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Faces Grosse

Ile for Second Time




Sports Editor

Fisher Names Hackstadt, iVillers,'
Manko To Throw Against Sailors
Gane Will Enable Squad To Sharpen Batting Eyes Before
Saturday's Conference Deciding Doubleheader with Illinois

Golfers To Plax Titai s in Last
Match Before Bii Ten Playoffs

IF MICHIGAN'S tennis coach, Leroy Weir, believes in history repeating
itself, he ought to have taken the Wolverines' recent 5-4 loss at the hands
of Notre Dame with a few drams of pleasure.
For the same thing happened back in 1941. In that year, Michigan
was regarded as one of the threats for the Big Ten title, and was passing
over its early opponents with little difficulty. Then along came the
Irish and the Wolverines got knocked off, 5-4.
However, after that Weir's charges went on to take the Conference
crown by a wide margin, to provide Weir with his first championship since
he took over the tennis reigns here,
Well last year Michigan beat Notre Dame 5-4 and got exactly no
place at the Big Ten meet, finishing up in a tie for fifth. Now this
season the Wolverines are again rated as one of the best in the Con-
ference, having defeated Minnesota, Chicago, Wisconsin and Illinois
with the loss of only two individual matches, and have already lost that
one match decision to the Irish. So there seems to be little left to keep
them from capturing another Big Ten title.
WORD COMES from the Lincoln Army Air Field, Neb., that Bob Ingalls,
one of Michigan's most famous centers, has been forced to call a halt
to his active playing career. Ingalls, now a sergeant and physical instructor,
learned from Army medics last week that a knee injury suffered during
his collegiate days, and aggravated in play last year, would sideline him for
For three years Ingalls was the varsity center and spearhead of
the Wolverines' forward wall, and once filled in for Forrest Evashevski
at the blocking back position when Evvy was injured. During his
collegiate career he made the All-Big Ten first team three times.
0 After graduation he played in three all-star games, including 57 minutes
of the East-West game, and clashes between the College All-Stars and the
Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Before entering the Army he also
played two years of professional football with the Green Bay Packers.
Tigers Lose in Tenth Inning, 4-3
As Athletics Win Sixth Straight

Michigan's baseball team will take
the field against the Grosse Ile Naval
Base nine at 4 p.m. today in the last
home game for almost a month with
a dual purpose in mind, to rack up
its tenth victory in 11 starts and to
regain its hitting power before the
all-important doubleheader at Illi-
nois Saturday which may easily de-
cide the Western Conference cham-
The Wolverines have already met
and defeated the Sailors once this
season, eking out a 4-2 triumph last
Sunday when the Grosse Ile infield
contributed four errors which result-
ed in three unearned runs. Coach
Ray Fisher's squad garnered only
five hits off the offerings of two
Grosse Ile hurlers, but bunched them
with walks and infield mis-plays to
produce the winning margin.
Fisher May Use Three Hurlers
Fisher indicated yesterday that he
planned to use at least three of the
lesser lights of his mound staff in
today's contest, starting lefthander
Jack Hackstadt and following with
Al Willers and Denny Manko at
three-inning intervals. Hackstadt
has not appeared on the mound for
the Wolverines all season but has
showed flashes of good form in prac-
tice games.
Willers worked one inning of the
second Iowa contest, retiring the side
with two hits, but has not seen action
since. Manko pitched seven innings
of the second game in the Iowa series
and received credit for the 20-2 win,
yielding five hits and two runs during
his stay in the box. He also appeared
briefly in the Camp Perry tilt in
which the Wolverines suffered their
only defeat of the campaign.
Hopes To See Batting Improve
In commenting on the probable
outcome of the game, Fisher indi-

cated that his main interest was in
seeing his charges regaintheir bat-
Ang eyes, which have failed mark-
edly in recent games after getting off
to a fine start. Only three regulars,

from .304 to .313 to become the only
Wolverine to show a sizeable increase.
Gregor Suffers Bad Slump
Clean-up hitter Bill Gregor suf-
fered the most disastrous slump,
falling from .400 to .293 while going
hitless in four games. However, the
big left fielder has begun to pound
the ball again in practice and is
showing signs of regaining his early
season form.
Third baseman Mike Farnyk also
took an 80 point nose-dive over the
week-end, but Fisher is not worried
over his failure at bat. "Mike has
been hitting the ball hard," he con-
mented, "but he has had tough luck
in placing them."
Swanson Being Coached
Fisher is also working with first
baseman Elmer Swanson, who is
sporting a mediocre .242 figure, and
second baseman Charlie Ketterer and
Catcher Bob Stevenson, who have yet
to reach the .200 mark.
He observed that "if all the boys
would hit as well as they are capable
of hitting, Michigan could give any-
one a battle." And from all reports
issuing out of Champaign Ill., where
next week the Illini will be host to
the Wolverines, Michigan will have
to be at its best both at the plate
and in the field to emerge victorious.
Bowman, Hirsch Face Test
In these games pitchers Bo Bow-
man and Elroy Hirsch will get their
first real tests against top-flight col-
legiate competition as Illinois is gen-
erally conceded to be, along with the
Maize and Blue, the top outfit in the
Big Ten. So -Fisher will be watching
each Wolverine with an eagle eye
when he steps to the plate today to
see if his efforts to improve the hit-
ting of his squad have borne fruit
and whether he has the makings for
another in his long string of Con-
ference champs.

After two smashing victories last
Saturday, the Wolverine golfers have
one more match before they defend
their Big Ten crown May 27 at the
Medinah Golf Course which is on the
out-skirts of Chicago.
By conquering Ohio State 16-2 and
Western Michigan 161/2-1/2 last
week, Michigan is now classed as one
of the top favorites to capture hon-
ors at the Conference Golf Cham-
pionship. Coach Courtright said that
the Wolverines will probably be rep-
resented in the championship play-
offs by Capt. Phil Marcellus, Jack
Tews, Paul O'Hara, Tom Messinger
and John Jenswold.
Tews and Marcellus were in rare

form last Saturday and this coupled
with the fact that the rest of the
team is rounding into shape is good
reason to believe that the Wolverines
will return from Chicago with the
1944 championship.
Saturday the golfers will travel to
Detroit to encounter the University
of Detroit for their last match before
the playoffs one week hence. On
April 15 Michigan defeated the Titans
18-0 and the Detroit players will be
seeking a victory to avenge the first
loss. The golfers who will make
the trip are the samte five players
who were victorious against the Buck-
eyes, and they are Marcellus, Tews,
O'Hara, Messinger and Jenswold.

Major League Standings ... j

W L Pet.
New York ......14 7 .667
St. Louis .......15 10 .600
*Washington .. .13 9 .591
Philadelphia . ..13 10 .565
Chicago .....,. .11 13 .458
*Cleveland .. ..10 14 .417
Boston .........8 14 .364
Detroit .........9 16 .36Q-
*-Does not include night game.

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*St. Louis ......18
*Philadelphia ..12
Cincinnati .... .13
Pittsburgh ..... 10
Brooklyn ...,.. 11
Boston .........12
New York..... .11
Chicago ........ 4
*-Does not include

L Pet. GB
6 .750 --
9 .571 4/
10 .565 4
10 .500 6
12 .478 6
14 .462 7
13 .458 7
17 .190 13
night' game.

Philadelphia 4, Boston 3 (10 inn-
Chicago 10, New York 4.
St. Louis 7, Boston 3 (12 inn-
Detroit at Philadelphia, night.
Chicago at New York.
Cleveland at Washington, night.
St. Louis at Boston (2).

Boston 1, Cincinnati 0.
Brooklyn 6, Chicago 7.
Philadelphia at St. Louis, night.
New York at Pittsburgh, rain.
Philadelphia at Cincinnati.
New York at Chicago.
Boston at St. Louis.
Brooklyn at Pittsburgh, night.

Bob Nussbaumer, Bruce Blanchard
and Don Lund,asport averages over
the .300 mark and Nussbaumer has
only made 17 trips to the plate.
Blanchard continues to pound the
ball at a fancy .447 clip to establish
himself as the leading hitter, while
the steady Don Lund boosted himself

PHILADELPHIA, May 16. - (AP) -
The Philadelphia Athletics extended
their winning streak to six games and
took a 3 to 0 series lead on the Detroit
Tigers today when JoJo White's
single in the tenth inning gave the
Macks a .4 to 3 triumph.
The hustling young men of Connie
Mack came from behind with a two-
run- inning rally before White broke
up the game in the tenth. Southpaw
Hal Newhouser, bidding for his fifth
victory, owned a two-hitter and a 3
to 1 lead going into the ninth, but
the A's put together three hits for
their runs.
Gorsica Replaces Newhouser
Newhouser was replaced by John-
ny Gorsica, who retired the last two
batters in the ninth, and Gorsica was
charged with his second. defeat
against two victories. The winning
pitcher was Jittery Joe Berry, who
replaced Jesse Flores in the tenth.
Philadelphia scored an unearned
run in the third when Eddie Mayo
committed two errors, but the Tigers
offset that in the fourth when Mayo
doubled, advanced on Rudy York's
fly and scored on a fly by Pinky Hig-
Game Is Hurling Match
Then the game settled down into
tight pitching duel until the eighth

when Detroit scored twice. Joe Hoov-
er walked and advanced on Mayo's
sacrifice. York singled to left, scor-
ing Hoover and taking second on the
throw to the plate. Higgins singled
to center, driving in York.
Newhouser retired the A's in order
in their half of the eighth; in fact,
w.hen the ninth opened he had set
down 13 batters in order. Possibly
the 13 jinxed him because the A's
surged to tie the score.
Steps Taken To Improve
High School Officiating
LANSING, May 16. -(W) -Two
steps to improve the quality of offici-
ating at interscholastic gridiron
games were suggested today by the
rules committee of the State High
School Athletic Association.
The committee recommended that
the representative council of the as-
sociation, at its June meeting, con-
sider making available to local groups
approved examinations for testing
the fitness of game officials. Use of
the test would be voluntary.
The committee also suggested the
council consider making attendance
at rules meetings one of the qualifi-
cations for approval of officials.


Gregor's BattingImpresses Fisher

Michigan baseball fans have be-
come familiar with the boy wearing
number 19 on his uniform this sea-
son-Bill Gregor, 23-year-old left-
fielder, who is currently among the
Wolvtrines' leading batsmen.
Coach Ray Fisher has been so im-
pressed with Gregor's hitting ability
that he has kept him in the number
four clean-up slot in his batting or-
der since the beginning of the season.
Although he has been working with
the left-fielder on his stickwork, he
has discovered that Gregor is a fine
natural hitter.
Comes from Illinois
Gregor hails from Edwardsville,
Ill., where he played four years of
football and basketball in high
school. He makes the amazing state-

ment, however, that he "didn't have
much time to participate in as many
sports as were possible" becauxse he
worked a great deal while ne ww;
going to school.
Gregor was captain of the football
team during his senior year, when
the squad won the conference cham-'
pionship. The high school in Ed-
wardsville didn't include baseball on
its athletic card, and Gregor's only
experience in the game previous to
this spring at Michigan came as a
result of sandlot ball.
Played Baseball Most
Most of this experience was in
softball, although he made the all-
star team for the Southwestern Con-
ference in baseball, which he prefers
to the other game. During that sea-
son he hit .500. Gregor has had sev-

eral tryouts with the St. Louis Card-
inals and with the farm team at
Sheboygan, Wris., which produces the
players for the Milwaukee Brewers.
After spending a year and six
months with the leathernecks, Gre-
gor was sent to Oberlin with the
Marine V-12 unit, for two semesters
and transferred to the University at
the beginning of the present term.
While he was stationed at Oberlin,
he played guard on the basketball
team, but was unable to play with
the baseball club because the season
had been terminated before he ar-
Likes Wolverine Style
This is his first season of college
baseball, and he has found the boys
he has worked with so far on the
Wolverine squad much better than
any team with which he has played.
Gregor has always patrolled the out-
field, and has never tried any other
Gregor's favorite major league out-
fit is the Chicago Cubs. Although
Edwardsville is near St. Louis and he
has been going to games at Sports-
man's Park since he was small, he
has never been a Card fan.
Babe Ruth Impresses Him
The most impressive big leaguer
he has ever seen was Babe Ruth. He
witnessed the game in the '32 world
series between the Yanks and Cubs
when the Bambino pointed to the
right field stands and promptly
slammed the ball into the section he
had indicated.
Gregor would like to go into elec-
trical engineering after the war is
over, but if he had the chance, he
would play big league ball.

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travelers. Service south of Lake Erie between
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