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)AY, MAY 24, 1939




Watson Persuaded

To Compete

With Big

Ten Track Team

MIhi anNin

Louis Advises
Captain To Go
To California
Michigan Ace Also Plans
For Operation On Knee;
Team To Leave June 10
After consulting with heavyweight
champion Joe Louis and his manager,
John Roxborough, Bill Watson, cap-
tain of Michigan's Western Confer-
ence track champions, announced
that he will compete in the National
Collegiates June 16 and 17 at Los
Angeles, and will Join the Big Ten
team on June 21 at Berkeley for its
meet with the Pacific Coast Confer-
Watson had previously announced
that last week's Conference Meet
would mark the end of his collegiate
competition, but Roxborough con-
vinced him that it would be beter
for him to seek national honors than
to go to Louis' camp to help the
champion train for his fight with
Tony Galento. Watson will leave
with the Michigan members of the
Big Ten team on June 10.
At the same time, he said that next
fall he would probably have an opera-
tion on his knee, which was injured
playing high school football, and if
the operation is successful, will train
for the decathlon for the 1940 Olym-
pic games in Finland.
Watson has had experience in sev-
en of the ten decathlon events, and
is considered to have an excellent
chance of breaking the world mark in
the event he decides to compete in it.
Natators May
Meet English
College Teams
Challenge Sent By Mann
To Oxford, Cambridge;
Seven Tankmen To Sail
Matt Mann has his eyes on a meet
against the combined swimming
forces from Oxford and Cambridge
when he takes his Wolverines to the
British Isles for an exhibition tour
next September.
Although the two English univer-
sities have not yet accepted the Michi-
gan challenge, Matt has made definite
plans for the rest of his trip.
The seven Wolverine natators will
land at Southampton on Sept. 11. On
the following two days they will give
exhibitions at Hastings and Birm-
Official Welcome At Leeds
England will give its official wel-
come to the Michigan swimmers at
Leeds where they will perform Sept.
14. From there the team will journey
through Edinburgh, Glasgow, Barrow
In Furness, Newcastle and Leicester
and will finally wind up at its English
headquarters, Hove, on Sept. 22.
The Wolverines will spend the fol-
lowing four days giving exhibitions
around London and will face the Ot-
ter Swim Club in a dual meet on
Sept. 26. From there they will set sail
for America and will arrive back in
Ann Arbor on Oct. 15.
Capt. Hal Benham, Tom Haynie,
Ed Hutchens, John Haigh, Jim
Welsh, Bill Beebe and Tom Williams
are the Michigan natators who are
making the trip.
The 'Baron' Misbehaves;
Fined $400, Suspended
CINCINNATI, May 23.-(P)-Cletus

Elwood (Boots) Poffenberger, eccen-
tric righthander of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, today was fined $400 by
Manager Leo Durocher and indefi-
nitely suspended without pay.
Two fines were slapped on him,
each for $200, one for insubordination
and the other for staying out of the
Dodgers' hotel last night until 3 a.m.
The pitcher had not reported at
the ball park here today when other
members of the team arrived for the
contest with the Reds.

Wolverine Golf Captain

Capt. Bob Palmer of the Wol-
verine golf squad holds the distine-
tion of being one of the few jun-
iors ever to captain a varsity squad.
The Grand Rapids linksman led
his mates through the season, win-
ning more than three-quarters of
his matches, and is expected to
garner his share of points for the
Michigan team°when it travels to
Chicago for the Big Ten meet there
May 29-30.
Four St raight,
ByFrosh Nine
Four games played and still not a
victory. That's the unimposing rec-
ord compiled thus far by Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan's yearling ball players
and which has the frosh mentor
puzzled no end.
Oosterbaan's array has tasted two
stinging defeats at the hands of
Coach Ray Fisher's Varsity reserves
and in its third game could do no
better than a 3 to 3 tie. And to snake
matters worse, Oosterbaan's boys
have already gone down to a humili-
ating 17 to 5 defeat at the hands of
a team composed of Physical Ed ma-
Infield Is Shaky
The frosh infield has blown sky
high on several occasions when the
going got tough, with numerous wild
throws marring pretty executions of
hard hit ground balls, while most of
Oosterbaan's hurlers have failed to
come through as expected.
The quartet of Herman "Lefty"
Grafeld at first base, Bob Hasseltine
at second, Clifford "Bus" Jones at
shortstop, and Francis "Bud" Cham-
berlain at third has been drilled ex-
tensively in an attempt to iron out
the rough spots. Bruce Hartwick has
replaced Grafeld at the initial 'sack
during the last week due to a bother-
some gland in Grafeld's left leg which
has sent him to the Health Service
for treatment, while Johnnie Erpeld-
ing, a steady short field performer, is
also getting plenty of work. ,
Vukas Is Tops"
Only Steve Vukas of the pitching
staff has shown more than average
ability. Steve, whose specialty is a
burning fast ball, has hurled 11 in-
nings against the Varsity reserves in
two games, allowing but five runs.
Paul Goldsmith, a six-foot two inch
hurler for whom Oosterbaan holds
high hopes, has been bothered by a
sore arm and thus has seen no action
as yet, while others who still need
more experience are Mickey Fishman,
who exhibited good control in his
only appearance on the mound, Dave
Nelson, Gus Sharemet, who also pa-
trols right field, and Lew Flevelling,
a southpaw.

By Mel Fineberg
Ed Russell, captain and quarter-
miler in 1932, was back in town last
weekend for the Big Ten track meet.
At the track banquet after the finals
Saturday, Russell was one of the
He spoke with pride about the fact
that at last the 440 men had come
into their own. He thought back to
his own days at Michigan (he is re-
puted to be the fastest quarter-miler
in Wolverine history up until Warren
Breidenbach) when freshmen never
came out for the 440. But he laid at
Charley Hoyt's door the responsibility
for having converted would-be sprint-
ers and hurdlers.
First, he said, Hoyt would have the
newcomers work out with Eddie Tolan
at the sprints. After they had been
beaten by the man who was to be-
come double Olympic sprint cham-
pion, they would try the hurdles. And
after they had fallen over the sticks
enough, in discouragement they would
apply to Hoyt to please see if they
wasn't some other event to which
they could subscribe their loyalty.
And so Hoyt would quite casually
suggest-ah, you've guessed it-
the 440.
* * *
They tell thi one about Ted Wil-
liams, the Red Sox abnormal normal,
who plays field and hits for Boston.
Now this Williams is supposed to be
another of the daffiness boys and
this is a story about a reported con-
versation that he had with Rudy
York in a recent game in Detroit.
The count was three and nothing
and York was doing the catching. He
said to Williams, "This one's coming
right down the middle."
Williams replied, "Good, I'll hit it."
York said, "Honest, it's going to
be a cripple."
Williams answered, "I told you I'd
hit it."
York insisted, "You won't hit it."
Williams insisted, "I'll murder it."
The pitch came and Williams won.
He blasted it out of the park, over
the grandstand for the record home
run.* * *
Put this one in your notebook. Law-
son Robertson, University of Penn-
sylvania and Olympic track coach,
will not coach the American Olympic
team in 1940. Dean Cromwell, who
applies his theories at the University
of Southern California, will be the
new coach. It has not yet been an-
nounced but it will soon.
* * *
When Danny Smick fell on his face
in an attempt to make a shoestring
catch of a Texas leaguer in the Ypsi
game last Monday, he went out cold.
Pete Lisagor is reported to have
rushed up to big Danny, attempted to
revive him and to have asked him
the old conscious-catcher "What day
is today?" Smick, still dazed by the
fall, looked about with glazed eyes
and lolling head and replied "Purdue,
Purdue, what's the score?"
* * *
The same Ypsi game which was
concluded in semi-darkness brings
to mind the story about another
game that was being played in the
fast-falling dusk. There were two
strikes .on the batter, it was nearly
impossible to see the flight of the ball
and the pitcher and catcher had pre-
arranged not to pitch the ball. The
hurler was to simulate a wind-up and
the pitch, the catcher was to hit his

glove with his fist and they both
would await the results.
So the pitcher went through his
motions, the catcher socked his mitt
and the umpire, without a second's

Michigan Nine
Defeated, 6-2
By Wisconsin
Henrich Holds Wolverines
Hitless For Six Innings
While Fanning Twelve
MADISON, Wis., May 23.-(Special
to The Daily).-Coach Ray Fisher's
Wolverines were knocked out of the
Big Ten baseball picture for the year
here today as the lowly Wisconsin
team combined a 12-hit assault on
the offerings of Jack Barry with a
stellar pitching performance by their
own Bob Henrichs to give the Bad-
gers an easy 6-2 victory over Michi-
Pink Gets Hit
So effective was Henrichs' hurling
that until Charley Pink singled to
open the seventh, the Badger ace had
retired in order the first 18 Wolver-
ines to face him. Henrichs also sent
a total of 12 men back to the bench
via the strikeout route, fanning the

Two New Records Set
By Yearling Trackmen
Big George Ostroot, promising
freshman shot putter and discus man,
yesterday shattered his own record
for the discus by hurling the platter
146 ft. 6 in. The previous yearling
record, which he set two weeks ago,
was 144 ft. 11 in.
Another freshman mark was set
when a 2-mile relay team composed of
John Kautz, Dick Fogg, Bill Acker-
man and Herb Leake ran the distanceI
in 8:09.2.1
The only other time the event was
held officially was in 1937 during a
varsity relay meet, when it was run
in 8:19.7. These two times are not
accurate indicators of the teams'
abilities, since there have been very
few attempts to set marks in this un-
usual event.
Netmen Battle
Spartan Squad
For State Title

Has Beens Capture
I-M Softball Title
In one of the best played softball
games of the season Monday, the Has
Beens won the first place champion-
ship of the Independent league by de-
feating the Doughboys, 4-1. Al Chad-
wick, the hockey star, and Don Nich-
ols the wrestler, each had two safeties
for the winners.
The Phys Eds yesterday walloped
the Parrot team 13-5 to take the sec-
ond place Independent finals crown.
Norm Nickerson slammed out a single,
a triple, and a homerun to pace the
Phys Ed batters. Lou Levine kept the
eight Parrot hits well scattered.
Doug Hayes, southpaw hurler, held
Alpha Tau Omega in check as his
Sigma Phi mates pounded Ken Mey-
er for a 12-4 victory in) a third-place
playoff battle. Five runs in the sec-
ond and seven in the fifth accounted
for the Sigma Phi total as both John
Devine and Harold Davidson slugged
a homerun and a single.
There She Goes!
Wisconsin-6 -AB R. 0
Schilling, cf .............4 0 0 1
Amundson, if ...........5 1 2 1

Iowa .............7
Indiana ..........7
Purdue ...........5
Michigan .........6
Minnesota... ...5
Wisconsin ........5
Illinois ...........4
Ohio State ........2
Chicago ..........2



Wolverine No. 1
Team Seeks
For Previous


1 -1

side in the first and fourth
Wisconsin hopped off4o a

2-0 lead

Thirty Varsity
Track Letters
Are Awarded
While the announcing of thirty
winners of Varsity track letters should
signify the end of the track season,
ten of Michigan's Conference Cham-
pions are continuing workouts in
preparation for the National Col-
legiates June 16 and 17 at Los Angeles,
and for the Big Ten-Pacific Coast
Conference Meet at Berkeley June 21.
With the announcement by Capt.
Bill Watson that he will compete for
the Big Ten, the hopes of the Mid-
westerners have risen greatly for
revenge for the trimming last year.
With Watson competing in the dis-
cus, shot put, and broad jump, the
Coast team will have its hardest task
winning since the series was inaugur-
Eight Wolverines Qualify
Eight of the ten Wolverines now
working out have already qualified
by coming in third or better in last
week's Conference meet. They are
Watson, Capt.-elect Ralph Schwarz-
kopf, Al Smith, Ed Barrett, Warren
Breidenbach, Phil Balyeat, Jack Leu-
tritz, and Bob Hook.
The other two are the injured high
jumpers Wes Allen and Don Can-
ham. If they can convince coaches
Hoyt and Doherty that they will be
ready, they will be taken to the Col-
legiates, and if they do well enough
there, may jump for the Big Ten
Varsity Letter Winners
The following men won their
"M's:" Capt. William Watson, Har-
old Davidson, Ross Faulkner, Elmer
Gedeon, Douglas Hayes, Capt.-elect
Ralph Schwarzkopf, Wesley Allen
Harvey Clarke, Carl Culver, Fred Cul-
ver, David Cushing, Henry Heyl
Francis Hogan, Thomas Jester, Stan-
ley Kelley, John Kutsche, Sherman
Olmsted, Alan Smith, Karl Wisner,
Philip Balyeat, Edward Barrett, Rich-
ard Bennett; Warren Breidenbach,
Donald Canham, Jack Dobson, Aug-
ust Fabyan, Jeff Hall, Robert Hook,
Robert King, and Jack Leutritz.
Fountain Pens
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in the second, scored once more in
the sixth on errors by Walt Peckin-
paugh and Pete Lisagor and a passed
ball by catcher Leo Beebe, and wound
up their scoring for the afternoon
with a three-run splurge in the
Varsity Comes To Life
The Varsity finally came to life
with two out in the ninth to prevent
a shutout. Pink and Mike Sofiak
singled, Peckinpaugh worked Hen-
richs for a base on balls, and Elmer
Gedeon lined a base hit to left field
to score Pink and Sofiak. Henrichs
then fanned Freddie Trosko to end
the game.
Howard Palmer, Badgers' substi-
tute right-fielder, played a large part
in Wisconsin's triumph. Palmer col-
lected three hits; batted in two runs,
and made a fine running catch in the
eighth to start a double play that
squelched a promising Michigan rally.

A chance to lay claim to the mythi-
cal Michigan Intercollegiate tennis
crown is offered the Wolverine Var-
sity squad when they meet Michigan
State at East Lansing this afternoon.
Having defeated the Spartans at
Palmer Field earlier this year, 6-3,
the Wiermen have only to add this
second win to their string of victories
over Michigan schools to claim the
ionors. Western State Teachers,
Kalamazoo, and Ypsilanti Normal
are the other state teams which have
fallen before the Wolverines.
In the last meeting of the two
schools, the Wolverines captured the
first four singles matches, and two of
the doubles. Jim Tobin, Capt. Don
Percival, John Kidwell, and Sam Durst
were the winners in straight sets
These four will be out to make it two
in a row over the home town boys.
The feature match of the day should
be the doubles match between Jim
Tobin and John Kidwell of the Wolv-
erines and Fred Perkins and. Chet
Olson of the Spartans. The Michi-
gan combination is anxious to meet
the State team and atone for the
6-4, 6-2, defeat which they suffered
at Ann Arbor.
Should the Wolverines win, it will
be their fourteenth of the year as
against but four losses.
Tigers Finally Win Game
Defeating Red Sox, 7-2
BOSTON, May 23.-(JP)-The De-
troit Tigers shook loose the shackles
of their latest losing habit today and
pasted young Woodrow Rich and the
Boston Red Sox, 7 to 2, to move with-
in half a game of rising from the
American League cellar.
Old-Timer Louis (Buck) Newsom,
while hit often, was much too cagey
for the Red Sox and despite the 11
Boston blows held the fort through
to the finish for his first victory as
a Tiger. It was his second start for
Detroit since the big trade with the
St. Louis Browns.

Smith, 3b .......
Dismeir, lb .....
Henrichs, p .....
Bietila, c ........
Stephan, 2b .... .
Bixby, ss ........
Palmer, rf ......
Totals .......
Pink, cf......
Sofiak, ss .....
Peckinpaugh, 3b
Gedeon, lb .a....
Trosko, if .......
Smick, rf .......

..4 1
..4 1
..3 0
..4 0
..4 0
..3 0

.......5 1 0 12
. .. ...,.4 2 1 7
.. .. . ..4 0 1 0
. ... 3 133 3
.... ..4 1 1 5'
.. . . ...40 36 6 12 35



Lisagor, 2b ..............3
Beebe, c ................3
Barry, p....... ......2
*Steppon ...............1
*Batted for Barry in 9th.


2 7 38

Michigan ....000 000 002-2
Wisconsin .. .020 001 30x-6

7 31
12 0



In The Majors



Detroit 7, Boston 2
Phliadelphia 7, St. Louis 3
New York 7, Cleveland 3
Chicago 8, Washington 4
Chicago 15, Boston 8
St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburg 13, New York 4
Cincinnati 3, Brooklyn 2


Errors: Peckinpaugh, Trosko, Lisa-
gor. Runs batted in : Palmer 2, Dis-
meir 1, Henrichs 2,:Gedeon 2. Two
base hits: Bixby. Left on base: Mich-
igan 3, Wisconsin 7. Sacrifice hits:
Schilling, Henrichs, Bietila. Double
plays: Bixby to Stephan to Dismeir,
Palmer to Dismeir. Struck out by
Barry 4, Henrichs 12. Bases on balls
off Barry 1, Henrichs 1. Passed balls:
Beebe. Umpires: Verberkmoes and
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