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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

olverines

Host Illini in Big

LSEBALL ROUNDUP:
Iraves, Yanks Win Shutouts

Ten Baseball Opener
CHeavy-Hit ting Squads To Match Bats;
Koch To Start Against Illini's Ace
By BRAN MaCLOce

By The Associated Press
h ie ag ao's pressure - playing
ite Sox, who win 'em the clost-
of anybody, scored their sec-
straight one-run, last-inning
Cory yesterday, nipping Kansas
r, 6-5 in 11 innings.
'ed Kluszewski's one-out single
red Nellie Fox with the winner
er an uphill Chicago scrap1
rcame the A's four-run, firsts
ing splurge against right-1
ider Bob Shaw.
n the only other American
,gue afternoon game, rookie
in Gabler (7 innings) and Ryne
ren combined for a four-hitter
ile successive homers by Bill
)wron and Gil McDougald pro-
ed the runs with homers as
w York blanked Boston 4-0.
n the National League, the
waukee Braves, held to one hiti

for six innings, pushed over two
seventh-inning runs for a 2-0
victory over Cincinnati behind
Carl Willey's four-hit pitching.
Relievers Ray Moore and winner
Gerry Staley stopped Kansas City
on two hits over the last nine in-
nings while the White Sox, who
won 35 of 50 one-run decisions
last year, battled to catch up from
an early deficit. Ken Johnson was
the losing pitcher in relief of Ned
Garver.
Willey fanned 10 and walked
three in out-dueling Red's left-
hander Jim O'Toole for his first
victory and the Brave's fourth in
six games.
All Runs In Seventh
A single by Red Schoendienst,
a walk, Hank Aaron's RBI single
and Mel Roach's sacrifice fly pro-

duced the Milwaukee runs in the
seventh.
In last night's two games,
Washington defeated Baltimore,
6-5 on Dan Dobbek's three run
homer with two out in the ninth
inning and Pittsburgh walloped
Philadelphia, 11-5, with a 15 hit
attack featured by three home
runs.
The Pirates' winning pitcher,
reliever Fred Green, had one of
the three homers. Bob Skinner
and Hal Smith had the others,
while Jim Coker hit one for Phil-
adelphia. Humberto Robinson took
the loss in relief of Curt Simmons.
Chuck Stobbs was the winner
in Washington's dramatic victory,
while Jack Fisher absorbed a bit-
ter loss. Gene Woodling had a
homer for Baltimore.

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By BRIAN MacCLOWRY
Michigan's heavy hitting base-
ball team will try to add a victory
celebration to the Michigras fes-
tivities today when they open the
1960 Big Ten baseball season
against Illinois at 3:30 on Ferry
Field.
Picked to finish no better than
fifth in the Big Ten, the Wolver-
ines have had an impressive
spring, winning 10 of 13 games
and compiling a tremendous .325
team batting average.
Coach Don Lund will start be-
spectacled right hander Al Koch
(3-0) on the mound for the
Wolverines. Koch is fresh from a
scoreless five inning stint against
Central Michigan on Tuesday.
Opposed by Ace
He will be opposed by Illinois'
ace righthander Terry Gellinger.
Last year, as a junior, Gellinger
compile da 5-0 Big Ten mark and
was 9-0 for the season. He was
third in the Big Ten with a 1.26
earned run average.
Illinois, 11-2 for the season, will
field a young team, boasting four
sophomores in the starting lineup.!
They apparently have taken up!
the slack left when All-American
Bob Klaus and heavy-hitting in-
fielder Bill Offenbacher graduated.
Klaus hit .364 in Big Ten play last
year while Offenbecher batted
.344.
Klaus' position will be taken
by sophomore Tony Eichelberger,
captain of last year's freshman
team. He is almoset 'the equal of
Klaus in the field but has still to
prove himself at the plate.
Power Hitter Replaces
Taking Offenbacher's first base
job will be big 6-2, 200-lb. Bud
Felichio, who was All State ini
High School. His power has been
a valuable asset this year.
The other two sophomores in
the Illinois lineup are center field-
er Ethan Blackby, also a football
player, and third baseman Gary
Kolb.
On Saturday the Wolverines will
meet Purdue in a doubleheader on
Ferry Field beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Major League Standings

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AMERICAN
Detroit.........2
Chicago........2
Washington ... 3
New York ...2
Baltimore I
Boston ........ 1
Cleveland ...... 0
Kansas City , .. 0

LEAGUE
IL Pct.
* 1.000
0 1.000
1 .750
1 .567
2 .333
3 .250
2 .000
2 .000

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Los Angeles ....'
San Francisco .
Milwaukee.
Pittsburgh ..
Cincinnati,....
Chicago ....
Philadelphia.
St. Louis..

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LEAGUE
L Pct.
2 .714
2 .714
2 .667
3 .625
4 .429
4 .333
5 .286
5 .167

STARTING PITCHER-Al Koch, senior righthander, will open
the Big Ten season today for the Wolverines when they meet
Illinois on Ferry Field at 3:30 p.m. Koch is 3-0 for the season
thus far while pitching in 23 innings. He is just one of Don Lunds
starting pitchers who will have to come through this year if
Michigan is to be a title contender.

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Dennis McGinn (3-0) and Jack Michigan will be playing' five
Mogk (1-0) are scheduled to do games in five days.
the pitching. Conference play for the other
The three weekend games will six teams will not open until next
be followed by a single game Mon- weekend. The three weekend
day against the University of De- games were originally scheduled
troit on Ferry Field and a single for May 27-28 but were moved up
game Tuesday against Western because of Michigan's early final
Michigan at Kalamazoo. Thus, exam period.
SPORTS BEAT
by TOM WITECKI
ust HOW Good?
JUST how good is the 1960 edition of the Michigan baseball team
Weather permitting, local fans will have an excellent chance to
find out this afternoon when the Wolverines 'open the, Big Ten sea-
son against the Fighting Illini at Ferry Field.
On paper, Coach Don Lund's squad looks great. Its overall season
record is 10-3. The team batting average is .325, with all eight regu-
lars wellover the .300 mark. These impressive batting statistics are
the main reason why the Wolverines are rated as "dark horses" in
the race for the Big Ten title.
However, pessimists proclaim that Michigan's imposing batting
statistics were gained at the expense of such undermanned squads
as Wayne State and Central Michigan. They believe that glowing
adjectives and rosy predictions should be withheld until the Wolver-
ines meet a really tough team.
Well, the Wolverines will meet two of them this weekend, with
today's Illinois aggregation rated as one of the toughest they will
face all season.
Illini Coach Lee Eilbracht has the top three pitchers retirning
from his 1959 squad that finished second in the Big Ten. Thee number
one man, Terry Gellinger, will face the Wolverines.
Last spring, Gellinger had a 5-0 record and a 1.26 earned run
average in Big Ten competition. At the end of the season he was
named to the United States team that went on to win the baseball
title at the Pan American Games in Chicago.
Saturday, the Wolverines meet another "tough". team, Purdue.
And on the mound for the Boilermakers in the first game of the
scheduled doubleheader will be an old nemesis, Jack Helmkamp. At
Evanston last spring, the Purdue southpaw limited Michigan batters
to just two hits as he and his teammates posted a 6-3 win.
THESE two fine pitchers, Gellinger and Helmkamp, should provide
a real test as to how "inflated" the Michigan batting averages are.
But so much for batting strength which has been emphasized,
and rightfully, as the team's strongest asset. How about some of the
other assets that have earned Michigan its "dark horse" label.
Defense-With seven veterans in the lineup, costly errors should
be at a minimum. Although none of the seven can be listed as spectac-
ular, all are more than adequate. The two newcomers to the lineup-
third baseman Joe Merullo and center fielder Ed Hood-can be hardly
be listed as defensive liabilities. A converted catcher, Merullo per-
Iforms adequately in the field and his rifle-like throws across the
diamond will lift many an eyebrow. Hood, who makes the hard plays
look easy, is one of the best defensive outfielders Michigan has had
in the last several years.
Speed-There are no real slow men in the lineup this year and
several players have exceptional speed. Some, like Hood, who leads
the squad in stolen bases, know how to use it very well.
Bench-Lund has several experienced players like Bob Kucher,
George Fead, and Jack Mogk whom he can insert in the lineup in case
of injury. Another important point is that over half his regulars can
play another position adequately, giving Lund plenty of room to
maneuver, if he has to.
Pitching-This could be the team's "Achilles Heel." No matter
how many runs the powerful bats bring home, the Wolverines must
have at least adequate' pitching if they are to make a serious race
for the Conference crown. "Very concerned" in this department, Lund
has indicated that he will go with "whoever produces."
A final asset Michigan possesses is team spirit. Often falsely
labeled as "unimportant" in baseball, this asset is very much in evi-
dence on championship teams in all sports. Thus, it is perhaps sig-
nificant that Coach Lund calls the spirit of his squad "as fine as any
I have seen on a college team,"

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YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Chicago 6, Kansas City 5
(11 Innings)
New York 4, Boston 0
Washington 6, Baltimore 5
(only games scheduled.)
TODAY'S GAMES
Cleveland at Kansas City
Chicago at Detroit
Boston at Washington (N)
Baltimore at New York

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0
Pittsburgh 11, Philadelphia 5
(only game, scheduled.)
TODAY'S GAMES
Cincinnati at Philadelphia (N)
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (N)
San Francisco at Chicago
Los Angeles at St. Louis

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Friday: Baseball-Michigan vs. Illinois, here, 3:30
Saturday: Baseball-Michigan vs. Purdue (2), here, 1:30
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