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Miehioan Nine Whips Illinois,
Thanks to Louthen, Bowman
1921 Shut-Out Record Equalled This Year;
Fisher Not Content with Wolverine Hitting
"Excellent pitching in the face of'

I6king the voul4
Daily Sports Editor

Thinclads To Run Initial
Outdoor Contest of Year

glaring errors" were the words used
by Baseball Coach Ray Fisher to
describe the manner in which his
Michigan nine defeated Illinois Fri-
day and Saturday.
The pair of triumphs were regis-
tered by righthander "Red" Louthen,
who pitched the Wolverines to Fri-
day's 3-0 win, and lefty Bo Bowman,
who was the winning hurler in Sat-
urday's 1-0 contest. These were the
first two shutouts a Michigan team
has scored over a single Conference
Major League

Chicago ...........5 0
New York.........5 1
DETROIT ....,.. .4 2
Philadelphia .....42
Washington....... 3
Cleveland..........1 4
St. Louis ..........1 5
Boston ...........0 6


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team in one season since Fisher took I
over the coaching duties in 1921. The
only other pair of shutouts, over a;
single Big Ten competitor were reg-
istered in 1919, when the Illini bowedt
to Michigan, 7-0 and 4-0.
hits Scarcek
Still commenting on his team's
weekend performance, Fisher said
that he was dissatisfied with the
scarcity of Wolverine runs in the
second game, although the three-run,c
eight-hit attack in Friday's tilt was
j par for a college outfit.
Fisher declared that Art Ecklund,
who hurled for the Illini Saturday,
"should have been hit more, although
he had very nice control." He at-
tributed the dearth of hits mostly to
the cold weather.-
Team Functions Smoothly
The team as a whole functioned
smoothly, according to Fisher. Al-{
though his second base combination
of Don Tomasi at second and Jack
Weisenburger at short is still lack-
ing in experience, Fisher believes that
the fielding of both will pick up as
their batting averages rise.
The Wolverine mentor also com-
mented on Tom Rosema's perform-
ance at first base, which he termed
"adequate." "If late afternoon clas-
ses did not interfere with Rosema's
attendance at practice," Fisher ad-
ded, "he would improve consider-
ably. He did very well at the plate
against Illinois, scoring three of our{
four runs and getting three hits inI
seven times at bat."
Prepare For Irish1
Meanwhile, the Wolverines are pre-,
paring to face Notre Dame this week-
end in a two-game series at South j
Bend. Fisher expects to pitch Lou-I
then Friday and Bowman Saturday,j
if the lefthander is ready. Bowmanj
puled a muscle in his back in last
Saturday's game, and has not done
any throwing since the injury. He;
will attempt to get ready for the
Notre Dame contest, but his success1
is still doubtful. In cAse Bowman is
not able to start or to go the full
distance, Fisher intends to call upon
Jack Peddy, or Rosema.

N A RECENT irterview with Mike Jacobs, the boss of the fistic world,
an inquiring reporter asked the wily gent whether Chicago would be the,
site for the post-war Joe Lewis-Billy Conn heavyweight title classic. Jacobs
subtly replied, "It's a likely site-sure. You can put a lot of people in
that Soldier Field."
The reporter alongside Jacobs made a statement to the effect that
there hasn't been a million dollar gate since Dempsey and Tunney
last fought in Chicago in September, 1927. That bout, which has gone
down in fighting annals as a legend, drew approximately 82,658,660.
The inevitable question of how well a second Louis-Conn fight would
draw brought affirmations from the group that it would closely parallel
the aforementioned figure, and each person present cast an inquiring look
at Jacobs to see if he would definitely name Chicago as the site for his
long-awaited battle.
Y OWEVER, Jacobs merely replied, "Now we're not saying Chicago will
get that scrap, we're just discussing possibilities here."
Regardless of where the fight is held after the war, there is no doubt in
the minds of the critics that it will be the biggest drawing card in recent
years, and will possibly be the last such attraction for some time to come.
Nevertheless, while pondering the possibility of this fight in regards
to the termination of the war, we have to realize that its materialization.

Thomason, Barnard,
Four-Mile Relay Chan
Ten, and possibly 11, members of
the Michigan track squad have been
selected by Coach Ken Doherty to
represent Michigan in either five or
six relay events at the annual Penn
Relays, scheduled for Friday and Sat-
urday at Philadelphia.
Uncertainties for the weekend meet,
the Wolverines' first outdoor compe-
tition, involve the pole vault, the
100-yard dash and the half-mile re-
lay. Doherty is undecided whether,
to include vaulter Chuck Lauritsen,
in the contingent and will make aI

No games scheduled.
Detroit at Chicago.
St. Louis at Cleveland.
Boston at Washington.
Only games scheduled.

is a long way off. Boxing men say t
until both the Eurorean and Pacific
take some time before Louis and Con
Hence, though we may think of th
to see it finally come about, we will
fact that time is an important factor if
New Cormiss
Confronts all
CLEVELAND, April 23- (IP)-
Baseball's major league owners willC
attempt to select a commissioner to-1
morrow but today they were still asc
far from one mind as last Nov. 25
when the death of Kenesaw Moun-C
tain Landis vacated the office for the
first time since it was established 24f
years ago.
The majors' four-man committee.
appointed to sift the long list of
candidates, will make its report. And
that is where the certainty of tomor-
row's session ends. Even the quartet,
composed of Alva Bradley of the1
Cleveland Indians, Don Barnes of
the St. Louis Browns, Sam Breadon

New York ........
Chicago ..........
St. Louis........
Boston ...........





No games scheduled.
Chicago at Cincinnati.
Brooklyn at Boston.
Philadelphia at New York.
Only games scheduled.

Nine Surveyed for 'Middle' Power

.hat it definitely will not be staged
wars are over. Even then it will
in can round into shape.
e fight curiously and be very anxious
also have to resign ourselves to the
it is to occur.
mer Problem
Club Magnates
of the St. Louis Cards and Phil Wrig-
ley of the Chicago Cubs, has not
decided definitely whether it will pre-
sent one or several names to the
That decision probably will be
made when the committee holds its_
final session two hours before the
moguls closet themselves at Hotel
Neither was there any indication
whether the committee was consid-
ering an active baseball man such as;
President Ford Frick of the National
League; Leslie O'Connor, former sec-
retary to Landis and now a member
of the three-man body ruling the
sport; or one of a large group of out-
siders that includes James A. Farley,,
Senator Albert (Happy) Chandler of
Kentucky, Paul McNutt and former
Gov. John W. Bricker of Ohio.
There was some talk of naming a
duration commissioner with O'Con-
nor the chief candidate. Proponents
of this plan pointed out that many of
the country's best men are tied up in
war work and would not be available
for so important a job at this time.
The position pays $50,000 annually.
On the other side, however, were
owners led by Horace Stoneham of
the New York Giants and Larry
MacPhail of the New York Yankees
who were outspoken in their belief
that a commissioner should be nam-
ed at once.
But even the men who favor nam-
ing the commissioner tomorrow are
not together on the man they want.
Farley, who at one time tried to buy
the Yankees, would like nothing bet-
ter than to have the job for baseball
his first love, but men close to him
say he would not take it because the
salary doesn't match his present in-

Humes Set To Defend
npionship This Week-End
will have Bill Shepherd running the
440, Val Johnson and Julian Wither-
spoon following up with 220's, and
Captain Ross Hume finishing the
race with a half-mile run.
Saturday, if the Wolverines parti-
cipate in the half-mile relay, it will
be Witherspoon, Johnson, Dick For-
restel or McConnell, and Shepherd
each carrying the baton for 220 yards
in this event.
Wolverines To Defend Title
Then in the four-mile relay, in
which the Wolverines will be defend-
ing champs, Thomason, Dick Barnard,
and the two Humes will make up the
Michigan quartet.
Later in the afternoon it will be
Persons, Barnard, Bob, then Ross
Hume, representing Michigan in the
featured two-mile relay. Here, as in
all the other events, the Wolverines
! will face the cream of the Eastern
track world.
The final relay that the Wolverines
will enter will be the mile relay. Here,
Shepherd, Johnson, either Mann or
McConnell, and Forrestel will carry
the Maize and Blue hopes.
Benton 'To Oppose
Chicago Club Today
DETROIT, April 23--A).--The De-
troit Tigers, opening a three-game
series tomorrow at Chicago against
the undefeated White Sox, have as-
signed big Al Benton for mound duty
to oppose Thornton Lee.
Benton, back with the Tigers after
two years in the Navy, conquered St.
Louis in his first start, 1 to 0.
The Tigers, who were idle today,
took their series with the Cleveland
Indians, three games to one, and are
tied with Philadelphia for third place,
while the Pale Hose, who finished
seventh last season, are perched atop
the league standings with five straight
Continuous from 1 P.M.
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Time To Think
about summer sunshine and
play. Mademoiselle Shop has
the play suit that will fit the
bill. Navy cotton with red and
white, or blue and white trim-
ming at 5.95.
To Crow About
The shoes that everyone wants
to wear in the Spring and
Summer are the Lanz .Originals
which The June Grey Shop is
sponsoring. These non-ration-
ed playshoes come in red and
green, or red and black.

one of Coach Doherty's Penn
Relays' hopes.
final decision on the basis of his prac-
tice performance this week.
Half-Mile Relay Undecided
The Wolverine mentor will prob-
ably not decide definitely on the half-
mile relay until just before starting
time, but will have the necessary
sprinters on hand for other events.
If the situation presents itself, sprint
ace Julian Witherspoon will enter the
100-yard dash, one of the few indi-
vidual track events on the program.
One more final decision for Doherty
to make before the squad entrains
Thursday is whether to include Bob
Mann or Bill McConnell to fill the
quota of sprinters. This week's time
trials will determine which is to be
included in the squad.
Races Will Last Two Days
The relays will last two days with
the Wolverines entered in the dis-
tance medley and the sprint medley
on Friday, with the four-mile, two-
mile, mile, and possibly the half-
mile relays on Saturday's program.
Running in the distance medley for
Michigan will be either Mann or Mc-
connell pacing the quartet in the 440
stint, Bob Thomason running the
half mile, Archie Parsons following
with a three-quarter mile run, and
Bob Hume running a mile as anchor
Doherty Plans Sprint Medley
In the sprint medley Coach Doherty

t1t icjROIRUC4

Arguments among baseball fans
about the comparative skill of Col-
lins, Lajoie, and Gehringer at second
base, the efficiency of Matthewson
and Johnson on the mound, and the
all-round ability of Babe Ruth and
Ty Cobb have raged loud and long,
but no dispute has ever had as much
general interest as the one concern-
ing different methods for judging
whole baseball teams.
One method, however, stands out
above all others in point of the
number of adherents and simpli-
city--judging team strength on the
basis of "strength through the mid-
dle." The "middle," in baseball
parlance, means the positions which
fall on or near the imaginary line.
between the catching and center
field territory, including the pitch-
Mi chi gaui
Through Wednesday

ing mound, seeond base, and short.
The thesis advanced by supporters
of this method is that a nine is
only as strong as its middle seg-
A look at the "middle" of this year's
Michigan nine reveals that it is com-
prised of six men who vary most in
experience. Four of them, including
pitchers Bo Bowman and Ray (Red)
Louthen, catcher Bob Stevenson, and
centerfielder Don Lund, have had at
least one year of seasoning in col-
lege ball. The second base combina-
tion of Jack Weisenburger at short
and Dominic Tomasi at second, how-
ever, is one of the youngest Coach
Ray Fisher has ever sent out on the
diamond for Michigan. Tomasi has
just turned 17 and Weisenburger is
only a year older.
This season's Michigan field gen-
eral, Stevenson, entered the Univer-
sity in July, 1943, in the V-12 unit.
Seven Class C and D clubs claimed
Stevenson's talent before he entered
the Coast Guard, his original service
branch. After playing for Utica and
Syracuse, he was scheduled to re-
port to the Springfield, Mass., squad
in the Eastern League when he broke
his right wrist. His baseball career
was thus ended until he came to
Michigan and took over the regular
hatching duties last spring.
Bowman, who lost his first start
of the season against Western
Michigan and came back Satur-
day to administer a 1-0 shutout
over Illinois, boasted a record of
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six wins and two losses last year.
The southpaw narrowly missed a
no-hitter against the Broncos early
in the 1945 season.;
His hurling mate, righthander Lou-
then, was one of Western's ace pitch-
ers last year, and set the Wolverines
down, 3-2, in the last game of the;
season. Louthen won his second
start for Michigan Friday when he
pitched his way to a 3-0 decision over
Illinois, and turned in a creditable
relief job the following day. when
he came into the game without a
sufficient warmup, after Bowman had
pulled a muscle in his back in the,
seventh inning.
The youthful second base two-
some of Weisenburger and Tomasi
"has been improving at the plate
during the past several days,"
Coach Ray Fisher declares, "and
should come along steadily. It is
also looking better in the field," he

IN T E C H N I C 0 L O R P
A so


Coming Thursday



A Quiet Evening
For a restful time play the
album from The Radio and
Record Shop, Berlioz "Harold
in Italy," featuring William
Primrose, violinist, and the
Boston Symphony.
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Fashion wise coeds know that
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news, especially when it is
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Indians. Eibler's have some of
their latest craftwork in brace-
lets and turquois-studded ear-
A Treasure
From the Seas
This nautical fellow makes the
perfect charm for your pet
bracelet. The Dillon Shop has
him, and other gay animals in
sterling silver, and the price is
only fifty nine cents.


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Tomasi and Weisenburger combine I11- - 1I
both football and baseball talent.! LOST AND FOUND
Weisenburger was a standout half- I
back for the Wolverines last fall, LOST: Covert topcoat from Lane
while Tomasi won all-state football Hall Thursday night. My coat con-
honors as a guard at Flint High tained Allentown label. Exchange. I
School. The stocky second sacker is Roy Boucher. Lawyer's Club. Phone
a product of American Legion ball. 4145.
Completing the middle segmentof TAN CORVETTE TOP COAT with'
the squad is Don Lund, who is start- block label taken by mistake from
ing his third season in the Michigan League ball room. Please call Jer-
outfield. The 1545 captain, who is on ryBom 3734.
his way to a ninth letter in Wolverine Iy Bloom,
athletics, has won awards for three LOST: At indoor track meet Sat.,
years in football and basketball, as ! April 14. Stop watch, probably in
well as baseball. Recently drafted by lockers of intramural building. Re-
the Chicago Bears pro football team, turn to Marshall Simpson, Owosso
fullback Lund contemplates a possi- High School, Owosso, Mich. Re-
ble baseball career. His record last ward.
year was excellent, as he sported a
.348 batting average and a perfect LOST: Illinois pocketwatch, white
fielding record in 20 games. . gold engraved case. Face chipped
__________ __ __- arid cracked. Family heirloom.
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