Elam happy with road to
By STEVEN R. KAMEN
Scot Elam took a chance.
After his sophomore year at Michigan
1981, Elam gambled and left school in
favor of professional baseball. At stake
were both his degree and the possibility
of earning more money as a higher
draft choice after his senior year.
If Elam masters the mechanics to go
with his powerful fastball, change-up,
slider and especially his forkball, the
ex-Wolverine could be headed for the
"His forkball has a chance to be as
good as or better than anybody's in the
Major's," noted Hardy.
AT MICHIGAN, his pitches were
good enough to win 17 games against
only three defeats. Included in that
mark is a perfect, 6-0, 1980 season that
tied Chuck Rogers' Michigan record. It
was an excellent start for the former
But Elam improved on it as a
sophomore. Number 18 compiled an 11-
3 won-loss record with an earned run
average of only 1.88. He also struck out
60 battters in only 91 innings of work as
he emerged as the ace of the staff.
And then he turned professional. It
was a difficult decision for Elam, but
one that drew support from everyone in-
volved. "My parents said to do what I
thought was best," remembered Elam.
"coach (Bud) Middaugh's first reaction
was that I should stay another year, but
he didn't pressure me into staying."
ELAM DOES not regret his decision.
"The money is not great right now
but it's enough to get by and I'm having
fun," he said "I still intend to finish my
degree. Not this winter, but during
another off-season I'll take classes."
In order to take those classes,
however, Elam will have to find the tme
in between a six-month regular season,
spring training and a winter con-
With all that time invested in
baseball, Elam likes to get away from it
in his spare hours. "I'm not much of a
baseball fan," he said. "When I relax I
try to get away from the game. When I
was a kid it was drilled into me ever
since I was nine years old and started to
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BUT ELAM forsook his final two
years of collegiate eligibility to sign a
contract with the Toronto Blue Jay
organization after being drafted in the
10th round. "I had a chance to start out
in Double-A ball from college," said
Elam. "Most players go to 'A' ball.
And with the Toronto organization I
have a better chance to move up."
The 6-3 righthander is currently
playing for the Blue Jays' Knoxville Farm
club and recently made his season
debut, dropping a 1-0 decision when his
opponents scored an unearned run.
"He looked outstanding," said Knox-
ville manager Larry Hardy of Elam's
season premier. "At spring training he
didn't look good but he's progressed."
LAST YEAR at Knoxville he started
slowly, dropping his first two decisions
before winning five straight and
finishing at 6-4.
Even with the improvement, there is
still room for more, according to Har-
dy. "He has to learn to handle himself
physically," said Hardy. "He's a tall
kid and it's hard to keep himself in
rhythm. He doesn't know the
mechanics of pitching."
NEW YORK (AP)- Michigan and
Notre Dame will play the first night
football game ever on the home field of
the Fighting Irish when they meet Sept.
18, ABC Sports announced yesterday.
The game at South Bend will start at 9
p.m. EST, under portable lights in-
stalled just for the contest, the network
Notre Dame had been scheduled to
host Michiganon the afternoon of Sept.
18, but the schools agreed to move the
kickoff time at the network's request.
By MIKE MCGRAW
If there are any Michigan sports fans
that wonder where freshman basket-
ball star Eric Turner got his athletic
ability, look no further than the
women's track team and older sister
The Wolverine senior has been a
stalwart on the sprint corps for four
years under first Red Simmons and
now new track coach Francie
"WE REALLY count on Renee quite
a bit in the relays, she's been very solid
in those events during her career
here," said Goodridge. "She is also
very versatile, as she runs hurdles and
sprints as well."
Track competition has been in Tur-
ner's blood for a long time. She began
running at the age of six on a track
program that was coordinated by her
father during the summer in her
hometown of Flint.
"I ran in the summer program for
quite a few years, and actually, college
track was the first time I had ever been
coached by anyone except my father.
He was my coach in high school as
well," said Turner.
D1UNNING track at Michigan was an
unexpected bonus for Turner in ad-
dition to attending school here. There
was no women's track team at the
University until her senior year in high
school and she wasoffered a scholar-
ship after already having full intentions
of coming to Michigan regardless. "I
came to Michigan for purely academic
reasons, in fact it was the only school I
applied to," said Turner.
But in the infant years of the varsity
women's track team at Michigan, the
successes were few. "The most
pleasant experience I've had here is
being able to be a part of the team as it
has grownrover the past few years,"
"When I first got here we were doing
good to finish ninth in the Big Ten, but
now I think we're one of the top three
teams in the conference, and that's
really a good feeling to know that I've
taken part in such an improvement."
A PRODUCT of that improvement
has been the sprint relay and sprint
medley relay teams. that she has par-
ticipated on. The team of Turner,
Catherine Sharpe, Lorrie Thornton, and
Brenda Kazinec has been. running
together for three years in those two
events and was third in the Big Ten in
each last year, adding a tenth place at
the national meet in the sprint relay.
"I think we could possibly win the Big
Ten this year in both those events,"
said Turner. "It would also be nice if I
could do well in the hurdles, but I'm not
too sure about the possibilities of that
since I'm coming off an injury.".
'Turner suffered strained ligaments in
her hip and hasn't been able to run the
hurdles at full strength since the end of
February at the indoor national meet.
But,she feels that she may be back up to
full strength by this weekend.
"IN ALL these years I've been run-
ning, this is the first time I've ever been
hurt," said Turner. "It is really disap~
pointing to go down in my senior year. I
had a lot of goals I'd like to have ac
complished before I graduate, and this
might hurt my chances."
After this year, Turner will leave
competitive track, but not necessarily
the University. She is looking to enroll
in graduate school in hospital ad
ministration, but admits she'll continue
to run on her own.
to will be nice to be able to put all my
efforts into studies next year," said
Turner. "I've really enjoyed seeing the
freshmen come in over the years and
watching the team improve. With so
many new people coming in, it makes
me feel pretty old since I was almost
one of the original members of the
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women's track team through its infancy.
FACULTY COMMITTEE FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS IN EL SALVADOR
The United States government currently supplies massive aid to the repressive regime in El Salvador-
it is also expanding its influence over Guatemala and attempting to destabilize Nicaragua. These poli-
cies deny the people of these countries'the right of self-determination and threaten to plunge the re-
gion into prolonged war. We believe that the people of El Salvador and Guatemala have a right to strug-
gle against oppression, and that the people of Nicaragua have the right to construct their own society
without outside interference.
We the undersigned members of the University of Michigan faculty urge the Ann Arbor and university
communities to join us in protesting the policies of the Reagan administration on April 15th in a demon-
stration called by the Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC) and endorsed by the Faculty Committee
for Human Rights in El Salvador.
W.H. Locke Anderson
David D. Bien
C. Arthur Brakel
William A. Gamson
Floyd F. Gray
John P. Langmore
Ann E. Larimore
Susan Q. Matheke
Terence J. McDonald
G. P. Moore
Margot Duley Morrow
Maureen F. O'Meara
Jeffrey W. Paige
Jacque E. Parsons
Daniel L. Rubinfeld
Donald B. Sands
Gary R. Saxonhouse
Rebecca J. Scott
Luis F. Sfeir-Younis
Helen L. Snoke
Robert H. Super
T. G. Teske
Robert J. Thomas
Louise A. Tilly
Thomas E. Toon