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Initial Ba-al
Returning Veterans Swell
Ranks of Fisher's Squad 1
Don Lund, Bruce ,Blanchard, Elmer Swanson,
Chuck Ketterer Among Those To Play Again Mic

Pract-iAe Cal 0 05Candidates

ational AAU Swimming Meet To
e Held HereMarch_31, April 1


Even 'though spring is definitely
not in the air, 85 prospective mem-
bers of Michigan's 1944 baseball
squad have been working out since
Monday in Yost Field House under
the tutelage of veteran Coach Ray
Fisher in preparation for the coming
Pitchers and catchers reported for
duty several weeks ago, but many
were transferred by the service units
at the end of last semester, leaving
a shortage in those two departments
which Fisher is attempting to fill by
converting men from other positions.
Squad Started Work Monday
Monday, the bulk of the squad re-
ported for duty, but Fisher indicated
that about half of the men trying out
for spots in the infield and outfield
will be cut by the end of the week in
order to reduce the group to a work-
able size. In addition, there are sev-
eral men on the track team who will
report after the Western Conference
meet Saturday and will round. out
the squad.
Squad Inexperienced
Stating that it was too early to
make many predictions for the ap-
proaching season, Fisher did indicate
that the bulk of his talent consists of
relatively inexperienced performers.
Only a handful of men from last
year's team form the nucleus around
which he must build the 1944 outfit.
Several Veterans Back
Men with previous experience un-
der the Maize and Blue include Bruce
Blanchard, third baseman who is still
with the track team; Charlie Keterer
at second; Elmer Swanson, also with
the cindermen, catcher; Don Lund,
veteran outfielder with two years ex-
perience under his belt; Dick Drury,

a likely pitching prospect, and Mike
Farnyk and Bob Nussbaumer, both
outfielders. Of these, Fisher believes
that Swanson, Lund, Farnyk, Drury
and Blanchard have the best chances
of gaining first string berths.
Catching and Outfield Good
Fisher is, on the whole, pleased
with his catching and outfield de-
partments, but is doubtful about the
infield and pitching staff. However,
with all the material available, he
hopes to find adequate men to fill
these positions. Chief concern is the
hurlers, a spot in which prospects are
not too good. "Pitching is about 75
per cent of college baseball," Fisher
said, in emphasizing his hunt for
mound talent.
The squad thus far has done little
but engage in loosening-up drills,
with batting practice and pepper
games being held inso far as indoor
conditions will allow. Fisher hopes to
get histeams outdoors aboutthe
first week in April and will then be
able to get a better line on his
Schedule Not Released
The 1944 schedule, although tenta-
tively drawn up, has not been ap-
proved and released as yet. It ap-
pears likely, however, that a normal
full card of getween 20 and 25 games
will be played including Western
Conference play. The slate will also
include a favorable home schedule to
enable Michigan diamond fans to see
the Wolverines in action.
Many Wolverine supporters will
undoubtedly remember last season's
weather difficulties when only 13 of
25 regularly scheduled games were
completed. Fisher has his fingers
crossed against a recurrence of these
difficulties' during the '44 season.

from t

higan will play host to all en-
for the 1944 National A.A.U.
r swimming championships,
will be held at the Intramural
ng March 31 and April 1, and
the way entries have been pour-
Counted On

night. The breaststroke, individual
medley, medley relay, diving and the
200-yard freestyle will be held Fri-
day, March 31, with both sprints, the
dorsal event, quarter mile freestyle
and the 400-yard freestyle relay be,~
ing run off on the following day.
Smith Stars for Great Lakes
Great Lakes, led by Hawaiian born
Bill Smith, who now holds seven
world records and who previously
paced the Bluejackets to two easily
won victories over the Wolverines in
dual meets earlier this season, will be
the overwhelming favorite to win the
Besides Smith, the power-laden
Sailor squad will have Dobby Burton,
former Michigan captain, swimming
the anchor leg on the 300-yard med-
ley relay, Ted Hobart and Bill
Kerschner in the sprints, and Carl
Ahlman in the backstroke.
Michigan Should Be Runner-Up
Michigan, who won five dual meets
this season and copped the Confer-
ence crown from Ohio State at Evan-
ston Feb. 19, will be favored to finish
in the runner-up spot. Although the
Wolverines' only two firsts against
Great Lakes were registered by Paul
Maloney and Heini Kessler, team bal-
ance will give them second place.
Bill Smith of Great Lakes, Adolph
Kiefer of the Bainbridge Naval Sta-
tion and Alan Ford of Yale are fav-
ored to cop their specialties.
100 Will Be Meet Highlight
Highlight of the meet will un-
doubtedly be provided in the 100-
yard freestyle sprint, which Alan
Ford of Yale holds the world record
at :50.1 seconds. Ford will be pressed
by Bill Prew, formerly of Wayne Uni-
versity, and Bill Smith, who will
swim the shorter distance for the
first time.

Prew, who held the N.A.A.U. record
at :51 seconds flat in 1942, is in the
Air Corps and stationed at Panama,
but is now on leave and will make his
Returns Here

Sports Editor
ANY compliment concerning Michigan coming from Gopherland is almost
sure to be interesting to Wolverine fans, and especially so should be
this bouquet tossed at Michigan's coaching staff and athletic administration
by Charles Johnson, one of the midwest's top sport columnists, in his
column, "Lowdown on Sports," appearing in the Minneapolis Star-Journal.
We print his column in full:
"THE University of Michigan won the conference swimming and wrestling
championships Saturday, but we don't imagine the school staged a
celebration because of these feats when the boys returned from Chicago.
"Winning titles in all sports, big or small, is commonplace at Ann
Arbor. That doesn't hold true only for the present. It has been the story
for many years with this school.
"Michigan frequently has made the boast that it has the best balanced
athletic program in the Big Ten. It's hard to dispute the claim for year
after year its representatives come home with top honors in league
"Too many schools are satisfied if they can win titles occasionally in
the major sports like football and basketball. Those are the money activ-
ities and there isn't much criticism of any athletic administration if its
teams don't do too well in minor sports.
"That isn't the way Michigan has looked at it setup at any time.
"This institution first sees to it that it gets an outstanding coach for
every competitive sport by paying him attractive money. Then it holds
him responsible for turning in a good job. They usually do, for, if these
coaches don't have the talent, they develop their own systems to get it with-
out violating any rules.
"Quite often conference schools will hire a man as one of the top
assistants in football or basketball at a reasonably good salary and then
give him some other minor sport to handle during the off season to earn
his better-than-average pay. That systen doesn't pay dividends.
"Many educational institutions overlook the fact that not every
student is interested in major competitive sports. There are just as
many who want hockey, golf, tennis, swimming, wrestling and the like.
They should have the last word in instructors.
"Minnesota was working on such a staff just before the war broke out.
Now it isn't a question of whom the Gophers can get to handle the various
competitive branches, but if they can get anyone.
"Most conference schools should take a leaf out of the Michigan
athletic book after the war by seeing they have strong staffs that can get
the most out of everyone who turns out for any sport.
"When that is the case, educational institutions won't have to listen
to those who say that they aren't interested in 'any sport that doesn't
bring in real receipts.
"Too many men outside of the athletic department have too much to
say about what is to be done with the big money "takes" from collegiate
sports at most conference schools. That's. why coaches are underpaid and
some activities are slighted. This holds good for Minnesota as well as
several others we could mention."
As FAR as Michigan in concerned, the records prove the accuracy of
Johnson's statements. With the present year included, but only half
finished, the Wolverines have won Big Ten titles in at least three different
sports for the last 14 years.
In all Michigan teams in this period have swept 46 crowns, only
four of them being in ties with other Conference squads, and only the
cagers have failed to bring home the bacon at least once.
Coach Matt Mann's swimming charges lead the championship parade
with 11 championships; theindoor track title came back nine times; out-
door track, eight; golf, seven; football, five; baseball, three; wrestling, two;
and tennis, one.
And this year, with three. championships in football, swimming and
wrestling already taken, the Wolverines may turn in their best year, for
the thinclads are overwhelming favorites to take the indoor crown, and
the outdoor track squad, golf, baseball and tennis teams have enough
veterans back to be listed as potential champs.


ing in recently, it should provide an
interesting evening for all concerned,
as it will feaure some of the top
amateur swimmers in the country.
The heats of each event will be
run off in the afternoons and the
finals will take place that following

bid against Ford. Although Smith
holds world records from 200 to 800
yards and this will be the first time
that he has competed in the shorter
distance, he swam the anchor leg of
a relay team in this sprint at the
astonishing time of :50 seconds ear-
lier this year.

Montie Klein, Pre-Med Student, Wins
initial Professional Boxing Match

Hockey Squad Improves Records
Of Recent Years with Five Wins

Morton "Montie" Klein, a pre-med
student here at the University, won
his first professional fight Monday
night in Detroit in a knockout in the
second round over Bill McArthur.
Klein, who graduated from the
University in February, was out for
the wrestling team for the past two
seasons and was entered in the Con-
ference matches last year. Coach
Ray Courtright expected him to be
one of the mainstays of the team this
season, but Montie injured his knee
and was unable to wrestle at all.
Although the injury kept Montie
from wrestling, he began boxingrun-
der the watchful eye of a former
professional fighter stationed here
Coliseum Will
Hol Contest
The Michigan Individual Speed
Skating Championships, presented
under the auspices of the Michigan
Skating Association, will be run off
Saturday, March 18, at the Ann Ar-
bor Coliseum.
Outstanding stars who have par-
ticipated in a great many skating
contests in the State will enter the
meet. One of the most prominent is
Vince Bozich, of Detroit, who has
been a consistent winner in his events
for the past five years. Co-starring
with Bozich in the races will be the
four Wrona sisters of Saginaw, who
will probably participate in all events.
Approximately 150'skaters will be en-
trants in the tournament. The ma-
jority of these contestants are. from
Wyandotte, Detroit and Saginaw.
The 220, 440, 880 and one and two
mile distances will be covered by
three classes, senior, junior and in-
termediate. Separate races for both
men and women will be carded in
each event.
This is the seend time in three
years that the Ann Arbor Rink has
been the locale for the champion-
ships. The '42 races were held here
bue the '43 edition of the meet was
shifted to Windsor.
Army Accepts Sinkwich
9. - (P - Frankie Sinkwich, former
All-American halfback at the Uni-
versity of Georgia and star last sea-
son for the Detroit pro-football Lions,
was accepted for general Army serv-
ice today after a pre-induction physi-
cal examination.

on campus with the V-12 Unit, Chief
Specialist (A) Jules Colman, who
immediately took an interest in him.
Before this year Klein fought in
eight or nine amateur and Golden
Glove fights around his some, New
York City.
Montie, who weighs in at 138 and
fights in the lightweight division, has
his next fight scheduled for Monday
night at the Arcadia Fight Club in
Confusion over
Crown Baffles
NEW YORK, March 9.-('P)-If you
think your income tax blank was a
trifle intricate and involved, you're
in a fine spot to lend a bit of sympa-
thy to Mike Jacobs, Madison Square
Garden's maestro of mauling.
It all centers around the latest
muddle in the lightweight fistic
championship ranks. Jacobs thought
he had the thing headed neatly with
a March 31 solution-with NBA
champion Sammy Angott meeting
NY-NJ-PA champion Bob Montgom-
ery in the Garden, with everything
at stake.
Then Juan Zurita, Mexican who
pitches with either hand, came up
from the short end of 7 to 1 odds last
night in Hollywood to snatch An-
gott's title by a decision. Angott took
the fray as a warm-up for the March
31 date, but now he may be out in
the cold.
That means that both ends of the
lightweight title changed hands in
five days, Montgomery having taken
the New York version from Beau
Jack, the Augusta bootblack, in the
Garden last Friday. The winner of
that one was assured the Angott
fight, but Angott doesn't have the
title any more.
However, the contract for March
31 didn't specify Angott should have
his laurels intact, so perhapsdthey'll
go through with it. If they do, and
Angott wins, he'll have the half of
the title he didn't have the last two
years, but will be minus the half he
lost last.
All freshmen or upperclassmen
who are interested in trying out
for the Sports Staff are requested
to come to a meeting at 4:30 p.m.
next Monday in the Publications

Michigan's hockey team finished
one of its most successful seasons
on Feb. 19 with a slap-dash 10-8 win
over a Brantford, Ont., team, to give
the squad its fifth win in eight starts.
Compared to recent years when the
squad has had trouble eking out
even one win, this year's showing was
distinctly satisfactory for hockey
fans. It was Michigan's 23rd year
in hockey competition and for the
first time the squad met no Big Ten
opponents. In the past few seasons
Big Ten hockey had been limited to
games with Illinois and Minnesota,
but this year due to transportation
and man-power shortages neither of
the other two teams was able to ar-
range a game with the Maize and
Games Played with Ontario Clubs
As a result of this fact the major-
ity of games were played with On-
tario clubs, which have always fig-
ured heavily in Michigan hockey
schedules. Tpe Canadian clubs us-
ually provide a good brand of hockey
and are often within close enough
range to make a trip down here quite
feasible. All the games were played
at home this year which meant a
better season for fans, especially since
the team managed to garner a .622
percentage rating.
The season started off with what
fans predicted would be the general
tenor of the season, when a London,
Ont., team treated Lowrey's men to
a 4-1 drubbing. It seemed at that
point that the varsity offensive lack-
ed the fire to convert, while the de-
fense couldn't stave off defeat per-
Greer Shows Strength
The second game showed that
Michigan had a potential star in
center Ted Greer, who figured prom-
inently in the 4-2 win over Sarnia.
Ted played excellent hockey through-
out the season, and from this game
on was instrumental in leading the
varsity attack.
Despite Greer's ability the third
game resulted in a 6-1 defeat for the
varsity at the hands of a Woodstock,
Ont., crew. The squad was consist-
ently outskated, and each time a
Michigan drive on the goal began,
Woodstock players inevitably over-
took the forward line and recaptured
the rubber. Following this defeat
the forward wall was changed and
Vince Abbey was moved up to a
front line slot, while Captain Bob
Derleth was relegated to the center
position on the second line which in-

terchanged frequently with the start-
ing wall.
The new - combination of Greer,
John Jenswold and Abbey worked
well together in subduing the next
opponent, an RCAF team from Fin-
gal, Ont., 8-0. Bob Henderson and
Tom Messinger, stellar defense men,
looked especially good in this con-
test as they blanked the Canadian
club, and kept the puck on enemy
ice throughout most of the game.
It was a case of over-confidence
or possibly just an off night when

but this time the Maize and Blue
players managed to hold a one-goal
lead to defeat Vicke'rs 6-5. Derleth
made several solo dashes up-ice and
was outstanding throughout the tilt.
Perhaps the last game of the sea-
son was the most exciting, as neither
team showed particular strength on
the defensive end, but scored wildly.
Five minutes before the end of the
game the score was tied at 8-8 but in
the last two minutes of the encount-
er Ted Greer pulled two breakaways
that each resulted in a score. It was

Instrumental in Sextet's Victories

Dodgers To Be Without Herman, Head

NEW YORK, March 9.-(AP)--The
Brooklyn Dodgers will have to get
along without the services of Billy
Herman, veteran second baseman,
and Ed Head, rated no. 2 pitcher, this
year, it , was disclosed today by
Branch Rickey as he outlined plans
for spring training.
Rickey said that in a telephone
conversation Herman informed him
he had been accepted for service and
soon would be in the Navy. Head,

who already had signed his Dodger
contract, wrote Rickey he had been
accepted for the Army at Shreveport,.
The loss of these two standbys
takes another sharp tuck in the al-
ready depleted Dodger ranks. In-
cluding Herman and Head, the reg-
ular Dodger roster lists 33 players,
and of these only 18 can definitely be
counted upon, with the other 15 eith-
er definitely not available or in the
doubtful class.



the sextet lost its next game to the
Vickers Club, a Detroit outfit,, 4-3.
Throughout the fist two periods it
was Michigan all the way, but Vick-
ers was not losing any opportunities
and came through with the necessary
tally in the last stanza.
Games All Wins
The remainder of the season was
on the credit side for Michigan.
Paris fell before Michigan 6-2, with
Ted Greer knocking in four goals to
make his best showing of the season.
The second Vickers game was a
close. contest, as was the first one,

a 10-8 win and a narrow pull, but
the contest was one of the best seen.
Among other things Bob Derleth
made a penalty shot something which
had not happened during any of the
previous encounters. The penalty
was incurred when Greer was fouled
while he was attempting to shoot a
goal. Derleth took the penalty shot
and made it, feinting to the right
and sliding the puck through from
the left.
This concluded the games for the
season and left Coach Eddie Lowrey
with a creditable season behind him.

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