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Western Wonders . .
FROM the land of milk and honey
comes report after report of world
records being brokei. The latest
ones are the pole vault (15 feet by
Cornelius Warmerdam), the mile re-
lay (3:10.6 by Stanford) and the
three-quarter mile (2:58.7 by Paul
Moore of Stanford).
Now it's perfectly true that ithe
weather is quite lovely in Cali-
fornia, that the track teams can
practice all year long and that
everything is ducky in general.
But there is more here than
meets the eye. All is not gold
that glitters. In short, there are
wheels within wheels.
First of all, the Coast schools have


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an intricate farm system. They take
their track seriously out there and
would no more consider letting an1
ordinary track man come right to
college than the New York Yankees
would of letting a promising ball
player jump from the sandlots to the
Big Leagues. There are, of course,
many exceptions to this but many
high school kids, enticed to the Paci-
fic by tempting scholairships, are
actually farmed out to junior col-
Larry Snyder, Ohio State track
coach, declares that Dean Crom-
well and Southern California
won't even look twice at a pole
vaulter unless he is a ten-second'
dash man, weighs 170 pounds, is
six feet tall, and has already
vaulted 13 feet six inches. Im-
mediately we see the difference
between a mid-Western school
(Michigan) and a Coast college
(Southern Cal.). For example,
two years ago, in the junior
AAU's, a double-talk lad named
Maynard Maynard won the pole
vault with a leap of, as best we
recall, 13 feet 41/ inches.,Charley
Decker was second.
What happened to them? Decker
is now a sophomore here and vault-
ing. Maynard received a scholarship
to Southern Cal and promptly went
to a junior college-to be brought
up when the time is ripe. Clyde
Jeffrey, Earle Meadows, Bill Sefton,
Cornelius Johnson were some who
"attended" junior colleges.
CORNERSTONES: Bob Ingalls will
become the first college football
player ever to wear the new plastic
contact glasses without a mask . . .
The husky redhead, counted upon to
fill the hole left at center by the
graduation of Archie Kodros, needs
glasses to play . . . The new type lens
which fits inside the eye, will enable
him to play without a mask . . . He
was fitted yesterday and has started
wearing them each day . . . The
Washington Post says that the entire
Charlotte, N.C. team (the Senators'
class B farm) only two players look
as though they'll graduate to the par-
ent club . . . One of them is Elmer
Gedeon, hurdler and first baseman
hcrc last year.. . Massilon High
School, colossus of high school foot-
ball, scrimmaged KentCollege two
days ago . . . Final score, Massilon,
47. Kent State, 0.

Evashevski Kept
Out Of Lineup
With Sore Arm
Game Will Be Fifth In Five
Days For Weary Visitors;
Badgers' Ace To Hurl
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at third base and Don "Whitey" Hol-
man in right field will be making
their initial bows before Michigan
baseball fans this afternoon.
The rest of the positions, however,
will be occupied by familiar figures.
Capt. Charlie Pink and Fred Trosko
will take care of the remaining picket
posts, and George Ruehle, Bill Step-
pon, who compiled a healthy .417
batting average in the South, and
Sofiak will round out the infield.
Tied By State
For Wisconsin, the contest will be
the fifth in as many days. Defeated
twice by Western State Teachers and
nosed out, 7-6, and tied, 6-6, by Mich-
igan State, the weary Badgers should
ordinarily be a soft touch for the Wol-
But Coach Art "Dinny" Mansfield
has saved his ace pitchers, Cy Buker
and Johnny Saxer, for the series with
Michigan. Buker, a veteran who won
his first two starts this year, one of
which was a five hitter against Chi-
cago, will probably face the Varsity
in the first game.
Saxer, whom the Wolverines de-
feated, 4-3, in 10 innings last year,
turned in a sensational one-hit shut-
out against the Maroons last week,
and will carry the visitors' hopes in
the second game.
Have Strong Infield
Wisconsin will present a strong de-
fensive infield sparked by three vet-
erans, Clarence Stephan, Ken Bix-
by and Capt. Andy Smith, leading
third baseman in the Conference last
In addition to this trio, the Badg-
ers' batting strength comes from out-
fielders Bob Schilling, the team's
leading 1939 hitter, and Howie Rad-
der, two-letter winner who was not
in school last year.

Homers Help
Tigers Defeat
Brownies, 4-2
DETROIT, April 18.-(AP)- Three
old pals-Tommy Bridges, Hank
Greenberg and Charley Gehinger-
got together today to inject a little
warmth into a chilly afternoon with a
4 to 2 Detroit Tiger victory over the
St. Louis Browns. Before one of the,
slimmest crowds in the books, 1,356,
compared to the big 49,000-plus turn-;
out for opening day, Bridges hurled;
the Brownies into submission and
Greenberg and Gehringer socked a
homer apiece to make it stick.
At Washington, the Boston Red
Sox, with young Jim Bagby hurling
5 hit ball, shutout the Senators 7 to
0 today for their second straight
white-washing of the Nats,
Old Lefty Grove beat Washington,
1 to 0, in the first game on Tues-
day. Jimmy Foxx socked his first
homer of the year with two on in the
And at Cincinnati, magnificent
five-hit hurling by young Gene
Thompson, plus successive eighth-in-
ning doubles by rookie Mike McCor-
mick and Billy Myers with aman on
base, gave the Reds a series-sweeping
2 to 1 victory over Chicago's Cubs
Meanwhile, last year's league cham-
pions were pecking at Passeau for
eight safeties, one at a time except in
the eighth-inning scoring rally,.
All other scheduled games in both
leagues were called because of rain
and cold weather.
Famed Fighter
EndsOwn Life
Kid McCoy Writes Finish
To Colorful Career
DETROIT, April 18.-(P)-In the
quiet of a hotel room a peaceful
death came today to Norman Selby,
the glamorous Kid McCoy -of the
boxing ring whose amazing life story
would have been labeled fantastic
fiction if its chapters had been woven
into a novel.
McCoy, who did more and saw
more in his 66 years than the aver-
age man dares to dream about, died
from either an overdose of sleeping
medicine or poison, according to Dr.
Lyle C. Cling, deputy coroner.
Hobo and millionaire sportsman,
dishwasher and social lion; claimant
of the world's middleweight title and
convict; owner of an exclusive New
York jewelry store and bankrupt;
movie actor and saloon porter; auto
racer and confidante of Maurice
Maeterlinck, the poet and mystic;
hero of a short story classic by Rich-
ard Harding Davis and demonstrator
of a new-fangled health suspender
-these descriptions all fitted the
Kid, who was married nine times,
three times to the same woman.
He claimed the world middleweight
title in 1896 after defeating Tommy
Ryan, the champion. During his
career he won 75 bouts, lost six, in-
cluding knockouts by, Jim Corbett
and Tom Sharkey, drew nine times
and engaged in 13 no-decision fights.
"The real McCoy," an expression in-
dicating genuineness, has been at-
tributed to the Kid,
All freshman interested in track
repoat at Ferry Field this after-
Coach Stackhouse

Varsity Leaves
For Four-Way
Track Meeting1
Michigan Faces Irish, Ilini,
Hoosiers At Bloomington
In Quadrangular Affair
Thirty-two track men will leave
at 1 p.m. today for Bloomington, In-
diana, where they will have their
first, and most important, outdoor
meet of the 1940 season-a quad-
rangular affair with the Hoosiers,
Notre Dame and Illinois Saturday
Instead of the regular running
events over the 100-yard distance,
five relays will be held-a sprint
medley, distance medley, half-mile,
two-mile, and four-mile. In addi-
tion, in place of the regular high
hurdle event, a shuttle hurdle relay
will take place.
Michigan will have as opposition
three of the best teams in the Mid-
west this year, and the results should
give a good indication of the out-
come of the Conference meet in
May. Indiana and Illinois finished
second and third behind the Wol-
verines indoors, and the comparison
of strength in the added outdoor
events is all that the dopesters real-
ly need to make their predictions
almost certain.
The Wolverines chances were
greatly strengthened by the removal
of an incomplete by George Ostroot,
sophomore weight star who was in-
eligible during the entire indoor sea-
son. Ostroot was second in the jun-
ior AAU's last summer, and is the
brightest weight prospect since Bill
Watson. He has shattered Watson's
freshman discus record, and in prac-
tice has already approached some of
Watson's efforts as a varsity man.
The top spot of the afternoon in
the relay events should be the two-
mile, in which Indiana will send her
crack foursome out after the world
record. The Hoosiers held the Amer-
ican mark until recently when Stan-
ford broke it, and they are anxious
to get it back. Michigan will throw
almost its strongest quartet against
the.Hoosiers in an attempt to spring
a big upset. Johnny Kautz, Capt.
Ralph Schwarzkopf, Tom Jester and
Dye Hogan will take over the task,
which will be far from easy.
The following men will make the
trip: Bud Piel, Al Smith, Carl Cul-
ver, Kautz, Schwarzkopf, Jester, Ho-
gan, Jack Leutritz Phil Balyeat,
Warren Breidenbach, Jim Rae, Bob
Barnard, Ed Barrett, Jack Dobson,
Karl Wisner, Bill Ackerman, Stan
Kelley, Jeff Hall, Sherm Olmsted,
Ray Gauthier, Bob Hook, Tom Law-
ton, George Ostroot, Don Canham,
Charlie Decker, Dave Cushing, Jack
McMaster, Jack Richardson, Fred
Culver, Perry Kimerer, Bob Fowler
and George Patterson.
Six Wolverine Swimuners
Seek State Titles Tonight
Francis Heydt, crack varsity back-
stroker, Dobson Burton,- ineligible
sophomore freestyler, and five mem-
bers of the Michigan freshman squad
will seek state AAU titles tonight in
the annual meet at the Detroit
Yacht Club.
Already holder of two other dis-
trict crowns, Heydt will be out-
standingly favored to win the 150-
yard backstroke event with Ted
Horlenko, one of Matt Mann's crop
of yearlings, also competing in the
same event. Two other frosh per-
formers, Jack Patton and Chuck
Ferguson, have entered the 220-yard
freestyle along with Burton while
Patton and Bob West will race in
the 50-yard sprint.

The teams will
Pink, cf
Holman, rf
Sofiak, ss
Steppon, 2b
Trosko, if
Chamberlain, 31
Ruehle, 1b
Harms, c
Barry, p
Michigan reserve
son, Greenberg,
Bond, Veigel.

line up as follows:
Schilling, cf
Smith, 3b
Stephan, 2b
Radder, rf
D'Orazio, rf
b Willding, c
Bixby, ss
yan Sickle, lb
Buker, p
es: Evashevski, Nel-
Dobson, Stoddard,






Three-Run Homer Gives
Hillbilly AC 4.3 Victory
Michigan's light-heavyweight wrest-
ling title holder, Don Nichols, pulled
a Frank Merriwell act in an Inde-
pendent Intramural softball game
yesterday when he connected with a
circuit blow in the final frame with
two men out to score two men ahead
of him and give the Hillbilly A.C.
a 4-3 win over the Parrot softballers.
In the only other game, Hermitage
pounded out a 22-0 victory from Sig-
ma Alpha Mu. 'Hermitage hurler,
Ted Snyder, held the losers to three


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