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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1936


FRIDY, JNE 5 193 M.I

Berger Most Vaulable
SKED TO NAME the player of greatest value to the Michigan baseball
team this season, as a part of a Conference-wide poll, we without the
slightest.hesitation have nominated Capt. Berger Larson who Wednesday
afternoon not only gave one of the greatest demonstrations of expert pitch-
ing but also of courage ever seen in a Michigan athlete. Much has been
said in the past year concerning the great "intestinal fortitude" of Coach
Chuck Hoyt's track team but who can challenge our placing Larson high
in the Wolverine Hall of Fame?
Few hurlers could come back to win as did Larson over Iowa after
seeing teammates blow a four-run lead in one inning with fielding that
definitely smelled. It will be remembered that Berger gave only five
hits during the affair and with a curve ball that reminded fans of
Charley Root's expert hooks whiffed 13 of the Hawkeyes.
While speaking of the game's heroes we certainly should not pass lightly
over Vic Heyliger who has gained most of his local fame as a hockey player-
supreme. All year Heyliger has had trouble at the plate and his batting
average certainly does not read like that of a great hitter, but Wednesday
"The Beaver" came into his own and with two hits knocked home three
runs to play a great part in winning Michigan's seventh Big Ten diamond
His line single to left in the second was Michigan's first hit and drove
in the game's first run. After Iowa had scored five runs in the fifth to take
the lead, Heyliger came up in the sixth with teammates on second and third
and slapped a long double into left to drive both of them home.
Deserved The Honor
IN OUR ESTIMATION what has been a great season all the way be-
came even greater yesterday when Kimmy Williams was elected cap-
tain of the 1937 club. Williams was regular catcher last year and was
slated for the same position this season until a sudden attack of ulcer-
ated colitis placed him near death in the University Hospital. It was
necessary to give him numerous blood transfusions before finally remov-
ing him to his home at Katonah, N.Y.
The present championship team boasted only three juniors, other than
Williams, John Gee, Vic Heyliger and Matt Patanelli and all three are al-
ready captains of next year's teams. It is not known whether Kimmy will
be in playing condition when he returns to school, but even if not he will
be a championship leader of a championship team.
Friends Again
WITH THE TITLE WON and the spikes hung up, the "gas house gang"
is once again on friendly terms with the umpires the day round.
During the past few weeks Fisher's aggregation had more than its share
of debates with the officials but, contrary to popular ideas, the hard
feelings were bounded by the edges of the ball field. In the locker
room the umps and the Wolverines were as friends, but in battle it took
only a close decision to start the fireworks-typical of any team fighting


Williams Picked To Head Ball Team


Fisher Awards
Varsity Letters
To 13_Players
Wesley Brew Gets Senior
Manager Position; Five
Seniors Win Letters
Michigan's Big Ten titleholders
yesterday elected to the captaincy of
the 1937 team a last year's regular
who never played in a game this sea-
Kim Williams, who was forced to
withdraw from school in mid-winter,
is the captain-elect. Stricken with
ulcerative colitis, is was only the
numerous blood transfusions given
him by his roommate and this year's
captain, Berger Larson, that enabled
him to recover sufficiently to return
to his home in Katonah, New York.
Although he is recovering slowly,
it is doubtful if Williams will return
to captain the ball club. If he does
return, it will be in February, 1937.
Wesley Brew was selected as the
senior manager of the ball team.
Dean Glidder, Wayne Whaite, Nor-
man Soodik and Harry Steinberg
were named as his junior assistants.
Five seniors were among the 13
Varsity letter winners announced
yesterday by Coach Ray Fisher. The
graduating members of the team are
Captain Larson, Joe Lerner, regular
first baseman, Carl Ferner, third
baseman, George Rudness, center
fielder, and John Jablonski, who suc-
ceeded Williams as catcher.
Varsity letter winners announced
by Coach Fisher are Don Brewer,
Herman Fishman and Joe Lerner,
Detroit; Carl Ferner, Sturgis; John
Gee, Syracuse, N. Y.; Vic Heyliger,
Concord, Mass.; John Jablonski, New
Brunswick, N.J.; Merle Kremer, East
Conneaut, O.; Captain Berger Lar-
son, Chicago; Morris Miller, Staten
Island, N.Y.; Matt Patanelli, Elk-
hart, Ind.; George Rudness, Negau-
nee, Mich., and Steve Uricek, Flint.
Secondary awards were announced
for Ed Andronik, Norwalk, Conn.;
Bob Harndon, Saginaw; Paavo Lah-
ti, Ann Arbor; Bill Lane, Detroit, and
Manny Slavin, Cleveland.
Cochrane. Collapses
After Circuit Blow
Manager Mike Cochrane, of the De-
troit Tigers, collapsed in the dugout
after hitting a home run in the third
inning of today's game with the Ath-
A physician who treated him in the
dressing room said he was in need of
a thorough rest to avert a nervous
breakdown. Cochrane was able to
leave with the team for Washington.
The collapse of Cochrane, who has
been weighted down with executive
duties as vice-president of the De-
troit Baseball Club in addition to
those as player-manager, came with
Al Simmons, centerfielder, on the
bench with a sprained ankle. j
The double misfortune, coming
during the first series of the Tigers'
second Eastern invasion, recalled the
disaster that overtook the club at the
start of its first eastern tour. In a
series at Washintgon Hank Green-
berg suffered an arm fLacture, from
which he has not recovered, and
Cochrane was put out of action for
several days when a foul tip struck
him in the instep.

W~ill Lead '37 Nine

Koesis Trails
Open Leaders
By 3 Strokes

Oosterbaan Labels Five Frosh
BallPlayers Varsity Material

for a championship.


Big Ten Track
Aces In Central
Collegiate Meet
Jesse Owens And Lash
Head 300 Track Stars
Entered At Marquette
MILWAUKEE, June 4-(P)-Track
and field aces from the smaller mid-
western colleges will battle big name
stara for recognition as Olytmpic
talent tomorrow night under the
floodlights at Marquette University
stadium in the 11th annual Central
Intercollegiate Conference cham-
pionship meet.
The co-stars of the Big Ten meet
at Columbus, O., two weeks ago, Ohio
State's Jesse Owens and Don Lash,
Indiana's great middle distance ace,
will lead their forces in another battle
for the team title won last year by
the Buckeyes. Owens will compete
in both dashes and the broad jump,
and may take a whirl at the low
hurdles. Lash will be seeking new
marks in the mile and two-mile runs.
The field, the biggest in the his-
tory of the meet, includes nearly 300
athletes from 33 institutions. Judg-
ing from previous performances, it
packs serious danger to 10 of the 16
Owens and Lash, particularly are
qgtalified to better present marks in
the 11-year-old meet.
A close fight is expected for the
team title and the Rockne Memorial
Challenge trophy, founded in honor
of the man who, with C. M. Jennings,
of Marquette and Ralph Young of
Michigan State, originated the Cen-
tral games in 1926 after the West-
ern Conference had barred all but
member schools from its meet.
Ohio State and Owens are given
an advance edge, but the Buckeyes
will be pressed by the Hoosiers, Notre
Dame, unbeaten; Wisconsin, Pitts-
burgh and Marquette.

Captaincy Of Nine
Is Best Medicine'
For Kim Williams
The best medicine he could pos-
sibly have received was given Kimy
Williams yesterday when the Wol-
verines made him baseball captain
for the 1937,season. Leading a Mich-
igan nine on the diamond was Kimy's
chief ambition, and when he gets over
the surprise he'll probably be the
happiest and most grateful fellow in
the world.
When Kimy learned that his in-
intestinal ailment would put him on
the shelf this year, he was particu-
larly depressed because he figured a
season's inactivity would queer his
chances for ever being elected cap-
tain. He intimated his disappoint-
ment in letters written to friends here
from his home in Katonah, N.Y.,
where he is convalescing.
The blond backstop must have felt
forgotten as his mates bowled over
every foe in their victory march. But
the doughty Williams kept sending
pep messages to his roommate and
pal, Berger Larson, and hoping that
the Wolverines would annex the title.
With the Big Ten crown 'safely
tucked away, the players might have
forgotten Kimy in their jubilation
over winning. But they didn't.
Captain Larson expressed the sen-
timent of the whole team when he
said, "Kimy's selection was no mere
gesture. The boys realized that Kim
was the ideal man, and they recog-
nized his ability both as a catcher
and hitter."

Although on the inactive list this
year due to a severe illness which
forced him to leave school this last
semester, Kim Williams, from Ka-
tonah, N.Y., Varsity catcher in
1935, was yesterday elected captain
of the 1937 baseball team. His .300
batting average during the '35 sea-
son led the Wolverine hitters.
Spartan Nine
Defeats Iowa
y 4-3 Score
Henkel Allows Hawkeyes
Six Safeties In Debut
As Starting Pitcher
EAST LANSING, June 4.-(/P)-
Max Henkel, of Howard City, mak-
ing his debut as a starting pitcher,
tamed the University of Iowa here
today while his Michigan State Col-
lege mates pounded out a 4 to 3 vic-
The teams play the second game of
the series here tomorrow.
Henkel held Iowa, third place win-
ners in the Western Conference, to
six scattered hits while State cap-
italized on its own nine hits off pitch-
er Hinrichs and five Iowa errors.
The Spartans stepped into the lead
with two runs in the first inning off
Bartling's hard single. The hit
brought in Weimer, who had singled,
and Steve Sebo who had connected
for two bases.
Iowa errors presented State with
another run in the third. Kuhne
reached first base safely on the short-
stop's bad throw, advanced on a
misplay by the pitcher and scored
when the second baseman let the
ball get away from him on a at-
tempted force out.
Milt Lehnhardt brought in the
other run from third on Hinrich's
wild pitch in the sixth inning.
A single by Winters in the sixth
brought in two Iowa runs, with the
help of some poor Spartan fielding.
Gugler came in from third and
Clausen, who had hit for two bases,
was able to come all the way home
when the relay was slow. Kadell, a
pinch hitter, sacrificed the third run
in the ninth, scoring Winters from
The Score:
Iowa .........002 002 001-3 6 5
Michigan State .201 001 00x-4 9 2

Big Ten Champion Shoots
Par Score But Places
14th In First Round
SPRINGFIELD, N.J., June 4. - (A)
--Captain Chuck Kocsis of the Mich-
igan Golf team, Big Ten champion,
shot an even-par 72 in the first round
of the National Open Meet today over
the Baltusrol Course here and al-
though but three strokes behind the
leaders Panl Runyan, Clarence Clark
and Ray Mangrum was forced to take
a tie for 14th place.
Kocsis had birdies on the 471-yard
first hole and the 340-yard twelfth,
sinking a 25-foot putt on the latter
hcle. He was over par on only two
holes. He was out in 36 and home
in the same.
Each of the leading trio shot the
course in 69, three strokes under par
and a new competitive record for Bal-
tusrol's upper course.
Picard Ties For Fourth
On the heels of the pace-setting
trio, each a newcomer to this dis-
tinction. were formidable challengers
and the promise that this may de-
velop the greatest scoring melee of all
time. One shot behind, at 70, came
the betting favorite, tall Henry Pic-
ard of Hershey, Pa., lantern-jawed
Johnny Revolta of Chicago, the Na-
tional P.G.A. champion End deadliest
putter of the day; long-hitting Vic-
tor Ghezzi of Deal, N.J.; 41-year-old
Tom Kerrigan of Bronxville, N.Y.,
who played in the last open held at
Baltusrol in 1916; and a pair of "dark
horses" with a story to tell, Leslie
Madison of Hollywood, Calif., and
Frank Moore, entered from Harts-
dale, N. Y., but lately moved to Cleve-
land, O.
Tied in tenth place at 71, only two
shots off the pace, were such title-
seekers at blond Craig Wood of West
Orange, N.J., making miraculous re-
coveries throughout a dazzling round;
"Light Horse" Harry Cooper of Chi-
cago, whose six on the par-four 13th
cost him a great chance to join the
leaders; and Ky Laffoon of Chicago,
the part-Indian star, together with
another duo of outsiders, Ted Long-
worth, the Pacific northwest's lone
standard-bearer from Portland, Ore.,
and Johnny Bulla, youthful public
course pro from Chicago.
Shute Equals Par
Shotmakers not to be lightly rated
in the par-equalling racket included
Bill Burke, 1931 open champion,
Denny Shute of Boston, former Brit-
ish Open king; Zell Eaton, Okla-
homa City's latest gift to professional
ranks, and two amateurs, Jimmy
McGonagill of Dallas and Morton
McCarthy of Virginia Beach. Va.
Under cool gray skies, with the tee
markers moved forward to cut fully
300 yards off the 6,866-yard course,
the pins placed invitingly in the
middle of the greens and nothing
more menacing than a refreshing

Elmer Gideon Leads List
In Fielding And Batting
Throughout Season
From one of the most promising
bunch of freshmah baseball players
ever to show up at Michigan, Coach
Benny Oosterbaan has ventured to
name several whom he believes are
sure-fire Varsity material.
Without a moment's hesitation,
Oosterbaan named five excellent
prospects, and added another as a
likely possibility.
Gedeon Is Outstanding
Elmer Gedeon, from Cleveland, O.,
was by far the most outstanding of
the frosh players. Gedeon led the
hitters from the time he reported
until the practice sessions ceased last
week. Showing versatility in the
field, he covered first base like a
veteran and used his long right arm
to good advantage when performing
on the mound. For a tall lad, Ged-
eon is extremely fast on his feet
and can turn the bases in very low
Walt Peckinpaugh, from Cleveland,
and Danny Smick, from Hazel Park,
are another couple of promising dia-
mond men. Peckinpaugh got off to
a flying start this spring, but before
a month had passed, he pulled a
muscle in his leg and was forced out
of practice for several weeks.
Smick Displays Talent
Dannny Smick, the silent athlete
from Hazel Park, is another versatile
player. A right-handed pitcher, Dan-
ny is also an alert center fielder
Smick displays his best talent, how-
ever, when he is working on the hill
He has a long stride that gives himr
accuracy and a long arm with whic
he gets plenty of speed. Naturall
loose-jointed, his wrist has a power
ful snap that can make the ball d
just . about what he wants it to
Benny Oosterbaan discovered thai
Danny was too stiff at the plate anc
put him through some vigorous hit-
ting practice, with the result that h
is now perfectly relaxed while wait-
ing for a pitch.
Irv Lisagor, Chuck McHugh, anc
Leo Beebe are the other three boy
who have shown up well enough t
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Chicago 16, New York 3.
Boston 4, Cleveland 3.
St. Louis 6, Washington 2.
Chicago 8, New York 5.
Brooklyn 4, St. Louis 3.
Pittsburgh 7, Boston 5.
Cincinnati 5, Philadelphia 3.
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Lisagor, a second sacker from Chi-
cago, was stationed at his particular
post in all of the spring games with
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sistent fielding and better than aver-
age hitting talent. Leo Beebe, a
Fordsonhightschool graduate, is the
man who did the catching for the
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Peckinpaugh, Smick and Beebe
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numerals in football, basketball, and
baseball, while Gedeon has earned
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