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the two desperately flying natators.
But at the 50, big Gus' stock went
out in front and the Yalenhopes
dropped just as fast as one of
Sharemet's flying hands. As they
drew up to the final turn, however,
Johnson made his final bid. He
climbed up to his rival and inches
separated them as they turned into
the stretch.eGus hit the ropes twice
in the next ten yards, but his re-
markable finish brought him to the
wall a foot in front of Johnson in the
prodigious time of :51.0.
Varsity's Chances Dim
Michigan's chances looked dismal
after the afternoon disappointment
of Barker in the 100, but once things
got started tonight, the Wolverines
quickly marched back into the run-
Sharemet won the 100-yard free-
style title in :51.8 to break Walt
Tomski's existing varsity record.
This victory proved a great aid to
the Michigan cause as Johnson fin-
ished third behind Paul Wolf of
Johnny Higgins of Ohio and Ed
Park of Princeton dominated the
breast stroke with Higgins pulling
away to win in the final yards in
2:23.7. Yale placed Johnny Meyer
in third place in this event but
Michigan evened the count as the
vastly improved senior, John Haigh,
and sophomore John Sharemet came
in fourth and fifth.
Clark Beats Chouteau
In the 440-yard free style grind,
Yale climbed back into the front
when Rene Chouteau, Eli flying
Frenchman, came churning home be-
hind Wayne's Andy Clark, unde-
feated throughout the entire year
at the distance.
Going into the second last event,
the high board fancy diving, Yale
was guarding a one-point lead over
the Wolverines, but then the tables
turned as Strother Martin turned in
a superb performance to gain a third
spot while the best the Bulldogs
could do was Jim Cook in fifth.
For the first time in his collegiate
career, Earl Clark won a diving event.
from teammate Al Patnik, the peer-
less Ohio State veteran. Clark led
all through the required dives, but
dropped six points behind going into
the last dive. Patnik appeared to
have cinched the crown as - he fin-
Don Nichols, senior 175-pound
wrestler, wound up his collegiate
career in a blaze of glory last night
as he took the national title in his
division and was voted the out-
standing performer at the National
Indiana Defeats Kansas
To Cop NCAA Crown
KANSAS CITY, March 30.-(P)-
Jay McCreary, a gum-chewing blond
midget in a forest of physical giants,
poured in 13 points tonight as In-
diana University defeated the Uni-
versity of Kansas, 60 to 42, for the
basketball title of the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association.
All freshmen interested in try-
ing out for the sophomore foot-
ball managerships are requested
to report to Ferry Field Monday
Fred Howarth, Senior Manager
ished the day with an all nines, but
along came Clark with six tens and
one nine to sneak the crown from
off his teammate's head.
Patnik, however, received conso-
lation for his loss by winning the
"outstanding swimmer" award to-
night. This was the first occasion
that a diver has won this annual
prize given by the Coaches' Associa-
And the dive set the stage for
Michigan's brilliant relay victory
and seventh straight crown.
Editor's note: Todiy's column was
written by Herb Lev, assistant sports
First Base Problem . .
THERE was a time not so many
years back when a group of kids,
in organizing their baseball team,
would get rid of the neighborhood
fat boy by planting a padded mitt on
his hand and sending him down to
That was the spot where he was
likely to do least harm, they figured,
while at the same time there was al-
ways the chance that by sailing into
the horsehide with all the power of
his extra avoirdupois, he might more
than compensate for his weird antics
in the field.
And thus there came into our
national game a sprinkling of
these pounding prima donnas,
always threatening to bust up a
ball game with a timely extra
base knock, but for whom the
managers were forced to pray
that no tricky bounders came
their way and that the infielders
kept their throws straight and
not too swift.
But things are different now. The
deadening of the ball, the develop-
ment of the game to a point where
it's more of a science, have necessi-
tated a new streamlined type of first
baseman, a lad who can holdihis own
defensively as well as with the willow.
And that's why it's so difficult to find
outstanding first base prospects these
days. For, playing the position still
doesn't require peculiar mechanical
abilities such as does shortstop, where
fielding grace might help make up
for offensive impotency.
Here at Michigan, Coach Ray Fish-
er has had no great cause to worry
over his first base problem. That is,
up to this spring, for during the past
two years the sack was held down by
Elmer Gedeon, who combined a plus
.300 batting average with enough
skill in the field to earn himself a
tryout with the Washington Sena-
But Gedeon's down south with
the Senators waiting to be farmed
to a high grade minor league
club, and Michigan's first base
job is wide open. Reports from
the Field House nets say that
there's no second Gedeon in sight,
but* neverthelesshCoach Fisher
doesn't exactly have to moan
"Wheres Elmer?" Three days
before the start of the Southern
trip and Fisher is'still deliberat-
ing bewteen three outstanding
candidates. None possesses Ged-
eon's natural ability, yet any of
the three might well fulfill the
requirements for Big Ten base-
Number one candidate (by seniority
at least) is Howard "Hank" Green-
berg, a senior who served as Ged-
eon's understudy for the past two
seasons. The handsome redhead is
Boston Bruins, 4-1
NEW YORK, March 30.-(P)-The
New York Rangers tonight knocked
the National Hockey League cham-
pions, the Boston Bruins, out of the
Stanley Cup play-offs with a daz-
zling 4-1 victory that qualified New
York to meet the Toronto Maple
Leafs in the cup final.
Tied 1-1, the Rangers went into
the third period with the short-
handed Bruins tiring fast. The break
of the game came like lighting. Alex
Shibicky of the Rangers- fired in a
goal from the left wing and just as
he shot Red Hamill, Boston forward
who turned defenseman for the
night, slashed him across the face
with his stick. Hamill went off for
a mandatory five-minute major
penalty for drawing blood.
Before Hamill had finished squirm-
ing on the penalty bench, Clint Smith
and Phil Watson had turned on the
red light behind Frankie Brimsek.
undoubtedly one of the finest fielders
ever to set 'his spikes on Ferry Field
diamond. According to Coach Fisher
he surpasses Gedeon or any Wolverine!
first sacker of recent years, and many
competent observers after watching
the redhead in action have stated
that he could rightfully take care of!
the fielding end of a big league club's
first base job right now.
The picture of Greenberg picking
up ground balls is a thing of beauty.
A left hander, almost six feet tall,
he makes an excellent target for in-
fielders and is possessed of keen base-
But as you would guess there's
a catch. In his two years on the
Varsity squad, "Hank" has shown
virtually nothing reminiscent of
his famous namesake at bat. In
indoor work-outs this spring he
has shown improvement but not
enough to take his place in'a line-
up otherwise not too well en-
forced with hitting strength.
First base aspirant number two
is Bob Hasseltine, a powerfully built
sophomore from Fisher's home town
of Bristol, Vermont. A broad-shoul-
dered 190 pounder Hasseltine doesn't
appear to be too fast on his feet. He
isn't. Up north he was always a sec-
ond baseman, but lack of speed and
the presence of capable Bill Steppon
at the keystone necessitated his join-
ing the list of candidates for the ini-
tial sack. With three days to go, he
ranks well up among the first three.
Hasseltine can hit. To be sure he
has his weaknesses but in the cages
he has pounded the ball as hard as
any of the regulars and is improving
steadily. To compare him to Green-
berg as a fielder would be the same
as comparing Hal Trosky with Joe
Kuhel, but then if you were choos-
ing a ball team who would you pick?
Last of the big three, and at
this moment holding a very slight
edge over his rivals, is George
Ruehle, the tall, blond junior who
won his spurs on the basketball
court this winter. Ruehle is the
type of athlete the coaches de-
light in, a real "money player."
It takes competition to bring out
the best in him. In last year's
Michigan State game, Ruehle, an
outfielder at the time, and mak-
ing his first start of the season,
lashed out three hits in five trips
leading his teammates at bat.
As a fielder George lacks Green-
berg's grace, but he is steadier than
Hasseltine. At the plate he can't
match Hasseltine's power but is more
dependable than Greenberg. If Ruele
'wins the position there will be little
sacrifice of either hitting or fielding
ability. Yet there won't be a maxi-
mum present of either.
And so with three days to go, Coach
Ray Fisher faces a hard choice. We
hope it's a wise one.
Wolverine Named 'Most
By Tourney Coaches
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opened the way for the Aggies to
win their 12th national title on their
points in the consolation bouts.
George Downes, Ohio State heavy-
weight, who was defeated by Mich-
igan's Forrest Jordan two weeks ago
for the Big Ten crown, took the na-
tional title in his division. He had
beaten the Oklahoma A. and M.
threat, George Chiga, in yesterday's
preliminaries, as Jordan was losing
to George Hooper, Eastern cham-
Other team tallies:
Lehigh, Colorado and Ohio State
scored seven points apiece Minnesota
six, Iowa State Teachers and Okla-
homa U., 5; Illinois, Franklin and
Marshall, and Iowa State, four each;
Kent State (Ohio) and Kansas State,
two each; Purdue, Temple, South-
western Teachers (Weatherford, Ok-
lahoma), Dubuque (Iowa) U., Mich-
igan State, Lafayette and Syracuse,
121 pounds: Bob Antonacci, In-
128 pounds: Harold Byrd, Okla-
136 pounds: Alfred Whitehurst,
Oklahoma A. and M.
145 pounds: Harold Masem, Le-
155 pounds: Vernon Logan, Okla-
homa A. and M.
165 pounds: Gene Grenard, Colo-
175 Pounds: D. Nichols, Mich.
Heavyweight: George Downes,
1ight Netters Will Make
Anual Soy therti Trip
Only two lettermen, Capt. Sam
Durst and Jim Tobin, were included
on the eight-man tennis squad named
yesterday by Coach Letrsy Weir to
make the annual Southern trip next
The remainder of the squad con-
sists of two reserves from last year,
Bob Jeffers and Bud Doher, and four
sophomores as yet untried in college
competition, Wayne Stille, Jim Bour-
quin, Tom Gamon, and Bob Brewer.
A cause of anxiety to Weir has been
the fact that Tobin's injured knee.
which has not been responding to
treatment, may prevent him from
fully extending himself in competi-
Newhouser Yields Two
Hits As TigersW'in, 9-2
LAKELAND, Fla., March 30.-(PA)-
Youthful Harold Newhouser, former
Detroit sandlotter, held the Kansas
City Blues to two hits in seven in-
nings today as the Detroit Tigers
pounded out a 9 to 2 Grapefruit
League victory on a water-logged
Errors robbed Newhouser, who, re-
ports had said, would be sent back
to the minors for more seasoning,
of a shutout. The rookie southpaw
issued only three walks and one of
these permitted the only opponent to
get beyond first base
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