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Page Ten


Thursday, May 27, 1 976

Blue slugger hits books too
Walterhouse all-around leader

Traditionally, a team cap-
tain can lead in one of two
ways - vocally or through ex-
ample. Dick Walterhouse, cap-
tain of Michigan's baseball
team, terms himself the latter.
"In comparison to last year's
captain I'm just not as vocal,"
Walterhouse explains. "I try to
lead through example on the
With two doubles his first
two times at bat last Sun-
day, Walterhouse showed
Michigan the way to its sec-
ond consecutive Big Ten
Championship and a berth in
the NCAA Mid-East Regional
So Walterhouse ends his reg-
ular season career at Michi.
ga% with a 328 batting aser-
Now the question comes down
to whether the Wolverines can
keep it rolling this weekend at
the NCAA Tournament at East-
ern Michigan Friday at 4 p.m.
Michigan will meet EMU in the
first rouisd,
With a season record of 19-
18-1, Michigan enters the tour-
nament as underdogs. However,
these statistics overlook this
year's tough non-conference
schedule, where the Wolverines
rarely used their best pitchers.

Walterhouse attributes the
team's unimpressive record
this season to the fact that
'its hard to get in a groove
when you're rained out a lot.
Baseball is a game that you
have to play every day. There
are times when a game is rain-
ed nut and you may not play
for a week."
Whatever the outcome,
Walterhouse's four year ca-
reer with Michigan remains
im p r e s s i v e. The hon-
ors awarded him include Most
Improved Player in 1974, Big
Ten All-Academic selection in
1975 and being named one of
Michigan's top three senior
athletes this year along with
basketball's Wayman Britt
and football's Gordon Bell.
Personally, Walterhouse con-
siders the opportunity to play
ot two Big Ten championship
teams an honor as well.
"Any player on a Big Ten
team always strives for the
title. It's always something
that's in the back of your
mind," says Walterhouse.
Although baseball weighs
heavily in Walterhouse's fu-
ture plans, this was not al-
ways the case. At Ann Arbor
Pioneer High School, he only
participated in baseball his
senior year, along with foot-
ball, basketball and golf.

Accepted as an engineering
student at Michigan, it was on-
ly after a two day stint at a pro
tryout camp that he was re-
cruited for the baseball team.
Approached by the Pittsburgh
Pirates that summer, Walter-
house opted to go to Michigan
and continue his academic ca-
reer as well.
"Academics are just as im-
portant to me. After all, I am
here to gel an education," says
"House," as he is known by
fans and teammates, com-
bines the two successfully,
As a civil engineering major,
he maintains a 3.75 GPA and
hopes to go on and receive his
Masters in civil.
"A lot depends is whether
or not I'm recruited for the
pros and I won't know about
that until the first week in
June." stated Walterhouse.
The Wolverine captain re-
ceived honors in the academic
arena also. He collected a 1)is-
tingtished Achievement Award
for Civil Engineering to add to
his athletic awards.
However, there is one honor
let to be achieved - an NCAA
Mid-Eastern Regional title,
which escaped Michigtn in the
final game last year.

Michigan baseball coach Moby Benedict signals to the crowd
after his team defeated Michigan State to win the conference
title for the second straight year. The Wolverines now ad-
vance to the NCAA play offs at Eastern Michigan.

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From wire Service Reports
Guthrie opposed
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. -- R. C. Conole, president of Texas
World Speedway, said yesterday he is starting a movement to
have Janet Guthrie's United States Auto Club license revoked.
"I won't let her or the owner run at Texas World Speed-
way," Conole said after hearing a rumor that Miss Guthrie
accepted $10,000 to drive in the NASCAR-sanctioned World
600 at Charlotte, N.C.
Females in the field
LANSING - Michigan may become the first state in the na-
tion to legally declare baseball a noncontact sport and thus open
it to participation by girls, under a bill on its way to Gov. Wil-
liam G. Milliken.
The state House approved the baseball bill 93-7 yesterday.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Gary Owen, D-Ypsi-
lanti, and specifically amends the state School Code list of non-
contact sports to include baseball.
Hodge traded
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins, seizing the chance to acquire
a promising young player and one they have been seeking for
three years, obtained 22-year-old right wing Rick Middleton from
the New York Rangers for veteran right wing Ken Hodge in a
National Hockey League trade yesterday.
The trade reunites Hodge, one of the league's strongest shoot-
ers, with center Phil Esposito, who was dealt to the Rangers last
season along with defenseman Carol Vadnais for center Jean Ra-
telle and defenseman Brad Park.
BILLiARDS UP) - Jerry Pate of Pensa-
cola, Fla., figures to do well on
this year's PGA golf tour. Pate,
the 1974 U. S. Amateur cham-
$1 per hour pion, set a fast pace when he
won last fall's qualifying tour-
MEM. WEEKEND, nament at Walt Disney World
with a nine-under-par 423 for
SAT.-MON. six rounds of golf.
OPEN 1 PM. There were 380 players in the
starting field. Twenty-five play-
at the UNION ers qualified for the 1976 PGA
tour. Five-aver par was the cut-

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