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17, 1944



Michigan Schedules 20 Games for


Baseball Season

JO Western Conference
Contests Put on Docket
Wolverines Will Open Campaign April 25;
Encounter Hawkeyes in Two-Game Series

With 20 games alreAdv on the
docket and three or four more undet
consideration, Michigan's 1944 base-
ball schedule is rounding into shape.
The schedule as it now stands in-
cludes ten Western Conference tilts
in addition to four contests each with
Notre Dame and Western Michigan,
and single encounters with service
teams from the Great Lakes Naval
Training Station and Fort Sheridan.
In addition to these definitely on
the card, the athletic department is
also seeking another home game with
Great Lakes and two or three others
with local squads such as Fort Cus-
ter, Selfridge Field or other Michigan
Dates Not Announced
The actual dates for the games
have not as yet been announced.
However, the Wolverines will open
the Big Ten -campaign with a two-
game home series with Iowa April
25 and 26. The complete Conference
schedule calls for six encounters on
home grounds against four played
on foreign soil.
Michigan will play two games each
with five different Big Ten schools
during the course of the campaign.
Other schools scheduled include Illi-
nois (away), Ohio State (here), In-
diana (away) and Purdue (here).
All of these will be two-game series
played on successive days if suitable
arrangements for those schools de-
pending on men in the V-12 program
can be made. Otherwise, it is possible
that some bf them may be carded as
Irish Play Two Here
The four tilts with the Irish will
be split with two being played at Ann
Arbor and the other pair at South
Bend. A 'simhilar arrangement will
be followed for the four Western
Michigan conteats. The games with
Great Lakes and Fort Sheridan will
both take place on their diamonds.
Id preparation for this formidable
slate the squad of 50-odd aspiring
candidates continued to work out in
'Yost Field House under the .watch-
ful eye of veteran Coach Ray Fisher
who is beginning his 24th year as
hear baseball mentor at Michigan.
Fisher, the dean of Big Ten coaches,
has coachid' eight championship
teams during his 24-year tenure, two
of them within the last three sea-
Weather Ruins '43 Season
The weatherman ruined what
might have been another champion-
ship year for Fisher in 1943 when 13
of 25 scheduled games were rained
out. The Wolverines finished the
season with eight wins in 12 starts,
and wound up in fifth place in the
standings, while Ohio State was win-
ning the championship. The Maize
and Slug will be out this season to
Tigers Start
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 16.-(P)
-The Detroit Tigers worked out for
a full two hours on a soggy field and
in an intermittent drizzle today, ig-
nring several Sggestions from Man-
ager Steve O'Neill that they call it
a day and come in out of the wet.
"One thing we aren't short of in
this camp is enthusiasm," O'Neill re-
marked proudly.
It wasn't just the youngsters who
set the rainy-day pace. No one work-
ed harder than Rudy York and Paul
Arrival of Pitcher Frank (Stub)
Overmire today boosted the number
of regulars on hand to 13. Overmire,
who won seven games last season as
a Tiger freshman, came from Grand
Rapids where he had attended his
mother's funeral.

The little left-hander, classified
4-F in the draft, reported at his
playing weight of 170. Some 15
pounds lighter thana year ago, and
said he felt "great."
The club announced the signing
of outfielder, Charlie Metro, the 20th
Tiger to accept a contract. His
signing was reported to have left
Roger Cramer and rookie pitcher
Rufus Gentry the only players still
holding out for better terms.
The third day of practice brought
the seascn's first camp casualty to
the training room for treatment. He
was infielder Joe WVtood, who report-
.ed lameness in the arm that won a
long-distance throwing contest at
Briggs Stadium last summer.

avenge this lowly position-and the
Meanwhile, batting practices, pep-
per games and other loosening-up
drills can move outdoors and partici-
pate in intra-squad games. Fisher
hopes to quit the Field House during
the first part of April, subject to
weather conditions.
Veterans Bolster Squad
Until he sees his men under actual
playing conditions, Fisher can make
few predictions as to the starting
lineup. However, on the basis of
past experience it appears likely that
all of the returning veterans will fig-
ure strongly in his plans. These in-
All men interested in becoming
baseball managers are asked to
call Bob Milnor, head baseball
manager, 8177, for details. Ex-
emption from PEM will be granted
to civilians.
elude such men as Bruce Blanchard,
star third baseman; Elmer Swanson,
veteran catcher; Don Lund, Mike
Farnyk, Bob Weise and Bob Nuss-
baumer, all outfielders although
Weise is currently trying his hand
at pitching; and Charlie Ketterer,
second baseman.
The outstanding fact concerning
this collection is the absence of ex-
perienced mound talent, which is giv-
ing Fisher a few more gray hairs. As
yet, the pitching staff is in a very
uncertain state but will probably
shape up when the squad works out-
In addition to these men with some
previous playing experience on Wol-
verine ball clubs, there are several
promising newcomers who have made
impressive showings in early-season
Red Wings e
Bo ston .10-9
DETROIT, March 16.-()-The
Boston Bruins lost all hope of get-
ting into the Stanley Cup playoffs
tonight by losing to the Detroit Red
Wings, 10 to 9, in one of the highest
scoring National Hockey League
games of the season. A crowd of
7,932 looked on as the Bruins counted
three times in the last 22 minutes.
Herbie Cain, star Bruin wingman
who broke the League's 14-year-old
individual scoring record Tuesday
night against Chicago, counted one
goal and four assists tonight to run
the total to 80 points.
Tonight's first period started off
slowly and Detroit led 2 to 1 at the
rest stop on goals by Liscombe and
Syd Howe. Three straight Red Wing
counters within 3%/a minutes at the
start of the second made it 5 to 1,
Detroit, before Bill Cowley connected
for the Bruins. Busher Jackson's two
scores within 45 seconds late in the
period helped the Bruins to cut the
lead to 7 to 4 after a second stanza
that saw eight goals.
Eight more goals went into the
nets in the third period as Boston
rallied for four in the :ast six min-
utes of the game but th rally was
smothered by the final horn.
By losing tonight the Bruins fin-
ished their season set with Detroit
with only one victory and two ties in
ten games. Boston did not win on
Detroit ice this year.
Boston, now certain to finish fifth,
has one more game with Toronto.
Detroit plays Chicago twice.

Swimmers Aim
For National
Collegiate Title
Michigan Will Be Host
Next Week To National
A.A.U. Chamnpionships
Michigan's powerful swimming
team, which has already won the Big
Ten title, will face a big test this
month, when 'they travel to Yale
March 24 and 25, in an endeavor to
add to their laurels by winning the
National Collegiates, and the follow-
ing week, they will play host to all
entries for the 1944 National AAU
swimming championships, which will
be held at the Intramural Building,
March 31 and April 1.
The Wolverines will be gunning
for the 13th title in 18 years when
they enter the Nationals in New Ha-
ven, Conn. In the years that Mich-
igan did not win the national crown,
they came in second, finishing run-
ner-up to Ohio State last year.
Team Has Balance
Although Coach Matt Mann plans
to take the smallest squad in recent
years to Yale, and the Wolverines
will be minus a representative in div-
ing for the first time in the history
of the school, their team balance in
the individual performances, along
with their crack relay teams, gives
the Maize and Blue a good chance
of winning their 13th title.
Merton Church, Chuck Fries, Heinie
Kessler, Paul Maloney, John Mc-
Carthy; BillKogen and Gordon Pul-
ford will be the probable entries for
Michigan. The main obstacle that
Coach Mann's charges will have to
hurdle is Yale, who will be paced
by .Alan Ford. Other schools will
only be sending their top men, with
Ohio State, Harvard, Columbia and
Minnesota undoubtedly sending to-
ken entries.
AAU Meet Here
On the following week, Michigan
will be the center of attraction, when
some of the greatest amateur swim-
ming stars in the country assemble
to defend their world records in the
National AAU meet here. Leading
this procession will be Bill Smith of
Great Lakes, Adolph Kiefer of the
Bainbridge Naval Station, and Alan
Ford of Yale, who will be favored to
capture their specialties, and will be
out to break their own marks.
The number of contestants will be
less this season than in pre-war
years, but the calibre of the com-
petition this year will more than
offset this, as most of the present
record holders that are already en-
tered are in the best shape of their
Smith' To Compete
Great Lakes, paced by Bill Smith,
who holds seven world records from
200 to 800 meters, will be favored to
win the meet, with Michigan coming
in second. Smith has openly stated
that he will enter the 100-yard dash
against Alan Ford of Yale, who now
holds the world mark at :50.1 sec-
onds, and this should prove to be
the highlight of the whole meet.
Charles Batterman, formerly of
Ohio State, who came in second in
the low and high board diving at the
National AAU last year, and is now
stationed at Columbia, will make the
trip here if he can secure permission
from the Navy.
Adolph Kiefer, who holds all world
records in the backstroke, and after
being dethroned in the 100 and 200-
yard dorsal events by Harry Holliday
of Michigan last year, retained those
two titles in fine fashion earlier this
season, and should come close to
breaking some of his records.

10 Man T rack
Squad Entered
At Chicago
Track Coach Ken Doherty today
announced the personnel of a 10-
man squad to represent Michigan in
the Chicago Relays Saturday eve-
In announcing his selections, Doh-
erty indicated that only one man,
quarter-miler Bob Ufer, is expected
to bring home a victory, but that all
the others should perform well
against the stiff competition.
Ufer, three times Western Confer-
ence champion in the 440 and holder
of the world's indoor record at that
distance, will compete in the 600-
yard dash, an event which he has
run only twice this year. On one
occasion he smashed the existing
record, but a disagreement among
the officials prevented its recogni-
tin. Ufer will be running against
Bob Kelley, his Illinois nemesis, and
Jimmy Herbert, veteran New York-
dash man.
The mile relay quartet, composed
of Jim Pierce, Will Glas, Fred Negus
and Ufer, ran a scintillating 3:23.6
mile in the recent Western Confer-
ence meet, but Dohierty does not
expect it to equal that performance
on a board track.
Other' Michigan entrants include
Capt. Bob Hume in the mile, twin
brother Ross and Dick Barnard in
the 1,000-yard run, Elmer Swanson
in the high hurdles, Julian Wither-
spoon in the 50-yard dash and Bill
Dale in the highiump.
All of these men will be running
against the cream of the country's

Spring being only a few days away,
many a "young man's fancy is lightly
turning to thoughts of love;" but
Phil Marcellus, captain of the 1944
golf team, is more interested in the
coming golf season.
Marcellus, or "Marcy" as he is
called by his friends, first became
interested in golf at the age of six,
when his father presented him with
a set of clubs. When Phil was thir-
teen he entered and won his first
tournament. It was the City-Junior
Golf Tournament held in his home
town, Rockford, Ill. "Marcy" has
won this title three times.
High School Champ
In high school Marcellus won let-
ters in football, basketball and golf.
In his senior year he captained the
golf team and it won the Big Seven
Conference championship. This con-
ference is composed of all the bigger
cities in northern Illinois. Before
the summer was over, the team add-
ed the High School State Golf cham-
pionship to its record.
Phil entered the University of
Michigan in 1940, and he went out
track stars and are not rated much
of a chance to come down in front.
Other top-notch stars of the cin-
ders entered at the meet will include
Cornelius Warmerdam, world pole
vault king; Gil Dodds, holder of the
world indoor mile record, and Les
Eisenhart, indoor 1,000-yard AAU

Marcellus Predicts Successful
Golf Season for Michigan

for the freshman football team. This
was the same team that had Tom
Kuzma, Paul White and ' Julius
Franks. Marcellus won his freshman
numerals playing tackle. During his
sophomore year he won letters in
football and golf, and in 1942 he
played guard on the varsity eleven.
Phil's college career was interrup-
ted in March 1943 when the Army
called the Enlisted Reserve Corps.
After two months Phil was back on
campus with an honorable discharge
and was ready for the golf season.
Last year Michigan won the Big Ten
Golf championship, and Marcellus
says that a lot of credit for the
team's success should be given to
Ben Smith, last year's captain. "Mar-
cy" says that "Smith is a fine golfer
with a distinct style of his own."
Plays in Amateur Meets
Phil has played in a number of
tournaments that have given him
the confidence and experience that
all golfers desire. While in high
school he played in the Trans-Mis-'
sissippi, Western Amateur, Western
Junior and Illinois Tournaments. In
1937 he and Tom Armour won the
Pro-Amateur Tournament, and last
year he was runner-up in the Rock-
ford City Tournament.
Marcellus believes that Michigan
has a good chance to win the Big
Ten championship again this year.
Phil says, "With some of the boys
from last year coming back, and a
fine coach like Ray Courtright,
Michigan will be right there on top."

Prepare for
Final Races
Preparations for the state speed-
skting championships to be tomor-
row night at the Coliseum have
reached their final stage.
Eddie Lowrey, manager of the
rink, announced yesterday that talent
for the event will be drawn from
Wyandotte, Saginaw, Bay City, Flint,
Detroit, Windsor, Chicago and Mil-
waukee. The Detroit skating contin-
gent has been practicing for the
meet in nearby Windsor. while the
other entrants have been holding
their workouts at the local rink.
Among the latest performers to use
the Coliseum for practices was the
12-man representation from Sagi-
Four entrants so far stand out in
the listing of stellar possibilities.
Vince Bozich of Detroit is expected
to give his opponents a good deal of
trouble, since he has held many of
the state titles for the past five years.
Miss Lockes of Windsor is also a
leading challenger in the women's
division. Her chief competition will
probably come from Saginaw's four
Wrona sisters. Mr. Brennan will also
be a leading contestant for the men's
The 12 lap track has been leased
for the event by the Michigan Skat-
ing Association, whose president is
Benjamin Bagdade. Bagdade has
also arranged for the evening's offi-
cials. The races will begin at 7:30
and last until 11. Admission for the
general public will be $1.10.


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