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L.j APRL 14, 194.5


BroncosSurprise Wolverines in Opening

Sports Pay
Tribute to
Dead Chief
NEW YORK, April 13-(I)-Sports-
dom paid its respect to Franklin De-
lano Roosevelt today by announc-
ing a virtual cessation of activity un-
til after his funeral tomorrow.
Only the Pacific Coast Baseball
League, where all games were post-
poned last night; the Women's Na-
tional AAU Swimming Champion-
ships in Chicago and the Stanley
Cup Hockey playoffs in Toronto
planned to carry on.
Prayers will be said before the
"Play Ball" cry at each of the
coast games tonight and tomorrow.
In Chicago, AAU executive Lyman
J. Bingham said that inability of
contestants to change their train
reservations for the return home
made it impossible to delay the meet.
However, tomorrow afternoon's events
were shifed to the fdrenoon, leaving
the funeral hours devoid of athletic
The National Dinghy races, to
be held at the Larchomont, N. Y.,
Yacht Club of which the late Pres-
ident was an honorary member,
were set over to April 21 and 22.
Ford Frick, president of the Na-
tional Baseball League, asked his
club owners to cancel all their exhibi-
tions for tomorrow, the day designat-
ed by President Truman as a day of
national mourning. All games for
today except two were wiped out by
independent actions of the owners.
Yale, Columbia, New York and
Notre Dame Universities postpon-
ed {baseball games and the Irish
also announced that their Saturday
afternoon football drills would be
Oriental Race Track in Havana,
will be shuttered for the day and may
not open Sunday. The Tia Juana
track in Mexico also will shut down
tomorrow with racing resuming Sun-
In South America athletes show-
ed their respect by shifting to Sun-
day the South American Track and
Field Carnival originally scheduled
for tomorrow. It will be held in
Montevideo, Uruguay.
River Rouge
Tenders Track
Meet Tonight
More than five hundred high
school athletes will compete in the
sixth annual River Rouge Invita-
tional Track Meet at Yost Field
House tonight.
The meet will be sponsored by the
River Rouge Department of Physical
Education under the direction of
Frank Weeber and, will feature en-
trants from twenty - seven high
schools scattered dver the Lower
To give some idea of the magni-
tude of this year's track and .field
games, there will be seventy-eight
entrants for the 60-yard dash alone.
The preliminaries of this event will
be run in eleven heats.
In conjunction with the meet, the
Michigan track team, under the sup-
ervision of Coaches Chester Stack-
house and Ken Doherty, will offer a
track 6inic this morning for the
At 10:30 a.m. EWT (9:30 a.m.
CWT), movies will be shown the
trackmen in the auditorium of Uni-
versity High School, and at 1:45 p.m.
EWT (12:45 p.m. CWT), the Wolver-

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Michigan Makes Valiant Ninth Inning Effort

Big Te Track
Records Ruled
Michigan ndermen
Hold Indoor Honors;
Capture Five Titles
Michigan track squads have not
only dominated the Big Ten cham-
pionships during the past years, but
the individual members of these
teams have added many records to
Wolverine track history.
Only one other school, Ohio State,
holds more Big Ten records than
Michigan'at this moment. The Buck-
eyes have cornered 9, with the great
Jesse Owens garnering 5. The Maize
and Blue performers follow closely
with 8 records now residing in the
hands of Wolverines.
In indoor competition, Michigan
holds five of the 12 records. The
mile relay team of 1939, consisting
of Breidenbach, Balyeat,hHayes and
Faulkner stepped off the distance
in 3:18.9. That meet also found Bill
Watson putting the shot a distance of
51 feet, 8 and 3/8 inches.
In 1940, Ralph Schwarzkopf, great
middle distance runner, added the
two mile record to the'Wolverine tro-
phies, when he breasted the tape
in 9:10.7.
The other indoor record came to'
Michigan in 1942 when Bob, "Bullet"
Ufer ran a :48.1, 440 yard dash. Ufer
not only annexed this record, but
went on to add many more to his
Sam Stoller, holder of most Mich-
igan 60 yard dash records, succeeded
in equalling Owens famous time of
:06.1, when, in 1936 he flew over
the 60 yards to defeat all opponents.
Thus the fifth indoor record caine
Michigan's way.
In outdoor competition the Wol-
verines have not done as well. They
have managed to cop three out of
14 records. Again it was the mile
relay team that led the way. In
1939, the quartet composed of Jack
Leutritz, Douglas Hayes, Phil Baly-
eat, and Warren Breidenbach cover-
ed the distance in 3.14.4.
It was Watson again who brought
the outdoor shot put record to Mich-
igan, when in 1938 he heaved the
shot 52 feet, 112 inches to win
Robert Osgood succeeded in bring-
ing the only hurdle record held by
Michigan to the trophy rooms when
he ran the 120 yard high hurdles in
Thus with the exception of Ohio
State, paced by the never-to-be-for-
gotten, Jesse Owens, Michigan has
far outdistanced all competitors in
records as well as in championships.
All officials of the River Range
Track Meet! The preliminaries
have been moved up to 1 p.m.,
due to the University ruling, in
respect for the President's fun-
eral. Ken Doherty
me thinclads will present a demon-
stration at Yost Field House.
A competitive two-mile relay is
planned, with Charles Birdsall, Walt
Fairservis, Dick Barnard and ,oss
Hume opposing Dick Gehring, Bob
Thomason, Archie Parsons and Bob
Asin previous years, members of
the track team will also act as offi-
cials for the meet to facilitate han-
dling of the unusually large number
of contestants.
The preliminary heats are sched-
uled to start at 3:30 p.m. EWT (2:30
p.m. CWT) and the finals will begin
at 7:30 p.m. EWT (6:30 p.m. CWT).
The final event should be finished
by 11 p.m. EWT (10 p.m. CWT), ac-

cording to Coach Doherty.

Tom Rosema Wallops Two-Run Homer over
Left Fielder's Head To Keep Teamii in Game
PitcLhers, Bowmian and Maxwell, Hold
N~uder oHflits to Nine, Aided by Wind
After Michigan's baseball team tied the score in their half of the
ninth, Western Michigan came back, chalking up a run in the tenth to
edge out the Wolverines 5-4 in the Pon-Conference season opener at Ferry
Field yesterday.
High winds kept the hits at a minimum, with the result that Western
Michigan collected only five safeties off Lefty Bo Bowman, who grew
stronger as the game progressed. Thev

Maize and Blue club garnered four
singles off Al Maxwell, Bronco south-
Maxwell pitched no-hit ball un-
til the eighth inning, when his rival
on the mound, Bowman, singled,
getting the first Michigan hit for
the year. He scored his club's first
run seconds later on Jack Weisen-
burger's single.
Although the ninth inning saw
Michigan on the short end of a 4-2

count, Tom Rosema, new first base-
man, knotted the score when he rap-

ped out a

four bagger. Bill Nelson,
zightfielder, who had just




Gains Bouqu el
lit Predictionts
NEW YORK, April 13.-(/P)-Pre-
dictions have a habit of coming back
to slap the face of the prognosticator
until it is a nice, fire-truck red, so
Brutus (CQ) Hamilton, famed track
mentor now in the service, can take
a bow for forecasts of track and field
performances he made ten years ago.
In 1935 Hamilton, forming his con-
clusions after a study of scientific
research data compiled by Finnish
mathematicians, went on record as
setting theoretical limits on perfor-
mances in certain track and field
events, and to date he hasn't had to
blush. In fact, he's been almost un-
believably accurate in most instan-
Among his predictions were:
That the best any runner could
hope to do would be to clip 27 hun-
dredths off the 100-yard dash rec-
ord of 9.4 seconds.
That if anyone ran the mile in
4:01.66 he would be turning in an
unbeatable performance.
That the seven-foot highiump
mark never will be reached.
That a pole vault of 15 feet is
That a leap of 27 feet in the
broadjump can be made.
Let's see just how those forecasts
stack up after athletes have been
trying for ten years to prove he was
talking through his hat.
The world 100-yard dash record,
jointly held by Frank Wykoff and
Jesse Owens, still stands at 9.4 sec-
The recognized mile record, held
by Arne Andersson, is 4:02.6, al-
though Andersson has run the dis-
tance in 4:01.6; which approxi-
mates the best time Hamilton pre-
dicted could be made.
The seven-foot highjump mark
never has been reached, although

dumped a Texas Leaguer behind first,
scored ahead of Rosema.
The Broncos went to work in their
half of the tenth to put across their
winning run. Harold Throop, first up,
flied out. Next, John Selvo, strong
armed third baseman, pounded out
a long triple, and scored two plays
later on an error.
Michigan couldn't find the ball in
their half of the last frame, and the
game ended when Weisenburger,
Gregor, and Lund went down in or-
Bowman, who last year turned in
the best average in the Conference,
showed flashes of his 1944 form, as
he fanned eight batters in the ten
innings. Maxwell struck out four,
and issued only one base on balls
to display plenty of control.
Coach Fisher's club showed their
speed on the base-paths, as the total
of stolen bases reached five. Lund
and Weisenburger grabbed two, and
Walter Kell stole one.
Providing that the nation-wide ob-
servance of President Roosevelt's
death doesn't cancel the game, the
two clubs will meet here again to-
day at 2:00 (EWT) in the second
tilt of the series.
Ray "Red" Louthen, who last year
hurled for Western Michigan, will
start against his former team-mates
for coach Fisher, while the Broncos
have not named their batteries.
_Baseball SchedilesI
April 14: Western Michigan at Ann
April 21: Illinois at Ann Arbor.
April 27-28: Notre Dame at South
May 4-5: Minnesota at Ann Arbor.
May 11-12: Notre Dame at Ann
May 18-19: Indiana at Ann Arbor.
May 25-26: Wisconsin at Madison,
May 30: Western Michigan at Kal-
June 1-2: Purdue at Lafayette.
June 8-9: Ohio State at Columbus.
Lester Steers' world record is just one
inch short of that mark.
The 15-foot pole vault has materi-
alized, but only one man has been
able to do it. Cornelius Warmerdam
holds the record at 15 feet 7% inches.
The 27-foot broadjump has yet
to be made. Jesse Owens has comec
the closest with his leap of 26 feet
8 inches.
Two performances which Hamil-
ton rated as "perfect" at the time he
made his predictions have not been
improved upon, an indication he was
right. They are the time of 46.2 sec-
onds for 400 meters, made in the
1932 Olympics by Bill Carr of Penn-
sylvania, and Jack Torrance's shot-
put mark of 57 feet 1 inch, set in;
Oslo, Norway, in 1934.
So the predictions have held up to
date. The two that seem in most
danger of going wrong involve the
mile and the highump, as the cur-
rent records in those events are so
close to the ultimate as forecast by
Hamilton it doesn't seem too improb-
able that some highjumper will come
along with that extra grunt neces-
sary to get another inch and hit the
seven-foot mark, and some runner
have that extra something to cut a
second or two off the mile.
Constantino Will Box
DETROIT, April 13-(W)-Lulu
Constantino, veteran New York
featherweight, was signed today to
meet Leroy Willis, once-beaten De-
troiter, in the 10-round headliner of
an April 20 fight card at Olympia,
matchmaker Nick Londes announced.

Retu rned Servicemllen
From Detroit Suburbs
To Display Experience
EAST LANSING, April 14-(!P)-
Returned servicemen at Michigan
State College, who as football candi-
dates are doing some of the things
they dreamed of while in service, are
largely responsible for the college's
three week extension of spring foot-
ball practice.
Coach Charley Bachman says "the
boys want it. They get out here and
practice in the farm sun and it seems
like heaven to them."
For example there's Walter Vez-
mar, a 225-pounder from Detroit
who has seen service in Africa and
Sicily and was discharged because of
shrapnel wounds suffered at Anzio.
While playing center at Northwest-
ern High School he was named to All-
City and All-State teams.
Then there is Chet Kwiatowski I
of Detroit who was hit in the leg
at Bougainville. IHI played left hialf
for Chadsey High before joining the
Milt Haitman of Lansing and Louis
Kitzman are two more who have
finished military duty. Haitman was
discharged from the Marines because
of wounds received at Saipan. Kitz-
man, discharged from the Army, is
27 and the oldest football candidate.
Some other candidates are: Tino
Barbas who played end for Cooley
High School in Detroit and was a
reserve last year at Georgia; Glen
Hatfield, a Flint lineman last year
who is trying for a backfield position,
and Arvil Bowman of Centerline who
is seeking a guard position.
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TERRE HOUTE, Ind,, April 13-
(R)-Art Houtteman, 17-year-old De-
troit sandlot product and the only
one of nine Detroit Tiger pitchers
unscored on in training camp games,
and Bill Pierce, 18-year-old lefthand-
er, were manager Steve O'Neill's nom-
inees to pitch Saturday against a
Ter:re Haute federal prison nine in
a practice game.

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