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Baseball Squad

Heads Sou;th

Will Play



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Majors Open
Season Today

Varsity Netter Jim Porter Stars
With Freak Style Of Tennis Play

Expect Wartime
To Meet Public


NEW YORK, April 13.-()-Base-
ball will. get its first real test of theY
public's' attitude toward the sport in
wartime tomorrow when the Major
Leagues open their 1942 campaign.
All indications have been that the
fans are favorable to the national
'pastime in war as in peace and if
the weather is suitable a turnout of
200,000 is expected in the eight cities
where inaugurals are scheduled.
Suitable ceremonies-flag raisings
and first-ball pitching-are planned
fo all the games in both the Na-
tional and American leagues al-
though it is not known whether
President Roosevelt will officiate at
Washington's debut or call for a
pinch pitcher.
In any event the two contests sure
to receive the greatest public atten-
tion are the world champion New
York Yankees' bow against the Sena-
tors in the nation's capital and the!
clash here of the Brooklyn Dodgers,
defending National League champi-
ons, and their familiar feudists, the
New York Giants.
The Polo Grounds is ready for a
50,000 crowd, perhaps larger, for what
seemed certain to be the biggest
throng of the day.
Besides the long-time enmity of
the two crosstown rivals, there is
much to make this contest a super
attraction for the metropolis.
There is some question whether the
Dodgers can repeat their spectacular
conquest of last year and the hard-
bitten Brooklyn fans naturally want
to see for themselves.

(This is the fourth in a series of
articles on the men who will repre-
sent Michigan on the tennis courts
this year.)
One of the Associated Press' well-
known sports writers often writes an
"Oddities-in-the-News" column, and
if he should be looking for material
from different colleges, he need look
no further than the Michigan tennis
squad where Jim Porter could supply
the necessary information.
Jim is one of those certain indi-
viduals who might be termed "a freak
of the tennis world." He serves with
his left hand and plays with his right
hand, and believe it or not, it is very
It all started when Porter wrench-
ed his shoulder playing basketball a
few years ago. Up until that time,
Jim played tennis just like any other
righthander would, serving and play-
ing with his right, hand. After this
injury, he found that he couldn't
lift his right arm above the level of
his shoulder.
Tries Left Hand Serve
Since he wanted to continue with
the game, Jim decided to experiment
by serving with his left hand. The
result was amazing, for he found that
this new service was more effective
than his old one for the simple reason
that it was harder for his opponents
to play the ball off their backhand.
Today, Jim's right arm is just as
strong as ever, but he still uses the
left-handed serve. In practice a few
weeks ago when he was playilg Law.'
ton Hammett, Porter went back to
the right-handed serve but found it
was ducksoup for Hammett's fore-

hand. This was the clincher as far
as sticking to his unorthodox method
of playing tennis.
Last year, the native of Salt Lake
City, Utah, played in the number'
three singles position and teamed
with Wayne Stille in holding down
the second doubles spot. About 10
days before the Big Ten title match-
es, Jim sprained his ankle and it was
feared for a time that he would be
unable to play.
Loses To Gopher
He won his first clash. in singles
and also in doubles, but ran into a
tough customer in his next match in
Minnesota's Chris Geanekoplis who
defeated him quite handily. The ten
day layoff had taken its toll and he
and Stille succumbed in the semi-
This year Jim is in excellent shape
and has been battling it out with
Hammett for the number one singles
spot. He's quite a steady player and
mixes up his game, but for the most
part he stays back and lets his oppo-
nent make the erfors.
Jim Porter winds up his tennis
career ateMichigan this season and
no matter what position he'll be
playing when the Wolverines open
this season Thursday against Michi-
gan State, he'll be giving his all for
the sport which he loves.
Freshman Passers
Feature Grid Drill
Having read so much of late about
baseball coach Ray Fisher's pitching
problem, it suddenly occurred to Fritz
Crisler yesterday to investigate his
own stock of hurlers pigskin style.
Wherefore passing practice was the
order of the day.
Bob Chappius was number one
flinger for the frosh last fall and in
yesterday's drill he maintained that
spot of passing eminence. Quarter-
back Pat Keefe was also laying them
on the finger tips of pass receivers
with gratifying regularity. And sur-
prisingly enough the brace of yearling
fullback dynamiters, Bob Wiese andi
Don Lund, showed uip as highly pro-
ficient in this branch of backfield
play which is usually considered the
private property of tailbacks and
signal-callers alone.

Fisher T'ales
16-Man Team
On Spring Trip
Wolverine Coach Expects
To Use Fishman, Smith,
Boim Against Middies
A squad of 16 Wolverine baseball
players will leave Ann Arbor today
for their annual spring trip through
the East and South.
This year the trip will be limited
to four games because of the Uni-
versity's elimination of spring vaca-
tion. Despite the shortened sched-
ule, Coach Ray Fisher thinks that
Michigan fans will be able to tell
just how strong the Varsity is from
results of the games against Navy,
Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown.
Last year the Wolverines rolled up
the impressive record of six wins
against two defeats and the boys on
the squad would like nothing better
than to duplicate that feat.
Wind Up Practice
Coach Fisher's charges wound 'up
their pre-season practice yesterday
afternoon in the same warm sun-
shine that they will play under dur-
ing their contests with the southern
The Vermont Wizard put the squad
through the most strenuous practice
so far this season as he worked on
base-running, bunting and the regu-
lar hitting and fielding drills.
Three pitchers will probably see
action against Navy tomorrow, no
matter how good any one of the trio
may be. Fisher will do this in an
effort to solve some of the mysteries
of his inexperienced mound staff.
Mickey Fishman, Irv Boim and Don
Smith are the pitchers that the
Wolverine coach plans to use against
the Middies.
Travelling Squad
Those making the trip besides
Fisher are: catcher, Capt. George
Harms; infielders, Don Boor, Wayne
Christenson, Johnny Erpelding, Bob
Stenberg, Don Robinson, Bud Cham-
berlain; outfielders, Don Holman,
Davey Nelson, Paul White, Bill Cart-
mill; pitchers, Mickey Fishmin, Irv
Boim, Bill Cain, lDiek Savage and Don
The team will be accompalied by
Assistant Coach Ernie McCoy, Joe
Hallissy, manager, and Hal Wilson,
Daily sports editor.
Bobby Gilbert, +promising center-f
field candidate, suffered a fractured
skull when he collided with Paul
White during a practice game last
week, Dr. A. W. Coxon of the Health
Service announced yesterday.
It was previously reported that
Gilbert merely received a black eye
and minor facial lacerations but re-
cent X-rays show that there is a
fractured bone above the right eye.1

Wintry winds, extremely wet fair-
ways, and tough grass played havoc
with Michigan's erstwhile varsity
golfers over this past weekend and
the results of the 36 hole tryout
tournament were very disappointing.
Despite the fact that the results
were somewhat discouraging, prac-
tically the whole squad took advan-
tage of yesterday's sunshine and
warm weather to practice their faulty
wood and iron shots. Coach Ray!
Courtright announced that his var-
sity squad would be made up of thir-
teen players which leaves a vacancy
for one of the alternates to fill.
Four Lettermen Back
The list of thirteen consists of the
four returning lettermen-Captain
John Leidy, Ben Smith, Bob Fife, and
Dave Osler. Also included on the
squad are five up and coming new-
comers who will all be battling for a
varsity position. The first of these,
Bill Courtright, shot the best 18 hole
round while carding a 78. Two other
Bills, Stewart and Ludolph, also qual-
ified for a place on the squad along
with Fred Brewer and Phil Mar-
Other men who shot good enough
rounds to win a berth on the team
are Wayne Wolfe, Chan Simonds,
Bill Coale, and Jacques O'Donnell.
Will Leave Friday
This Friday the linksmen will leave
on their annual spring trip, which by
necessity this year must be shortened
because of the omission of vacation.
The first match is with the Univer-
sity of Kentucky at Lexington, and
"Corky" is planning to take four men
to play the gentlemen from the Blue
Grass State, while an additional four
OSU Nine Wins Opener
COLUMBUS, 0., April 13.-(A')-
Ohio State University won its first
baseball game under Wayne Wright's
tutelage today edging Western Mich-
igan 3 to 2 in the season's opener for
both clubs.

men will journey to Columbus and
join their teammates in an eight man
match against the Buckeyes of Ohio
The Buckeye golfers should provide
a good deal more competition than
the Kentuckians due to the fact that
Billy Gilbert and John Krisko will be
in the lineup for Ohio. These two
men were Conference and Columbus
district champs, respectively, in 1940.
Although Gilbert was Conference
champ two years ago, it doesn't seem
to bother Ben Smith, for in addition
to beating the Ohioan twice in dual
meet competition, the Wolverine also
finished ahead of him in the Con-
ference meet in spite of the fact that'
Billy was playing on his home course.
Coach Courtright said that he
would announce the traveling squad
tomorrow night.

Courtrigh t Selects 13 Golfers
For Team After Tryout Rounds

Byroi Nelson Wins
Masters' Tourney
AUGUSTA, Ga.. April 13.-(P)--
Anything can happen on Monday, the
13th of April, and it did today on the
Augusta National Golf Course as tall
Byron Nelson of Toledo beat hard-
luck Ben Hogan for the Masters' Golf
Championship in a bitter 18-hole
A gallery of 1,500 pop-eyed fans
saw Nelson win the hard way, with
left-handed golf, an eagle-three on a
hidden hole, and a tremendous rally
in which he shot six-under-par in
eight holes, starting in the sixth.
Nelson's and Hogan's cards were:
Par Out '........454 343 454-36
Nelson Out 644 442 434-35
Hogan Out.....444 344 454-36
Par In.........443 545 344-36-72
Nelson In ...... 432 455 345-34-69
Hogan In .......533 434 444-34-70

Makes the next meal taste better

Hoya Pitchers Worry Varsity:
Georgetown Nine Should Prove
Big Hurdle; Mary'land Weaker




(Editor's Note: This is the second of
two stories discussing Michig-an's oppo-
nents on its annuatl=:pring trip which
starts iomorrow .)
Georgetcwn: When the Varsity
meets the Hoyas in Washington. D.C.,
April 18th they will be facing one of
the strongest teams in the East if
not in the entire country.
Last year the Wolverines were able
to take a well earned 7-6 victory from1
Georgetown but this year may tell a
very different story,
The Hoyas have an excellent
mound staff that is made up of three
veterans and one sensational fresh-
man. Probable starting hurler for;
Georgetown will be Richard Dieckel-
man, who worked five innings against
Michigan last season and held them
to four hits and one*run. When the
big fellow isn't pitching he plays first
base because of his exceptional hit-
Sparkplug of the Georgetown nine
is second baseman Joseph Gyorgy-
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deak. Besides being an excellent
fielder he bats cleanup and is rec-
ognized as one of the heaviest col-
legiate hitters the Wolverines have
ever played against.
Georgetown has waived the rule
which prevents freshmen from com-
peting in Varsity competition with



the result that it now has l five lresl-
men on its roster. * * *
men onits rsterWRONGS RIGHTED DEPAR-T-
Maryland. The game between the MEN T iGHTED tEqarTe
eaprith Biggie Munn. The other day I
shouild be a breather for~ Michigan. m1isq uoted him quoting Gen. Douglas
'Maryland lost most of its Varsity Mac Artlna'. What. MacArthur really
players last year through graduation said on that historic occasion was:
and has few capable replacements to On these fields are sown the seeds
ttake their places.
Never considered much of a threat that on other fields, in other days,
will bring victory,"
in recent diamond years, the Terra- You immediately recognize the dif-
pins have again come up this season ference of course between the way the
with a very weak nine. They have al-go eea u i n yonrn
ready suffered three defeats, one of good general put it and my own ren-
read suferd tree efetsoneof dition. MacArthur's is more poetic,.



them at the hands of a strong Vir-
ginia nine.
Last year the Wolverines were able
to pound out a 13-5 victory over
Maryland and their meeting this
week should bring on the same type;
of a match.
In Bab Hunt and Bill Garrett, the
Terrapins have a fairly capable
mound staff but the complete absence
of sophomores has the College Park
fans worried.


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