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Nine To Play Navy Wednesday;
Fisher Names Travelling Squad

The Wolverine baseball team, which
has all the possibilities of retaining
the Big Ten championship, will swing'
into action Wednesday when they
meet Navy in the first game of their
spring trip.
Late yesterday afternoon Coact
Fisher announced a traveling squad
of 16 players who will attempt to
repeat Michigan's successful per-
formance of last year when the Var-
sity took six out of eight games.
Pitcher Not Decided
As yet Fisher isn't quite sure who
will start on the mound for Michi-
gan. The choice- lies between Irv
Boim, promising sophomore hurler,
and Mickey Fishman, senior curve
ball artist.
"Pro" will probably get the call.
because a severe head cold has pre-
vented Fishman from doing any work
on the mound during the past week.
On the other hand, "Pro" has been
getting three or four innings of pitch-
ing under his belt in practically ev-
eryone of the intra-squad games.
Fisher is still worried about his
mound staff and made it clear when
he said, "The one thing that this
trip will tell me is how many starting
pitchers I have. None of the boys I
am taking along have ever appeared
Hogan Threatens
Nelson In Masters'
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 11-(P)-
That tireless machine of golf-Wil-
liam Ben Hogan of Hershey, Pa.,-
all butebroke up the Augusta Mas-
ters' Tournament today and set its
galleries buzzing like a barn-full of
aggravated bees.
While Byron Nelson shot a meth-
odical 35-37-72 today, the Hershey
prairie fire slicked five strokes off
Nelson's advantage with a 67 best
round of the day.
SDo you want to learn to

in any Varsity games, so you can see
that what they do this coming week
is about all I have to go on."
Second Base A Puzzle
Second base is another position
which seems to have the veteran
coach puzzled. At the beginning of
the season Wayne Christenson ap-
parently had the keystone berth
cinched, but the able hitting of John-
ny Erpelding has made it a close
race. Chris's experience from last
year, however, will probably be the
reason that Fisher will start him at
second base.
The traveling squad is: catcher,
Capt. George Harms; infielders, Don
Boor, Wayne Christenson, Johnny
Erpelding, Bob Stenberg, Don Robin-
son, -Bud .Chamberlain; outfielders,
Don Holman, Davey Nelson, Paul
White, Bill Cartmill; pitchers, Mickey
Fishman, Irv Boim, Bill Cain, Dick
Savage and Don Smith.

Wings Favored
To Win Series
Detroit, Fifth In Season's
Play, Should Beat Leafs
DETROIT, April 11.--(J)-A hockey
team that could scarcely win a third
of its starts in the regular season is
favored tomorrow night to take pos-
session of the prized Stanley Cup,
and Manager Jack Adams of the De-
troit Red Wings can step up in the
National League and take bows.
Adams, the silver-haired, roly-poly
former player who is the only hockey
manager Detroit ever has had, prob-
ably will be presented tomorrow his
third cup triumph in seven years, a
feat without parallel in recent years.
As Detroit farms have clinched two
1942 minor league championships, he
may have more surprises in the mak-
ing if the game survives under war


Quirks In baseball Schedule
e Weather A Factor In Title.
Daily Sports Editor
* * * *

Gridders Regain Team Spitri
In Long Practice Scrimmag

Ben Smith, Varsity Team Star,
Boasts Brilliant Links Record

When one asks Varsity Golf Coach
Ray Courtright about the fellows on
the team, he has nothing but the
highest praise for one Benjaminj
Smith. "Ben is one of the finest fel-
lows I have ever met. He is quiet,
modest, and unassuming, yet he
makes friends extremely easily," Ray
goes on to say.
Ben, who plays in the number one
spot for the Wolverines, started play-
ing golf at the not too early age of
15 in his hometown, Fort Myers,
Fla. It was here in the balmy South
that our hero won great acclaim on
the links. He was captain of his
high school team, won the city and
club championships in 1937 and 1938,
won the state high school title two
years in a row, and was third in the
Southern High School meet in 1938.
Four Course Records
Blazing Ben holds four different
course records, three in Florida and
one here in Michigan. His record
of 64 on the Fort Myers Country
Club course is the best round that h
has nlayed to date. He has also
established 66 as the best mark on
the Orlando and Punta Gorda Coun-
try Club links. Here in the Wolverine
state Smith has carded the best score
on the St. Clair course, which is only
nine holes long, with a 29.

that makes the greens exceptionally
slow, while in the North creeping bent
is used which makes the putting a
good deal faster.
Got Over Putting Trouble
And so it took the Floridian most
of his freshman year to get used to
putting on northern greens, but by
the beginning of the 1941 season he
was well rid of his trouble as exem-
plified by the fact that he shot a
scorching 68 even before the squad's
first match.
Last year as a sophomore Ben
played number one for Michigan and
did rather well, finishing in a tie for
third place in the Conference meet
at Evanston. Alex Welsh and Dick
Wolfey of Illinois placed ahead of
him, while Johnny Holstom, also of
the Illini, . tied the Wolverine for
third place honors with 301, only four
strokes behind the winner.
With both Welsh and Wolfey gone
it appears that our Ben will be the
favorite to take individual honors in
this year's Big Ten meet which will
be held on June 18 and 19 here in
Ann Arbor.
In addition to the above listed
honors, Smith was also a member of
the Western Junior Team which won
the title in 1940 and during his
freshman year he won the Trueblood
Trophy, emblematic of being the out-
standing yearling golfer.

IN THEORY Western Conference
baseball titles are won only on the
playing field. Other things being
equal, this is true. But other things
are never equal.
Always there are underlying fac-
tors in the ultimate determination
of the 10-team scramble for the
Conference crown. Two, in par-
ticular, stand out: 1. the schedule,
and 2. the weather. Time and
again in Big Ten diamond annals
have these two factors derailed a
Conference nine seemingly headed
for the championship and instead
flashed the green light to another
MAJOR LEAGUE schedules are
perfectly balanced. Every Amer-
ican and 'National loop club plays 22
contests, on a home and home basis,
with each of the other seven teams
for a 154-game total. If a game is
rained out, or otherwise cancelled
by double-header conscious moguls
who are not at all allergic to the
larger crowds which pack the twin
bills, it is merely re-scheduled. And
rarely does any major league com-
bination fail to complete less than
150 tilts in its ball season.
Plagued by such irksome facto7s
as scholostic and academic obliga-
tions, collegite athletic officials
find it impossible to draw up such
an equitable arrangement. Sched-
ule-makers, faced with the handi-
cap of packing each school's pen-
nant campaign into a five-week
period, do the best they can. The
complicating factor of transporta-
tion in such a loosely-strung con-
ference as the Big Ten, geograph-
ically speaking, makes it obvious
that some teams will be favored by
the schedule, some put at a dis-
UNDER the present setup each
Conference school plays two
games with six other teams for a
total of 12 games with the champion-
ship determined on a percentage
basis. If a contest is washed out and
conditions are such that it would be
too difficult to re-schedule the clash,
then it is just forgotten and left out
of the standings completely.
In the current Big' Ten race a
trio of veteran teams are conceded
to have the best chance to elbow
through the crowd and grab the
crown, Iowa, Illinois and Michi-
gan, defending champion. A break-
down of the schedule complexities
would seem to indicate that
all three have drawn comparative-
ly easy cards, with whatever breaks
there are falling to the schools in
the order they are listed.
'OWA PLAYS neither of the other
two outstanders, and already has
a pair of wins notched under the vic-
tory column with decisions over Min-
nesota's hard-up-for-outdoor-prac-
tice Gophers Friday and yesterday.
The Hawkeyes' other five opponents
are Indiana, Northwestern, Chicago,
Wisconsin and Ohio State, of which

the Wildcats and Badgers look tough-
Michigan and Illinois, on the
hand, will clash in a climactical
two-game series at Champaign,
May 15 and 16. If they split, it
will give the Hawks a chance to
pick up a game on both contenders.
THE REST of the slate for the Wol-
verines and Illini is much the
same and comprised mainly of teams
which are not expected to advance
out of the second division. Michigan
will play Ohicago, Indiana, Purdue,
Ohio State and Northwestern, while
Illinois faces the same quintet with
the exception of Wisconsin in place
of Northwestern.
Key to the entire title chase is
the weather man. Illinois took its
Friday game from Indiana, but was
rained out yesterday. In the event
of a tight finish among the chal-
lengers to Michigan's crown the
decision might very plausibly hang
on the weather conditions during
the pair of games each contending
nine has scheduled with Chicago,
whose baseball team is emulating
the record of its basketball quintet
in a manner which much bring a
smile of satisfaction to Dr. Hutch-
ins. The Maroons went winless
through their 12-game Conference
slate last year and little improve-
ment is in sight for the current
THUS, if a couple of contenders in
a hot title scrap should get a
bad break on the weather in their
Chicago series, it conceivably could
clinch the crown for a third outfit.
And then again, if the Maroons were
washed out in 11 games and could
manage a win in their 12th clash,
theycould finish undefeated.
Ann Arbor. Thinclads
Win High School Meet
Ann Arbor High School success-
fully defended its title in the fourth
annual River Rouge invitational
track meet at Yost Field House yes-
terday, scoring 271/2 points to top a
field comprising some of the finest
high school thinclad stars in the
Horace Smith, sensational speed-
ster from Jackson High, sprinted off
with individual honors for the eve-
ning. Setting a new meet record of
8.2 seconds in the high hurdles, Smith
came back to tie the established meet
mark in the 60 yard dash with a very
fast time of 6.5 seconds and then an-
chored his 880 relay team to a second
place in that event.
Two other marks were wiped off
the books under the pounding on-
slaught of the high school stars. Bob
Howison of Midland High established
a new record in the 440 yard dash
with a time of 52.4 seconds, and Stan
Bocek of Coronna tossed the 12
pound shot 48 feet 10% inches to
crack the old mark by five full inches.


on Ferry Field at this time.

Waiving the gingerbread of kick-
offs and definitive teams in their
weekly inter-squad footpall game yes-
terday afternoon, the spring practice
squad got right down to brass tacks
with two full hours of solid rocking
and socking scrimmage and thus
brought several interesting items to
First and foremost is the matter
of team spirit.
Word had been emanating around
and about that the mental attitude
of this season's spring gridders was
definitely not up to snuff. A distinct
absence of the traditional pep and
jinnegar had been reported. Execu-
tion of maneuvers entirely too me-
chanical, faces too intense and grim.
But yesterday, in weather intended
to congeal all existent high spirits,
the squad whipped through its ses-
sion with a gaiety and recklessness
that laughed off muffed blocks or
jazzed up assignments and corrected
them with ease and assurance on
the next running of the play.

Whenever standout performances
are noted down for any scrimmage
session Bob Wiese's name is invari-
ably on the list. Again yesterday, the
mighty freshman fullback consis-
tently dynamited through a defend-
ing Red line and secondary for large
gains. And Don Lund turned in the
same grade of pulverizing work when
he spelled Wiese at the position.
At wing back Russ Reader and
Frank Wardley were strictly class-A
as they turned the short side off-
tackle reverse into a coach's dream
so perfectly did they run the play.
Madar, Franks Stand Out
Two especially bright beacons
stood out on a hard charging Blue
forward wall. Elmer Madar has been
playing end only three weeks now,
but there are few better blockers or
swifter men on the squad, and with
such requisites of good flank play al-
ready under control, Elmer is shap-
ing up as a flashy end indeed. And
finally, Julie Franks is labeled by one
and all the best lineman to be seen
on Ferry Field at this time.

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It is interesting to note that the
slightly sensational Smith has scored
his best rounds south of the Mason-
Dixon line. There is a curious story
behind this fact. When Ben first
came north to enter the University
he had great difficulty in putting on
the greens here. It seems that in
the South they use a type of grass

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