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s Today

Diamond Club Treks to
Custer for Double Bill
Bowman, Hirsch Get Starting Assignments;
Fisher Believes 16-Man Outfit 'Is Ready'

The Wolverine baseball club travels
to Fort Custer this morning to play
a doubleheader against the Post team
after being rained out of the sea-
son's opener last week-end against
Left hander Bo Bowman and right
hander Elroy Hirsch have been given
starting pitching assignments by
Coach Ray Fisher. Bowman, who has
been showing steady improvement
lately, will probably pitch the first
game against Fort Custer's ace, "Wild
Bill" Evans, who won 15, lost two,
and tied two last season for the Post
Hirsch Improved
The versatile Hirsch has improved
sufficiently enough to be named one
of the starting hurlers for the twin-
bill. Fisher commented, "Hirsch is
just like another infielder around the
box and works in very well with my
number one infield combination of
Elmer Swanson, Charlie Ketterer,
Bruce Blanchard, Mike Farnyk, and
Bob Stevenson."
Fisher said he thought his team
was ready for Fort Custer. "Of course
actual power of the Custer team has
not yet been, determined.- Their
pitcher, Bill Evans, will probably be
a good deal ahead of us, but it looks
as though the Wolverines will stack
up pretty well every place else."
Fisher has maintained for some
time that his first string infield is

one of the best combinations that he
has ever worked with. The switching
of Swanson from the catcher's berth
to first base put the finishing touches
on a first-rate combination.
Nussbaumer Stays Homej
Because of a pulled muscle, third
baseman Bob Nussbaumer will be un-
able to make the trip, but willbe back
in shape for the first home contest
Tuesday against Western Michigan.
Of the 16 players making the trip,
eight are pitchers. Included on the
list are Bowman, Bob Wiese, Denny
Man o, Ralph Strem,and Jack Hack-
stadt, all left handers. Right hand-
ers Dick Schmidtke, Hirsch, and Al
Willers will also be ready to hurl.
Hold Lengthy Batting Drill
Fisher's starting line-up has Swan-
son at first, Ketterer at second, Far-
nyk at third, Blanchard at short, and'
Stevenson behind the plate. Bill
Gregor will start in left field, Don
Lund in center and Bob Wiese in
right. In preparation for today's
contest with Custer, Fisher put his
first string through a two-hour bat-
ting practice with Coach Bennie
Oosterbaan on the mound.
Fisher payed particular attention
to the hitting of outfielder Gregor
and Hirsch whose batting has not yet
reached its peak.
Outfielders Lund, Wiese, Gregor,
and Hirsch -were out through a
lengthy fly-chasing drill after the
batting practice.

Redbirds Strengthen Lead in
Flag Race .asCubs Bow, 4-0

Golfers I
Linksmen Take
Titans, 18-0, in
Season Opener
Noble, Welling, Burke,
Messinger Win Best
Ball, Singles Matches
Michigan linksmen got off to a fly-
ing start yesterday in trouncing the
University of Detroit, 18-0, by taking
the best ball matches and all four
singles tilts.
In the best ball matches Duncan
Noble and Bob Welling defeated Bob
Ryan and Harold Sadowski by a score
of 3-0, with Messinger and Burke
winning from Adam Nowicki and
Dick King by the same score.
Tom Messinger came in with a 79
in the singles to whip Nowicki while
Noble took Ryan, Welling edged out
Sadowski and Bdrke trimmed King.
Scores Are Low
The day's scores were only approxi-
mations since play was halted at the
15th hole because of darkness. At
this time it was apparent that the
Titan linksmen were wholly out-
classed and could not compete with
the shot-making of the Wolverine
The 18-hole figures were rather
high for inter-collegiate golf, only
two players breaking 80. However,
this was probably caused by the
soakedcondition of theturf, which
did not allow for any roll and the
fact that neither team had done
much previous practicing.
Play Wildcats Today
Today, the Wolverines get off to
their initial Big Ten match against
Northwestern on the Northwestern
Golf Course. Winning this encounter
will get Michigan off to a good start
towards annexing the championship
in Chicago next month.
The Wildcats met Purdue and In-
diana in a triangular match last Sat-
urday. The Boilermakers trimmed
Northwestern but the Purple golfmen
rallied to defeat the Hoosiers.
Courtright Nameus Squad
Coach Ted Payseur's team is made
up of three servicemen, Milt Kuehn,
Bob Alexander and Dan Fargo. Re-
turning letterman Warren William-
son and a new man, James Stotter,
take up the other two places. The
Wildcats have also been hampered
by the rain and have had no more
practice this season than Coach Ray
Courtright's squad.
Courtright said last night that he
would use Capt. Phil Marcellus, Jack
Tews, Paul O'Hara, John Jenswold,
Duncan Noble and Tom Messinger.
Four of these men will play in the
best ball and singles matches. The
other two will split the day, one
meeting Northwestern's fifth man in
the morning in a singles match and
the other playing in the afternoon.
If the Maize and Blue linksmen
play the kind of golf today that they
did yesterday they are a good bet to
win this first Big Ten match. Next
week Michigan meets Ohio State in
MSC To Open Seaon
EAST LANSING, April 21-(P1)--
Coach John Kobs said today the
Michigan State College baseball team
would open its informal season Sat-
urday with an exhibition game with
the State Prison of Southern Michi-
gan at Jackson. The first home game
will be against Wayne University
April 29.

College Baseball
Minnesota at Iowa, rain
Western Michigan 3, Northwestern
3 (called in 10th inning, rain).
Notre Dame 2, Wisconsin 1.

by Jo Ann Peterson


Detroit, Mee

W HEN Michigan has the misfor-
tune to lose h coach,tor even an
outstanding player, the honest out-
cry that arises is usually impressive.
Michigan sports fans do not appre-
ciate losing anyone who is beneficial
to Maize and Blue athletic achieve-
Few people realize the number of
men who lie behind the athletic
machine here.
Coaches, due to the very fact
that they must work with their
teams continually, are well-known

range the schedules, help deter-
mine eligibility, and coordinate all
the intricate details of the system.
Mr. Yost is recognized because of
his past services in the same capa-
city, and because he was responsible
for building up much of the pres-
tige that is associated with Michi-
gan athletics today.
Behind these men, and behind the
players and teams, working with
them, and for them, is a man who
is little known to men not directly
connected with sports, but who is
nonetheless an all-important fixture
in the mechanism.
FRED DELANO, publicity direct-
or for Michigan athletics, is this
man. To him falls the job of see-
ing that The Daily and other Big
Ten papers get the news about
varsity sports, and get it correctly.
He releases information to the pa-
pers as he gets it, presents news
which has been unknown to other
reporters. Since he confers with
Mr. Crisler and with the various
coaches frequently, he is able to
get new angles and information
that would be impossible for the
regular sportswriter to obtain.
Since he has for the past few years
been such an important .person in
furthering athletics here, and since
he has been invaluable particularly
to Daily writers, it iswith great re-
gret that we learn that Fred is leav-
ing Michigan May 1, to take a posi-
tion on the Chicago Tribune. His
job carries with it much attention to
finicky detail, and much grief from
the writers who perpetually hound
him for information, but we have ap-
preciated him, and want him to know

Coach Leroy Weir's powerful Mich-
igan tennis team will face Western
Michigan today at Kalamazoo in the
opening dual meet of the 1944 season.
According to Weir, "the Maize and
Blue have a well-balanced squad and
are much stronger than last year's
team, which finished fifth in the Big
Ten Standings."
Holding down the number one sin-
gles berth in today's tilt against the
Broncos will be the ever-dependable
Jinx Johnson. This is Johnson's
fourth year of intercollegiate compe-
tition and marks the second consecu-
tive season that this versatile per-
former has been the top singles play-
er for the Maize and Blue.
Lewis in Second Spot
The number two spot will be taken
over for the second consecutive year
by Roger Lewis, one of the top-rank-
ing junior stars in the midwest. Lewis
has excellent strokes and is a master
of court strategy. Coach Weir re-
marked "that if Lewis develops a
little more confidence in himself,
he should have a very successful
In the third and fourth positions
Prof essionalis
Vote To Alter
Kickoff Ruling
PHILADELPHIA, April 21.-(I/P)--
Professional football stepped out
ahead of the colfege game today when
the National Football League adopt-
ed a rule prohibiting out-of-bounds
kickoffs, a subject of considerable
debate but of no action so far in
collegiate grid circles.
Prior to attacking the problem of
trying to operate an 11-club league
next fall or trying to contract the
circuit, the league adopted the entire{
list of rules changes drawn up Tues-I
day by its rules committee.
Chief among these were the ban
on kickoffs that cannot be legally
handled by the receiving team and
legalized, as an experimental meas-
ure for one year, the not-uncommon
practice of coaching from the bench.
If a kickoff goes out of bounds or
fails to travel ten yards, the kicking
team will have to keep on taking five-
yard penalties and trying again un-
til it makes a good one.

Coach Weir is depending upon two
newcomers, Jim Froelich and Bill
Ford. Froelich hails from Califor-
nia, where he has had a considerable
amount of tournament experience.
Ford, on the other hand, is just out
of high school, where he made a fine
reputation for himself in Detroit
prep circles.
Boucher, Post on Team
The last two positions on the squad
will be handled by two veterans of
last year's squad, Dave Post and Roy
Boucher. Boucher won his letter last
year, but Post was forced to leave the
team midway in the season because
of illness.
The last three players on the team
are pretty evenly matched and it was
only after a series of challenge
matches that Coach Weir was able to
make his final selections.
Post whipped Boucher in a close
three-set battle, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, but
then lost to Bill Ford in straight sets,
6-2, 6-4.. Boucher earned the num-
ber six berth by pounding out a 2-6,
6-1, 6-2 triumph over Merle Gulic.
Lewis, Froelich Top Doubles Team
The top Maize and Blue doubles
teams will be Lewis and Froelich.
The number two combination will be
Johnson and Ford, while the third
Maize and Blue duo will be Gulie and
In today's match, the Wolverines
will be at distinct disadvantage as
'they have had very little outdoor
practice. If weather permits, the
match will be played on clay courts.
Western Michigan will provide the
Wolverines with strong opposition in
the number one and two singles
matches, but the remaining positions
on the Bronco team will be handled
by inexperienced performers.
Vic Soukup, who played number
one singles for Kalamazoo College
last season, will this year be the
Broncon's top man. Soukup was
transferred to Western Michigan as
a member of the Navy V-12 program.
WesternhMichigan's second man
lwill be" John C. Hroekje, Jr., a hold-
over letterman from last year's Bron-
co squad.
They're popular - SUAVE-
Liberty off State

Net Team To Engage
Broncos at Kalamazoo
Jinx Johnson, Roger Lewis Will Hold Down
Number One and Two Positions Respectively


to the public eye. Mr. Crisler is
well-known because he is in com-
mand of the entire athletic pro-
gram, and it is his headache to ar-

CHICAGO, April 21.-(AP)-The St.
Louis Cardinals, National League
champions, swept to their third
straight victory today when they
beat the Chicago Cubs, 4 to 0, spoiling
the Cubs' home opener before 'a
meager crowd of 4,783.
harry Brecheen won a duel with
Paul Derringer when he limited tlfe
Cubs to four hits in his first start of
the season. The Cardinals made 11
hits off Derringer, John Burrows and
Paul Erickson.
Brecheen and Derringer pitched
scoreless ball until the eighth inning,
when Martin Marion slammed a
homer into the left field bleachers.
St. Louis . . . .000 000 013-4 11 0
Chicago ...000 000 000-0 4 0
Brecheen and W. Cooper; Derringer,
Burrows and Holm, Easterwood


Whip Dodgers in
Field Opener, 3-2

with two singles that drove in two
of the Giants' scores. It was the
fourth straight for Mel Ott's men.
New York ..100 110 000-3 9 1
Brooklyn . .. 000 000, 200--2 '7 1
Adams and Lombardi; Wyatt, F.
Melton, Warren and Owen
Beggs Pitches Reds to
4-2 Victory over Pirates
PITTSBURGH, April 21.-(AP)-Joe
Beggs allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates
just eight scattered hits as he pitched
the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 triumph
today at the Pittsburgh home opener.
Rip Sewell, Pirate blooper ace,
failed in his first start. He yielded
only seven hits and struck out six,
but the best the Pirates could do was
two runs.
The Reds got their counters one
at a time, including a homer by Ray
Mueller in the third.
Cincinnati . .101 010 010--4 7 2
Pittsburgh . .000 001 001-2 8 1
Beggs and Mueller; Sewell and Lopez
)* * -.
Browns Retain Perfect
Record in Junior Loop
ST. LOUIS, April 21.-(AP)- The
surprising St. Louis Browns became
the only undefeated team in the
American League today by winning
their fourth straight game with a
5 to 3 conquest of the heretofore
unbeaten Chicago White Sox.
Mike Kreevich led the Browns; at-
tack with two home runs, twice as
many in one day as he had hit in the
past three seasons. The little out-
fielder had none in 1941, one in 1942
and none againlast year.
Nelson Potter, pitching for the
Browns, held the Sox to six hits,
including Hal Trosky's home run.
Chicago ....000 000 030-3 6 0
St. Louis .... 400 001 00x-5 7 0
T. Lee, Maltzberger and Turner; Pot-
ter and Hayworth

Tigers Fail in Fourth Attempt at
Initial Win, Losing to Indians, 7.4
CLEVELND, Apil 21-_(__'-Te
CLEVELAND, April 21. -(/I')-The long, however, because rookie Pat
Detroit Tigers seized the lead in an Seerey belted a three-run homer in
American League game today for the bottom half, of the sixth that1
the first time this season, but pitcher clinched the decision.
Frank (Stub) Overmire couldn't hold The Indians outhit Detroit, 12 to 7.
it .s the Cleveland Tndians went on a Three of the Tiger hits were con-
tributed by catcher Bob Swift, who
7 to 4 victory. It was Detroit's drove in two runs and scored another
fourth straight defeat. himself.
Spotting the Indians a 2 to 0 lead Detroit.......000 003 010--4 7 1
in Cleveland's home opener before Cleveland.. 011 003 20x-7 12 0
13,643 spectators, the Tigers rallied
for three runs in the sixth and seem- Overmire, Beck, Newhouser, Trout
ed to be headed for their first vic- and Swift; Reynolds, Heving and
tory. Detroit didn't hold the lead' Lyon.

_ _,__

BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 21.-(W)-
It took Ace Adams four years to see
both the start and finish of an open-
ing day ball game but the veteran
relief artist, who appeared in 701
games a year ago but started only
three, was present for both today, as
he ruined the day for 11,861 Ebbets
Field customers by hurling the New
York Giants to a 3-2 decision over
the Dodgers in the Bums' home bow.
Ducky Medwick, a Dodger of yes-
teryear, helped the ace along the way
Major League

you don 't need a little bird to tell you .




St. Louis ....... . ....4 0
Boston ................2 1
Chicago ..............1 1
Philadelphia .. .... .. 1 1
Washington..........1 1
Cleveland............1 1
New Fork.1 2
Detroit..............0 4


Cleveland 7, Detroit 4.
St. Louis 5, Chicago 3.
Washington at New York, rain,
Boston at Philadelphia, rain.
Chicago at St. Louis.
Boston at Philadelphia.
Washington at New York,
Detroit at Cleveland

Iack to the Good Old Days!

New, York ........... 4
St. Louis ............ 3
Cincinnati ............3
Brooklyn . 2
Philadelphia . ....... 1
Chicago ... .......... .1

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