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TUE. SiiY , APf t M 25, 1939

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PACE E E

TUESDAY, APItIL 25, 1989 PAGE TZ1~EE

PRESS
PASSES
-By BUD BENJAMIN -
PICKUPS from here 'n there-
Dan Parker of the New York
{Daily Mirror claims Mayor La Guar-
dia had more on the ball in the Giant
opener with the Bees than Cliff Mel-
ton . . . Parker describes a Boston
correspondent, elated after years of
famine, epigrammatically shouting:
"Egad but the Bees sting this year-
and I do mean G" ... Note to Earle
Whetsell: Thanks for your letter but
that Michigan State golfer has grad-
uated . . Ohio State is still agog
over the election of Billy Quayle over
Al Patnik as 1940 swim captain . . .
Walt Peckinpaugh isn't the only Wol-
verine ball player who is the son of a
major leaguer . . . Jack Barry's fath-
er, George, played third base for the
Washington Senators awhile back.
Bill Steppon's 410 foot homer
at Ohio Saturday would have
cleared the left field wall in al-
most any ball park in the coun-
try... Peckinpaugh's early sea-
son lapse at the plate can be at-
tributed to the fact that he was
beaned in his first game of the
year against Elon ... Add smiles:
Big Danny Smick's, who is real-
izing an ambition . . . Adolph
Kiefer and Ralph Flannagan will
give, Texas and Tex Robertson
the air after this year . . . Did
someone jump the gun in that
low hurdles race at Illinois Sat-
urday? . . Incidentally, Hoyt
and Co. deserve a husky orchid
for a sterling opening perfor-
mance. .. Bill Watson claims his
winning put at Illinois was as
near perfect as any he's ever
heaved - .-.
Ineligibility has hit Larry Snyder
a terrific blow at Columbus . . . Ex-
perts predict one of the weakest
Buckeye track squads in years ..
Muskegon papers almost ran an extra
over the Northwestern spring foot-
ball game Saturday which featured
the maiden voyages of yearlings Bill
De Correvont and Muskegon's own
Ike Kepford ...
Add giggles: The chap at,

Varsity Faces
Hillsdale Nine
Away Ta-
Russ Dobson To Take Hill
Against MIAA Champs
In Non-Conference Tilt
Michigan's Varsity baseball team,
back from Columbus with a .500 Con-
ference rating, travels to Hillsdale
today to face Hillsdale College.
Ordinarily the game would be re-
garded as a breather, but today it will
hold added significance for it will give
Coach Ray Fisher another chance to
test the "mystery man" of his mound
staff, Russ Dobson.
Thus far Fisher has exhibited two
pitchers of Big Ten ability in Jack
Barry and Dan y Smick and a third
in sophomore Lyle Bond who while
not thoroughly tested has shown defi-
nite possibilities. Another hurler of
proven caliber would greatly increase
the Wolverines' still glimmering title
hopes.
h obson has more natural stuff
than any of the above three and to-
day will get a chance to regain his
confidence against an opponent not
quite up to the usual standard.
Coach Fisher yesterday named 14
men to travel to Hillsdale. Those
chosen are Dobson, Smick, Bond,
Capt. Walter Peckinpaugh, Leo
Beebe, Forest Evashevski, Les Veigel,
Elmer Gedeon, Pete Lisagor, Mike
Sofiak, Bill Steppon, Earl Smith,
Charley Pink and Fred Trosko. Smith,
a senior infielder replaces pitcher
Barry who is being saved for the
home opener against Michigan State.
Today's game may turn out to be
anything but an easy mark since the
Dales last year won the Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association
championship, and have an out-
standing left handed pitcher to pit
against the Wolverines in Glen Sam-
ford.
Spring Parley, who interrupted
the discussion on football subsi-
dization, to interrogate: "Well,
so what. Supposing one of these
big football players does come
up, and we give him a job. No-
body, can force him to play, can
they?" . . Bookmaker B: If it
rains, Sports Writer will pay a
long price, in the Derby.

Sophomore Standouts . .

Big Jack Leutritz turned in an
excellent performance at Illinois
last week, as he outsped Ross
Faulkner and Phil Balyeat to winI
the quarter mile, and added a third
in the 220 yard dash to round out
a fine afternoon's work.
Boilermakers Lead
Big Ten Baseball
With a win over Iowa and a double
win over Chicago, Purdue leads the
Big Ten baseball race with three vic-
tories and nowdefeats. Indiana and
Minnesota, who won doubleheaders
from Wisconsin and Northwestern,
respectively, are tied for second.
over the weekend to tie for fourth
Michigan broke even with Ohio State
with the Buckeyes and. Illinois.'

Golf Course Opens
For 1939 Season
After a delayed start due tob ad
weather, over one hundred -clfers
officially opened the season at the
University Links, which were in ideal
playing condition.
The course is open daily, and stu-
dents and faculty may play 18 holes
for 50 cents, or buy a 10-ticket card
for four dollars, each card being good
for 18 holes. Students must show
identification cards. Alumni and
guests can play 18 holes for a ,dollar
until four o'clock, and 50 cents after
that time.
Record Iueane
Makes Watson
Olympic Hope
By DICK SIERK
Daniel J. Ferris must be warbling
a new tune today. The name of the
tune, "I Guess I'll Have To Change
Mey Plan."
Uncle Dan, as he is more familiar-
ly known, is secretary-treasurer of the
AAU and one of the country's top
authorities on track and field. Sat-
urday Uncle Dan compiled an Ameri-
can Olympic team one year in ad-
vance. Ferris' team was, of course,
purely hypothetical.
Uncle Dan made some fine choices
-in most cases. Where the AAU
czar slipped up was in his shot put
selections, where he listed Frank Ry-
an of Columbia and Elmer Hackney
of Kansas State.
It might be that Bill Watson saw
Uncle Dan's list sometime before the
meet with' the Mlini Saturday. Bill
says he didn't but something sure put
William "on," for he astounded every-
one with a tremendous 54 ft. 1 / in,
heave. His explanation reminds one
of Joe Louis accounting for a victory.
Bill says, "I was lucky."
If he gets another "lucky" day Bill
even admits a.55 ft. toss is possible.
"You know Jack Torrance had one
of those days when he did 57 ft. 1 in.
for his world's record," says Bill, "and
who knows, maybe my luck isn't worn
out."
But whether he ever touches 54 ft.
again or not the Wolverine captain
has a mark to be proud of. Not since
Torrance and John Lyman were in
their prime five years ago has an ath-
lete done 54 ft. The best that has

. .. In Saturday's EventsI

Bill Steppon's homer in the
eighth inning, which sailed 410 feet
broke up last Saturday's game with
Ohio State, and gave Michigan a
4-2 win. Bill also clouted a double
to lead the Wolverine attack.
ever been done in the Olympics is a
full foot under Watson's mark.
Don't Count Bill Out
To get back to Uncle Dan and his
choices, there is little reason to
doubt the wisdom of naming Ryan
and Hackney. Both have beaten
Watson and have been fairly con-
sistent around 52 ft, Uncle Dan will
not be making another list for some
little time but whether he sees fit to
add the name of Bill Watson to hilt
selections or not, that name merits
consideration of the most serious
kind.
Bill also showed well ii) the discus
Saturday. 158 ft. in his Iirst time out
with only one day of work outdoors is
an excellent showing and unless some
unforeseen accident occurs he should
smash the Big Ten record of 155 ft.
2 in. which has been on the books for
23 years. His greatest competition in
the Conference meet. will come from
Archie Harris of Indiana, who is re-
ported to have done 174 ft. while still
in high school.

The slugging sophomore who filled1
in for Smick in right field Saturday
while Danny performed his hurling1
duties, is a second baseman by trade. 1
All his life he has played around the
keystone and second base is the only
spot at which Bill feels at home.
Therefore it is Coach Ray Fisher's
plan to keep Bill as an alternate for1
the veteran Pete Lisagor, rather thanj
move him to the outfield where he is
at best a question mark performer.
A Long-Distance Hitter1
Weighing 180 pounds, Steppon gets
tremendous distance in his hits from
his sturdy arm and shoulder muscles.-
With the season but three weeks old,
he has already established himself
as one of the most powerful right-
handed hitters Fisher has ever turned
out.
Hitting has been a sort of double
or nothing affair with "Walloping
Willie" this spring. Boasting a mark
of .315 he has yet to connect for his
first one base blow as a Wolverine.
Opening his career in Frank Merri-
well fashion with a long ninth inning
homer against Wake Forest, he add-
ed a double in the Elon battle the
next day, and came through with a
brace of two baggers against George-
Pitchers Feature
Fraternity Softball
A great pitching duel between Ken
Meyer of Alpha Tau Omega and Paul
Keller of Psi Upsilon featured the 12
fraternity league softball games
played yesterday. Alpha Tau Omega
won 2 to 0, after scoring one run in
each the first and second innings.
Phi Delta Theta defeated Delta
Tau Delta 3 to 1 in another ptichers'
battle. Kappa Sigma defeated Delta
Upsilon 13 to 9, Sigma Phi Epsilon
was beaten by Phi Sigma Delta, 12
to 5, and Chi Phi trounced Hermit-,
' age 20 to 7.

Steppon Establishes A Slugging
ReputationwiWith Extra=Base Hits
By HERB LEV town, in the only southern game he
Big Bill Stepton, after almost !started.
singlehandedly accounting for Satur- , Second Base Occupied
day's 4-2 victory over Ohio State Now comes the sad part of the
with a home run and double will be story. With the experienced and de-
back on the bench toray when the pendable Lisagor on second, Big Bill's
Varsity faces Hillsdale, thus tem- chances of breaking in there are slim.
porarily settling an old question on Having never played the outfield be-
the relative importance of the de- fore, he is a'poor judge of fly balls.
fense and the attack. In his one trial at short he appeared

too slow to cover the wide territory.
Bill has the arm to play third base,
but hasn't been tested on bunts, and
his lack of speed will probably handi-
cap him there.
But nevertheless the 19-year old
slugger has a rosy future in store for
him at Michigan. His aptitude with
the stick automatically cinches him
the job of number one pinch hitter,
he will get plenty of chances to al-
ternate with Lisagor, and assuming
the expected improvement, will prob-
ably continue to fill in for Smick in
right.
And above all, the brawny sopho-
more can look forward to undisput-
ed possession of his coveted second
base position next spring.
In The Majors
New York .......000 000 050-5 9 1
Philadelphia ....000 200 40x-6 9 1
Castleman, Wittig, Coffman and
Danning; Butcher, Henry, Beck and
Miller.
Boston.........020 100 001-4 7 0
Brooklyn .......000 000 010-1 6 3
Fette and Lopez; Mungo, Hutchin-
son and Phelps.
Pittsburgh .....000 011 000-2 7 4
Chicago ........100 032 00x-6 12 0
Tobin, Brown and Mueller; White-
hill, J. Russell. and Mancuso.
Philadelphia ....000 000 100-1 4 1
New York .......000 001 10x-2 3 0
Potter, Dean and Hayes; Pearson
and Dickey.
Washington ....000 111 240 10 16 3
Boston ........101.021 031 9 17 3
Deshong, Haynes and Ferrell; Wil-
son, Wade, Auker, Weaver, Bagby
and Desautels.
Chicago .......030 201 201--9 10 1
Cleveland ......010 002 000-3 8 3
Lee and Silvestri; Humphries,
Drake, Allen and Pytlak.
St. Louis ........100 000 010-2 6 0
Detroit .........001 100 02x-4 9 1
Johnson and Glenn; Bridges and
Tebbetts.

Big Ten Standings
W.
Purdue -...............3
Indiana.............2
Minnesota ........... 2
Michigan .............1
Ohio State ............1
Illinois ................1
Iowa ..................1
Northwestern ..........0
Wisconsin .............0
Chicago ..............0

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0
0
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
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1.000
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.500
.500
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