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SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY .

TUESDAY, ATAT 10, 1960

sixIT EIMI I G N D I YT E D Y A 0 9

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end Bill Freehan
s'Most Improved'

Wolverine Netters Meet MSU

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By HAL APPLEBAUM
"If I were a major league scout
I'd sign hinm without even seeing
him play, he looks like a ballplay-
er," Fay Fisher, Michigan baseball
coach emeritus said as freshman
Bill Freehan walked by the grand-
stand seats at a recent Wolverine
baseball game.
Further down the aisle, major
league scouts who had seen Free-
han in action talked hopefully
with the 6'3" 200-pound catcher,
hoping that someday he would ac-
cept their offers.
But for the time being Freehan's
efforts were directed not on base-
ball, but on football where he is
a candidate for a starting end
berth on the Michigan squad.
His prowess in catching, this
time in football, has brought Free-
han further acclaim.
It was largely his pass-catching
ability which won for him the
annual Meyer W. Morton Trophy
which goes to the most improved
player in spring football practice.

Freehan earned praise from
freshmen coach Don Dftfek for his
performance in the annual fresh-
men game last fall and continued
improving this spring, earning the
starting assignment at left end for
the winning Blue team in place
of the injured John Halstead.
Head Coach Bump Elliott said,
"Bill showed the greatest improve-
ment of any candidate. There is
no reason why he should not see
considerable action for us next
fall."
The list of players who were in
the running for the Trophy in-
clude quarterbacks Dave Glinka
and Bob Chandler, fullback Joe
O'Donnell, halfbacks Dave Raimey,
Jim Ward and Jack Strobel and
center Todd Grant.
Last year's winner was tackle
Will Hildebrand. In winning the
trophy which dates back to 1925,
Freehan joins such winners as Du-
fek, Roger Zatkoff, Tony Branoff,
Ron Kramer, Bob Ptacek and Dick
Syring.

By FRED STEINHARDT
Michigan's. tennis team lays its
unbeaten record on the line this
afternoon against surprising Mich-
igan State.
The Wolverines' match with the
University of Detroit yesterday
was cancelled because of inclement
weather. An earlier match with
the Titans had also been rained
out.
The Spartans, a pre-season Big
Ten darkhorse, vaulted into the
championship picture last Satur-
day by swamping highly rated Illi-
nois 8-1.
Michigan State figures to give
the Wolverines their toughest
competition before the conference
title matches.
The Michigan squad has been
hampered all year by uncoopera-
tive weather. Four matches, the
two with Detroit and one each
with Ohio State and Indiana were
washed out entirely. Parts of the
Ohio Wesleyan and Illinois
matches were also cancelled.

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As the season rounds the half-
way point, at least on comparative
scores, Michigan's chances of re-
taining the Big Ten title look
good. However, comparative scores
are not always an accurate yard-
stick, especially in view of the
large number of cancelled matches.
this year."
At number one singles, junior
Gerry Dubie continues td win.
Most impressive was his rout of
Western Michigan star John Cook.
His steadiness and consistency
could lead him to the number one

conference title. He won the nurg-
her two crown last year as a sopho-
more.
Senior Frank Fulton carries two
seasons of varsity experience and
is a solid second man. 'At number
three is senior John Wiley who is
unbeaten this year and forms a
crack doubles team with Fulton.
A pleasant surprise to Coach Bill
Murphy has been the play of soph-
omore Jim Tenney at number four
singles. To date, in completed sets,
he has won 42 games while hold-
ing his opponents to a total of
only six.

The play of sophomore Ken Mike
at number five singles has been
alternately very impressive and
not so impressive. His performance
in the Big Ten meet could be a
deciding factor in determining
just how far Michigan will go.
Blond. Bruce MacDonald, a Jun-
ior, has whipped all comers at
number six singles.
A win in tomorrow's match
would certainly boost the stock
of the Wolverines . higher. The
match will start at 2:15 and will
be played at Varsity Tennis Courts.
Admission is free.

- -~ -

MORTON TROPHY WINNER-Freshman end Bill Freehan was
awarded the Meyer Morton trophy as spring practice's most
improved player.

THREE HOMERS AGAINST MSU:
'Stru' Stars with Borrowed Bat

By BRIAN MacCLOWRY
For the past two and a half
years a quiet, modest young mar
has been playing shortstop for the
Michigan baseball team.
Unspectacular and often un-
noticed, Gene Struczewski has
been content to play in the back-
ground of the Wolverines more
publicized players.
What made a home run hitter
out of a shortstop that had hit
only one round tripper in two
and a half years for Michigan?
Struczewski, who mercifully an.
swers to the name of "Stru," or
"Ski," just shakes his head when
asked.
"I just haven't any explanations
for the home runs," he explains

w
"I was just swinging like I always
f do. I felt loose on Saturday and
everything just seemed to go
right."
Coach Don Lund seemed to be
less surprised than Struczewski at
s the home run splurge..
"Gene had been building up to
a day like this," said Lund. "In
r the last few ball games prior to
t Saturday he had hit every ball
D right on the nose. He was really
stinging the ball."
To make the feat more unusual
r Struczewski hit the home runs
with a borrowed bat; on fast balls,
which he is admittedly weak on;
s and in cold weather, to which he
. has an equal distaste.

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This Week in Sports
Today
TENNIS-Michigan vs. Michigan State, here, 2:15
Wednesday
BASEBALIL-Michigan vs. Detroit at Detroit
GOLF-Michigan vs. Detrpit and Mich. State at Detroit
Friday
BASEBALL-Michigan vs. Indiana, here, 3:30
TENNIS-Michigan vs. Northwestern, Minnesota, and Pur-
due at Evanston

"The bat I used Saturday,"
comments Struczewski, "I had bor-
rowed from Ed Hood before Fri-
day's Michigan State game which
was rained out.
"The reason I borrowed the bat
was because I hadn't had a hit in
about my last 20 times at bat and
I thought I'd try my luck with
something else."
Struczewski was again being
too modest. He had had two for
five in the Iowa game the previous
Friday although he had gone hit-
less in his last 12 at-bats.
All on Fast Balls
All of Struczewski's homers came
on fast balls, and he shakes his
head again when he speaks about
the pitches.
"Usually a good hard fast ball
gives me the most trouble," he
said. "I can usually stay with the
slower curve ball pretty well, but
those high hard ones are murder.
I usually have my best luck with
a left-hander's curve ball," he
added.
At 6'1" and 180 lbs. Struczewski
is built on the lines of some of
baseball's greatest fielding short-
stops, although he doesn't pretend
to be another Marty Marion in
Ithe field.
Bounces Back
Lund likes to speak of his ability
to bounce back after a particu-
larly bad day.
"In our first game against Ari-
zona U. on our spring vacation
trip Gene made five errors," Lund
said. "That night he felt so bad
he refused to go out with the rest
of the team.
"But thenext day," continued
Lund, "he bounced back and
played a fine game in the field, in
addition to hitting his first home
run for Michigan."
Struczewski did the same thing
on Saturday. In the first inning
of the first game he let an easy
bouncer go through his legs for
an error. But this time it only
took him five innings to bounce
back.

For Michigan's sake let's hope
that the weather is cold next Fri-
day and Saturday, and that Struc-
zewski borrows Ed Hood's bat
again, and faces nothing but fast
ball pitching.
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topped a ten-school field to cap-
ture the Detroit Yacht Club Re-
gatta by a 32 point margin last
weekend.
This was the last formal regatta
of the season for the team. Otto
Scherer and John Goldsmith will
represent Michigan in the Olympic
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GOLF-Michigan vs. Mich. State and Iowa at East Lansing

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