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by HAROLD APPLEBAUM
Wolverines Face Central Michigan
In Last Test Before Big Ten Opener
The Brave Trade
HE Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians rocked the baseball world
Sunday afternoon when they traded Harvey Kuenn for Rockey
Seldon do two teams get together two days before the season
opens and swap the league's leading hitter (Kuenn) for the top home
run and RBI (Colavito). A trade of such magnitude causes fans across
the nation to ask unitedly what motivated such a maneuver.
Tiger President and General Manager Bill DeWitt gave his side
of the story:
"We feel that we are making the right move in adding more
power to our lineup.
"Colavito's batting average won't compare with Kuenn's, but our
biggest need now is to score more runs and we feel Rockey will help
us more than Harvey in this respect."
The irrepresible Frank Lane, General Manager of the Indians,
specifying his reasons said, he had been trying to make the deal for
"I made a survey of the ten best hitters in the league, asking
opinions of the top ten hitters as to the toughest of all batters," Lane
added. "Harvey was either first or second on all lists.
"We traded 33 home runs, for 50 fewer strikeouts and 50 more
singles. Power was sacrificed for consistency."
As logical as these statements appear to be, they are not and
can not purport to be the whole story. When two players of the
caliber of Kuenn and Colavito are traded, the problem of motivation
is always more serious than it would appear on the surface.
Ever since he first became a general manager Lane has believed
in the principle "if you can't win with what you have you'd better
get something else" Last season it was obvious that the Indians
weren't good enough to catch the White Sox and spring training this
year convinced Lane that they were still at second base. Thus, the
trade - the power-hitter for consistency.
DeWitt, a long time member of the Yankee organization, un-
doubtedly felt much the same way.
A short look at recent Tiger history might explain part of the
The Detroiters played throughout the recent exhibition as they
had in each of the previous three or four championship campaigns;
winning some and looking good, and then going into prolonged losing
streaks. Always good, they often played uninspired baseball.
In their preseason polls the nation's pressmen agreed that the
Tigers have one of the strongest front lines in baseball. There are six
or seven players who could conveivably be named to the American
League All-Star team. Nevertheless as the season begins they are gen-
erally picked for fourth or fifth place, their traditional stamping
AT the same time the Tigers have had a reputation of being the
most lackluster squad in the league. The reason for this lethargy'
has generally been considered complacency. In its annual baseball
issue, Sports Illustrated summarized the problem. "the Tigers biggest
problem is how to stir their contended also-rans. Players like Kuenn,
Kaline, Bunnig, and Lary became too good, too soon. They had made
the big time and resultant big money before they were ready. Things
had been too easy for the young Tigers. Detroit wasn't a hungry team
and only hungry teams fight for pennants.
Kuenn was generally conceded to be the chief of the Tiger too-
contents. An All-American at Wisconsin, he became a major league
star less than a year after leaving college.
A consistent hitter perenially above or near the 200 hit mark
Kuenn soon became a high salaried star, who seemed to punch out
hits at will, while acquiring a reputation as a poor clutch hitter and
man about town.
Colavito is not a natural athlete like Kuenn. He has had to work
By BRIAN MacCLOWRY
Don Lund's baseball team will be
battling the weatherman as well
as Central Michigan this afternoon
when the two teams meet at 3:30
on Ferry Field.
After an impressive 8-3 record
on their spring vacation trip to
Arizona the Wolverines came home
only to have three of their first
four home games rained out.
WASHINGTON (MP -- C amilo
Pascual struck out 15 men for a
new club record and his hit-happy
Washington teammates smashed'
four home runs yesterday in a 10-1
rout of the Boston Red Sox.
President Eisenhower and a
packed opening day crowd watch-
ed at Griffith Stadium.
The rest of the league opens
Pascual, the brilliant Cuban
right-hander, gave up only three
hits in the most dazzling first-day
performance in the capital in
Even one of the hits he allowed
was spectacle. Ted Williams land-
ed on a 3-2 pitch in the second
inning and blasted the ball over
the fence in deep center. The
home run went over the 31-foot
wall 420 feet from the plate. It
was the longest hit out of the park
since Mickey Mantle of the Yank-
ees belted two over the same spot
on opening day in 1956.
Jim Lemon, Bob Allison, new-
comer Earl Battey and Billy Con-
solo laced homers for the Sena-
Breaks 'Big Train's' Mark
Pascual, was superb in breaking
a strikeout record set by the im-
mortal Walter Johnson. Johnson
had fanned 14 in 1910 and equaled
the mark in 1924. Jim Shaw, an-
other Washington hurler, also
struck out 14 in 1914.
Williams' mighty swat in the
second was his 493rd home run
and tied him with Lou Gehrig at
fourth among baseball's leading
Pascual, who led the majors
with six shutouts while posting a
17-10 record last year, added spice
to what otherwise wasn't much of
a game for excitement. He created
more tension than the 28,327 paid
customers had experienced by
In the only game they did play
the Wolverines banged out 11 hits
and got shutout pitching from
Dennis McGinn, Al Koch and Bob
Marcereau while routing Wayne
Central Michigan has just re-
turned from their spring vacation
trip to Tennessee and should pro-
vide rougher opposition for Lund's
hit happy crew. Yesterday they
topped Ball State (Ind.), 15-1.
Al Koch (2-0) will start on the
hill for Michigan with Jack Mogk
(1-0) scheduled for the last four
innings. They will probably be op-
posed by Central Michigan's ace
righthander Bob Veach.
Lund is still platooning his
pitchers in an attempt to have
them all ready when the Big Ten
season opens this Friday against
Illinois at Ferry Field.
An interesting sidelight to to-
MADISON (P) - Charles Mohr
died Sunday at the University of
The 22-year-old boxer had been
unconscious since suffering a brain
hemhorrage in a National Col-
legiate tournament bout here April
9, and had not been expected to
Mohr's death will force Univer-
sity of Wisconsin officials to take
another look at the role of boxing
in the athletic program.
Wisconsin is the only Big Ten
school that still has an intercol-
legiate boxing program.
day's game will be the personal
duel between Michigan's Dick
Syring and Central's power hitting
Dick -Mrozinski. The two played
together at Bay City Central High
School before going their respec-
tive ways to college.
Mrozinski leads the Chips in
circuit clouts, including two he
banged in one game on their
The Wolverines will go into to-
day's game with an amazing .311
team batting average. They have
collected 142 hits in 456 trips to.
Individually, power hitting Dave
Brown leads the team with a .413
average, including four home runs.
Right behind is Will Franklin at
.395. Franklin, a junior, led the
team in hitting last year with a
Michigan fanswill also be see-
ing one of the fastest Wolverine
teams in recent years. So far this
season Michigan has swiped 13
bases. Sophomore center - fielder
Ed Hood is the leading culprit
with five steals.
Gene Stuzewski and Brown both
have a pair.
In the RBI department Frank-
lin also leads with 14, one ahead
of Brown and second baseman
Barry Marshall with 13 apiece.
Lund will start the same power
hitting lineup that has produced
an average of over 10 runs a game.
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hard for the success which he has achieved. Since his first days in whipping two balls and then three'
baseball Colavito has been known as a tireless worker and great straight strikes past Gene Ste-
hustler. His dilligence has paid off - at bat and in the field. He is phens for his 15th victim in the
said to have the strongest arm in the majors, at the box, and in his ninth.
increasing pay checks.
He still has a tendency to swing at too many bad pitches, strike- -71
out too much, hit in streaks, and because of his flat feet, run too i a ors.ev ed th
slowly. However, whatever he has lacked naturally he has made up
for in determination. Standig s
A player, who was on a barely beaten team last year, Colavito
hates to lose. Infusion of this spirit into his new Tiger teammates
would be the answer to DeWitt's prayers and a blessing to the still AMERICAN LEAGUE
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DeWITT and Lane are to be commended for their bravery in dealing
off their established stars. The departure of Colavito has aroused
the ire of the Cleveland fans, who are reportedly against the deal
ten to one. Colavito popularity has been well demonstrated in the last
three years when the fans have elected his Man of the Year at the
end of each season.
The Indians of course were not taken in in their dealings with
the Tigers. Kuenn is the league's leading hitter. He will fit well into
the well balanced, strong-hitting Cleaveland line up. He surely is
not a spark plug or team leader, but the Indians weren't looking for
one when they have Johnny Temple, Bubba Phillips, and Jim Piersall
on the roster and Joe Gordon as the manager.
Obviously neither the Tigers nor the Indians will hurt because
of the presence of Colavito or Kuenn on their rosters. If both perform
as they did last year both Cleveland and Detroit will be satisfied.
Whether Kuenn or anyone else can provide the Indians with the
extra something that they need to catch the White Sox, and keep
ahead of the rest of the league, or the presence of Colavito in Detroit
will provide the much-needed spark for the Tigers is sheer conjecture.
New York..0 0 .000
Chicago........ 0 0 .000
Cleveland ... 0 0 .000
Detroit......... 0 0 .000
Baltimore....0 0 .000
Kansas City ... 0 0 .000
Boston......... 0 1 .000
Kansas City at Chicago
Detroit at Cleveland
New York at Boston
Washington at Baltimore
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Los Angeles ... 4 1 .800
San Francisco . 4 1 .800
Milwaukee .... 3 1 .750
Pittsburgh .... 3 2 .600
Chicago ....... 2 3 .400
Cincinnati .... 2 3 .400
Philadelphia .. 1 3 .250
St. Louis....... 0 5 .000
Chicago at St. Louis
Los Angeles at San Francisco
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
(Only Games Scheduled)
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