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Sports Program Is Set


Wolverine Mentor Praises Troops' Interest;
Says They Favor Continuance of Pro Sports


HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!-Sportsinans Park in Chicago,
officially inaugurating the lifting of the racing ban, as Fetching -Bar
(8), with jockey J. V. Martin aboard, shot under the wire to beat
Porky (1), in the first race of the 1945- racing season.
Racing Fans May Again
Enjoy the Sport of Kings
Screamitig fans will once more line the rail in an instinctive endeavor
to "boot their choices in"; nervous fingers will again crumble, re-crumble,
and finally tear-up the multi-colored two-dollar show tickets, leaving the
tickets strewn around the grandstand like confetti after a parade; hot-
dog vendors will once more leave their stands unguarded at the crucial
moment when the sweating horses round the last turn for the decisive
fight up the home-stretch; yes, Jimmie Byrnes has rescinded the racing
ban and the sport that went the way
of all horse-flesh, has risen from its pleasing to the senses, and give the
grave to a future that promises to patron the mixed feeling of being
be brighter than ever, either in a millionaire's estate or a
Horse-racing, from the chariot three ring circus. Somehow the rac-
form of the ancient Romans, to ing tycoons feel that it is psycholo-
the highly organized meetings of gically easier to lose the months rent
last year, has run the gauntlet of surrounded by luscious scenery, than
social dislike many times, but has in the sordid squalor of an imper-
outlived all opponents, and now, sonal savings bank.-I think they're
in America, is legally authorized in right-
20 states, and tolerated in 10 more. There have been many great
The Kentucky Derby at Churchill horses which have run their course
Downs, the Preakness of Pimlico, the across the Track of Time in the
Travers at Saratoga, are among the American Sporting Scene, and have
major sports events of the year, and ended up their days on a breeding
for' pure color and national interest, farm to perpetuate the race.
are superceded by practically noth-
ing Man o' War, perhaps the most
There are good reasons for the famous of all horses, Challedon, Bim-
growth of racing in Anerica,-a elech, Alsab, Jamestown, Whirlaway,
growth, only partly explained by War Admiral, and Gallahadion, lead
"the chance to get something for a list which can be prolonged indefi-
nothing," which is the complete nitely.
credo of gambling. When, for a short time after the
Somehow the sight of raw-boned Byrnes Edict, it looked like the
thorough-breds with sweating flanks great tracks throughout the nation,
and straining muscles, all striving Suffolk Downs, Saratoga, Rocking-
for a common goal-a bag of oats ham, Santa Anita, aid Tropical
and some hay to lie in-, brings out Park, to name a few, were to re-
the same instinctive sporting feeling, main mute gravestones to a 'Gran-
which a rabid Flatbushian feels for deur that was Roan,' racing lovers
"Dem Bums." all over the country were immedi-
Entirely in keeping with the en- ately up in arms at the attempted
thusiastic following of the "Sport exclusion.
of Kings," the race-tracks around Now, with this latest announce-
the country are built with an eye ment from the White House, it looks
towards beauty and color. like it will be impossible, at any time
The "tote boards," the main lawn in the future, to do away with those
concourses, the "winners ring," and noble democratic institutions, the
the betting windows themselves, are Daily Double and the Three Horse

"GI's of today, unlike their fath-
ers in World War I, are showing
tremendous interest in both college
and professional athletics," Herbert
0. "Fritz" Crisler, Michigan's Ath-
letic Director and famed football
coach said yesterday on his return
from the Panamanian Command
Crisler, heading a five-man com-
mission, was sent to the Canal Zone
by the Army Special Service Divi-
sion to establish a comprehensive
sports program for the troops sta-
tioned in that theater. The group
succeeded in completing plans fora
competition in touch-football, base-j
ball, basketball, track and boxing.!
Coach Crisler emphasized the fact
that, "The boys are anything but
resentful of the continuation of col-
lege and professional sports. Their
only complaint is that they don't get
enough sporting news and movies.
The men are so hungry for sports
information that whenever a ship
enters the Canal they flock to its
radio room to pick up any dope they
can." The seven hours of sports
movies the group carried were eager-
ly consumed by the troops, who re-
quested that more be sent from the
The commission was showered with
questions pertaining to all fields of
athletics;-What are the chances for
a four-minute mile?-'-What about
the Brooklyn College basketball scan-
dal?-How does Pete Gray look in
the majors?-Are the boxing titles
frozen for the duration?
Accompanying Crisler were Eddie
Lafonde, boxing coach at Catholic
University; Dan Jessee, formerly of
the Cleveland Indians and present
baseball coach at Trinity College;
Ryland Milner,. Northwestern' Mis-
souri Teachers College basketball

mentor; and Emmet Steuber, former
quarterback of University of Missouri,
who coaches track and football at
Southern Missouri Teachers College.
Cal Hubbard, major league umpire,
scheduled to make the trip, was un-
able to go at the last minute.
"The kids are in an inactive zone,
and need a comprehensive athletic

compete for the respective base cham-
pionships. Similar arrangements
were made in all other sports.
When asked if he came across
hny outsta'nding football material,
Crisler smiled and said, "Well, there
were some pretty good looking can-
didates. In line with this," he con-
tinued, "all the boys are tremendous-
ly interested in the GI Bill of Rights,
especially the section pertaining to
post-war college training."
The Wolverine mentor ran across
many former athletic greats such as
Mickey Harris, former Boston Red
Sox hurler and John Creevy, Notre
Dame's ace quarterback and pitcher.
The only Michigan athlete he en-
countered was Johnny Lane, varsity
guard from 1939 to 1941,
A question frequently asked of the
Coach was, "Why did Michigan lose
the Ohio State ball game last year?"
to which he replied in characteristic
fashion, "They scored more points
than we." The men also inquired
about the Wolverines' 1945 schedule
and the position of Chicago in the
Western Conference.
In addition, the members of the
group were continuously asked to
pick all-time All-American teams in
every sport and were eagerly ques-
tioned as to the merits of the various
ball clubs.
The GI's were very anxious to
know what the reknowned football
coach thought about the brand of
football played in the different con-
ferences throughout the country. His
classic reply was, "The teams in all
leagues play two kinds of football-
either good or bad."
Crisler left here March 8, and ar-
rived on the Atlantic side of the
Canal by the 13th. He spent some
time on "good will" tours to Central
America and Venezuela, Ecuador,
Columbia and Pero, flying 10,000
miles in the last month of. the trip.

THE BALL IS WAITING-Outfielder Bob Estalella (4) of the Phila-
delphia A's finds shortstop Cass Michaels of the Chicago White $o
waiting with the ball as he slides into second base May 11 at Comiskey
Park, Chicago. The throw came from catcher Mike Tresh in the
fifth inning.
Woverines urprised at Great

program to relieve the monotony of
their routine duties," said Crisler.
The commission laid plans to set up
leagues for both the Atlantic and
Pacific sides in all activities.
In touch football, Crisler establish-
ed 12 base teams of 9 men each in
the Pacific coast area and 8 like
teams on the Atlantic side. The
winner in each league will meet in a
playoff game to decide the Cham-
pionship of the command. In addi-
tion, each platoon will field teams to

"We didn't know it was loaded," seemed to be the general reaction of
the Michigan track camp to the) surprising triumph of Great Lakes in the
quadrangular meet last Saturday in which the lowly-rated Sailors beat
out the Wolverines, 43 1/3 to 41 1,/3.
"We were out to beat Illinois,"' Track Coach Ken Doherty said, "and

Michigan Nine Faces Tough Foes:
Indiana, Wisconsin in Succession
Coach Fisher Happy over 17-Hit Barrage in
Defeat of Irish; Hoosiers Also Lead Big Ten
* * *


Your Appearauce
The Pascola Barbers
Between Mich. and State Theatres

eane iy.

There will be a meeting of the
8s)hinx Club tonight and tomor-.
row night in the lounge of thec
West, Quad at 7:00 p. m. All
members are urged to attend.

With a series against an Indiana
nine undefeated in Big Ten compe-
tition scheduled for Friday and Sat-
urday and a single game against up-
and-coming Wisconsin set for the
following weekend, Michigan's base-
ball squad has its work cut out for
it this week.
Coach Ray Fisher was greatly en-
couraged by the showing of his squad
in the game against Notre Dame
Friday, in which the Wolverines ad-
ministered a 12-3 defeat to the Irish.
17 Michigan hits accounted for the
12 runs, the largest Wolverine total
this season.
Terming his team "much improv-
ed" in' all departments, Coach Fisher
found the hitting splurge of Fri-
day particularly heartening. Of the
eight Wolverine regulars, not a single
man failed to get at least one safety,
and three players collected three hits
apiece. These men were Walt Kell,
third baseman, Jack Weisenburger,
shortstop, and Domn Tomasi, second
The Wolverines will be up for the
Indiana contests as the Hoosiers
have won three games to Michigan's
two in Conference tilts, to register
a similar 1.000 average. In another
Big Ten clash, Indiana played the
Illini to a tie. The Hoosiers dropped
their last game, however, as they
were decisively topped 11-5, by De-
Pauw University Saturday at Bloom-
Meanwhile, another threat to Wol-
verine supremacy in the Conference
cropped up over the weekend as the
Wisconsin baseball squad climbed
into third place with a doable win
over Purdue Saturday.
Winning from the Boilermakers by
7-1 and 5-4 scores, the Badgers
boosted their Big Ten record to six
wins in eight starts, for an ever .750
percentage mark,
Illinois was virtually eliminated
,from the race Saturday as they sus-
tained a 7-2 loss to Northwestern

Linksters Beat
In Big Ten Thilt
Mareelus, Tews
Shoot Top Se~wes
Recording their initial Big Ten
triumph last Saturday, Michigan's
golfris defeated Northwestern Uni-
versity at Evanston 141/?-121 to gain
their fourth victory of the 1945 sea-
A six-man Wolverine squad con-
sisting of Captain Paul O'Hara, Phil
Marcellus, Bob Ernst, John Tews,
John Jenswold, and Ken Morey faced
the Wildcat offerings in the team's
second attempt to card a Conference
Taking medalist honors in the con-
test was Marcellus with a 71, and the
runner-up for the Maize and Blue
liUiksmen was Tews who shot a 74 in
the singles play-offs. Coach Bill
Barclay said that it was a tough
contest and considering the lack of
p3 ctice, due to unfavorable weather
; ditions last week, the team shap-
ed up fairly well
In the ocubles play, with each
snatch worth three points, the Mich-
igan pairs of Tews and Jenswold,
Marcellus and O'Hara, and Ernst
end Morey faced the Wildcat two-
somes of Jack Atten and Bob Ab-
rams, Jim Stotter and Dave Karpfel,
and Jim Cooper and Ed Meleline
respectively. Jenswold and Tews
broke even, Marcellus and O'Hara
were shut out, and Morey and Ernst
carded 2/2 to the opposition's 1/2
At the end of the individual mat-
ches, the final tabulations gave each
club two shut-outs. For th, Wol-
verines, O'Hara blanket Stotter and
Morey whitewashed his Northwes-
tern opponent, Melelinq; but the
Wildcats retaliated when Jim Coxin
kept Ernst from marking and Atten
held Marcellus scoreless.
Barclay's charges, by taking the
Northwestern tilt scored their third
straight victory and their first Big
Ten win of the season in two staits,
having dropped their first Confer-
ence encounter to Ohio State.
Up to date the Maize and Blue
golfers have a record of four victor-
ies against one setback. The Michi-
gan linksmen have downed Western
Michigan, the University of Detroit.
Northwestern and Saturday, the
golfers will be seeking revenge when
they face Ohio State in the second
home match of the year.



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after beating the Wildcats, 5-0, the
previous day. This dropped their
percentage to .556 and their won
and lostrecord to five triumphs in
nine starts.
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CHICAGO, May 14.-UP)1---- Third
baseman Tony Cuccinello of the Chi-
cago White Sox today still led the
American League hit parade despite
a 28-point drop last week to .367.
Second-place Vern Stephens, St.
Louis Browns', shortstop, also plum-
metecz 28 pints and continued to
trail Cuccmello by six points with
.361, according to official statistics
compilec through Sunday's games.
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