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FRIDAY, MARCH 23,. %945

1' i ICi1iAN


Michigan Favored To Retan Pur due Relay


77kitn the COunt
Associate Sports Editor
AS HAS been widely noted, Michigan's victories in the Big Ten track and
swimming meets last weekend marked the 100th and 101st confer-
ence titles won by the Wolverines.
That the swimmers would win was pretty much of a foregone con-
clusion. However, the thinclads did not clinch the title until their mile
relay team grabbed off a third place. That left Illinois needing 13.6
points in the broad jump and pole vault to win, but the Illini predica-
ment was such that the best possible yield from the two contests was
13. This indicates the closeness of the meet.
If you're at all fascinated by ancient history, here is how Michigan
has amassed such an impressive total of championships. Outdoor track,
20; indoor track, 15; swimming, 15; baseball, 15; football, 14; golf, 8;
tennis, 17; basketball, 4; wrestling, 2; cross-country, 1; gymnastics, 0;
fencing, 0.
TfHE FIRST of these 101 titles was recorded in 1898 when Michigan's'
gridders defeated Northwestern 6 to 5, Illinois 12 to 5, and Chicago
12 to 11 to capture the conference crown.
The Wolverines' feat of being the first school to surpass the mark is
even more remarkable in the light of past developments when you stop to
consider that from 1906-17, Michigan did not participate in Big Ten com-
The all-time standings of the league with respect to championships
won or shared. reads as follows: Michigan 101; Illinois, 91; Chicago, 69;
Minnesota, 40; Wisconsin, 34; Indiana, 25; Ohio State, 24; Northwest-
ern, 23; Purdue, 22; and Iowa, 14.j
Of all the titles racked up by Wolverine teams, probably very few were
as hotly contested as the indoor track meet last weekend. Illinois' per-
formance was spirited and determined and the records show that in many
instances, the Illini athletes made their best showing in the Big Ten
To athletes and coaches alike this signifies a keen competitive
spirit. This is not intended to belittle Michigan. It simply shows thatI
the Wolverines had to make a superlative effort in order to ward off the
Illini challenge.
I- Se mi-Finalists et

CONFAB-American League president Will Harridge (left) and National
League head Ford Frick (center) confer with ODT director Col. J.
Monroe Johnson (right) in Washington on the recent ODT order pro-
hibiting spring exhibition baseball games.
- - - - ~ - - - - - - - - -- ------ - --- - -- - -
VV$66.6 A DA Y":
Riekey Ofrs urohe
Eas-y Money for 15 ,rtihs


Results of the first round elimina-
tion play in the I-M basketball tour-
ney show four teams, Naval Supply,
the Rangers, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and
the Golden Bears, safely past their
first contests and ready for the semi-
Naval Supply eliminated Nu Sigma
Nu, 52-44, in the opening contest
t f !
Is sure
Bad Company
Winter weather brings harsh
treatment to sensitive lips. But
with a tube of Roger & Gallet
original Lip Pomade in your
pocket, you can laugh at "Sloppy
Just smooth on Lip Pomade's
invisible, soothing film and defy
the climate. There's no safer,
surer protection against painful
chapping and cracking.
Stop at any drug store and ask
for the handy pocket tube.

played last Saturday afternoon at
Waterman Gym.
The4 Rangers bested Delta Tau
Delta, 42-17, while Sigma Phi Ep-
silon handed Robert Owen Co-op
a 31-32 drubbing. The Golden Bears
defeated Sigma Chi in the closest
game of the afternoon, 27-22.
Semi-final tilts, scheduled for Sat-
urday, find Naval Supply opposing
Sigma Phi Epsilon at 1:30 p. m. with
the Rangers meeting the Golden
Bears at 2:30 p. m. I
Dick Wakefiel d
Is Mere Rookie
On Fun go Stick
When Dick Wakefield, the Detroit
Tigers' slugging left fielder, appeared
at baseball practice Monday, mem-
bers of the outfield of the present
diamond squad received a thrill-
and a laugh-from the former Wol-
verine star.
The famous Tiger star, who is on
.leave from Great Lakes and has play-
ed very little baseball since the end
of the major league race in October
last year, took up the light fungo bat
and prepared to hit fly balls for the
outfielders to shag. He swung might-
ily-and missed the ball. He tried
again-and missed. And again. This
procedure was repeated seven times.
At last, Wakefield exchanged bats for
a heavier stick. The ball began to
Course for
A thorough, intensive course-start-
ing February, July, October.
Registration now open.
Regular day and evening school
throughout the year. Catalog.
President, Jahn Robert Gregg, S.C.O.
Director. Paul M. Pair. M.A.
Dept. C. P. 6 N. Michigan Ave.

Associated Press Staff Writer
NEW YORK, March 22 -) -
Branch Rickey has offered manager
Leo Durocher $1,000 if he will playl
in the first 15 Brooklyn Dodger games
this year, possibly figuring he is safe
as there is doubt that Leo can hold
out for 15 games. Or that the club
can hold out, for that matter. In
fact, that's the only kind of holdout
that worries him this year.I
Anyway. Durocher promptly ac-
cepted the challenge. After all, he
has nothing to lose, aside from a few
extra pounds, and the dogs don't bark
so much around second base. That's
where he's figuring on playing, and
for a shortstop to move over to second
base is the same as a mail-man to.
switch to dishwashing. He might be
on his feet just as much but wouldn't
cover as much territory.
It Ain't Hay!
A thousand bucks for 15 games
sounds like a lot of money, and it
isn't exactly peon wages. Let's break
down the $1,000 Leo will get if the 15
days don't get him. It won't be ne-
cessary to break down Leo. Twenty
years in the game have taken care
of that pretty well.
Roughly, it figures as $66.66 a
game, and estimating a gamenat two
hours, that means $33.33 an hour.
For an eight-hour day that would be
$266.64, and for a five-day week it
would be $1,333.20.
Naturally, that is an unfair way of
figuring, as the time a ball player
actually is playi~ng in a game is less
than half of the time he really works
at his trade, figuring spring training,
daily workouts prior to the games,
and all.
In fact, aside from the pitchers,
Cardinals' Training
Ground Submerged
CAIRO, Ill., March 22-(P)-The
world champion St. Louis Cardinals
were squarely up against the decision
today of moving their spring train-
ing camp or facing the prospect of
having to go into the season's sched-
ule without batting and fielding prac-
Long-time residents here say club
officials are fighting a losing battle
in attempts to dry out Cotter Field
sufficiently for use as a training
mi-k _l

who work only about every four dayst
or so anyway, the players do more
work preparing for a game than they<
do playing it. Those infield work-
outs and the shagging of flies givet
them a lot more exercise than theyt
get in the game.
A second baseman, for instance,t
might be considered to be doing a
good day's work if he accepted eightl
chances during a game and took hist
licks four times at the plate, with
incidental running of bases if he was
He May Last
He handles the ball much more
than that between pitches, and be-
tween outs as the infielders try to
burn each other's gloves off to show
how much pepper they have.
If Durocher could dispense with
the infield practice he probably could
last out the 15 days nicely, with a
day or two to spare, as he could play
sort of a standing guard out there at
second, and if the balls were hit a+
few feet to the right or left of him,
to heck with them.
Trackmen Hold 4
Of 12 Indoor Marks
Michigan trackmen hold /four of a
possible 12 Western Conference In-
door track records.
Bob Ufer has the 440-yard dash
record at :48.1, set two years ago.
Ralph Schwarzkopt's mark of 9:10.7
is tops for the two-mile, as is Bill
Watson's heave of 51 ft. 8 3/8 in. in
the shot put.
The 1939 mile relay quartet of
Breidenbach, Balyeat, Hayes, and
Faulkner chalked up a Big Ten mark
at 3:18.9.

Early Entrants
Hold Promise
For Collegiates
Ohio State Greatest
Threat to Wolverines
The annual National Collegiate
Swimming Championships, schedul-
d for March 30-31 at the Varsity
Pool in the Sports Building, will pro-
vide a maximum of thrills and keen
lompetition, on the basis of expected
Entry blanks have been mailed out
o more than 150 colleges throughout
he nation, and although many will
e unable to attend due to war-time
restrictions on travel, a host of thet
nation's finest swimmers are expect-
Yale Won't Come
Yale, which boasts one of. its most1
potent aggregations in years, captain-
ed by the phenomenal speedster, Alan
Ford, is still on the "maybe" list of
contestants, and is not expected to
be able to compete.
However, all the Big Ten colleges,
a strong Michigan State squad, and
about a score of others will be ably
represented in the swimming classic.
Ohio State will be Michigan's most
formidable opponent for first team
honors, and is thought to have a
better chance than in the Big Ten
race, due to the addition of another
long distance freestyle event.
Nakama Here
Keo Nakama, Big Ten Champion in
the 220 and 440 freestyle will be a
key performer in the meet, while the
Ver'n Ojiampa-Heinie Kessler duel
climaxed by a deadlock in the 200-
yard breaststroke in the Conference
tourney, should prove to be one of
the most exciting races.
Up to this time, reports on out-of-
the-Midwest teams have not been
forthcoming, but Michigan StateCol-
lege, which is bringing a twelve man
squad down to Ann Arbor, i report-
ed to stand a good chance of up-
setting the apple-cart.
Switches Made
As Tigers Start
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 22--G'P)
Jimmy (Skeeter) Webb, who for five
years did the shortstopping for the
Chicago White Sox, moved right into
the Detroit Tiger infield today, push-
ing Joe Hoover over to third, as the
Tigers took their first fielding work
out of the training season.
Eddie Mayo was on second for the
"varsity" infield and catcher Paul
Richards filled in for Dudy York at
first. York, two days overdue, was
rumored a holdout.
Carl McNabb, 27-year-old Jasper,
Tenn. boy who cavorted in the Buf-
falo infield last season, was at sec-
ond base with a second infield quar-
tet which had Ed (Red) Borom at
third and rookie Jack Watts at short.
Arrival of Jim Outlaw hiked the
Tiger camp roster to 25 men as
Steve O'Neill counted off Mike
(Pinky) Higgins, clutch-hitting third
sacker, who passed his draft physical
today in Detroit.

WASHINGTON, March 22-(P)-isI
Manager Ossie Bluege will trot out
three veteran Washington pitchers your selection from . . .
Sunday in a Red Cross benefit game
with the Boston Braves at College
Park, Md. He plans to use Dutch CHELSEA
Leonard, John Niggeling and Roger
Wolff three innings each.)FLOW ER SHOP
The Senators open their exhibi- '
tion schedule Saturday against the 203 East Liberty
Coast Guard team at Curtis Bay, Md. vo --coc oc-sn *.yo

Closing a highly successful indoor track season; climaxed by the
retention of the Western Conference crown, the Michigan thinclads wills
seek to add another title to their list tomorrow when a twenty-man squad
will travel to Lafayette, Indiana for the annual Purdue Relays.
Michigan has been installed as favorite to repeat its performance
of a year ago when it scorel 49 points to annex the crown. The Wolverines
are expected to cop the distance *>
events, but do not figure too highly will consist of Birdsall, Parsons,
n any of the other running and Thomason, and Vetter.
ield events. . Coach Doherty predicted that the
With eight consistent place-win- main opposition will come from Il-
ners making up the two mile and linois, which nearly dethroned the
distance medley relay teams, Coach Wolverines in the. Conference cham-
Ken Doherty appeared confident that pionships, and Drake University,
these races would go to the Wolver- newly crowned Central Collegiate In-
ines. The other relays, the sprint door champions. Great Lakes, vic-
medley and the mile, are not count- tims of the Michigan juggernaut ear-
ed on for firsts,. ly in the season, has improved tre
Coach Doherty named Bob and mendously and is expeted to offer
Ross Rume, Chuck Birdsall, Dick serious opposition to the Maize and
Barnard, Dick Forrestal, Archie Par- Blue.
sons, Bob Thomason, and George -- -________________0
Vetter as the octet that will carry
the burden in the distance events.
Barnard, Forrestal, and the Humes
will make up the distance medley re-
lay team, while the two-mile team;. t

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