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Ir. 14

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

olverines

Open

Baseball

Season

Today

Against

Navy

" 11

John Leidy's
Steady Game
SparksTeam
By BUD LOW
The Wolverine golf squad couldn't
have chosen a better man to be their
leader this year than John Leidy, the
present captain. Leidy succeeded
Fred Dannenfelser, last year's cap-
tain, when his teammates elected him
at the close of the season.
The story of "Big John's" career isI
a colorful one indeed. Two years
sego, after being forced to play a re-
serve role for the better part of the
season, Leidy finally came into his
own just before the grand finale.
John was awarded his reserve Var-
sity numerals at the close of the
regular season-but that was before
the National Intercollegiate Golf
match. The Wolverine entered the
preliminaries of the tournament, and
to the amazement of everyone in-
cluding himself, qualified. Because
of his outstanding performance in
this nationwide tourney, the athletic
board reconsidered its previous de-
cision and awarded Leidy a Varsity
letter.
Continues Good Play
Last year "Big John" continued
his good playing, and although his
golf was not outstandingly brilliant,
he. was one of the most steady mem-
bers on the squad. He was a con-
sistent point-getter and this year he
seems to be vastly improved. Out on
the links every day practicing, Leidy's
long drives have been an inspiration
to the other men on the team.
John first started playing golf when
he was 12 years old and met with
continued success. In 1937 he was
City Junior Champion in addition to
being a member of the Ann Arbor
High School team that won the state
championship. He also held the club
championship for the three succeed-
ing. years, 1938-39-40.
Sinks 130 Yard Shot
When asked what shot gave him
his biggest thrill, John replies that
it was sinking a 130 yard niblick shot.
His best round is a three under par
69, carded on the difficult University
Course.
The Wolverine's favorite shot is the
mashie niblick, while his favorite club
is the spoon. At first glance this
seems rather contradictory, but John'
explains that it is a toss-up between
the two. He likes the "feel" of swing-
ing'the spoon but the position of the
ball that requires the use of a num-
ber seven iron makes that his favor-
ite shot.
Leidy has worked long and hard
while playing under the colors of the
Maize and Blue, and this year he may
be rewarded by having the honor of
leading Michigan to a Conference
championship.

Five Veteraus
To Lead Nine
In First Clash,

Leafs Stop Red ings

Fi th Challenge, 9-3

Net Squad To Open. Season
Tomorrow Against Spartans

Midshipmen Have
But Strong Ball
To rest Varsity

Green
Team
Squad

(Continued from Page 1)

By DICK SIMON
Coach Leroy Weir's 1942 edition of
the Michigan tennis team opens the
current campaign here tomorrow

nod for the opening assignment against its traditional rival Michigan
against the Middies will probably go State, and if the record of the Spar-
to Irv 'Pro' Boim, promising sopho- tans this season is any criterion, the
more righthander, or Mickey Fish- Wolverines should notch their first
man, newly eligible brother of a for- Only one veteran, Capt. Frank Bee-
mer Wolverine athletic great, Herm man, made the southern trip on
Fishman. which the Green and White captured
A steadying influence on Ray's in- one contest and lost two, but this was
experienced hurlers will stem from without the services of Bill Maxwell
the veteran performance of George who stayed at East Lansing to win
Harms, brilliant Wolverine catcher- the 136-pound National Collegiate
captain, whose fine backstopping and wrestling crown.
hitting were a vital factor in last Five Sophomores On Squad
year's title drive. When the season opened five new
Outfield Well Set State men had to be found. Five
Michigan's outfield is well set with sophomores were called to fill this
Don Holman and Davie Nelson, se- task and it was one of these new-
nior lettermen, stationed in left and comers, John Kline, who paced State
center. Right field will probably be with three wins out of three starts.
manned by sophomore gridman, Paul Now, Kline has run into scholastic
White, whose heavy practice batting difficulties and will be ineligible for
has landed him the berth above an- tomorrow's match against the Wol-
other senior veteran, Bill Cartmill. verines.
Missing from last year, of course, is Coach Charley Ball's charges have
the fabulous Dick Wakefield, whom also been hampered by the inclement
the Detroit Tigers paid $50,000 to eather and the fact that everyone
autograph a contract, but Fisher on the squad except Maxwell has had
terms White a better fielder and to participate in military drill makes
base-runner than Wakefield as well it even more difficult to get the squad
as a good, sound batter. in top-notch form.
Mainstay of the Wolverine infield The sophomores-Earl May, Wil-
is third-baseman Bud Chambrnerin. lam Heil, Herbert Hoover and Roger
is third-baseman Bud Chamberlain' Cessna-have all had some experi-

Toronto Grabs
Lead In First
Period To Win,
Victory Puts Leafs Single
Game Behind Detroiters
In Stanley Cup Playoffs
TORONTO, April 14.-(AP)-Toron-
to's Maple Leafs snowed the Detroit
Red Wings under a 9-3 score tonight'
to move within a game of de'adlock-
ing their best-of-seven Stanley Cup
hockey series which Detroit now leads'
3-2. It was the second straight vic-
tory for the Leafs after absorbing,
three consecutive drubbings.
Any chances the Wings-entertained
of clinching the world hockey title
tonight faded in the first period when
Referee Clancy kept them parading
to the penalty box. Orlando was
chased for cross-checking in the third
minute. Abel was, sent off after Or-
lando came back, then Orlando was;
banished again, the Wings playing
two men short for three seconds.
Nick Metz scored from Syl Apps'
and Wally Stanowski before Orlando
returned and later, while Eddie Bush
was serving the first of two penal-
ties, Stanowski scored again on a solo
rush.
The Leafs' third goal slid in the
cage off Jack Stewart's skate after
Bob Goldham's hard shot early in
the second. The Wings ganged, but
Sweeney Schriner and Billy Taylor
broke away, Schriner scoring.
Orlando drew his third penalty,
then McCreedy and Davidson were
chased but the Wings couldn't score.
Don Metz and Syl Apps scored
within 27 seconds to make it 6-0. Don
Metz scored after working slowly out
from therboards.
Howe robbed Broda of a shutout
with a goal from close in, but the
Leafs got it back two minutes later
on Don Metz' third goal.
Apps made it 9-1. Grosso and
Goldham fought briefly on the ice
again in the penalty box. A fight
broke out in the crowd also. Gold-
ham drew a minor, a major and a
misconduct, Grosso a major and mis-
conduct. Motter and Liscombe scored
f'or Detiroit to brig the score to 9-3.
Jack Adams Suspended
TORONTO, April 14.-(/P)-Detroit
Red Wings, only one game from
hockey's world title, faced the Tor-
onto Maple Leafs tonight minus the
bench guidance of their fiery man-
ager, Jack Adams.
Adams socked referee Mel Har-
wood after Sunday night's game and
was suspended indefinitely by Frank
Calder, National League president.

NEW YORK, April 14.-(/P)--Base-
ball opened its doors for 1942 in eight
big league parks today and 190,775
fans poured in to see their favorites
while a countless multitude of other
fans followed their teams from afar.
It was a gala getaway for the New
York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers,
last year's World Series rivals, and
for the opening day's other winners
--the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland In-
dians and St. Louis Browns in the
American League and the Pittsburgh
Pirates, Boston Braves and Chicago
Cubs in the National League.
Red Ruffing Wins
Red Ruffing, 37 year old right-
hander, starts his 18th season under
the big top by giving Vice-President
Wallace and 31,000 fans at Washing-
ton a magnificent one-man show in
shutting out the Senators 7 to 0.
Bob Muncrief, another big right-
hander of whom much is expected
this season, rivalled this perform-
ance by pitching the Browns to a
3 to 0 three-hit triumph Qver the
White Sox at Chicago. Muncrief gave
no passes, allowed no runners past
first and faced only 28 men, one less
than Ruffing. John Rigney gave a
strong rebuttal, yielding only five
hits, and the game was a 1-0 affair
until the ninth.
Ted Williams provided a different
kind of an opening day spectacle by
collecting a home run and three sin-
gles to drive in five tallies as the Red
Sox overwhelmed the Philadelphia
Athletics, 8 to 3.

His homer came with two on in the
first inning and sparked the Red
Sockers to the day's biggest barrage
-14 hits.
The Indians gave their new mana-
ger, 24-year-old Lou Boudreau, a
rousing sendoff with a 5 to 2 vic-
tory over the Tigers at Detroit.
Among their 13 hits were a home run,
double and single by rookie Les Flem-
ing and a homer by Ken Keltner.
The Dodgers, as might be expected,
provided the daffiest ball game of
the day, a 7 to 5 shellacking of the
New York Giants before 42,653 fans
at the Polo Grounds.
Cubs Down Cards
Meanwhile, the Dodgers' chief Na-
tional League rivals, the St. Louis
Cardinals, were nosed out 5 to 4 by
the Cubs, who raided Mort Cooper
for two runs in the first inning and
three more in the sixth. In the course
of the Bruins' triumph manager
Jimmy Wilson was banished by the
umpires and two of his outfielders,
Dom Dallessandro and Charley Gil-
bert, were hurt, although apparently
not seriously.
The Pirates downed the Cincinnati
Reds 4 to 2 as big Max Butcher out-
pitched Bucky Walters, six hits to
seven. The Reds made two errors
and had their old trouble of not hit-
ting behind runners, leaving ten
stranded.
The Braves squeezed past the Phils
2 to 1 in a tight skirmish featured
by the two timely hits of 41-year-old
John Cooney.

Major League Nines Begin Play

whose heavy hitting and near-flaw-
less fielding have established him
as one of the nation's outstanding
collegiate infielders. Wayne Chris-
tenson, who turned in a steady per-
formance when Bill Steppon became
injured last year, will start at sec-

ence this season, but are still far from
matching Michigan's vetei'an squad.
Coach Weir was still undecided
whom he would start at the number
one singles spot, but indicated that!
he would put the winner of the Law-
ton Hammett-Jim Porter match,,

When the Varsity tennis team
meets Michigan State in the season
opencr here tomorrow, they will be
lid by Wayne Stille (alove) and
fellow co-captain Lawt Hammett.
Wayne is probable No. 3 singles
and, along with Gerry Schaflander,
No. 1 doubles man.
mett and Porter playing number two.
The first mentioned duo have looked
good in practice and have literally
blasted all competition off the court.
The new Har-tru courts were too
soft for use yesterday and Coach
Weir decided that he would postpone
making tomorrow's lineup until the
team has had one more day to prac-
tice outside.

ona uitate withI reserve dai1 Er- which is scheduled to take place
pelding ready to spell him,, today, weather permitting, in thatI
Scrap At Short position.i
Sophomores Don Robinson and Stille-Schaflander At Doubles
Bob Stenberg have been waging a The genial net mentor also gave
torrid scrap for the starting short- every indication that he would put
stop position and Fisher still hasn't Wayne Stille and Gerry Schaflander
decided which will get the nod. Rob- in the first doubles slot with Ham-
by has a slight fielding edge, while
Stenberg holds an equally-slight
margin at the plate. At first will be
Don Boor, who has discarded his con- In tramura
tact glasses and is now shaping up
as a valuable performer.
Navy coach Max Bishop, a former
American League ace, will probably
toss his best pitcher, Bob Luberda, After being weathered out last
against the Wolverines in an effort to
reverse last year's loss. Luberda, a week, the spring sports program of
lanky veteran, went eight innings last the Intramural Department is at-
year before the Michigan sluggers tempting a comeback this week and
shelled him from the box for a 6-2 very nicely, too, what with the base-
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Grits Makes Belated But Strong
Bid For Varsity Tackle Berth

By HOE SELTZER
This one is on Pete Gritis.
And you say well that is very jolly
indeed but who in glory is Pete
Gritis?
A very pertinent question. Well,
Pete is one of the several candidates
for those tackle positions which aside
from lettermen Al Wistert and John-
ny Laine are so very wide open. And
the funny thing about Gritis is that
he has never been on the Varsity
football squad even though he was
on the same 1939 freshman team as
Capt. George Ceithaml and Bob Kole-
sar.
Had To Leave School
Pete had to drop out of school for
a time, you see. He had found that
the fierce combination of working
at a room and board job, satisfying
certain members of the faculty and
playing football, that this same com-
bine which had thrown so many be-
fore him for a loss threw him too.
* Hence there was nothing to do but
quit school for a time and earn
enough pieces of eight to enable him
to spend more time on fulfilling pro-
fessorial- requirements when he re-
turned. So he dropped out for a
year and a half, but not before he had
shown up as a very lusty tackle
prospect in his seasons of frosh and
spring grid play.
Pete's framework is a very solidly
compounded affair which packs 205
pounds on a mere five feet ten inches.
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Now such physical structures with I
the accompanying low metacenter
are admirably adapted to the Rock
of Gibraltar work required of a tackle
on defense, and in truth it is especial-
ly in defensive tactics that Pete
excels. In fact he excelled to such an
extent in them while playing for
Kelly High in Chicago that he was
nominated all-section tackle in 1938
despite the fact that he performed
with a team which was hardly a
candidate for the most modest grid
honors.
Pete Returns
In February Pete showed up in
Ann Arbor again. He had enough
kale saved up to obviate financialI
crises for a couple of semesters. And
he was strongly determined on two
counts. First he would crack the
books wide open and make the Dean's
office 'take back those nasty letters
he had received at the end of each
semester.
Secondly there was a football team
he wanted to make. He hadn't played
ball in more than a year and knew
he hadn't become any speedier with
the layoff. Even today he realizes
that a lack of niftiness and quick re-
flex action is his most serious short-
coming, and knows that without it
he can't hope to make Varsity.
That's why Pete is conscientiously
trying to speed himself up these days.
Every day he works on it. Hard.
Smelt Dippers, Arise! I
Smelts Run On Boyne!

[.il seulg ng ompie ew Wil al ly
breezes, blazing sun, et al other mid-
season appurtenances.
Due to an unavoidable mix-up,
scores of yesterday's and Monday's
games are unfortunately not avail-
able for today's columns but we ;ope
to publish all those left out to date
sometime this week.
Nosing around the record books ...
we find that Michigan's I-M league
has not been without its oddities in
baseball. This is not to imply, of
ccurse, any eccentricities of indi-
vidual personalities, that sphere be-
ing reserved for the Ab. Psych (we've
found) department. What we mean
to say, for instance, is that back in
1939 Paul Keller, pitching for Psi Up-
silon, turned in one of those once in
a life time performances, a no-hitter
against Alpha Tau Omega, and still
lost the game, 2-0, which goes to
prove that a ground ball dropped in
the first inning can mean your hang-
ing in the final frame, which is, in
turn, a roundabout way of putting it
that the fielding was lou-say . .
Going back a little further, to 1936
to be exact, we have Alpha Kappa
Lambda winning a ball game by the
'nuff-said score of 25-3, in which the
A.K.L.'s pounded home nine four-
baggers ... and then again there was
a bloody tussle in 1935 when Delta
Alpha Epsilon (now defunct) beat
Phi Gamma Delta, 28-27, in three
extra innings . . . the way scores have
been piling up this year, that record
may be tottered any day now .
Digressing slightly backward, we find
that the Sig Ep basketball team of
M-CLUB
There will be a meeting of the
M-Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in
the Union.
Hank Loud, Secretary

1935 holds the team record for scor-
ing by virtue of a 70-0 farce over an
unnamed opponent (the reason
should be obvious). . . . However, the
belated word has come in that their
mark was sloughed aside this past
season like water in a barroom by
a fabulous quintet known as the
Dewey Street Gang who took Abe
Lincoln Co-op House to the cleaners
and left them there for an 82 to 8
purification. This Gang, as they put
it, is led by a nondescript sort of
evil-eye character called Hale Cham-
pion, who in his many spare mo-
ments, writes copy for this paper,
sometimes substituting for Miss Rud-
dy in Petite Pommes de Terre (some-
thing about an election bet. I pe-
lieve).
Fraternity loop games tomorrow.
Be there on time, is the catchword.
Award Given To Sheiky
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan, Michi-
gan basketball mentor, announced
that Bob Shemky of Crystal Falls
has been awarded a varsity M for
his cage performances of the past
season.

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