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1071, A


Six Moundsmen Work it
Practice Baseball Till
Seimiike, Bowman, Hirsch Prove Most
Effective Pitchers; Blanchard Stars at' Plate

Higgins Joins Tigers in Se ator Pitching
Time To Play Irowns Staff Appears
Best in Leatoe
cla6ed in Dallas with Attack of influenza;
Has Engaged in Several Weeks of Practice in Texas 4 Knuckle Rall Artists
Ave Amnlo H1urlers ;

Michigan's baseball squad went
through its second intra-squad game
yesterday, hampered by cool temper-
atures and a brisk wind which im-
parted queer antics to the ball, and
when it was all over the Blues wound
up on the long end of a 12-4 count.
The game, which went a full nine
innings, saw six pitchers in action,
among them Dick Schmidtke and Bo
Bowman, two hurlers whom Coach
Ray Fisher is counting heavily upon
for the coming season. But it remain-I
ed for Elroy Hirsch to turn in the
most effective three inning stint, li-
miting the Reds to a lone safety and
no runs.
Schmidtke Shuts Out Reds
Schmidtke also turned in a score-
less three frames, although touched
for a pair of safeties. Bowman show-
ed a lot of stuff in spots, but was
troubled by wildness, issuing seven
passes in three frames. The Blues
combined these with three hits to
send four runs across the plate dur-
ing the time the small lefthander was
in the box.
Of the other hurlers, all were
pounded more or less freely by the
Wolverine clubbers, each being
charged with four, runs in his three
inning chore. Much of the scoring
was due to some loose fielding rather
than the ineffectiveness of the pitch-
ers. .
Ilirsch Starts for Blues
Hirsch started for the Blues and Al
Willers for the Reds. Willers was
nicked for four runs while Hirsch
whitewashed the opposition, Schmidt-
ke took over for the Blues and Bow-
man for the Reds at the top half of
the fourth inning, and the second
Bad Weather
Detains Golfers

three stanzas were almost a dupli-
cate of the first trio as the Blues
shoved four more markers acrossj
while Schmidtke continued to muffle
the Red bats. Two of the Blues' tal-
lies came as a. result of a mighty
home run by shortstop Bruce Blan-
chard with a teammate on base.
Blanchard garnered three other hits
in five trips to the plate to lead both
squads in hitting.
The Reds finally broke the ice in
the eighth off' the southpaw slants
of "Lefty" Jack Hackstadt, putting
together three hits, a fielder's choice
and some very weird base-running
for four tallies. However, the Blues
came back in the ninth to pound out
six hits and four runs off Bob Wiese
to bring the count to 12-4, whereupon
Fisher decided to call it a day.
Game Better Than Saturday's
The game, while better than last
Saturday's 13-11 "pitchers' battle,"
was again marked by the ineffective-
ness of the moundsmen. Schmidtke
aind Hirsch were the only hurlers to
enjoy much success in halting the
parade of runs, although Fisher was
also pleased with the work of Bow-
man despite his lack of control.
The fielders spent much of their
time chasing wind-blown fly balls
and could not be accurately judged
upon their showing. Second baseman
Charlie Ketterer served notice that
he will make a strong bid for the key-
stone position by turning in several
fine fielding gems.
John Leddy made his first appear-
ance at first base and looked good
around the bag. He did not get a
chance to prove his ability at the
plate, drawing a pair of passes in
two appearances.
nRi1ey affk
Plans for 1-M


BATTERY FOR TODAY'S GAME-Major Gen. Claire L. Chenni
(right) and Brig. Gen. Edgar E. Glenn of New York, pitcher and cat
for their team, hold a conference between innings of a softball g
played by members of the U.S. Air Force at a base in China.
-AP Wirep
Famed Sports Writer T eI(s
What Is Happening at Hom

Old Man Weather has been keeping
the golfers from getting out for muchS
practice so it is still impossible for
Coach Ray Courtright to name his Earl Riskey, director of Intramural
starting team for Saturday against activities, announced yesterday that
the University of Detroit. the spring sports program will be un-
Saturday was a nice enough day der way soon.
for some of the squad to get on the Riskey said that all independent
course, but Sunday was a very poor and fraternity men who are interest-
day for golf and no scores could be ed informing softball teams, or play-
judged due to the wet course. If the ing Pn tennis or golf tournaments

There will be a meeting today at
5 p.m. of all men who signed up for
golf. The meeting will be at the
University Golf Course, but in case
of rain it will be held at the Union.

should contact him immediately. The
program was highly successful last
year and aroused much interestj
among the students and members of
the faculty.,
The spotlight of the 1943 season
was focused on softball. It had the

NEW YORK, April 10.-(A)-Sgt. They'll be closed, as there w
Joe Smith, Somewhere, U.S. Army, be enough guys left to start a
Dear Joe: They are still talking ante game.
about you in the papers. At least, I don't know whether I told
they're mentioning a second front not, but Utah is the unofficial b
all the time and the last time I saw ball champion, and the rules
you you really had one. That's how been changed to clip a few inc
I knew *u were in Italy, as they kept the top of these flagpole guy
talking about the soft stomach we could flag a ball as it was dre
were attacking. , into a basket. They also willX
l vhtsunlimited substitutions, which
I'll try to give you a few highlights be a break for you, as if anyon
on what's been going on in sports needed unlimited substitutions
back here, and particularly that the u
baseball schedule is scheduled to open They had a fight at the Gar
on schedule. I really can't tell you other night and Beau Jack wa
much about the teams, and I don't the decision over Juan Zurit
think anybody else can, even the new N.B.A. lightweight cha
managers. I The Beau has to huntttipa
Some think the St. Louis Cardinals home for awhile as the circu
will be a shoo-in in the National, and moved into the Garden. He's
that the Yanks will do well to finish tically lived there this winter,
in the first division in the American. ing main events. He's due f
Brooklyn has been hit pretty hard, Army before long, though, Iu
and Lippy Leo Durocher even had stand, so it will be a homeo
decided to pay second base himself range. The rifle range, that is.
before he broke his thumb. He is good, huh?
bringing in Dixie Walker from the Well, Joe, there isn't much
outfield to play third. They have news. Keep plugging, and rou
three guys coaching Dixie, I suppose a couple of those Nazis for m
one telling him how to field, another doing my bit. I scowled at a f
how to throw, and the other explain- hund the other day. Maybe
ing what the first two are trying to able to tell you a little more
tell him. the baseball situation next t
The exhibition games on the whole write. Right now it isn't even a
have been pretty close, and that looks tion. It's a piece-work job. C
like good competition this year, re- Mack thinks his Athletics h
gardless of the class. If they draft chance at the pennant, whic
the 4-effs for labor as they are talk- goes to show you how thingsa
ing of doing the races won't be close. As ever, your pal-Whitney.
Walk-Over Race at Jamaica
j NEW YORK, April 10.-(P)--The j the State's tracks by approv
first race at Jamaica became a one-
horse, nonbetting event today when purse increase rg es involv
the grooms refused to lead the horses take care of charges ivaddo
into the paddock until their owners bringing horses t e pd
'met their demand for payment of $5 Herbert Bayard Swope, cha
to take the thoroughbreds to the sad- of the commission, in anno
dling arena and $15 in event the approval of the purse-increas
horse won. worked out by the tracks, said
Trainer Jimmy Ritchie himself "The commission has nothing
led C. F. Kohler's Star of Padula to with the amount of wages th
the arena. After it was announced paid to the various types of w
raeand it is taking no position it
that all money wagered on the racematters. However, charges of th
would be refunded, Star of Padula
went to the post and merely jogged rblesuand the grooms were outt
through the six furlongs. in putting pressure on the trac
The walk-over was the first in the discommoding the public, vw
United States since Whirlaway's Op- whom there would be no racing
position failed to show up in the 1942 "The formula adopted wi
Pimlico Special. the opinion of the commi
After a hasty conference between solve the problem. The comm
grooms and track officials to settle has authorized the increase t
the issue after the day's program was come effective at once."
over, the second race was run off with The grooms first went on a
six starters and the remainder of the last Saturday, but the Metro
card went through as scheduled. Jockey Club, which operates Ja
The New York Racing Commis- !stepped in and agreed to pay
sion finally moved to end strikes at .for that day only.

EVANSVILLE. Ind., April 10.-RIP)
-Michael Frank Higgins joined the
Tigers in a 60-minute workout today
and then announced he would be
ready to play third base in the Amer-
ican League opener with the St. Louis
Browns a week from tomorrow at
Briggs Stadium.
Higgins arrived from Dallas, Tex.,
where he was delayed a week by an
attack of influenza. His work in a
batting drill today bore out his report
that he engaged in several weeks of
practice at the University of Texas.
Higgins, who will be 35 years old
next month, passed his pre-induction
' physical examination several months
fault ago, but he said there was no indica-
cher tion when he would be called. Arriv-
ame ing so late, Pinky scarcely has need
of unpacking his bag. The Tigers
hot o break camp tomorrow. leaving at
noon for Louisville where they will
meet the American Association Club
Wednesday. Exhibition games at
Seymour and Muncie, Ind.. will fol-
low before the team reaches Detroit
Saturday for a week-end series with
the Pittsburgh Pirates at Briggs Sta-
An exhibition game scheduled for
today against the Army Air Force
uldn't team at George Field, Il, was can-
penny't celled because of wet grounds. Mana-
ger Steve O'Neill ordered a workout
y here, however, and he got in several
you or rounds of batting practice before
asket- rains cut the drill short.
have O'Neill and coaches Al Vincent and
hes O' Arthur Mills will head a squad of 21
s who players leaving camp tomorrow.
upping Pitchers Paul Trout, Hal Newhouser,
permit Ruffus Gentry and Joe Hare left
would I today for Detroit, and the injured
e ever-
it was
Fes thet Tenis
s given
a, the Match Three
a new We A
Us has wC i
prac- '
fight- With the first tennis match just
or theabout three weeks away, Coach Le-
under- Roy Weir's tennis team is getting
P0ety ready for the opening match against
the University of Detroit.
more Weather having been a bit of a
ad ti problem as far as outdoor play is
e. I'm concerned, the squad has been work-
Dachs- ing out indoors, getting in plenty of
I'll be practice on the wooden courts of the
about Sports building.
time i Since practice has been held from
sitvua- 1 to 3 p.m. every day the turnout has
Connie ben Trather erratic and subject to
ave a change almost every day. It has been
h just necessary to hold practice at this
are. hour due to the fact that the Sports
building is in use during the late
- ! afternoon, when various classes have
meetings there. However, it is prob-
Ce able that now .there is a chance for
outdoor play, that hours wil be more
convenitne to all the members of the
Outstanding candidates for start-
ing singles berths are Roger Lewis,
and Jinx Johnson, both holdovers
ng a from last year's squad, as well as
ce to Dave Post and Farnum Johnson, Ma-
ed in rine trainee.
ck. Post and Lewis seem to be fairly
-irman evenly matched during indoor play,
uncing but Post's long drives are not as ef-
e plan fective on wood as they are outdoors,
' and Lewis. too( cannot control his
g to do shots as well off the board.
fat are Johnson, who has a powerful net
orkers, game seems to be singularly success-
nrks'hful indoors, but again it is a matter
his sucof conjecture how his style of play
he sta- will show up on the outside courts.
of line There are at least six other players
of and who have turned out for practice in-
ko termittently, who have shown decid-
g.tu ed promise, and within the next week
g' i Weir should be able to select a squad
ill in which will be comparable to theI
ssion, one Detroit will be able to produce.
ission - -- - -


Paul Richards, whose hand was split
by a foul tip, will rejoin the squad
Saturday after spending several days
at his home in Texas.
Trout and Gentry will face the
Pirates at Detroit Saturday, while
Newhouser and another pitcher as
yet unnamed will work Sunday.
O'Neill has mapped out other mound
assignments. Joe Orrell, Elon (Chief)
Hogsett and Walter (Boom Boom)
Beck will face Louisville. Zebalon
Eaton and Emery Hresko will oppose
the Freeman Field Army team Thurs-
day at Seymour and John Gorsica
and Frank Overmire will pitch
against the Pirates Friday at Muncie.
By getting in a workout today, the
Tigers concluded a reasonably suc-
cessful taining session in 34 days
here, including a tryout camp before
the regulars reported March 14. De-
troit missed only three practices be-
cause of the weathet.
"I don't think any club can match
that anywhere," said O'Neill. "We
are in pretty good condition and have
snt tFlorida, but we have no com-
plaints about the weather."
From a box office standpoint, the
weatherman wasn't cooperative. Six
games in Evansville drew 5,674 cus-
tomers, about a third of the turnout
for five games last spring, but the
Tigers are inclined to charge off the
difference to threatening weather be-
fore game time two of the three
S35- ear-Old
Ace Al Smit,.
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND, April 10.-Al Smith
was waived out of the National
League five years ago, but today he
is the Cleveland Indians' mound ace
and Manager Lou Boudreau's choice
to hurl the season opener against the
White Sox at Chicago April 18.
At 35 a man isn't supposed to be
much of a pitcher, but consider
Smitty's acconplishments last
year: lie notched 17 victories and
was beaten only seven times; three
of the triumphs were shutouts, two
were two-hitters and two others
were four-hitters.
The aging left-hander made the
American League's All-Star team
without the vote of his own manager,
and at the close of the season the
Cleveland chapter of the Baseball
Writers Association designated him
the club's most valuable player.
The veteran has been one of the
Tribe's pitching mainstays from the
day he was picked off the scrap heap
at Buffalo andas demonstrated one
quality which is shared by compara-
tively few pitchers-he's a fellow who
beats the good ball clubs.
"Old Porky," as his teammates
call him, turned away the Yankees
twice in three starts last season.
He had a perfect percentage over
Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and
Washington, and broke even in two
tries against Boston. St. Louis was
his jinx club. The Brownies bested
Al the four times he appeared
against them.
Smitty has lost much of his speed
but has learned how to make the bat-
ter hit the ball he wants him to hit.
The batters may get a base on balls,
but they won't get the ball they're
hoping for.
They're popular - SUAVE
Liberty off State

Many Cubans on Team
COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 10.-
(IP)-If you figure all-around pitch-
ing strength is enough td tell the
story in this third wartime baseball
year, you can order your World Series
ticket right now from the Washing-
ton Senators. But if you insist on an
air-tight infield with power at the
plate, you'd better look elsewhere.
Washington has - the best "paper"
pitching staff in the American
League, a weak-hitting infield with
a big gap at third base, good first
line catching and a good outfield.
The Selective Service Commission's
edict late yesterday that the many
Cubans and other Latin Americans
on the roster must register for the
draft by June 12 or hurry back to
their homes changes the outlook very
little except to widen the gap at third
When the lights go on again at
Griffith Stadium, the four deep
knuckle ball staff will start shoing
the rest of the loop their own base-
ball version of "Mairzy Doats." Dutch
Leonard, Roger Wolff, Mickey Heaf-
ner and Johnny Niggeling figure to
make a 43-night home stand pretty
much of a nightmare for the opposi-
tion with their dipsy-doodle stuff
under the arcs.
Manager Ossie Bluege also has
left Wilfred Lefebvre, a 12-game
winner at Minneapolis and Santiago
Ullrich, a Venezuelan who starred in
F the Cuban Winter League.
Third base is the weak spot in the
field which has the veteran Joe Kuhel
back from Chicago at first base.
George Myatt at second and Johnny
Sullivan at short. Cuban Luis Suarez
and Hillis Layne have been splitting
the hot corner work. Suarez proved
to be a fancy fielder but there is
doubt about his hitting. Layne prob
ably will get the job although he is
troubled by a "milk leg" that caused
his discharge from the Army.
First baseman Eddie Butka, husky
rookie from Springfield, Mass., has
shown promise at bat.
Oxs Shuts Out Bears,
4-0 Exhibition Game
PLAINFIELD, N.J., April 10.-()
- Boston's American League Red
Oxs proved too much for , Newark's
International Leaguers today and
shut out the Bears 4 to 0 in an ex-
hibition baseball game.
Yank Terry, who hurled seven in-
nings, and ancient Mike Ryba, who
finished, held the Bears to four hits
while their mates drilled seven hits
off four opposition pitchers.
War Jobs Keep Crowds
Away frot Box Office
DETROIT, April 10.-(IP)-Despite
today's absence of the customary
long line of fans to mark the box
office opening at Briggs Stadium for
the new baseball season, Detroit Ti-
ger officials predicted a crowd in
excess of 22,000 fans for the opener
with the St. Louis Browns April 18.
Apparently war workers could not
get away from the job, the manage-
ment explained.
Continuous from 1 P.M.
Today and Wednesday-

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sun keeps on shining Courtright ex- 1 largest turnout of all the
pects to know in just a few days There were four leagues,

with six

what men will tee off Saturday.
When the Maize and Blue meet
the University of Detroit this Satur-
day in Ann Arbor they begin their
season at the earliest date in many
years. This early date is in part
responsible for the difficulty in de-
deciding the squad since yet it has
been hard to get in much practice.
Capt. Phil Marcellus, Duncan
Noble, Tom Messinger and John
Jenswold all show promise and are
possible starters. Messinger has turn-
ed in a 68 which he shot at the
Municipal Course.
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teams each, and there was also a fa-
culty league with eight teams. Riskey
is planning the 1944 program on this
same order,
This season the tennis tournament
wil follow the same procedure as last
year. Only 32 single and double en-
trees will be accepted, and all those

who are interested in golf will
signed matches.

be as-

Hart Trophy
Goes t Pratt
MONTREAL, April 10.-VP)-Wal-
ter (Babe) Pratt, twenty-eight-year-
old defensemari of the Toronto Hoc-
key League, was named winner of the
Hart Trophy today as the most val-
uable man to his team. He polled 87
of a possible 120 points in a vote of
hockey writers.
Bill Cowley, of Boston, a winner a
year ago, was second, with 84 points;
Doug Bentley, of Chicago, third with
55; Earl Seibert, of Chicago, fourth
with 52; Lorne Carr, of Tcronto, fifth
with 45, and Elmer Lach, of Mon-
treal, sixth with 42. Rounding out
the first 10 were Carl Liscombe, of
Detroit; Bill Durnan, of Montreal;
Herbie Cain, f Boston, and Bryan
Hextall, of Ne York.
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