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Ray Courtright
Boasts Unusual
Athletie Reecord
Varsity Golf Mentor Won
Fame In Football, Track,
Basketball And Baseball
When varsity golf coach Ray
Courtright came to Michigan in the
fall of 1927, he brought with him a
record as exceptional as any member
of the coaching staff can boast.
Ray's athletic career has been both
brilliant and versatile. While at-
tending the University of Oklahoma,
he earned 12 varsity letters during
his four year course. These included
four awards in baseball, three in bas-
ketball, three in football, and two in
track. As if this wasn't enough,; he
won further acclaim as All-South-
western halfback for two years and
on the baseball field distinguished
himself by pitching a no-hit game
against Missouri.
Prep School Coach
After receiving his degree, Court-
right coached for a year at Tonkawaf
Prep School in Oklahoma and then
spent four years as head coach of
football, basketball, and baseball at
Pittsburg Normal, Pittsburg, Kan.
Leaving there to become Director
of Athletics at the University of
Nevada, he consistently turned out
good teams in football, basketball
and track. His basketball team won
the Pacific Coast crown his first
year, while during his stay the foot-
ball teams won 25 out of 30 games
against comparable opponents.
"Corky," as he is affectionately
called by his associates, left Nevadaf
after five years in 1924, to become1
chief mentor of the football, basket-
ball and baseball squads at the Colo-I
rado School of Mines. Bidding adieuE
to the Aggies, he came here after I
three years to take charge of the "B"c
teams in football and basketball. In
the spring Ray divided his time be-
tween the tennis and golf squads.
even coaching the tennis team to the
dual meet championship of the Big
Coaches Golf NowI
Upon completion of the University;
golf course Courtright confined his
spring activities to the links squad
where he developed such nationally
prominent stars as Johnny Fisher,
Chuck Kocsis and several others who
have made Michigan a constant
threat on the fairways.
In addition to his duties as varsity:
golf coach, "Corky" is also assistant,
freshman football and basketball
mentor, and last week he even took:
over Cliff Keen's wrestlers when the
latter was called into the service.
Few, indeed, are the coaches who
have such a wealth of experience and

Wsrestlers Name Courtright Captain
Of 1942-43 Team, Alt Annual Dinner
(Continued from Page 1) I

as against only three downfalls. In
dual meet action his only defeat was
against Michigan State's aptly
named Tuffy Merrill, when he had to
drop ten pounds in order to make the
155 pound category. Then in the
Conference meet a few weeks back
he drew Indiana's highly acclaimed
Harry Traster in the semi-finals.
And once again elusive victory slip-
ped from his grasp only in the final
clock-ticks as. Traster effected a take
down in the closing 20 seconds to
snatch a 4-3 win.
Then just last Saturday in the
semi-finals of the Nationals at East
Lansing came the carbon copy of
Bill's 1941. match with A&M's Smith,
now a defending champion. This
time only the overtime periods were
lacking, for the bout was just as
savagely and unflinchingly waged as
its prototype the year before. And
the score was just as close. With that
final half minute coming up once
more it was Corky by 4-3. But for the
third time in vital tournament
matches those last 30 seconds spelled
Bill's nemesis. When the bell endedi
the bout it was Smith by 6-4, leav-
ing the disappointed but unbowed
Courtright to rip through his conso-
lation matches relentlessly and
thereby gain his third place in the
national rankings.
A team's captain is chosen on the
basis of personality and ability in
close and inalienable combination.
Slow talking, slow smiling and thor-
oughly amiable Bill Courtright, a
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Senior Hurlers
Show Promise
As Moundsmen
Goldsmith, Gus Sharemet
Start Drills; Expected
To AidPitching Staff
The Wolverine pitching staff was
increased by the presence of two
large question marks when Gus
Sharemet and Paul Goldsmith made
their first appearance of the 1942
baseball season in yesterday's prac-
tice. 1
Both of the players were :nembers
of last year's mound corps but had
little opportunity to show their stuff.
Goldsmith was troubled by an ail-
ing arm most of the season and con-
sequently made his only appearance
on the mound against Georgetown,
when he was chased from the box in
the early frames.
However, "rosy-cheeked" Share-j
met looked good the only time he
pitched last season, when he held a
scrappy Hillsdale nine hitless in the
two innings he worked. "Gus has
plenty of speed," Varsity Coach Ray
Fisher says, "and will be a very valu-

Net Voiieys: Coach Leroy weir
announced a chartie in the Wover-
ines' tennis scheauie yesterday after-
noon . . . Instead of opening the
season on April 17 with Michigan
State, the match has been moved
ahead one day . . . this was done by
mutual consent of both schools and
will give Michigan a day of rest be-
fore it meets Notre Dame, one of the
three teams to beat the squad last
Illinois' net squad composed al-
most entirely of sophomoreshis the
darkhorse in the Conference this sea-
son . . . Last year the Illini en-
tered a team in the championship
matches at Chicago but failed to
score a point.
Iowa will not send a team to the
Big Ten meet to be held in Colum-
bus May 14, 15 and 16 . . . because
of the speed-up academic program
at the Hawkeye school, the netters
will have their commencement be-
fore the tourney begins.
Two hockey players are making a
bid for positions on the 1942 Wolver-


Detroit Redwings,
Mapleleafs Sre
In Pitck Playoffs
DETROIT, March 31.---(A)-The
Detroit Red Wings entered the finals
of the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs
tonight with a 3 to 1 victory over the
defending champion Boston Bruins
in the second game of the best-out-
of-three semi-finals series before 13,-
525, largest crowd ever to see a game

home town Ann Arbor lad, is one of
the most likeable guys on the mat
squad. And this, linked with the
finest record of the returning letter-
men, made his choice as team leader
all but automatic.
The election was held during the
post season banquet in the Union
which had been Coach Cliff Keen's
final request of his temporary suc-
cessor, Ray Courtright. The three
departing seniors, retiring Capt. Jim
Galles, Herbie Barnett and Maurie
Anderson, each made a short fare-
well speech to the fellows they'd
snuffled and shuffled about with for
three years on the Field House mats.
Following their adieus each of the
others present added his own per-
sonal remarks apropos of his team-
mates and the mat sport in general.
And one thing stood out above all
else in those halting, abashed after-
dinner talks last night. It was, name-
ly, that these wrestlers really love
their sport._

the - sport - has - meant - to - me stuff able man to have around if he gets
dished out in glib and smooth-flowing the proper practice."
manner. These men's eyes were on Fisher hopes that Goldsmith will
mheanethseaen eyfidles withbe as good in baseball as he was in
the tablecloth and they fiddled with hockey the past season. "Goldie,"
their cutlery as they struggled to who was the backbone of the puck
drag out words to express their feel- squad, worked out in vain last year
ings. This was no malarkey. It was in an effort to rid himself of a sore
real. It came from deep down inside. arm. Two years ago Goldsmith was
considered a very good pitching pros-
pect but the presence of an ailing
The winners of the freshman Bis- wing has rendered him practically
sell trophies were also announced useless to the Wolverines.
last night. Bob Allen was awarded But the squad knows that Gold-
the prize for being the outstanding smith has had the proper stuff on
plebe grappler, and Bob Bursian was the ball and is pulling for the big
given the cup which stamped him as fellow to come through.
the most improved yearling matman. Bill Cain, who pitched five innings
in Friday's practice game, made
VARSITY quite an impression on Fisher. If the
BASEBALL MANAGERS sophomore hurler continues to im-
All eligible sophomores inter- prove at the rate he is going, Michi-
ested in becoming Varsity base- gan will have at least four starting
ball managers please contact me pitchers.
immediately at 2-4489. Those who have already shown
Joe Hallissy, Senior Manager enough stuff to be used on the Wol-
verine mound squad are Mickey Fish-
man, TIrv "Pro" Boim, and Don


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final round of the National Hockey U nknown t reshman !wimmer I
League's Stanley Cup playoffs to- Dodgers Np Yankees
night by defeating and eliminating A MatnE e AAUTMeetI
the New York Rangers, league cham- AtDAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 31.
pions, 3 to 2. It was the fourth vic- --)-Billy Herman, Brooklyn in-
tory in six games for the Leafs.B BUD HENDEL sfielder who won yesterday's baseball
swim under the Wolverine bannergame with his first hit in 22 trips
A virtually unknown Michigan So Martin, in truth, will be the only to the plate, crashed out a ninth in-
Lowrey Awards Numnerals freshman will leave Ann Arbor for man representing Michigan when the ning double today that enabled the
To Nine Frosh PUCkmren New Haven, Conn., and the National field takes to the water in Yale s Dodgers to tie the New York Yankees
IAAU Championship Swimming Meet Payne Whitney Pool Friday after - d go on from there for a 4 to 3
The following members of the tonight. ,s noon. triumph.
1941-42 freshman hockey team have Up to now, little has been heard I Mann's Discovery ____ __
4a about this Wolverine yearling, one Mann first discovered his ace fresh-
been awarded numeral awards,o- Harry Holiday. He's a big fellow, man five years ago. Holiday was a
cording to an announcement from standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing gangling kid of 14 at the Michigan
Coach Eddie Lowrey yesterday: 185 pounds. Only 19 years old, he mentor's Ontario boys' camp, and
Wilbur Ahonen, Mohawk; Gordon may be one of the world's most fam- the wily Wolverine coach saw star-
Anderson, Beloit, Wis.; John Athens, ous tank stars before the AAU Meet dom possibilities in the eager lad. For
Duluth. Minn.; Robert Derleth, Mar- draws to a close. two years he worked with the giant
quette; John Hobbs, Calgary, Alberta; Yale Favored Again youth from Butler, Pa., concentrating
Robert Opland, Calumet; Jerome With the host Yale team an un- all the while on making him a free-
Powell, Watan; Donald Sanborn, disputable favorite to add the AAU styler. Then three summers ago,
Lorain, Ohio, and Richard Wenzell, crown to its growing string of titles, they changed over to the backstroke,
Pontiac. Holiday and Strother (T-Bone) Mar- and it is there that young Holiday

background in the sports world ask
has Courtright.

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Indians Down Giants, 3-2
HATTIESBURG, Miss., March 31.
-UP)-Jeff Heath's two home runs
wiped out a lot of good pitching by
Dave Koslo today and the Cleveland
Indians defeated the New York
Giants for the fourth time in five'
meetings, 3 to 2, in 10 innings.

tin, again seeking national diving!
honors, will be the only Michigan!
representatives participating in the
aquatic festival. Coach Matt Mann
and Martin are already at the scene
of the weekend meet, and Holiday will
join them there tomorrow.
Since he is only a freshman, the
tall youth will compete unattached
as yearlings are not permitted tol



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seems destined to approach great-
Yesterday, in his last workout prior
to the AAU's, Holiday covered the
150-yard course in the spectacular
time of 1:32.8. The world's record
is 1:32.7, held by Adolph Kiefer who
is universally recognized as the great-
est dorsal star of all time.
This weekend Holiday and Kiefer
will clash, the swimming battle that
Holiday has been waiting for during
the last three years.
Studies Kiefer's Records
Holiday has studied Kiefer during
these three years. He says, "I can
tell you every time that Kiefer has
chalked up in any meet during the
last three seasons. I know what he
can do, and I know what I can do.
I think I can beat him, but so have
many others. This weekend I'll find
out if I'm right."
What ability he has, Holiday cred-
its to Mann's expert coaching. Mann
has jealously seen to it that Holi-
day's achievements have remained
out of the newspapers, in fear that
undue publicity might interfere with
his prodigy's progress. But it can't
be kept a secret any longer, and be-
fore the week is past, Harry Holiday
may be among swimming's immortals.
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