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MARCH 24, 1944 T HE MICHI A1 I ILYTHRE

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Michigan Swimmers Go After NCAA Championship

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Today
Relays

hiatt Manne
Takes Only
Seven Men
Natators Forced To
Rely on Team Balance;
Ford Paces Yale Team
Michigan's hopesfor its 13th Na-
tional Collegiate swimming title in
the last 18 years rests on .the collec-
tive shoulders of a small but potent
seven-man squad which yesterday en-
trained for Yale and the meet today
and Saturday.
Coach Matt Mann was less optim-
istic than in former years and ex-
pressed a doubt as to whether his
Western Conference titlists could
bring home the championship. The
Yale crew is a comparatively un-
known factor outside of the recog-
nized prowess of sprint-star Alan.
Ford, world's record holder in the
100-yard sprint. The Panama flash
is expected to cop two events, the 50
and 100 yard sprints and will prob-
ably help his team to points in some
of the relays.
Depend on Team Balance ,
The seven-man squad, composed
of breast stroker Heini Kessler, Gor-
don Pulford and Johnny McCarthy,
backstrokers, and freestylers Mert,
Church, Chuck Fries, Bill Kogen and
Paul Maloney, will have to depend'
largely on places rather than vic-
tories for their point total. The Wol-
verine natators are favored to take
only one event, the 400-yard free-
style relay.
The team has been materially
weakened by the loss of four point-
winners in the Conference meet and
also that of freestyler Ace Cory who
is kept at hone by Navy restrictions.
Bill Kogen, a freshman with no pre-:
vious collegiate meet experience is
taking Cory's place in the sprints and
in the two relay events.
Mann indicated that the breast:
stroke and back stroke events would
probably decide the outcome of the
meet. Michigan must garner more
points than Yale in both races to
stay in the running. Swimming ;for
the Maize and Blue in the breast
stroke will be Heini Kessler, Big Ten
champion in his specialty. However,
Kessler has not been feeling well late-
ly and may not be in top form.
Michigan Backstrokers
In the back stroke the Wolverines
will be paced by Pulford and Mc-
, Carthy, both of whom will double
back in later free style events. The
distance events rest on the shoulders
of Maloney who will face stiffs com-
petitior. from Ohio State's famed Keo
Nakama in both the 220 and 440.
Besides Yale and Ohio State, Mich-
igan'must also expect strong repre-
sentation from Columbia and Navy
who have both caused quite a splash
in Eastern swimming circles.

Returning Vets
Raise Hopes of
Tennis Team
Coach Weir Pleased
With Opening Practice
Sessions of Season
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
From 1 to 3 p.m. every afternoon
the crisp sound of tennis balls can be
heard bounding back and forth
across the hardwood courts, as Cach
Leroy Weir. drives the Michigan net-
ters through their daily workouts in;
the sports building.
Coach Weir seems to be fairly op-
timistic over the team's chances for
making a good showing in the con-,
ference race. "We should have a
well balanced squad," said Coach
Weir. Last year Michigan finished
fifth in the Big 10 standings, and
with three lettermen returning from
last year's squad plus several players
from other schools, Michigan should
show vast improvement over last
year's record.
Johnson Returns
Back with the Wolverine netters
for the fourth consecutive year will
be Jinx Johnson, captain and num-
ber one man on last year's team.
Present changes in theWestern Con-
ference .eligibility rules are respon-
sble for Johnson's having an extra
year of collegiate competition.
Johnson is a steady type of player
and it is only on occasion that he
flashes offensive ability. He relies
mainly on his opponents errors and
clever court strategy in scoring his
victories.
Roger Lewis is the second of Mich-
igan's three returning lettermen.
Lewis was Michigan's top ranking
prep netter two years ago, and last
year as a freshman, Lewis showed
plenty of promise. Coach Weir be-
liev'es that last year's experience will
help Lewis considerably for the 1944
campaign..
Lewis, contrary to Johnson, is a
slashing, aggressive type of perform-
er, who with a little more experience
should develop into a top ranking
tennis, player.
Roy Boucher is the Wolverines'
third returning letterman. Boucher
played number five singles last year
and had' a fairly successful season.
Boucher is a southpaw and his style
of play is sometimes very confusing
to his opponents.
Other Michigan Netters
Other performers expected to play
a .prominent role in Wolverine net
plans are Dave Post, Fred Zieman,
Bill Ford, Bob Matthews, Ed Scott,
and several others.
All men interested in trying out for
the tennis team should contact Coach
Weir any afternoon between 1 and 3.,
, It is reguested that only those men
with varsity or tournament experi-'
ence should try out for the squad.

Thinclads

Leave

Today for

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Wolverine Ball Club Prepares for Opening

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Michigan Favored To Win Meet;
Ufer, Humes To Run in K. of C.

Game; Mound Crew Shows Improvement

By BILL MULLEND ORE
With the season's opener only a'
month away, Coach Ray Fisher's"
baseball squad is gradually speeding"
up the tempo of indoor practice at
YostField House preparatory to
moving outside sometime early in
April."
If past years are any criterion, the
team should be working on the Mich-
igan diamond within two weeks, sub-
ject to weather conditions. Grounds-
keepers are already at work whipping
the playing field into shape for fu-
ture use.
Hurlers Improve ,
Meanwhile, Fisher is keeping his
pupils hard at work with intensive
batting and pitching drills, mixed in
with pepper games and the other
usual loosening-up exercises.
The pitching situation, which has
been rather obscure up to now, is be-
ginning to shape up as the hurlers
work the kinks out of their arms.
Fisher indicated that Dick Schmidt-
ke, a member of the squad last year,
has shown vast improvement and
may develop in to a first-class
moundsman. Schmidtke has shown
a good fast ball and other assprted
stuff, coupled with sharp control.
Another likely looking prospect is
Dick Manko who has been improving

with every turn in the batting gage.
Elroy Hirsch, star performer for
Michigan in three sports so far this
year, has also served notice that he
may do home hurling .for the Wol-
verines. Hirsch has had little exper-
ience on the mound before, but is a
hard worker and seems to possess the
basic requirements for a pitcher.
Other members of the mound corps
have been hit by a sore arm plague
which has hampered their activities.
They should be ready, however, when
the team moves outside.
The infield and outfield, while still
by no means set, do not offer the
problems that the pitching staff does.
Fisher has a variety of talent in both
departments. Bruce Blanchard seems
to be a surety for one infield spot
while Charley Ketterer has had ex-
perience at second base.
Outfield Well Supplied
The outer gardens are well-sup-
plied with talent from last year's

Snine with Don Lund, Bob Wiese, Bob
Nussbaumer, and Mike Farnyk head-
ing the list of flychasers. The catch-
ing appears more than adequate with
veteran. Elmer Swanson and new-
comer Bob Stevenson showing par-
ticularly well.
Michigan will open away from.
home this season, travelling first to
Fort Sheridan on April 23 and then
moving to Great Lakes fob an en-
counter with the powerful Sailor
nine the following afternoon.
Trotsky, Ctrtright
Join White Sox Team
FRENCH LICK, Ind., March 23.-
(I)-First baseman Hal Trotsky and
Guy Curtright, outfielder, joined the'
Chicago White Sox for spring train-
ing today, reducing the absentee list
to Joe Haynes, a relief pitcher, the
only holdout.

By BOB CLINTON
The top flight members of the
Wolverine track squad leaves today
for Lafayette, Ind., where they are
favored to cop the Purdue Relays
Saturday night at the Boilermaker
field house.
Yesterday's practice marked the
final session of the indoor season as
Saturday's meet brings down the
curtain on indoor track. As original-
ly planned, Coach Ken Doherty is
taking 17 members of the squad.
The Purdue Relays, which are be-
ing held for the second time, and
which was won last year by Notre
Dame, is an all collegiate affair and
one of the top features of the year.
The thinclads are well-primed for
the meet and will go all out in an
effort to bring home a victory.
Michigan in Good Position
The Wolverines'have an excellent
chance to annex several firsts. The
Hume twins, Bob and Ross, who have
dead-heated the mile four times this
year, are in good position for a repeat
performance.mTwo of the relay
squads, the mile and two-mile, are
likely to produce a pair of firsts,
while the outcome of the distance
medley and the sprint medley are
unpredictable since the boys are
competing in these events for the
first time this year.
Elmer Swanson, Big Ten hurdle
champion, is a good bet to finish the
season in a blaze of glory with vic-
tories in both hurdle events. Othe
members of the squad, although not
likely winners, are potential point
getters. With these chances in view,
the Wolverines will enter Saturday's
meet as the favorite.
Friday night at Cleveland, four
members of the thinclads will en-
gage in the Knights of Columbus
track meet. "Bullet" Bob Ufer will
be out to gain revenge against Jim
Herbert in the 600, and Bob Hume
will compete in the mile, while bro-
ther Ross will run in the 1,000. This
trio will be joined by Willis Glas to
form the Wolverines' two-mile relay
team.

Gil Dodds To
Aim for New
Tw'o-Mil e MIark
CLEVELAND, March 23.- (P)-
After twice lowering the world's .in-
door mile record on successive week-
ends, Gil Dodds, Boston's running
divinity student, will cease the pro-
cedure long enough to take a crack
at the two-mile mark in the Knights
of Columbus meet here tomorrow
night.
Standout of the two-mile event
entries, Dodds will be.out after Greg
Rice's 8:51 world record for the dis-
tance, a mark established on the
K. of C. boards at the arena last
winter.
Dodds' best time for two miles is
8:53.7, which he turned in two years
ago. Concentrating on the mile since
then, he has galloped that distance
in 4:09 or better nine times.
He lowered the mark of 4:07.3 in
New York two weeks ago, and last
week dropped it to 4:06.4 in Chicago.
The Nebraska farm boy who ex-
pects to get his divinity degree a year
from next June says he always has
felt the two-mile distance is his nat-
ural race, because he lacks the "fin-
ish drive" required in the mile. "I
don't get tired," he told an inter-
viewer. "My legs just won't carry me
any faster."
- Chief rivals for Dodds' efforts to
whittle down the two-mile mark are
expected to be Jim Rafferty of New
York, who won the event at the New
York K. of C. meet and the Millrose
Games recently, Jerry Thompson .of
Great Lakes, former National Colle-
giate champion, Jimmy Wisner of
Baltimore, and Lloyd Lochner, for-
merly of Oklahoma.
GORSICA SIGNS UP
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 23.-

Wings Beat Hawks 4-1 To Even
Up Playoffs at One Game Apiece

Crxamer Signcs
Contract .After
Bri ef Hfoldout
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 23.-
(R')-Roger Cramer, the only .300
hitter of the 1943 squad returning to
the Detroit Tigers this season, signed
his contract and climbed into uni-
form today, leaving Johnny Gorsica
the only salary headache remaining
to the front office.
Cramer arrived in camp last night,
came to terms quickly and partici-
pated today in a drill that was con-
fined l argely toabattinghpractice.
Manager Steve O'Neill announced
this tentative batting order for the
first of the two-game series with the
Chicago White Sox: Chuck Hostetler,
cf; Charley Metro, 3b; Jimmy Out-
law, lf; Rudy York, lb; Eddie Mayo,
ss; Edward Borom, 2b; Zeb Eaton,
rf; Bob Swift, c; Paul Trout and
Emery Hresko, p.
Hal Newhouser, Frank Overmire
and possibly Walter (Boom Boom)
Beck will pitch against the Sox Sun-
day.

DETROIT, March 23. - (.) - The
Detroit Red Wings drew even with
the Chicago Blackhawks at one game
each irn their Stanley Cup Hockey
Playoff series tonight, winning 4 to 1
before a crowd of 12,757.
The Red Wings grabbed a 3 to 0
edge early in the final period and
played deliberately toward the end
to protect the lead. George Allen
tallied Chicago's only marker at 11:48
minutes of the third stanza.
After a scoreless first period nota-
ble only for five penalties and the
excellent defensive play of Earl Sei-
bert of the Blackhawks, Detroit
broke the ice on Joe Carveth's goal
with Syd Howe assisting at the three-
minute mark of the second and Howe
made it 2-0 just 20 seconds before
the period ended.
Don Grosso hammered in a 20-
foot shot off Carveth's rebound with
the third period only 21 seconds old
and the wings coasted in.
The game was considerably more
hard-fought than the playoff opener,
won by the Hawks 2 to 1. Nine minor'
penalties were called, five of them
on the wings.
Seibert, 205-pound Chicago veter-
an, drew cheers from the overflow
crowd on his brilliant defensive game,
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especially when the Hawks had a man
serving time.
Mike Karakas had 28 saves in the
Chicago nets and Connie Lion had 26
stops for the Wings.
The two teams now move to Chi-
cago for games Sunday and Tuesday
before returning here. In regular
season play Detroit lost five straight
on Chicago ice.
Montreal Scores 5-1
Win Over TToronto
MONTREAL, March 23.--(P)-The
Montreal Canadiens, winning to-
night's game 5 to 1, tied their best-
of-seven tSanley Cup Hockey series
with the Toronto Maple Leafs at one-
all.
The Canadiens rode in tonight on
five spectacular goals by Maurice
Richard, who set a new league record
for playdff games in his personal
scoring orgy when he netted No. 5
midway in the third period. It was
his second of the final frame, after
he had rapped in three in the second.
CLASSIFIED
DIRECTORY

( ')-The Detroit Tigers announcd
LARKIN WHIPS STOLZ tonight that Pitcher Johnny Gorsica,
NEW YORK, March 23.-()-Tip- slated for a starting role in 1944, had
py Larkin, Garfield puncher, scored a come to terms and would report ,at
technical knockout over Allie Stolz training camp next week.
of' Newark, in the third round of an The signing of Gorsica will dispel
all-New Jersey ten-rounder tonight any holdout fears the Detroit club
in Madison Square Garden. may have been harboring.

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