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Thinclads Meet Purdue
Underdog Boilermakers Will
Seek Upset over Wolverines
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By HANK MANIIIO
Daily Sports Editor
States Team's Performance Will
Showing in Coming Big Ten Meet
An underdog Purdue track team
will be seeking to upset the Michigan
thinclads in what promises to be
another battle in the mud on the
Perry Field track at 1:30 (EWT) to-
The Wolverines won an easy vic-
tory over Purdue and Miami in a
triangular meet at Lafayette two
weeks ago, amassing 80 points against
40 for the Boilermakers. Although
the score indicates a sound trounc-
ing, Michigan was not at full
strength, Ross and Bob Hume being
confined to Ann Arbor by Medical
Purdue is generally conceded little
chance of winning but Coach Ken
Doherty says that the efforts of his
charges Saturday will be indicative
of what they will do at the Confer-
ence Championships, May 26, and
the team morale should be high.
Purdue Conceded Five Points
The Boilermakers are conceded a
chance to win at least five events.
With Boris Dirnancheff, the all-Con-
ference halfback who won the 100-
yard dash at the Lafayette meet,
and Ben Harvey, the Boilermakers
may take the first two places in the
100. Dimancheff and Harvey are
also expected to place in the 220,
with Val Johnson confined to the
sidelines by an injury sustained ini
Michigan's quadrangular meet last
week. Dick Kilpatrick, the Drake
Relay champion should finish first or
second in the high jump and Diiman -
cheff, who also took first in the
broad jump in the triangular mcct,
may take that event.
Purdue's mile relay team of Di-
mancheff, Harvey, Larry Niclsen, and
Don Weber also stands a chance of
beating Michigan's entry which has
yet to lose an outdoor race.
The middle distances, Michigan's
specialty, might well prove Purdue's
downfall. The Hume twins, Ned
Birdsall, Archie Parsons, and Dick
Barnard should bring the Wolverines
the majority of places in the 880, the
mile and the two mile.
Golfers To Face
Ohio State on
With only a few members of the
team able to practice this week due
to the very heavy Ann Arbor "dew",
Michigan's linksmen will encounter
Ohio State tomorrow at the Univer-
sity golf course.
For the Wolverines' second home
match of the season, Coach Bill
Barclay has named a six-man squad
to tee off against the Buckeyes. Lead-
ing the golfers will be Captain Paul
O'Hara, followed by Phil Marcellus'
John Tews, John Jenswold, Bob
Ernst, and Ken Morey.
These same players faced the Ohio
club April 2° at Columbus, dropping
a tight contest, 15-12. Tomorrow,
Barclay's charges will be out for re-
venge, rain or shine so says the
Maize and Blue golf mentor, hoping
to balance their previous setbackI
with their fourth straight triumph.
To date the Michigan linksters have
a record of four wins against onw
Coach Bob Kepler's squad boasts
a pcrfect record so far this season
with nine straight victories, The
Buckeyes' last two opponents, who
fell by the wayside, were the Univer-
sity of Detroit, whom the Ohioans
took 111'-,/, and the Michigan State
golfers who were shut out, 12-0.
F OLD JUP PLUVIUS can hold back his torrents long enough for the
baseball diamond to dry, Michigan's contending Big Ten champions will
start their most important series of the year today as they play host to
the Hoosiers of Indiana.
That this game is "a natural," to quote Wolverine mentor Ray
Fisher's statement of the game, can easily be discerned by various
factors. At present, Michigan and Indiana: are tied for first place in the
Conference race. Michigan has won two games while dropping none,
and Indiana has copped three tilts and lost none, so the final outcome
of this tussle may easily determine the future champions.
Although both teams are highly-geared for this contest, Indiana will
come here with a chip on its shoulder, since last year's Michigan nine
drubbed the Hoosiers twice in their own lair. Coinciding with this added
incentive of revenge is their lust to defeat a Michigan team, and a double
triumph over Michigan this week-end would suffice to make their season a
successful one whether they won the Big Ten title or not.
HOWEVER, THE Wolverines will also be inspired, for this will be their
last Big Ten game of the year on their home grounds, and these last
four week-ends, which are billed with Conference opponents, will decide
if Michigan can retain its Conference crown. Should Indiana defeat
Michigan in both games and split with Minnesota, they will undoubtedly
win the title as no other team is strong enough to beat them.
The improvement of Wolverine infielders Donn Tomasi, Jack Weis-
enburger and Tom Rosema is termed 100% by Coach Fisher since
the start of the present campaign. This is attributed to the experience
these men have already gained, and their performances will be supple-
mented by the fielding and timely hitting of veteran third-sacker, Walt
_NIICHIGAN'S OUTFIELD is rated as the fastest, hardest-hitting and
best fielding trio in the Big Ten. according to figures just released.
It consists of Bill Nelson, who has been hitting the ball hard in practices,
but who didn't pull out of his slump until the Notre Dame fracas; Don
Lund, a three-year veteran, and Bill Gregor, who is in his second campaign,
both of whom have been pounding the ball hard.
Pitchers Ray "Red" Louthen and Bo Bowman will carry Michigan's
lipes on their shoulders as both hurlers will start chukking to catchers
Bob Stevenson, who sports a .400 batting average, with unblemished
records in Big 'en dual meets.
That Coach Pouch Harrell of Indiana, embarrrassed by last year's
double setback, will have his Hoosiers aroused and ready to demonstrate a
lot of fight and hustle through both games is a foregone conclusion. And
Coach Fisher's statement that Michigan got more well-hit balls in the
Notre Dame game than he has seen in his 25 years of coaching collegiate
ball, should be enough to induce the largest crowd of the year to witness
one of the best, if not the best series, of the current season.
T o Buck Rain
Trriangullar A]iat li
Se for To orow
With six victories beneath their
belts despite the torrential spring
season, Coach Le Roy Weir's racket-
wielders, will engage in a triangular
tennis meet, Saturday at Columbus,
with the Buckeyes of Ohio State and
the Wildcats of Northwestern.
The men who will make the trip
are not yet determined, but the list
will doubtless include practically the
same men that went to Evanston last
week-end, when the Wolverines de-
feated Minnesota and Wisconsin, 7-2,
and 8-1, respectively.
Squad Forced Indoors
Captain Roger Lewis, Jinx John-
son, Gordon Naugle, Jack Hersh,
Dave Post, Bill Haynes, and Roy
Boucher, have taken to the shelter
of the I-M Building for the week,
and have been getting their practice
on the fast indoor courts.
Facing the Maize and Blue at
Columbus, will be a comparatively
rugged Ohio State aggregation, and
an unpredictable Northwestern squad.
The Bucks have defeated Oberlin,
Miami, Purdue, and Illinois so far
this seo :ou. massing a total of 26
points to their opponents' seven.-
They were extreimely lucky at the
beginning of the season to have had
seven returning lettermen.
Ohio Lists Starters
Among their probable starters are:
the expert Vcnezua,1an, Jose Coriat
Bob Bowen, Tom Cantwell, Al Frank-
lin, and Aris Franklin. Buckeye
Coach Herman Wirthwein got off to
a rather atte st rt at th bevinning
of the *asi i, #. r(oorIts tHmt hip
chargecs are miaking ul for it now.
Northwestern, wi th ooe letterman
Dave White, left over from last Ica-
ron, and carrying an extreinely large
squad, is amite lunipredictable. Coach
Bennet has not had too much cppor-
tunity to see hiis men in intra-squad
competition dle to the elements, and
accordingly has had to pick his team
on the basis of reputation rather
than actual playing ability.
By BILL LAMBERT
With any sort of break in the
weather, the clash between the two
leading Conference baseball powers
will get underway today at 4:00
(EWT) when the Michigan nine
takes the field against a hard-hitting
Indiana club at Ferry Field.
The Hoosiers will arrive in Ann
Arbor today, but in case rain or wet
grounds makes it impossible to play,
a doubleheader is slated for tomor-
row. The series will have a direct
bearing on the title race as both
teams go in the two games with a
perfect 1.000 average.
Fisher Thinks Back
Coach Ray Fisher in commenting
on the heavy spring rains said, "In
all my years of coaching, I've never
before been unable to merely go
out on the grass and workout my
club. Although we've had plenty of
games rained out in previous years,
this seems to be the most continuous
stretch of bad weather I can re-
The Wolverine catchers and pitch-
ers have been working out all week
in the Field House, but the rest of
the squad has been idle, meaning
that if the game is played today, it
will be the first workout for the ma-
jority of the squad since last Fri-
day's game with Notre Dame.
Hoosier Bats Are Strong
Indiana brings a crew of six men
who are batting over .300, with third
Cubs' Roy ftinghes
Or t Weeks
NEW YORK, May 17. -(/P)-Short-
stop Roy Hughes of the Chicago Cubs
will be lost to the club for at least
two weeks because of a badly wrench-
ed left knee sustained in today's
game with the New York Giants.
Hughes was taking a throw from
second baseman Don Johnson who
had fielded Johnny Rucker's groun-
der in the eighth inning when base-
runner Billy Jurges crashed into him.
Wolverine Nine Opposes
Rain and Wet Grounds Threaten To Cancel
Game Between Two Conference Leaders
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Philadelphia , ..... 9 12 .429 42
Boston ............ 8 12 .400 5
Cleveland ......... 6 13 .316 62
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New York at Chicago, cold.
Washington at Cleveland (2),
Boston at St. Louis, wet grouinds,
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