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MeKechnie Signs



Cincinnati Contracts

(Special Associated Press Correspondent)
NEW YORK, March 14-(/P)--Bill McKechnie likes his baseball players well seas-
oned, so it's only natural the Cincinnati Red pilot would be the one to come up with
two pitchers who have had so many seasons they're practically thesalt of the earth.
Quite a bit of pepper for their years, too.
These young sprouts are Guy Bush and Horace Lisenbee. Why Lisenbee is com-
ing back to the Majors is open to question, but Bush possibly was influenced when
he heard Major League ball would be Bush League this year. Or is that too punny?
Anyway, everything considered, these 42-year-old relics of the gilded 20's should
do all right, even if they have to take a running start to get the ball from the mound
to the plate. After all, men who have faced fellows like Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Harry

Heilman, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler and Tris Speaker shouldn't have too much
trouble with the fuzzy-cheeks who will be in the bater's box this year.
Lisenbee has been playing professional baseball since 1924, when he broke in
with Brookhaven in the Cotton States League. Bush broke in with Greenville, also
in the Cotton States League, in 1923.
If there is any Major League pitching lefi in the arms of Lisenbee and Bush,
McKenzie will extract it. He is reputed to be just about tops when it comes to getting
the most out of a mound staff, and can take old timers who have been knocked
around in the Minors and get winning performances out of them.
Ed Heusser is just one example. Ed is crowding 36, and until MeKechnie picked
him up in 1943 he had had more acdresses than a telephone book. He started
playing pro ball in 1929 and before he poined the Reds had played on 14 clubs,
ranging from coast to coast and Danville to Elmira. He played return engagements

at some of the towns, and popped up with Major League clubs on three occasions,
only to pop right back.
Last year his won and lost record wasn't so much, but his 2.38 earned run
average was the best in the National League, and his ancient arm was good for
198 innings.
McKechnie apparently is rounding up a mound staff that will feature know-how
instead of the zip and wildness and the jitters of youth, figuring that the old gaf-
fers with their savvy will be able to bamboozle youthful hitters. He also probably
realizes the old boys are less likely to be called into the service.
Anyway, it will be interesting to watch how Bush and Lisenbee make out in
their race with Father Time. Lisenbee apparently is a work horse, as he pitched 249
innings for Syracuse last year.
Incidentally, the Reds also have signed Gene Hinrichs, a 38-year-old southpaw
who hasn't played since 1941 because of army service.
Mich igan SextetReceives
Thirteen Varsity Letters

Cindermen Primed for
Chicago Meet Saturday Y
Dick Barnard, Ch uck Lauritsen Join Team.
increasing Maize and Blue Entrants to Six^


Gives Ten Major, Three Minor
Team Wins Four, Loses Six Tilts

With the addition of two track
stars, the contingent of Michigan's
Western Conference Indoor Cham-
pions that will compete in this Sat-
urday's Chicago Relays are ready for
this carnival.
Coach Ken Doherty stated yester-
day that he would also send both
Dick Barnard and Chuck Lauritsen
along with the Hume twins, Dick
Forrestal and Julian Witherspoon to
Chicago. Coach Doherty also said
that there isn't sufficient competi-
tion to warrant his sending any relay
teams to this meet.
Barnard will run beside Captain
Ross Hume in the 1,00O-yard dash,
thus further enhancing the Wol-
verine chances in this event. These
men will be competing against such
famous middle-distancemensasLes
Eisenhardt, former Ohio State star
and \now running under the colors
of the Great Lakes Naval Training
Station. Another serious threat in
this event will be Charles Beetham,
veteran runner, who has many rec-I
ords to his credit.
Charles Birdsall and Ross Willard
were invited to compete in the two-
mile run at the relays, but both men
regretfully informed Coach Doherty
that they would be unable to com-
pete. Willard and Birdsall have, of
late, been copying the precedent
started by the Hume twins, that of
dead-heating all their races.
Lauritsen, who has shown steady
improvement since the start of the
season, will find the going tough
when .he tries to better his mark of
13 feet in the pole vault. Lauritsen
tied for thid place in the Conference
championships last week with a
jump of 12 feet 6 inches.
When asked to comment on the
mile run, which will feature the
world-famous Gunder Haegg, Jim
Rafferty, unbeaten this season, and
Michigan's own Bob Hume, Coach
Doherty stated that "Rafferty must
be rated the favorite in view of the
fact that he has beaten Haegg twice
Truman Will Sub
WASHINGTON, March 14-(/P)-If
official business prevents President
Roosevelt from tossing out the first
ball of the 1945 baseball season here
April 16, Vice-President Harry S.
Truman will pinch-throw.
Truman today promised Clark
Griffith, owner of the Washington
Senators, that he'll be on hand for
the opening game with the New York
Yankees, April 16.
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this year and is unbeaten in six
Coach Doherty also said, "Bo'
Hume is not in his best physical con-
dition because of his medical school
studies and will find the going very
tough in his debut against Haegg."
The squad, after the Chicago Re-
lays, will prepare for the Purdue Re-
lays a week hence where the Confer-
ence kingpins will face the cream of
college trackdom throughout the
country. The Wolverines will send a
full team to these -races and will be
in top form.
'Hope Baseball
Can Continue,'
Says Roosevelt
Statement Elates
Baseball Magnates
WASHINGTON, Mar. 13.- (/)--
President Roosevelt made plain to-
day that he wants to see baseball
carry on this season, despite its war -
time difficulties.
In the strongest words yet used
by Mr. Roosevelt on this question, he
told a news conference that he is all
in favor of baseball as long as it does
not require perfectly healthy people
who could be doing more useful war
Report Queries
A reporter quickly asked if theI
President thought it possible, under
that theory, for the leagues to oper-
ate this year.
Mr. Roosevelt asked right back,
why not?
He said he would go to see sand-
lot games himself and so would most
FDR Upholds Griffith
The President declared that Clark
Griffith, owner of the Washington
Senators, was quite right in telling
reporters that the resident favored
night baseball.
He was one of the fathers of it,
he added.
Griffith Conferred
Griffith conferred with Mr. Roose-1
velt at the White House yesterday,
giving him an annual pass, the Presi-
dent said then that he might even
get out to the opening game, April
16, to make the first pitch.
Baseball people were elated over
the President's remarks today. It
was the third time he has gone to
bat for the game during wartime ...
first in 1942 to keep the sport alive,
again recently and now today.
There still remains, however, the
thorny problem of baseball's man-
power, which apparently hinges on
provisions in legislation -now before

BOB KELLEY (left) .of Illinois is the winner by six ii Iws in te 440 yard
(center) of Michigan placing second in this ecnit o l t' o i"tSen Indoor
Chicago, Ill. In third place was C. Martin (right) o ri ha. Eile' time
gan won the meet with 55 1 10 points and illinois placed secim wi h 5 10.
Yank GQ4;P~eP, 1Te u
TootballCha -ei LAKEWOOD, N. 'J.. M' ar. 13--- C'Leagu
Under a warm sun and a temperature fielder
Pjigskjins W~II)Iw of 50 degrees.. the New York Giants the S
i >n >aFte worked out for two hours and 40 dent
Ambulances in France minutes today, indulging in a lively ;I'ot-1
infield drill Afte
ON THE WESTERN FRONT-/1') Pil Weintraub, regular flrs base- the h
-This is a story of ambulances aid al reported today, and tohe arrival - L
footballs. of Bobby Burt helson boosted tIhe ru.f
It involves the American Field Ser- number of pitclr now in cap to out ol
vice and took place iii Alsace, Paris 13. .thoug
and London. C. B. Alexander of Bal- !tin e ar
timore, Md., needed ten ambulances is tuel
for his volunteer drivers attached to BOSTON, Ma-. 13- With l Pete! his ar
the first French army. Fox, the 315-hitting ottelder. as the b
Alexander and Mark Etheridge, Jr., the only player, the Boston Rd Sox y
of Louisville, Ky., went to see Gen. advance guard today entrained for IHar
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny about the Pleasantville, N. J., spring train- instru(
getting those ambulances. The gen- ing camp. The party also included mome
eral had a shortage too-of footballs. manager Joe Cronin, coaches Tom he dr
He needed 100 pigskins for his Daly, Hughey Duffy and Larry Wood-' roce
officer candidate school. all and trainer Win Green. to rul
"And so it is a deal," said the gen- --Thi
eral. "I'll give you one new ambu- JEFFERSON BARRACKS, Mo., in th
lance for every ten footballs you give Mar. 14.--(/P)- Mort Cooper, ace goverr
me." righthander of the St. Louis Cardinal was w
It sounded like an easy deal and pitching staff, entered the post hos-
Melvin Braunstein, son of a Pitts-_ pital here today for a seris of exam-
ourgh, Pa., sporting goods dealer, inations o ascertain his physical A
was assigned i-he task of gctting fitness-for military serice.
the footballs. * SO
Armed with letters from the gen- PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 13--(ll
eral requesting the footballs, Braun- Connie Mack and holdout Russ Chris- Notie
stein flew to Paris. First he went to topher reached a contract agreement swift
Supreme Allied Headquarters. Then today, shortly after the Athleticso Ad
to French Special Services Head- manager arrived home. to b e
quarters. Then to American supply The lean riighthander won 14 and d
officials and finally to the French lost 14 with the fifth place Mackmen
Commissariat of Sports. last season.
was a
"Sorry, no footballs are kic4,nx1 --
around here," was the story he ;got , T.LOUSMarch 14-. Specia
at each place= instructions for ruling on catches by ) I
Braunstein recalled that before the Pete Gray vill be gixen American
war a sporting goods firm in London -
had exported footballs to his father's
firm. x 3 ",
SO he hitch I'ked a (ros) 5 heTG T
Channel in an RAF plane, onv tO
find the company tied up with
Army orders. But finally the Am-
erican Special Services in lnodon i
said they could take care of hinm. I
The other day Praunstoim ret uniewd
to6aisnzy heatit~s wti1t y!
footballs, 24 pairs of football shoes
and 12 football pumps. jIIt
.he ten ambulances will be (urn -
ing up any day now.-........

race, with Dick Forrestal
1rack and Field meet at
'as 50.0 seconds. Michi-
e zumpires it the one-armed out-
r makes the grade this year with
t. Louis Browns, league presi-
Wi ll Ilarridge has advised the
er making a catch, Gray places
dl a alnst his chest and moves
t ' d to the stub of his right
i !,hi minodoin, the ball rolls
f his glove and up his wrist as
;h it were a ballbearing between
rm anct octy. When the glove
ked under the stub, Gray draws
rm back across his chest until
all rolls back into his hand,
for a throw.
ridge said the umpires will be
cted to give Gray credit for
ntary catches, and in the event
ops the ball after starting the
ss of removing his glove, not
e out the catch.
s is the same regulation umpires
e southern association used in
ping plays by Gray when he
with Memphis.
)(IcW. S Shke- Up
U' TH BEND, Ind., Mar. 14.-
The football coaching staff at
Dame Univeisity underwent
changes today.
in Walsh, line coach, resigned
come head coach of the Cleve-
Rams of the National Football
e, while Gene Ronzani, for the
2 yeaixs with the Chicago Bears,
ppointcd backfield coach.

Coach Vic Heyliger, finishing his
first season as Michigan's hockey
mentor yesterday announced the
awards for the 1945 season.
Ten major letters were presented
by Heyliger, which were given to
Captain Ted Greer, Wayzata,-Minn.;
John Jenswold, Duluth, Minn.; Karl
Sulentich, Eveleth, Minn.; Bob Hen-
derson, Herb Upton, and Bob Gra-
ham all from Ann Arbor; Dick Mix-
er, Birmingham, Michigan, Fred
Lounsberry, Williamsville, N. Y.; Bob
Lillienfield, Highland Park, Ill.; and
Francis Allman, Toronto, Canada.
Only three minor letters were
awarded and the receivers were
Paul Groth, ]Detroit, Michigan;
Robert Precious, Ann Arbor, Mich-
igan, and George Howland who
was student manager.
Top goal getter for the Michigan
sextet was Greer who netted eight-
een markers in the Wolverine's ten
game schedule, followed by .Sulentich
and Jenswold who are tied with seven
goals apiece. Lillienfield and Louns-
berry broke even with three points
each, and Allman and Henderson
have crashed the visitor's nets once
during'the season.
Winding up their schedule last Sat-
urday night, the Wolverine pucksters
ended the season with a r'ecord of
four wins against six losses. The
sextet played its opening match
against the strong and experienced
Detroit squad, Vickers A. C., and
dropped the game 12-6; the follow-
ing week, encountering the Univer-
sity of Minnesota, the rinksters re-
ceived their second setback when they
were shut out by the Gophers10-0.
Registering the initial win of the
season January 20, the Maize and
Blue puck squad defeated Sarnia
4-3 and went on to capture their
next match against Brantford to
balance their two defeats with the
same number of victories. With a
chance to climb above the .500
mark, the Michigan sextet faced
the Gophers for the second time
of the season but again suffered a
defeat, this time managing to score
two goals but dropping the contest
Topping Waterloo 4-3 on Feb. 3,
Heyliger's charges were able to even
their record with three wins against
All eligible students interested
in trying out for the Tennis Team,
should report to the Intramural
Building at one o'clock Saturday,
Tennis Coach Leroy Weir annbunc-
ed today.






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