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Nine's Intra=Squad Tilt
Canceled by Weather
Use Time for Workout; Emuer Swa Nrrsou
Shows Great P'rom-iise as First Sacker

The Wolverine baseball team was
prevented from playing the third
scheduled intra-squad game by icy
April winds and a muddy field, but
Coach Fisher took advantage of the
time to put the pitchers and the in-
fielders through a rigorous workout.
Working out at first base for the
first time was veteran catcher, Elmer
Swanson, who looked good enough to
be chosen regular first sacker by
Coach Fisher. Swanson has been
hitting exceptionally well and much
better than any of the other pros-
pective first basemen. Fisher used
him in the number one infield com-
bination of third baseman Bob Nuss-
baumer, shortstop Bruce Blanchard,
secondbaseman Charles Ketterer,
and Bob Stevenson who will hold
down the regular catching spot from
now on.
Swanson Looks Good
"Elmer Swanson looks better than
any other man that has tried out for
the first base position and because of
his hitting ability he will be in the
starting line-up," stated Coach Fish-
Besides this combination Fisher
worked with Keith Phelps at third,
Mike Farnyk and "Memphis" Willies
at second, Walter Rell and Jack
Spence at shortstop, Tommy King
and John Leddy at first, and Bob
Hixon catching.
The outfielders spent the day play-
ing pepper games because of the un-
favorable weather. One of the squad's
best outfielders, Bob Gregor, will be
playing against his former team-
mates, the Oberlin squad. Gregor, a
Marine, was transferred to Michigan
in the V-12 program March 1 from
Oberlin where he has been stationed
since last July. Bob will undoubtedly
see plenty of action in left field Sat-
Pitching Is Still Problem
Although the infield and outfield
situation looks bright, the number
one problem is still pitching. For this
reason Coach Fisher spent some time
Cards Defeat Browns
ST. LOUIS, April 12.--()-The
weather was too cold for baseball but
the St. Louis Cardinals warmed up
in the ninth inning, breaking a tie
with a five-run spree that bested the
American League Browns 8 to 6 in a
city-series game today.

looking his pitchers over. He worked
particularly with right hander Dick
Schmidke who will probably start
against Oberlin Saturday and left-
handers Bob Weise and Bo Bowman,
who is just getting back into shape
after an injury which kept him out
for two weeks.
The squad will once again attempt
to play an intra-squad game, weather
permitting, this afternoon. This will
be the first time that they have play-
ed on the regular diamond.
.Y . Yankees
Will Again Be
Title Defenders
PLAINFIELD, N.J., April 12.-(A")
-Before you shed a crocodile tear for
the fate of the poor New York Yan-
kees, consider that Spud Chandler
and Ernie Bonham are rejoining the
ball club, 12 farm system-tested
rookies are on the premises and Joe
McCarthy is still manager.
No club can lose men like Charley
Keller, Frank Crosetti, Bill Dickey,
Joe Gordon, Bill Johnson and Marius
Russo and pretend to be the same.
But a fine pitching staff, good infield
and a fair outfield figure to make the
Yanks pennant contenders as usual.
Pitching is McCarthy's strong suit.
In addition to Chandler and Bon-
ham whose impending inductions
have been delayed, are Hank Borowy,
Atley Donald and Bill Zuber, who fig-
ure to be starters along with Walt
Dubiel, a 16-game winner at Newark
and possibly Joe Page, southpaw, who
won 14 for the same club.
Pitchers Look Impressive
Lefty Johnny Johnson of Kansas
City has looked good in brief appear-
ances as has Floyd "Bill" Bevens,
who may help Jim Turner take up the
fireman's job left open by the re-
tirement of Fordham Johnny Mur-
phy. Em Roser, giant righthander
who won 12 on the farm at Newark,
and Al Lyons, a pitcher-outfielder
from Kansas City, are other staff
McCarthy is high on George Stern-
weiss, who is taking Joe Gordon's
place at second after an unimpressive
rookie season in. 1943. Nick Etten
is back at first and rookie. Don Sav-
age from Newark has been installed
as third baseman. Shortstop goes to
Oscar Grimes, bench-warmer last
year, with Mike Milosevich of Kansas
City ready to fill in any place in the
infield when needed.
Outfield Shapes Up Well
Johnny Lindell, accepted by the
Navy and awaiting call, will play
centerfield and Ed Levy, who has a
medical discharge from the Coast
Guard, is in left. Bud Metheny and
Tuck Stainback have been splitting
the right field assignment against
different kinds of pitching and may
spell Levy in left as Big Ed, a first
sacker by trade, is having arm
Wallace To Throw
Opening Baseball
WASHINGTON, April 12. - () -
Vice-President Wallace, who has
practiced more with a tennis racquet
and boomerang than with a ball bat,
will chuck out the baseball here next
Tuesday that officially opens the Am-
erican League season.
Wallace was signed today by Clark
Griffith, Nats owner, who introduced
him to a squad of Latin American
ballplayers with whom the Vice-Pres-
ident conversed in Spanish.

Fieldm g 1. Yost Confined to
Hospat-d; Conto Not Criticatl
Fieldiin L. Y ij, ir Wn'-%thlItIt c ILetcr Emeitu, wcd
yesterday cunfined to University of MVihigan hospital for qbserva-
tion as a result of a recent illness.
Officials of the hospital reported that his condition was "very
satisfactory," and he was not critically ill. Yost is 72 years of age.
The former coach, who has aptly been named "the grand old
man of Michigan football," retired as Athletic Director in 1941, but
has been active in athletic affairs ever since. He was a frequent
visitor at practice sessions and is always on hand for all home ath-
letic events. The recently constructed Yost Field House was named
in his honor.
The hospital authorities indicated that "Hurry Up," as he is
known, would be able to leave shortly, probably before his 73rd
birthday, April 30.
Tigers Whip Louisville Colonels

BROWN BOMBER IN ACTION-Sergeant Joe Louis (right)
boxes with his old sparring mate, George Nicholson (left) in London
as part of a series of exhibition bouts Louis is staging to entertain
U.S. troops in England.
Joe Louis Makes Morale Building
Tour for U.S. Troops in England
George Nicholson, Former Sparring Partner,
Believes Bomber's Fistic Ability Is Improving
LONDON, April 11.-OP)-Has Ar- he enjoyed the trans-Atlantic trip
my life cost Sgt. Joe Louis Barrow, because it gave him a few days rest
in private life heavyweight champion to heal the bumps picked up in the,
Joe Louis, any of his fistic ability? U.s. jaunt.
George Nicholson, who probably "Joe is getting cute now and can
has survived more of the Brown move an opponent around and spin
Bomber's explosives than any other him. I guess he is thinking of Billy
person, doesn't think so and is of the Conn-and he is not going to let
definite opinion that Louis is getting Billy outstep him the next time they
better and better. meet."
Nicholson, from Yonkers, N.Y., is This "next time" with the Pitts-
part of the six-man troupe that burge pretty boy who came within
reached London with Louis today for seven minutes of taking Louis' crown
a morale building tour of U.S. service away from him in 1941 is the first
camps in the British Isles. They item of business on Louis' calendar
reached Britain Saturday. after the war.
In pre-war days, Nicholson was a During a press interview today,
regular spar-mate in the champion's during which Louis made a big hit
training camps and has fought with British reporters, the Brown
thousands of rounds with Louis. In Bomber said he did not plan to meet
addition, he has just finished a tour Freddie Mills, holder of the British
of 118 Army camps in the United Empire light - heavyweight crown.
'States where he and Joe entertained
troops with ring exhibitions. for AT
"Right now Joe is moving better I 1 ir e'
than ever," insisted Nicholson, who
also is a sergeant. Nicholson said H ockey School

LOUISVILLE, April 12.-()-The
Tigers got seven hit pitching today
from Elon (Chief) Hogsett, Joe Or-
rell and Walter (Boom Boom) Beck,
three lesser members of their staff,
while defeating the Louisville Colon-
els of the American Association, 5 to
1, in an exhibition game at Parkway
Working in three inning shifts,
Hogsett and Beck each allowed two
hits and Orrell gave up three as De-
troit gained its fifth spring victory
against three defeats and a tie. The
lone run came off Hogsett in the
third inning.
The Tigers meanwhile gathered 11
hits off three Louisville pitchers, with
Eddie Mayo and Pinky Higgins each
getting two. Higgins, playing his first
game, rapped a single and a double
in two trips to the plate and then re-
tired in favor of Edward (Red) Bo-
Nevertheless the game was decided
by a superb defensive play, a one-
handed catch by Don Ross in right
field that snuffed out a Louisville
rally in the eighth.
The Tigers were leading 2 to 1
when the Colonels came to bat in the

eighth. With one out Ben Steiner
singled off Beck, and Chick Genoves
sent him to third with a hit and run
single. Bill Howerton then blasted a
370-foot drive to right field where
Ross made his spectacular catch.
Ross then made the throw to first
for a rally killing double play.
With that off their chests, the Ti-
gers gathered three more runs in the
ninth off Al Widmar to clinch the de-
cision. Two of these were unearned.
Detroit seized a one run lead in the
second off Jim Wilson, first of three
Louisville right-handers. Higgins
singled and was out stealing, but
Jimmy Outlaw walked and stole sec-
ond. Ross rolled out but catcher
James (Hack) Miller looped a single
to center, scoring Outlaw. The Colon-
els tied it up in the third. Hogsett
hit Jim Ripple with a pitch, and
Strick Shofner forced Ripple at sec-
ond. Wilson then doubled Shofner
home, but Hogsett pitched his way
out of further trouble.
The three Detroit pitchers had
excellent control and Orrell issued
the only pass. Hogsett and Beck each
fanned two, while Orrell struck out

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Stir Up, Pukka Gin
Candidates in Derby
NEW YORK, April 12.-(AP)-The
Whitney clan showed two strong
candidates for the Kentucky Derby
today at Jamaica when Stir Up won
one division of the experimental han-
dicap and Pukka Gin, the winter-
book favorite, finished a fast closing
second in the other.
Stir Up, winner of the Flamingo
Stakes at Hialeah Park, turned in
the fastest time of the two six-fur-
long dashes as he won for Mrs. Payne
Whitney's Greentree stable.

MONTREAL, April 12.-(A)-Tom
Lockhart, president of the Amateur
Hockey Association of the United
States, said last night his organiza-
tion is planning a hockey school for
American-born boys.
If an ice plant in some northern
Minnesota town is available next
October, he said, the school will start
operation. Hago Harrington, former
Olympic games hockey team member,
will be in charge.
The school will be open to any boy
born in the United States. When its
session is completed a pool will be
made of the players and they will be
sent to affiliated amateur teams.

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