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APRIL 1, 1939



Prof. Doherty Says.. ..
"HABITS are funny things. I don't
know why, but once these boys
pick up a certain twist, it's almost
impossible to change them."
Ken Doherty speaking. Ken, Fred
Martin and myself were watching the
pole vaulters soar in the Field House
yesterday afternoon when Doherty
suddenly came forward with the ob-
"That stocky kid over there,"
he continued. "Nice motion, hard
worker, but he's still got the
same flaw in his style that he
had four. years ago. He jack-
nifes. No matter what you tell
him or how hard he tries, he
can't break himself of thehabit."
Is that why the track department
has repeatedly expressed a prefer-
ence for raw material?
"Absolutely," Ken returned
"Give us a boy who's never done
any track work, but who is will-
ing to learn and has a certain
amount of natural ability, and
we can do things with him. Lack-
ing any flaws or habits In his
form, we can develop him along
the proper lines. Of course, now,
no track man has perfect form.
It's a matter of degree."
This business of form. Isn't it true
that many a star 'has forged ahead
with a faulty technique?
"A few," mused Ken. "But if
they do it the right way they'll
go even better. Take Bill Wat-
son, for example. He was put-
ting the shot 48 feet as a fresh-
man, with a flaw. He'd hold his
left foot far out of line and con-
sequently his put was always to
the left. We straightened outhis
Rtance and got him pushing from
, a sound base and on an even
keel. At 48 feet he was above av-
erage. But today he's a real star."
Martin had been listening and
finally contributed:
"Sammy Stoller was an example
of a guy who had a screwy style and
made good," he observed. "You'd al-
ways find Sammy's arms pumping
across his chest and in four years of
track he never changed."
Just to equalize things, I recalled
the extreme unorthodoxy of hurdler
.Jesse Owens. With his unbeatable
drive, Owens simply ran over the bar-
riers, sans any of the style as dictated
by Hoyle. Yet Owens with his sprint-
jump-sprint, , is the exception, that
makes the rule. His feats are likely
never to be duplicated.
ADOLPH KIEFER'sbackstroke wis
at Columbus brings forth a lust
"huzzah" frpm this corner. During
his week in Ann Arbor, your chronic-
ler got to know the Texas star fairly
well, and he's a pretty nice Joe.
I particularly liked the way Adolph
took his free-style trouncings during
the collegiates. It seemed to bear
out a disputed assertion that cham-
pions can take it and smile.

Medica Defeats
Ralph Flanagan
In 220 Free Style
Gus Sharemet Nosed Out
For Fifth After Pacing
Field For 100 Yards
COLUMBUS, March 31.-(Special
to The Daily)-Gus Sharemet, Micld'
igan freshman, led the field for the
first 100-yards in the 220-yard free-
style final in the AAU meet tonight
but faded rapidly in the late stages
of the race and finished last, Otto
Jaretz of the Chicago Medinah Club
just nosing him out for fifth place.
John Sharemet, another Wolver-
ine freshman and brother of Gus,
failed to qualify for the 220-yard
breastroke, finishing third in the
first heat in 2:51.3.
Ed Kirar, former Michigan cap-
tain, was declared ineligible for com-
petition with the Medinah Club be-
cause his residence in the AAU dis-
trict has not been established for a
long enough period of time. Unless
a substitute can be located this was
expected to eliminate the Medinah
Club from the medley relay tomorrow.
Medica's Time Slow
Jack Medica of the New York Ath-
letic Club climbed back to the 220-
yard free style throne as he nosed
out Ralph Flanagan of Austin, Tex.,
defending champion, in 2:12.7 in the
annual AAU indoor swimming classic.
Medica's time was far off the 2:07.9
world record pace he set in 1935, and
he beat Flanagan by only an inch or
two as he came from behind near the
R. R. Hough of Princeton, National
Intercollegiate champion and holder
of the world's 200-yard breast stroke
record, nosed out Johnny Higgins of
Ohio State, 1937 champion, forthe
220-yard breast stroke title. Jack
Kasley of Michigan, world record
holder and defending champion, did
not compete.
Hough was 1.1 seconds off the world
record pace as he splashed to victory
in 2:39.5.
Bernard Hayes, 15-year-old Fre-
mont Ross (Ohio) High School sopho-
more, making his first start in, big
time competition, finished third, a
yard ahead of Ohio State's Al Mc-

Crack Double Play Combination I

--Daily Photo By Bogle
Capt. Walt Peckinpaugh and Pete Lisagor, seniors, who teamed
around the keystone sack for a brief period in their sophomore year,
are expected to again work as a strong double play combination for the
Wolverines this season. This shot shows the boys rehearsing around
third base, but Michigan fans will see the boys in action around the
usual second base spot.
Capable Southpaw Would Raise,
Baseball Team's Title Chances

Feud Between
Relay Squads
To End Today
They're a feudin'! But the scene1
is not the hills of old Kaintuck nor
are the principals the Martins and1
the Coys.
The scene of this particular feud isl
Yost Field House, and the involved(
parties are the Wolverine four-milet
and two-mile relay teams.;
The reason for this particular dis-
agreement? Merely a bit of profes-
sional (or, in these days of the up-
lifted eyebrow in regard to collegiate
athletics amateur is the better word)i
In planning an exhibition for the
edification of the visiting high school
track coaches and athletes of the
state, who will meet in Ann Arbor
today, Coach Charlie Hoyt decided
to add a little interest with a special
two-mile relay race between his two-
and four-mile teams.
Milers Ralph Schwarzkopf, Karl
Wisner, Brad Heyl, and Ed Barrett,
immediately saw the possibilities. If1
they could somehow come home first
in this race, they would not only have
the laugh on their speedier but less
durable team-mates but would also
establish a better claim to the rank
of speedboy which they covet.
Do they really have a chance? Ex-
pert track hangers-on said no. Bqt
a last-minute change in -the ranks of
the two-mile team has put a dif-
ferent slant on the matter. In a sur-
prise move late last night Jack Dob-
son was substituted for Dye Hogan,
and betting odds, which had favored
the half-milers took a sharp drop.
Dobson was a good miler, but a
siege of the flu put him back, and
this will be his first competition in
'over a month. Whether Jack can
turn in a creditable half-mile is
problematical, and the outcome of
this great battle may well depend on
just how well he fits into the com-
pany of Tom Jester, Art Cline, and
Hod Davidson.
But regardless of the makeup of
the opposing quartet the milers have
visions. Schwarzkopf proved his
ability as a speedboy earlier this week
when he equalled the freshman rec-
ord for the three lap. distance, one
turn of the track less than he'll be
called on for today, and Barrett, Wis.
ner, and Heyl are all figured to do
better than two minutes.
Whatever the outcome of the feud
which has raged verbally for the past
week, and which will rage in actual-
ity today with flying cinders as the
weapons, there can be only one cer-
tainty-a Michigan team will win!

Squad Of 23 G
For Five Sou
Coach Ray Courtright will find it no
easy task to select the golf squad that
will leave Thursday for its annual
spring trip south. He will have to make
his choice of the five men who are to
go from a turnout of 23, by far the
largest in many years.
When the final selection is made,
however, Coach Courtright is assured
of a strong and experienced squad.
Only two lettermen, Capt. Al Karpin-
ski and Bill Barclay were lost to the
Wolverines by graduation, and seven
veterans will return this year.
In addition to the returning letter-
men, Courtright will have last year's
reserve squad and a strong freshman
team available for his selections. Sev-
Burke Takes Lead
In Augusta National
AUGUSTA, Ga., March 31.-(/)-
Firing approaches straight to the
flag, Billy Burke, 37-year-old veteran
of many golf battles, stole the show
today in the Augusta National Tour-
nament that brought out of retire-
ment the one-time maestro of the
fairways-Robert Tyre Jones, Jr.
While the 37-year-old Bobby Jones
-master of ceremonies at this so-
called "world series" of golf-drew
the bigger portion of the watchful
galleries, Burke breezed home with
a spectacular 69, three under par,
and a stroke lead for the opening
round of the 72-hole $5,000 classic.
Jones started off with an outgoing
par 36 in his sixth annual appear-
ance here since he went into retire-
ment in 1930 following his, "Grand
Slam," but disappointed gallery
hopes by taking an incoming 40.
Jones was tied with five others for
28th place.
Burke and Snead both negotiated
the outgoing nine in 32 shots, four
under par. Coming back, however,
the Cleveland veteran kept poking
the ball right up to the cup for an
incoming 37 as Snead took 38 blows.

olfers Battle
thern Trip Posts
eral men who did not enter corppeti-
tion lasth year have also returned to
the fold. Chief among these is Jack
Emery who will probably be one of
the mainstays of the 1939 outfit.
At present most of the men are
working out daily in the golf nets at
the Intramural building while they
anxiously await the appearance of
warmer weather to begin their tussle
with par.
They open their southern tour April
8, against the University of South
Carolina at Columbia. From then on
they play matches at not more than
two-day intervals with Clemson,
Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee,
Cincinnati, and Ohio State. The first
match at home will be April 22,
against Michigan State.
Last year the Wolverines won fouX
matches as against only one defeat
and one tie on their Dixieland jaunt.
Carl Hubbell Hit Freely;
Lame Shoulder Blamed
BATON ROUGE, La., March 31.-
(YP-Manager Bill Terry of the New
York Giants decided today to ship
his southpaw pitching ace, Carl Hub-
bell, off to Memphis for an examin-
ation of his lame shoulder instead of
starting him in Sunday's exhibition
Hubbell was hit freely during a six-
inning practice game today and com-
plained that the lameness in his left
shoulder was no better. He said he
believed a nerve was affected. He
has been taking diathermic treat-
ments for the past three days with-
out showing any benefits.
We Will Tell
You About It
r Watch This Space
For Results Try A Want-Ad

NYAC Sets Record l
The New York Athletic Club's fine
relay team set a world record ofE
3:31.3 for the 400-yard free stylea
event giving the Gothamites a 3-
point lead for the team champion-
ship now held by Ohio State Univer-
The New York A.C. ripped a tenth
of a second off the 3:31.4 world mark
set in 1937 by the University of Michi-
gan, and beat Yale University's fresh-
men by five yards. The Yale varsity
was third, and Ohio State's defend-
ing champs fourth.
The relay victory, in which Tom
McDermott, J i m Reilly, Walter
Spence and Peter Fick represented
the New York AC, gave that club 20
points for the first seven events, three
ahead of Ohio State.
Armstrong Defeats Day
To Keep Welter Crown
NEW YORK, March 31.--(/P)-Be-
fore a crowd of 10,028 cheering fans,
who rocked Madison Square Garden
with their roars for the skinny wel-
terweight Chicagoan, Davey Day fin-
ally gave way before the terrific pace
and the furious punishment of dee
fending champion Henry Armstrong
and was led to his corner a beaten
fighter at 2 minutes, 49 seconds of
the 12th heat of the 15 round con-
Up to that point it was as hard and
tough a bout as this battle arena had
ever seen. After being punched from
ring-post to ring-post through the
first four rounds, Day started to come
on, only to falter again.

Three years ago, at a time whenf
Michigan's pitching stock was very
low, despite the presence of Berger
Larson, one of the best in Wolverine
hihstory, Coach Ray Fisher dug into
the ranks of sophomores, and plucked
out ,a left-hander named Herm Fish-
man to be tried in a starting role.
The southern trip came and Herm
Fishman earned his spurs by coming
out on top in his two mound starts.
He went on to win six straight games,
while dropping none, and collaborat-
ed with Larson, who notched nine
victories to give the Wolverines one
of their best all time records and an
undisputed Big Ten title.
Strong Staff Possible
There's no Larson on the Michi-
gan roster this year. College pitch-
ers of his caliber are few and far be-
tween. But nevertheless the hitting
power of this year's nine is at least
as strong as that of the 1936 champs,
and in Jack Barry, Russ Dobson, and
Danny Smick, Coach Ray Fisher has
the nucleus for a good staff. If he
can dig up one dependable sopho-
more, preferably a left-hander, it
may mean the difference between a
good team and a championship nine.
A survey of his southpaw prospects
doesn't make Coach Fisher shout
with glee. The roster includes but
Poffenberger Is Sent
.o Toledo iVudihenis
LAKELAND, Fla., March 31.-(/P)
-The major league pitching career of
Cletus Elwood Poffenberger, beset in
the past by frequent disputes with
various Detroit Tiger officials over
training restrictions, reached a bitter
climax today.
General Manager Jack Zeller an-
nounced Poffenberger was being sent
to the Toledo club of the American
Association on option and that any
team interested in purchasing' Cletus
might have him for the Major League
waiver price of $7,500.

four, and not one of them has ever
pitched an inning for Michigan. At
present it appears doubtful if any
will even make the southern trip.
A possible choice is Dean DuBois,
red-headed sophomore. Red's forte
is a tantalizing slow curve, the same
pitch which made Fishman effective.
Although he's a bit faster than Herm,
DuBois doesn't rate with the former
southpaw ace in the matter of con-
Heering Is Possibility
More of a doubtful quantity than
DuBois because of a sore arm which
has bothered him all season, yet an
j equally good prospect, is senior John
Heering. If he can curb his tendency
toward wildness which he exhibited
in former years, he may be valuable
when his flipper heals. Another
work-out should determine whether
he'lr be in shape to be considered for
the trip.
All in all the left-handed pitching
situation isn't exactly a promising
one. Of course if Barry, Dobson and
Smick live up to expectations, and
one or more of the soph right-handers
come through, there won't be any
pressing need for a portsider. But
nevertheless a hurler of the Fishman
type would be handy to have around
when the Conference season is
The picture "100 Years of Base-
ball" will be shown in the Natural
Science Auditorium at 10 a.m.
All varsity and freshman ball
players are urged to attend, and
all fans are invited. Track pic-
tures will be shown immediately
Ray Fisher, Coach.


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Incidentally, a confidant re-
ports that Kiefer was embroiled
in a bit of pugilism last Satur- i
day night in one of the State St. ;
eating emporiums. A few of the ;
lads from one of the Greek j
lodges passed some derogatory ;
remarks anent his swimming
capabilities and Kiefer, whom, I i
understand, was pretty well
tanked, responded belligerently.
His parting shot, I am told, wasf
a verbal one, to wit:f
"I'll win that backstroke at
Columbus next week, boys. Just
watch me."r
I cannot vouch for the veracity of
the story, but the fact still remains
that Kiefer is easily the dorsal king
of the swimming world.
PICKUPS: Charley Hoyt heads for
New Haven in a few days to at-
tend to some business affairs ... Hoyt
claims that in freshmen Jim McGhee,
Bud Piel, and Al Thomas, Ken Doher-
ty has three exceptional sprinters to
assist veterans Al Smith and Carl
Culver next year . . . Hoyt is particu-
larly k"high" on McGhee, who, he
claims, will be the finest Michigan
sprinter since Sammy Stoller if he
ever gets serious about the matter#
."I'd like to have one of that gang
next year," advises Charley some-
what whimsically .. . Leo Beebe, who
has been a weak sister at the plate
during two years of Michigan base-
ball, hit in the .400 bracket .this sum-
mer with a classy amateur team ...
At the national amateur baseball
tourney, Beebe hit a cool .500 ... He
hasn't looked too good this spring,
but the Dearborn senior, a defensive
whiz, believes that life has much in
store for him at the big dish this
season . . . Bill Watson hurled the
discus a mere 162 feet in the Field
House the other afternoon . . . The
Conference record is 155 feet two

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