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SU:NJAY, MARC 19, 1944

Gil Dodds Sets New

World's Indoo r

Reord in Mile

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Tigers Starting Line-up
e i s To Take Shape

EVANSVILLE, Ind, March 18.-(/P)
-The 1944 lineup of the Detroit Tig-
ers is beginning to take shape, but
there are bound to be many changes
before the American League opener
with the St. Louis Browns April 18
at Briggs Stadium.
In only one department do the
Tigers appear to be reasonably well
set. Bob Swift, acquired in a winter
deal with the Philadelphia Athletics,
and holdover Paul Richards are slat-
ed to share the catching job, assisted
by 215-pound James (Hack) Miller,
former Texas Leaguer. Swift and
Miller are 4-F in the draft and Rich-
ards is expected to be rejected be-
cause of an old knee injury.
Paul Trout, 20-game winner in
1943, naturally is the ace of the pitch-
ing staff and will get the opening day
assignment against the Browns.
Manager Steve O'Neill is counting on
left-handers Hal Newhouser and
Fran (Stub) Overmire to be starters.
Newhouser won eight games last sea-
son and Overmire won seven, but
O'Neill figures they should double
their output in 1944.
If and when they report, Johnny
Gorsica and Ruffus Gentry are slated
to be the other starters in the "Big
Five" of the mound staff. Meanwhile,
?eb Eaton and Joe Hare, minor league
veterans, are bidding for recognition.
Other possibilities are Joe Orrell,
Walter (Boom Boom) Beck, Elon
(Chief) Hogsett and 17-year-old Em-
ery (Jim) Iresko.
Awaiting military call, Rudy York
will be at first base. A possible re-
placement at the position is Don
Ross, Detroit's handy man infielder-
outfielder, who is up fr his pre-
induction examination but probably
wont be accepted.
Don Heilner, a ten-year American
League veteran with the New York
Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Phil-
adelphia, will be the top second base-
man when he reports. Al Unser,
Top Swimmers
Gather at Yade
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Mach 18.-
(P)-With entries in from 11 colleges
or universities and at least an addi-
tional dozen expected before the
deadline March 20, Coach Bol Kiph-.
uth of Yale, predicted today'that the
N.C.A.A. swimming championships
here Friday and Saturday wold be
turned into an assault on records.
Entered are Kiphuth's Blue Water
Babies, undefeated in 62 consecutive
dual meets; Michigan, Ohio State,
MVinnesota, Cornell, Princeton, Col-
umbia, Williams, Rochester, Brown
and R.P.I..
Yale, hosts for the first time since
1940, will feature Alan Ford of Bal-
boa, Canal Zone, holder of the
world's 1Q0-yard freestyle mark in
its bid for the team title, but with a
crew of aces from Michigan, Ohio
State and Minnesota, the champion-
ship promises to be wide open.
In addition to Ford, .other top-
notchers entered include Keo Na-
kama, Ohio State; Ace Cory, Merton
Church, Chuck Fries, Paul Maloney
and Johnny McCarthy, Michigan;
Carl Paulson, Brown; Ben Reynolds,
Rochester, Gene Rogers and Charley
Batterman, Columbia.
Alan Ford Breaks
Own World's Record
NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 18.-
(/)-Alan Ford, Yale's Balboa Bullet,
shattered his own world's record for
the 100-yard freestyle swim tonight
in Payne Whitney Pool when he cov-
ered the distance in 49.7 seconds. The
old record is officially listed at 50.6
seconds but Ford broke that mark in
a time trial sanctioned by the A.A.U.
at Yale with a 50.1 several weeks ago.

Ford's record-smashing century to-
night was a smoothly paced master-
piece. Swimming upaced, the recor'd-
holder reached the 50-yard mark in
22.7. At 75 yards, he was timed in
Three A.A.U. timers clocked him in
49.7 while the fourth registered 49.6.

shifted from catcher, also is a possi-
Eddie Mayo, acquired in the player
draft, is the leading shortstop can-
didate in the absence of Joe Hoover
and Joe Orengo. Ross also plays
this position.
Pinky Higgins, recently reclassi-
fied 1-A by his draft board, is still
head man at third base where pos-
sible replacements are Joe Wood,
Charley Metro' and Ross.
Roger Cramer, who hasn't signed
his contract, is the centerfield chocie,
with Jimmy Outlaw ticketed for the
left field job vacated by Dick Wake-

Bozich Shares Ufer Beaten
Skating Title oss Hume
CHICAGO, March 18. - /P) - Gil
Buddy Solem, a new figure in state Dodds, the Flying Parson from Bos-
skating meets, scored an upset when ton, won his seventh consecutive mile
he tied Vince Bozich of Detroit for race of the season tonight, turning
the Michigan State Indoor Skating in a nev world's competitive indoor
Championship for Class A senior men record of 4:06.4.
held tonight at the Michigan Skating Five timers caught Dodd's breath-
Rink. Both men registered 100 taking finish at 4:06.4 on the nose
=oints. as he beat out Bill Hulse of the New
Solem, a Chicagoan, is only seven- York A.C. by 20 yards.
teen and was competing in his first Dcdds, turning in progressively bet-
Class A meet in this state. He won ter miles during his sensational string
the 440 and 3%4-mile events and of victories, cracked his own indoor
placed second to Bozich in the 880 mark of 4:07.3, gvhich he had set
and mile. Bozich was defending his' only a week ago ini the Knights of
championship, which he has won for Columbus lMaeet at New York.
the last four years. Jim Thomson of Summaries
Detroit placed third with 30 points. One mile college relay-won by
Peggy Barber, another Chicagoan, Lawrence; secondg, Nrth Central, Na-
captured the Senior women's title by
placing first in each of her three perville, Ill.; third, Loyola, Chicago.
events and scoring a total of 90 Time 3:41.2.
points. Loraine Sabbe was second 40 yard dash (Oympic sprint series)
with 50 points and Loretta DeMez, -Won by Claude Young, Illinois;
also from Chicago, was tied with 20 second, Ed Conwell, New York U;
points. third, L. W. Alkon, Iowa Pre-Flight;
In the Senior men Class B cham- fourth, Ranis Thomas, Illinois; fifth,
pionships, Leo Wojtkowiak of Wyan-I Herbert Thompson, U.S. Coast Guard,
dotte was the winner with 110 points. Manhattan Beach. Time 4.5 seconds.
a _______-__-_--

40 yard high hurdles-Won by Bob
Wright, U.S. Midshipman's School;
second, Edward Dugger, Dayton, 0.;
third, Rex Whitworth, Iowa; fourth,
Robert Hinkle, Illinois. Time 5.2 sec-
1,000 yard run-Won by Les Eisen-
hart, Columbus, 0.; second, Alfred
Daily, New York Athletic Club; third,
Ross Hume, Michigan; fourth, Frank
Fletcher, Great Lakes; fifth, Rich-
ard Barnard, Michigan. Time 2:12.2.
One mile university relay-Won by
Western Michigan (T. Hermans, D.
Radcliff, R. Maloney, W. Pittman);
second, Michigan Normal; third,
Marquette; fourth, Chicago. Time
5'6 yard dash (Olympic sprint ser-
ies)-Won by Ed Conwell, New York
U; second, Claude Young, Illinois;
third, L. W. Alkon, Iowa Pre-Flight;
fourth, Herbert Thompson, U.S. Coast-
Guard, Manhattan Beach; fifth, Ra-
nis Thomas, Illinois. Time 5.3 sec-
Pole vault - Won by Cornelius
Warmerdam, monmouth, (Ill.) Pre-
Flight School, 14 feet, 5 inches; sec-

ond, Jack Defield, Minnesota, 14 feet,
1 inch; tied for third, Milton Padway,
Illinois, Keith Croswird, Great Lakes,
and M. F. Winter, Iowa Pre-Flight,
13 feet, 1 inch.
50 pard high hurdles-Won by Ed-
ward Dugger, Dayton, O.; second,
Bob Wright, U.S. Midshipman's
School, Chicago; third, Rex Whit-
worth, Iowa; fourth, Robert Hinkle,
Illinois. Time 6.3 seconds.
600 yard run-Won by James He-
bert, Grand Street Boys' Club, New
York City; second, Bob Ufer, Michi-
gan; third, Bob Kelley, Illinois;
fourth, William Haynes, Purdue.
Time 1:12.0.
One mile university relay (match-
ed)-Won by Wisconsin (Ray Zoe-
bel, William Myrkel, Kensal Chand-
ler, Gordon Duquemin); second, Min-
nesota; third, Iowa. Time 3:37,7.
55 yard dash (Olympic sprint ser-
ies)-Won by Claude Young, Illinois;
second, Ed Conwell, New York U.;
third, L. W. Alkon, Iowa Pre-Flight;
fourth, Herbert Thompson, Manhat-
tan Beach Coach Guard; fifth, Ranis
Thomas, Illinois. Time 5.7 seconds.

by Herbert at Chicago;
Bernard Place in 100


Fisher Boasts .694 Aver age
Aoaintb Bi Te p et
Coach Ray Fisher, now starting his about a dozen performers who have
24th season of Michigan baseball, proved of big league caliber. Notable
boasts a lifetime Big Ten average of among these was the Tigers' $52,000
.694 and a .6$0 mark against all prize package, Dick Wakefield. Wake-
comers: ijfield played for Fisher during the

This pace has been a consistent
one, for only three Fisher-coached
teams have finished the season under
.500. In fact, the Wolverine mentor
has tutored eight out of a possible
23 Conference champs, holding the
title a third of the time he has been
at the helm of Michigan clubs. This
has left other Big Ten outfits very
little pay-oft dirt over which to scrap,
and has earned for Fisher the title
of Dean of Big Ten baseball, not only
from point of service, but because of
the genuine respect and admiration
of his colleagues.
Illinois Comes Close
Illinois has suffered most bitterly
from the power of Fisher's teams,
for the Illini have come the closest
to shattering the Maize and Blue
record. This record hung in the bal-
ance last season, when the Wolver-
ines had to take two from Illinois to
remain ahead in games won and lost
for alltime. The mark now stands 23
games to 22 in favor of Michigan.
The Champaign clubs also stand just
behind Michigan in conference cham-
pionships won during Fisher's tenure
here. Michigan has won eight; Illi-'
nois, 7.j
Fisher himself is peculiarly well
equipped to take inexperienced play-
ers and teach them the rudiments
of the game. A native Vermonter,
he first played organized ball in 1908,
two years before he enrolled in Mid-
diebury College. This was with the
EIartford club. While he was still in
college, he played with the New York
Yankees. In 1918 he was a member
of the Air Force and during the 1919
and ''2Q seasons, he pitched for the
Cincinnati Reds.
"The Vermont Schoolteacher"
Although Fisher had a winning
record in the Big Leagues, he was
never in the same class with imior-
tals like Matty and the Big Train.
His interests seemed to be divided
during the years between 1910 and
1917 when he hurled for the Yanks,
for he taught school during off-
seasons. From 1911 to 1915 he was
athletic director at his alma mater
and later he taught at Springfield
and Newton Military Academies. He
was an instructor in "a little bit of
everything," even teaching Latin. Be-
cause of his amazing extr-curricular
activities, his baseball cronies dubbed
him "the Vermont Schoolteacher,"
a name which stuck for a number of
Fisher became head coach of base-
ball for Michigan at the start of the
'21 season and had the exceptional
record of 21 wins and four losses in
his initial year. That first season
has set the pace for his other varsity
nines. He Ihas taken clubs to Japan
twice, demonstrating the great Am-
erican game to that country in the
years when major league all-star out-
fits used to make the same tour.
These trips took place in the sum-
mers of '29 and '32.
Not only has he turned out win-
ning teams, but he has developed

'41 season only, but the Wolverine
coach is generally conceded a great
deal of the credit for making him
the player he has become. Dick had
only played high school ball before
Fisher got hold of him in his sopho-
more year.
Other Fisher products are Johnny
Gee, $75,000 Pirate hurler, and Pete
Appleton, star in the twenties for the
Senators and White Sox. The first
Wistert, flinger Whitey, was also a
member of Fisher's club. It is in-
teresting to note that most of Fisher's
best players have been members of
the mound staff. This amazing suc-
cess with pitchers is due probably in
part to Fisher's own experiences as a
hurler in the majors and also to the
fact that he is above all an excellent
teacher. Many men who have sons
and are interested in the diamond
sport send their boys to Michigan so
that they will be under Fisher's tutel-
The University of Michigan ice
rink will close for the season at
5:00 p.m. today. Persons who have
stored skates at the rink are asked
to remove them by that time.
Golfers who can shoot under 80
report to Coach Courtright. Golf
nets at the Intramural Building
available at 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
daily beginning Monday, March 20.
Cardinalsz I' Attack.
ST. LOUIS, March 18.-(!)--Man-
ager Billy Southworth of the National
League champion Cardinals disclosed
today he was switching his team's at-
tack to try for "big innings" this
Tehe1943 Cardinals may have been
dashing and daring by ordinary
standards but, surprisingly enough
Southworth said the team actually
was conservative in its style.
With tight-fisted pitching, South-
worth pointed out, it was possible to
play the percentage, trying for one
run at a time to score the-few tallies
needed for victory.f
National League statistics bear out
his claims for his hurlers. For the
first time in the 32 years of record-
keeping on earned run averages, the
first three leaders all were members
of the same team-the Cardinals.
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