he still
hits home runs. Second base is
capably handled by Dick Alford.
Howard Nathe, the third of the
big sticks, returns to double on
the mound and in the outfield.
In the opener of last year's twin
victory, this guy, besides holding
the Wolverines to three runs,
clouted a bases-loaded triple and
added another hit giving him
five RBIs for the day.
Bad Weather
Releases from the Minnesota
camp have been singing the blues
because of the lack of good
weather, but Michigan baseball
Coach Don Lund remains wary.

"They've got that championship
experience, and they'll still be
tough, especially with their vet-
erans and their pitching," he said.
"They've done a little changing
around, but the fact still re.
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mains, they had good success on
their spring trip," he added.
At any rate the Gophers will be
in town Friday, and according to
Lund, the Wolverines are ready,
for the game could go a long way
toward determining a champion.

Tough Gophers Have Power


Lambda Chi Nips DU's
In ISoftball Action


Two bases loaded walks in the
top of the fifth inning gave Lamb-
da Chi Alpha a come-from-behind
5-4 victory over Delta Upsilon, in
'A' fraternity I-M softball action
Leading 4-0 at the end of two
innings, Delta Upsilon pitcher
Gary Joachim gave up three runs
in the top of the third inning to
narrow his team's lead to one
After a scoreless fourth inning,
Lambda Chi Alpha got three men
on base without an out in the
top of the fifth. This set the stage
for the two walks.
Fighting to regain his control,
Joachim bore down, but to no
avail, as both Bill Patrick and
John Carton drew bases on balls,
good for two runs.
Gayle King then came to re-
lieve Joachim, but, although he

successfully put down the upris-
ing, he was too late, for Lambda
Chi Alpha was ahead to stay.
John Everhardus went all the
way to gain the win. He pitched
shutout ball after giving up four
runs in the first and second in-
In another game, Sigma Phi
downed Psi Upsilon 7-3 as John
Richards pitched a three-hitter
for the winners.
Other 'A' action saw Phi Gam-
ma Delta hold off Phi Kappa
Tau, 16-10. Theta Delta Chi rout-
ed Theta Chi 14-2;. Alpha Epsilon
Pi mauled Tau Kappa Epsilon,
25-2; Theta Xi nipped Acacia
11-9; and Pi Lambda Phi won
by forfeit.
In 'B' action Sigma Phi Epsi-
lon trounced Theta Chi, 15-4; Phi
Kappa Psi toppled Pi Lambda Phi,
11-8; and Lloyd edged Winchell,

-Daily-Jerome Starr
LONGEST EVER?-That's what Michigan baseball coach Don
Lund andequipment manager Henry Hatch were wondering as
they measure the flight of Dick DeLamielleure's circuit blow dur-
ing the Wolverines' recent 14-8 conquest over Wayne State.

Trackmen Expected To Repeat
Good Showing in Ohio Relays

Michigan trackmen are again
favored to win the Annual Ohio
Relays to be held Saturday aft-
ernoon at Columbus.
Last year, led by Ergas Leps,
the Michigan cindermen won six
events, taking five out of the six
relays they entered. Bryan Gib-
son, Dave Martin, and Leps
teamed with Earl Deardorff to

Alumni, Residents To Help Pay Way

win the distance medley in
10:12.9. All return except Dear-
In last year's 440-yd. Relay,
Michigan easily won with Bennie
McRae, Dick Cephas, and Tom
Robinson. The trio will run at
Columbus with senior John Gregg
in what should be an easy repeat
Wally Schafer, Frank Geist,
James Montour, and Leps set new
state and meet records with a
7:36.8 clocking in the Two Mile
Relay last April.
Leps Excels
In the final leg of the race
Leps brilliantly outran Michigan
State's great runner, Willie At-
terberry, for a Michigan victory.
This Saturday Schafer and Geist
will again run in the two mile
relay with Dave Martin and Soph-
omore Charles Aquino.
Len Cercone, McRae, Cephas,
and Robinson won the 880-yd.
Relay with the time of 1:26.4 last
year. All are returning and will
be favorites for a repeat victory
if they run together Saturday.
Gibson, Cercone, and Dicker-
son, together with Tony Seth who
has graduated, gave Michigan an-
other victory in the mile relay.
Wolverines Hold Record
Notre Dame barely nosed out
the Michigan sprint relay team

last year for the Wolverines' only
relay loss. Michigan also estab-
lished an unofficial record by
winning more events than any
other team in the meet's history.
Outstanding performers compet-
ing for the Michigan thinclads
Saturday will be Captain Tom
Robinson, the versatile Cephas,
and Gibson in the sprints and
middle distances. Ray Locke in
the shotput and Bennie McRae in
the low hurdles are Big Ten cham-
pions. Sophomore Carter Reese
will be a man to watch in the
sprints as the season develops.
Leps and broadjumper,. Les Bird,
will be counted on by track Coach
Don Canham for fine perform-
ances Saturday also.
Murchison To Run
Added attractions to Saturday's
meet will be Ira Murchison, run-
ning for the Chicago Track Club,
and runners from Notre Dame,
Kentucky, and Pittsburgh in ad-
dition to trackmen from Michigan
State. Purdue, and Ohio State.
Western Michigan with Dave Un-
derly will be a team to watch also.
The Annual Ohio Relays Sat-
urday will be a tune-up in prep-
aration for the Penn Relays the
following week and the Michigan
Relays, the only remaining track
competition to be held in Ann Ar-
bor this year.

I-M Golf
Moved Up
The I-M department has been
besieged with postponements be-
cause of the spring'(?) weather
and has asked the help of all
teams to make up the games. Earl
Riskey, director of Intramural
athletics, has suggested that the
teams go out on their own to
make up the games due to the lack
of available fields.
Riskey alsot announced that the
I-M golf tournament has been
moved from May 6, to May 20.
Big Ten Bowling Team
Michigan's Big Ten bowling team
will be led by Milt Lorber in the
Conference Tournament April 28-
29 at Minnesota.
Lorber vaulted from a sixth
place spot in the nine-game quali-
fying trials to capture top honors
with a final nine-game total of
1680. He bested second place Marty
Widzer by ten pins, with Jim
Copeland and Karl Sniderman ty-
ing for third place, totaling 3192
pins (18 games) each at the Mich-
igan Union lanes.
Howard Greene rounds put the
five man team as he edged first
alternate Marshall Hestenes by
one pin. The remaining four final-
ists who also will be alternates are
Jim Willis, Bill Cartwright, Rich-
ard McLeary, and Howie Lipson.
Willis suffered the biggest
plunge, from second place in quali-
fying, despite a high finals game
of 235.
Veeck Installs Midgets
CHICAGO (/P)-Bill Veeck's 1961
unveiling of the Chicago White
Sox in Comiskey Park included a
half dozen midget vendors so box
seat patrons would not have their
vision obscured at the Sox-Wash-
ington Senator game.
A bordering strip all around the
playing field was coated with cin-
ders, imported from Strawn, Tex.,
to reduce sun glare.
John F. Kennedy threw out the
first ball. He's a politician in sub-
urban Oak Lawn.




MINNESOTA SLUGGER - Among the power boys Minnesota
will bring to Ferry Field Friday will be big first baseman Wayne
Knapp. Touted for his long home runs, Knapp is expected to
swing from the cleanup position in the lineup.


With the help of the U. S.
Amateur Wrestling Foundation,
and some hopeful contributions
from Michigan alumni and Ann
Arbor residents, former Michigan
wrestling great, Mike Rodriguez,
will be able to compete in the
International Wrestling meet in
Yokohama, Japan.
Rodriquez, who was three times
Big Ten championand twice
runner-up in the NCAA Cham-
pionships, won the National AAU
Championship at Toledo this past
spring vacation at 147%-lbs.
With this victory, Rodriguez
earned the right to compete with
the United States team in the
International championships
which begin June 2.
Has Problem
However, Rodriguez has a prob-
lem. By the terms of the AAU ar-
rangement, Rodriguez is required
to pay his way to and from San
Francisco, and also to pay all of
his living expenses while in Japan.
The trip from San Francisco to
Yokohama, the longest leg of the
journey, will be paid by the pre-
viously mentioned U. S. Amateur
Wrestling Foundation.
Systematically conducted by

businessmen, the foundation uses
all contributions to promote ama-
teur wrestling in the United
A total of $15,000 is needed to
send the U. S. Free-style and
Greco-Roman teams to Japan. To
date $7,000 has been raised, and
the foundation is asking local sup-
porters to make up the difference.
Started Campaign
Michigan Wrestling Coach Cliff
Keen has started a campaign to
raise part of Rodriguez's share
from Michigan alumni. However,
other contributions are needed and
those willing to help out are asked
to send their contributions in care
of Keen, U. of M. Wrestling Alum-
ni Club, Athletic Administration
Building, Ann Arbor.
Between the two it is hoped
that Rodriguez, who Keen calls
"one of the best we've ever had,"
will be able to take his place with
the rest of the team.
The Wrestling foundation, form-
ed in 1957, is composed of men
from all walks of life, most of
whom are not directly connected
with wrestling or coaching. It is
the money raising arm of amateur
wrestling in the U. S. and to en-
able donations to be tax-deduct-
ible, the foundation is affiliated
with the AAU.
Past Years
During the past four years, the
foundation has been directly re-
sponsible for many things. Among
these are the appearance of the
Russian wrestling team in 1958,
and the raising of $10,000 to en-
able the American team to make
a return appearance in 1959.
It also raised money to send Al
de Farrari, AAU Wrestling chair-
man, to the International Ama-
teur Wrestling Federaiton meet-
ings and brought Shozo Sarahara
Japanese 1960 Olympic Wrestling
Coach, to this country in 1959.
Sarahara stayed in the country
six months, touring and preparing

the U. S. team for the games. The
success of this venture proved it-
self when the U.S. team walked
away with three gold medals in

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Major League Standings


W L Pct. Gl
Minnesota 5 1 .833
Detroit 3 1 .750 1
New York 2 1 .667 11
Cleveland 3 2 .600 11
Boston 2 2 .500 2
Washington 2 3 .400 2
Los Angeles 1 2 .333 21
Kansas City 1 2 .333 21
Chicago 1 3 .250 3
Baltimore 1 4 .200
Washington 7, Chicago 2
Detroit 5, Cleveland 2
LosAngeles at New York (rain)
Minnesota at Boston (rain)
Kansas City at Baltimore (rain)
Los Angeles at New York (2)
Detroit at Cleveland
Washington athChicago
Only games scheduled


x-St. Louis
San Francisco
x-Los Angeles

W L Pct.
5 2 .714
5 3 .625
4 3 .571
4 4 .500
4 4 .500
2 4 .333
2 4 .333
1 3 .250


Cincinnati 4, San Francisco 2
Pittsburgh 4, Chicago 1
Philadelphia at Milwaukee (rain)
St. Louis at Los Angeles (inc.)
Chicago at Pittsburgh
St. Louis at Los Angeles
Cincinnati at San Francisco
Milwaukee at Philadelphia



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