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the series and insure itself
NCAA District Four Tourney
h Illinois, Western Michigan,
Detroit as the, other partici-
the Wolverines had the ill
of drawing Western in the
ound. The Broncos weren't
losing four in .a row and
back to nip Michigan, 6-5, in
nings to open the series.

first pitcher in Big Ten history to
start and win both games of a
doubleheader and lifted his sea-
son's record to a perfect 8-0 mark.
Michigan's victory over Illinois
was especially gratifying since it
was the first time the two teams"
had met since the Big Ten cham-
pions shut out Michigan 1-0 in
their Conference opener.
Throw the Bums Out
The mention of Michigan's base-
ball team around Kalamazoo is

aging on by a thiread. in the bound to bring censored curses
e-elimination tourney, Mich- this summer. The Wolverines and
returned the next day to the Broncos met for the sixth time
1ate the University of De- in the finals of the double elimina-
12-6, behind a 17-hit attaaek. tion tourney. Once again, in ten
r- Dave Roebuck let the innings, the Wolverines won it,
s take an early 5-2 lead, but this time on Jim Newman's single
gan rallied to avenge two to score pitcher Jim Bobel. The
of U-of-De te etroiters score was 7-6. The Broncos lost
ntered the tourney with a only six games all year, but five
eord. of them were to Michigan.
ecoe-an Show Off to Omaha for the College
World Series, the Wolverines drew
was pitcher John Kerr who top-ranked Texas as their first-
Michigan into the regional round opponent. Like an.old cow-
the following day. The Royal puncher Ron Tate lassoed the
enior started against Illinois Longhorns for Michigan. The
usted the Illini, 5-1. Twenty sophomore right fielder. lifted a
es later he came back to home run off the clock in center-
against Western Michigan. field with two out and Dick Honig
mpleted both games, winning on rst .to break up a 1-1 tie and
st one himself with a sacri- win the ball game. In contrast,
ly in the tenth inning for a Texas left 13 men on the bases,
ecision while limiting power-,while. Michigan had only three
estern to only five hits. hits, but made all of them count.
er pitching for four hours Eastern champion Holy Cross
1i minutes Kerr became the was battered 11-4 the following

day. Michigan pounded out 14 hits
while reliefer Jim Bobel pitched
one-hit ball for the last five inn-
ings to register the win. Four dou-
ble plays by Michigan made things
easier for the local hurlers.
Another Win
Wearing out the words "come
from behind" the 'M' nine twice
fell four runs in back of Florida
State in a third-round battle of
the unbeatens. When it was all
over, however, the scoreboard
showed Michigan out in front,
10-7. 'The Florida State decision
left Michigan as the only unbeaten
team remaining, with a 3-0 mark.
In the fourth round Michigan
took a backward bounce. Texas'
Tom Belc4her pitched his second
three-hitter against Michigan, get-
ting a 7-0 shutout.'
The loss left Michigan, Texas
and Santa Clara, the West Coast
representative, remaining in the
series with identical 3-1 records.
Coach Lund did his bit to help
out the team by drawing the bye
ticket in the semi-finals. Michi-
gan's ball players then sat back
and watched Santa Clara beat the
Longhorns, 4-3, to earn the right
to oppose the Wolverines.
The Big One
The showdowni and the title
went on the line, June 16. The
result was the same. old story.
Michigan's bunch of "ordinary
guys" proved their supremacy.
Santa Clara had the superstars

with two fine Major League pros-
pects in shortstop Ernie Fazio and
pitcher Bob Garibaldi, rated the
nation's best collegiate hurler,
who signed a $125,000 Major
League bonus in July.
Garibaldi, who entered the game
with the score tied 3-3, allowed
only one hit in 7% innings of re-
lief,'but that.lone safety cost him
the game. Michigan reliefer Jim
Bobel won his own ball game in
the 15th inning with a double
which rolled all the way to the
wall in center field scoring Chap-
man, who was on first base via a
free pass. Bobel moved to third
on a ground-out, and scored on a
wild pitch. Although Santa Clara
scored a run in the bottom of the
inning, the "M" still won, 5-4.
The newly-crowned NCAA cham-
pions then took off for a 20-day
tour of Hawaii, where they met
the Japanese collegiate champion,
Hosei University in a five-game
Best of the Best
In typical Michigan fashion the
series wasn't decided until the
final game. Fritz Fisher, however,
was up for the occasion. He hurled
a three-hitter to pace the Wolver-
ines to a 3-1 victory as Michigan
became the first world collegiate
baseball champions.
The Wolverines then finished
off their season with seven games
against teams from the Hawaii In-
terservice League, winning six of
the seven. They met four teams,
beating each once, two of them
twice, and splittngi with the Ha-
waii Marines. The M' squad fin-
ished the season with a record of
40 wins and only 16 defeats.
The "ordinary guys" won it all
against the best there was. Now,
another school year begins. With
only three seniors gone from their
original 25-man squad, these same
"ordinary guys" will try to make
it back to Honolulu once again.
Michigan proved you don't need
that "big man" to be a winner;
it's what's all-around that counts.
Fans shouldn't worry about
overconfidence on the part of the
Wolverines, though they hold the
awesome title of world champions
they will still be trying for that
Big Ten title, something that
eluded them last season.



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There will be no dearth of tal-
ent on the Michigan baseball team
in 1963.
No less than 15 lettermen will
return to 'the squad this spring,
barring professional bonuses and
other unforeseen difficulties. And
another 15 freshmen will be
around to bolster an already suc-
cessful ball club.
The 1963 version of the Wolver-
ines will try to regain the Big Ten
championship from Illinois. The
Illini nosed out the diamondmen
by one game last spring in the last
game of the season.
Three Depart
Pitcher John Kerr (6-0 in the
1962 regular season), catcher Joe
Merullo, and captain-outfielder
Eddie Hood.were the only three
seniors on last year's aggregation.
Otherwise, the team is virtually in-
This year's mound staff has a
nucleus of lefty Fritz Fisher (5-5)
and righthander Dave Roebuck (8-
2), both seniors. Roebuck, in his
first year on the team as a junior,
was its winningest hurler, while
Fisher, who got off to a bad start
on the spring trip, finished strong-
ly. These two figure to be two-
thirds of Coach Don Lund's start-

ing rotation, with the third re-
maining to be chosen.
Hopeful Hurlers
This last member of Lund's "big!
three" will come from the fol-
lowing group: Jim Bobel (1-2) and
Bob Dunston (0-2), two juniors,
who at times showed a good deal
of promise last spring, and Tom
Hoagland, Malor Pemberton, Clyde
Barnhart, Jerry Hribar, Paul
Schuldt, and Charles Wahl, all,
sophomores. Hoagland, a lefty,,in-'
dicated an especially bright future
in his freshman year.
Wayne Slusher (3-0), a junior
who was the Wolverines' most con-
sistent relief pitcher in 1962, is'
back to come to the aid of f alter-
ing starters.

Lund's most difficult task will be
that of replacing Merullo as back-
stop, to uphold Michigan's tradi-
tion of fine receivers (Bill Free-
han, Dick Syring, et al). A trio of
sophomores, Jim DeSpain, Peter
Adams, and Charles Adams (not
related) will vie to fill Merullo's
shoes. Considering the big bats and
astute pitcher handling of Merul-
lo and his predecessors, this is no
mean task, for this is the first year
in the past four in which the Wol-
verines cannot boast at least one
proven catcher at the season's out-
If there is a scarcity of catch-
ers, there is a bumper crop of in-
fielders. Not only is the entire
1962 infield back this year, but, in

Huge Athletic Facilities
House Ten Varsity Teams,

Athletics play a big role in thel
life of a Michigan student andi
Michigan has one of the largest
athletic plants in the nation to
fulfill this need.
'There are ten varsity sports
played throughout the year. These
are football, swimming, tennis,
gymnastics, basketball, baseball,
track (indoor and outdoor), hock-
ey, golf and wrestling. Of these,
admission is charged only for
hockey and swimming because of
the lack of space at these events.
All the others have free admis-
sion to bearers of student athletic
cards, which are received as a
result of paying registration fees.
Massive Stadium
The football games are held in
massive Michigan Stadium, locat-

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ed at Main and Stadium Streets.
Seating 101,001, Michigan Stadium
ranks as the largest college-owned
stadium in the nation.
The basketball games are held
in Yost Field House, on S. State
St., along with indoor track meets
and wrestling meets. Gymnastics
meets are held in the Sports
building on Hoover St. and,
through the sliding doors, the
swimming meets are held next
door at the Varsity Pool.
The hockey games are played at
the Coliseum, situated half-way
between the campus and the sta-
dium, at Fifth Ave. and Hill St.
Outdoor Sports
On Ferry Field a number of
sports can be viewed with little
effort. Behind the I-M building
are the tennis courts and next to
them the outdoor track. Behind.
the track is the baseball stadium
and then, neighboring the stadium,
the football field used for spring
practices are found.
In the I-M program at Michi-
gan, every student can find the
sport that suits him best. The
program, directed by Earl Riskey,
controls some 24 sports for the
residence halls, social and profes-
sional fraternities, and the in-
dependent groups.r
No one who has won a varsity
letter or who is competing in a
varsity sport is allowed to partici-
pate in the I-M competition.
Many I-M Sports
Some of the many sports which
one may compete in are tennis,
cross country, ping-pong, diving,
squash, badminton, weight lifting,
golf, horseshoes, track, basketball,
handball, paddleball (invented by
Riskey), bowling, and many, many
Most of these events are held in
the Sports, or I-M, building. Oth-
er facilities include the women's
sports building and tennis courts
located at Palmer Field. At the
Michigan Union are located a
swimming pool. pool tables, ping-
pong tables, and the bowling al-
Every woman student entaring
Michigan automatically becomes a
member of the Women's. Athletic
Association and is eligible to par-
ticipate in all of its activities. The
WAA program includes twelve
sports clubs, two dance grups,
inter-house tonrraments, co-rec-
reational activities and special
There also exists a Rifle Club,
a Sailing Club, the ULLR Ski Club,
and the Women's Physical Educa-
tion Club.

addition, five hopeful sophomores
will join the club.
Campbell a Comer
First string first baseman Dave
Campbell is still only a junior, but
he could conceivably turn into the
big power man on the squad. In
the closing games of the previous
campaign, Campbell began to
spray extra base hits with profu-
sion as ample warning to Wolver-
ine rivals that even more would
be on tap in '63. Also, a fielding
artist, he specializes in scooping
low throws to first out of the dirt.
If a team's keystone combina-
tion is its nucleus, then the Wol-
verines are solid. Second baseman
Joe Jones and shortstop Dick Ho-
nig became somewhat of a legend
at Ferry Field last spring by virtue
of their rapid execution of the
double play. Both seniors now,
their experience in the past two
years should vault them into the
status of the number one Big Ten
keystone combo.
Trouble on the Basepaths
And they hit, too. Stationed one-
two in Lund's lineup, Jones and
Honig were on base almost every
time you looked around. And by
Lund's adept usage of the hit-and-
run, stolen %lbase, and sacrifice,
they scored plenty of runs. In fact,
Jones led the Big Ten in that de-
When Honig slashed a finger
late last season, utility man Jim
Newman stepped in and proved to
be a satisfactory replacement
afield, while showing steady im-
provement at the plate. Harvey
Chapman figures to retain his job
as regular third baseman, having,
finished the season with batting
heroics similar to Campbell's.
Chapman is a junior, while New-
man, who can fill in equally well
at second or third, is a senior.
The quintet of sophomores who
will attempt to dislodge the vet-
erans consists of Jim Walters, Dan
DiNunzio, Earl Meyers, George
Skaff, and Lionel'Endsley.
Outfield OK
In 1962, the Wolverine outfield
provided the main part of the
team's runs batted in, they'll all
be back for more.
The outstanding picket man was
center fielder Dennis Spalla. All
this little lefty did was lead the
Wolverines in hitting and RBI,
finish second in the conference
in RBI, and be selected to thei
District 4 all-star team. In ad-
dition, he's proved himself cap-
able of covering plenty of acreage
in the typically spacious college
ball parks.
Jim Steckley, as left fielder and
cleanup hitter, also carries a good
deal of power in his bat. He's the
team's outstanding home run hit-
ter, capable of teeing off at any
given moment. But seniors Spalla
and Steckley must share the lime-
light with right fielder Ron Tate,
a junior who specializes in drop-
ping line drives in holes in the
outfield and performing more than
respectably as a ball hawk..
This top flight outfield is back-
ed up by Dick Post, a junior who
has proven himself capable of
fielding any position and doing a
reliable job at bat, and sophomore
Tom Frick.
Classy Coaches
Lest we forget-can't be a team
without coaches, and Michigan has
two of the most respected men in
the business. Both Lund and as-
sistant coach Milbery (Moby) Ben-
edict are Michigan alumni, and
Lund was a major league out-
fielder with Detroit, Brooklyn and
the old St. Louis Browns.




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