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Best Amateurs



AA U Tank Meet Net Season Will Open
__ __ _--April 29 in Windy City

Bill Srnith Alan Ford Will Be Starters i11
Small but Select Company of Contestants

Great Lakes Favored
To Shade Wolverines

When entries for the NAAU swimn-
ming meet, which will be held March
31 and April 1 at the Intramural
Building, close this Friday, the entry
lists will contain some of the greatest
amateur swimming stars ever to as-
semble in one pool.
1iany boys are now in the service
and the meet will be smaller than
usual because of this, but the caliber

swimming meet in which so many
record holders competed at one time,
and most of these men will be in the
best shape of their careers, making
it more than likely that they may
break their own marks.
100-Yard Freestyle Highlights Meet
The highlight event of the meet
should be the 100-yard freestyle,
which will find Alan Ford, Bill Prew,
Bill Smith, Jerry Kerschner, Merton
Church and Chuck Fries, six out-
standing swimmers pitted against
each other.
Ford now holds the world record at
:50.1 seconds, while Bill Smith of
Great Lakes, who now holds world
records in every distance from 200 to
800 meters, will swim the shorter
distance for the first time in actual
competition, and will be out for his
eighth world title. Although Smith
has never traveled the dash in com-
petition, he has swum 100 yards on
the last leg of a relay team in :50
seconds flat several times this year.
Prew, formerly of Wayne, held the
NAAU record at :51 seconds in 1942.
He is in the Air Corps and stationed
at Panama; but is on leave and will
swim in the 100. Merton Church and
Chuck Fries will represent Michigan,
with Church holding the Big Ten
crown. These boys placed one-two in
the Conference finals at Evanston
earlier in the year.
Record May Fall
Neither of these swimmers has
ever been against such competition
and that may result in a 100-yard
record under :50 seconds flat, which
is nothing short of sensational.
Newsweek terms this one event as
the "century swim of the century."
Last year Ford beat Church in the
NAAU 100-yard freestyle meet by
only two feet, whereas Church beat
out Bill Smith, who was then swim'
ming for Ohio State. This should

give all swimming fans some idea of
how close this race will be.
Old Mark Set Here
The last time that the 100-yard
swim record was established, it was
done by Johnny Weissmuller at the
Michigan Union in 1927. This record
weathered the years until Ford broke

'JITH BASK(ETBALL WELL out of the way for the season, and most of
the Big Ten coaches and teams quite satisfied with this year's showing,
it is interesting to note that the post-season criticism of the winter's games
is directed at the coaches of Big Ten Basketball.
In their reports of the season all the coaches praised the men who
played on their squads this year. Many of them alluded to the fact that
the boys were younger than in previous years, and in some cases showed
their lack of maturity in play. All of them, however, were unanimous in
stating that the playe'rs showed commendable spirit and made a definite
contribution this season, which might well have been a grim one for
Everyone seems agreed that the players were satisfactory and main-
tained a high degree of sportsmanship. Not so the coaches. The Chicago
Daily News in Francis Powers' column The Score Card, printed a story to
the effect that Western Conference basketball coaches "must mind their
manne~s, biecomne students of .Emily Post-or e1lse

Head Tennis Coach Leroy Weir
last night announced Michigan's net
schedule for the 1944 campaign.
The Wolverines will open their
season April 29 against Chicago onI,
the University of Chicago courts.
This match should be a good test for I
the Maize and Blue racqueteers, as
the Maroons have always been near
the top in the Western Conference
net standings.nC
Following the Chicago engage-
ment, the team will travel to South.
Bend on May 6 for a match with
Notre Dame. Last year Michigan
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Early home tOpeniers Trj he Played Against
Defending Champions, Nortbwestern in May

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COWERS went on to say that the behavior of several of the Big Ten *
coaches during the season had been serious enough to concern Big
Ten directors when they met last week. ie pointed out that "there
were complaits that some coaches permitted their teams to play an
unnecessarily ,rough type of game; that some attempted to intimidate
officials and, in general, comported themselves in a manner unbecoming
representatives of the conference and foreign to the code of ethics of
their own national association.
Powers suggests that penalties should be imposed on guilty coaches and
if this fails to bring Lhe desired result other universities should refuse to
schedule games with the guilty parties.
lie puts it strongly when he says, "Umpires in professional baseball
would not tolerate for an instant some of the language and actions
heard and seen on college benches dur-ing the past season. And college
basketball is an amateur game, presumed to develop sportsmanship
and fair, clean play. Officials should be encouraged to call moinr
technical iouls on guilty coaches and, as a last resort, eject them from
the court."
It is true that players who are guilty of misconduct on the court are
dismissed from the game but little attention is paid to coaches. who are
often to blame for the actions of their own players. isErsY __E___
It would seem that if Big Ten basketball is to retain any vestige
of the prestige that it has held previously, the offending coaches might I crda 5-4 victory over the Irish.
take a cue from their players, who have been so whole-heartedly applauded owever this year Notre Dame will
for their sportsmanship, and add a touch of the gentlemanly attitude bse wi t ty servis fr itseat
their nconduct, tar, Jimmy Evse, hon fo ther
to own threelow years hasc been one of Amen-a, e total rnore:

it in 1943. And now the chances for
establishing a new record are good
and the scene again is Ann Arbor.
Great Lakes, which has gone un-
defeated this season, and the only
ones to defeat the Wolverines this
season, will be the heavy favorite to
win the meet, with the Maize and
Blue squad trailing them in the run-
ner-up spot.
S_ _rtsNews



Record Mile


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Sparks Chicago Relays


ca's leading junior players. Evert, a
nember of the Navy V-12 program,
heas been transferred to an easter~n
MTeetBuckeyes, Wildcats Here
The following weqk-end Michigan
travels to Northwestern, where they
will meet Illinois and Wisconsin on

of the competitors will more than
-offset the smaller number of contes-
This meet may well be the greatest
in AAU history, or one of the greatest
swimming events ever to be held as
is indicated by the entry list which
shows that seven world record hold-
ers will be swimming to defend their
prestige. There has never been a
Oosterbaan To
Be Assistant
Baseball Coach
Former All-American
Was Star Batsmanr.
Bennie Oosterbaan, head basket-
bal coach and end coach of the foot-
ball team, was today named to assist
baseball head Coach Ray Fisher for
the 1944 season.
Oosterbaan will succeed Ernie Mc-
Cay who is now in the Navy after as-
sisting Fisher for the past three sea-
sons. Prior to this year, Oosterbaan
has had charge of the freshman
baseball squad, but the new Big Ten
ruling permitting freshman competi-
tion in varsity sports for the dura-
tion of the war has done away with
all freshman athletic teams.
Oosterbaan is well qualified in
his new role, having been a star in
Westein Conference baseball cir-
cles during the seasons of 1926, '2".,
and '28. Bennie did his work ;t
first base, establishing a reputation
for himself as oe of the finest per.-
formers at the initial sack in Big
Ten history.
In addition to his fine fielding abil-
ity, Oosterbaan became one of the
most feared hitters in the loop as he
batted above .400 in all three seasons
as the Wolverine first sacker. In 1928,
his last season at Michigan, he burn-
ed up the league with the fancy .426
to establish himself as one of the fin-
est players ever to don Wolverine
Oosterbaan, Michigan's only
three-time All-American. football-
er and also a star performer on the
basketball floor for three years, has
written several entries into the
Maize and Blue record books. One
of the lesser known of these is his
record of hitting safely in 22 suc-
cessive games, a mark which still
stands in Big Ten circles.
Chooses to Coach ,
Following graduation from Michi-
aan Oosterbaan r1eceived several of-

Red Wings Must Gai I
Lead in Cup Series
DETROIT, March 20.-'P)-On a
basis of season records, the Detroit
Red Wings go into their Stanley Cup
hockey playoff series tomorrow night
at Olympia with a sharply defined
prospect of getting off on the right
foot against the fourth place Chicago
The advantage of home icerarely
has been better demonstrate, in
hockey than this season, when De-
troit swept its five meetings with
Chicago at Olympia and the cham-
pion Montreal Canadiens went
through their entire card without
losing at home.
After games with the Blackhawks
here tomorrow and Thursday, the
Wings will resume their best-of-
seven playoff set with the Black-
hawks Saturday at Chicago. And
there, the records would .indicate
Detroit is due for a trimming, for
Chicago ice has been so much poison
this year for the Wings, beaten five
times in the stadium.
Record Favors Wings
The jinx of unfamiliar surround-
ings goes back much farther than
that, however, and would tend to
favor the Wings in the Chicago
series. The Hawks have not won a
NIIL contest at Olympia over a 19-
game stretch dating back more than;
four years. If the rivals battle the
seven-game limit, four of the clashes
will be played here.
Sellout crowds were indicated for
the first .two playoff games as Mana-;
ger Jack Adams of the cup-defend-
ing Red Wings announced that the7
club would be at full strength for the
Chicago invasion.
Cripples Ready
Modere (Mud) Bruneteau, whoE
missed the last two regular seasonI
games, was listed as a probable start-
er. He has been out with a groin;
injury. Bill Quackenbush and Joe
Carveth of the Wings, who have been
nursing leg injuries, also will be in
Featuring the Detroit-Chicago set
is a clash of two of the league's top
forward lines-the Wings' veteran
trio of Bruneteau, Carl Liscombe and
Syd Howe with a record collection of
103 goals for the season and Chica-
go's Doug Bentley, Bill Mosienko and
Clint Smith with a high of 219 scor-
ing points.

Leathernecks iss
Reports of Athletics
Editor's Note: This story was written
by a former Associated Press staff mem-
ber now serving in the South Pacific
area as a Marine combat correspondent.
PACIFIC- (Delayed)- What the
Marine out here needs is not a good
five-cent cigar. It's sport news from
Radio broadcasts bring him front-
page news, with some football scores
on autumn Saturdays and an occa-
sional sports paragraph. The sports
pages he read so avidly back home
are denied him.j
We discovered his desires when1
Staff Sgt. Oscar A. Imer of Potts-
town, Pa., and I tried a nightly
news broadcast for thousands of
Before our unit went into action
on Bougainville; someone brought up
a two-weeks old newspaper listing
some football scores. The major
games had been covered in the radio
broadcast, but we used the scores
anyway and the reaction was really
surprising. The mere mention of the
names of home state and favorite
colleges brought cheers.
Resuming the program later, we
hit upon a better plan. At our re-
quest, the Associated Press region-
al sports editors at San Francisco
and Atlanta arranged to airmail
semi-weekly batches of sports
items from the Associated Press
Tulane to play Notre Dame this
fall . . Iowa drubs Chicago by
frightening score . . Basketball
scores ten days old (practically red
hot in our league) . . . all hold atten-
Hockey, for example, rates no
space on a national news broad-
cast. But hockey fans in our Ma-
rine Corps audience cheered news
that Detroit was in second place.
We have our share of big time
sports stars in this unit-Capt. Jack
Wallen of Tennessee and Rose Bowl
fame; First Lt. Bob Barnett of Duke,
First Lt. Jack West of Iowa State-
but most of the men were sandlot
athletes-fans rather than stars.

With Gil Dodds' record-smashing
4:06:4 mile stealing the spotlight in
the annual Chicago Relays last Sat-
urday, Michigan's Conference cham-
pionship indoor track team was forc-
ed into obscurity for the first time
this season.
It was Dodds' second record mile
within a week as on the previous
Saturday he had galloped to a 4:07.3
triumph to eclipse the former mark
of 4:07.4 set by Glenn Cunningham
several years ago. Dodds' latest per-
formance still does not measure up
to Cunningham's 4:04.6 effort in a
paced event which was accomplished
on the huge Harvard oval and is
therefore not recognized as a com-
petitive mark.
Only Relay Quartet Stars
Of the ten-man Wolverine squad
which carried the Maize and Blue
colors in the meet only one group,
the crack mile relay quartet compos-
ed of Jim Pierce, Will Glas, Fred
Negus and Bob Ufer, was able to
break the tape in front. Bob Ufer,
favored to take the 600-yard dash,
was beaten out in the final stages
by Jimmy Herbert of New York City.
Michigan's two entrants in the
1,000-yard run, Ross Hume and Dick
Barnard, finished third and fifth
respectively, while Bob Hume cap-
tured third behind Dodds and Bill
Hulse in the mile event. Other Wol-
verines entries, Elmer Swanson in
the high hurdles, Bill Dale in the
high jump, and Julian Witherspoon
in the 50-yard dash, failed to place.
Vanquish Illini
Although the mile relay team was
the only Wolverine victor, the high-
light of the meet from a Michigan
point of view was the 600 in which
Ufer was barely nosed out by Herbert
in the final few yards of the race.
Ufer led the New York Negro for al-
most the entire distance, but Herbertj
finished with a strong burst of speed
to break the tape inches ahead of
his rival.
The relay team, running only
against Illinois in a matched event,
turned back the Illini in another
thrilling affair after losing the lead
during the third leg of the race. How-

ever, a bad pass of the baton from
Bob Kelley of Illinois to his team-
mnate, Buddy Young, enabled WUCol-
verine anchorman Ufer to take the
lead. Ufer promptly increased the
margin and from then on the issue
was never in doubt. The MVichigan
team was running on aboard track
for the first time this season and
turned in a time three seconds slow-
er than their year's best.
In the 1,000-yard run Michigan
placed two men in the five-man
field. Ross Hume made a strong
bid for second position, finishingj
right at the heels of Al Daily of New
York, while Barnard brought up the
rear. Les Eisenhart of Columbus, 0.,
an overwhelming favorite, was an
easy victor..
Bob Hume Scores
Running in such fast company
against Dodds, Hulse and Rudy
Simms of NYU, Bob Hume made an
excellent showing in beating out
Simms in the final stages of the mile.
Hume was not expected to break the
tape in front of such star performers.
In the high hurdles Swanson got
off to a slow start in his heat and
could not make up the distance. Sincej
only the winners of the heats werej
eligible for the finals, Swanson au-
tomatically lost any chance of adding
to his laurels. Witherspoon suffered'
a similar fate in the 50-yard dash,
being barely nosed out in his heat':
Dale could not measure up to
the sparkling display of high jump-t
ing put on by Dave Albritton, former-
ly of Ohio State, who tied the Relay
record with a leap of 6 ft.-7 in.

the Wildcat courts. This is one of the I Other possibilities arc Wandel
oddities in the conference schedule, Mosser, 24-year-old southpaw whio
due of course to present transporta- looked impressive in the club's try-
tion difficulties. out school, and six foot-11 inch Ralph
May 19 and 20 will find the Wol- Siewert of Mt. Clemens, the Tigers'
verines in their first home matches new batting practice pitcher.
of the season against Ohio State and - ~-
Northwestern respec tively. The WA t BONUS
Buckeyes are defending champions ISSUED ER(E!
and are expected to make a strong
Ibid in defense of their title. North- Coin usfm1P..
western finished second while Michi- Continuous from 1 P M
gan wound up in fifth place last year.
Michigan will have three lettermen
returning from last season's tennis
squad. Heading the list is Jinx
Johnson, who was captain and num-
ber one man on the 1943 team.The Playing
other two veterans are Roger Lewis"
and Roy Boucher, who played in he * * * * * * * * :
Chicago Cuhs Lose BE T OLD
(P)-The pitching staff of the Chi- WA L T E R WA N G E R
cago Cubs received two staggering
blows today.
Claude Passeau, who has averaged
17 victories a year for the Cubs for
the past four seasons, advised Mana-
ger Jimmy Wilson that he had de-
cided to remain on his Mississippi
tung-oil farm for the duration.
It required no longer than 30 min-
utes of the Cubs' first limbering up
drill to produce their first casualty
of 1944. He is pitcher Paul Derringer
who severely wrenched, or possibly
fractured, his right ankle when he
stepped on a rock.


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