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APRIL 1, 1945





Penna, Dodson
Contesting for
Durham Open
Lord Byron Nelson
Hottest Man in Game
DURHAM, N. C., March 31-(M-
The "Little Men" of golf showed no
inclination to give up today in the
second round of the Durham Open,
Toney Penna and-Leonard Dodson
deadlocking for the lead at the half-
way mark of the 72-hole meet.
Penna, the smallest of the pros,
added a 71 to his opening 68 and the
slender Dodson pulled up even with
the Dayton, O., wisecracker with 69-
Nelson Strong
Hard on the heels of the two little
men, who haven't won a tournament
in five years, came the hottest man
in the game-Lord Byron Nelson.
Nelson scored a 69, the only sub-
par round ,of the day, for a 36-hole
total of 140. Another shot back was
Sammy Byrd of Detroit, the former
ballplayer, with a 70-71-141.
Gauntt Fifth
Jim Gauntt of Ardmore, Okla., had
an even-par 70 to move into fifth
place at 142, a stroke ahead of de-
fending champion Craig Wood and
Harold (Jug) McSpaden; one of the
pre-tournament favorites. Wood had
a 73 today, McSpaden a 72.
Sam Snead, winner of six winter
meets, practically blew himself out
of consideration with a 74 for 145,
needing 40 strokes on the out nine.
PGA champion Bob Hamilton revers-
ed the procedure by taking a 40 on the
back nine for a 74 and a 147 total.
The field was reduced to the low
10 and ties for tomorrow's 36-hole
windup for $6,666 in war bonds.
Old Air Force
Gunner May
Hurl for MSC
EAST LANSING, March 31-(/P)-
A former Air Force gunner and radio
man from Sturgis who has shaken
hands and talked with the King of
England, and once on a bombing
missiondwas believed to be dead, is
being groomed as a pitcher at Michi-f
gan State College.
Keith, Steffee said he can not help
thinking of his 25 missions over
enemy territory but right now is
"concentrating on getting in shape
for State's first game." The Spartans
play Indiana at Bloomington April 6.
The veteran said his oxygen con-
nection was hit by an enemy shellt
while his Flying Fortress "Unmen-I
tionable Ten" was returning from
a bombing mission. "When a doctor4
who had just come along for the
ride, found me," Steffee said, "I wasI
on the floor and had no pulse andt
was not breathing. I recovered con-
sciousness 20 minutes later." 1
His meeting with the King wast
at the dedication of a Red Cross
Club during which Steffee and an-
other airman were official repre-
sentatives of their squadron.
Leagues May Meet
President Will Harridge of the
American League said today that "in
all probability" a joint meeting ofY
the National and American Leagues
will be called to act on recommenda-E
tions of the committee on selectiont
of a new baseball commissioner.
He said he and Ford Frick, Na-k
tional League president, would deter-
mine the next move after receiving
a report and recommendations of
the committee.

Itakin9 the k'Suh44
Daily Sports Editor

CtiCe Starts N
Lettermen Expected
To Return for Training1
Burg, Liutol, Watts, Freihofer Will
Make Up Nucleus of Spring Eleveni
.... Spring football practice for the 1945 Michigan grid squad will begin
Monday, according to 'Biggie' Munn, Wolverines head line coach. Coach
Munn will conduct the practice sessions in the absence of Head Coach,
Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, who is on a tour of the world fighting fronts.

[0 day
Byrnes Reports
Atliletie an
Lads Racing People
For Good Cooperation
WASHINGTON, March 31--(P)-
Racing people tonight formally re-
ceived from Jimmy Byrnes the word

THE OKLAHOMA AGGIES topped their earlier N. C. A. A. champion-
ship with a 52-44 decision over DePaul of Chicago, national invitation
tournament winners, to climax a highly successful basketball season and
win the mythical national championship at Madison Square Garden this
Although the game was billed as a battle of the giants and the
top two men in the circuit-the Aggies' seven-foot Bob Kurland and
DePaul's 6 ft. 9 in. George Mikan, this battle did not fully materialize
as Mikan went out on fouls 14 minutes after the opening whistle. With
this main threat removed, and in an effort to win a team victory,
Coach Hank Iba of Oklahoma, concentrated the talents of his lanky
center, Kurland, to that of retrieving the ball and setting up plays.
Consequently, the Oklahoma whirlwind only took two shots in the
last half and managed to score 14 points in the game, while Mikan had
to be contented with the nine that he racked up before he was evicted.
The Demons maintained a 21-16 point advantage when Mikan left,
and they held onto this slim lead until half-time, but this joy was short-
lived as the Aggies' built up a 30-26 lead five minutes after the start of
the third period, which they never relinquished. Cecil Hankins set the
pace for Oklahoma in the third quarter and he wound up with 20 points,
the high mark for both teams.
This was the second tirne that these two teams had met this season,
DePaul having defeated the Aggies earlier in the year at Chicago,
48-46, as Mikan outplayed Kurland. Hence, this game was a natural,
and the long-sought after battle was played before a sell-out -crowd
of 18,158 people, who contributed $50,000 to the Red Cross.
Oklahoma defeated New York University for the N. C. A. A. title,
49-45, to qualify for the national title tilt, while DePaul won the Madison
Square Garden inviuational tournament by beating Bowling Green, 71-54,
to earn the right to meet the Aggies for the mythical championship.
Even though his team did not win the title, Mikan broke six of the
8 marks being credited to his squad, which set a new Garden scoring
record, when they defeated Rhode Island State, 97-53, in one of their first
encounters in the invitation tourney..
Mikan tallied the most points in a single game, 53; the most
points in two games, 86; most field goals in one game, 1, and two
games, 34; and most foul goals in one game, 11.
GRANTLAND RICE describes in his article in the April Esquire the great
Man O'War's greatest performance in the Dwyer Stakes at Acqueduct on
July 10, 1920, when, running against Harry Payne Whitney's John P. Grier
over the mile and one-eighth route, the Thoroughbred Thunderbolt set a
new world record. Rice's article Big Red: "The Mostest Horse" and an
original painting by Frank Voss called "Man O'War Beating John P. Grier"
commemorate that great day in trf history, and recalls the electrification
of the fans when Man O'War suddenly leaped forward like a bullet to
break the tie and to set a new world's record.


Assisting Munn is backfield coach>
Earl Martineau and end coach Bennie
Osterbaan. Both of these men are
well-known to Maize and Blue grid-
ders and are well experienced in
their respective fields.f
Practice Till June
Practice sessions will be held five

they have been awaiting for weeks
-that the ban on their sport will
be lifted V-E Day.
While this announcement lacked
an exact date, it nevertheless was
accepted as being specific enough
for racing to "get set" for the 1945


Detroit Tigers
Snatch Victory
Of f Yannigans
EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 31-01)
-Nine straight hits off' Stub Over-
mire gave the Detroit Tiger regulars
seven runs in the fifth inning today
and a 9-5 victory over the Yannigans
in an intra-squad game.
Two of the blows were lazy fly balls
which left fielder John McIale lost
in the sun and most of the others
were tainted. Eddie Mayo had a
double and the rest were singles.
The varsity collected 16 hits, Rudy
York and Skeeter Webb getting three
Al Benton allowed two hits and one
run in his six-inning stretch for the
regulars and gave further evidence
he will be ready to take his turn
again this season, after spending the
last two seasons in the Navy.
Eaton Relieved Overmire
Zeb Eaton, back up from Buf-
falo, relieved Overmire and blanked
the regulars the last two frames.
Ralph Ruthstrom, Southern Metho-
dist footballer, twirled the last three
frames for the first stringers and,
with the help of a double play inf
each of those frames, restricted his
rivals to four runs. He walked five
The Junior Varsity came up with
two double plays for a total of five.

days a week, and will continue
through most of the spring semester,
which ends late in June. Training will
resume about a month after the be-
ginning of the summer term, some-
time in early August.
Four lettermen from last year's
squad are expected to report for these
early practice sessions. They are
George Burg, who started at the
guard position; Harold Watts, the
fighting brave who handled the cen-
ter berth; John Lintol, also a center,
and Cecil Freihofer, end.
Lazetich Resting
Milan Lazetich, outstanding Maize
and Blue tackle, will not be out un-
til later in the season because of the
recurrence of an old football injury.
Quarterback Joe Ponsetto is working
out with the baseball team now, so
will not be able to report until sum-
mer practice.
Coach Munn expects many new

In a report on war progress to the
President and Congress, War Mo-
y bilizer Byrnes said, in part:
"Lagging production has made it
necessary for various conservation
measures to be placed into effect
to include a reduction in travel, the
suspensicn of racing, a reduction in
the use of electricity in night light-
tingandthe closing of places of
.'S~~'entertainment at midnight.
S."These measures are of an emer-
gency nature, and, with the excep-
~ :.tion of the travel measure, should
~ be withdrawn on V-E Day."
_. Harry Parr, 3rd, of Baltimore,
*;' .... .' president of the Thoroughbred Rac-
ing Association, and spokesman for
most of the major tracks, said of
IILAN LAZETIC Byrnes' announcement:
"That's swell. Now we can begin
preparations. We'll still have a few
tryouts this year and believes that problems, including transportation,
some promising material will turn up. but we can straighten those out."



I .. , wa 11, 1 1 1 lllwm

Pacific Coast League Rings Up
Curtain on '45 Baseball Season
The Pacific Coast League officially
inaugurated organized baseball's 1945 the pitching of righthander Guy
season under sunny skies in four letch ggy
California cities today before 31,242 Fletcher.
shirt-sleeved fans.
The eight-member league tradi-
tionally usherd in the nation's base-
ball year but this season the first
games were advanced a week be-
cause of wartime interest. f
The day's openers saw Los Ange-
les, 1943-44 pennant winner, take a
6 to 5 trimming from the San Fran-
cisco Seals at the Angel's Wrigley
Field. Two of the Angels' hits were
triples by Lou Novikoff, acquired from
the Chicago Cubs.
Seattle Strong
Seattle, considered the league's
strongest contender because of vet-
eran pitching, soundly trounced the
San Diego Padres, last year's cellar
club, 10-2, in the Mexican border city.
Ted Norbet crashed out two home-
runs for the Rainers. Warm weather inspirations
Portland defeated Oakland, 5-2,
after California's Gov. Earl Warren to replenish last year's
tossed the first ball for the game. At
Sacramento, the Senators turned wardrobe of cottons . .
back the Hollywood Stars, 4-1, behind
cool, trim, and durable ..



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