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Spring Football Draws Largest Squad in Michigan


I More Men
Turn Out for
Spring Session
Brieske, Pritula Are
Among Sixty-Three
Candidates Present
Encouraged by a favorable break
n the weather, eleven new gridders
answered Coach Criser's call for
more men, and reported to yester-
Fday's practice session.
These new additions bring the
total number out for spring football
to 63, the largest squad ever to report
for the spring workouts in Michigan
JJstory. Although this far surpassed
the turnouts for any other team in
tlke midwest, Crisler urged that still
ore men come out.
lUinnesota Next Best
Minnesota, with 49 hopefuls in
their .first drills, is the team closest
to the Wolverines in the race for
football candidates; but the Gophers
arp just a step ahead of Notre Dame's
sh, who at last -word had 48 men
Among the eleven reporting yes-
terday were veterans Jim Brieske
and Bill Pritula. Both lettermen,
'they. played outstanding ball for
risler in' last fall's campaign. Pri-
tula was one of the famous "seven
oak posts," performing at right
kle, while Brieske was well-known
,Jn grid circles for his educated toe,
ikiokln, 26 out of 31 possible extra
points. *
C6nditioning Prime Factor
r.he coaching staff, putting the
stress on conditioning, as a prime
factor of the spring workouts, sent
the squad through a two-hour drill
of.strict fundamentals. This again
gcslsted of light individual blocking,
chrging, and wind-sprints.
Although the emphasis was laid
on fundamentals, Crisler split his
boys into four teams, and they prac-
ticed coming out of the huddle into
iimple shift. This was done to
provide his charges with the cooper-
ation which they will need in the
coming scrimmages. These scrim-
mages will be held chiefly for the
urpose of conditioning.
inemen Run Race
Coach'Clarence "Biggie" Munn di-
vided his linemen into two groups,
ruhning. them in competitive races,
hich were won by Pritula's contin-
gent. The losers, however, challenged
the victors to a return match to be
held as soon as possible.
At the end of yesterday's prac-
tice backfield coach Earl Martineau
reiterated the staff's opinion that
the spirit and ambition of the boys,
although most of them are inexperi-
enced, is a very pleasing sign this
.early in the season.
"Keep A-Head of Your Hair"
Let's bepatriotic . . . Visit your bar-
er in the mornngs-you'll get more
service . . . Leave afternoons for serv-
itemen . . . You'll agree, I'm sure!!
Between State and Mich. Theatres

Track Team Starts Training for
Outdoor Meets To Begin April 24

A bright sun and clear, blue sky
greeted Coach Ken Doherty's Maize
and Blue trackmen yesterday after-
noon as they opened training on the
440-yard track for the outdoor sea-
There was no attempt at speed or
endurance tests during the early ses-
sions. Doherty concentrated initial
workouts on conditioning his men to
the outdoor air and wind. First time
trials are scheduled for Saturday af-
First Meet April 14
Less than three weeks remain be-
fore the opening meet-the Penn Re-
lays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia
on April 24.
Coach Doherty is working on six
relay teams, five of which have def-
inite possibilities. They include the
crack two-mile quartet as well as the
four-mile, one-mile, distance medley1
and sprint medley teams. The sixth
team which is not expected to rate
as highly, is the 880-yard quartet.
Doherty Must Pick Teams
The job facing the Wolverihe track
mentor is who to select for the various
teams of the topnotch runners he
has at his disposal. Doherty can
either concentrate his strength in a

few events or spread it out and enter
five good teams.
Outstanding among the six teams
will be the two-mile team of Captain
Dave Matthews, Bob Ufer, Ross Hume
and Johnny Roxborough which cap-
tured a first place in every indoor
All freshmen interested in track
are urged to report for practice at
Ferry Field to Frosh Coach Ches-
ter Stackhouse any afternoon af-
ter 3 p.m. No previous experience
is necessary. Participation in
track will excuse the athlete from
meet in which it competed. The team
closed a highly successful season by
breaking the national indoor record
at the Purdue Relays in 7:40.9.
Broad Jumpers Lacking
The lack of running broad jumpers
prompted Coach Doherty to issue a
call for men capable of leaping at.
least 19 feet. "Any man who can jump
that distance," he pointed out, "can
be considered as a Varsity prospect."
At the same time he disclosed that
sprinter Bill Newcomb had left to
join the Army Air Forces.


Daily Sports Editor
* * * *

Where Is the Gary Ghost?
AFTER months of vague rumors,
speculation and guessing some-
thing definite has come to us con-
cerning the present whereabouts of
Tom Harmon, Michigan's gridiron
great of several years ago. The Gary
Ghost is in Puerto Rico. At least he
was several weeks ago.
The news came to us in a rather
unexpected manner. The infor-
mation was included in a letter re-
ceived recently by Gloria Vreeland,
a freshman member of The Daily
sports staff, from her brother who
is stationed on that Caribbean is-
According to the letter Harmon, a
second lieutenant, is stationed with
an Army Air Force unit on the island.
The writer of the letter, Ralph Vree-
land, who is a second lieutenant in
the Chemical Corps, spoke of seeing
Harmon several times. Vreeland
graduated from Cornell in 1939 and
was a shot putter on the Big Red
track squad in his undergraduate
days ...
Two nationally famous golfers,
Walter Hagen and Johnny Fischer,
hold the competitive record on the
18-hole University golf course. The
record of 66 is six strokes under the
course par. Fischer, who was a
student at Michigan approximately
10 years ago, held the Big Ten, Na-
tional Collegiate and National Am-
.ateur golf titles in his college days.
Incidentally, Fischer also holds the
non-competitive course record, hav-

ing shot a terrific 64 in a practice
round while a Wolverine golfer.
MEN IN SERVICE: Johnny Pingel,
Michigan State's All-American half-
back of a few years back, is a captain
in the Army. He is with the military
police, having just returned to duty
at Baltimore, Md., after being sta-
tioned at Fort Benning, Ga.
Wy Davis, another Spartan grid
star of recent years, has just won
his ensign's commission with the
Navy and is now attending sub-
chaser school at San Diego, Calif.
and Iowa, Big Ten baseball titli'sts
last season, open the 1943 schedule
against each other Thursday and Fri-
day on the latter's home diamond.
Of the~30 games played between the
two schools since 1893 the Wolverines
have won 27. The teams have not
met since 1937, when they split a two-
game series. Other Hawkeye wins
came in 1925 and 1927
When the Wolverines play that
season opener Thursday it will
mark the beginning of Ray Fish-
er's 23rd year as Michigan's coach.
Eight of his 22 teams have won Big
Ten titles. The Wolverine teams
have a record of .696 against Con-
ference competition in those 22
years. Fisher came to Michigan
after 10 years as a major league
hurler ---
Although the opportunity has been
given Michigan seniors in the Naval
V-7 program to graduate in April and
enter midshipmen's school April 29,
doctors have advised Captain Ben
Smith of Michigan's golf team that
he is not in condition to handle the
accelerated program because of a
recent pneumonia siege. Smith, who
is 6 ft. 2 in. tall and weighs 130
pounds, hopes to lead the Wolverines
to a second straight Big Ten title next
month. . .
Junior Fred Wellington and
freshman Roger Lewis, state high
school doubles champions in 1940,
will be among the two ranking
members of Michigan's tennis team
this season. Both are Ann Arbor
Cleveland Rams Drop Out
Of Pro Football League
CHICAGO, April 6.-(/P)-In a sur-
prise move, the Cleveland Rams
dropped out of the National Football
league today for the duration, but the
owners of the remaining nine clubs
voted to continue in the face of a
terrific manpower shortage.
The club owners of the Pro League
voted to allow the co-owners of the
Rams, Major Fred Levy and Lieut.
Daniel Reeves, to suspend operations.

Baseball Squad
Prepares for
Hawkeye Game
With warm weather and light winds
making outdoor practice possible
again, coach Ray Fisher's baseball
squad went through a nine inning
intra-team game yesterday, giving al-
most the entire roster a chance to
participate in one of the few sessions
before Friday's encounter with the
Iowa City Hawkeyes.
One team consisted largely of those
men who will be making the trip, and
will probably make u the Michigan
lineup. These included Dick Walter-
house at first, Bob Stenberg at sec-
ond, Howard Wikel at shortstop and
Bruce Blanchard playing third. In
the outfield were Don Lund, Bob
Wiese and Paul White. The leadoff
catcher will be Elmer Swanson, who
will probably be the only one to make
the trip, although it is possible that
Bill Bush, other contender for the
catcher's spot may make the trip also.
Swanson Stars in Practice
Swanson was not playing on the
starting team ,during practice, but
oddly enough, was playing with the
squad which was doing the scoring.
Elmer himself accounted for a two-
bagger in the sixth inning, and
scored the first run of the game,
which was won by the second team
Coach Ray Fisher seemed slightly
dismayed because members of his
first team seemed unable to hit the
ball during the practice session. Al-
though it was suggested that the rea-
son for this was the pitching of Bill
Cain, Fisher didn't seem to feel that
this was sufficient explanation. It was
not until late in the eighth inning
that Stenberg, Blanchard and White
all managed to connect with the ball,
White scoring for the squad, while
Stenberg was picked off at first when
he tried to steal, and Blanchard was
forced out at third.
Double Play Worked
The combination of Wikel to Sten-
berg to Walterhouse was able to pull
a double play twice during the game,
and in these plays all three men
looked very good.
Pro Boim and Mickey Fishman will
probably be making the trip as pitch-
ers, but the remainder of the travel-
ing squad has not been announced.
Arrangements have been made for
Michigan to play four additional
games Fisher announced today. April
16 the Wolverines will play their first
home game against Michigan Normal,
then April 28 will meet Michigan
Normal again, this time at Ypsilanti.
May 3, the Selfridge field flyers will
take on the Varsity here, and May 17
the squad will travel there. This in-
creases the number of games sched-
uled to twenty-one.
All-Star Hockey
Team Chosen
TORONTO, April 6.-()-Three of
Big League hockey's oldest players,
Earl Seibert of the Chicago Black-
hawks, Bill Cowley of the Boston
Bruins and Lorne Carr of the Toronto
Maple Leafs, and three comprarative
youngsters make up the 13th annual
Canadian press All Star National
League hackey team.
Seibert, veteran of a dozen national
league seasons who has missed out in
the voting by hockey writers in the
six N.H.L. cities only three times in
that span, was named to a first team
defense post for the third time.
Cowley, a great play-maker, was
the nearest thing to a unanimous
choice, drawing first place votes from
25 of the 30 participating writers.
Carr, who spent most of his nine

N.H.L. seasons with the humble New
York Americans before going to To-
ronto two seasons ago, was chosen
for the right wing berth, making his
first appearance on the all-star squad.
The other three first-string posts
went to Goalie Johnny Mowers of the
Detroit Red Wings, winner of the
Vezina trophy as the circuit's out-
standing netminder; Jack Stewart,
Detroit defenseman and left winger
Doug Bently of Chicago, who equalled
the league's scoring record with 73
points during the 1942-43 season.

Weir Produces Consistent Winners
In Five Years as Tennis Coach


Producing one Big Ten champion-
ship team and making every Wolver-
ine squad that takes the court a title
threat, Coach LeRoy Weir has
brought Michigan from the depths
to the top of the Conference tennis
ratings in the five years since he
started coaching here in 1938.
Although previously unknown in
the coaching world, Weir attracted
attention in his first year here by
turning out a team that won 11 and
lost 8 dual matches. And this turned
out to be the worst season that the,
Maize and Blue has ever had under
Team Gets Going in '39
In 1939 his team "got in the
groove", winning 17 out of 20 dual
meets, and for the first time making
Chicago and Northwestern fear for
the monopoly that they held up un-
til then on the Conference tennis
laurels. Those were the days When
a team could travel and players were
The next year, however, the net-
ters slipped, winning only 11 out of
16. Weir brought them out of their
slump in 1941, though, for they du-
plicated their record of 1939, and
then climaxed the season by captur-
ing the Big Ten crown.
Netters Have Good Season in '42
Even with a shortened schedule,
the netters had their best season un-
der Weir last year when they con-
quered nine rivals and lost only to

... Wolverine tennis coach who
has, since his arrival six years ago,
consistently turned out teams
which have vied with the best in the
Big Ten.
Notre Dame. They lost their Con-
ference crown, hoNVever, to North-
western by one point, finishing in a
tie with Chicago for second place.
Weir is quiet as coaches go, rarely
stopping a player in action to tell
him of his mistakes. But when a
player does make an error Weir can
give him the reason for it, and the

Outdoor Practice Prepares Golf
Squad for First Match April 17

netter rarely makes the same mis-
take again.
The genial mentor can still take
any one of his players in one set
but admits that he can't maintain
the pace. He was quite an athlete
in college and took several tennis
and squash titles in the thirties.
Won Basketball, Tennis Letters
While at Wooster College he won
letters in basketball and tennis, cap-
taining the net squad in his senior
year. In 1928 he captured the Chi-
cago City and Illinois State Cham-
pionships and then went up to Can-
ada to annex the Province of Mani-
toba title, which he retained for the
next two years. He was quite active
in the next few years, taking the
Cleveland City Championship several
times, and won the crown in a sec-
ond state, Ohio, in 1934.
However, he is probably better
known nationally for his ability as
a squash player. In 1938 he hit his
peak, reaching the final round of the
National Squash Tournament. Pre-
viously he had taken at cpe time or
another the Cleveland City, Ohio
State, and Western crowns.
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Preparing for their invasion of the
Ohio State links April 17, the mem-
bers of the 1943 golf squad have been
rapidly trimming themselves into
shape with their outdoor practice.
Although hampered for the last two
days by the chilly spring weather,
a majority of the club wielders have
tramped the fairways working espe-
cially hard on their puts and chips
as the pre-season practice at the IM
golf driving nets served its purpose
well in developing te golfers' driving
Yesterday with the low tempera-
ture stiffening muscles, coach Court-
right went the rounds on the Univer-
sity Course with Bob Welling, Roscoe
Bonisteel, and Brandenburg while
several other team members played
the 18 holes without his aid. Of the
three men mentioned Bonisteel, last
year a varsity Tulane golfer, looked
especially good and with a little more
practice around the greens may be
expected to make a real bid for a
first team slot.
Viewing the freshmen, Paul O'Hara,
Doug Beath, Bob Welling, and Ken
Berke are looked on as prospective
varsity material.
Although last year's captain, John
Leidy, is eligible, being one of the
returning ROTC men, it was learned
that his playing is uncertain as his
studies may take up too much of his
time. However, a sweet note was
Pirates Defeat Indians
5-3 in Exhibition Game
INDIANAPOLIS, April 6. -(P)-
The Pittsburg Pirates defeated the
Cleveland Indians, 5-3 in an exhibi-
tion game before 1,000 here today.
Buc righthander Rip Swell pitched
five innings and was touched for
eight of the Indians' 10 blows, yet
got credit for the victory.

struck when at last night's eligibility
meeting all the golfers were found to
be eligible.

A Symphony in Song
9 Bill Sawyer's Union Orchestra*
Women's Glee Club
9 Chorus of Michigan Men
Thursday, April 8th
Hill Auditorium --- 8:00 P.M.
Tickets 40c Servicemen 20c
Tickets at UNION, LEAGUE



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