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Munn Declares Line Positions
Wide Open For Able Gridmen

As line coach Biggie Munn himself
puts it, there is as yet no lineman
with a signed contract to the effect
that he will positively be on the
starting forward wall of the 1942
Wolverine grid machine. Which is
to say the field from flank to flank
and back again is strictly wide open.
A handsome percentage of his
charges down on Ferry Field are
freshmen getting their first taste of
the grid game the way the Varsity
does it. And since it is from this
source as well as from last season's
reserves that men will be selected to
bridge the gaps now present in last
fall's starting line, Biggie is keep-
ing the weather eye well peeled as,
he puts the 'boys through their paces.
Eight Varsity Lineman Return
Four of the eight returning Varsity
linemen are out for spring ball. Jack
Karwales and Rudy Smeja are hold-
ing down the end positions. Julie
Franks daily demonstrates to the
other guards how the position is to
be played. And Merv Pregulman has
ditched the guard slot he manned
last fall and is once more functioning
at center, the position at which he
won- high school and frosh football
fame. Two other lettermen, end Phil
Sharpe and guard Bob Kolesar, have
intermittently shown up for practice,
while the returning tackles, Al Wis-
tert and Johnnie Laine, are biding
their time until Ferry Field opens for
real business in September.,
Among the current aspirants forj
ranking positions at end on a Crisler
combine are plebes Hal Kruse and
Cecil Bovee, both of whom are big
strong boys with a distinct flair for
high caliber play.
Tackle Behemoths
At the tackle slot there is a verita-
ble bevy of brawny behemoths. Bill
Baldwin runs something like six feet
three and 230 pounds and is currentlya
pacing the .right tackle crew. Bill
Pritula has switched back to this
position after performing at center
last fall, and erstwhile quarterback
Johnnie Greene is also taking a shoti
at the bastion post. Vince Secontine
was and still is a right tackle and a1
promising one at that.:
On the other side of the line the4

* Baseball's Travelling Nomad
" The Case Of Bashful Buck
Daily Sports Editork


HAS TAKEN the latest thrilling episode in that r currcut melodrama


left tackle emplacement is at present
the exclusive possession of three
freshmen, Don Cady, Louie Bare and
Stan Unger, all very able individuals
with a great just for Al Wistert's
starting position.
Amstutz Doing Fine Work
If the guard category will have
only two lettermen back next fall, it
should also have a wealth of highly
effective reserve material drawn
from last year's reserves. Ralph Am-
stutz has been putting on some strict-
ly masterly exhibitions of downfield
blocking of late. Angie Trogan, who
consists of 220 pounds packed solidly
on a five foot six inch frame, contin-
ues to make the guys he's playing
defense against wish he weren't
And finally, Walt Freihofer found his
shoe size at guard when he came into
the line from end last fall and is
rapidly acquiring all the techniques
of the trade.
Merv Pregulman has already been
mentioned as the next in the long
uninterrupted line of great Michigan
centers. Backing him up in this
tradition will be soph Bob McFaddin
and yearlings Jim Brieske and Ralph

Martin, Holiday To Represent
Michigan In AAU Swim Meet,

subtitled "Bashful Buck Rides Again" to bring out the possible solution
to the inexplicable Newsom temperament mystery.
Not until a ball player gets traded to another club, usually, do the
baeball writers go poking into the dim corners of his past career. Bash-
ful Buck Newsom, a 225-pound public address system, was traded a
couple of days ago. This pleased a number of people, including Detroit
Tiger official Jack Zeller, who resigned his membership in the "I Think
Bo-Bo Is As Good As He Says He Is" club about a year ago; it was
good news to Buck Newsom, a charter member of the l.T.l.B.lA.G.A.-
11.S:I... Club; Clark Grifith-hereafter to be referred to as the "sly
old silver fox" because all sports writers refer to him as the "sly old sil-
ver fox"-is equally delighted because Newsom to him represents onlyC
a hunk of bait on the hook which will soon land him a sizeable portion
of the thin green or a few valuable players.
AT ANY RATE, the desperation deal which stripped Ncwsom of his u1-
popular Tiger garb and marked him down as a Washington Senator
once again was cause enough to send the sports writers scurrying into the
record books. And then it came out: Newsom broke into big time baseball
with the Brooklyn Dodgers back in 1929 and 1930. That perhaps will explain
a lot of things,
Fat Bo-Bo wasn't exactly a ball of fire on the mound while with the
Dodgers, who can tolerate almost anything. In 1929 Newsom, who even then
was Newsom's 'greatest booster, trundled his bulk out to the pitchers' box
on three different occasions. He finished with an earned run average of
11 per game. That performance led the Dodgers to regard Bashful Buck
with a tinge of skepticism, which was quickly heightened to a full-fledged
flush of disbelief in his abilities the following year.
Since then Buck has bounced around the baseball circuits-major
and minor-from season to season, sometimes hurling great ball, some-
times very poor, always entertaining. He has hit variations of the St.
Louis-Washington, Washington-St. Louis shuttle route several times
with stints at Boston, Detroit and the minor leagues tossed in at
N 1934 BASHFUL BUCK went through the motions in S. Louis after
having been brought up once more to the big time fromi Los Angeles.
The next year he went to Washington, played the entire 1936 campaign, then
moved in 1937 to Boston. It took that long for Griffith to arrange a trade
advantageous to Griffith. Rumor has it that crafty Clark, who taught David
Harum all he knew, once got the short end of a deal before the turn of the
century, but this is unfounded.
Anyway, Newsom didn't produce for the Gold-Platers and grabbed a
moving van to St. Louis again in time for th 1938 season. Pitching for a
losing club, Large Louis did much better there, which led Walter Briggs to
exercise the elastic on his chubby bankroll in mid-season of 1939. The fol-
lowing year Newsom hurled almost as effectively as he talked, which was
good enough to win a pennant for the Tigers.
The rest is cut and dried fact for all Tiger fans. Newsom cashed in
on his 1940 success to an unprecedented extent, hauling down about
$32,500, more than any other pitcher has ever received. Rare are the
cases in which a ball player drawing a tremendous pay raise responds
with like improvement on the playing field. The tendency is to let down.
Buck did just that last season. He reported to training camp out of
condition and failed to do much to whip his fubsy frame into peak
shape. As a result Buck suffered a very poor season, dropping 20
rTHE DETROIT MANAGEMENT t his winter abandoned its previous open
purse -string policy and socked the stiffest pay cut on record to Large
Louis. In rapid fire order he got hot. Zeller got hot. The Tigers tried to
waive him out of the league. Money-conscious Griffith refused, however,
Result: Newsom traded to Washington, leaving three schools of conjecture-
1) the Senators will keep him, 2) he will be traded to St. Louis again, or 3)
he will be waived out of the league by consent of the Browns (with con-
cessions from Washington) and sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Number one is dismissed by many people because Griffith is already
loaded with hurling talent, needs money and infielders much worse. Number
two is a probability because Newsom seems to pitch well with he wea ker
teams and the Brownies need tossing talent, Number three is a fairly strong
possibility, because Brooklyn has the necessary coin aid is willing to ,hell
out for Buck and inore importait because St. Louis lasn 'tii lw coin and is
plenty willing to grab some.
Thus, Bashful Buck, who has remained a Brooklynite in spirit, May
soon become one in fact. Whether this will be tougher on Brooklyn or on
Newsom is still a moot question. Larry McPhail, the Voice of FlIabush,
has yet to meet his verbal equal. But then, of course, he has yet to meet
Large Louis in an official capacity. sort of an irresistible force andl an
immovable object proposition.

Boim Permits
Three Hits As
'A' Team Win
Il tin g Of John Erpelding,
Davey Nelson Features
Sacond Intrasquad Tilt
Sophomore Irving Boim, who is
currently being touted as the sensa-
tion of the Wolverine pitching staff,
held a Varsity B team to three cheap
hits in the six innings he worked, ,
to give the Varsity A team a 5-4 vic-
Along with Boim's excellent pitch-
ing, came the heavy hitting of John
Erpelding and Dave Nelson, who col-
lected five hits between them.
The contest, which was -the second
practice game of the season, un-
covered one large loophole that Coach
Ray Fisher must fix if the Wolver-
ines are going to make a proper de-
fense of the Big Ten Crown.
Squad Needs Fielding Shortstop
The weak spot in the Michigan
nine is the shortstop position. Al-
though both Erpelding and Bob Sten-
berg, who alternate at that position,
are more than average hitters, neith-
er of them has shown himself cap-
able of handling the fielding respon-
In yesterday's game not one ball
hit to the shortstop position was
handled cleanly by these players and
consequently five of the nine runs
scored were the result of errors by
these heavy hitting shortstops.
Mickey Fishman, who started for
the Varsity B team, lacked the con-
trol that has made him one of the
bulwarks of the 1942 mound crew.
The Varsity A team nicked the stocky
right hander for seven hits in the
six innings he worked while collect-
ing three off Les Parr who replaced
White Continues Hitting
Paul White, rugged right fielder,
gave the spectators something to talk
about because of his tremendous hit-
ting power. He got off two of the
longest drives of the game that were
caught only after long runs by the
With the opening game a little
more than two weeks* away Fisher
must cut his 24-man squad down to
16 players. In all probability most of
those dropped from the team will
come from the pitching ranks, but
the bad weather has continually kept
Fisher from finding out just what
hurlers he can really count on to give
the Wolverines their many desired

Intramural Sport Shots

It looks like the stretch drives for
Fraternity and Residence Halls titles
will be blood, sweat and tears all the
way according to the standings is-
sued by the I-M department yester-
To date we find the lrethren
division topped by the perennially
strong Phi belt outfit with a total
of 1127 points. Their precarious
perch bids fair to be toppled by the
versatile Sigma Phi Epsilon tribe
who have been able to garner 1021
points and who expect to make a-
successful defense of their diamond
title this spring with most of their
team back intact from last season.
Right after them and breathing
hard for all-year honors come a dark
horse bunch of Chi Phis who have
been busy rolling up second and third
places this year after winning the
speedball title in the fall.
So with three powerful teams
still much in the running for all-
year honors and these being battled
hard and close by the other upper
division houses in the league, it
looks like the Greek spring sports
docket will be one of the most col-
orful and hard fought in Intra-
mural history.
To add battleground effects to the
scenes of the forthcoming spring pro-
grams we have a similar if not more
intense situation existing aniong the
Residence Halls. Williams House
holds first place after the winter
campaign, but by a thread. Prescott
is right there with a 729 total, prac-
tically telescoped by Fletcher Hall
holding down third spot with 728
markers. On the face of these fig-
ures it looks like nothing but a stren-
uous and intensified stretch drive will
cinch victory for any one of the
main contenders.
Other standings in the residence
halls division are: Chicago, 684;
Winchell, 631; Michigan, 588;
Greene, 559; Lloyd, 513; Allen-
Rumsey, 438; Wenley, 377; Adams,
333; Tyler, 283; and Hinsdale, 183.
Following close after the first three
in the fraternity division we find in
the next nine places, respectively:
Phi Psi, 883; Phi Gam, 875; Sigma
Chi, 859; Beta Theta Pi, 814; Delta
Tau Delta, 802; Zeta Beta Tau, 788;
Sigma Alpha Mu, 787; Theta Delta
Chi, 752; Chi Psi, 731.

Only two Michigan men will swim
in the National AAU meet tomorrow
and Saturday at Yale. T-Bone Mar-
tin, the Wolverine diver, and Harry
Holiday, an unknown freshman
tanker, will enter this the last meet
of the current season.
Holiday will swim unattached. This
is to comply with the eligibility rule
which prevents freshman participa-
tion in Varsity sports. He will be en-!
tered in the backstroke event-
T-Bone After Diving Crown
The other members or the Wolver-
ine tank squad are not swimming in
this meet because Michigan is not
entered as a team. The reason is that
the season is too far advanced.
Martin, however, w fill endeavor to
win the National diving crown. His
performances this season have been
quite good, if not exceptional. His
competitors will undoubtedly be the
Varsity Baseball Managers
All eligible sophomiores itr
ested in becoing Varsity baseball
managers please contact me nim-
mediately at 2-4489.
Joe Hallissy, Senior Manager
We'll t ir tically tyl ; Crew- iii
fi yo. r I 'c" 4 typ(' rf hair
and hape uf iew i a 1 OUT SPFI'
The Dasecola Barbers
Between IStatc and Mich. Theatre

same divers that competed last week
in the Collegiate meet. Divers like
Frank Dempsey and Charlie Batter -
man of Ohio. State, Sammy Lee of
Occidental, Jim Cook of Yale, and
Howie Jaynes of Northwestern will
again carry the torch for the diving
crown of the nation. Each one of
these men has had his perfect days
this season of diving and each one
has had his bum days, so the event
will again be a closely contested
Martin has defeated Dempsey ani
Batterman twice during dual nmeets
this season. The Ohio State boys,
however. t ock the first two places
at the Collegiates. Jaynes has de-
feated the Michigan star off the low
board inl anotherU dual mneet. But
T-Bone outdove the Northwestern
boy last weekend off the three meter
Cook To 1, lhrnat
Cook proved to be the mst ncon-
sisten liver in thw Michigan cir-
cuilt of the; asitlie c (~iow(dMar-
tinl illheYa-ihigan ul n(I
in February and again iv Ile Na
The Km re :v t'r rm ( Jc)(evi nIal
College, Sammy Lee, is the fans'
choice, avid is another thral to Mar-
tin's asliratius.
If '-PBon lil:; Iis erly seasovl
form wilw v1" d(owno I it' 3 iriekeye
siars. he will be w 5a'rinils oner de
fr lthe diving tite Lhis week. This
will be his last haice to win : title
um iuei'l Michiga}11 N's (- lrl.i

Gra-pefru itt
Leagi C. ,,
Detroit (A) 000 000 021-3 10 0r
St. Louis (Ni 001 101 11x-5 8 0
Trout, Triucks (8) and Tebbetts;
Lohimlan, Lanier (7) and W. Cooper.
Cleveland (A) 204 002 200-10 16 4
New York (N) 100 100 114- 8 9 1
Harder, Center (7), Gromek (9)
and Desautels; McGee, Melton (4)
anld Danni11ng.
Chicago 'A) . 103 020 000-6 14 1
Pittsburgh (N) 001 212 30x--9 13 4
Rigney, Himphries (6) and Dickey;
IHamlin. Sewell (5) and Phelps.
and for many

None of these standings include
sports on the spring list, namely,
baseball, tennis, golf or horseshoes.
The I-M indoor season virtually
does its swan song for this week
with about one more main event left
to be played off. In the All Campus
tennis tourney finals yesterday, Russ
Faber, the versatile Phi Delt, bested
his hard working but finally ineffec-
tive opponent, Don Cetjen, 6-1, 9-7.
Tomorrow night the year will be just


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