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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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POUTFOLIO
t Mel Buschman Of State-
* Object Lesson In Courage
y HAL WILSON
Daily Sports Editor

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HERE'S A STORY that concerns
Wolverine athletics only indirect-
ly. But it bears repeating for it
carries a powerful human interest
punch.
Furthermore, it stands as a strik-
ing example of the things coaches
are talking about when they speak
of such common-and perhaps over-
worked--expressions as the will to
win, and raw courage, and indomit-
able spirit, and all the rest.
Mel Buschman rates as a fine
hurdle prospect up at Michigan
State. Already the loose-limbed
§partan timber-topper has scored
a close win over Purdue's high
abarrier ace, Dave Rankin, in a
dual meet. But there was a time
when one of MWel's legs was shat-
tered into several hundred splint-
ers.
It was 14 years ago and Mel was
just a long-legged six-year-old kid
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romping with his playmates in a
Weatherford, Okla., public school
ground. Suddenly a pole supporting
30 children on an ocean-wave appar-
atus snapped, caught young Busch-
man between the knee and the hip,
and crushed his leg bone.
Frantic preparations were made at
the hospital for an amputation of the
limb which was throbbing with pain.
But Mel's father took just one look
at his son's agonized face, realized
what a legless life would mean to
his deep athletic ambitions, and gent-
ly carried him out of the operating
roqm.
THEN an 81-year-old friend of
"the family who had formerly
studied medicine was called in. He
looked the lad over, and immediate-
ly plunged into the tedious work of
kneading the several hundred splin-
ters back into solid Ibone-an'd
without anesthetic.
For 21 nerve-wracking days Mel
underwent almost unbearable pain
as the old bonesetter nursed his
maimed leg. But time had a sooth-
ing, healing effect, and within a few
weeks the gangling youngster was
up and about. Shortly before the
old doctor's death a year later, he
was well-rewarded for his pains-
taking effort by seeing his former
patient capture the county grade
school 50-yard championship.
]: ROM THAT TIME on, Mel's
track career has moved at a
rapid clip. In junor high school
he copped the state eight-pound
shot put crown. His family then
moved to Corunna, Mich.., then to
Saginaw. Grown up,. the rangy,
powerful lad placed in both hurdles
and the high jump in the .Michigan
state championships two years ago.
On the Spartan cinder squad Mel
has attained his current ranking as
number onehurdler through tireless,
constant work and persistence. Al-
most forgotten is that incident 14
years ago. Mel simply says: "It's
great to be a competitor after being
slated for a lifetime on the sidelines."

Weirmen Gain
Sweet Revenge
Over Champs
Porter, Stille Pace Team
To Decisive Win; First
Doubles Team Loses
(Continued from Page 1)
decision. Porter had little trouble in
winning the second set, 6-3, by forc-
ing his opponent to play deep.
After getting off to a 4-1 lead in
the last set, Jim's lobs seemed to lose
their effect and Hall stormed the net
time after time to bring the score
to 5-4 in games and match point
coming up. Three times the Wolverine
netter staved off defeat and three
times his opponent tried to push shots
past him, only to have it go out of
court. Finally Porter broke through to
win the game, and then went on to
gain a 7-5 victory.
All the other singles matches had
been completed by the time this two
hour battle was over, and Michigan
now had a 4-2 lead. Greenberg, 19th
ranking amateur player in the nation,
had little trouble in downing Tobin,
in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
Northwestern's Richards took ad-
vantage of Hammett's wildness at the
net to score a 6-3, 46 triumph. In
the second set, Hanmett served a
love game with the score 4-3 against
him.. The Wildcat leader then turned
right around and served a love game,
only to have Lawton do the same
thing all over again.
Wayne Stille was behind 3-0 be-
fore he settled down to win the first
set from Goodkind, promising Pur-
ple sophomore, 7-5, and then went on
to win the second set, 6-2. Tom Gam-
on and Alden Johnson both made
short work of their opponents, the
former winning 6-3, 6-4, and the lat-I
ter 6-0, 6-1. Johnson won eight
straight games before Shinrood man-
aged to break into the win column.
Porter and Stille easily vanquished
Hall and Goodkind in the second
doubles match, 6-2, 6-3, finishing up

Relay Will Be
Feature Race
Of OSU Meet
Even though past records presage
very close competition in all events
in tomorrow's dual meet here between
the Wolverine trackmen and the pow-
erful cinder squad from Ohio State,
competition is likely to be keenest in
the only baton-passing race on the
card, the mile relay.
Michigan this year has one of the
fastest mile relay teams in its his-
tory. Each of the five men whom
Coach Doherty has used in this event
in preceding meets has run the quar-
ter-mile in 48 seconds or less.
Warren Breidenbach, who is pro-
bably the speediest runner of the five,
is slated to run in the 880 against
the Buckeyes and so will probably not
see action in the mile relay, which
means that the quartet will, in all
likelihood, be composed of Bob Ufer,
Jack Leutritz, Bobby Barnard, and Al
Thomas, with Thomas probably get-
ting the nod to run the anchor leg.
Ohio State will present a formid-
able baton-passing team in the per-
sons of Holdren, Porter, Hammond,
and Collins. If this crew runs the
way it did against Indiana and
Purdue last weelp, the "Four Horse-
men" of the Wolverines will be forced
to the limit. After Hammond had won
both the century and the 220, turning
in very fast times in both events,
he came back later in the afternoon
to lead the mile relay team to vic-
tory and clinch the meet for the
Bucks.
From all indications, then, the mile
relay will see the closest competition
in Saturday's meet and it is virtually
a toss-up as to what colors the \man
wil be wearing who first breaks the
tape at the finish of the race.
as rain began to fall. Gamon teamed
with Howie Bacon to whip Shapiro
and Shinrood, 6-0, 6-3 in the final
match of the day.
Today's victory makes the Wolver-
ines red-hot favorites to capture the
Big Ten net crown later this month. I

Visitors Challenge Varsity's Title Hopes;
Ailment Forces Steppon From Lineup
(Continued from Page 1) conference competition last week as
Illinois downed Chicago, 22-4 and
with the Hoosiers taking the first 16-3, while Michigan traveled to
8-6, and losing the second 10-6. Columbus where they swamped Ohio
Fisher spent yesterday afternoon State, 13-5 and 15-8.
sending the boys through some field- THE LINEUPS:
ing drills while giving special atten- Michigan Illinois
tion to lanky Dick Wakefield. Dave Nelson, f Bartley, ss
Nelson, who was out of Wednesday's Holman, if Wahl, cf
game with Hillsdale because of a Sofiak, ss Astroth, 2b
charley horse, is feeling better and Wakefield, rf Milosevich, lb
will start the game today. Chamberlain, 3b Drish, rf
Both teams had little trouble with Ruehle, lb Brewe.

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TODAY IN SPORTS
Baseball: Michigan vs. Illinois,
4:05 p.m. at Ferry Field.
Tennis: Ohio State vs. North-
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Links men Set
For Invasiont
Of Otto State
Coach Ray Courtright's varsity
golfers are practicing full blast on the
University Golf Course this week as
they prepare to meet Ohio State's
visiting lirlksmen Saturday.
The match will mark the second
time this season that the two teams-
have met, Michigan outclassing the
Buckeyes by a 14 to 10 score on the
annual spring trip. The Ohioans thus
come with revenge on their minds,
for it was in this match that Cap-
tain Fred Dannenfelser and Soph-
omore Ben Smith outplayed Ohio
State's prized possession, Big Ten
champion Billy Gilbert.
Besides Gilbert, the invaders are
bringing with them .Harry Steckel,
Jim Simione, and Tony Montanaro,
all veterans from last year's cam-
paign. For Michigan, Courtright will
play three letter-winners, Captain
Dannenfelser, Dave Osler, and John-
ny Leidy. Bob Fife and Ben Smith,
both outstanding sophomore pros-
pects, will bear the rest of the Mich-
igan burden. Coach Courtright ex-
pects to play a reserve squad behind
the regular varsity foursomes to take
on' any reserves that Ohio might
happen to bring.
Intramural News
* Softball 0 Tenis
Yesterday on the Intramural soft-
ball front three games were rained
out, but the Admirals naturally found
the weather no hindrance as they
whipped the Wolverines, 7-4.
Meanwhile in the tennis competi-
tion, Phi Kappa Psi bested Phi Gam,
2-0, and Chi Psi downed Phi Epsilon
Pi by the same score.

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Major League
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE
W LPct. GB
Cleveland........16 7 .696
New York.......14 10 .583 21/2
Boston .......... 10 8 .556 31/2
Chicago..........10 9 .526. 4
Detroit.......... 11 10 .524 4
Washington... 9 13 .409 61/2
Philadelphia...8 12 .400 61
St. Louis...... 4, 13 .235 9
Yesterday's Results
Washington 7, Detroit 1
New York 5, Cleveland 4
-Philadelphia 9, St. Louis 6
Boston at Chicago, rain
NATIONAL LEAGUE
W L Pet. GB
Brooklyp........ 18 6 .750
St. Louis .........15 6 .714 12
New York,....... 10 9 .526 5'/2
Cincinnati ...... 9 11 .450 7
Boston .... . ...... 9 11 .450 7.
Chicago ........ 7 11 .389 8
Pittsburgh .......6 12 .333 9
Philadelphia .... 7 15 .318 10
Yesterday's Results
Brooklyn 5, St. Louis 4 (12 ins.)
Chicago 5, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh at Boston, rain
Cincinnati at New York, rain.

By BUD HENDELI
Football will once again rise on the
sports horizon when Coach Fritz Cris-
ler sends his University of Michigan
grid squad into action this Saturday
in the annual spring intrasquad
game, marking the end of the train-
ing season.
Huge Michigan Stadium will be the
scene of the gridiron battle, with
the opening kickoff scheduled for 4
p.m. The time of the game has been
set back from 2:30 p.m. so that there
will be no conflict with the Ohio
State dual track meet. There will
be no admission charge.
Crisler has divided the squad into
two eveily matched teams, the Blues
and the Whites. Clarence Munn, line
tutor, has been named coach of the
Blue aggregation, while Earl Marti-
neau, backfield mentor, will handle
the Whites. Wally Weber, Archie
Kodros, and Dave Strong will assist
Munn, with Cliff Keen, Herc Renda,
and Milo Sukup acting as Martineau's
aides.
Both Munn and Martineau intro-
duced new plays to their teams yes-
terday and supplemented these with
snappy signal drills.
The eam rosters follow:
BLUES: Ends, Jack Petoskey, Phil
Sharpe, Bill Courtright, Tom Cof-

field, Bill MacDougall. Tackles, Leo
Cunningham, Charles Gibbs, Lloyd
Thompson, Bill Kuyper. Guards, Bob
Kolesar, Mary Pregulman, Bill Mel-
zow, John Laine, Hoe Seltzer. Cen-
ters, Ted Kennedy, Bill Pritula. Quar-
terbacks, George Ceithaml, tHoward
Vallade. Halfbacks, Norm Call, El-
merRMadar, John Allerdice, Ray Sow-
ers, Harold Lockard, Bob Stenberg,
Seymour Roth. Fullbacks, Don Boor,
Herb Kietzer, Reino Romo.
WHITES: Ends, Don Long, Walt
Freihofer, Morris Lax, Tom Clagett,
Tom Flake, Otto Chady. Tackles, Al
Wistert, Bob Flora, Ted Denise, Dave
Wood, Bill Baldwin. Guards, Julius
Franks, George Hildebrandt, Ralph
Amstutz, Jack Carlson, Angie Tro-
gan, Chet Mitchell. Centers, Bob In-
galls, Lou Woytek. Quarterbacks, Joe
Joseph, Jojhn Harrigan, Fred Dawley,
Jim Grissen. Halfbacks, Tom Kuz-
ma, Don Robinson, Paul White, Bob
Morrison, Chuck Kennedy. Fullbacks,
Bob Westfall, Austin Miller.

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