THE MICHIGA*N DAILY
TUESDY, PrBRUARY 24, 1931
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of a series of articles dealing with
the chances of the major league
teams in 1931.)
Joseph McCarthy, ex-pilot of the
Chicago Cubs, in his first year as
pilot of the New York Yankeesy
faces a situation that, a few short
seasons ago, was u known to
Yankee teans. At that time the+
Gotham club was almost a sure bet'
for the pennant before the season
even started, but that time is past
and the Yanks face a tough grind
to even finish uP in second place
Four positions on the club are
doubtful as the teann starts its
training grind in the South. Sec-
ond base, shortstop, third base, and
left field all may be filled by one
of several competitors, while the
four hurlers who will constitute
the backbone of the pitching staff
have yet to be chosen.
Cagers to Mect Badger Quintet
at Madison; Northwestern
Will Swim Here.
Opening with a basketball game
at Lafayette and a swimming meet
at Champaign last night the Wol-
verine athletic teams 1 a u n c h e d
themselves into one of .e most
strenuous weeks of compe. ion on
the 1931 sports calendar. S e v e n
teams will participate in a total of
12 contests during the week, of
wh ch only four are scheduled as
home encounters. This quartet of
home ciigagements will take place
on Friday and Saturday nights the
hockey team playing host to Min-
nesota on both nights, the natators
facing Northwestern Friday, and
the thinclads meeting Chicago Sat-
Journey to Madison.
After last night's encounter with
the Boilermaker quintet, the Wol-
verine cagers have but three games
remaining on their schedule, one
of which will be played on Satur-
day when the Michigan five travels
to Madison to take on the Badgers
for the second time this season.
The Wolves have yet a good chance
to pull through a rather eventful
season with a fairly good record
should they win the rest of their
games. However, Wisconsin still re-
tains the sting of a 23-17 loss at
the hands of the Veenkermen in
Ann Arbor earlier in the season
and Coach Meanwell is striving to
fill the two positions left vacant
by the graduation of his co-cap-
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Ruth, Combs Safe.
Of course no one can deny Babe
Ruth and Earl Combs the right of p y g n h Y k ot e
playing in the Yankee outfield.
Those two stars would be regulars
on any team in organized baseball,.
and together they form a large per- 4
tion of the punch in the New York-
attack. The third outfield position Powerful Nortawestcrn Cagers
rests between several players, all Virtually Clinch Title
of them more or less unknown in Conference.
quantities. Dusty Cooke and Sam
Byrd, both of them mediocre gar- All doubts as to which team is
deners who battled forkthe position the best in the Western Conference
last year, will be back, while two baetllrcwredsledat
newcmer wh batledforthe aslgetball race were dispelled last
newcomers who battled for thenight when Northwestern, leading
position last year, will be back, the championship campaign by a
while two newcomers, Fred Walker single game advantage over Minne-
and Myril Hoag, will also be on sota, downed the Gophers last
hand. Hoag is touted as one of the night by the overwhelming count
best young players to ever come out 45-23 in their battle at Evan-
of the coast league, and must at ston.
resent be conceded the inside The victory by such a decisive
chance for the job. margin halts all the hopes that the
Fight for Berths. Minnesota five may have had on
Lou Gehrig will have no compe- the championship. NorthwesternC
tition for his first base job, but all now has a lead of two games on its
of the other infield positions are nearest rival, with the Conferencel
in doubt. Tony Lazzeri will be basketball season coming near its
either at second or at third, and he end. No team now has a chance
plays equally well at either posi- to overhaul the title bound Wild-I
tion. If he is at second Ben Chap- cats, who have won nine out of the
man and Joe Sewell, late of Cleve- 10 games it has played this year.
land, will fight it out for the third The only defeat that has been'
base assignment. If Lazzeri is sta- chalked up against Northwestern so
tioned at the hot corner then far this year was at the hands of
Chapman will become a candidate Illinois, who is at the present time
against Jimmy Reese for the key- in the midst of a winning streak
stone sack post. Lyn Larry, last that has attained the total of five
year's shortstop, and Bill Werber, straight victories. Illinois also came
who played a little with the team i within one point of downing the'
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pass Indiana last night as a re-
sult of a 39-25 win scored over
the Hoosiers at Bloomington.
This was the fifth straight game
that the Illini have won, after
losing the first five contests of
In another Conference game
played last night Wisconsin nosed
out Ohio State in a close battle,
the final score being 28-24 in
favor of the Badgers. The vic-
tory enabled Wisconsin to pass
Chicago in the Big Ten race.
Large Improvement Anticipated
Over Weak Mound Staff
of 1930 Season.
Several of the hurlers on Coach
Ray Fisher's Varsity baseball squad
are beginning to round into form,
giving rise to the hope that, streng-
thened in this department, the
Maize and Blue will be able to bet-
ter their position of last year in
the Big Ten standings.
Last year's nine finished lower
than any other team Fisher has
coached in his 11 years at Michi-
gan, mainly because of the weak-'
ness in the pitching department.
In the early workouts, Compton,
who did most of the work last year
seems to be coming along fast, and
appears to be in a fair way to as-
sume the mound burden again this
season. Kiegler, McNeil, Presby, and
Bartholomew are also showing up
well in the early workouts. McKay,
a left-hand prospect from last
year's freshman squad, also is com-
ing along nicely and may make
a strong bid for a regular hurling
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Jack Starwas Wins Light-Heavy
Championship of Michigan
in Muskegon Tourney.
Under the direction of Lester M.
Philbin the boxing activities of the
Intramural department have in-
creased until 250 boxers take part
in the year's program.
Coach Philbin is one of the best
boxing instructors in the country.
He learned his ability from Johnny
Kilbane, one of the cleverest ring
champions of all time, and from
Kilbane's manager Jimmy Dunn,
the man who taught the champion.
Hold Two Classes.
There are 57 members enrolled in
the active classes for instruction.
The clasess are held on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday afternoons
and on Tuesday and Thursday
nights. Other classes are scheduled
for the convenience of the mem-
Freshman turnouts have been
unusually large this year, number-
ing more than 80. Very few of these
men have had previous boxing ex-
perience and all are put through a
series of tournaments after they
have received sufficient instruction.
The freshman boxing team is made
up of the best of these men.
Interclass teams are chosen by
elimination from the entries, all
four classes having teams that are
active in this field. The Juniors
and the Freshmen met in the semi-
finals last Friday night and the
winners are to box the winners of
the Sophomore-Senior bouts.
The all-campus bouts are the
highlight of the year's program. In
this tournament the better boys
under Philbin's tutelage who have
been kept from the inter-class com-
petition, will be given an oppor-
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Varsity wrestler, who has been
giving a good account of himself in
the 118-pound division this year.
Although he lost his match last
Friday night, he was leading with
considerable time advantage when
Aldridge of Indiana unexpectedly
Lyn Lary Signs 1931
Contract With Yanks
(By A Assorta,' Press)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 23.
-The New York Yankees and good
news for Manager Joe McCarthy
arrived here at the same time.
Coach Jimmy Burke visited George
Pipgras at Hot Springs on his way
down and reported the big pitcher
is rapidly recovering from his ap-
pendicitis operation while the home
office in New York sent word that
Lyn Lary had signed his contract.
Of second importance on the
schedule of events, is the dual
swimming meet between the Wild-
cats and Wolverines to be held in
the Intramural pool Friday eve-.
ning. After returning from a suc-
cessful road trip on which the Wol-
verines met Wisconsin, Minnesota,
and Illinois, in a period of four
days, the Varsity tank team will
take three days to get in trim for
the all-important clash with their
most worthy rivals from Evanston.
The winners will probably wind up
the season as Conference cham-
pions, and shoud be watched in
the national meets.
Friday and Saturday marks the
final hockey series of the year, with
the Gophers invading Ann Arbor
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