Y, APRIL 19, 1939
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
-By BUD BENJAMIN -
The 'Old Man' Ails ...
ILL AT HIS HOME for the past
month, athletic director Fielding
H. Yost is finding a diet of strict rest
hard to stomach.
The Grand Old Man of Michigan
athletics has been ailing since he re-
turned from Florida early in March.
Stricken with influenza, his siege of
illness has been complicated by a
nervous exhaustion, undoubtedly
caused by his strenuous activities in
Instead of resting, Yost ad-
dressed 21 meetings in Florida,
took in most of the sights, spoke
over the radio several times, and
then spent a wet week-end in
Chicago viewing the Conference
According to members of his fam-
ly, Yost is finding the rest cure dif-
ficult. "He's supposed to be quiet
and rest," reports Mrs. Yost-"but
rest is just something that he doesn't
know how to do." Visitors are al-
lowed for only 10 minutes while he
Yost celebrates his 68th birthday,
April 30. The occasion will also
mark an exact half-century of as-
sociation with intercollegiate ath-
O)RCHID DEP'T: To Earl Smith,
the senior utility infielder, who
still manages a philosophic grin de-.
spite a rocky baseball road.
After two years of understudying
Don Brewer, Smith entered his final
season with the same enthusiasm
that had kept him going through
those full days on the bench. With
Brewer gone, Smitty's chances of
breaking in seemed good.
But Smith found new compe-
tition this year in the person-
ages of Mike Sofiak and Bill
Steppon, a pair of likely sopho-
mores, and when the spring trip
list came forth, Smitty's name
was missing for the third straight
The move seemed justified, for
Sofiak and Steppon badly needed the
run-of-mine experience and had
shown a lot of promise in the pre-
The orchids go to Smitty not only
for a gameness which may still land
him a job but because of a typical
incident which happened the day
the team left for the South.
These practices are usually re-
served for the squad members
who are to make the trip, but
Smitty was there as usual shag-
ging flies, warming up the pitch-
ers, doing any small service
Remarked the local boy with a grin
"Sure I was disappointed but
what the devil. At least I won't
have to worry about going south
DIPLOMATIC DISH: This column
got a particular bang out of the
actions of rollicking Rollie Hemsle
of the Cleveland Indians who was
sent home by Oscar Vitt, his manager
after running amuck on a pullman
Little Rollo, who gargles more
often than he should, started out
by throwing lit matches in his
teammates' berths, followed by
bowling in the aisles with a cus-
pidor, and then got in bed with
Vitt himself and kept the whole
car up with his heart-rendering
Oscar sent Rollie home to see sly
Cy Slapnicka, the Indians' front of-
fice man and a clever coot. Bolstered
by an eloquent plea for mercy by
manager Vitt, Slap had his umps-
teenth heart-to-heart talk with Rollie
and pronounced him fit.
To reporters after Hemsley had
left, Slapnicka said:
"If he does that once more
Mr. Slapnicka for some odd reason
reminds me of a certain Mr. Cham-
PICKUPS: Although Michigan's
golfers whipped Ohio State easily,
Buckeye coach Bob Kepler won some
recompense by trimming. Michigan's
Ray Courtright . . . Kepler shot a
72, Courtright a 75 . . . Michigan's
swimmers will give 20 exhibitions in
28 days in England ... Matt Mann
hails from Leeds, England, and while
still in his teens was British Empire
free style champion ... At the D.A.C.
meet Saturday, Olympian Taylor
Drysdale, an ex-Wolverine dorsal star
who placed third at Berlin in 1936,
was relegated to a show spot behind
Bill Beebe and Francis Heydt of
Michigan . . . Beebe's time was 60.2,
Heydt's 60.9 ... Rumor hath it that
47,000 Shiver In Rain To Watch Tigers Win Opener
Bengals To 6-1
Win Over Sox
Three Players Who Were Prominent In
Inclement Weather Stops
All But Three Opening
Day BigLeague Tilts
DETROIT, April 18.-(A1)-Bril-
liant pitching by Tommy Bridges,
32-year-old right hander, enabled the
Detroit Tigers to open their Ameri-
can League schedule today with a 6
to 1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
A crowd of 47,000 braved the elements
to witness the affair, shivering in a
rain that was whipped by a cold, raw
Bridges, who was troubled by an
arm ailment early last season, al-
lowed but seven hits and only in the
seventh when the Sox scored did he
permit a runner to get beyond first
base. He did not walk a batter and
struck out five.
The Tigers collected 12 hits offJ
John Rigney and Bill Dietrich, both
of whom had trouble with their con-
trol. Rigney pitched the first seven
innings and gave up 11 hits and five
runs. He walked six batters and hit
another while Dietrich issued three
passes in the inning he worked.
Detroit scored two runs, enough to
win, in the third inning when Hanke
Greenberg delivered a timely singlet
with the bases full, sending Barney
McCosky and Fred Walker over thet
In the seventh the Tigers scored
three runs with the aid of three blows
that were of the scratch variety.e
Greenberg and Rudy York opened<
with line singles and Ervin (Pete)f
Fox then filled the sacks with an in-t
field hit. Billy Rogell looped a
Texas leaguer in back of second base,
Greenberg scoring. York then came
home after the catch on Frank
Croucher's sacrifice fly to Kreevich.
Bridges kept the rally alive with a
single off Rigney's shins, filling the
bases again. Fox came home from
third on McCosky's sacrifice liner
to right. Dietrich's wildness was re-
sponsible for the final Detroit run
in the eighth.
New Giant Power Shows
In Victory Over Dodgers
BROOKLYN, April 18.-(/P)-The
batting power imported by the New
York, Gints over the winter, headed
by Zeke (Bananas) Bonura, the ex-
American League "playboy," got off
to a flying start today in dowing
the Dodgers 7 to 3 in the loca Big
Before a crowd of 25,496 who sat
through threatening weather and
occasional raindrops, Bonura belted a
three-run homer and two singles,
while Bill Jurges and Frank Demaree,
received in trade from the Cubs, con-
tributed a run-batted-in each to the
This dynamiting display was part
of a 13-hit barrage Bill Terry's Ter-
riers fired at three hurlers to support
the nine-hit pitching Harry Gumbert,
who repeated his 1938 opening day
victory over the Dodgers. Dolph Cam-
illi the Dodgers' slugging first-sack-
er, tagged him for a homer in the
The game was delayed several
minutes between halves of the third
inning when Umpire Dolly Stark
wrenched his right knee. He had to
retire from the game and Bill Stew-
art got behind the mask and chest
protector to call balls and strikes,
leaving Babe Pinelli to handle all de-
cisions on the basepaths.
Cards Come From Behind
To Defeat Pittsburgh, 3.2
PITTSBURGH, April 18.(P)-
The St. Louis Cardinals made Ray
Blades' major league managerial de-
but a happy occasion this afternoon
by surging from behind in the old
~ gashuse fashion to beat the Pitts-
Pete Fox of the Tigers, Joe Medwick of the Cards and Leo Durocher of the Dodgers (from left to right) were
cast in prominent roles in the three openers yesterday. Fox got three hits, Medwiek drove in his team's win-
ning runs with a clutch single and Durocher made his initial Brooklyn appearance typical by making two
errors. The new Dodger manager also figured in three of his club's four double plays.
Fsher Has High Hopes For Baseball
stie DepeMediocre Spreing Trip
The I-M softball season will get oU Tiusfr, eshman javeiU-tnowW-
under way this week if weather per- er, got in the path of a flying javelin
mits. Sixty fraternity teams will all yesterday afternoon at the Field
be attempting to win the crown which House, an action which resulted in
Theta Xi took last year. In the In- considerable loss of blood and a trip
dependent League the Wolverines to the Health Service for Titus.
are the defending champions, while The javelin pierced Titus' should-
the English department, led by er but doctors termed the injury "not
Charles "Slugger" Peake, will try to serious," and it is expected that he
defends thek hampionhi ty wo will be released from the Health Serv-
defend the championship they woncetdy
in '38. ice today.
Entries are now being accepted The inclement weather which
for he ll-Cmpu sinlesand forced the athletes into the Field
for the All-Campus snmgles and House, making the congestion that
doubles tennis tournament, the resulted in the injury to Titus, has
singles horseshoes competition, also been anything but helpful in
and the All-Campus golf tourney. Coach Charlie Hoyt's efforts to get
Play will begin within the next his team in top shape for Saturday's
two weks. . . opening Big Ten dual meet- with fIli.
Willard Wilcox recently annexed
the I-M faculty handball champion- nois at Champaign.
shi frm A H.Smih, astyear's The hurdle forces in particular
ship from A. H. Smith, lasty have suffered from lack of practice
champion, 21-19, 19-21, 21-19. over the 120- and 220-yard distances.
There will be no tennis courts
available before Monday, April 24.
All I-M matches for this week have COLLEGE BASEBALL
been postponed until the courts are Butler vs. Indiana (postponed,
in playing condition. rain).
Chicago vs. Notre Dame (post-
Brewers Release Hope poned, rain).
MILWAUKEE, April 18.-(JP)- S T E A M S H I P
Management of the Milwaukee Brew- TICKETS & T*'s S
er American Association baseball ror e .shp passage to Europe. for thisaeaming Spring d
club announced today the outright " ,mmer , ,hould be reser"ednow. Phone *rc 'me in. hooe
release of Eddie Hope, infielder and yo ecennot go. will gladly arrange for 'a ransfe,-oreafullreturn
utility man with the club for more of depoeft mne. All details completed here. without aha'e.
y mn Prs~ srolo- n a,,ewp booking. hela.1917. PHt. #412
than four years. REBLR TRAML UREAU, 601 E. Huron St.. Ann Arbor
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By HERB LEV
Despite a record which looks rather
mediocre on paper (three wins and
three losses), baseball, coach Ray
Fisher returned from the recent
Southern tour enthusiastic over his
team's chances in the forthcoming
The cause of Fisher's unexpected
elation is twofold. First the pitch-
ers showed up far better than was
expected or even hoped for prior to
the excursion. In Jack Barry, Fish-
er has a hurler who may yet rank
years he is at last regaining his
freshman form. Bond came through
with a hitless three inning perfor-
mance against Elon, and also hurled
well in the Georgetown game after
relieving Les Veigel in the first in-
ning. The bespectacled right-hand-
er has plenty of speed and exception-
al poise for a sophomore.
Russ Dobson, expected to be one of
the mainstays of the staff, was only
fairly impressive in his brief appear-
ances. Russ is greatly improved af-
ter a dismal sophomore year, but nev-
ertheless has a long way to go to live
up to his potentialities.
The second pleasant surprise the
trip offered was the improved hitting
of the regulars, especially Elmer
Gedeon. Ged pounded the Dixie
hurling for a lusty .423 including a
barrage of extra base blows.
The two main disappointments of
the trip were the failure of Capt. Walt
Peckinpaugh and Smick to hit at
their usual clip and the costly col-
lapse of the infield on several occa-
sions, but Fisher wasn't particularly
worried about either.
"Danny never was a spring hit-
ter," was his explanation, "while!
Peck hit continually in hard luck and
will come along. As for the infield,
they'll do better when they play to-
gether some more.'
Probable Pitchers Listed
NEW YORK, April 18.-()-Prob-
able pitchers in the Major Leagues
Player r AB
Steppon . ......15
Floersch ......... 9
Peckinpaugh . . .24
Only players who
Boston at New York-Wilson or
Grove vs. Gomez.
Washington at Philadelphia-De-
Shong vs. Caster.
Chicago at Detroit-Whitehead vs.
Cleveland at St. Louis-Feller vs.
St. Louis at Pittsburgh-Sunkel vs.
New York at Brooklyn-Schumach-
er vs. Hamlin.
Cincinnati at Chicago-Derringer
Philadelphia at Boston (2)-Mul-
cahy and Passeau vs. Turner and
three or more games were con-
with the best in the Conference. The
junior right-hander isn't over-en-
dowed with speed but he. has an ef-
fective curve, excellent control, and
above all is a confident and tireless
performer who gets better as the
game goes along. In 24 innings
against the South's best he allowed
but 11 hits and four runs.
Running neck and neck for the
second spot on the mound staff arc
veterans Dan Smick, the man who
came back, and sophomore Lyle
Bond. Smick, in his two starts,
showed that after two disappointing
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just received at
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Ordinarily by April 20th, one-third to one-half of
our Spring Suits and Topcoats have been sold-
Not so, this year - the backward weather so far
and the existing conditions have made a difference.
We find our stock too heavy and very comptee' in
all ranges. Thus, the reason of this Sale at this time.
burgh Pirates 3 to 2, before an open-
ing day crowd of 15,783.
Big Bob Weiland received credit
for the triumph, although he left the
game in the seventh for a pinch-
hitter with the Buccaneers ahead 2-0.
The Cards counted their runs in
the seventh. Jimmy Brown coaxed
a pass out of Bob Klinger, Gutteridge
lucked a hit to the infield and Slaugh-
ter's single filled the bases.
Hitless until then, Joe Medwick
uncorked a two-run single. Slaugh-
ter skipped to third and scored on
Mize's short fly which Rizzo returned
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