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POLITICS ON DECK
Zimmerman goes t
By JEFF RUSH
Bill Bradley and Jack Kemp did it.
So did Michigan grad Gerald Ford.
Maybe Wolverine baseball player
Kurt Zimmerman is next in line of
those who can combine success in
athletics with success in politics.
The senior outfielder has the looks
and personality of a politician. His
majoring in philosophy won't hurt
either. And no matter how much
Zimmerman downplays his chances
of a career in politics, everyone else
seems to think he's perfect for the role.
"EXCUSE ME," yelled someone
across the crowded floor of the
Michigan Union. "Is that Kurt Zim.
merman speaking? When Kurt Zim-
merman speaks, everybody listens."
Though teasing him, the friend was
referring to a comment made by a
classmate of Zimmerman's. The sen-
timents of that classmate represent
the feelings of many of those who
come into contact with the Bloomfield
Zimmerman's travels have
provided opportunity for many to
come in contact with him.
AFTER GRADUATING from
Cranbrook at the age of 17, Zimmer-
man spent a year in England on
academic scholarship. He played
soccer and cricket there, but no
Last Christmas, Zimmerman skiied
the slopes of Switzerland.
And for the past four years, Zim-
merman has been part of the large
student body at Michigan , and a
member of the baseball squad. Ac-
coiding to Zimmerman, studying in
England and skiing in Switzerland
dot't compare with the experience of
pliying baseball at Michigan. He still
can't believe he's starting.
,'Before the game I always look at,
the lineup card, because I don't ex-
pect to see my name on it, and it's a
real surprise for me to see it there
every day," said Zimmerman.
IT IS easy to understand why
Zimmerman is surprised. Though he
played varsity baseball at Cranbrook,
were impressed with him."
Just like everyone else seems to be.
Though at first in awe of teammates
such as Barry Larkin and Mike Wat-
ters, Zimmerman's work ethic
showed and he soon became a leader
both on and off the field.
o bat or
interest in politics on the part of most
"I THINK students on this campus
pretend to be interested in social
issues, whether it be Central
American problems or domestic
problems. But I don't see very many
of them taking concrete action or
Zimmerman continued, "A march
or a demonstration is fine, as long as 4
it is followed by concrete action to
remedy the situation. Speaking
through a megaphone is not going to
He cited an example. After a night
at the shelter for the homeless, the
people are offered a meal at St. An-
drew's church. Zimmerman com-
plained that one morning the church
was overflowing with food, but that it
couldn't be distributed because of a
lack of volunteers.
'A march or a demon-
stration is fine, a slong
as it is followed by con-
crete action . . .
Speaking through a
megaphone is not going
to remedy a situation.
- Kurt Zimmerman
no colleges recruited him.
After his year in England, Zim-
merman came back and played
summer ball in the Detroit area
Adray League, and prepared to attend
Michigan that fall.
Zimmerman visited baseball coach
Bud Middaugh in August of that year
and told Middaugh that he wished to
try out for the team. With no tryout
and no questions asked, Middaugh
immediately made Zimmerman a
member of the team.
"HE HAD played in the Adray
League and (assistant coach) Danny
Hall had seen him play," said
Middaugh. "In his case we didn't have
to give him a tryout. We just took a
good look in the fall and, of course, we
Zimmerman, according to team-
mate Chris Lutz, is a true diplomat on
"HE'S ALWAYS pretty honest with
what's going on," said Lutz. "He'll
help out a teammate with the coaches
if he thinks the coach is wrong or vise
versa, and doesn't really take sides or
Off the diamond, Zimmerman
developed an interest in philosophy,
and since has declared the subject his
"It's what I enjoy the most," said
Zimmerman. "I did well in the first
few classes that I had and decided to
go ahead with it."
AT THE same time, Zimmerman
became interested in volunteer work,
and started taking time out of his busy
schedule to work for an Ann Arbor
shelter for the homeless. Whether he
means to, Zimmerman speaks like a
"(Homelessness) is a problem that
Ann Arbor has," said Zimmerman.
"There are a lot of homeless people
out there, and people that don't know
where their next meal is coming from.
The shelter is a pretty valuable place.
It's full every night."
Zimmerman expressed dismay
with what he perceives as a superficial
"THEY LITERALLY couldn't use
some of (the food) because they didn't
have enough volunteers to just
physically put together the san-
dwiches, put them in bags and give
them to people.
"There is a need out there, and until
you actually go to the shelter and see
the need these people have, it is easy
just to pretend it's not there."
With concrete political views like
those, it's not hard to understand why
people envision Zimmerman as a
"I CAN see Kurt doing a lot of dif-
ferent things," said teammate Chris
Gust. "He's real articulate and he
handles himself real well around
people. If he wanted to go into any
type of leadership role, I don't think
he'd have a problem."
After graduating, Zimmerman in-
tends to find a job, possibly in real
estate. He interned in a real estate
agency in Chicago last summer. But
thoughts of political service aren't far
from his mind.
"This next year I'm tempted to do
something that's more than a iob
that's purely career-oriented," said
Zimmerman. "Maybe something with
a volunteer organization, like the
Peace Corps. Something along those
lines would be interesting," said
Remember that name.
Michigan outfielder Kurt Zimmerman
competition. Zimmerman, a philosophy
-Sports Information photo
swings for the fences in recent
major, is interested in a political
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