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Baseball uad ill

pen Season Here April 3

Taking the Count
Associate Sports Editor
AN IMPOSING LIST of more than 500 of the nation's professional, col-
legiate and amateur athletes have lost their lives since Pearl Harbor.
The sports national service flag is cluttered with gold stars representing
athletes whose feats before the war made them nationally famous.
Here are just a few of the more familiar names: ENSIGN NILE KIN-
NICK, captain and all-American halfback on Iowa's famed 1939 eleven.
Kinnick was lost in the Caribbean Sea when his plane failed to return
to its carrier.
LT. JOSEPH R. HUNT, a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy who
captured the national singles tennis championship in 1943. Hunt was
killed in a plane crash at sea Feb. 2.
LT. JACK CHEVIGNY, former Notre Dame grid star, who later was
assistant coach at his alma mater and head mentor at Texas University.
Chevigny was killed during the first day of action on Iwo Jima.
T./SGT. TORGER TOKLE, holder of 24 ski records, including the
American record of 289 ft., killed in Italy with U. S. ski troops.
CAPT. CHARLIE PADDOCK, once known as the world's fastest human.
died in a plane crash in Alaska.
LT. LOU ZAMPERINI, outstanding miler, who during the 1936 Olympics
in Berlin, gained international fame when he climbed a flagpole to steal
the Nazi swastika. Zamperini was killed in action in the South Pacific.
Lt.-COL. TOMMY HITCHCOCK, 10-goal international polo star, killed
in a P-51 plane crash.
MAJ. WILLIAM "BILLY" SOUTHWORTH, brilliant minor league ball
player and son of the Cardinal boss, lost his life in a plane crash near
LaGuardia Field, New York, last month.
AMONG OTHER grid standouts who have made the supreme sacrifice
are: Maj. Thomas Howie of The Citadel; slinging Hal Hursh. Indiana;
Clint Castleberry, of Georgia Tech; all-American guard Joe Routt, Texas
A. and M.; Howie Seymour of Yale; Ken Cotton, California; and Dick
Good, Illinois.
Major League baseball suffered three casualties: Rookie Eugene
Stack of the White Sox; Ardys Keller, Brown catcher; and Forrest Brewer.
Washington hurler.
Track fans keenly felt the deaths of Roy Phillips, former Tufts
standout; Frank Cuhel, 1928 Olympic star from the University of Iowa;
Bill Lyda, Oklahoma's 1942 national 880-yard king, and Joe Finch,
hurler and captain of the 1940 Northwestern track team.
Gone from the scorecard is Johnny Burke, former national inter-
collegiate golf champion from Newport, R. I.: Joseph Garber, senior
national singles handball champ; and Billy Fisk, captain of the 1932 and,

Wolverines Prepare for
Western Michigan Gamel
Bad Weather Keeps Team Working Indoors;
First Base Is Still Question Mark in Lineup
As north winds and snow flurries, both good signs of football weather,
descended on Ann Arbor yesterday, Coach Ray Fisher was forced to keep
his baseball squad working out in the nets of the Yost Field House.
With the exception of a few short infield drills, the squad hasn't prac-
ticed outdoors for the past week, and Coach Fisher remarked in his usual
easy-going manner, "Well, I guess spring really caught up with us. I
thought it was too good to last."
A good break in the weather would

definitely be an asset next week, as
the club goes through its final prep-
arations for the season opener against
the Broncos of Western Michigan
here next Friday.
The only news to come out of the
Bronco camp so far this year, is that
there is a large turnout of boys, most-
ly V-12, with only two returning let-
tcrmen around whom to build the
team. Tom Krupa, who last summer
batted . 33 on a Class A club in the
Detroit aseball Federation, and Ed
dill, a regular infielder, are the only
known veterans on the squad.
Sijit Last Year
Last season the two clubs split a
tour game series, each taking a pair
of victories. The Wolverine nine
lost by one run in both the games
played in Kalamazoo, but had things
its own way here on Ferry Field. It
was in the first of these two tilts that
Lefty Bo Bowman was robbed of his
no-hitter, with two out in the ninth.
Coach Fisher stated that his start-
ing lineup will be the same as he has
been using in the intra-squad games,
with first base being the only ques-
tion mark. This means that veteran
Bob Stevenson will don the mask,
Dominic Tomasi will be on second,
freshman Jack Weisenburg at short,

VICTORIOUS SWIMMERS-These three participants in the annual National Collegiate swimming
meet held here last week came through to win in Friday's competition. Left to right: James Shand,
Princeton, 150-yard backstroke; Mert Church, Michigan, 50-yard freestyle; and Seymour Schlanger, Ohio
State, 1,500-meter race.
'JUST 5110W ME ONE':
Fisher Claims Hurlers Can Be Iauit-;
Top Batters Must Have Natural Ability

All-Star Teams
Broken Up by
Order of Navy
WASHINGTON, April 5-(AP)-The
Navy formally ordered today that its
All-Star athletic teams in this coun-
try be broken up for morale purposes
with more emphasis on games in
battle areas.
This new policy apparently means
that some star players will be trans-
ferred to the Pacific area to give
servicemen an opportunity to see first
class baseball this summer and other
sports later.
The order applies to all forms of
athletics, and rubs out a promising
season in the continental United
States for the Great Lakes team,
coached by Bob Feller, Cleveland In-
dian pitching star.
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touch of beauty to a
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1936 Olympic bobsled team. By MARY LU HEATH he is talking about, for he has often
"Show me a boy with just a little been called the best developer of col-
THEY MEET AGAIN: arm," asserts Baseball Coach Ray lege pitchers in the business.I
Fisher, "and the chances are that I According to Fisher, his prize pupil
I will be able to teach him to pitch. on the mound was last year's ace
At least, I know that if I can't, there righthander, Elroy Hirsch, who start-
is a coach somewhere who will be ed with "absolutely nothing," and still
able to do just that." became one of the two best hurlers
DETROIT, April 5-(P)-Detroit's Fisher. dean of Big Ten baseball last spring. It is true that Hirsch had'
Red Wings and Toronto's Maple the National Hockey League's "world mentors and veteran of 25 seasons as T played outfield for the University of
Leafs, Stanley Cup opponents for series" here tomorrow night. Wolverine coach, ought to know what Wisconsin nine in 1943, but he had
the second time in four years, open The Red Wings, by virtue of their W n-c-- o - -kt never stepped on a mound even for
second-place finish in the League's a batting practice stint before he
regular season and their record of B . came to Michigan. In spite of this,
eight wins in ten games with the ' Bi'i Leag uers handicap, he won all but one of the#
Leafs, may rule a slight favorite over . games he started for the Wolverines.
the third-place Toronto team. am "Even then," says Fisher, "he was
But offsetting this is the Leaf's feat beaten by just one run. The two hits
of eliminating the League and Stan- T , 1 . which accounted for the tying and
ley Cup Champion Montreal Cana- Iii W arP ant-s winning markers were balls which
diens in their playoff semi-final series, should have been fielded."
ECO RDS 4 games to 2, while the Red Wings WASHINGTON, April 5-APN)-The One other Fisher pitching protege
tfRAt were being extended to seven games War Department said today that any stands out as having started from
by the fourth-place Boston Bruins. baseball player "holding a defer-! scratch and having finished with an
Toronto will have an edge over the ment" for working in essential in- excellent record. He is Herman Fish-
Wings in Stanley Cup experience dustry is subject to immediate induc-I
with no less than eight players who tion if he leaves that job. c
were with the Leafs' 1942 cup win- Regardless of what his physical, icago Takes
ning team which beat Detroit in a condition may be, he probably would
ADIO &seven-game series, dropping the first be inducted, it was pointed out. Exhibition Tilt
RADIO & RECORD SOP three games and then winning the The war department made that ex- I
715 N. UNIVERSITY next four. planation today in answer to in- Rj7iA

Walt Kell holding down third, and
Don Lund, Bill Nelson, and Bill
man who, during his sophomore year Gregor covering the outfield.
at the University in 1936, won seven Red Hot Race
games in a row. Another Fishman, News from other Big Ten camps
Brother Mickey, hurled Michigan to indicates that there will be a red-
a Big Ten championship two years hot race for that Conference cham-
later. pionship straight through the 1945
'Ornery' Hitters season. Minnesota, who on paper
With hitters, Fisher does not claim has about the best balanced ball club,
as much success as a teacher. In is studded with nine returning letter-
fact, he believes that hitters aren't men, and a generous sprinkling of
made, anyway, but that a player has new talent.
an innate talent for either popping up The Gophers are claimed to have a
or sending balls over fences. The dif- strong infield both at the plate and
ference between natural hitters and afield, with Al Diaz, regular first base-
taught pitchers is an elusive one, ac- man last season, and Brad Thompson,
cording to Fisher, who believes that a veteran third sacker, providing the
boy must be able to "follow the ball needed spark.
up to the plate. "'time" his swing,
and "make up his mind to hit or
take a pitch in the fraction of a sec-
ond" before he can begin to think
about being a Class A batter.
Three Sluggers BEER -
Of hitters, Fisher has had three
really top-notchers. Dick Wakefield,
of course, is one of the trio, if only
because he consistently used to blast MI X
long balls as far as the tennis courts
on Ferry Field. The other two are
of less recent vintage. Bennie Oos-
terbaan, who was assistant coach last G ROC ERIE
spring, hit in Wakefield's class in
1926, '27, and '28, while Jack Blott,
who saw action behind the plate in
1922, '23, and '24, used to give the
ball a terrific ride.
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quiries regarding its attitude toward From I ers
professional athletes who leave war,
work to resume their sport. GEORGE FIELD, La'wrenceville,
Some baseball people feel that Ill., April 4-GP-)-The Chicago White
players are being reclassified and in-ESoxlaunched their spring exhibition
ducted in increasing numbers. Sxluce hi pigehbto
Selective Service said there has program here today with an auspi-
been no recent change in its policy cious 8-0 triumph over the Detroit
or attitude toward professional ath- Tigers in a seven inning game. The
letes, and that "no drive is on" to contest, played under wintry condi-
round them up. tions, was witnessed by 2,000 soldiers




New York, Boston
Games Rained Out
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., April 5-
(A)-Rain halted the New York Yank-
ees spring exhibition series with the
Boston Red Sox today.
Instead of traveling to Pleasant-
ville for the contest, the Yankees
contented themselves with a brief
drill on Bader Field despite the cold
and dampness.

of the troop transport command.
The Chicagoans piled up a batch
of 15 hits, while hurlers Bill Dietrich,
Ed Popat and Joe Haynes were lim-
iting the Detroiters to four safeties.
The Tigers split their pitching be-
tween 17-year-old Arthur Houtte-
man, who kept the Sox out of the
scoring column during the first two
innings, Leslie Mueller and Walter
Wilson. The latter, a Buffalo Rookie,
yielded five runs and six hits.

Michigan State College placed fifth
in the regional meet of the 15th an-
nual National Collegiate telegraphic
euatin fo oetn's= swmmngpitol M arket
swimming meet for women, Miss Dor- Cp t t M
othy Kerth, professor of physical
education for women's swimmmng
coach, said today. 123 East Washington
The women swimmers garnered 14
points in winning the 75-yard med-
ley relay, the 100-yard free style re- o 2
lay and placing fourth in the 40-yard
and 100-yard backstroke events.

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Will Play in Pacific ? ought,
GREAT LAKES, Ill., Apri 5-(')--- Rented,
Eight Great Lakes baseball players, Repaired.
including four former major leag- STATIONERY & SUPPLIES
uers, today shipped out of the Naval SU
Training center bound for the Paci- 0. D. ORRRLi
fic theater where they will join Lt. 314 South State St.
Bill Dickey's diamond stars in a sum-
mer league schedule for GI's.
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