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LOWdown on Sports
Associate Sports Editor
Ford's Record Goes Unpublicized .. .
LAN FORD, Yale's sensational sprint star from the Canal Zone, broke
his own world record for the 100-yard freestyle by swimming the
distance in 49.7 last Saturday night in New Haven, but his feat was tucked
away in the corners of the newspaper sport pages-obscured by Gil Dodds'
world record-breaking performance in winning the Banker's Mile at the
Chicago Relays, and of all things, the victory of Marriage at Tropical Park.
In our opinion, Ford's feat Saturday night in Payne Whitney Pool
-scene of the National Collegiates this week-is by far the outstanding
athletic performance so far this year. Ford is the only man who has
officially bettered Johnny Weissmuller's time of 51 seconds flat for the
century, and Saturday night was the third time the 20-year-old Bulldog
ace accomplished it.
Last year in a dual meet Ford swam the 100 in 50.6 to become the first
to break the last of the many records held by Weissmuller. The record
books list the date of Weissmuller's performance as April 5, 1927, here in
Ann Arbor. Looking through the old files we were unable to find any
mention of the feat (sportswriter just don't seem to like to publicize swim-
ming records, even in those days), but it is our guess that it was an exhibi-
tion-as was Ford's last Saturday night-sanctioned by the AAU in the
Michigan Union pool.
IT TOOK the swimming world 16 years to produce a natator capable of
breaking 51 seconds for the century, and then it was a 19-year-old
lad who did it after the record had withstood the challenges of such men
as Peter Fick, Jack Medica, Bill Prew, Charlie Barker and Howie Johnson.
Prew tied the record in the National AAU meet two years ago.
Ford swam his favorite race in 50.1 in a dual meet about a month
ago, and the feat received no more publicity then than it did this time.
Bill Smith, the Hawaiian aquatic star who is now at Great Lakes, swam
the last leg of a 400-yard freestyle relay unofficially in 50 seconds
several months ago, but of course that was with a flying start.
Swimming 100 yards in 50 seconds is like running a four-minute mile,
vaulting 16 feet, or high jumping seven feet, and yet when Ford goes the
distance in 49.7 there is verylittle mention of it.
SPORT SHORTS: Former Wolverine sprinter Len Alkon, now at
Iowa Pre-Flight, defeated Julian Witherspoon in the dash in the Chicago
Relays the other night . . . Witherspoon, a first-semester freshman,
finished second to Claude Young in the indoor Conference meet a week
ago . . . Alkon won the Big Ten 60-yard dash crown last year.
In door Mee
By BILL LAMBERT
The high-riding Wolverine track
squad will be out to wind up their
1944 indoor season in a blaze of glory
when they travel to Lafayette Sat-
urday to compete in the second an-
nual running of the Purdue Relays.
This marks the first time thai
Michigan has entered this meet as a
team, and going on perfect team
balance whichCoach Ken Doherty's
thinclads have shown in all their
meets so far this season, they ar
being considered as the team to wir
this week-end. These relays, in which
Notre Dame copped first place last
year, will have entries from all th
colleges in the middle west, and i
fast becoming one of the most import-
ant meets on the collegiate indoo:
Four Relays To Be Run
The Purdue Relays are living up t(
their name, as they are sponsoring
four different types of relays, an
Michigan will be represented in each
of them. The mile relay quartet wil
be the same team which won the
Conference title and the Chicago Re
lays crown, and will be composed of
Jim Pierce, Will Glas, Fred Negu:
and Bob Ufer. Ross and Bob Hume
Ufer, Dick Barnard, Dick Forrestel
Julius Witherspoon, Pierce and Gla
will be running in the two-mile relay
the sprint medley and the distance
?ces Mark Last Varsity Athletic Depari
f; 17 Men To Make Trip 20-Game '4413
6 ft.-1 1/inches ingthe Conference The Michigan Athletic Department
meet, will be clearing the bar for ysedyofcal none h
the Maize and Blue in the high jump. 1944 baseball schedule, consisting of
Gene Moody and Max Kelley will be 20 games with more in the offgin if
entered in the pole vault while George suitable arrangements can be made.
Kraeger and Phil Collia will toss the The 20-game card includes 10
so-roundinghW o Michigan's co Western Conference tilts, six to be
SSegula, one of the best performers in soil. Of the remaining 10 contests,
the pole valut, will not be competing four will take place at Ann Arbor
1 ~because of his intense program of while the team will invade ite pon
r'" ::- stud < iesi hfMedal ntso. Bbpes home roudfor he foheix.
"," Three Men Slated in Low Hurdles Bronces, Irish in 4-Game Series
e ~~~~~~~~Elmer Swanson, Bob Caspari and Hghghsf hnn-nerne
Jak rtn rs1 guinet hurdles, whler te schedule include four game series
t p first two will double back in the with both Notre Dame and Western
Sbhighs Julius Witherspoon and Michigan and smigle encounters with
s Martin will be running in the yadditisohe gAthletic epartment i
- dash. seekngoterilt wit G e
r Several members of the squad will se veral oe game with loal
be taking part in the Knights of Co-l o ee
lu : akMus inGae slwiaeto bser hetem.Psiltesfrhseatr
"umusGam """""ascheduheinclude Fort Custer, Selfridge Field,
" Fiday night in Cleveland, 0. Though and the Grosse Ile Naval Training
g : " wih ot oteammost of these entries are definiteea ter
t : Bob Ufer, worldi record holder of the
h ~ indoor 440, will certainly be defend-
. .ing his K. of C. trophy when he Three of Connie
Sruns mi the 600-yard run. "Hose,
- JACK MARTIN who last week was barely nosed out at
f _______________this distance by Jimmy Herbert, will Pl y r liay Be
S again be facing the New York flash
medley, with many of thenboys doub- at Cleveland. Following this meet,
'ling back in seveial events. the Wolverines who do make the trip EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 21.-
s Dale To High Jump will hike over to Lafayette to join (P)-The Detroit Tigers have reached
S Bill Dale who attained his top their teammates in the Purdue Re- the point where they are getting
o height of the yeai with his jump of lays. talent from Connie Mack, whose
teams have occupied the American
ASON: League celnar since 1939.
At least three members of the 1943
Philadelphia Athletics are likely tcw
be in Detroit's opening day lineup
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scheduled, will be played in Ann Ar-
Season Opens April 22
The Wolverines will open their sea-
son April 22. when they will trek to
Fort Sheridan for a single game. On
the following day they go to Great
Lakes for another one-day stand.
Thereafter, the Michigan baseballers
will be busy every weekend until the
close of the season on June 17 against
The complete schedule follows:
April 22-Fort Sheridan (there)
April 23-Great Lakes (there)
April 25, 26-Iowa (here)
April 28, 29-Notre Dame (there)
May 5, 6-Western Michigan (here)
May 12, 13-OChia State (here)
May 19, 24-Illinois there)
May 26, 27-Indiana (there)
June 2, 3-Notre Damne (here)
June 9, 10-Purdue (here)
June 16, 17-Western Michigan
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By MARY LU HEATH
Mike Farnyk, last year's 19-year-
old outfielder for the diamond squad,
had the highest batting average on
the team during the '43 campaign.
Farnyk, although not a regular, hit
over .400 and had a perfect mark of
1.000 in the first five games in which
he participated, primarily as a pinch
hitter. As the season progressed, he
alternated in the field with Bob
Nussbaumer against southpaw s,
while Bob Wiese and Paul White got
the nod against right-handers.
Above all a hitter, Farnyk was
handicapped in his fielding by the
after-effects of a broken leg, injured'
in a February basketball game. Per-
haps his success as a batsman may were major leaguers. The outfit trav-1
be explained by the fact that he eled through the state during thet
enjoys hitting immensely. summer. Farnyk entered the Uni-
Named All-State Baq~c versity in the fall of '42 and playedt
A varsity star for three years on his first season of baseball here in
his high school nine in Dearborn, the sprmg,
Farnyk was a .300 batter every sea- Roomed with Boimc
* son. His special recognition, how- The present term is Farnyk's third
* ever, was gained in football, when he semester at the University, and he is
was named All-State second team now a member of the V-12 unit. He
I quarterback during his second year played freshman football during his7
on the team. first semester and also has worked,
After his graduation in '42, Farnyk out with the Tigers. But his greatestj
barnstormed with the All-Star team kick in life is sleep.
organized by Billy Rogell, former During the '43 season, his room-
Tiger shortstop. The players were mate was Pro Boim, star pitcher and
1 drawn from the minor leagues, al- comedian on the squad. Besides Pro,
though four members of the team he remembers best his first appear-1
ance for Michigan. It happened when
the Wolverines were playing Iowa
and he was called upon to pinch,
hit. His string ran out at the 3-2 _
ADVEBTISING couit and he delivered a hit.
He is much more puzzled over the
scholastic angle of college life than
over the athletic one, for he can't
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Tigers Play First Intra-Squad Game
At the conclusion of a frost-bitten
drill which stressed batting practice,
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that the club's first intra-squad game
would be played tomorrow.
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been developing more slowly than
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