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SUNDAY, iMAX 18, 1941

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE TRREE

Trackmen Lose Big

Ten Crown; Nine Defeats Indiana, 8-3

'IUGH
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INSIDE
By ART HILL
Wolverine B rtell . ..
A WEEK AGO, today the Detroit
Tigers announced the outright
release of the man who sparked them
to the 1940 American League pen-
nant, Dick Bartell. The fiery little
shortstop had outlived his usefulness
to the club and, with Frankie Crouch-
er and Eric McNair under contract,
the Bengal bosses figured they didn't
need Bartell.
Immediately, a wave of resentment
swept over the Tiger front office
guys. They received letters from
irate fans, Hank Greenberg an-
nounced from his Fort Custer men-
age that the Detroits might be sorry
later in the season and, in general,
everyone thought it was a dirty trick.
We don't agree with this point of
view. The peppery infielder was
amply rewarded for his year of
service to the Tigers. But that's
neither here nor there. What we're ii
trying to get at is the fact that a
player can hit .233, make numer-
ous errors and still be one of the
most valuable men on his team.
You could never make us believe
that the Tigers would have won the
pennant with anyone else at the
shortstop spot.
Whether anyone has realized it yet
or not, there is an amazing parallel
between Bartell and a lad who is right
now engaged in the business of play
ing ball for Ray Fisher's Michigan
nine, contenders for the Big Ten
championship.
These two men both play short-
stop. Neither one wields a very po-
tent mace. Both make errors now
and then. Both have good throwing
arms. And one more prominent sim-
ilarity, both of them are holler guys
and the spark-plugs of their teams.
In case you haven't recognized
which Wolverine we're talking about
(and you aren't a Michigan baseball
fan if you haven't), it's Mike Sofiak.
Mike has been injured so many
times that he calls all the nurses at
the Health Service by their first
names. His two outstanding in-
firmities are a bad shoulder, which
he strained early last season, and a
deviated septum which he came by
in a basketball game last winter.
WE AREN'T QUITE SURE what a
deviated septum is but we do
know iA makes breathing a difficult
task rather than a normal function.
Consequently, Mike was in anguish
throughout most of the basketball
campaign. But ask the members of
any of the cage teams Michigan
played what Wolverine player got in
their hair more often than any other
and most of them will snap, "Sofiak."
They'll look kind of disgusted when
they say it, too, but you can't blame
them for that. Mike is the kind of a
guy who makes his opponents wish
they had taken up jai-alai or horse-
shoes or most anything but basket-
ball.
That lame shoulder of Mike's was
another source of considerable pain
to him. At one time during the 1940
diamond campaign, it became so bad
that he couldn't make the long throw
from shortstop position to first base.
Coach Fisher still thought him valu-
able enough to find a spot for him.
He put Mike in the right field, even
though the little guy couldn't throw
the ball to the infield on the fly.
And speaking of Fisher, the Mich-
igan mentor expressed this writer's
thoughts perfectly yesterday when
he remarked, "Mike has gotten a

lot of criticism from the fans but
put it down in your book that there
are nine other schools in the Con-
ference .tha wish they hid him,
both for baseball and basketball.
In my opinion, he can't be praised
too highly."
Yesterday, it happened again, When
Mike slid into home late in the game,
that old shoulder got banged up
again. It didn't seem serious but arm
injuries are tricky things. We sin-
cer e ly hope that Mike's tough luck
has run its course.
L. O'Grady has taken over the
barber shop at 1110 S. Uni-
versity, formerly Dewey Smith.
Please to announce Ed Brough
of Lirretts is now with me.

Indiana Captures Title;
Relay Team Takes First
Kane Sets 880 Mark, Also Cops Mile Race;
Canhan Ties For First In High Jump

(Continued from Page 1)
first lap but cut around them at the
beginning of the second half of the
race and pulled up even with Breiden-
bach. The two great runners fought
evenly down the stretch, matching
stride for stride, but Kane pulled
ahead just before they reached the
tape.
Myron Piker, diminutive sprint
star of Northwestern's Wildcats, was
the second runner of the day to win
first place in two events, being vic-
torious in both the 100 yard dash
and the 220. In the century, Piker
pulled away from the field at the 70
yard mark to win by several strides
in the fast time of 9.8 seconds. Ralph
Hammond, Ohio State sprinter,
placed second with Wolverine Al
Thomas tying Jim Turner of Illinois
for third,
Bob Wright, the Buckeye Bullet,
also tame through as expected, win-
ning both the high and low hurdles.'
Wolverines Frank McCarthy and Neil
MacIntyre took fourth and fifth in
the highs, while Jeff Hall came in
fifth in the lows.
Going into the feature mile relay
event 10 points behind the Hoosiers,
the Wolverine team ran an excellent
race to take first place. Al Thomas,
Michigan's lead-off man, started,
slowly but with a terrific burst of
speed in the stretch, he handed the
baton to Bobby Barnard with a good
lead over his nearest opponent. Bar-
nard, sprinting his leg in good time,
lengthened the lead by a few strides
and Bob Ufer and Jack Leutritz kept
up the pace, Leutritz finishing three
yards ahead of second-place Leroy
Collins of Ohio State.
Michigan's last hopes for victory
were shattered when Capt. Don Can-
ham, favored to win first place in the
high jump, bruised his heel going over
the bar at 6 feet 47/ inches, and thus
was forced to drop out of the run-
ning, after Wes Allen, the other Wol-
verine entrant, had failed at 6 feet
4 inches.
The major surprise of the after-
noon occurred in the pole vault, when
Bill Williams, Wisconsin star who
had won the Conference indoor title,
failed in three tries at 12 feet 6 inches
and was disqualified. The Wolver-
ines received their only pleasant sur-
prise of the day when 'Wilbert Wed-
enoja, turning in the best perform-
ance of his career, tied for second
place in the event with a vault of 12
feet 10 inches.
Hoosier Hotfoot
Two Mile Run: Won by Tolliver,
Indiana; second, Wilt, Indiana; third,,
Schoenike, Wisconsin; fourth, Kira-
cofe, Ohio State. Time 9:15.
Discus: Won by Harris, Indiana
(174 feet 1 inch); second, Fitch, Min-
nesota (161 feet 4% inches); third,
Johnston, Ohio State, (160 feet %/
inch); fourth, Beierle, Wisconsin,
(153 feet, 10 inches); fifth, Paskvan,

Wisconsin (151 feet 81/_ inches). New
American and meet record, made in
Friday's preliminaries.
220 Yard Low Hurdles: Won by
Wright, Ohio State; second, Cochran,
Indiana; third, Horvath, Northwest-
ern; fourth, Rankin, Purdue; fifth,'
Hall, Michigan. Time :23.9.
Broad Jump: Won by Stout, Illinois
(24 feet 13/4 inches); second, Lewis,-
Illinois (23 feet 8 inches); third, Was-
som, Illinois (23 feet 7 / inches);
fourth, McFadzean, Wisconsin (23
feet 5 inches).
Mile Relay: Won by Michigan (Al
Thomas, Bob Barnard, Bob Ufer, and
Jack Leutritz; second, Ohio State;
third, Minnesota; fourth, Indiana;
fifth, Illinois. Time 3:17.8.
Pole Vault: Won by Defield, Minne-
sota (13 feet 4 inches); tied for sec-
ond, Wedenoja, Michigan, and This-
tlehwaite, Northwestern (12 feet 10
inches); tied for fourth, Petrick, Min-
nesota, and Foster, Wisconsin (12
feet, 6 inches).
High Jump: Tied for first, Tim-
merman 'of Wisconsin, Smith of
Northwestern, Canham of Michigan
and Ray of Chicago, (6 feet 4 7-8 in-
ches); tied for fifth, Allen of Michi-
gan, and Charles Hosfield of Min-
nesota (six feet two inches).
Mile Run: Won by Kane, Indiana;
second, Kendall, Indiana; third, Eis-
enhart, Ohio State; fourth, Holder-
man, Purdue. Time, 4:15.2.
440-Yard Dash: Won by Cochran,
Indiana; second, Jenkins, Indiana;
third, Porter, Ohio State; fourth,
Ufer, Michigan; fifth, Leutritz, Mich-
igan. Time, 48.6.
120-Yard High Hurdles: Won by
Wright, Ohio State; second, Horvath,
Northwestern; third, Finch, North-
western; fourth, McCarthy, Michi-
gan; fifth, MacIntyre, Michigan.
Time :14.3.
Shot Put: Won by Harris, Indiana'
(50 feet); second. Paskvan, Wiscon-
sin (49 feet); third, Moldea, Ohio
State, (48 feet, 9 inches) ; fourth,
Hook, Michigan (48 feet 3 inches).
880-Yard Run: Won by Kane, In-
diana; second, Breidenbach, Michi-
gan; third, Kautz, Michigan; fourth,
Matthews, Michigan; fifth, Jones,
Ohio State. Time 1:51.3. (New Con-
ference record).
220-Yard Dash: Won by Piker,
Northwestern; second, Hammond,
Ohio State; third, Piel, Michigan;
fourth, Thomas, Michigan. Time :22.
Javelin: Won by Hadley, Wiscon-
sin (187 feet 7 / inches) ; second,
Kienlen, Illinois (183 feet 3 inches;
third, Kimerer, Michigan (180 feet
1 inch) ; fourth, Wise, Michigan (176
feet 51, inches).
100-Yard Dash: Won by Piker,
Northwestern; second, Hammond,
Ohio State; tied for third, Thomas,
Michigan, and Turner, Illinois; fifth,
Franck, Minnesota. Time :09.8.

Illinois Defeats
Michigan Golf
Team Handily
Smith Loses First Match
In Big Ten Competition;
Fife Cards Sub-Par 69
(Continued from Page 1)
John Hayes, and John Barr and John
Leidy also copped three points from
John Holmstrom and Ross Reed. At
the end of the morning's doubles
matches the score stood tied, 6 to 6.
In the singles matches Illinois put
on the pressure, and Wolverine inex-
perience proved to be an outstanding
factor in their defeat. Alex Welsh
shot a 69 to hand Michigan's great
Ben Smith his first Big Ten defeat,
3-0.
The Wolverines are scheduled to
stay in Champaign tonight, and then
head for Evanston where they will
face Ted Payseur's Northwestern
squad Monday.
SUMMARIES
Doubles matches: Welsh and Wolf-
ley (I) beat Smith and Dannenfelser
(M), 3-0; Barr and Leidy (M) de-
feated Holmstrom and Reed (1), 3-0;
Barr (M) tied Buzick (I), 1%/-11/2;
Fife and Osler (M) deefated Buzick
and Hayes, 3-0; Usinger and Jaronik
(I) defeated Calder and Fishburn,
3-0.
Singles matches: Welsh (I) defeat-
ed Smith (M), 3-0; Dannenfelser
(M) tied Holmstrom (I), 1%12-11/2;
Wolfley (I) defeated Fife, 21/2- 12;
Usinger (I) defeated Osler, 21-/2;
Reed (I) defeated Leidy, 2-1; Hayes
(I) defeated Calder, 3-0; Fishburn
(M) tied Jaronik (I), 11/2-1/2.
Major League
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wolverines Chase H
InningRally; H
(Continued from Page 1)

[undley From Mound In Fifth
olman, Nelson Pace Attack
0.

ginning to look like a pitcher's battle.
But the Wolverine batters were tired
of low scoring games and decided to
do something about it.
Little Dave Nelson started pro-
ceedings .in the fifth by getting on
base after he was hit on the should-
er by one of Hundley's curve balls.{
After Whitey Holman and George
Christenson made easy outs the fans
settled back thinking that Michigan's
scoring chances for the inning were
over.
Dick Wakefield changed their
minds when he hit a tremendous wal-
lop into deep left center field that
went for a triple, scoring Nelson. Bud
Chamberlain hit a sharp single to
ijght, sending Dick home with Michi-
gan's second run of the frame. George
Ruehle, Mike Sofiak and Harms each
found Mr. Hundley's curve balls to
their liking and hit singles, pushing
in three more runs.
The game was held up while the
Indiana board of strategy decided
whether Hundely was to continue on
the mound.
The game was one of the most hot-
ly contested that Ferry Field fans
have witnessed in many a day. Big-
gest explosion of the afternoon oc-
curred in thq fourth when Michigan
had Holman on second and Nelson
on third with one out. Christenson
hit a grounder to short and Holman
bumped into Kosman, who was tield-
ing the ball; Whitey was out for in-
terference and Nelson was picked off
third supposedly ending the inning.
Alert Wolverine coach Ray Fisher,
pointed out to the umpires that the
ball is dead after Holman interfered
with the shortstop. The umpires re-
versed their rulings and told Indiana
to take the field again. Then the
fireworks started with the Hoosiers
protesting the revised ruling. The
game was held up for ten minutes
while the visitors argued with the
umpires. After this fracas, Wakefield
hit a single to right scoring Nelson
and adding injury to insult as far as
Indiana was concerned.

Strengthening Our LeadI

Cliff wise Pitches Six Hit Game;
Varsity Retains Conference Lead

Indiana AB R H
Kosman, ss .......4 2 2-
Shumaker, rf .... 4 0 2
Danielson, 2b .... 4 0 0
Clifton, 3b....... 4 0 0
Dro, cf .......... 4 0 0
Francis, if ...... 3 0 1
Hoffman lb ...... 3 0 0
Wellman, c ....... 4 0 0
Hundley, p .......2 0 0
Dunker, p....... 1 1 1

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2
1
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1
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8
5
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0
0
1
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0
0
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3
3

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1
0
2
0
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Totals ., ....... 33 3 6 24 9 5
* * *

Four Teams
Win Golf Titles
Sigma Chi, Law Club Win
Williams Tops Dorms
By KEV JONES
Held under very poor weather con-
ditions, the seventh annual intra-
mural golf tournament was completed
yesterday with team titles decided in
four groups, and a medal given for
the longest drive off the eighteenth
tee.
The end of the Fraternity compe-
tition found Sigma Chi leading the
pack with a four man total of 355.
Next on the list was Sigma Nu, with
358, followed by last year's cham-
pions, Alpha Delta Phi, who ended
up with 362.
Fritz Adams, playing for Nu Sigma
Nu in the professional -fraternity
group, won the longest drive medal by
smacking the pill 288 yards. However,
his efforts were unrewarded, as the
Law Club came through to win the
team championship.
The Law Club also had the lowest
score of the day, with a four man
aggregate of X30. Big reason for this
low total was John Hall's tie for low
individual honors. Hall shot a 79,
which was very good considering the
weather.
Tied with Hall for low man was
Phil Marcellus of Winchell House.
Phil failed, however, to bring his team
the Residence Halls title, as Williams
House annexed the championship
with a total of 336 strokes. Second
was Lloyd House, as Fletcher Hall lost
their last year's championship.
With a very poor turnout of only
two teams, the Independent title was
taken by Robert Owens. The Robert
Owen boys had to take 363 strokes in
keeping with their title.

Michigan AB
Nelson, cf ...... 3
Holman, if .......5
Christenson, 3b .. 5
Wakefield, if .... 5
Cartmill, rf .......0
Chamberlain, 3b .. 5
Ruehle, lb....... 2
Sofiak, ss.........3
Harms, c ........ 4
Wise, p.........3

R
2
0
0
1
0
1
2
1
1
0

H
1
2
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2
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2
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0

Q
2
4
2
1
0
3
5
2
8
0

A
0
0
2
0
0
1
1
1
1
2

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0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0

Totals .......... 35 8 11 27 7 1
* * *
Two base hits: Shumaker, Holman,
Dunker. Three base hits: Wakefield,
Kosman. Hit by pitcher; Hundley 2
(Ruehle, Nelson). Left on bases: In-
diana 8, Michigan 9. Struck out by:
Hlundley 5, Wise 6. Passed balls:
Harms. Losing pitcher: Hundley. Um-
pires: Lindsay, Knode. Attendance''
600. Time: 1:56.

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Washington .....
Philadelphia .....
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Yesterday's Results
Detroit 8, Philadelphia 5
Chicago 3, New York 2
Washington 12, St. Louis 7
Cleveland 12, Boston 9 (called at
end of eighth; rain)
NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Yesterday's Results
Philadelphia 2, Cincinnati 1
New York 9, Chicago 0
Boston 6, St. Louis 3 (12 ins.)
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