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WEDNESDAY MARCHII30, 1039 1111LEMIClItC A N DAILY P(

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Fisher Revises Baseball Lineup
As Smick Assumes Mound Role
By BUD BENJAMIN found he could throw both ways, and
A perspiring Danny Smick draped thus mix his stuff up.
his six foot four inch frame over a "That operation didn't help me to
Field House bench and grinned. pitch underarm," explains Smick. "It
"Yep," chortled Danny, "I'm plenty just started me out that way, and
satisfied. It's a big step up the lad- when my arm was right I kept on
der for me. I've been looking forward with the same delivery. I'd like to
to this ever since I was a kid in high see my high school coach now," lit
school." grinned.,
Big Danny was pretty tired. For 45 "He'd never let me pitch," he con-
minutes yesterday, he blazed his fast tinued. "I played second base for
ball across the plate in hitting prac- him, but I. wanted to be a pitcher. H
tice-pouring it on for all he was never gave me a chance, claimingI
worth. That's the kind of athlete was too small. I guess I was then, al-
Dan is. though I grew about five inches my
Even the sports non-conformist senior year.
knows Smick. His name shines "I played amateur ball in Detroit
brightly in three major sports-foot- at the same time-and also after I en.
ball, basketball and baseball.' He will b th ntr i c
be the fifth nine letter man in Michi-
gan athletic history. This spring par-
ticularly, however, Smick has been
an athlete with a purpose.
Gedeon Goes To First
Ever since practice started, Danny
has been casting reflective glances
out toward the pitching rubber. He
wants to be a major league pitcher ,
some day, and he's the kind of a gent
that doesn't merely think about that
sort of thing. He's been bearing down
in his mound efforts all year long.
This week has, been the consumma-
tion of his desire.
In recognition of Smick's hurling
ability, Coach Ray Fisher has,
switched his tentative lineup. Smick
leaves first base-probably for good;
he will alternate between pitching:
and outfielding. Elmer Gedeon moves
back to his old first base job, while
the second sack is thrown open to
competition with Pete Lisagor, jun-
ior lettermen, holding the inside
track.
Has Unusual Delivery
Smick's effective mound work is
chiefly due to his unusual delivery.:
He alternates between an 'Elden Au->
ker' underhand motion and a normal
side arm pitch. He has a world of '. :
speed, a good curve, and fair con-
trol. Throwing underarm, as he us- >-"'".
ually does, Smick not only gets a
good rise on the ball but a hook
along with it. Since he can also
throw the orthodox way, the batter
is never sure as to what's coming. DAN SMICK
There's a story behind Danny's tered Michigan. I was on two differ-
freak delivery. An old football shoul- ent teams in a pretty good league
der injury necessitated an operation In fact, a couple of the guys I played
this summer, and when Smick re- with are signed up today with minor
cuperated he began throwing from league clubs."
below to nurse his arm. Before long, Two years ago, Smick finally got
he had the hang of it, and his fast the pitching action he desired and dic
ball began to do things when he used right well for himself. Two one-hit
that underarm motion. Time brought victories and a no-hit game wer
the arm back to normalcy, and he credited to him.in amateur ball. and

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Gymnasts Hold
Campus Meet1

Grid Practices Characterized
By Fun, Efficiency And Variety

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LIN EIS"
UY IRVIN LISAGOI£

IKira Lauded.
OTES relayed from the National
Intercollegiate swimming meet at
New Brunswick, N.J. last week-end:
Tom Haynie's "poor" third in the
440 was a neat bit of strategy which
probably swung the tide Michigan's
way . . . Realizing that Harvard's
Kendall had too much for him, and
that a desperate attempt to overtake
Yale's Macionis would leave him
completely "bushed," Tom hung
back, content to conserve his energy
for the all-important free style re-
lay .,.
Capt. Ed Krar, who was so
b-idly seared in a motorboat ex-
p? ion last summer that it was
duubtful if he'd ever swim again,
climaxe 1 a plucky career with a
br illiant "double" in the 50 and
10. races and an unyielding an-
ebor performance in the meet-
winning relay . . . Kirar not only
deserves this corner's "Red
Badge of Courage," but also
recognition as the meet's out-
standing swimmer . . . He beat
one of the nation's star swim-
mers. Harvard's Charley Hutter,
undefeated this season prior to
Kirar's coming . . .
Steve Bronson, the little trainer
with the big smile, who drove to the
meet, paused enroute to see Cappy
Cappon at Princeton . . . Steve reports
that the ex-Michigan mentor is busi-
ly engaged as the Tiger backfield
coach and apparently satisfied with
his new position . . . On the return
trip, Steve let Hanley Staley, the
diver, drive his car, and while step-
ping along at a brisk pace-55 or 60
miles per--a red light suddenly
loomed in the distance . . . His re-
action timing sharp as a blade, Sta-
ley slammed on the brakes, stopped
approximately 150 feet from the
junction . . . Amid volleys of laugh-
ter, Adolph Ferstenfeld cracked: "It's
f okay now, Staley. You can drive up to
the corner ...
It was just another feather in
Matt Mann's well-plumed hat-..
Beaten twice in dual meets by
Ohin State, relieved of their Con-
ference crown by the Buckeyes,
Michigan's swimmers weren't
calculated to retain their na-
Stioal swim title . . . But Coach
Mann had primed his squad for
that test, and its remarkable per-
iormance testifies to the validity
of his methods . . . Bob Kiphuth,
Yale mentor, and Mike Peppe,
Ohio State coach, a pair of

i ns 1s atL1ray By STEWART FITCH
Efficiency, fun for all, and abso-
lutely no monotony are the standards
Entry List Nearly Doubles by which the spring football ses-
Last Year's; Events Will sions are being run this year.
The efficient manner in which the
Run In TNo liv5liIos practices are handled is the 'first ob-
servation of any bystander. Never is
Swelled by nearly twice as many a man left idle while a teammate per-
applications as ever before, this year's forms. Each man is constantly kept
All-Campus gymnastic meet to be busy because the coaching staff has
held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in planned how he will use every bit of
Waterman gym, promises to be the his time while on the gridiron.
best held in recent years. Coach Fritz Crisler's whistle is
There are already enrolled in the more respected than the toot of a
elementary division nearly 30 fresh- steam whistle marking the end of
men who are competing for the first I work. When it shrills across the field,

time, and 10 upperclassmen in the
advanced division who have had pre-
vious competitive experience.
Most of the men in the advanced
division are the members of the ex-
hibition gymnastic team. These men
get their only chance for competition,
in this meet.
Those competing in the elementary
group will be required to do one exer-
cise on each of the following pieces
of apparatus: the horse, high bar,
parallel bars, flying rings and tumb-
ling. This will be required in order
to show a general knoweledge of the
sport.
In the advanced group each con-
testant will have to do two exercises
on each of the pieces of apparatus
and then he will be allowed to do
optional exercises on any of the ap-
paratus he chooses.,
Points will be awarded for the first
three places in each event.
In the elementary division only an
all-around winner will be chosen
while in the advanced division win-
ners will be picked in each event and
the highest point winner will be
named all campus champion.
Mann's traditional rivals, must
have carefully avoided Matt after
the meet . . .
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Worst attempt of the week to side-
step a cliche: "A sable hued slam-
mer," referring to Henry Armstrong,
colored bantam champ . . .!

everyone including assistant coaches,
1ghts out at top speed for any part
of the field where Crisler happens to
be.
Each practice is run according to a
program drawn up earlier in the day.
The blowing of the whistle indicates
that the drills being engaged in at the
time have run their alloted schedule
and something else is in order.
All work is done in widely seperated
groups. While his assistants work
with ends, linemen and backs, Crisler
circulates from group to group much
like a factory efficiency expert keep-
ing things always on the move and
offering advice here and there.
Nothing is dull and monotonous at
Ferry Field, however. Surprises and
snappy changes keep the players on
My Greatest
T _HRILL
CLIFF KEEN
Michigan Wrestling Coach
T ALL HAPPENED jn the' South-
western Conference wrestling meet
at, Austin, Texas, during my last year
of wrestling for Oklahoma A.&M. For
the last eight years we had won the
Conference title, and we were par-
ticularly anxious to add this one to
our string.

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Incongruity of the week: Husky We expected to win easily, but,
Bill Smith, Varsity tackle, roller as often happens, when my match
skating up Athletic Avenue--S. State -the last one of the night-
St.-on his way home from football rolled around, we were trailing,
practice . . . and it was up to me to get a fall
Bad freak of the week: Luke Ap- if we were to win the title. After
pling's broken leg, and Monte Strat- 15 minutes of the toughest kind
tons arm injury, which deprive the of b n it was aeven.
Chicago White Sox of their best hit-, In the first, overtime period he
ter and pitcher in the early chase for chose defense-that is I had the top
a pennant I.position. He escaped in five seconds,
land it looked bad. After a brief
rest, I took the defense position, real-
NURMi WAS RIGHT izing that I had to throw this man
Back in 1924, when Paavo Nurmi in three minutes, or we were through.
set a world's record in the mile with After two strained minutes, I was
the phenomenal time of 4:10.4, still on the bottom. With but 20 sec-
everyone thought the limit had been conds to go, I suddenly slipped out
reached, but the "Phantom Finn" and clamped a pin on him to win the
startled experts by stating that his I match, the meet, and to preserve my
record could, and would be broken. unbeaten collegiate wrestling record.

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Briggs Leaves,
As Tigers Fall '
Ow l-er Walks Out On 15-2"
Walloping By Dodgers
CLEARWATER, Fla., March 29.-
(/P)--The hapless Detroit Tigers were
too much today for even the gentle-
man who owns them and as a result
owner Walter 0. Briggs walked out'
of the park during the 15 to 2 lacing
the Bengals received from the Brook-
lyn Dodgers who are quaintly called
the "Daffiness Boys" in the National
League ,the circuit in which they per-
form.
Owner Briggs, who is currently in-
vesting $1,000,000 in improving the
home park of his team, probably
wished tonight that he was a mag-
nate in the Bi-State or the Northern
loop, a couple of Class D Leagues,
where the pitchers occasionally get
a hitter out, after wat1ching his kit-
tenish Tigers today.
Briggs sat through the first in- I
ning and watched the Dodgers comb
Vernon Kennedy for four hits and
three runs. He was still there at the
end of the second when the l)odgers
got seven more hits and as many
runs off the same pitcher.
InfI'ramuIral Sports
lipry 111(S11k I
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he didn't use the underneath stuff al;
all.
"I usually got by with ian ov-aii l
fast one and a little hook," he
mused.
Smick's teammates are generally
enthusiastic about his mound work.
Batting against him daily, tricy're
sure he'll be able to fool the Wol-
verine competition this.year. He has
the natural ability, he has the urge,
and he has the heart. Many a star
pitcher has combined the three with
classic results.

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FOOTBAlL MGR. TRYOUTS
All eligible freshmen who are
interested in trying out for foot-
ball manager are to report at the
Field House at 3 p.m. today.
Philip Woodworth, Manager.

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Horseshoes (single) . .
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