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Promising Freshman Backfield
Cauididates Jmpu-tessMartineau


Now about those backfield pros-
pects Mr. Martineau, I said.
Ah yes, the backfield, reiterated
Mr. Martineau, well son all I can
tell you right now is that they're big
and green but come around in the
fall and there may be much more to
tell. As a matter of fact, he cn-
tinued, I am immeasurably cheered
these days by the presence each af-
ternoon on Ferry Field of several
sturdy looking yearling chaps who
will without doubt be integral cogs
in the Wolverine backfield when
comes September.
Martineau Sees Prospects
Which is to say the backfield coach
ain't exactly moaning low apropos
of the scoring quartet he will be sup-
posed to flash forth with when the
leaves begin to turn. Marty likes
them big and fast and willing when
he starts to work on them in the
spring and at present he has a con-
sifierable quantity of that calibre.
At quarterback Capt. George Ceit-
haml's the only backfield letterman
out for spring practice and daily
gives an exhibition of the kind of ball
you have to play to make Varsity.
Keeping very close tabs on their prof
are soph Jack Harrigan and fresh-
men Bob Vernier and George Kiesel,
all of whom are pleasing Marty no

end with the way they are drinking
in Ci's quarterbacking lore.
With the rest of the first team
backfield out for either baseball or
track for the nonce-Paul White, Don
Robinson' and Don Boor on the nine
and Tommy Kuzma taking a fling at
his old high school accomplishment,
pole vaulting-the rest of the spring
practice backfield is completely man-
ned by freshmen.
At wingback Warren Yaap, Russ
Reader, Bill Keenan and Chuck
Avery are just about even up in high
grade performance of their blocking
and running duties. At tailback
there are three applicants whom
Marty graces with the appellation
triple threat. These are Bob Chap-
pius, Pat Keefe and Frank Wardley,
and their coach professes to have no
favorite among them.
Greatest Strength At Full
At mention of the fullback slot
Marty just leans back and smiles.
Here is that real size and speed he
loves to see. Freshmen Bob Wiese
and Don Lund have a penchant for
leaving tattered shreds in their wakes
as they rip through enemy lines and
secondary defenses. These guys were
both devastators on the frosh squad
last fall and now they're shaping up
well for work to come in the big
That's what Mr. Martineau has to
work with these days. Nothing pol-
ished, nothing classy as yet. But
plenty of solid raw material. And
Marty states quite calmly and quite
coolly that when he gets done his
spring work on these lads and they
come back in the fall to scrap it out
with the lettermen for starting back-
field berths the present Varsity boys
are going to be hard pressed indeed
to maintain themselves in office.

" Lyle Bond Winning Fight
" Hopes To Pitch Again
Daily Sports Editor
* * * *

P rformance Against Adolph Kiefer
Ranks holiday As Future Tank Star

(The columns this week are being
written by junior members of the
staff who are applying for the position
of sports editor for the 'coning year.
This Sportfolio is by Myron Dann.)
ON THE WHOLE a sports writer's
job can be just as dull and
monotonous as any other type of
work. But every once in awhile as
, these scribes ramble through the ath-
Iletic world they bump into a story
that makes them dash to a typewriter
and start knocking out a string of
adjectives. Sometimes the yarn
comes off all right. Sometimes by the
very nature of the material it slops
over into what the "wisey's" call
This is one of those stories. The
maybe-maudlin kind.
Lyle Bond, was a curly haired
pitcher on the 1940 baseball team.
Before he came to college he had
played a lot of baseball. The boy
had even attended a baseball school
at Hot Springs, Ark., where he was
tutored by such greats as Burleigh
Grimes, Schoolboy Rowe and Tris
WHEN he reported to Coach Ray
Fisher, at the start of the 1940
season he showed plenty of stuff and
before the Wolverines had played
their last game of the year Bond had

om al
to take out,
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Homer By Boor Paces Varsity
To 4-2 Victory Over B'Team

Chubby Don Boor, who is bidding
for the first base position on the
Wolverine baseball team this year,
was the hitting hero of the diamond
team's intrasquad games yesterday.
The barrel-shaped first sacker
stepped into a high, hard pitch in
the second inning and laced the ball
into left field for a home run. Boor's
hit drove in Bill Cartmill, who was on
second at the time, to give the Var-
sity 'A' squad a 2 to 0 lead. This was
all that the 'A' nine needed as they
kept the lead throughout and won
the five inning game, 4 to 2. Besides
his circuit clout, Don got a single to
give him two hits in four appearances
at the plate.
Fishman Hurls
Mickey Fishman was on the mound
for the first team for the first three
innings and he effectively scattered
four hits to give up only one run.
Mickey showed more control than he
has before to keep the opposing bat-
ters guessing.
Coach Ray Fisher started Boor,

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Johnnie Erpelding, Don Robinson
and Bud Chamberlain on the first
team infield yesterday and they
proved to be an effective combina-
tion. It has been the infield that
has given Fisher the most trouble
Sandy-haired Robinson gave all
indications yesterday that he was the
one to fill the shortstop position. His
fielding overshadows that of the
other prospective shortstops. Don has
a sure fire arm and he has really
been gathering in the ground balls
Christenson Turns Ankle
Wayne Christenson suffered a
turned ankle in the game when he
rounded second too quickly after hit-
ting a double. The injury was not
serious however. Paul White, who re-
ceived a gash over his left eye Sat-
urday, appeared to be none the worse
yesterday as he handled his right
field position smoothly.
This is the last week of spring
practice for the Wolverines for Coach
Fisher and the squad head south
next Monday. The opening game is
against the Naval Academy, April 15.
Fisher will probably announce the
names of those that will make the
southern jaunt Saturday following
the final intrasquad tilt.
Detroit, Leafs
To Clash Today
Illness May Keep Toronto
Mentor From Struggle
TORONTO, April 6.-(A)-A sick
coach only added to the troubles of
Toronto Maple Leafs today-trou-
bles that started when they dropped
the first game of the Stanley Cup
hockey finals to Detroit Red Wings.
Clarence (Hap) Day, fighting off
an attack of flu for the past few days,
finally yielded to his doctor's orders
and went to bed. Whether he will be
able to carry on from the bench for
the second game of the best-of-seven
series tomorrow night is not known
Both clubs worked out today, shak-
ing off the effects of one of the
roughest contests witnessed this sea-
son. The Leafs went through their
paces under the direction of Maj.
Connie Smythe and Eddie Powers.
Meanwhile, buoyed up by getting
the jump on their more highly-rated
rivals, the Red Wings skipped
through a 40-minute workout. Don
Grosso, who scored twice and assisted
in the third goal in his team's 3-2
victory, set a withering pace for his
The rookie line of Jerry Brown,
Adam Brown and Joe Carveth showed
up well in the attacks and Carveth
caught the far corner of the net with
a regularity that brought praise from
goalie Johnny Mowers.

established quite a reputation for
The team liked him. He was a
real ball player. Also a good guy.
Coach Ray Fisher was happy he had
found a hurler to lead Michigan to
many a victory during the next two
After the season ended the,
squad figured Bond could be
counted on the following year to
be in there chucking to the best
of his ability. The ball players
knew the kid wouldn't get a big
head. He loved baseball and want-
ed to win.3
ALL during the following winter,
Bond would eagerly ask Fisher,
"When's practice, coach?" He was
waiting for the gun.
But Bond didn't get a chance to
practice that spring. He didn't get
a chance to finish school. The kid
who wanted. only to pitch was in a
sanatorium fighting for his life.
The team went South for their
annual spring trip. And in a sana--
torium at Howell the doctors were
wondering if the game kid from Ann
Arbor would have one chance out of
three to pull through.
How Bond passed that crisis is
something no one is sure of. The
doctors say it was the serum. The
family felt that it was his strong
constitution. The boys on the ball
team probably came closest to the
truth. They said simply, "Lyle
wanted to play ball."
WHATEVER IT WAS, the pitcher
rallied with the bases loaded. He
came through in the pinch. Today,
still unable to get around alone, still
in the sanatorium unable to partici-
pate in his first love baseball, unable
even to be back in Ann Arbor except
with that spirit people call "game,"
he's still cheerful, still hopeful.
In a recent letter to a friend Bond
said, "I have been studying Spanish,
doing occupational therapy, working
on the patients' activity committee,
and even get a chance -to write on
the Sanatorium's newspaper. So with
all these things to keep me busy and
a letter from my gal every day along
with occasional visits from my
friends the time passes quickly and
"I can't wait until I get a chance
to be on the mound for Ray again.
You can't love baseball as much as
I do and not have the hope of get-
ing onto that old diamond again."
BOND'S SPIRIT doesn't surprise
Ray Fisher. All the mound men-
tor says is, "When that boy played
for me, he gave everything he had
in him. That's the thing he will
always do, no matter where he is."
The feeling is mutual. About his
coach Bond has this to say, "When
it looked pretty certain that my
baseball days were over Ray didn't
forget me. He stuck right with me,
and has been a fine friend through
this siege. They don't come any
better than Fisher."
Ray Fisher and the boys on the
team are waiting for the day when
Lyle Bond will be in there pitching
again. They know he will get that
chance because Lyle wants to play
Johnny Kovatch Named
New Indiana End Coach
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., April 6.-
(P)-Athletic Director Zora G. Clev-
enger of Indiana University an-
nounced tonight Johnny Kovatch
had been appointed varsity football
end coach.
Kovatch, former Northwestern
player, will come here tomorrow to
take the place of C. A. Temerario,
who has been given a Naval Reserve;
_. . .. _ .._ ._ .

Like a convict just evicted from
prison, a sadder but wiser Michigan
freshman, Harry Holiday, returned to
Ann Arbor yesterday.
Defeated by the great Adolph Kie-
fer in the National AAU 150 yard
backstroke at Yale last Saturday
night, the big Wolverine yearling
only said, "I guess I need a lot of
polish before I can beat a guy like
Even though the 23-year-old Kie-
fer, who has won 21 AAU titles in his
swimming span, did send Holiday's
hopes to the bottom of the pool,
Coach Matt Mann's prodigy need
not be ashamed of his performance.
Kiefer swam the distance in 1:30.5 to
set a new world's record, while Holi-
day finished four yards behind in
the time of 1:33 flat which is faster
than any backstroker in history, with
the exception of Kiefer, has ever
Mann Is Satisfied
Matt Mann was well satisfied with
Holiday's big-time debut. The wily
coach asserted, "Next year will be
Harry's year. He still needs compet-
itive experience, and when he gets
it I think he'll crack every one of
Kiefer's records."
Holiday can't understand the story
that has been printed from coast to
coast concerning an alleged conver
sation between Kiefer and himself
just before the meet. The story says
that Kiefer's curiosity had been
aroused by the whispered tales of
the Michigan freshman's time trials,
and he decided to find out for him-
self just how good Holiday was. But,
the story continues, when he did ask
Holiday about his time trials, the
Wolverine cub replied, "It's a secret."
Whereupon Kiefer is alleged to have
drawled, "Yup. and it'll still be a
secret after the final is over."
Conversation Misrepresented J
But Holiday insists that wasn't how
it ran. "Matt told me to keep quiet
about my times," says Harry, "so
when Kiefer asked me, I did say it
SWeir Puts Varsit
Through First (
Coach Leroy Weir's net squad,1941
Western Conference champions, fin-
ally got a chance to practice outdoors
For the first time this season, the
genial tennis mentor took his pro-
teges into the warm, spring air where
they worked out for over two hours
before old Jupiter Pluvius cast his
shadow over Ann Arbor.
This is the first year that the new
Har-tru courts have been available
to the netters and this fact should
make quite a difference in their abil-
ity to play outdoors after a rain. Be-
cause the courts are made of a ma-
terial which dries in about two hours
after a hard downpour, the team will
be able to get much use out of the
courts as long as it doesn't turn cold..
Outside Play Needed
The sooner the boys get a chance
to practice outside, the sooner Weir
will be able to decide in what posi-
tions he should place his defending
champions in order to have the team
at full strength. This is the first
time since Weir took over the coach-
ing duties four years ago that the
squad hasn't made a southern tour.
During that trip he, was always able
to shift his men around and see what
they can do under fire, but this sea-
son he has only two non-conference
matches to test his strength.
out of Michigan State that the Spar-
tans have good potentialities. this
year as far as tennis goes . .. on their
recent southern jaunt, the State net-
ters were paced by sophomore John
Kline who showed up quite well . ,
the Green and White made this trip

without the services of Bill Maxwell
who stayed at East Lansing to win
the 136-pound National Intercolle-
giate mat crown.
Up Minneapolis way, the Gopher
netters have already started to get
themselves set for the 1942 cam-

was a secret. But he never said any-
thing like the papers claim. All he
said was 'Oh,' and he didn't mean
anything like that story implies.
Some of the other fellows started to
ride me because I was a new comer,
and they were the ones who made
that statement aboutitstill being a
secret. Kiefer is a very fine fellow,
and he was as sorry as I that a harm-
less conversation should have caused
so much trouble."
Martin Fails To Place
Michigan's other representative at
the AAUs was Strother (T-Bone)
Martin, competing in the high diving.
Martin, however, was not in form
and didn't survive the qualifying
trials. He was eighth man among the
qualifiers, and the first seven earned
places in the final. An Ohio State
freshman, Miller Anderson, was the
winner, surpassing Frank Dempsey,
Jim Cook, Sammy Lee and all the
other big-name divers.
From Mann's mouth yesterday
there came nothing but a constant
;Court Squad
)utdoor Practice
paign . . . four lettermen greeted
Coach Phil Brain when he called
practice last week .. . Christie Gean-
koplis, who defeated Jim Porter in
the semi-final round of the Big Ten
matches last year, and Henry Nosek,
who beat Wayne Stille for the num-
ber four title, are both back.


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