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Daily Sports Editor

DURING THE WARTIME emergency, the names of many youngsters
playing big league ball have been mentioned frequently, and the two
outstanding stars thus far this year are Hank Ruszkowski of the Cleveland
Indians and Cass Michaels of the Chicago White Sox, both of whom are
only 19 years old.
Ruszkowski is a catcher who just graduated from high school
recently and has been the first string catcher for the Indians since
the start of the present campaign, winning the job from men with, far
more, experience than the one season of Class A ball which he can
boast of as his sole experience.
Great catchers such as Bill Dickey and Mickey Cochrane are very rare
in the Major Leagues, but Manager Lou Boudreau of the Indians feels
very confident that young Hank will be a great backstop with a little more
experience and asserts that Ruszkowski has a good chance of being named
the "rookie of the year" if he isn't drafted.
All of the veteran Tribe pitchers laud the work of the young catcher
and would as soon pitch to him as to a more-experienced man, which is
enough to establish Ruszflowski's catching ability as satisfactory.
A SANDLOT product of Cleveland, Ruszfkowski was immediately signed
by the Indians after his graduation in the fall of '44 and sent to Wilkes-
Barre, Pa. of the Eastern League for a season. However, he attracted the
eye of Boudreau while the Indians went through training at Purdue Uni-
versity this spring and it didn't take the Polish lad long to convince his
manager that he was ready for the big time. It is very seldom that a
19-year-old lad cart become a big league catcher, at least with so little
experience. Hence it is no wonder that Boudreau and some sports scribes
predict a brilliant future for the up and coming 'boy wonder' of the
Indians.
On the other hand, Michaels is one of the mainstays and finds of that
verbose manager of the Sox, Jimmy Dykes. Although Michaels is green
and needs all of the experience that he can get, his performances improve
with every game, according to Dykes, who also says that he will soon
be fighting for top honors in his position with a little more confidence.
One of the reasons that Dykes has stuck along with his young
shortstop is that Michaels goes on the theory ghat he doesn't make the
same mistake twice. His lack of confidence is due mainly to his inex-
perience at the plate, but Dykes has been gradually ironing out this
flaw by telling Michaels to take a full swing and follow through with
his bat, no mater how many times that he strikes out.
The kid has been following this advice of his manager and with his
lusty cuts at the plate, he is beginning to acquire the necessary confidence
in his ability to hit. When he begins to combine his hitting and fielding
with his acquired confidence, Michaels' will be in the thick of the fight
for the title of 'rookie of the year.'

Softball Finals
Scheduled for
This Weekend
With the completion of ther n-
tra-Mural softball schedule, prep-
arations are being made for the
campus play-offs which begin Sat- 5
urday, June 2, at 1:00 EWT (12:00
CWT).>
The National League will be
represented by 3rd Williams with
four straight wins, and Sigma Phi
Epsilon with three out of four
wins. Sigma Alpha Mu and Phi
Gamma Delta,both having won
three and lost one, will play for
the American League.
The two top winners of the East-
ern League are Xi Psi Phi, unde-
feated in their four contests, and
Lawyer's Club, having one defeat.
First place winners in the West-
ern League are the Orioles with aE
record of four wins. There is a
tie in this league for second place
between Robert Owen Co-op, Al-
pha Tau Omega, and the Rambl-
ers.
The first round of the final
playoffs will take place at 1:00
EWT (12:00 CWT) Saturday at 4
Palmer Field. The winners of
these four games will compete in
the semi-finals which will also be
played on Saturday. These games
will start at 3:30 EWT (2:30
CWT).

MICHIGAN'S OLD FOX--Baseball Coach Ray Fisher, dean of the
Western Conference diamond mentors with 25 years' of service at
Michigan behind him, is looking for bis tenth Big Ten, championship
this year. His boys can do the .job with a pair of victories over Purdue
this weekend.

Wolverines WillAttempt
To Clinch Championship

Michigan Beats
Western, 10-5, 10-3
By MARY LU HEATH
Michigan's baseball squad leaves
for Lafayette, Ind., at noon today,
where it will face Purdue in a double-
header tomorrow afternoon which
can clinch the Western Conference
championship for the Wolverines.t
Warming up to the Purdue tilt,
the Michigan nine added two more
victories to its season record by de-
feating Western Michigan twice at
Kalamazoo Wednesday by 10-5 and
10-3 counts. These wins bring the
Wolverine record against the Bron-
cos to three triumphs against one
loss this season.
In the first game, Ray Louthen
registered his seventh victory of the
year and his second over Western in
a ten-inning battle with the Broncos'
Tom Urquhart and Bob Kletchert,
who relieved in the seventh.
Louthen Gives Up Four
The score was tied up going into
the tenth frame, when hits by Bill
Gregor, Don Lund, Tom Rosema, and
Bob Stevenson, and a walk, a sacri-
fice, and an error brought five Michi-
gan runs across.
In winning, Louthen gave up only
four hits to his former teammates,
while Urquhart and Kletchert yield-
ed 11 to the Wolverines. Most of the
Western runs were accounted for by
five Michigan errors.
Jack Peddy started the second
contest for the Wolverines, and went
five innings to become the winning
pitcher. He was relieved in the sixth
by Jack Hackstadt, who yielded to
Tom Rosema in the ninth. Charles
Maxwell, who defeated Michigan
earlier this season, went the distance
for the Broncos.
Wolverines Get 29
The trio of Michigan pitchers gave
up six hits, while Maxwell yielded 18,
bringing the Wolverine total for the
day to 29. Stevenson was the indi-
vidual batting star, getting six hits,
including a triple and two doubles,
in nine trips to the plate. Bill Nel-
son, rightfielder, received special
praise from Coach Ray Fisher on
his performance in the field. Nelson
had seven chances during the after-
noon and made several catches which
Coach Fisher termed "big league".
Coach Fisher .expressed confidence

BENGALS START TO ROAR:
Tigers Climb Within One Ganie of Yanks;
Rookie Ferriss Gains Seventh Straight Win

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Twelve Will Race
In Kentucky Derby
NEW YORK, May 31-(/P)-The
field for the 71st running of the
Kentucky Derby narrowed to a bak-
er's dozen today as John Marsch's
Free For All was declared definitely
out of the race and Hoop Jr. departed
for the blue grass country.
Free For All, unbeaten in five starts
as a two-year old but whipped twice
this year, pulled a "superficial ten-
don" in yesterday's workout at Chur-
chill Downs.

NEW YORK, May 31.-(P)-Army
veteran Les Mueller shut out the
New York Yankees with two singles
in his first starting appearance of
the year today, 2-0, as the Detroit
Tigers climbed to within one game
of Joe McCarthy's leaders.
Only 5,300 fans turned out for the
second twilight tilt in the Yankee
Stadium, apparently marking the
end of Larry MacPhail's experiment.
Detroit .......000 200 000-2 7 0
New York .... 000 000 000-0 2 0
Mueller and Richards; Zuber and
Crompten.
losox Top u dlia s, 6-2
BOSTON, May 31.-(P)--Undefeat-
ed freshman Dave Ferriss, now hail-
ed as "Superman" by his Boston Red
Sox teammates, today gained his sev-

enth straight victory, a 6-2 affair,
by giving a five-hit performance
against the Cleveland Indians.
Ferris now has beaten every Amer-
ican League rival except Washington.
Cleveland .... 000 110 000-2 5 1
Boston.......000 050 10x-6 11 2
Emiree, Center and Hayes; Fer-
riss and Garbark.
A's Nose White Sox, 3-2
Philadelphia, May 31 .--e)-With
two out, Roby Estalella's eighth in-
ning single gave the Philadelphia
Athletics a 3-2 victory today over the
Chicago White Sox.
Joe Berry received credit for the
win, relieving Don Black in the sec-
ond inning. Black was forced from
the game with a wrenched back,
suffering in a collision with umpire

Carl Hubbard, and is expected to be
sidelined several days.
Chicago ......010 000 010-2 7 2
Philadelphia . .101 000 *01x-3 10 3
Lopat and Tresh; Black, Berry,
Flores and George.
Golfers Seek
Sixth Victory
Encountering Western Michigan
tomorrow at the University golf
course, Michigan linksmen, in their
final match of the 1945 season, will
aim for their sixth consecutive vic-
tory.
Coach Bill Barclay has named a
four-man squad consisting of Ken
Morey, Bob Ernst, George Blais, and
Bill Theuneissen to face the Broncos
for the second time this year. On
May 6 at Kalamazoo, the Wolver-
ine golfers teed-off against Western
Michigan taking the contest by a
score of 17%-z.
Of the quartet, only two players
have seen action in any of the team's
previous tilts. Moey and Ernst have
faced Northwestern, Ohio State, and
the University of Detroit
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Boston 6, Cleveland 2.
Philadelphia 3, Chicago 2.
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