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T rack men Hope for Crowns

Hitting Ruins Benedict's Debut at Michig


Michigan track hopes for 1964
e bright, except for one dark
ot, Wisconsin.-
[ast year, Michigan was going
rough what was termed by
ach Don Canham a "building
ar." With a team consistingI
ostly of sophomores and dun-
rs, Canham managed a tie for
e indoor crown and a third place
Gone. fromc last .year's team are;

its captain, Charlie Aquino in the
middle distances, Charlie Peltz and
Rich Thelwell in the hurdles, Doug
Niles in the broad Jump, Steve
Overton in the pole vault, Carter
Reese in the 440-yd. dash and Jim
Neahusan in the distance events.
Of these men only Aquino, Nea-
husan and Overton scored points
in the outdoor meet at Minnesota.
Aquino was second in the half

The Thin Man
by Dave Good



(Continued from Page 1)
MICHIGAN 17, ARMY 7. Michigan somehow outplayed a good
Army team and reached the .500 mark for-the only time in the season.
The defensive backfield intercepted four passes, one coming in the
Michigan end zone on an Alphonse-Gaston act put on by Smiling
Jack Strobel and Dave Glinka. It stopped a third-quarter Army drive
and protected a 10-0 margin that might not otherwise have held up.
The lyric strains of "When You're smiling" could be heard wafting
through the air after the game ended.
MICHIGAN STATE 28, MICHIGAN 0. Any resemblance this score
bore to the one the year before was purely coincidental, but it was
still identical. There are those who will insist that Michigan used to
beat Michigan State in football, and there were rumors of a tie back
in 1958. Anyway, MSU's George Saimes and Dewey Lincoln rushed
for 238 yards in this one, facing the TV cameras with happy grins all
the while, and helped start the Wolverines off on an impressive string
of three straight conference shutouts.
PURDUE 37, MICHIGAN 0. Ron DiGravio caught Michigan
snickering on the very first play from scrimmage and threw the first
S of his three touchdown passes then. The defeat sent statisticians
scurrying back to the record book, and, sure enough, there was a worse
Michigan defeat back in 1935, so it was no record. Glinka had to
laugh at the Irony which saw him lose his starting quarterback's Job
for the first time in his varsity career-to sophomore Bob Timber-
lake-and then end his varsity career right then with a knee injury
which, like Houtman's, required surgery.°
Secret Practices, T oo ...
MINNESOTA 17, MICHIGAN 0. Elliott really caught onto the
happy spirit of things here and in an effort to avert the team's third
straight shutout, he called secret practice sessions all week. The re-
suit was a spanking new backfield alignment which finished with a
minus 46 yards rushing against Minnesota's hard-charging line.
Smiling pleasantly whenever greeted by the Gophers' pair of gregar-
S uios tackles, Bobby Bell and Carl Eller, were Frosty Evashevski (Mich-
igan's new starting quarterback), Harvey Chapman (the new pro-
fessional-type flankerback), Timberlake (the new left halfback re-"
placing Chapman) and Dave Raimey- (the old standby right half).
WISCONSIN 34, MICHIGAN 12. The Wolverines needed a Merlin
this week; and Elliott almost obliged. He reached down in his magic hat
and pulled out his fourth starting quarterback in successive weeks,
Bob Chandler. Chandler, the people's choice in Ann Arbor after suf-
fering a knee injury in 1960, responded by completing 8 of 11 passes
and directing the Wolverines to their first two touchdowns in four
games. Something happened in the last quarter after the Badgers'
Rose Bowl team-to-be looked at the scoreboard and stopped laughing.
Then they spiced their 14-12 advantage with an additional 20 points.
MICHIGAN 14, ILLINOIS 10. Elliott's brother Pete had also
had a happy season coaching the Illini, who would have been
called hapless at the season's end except that they scored upsets
over Michigan State and Purdue. Chandler had another good day,
completing six of nine attempts through the air, but things
looked typical until well through the fourth quarter. Bump had
the last laugh on Pete then, however, as sophomore end Ben
Farabee won Michigan its only conference game with an intercep-
tion and 43-yard runback to the Illinois one, where Chandler
went over for the deciding score.
IOWA 28, MICHIGAN 14. The Wolverines were showing definite
1 ,'signs of trying to wipe out the opposition's smirks permanently with
their third straight decent game. Through teeth locked in a grin, El-
liott called this the team's best performance of the year, although two
Iowa touchd'ns in the last three minutes of play kept Michigan from
feeling drunk w0h power. Raimey, whose ailing shoulders had been
strapped in a virtual strait jacket for the latter part of the season,
proved he was for real by going over for both touchdowns and becom-
ing the team's leading scorer for the third year.
OHIO STATE 28, MICHIGAN 0. This would ordinarily have been
a dandy game for Michigan to end this kind of happy season on, since
it was played away over Thanksgiving vacation, and Elliott and his
staff could have gone away in pleasant seclusion to nurse their wounds.
The only catch was that there was a national television .audience on
hand to watch-until it got boring. Dave Francis and the other Buck-
eye fullbacks battered the Wolverines for an average of six yards a
carry rushing; and there were more than just a few rushes, too.
If there had been anybody around with a yen for statistics-and
let's hope there wasn't-he would have discovered that Michigan
_ State and Ohio State outscored Michigan, 134-20, on television in 1961
and 1962-which doesn't exactly sell the school to those who base their
judgments on such silly standards.

mile, Neahusan third in the two
mile and Overton fourth in the
pole vault.
"Aquino is the only man we'll
miss," says Canhan, "and I think
we'll have the men to take his
place." The men he is referring to
are Dave Hayes, Ted Kelly, Dorr
Casto and Jay Sampson. Kelly was
the top .half miler behind Aquino
last year. He placed third in the
indoor 880 but couldn't qualify fr
the outdoor run of that event de-
spite running a 1:53.8 in the qual-
ifying heat, .
Casto is a consistent middle dis-
tance man who all last year was
dueling Kelly for the number-two
ranking. Sampson was the top rat-
ed man of the three in his sopho-
more year. However, last year he
hurt his foot during the warm-up
cross country season and was out
for the remainder of the year.
Last year the Wolverine team
was characterized by inconsistency
more than anything else. Take
for instance the fact that two of
the top Wolverine track men, Ernst
Soudek in the discus and Kent
Bernard in the. 660, failed to score
a single individual point in the
outdoor meet.
Soudek, who was the pre-meet
favorite in the discus, fouled on
four straight throws to eliminate
himself. Meanwhile, Bernard was
disqualified for running out of his
lane in the first heat of the 660-
yard run.
"Inconsistency is;true of any
team but a real great one," said
Carhan. "When you are working
with a squad of 20 to 25 guys you
can't expect that each man will
be at his best at every meet. Only
the real great ones like Tom Rob-
inson, Tony Seth and Ben McRae
can do that."
Mile Strong
Two of the ,most inconsistent
men on last ye'ar's squad were mil-
ers Hayes and Des Ryan. Hayes,
a senior this year, and Ryan, a
junior, were potentially the two
best milers in the conference and
still are. Both men are capable f
running under 4:10. However,
neither has yet done it in Big
Ten meets.
If Michigan was inconsistent last
year Wisconsin was downright ri-
diculous. The Badgers had the
guns to take both the indoor and
outdoor championship meets, but
finished third indoors and second
outdoors instead. rnd
Legitimate Excuse
Indoors Wisconsin had a legiti-
mate excuse-injuries-but out-
doors nothing more could be said
than tha't their runners just didn't
come through. Canham has a
theory for , Wisconsin's runners
problems. "They have a Grsstex
(an asphalt composition running
surface designed to give the run-
ners more bounce in their step)
track at home, and when they have
to go back to running on cinders
it's too much of a change °
Wisconsin is ,losing only two
key men from its talent-deep squad
-Steve Muller, who placed second
in the highs outdoors, and Elmars
Ezerins; who was first in the dis-
cus. Add to this the fact that
Wisconsin's freshman squad last
year was reportedly one of the best
they ever had and you have trou-
bles ahead for Wolverine track
Iowa Through
Iowa, which tied for the indoor
crown with Michigan and won the
outdoor crown outright, should be
no problem this -year because of
the graduation of several key men
from its squad.
Michigan's new sophomores,
while not outstanding in their first
year, should be able to help out
the track team in several areas
where weaknesses are apparent.
As for the over-all picture next
year, Canham is fairly optimistic.
"We got only 16 points back two
years ago and look how well we
did. This year with men back who
scored 30 points in championship
meets we should be better."

Contributing Sports Editor
The 1963 Wolverine baseball
squad, which had lost but one
regular and a starting pitcher from
its '62 NCAA championship team,
did a good Job in defense of the
national crown-but miserably in
"offense" of it.
It is sort of a poor pun, but
it's true. Michigan last year was
one of those "good-field, no-hit"
squads. No pushovers, to be sure,
yet against Big Ten competition
they could do no better than a
sixth place position with a .500
sevon-won, seven-lost mark. They
did very well against non-ccnfer-
ence teams, however, turning in
a 14-4 record for a 21-11 overall
Old Reliable
Early last spring just before the
season had gotten underway roach
Moby Benedict, in his first year
as head baseball coach, was
quoted as saying, "Day in and day
out you'll find that your pitching
and defense remain constant ..."
How right he was. Both were
steady and dependable all year
"But hitting varies," he added.
Much to his dismay he was both
right and wrong here. In 1962 the
Wolverines hit .267 while last
year virtually the same squad
batted .216. From one 'year to
the next hitting certainly did
vary, but for the year taken as a
whole it remained pretty much

runs with a .265 average. He
saved his best hitting for confer-
ence games though he hit for a
slightly better .283 average for
the league season. But his outfield
post is now vacant through grad-
uation and someone will have to
wear his hitting shoes come spring.
Captain a n d second sacker
Jones is likewise gone. The slick-
fielding lead-off batter hit a re-
spectable .255 but was far more
valuable than that owing to abil-
ity to draw a lot of walks, steal
bases and move runners along.
Soon after the season was over he
signed a bonus contract with the
Chicago White Sox.
Big Disappointment
One of the biggest disappoint-
ments of the season was the tail-
ing off of Tate's batting average.
l'e went into the conference chase
batting around .350 but hit only
.240 in the Big Ten though driv-
ing in 11 runs and belting three
But the left-handed right field-
er, who hit .291 in his sophomore
year and finished at .311 last year
is also being heavily counted on
for this spring's diamond esca-
Newman took over at shortstop

when two-year veteran D i c k
Honig stopped a knuckleball on
his wrist in the first conference
game and was out for the year.
Newman drove in 6 runs and hit
.235. He finished the year with a
.277 mark, third best on the squad.
It is perhaps interesting to note
that the five first division finish-
ers were also the top five in team
batting averages in the Big Ten..
On the Bright Side
Despite the.. sour sounds of
Michigan bats, pitchingsandfield-
ing snuffed many a rally by con-
ference rivals. Wolverine glove-
men posted a league-leading 18
double plays in 14 games and
committed just 28 errors to wind=
up fourth in fielding averages at
The majority of the twin kill-
ings were credited to the fluid
combination of Newman to Jones.
to Campbell. Of the trio pivotman
Jones will not be around this
But the real compensation for
lack-lustre hitting must come
from great pitching, and Bene-
dict really had that. Maize and
Blue hurlers held opponents to a
meager 33 earned runs in 119=

innings for a phenomenal ERA of
2.50. Title-winning Illinois was
closest to that mark but they had.
no better than a 3.18 record.
Including all runs scored against
Michigan, both earned and un-"
earned, only 47 tallies were
counted. That is fewer total runs
than all but two other teams gave.
up in the earned column alone.
The top moundman of the top
moundsmen w a s senior Fritz
Fisher. The now departed left-
hander, who signed a $30,000
bonus contract with the Detroit
Tigers, posted a 4-1 Big Ten rec-
ord with a 1.60 ERA and a 9-1
season record. His mark for three
years of Michigan pitching reads
21-9. Fisher topped the conference
in innings pitched also with 45
as he hurled five complete-game
The other Wolverine starter no
longer around is senior Dave Roe-
buck. The big right-hander had a
not-so-impressive 2-3 record but;
held a 2.93 ERA for 43 innings
and also pitched five complete-
game starts. Fisher and Roebuck
could be a sorely missed mound

Left to take up most o
slack will be junior Clyd F
hart and senior Jim Bobel.
hart was 0-2 with a 2.63 EJ
14 innings. Bobel, used main
relief, pitched 16 innings w
4.02 ERA and had a 1-1
His Big Ten ERA average
3 79.
The outlook for the 1964 cc
ule is partly cloudy-neithe:
good nor real bad. Also gone
last season's varsity is third
man Dick Post who began th
as a utility man but took oa
the hot corner half way th
the season.
Other returnees are ca
Pete Adams and Chuck A
infielders Harvey Chapman
Cantrell and George Skaff,
fielder Earl Meyers, and pit
Marlin Pemberton, Jerry I
and Wayne Slusher. Several
bers of a pretty good fres
team are also being counte
by Benedict.
During spring vacation
squad goes to Arizona for an i
game training trip in the sur
Big Ten season opens ear
May and runs through 15
ference games.

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The brothers of Michigan Epsilon Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi
Fraternity invite all unaffiliated men to visit our newly remodeled

house during open
ember .11.
Pi Lam bda Phi

rush, Sunday, September 7 to Wednesday, Set-
715 Hill Street
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The .216 Western Conference
average is close only to last place
Indiana's mark, which was three
points better. But no other team
did worse than .253 and the over-
all conference average was .231.
Top 10, 20, 30 .. .
Michigan put only one batter
in the top 30 in the Big Ten and
he was exactly number 30: first
baseman and captain-elect Dave
Campbell. He was a Junior and is
a standout for the hitting corps
in the spring. Campbell batted
.286 and averaged a hit a game.
He meets the ball solidly, sending
vicious drives over, around and
through opposing third basemen
and picked up a pair of doubles
and two home runs and was the
number three RBI man on the
club with five. For the whole sea-
son he drove in 17 runs and hit
The other big stick-men were
were power hitters Jim Steckley
and Ron Tate, and the keystone
combination of Jim Newman and
Joe. Jones.
Clutch Hitter
Steckley belted four homers and
three doubles while driving in nine

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