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;MAY26, 1939







Weirmen Meet Ohio


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Third Position
STo Be Decided

Number Two Slugger

In Vital




Ball Player's Choice...
In spite of the heavy pressure that
is being brought to bear on Elmer
Gedeon, by coaches throughout the
Conference, he will not compete in
the Big Ten-Pacific Conference meet
June 21 in Berkeley, Cal. The Western
Conference high hurdle champion
who would rather be known as a base-
ball player, is set on playing profes-
sional baseball and unless something
unforeseen happens, will start as soon
as school is over.
Gedeon has had offers from sev-
eral teams but has not yet signed
with any. It is rumored that he will
start to play in the Eastern League
but that if he goes to the Coast for
the track meet, the offers may be
withdrawn. Gedeon, already in his
early twenties, has delayed his pro-
fessional launching long enough.
Further delay may mean it may never
start. As Fred Hunter, a scout for
the Boston Red Sox, told us, it us-
ually takes five or six years for a play-
er to climb to the majors. If Gedeon
has to wait that long, he'll be nearing
the 30-year mark and the sooner he
finds out whether or not he has the
stuff, the better off his future will
be. This summer should tell the tale
of Elmer's diamond future.
If anybody asked us for our un-
schooled opinion, we'd say that Ged-
eon appears to possess the necessary
requisites. To say that he is a big
and fast is superfluous, but he also
has brains and the desire to play. He
has the power and the natural co-
ordination to become a strong hitter.
These natural abilities will suffice
Until others need be mentioned.
Now that Bill Watson has consent-
ed to accompany the Big Ten team
to the coast, ostensibly because he se-
cured Joe Louis' permission, it ap-
pears that the Western Conference
has a chance. After taking a pair
of consecutive drubbings, a third
might well have meant a secession
from the competition by this Con-
ference.uThe meet would not have
drawn much more than flies, and in
spite of the protestations of the Big
Ten coaches who claim that the com-
petition is fine for the men, it's got'
to be paid for. The meet flopped,
financially, in Chicago last year.
That was partly due to the fact that
it was held at twilight, in the rain and
had been postponed.
But the drawing power of what
should be a natural has been consid-
erably diminished by the fact that
the Michigan seniors have been more
anxious to go to work than to keep
on running. That's why it's a good
thing for the Big Ten that Rox-
borough and Louis persuaded Watson
to. compete. They've got a fighting
chance now and the meet has a
chance to survive.
On the basis of comparative times
and distances this league has a good
chance-that is, on a basis of first
places. Whether or not the Confer-
ence has the power to match the mass
strength of the Westerners is another
Fifty, Fifty. .
Walter Mehl of Wisconsin won the
Big Ten mile title in 4:14.3 while Lou
Zamperini of U.S.C. won in 4:16.3.
Both can run faster but the Coast
star has at least a two second edge.
Warren Breidenbach of Michigan
captured the 440 on a slow track in
47.6 while Irv Miller of U.SC. was
the winner in 47,2. A close race here
but the Michigan sophomore de-
serves the edge. The Big Ten appears
stronger in this event.
In the 100, the Coast excels. Clyde
Jeffrey of Stanford won in 9.6 while
Myron Piker of N.W. was Western
Conference champion in 9.9.
If Gedeon would run th high
Major League Standings_

hurdles, the Big Ten would win. He!
won, on a slow track, in 14.4 and had
run 14.2. Humphrey of U.S.C. won
in 14.6 but has run 14.3. Ed Smith,
runner-up from Wisconsin, and Steve
Gutting of Purdue, will fight it out
with Hawkins of Stanford.
Surprise Big Ten winner in the half
mile was Ed Buxton of Wisconsin inl
1:53.9 while Washington State's Dale
won in 1:54.6. Zamperini, who has
run in the low 1:53's, ran third, and
his teammate Reading, who has beat-
en him, didn't place.;
Watson was Big Ten shot put win-
ner with a throw of 52 ft. 6 5/8 in.,
has bettered 54ft. Herb Michael of
California won wtih 52 ft. 41/2 in. The
Coast's first four, all threw over 50
ft. and all four were better than the
Big Ten's second man, Archie Harris
of Indiana.
Roger Poorman" of Purdue threw
the javelin 193 ft. 31/4 in. but will be
badly outclassed in this meet. Boyd
Brown of Washington State threw
224 ft. 1% in. with Bob Peoples of
Southern Cal., less than two inches
behind. Their first five all threw far-
ther than Poorman.
Bob Lewis of Ohio ran 21 seconds
to win the 220 with Al Smith of
Michigan second. Jeffrey won in the
same time.
Watson's winning discus heave
was 160 ft. 10% in. Stanford's Pete
Zagar won with 157 ft. 4 in. with
Trojan Wrotnowski four inches be-
hind. Zagar is National A.A.U. cham-
pion and has thrown 161 ft. 10 inches
this year.
Ralph Schwarzkopf won the two-
mile in 9:25.3 but has run over 15
seconds faster. Dixie Garner of Wash-
ington State was the winner,-in 9:22.1
but Zamperini who went to the Olym-
pics in the distance, was not ehtered.
23.4 was Ray Cochrane's winning
time in the low hurdles while red-
headed Earl Vickery of Southern Cal.
won in X3.3. Vickery has run 22.7,
one-tenth of a second off Jesse Ow-
ens' world record.-
Michigan's winning relay time was
3:14.7; Southern Cal's was 3:15.2.
Bob Diefenthaler of Illinois won
the high jump with a leap of 6 ft.
6 in. Five men tied on the coast at 6
ft. 2 in.
Watson won the broad jump with
25 ft. 5% in. Guy Manuel of Cali-
fornia won with 24 ft. 2 in.
Bob Cassels of Chicago set a Big
Ten mark of 14 ft. 2/4 in. in the pole
vault while Milt Padway, Wisconsin's
runner-up, has gone over 14 feet.

Clean Sweep Is Necessary
To Displace Riveters;
Barry To Hurl Closer
Relieved of the pressure that ac-
companied their quest for the Big Ten
baseball crown, the Wolverines open
a two-game consolation series for
third place with Purdue at Lafayette,
Ind., this afternoon.
The Boilermakers, still clinging to
a faint mathematical ray of hope for
a share of the coveted Conference
title, are the present occupants of
third place. The Riveters' record of
five victories and three defeats
against Michigan's six wins and four
losses makes it necessary for the Var-
sity to sweep the series in order to
wind up the season ahead of Purdue,
since the series will mark the Big Ten
diamond finale for both teams.
fi.mick Hurls Opener
As usual, Coach Ray Fisher will
bank on Danny Smick and Jack
Barry to take the mound in that order
to gain the Wolverines a creditable
spot in the final Conference stand-
Mike Sofiak, "holler guy" ofthe
Varsity infield, may be kept out of
the lineup due to a reccurence of the
sore shoulder that benched him
earlier in the season. Should Sofiak's
throwing arm again prove bother-
some, Bill Steppon will once more
fill in for Mike.
Lineup Unchanged
The rest of the lineup will remain
the same. Leo Beebe will handle the
pitchers' slants, Elmer Gedeon will
be at first base, Pete Lisagor ab. sec-
ond, Capt. Walt Peckinpaugh at
third, Freddie Trosko in ?eft field,
Charlie Pink in center, and Bill Step-
pon or Forest Evashevski in right.
Coach Dutch Fehring of the Boil-
ermakers has Bob Baily and Dick
Wardo, his two aces, lined up to hurl
the Michigan series. Baily, the
sophomore sensation who pitched
Purdue to four straight Conference
ictories before dropping a six-hit-
ter to Illinois by the score of 1-0, last
Friday, is regarded as one of the top-
notch pitchers in the Conference and
should prove troublesome for the
Loring Day of U.S.C. won with 14
feet but has gone half a foot higher.
George Varoff of Oregon, who was
second, was former world's record
holder at 14 ft. 71/2 in.

Pete Lisagor, veteran varsity
second baseman, is at present bat-
ting .333. Now in his third year as
regular keystone guardian, Lisa-
gor has driven out 26 safeties in
78 times at bat to be second only
to Charlie Pink in the averages.
Theta Chi Wins
Softball Crown
From Clhi Phi
Shroth Holds Opposition
To. Only Five Safeties
As Mates Pound Ball
Combining a hard hitting attack
with a five-hit pitching performance
by Dick Shroth, Theta Chi whipped
Chi Phi yesterday at Wines field 11-6
to win the fraternity first place soft-
ball championship.
Shroth allowed but one earned run
as his mates made five errors to help
the Chi Phi batsmen around the
bases. Only in the second and the
sixth inning was. he in trouble by
virtue of several misplays.
Big First Inning
Bob Barber started a five run rally
for Theta Chi in the firt inning by
wading into Randall Brown's first
pitch for a triple. Successive singles
by Dick Shroth, Vincent Dunn and.
Paul Nielson, combined with a wild
pitch, scored four runs. Chuck Dill-
man singled first baseman Davis
home to end the scoring in a disas-
trous opening inning for Chi Phi.
Chi Phi garnered two unearned
runs in the second as Ben Durfee
walked and scored when Colvin Gib-
son dropped Robert Morse's fly in
short center field. Morse then raced
home as outfielder Lorezzen hit a
long drive to center.
In the third inning, Charley
Schmeling, Chi Phi, got a life on an
error, stole second and third, then
raced home as Buck Antle who walked
was called out for taking a lead.
Nielson Homers
Theta Chi, held scoreless for three
innings, added three more runs in
the fifth and sixth. Paul Nielson wal-
loped a home run with two on in the
fifth to drive in Whitey Frauman and
Vincent Dunn who had singled.
Lew Slater drove a hit to left and
scored on Bill Keas' safe blow to
short right field in the sixth. Robert
Barber then followed Keas across
the,,plate as his long 'fly in deep cen-
ter field was dropped.
In the sixth inning Chi Phi pushed
over two more runs on three succes-
sive errors by Theta Chi. Charles
Schmeling hit a home run to right
field in the last inning to score Chi
Phi's only earned ruil.
Randall Brown, in defeat, struck
out nine Theta Chi men with a nice
change of pace, and Charles McHugh
played a bang up game at shortstop
to star for the losers.

Netters Engage
Pair Of Teams
This Weekend
Four Seniors Make Their
Final Home Appearance;
Team Ends Dual Season
The most successful dual season in
many years will wind up this after-
noon and tomorrow afternoon for the
Michigan Varsity netmen when they
meet the Ohio Wesleyan and Du-
quesne teams at Palmer Field. The
match this afternoon will begin at
3:00 p.m., while tomorrow's against
Duquesne will get under way at
2:30 p.m.
These final pre-Conference dual
matches will also mark the last home
appearance of four seniors, Capt.
Don Percival, John Kidwell, Steve
Woolsey and Ed Morris.
Percival, Kidwell Mainstays
Percival and Kidwell have been
mainstays of the Wolverine squad in
the singles matches for the past two
years, with Percival alternating be-
tween one and two spot this year, and
Kidwell playing three regularly.
Woolsey and Morris, however, have
been used mainly as doubles players
this year, with Steve playing number
three with junior Sam Durst, and
Ed pairing with Percival in first
spot. Whenever either one worked in
the singles, it was usually in five
or six spot. Woolsey's most valuable
win in the singles, was this past
Wednesday when he downed Gibbs
of Michigan State, 9-7, 6-8, 6-2.
Weirmen Have Won 14
Until today, the Weirmen have
assembled a record of 14 wins and
four losses. The defeats have been
spread over the season, with no two
coming in succession. Tomorow's
match against Duquesne will mark
the second meeting of the year for
the two teams, with the Wolverines
winning the first, 9-0. The match
was played at the end of the Weir-
men's spring trip, and the Pittsburgh
boys have improved a great deal since
Following tomorrow's match, Coach
Leroy Weir will pick his squad which
he will take with him to Chicago
for the annual Western Conference
Armstrong Retains Title
In Bout With British Ace
LONDON, May 25.-GP)-Henry
Armstrong, the "Little Brown Bomb-
er" from Los Angeles, successfully de-
fended his world welterweight cham-
pionship tonight by outpointing Er-
nie Roderick, the British titlist, in 15
rounds at Harringay Stadium. Arm-
strong weighed 135; Roderick 145%.
Off to a slow start, Hurricane Hank
finally caught up with the tall slim
Briton and from the seventh round
on belted him all around the ring to
win going away.

Pitchers Shine As Reds
And Cardinals Continue
Battle For First Place
BOSTON, May 25. -(A')- Cleve-
land's Bob Feller turned in a one-hit,
11-0, pitching triumph over the Bos-
ton Red Sox today. Only Bobby
Doerr'sclean singlekto right field in
the second inning kept the youthful
strikeout king from the no-hit hall
of fame.
It was the second time in 13 months
that a lonely blow deprived Feller of
no-hit distinction. In Feller's first
appearance last season, Billy Sulli-
van of the St. Louis Browns beat out
a sixth-inning bunt for the only
enemy hit.
The Iowa farm boy struck out ten
batters. Although he walked five, all
the passes came with two out. It gave
Feller his seventh win of the sea-
son and was the first time the 20-
year-old speedball artist ever beat
the Red Sox in their own park.
Number 200 For Red
NEW YORK, May 25. -(P)- The
New York Yankees made use of their
specialty, one big inning, to down
the Detroit Tigers 5 to 2 today al-
though held to four hits by Archie
McKain and Schoolboy Rowe.
It was the seventh victory without
defeat this season for Big Red Ruff-
ing, dean of the Yankee pitching
corps, and his 200th in 15 years of
American League service.
His mates obtained it for him by
filling the bases in the seventh on
two walks and an error and then
cleaning them. Ruffing sacrificed one
score across, Frank Crosetti singled
another home and Rob Rolfe tripled
for two more.
Lombardi Leads Reds
CHICAGO, May 25. -(,P)- The
rampant Cincinnati Reds ran their
string of victories to ten today with
a 6 to 1 conquest of the New York

Giants on the three-hit pitching of
Lloyd (WhiteY) Moore and Gene
With Ernie Lombardi getting his
seventh homer of the season in the
fourth inning and driving in another
run in the sixth on one of his two
singles, Cincinnati's cause was never
in doubt.
Cards Stop Bees, 7-1
ST. LOUIS, May 25. -(W)- The
league-leading St. Louis Cardinals,
behind the effective hurling of Bob
Weiland and Bob Bowman, won their
seventh straight game today, defeat-
ing the Boston Bees, 7 to I, to'keep
just a jump ahead of the Cincinnati
Despite his sore arm, Weiland.al-
lowed but five hits in the 6 2/3 in-
nings he pitched to get credit for the
victory, and Bowman permitted but
one blow the remainder of the game.
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Bob Feller Pitches One-Hitter;
Ruff ing Gains Seventh Win,5-2

Chicago Powerhouse Favored
To Retain Big Ten Net Crown

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Can the Chicago tennis juggernaut
be stopped from annexing its third
consecutive Conference crown? If it
can, what Big Ten team is strong
enough to complete this herculean
. These questions and innumerable
others like them are the general drift
of interrogation when the question
of the Western Conference Tennis
Tournament, to be held at Chicago
May 29, 30, 31, is discussed.
Since 1937, when the Maroons took
the title away from Northwestern,
they have been unbeatable both in
dual play and in Conference play.
Last year, they dropped but one match
in dual meets while winning 60, and
made a clean sweep of the Conference
Murphy Twins Lead
The Big Berthas on the Maroon
squad are the Murphy twins, Charlie
Shostrum, Art Jorgenson, and John
Krietenstein. The Murphys, Bill and
Chet, play one and two singles re-
spectively, and as a pair make up
the first doubles team. They have
played together ever since they have
been knee high to a grass hopper,
and as a result have developed an al-
most unbeatable combination. Last
year, they were named tenth in the
national doubles rankings put out
by the National Lawn Tennis Associ-
This year, the Maroons have con-
tinued their blistering pace of the
past two seasons, and have romped
through their dual meets with unus-
ual ease. Charles Johnson of Minne-
sota crashed through to an unexpect-
ed triumph when he downed the
Chicago number six man to give the
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Gophers their only point. The Wol-
verines suffered the fate of the rest
of the teams when they were shut-
out, 9-0.
Kidwell Might Upset Schostrum
In this match, however, it was evi-
dent that in the Conference play,
one or two of the Weirmen might
upset their powerful rivals should
they meet. John Kidwell carried
Charlie Shostrum to three sets be-
fore finally losing out, and Jim Tob-
in gave Chet Murphy quite a battle
in the number one singles spot.
The team which is out after Chi-
cago's scalp more than any other is
Northwestern. Three years ago, the
Wildcats were sitting on top of the
Big Ten tennis world, when suddenly
they were ousted from their post and
replaced by Chicago. This year, they
have the best chance of any to de-
throne the Maroons. However, their
entire chance of victory depends on
how the other schools fare in the
early rounds. If a few Chicagoans can
be eliminated early in the meet, the
powerful juggernaut may be stopped,
and a new champion crowned.

Player, Clubs G AB R H
Arnovich, Phillies 32 123 17 46.
Foxx, Red Sox .. 21 75 19 28.
McQuinn, Browns 32 130 25 48
J. Martin, Cards 20 65 17 24.
Dickey, Yankees . 28 105 26 38
Medwick, Cards .. 28 113 19 40



- American: Greenberg, Tigers, 8;
Gehringer, Tigers, 6; Chapman, Ath-
letics, 5; Foxx, Red Sox, 5.
National: McCormick, Reds, 8;
Camilli, Dodgers, 8; Mize, Cards, 7;
Ott, Giants, 7.
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Boston ...............16 10
Chicago ...............17 13
Cleveland'..............14 14
Washington...........13 16
Philadelphia ...........11 17
Detroit ................12 21
St. Louis ..............21 21


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