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THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, March;

27,

l

for

baseball

start

By BILL CRANE

runs won't be required in abund- pending on Buss' health and poten-

The Michigan baseball season is ance. tial underclassmen surprises, the
hardly under way but there have It is clear nevertheless that the Wolverines may hang tough.
been murmurs in the diamond cir- Wolverines have to score by other Rogers says, "We don't have two
Iles already that this year's Wol- methods than a walk, stolen base, .400 hitters or anything," but the
verines may be "all pitch and no sacrifice and a wild pitch. 'Findlay, Ohio native thought what
hit." (Remove the baseball lingo "We the Maize and Blue have in bal-
and this means, the Maize and Rogers sees hope. We're pro-ay
Blue won't give up many runs, but bably as good or better hitters ance may sufice.
they won't tally well themselves ei- than last year," he said. But Rog- After all, Rogers is one of the
ther.) ers revealed that, "Last season best judges. He has to struggle with
we didn't get key hits. This year as many runs as his teammates
Last spring's sluggers batted r the team may be a surprise." provide him. If he's optimistic per-
a composite .256 average against' haps there is gold' for the boy,
their opponents .243. Michigan aver- A surprise would be helpful in ofspring.
aged about 3.5 runs per game. In pushing the Maize and Blue over
addition Michigan led the league its 12-6, second place finish last Rogers proposed that pitching is
in team defense and had an ex- season. "the biggest part of the game"
cllent mound crew. The staff ERA Rogers sees a solid Blue outfield and although he won't get argu-
was 2.83. On the surface it seem- even though Greg Buss is s t i l1 ments from Coach Moby Benedict,
ed like runs were only of margin- having injury problems. Buss hit the big righthander knows he needs
al necessity. .327 in 1972 but wasn't able to stay a few runs. But with an ERA of
But with problems in the infield, in the line-up last campaign. The 2.25 last year, Rogers doesn't need
right now, the defense may become injuries keep coming for Buss. bushels.
more sieve-like and what o n c e . The hurlers must remain Michi-
were close games may be lost by Rogers describes his battery gan's dream for 1974 as pitching is
errors. Unless, of course, there are mate John Lonchar as, "the b e s t what would seem to be able to
a few more digits to put up on the' catcher who's ever caught for me." carry the Maize and Blue. Craig
scoreboard. Freshman backstop Ted Mayhan Forhan, Tom Joyce, Art 'Ace'
Returning from the roundball should also become handy quickly. Adams, Larry Sorenson and Rog-
season, Chuck Rogers now read- But Rogers is worried about the ers all should make intrasquad
ies for his spring on the mound. infield. "The only thing," Rogers competition furious.
Rogers is a top pitcher for t h e queried, "is the inexperience in the
Wolverines and has a vested in- infield. I hope it doesn't take its Rogers looks forward to the Big
terest in having some runs to toll, but I'm afraid it could." Ten struggle and figures Mi gan
work behind. As the strategists put State, Minnesota, and Iowa are the
it, one can pitch a little easier with It is conceivable a few errors teams to beat. Not much change
a 10-run advantage. may be nullified by Michigan's pos- there.
Surprisingly enough, Rogers was sibly new found hitting. "Pete Ross Even though the Wolverines aie
not too concerned about any sup- hit a couple of homers in Florida,"ra behind this yabeus
posed lack of hitting in Michigan's Rogers informed and he noted that really
batting ranks. Perhaps Wolverine rightfielder Mike DeCou can also Michigan's obscene weather has
pitchers are used to little support add homerun power. not been kind, Rogers contends
- but probably the 74 pitching Mayhan is an "aggressive :lit- Michigan "has a good change." All A
staff is looking so effectively that ter" according to Rogers, and de- hit oi' all pitch or whatever. t

AP Photo
Wrong finger Al
L McGuire, Marquette coach, getting called for his first of two
echnicals in 76-64 NCAA finals loss to N. C. State.

Daily Photo
Michigan baseball is just around the corner. Here's one of the happier §cenes from last season. The
Maize and Blue finished second in the Big Ten last year with a 12-6 conference record. The 1974
season opens next Friday, April 5th, at Ray Fisher Stadium (behind Yost Field House) against Uni-
versity of Detroit. Moby Benedict's diamond-men are highly regarded, and are expected to be a top
contender for the Big Ten title.

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TIGERS SELL DIDIER

..S.. r."

Aparicio and Cepeda get the axe
From Wire Service Reports for Pete Richert. ley, the wife of millionaire sports the last two years, said that no
Major league baseball players The New York Mets announced owner Charles 0. Finley, has agreement had been reached,
were being released and swap- that thev sold hurler B7z C'. ra fild fnr i - di ' a i "N hi;T

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ped by the bunches yesterday,
and some popular stars were in-
cluded. The most conspicuous of
the cuts was the unconditional
release of all-time favorites Luis
Aparicio and Orlando Cepeda by
the Boston Red Sox. Bosox man-
ager Darrel Johnson attempted
to justify the move by saying
that he had decided to "keep
more of these young people
around."
Others guillotined were Bobby
Bolin also of the Red Sox, the
Yankees' Wayne }Granger and
Tommy Agee by the Dodgers.
Granger was acquired from the
Cardinals late last season, and
holds the record for most games
pitched in a season. Agee, one of
the many players that hail from
Mobile, Alabama, was obtained
during the off-season in a deal

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to the pitching weak Atlanta
Braves for an undisclosed sum.
In an additional move the Red
Sox purchased reserve catcher
Bob Didier from the Tigers and
assigned him to Pawtucket of
the International League.
* * * '
NIT all-stars
NEW YORK - Utah's Mike
Sojourner, the National Invita-
tional Tournament's MVP with
92 points and 78 rebounds in four
games, heads the All-Tourna-
ment team named yesterday.
Among those joining him were
Frank Kendrick and John Gar-
rett of champion Purdue.
* * *
Trouble for Charley
LaPORTE, Ind. - Shirley Fin-.

iLe JUror Uvorce, en nei r
32-year marriage.
In her action she cited irre-
trievable breakdown of the mar-
riage, grounds for divorce in In-
diana.
* * *
Rangers sale?
ARLINGTON, Tex. - The sale
of the Texas Rangers for some
$10 million was imminent Tues-
day; but owner Bob Short failed
to give either one of the two
groups bidding for the American
League franchise his immediate
blessing.
Both groups are from Texas;
one from Houston, and the other
a metroplex group from Dallas-
Fort Worth.
Short, who brought the team
from Washington to Texas and
has lost a reported $1 million in

NVotng is buindg until I have
the money."
* * *
Campy honored
Campy Russell added another
award to his collection Monday
night, when he was named the
Wolverines' Most Valuable Play-
er. It was also announced that
the Pontiac junior was named to'
the first team of the Basketball
Writers Association all-American
squad. Playmaking guard Joe
Johnson received the Most Im-
proved Player award.
* * *
Schenkel not dropped
NEW YORK -Chris Schen-
kel hasn't been dropped from the
lineup of the American Broad-
casting Company's NCAA foot-
ball coverage team, but he's
no 'longer the star of the team.
In a Monday night statement,
ABC Sports president Roone
Arledge confirmed an earlier
story reported by the New Hav-
en Conn. Journal - Courier that
Schenkel would be replaced as

a play-by-play announcer for
NCAA football by Keith Jackson.
* * *
Bowler belted
NEW YORK - Bowler Larry
Laub of San Francisco won the
February balloting for the Hic-
kock Belt, awarded annually to
the outstanding professional ath-
lete of the year.
Laub received 72 points in the
poll, with Bob McAdoo of the
National Basketball Association's
Buffalo Braves next with 62. Phil
Esposito of the National Hockey
League's Boston Bruins was third
in the monthly vote, followed by
racing driver Mark Donohue and
Kenyan distance runner Ben Jip-
cho.
Duke gets help
CHICAGO - Dr. Charles D.
Henry II of Grambling College
will shortly be named assistant
to Big Ten Commissioner Wayne
Duke, reliable sources said yes-
terday.

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