SUNDA Y, JUNE 11, 1944
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Nine Clinches Big Ten Title with Double
Wolverines Turn Back
WHAT A RECORD HE'S GOT!
Leroy Weir Is Title-Holdiug
Coach of Champ Net Squad
Bowman, Hirsch Pitch Michigan to Ninth
Conference Crown Under Fisher's Reign
by BILL 1VULLENDORE
Although hard-pressed by an ag-
gressive Purdue nine which more
than once threatened to upset the
dope bucket and knock the Wolver-
ines from the ranks of the undefeat-
ed Big Ten teams, Michigan managed
to pound out a pair of wins and a
Western Conference championships
yesterday, winning the opener, 4-2,
and the nightcap, 3-2.
Bo Bowman was the winning
pitcher in the first contest although
nicked for nine hits. The small left-
hander was effective in the clutch
as the Boilermakers left 11 men
stranded on the basepaths. Elroy
Hirsch pitched steady ball to win the
anti-climactic second tilt, limiting
Purdue to six safeties.
Needing only one win from Purdue
to put the clincher on the Conference
title, Michigan hung together 12 hits
in the opener to score four runs, one
more than was necessary for victory.,
The Wolverines jumped on Boiler-
maker hurler Ed Timms for two
markers in the first frame and were
never behind thereafter although
threatened several times.
Wolverines Tally Twice In First
Third baseman Walter Kell, start-
ing his first game at the hot corner
for Michigan, led off the inning with
! line single. Charlie Ketterer then
laid down a bunt and beat it out for
a base hit when the Purdue infield
became confused. Bruce Blanchard
sacrificed, and with the infield drawn
in Bill Gregor dribbled a slow bound-
er past second baseman Pete Gott-
freyed for a single, scoring two runs.
Although Bowman was in constant
hot water, he kept the plate free of
Purdue spikes until the fourth when
three singles produced a tally. Mich-
igan got that one back in the fifth
when Ketterer doubled and Blan-
chard tripled him home, and added
another in the sixth when Bowman
aided by his own cause by singling
sharply into center with Don Lund on
7th Inning Is Last Purdue Threat
Purdue marked up its lone remain-
ing run in the seventh on a hit, a
base on balls, an error, and another
safety. This was their last threat as
Bowman retired the side in order in
the last two frames to race up his
sixth victory in seven starts.
With the championship already
tucked safely under their belts, the
Wolverines let down slightly in the
second game, depriving Hirsch of a
shutout by some loose fielding.
Michigan managed. single runs in
the third and fifth, and apparently
needed no more as Hirsch settled
down to pitch his usual masterful
But in the seventh, the Boiler-
makers put together a run and in the
first of the ninth. added another to
tie things up. The first tally came
when Chalmers Elliott led off with
a walk and stole second with the aid
of a poor throw by catcher Bob Ste-
venson. Bob Young then lined a
single to short center, but Lund lost
all chance for a play when he let the
ball get away from him.
Boilermakers Tie Game in Ninth
The run in the ninth was scored
under similar circumstances as Don
Edwards, pinch-hitting for Don Sim-
mons, hit a looping fly over Kell's
head for a scratch hit. He stole
second as Stevenson got off another
poor throw and came home on
Young's second timely blow. Lund
got off a perfect throw to the plate,
but Stevenson was slow in putting
the ball on the runner.
With the score tied, Michigan went
into their half of the ninth and pro-
ceeded to score the winning run
without benefit of a hit. Elmer
Swanson led off with a base on balls.
Bob Naussbaumer fanned for the
second time while trying to sacrifice.
With Stevenson up, Swanson took
off for second, sliding in safely on
a close play.
Stevenson then hit a long drive in-
to left which Ray Murphy got both
hands on and dropped, scoring Swan-
son and ending the ball game. It
was Hirsch's sixth triumph in as
many trips to the hill.
Lund turned in the best fielding
play of the season in the fourth in-
ning of the second game, robbing
Murphy of at least a two-base hit.
He went deep into center, grabbing
the ball with his bare hand to com-
plete a spectacular play.
It was Michigan's ninth Confer-
ence championship in the last 23
years and the eighth for Wolverine
squads during the 1943-44 athletic
There will be a Sphinx meeting
at 1:30 p.m. today in the Michigan
Union, President George Kraeger
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
A close-up of Michigan's genial
tennis coach, Leroy Weir, reveals a
highly interesting and versatile per-
Coach Weir did his undergraduate
work at Wooster College in Ohio,
where, upon graduation in 1922, he
received a B.A. in history. Weir did
not only confine himself to scholarly
attainments, for he proceeded to
establish for himself an impressive
record in the field of athletics.
He was number one man on the
summer as a lieutenant in the Navy
V-12 program. Jennings was trans-
ferred last semester to Plattsburg,
Weir added another trio of tennis
titles to his credit by taking the
Manitoba Championship in 1928,
1929 and 1930. In 1932, he won the
Cleveland City Open Championship,
and repeated this feat again in 1935.
The Ohio State tennis title was
won by Weir in 1934 and this marked
his last major triumph in the field of
varsity tennis team for three years, . Tennis Star Turns To Squash
and in addition, Weir captured three
letters in basketball. In his junior Weir then turned his attention to
and senior years Weir won the Ohio squash, and built up a formidable
Inter-Collegiate Tennis Champion- record. In 1938 he was runner up in
ship. the National Championship, and for
After finishing at Wooster Weir three seasons preceding 1938 he ad-
came to Michigan, where he earned vanced to the semi-finals of the Na-
an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. tional Squash Tourney. Weir has
Weir Wins Illinois Championships held the Ohio squash title for a num-
In 1928 Coach Weir garnered the ber of years and also triumphed in
Illinois State tennis title, and also the Michigan tournament.
the Chicago City Championship. In Weir has been the tennis coach at
winning the Illinois title, Coach Weir Michigan for seven years and during
scored the most outstanding victory that time his teams have chalked up
of his career by whipping George two conference titles. In 1942 the
Jennings in a torrid five-set match. Wolverines lost their crown to North-
Incidentally, Weir never saw Jen- western by the slender margin of one
nings again until he arrived here last point.
TWO, TOO CLOSE
FIRST GAME SECOND GAME
PURDUE AB R H O A PURDUE AB R It O A
Schue,3b...... 4 0 0 1 3 Schue, 3b ......3 0 0 0 0
Gottfreyd, 2b ... 4 0 0 4 0
Gottfreyd, 2b... 4 1 2 3 3 Murphy, If .....3 0 0 3 0
Murphy,If...... 5 0 2 0 0 Elliot, cf........3 1 0 6 0
Elliot, cf .........4 0 0 3 0 Simmons, ss .... 3 0 0 0 0
Martin, rf .. . ...2 0 0 0 1 *Edwards, ss .... 1 1 1 0 0
Simmonsss....4 0 2 1 2R'owden,rf.....4 0 1 1 0
Young, lb .......4 0 2 5 1
Young, lb ......3 1 0 7 1 Vacanti, c .......4 0 1 6 1
Hesse, c.........4 0 1 9 0OKennedy, p ......3 0 1 0 3
Timm, p.........4 0 2 0 1-- -
S- - -TOTALS .....32 2 6 25 5
TOTALS.....34 2 9 24 11 (*) Batted for Simmons in eighth
MICHIGAN AB R H O A
MICHIGAN ABR HO AKell, 3b ........ 2 0 0 1 4
Kell, 3b .........4 1 1 0 2 Ketterer, 2b .... 4 0 1 4 1
Ketterer, 2b .... 3 2 2 3 1 Blanchard, ss ... 4 0 0 1 5
Blanchard, ss ... 3 0 1 5 2 Gregor, If.......4 0' 1 0 0
Gregor,if.......4 0 2 3 0Lund,cf.........4 0 1 3 0
Swanson, lb .... 3 2 1 10 0
Lund, cf .........4 0 1 4 0 Wiese, rf........2 0 2 1 0
Swanson, lb .... 4 0 1 5 0 * Nussbaumer, rf . 2 0 0 2 0
Wiese,rf.......4 1 2 2 1 Stevenson, c .... 4 0 1 5 0
Stevenson, c .... 4 0 1 7 0 Hirsch, p ........3 1 2 0 3
Bowman, p...... 4 0 1 0 1
- - - -- - TOTALS .....32 3 9 27 13
TOTALS-......34 4 12 27 7 (*) Replaced Wiese in fifth
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