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DAY, APRIL 6, 1939




Perfection Plus
ESTHETIC souls liken Al Patnik's
springboard artistry to the grace-
ful swoop of the gull, the lithe prance
of the deer, the symphony of the
ballet, or the flawless poise of the
greyhound. Somewhat on the lush
side, no doubt, but the fact still re-
mains that Ohio's peerless diver is a
magnificent example of what the hu-
man body can do if properly trained.
To more discerning observers, fel-
lows like Olympic diving coach Fred
Cady, Matt Mann, Tex Robertson,
and Adie Ferstenfeld, the metamor-
phisis of a diver like Patnik has a
highly technical basis. They lack
none of the adulation of the layman,
who watches the Ohioan with open'
mouth and gasps of'amazement, but
their explanation for Al's mastery'
shows as interesting variation.
"Patnik," remarks Cady, "is;
one diver who doesn't fight his
way into the water. Take the
half-gainor, for example. To
evecute this dive, one need only
study the simple body mechanics
involved. No fighting or pulling
is necessary. There is no jerk or
lash. It's merely an easy, natural
body swing, something like a pen-
dulum. Patnik knows this, and
that is why his dive is so effort-
less and so perfectly executed.
He doesn't fight or jerk himself
into the groove."
"Patnik," claims Mann, "sinp-
ly proves the old adage that hard
work and practice is what makes
a champion. He practiced-hours
at a time-and this, combined
with his natural aptitude, made
him a star."
"Patnik," insists Robertson,
"has control. He has perfect com-
mand over every muscle in his
body. When he gets out of line,
he simply pulls himself on keel
again. And boy, that takes real
coordination. Patnik is like a
tight rope walker oft that board."
"Patnik," insists Michigan's
Ferstenfeld, who has been in this
diving business for quite a few
years, "has timing. Everyone
wonders why he kicks up such a
small splash when he hits the
water. Here's the reason. When
Patnik enters the pool, he waits
until the water line reaches his
knees. Then he jerks up his legs,
jerks them right up to his chest,
putting him in sort of a squat po-
sition. Those legs being pulled
into the water, instead of just
following from the erect position,
cut the water and lessen the
splash. Is it tough? Brother,
I tried it for a whole summer and
never could get it down."
Add \the four together-a sound
mechanical knowledge, practice, con-
trol, and coordination-and you have
a fairly close analysis of what makes
Patnik America's champion of the
diving board.
PICKUPS: In answer to repeated
queries, the opening baseball
game in Detroit is April 18, when
the Tigers meet Chicago . . . Ralph
Schwartzkopf insists that he consid-
ers Greg Rice a more formidable
opponent than Don Lash, the Hoosier
cop . . . His reason is the Notre
Dame star's tremendous closing
"kick" . .. Word comes from Southern
California that Dean Cromwell is
worried about his track team . . . He
has only one man who has run the
hundred in :09.5, two have done :09.6,
three who have gone better than
21.5 in the 220, three who have run
under :48 in the 440, and three pole
vaulters who can clear 14 ft. 6 in.
...In the middle and long distance
runs he has Lou Zamperini and in
the javelin the American record
holder, Bobby Peoples . . . They say
that Cromwell's gripe is due to the
entrance of Clyde Jeffries,. an out-
standing sprinter, at Stanford . .

Cromwell thought he had the kid
sewed . . . Scribes claim that a
group of outstanding fight managers
are planning an abortive putsch
against Onkel Mike Jacobs and his
"Twentieth Century Boxing Club..
Included is fat Eddie Meade, man-
ager of Hurricaine Henry Armstrong
... Doug Hayes, senior quarter miler,
will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
this semester . . A major in busi-
ness administration, his average is
2.7 . . . Ken Doherty doesn't know
whether he has received more tele-
grams of congratulation or more
asking for that open assistantship
... Ad lib gem: On Harry Wismer's
Casino program last Friday night,
the "One Man Gang" Evashevski was
asked whether he intended to enter
professional baseball . . . "Can't,"
replied Evie, "I've got a physical de-
fect" . . . "What's that?" replied
Wismer . . . "I'm blind," answered
the husky catcher, whose hitting
this spring had been decidedly off

Baseball Team'
Includes Five
Stoddard, Viegel, Steppon,
Sofiak And Bond Make
Southern Trip
Each year the first week in April
marks the time when big league
managers must prune their squads
down to working size and inform the
majority of their rookies that they're
not quite ready, thus temporarily
killing their fondest hopes.
This week Ray Fisher found him-
self in a similar predicament. His
"rookie" group was an unusually
promising one, coming up from Ben-
nie Oosterbaan labeled "the best
freshman bunch I've coached in a
long time." But with 10 lettermen
on hand plus good reserves there was
little room for sophomores with the
result that when the squad for the
southern trip was announced, only
five newcomers found that they had
definitely made the grade..
Sofiak Clinches Third
The sophomore quintet which is
headed southward this morning
along with 11 veterans includes in-
fielders Mike Sofiak and Bill Step-
pon and pitchers Lyle Bond, Les
Veigel and Mickey Stoddard.
Of the group Sofiak will probably
play the most important role. He's
ticketed for the regular third base
post and he has the tough job ahead
of him of filling the shoes of Walt
Peckinpaugh, who has moved over to
Steppon is a second baseman and
a good one, but is resigned to a utili-
ty role at present because he hasn't
had much experience at any other po-
sition, and the keystone sack is being
cared for by the veteran Pete Lisa-
gor. However, Bill will get plenty of
chances relieving Lisagor with a view
towards next season, and also alter-
nating with Sofiak when he becomes
more acclimated to third base.
Bond Leads Hurlers
Among the pitchers, Bond is the
only one who appears ready to step
into a starting role. The bespec-
tacled right hander has speed and a
sharp curve plus fine control ane
with the experience the trip will offer
should develop into a top notch Big
Ten flinger.
Veigel has a lot of natural ability
but hasn't been overly impressive
thus far. His chief fault is wildness.
Stoddard is a modified right-handed
edition of Herm Fishman, counting
on an exceptional curve to make up
for his lack of speed. He's a crafty'
performer with many years' experi-
ence on Flint's sandlots.

Gedeon Goes South

Elmer Gedeon, Michigan first
baseman, takes time off from his
position as Conference hurdling
champion to go South with the
baseball team to begin his final
season of college sports.
Wolverine Runners
Better Own Record
While practicing for the four mile
relay race for the Penn Relays, a
quartet of Michigan milers, Ralph
Schwartzkopf, Karl Wisner, Brad
Heyl, and Ed Barret unofficially ran
what probably constituted the best
mark ever run by a Wolverine team.
Their total time of 17 minutes
and 20 seconds, which was a com-
posite of their individual times in a
trial race, was only four seconds be-
hind the world mark set by an In-
diana team composed of Don Lash,
Jim Smith, Mel Trutt, and Tommy
Deckard at the Penn Relays in 1937.
The time set by the Wolverines yes-
terday would beat the indoor mark
held by a University of Pennsylvania
team at 17:21.7, which they estab-I
lished in 1933.
Coach Charley Hoyt later said-that
the four milers were the best group
that he has ever had in his nine
year period as coach. This same
team recently captured the Butler
Relay four mile title.
All freshman baseball candi-
dates are requested to report at 3
p.m. Monday, April 17, to Yost
Field House. Everyone must bring
his own equipment.
Bennie Oosterbaan, Coach.

Tennis Squad
Faces Strong
Southern Foes
Virginia Netters Expected
To Give Weirmen Best
Battle OfSpring Trip
In former years, when most mid-
western schools went south on their
training trips, it was merely a mat-
ter of putting the players through a
routine drill, winding up on the long
end of the score, and returning home
with a good coat of tan and in good
However, during the past few years,
southern sports h a v e radically
changed, especially the tennis teams.
On the Wolverines southern schedule,
which begins next Monday, are five
very strong southern teams, and one
powerful eastern team.
Face Generals In First
First onthe schedule is Washing-
ton and Lee University. Last year
the Generals won eight out of eleven
matches. Some of their wins came
over such highly touted schools as
Duke, George Washington, and Bos-
ton College. The three matches they
lost were two to Virginia and one to
Maryland. Both Virginia and Mary-
land are on the Wolverines schedule
this season.
Following this match, the team
will meet V.M.I. Last season, their
team also won eight out of eleven
matches, including a 6-3 win over
Michigan. Their three defeats were
at the hands of Virginia twice, and
Maryland once.
Playing in the number one spot is
Hugh Gantt, a sophomore and Lynch-
burg Country Club champion. Fol-
lowing Gantt, are three lettermen,
Capt. Billy Verrell, Chun Lau, and
Winston Coleman.
Washington Team Tough
The third match of the trip, com-
ing on April 12, will probably be the
most difficult the squad will have to
play throughout the entire season,
as well as during the pre-seasonal
schedule. The match is against Vir-
gina. The Cavaliers have had a tre-
mendously powerful aggregation of
netmen for the past few years and
last season downed the Weirmen 9-0.
On April 13, the team begins its
northward trek when it meets an out-
standing George Washington Univer-
sity team at Washington, D.C.
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Although lacking golfers of the
caliber of Chuck Kocsis or Johnny
Fischer, Michigan's 1939 golf squad
appears to be one of the strongest
groups in recent years.
In Coach Courtright's words, "it is
probably not only the best squad, but
the biggest lot of good golfers that
I have seen for some time."
Returning from last year's squad
are seven lettermen plus several men
[who participated in a few meets and
who showed near-par form. The
team is unique in that only two of the
lettermen are seniors, the other five
being juniors. These men are sup-
plemented by a strong group from
last year's freshmen team.
Heading the list of veterans is cap-
tain Bob Palmer, a junior, who fin-
ished fourth in the Big Ten tourna-
ment at Minneapolis last season. The
seniors are the long-hitting Bill
Yearnd and Jim Loar. Jack Emery
won his letter two years ago as a
sophomore but was forced to forego
collegiate competition last season.
However, he has returned to the
team and is expected to add experi-
ence to an otherwise somewhat
youthful group.
Lynn Riess, who played third man
last season, appears to have recovered

Michigan's Golf Squad Is Best
In Many Years Courtright Says

from the automobile accident which
nearly cost him his life last winter.
The real test will come on the ap-
proaching spring tour. Other juniors
are Tom Tussing, Bill Black, both
letterwinners, Ken Johnson, a reserve
last year, and Bob Barnes, previously
Promising sopnomores include John
Barr, Ken Calder, Phillip Clapp, Fred
Dannenfelsor, Bob Ferries, Bob For-
sythe, Dave Rhame, Charles Novack,
Charles Sanderson and Fred Lamb.
Grapefruit League Scores
Pittsburgh (N) .......... 7 13 1
St. Louis (A) ............ 4 7 1
Bauers, Brown and Berries; Kra-
mer, Johnson and Glen.
Chicago (N) ............1 , 6 2
Chicago (A) ............ 4 12 0
French and Mancusco; Lyons, Lee,
and Rensa, Silvestri.
Boston (A) .... . .... ...9 12 1
Cincinnati (N).......... 4 9 1
Grove, Jack Wilson, and De Sau-
tels; Thompson, Grissom, Barrett,
and Jim Wilson.
Cleveland (A) ...........4 2 1
Mobile (SE) ............2 1 0
Harder, Humphries, and Pytlak;
Quante, Doyle, Gardner, and Wal-
dron, McNair.


Crisler Claims Spring Football
Doesn't Over-Emphasize Game
By CHRIS VIZAS I for the contest is much longer in
Coach Fritz Crisler laughed when terms of active exercise for each in-
asked if spring football practice did dividual participant in crew than
not bear out the contention of some in football.
critics that college football was over- Since spring football falls far short
emphasized. of bringing the training period of
"Football takes about 10 weeks in the gridders up to a par with such
the fall and four to six weeks in the sports as crew, which is not generally
spring, a total of about 16 weeks critizied as being over-emphasized
during the year, while some sports even though its duration is very long,
like crew in the East, which starts and since football cannot be said to
early in September and ends late in be apy more strenuous, Crisler sees
the school year with the Poughkeepsie no justification for spring drills be-
Regetta, never give the boys a rest," ing used as a claim of too great 'a
stated Crisler in refuting those who stress on football.
continually seek to blast college foot-
ball on the basis that it is over-em-
phasized. Bridges Blanks Dodgers
He also used track as an example . rr p 2
of an athletic field which keeps the As Tigers ri p -
boys constantly in training. In keep- LAKELAND, Fla,, April 5.-(IP)-
ing with this is the fact that track Tommy Bridges pitched seven innings
this year will not end until after of shutout baseball today as the De-
school is closed, with the final chain- troit Tigers blanked the Brooklyn
pionship meet being held on the Pa- Dodgers, 2 to 0 in the final game of
cific Coast June 21. Ithe Florida exhibition series.
As the attack on over-emphasis is-_
generally made on football only, ac- _
cording to Crisler it does not seem
to be a fair one after glancing at
the period of time other sports re-
quire of an athletes time.
Continuing his defense of spring
work-outs Crisler said, "This idea
of spring practice originated back in
the period before the World War,"
and he pointed out that this weak-
end the argument of those critics
who claim it is a recent innovation
in the process of stressing the game.
Opponents of present day football
claim that it takes more out of a with a New
player than any other sport, but
Crisler denies this. He points out
that the actual playing time for an
individual in a gridiron contest is
about 10 minutes, and that at any
time a boy is tired a substitute can 00 and $ 50
be sent in,
However, in a gruelling four mile
shell race, a worn out oarsman must
stick to his post without any relief
regardless of how fatigued he mayR
be. Thus the strain and the time RITZ SIRS



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