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By SARAH SHERBER
Last year there was one regular cat-
cher for the Michigan baseball team as
Gerry Hool compiled a multitude of
honors and records while stationed
behind home plate.
Although Hool played just three com-
plete seasons for the Wolverines, by the
end of last season he had tied the
Michigan record for the most career
doubles (33), had the seventh highest
Michigan career batting average (.327)
and was third on the list of lifetime.
RBI's with 91.
ALTHOUGH HOOL was a senior last
year, he had one year of eligibility
remaining. This did not paint the
brightest picture for Michigan's two
other catchers, Rich Bair and John
Young.
But Hool was lured away by the
prospects of a major league career. He
signed to play with the Toronto Blue
Jay organization but was subsequently
released. The same thing happened
when he went to the Detroit Tigers.
And although lIool was a major con-
tributor to the Big Ten Championship
team last year (he was named MVP of
the Big Ten tournament) his absence
has not been quite as severe as one
might have expected. "I don't even
think Hool notbeing here is a factor,"
said Michigan baseball coach Bud Mid-
daugh.
THE BIG reason behind Middaugh's
feelings is the duo he now has behind
home plate, Bair and Young.
Young, a senior, had seen limited ac-
tion the past three seasons, the last two
as a backup to Hool.
Bair, in his second year as a
Wolverine, played most of his games
last season as the designated hitter. He
caught in only about a dozen games.
THIS SEASON, though, the pair has
taken over the duties of catching in ad-
mirable form, sharing the position as
neither player has an edge over the
other.
Arum
postpones
Hearns
fight
DETROIT (AP) - Boxing promoter
Bob Arum yesterday indefinitely post-
poned the May $4 title bout between
middleweight champion Marvin Hagler
and Thomas Hearns, citing an injury to
Hearns' right hand.
"We are awaiting the response to
treatment of Hearns' hand before we
set a new date," Arum said in a
statement from New York. "Thomas
was examined by three physicians in
Detroit today and they all agreed that
he cannot resume sparring for at least
30 days."
Hearns and Hagler, of Brockton,
Mass., were scheduled to fight for the
undisputed middleweight crown at
Windsor Arena in Windsor, Ontario,
across the river from Hearns'
hometown of Detroit.
Hearns was hurt about 10 days agoaf- g
ter he fell during a training session.

Both Bair and Young have similar
baseball backgrounds. Bair started
playing organized ball when he was
eight, and has always assumed the role
of catcher. When he came to Michigan

The Michigan Daily--Thursday; May 6, 1982-Page 15
Young and Bair
share backstop duties
he knew, however, that he would not said the Dayton, Ohio native.
step in to a starting role. THOUGH HE shares the catching
"I came in knowing that I wasn't duties, Bair feels he is not on the same
going to catch immediately. That was level as Young.
true of any school I was interested in," "I think John has the advantage over
me-he catches the first game of a
doubleheader," said Bair. "It is not so
much a physical advantage, it is an in-
tangible type."
Perhaps one of Bair's biggest
weaknesses is his inability to realize his
own talent.
"I really don't consider myself that
phenomenal of a ball player," said
Bair, who added that he has to work on
"just about everything. I've got to im-
prove my hitting-the accuracy of my
throwing and learn to achieve the
-eadership control of the ball game."
YOUNG HAS been playing baseball
for the past 15 years. He started his first
year as a catcher and the next season
when his father coached the squad and
no one else would play behind home
plate, Young assumed the position
again.
Young did not have many apprehen-
sions about his ability when he first
arrived at Michigan. He had no doubt in
his ability to catch on the college level.
"I felt I could compete with Gerry
(Hool)," he said.
And even though Young must now
share the first-string spot with Bair, it
does not bother him. "He's got to get
the experience," noted Young. "As long
as I get to swing the bat I don't mind."
YOUNG AND Bair have a lot more in
common than sharing a position. Their
style of play is almost identical.
"We kind of stick together," ex-
plained Young. "We're both pretty
similar except he hits righthanded and
y Ef I bat left."
One major difference is the way
Young sees his future in baseball. While
Bair "doesn't count" on a major league
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER career, Young is very optimistic about
eft) and Rich Bair take a break from his chances in the pros.
Young split the catching duties for "I've got a chance, I was drafted (by
ably for former Michigan catcher Pittsburgh) out of high school," he said.
"Everyone's got to have his.shot."

MICHIGAN CATCHERS John Young (l
a recent Wolverine practice. Bair and
Michigan and have taken over admir
Gerry Hool.

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