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TUEt18IA MAY 2, 1944



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Varsity Gets 8-1 Count
in Both Big Ten Matches
Johnson Breaks Glasses, Loses First Match;
Doubles Combination Show Top-Notch Form

Michigan's net squad had the kind
of week-end every team would like
to have, as the versatile racquet
wielders slammed their way to two
victories, both of them 8-1 wins, the
first over Minnesota and the second
over Chicago.
Jinx Johnson, recently elected cap-
tain of the tennis team, lost his
match in the Minnesota contest, but
was the only player to do so. Much
of the cause of his defeat was prob-
ably due to the fact that he broke
his glasses before the meet began, and
had great difficulty seeing the ball
throughout the entire match.
Jinx Could See Chicago
By the time the match with Chi-
cago turned up, however, Jinx was
able to see again, and handily took
his match again Phil Glotzer of
Chicago by the comfortable margin
of 6-1, 6-4.
In the Maroon contest it was Jim
Frolik, West coast transfer, playing
After Losing
Nine Straight,
Wilson Resigns
CHICAGO, May 1. -()- Jimmy
Wilson threw in the sponge as man-
ager of the Chicago Cubs today.
The 43-year-old leader, whose wal-
ary was reported to be $20,000 an-
nually, resigned during a conference
which Phil K. Wrigley, owner of the
Cubs, had called to learn what could
be done to end the plight of the team.
The Cubs won their opening game of
the season, then lost nine straight.
No immediate announcement was
forthcoming from Wrigley concern-
ing Wilson's successor. Meanwhile,
Roy Johnson, a veteran coach with
the Cub organization, will assume
Wilson, hero of the 1940 World
Series as catcher with the triumph-
ant Cincinnati Reds against the De-
troit Tigers, was appointed manager
of the Cubs before the 1941 season
opened, succeeding Charles Leo (Gab-
by) Hartnett. Owner Wrigley was at-
tracted to Wilson by his courageous
performance in going from the coach-
ing lines to the catching spot when
the Reds' Ernie Lombardi was in-
jured. Wilson, although 40, was
projected into the spotlight by catch-I
ing six of the seven series games and
batting .353.
Under his direction, the Cubs never
got out of the second division, fin-
ishing sixth in 1941 and 1942 and
fifth last season.
The plight of the Cubs this season
was disturbing to owner Wrigley.
When the 1943 season ended, the
Cubs had first call on the best play-
ers of two pennant winning major
league clubs-Milwaukee of the Am-
erican Association and Los Angeles
of the Pacific Coast League. They
also had the pick of the Nashville
(Tenn.) team of the Southern Associ-
But the Cubs with such newcomers
as Andy Pafko, Billy Holm, Bill
Schuster, Don Johnson, Roy Hughes
and Ed Sauer did no better than they
did this time a year ago.
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in the second slot, who went down
to defeat before Tully of Chicago.
Tully was the big gun of the Maroon
squad and handed Frolik a rather
severe 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
Meet Was Walk-Away
The rest of the meet was a walk-
away for the Maize and Blue squad.
Roger Lewis played a rather interest-
ing set which he won from Sam Gal-
laher of Chicago 6-1, 8-10, 6-3. It
was only during the second set that
the Maroon player showed any sign
of a form capable of downing the
smooth-stroking Lewis.
Playing in the fourth slot. Bill
Ford, freshman sensation, outplayed
his way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over a
Chicago freshman, Dick Shapiro.
Post Has Easy Victory
Dave Post, Coach Leroy Weir's
choice for the fifth single spot, like-
wise made it an easy victory when
he trimmed Weissman of Chicago in
a relatively easy match, 6-2, 6-3.
Merle Gulic, number six man, also
copped his match without much trou-
ble, as he played a cagey game to
outsmart Bill Drenman, 6-1, 6-2.
All of the doubles combinations
came through for Michigan, Frolik
and Lewis defeating the Glotzer,
Shapiro combination 6-3, 6-2, while
Johnson and Ford took over Tully
and Drenman 6-0, 6-4. Gulic and
Boucher in the final contest of the
day made it another easy victory as
they trampled Gallaher and Weiss-
man, 6-3, 6-3.
Major League


St. Louis .......10
Philadelphia... 5
New York .......5
Boston ......... 5
Cleveland .......5
Washington 4
Detroit .........4
Chicago .........3



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Washington 11, Boston 4.
Cleveland 9, Chicago 3.

St. Louis .......9
New York ......7
Cincinnati ......7
Philadelphia 6
Brooklyn ........5
Pittsburgh ......3
Boston .........3

L Pct GB
2 .818 -
3 .700 1%/
4 .636 2
4 .600 2% 2
6 .455 4
5'- .375 41/2
8 .273 6
9 .100 71/2

Michigan's leading hitter, and Elm
ine athletes, reported to Coach Ray
season was over to continue their sp
Fisher Pleaseji
Bowman, Hin
With the two-day series against
the Notre Dame baseball squad safe-
ly registered in the win column for
the Wolverines, Coach Ray Fisher
yesterday found the picture much
brighter for Michigan's nine In the
current diamond campaign.
Commenting on the performance
of his team Friday and Saturday
against the Irish, Fisher said that
the most encouraging factor in the
two games was the "improved pitching
of Elroy Hirsch and Bo Bowman."
Fisher stated that Hirsch, who
hurled the full nine innings against
Notre Dame to eke out a 5-4 victory
Friday, "did well under difficult con-
ditions and should do much better as
he works in additional ball games."
Bowman Looks Good
Fisher also mentioned the per-
formance of Bowman. who came back
after a two-day rest from the first
contest with Iowa Wednesday, in
which he had hurled a 7-0 shutout,
to pitch the Wolverines to the 7-2
decision against the Irish Saturday.
Fisher particularly lauded Bowman's
control, adding that "he showed
flashes of being a pretty fair pitcher."
,Amer Swanson, last year's varsity
catcher who is now holding down the
first base berth, was praised highly
by Fisher. Swanson made excep-
tionally fine catches in the two-game
series, and it was his spectacular
trapping of a long foul back of first
that stopped the two-run Notre
Dame uprising in the second inning
of Saturday's contest. With the ex-
ception of his handling of bunts down
the first base line, Swanson played
excellent ball.
Outfield "Iays Errorless Ball
The starting outfield combintion
of Bill Gregor, Captain Don Lund
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~Tigers Drill 1o)IJ p
Hitting Averagesc
DETROIT, May 1.-P)--Manager
Steve O'Neill put his Detroit Tigers
through a protracted batting drill in
Briggs Stadium today, in advance
of the club's departure for St. Louis
to open a new series tomorrow with
the Browns, who were victorious
three times in a row in the opening
series in Detroit.
The Tigers are scheduled for three
games in St. Louis. then will return
home for four games with the Chi-
cago White Sox before leaving on
their first eastern swing of the sea-
O'Neill ordered the batting drill
in an attempt to boost the club's .237
average. Of the regulars, only Chuck
Hostetler, Bob Swift and Jimmy Out-
law are above the .300 mark. Rudy
York and Pinky Higgins, regarded as
Tiger mainstays at the plate, are
down to .282 and .214, respectively.
One Night Only - Mon., May 8th
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SIGMUND ROMBERGS tostme/od1ous

MOND--Bruce Blanchard (right),
er Swanson (left), versatile Wolver-
Fisher as soon as the indoor track
rinting on the base paths.
T by Hurtlng of
ch A aainsIrish
and Bob Wiese has played errorless
ball in the four-games the Wolverines
have played so far, and Fisher ex-
pects his infielders, who bobbled the
ball at crucial moments to let in many
of Notre Dame's unearned runs, to
Fisher called Notre Dame a "pretty
good-looking" outfit, but stated that
he believed their greatest fault was
"that they were not as good hitters
as they thought they were." They
were given an easy start in Friday's
and Saturday's games, scoring first
in both contests, and should have been
more confident. However, when the
Wolverines turned on the heat, their
infield fell apart. Fisher stated that
the Irish "had the best catcher and
centerfielder, Tom Sheehan and Len
Scarpelli, that we will be forced to
face all season."

Fine Individual
Showings Mark
Relay Carnival
Stellar individual performances
marked Michigan's competition in
the Penn Relay Carnival Friday and
Saturday where the thinclads won
two relays-the 4-mile and the dis-
tance medley, and placed third in
two others-the two-mile and mile
On the whole the Wolverines turned
in good times, especially taking in
the fact that nearly all of them
doubled back to run in two events.
The Hume twins, Ross and Bob, went
one step further in performing the
iron-man role, and competed in three
events, the distance medley on Fri-
day, the four-mile and the two-mile
relays on Saturday.
Glas Performs Well
Will Glas, who has been consistent-
ly slicing his times down as the
season rolls on, turned in his two
finest quarters yet this year. He was
clocked in :50.3 in the distance med-
ley and :50.2 in his leg of the mile
event. Fred Negus, the burly center
from last year's football squad who
is really taking his track seriously,I
ran the fastest 440 of his career when
he handed the baton to Glas in :50.7.
The mile relay itself was a hard-
fought, close race, and the winning
time of 3:21 which was turned in by
Army was exceedingly fast time for
this early in the outdoor season. The
Wolverine anchor man, Bob Ufer,
finished only eight tenths of a second
behind the winner but was shoved
into the third place slot.
Two-Mile Relay Signals Get Mixed
The two-mile relay, in which Mich-
igan placed third, was complicated
by a plain case of "mixed signals,"
which saw John Purdue run the an-
chor leg instead of Ufer. When asked
to comment on the misunderstand-
ing, Coach Ken Doherty remarked.
"The mistake was far from a serious
error in itself, and had we won the
mile relay which took place 60 min-
utes later, the 'mistake' would have
been a most happy one. There is no
occasion for condemning anyone, he
continued, "and the men who com-
peted should be proud of their part
in helping Michigan make one of the
best records she has ever made at the
Penn Relays."

A LTHOUGH Michigan won two
events by wide margins, the most
talked-about-incident concerning the
Wolverines in the Penn Relays last
week-end was the last-minute switch
of Maize and Blue anchormen in the
two-nile race.
With Bob Hume leading the pack
by approximately 15 yards as be
finished the third leg of the relay,
John Purdue suddenly replaced
Bob Ufer as anchor man and con-
sequently was passed by both Dart-
mouth and Rochester to finish
A great number of people have
asked us what had caused the sud-
den switch; why the Michigan team
gave up what seemed to be a certain
victory' for third place.
And we've heard many rumors
as to the cause of the switch, the
most prevalent of which was that
the substitution was the result of a
misinterpretation of instructions.
Before giving our ideas on the sub-
ject, we would like to reconstruct
the scene of the accident. The two-
mile race was the second event of the
afternoon for Michigan, An htour
earlier John Purdue, Dick Barnard
and the Humes, Bob and Ross, had
each galloped a mile as the Wolverine
four-mile team took its event going
When the Wolverine two-mile
quartet consisting of Barnard, the
Humes and Ufer was announced,
several of the Philadelphia sports
scribes ahead of us in the press box
began betting Kon Michigan against
the field with their neighbors.
Barnard drew the fourth lane, and
got caught in a scramble at the start,
rounding the first turn in eighth
place. After that be began moving
up rapidly, and at the end of his leg
was in third place, only a few feet
behind the leaders.
Here Ross Hume took over and
took the lead halfway through his
first lap, increasing it to 20 feet
before giving way to brother Bob
running third. And it was at the
finish of his half-mile that the
famous switch occurred.

No games scheduled.

Sports Editor

igan student assisting at our side
came up with a loud, "What the
Purdue held the lead for half a lap,
but, weakened by the mile he had
run a short time before, faltered and
slowly dropped back to third place.
With the mile-relay to be run just
one hour later, and Dartmouth ex-
pected to give the Wolverines a close
fight for the title, it appeared to us
then that the Wolverines' idea was
to keep Ufer as fresh as possible for
the mile event, gambling one certain
win against two possible ones.
If it happened that way we think
it was a legitmate gamble. If Mich-
igan had won both races, fans
would be acclaiming the shrewd-
ness of the switch, and if it had
won but one, the substitution
wouldn't have meant too much to
Yet despite the criticism to which
they have been subjected by some
papers, neither Coach Ken Doherty
or any of the runners have offered
any excuses or tried to pass the buck
to anyone else.
That kind of makes them look good
even in defeat.

Today anud Wednesday

(Continued from Page 2)

ges Courteline. Tickets will be sold
today from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and
tomorrow, May 3. from 10 a.m. to
8:30 p.m. at the box office of the
Mendelssohn Theatre. Holders of
French lectures tickets and men in
uniform will receive a reduction of
25 cents.

. Meanwhile, the squad will spendeAS HUME rounded his last turn,
its time brushing up on faults reveal-' Purdue came rushing over to Ufer,
ed in the four games played last (Z1 ?1',ltt2 who was already on the track waiting
week, paying special attention to hit- for the baton, said something to the
ting against left-handed pitching. It G AR II Pct. "Hose" and made a motion towards
is reported that Western Michigan, Nussbaumer .......2 3 2 .667 the locker room. Ufer appeared re-
who will play Friday and Saturday Manko............1 3 2 .667 luctant, but left, Purdue taking the
here, have an excellent southpaw who Blanchard.......4 14 8 .571 baton from Hume and running the
is a veteran from the '43 season. If Gregor ............4 17 9 .529 anchor leg.
he gets past this week-end in good Hirsch...........2 6 3 .500 (At this point the scribes stood
shape, Fisher believes that he will Swanson..........4 14 5 .357 up perplexed, and the former Mich-
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