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Daily Sports j!Aitor
(Editor's Note: Today's column was
Written by Harvey Frank. a 'Junior
memiber of the Sports Staff.)
SOMEONE ~Way back in the days of
antiquity once said that history
repeats itself. We don't know if this
holds true for the rest of the world,
but it certainly does on the sports
scene. This was brought home to us
by the predicament that tennis coach
L~eroy Weir finds himself in now while
trying to pick the number one, two,
and three men for this year's team.
He has three men battling for
the spots, and all are about even.
This is the precise situation he
found himself in last year, a situa-
tion that was still unsettled a week
before the first Wolverine meet.
Three players, Co-captains Layt
Hammett and Wayne Stille, and
Jim Porter were battling each other
for th~e top spots and the results of
their matches decided exactly noth-'
IF AMMETT would beat Porter,
Porter would take Stille, and
Wayne would turn around and take
Hammett, and then Inatters would be
right back where they started from.
Finally they did arrive at a decision.
H40mett started at number one, Por-
ter at two, and Stille at three, and
they played that way all year. They
did all right for themselves, Vpo.
Hammett and Porter each went to
th semi-finals in their brackets at
tl Big Ten meet, and Stille won the
cryown in his.
This year the same thing is hap-
psning. The three fighting for the
top spots are Captain Jinx Johnson,
Vred Wellington 4nd freshman Ro-
ger Lewis. Jinx started off at num-
br one, was beaten by Lewis and
Wellington and is now number
three. Wellington, started at num-
boer two, went down to three after
losing to Lewis, moved back into
the second spot by taking Johnson,
apd then took the top spot by win-
nip, a decision over Lewis. Lewis,
started at three, moved up to one,
ap4 then fell back to two.
But the matter is by no means set-
tied. Anyone of the three can sud-
deply become "hot" and move up at
the expense of the other two. They
won't know their final rankings until
the first match begins,

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Orlando Pleads

All Experienced Players
Urged to Report April 5
Veterans Lost to Army, Baseball Squad;
Tentative Nine Game Schedule Arranged

Great IFinisher



Depth of Power

Takes NCAA Swim Title Gui to
Evasion Charge

iVichigan, Buckeyes Split Firsts; Wolverine
Relay Team, Kozlowski Smash Records

Spring football sessions will begin
for Michigan gridders next Monday
April 5, H. 0. "Fritz" Crisler, head
coach and athletic director, has re-
"I realize the uncertainies of the
future," -said Crisler, "but we will


all conditioning activities and men
who anticipate being called into ser-
vice this summer will benefit greatly
by turning out for spring drills."
Team Members Uncertain

Crisler pointed out that it is im-
possible to determine who will be on
next fall's team, but it is highly
probable that boys will play who
would never have made the squad in
normal times, and this applies to all
other schools, too. Thus it is import-
ant, Crisler states, that all experi-
enced men of any size or weight re-
port for spring work-outs.
Those attending daily practice will
be excused from all PEM classes the
rest of this semester, beginning April
5. In addition, they will have a
chance for the annual Chicago Alum-,
ni Award, a full-sized silver football,
given to the player judged most out-
standing by the coaching staff. Full-
back Bob Wiese won it last year.
Over 50 Candidates Expected
Crisler and his staff are making
plans to receive from fifty to sixty
cncates, but these figures can only
be rough estimates. Those who do
report will not get any training in
plays, but will be drilled in the hard
fundamentals such as blocking and
tackling. There may be an occasional
Only a very few veterans remain on
campus to take part in the drills; and
these mhay choose to devote their time
to other activities. All-American
guard Julie Franks is here, as are
center Merv Pregulman and tackle
Bill Pritula. Tom Kuznia Is present,
too, with an ROTC uniform.
Four Gridders Playing Baseball
Four grid stars of last season are
out for the baseball hine: Bob Wiese,
Paul White, Don Lund and Bob
Stenberg. Freshman Dick Walter-
house is also practicing daily with
Coach Ray Fisher.
A nine game schedule has been ar-
ranged for next fall's Wolverine
eleven, including tilts with Michigan
Sfate, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame'
Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois,
Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
There may be some changes to work
in service teams wishmg to play
Men reporting April 5 for- the spring
squad are to obtain their equipment
at Yost Field House.

The results of the National Col-
legiate swimming meet at Columbus
last week-end njay be summed up
with three words: too many Buckeyes.
The Ohio State team which ran up a
record 81 points in capturing its first
NCAA championship won, not so
much by individual brilliance as by
depth of power.
The Michigan swimmers, according
to Coach Matt Mann, were wonder-
ful; they did everything that was ex-
pected of them."
Buckeyes Win Four Firsts
To be sure, the Ohioans won four
out of .ten first places, but so did
Michigan. The difference between
the Buck total and the 47 points that
the Wolverines amassed lay largely
in the four events where three Ohio
swimmers placed in the finals. These
were the 1,500 meter and the 220 yard

Wolverine swimming captain
who copped the 100-yd freestyle
crown Saturday night in the NCAA
meet, nosing out Billy Smith of
Ohio State, in one of the greatest
races of his collegiate career.

Quartet Sets Varsity Record for
Two-Mile Race at Purdue Relays

issued call today, for all candi-
dates for spring football practice,
although he realizes that those men
who come out for practice now,
may easily be elsewhere when fall
practice begins.
maintain a football team as long as
there are 11 men in school who want
to play. Football is one of the best of

Daily Sports Editor
When Michigan's record-busting
relay quartet took the two-mile race
at the Purdue Relays last Saturday
night in the sensational Vine of
7:40.9, it was the fastest clocking
ever turned in by a Wolverine team
for the distance.
The mark not only erased the
former national record set by George-
town in 1925 of 7:41.6, but it bettered
the best time ever established by a
Michigan team, either indoors or out-
doors. The 1941 relay team ran the
two miles at Los Angeles in 7:41, and
that team had Bob Ufer, Dave Mat-
thews, John Kautz and Warren
Quartet Best in 'M' History
However, this year's Maize and
Blue quartet established itself as the
greatest collection of haif-milers in
Michigan history.
Running on the cinder track in the
Purdue Field House, the quartet of
John Roxborough, Ross Hume, Cap-
tain Matthews and Ufer finished 20

yards ahead of the second-place Il-
linois team.
Michigan led all the way. The long-
striding Roxborough had his man by
four yards when he slipped the baton
to Hume. His time was 1:55.5 for the
first leg. Hume clipped off a 1:55.7
half-mile and gave Matthews a two-
yard lead.
Matthews Wins by 10 Yards
The swimmer-turned-runner from
Royal Oak turned up with one of his
best 880-yard runs of the indoor sea-
son. He was timed in 1:54.8, beating
his man by 10 yards.
Ufer, after taking the baton from
Matthews, didn't waste any time in
putting distance between himself and
his Illini opponent. He finished ahead
by 20 yards and was clocked in 1:54.9
for the last leg.
Coach Ken Doherty decided to give
his entire team a full week of rest
afier the strenuous indoor season be-
fore sending the boys outdoors next
First outdoor event listed on the
program is the Drake and Penn Re-
lays scheduled for April 24. Coach
Doherty hasn't yet decided whether
he will send his men East or to Drake.

freestyles, and the high and low
board diving. In the 220, and again
in the three meter diving, Buckeyes
finished, one, two, three.
Varsity Breaks Two Records
Two of the Maize arid Blue victories
also broke NCAA records. Harry Holi-
day in the backstroke and the medley
relay team erased former marks. The
tall sophomore swam the 150;yard
backstroke in 1:33.5, seven-tenths of
a second faster than Princeton's Al
Vande Weghe raced in the 1938 meet.
Harry wasn't out for the world record
of 1:30.4, preferring to save himself
for the medley relay, where Ohio
might threaten. As it was, Buckeye
Captain Mark Follansbee turned in
his fastest time to end up not far
behind. Holiday in 1:34.
Medley Takes Easy First
The medley trio did not have the
trouble it looked for. In order to
make victory sure, Michigan Captain
Johnny Patten did not enter the 220,
where he was certain to pick up at
least a third. The Bucks, though,
couldn't even start the withering pace
the threesome of Holiday, Irvie E-
binderand Patten maintained, and
the Wolverine trio thrashed its way
to a new record, 2:53.4. The old mark
of 2:54.5 had stood since 1939, when
the Princeton team of Vande Weghe,
Hough and Van Oss set it.
Kozlowski Breaks World Record
In probably the biggest accomplish-
ment of the year, freshman Ernie
Kozlowski broke the old world stan-
dard of 22.6 seconds in the 50-yard
freestyle by a half-second, a remark-
able feat for such a short distance.
Most of his speed came in his turn,
which is different from that of any-
one swimming today. It enables him
to reverse himself with such alacrity
that the spectators rub their eyes in
disbelief. Michigan's Mert Church
sped to his fastest clocking to take
the runner-up spot in 23.1.
Patten Takes 100-Yard Freestyle
Senior Johnny Patten, who was
swimming in his last collegiate race,
captured the 100-yard freestyle in
52 flat when he just touched out
Billy Smith, the Ohio State flash, who
has often been called "the world's
greatest swimmer".
When he took a fifth in the low
board diving, Wolverine freshman Gil
Evans became the first frosh to win
a Varsity letter since the dim dark
past. If he could remain in school,
Gil would have a bright future ahead
of him.
440-Freestyle Hard Fought
Probably the best race of the whole
meet was the 440-yard freestyle, won
by little Buckeye Keo Nakama, Big
Ten champ and winner of the 1,500-
meter title on Friday. He and Taioi
of the College of the Pacific staged a
thrilling duel, with Keo ending out in
front by a yard in the best time of the
year, 4:43.2.
Williams House Takes
Dorm Basketball Crown
Last night the boys from Williams
House really shellacked Fletcher Hall
in the finals of the Dormitory League
to the tune of 32-16.
Johnny Russell and Jack Zucker
were the stars for the Williams team
as they poured ten points each into
the basket. The game was a walkaway
for Williams House who played bril-
liant offensive and defensive basket-

DETROIT, March 29.-- (-Jimmy
Orlando, 28-year-old star defenseman
of the Detroit Redwings National
League hockey team, pleaded guilty
today to a charge of obtaining draft
deferment by posing as an essential
war worker.
He was arraigned before U.S. Com-
missioner Clarence Pettit shortly af-
ter FBI agents arrested him as he
was entraining at the Michigan Cen-
tral depot, with other members of the
Redwing squad, for Toronto and
Tuesday's Stanley Cup playoff.
Kenneth Wilkins, Assistant U.S.
Attorney, said Orlando-known as
the ".ad Man" of National League
hockey because of his frequent trips
to the penalty box-represented him-
self as a machinist employed by the
Linecln Tool and Die Co. of Detroit
when he registered with his draft
board last September.
Wilkins said the ice star actually
was employed as a machinist for only
two weeks, and later was transferred
to office work.
As excting'
as the landing
at Casablanca

Varsity Golf Squad Whips into
Shape as Ben Smith Returns

Migrating from the coziness of the
indoor drivinF nets of the IN Build-
ing, Michigan Varsity is continuing*
its practice on the slope southeast of
the stadium. Considering them'suf-
fiently limbered up by the indoor
drudgery, Coach Courtright sent his
potential 1943 golf team outside with
instructions to use their no. 8 iron
feeling that by hittingshorter shots
they will be able to work into their
swing quicker. If the weather holds
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more boarders. 2 meals per day.
Phone 7142.
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PART-TIME JOBS available. Willow
Lodge Cafeteria. U.S. 112, Ypsi-

out the team will probably be allowed
to go a few holes on the Municipal
Course the first part of next week in
preparation for the opening meet
April 17 or 19 with Ohio State. The
University Course will not be opened
for some time later.
Although nothing has been ap-
proved, a tentative schedule has been
set up for the '43 season. After the
Ohio State meet April 17 or 19, the
Varsity plans to tackle Notre Dame
here on the 24th and Michigan State
the 26th. On May 1 they journey to
Evanston, Ill. to participate in a
triangle meet between Northwestern,
Purdue, and Mich. Then it's to Illi-
nois May 3, Mich. State the 8th, and
back home to compete with Ohio
State May 10. The season will then
be brought to a close with the Big
Ten matches on Chicago's neutral
links May 17 or 18.
Captain Ben Smith has been re-
leased from the hospital again.. . he
phoned Coach Courtright yesterday
and reported that he was feeling
much better . . . Ben should be ready
for action now in a relatively short
time . . . meanwhile Bill Ludolph
has been outside practicing regularly
-.. the promising freshmen are still
just as enthusiastic, and Courtright
is well pleased with some of the boys
... all of which should help the team
along toward another Big Ten title.
Wakefield Gets Intensive
Fielding Drill in Workout
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 29.-(P)
-The Detroit Tigers went through a
four-hour workout today and mana-
ger Steve O'Neill singled out his
$52,000 property, Dick Wakefield, for
some intensive drill in fielding.
Wakefield, former University of
Michigan outfielder, was shifted to
second base to handle grounders.
Wakefield is a known hitter.
Bunting also came in for attention,
but only two pitchers, Frank Over-
mire and Virgil Trucks, were in shape
for batting practice so this phase of
the session was of short duration.
O'Neill scheduled the second prac-
tice game of the season between his
varsity and the Yanningans for Wed-'
nesday. The Tigers have a weekend
series with the Cubs on the books,'
but general manager Jack Zeller an-
nounced that scheduled exhibition

Jirninutive Bob Sten berg Has Style
Of Scrappy Play ht pas to Fans

Every now and then an athlete
appears on the Michigan sport scene
who is peculiarly endowed with that
elusive quality called "crowd ap-
Such a player was "diminutive"
Pavey Nelson, centerfielder and left
halfback on Michigan baseball and
football teams two years ago. Such
a man also was little Herc Renda,
the piston legged halfback, who
brought forth a disproportionate
number of cheers from the fans each
time he came on the field.
Stenberg Out for BaseballI
Such a player, too, is short, stocky
Bob Stenberg, who is currently en-
deavoring to clinch the second base
berth on the baseball squad.
Like Nelson and Renda, Stenberg
is not a big man. His height, even
when stretched to its complete dig-
nified length is not more than 5' 6",
but as yet, this lack of impressive
height has not caused him any seri-
out difficulty.
The fact is, Bob has done rather
well for himself on the sports field.
Playing fullback for Michigan this
fall, Stenberg was fourth string man.
Ahead of him were such stellar per-
formers as Bob Wiese, Don Boor and
Don Lund.
Two Touchdowns for Bob
Yet, in the course of the season
Bob was able to account for two
touchdowns, and although he was
used mainly in games when Michi-
gan had a decided advantage over
her opponents, still there was always
a crowd eager to see Stenbergdcut-
ting out onto the, field. And it
wasn't just his brother Sigma Chis,
either. He has an aggressive, deter-
mined, straight - forward way of
playing footbaH that is noticeable,
and the crowd felt it and responded
to his punch.
This same aggressiveness carried
fig V-0

over to his hockey playing. Hardly
able to stand up on skates when the
season began, and completely unR-
schooled in the finer points of stick
handling, body checking and the
like, Stenberg, before the end of the
season, developed into a 60-minute
defense man, along with big Bob
Derleth. At the same time, he be-
came Lowrey's bad boy, body check-
ing his obviously larger opponents
with unseemly vigor, and willing to
defend the honor of the Michigan
team with his fists if need be. As
a 6onsequence, he spent several
seiges in the penalty box, supposedly
repenting his sins, but as it soon ap-
peared, actually thinking of new and
harder ways of outblocking his oppo-
Appeals to Hockey Fans
Scrappy and rugged, Bob always
appealed to the hockey fans, because
of his complete fearlessness, and his
bulldog tendency of worrying his
With baseball season getting under

way in a short time Bob is out for
the squad, and will probably be
called upon to hold down either the
second base spot, or else will be as-
signed to shortstop.
No mean scholar, IBob has man-
aged to keep a B record in collge,
which is not equaled by a lot of peo-
ple who aren't participating in any
extracurricular activities.
He Chews Tobacco, Too
He hasone little habit that may
yet be the death of the Weaker-
stomached members of the baseball
squad. Seems that, according to an
old baseball custom, Bob chews to-
bacco while he is playing ball. He
also has a fast line of patter that
must of necessity be expressed. The
result is tobacco juice on the exterior
of Mr. Stenberg as well as the inter-
ior. Doesn't sound attractive, but if
it helps him play ball the chances
are that "Staunch" will be chewing
a lot of tobacco during the coming



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