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Michigan Baseball Team Meets IlliniAt Champaign


Varsity Clings
To Faint Hope
In Title Race
Bond And Barry To Pitch
For Wolverine Team
In Two Game Series
(Continued from Page 1)
ches, catches and plays about every-
where else for Illinois, is the team's
leading batter with an average of
.385. Beside him, Bill Hapac, John-
ny Drish and "Hoot" Evers, all mem-
bers of the Illini basketball team, and
outfielder Russ Drechsler are well
over the .300 mark.
Johnny Pacotti, who won his let-
ter as a sophomore back in 1938 but
who was out last year because of a
sore arm, will start the first game of
the series against Michigan. Pacot-
ti's first effort of the season was a
two-hit shutout victory over North-
Grant To Pitch
Al Grant, number two pitcher on
the staff who handed the Hawkeyes
their dnly Conference defeat of the
current season, is slated to take the
mound against the Wolverines'in to-
morrow's game. Grant lost a 4-1
duel with Jack Barry last year.
As usual, Coach Ray Fisher will
stake the Varsity's hopes on the right
arms of Barry and Lyle Bond. Barry
has dropped three straight decisions
since he set back Wisconsin two
weeks ago, but might have fared bet-
ter in the last two games with ade-
quate support from his mates. Bond
was impressive in his four-hit tri-
umph over Indiana last weekend.
Forest Evashevski will continue in
right field for the Wolverines, but
whether Bud Chamberlain has re-
covered sufficiently from a bruised
thumb to supplant Davie Nelson at
third will be undecided until game

Carries Howard Colors In Derby

Strong Illinois Track Team
May Give Doherty Squad Battle
By HERM EPSTEIN Illinois greatest concentration of
Coach Leo Johnson will bring to strength is in the hurdles where they
Ann Arbor tomorrow anIllmois track have no less than four standouts.
n Veterans Dick Reising and Jim
team greatly improved over the one Wham were reinforced this year by
which absorbed an 88 to 38 shellack- sophomores Don Olsen and Clyde
ing from Michigan's Conference Hale.
champions last year. Olsen is one 01 the brightest pros-
A number of good sophomore pros- pects on the Illinois team, running
pects in the hurdles, dashes, and high the dashes as well as the barrier
events. Reising has been a steady
performer over the hurdles, and
Capt. Ralph Schwarzkopf, Mich- Wham is showing up better as the
igan's crack two-miler, was confined season progresses. The quartet plac-
to the University Health Service yes- ed third in the Drake Relays shuttle
terday with a severe cold and prob- event in which Michigan placed fifth.
ably will be unable to compete in Sophomore high-jumper Jim Ed-
the Michigan-Illinois track meet. wards is expected by Johnson to take
According to trainer Steve Bronson, his place among the track elite of
Schwarzkopf will definitely not run the Conference before his days of
in the mile event, but might be ready competition are over. The newcomer
for one of the shorter distance races. has cleared six feet two inches sev-
eral times this year, and though he
will not give Michigan's Don Can-
and broad jumps have raised Illinois ham a real battle this year, is expect-
hopes higher than they have been in ed to be right up there next year.
years. The boys from Champaign Still another sophomore, Bill Lewis,
placed fourth in the Conference in- will carry the visitors' hopes in the
door Meet at Chicago. broad jump. While still in high
Heading the list of men Johnson school, Lewis leaped twenty three
will present is Capt. Will McCown, feet nine inches, and has bettered
brilliant quarter-miler who runs with twenty three feet already this sea-
the best in the Midwest. He de- son. He will give Michigan's Carl
'eated Michigan's Conference chain- Culver a hard fight, and can easily
pion, Warren Breidenbach, in the come out the winner, In addition to
Illinois Relays Special 300, and plac- I his jumping duties, Lewis is a mem-
ed third in the indoor Big Ten meet ber of the Illini's crack mile relay
last March. team.

Mioland, Charles S. Howard's candidate in the 66th running of the
Kentucky Derby tomorrow, is one of the three or four horses in the
field that is conceded an outside chance to upset Col. E. R. Bradley's
Bimelich, the top-heavy favorite. Son of Mio D'Arezzo and Ioland and
ridden by jockey Lster Balaski, Mioland was clocked at 2:08 over the
Derby route last Saturday for the fastest workout time of the year.
Following that, he did 1:02 2/5 over the five-eighths distance.

Golfers Face Two
Conference Foes
Saturda, Monday
With a break in the weather, Mich-
igan's unbeaten golfers will hit the
fairways again this weekend as -they
face two of their Big Ten foes, Ohio
State and Northwestern.
The Buckeyes, whom the Wolver-
ines tripped up in their first Con-
ference match of the season, come
here Saturday with a season's record
of two losses and one win. Michi-
gan State swamped the Bucks last'
week, 12/2-5/2.
Northwestern, Big Ten champs last
year, lock clubs with Coach Ray
Courtright's high flying varsity Mon-
day in what promises to be one of
the closest matches of the season.
The Wildcats recently were upset by
Illinois, 141/2-12/2 after swamping
Chicago, 24-2 1, and losing to Wis-
consin, 161/2-101/2.

American League ScoresI
Detroit 020 010 110-5 8 21
Washington 101 000 001-3 6 0
Newhouser and Tebbetts; Hudson
and Ferrell.






Pink, cf
Sofiak, ss
Evashevski rf
Steppon, 2b
Trosko, lf
Nelson or
Ruehle, lb
Harms, c
Barry, p

. Illinois
Astroth, 3b
Drechsler, If
Evers, cf
Hapac, 1b
Drish, 2b
Pyrz, ss
Milosevich, rf
Brewer, c
Pacotti, p


New York 102 011 200-7 14
St. Louis 031 000 00x-4 5





"Rent a Typewriter"

(Editor's Note: This week the col-
umn is being written by the members
of the junior sports staff who are
applying for the position of sports
editor for the coming year. Today's
column is written by Chris Vizas. who
covered basketball and is now cover-
ing football.)
No Time To Pray . .
When we were wearing. knickers
and ripping them every Saturday
by hopping fences in order to watch
a high school football game, Michi-
gan's grid squads were being credit-
ed with winning championships be-
cause they were Punting, Passing,
and Praying.
Our first spring at MichiganI
saw the foregoing system revised.
The Prayer which we once heard
a sports expert, speaking at an
athletic banquet, say rather iron-
ically, "was the winter jfob that
the Wolverines' coaching staff
indulged in," is no longer one-
third of the so-called "system."
Instead in the off-season they gath-
er together quite often and for hoursI
at a time in a darkened room, not
to solicit the aid of unknown powers
as Michigan mentors were once ac-
cused of, but to study motion pic-
tures of the past season's encounters.
So Michigan has now turned, as the
philosophers might say from the
school of mysticism to the empirical
or scie ntific method.
An eindless amount of time is spent
going over and over these films, and
when spring rolls around, the coach-
ing staff has compiled a Blue Book
which tells them such things as how
many .yards were gained from passes.
Clnck plays, and running, who made
what tackles and where they were
made in each game, how many times
each play was used during the sea-
son and how effective it was, etc.
One of the surprising revela-
tions is that Michigan, labeled
a straight running team-a pow-
erhouse on the ground last fall
did better through passes and
trick plays in the matter of pick-
ing up yardage. It rolled up 906
yards through the air (204 of

this total was made on trick
plays) and it rode herd for 848
yards on the ground.
The study also revealed that
the same play which was the big-
gest ground gainer in 1938 was
again the most effective in 1939.
It was No. 31 to the players, but
to the fans and sports writers
it was known as the "Harmon
Sweep", since the Gary Ace made
most of his spectacular runs and
yardagekby going wide around
the flanks.
The sweep was good for 286 yards
in the past campaign for an average
of 52 yards in 53 attempts, but it
fell off considerably from the 1938
record of a total of 527 yards gained
for an average of 8% yards in 64
attempts. Almost a first down every
time it was tried. The first line of
defense brought down the runner 25
times and the secondary 28 times.
Among the pass plays, the com-
panion to the foregoing sweep, which
starts as a fake end run and ends in
a pass, netted the most yardage. In
six tries it added 79 yards to the
Wolverine total and it average 13 1/6
yards per attempt, which is picking
up first downs in a hurry..
A very significant fact and
very heartening to the coaches
which was brought out in this
detailed scrutiny of the action
films was the fine work done de-
fensively-especially in the mat-
ter of tackling. Right on top of
the list of those stopping oppos-
ing runners the greatest number
of times was Capt. Archie Kodros
with a total of 69 tackles for the
Next to Kodros is Bob Wesifall with
36 tackles to his credit, and then
Forest Evashevski with 34. Evy
missed practically two whole games
because of his ankle injury, and his
ranking third is an excellent indi-
cation of his fine ability as a line-
backer. These three men backed up
the line and should have made most
of the tackles, so the Wolverines ran
true to form in this phase of the

All of the foregoing figures are
estimated by Coaches Crisler and
Munn to be about 90 per cent
accurate since the motion. picture
camera misses only on the aver-
age of about three or four plays
a game. However, in compiling
the figures for the past gridiron
campaign, r the figures for the
Chicago contest were left out.
The reason for this was, as
Crisler stated, "because it did
not show true fooaiail conditions
and would distort the averages
on each play."
And it is important that the fig-
ures show conditions as they really
are, for this winter grind is import-
ant in aiding the coaches to plan for
the next season of gridiron battles.
By use of these figures they deter-
mine which plays were least effec-
tive, which side of the line was weak-
est, and go ahead in the spring to
change conditions in the appropriate
For example the sweep on which
Harmon picked up much ground in
the past two years will have to be
slightly revamped for next fall, since
its decrease in effectiveness shows
that opposing coaches had their teams
laying for it.
So the winter season around Ann
Arbor is far from being a prayer
session; it might well be termed the
fact finding season. Facts that are
missed in the every day coverage of
a football game, but important to a
coach in developing successful teams.

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