88--The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 21, 1998
overheard at the annual Michigan baseball
"I threw to one batter, and he got a hit, but Rick
Leach is a great batter."
Bob Woschit, 1953 championship team pitcher
"think that just to go out and stand on the field
anO to look around and have our memories and to
remember how we helped each other ... it was
Bill Mogk, 1953 championship team captain
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Alumni baseball game makes up for lost time
Where you work should be
a place that inspires the mind.
and ask yourself,
By Dan Dingerson
For the l)auiy
Most students can remember the wild
celebrations and the added national
exposure that two national champi-
onships brought to Michigan last year.
Long ago, the world was not as
sports-oriented as it is today, and cham-
pionships were not received with the
same attention and fanfare that they are
now. The 1953 national champion
Michigan baseball team was one team
that did not have the opportunity to cel-
ebrate its championship - until now.
This weekend, the '53 national cham-
pions organized their championship cel-
ebration, 45 years after they had won the
There were 18 players on the champi-
onship team; two have since passed
away. Out of the surviving players, 12
made it to Ann Arbor for the celebra-
The weekend began when the players
were invited onto the field at the foot-
ball game on Saturday. They were rec-
ognized there, which was exciting, said
'53 captain Bill Mogk.
On Saturday night the players
received possibly the biggest thrill of the
weekend -their 1953 national champi-
onship rings. All sixteen players
ordered the rings, for which the athletic
department subsidized the cost.
Yesterday morning, the current base-
ball players, and several of the alumni,
had a brunch during which the alumni
spoke to the players about the impor-
tance of education, and the great tradi-
Michigan baseball alumni (pictured from left) Allan Levy, Dick Honig, and Don Lund,
along with Len Honig (right) harken back to old times yesterday at Fisher Stadium.
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tion of Michigan baseball.
Coach Geoff Zahn emphasized how
important it was to his baseball team to
hear the alumni speak.
"We have a great legacy at
Michigan," Zahn said, "We'd like to
keep that going."
The alumni game, which was pla d
at Fisher Stadium yesterday, waste
culmination of the championship week-
end. The game was roughly divided into
a team of the champions and a team of
other former alumni.
The '53 team took the field first and
the first pitch was thrown by dick York
to Irving "Pro" Boim. The first run was
fittingly scored in the bottom of the first
In the second, the '53 team scored
two runs on three consecutive hit >o
surge ahead 3-1. The alumni sc
three runs, however, capped by class of
'97 MarIon Wright's RBI single. The
game was called after that, and the score
reverted back to 3-1, giving the champi-
ons the victory.
Zahn pitched for both teams, and was
credited with the win - and the loss.
Former star Rick Leach also pitched for
Although the '53 champions wont
score of the game was of little conse-
quence to the players. Everyone
involved was excited just to have the
chance to participate in the festivities.
Mogk summed up the feelings of all of
4is old teammates.
"Standing on this field, we're happy,"
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Louisiana State needed only four
plays kr Tyler to hook up with Larry
Foster on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The extra point was blocked and Brad
Ware returned it 88 yards to make it
"The defense just played and played
and played," Bowden said. "The
offense just didn't quite do enough in
the secorad half to keep them offTe
Auburn (1-2. 1-1) quickly fell
behind 130 at the start of the game.
Leard's pass was intercepted on
Auburn's first play by Clarence
LeBlanc, v ho returned it 21 yards for
Freshman Michael Burks fumbled
on Auburn's next play and LSU recov-
ered on the Auburn 26. Tyler's 5-yard
touchdown rom made it 13-0.
But Auburn battled back. Leard
connected with wide-open Heath
Evans on Auiurn's next possession for
a 54-yard scoring strike that made It
"I made sme mistakes that ulti-
mately cost us the game' Leard said.
"But they can otly help me get better"
After Aubur scored, Louisiana
State then moved 80 yards and took a
19-7 lead on Tyler's 19-yard touch-
down pass to Falk. But the sec
quarter belonged to Auburn, whi
closed within 19-14 on Karsten
Bailey's 10-yard touchdown catch.
Auburn made iit 19-17 before the
half on Robert Bironas' 29-yard field
goal. The drive was aided by consecu-
tive personal fouls against Louisiana
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