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Great Lakes
Top Favorites
To Win Title
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compete for 22 places, and they
should have little trouble replacing
Ohio State as team champion.
The Sailor's power is concentrated
in the free style events, and they
should reach their highest total of
points in the 100 yard sprint, as they
have five of their ten men entered
in this race. Great Lakes also has
two or more men entered in seven
of the other nine events, sending two
teams into the medley relay and in
the free style relay, where a foursome
anchored by Smith, will try to break
the world mark of 3:24.5 which was
established three weeks ago.
Smith and Jerry Kerschner, 18
year old, and one 'of the brightest
swimming stars in the nation, will
carry the biggest burden for the Sail-
ors, as they will be competing in
three events; namely, the 100, 220,
and 440 yard free style races. Smith

. .o.Peterson

'THE YEAR'S at the spring" and
according to ancient tradition
the "sunshine is a glorious birth,"
but as yet Ann Arbor has been
swamped in never ending showers of
more than slightly chilly rain, sleet
and miscellaneous elemental down-
Despite the grim aspect of the
weather and the splendid layers of
mud underfoot, track, baseball, ten-
nis and golf teams are preparing to
begin spring schedules, and as a re-
sult are finding the comparatively
dry interiors of the Sports Building
and the Field House more adequate
than the deluged fields.
Spring last year began much the
same way, and made the unfortun-
ate mistake of continuing in the
same sticky, grimy vein for almost
the entire season, so that baseball
games were slippery hazardous af-
fairs when they weren't called off,
and golf was a bitter struggle
against prevailing north winds and
sleet storms,
H OWEVER, last spring's sports
schedule, although hampered, was
noticeable for several fine athletes
two of whom we like to recall.
Bob Stenberg and Jim Conant
were about as distinct and opposite
as two people could be. Physically
they were Mutt and Jeff. Jim, a
long, loose-jointed, angular individ-
ual who failed to look impressive
even in an NROTC uniform, and
Bob, small, stocky, bow-legged and
aggressive looking.
Bob had the push and drive of a
skilled athlete. Despite his scant
number of inches, he played football,
and accounted for a couple of touch-
downs during the fall season. Last
winter he went out for hockey and,
despite the fact that at the beginning
of the season he looked like an eight-
month-old child learning to walk-
when he began skating, he acquired
enough finesse by the middle of the
season, to maintain a solid defen-
sive post for entire games.
HE HAD crowd appeal. Never
daunted by the fact that he was
consistently outskated by opponents,
he checked and blocked with enough
of his small brawn to upset more than
figuratively, even the cagiest of the
fast-skating Illini squad. Every now
and then he pulled an interesting
trick, such as the time he was back-
checking, and landed himself in his
own nets much to the amusement of
He covered second base last
spring and came through at the
plate with enough punch to account
for more than one scoring run. He
was the last of the old-guard play-
ers of Michigan baseball with his
tobacco-chewing antics, and al-
though it was startling to onlook-
ers when he gave out with a thin
stream of tobacco juice, even the
York Ordered
To Report for
Physical Exam
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 30.-()
-Rudy York, Tiger first baseman
and major league home run cham-
pion, was ordered by his Selective
Service board today to report next
Monday at Cartersville, Ga., for his
preinduction physical examination.
York immediately asked his board to
transfer the examination to Evans-
York was reclassified 1-A several
months ago but reported at training
camp on time three weeks ago and
said he would remain with the club
until called for military duty.
York's examination notice thus
gave the Tigers a foretaste of what
may happen to their draft vulnerable
infield. Third baseman Pinky Hig-
gins, who is to arrive Sunday from

Texas, likewise is 1-A. At last re-
ports second baseman Don Heffner
was in 3-A and up for reclassification,
while shortstop Eddie Mayo was 2-B
when he left his winter job at Clifton,
By latest calculations, the Tigers
have four other infielders, but only
one is draft exempt. He is Edward
(Red) Borom, former shortstop at
Fort Riley, Kan., who received a
medical discharge from the Army..
Joe (J.P.) Wood has a 60-day defer-
ment pending action on an applica-
tion for a Navy commission, and Al
Unser ,who hasn't reported, is said
to have a farm deferment.

most squeamish got a laugh out of
his caustic comments to teammates
who happened to pull a boner.
Jim was about as unnatural an
athlete as ever landed on Ken Doh-
erty's track squad. He had a lope, a
ratherstoop-shouldered, scholarly
lope, and his legs didn't seem t co-
ordinate. He had practically no
speed when he started out, but went
out for the long two-mile grind. For
a year and a half he got practically
nowhere except two miles every aft-
ernoon during practice. But he kept
plugging, and in the spring of '42 he
captured a fourth in the Buckeye
meet. From then on he improved
steadily, but was never in the same
field with Leonardi and McKean who
were then leading the two-mile field.
JIM HAD his followers, too. When
he ran a two-mile race even if he
was last, which he was often in his
first semester of competition, he nev-
er dropped out, but ran the race all
the way. Inevitably, when he finish-
ed, a good 30 seconds or minute be-
hind th leaders, there would be a
shout of "Nice going, Jim." It wasn't
sarcastic either. There were enough
people in the stands who knew that
Jim was running against odds created
by his own awkwardness. There were
enough boys who knew him, and
knew that he was a fine sport, and
that if he could have come through
in better time he would have.
That's about all there is. Both
Bob and Jim have left school now,
and are in the armed forces. They
were both integral parts of last
season's spring program and des-
pite the fact that they were as dif-
ferent as night and day, they were
both indicative of the fine spirit
that is always noticeable on Maize
and Blue teams.
Jaek Favored
Over Zurita in
Non-Title Bout
NEW YORK, March 30.-()-Beau
Jack, who twice has held the New
York lightweight title, is the 12-5
favorite in his ten-round Madison
Square Garden non-title bout with
NBA champion Juan Zurita tomorrow
but some of the wise money is on
the Mexican.
Johnny Dundee, the old feather-
weight king, and Jimmy Johnston,
who has talked his way through 50
years of fistic history, agree that
Zurita has the speed and style to
conquer Jack, making his third
Garden appearance of the month.
Both point out that Jack lost a
decision to Bobby Ruffin and had
considerable trouble with Lulu Cos-
tantino when those two failed to fol-
low the orthodox script.
Zurito, Mexico's first native-born
world champion, possesses a switch-
stance that was one of his best assets
when he dethroned Sammy Angott in
Los Angeles March 8.
Despite the opinion of the two ex-
perts, Jack is the 12 to 5 favorite and
some 16,000 spectators are expected
to pay $90,000 to see the scrap. Jack
likely will weigh in the neighbor-
hood of 137 pounds to 135 or less for
Hal Trosky To Make
Debut with White Sox
FRENCH LICK, Ind., March 30.-
()-Hal Trosky, out of baseball for
two years because of illness, will make
his debut as first baseman for the
Chicago White Sox in their exhibi-
tion game against the Pittsburgh
Pirates at Louisville, Ky., Saturday.
Trosky weighs 15 pounds less than
when he played with Cleveland and

is eager to make his return to the
game. Thornton Lee, Bill Dietrich
and Orval Grove are slated to pitch.

Chicago Whips
Detroit 5-2 To
Clinch Series
Bentley Seores Three
Goals for Winners;
Hawks Face Montreal
DETROIT, March 30. - (P) - The
Chicago Blackhawks, who finished
fourth in the National Hockey
League, sailed into the Stanley Cup
playoff finale tonight by winning
their third straight game from the
Detroit Red Wings, 5 to 2, before a
crowd of 12,791 and copping the ser-
ies, four games to one.
The Blackhawks' sensational wing-
man, Doug Bentley, hammered in
three goals for the hat trick, two of
them in the third period, when five
of the scores were made. Bentley
had three goals and an assist Tues-
day night in the Hawks' 7 to 1 win
at Chicago.
Detroit carried the play to the
Hawks tonight, scoring first on Bill
Quackenbush's shot from five feet
early in the first period but Chicago
tied it up on Bentley's first marker
at 18:23 and never trailed after that.
Second Period Scoreless
The second period was scoreless
but Chicago grabbed the lead on
Johnny Gottselig's tip-in at 3:37 of
the fourth. Bentley's second goal on
a solo dash made it 3 to 1 at 8:10.
Joe Carveth quickly put the Red
Wings back in the game by beating
Make Karakas at 8:40 but Bentley
did it again at 12:30 and-it was all
over for Detroit.
The final Chicago score came just
a minute before the end and was
made by George Allen, while Hal
Jackson of the Wings was serving a
five-minute major for high-sticking
Cliff Purpur. Detroit had four for-
wards on the ice at the finish but
couldn't get an opening.
Face Montreal Finals
Chicago earned the right to face
the Montreal Canadiens in the cup
finals by winning tonight without
the services of Bill Mosienko and
Harold (Mush) March, both of whom
were left in Chicago because of in-
juries sustained in Sunday night's
Chicago's defense, featuring big
Earl Seibert, again was air-tight and
told much of the story.

Swanson Plans To Double in
Track, Baseball This Spring

Elmer Swanson. varsity catcher on
last season's diamond crew, has fin-
ished his indoor track activities and
reported to Coach Ray Fisher's band
of baseball stalwarts.
Although he has made a name for
himself in connection with the hur-
dles, baseball is his favorite sport,
and he has played a great variety of
positions during his several seasons
of amateur ball in Detroit. Swanson
prefers catching, first base and the
outfield positions in that order, but
he has also played around the second
A graduate of Northeastern High
School in Detroit, Swanson partici-
pated in track only for two years,
because he was only allowed to play
on one team. He chose track so that
he could get into condition for the
summer seasons with amateur ball
Follows Another Elmer
When he entered the University,
he made the freshman team in base-
ball and became a member of the
varsity track squad. Now a senior,
Swanson has had three years of track
and one of varsity baseball. Last
July he enlisted in the Marines.
Although his batting average last
year was under .200, Swanson is a
fair hitter, never batting under .300
with amateur teams. However, he
was a great asset in the catching
department. He intends to partici-
pate in two sports at the same time
this season, as he will be a member
of the outdoor track squad as well as
the baseball outfit. He will continue
these activities insofar as the track
and diamond schedules do not con-
flict. Swanson is the first man to do
this since Elmer Gedeon, also a stel-
lar hurdler, pulled the trick off a
few seasons ago.
Respects Coach Fisher
Swanson has great admiration for
Coach Fisher's ability.-"Ray is a
good coach, and a swell fellow-and
that doesn't begin to cover the sub-
ject," Swanson stated.
Swanson's buddy is Al Wynn, his
old mentor in Detroit, who is hand-
Bill Hebert Signs
MUNCIE, Ind., March 30.-(P)-Bill
Hebert, 22-year-old southpaw from
Bay City, signed a Pittsburgh Pirate
contract today and accompanied the
Bucs on their first spring trip away
from the Hoosier camp.

ling athletics in Camp McCoy now.
It was Wynn who first got him inter-
ested in playing baseball.
Swanson was a physical education
major before he was inducted into
the Marines. After the war is over,
he would like to return to Michigan
and get his degree, and perhaps go
even further. This would be in prep-
aration for a coaching spot. Although
he would enjoy working with high
school boys, Swanson would most
like to coach baseball-anywhere. He
is a member of Sphinx.
The twenty-year-old catcher rates
Charley Gehringer as his all-time
great, with Ty Cobb a close second,
on the basis of hearsay. Of the hurl-
ers who have been around the majors
in the past five years, he would most
like to have caught Tommy Bridges,
flinger for his favorite Detroit Tigers.
Picks Yanks in AL
Swanson believes that, contrary to
the opinion of a few baseball men,
the big leagues will finish out a full
season this year and will keep going
despite the war. He picks New York
to walk off with the title in the
American League, because "that
Yankee spirit is good." The race for
the National League pennant, how-
ever, is a wide open race, "and it
looks like whoever gets there first is
the luckiest."
Windy City Cop
Hurls for Cubs
FRENCH LICK, Ind., March 30.-
(R)-Patrolman Johnny Miklos kept
his arm limbered up last winter dir-
ecting traffic at a busy Chicago
street intersection and now is being
eyed for the Chicago Cubs' pitching
staff, by far the club's weakest de-
A solidly-built 185-pound south-
paw, Miklos left a meat casing plant
two years ago to join the Chicago
Police Force and now wants to make
baseball a sideline. He received a
20-day furlough from his traffic du-
ties and is spending it in the Cubs'
camp, where his blazing fast ball
and exceptional control has resulted
in contract talk.
Miklos pitched for Winnipeg of the
Northern League from 1936 to 1940
and for the last two years has been
the star of Chicago's Northside Po-
licemen's team, winner of the city;

Baseball Team
Shapes Up for
Season Opener
With the season's opener against
Fort Sheridan sceduled for April 23,
only three weeks away, Coach Ray
Fisher's 1944 baseball team is begin-
ning to take shape, although there
is still much work to be done before
a starting lineup is named.
Fisher has been juggling his talent
freely during recent indoor practice
sessions in order to get a line on his
available players and also in an at-
tempt to fill holes in the infield and
pitching departments.
Among the men affected by this
shift are Mike Farnyk and Bob Nuss-
baumer, both outfielders on last year's
squad, who have tentatively been as-
signed infield berths, and catcher El-
mer Swanson, who is experimenting
at first base. In addition, several in-
fielders and outfielders have been
trying their hand on the mound in
the intensive search for pitching
Pitching Improves
The pitching outlook has taken on
a brighter hue, and prospects for the
mound corps look much better than
a week ago. Dick Schmidtke is still
the number one hurler, according to
Fisher, but the veteran coach is also
banking heavily on the slants of
southpaw Bo Bowman. Bowman has
been troubled with a lame arm most
of the season, but is expected to take
his turn in batting practice Monday.
Other moundsmen who have shown
potential abilities include lefthander
Ralph Strem, a member of last year's
squad. According to Fisher, Strem
has more stuff than any other hurler
on the staff, but he so far lacks the
sharp control necessary for college
baseball. Bob Weise, Elroy Hirsch,
Art Renner, Denny Manko, Jack
Hackstadt and Al Willers have also
demonstrated possibilities on the rub-
Blanchard To Play Short
In the: infield, only veteran Bruce
Blanchard appears sure of a job.
Blanchard played third last year but
is being groomed for the shortstop
berth because of his speed and
ground-covering ability. The first-
base position is wide open with Ren-
ner, Hirsch, Swanson, John Leddy
and Tommy King all working out.
Leddy has shown the most fielding
ability around the sack, but has not
been able to hit in batting practice.



is the defending champion in both
the 220 and 440, and will be trying to
break Alan Ford's world mark in the
Other Bluejacket stars are free
stylers Dobson Burton, Walt Ris, and
-Ted Hobart, with T-Bone Martin do-
ing the diving, Carl Ahlman listed in
the backstroke, and Bob Matters
swimming the individual medley.
Former Wolverines Swim
Burton and Martin are former
Michigan men and should feel at
home in the Wolverines' lair. Burton
was the Michigan captain in 1942,
also wining Big Ten titles in the 50
and 100 yard sprints. Martin com-
peted with the Maize and Blue for
two years and was runner-up to Bill
Dempsey of Ohio State in the Con-
ference diving his last year here.
Both men are swimming instructors
and should be ready to give the best
performances of their careers.
The Maize and Blue contingent
will be defending champions in both
the medley and free style relays, and
will be well represented in the indi-
vidual events, with Paul Maloney,
Heinie Kessler, Chuck Fries, John
McCarthy, Bill Kogen, and Merton
Church carrying the colors for them.
100-Yard To Be Highlight,
Highlight of the entire meet should
be provided tomorrow evening when
the finals of the 100-yard free style
are run off. Great Lakes will have
five men in this event topped by
Smith, with Kerschner, Ris, Burton
and Hobart occupying supporting
roles. Mert Church and Chuck Fries
of Michigan, and Lt. Bill Prew in the
Air Corps and stationed at Panama,
and holder of the present NAAU
record for the hundred at :51 seconds
flat, will also be on hand to enliven
This meet will be run off as two
distinct affairs, with ten events card-
ed to take place both nights. The
preliminaries of five of these races
will start today at 2:30 p.m., with the
finals in those same five events to
be run off tonight. Tomorrow after-
noon will find contestants of the re-
maining five events meeting in the
preliminaries, with the finals of these
five events being tomorrow night, to
finish off the meet.
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