the Michigan Doily
Friday, November 5, 1982
Fisher dies at age 95
By JOE CHAPELLE
Michigan sports fans lost a great friend Wednesday morning when former
Wolverine baseball coach Ray L. Fisher,age 95,passed away at St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital. Fisher, who coached the 'M' nine from 1921 to 1958,died of
kidney failure at 8:40 after spending close to two weeks in the hospital.
In his 38 years as the Wolverine mentor, Fisher amassed a fine record as a
coach, leading Michigan to 14 Big Ten Championships and one NCAA
national championship in 1953. A member of the College Baseball Hall of
Fame and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, he finished out his coaching
career in Ann Arbor with a record of 637 victories, 294 losses, and eight ties.
FISHER, BORN in Middlebury, Vt. on October 4, 1887, got his start in
baseball pitching for the Hartford team of the Connecticut League. In his fir-
st year as a minor league pitcher, Fisher amassed a 12-1 record and returned
the next year to garner a 24-5 tally. After his seasons with Hartford,
Fisher went on to play for the New
York Highlanders, a team that later
changed its name to the Yankees.
Last August, Fisher was honored
during Old-Timers' Day at Yankee
Stadium where he received two
standing ovations. Fisher was the
oldest living member of both the
New York Yankee and Cincinnati
After pitching in New York,
Fisher served briefly in the Army
Air Corps during World War I. He
then travelled to Cincinnati where
he garnered 14-5 and 12-11 records
with the Reds. Fisher drew a star-
ting assignment in the 1919 World
Series against the Chicago White
Sox, a series that is infamously
known for the "Black Sox" scandle.
He ended his stint in the majors with'
a career record of 102-98 and a 2.38
earned run average.
On April 19, 1921, the Michigan
Daily reported that "Derrill Pratt
Fisher left the team (The Wolverine
... hall of famer baseball squad) at Atlanta Thursday
morning, and turned over all the coaching duties to Ray Fisher."
ANOTHER Michigan baseball coach, Branch Rickey, had recommended
Fisher to fill the vacancy left by Pratt, who went on to work for the Boston
Red Sox. Rickey coached the Wolverines from 1910-1913 while he attended
the Michigan Law School. ,
From his first game, a 12-1 victory over Michigan State Normal College
(now known as Eastern Michigan University) in 1921, to his last, a 6-5 win
over Iowa in 1958, Fisher recorded a .687 winning percentage with the
The former Michigan. mentor was active in baseball until 1965 when he
retired as a batting practice pitcher and spring training coach for the Detroit
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By CHUCK JAFFE
Michigan hockey coach John Gior-
dano and Michigan State coach Ron
Mason have been listening to the radio
and hearing different noises. The WM-
PL radio hockey poll lists Michigan
State as the number one team in the
country, which sounds good to Mason,
but bad to Giordano, whose Wolverines
open a home-and-home series with the
For Michigan State, the game at Yost
Ice Arena is their first chance to prove
themselves as being worthy of their lof-
ty rank, while the Wolverines will be
looking to extricate themselves from a
five-team last-place tie in the CCHA
and a four-game winless streak against
"WE KNOW that they have good
players, so you can throw all past
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State assistant captain Newell Brown.
"We always look for tough games
But the difficult task in the series
belongs to Giordano, who has readied
his team to face All-American goalie
Ron Scott, who already has two
shutouts this season.
"They have the best goaltender in the
league," said Giordano. "They're a
very fine team. We're going to have to
play tougher in the corners, but we
won't give up. I think we can test them,
and we'll see how they handle it.
Everybody's fired up around here."
"WHEN YOU play Michigan it's
always a tough game," added Spartan
Scott. "I think that with the defensive
game that we play that we aren't going
to be involved in a shoot-out. It won't be
a very high scoring game."
A low scoring game would please
Giordano, who has moved sophomore
Dave McIntyre to defense in an attempt
to get more support at the Michigan
blue line. Junior transfer student John
State hockey game at Yost Ice
Arena begins at 7:30. Tickets are
available at the door or at the
Athletic Ticket Office at the corner
of State and Hoover. The game will
be broadcast on WJJX-AM (650)
radio, which along with WCBN-FM
(88.3) will broadcast Saturday
night's game from East Lansing.
DiMartino, a defenseman who scored years ago," said Scott,,who is curr
five points in three games, is out for 9-12 atop the CCHA goaltending stan
weeks with a knee injury, so Giordano "We always knew that we ha
is looking for his young defense and talent, and it is starting to show
goaltenders to keep Michigan in the realize that it is only six games in
game. season though, and there are 18
"We're going to be improving our weeks left to play, so we have to
system," Giordano said. "Our young consistent to keep going. Two year
defensemen are getting a great look at we upset Michigan, so anythi
the play in this league. Last week it was possible."
Bowling Green, who is wide-open, and This weekend's series will mean
this week it is State, who controls the to both teams. For Mason and the
puck more." tans, it is a chance to prove that
"WE TRY TO be a control-type deserve their ranking. For Michi
team," added Spartans' Mason. "We Giordano, it is a chance to change
built our team around Ron Scott and we his and Ron Mason's tune.
have been stingy giving up goals. But
we can score a few too." TONIGHT at
The series marks a turnaround from -j
the 1980-81 season, when Michigan was
highly rated and the Spartans were
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gymnasts travel to Columbus for a two-
day Buckeye Invitational.
The Buckeye Invitational, which in-
cludes Ohio State, Illinois, Pittsburgh,
Western Michigan, and Iowa, will be the
rough beginning of the Wolverines
tough schedule, which includes defen-
ding champion Nebraska and the
Russian national team.
"WE'RE LOOKING forward to
eteing some top performances and
hopefully we'll place several guys in the
finals," said Loken. "Our men are
determined, they've been working hard
and are ready for the season opener."
The fortune of the Wolverines this
year rests in large part on the perfor-
mances of three gymnasts who
achieved first-place finishes in last
year's Buckeye Invitational. The titlists
are seniors Kevin McKee (floor exer-
cise), Rick Kaufman (rings), and cap-
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Wolverines is the loss of Merrick Horn,
one of their top all-arounders, who was
injured over the summer, and is not ex-
pected to compete until January or
February, if at all.
filling in for Horn, thus joining other top
all-arounders Rich Landman, Dino
Manus, and Scott Ramsey.
"We may be hurting on final team
score in our meets this year," said
Loken. "But we should get some out-
standing performances, and hopefully,
improvement through the year will
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