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AflIL X?, 1945

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Reserve Outfielder Injured in Baseball Woi

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By HANK MANTHO
Daily Sports Editor

BASEBALL COACH Ray Fisher will start his 25th season under the Wol-
verine banners this Friday when the Michigan nine, defending Big Ten
champions, %quare off against Western Michigan in their initial test of the,
year.
Although not blessed with an overabundance of experienced personnel
this year and facing stiff competition. Fisher has been working his squad,
intensely in an effort to put a formidable crew on the field. The starting
team will include five regulars from last year's team: Don Lund, Bill
Gregor, Bob Stevenson, Bo Bowman, Jack Hackstadt, and reserves Walt
Kell and Bill Nelson, with two newcomers, Jack Weisenburgher and Dom-
inic Tomasi rounding out the squad.
In last year's home and home series, these two teams wound up
with a .500 percentage in four games, as the Wolverines copped the first
two tilts and dropped the final pair in the lair of the Broncos.
An added highlight to this week-end series will occur when 'Red'
Louthen, former hurler for the Broncos, who is now stationed on the Mich-
igan campus in the V-12 unit, takes the mound against his old alma mater
in one of the two games.
SINCE THIS SERIES with Western Michigan is a non-Conference affair,
the outcome will have no relative bearing in Michigan's defense of the
Western Conference crown. However, it will give a good indication of
what the Wolverine followers can expect when Michigan meets some of
the Conference contenders.
Minnesota has been listed by pre-season dopesters as the team to
give Michigan the biggest battle in the title race. The Gopher's coach,
while having nine returning lettermen, also has a host of newcomers, who
are making the veteran members step lively in their quest for 'starting
positions.
The success of the Gopher's this year will hinge largely on their
pitching staff, which is Paced by Matthew Nolan, leading lefthander in
the. Conference last season, and Gene Kelly, a freshman, with Jack
Verby, a transfer student, and Bob Shumnack, a Navy dischargee, being
counted upon for assistance.
Illinois which finished third last year, has seven returning sophomore
lettermen as a nucleus for a team, and Wisconsin's recent twin triumph
over a veteran-studded Iowa squad, which virtually eliminated the Hawk-
eyes chances in the wide-open scramble, pose two more serious threats to
Michigan's retention of Big Ten laurels, and makes this baseball season
loom as one of the most interesting spectacles in many years.
ON THE REBOUND?
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St. Louis Cards
Slat d To Lead
National League
Last Season's Entirej
Championship Infield
Still Available To PlayI
By WHITNEY MARTIN
Associated Press Staff Writer !
NEW YORK, April 11-UP)-We
might as well quit kidding ourselves.
The National League race will be
about as close as next Easter.
That is, barring an epidemic of
housemaid's knees, bar-room elbows
or some other affliction, and if the
draft doesn't take an abrupt and
possessive liking for the squad, the St.
Louis Cardinals figure to walk away
from the other clubs and lose them
entirely about mid-July..
Right now Billy Southworth can
put the same infield out there he
had last season, and that was. well, it
was good enough.- We don't think
Southworth would trade the combi-
nation of Ray Sanders, Emil Verban,
Martin Marion and Whitey Kurow-
ski for any other quartet in the
game right now.
Outfield Gone
He's lost his outfield, sure, but the
Cards always have had a habit of
losing dimes and coming up with dol-
lars. Not meaning that a fellow like
Stan Musial is a 10-cent ball player.
His replacement probably won't be
as good, but; as a drama critic woulda
say, his performance will be ade-
quate.
Danny Litwhiler also is gone, andI
Johnny Hopp is on his way, and al-I
though both are capable men we
have an idea, it will be like sticking
your finger in a bucket of water and
then looking for the hole. There will
be guys in their places to plug the
gaps without leaving a trace.
There is Red Schoendienst, for one.
He's a shortstop by trade, but is rat-
ed good enough to play practically
anywhere in any company. A year or
two ago he was rated ready for the
majors, and there were rumors he
might be brought up to replace Slats
Marion, who would bring a neat check
on the player market. He's right
handy at the plate, the important
thing.
Augie Bergamo, a supernumerary
last year, will fill another outfield
spot, and probably Jim Mallory, up
from Columbus, the third.

Linksters Face MallardFracturesA nkle
Detroit Titans in While Sliding to Second
Opening Match Bowman, Louthen To Hurl in Initial Contests;
Results of Scheduled Western Michigan's Starting Nine Announced
Practice Sessions Will By MARY LU HEATH
Yesterday's baseball practice ended on a sombre note when Ben
Determine '45 Squad Mallard, reserve outfielder, suffered a dislocation and possible fracture
With the initial golf match of the of his right ankle while sliding into second base.
Mallard was taken to Health Service late in the afternoon. where the
1945 season getting under way April' swelling was reduced in his ankle and where x-rays were to be taken this
21, the Wolverine linksmen have only morning, according to Dr. A. W. Coxon.
a little more than a week of practice Coach Ray Fisher stated that this was the worst injury suffered by a
before they encounter the University member of the Wolverine baeball squad since George Ford was similiarly
of Detroit. hurt in 1934. Mallard, a Negro ci-- -

RAY FISHER-Michigan's baseball
mentor will start his twenty-fifth
season against Western Michigan
Friday.
WarsEn
Tuo Deide
Derby Fate:
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 11.-(/P)-
The speed with which the Allies
chase the Nazis into complete sur-
render or defeat 'apparently will de-
termine the date for this year's run-
ning of the 71st Kentucky Derby.
Entry blanks for the thorough-
bred racing classic were mailed out
today, conditioned on the lifting
of the government ban on racing--
which has been promised shortly
after V-E day.
Churchill Down's anhouncement
said the mile and .a quarter race of
the roses for three year olds again
would carry a purse of $75,000 plus
the accumulated entry fees. The
owner of the Derby' winner also will
receive the traditional gold trophy.
Horsemen apparently are timing
this year's Derby by the speed of
the Allied advance into Hitler's
Germany because owners and trai-
ner's have moved most of the more
promising eligibles back home to
Kentucky farms or to Churchill
Downs here.
The original date for the 71st Der-
by was May 5, but the racing ban
changed that and left the fate of the
classic somewhat in doubt.

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DETROIT, April 11-(A)-Manager
Jack Adams and 19 Detroit Red
Wings, somewhat bewildered butostill

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confident of their chances to come:
from behind to capture hockey's
Stanley Cup, entrained today for
Toronto, where Thursday they clash
for the third time in the cup finals
with the Toronto Maple Leafs, com-
fortably in the lead with two straight
shutout victories.
Adams, who sent the Detroit club
through a brisk drill Tuesday and
hinted possible changes in the make-
up of the Red Wing offensive units,
is convinced the goal famine can't I
last much longer.
Rookie Frank (Goose-Egg) McCool,
the Toronto goal tender who blank-
ed Detroit 1-0 and 2-0 here in the
first two clashes of the cup finals,
still doesn't command too much re-
spect from the Red Wings, who beat
him eight times in the regular seas-
on and punched 44 goals past him in
10 games.'
In McCool's favor, however, the rec-
ords show he has achieved seven
shutouts in the Maple Leaf nets since1
the 1944-45 campaign got under way.
"McCool has been easy for us to
score on all year," Adams declared,'
"We ought to score pleftty-especially
from right wing."
The Detroit pilot pointed out that
Modere (Mud) Bruneteau and Steve
Wochy, each a right wing, counted six
goals apiece against McCool in the.
regular season, hinting that the
Toronto Goalie is afflicted by a
"blind spot" wealness on that side.

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