TUESDA ; Al'HIL 4, 1944
T-E MIrHIGAN DAILY
TV~S~AY, &PUIb 4, 1944 PAGE Tfl1~EE
Wolverine Nine Opens
Season Against Oberlin
Moundsmen Display Early Season Promise;
Schmidtke, Bowman, Strem, Top Hurlers
In AAU Meet
Great Lakes Captures
Four Records Broken
Hawks Face Montreal in Finals
MONTREAL, April 3. - - Only series, which gets under way tomor-
the calendar was different today as row night, is a best-of-seven sched-
the Chicago Black Hawks moved into tale.
Coach Dick Irvin of the Canadiens
Montreal for the first final National indicated he would change his style
Hockey League playoff game here in of play in the finals from that used
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By BILL MULLENDORE
Head baseball coach, Ray Fisher,
yesterday announced that Michigan
will open its 1944 baseball season at
Oberlin with a doubleheader April 15,
thus getting under way a week earlier
than previously expected.
Because of this schedule change,
Fisher has only two weeks to whip
his team into condition for the start
of the campaign and probably only
ten days or so of outdoor drill. Ober-
lin will provide a good early-season
test for the Wolverines, as advance
reports indicate that their Navy-re-
inforced nine promises to be stronger
Although it is still too early to
make any definite predictions as to
the relative strength or weakness of
this, year's Michigan diamond squad,
it is interesting to speculate on their
probable power. One of the most
time-honored and generally accepted
yardsticks for measurement is to
draw an imaginary line from behind
the plate, over second base, and into
center field. Experience has shown
that if these positions 'are capably
filled, the team is likely to be a
Have Two Capable Catchers
Starting at the catching slot, pre-
season drills have shown that the
Wolverine squad boasts two receivers
of better than ordinary ability in vet-
eran Elmer Swanson and newcomer
Bob Stevenson. Both have proved to
be fine backstoppers with strong
throwing arms and a lot of baseball
Swanson did a fine job of handling
Wolverine pitchers last season while
operating in the number one catching
role, while Stevenson possesses a lot
of fire and inspiration necessary to
bolster lagging hurlers. In the
catching department, Michigan ap-
pears to be much stronger than av-
Pitching Looks Brighter
The next stop in the imaginary line
is the all-important pitcher's mound.
Fisher recently stated that "pitching
is at least 75 per cent of college base-
ball,'" and while others may dispute
that claim, it is apparent that the
mound corps carries a lot of the re-
sponsibility for a team's effectiveness.
The Wolverine pitching staff has
been the subject of a lot of specula-
tion, but recent batting practice drills
indicate that Fisher has at least three
hurlers of college ability in Dick
Schmidtke, Bo Bowman and Ralph
Strem with several more who may
develop before the season is over.
These three boys all look capable
in Fisher's eyes and should handle
the hurling adequately.
Need Fielding Ability
There is another angle to pitching
which is apt to be overlooked-the
ability of a hurler to field his posi-
tion. When a pitcher can take his
place as a fifth infielder, a large
number of the drives "through the
Toledo Upsets Browns 1U
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 3.
-(AP)-The St. Louis Browns were
held to three hits today and the
Toledo Mudhens of the American
Association won their third spring
training exhibition game 1 to 0.
box, over second, and into center-
field" become ordinary infield outs.
Time will tell how the Wolverine
moundsmen stack up in this depart-
On the basis of past exeperience,
Bruce Blanchard and Charlie Ket-
terer will get the first call to team
up. at the all-important shortstop-
second base combination, although
both men will be given a battle for
their jobs. Ketterer and Blanchard
are both small, fast infielders with
sure 'hands and strong throwing
arms. If they can turn in a few
doubleplays at the right time, it can
easily mean the difference between
a winning and losing season for
Michigan. Both men are veteran
letter-winners and should fill the
Lund Plays Center
Don Lund was the Wolverine cen-
terfielder in 1943, and is almost cer-
tain of a starting spot somewhere in
the outer garden this year. Lund
was one of Michigan's most consistent
performers last spring, combining
speed, a good break on fly balls, and
a lot of "savvy" with a strong ac-
curate throwing arm. He should do
at least as well in the coming cam-
If, these men, or others who prove
of greater all-around ability, hold
down the positions "through the mid-
dle," Michigan rates very well in this
pre-season test. With capable flank-
ers to round out the starting nine,
Fisher's chances for bringing his
ninth Western Conference champion-
ship team to Ann Arbor look better
Is By Jinminy
LOUISVILLE, KY., April 3.-(P)-.
Col. E. R. Bradley doesn't have an
entry in the Kentucky Derby this
year, but a Bradley-bred and Brad-
ley-trained colt is expected to go to
the post in the May 6 classic.
If By Jimminy should lead the
parade in quest of the $5.000 gold
cup and the horseshoe of roses it
would give the venerable colonel al-
most as much of a thrill as did his
four Derby winners.
By Jimminy is owned by Alfred
Parker of New York City, but he was
bred on the Idle Hour Farm near
Lexington and he is being prepared
at Keeneland for the big event by
Jimmy Smith, the Bradley trainer.
In everything except ownership the
son of Pharamond II and Buginarug
is a Bradleyite.
So the Colonel is gunning for No.
5 in the Derby by proxy, so to speak.
And the bluegrass, proud of the
Bradley tradition, has adopted By
Jimminy as its own.
A Bradley horse first won the Der-
by in 1921 when Behave Yourself
flashed to the wire an upset victor
over his own stablemate, Black Serv-
In the 1931 championship programI
the Hawks and Montreal's Canadiens
klso were rivals, with the Canadiens
taking the last game of the best-of-I
five series for the crown. This year's
sucessfuily against the Toronto
Leafs in the semifinal round.
Against the Leafs he used four de-
fensemen at'the expense of his at-
tack. In the Hawk series he likely
will use only three guards.
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
With Billy Smith, the sensational
Hawaiian swimmer from Great Lakes
pacing a field of 110 top-flight stars,
the two-day National AAU swimming
championships ended in a blaze of
This star-studded field managed / Y
to crack two AAU standards and a]
pair of American marks. Smith, the
former Ohio State star, established
AAU records in the 220 and 440 yard .
distances and was credited with<.
slashing the American mark for 200 -
yards. Smith clipped 1:3 seconds off j.!
the AAU 220 record of 2:09.3, which
was held by Yale's Alan Ford. In
the same event he toured the 200
yards in 1:55.1 cracking the old mark
of 1:56.4.".... .
Smith's third record came in the BILL SMITH (right) of Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Training Station, who
440 when he lopped two-tenths of a won three events, and Adolnh Kiefer (left), Naval Station, Bainbridge,
second off Keo Nakama's mark of Md., who captured two events in the National AAU swimming cham-
4:42.4. In this event Nakama placed pionships at Ann Arbor, shared most of the honors between them.
third behind Columbia's Gene Rogers Smith won the 100-yard, 440-yard and 220-yard free style while Kiefer
who nosed him out in the National won the 150-yard back stroke and the 300-yard individual medley.
Collegiates the week before.j- ---
Kiefer Gives Great Performance
Adolph Kiefer's feat in the 300- i Continue Exhibition Tilts
yard medley provided the fans with g_--___
the outstanding individual perform- EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 3.-(,P)- bered up for the series with the Chi-
anceoIn the first 100 yards Kiefer was Manager Steve O'Neill will get his is a Bradleyite.
tilng the feb frsteryars Kiefertwa
trailin the field b five ards but first look of the season at Johnny Trout, who has worked six score-
going into the bakstroke the ex- Gorsica and Rookie Rufus Gentry, less innings, will pitch the first three
Chicago Towers flash really turned two of Detroit's starting pitchers, in O'Neill announced today after a two
on the heat. Before the second 100- an exhibition game Wednesday at hour workout in a warm sun.
yard leg was over, he had made up theTt Rochete f th
deficit and forged to a 15-yard lead Terre Haute agains ester o e
over Joe Verdeur, who wound up in International League. YOUR EASTER
second place. Paul Trout, Frank Overmire and Hair Style is blended and
His time of 3:23.9 clipped five sec- Hal Newhouser, the other three shaped to conform with your
onds off the AAU record and 4.2 sec- pitchers designated as starters, each facial features.
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REMEMBER THE RED CROSS
winning the team title. However, the
Bluejackets had another trio of swim-
mers who helped pile up an avalanche
of points for the championship. They
were Jerry Kerschner, Walter Ris and
Strother Martin. Martin finished
second to Charley Batterman in both
the low and high-board diving events
while Ris and Kerschner finished
second and third respectively in the
100-yard free style. Ris and Kersch-
ner also swam on the winning 300
and 400-yard relay teams.
Great Lakes collected 54, points to
the 20 posted by Michigan, 15 for
Olathe (Kan.) Naval Station and 13
Michigan Shines in Relays
It was in the 300-yard medley relay
and 400-yard free style relay that the
Wolverine swimmers gathered most
of their laurels. Michigan finished
second to Great Lakes in both events.
In the 300-yard medley relay, Smith
swam the first leg for the Sailors' "A"
team and he gave the Bluejackets a
commanding three-yard lead which
they never relinquished. The win-
ning time was 2:59.
Michigan picked up ten points in
the 400-yard free style relay as their
"A" and "B" teams finished second
and third respectively.
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