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Shortage of Men
Forces Chicago
T o Quit Big T en
Maroons Will Not Play
Again Until After '45
CHICAGO, May 23.- (LP- The
University of Chicago, which quit
intercollegiate football in 1939, today
withdrew from all athletic competi-
tion in the Western Conference
through 1945 because of manpower
shortage.
The announcement was made by
Aaron J. Brumbaugh, dean of stu-
dents, who forwarded the University's
decision to the Western Conference
faculty committee which meets Fri-
day in Chicago.
This is the first complete break-
away in athletic competition in the
Big Ten, the nation's major confer-
ence.
Gnrffith Regrets Withdrawal
Major John L. Griffith, conference
athletic commissioner, said he re-
gretted that Chicago, a charter mem-
ber, had found it necessary to with-
draw, even for a year, but there
apparently was nothing else it could
do.
"The decision is fair insofar as the
conference is concerned," Griffith
said.
Chicago's withdrawal will mainly
concern Big Ten basketball, which
will be satisfactory to several Big Ten
coaches who have maintained'that
competition offered by the school in
the last five years has been whole-
some neither for Chicago nor its op-
ponents. The Maroons have not won
a conference cage game in four sea-
sons and this spring their baseball
team again is in last place without a
victory.
Facilities To Be Available
Facilities at the University of Chi-
ca o will remain open for use of Big
Ten teams in championship competi-
tion, Dean Brumbaugh said. Because
of its central location in the Confer-
ence the Maroons' field house has
been used for annual indoor track
and field championship meets.
While Chicago has been training
both Army and Navy student units,
it has the smallest group of athletic
eligibles in the conference.

Fisher To Use Several
Pitchers in Soldier Tilt

Tennis Team
Triumphs for
Eighth T ime
Despite Loss of Two
Regulars from Lineup
Squad Displays Power

LOWdown on Sports
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Associate Sports Editora

By BILL MULLENDORE
In preparation for the final stretch
drive toward the Western Conference
baseball crown Michigan's diamond
squad will play host to two service
teams in two days, meeting Fort
Custer today and Camp Perry tomor-
row. Both contests will get under
way at 4 p.m.
The two tune-up games will give
Coach Ray Fisher an opportunity to
look over some of the lesser lights of
his pitching staff who have seen little
action in games to date. Fisher plans
to work Bob Wiese, Jack Hackstadt,
Dick Schmidtke, Al Willers, Denny
Manko and possibly starting pitcher
B Bowman during the series.
Varsity Weakened
Michigan will be weakened by the
loss of hard-hitting leftfielder Bill
Gregor, who is confined to Health
Service with an attack of glandular
fever. Gregor's condition was re-
pcrted to be improved yesterday but
his return to the lineup is still a mat-
ter of speculation.
In place of Gregor, Fisher will
insert reserve outfielder Bill Nelson
into the lineup and will also use
Wiese when the big lefthander is not
on the mound. Nelson is a fine ball
hawk and a fair hitter while Wiese,
who was benched in favor of Bob
Nussbaumer when he failed to hit,
has begun to find the range at the
plate and will adequately take over
his old outfield berth.
Lineup May Be Changed
The loss of Gregor will probably
necessitate some juggling of the Wol-
verine lineup as neither Wiese nor
Nelson has enough power at the plate-
to take over the clean-up position.
These changes will be announced just
before game time.
Also missing from the Wolverine
fold will be starting chucker Elroy
Hirsch, who was called away from
Ann Arbor by the death of a relative.
Hirsch will be back in time for the
Indiana series this week-end and is
expected to hurl one of the two
games.
Earlier Doubleheader Scheduled
Michigan was scheduled to play a
doubleheader with Fort Custer earlier
in the season, but the contests were
postponed because of rain. The Wol-
verines have met Camp Perry onceC
previously this spring and suffered
the only defeat of the season, 3-2.

In this game Michigan out-hit the
Army team but some heads-up base-'
running by the soldiers coupled with '
a couple of mental lapses by the '
Wolverine infield spelled defeat.

BILL GREGOR
Fisher is especially anxious to win
this return tilt and promised "to
make every effort" to wipe out the
blot on the record.
Fort Custer has enjoyed a success-
ful season to date, compiling an im-
posing list of victories over some of
the lesser Michigan colleges. In their
latest game, however, they were set
down by Western Michigan, 5-4, a
team which the Wolverines defeated
twice.
Criser Oposes
Rule Changes ,
.in Conference
Despite the fact that rumors have
spread to the effect that Big Ten
coaches will attack the rules-making
body of the National Collegiate Ath-
letic Association at the Chicago meet-
ings of Big Ten mentors this week-
end, Coach H. O. "Fritz" Crisler has
stated that he would oppose all such
proposals.
Although Crisler has criticized var-
ious portions of the football code as
it now exists, he feels that any such
action on the part of Western Con-
ference coaches would create a most
unpleasant situation.

By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Michigan's powerful tennis squad
minus the services of two regular per-
formers, Jim Frolik and Merle Gulic,
swept to its eighth triumph of theI
1944 campaign with a smashing 9-0
victory over Western Michigan in a
dual meet played yesterday at Ferry1
Field.
Jinx Johnson, Michigan's humanI
dynamo, won a close three-set battle
from the Brionco flash, Vic Soukuip.1
The scores were 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Soukup
played spotty tennis, but ad tines he
came through with excellent place-
ment shots. Johnson exhibited his
usual steady game.
Lewis Wins Easily
In the number two singles match,
Roger Lewis smashed out an over-
whelming 6-1, 6-0 victory against
John Hoekje. The win was especially
soothing to Lewis as Hoekje hadt
baen him earlier in the season.
Michigan's youthful star, Bill Ford,1
captured his ninth consecutive singlet
victory of the seasonewith a convin-
cing 6-2l, 6-1 win over Bob Carmen.
Ford and Don Clawson, the football
star from Northwestern, are favored
to figh, it out for the number four
singles championship in the Western
Conference.1
Post Whips Loomis
Dave Post, playing in the number
four slot, whipped Dick Loomis 6-1,
6-2. The only strong point in Loomis't
game was his powerful service.
Roy Boucher celebrated his return
to singles competition with an im-}
pressive 6-2, 6-1 victory against Jim1
Wyngarden. Boucher kept his oppo-
nent on the run throughout the
entire match with a powerful over-
head smash.
In the number six singles match,
Farnum Johnson made his first ap-
pearance of the season and showed
a lot of class in his 6-3, 6-3 triumph
over Carl Preuss.
Johnson, Ford Take Close One t
Michigan's top doubles team oft
Johnson and Ford captured a closef
three-set battle from Hoekje and
Carmen. The scores were 6-4, 4-6t
and 6-3.1
The number two Wolverine duo of1
Lewis and Boucher pounded out a
1-6, 6-4, 8-6 victory over Soukup and
Wyngarden. Lewis and Boucher arer
both southpaws and it was very in-s
teresting to see two lefthanders play-P
ing together as a team.7
Reserves Capture Matcht
Gus Rueda and Bob Richards, two
members of the Maize and Blue re-
serve squad, scored a well-earned 6-2,.
6-3 win over Loomis and Preuss. t
The Wolverines for the next threef
days will really settle down to seriouss
work in preparation for the Big Ten
championships, Saturday. Michigan
is the only team in the Conference
with a perfect record and rules as a
prohibitive favorite in the Big Ten
championships.
Error Costs Giants
Game; Bucs Win 3-2
BROOKLYN, May 23.-(I)-John-
ny Rucker's muff of Lloyd Waner's
fly ball after colliding with Charley
Mead gave Brooklyn two runs in the
last of the ninth inning and a 3-2
victory over the New York Giants

Ufer Hangs Up His Spikes
T HE LOSS of Bob Ufer to the track.
team will be felt heavily this
week-end at the Western Conference
championships in Champaign, but
we feelthat there is more behind the
story than just that. Bob ended his
collegiate track career prematurely
last Saturday at West Lafayette when
he pulled a muscle, thus preventing
him from competing in the Big Ten
meet this week, and the National
Collegiates arid National AAU meets
next month.as
When "Hose-Nose" came to Mich-
igan over four years ago he was
one of the greatest prospects frosh
track coach Chet Stackhouse ever
witnessed, and for our money he
still is one of the greatest runners
we have seen in action. In addition
to holding the American indoor'
record of :48.1 for the 440, Bullet
Bob also holds the Varsity indoor
record in the 880.
Ufer hadn't quite hit his stride in
the outdoor campaign at the time he
incurred his injury, and it was a
tough break for him to have to invol-
untarily hang up his spikes before he
got a fair chance to show thedoubt-
ful track fans that he is just as good
outdoors as he was under a roof.
HE THING that makes Bob aI
great guy and a great competitor
jn our mind, however, isn't the rec-
ords he holds and the trophies he has
won, but the fact that he always put
the good of the team before indi-
vidual glory. *We had the pleasure
of being a teammate of Ufer's for two
seasons, and during that time we saw
what he, and a couple others like;
him. did to bring Michigan back to
the top of the 'Big Ten track world

and rank the Wolverines with the
best in the nation.
Bob was always around to help
those that needed bits of advice
or words of encouragement in the
training room and locker room. On}
the track he gave his all, never
being able to stand to see anyone in
front of him. Many were the times
that he anchored the relay team
with a deficit to make up-- he
didn't .always make it up, but he{
always drove those crazy legs of his
right to the finish.
W E TAKE off our hat to anyone who
will give up a chance to defend
a $400 trophy in order that he may
be with his teammates as Ufer did
last March. If there are any takers,
we'll bet our last dollar that his
teammates will return the favor by
bringing the Big Ten track crown
back to Ann Arbor with them this
week-end when they return from
Champaign. They'll do it for "Hose,"
just as he did it for them.
I ciw Fittpatrik Die,*s 6*
Keene Fitzpatrick, track coach
he'e at Michigan for 15 years, died
at Princeton, N.Y. Monday night.
Fitzpatrick, who compiled an envi-
able record as a coach and trainer
while at Michigan, left in 1910 to
assume the duties of head track
coach and trainer at Princeton,
staying there until his death, al-
though retired.
Charley Baird, athletic director
during the early part of the century,
Fitzpatrick and Fielding H. Yost
started the Wolverine athletic teams
on the victory trail that still con-
tinues.

Track Squad
Requires First
PkCe Winners
When the Michigan track squad
makes its final Big Ten showing this
Saturday in the Conference Meet at
Champaign, it will find itself short
of sure first placers, and in this its
final 1944 appearance, will rely en-
tirely on numbers to bring it through
to victory.
The Wolverines can with some de-
gree of accuracy be counted on to
take first in the mile and two mile
runs, where the Hume twins, Bob and
Ross, have had it their way all sea-
son, and either the highjump with
Bill Dale again topping the field, or
the shotput, should George Kraeger
equal his toss of two weeks ago.
This means that if the first place
totals only equal 20 points, approxi-
mately 40 points will -have to be
picked up in second, third, fourth
and fifth places. The fact that Bob
Ufer, who will be undoubtedly out for
the remainder of the season, and
Elroy Hirsch, who is slated to play
baseball, will not be contributing
their 14 points as they did against
Illinois and Purdue, slims the total
down, making it about an "even-
steven" choice between the Illini and
Michigan.
Coach Ken Doherty will be taking
a large squad on the jaunt, and with
the exception of Ufer and Fred Stoli-
ker, who is bothered with a leg injury,
all the members of the team are
reported to be in good shape.
The boys had a stiff workout yes-
terday and will begin to taper off the
rest of the week, as they embark for
Champaign Friday.
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Gentry To Hurl as Tigers Make
Attempt To Cinch Fourth Place

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DETROIT, May 23.-(IP)-The De-
troit Tigers \yill attempt to tighten
their grip on the American League's
fourth place by sending rookie Ruffus
Gentry, who pitched a shutout last
time, against the Philadelphia Ath-
letics tomorrow in the opener of a
15-game home stand.
Donald Black, whose three-hitter
was wasted when Gentry scattered
nine hits and drove in the only run of
a 1 to 0 victory, was named by Connie
Mack for another shot at the Tigers.
The A's remain for four games
through Saturday.
While jubilant about their con-
quest of the east. where they won ten
of 14 games, the Tigers took no vaca-
tion today after arriving belatedly
from Washington this morning. In-
stead, they participated in a long
workout at Briggs Stadium.

"We have been going. real good and
have a six-game winning stre'k,"
commented manager Steve O'Neill,
"but we want to start winning some
games at home. This is no time to
relax."
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It has been hinted that Big Ten
coaches will amend the current rules
by means of a gentlemen's agreement
among themselves, mainly modifying
the rules on the kickoff, passing and
fumbling. However, as Crisler points
out, "There is no doubt the code
needs revision, but not on a free-
lance basis which can only result in
confusion." He further adds, "I will
strongly oppose any attempt to over-
ride the National committee in this
manner."
It is true that Michigan was one of
the teams most strongly affected by
the current kickoff rules, particularly
in the Notre Dame game of last sea-
son, when the kicking off out of
bounds rule gave Notre Dame several
unexpected good breaks. However,
Crisler seems determined not to op-
pose N.C.A.A. rulings which have
been frozen for the duration.
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