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April 12, 1944 - Image 3

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Thinelads Hold
First Workout
In Two Weeks
Prepare for Outdoor
Season; Squad Making
Trip to Penn Relays
Once again the clomp of spikes
could be heard in the Yost Field
House as the Wolverine track squad
took their initial workout yesterday
in preparation for the Big Ten out-
door season.
A short meeting was held prior to
practice and plans were discussed for
the spring meet which will be cli-
maxed by the Conference Meet which
will be held May 27 at Champaign.
After a two-week layoff, the boys
went through a rather long workout
in an effort to get back into the prime
condition) which they possessed last
Squad Competes in Penn Relays
The lid will be pried off April 29
when the thinclads compete in the
Penn Relays, and Coach Ken Doher-
ty is counting on the same team bal-
ance which was displayed all through
the indoor season to bring them add-
ed victories this spring. Although
the team will be weakened in several
departments as the result of some
of the members switching to other
spring sports, the all around versatil-
ity should compensate for this loss.
Elroy Hirsch, the late-comer to the
squad who finished second in the
broadjump and fifth in the high-
jump at the Conference Meet, is now
one of the mainstays on Coach Ray
Fisher's nine. Bob Nussbaumer and
Bruce Blanchard, both fine sprint-
ers, have also traded in their track
shoes for a fielder's glove.
Big Season Expected of Stars
That title-holding trio-Ross and
Bob Hume and Bob Ufer, are still
available for the outdoor season, and
this threesome will undoubtedly form
the nucleus of the championship-
bound team. Ufer, who holds the in-
door 440-yard world crown and who
has not been beaten at this distance
for 'three years, has never repeated
this performance outdoors, and it
will be interesting to note whether
he can overcome this jinx in this-
his last year in college competition.
The Hume twins share the indoor
mile crown and Bob is also two-mile
Big~ Ten champ, and in view of their,
constant improvement are being look-
ed upon as potential outdoor cham-
The team will continue to work-
out indoors until a break in the
weather permits outdoor practice and
the fixing-up of the Ferry Field
track. The first home meet will be
May 13 when Michigan will play host
to Illinois and Purdue in a triangular
Blackhawks Leave for
Montreal for Playoffs
CHICAGO, April 11. - (N') - The
Chicago Blackhawks departed for
Montreal today to resume the Stanley
Cup hockey playoffs with the Cana-
diens, who need only one more win
to score a series shutout over the
Hawks and capture their 18th cup
The Hawks, who attracted a total
of 425,000 fans to their home games
this season to establish an attend-
ance record.

Tigers To Meet
Louisvitle Club
in Exhibition,
Higgins Joins Teatrn
As O'Neill Organizes
Infield for First Time
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 11.-(P)--
The Tigers crossed the Landis-East-
man line for northern training today
for an exhibition game tomorrow
with the Louisville Colonels of the
American Association.
A year ago it wasn't permissable to
cross the Ohio River for exhibition
games, but Commissioner K. M. Lan-
dis relaxed the regulation several
months ago, giving the green light to
games across the boundary. Curi-
ously, the Tigers actually traveled
north from Evansville, where they
broke training camp this noon, to
reachthis center of the Blue Grass
Squad To Go on to Indiana
Manager Steven O'Neill and a 21-
player squad will continue on to Sey-
mour, Ind., Thursday and to Muncie
Friday for exhibition games before
reaching Detroit Saturday morning.
The Detroit infield will be assem-
bled for the first time tomorrow.
Pinky Higgins, who arrived just a
few hours before the team broke
camp, will be at third base against
the Colonels. Edward (Red) Borom
and Al Unser have filled in for Hig-
Infield Named
The rest of the infield is Rudy York
at first base and Don Heffner at sec-
ond and Eddie Mayo at shortstop.
O'Neill has expressed satisfaction at
the defensive work of Heffner. He
likewise is confident of the ability of
Mayo to make good at a new position.
Mayo topped the American League
fielding averages at third base for
the Philadelphia Athletics last year.
Joe Orrell, Elon (Chief) Hogsett
and Walter (Boom Boom) Beck will
pitch in three inning assignments
against Louisville. Orrell, who work-
ed 20 innings for Detroit in 1943 after
his purchase from Portland of the
Pacific Coast League, is making his
first 1944 start.

Athletic Department Announces Several New
Chaniies Additons~ in RsebaiI Sebeduile

Willy rLily w aL1 jl kep t tie
Michigan baseball team from playing
its third intra-squad game of the
training season, the Athletic Depart-
ment announced several schedule
changes and additions which put
three contests with Fort Custer on
the docket and cancelled tilts with
Fort Sheridan and Great Lakes.
The Wolverines were originally
slated to engage Fort Sheridan April
22 and Great Lakes April 23, but
travel restrictions have forced the
cancellation of both games. Instead,
a doubleheader with Fort Custer has
been arranged for the 22nd, to be
played at the Army base. Custer will

also tangle with .Mi chii May 24 at
Ann Arbor,.
Schedule Totals 23 Games
The addition of these three con-
tests with the Army nine brings the'
Wolverine schedule to 23 games in-
cluding ten Western Conference en-
gagements. 11 are carded for Ferry
Field while the balance will take
place on foreign soil. The Wolverines
open the campaign Saturday when
they travel to Oberlin for a double-
The rained-out practice game was
a blow to Coach Ray Fisher and his
charges as the two previous tilts
showed that the diamond crew needs
a lot more work before the opener.

Although the hitters have shown a
good deal of power as the 13-11 and
12-4 scores indicate, the pitching
staff could make use of plenty of
practice under game conditions. Long
hours in the batting cages of Yost
Field House seem to have done more
for Wolverine batting eyes than
pitching arms.
Fielders Need Practice
In addition, the infielders and out-
fielders, who have not been able to
sharpen up on ground balls and flies
within the confines of the Field
House, must get in shape. However,
they have looked fairly good in the
two games considering the sogginess
of the playing field.

Have a Coca-Coa=Kia Ora

PROBABLE FOUR-LETTER WINNER-Elroy Hirsch, former Wiscon-
sin grid ace, who has already won letters this year in football, basket-
ball and track, and is bidding for a berth on the mound squad at pres-
ent. If he makes the squad he will be the first four-letter winner in
Michigan history. -AP Photo.
by Jo Ann I'eterson

THE UNIVERSITY of Minnesota,
long time leader in Big Ten sports
circles, always one of the first Uni-
versities to carry out any program,
and always adequately supplied with
good material, has taken the lead this
spring, in introducing a new track
meet, which, although it. does not di-
rectly : touch Michigan athletics,
should be of interest to all those con-
cerned with the continuance of ath-
letics during the war.
The meet will be held May 6, at
Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis,
and is to be called the Gopher
Open. It is the outgrowth of sever-
al requests by state colleges and
* will be an open affair for all state
colleges, athletic clubs and any
out-of-state schools or organizat-
tions that wish to enter.
The special value of the meet is
that it will be an opportunity for men
enlisted in both the Army and Navy
to run, and will provide all-comers
with good competition. Army camps
near Minneapolis have been notified
of the event, and former track stars
at these camps have been urged to
enter either as a group or unattach-
Likewise, Army men stationed on
campuses in 'Minnesota have been
asked to attend the meet, as there
will be an equal opportunity for all

SMALL COLLEGES which have had
their athletic programs either
entirely slashed by war time necessi-
ties, or have had them curtailed to
such an extent that there has been
little opportunity for them to meet
outside groups, are especially en-
couraged to participate as it is hoped
that the best of the track talent
from Minnesota, and possibly from
neighboring states as well, will be
present at the meet.
Gopher coach Jim Kelly will
serve as director of the new ven-
ture, and expects a good turnout on
word received from interested com-
There can be-no doubt that this
meet will be of great interest to the
many small colleges throughout Min-
nesota, who will have the good for-
tune to take part in such a well-spon-
sored event. These are the schools
that otherwise, due to decreased en-
rollment, would probably not have
any opportunity to even compete in a
dual match on a team basis, or enter
a full team in any track meet.
The annual post-season banquet
for the Michigan swimming team
will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at
the Allenel Hotel. The speaker
for the evening has not as yet been

Kia ora, says the New Zealander to wish you well. Have a "Coke"
is the way the Yank says it and he's made a friend. It says Welcome
neighbor from Auckland to Albuquerque. 'Round the globe,
Coca-Cola stands for the pause that refreshes,-has become the
high-sign between friendly-minded people. So, of course,
Coca-Cola belongs in your icebox at home.
331 South Ashley


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