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Netters, Diamond Squads Dominate Conference
Coach Ray Fisher Faced MIichigai
With Task of Rebuildingn TennisM

Title Play
n Wins Big Ten
eel by OnePoint
rPost Take Individual Titles;
e Doubles Won by Gulic, Boucher

Lund, Gregor, Bowman and Stevenson
Are Returning Lettermen; Lack of Infielders

Gulic, Lewis, I
Number Thre(

Faced with the prospect of an
almost complete rebuilding job of
the team which hung up ten straight;
Western Conference victoriesringasI
many starts and won 15 of 20 games
over the season, Baseball Coach Ray
Fisher has a lot of worries on his
hands before his 1945 aggregation
opens its season sometime next April.
Among other things Fisher will
have to find a new infield combina-
tion to replace the 1944 quartet of
Elmer Swanson at first, Charlie Ket-
terer at second, shortstop Bruce
Blanchard, and third sacker Mike
Farnyk, all members of the V-12 pro-
gram who either have been or will


conduct an extensive hunt for infield
talent, must dig up at least one more
capable pitcher, and possibly must
find another catcher to relieve Stev-
enson on occasion. Some of these
replacements will come up from the
ranks of last year's reserves while
Fisher must rely on new, talent for
the others.
Possibilities for the infield include
Walt Kell, a reserve third baseman,
and Keith Phelps, who saw some
action at second and short. Kell is a
fairly steady fielder and a good hit-
ter for his size. Phelps established
himself as a fancy performer in the
field but failed to hilt well enough to
break into the lineup.
Freshman May Help
The pitching staff may be aug-
mented by freshman Jack Weisen-
burger who turned in a brilliant rec-
ord at Muskegon High School before
coming to Michigan. Weisenburger
had several offers to sign with pro-
fessional farm clubs upon graduation
but chose to retain his amateur sta-
tus and come to college. From all
indications he is afine prospect and
may help out the Wolverine mound
cause a great deal.
Fisher also has his eye on several
other high school stars who have
chosen Michigan as their alma ma-
ter. The wartime Big Ten rule per-
mitting first-year men to compete on
varsity teams would allow any such
boys who make the. grade to play
next spring. In addition, subsequent
Navy and Marine transfers may
bring fresh diamond talent to the
Something To Shoot At
Whatever the personnel of the 1945,
aggregation it will have to go a long,
way to equal or better the record of
the 1944 nine which brought Fisher
his ninth Conference baseball title in
24 years as Wolverine diamond
coach. By winning ten Conference
games without defeat last spring's
outfit left a mark for all future
Michigan baseball teams to shoot at
and one which will be difficult to
equal, let alone excel.
Four Residence
Halls To Engage
In Basketball
This year as in past years, the in-
tramural athletic program will carry
on a program of competitive athle-
tics between the various men's resi-
dence halls.
Although there are only three or
four houses participating, the basket-
ball slate may probably have five or
six teams in the league. The resi-
dence halls during this next seme-
ster will be two houses in the "West
Quad," Fletcher Hall, and 1000 Hill
Street. Last year's champion, Chi-
cago Lodge, will not have the chance
to repeat their accomplishment, as
this house will not be used as a men s
residence hall. But the same few
members of last years squad will be
at Fletcher Hall, thus giving that hall
an added edge over its opponents.
Thus the hard-pressed intramural
athletic season will probably com-
plete another successful semester, and
it will add greatly to the enjoymnt
of the male students in these con-
verted residence halls.


Cards Wmin Series Tussle with Browns



be transferred to other bases come
next spring. This infield combina-
tion was one of the main factors in
Michigan's success during the past
Outfield Looks Set
The outfield situation has a much
brighter outlook as a veteran trio
will probably be available for the
garden defenses. Don Lund, a two-
year veteran in center, is a sure fix-
ture as is Bill Gregor, hard-slugging
left fielder of the 1944 nine. Both
Bob Wiese and Bob Nussbaumer who
alternated in right will be unavail-
able, but Fisher has Bill Nelson, a
promising reserve, to fill the gap.
Half of Michigan's one-two punch
in the pitching department was liqui-
dated with the departure of Elroy
Hirsch, who won six and lost one
for the Wolverines last spring. But
the other half of the combination,
left hander Bo Bowman, will be back
on the mound. Fisher expects a lot
of improvement from the small
curve-ball artist who won five and
dropped two last season.
The catching will be partially
taken care of by Bob Stevenson, who
did most of the Wolverine receiving
in the 1944 campaign. A former
semi-pro backstop, Stevenson is an
experienced handler of pitchers and
possesses a very strong and accurate
throwing arm, but is a weak hitter.
Need Infielders
It is certain then that Fisher must

The St. Louis Cardinals are again
riding the pinnacle of success as
they downed the Cinderella Brown-
ies, American League pennant win-
ners, four games to two, and thus
attained their world championship
title-their fifth in eighteen years.
The victorious Redbirds batted .240
against a mere .183 for the Browns,
while pitchers of the two teams reg-
istered 92 strike outs, a new series
record by far. Also, by copping their
fifth world's title in eight series, the
Redbirds tied the Philadelphia Ath-
letics and Boston Red Sox for second
place in winning the most world
(After the Red hot Brownies had
staged a Frank Merriwell finish to
win the American League flag, they
went on to their street car series as
underdogs, but the sympathy of the
people lay with them for their vali-
ant struggle to come through after
ail critics had just about given up
(Manager Luke Sewell's Brownies
acquired the name of the "Cinder-
ella Boys" as a result of their stretch
drive to win the pennant and it did-
n't take long for the Cards to real-
ize where and why the name had or-
iginated, for the Browns won the
first game of the series, 2-1, with
a meagre total of two hits. First
baseman George McQuinn stepped to
the plate in the fourth inning with
Gene Moore on first, and after tak-
ing the first pitch for a ball, the
slim first sacker got hold of a fast
ball and drilled it onto the roof of
the right field pavilion. Thus, it
enabled the Browns to be the first
team in world series history to cap-
ture a game with only two hits.
However, a pinch single by Ken
O'Dea of the Cards with two mates
on base and one man out in the
eleventh inning of second game gave
the St. Louis Cards a 3-2 victory and
knotted the count in games at one
all. This game featured the sensa-
tional hurling of relief twirler Blix
Donnelly, who struck out seven of
the fifteen batters who faced him and
permitted the Brownies to drive only
two balls out of the infield, as he
got credit for the victory.
Luke Sewell picked Jack Kramer,
17 game winner, to pitch the third
game of the series and the Browns
again came through with a 6-2 win
putting them one up on their Na-
tional League rivals. The main at-
tack came in the third inning when
the Browns bunched five hits off Ted
Wilks slants for four runs and were

driving in two runs and scoring a
third for a perfect day at the plate.
The lighting then struck as the
lethargic Cardinals awakened and
then their . poise, finesse and power
was too much for the valiant stand
made by the obdurate Browns, who
lost three in a row. (Though the
Browns fought tenaciously until the
last out of the last game, their spirit
could not surpass the strength and
superiority of the great Cardinals
and they capitulated.)
(Harry Breechan won the fourth
game of the series as the Cardinals
made their most impressive'showing,
tying the Browns at two games
apiece, 5-1. Stan Musial started
Brownie pitcher Sig Jakucki's down-
fall when he hit a home run in the
fifth inning with Johnny Hopp on
first base.
Tankmen Win..
(Continued from Page 2)
their worst defeats in recent years,
the weakened Scarlet and Gray squad
garnered three first places-two by
their sensational Hawaiian star and
captain, Keo Nakama, and one by
diver Bob Stone.
Michigan Unbeaten in Big Ten
In their last'Big Ten meet of the
year, the Wolverines held Northwes-
tern to a mere two first places as
they trounced the Wildcats a second
time, 54-30, thus enabling them to
complete their Conference dual meet
season undefeated.
After finishing their Big Ten sea-
son triumphantly, Michigan entered
seven swimmers in the 21st Annual
National Collegiates A.A. and after a
brilliant stand against top flight
opposition, the Maize a Blue tank-
men were nosed out by Yale, who
was paced by Alan Ford, 39-38.
Ford, who was the only triple
champion at the meet, and became
the first man to win a triple title
since 1936 when Jack Medica of the
University of Washington performed
the feat. The Balboa Bullet won the
50-yard freestyle, 150-yard back-
stroke, and the century, equaling his
own record time of 0:49.7 in the lat-
ter event. For his feats, Ford won
the American Swimming Coaches'
Association's award as the best col-
lege swimmer of the year, and it was
his firsts that spelled defeat for the
valiant efforts of Coach Mann's
N.A.A.U. Is Big Attraction
The highlight swimming. attrac-
tion' of the year, the National A.A.U.
swim fest, took place at the Intra-
mural Sports Building as Michigan
played host to the greatest array of
amateur swimmers ever to assemble
in one pool. As was predicted, the
highly-favoredGreat Lakes squad
swept to an overwhelming victory,
amassing 54 points to Michigan's 20
runnersup markers.
Bill Smith paced the Sailors, win-
ning three events, which earned him
a gold medal given each year to the
outstanding swimmer. This was the
first time that such a feat has been
accomplished since Johnny Weismul-
ler pulled off this trick in 1928. While
winning these three titles, Smith
broke his world record in the 220-
yard freestyle and also broke the
A.A.U. record for the 440-yard free-
In all, there were one world, one
American and two A.A.U. records
shattered as thetwo-day meet lived
up to all advance expectations, and
wasa direct contrast to last year's
meet, when not a single record was

INDIANA TUSSLE-Gene Derricotte (No. 41), Wolverine tailback, is trying to gain desperately as Hoosier
tacklers close in on the negro star. Tom Swift, Michigan guard, is the player on his knees, as Harold
Watts (No. 56), Maize and Blue center is coming ac ross. Michigan lost the game, 20-0.

held at bay until the seventh when In the fifth game of the world ser-
they scored two runs off Al Jri- ies affair, Morton Cooper again took
sich. George McQuinn was again {The mound for the Cards against
the star as he belted out a double, D-nr:y Galehouse, who beat him in
two singles, and received a walk, f s ae.adhew .3. to

4 0 .jVG il, al i; W 1, 0-, U
put the Redbirds in the lead for the
first game since the start of this
series. Ray Sanders and Denny Lit-
whiler hit home runs and were the
batting stars of this tilt.
Eecause the Brownies missed their
chance for a double play in the fourth
inning of this last encounter, the
Cards took advantage of this slip to
end the first all-St.-Louis World Ser-
ies in history in their favor-by a 3-1
Going into the last half of the
fourth with the Cardinals trailing on
a run which the Browns had scored
when Chet Laabs tripled and scored
on McQuinn's sharp single through
the box.
Walkei Cooper started the Red-
birds rally as he coazed a walk from
pitcher Nelson Potter, and after Ray
Sanders had singled, Whitey Kurow-
ski hit a ground ball to Vern Ste-
phens, who threw to Don Gutteridge
to start a double play that would
have retired the side. However, Ste-
phens throw was wide and both run-
ners were safe, Cooper scoring on the
play. Emil Verban and Max Lanier
both singled to send two more runs
across the plate, which was enough
to spell defeat for the gallant outfit
from the other side of town.

Champions of the 1944 Western
Conference tennis race,- that in a few
words sums up the success of the
Wolverine netters for the past sea-
son under the guidance of Coach Le-
roy Weir.
The Maize and Blue concluded the
recent campaign with a brilliant rec-
ord of eight wins against one loss.
Their lone setback was a 5-4 defeat
administered by a very powerful
Notre Dame squad.
In Big Ten competition, Michigan
scored victories over Minnesota, Chi-
cago, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State
and Northwestern. The other three
schools, Purdue, Indiana and Iowa,
did not compete in dual meets, but
the Boilermakers and Hoosiers did
send several representatives to the
Big Ten meet.
The crowning achievement of the
campaign was Michigan's well-earned
victory in the 1944 Conference Tennis
Meet, played the week-end of May 27
at Northwestern University. The bat-
tale for the championship settled
itself into a two-day fight between
Michigan and Ohio State.
Michigan Wins Four Titles
Individual Wolverine champion-
ships were racked up in three singles
flights, and in the number three
doubles position. The trio of singles
winners for Michigan were Merle Gu-
lic in the number three berth, Roger
Lewis at five and Dave Post in the
sixth spot. Kulic took another cham-
pionship when he teamed up with
Roy Boucher to capture the third
flight doubles championship.
Playing in the number one posi-
tion for Michigan this year was Cap-
tain Jinx Johnson, a veteran of four
years standing. Johnson dropped
two Big Ten matches and one to
Notre Dame giving him a score of
seven wins against three losses.
It was in the Big Ten champion-
ships that Johnson lost a thrilling
three set match at Ohio State's Aris
Franklin, whom he had whipped ear-
lier in the season. Johnson's most
notable victories over Harry Hall of
Northwestern and Vic Soukup of
Western .Michigan.
Playing in the number two position
for Michigan was Jim Frolik, a trans-
fer from Stanford University. Fro-
lik's record for the season, including

the Big Ten championships, was six
wins and five setbacks.
Gulic Has Perfect Slate
Merle Gulic, playing in the third
spot, was undefeated in both singles
and doubles competition. Guinleis
the only man on the squad with a
perfect record. His singles achieve-
ments include 12 wins as against no
At number four, was,Michigan's
outstanding freshman star, Bill Ford.
Ford had a very impressive total of
nine wins, one tie, and one lass.
Ford was unquestionably the most
aggressive player on the team and in
a few years Ford should be a great
champion if he continues tot improve
the way he has been all year. Ford is
a fine competitor, and he is one of
the most well-like dboys on the
At the number five berth, Michi-
gan's representative was the power-
ful Roger Lewis. His record is ten
wins and two losses.
Lewis was far superibr in the Con-
ference to anyone in the number five
bracket. Lewis' most effective wea-
pon this year were a hard service
coupled with a stinging overhead
Post Has Good Record
Playing in the last, and number six
position was Michigan's popular Dave
Post. Post, next to Gulic, had the
best record on the team. It included
11 wins against one loss. Incidental-
ly, Post got even for that one whip-
ping when he beat the same man,
Dave Krenzil of Ohio State, ,in the
final of the number six flight chanm-
Michigan's doubles teams also
chalked up outstanding records for
themselves. The number one team of
Johnson and Ford went to the Big
Ten finals as did the number two
team of Lewis and Frolik. Both these
duos were beaten in close three-set
battles for the championship.
The number three doubles team of
Gulic and Boucher were unbeaten all
season and dropped only one set in
all their matches. Truly a remark-
able record registered by a remark-
able team.


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