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Spring Footb
Thinclads OpenPractice
For Outdoor Campaign
( d One an LA)st will also be named for the half-mil(
and mile relays, he said.
ToO utdoor "-'uaAs yet, no members of any of the
competing teams have been selected,
Michigan's track team officially It is expected, however, that distanci
opened its outdoor season yesterday men Ross and Bob Hume, Dick For-
after a week's layoff with substantial- restal, Archie Parsons, Bob Thoma-
ly the same personnel which captured son, Chuck Birdsall, Dick Barnar
the Western Conference indoor cham- andrGeorge Vetter will carry a largE
share of the load.
pionship earlier this year. Thinclads Defend Titles
Only one man, hurdler Bill Mar- The Wolverines will be defending
coux, has been lost from the indoor titlists in the four-mile and distancE
squad. A sprinkling of new candi- medley relays, having won boti
dates have also reported. events last spring. Michigan also fin-
Tough Sessions Slated ished second in the mile relay in 1944
With the squad already in top con- The Penn Relays, billed as one of
dition as a result of the winter-long the biggest track attractions in the
indoor campaign, Coach Ken Doherty country, draw from the finest cinder
indicated that his 'charges will get talent available over the nation. Most
down to serious preparation for the of the competition this year, however
Penn Relays, scheduled for April is expected to come from Easterr
27 and 28 at Philadelphia. schools owing to travel difficulties.
Doherty expects to enter a squad -_ _
of approximately 12 men in the two- WHO'S BROKE?



I -

'Babe' Returns
To Sports as
Wrestling Ref
BOSTON, April 2-(/P)-It's the
lure of the crowds and not-positive-
ly not-financial worries that is
bringing back Babe Ruth to the
sports stage as a wrestling referee.
"Broke!"the 51-year-old baseball
immortal retorted when asked to give
his reasons for his wrestling career
here today, "I should say not. And
I never will be as long as trust funds
pay off and my other investments
continue on a dividend-paying basis.
"No," it's not finances that prompt-
ed me to accept offers to referee in
Portland and Boston," he continued.
"I've been out of baseball for 11
years now and, since my old game
does not appear to want me any-
where, I haven't had much chance to
keep in touch with the crowds.
"I like being with people and en-
joying them and I'll have an oppor-
tunity to see them as a wrestling
referee. You know I'm no rookie in
that league. I must have refereed
at least 10 wrestling shows while I
was in baseball."
"I'm 51 now, weigh about 240 and
feel fine," he said. "But I had some
throat trouble recently and my physi-
cian advised me to cut down on
smoking and slow down my visiting
to Army and Navy hospitals. I've

Draws 7
Sore Flipper
Won't Worry
Stubby Now
Overwire Sees
Red Hot Seasoit
By The Associated Press
EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 2.-Frank
(Stubby) Overmire, Detroit Tiger
lefthander whose claim to distinction
as the American League's shortest
pitcher is disputed this season by
Washington's Italian-born Marino
Pieretti, isn't expecting trouble this
season from the sore arm that had
him on the shelf for the last two
weeks of the 1944 campaign.
"It's coming along fair," Overmire
i'eported after nearly three weeks of
spring training. "But I don't want
to say my arm's okay. As sure as I
tail about it it'll come up sore again.
I'll be able' to tell better when I start
bearing down."
pilot . Stubby Missed Turn
s his '1he chunky little 5-foot 7-inch
ge at southpaw from Grand Rapids, Mich.,
with had a barrel of trouble with his flip-
per late in 1944, missing his regular
turn on two occasions during th last
week of the season when the Tigers
were fighting their terrific flag duel
with the St. Louis Browns.
J~k I "IWc as willing to pitch, but it hurt
mn bad," the former Western Michi-
d an College twirler said, "and I knew
S1 wouldn't be at my best.
When the season ended I couldn't
raise my left arm above the height
ted, be- of my shoulder without getting ter-
en look- -ific nains. But I gave it a good rest
se Tom- during the fall and winter and didn't
n some- us:e it much until after the first of
d. The the year. Now it feels pr(:tty stron
mainly and I don't notice any inorc soreness
than I did last spring."
Tries handball
,en care Overmire, who worked for a Grand
maining Rapids varnish firm during the win-
problem ter, played handball a few weeks be-
Rosema, fore the opening of spring camp to
?onsetto, ease his arm into shape. .By that
eviously, time the soreness was almost entirely
ates for gone. But he didn't throw any until
elding is his arrival here March 15.
er pros- Nine days after he started training
iem, ac- Overmire pitched the first three in-
nings of an intra-squad game against
eld and the Tiger "regulars". He fanned the
he same, first man to face him, walked an-
ld, Don other and permitted just one hit in
in right, facing 12 batters. His control was
he plate. exceptional.
ule sev-


Rain-Soaked Sod Delays
First Workout of Season
Five Letter Winners, Promising Prospects
Report to Munn, Subbing for Absent Crisler
Spring football practice got underway yesterday as 70 candidates
reported to Line Coach Clarence (Biggie) Munn for the first workout of the
six-weeks practice session.
Wet weather prevented, the squad from holding its first active drill
as the afternoon was given over to a meeting in the Athletic Administration
Building. Coach Munn, subbing fore
Head Coach H. O. (Fritz) Crisler who sity squad, Ward Powers, and Fran-
is overseas with an Army Special cis Crockett, also reported.
Service unit, said that he would take Among the more highly touted
his charges out today, weather per- newcomers present at the drill were
mitting. Jim Foltz, a marine trainee and for-
Five Veterans Return mer all-state halfback from Toledo;
Among the 70 aspirants were five Ed Trill, a 6 ft. 200-pound tackle
letter-winners from last fall's eleven from Gary, Indiana, home of Tom
- -T-Tnrmnn "^ A"^rl Pnh5 ft in.

A REAL HANDICAP-Lt. ert R. Shepard (left), veteran P-38
who lost. part of his right leg in combat over Germany, adjust
artificial limb under the watchful eye of Manager Ossie Blueg
training camp at College Park, Md., as he prepares for practice
the Washington Senators.
Baseball Coach Names Seve
Probable Starters in '45 Fie]

day Eastern meet, most of them civil-
ians owing to the Navy's rule prohi-
biting athletes from being off base
more than 48 hours. Two or three
Navy and Marine thinclads will make
a special trip for the Saturday night,
The Wolverines will definitely have
teams entered in at least four relays,'
Doherty indicated, naming the four-
mile, distance medley, sprint medley,
and two-mile. In addition, there is a
possibility that Michigan thinclads.

With the opening game of the 1945
baseball season less than two weeks
away, Coach Ray Fisher came up
with another infield juggle yesterday
as he announced all but one of the
probable starters in the opener
against Western Michigan April 13 on
Ferry Field.
In a step which he had been con-
sidering for some time, Fisher decid-
ed to move Walt Kell, who had been
playing second in this season's prac-
tice workouts, back to the old third
base berth which he occupied during
part of last spring.
Tomasi Grabs Second
The vacancy at second will be filled
by Dominic Tomasi, a newcomer who
is just 17 years old. Tomasi was
late in reporting to Fisher this seas-
on, but has been working out in the
infield for the second-stringers. The
Flint lad played ball for his local
high school and American Legion
The shift in the infield was made


News From the Sporting World

in the first place, Fisher sta
cause none of his third basem
ed good, and secondly becaus
asi at second was better that
one other than Kell at thir
switch was, he added, made
on the basis of fielding.
First Is Question Mark
With second and third tak
of and Jack Weisenburger re
at short, only the first base
remains unsolved. Tom 1
Jack Hackstadt, and Joe P
who has filled in at third pr
are now the leading candid
the spot. Ponsetto, whose fi
similar to that of the othe
pects, will probably outhit th
cording to Coach Fisher.
The lineup for the outfi
catching positions remains tl
with Bill Gregor in left fie
Lund in center, Bill Nelsoni
and Bob Stevenson behind tI
Games Are Scarce
Fisher's attempt to sched
eral tilts before the games wit
ern has failed. The vetera
tried for a doubleheader with
varsity of Detroit or Waynec
weekend, but both teams were
ing to play the Wolverines, as
of them had had enough
practice for a contest with a
William Con
Killed on 1W
News that Marine Lieutena
liam Combs, varsity Michigaj
ler from 1939 to 1940, wasI
action in the Iwo Jima invas
19 was received py the W
coaching staff today.
Combs, who starred as a
in the 155-pound weight brac
killed in the first day's assa
had participated in five maj
paigns in the Pacific and
Presidential Citation for outt
service at Guadalcanal.
He was awarded a Purpl
for wounds suffered July2
while fighting on Guam.

Sinkwich Receives
Joe F. Carr Trophy
CHICAGO, April 2-(A)-Fire-
ball Frankie Sinkwich, bruising De-
troit Lions' quarterback, today was
adjudged the National Football
League's most valuable player in
1944 to win the Joe F. Carr tro-
Sinkwich shaded Don Hutson,
veteran Green Bay end and win-
ner of the Carr award in 1941 and
1942, by two points in the ballot-
ing of 17 sports writers in the 10
league cities to succeed quarter-
back Sid Luckman of the Chicago
Bears as the trophy winner.
Hutson and Sinkwich split 12
first-place votes, but the former
Georgia star picked up four second
place ballots, while the Packer pass-
grabber received only three.
* *. *
Nakama Will Spark
Ohio State in AMJ
COLUMBUS, O., April 2-(/P)-Lit-
tle Mike Peppe, the mighty mite of a
coach who wouldn't give up in the
National Collegiate Swimming meet
last week even when he had lost his
are a specialty with us.
Liberty off Mtate

ace, has his eyes set on new world's 'No Baseball Judge
to conquer.
Mike's seven-man Ohio State Uni- For Me,' Says Byrnes
versity team will leave Wednesday
for New York to seek a sixth na- WAShINGTON, April 2-(/P)-
tional AAU swim title but it will be Sports people dallied with the idea
considerably stronger than when it that maybe Jimmy Byrnes might
won the NCAA crown last week at Ann become baseball's new high com-
Arbor by a nine-point margin over missioner, but Jimmy nixed it.
Michigan.-I Nearly everybody said he had
Keo Nakama, the tiny Hawaiian the qualifications for the job, but
who is just about Peppe's size, will Byrnes, who resigned today as War
be eligible to compete in the AAU Mobilizer, made it plain that he
event. He was ruled out of the NCAA is not interested.
because he is a post-graduate stu- An aide said Byrnes "Had not
dent. Keo is the National Outdoors been offered the post, and even if
1,500, 800 and 400 meters champion. it was offered, he would not accept
* * .'~ ,,

which finished second in the Western
Conference. The returning men are
George Burg, Harold. Watts, John
Lintol, Jerry Brielmaier, and Cecil
Freihofer, all linemen. Burg played
through the 1944 season as a first
string guard, while Watts and Lintol
alternated at center. Brielmaier and
Freihofer were reserves at tackle and
end, respectively.
Two members of the Junior Var-

n coach
the Uni-
over the
ny out-
a bs
ant Wil-
n wrest-
killed in
ion Feb.
ket, was
cult. He
or cam-
held a
e Heart
27, 1944

College Rules Group Revamps
Football Statutes for '45 Season

NEW YORK, April 2.-(1P)-- For-
ward passing will be permitted any-
where behind the line of scrimmage
and a second successive out-of-
bounds kick-off will be put in play
by the receiving team on the kicking
eleven's 40 yard line, the National
Collegiate Football Rules Committee
decided today.
In addition, the college gridiron
rule makers decided that in future a
substitute may report to any official
on the field; made the elbow-block
definitely illegal and revised the cen-
ter's stance so that none of his body
extends beyond the forward point of
the ball.
Col. Bingham Presides
It was the first meeting of the
group since shortly after Pearl Har-
bor and the first under the chair-
manship of Col. William Bingham,
Harvard athletic director 'on military
All members of the rule-making
group except A. A. Stagg, who could
not get a reservation from his Stock-

ton, Calif., home, and H. 0. (Fritz)
Crisler of Michigan, now on an Army
special service tour, attended.
To insure proper control of the
kick-off, the new rules permit the
ball to be elevated an inch from the
ground but does not specify the con-
struction, size or composition of the
Collegians Copy Pros
In adopting the unrestricted for-
ward pass, the collegians will follow
the style of the pros. Until now, a
college passer had to be five yards
behind the line of scrimmage.
The revamped substitution rule
costs the field captain his right to
reject the substitute. The coach as-
sumes all responsibility for the legal-
ity of the change.
The elbow-block, which came into
prominence with the T-formation,
was eliminated by changing the rule
so that a player must have his hands
and aris pressedagainst his own
body when blocking.

Yankees TopGiants
5- 2 oEven Series-
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., April 2-
()-Don Savage helped the New
York Yankees even their spring
exhibition series with the New York
Giants today by belting a three-
run homer in the eighth inning and
driving in four of the American
Leaguers' runs in their 5-2 vic-
Walt Dubiel held Mel Ott's men
scoreless in a six inning stretch
but rookie Bill Dekoning's triple
and Buddy Kerr's single off Bill
Zuber in the ninth broke the shut-
George Tirnweiss stole his first
base of the training season in the
first and scored on Johnny Lin-
dell's single off Van Mungo. Ray
Harrell yielded the second Yank
tally in the sixth.

it under any conmditons.
Meanwhile Byrnes, according to
his aide, had "Absolutely no plans"
after taking a rest at his home at
Spartanburg, S. C.
Senators Outclass

Fort Story Nine 19-3 BUY WAR BONDS
FORT STORY, Va., April 2-(A)-
The Washington Senators rang up a
19-3 victory over an outclassed Fort
Story baseball team today. But the
big news for 2,000 convalsecent sol-
dier fans was Bert Shepard.
Shepard, an Air Forces Lieutenant
who lost part of his right leg when
shot down over Germany, pitched the
last two innings for the Senators.
He allowed a run in the eighth, then -
settled down and fanned the side in
the ninth.
The Senators got four funs, enough
to win the game, the first time they








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