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y D"Pro"Boinis Return
By DES 110WART11, Associate Sports E d tgr

Doherty's Charges Surprise
All with Purdue Relay Upset

f baseball coach Ray Fisher is seen buying aspirins by the carload lot this
spring the chances are ten to one that the cause may be attributed to a
character named Irving P. Boim, popularly known as the "Pro". For the
"Pro" is back from the Navy and ready to start confusing opposing batters
and probably a good number of his team-mates.
Fisher's dilemma wil not result from wondering whether Boim can
pitch-that's an established fact--but "Pro's" antics can cause even the
most easy-going coach to wonder at times. Even after two year's absence
the "Pro" is still remembered on the campus as the lMichigan version of
Dizzy Dean, Bobo Newsom, or Rube Wadell.
Naturally when we heard "Pro" was back in town we immediately sought
him out, knowing he is always good for a story or two. "Pro" did not dis-
appoint us. "How about the war," we asked. "Boy I really had myself a deal,"
the "Pro" replied. We settled back in a swivel chair, knowing this was going
to be a good one.
"WELL you know I was in the Navy and after leaving Michigan I trained
for aerial gunnery." And what happened?" we asked, anticipating an
account of a thrilling dog-fight. "Something got mixed up," he said, "and I
ended up as a photographer on a mine-sweeper. That's the Navy he philo-
"But about that deal. Did you know I was the only one man photo
lab in the South Pacific at one time? I got stationed at Samoa. Boy how
those natives flocked around that photo lab. Just like Grand Central
Station. Why I had more fr.iends than Dale Carnegie. Those natives gave
me presents and everything. If I'd have stayed there another couple of
months they'd probably have made me chief."
Switching the subject we inquired about his pitching in the service. "I
was twirling against one team out there around V-J Day, and I struck out 16.
They were supposed to have a good outfit. After the game they asked me
what kind of pitch I was using. I told them that was my atom ball." I also
beat Ted Williams' Bronson team for the Navy Championship in 1944. In
fact I struck out "pride of Boston."
NCIDENTALLY, I probably had a lot to do with the Cubs winning the pen-
nant in the National League last year." "How's that?" we asked. "Well I
pitched against them in spring training last year, and the batting practice
they got off may have done them a lot of good."
Finally we asked, "And, how about this year "Pro"? How's the team
look?" "We're going to be tough to beat this year. We've got a lot of
good pitchers down there at Ferry Field, Bodycombe, Bowman, Black,
Wise. Funny most of them begin with B." "And so does Boim," we re-
minded him, knowing full well what we were supposed to say.
"I'm hitting better this year," the "Pro" replied to our query as to his
batting eye. "Almost got a triple last week but for a strong wind. As it hap-
pened the first baseman caught it in foul teritory.
But whether the "Pro's" batting improves or not, he can be counted on
to win a lot of ball games for the Wolverines and supply everybody with a
load of laughs. Maybe when Ray Fisher finds his star hurler pulling some
crazy stunt he will find consolation in the fact that for all of the "Pro's"
clowning he's a very valuable man to have around.


DODGER BIG GUNS . .. Pete Reiser and Dixie Walker are both back
this year to give their rabid Brooklyn fans something to shout about
when the race for the National League pennant race gets under way.
Intra-S quad Came Played;
Rob insmin Palls Leg Muscle

mivI 'rill *Spirit Isk
Coach Ken Dohert y has been
known to pul many a surprise trick
out of his hat in the eht years he
has guided Michigan a11ck teams,
and last Saturday's performance in
Lafayette, Indiana, added another
upset to his long and growing list.
The Wolverine thin(lads startled all
of Illinois' sports world, including
the writers and ot her experts, by
bouncing back with a venecance to
defeat the lhlini and capture the
Fourth Annual Purdue Relays after
being sentenced to a definite second
place by all the1 pre-ineet dope
Spirit Tells Tale
One of the biggest answers to this
outcome lies in that same Michigan
team spirit that has so often pulled
Maize and Blue squads to the top be-
fore. Doherty declared that practi-
cally every man that made the trip
put on his best performance of the
Chuck Fonville set the example
with an outstanding exhibition in the
shot put, Just a few days before tra-
veling to Purdue, Chuck had broken
the freshman record at Yost Field
House with a heave of 50' /". Not
satisfied at this he proceeded to crack
his own mark by reaching 50' 5-8" at
the Relays.
Bill Bangert of Purdue won the
event and set a Purdue Relays record
at the same time with a distance of
54' 7 5-8". Bangert, incidentally, is
Ostroot Stands Out
The shot put was also tihe scene
oa another Wolverine stand-out ex-
hibition by Gcorge Osti-oot. George'

is a Michigan star of former years., the sprint medley and distance med-
helping the '43-'44 squads .to Big yle and copped two second spots in
Ten championships. Coming back the two-mile and mile, accounting
from the Air Corps and a harrowing for 32 of the 37 !,, points scored.

experience as a prisoner in Germany,
he still had his old drive, and Satur-
day achieved the best mark of his
carrer, making third with 48' 3 12"
Aside from these individual per-
formances, however, Michigan's vic-
tory came largely as a result of its
outstanding relay teams. The Wolver-
ines pulled down two first places in
M' Svimmers Pace
LIndianapo}is ileet
Taking three firsts and a trio of
seconds, six Michigan swimmers.
completely dominated the Men's'
Open class of the Indiana State
A.A.U. title meet Saturday and Sun-
day at the Indianapolis Athletic Club
Gil Evans, Maize and Blue diver,
took the National Junior A.A.U.
three-meter diving championship for
one of the Wolverine firsts. Evans
beat out teammate, Alex Canja, who
scored a third for Coach Matt Mann's
MatteMann, III, chalked up a dou-
ble for the Wolverines when he took
both the 500-yard and 1,000-yard
freestyle events. , Mann smashed a
six-year old state mark in the 500.
His time of 5:40.3 lopped nearly 30
seconds off the old record set in 1939.
Neville Adams placed second to Mann
in the 1,000-yard distance and fifth to
his teammate in the 500.
The Wolverines' seconds came in
the 100-yard breast stroke with Bob
Matters representing Michigan and
in the 220-yard backstroke wherel
Willard Metcalf swam for Mann's

Sprint Medley Decisive
The crucial race of the evening
came with the sprint medley. By this
time Doherty and the boys knew
they had an excellent chance to stage
the biggest upset of the indoor sea-
son, if only they could reAn off with
this event. The crowd didn't realize
the tense situation, but, the four men
about to run were keyed to the
highest pitch.
Hugh Short started it for the Wol-
verine quartet, running the first leg
or 530 yards. Don Weber of Purdue
kept on Short's heels for two laps,
but in the third Hugh, holder of the
American 600-yard record, pulled
away rapidly and gave Val Johnson
a substantial lead. Johnson and Jim
Pierce maintained the torrid pace,
each racing one lap.
Barten Runs Anchor
Herb Barten ran the final leg, the
half-mile, and staged a duel with the
Boilermaker's Ashley Hawk for the
title. Hawk pulled up on Barten and
on the straight-way heading into the
last lap made an attempt to pass him,
but the Michigan ace turned on a
burst of speed and fought him off,
pulling away to win with yards to
The famous Humes, Bob and Ross,
sparked the distance medley to its
triumph earlier in the evening. The
boys were making their final appear-
ance as members of Michigan's track
team and were determined to make
it good. Ross took over on the third
leg and ran a beautiful :4 mile race
to overtake a Drake runner and give
his brother a good lead, which Bob
steadily lengthened to win going

Spoirt Shots
Members of the Hot Stove league
are beginning to come out of hiberna-
tion now that old man weather has
decided to hang up his snow shoes
for the winter and down at the Sports
Building Earl Riskey is pasting up
registration notices for the coming
sofetball tournament.
Riskey expects to have about twen-
ty or more teams entered in the in-
tramural league this year and is urg-
ing all students who are interested in
playing to sign up just as soon as pos-
"We want the schedule all set up
and everything organized a little
early," Riskey said, "so that when the
good weather decides to stay we can
start playing ball."
"Quite a few independents have
been inquiring about the possibilities
of getting on a team," Riskey con-
There will be a meeting of the
M Club at 7:30 p.m. today at the
tinued. "We want to encourage all
of these men who would like to play
softball to give us their names and
we'll put them on a team. Also, if
they have a group of their own which
they want entered in the league com-
petition, let us know so that we can
include them on the schedule."
We won't stick our necks out and
say that this balmy spring weather is
here for good but its right around the
corner so be sure and leave your
name or your team's name with in-
tramural officials and you won't be
left out when the tournament play
begins in April.
Ed Cochrane, intramural boxing
instructor, wants students who are
interested in joining his boxing class
to see him between the hours of 3:00
p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Sports
Earl Riskey, director of intra-
mural sports, will hold a meeting
tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. in
the Union with all fraternity ath-
letic managers. He will discuss the
spring intramural program for
fraternities. Don't miss this con-
All men interested in fencing
are urged to attend a conference
tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Union
with Earl Riskey, director of in-
tramural sports. Riskey will out-
line the fencing program and will
discuss the possibilities of acti-
vating an intramural fencing club.

Aggies Favored
Over Tarheels
In NCAA Meet
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK, March 25--Boasting
a 14-game winning streak and an
overall season mark of 30 victories
against two defeats, the Oklahoma
Aggies are favored to whip North
Carolina in their battle tomorrow
night for the N.C.A.A. basketball.
A sellout crowd of more than 18,000
again will jam Madison Square Gar-
den to watch the Cowboys and the
Tarheels match wits and shooting
skill in a grand climax to the 1946
collegiate cage campaign.
The game is expected to start
around 10:15 p.m. (EST) after' a
preliminary struggle between Ohio
State and California to decide third
and fourth place in the annual tour-
nament. Ohio State, Champion of
the Big Ten, lost to North Carolina
in the Eastern NCAA final while
California, Pacific Coast Conference
titleholder, went down before the
Aggies in the western final
Forrest "Butch" Jordan., outstand-
ing Michigan tackle in 1939 and 1940,
recently discharged from the armed
forces has been appointed Assistant
to line coach Jack Blott for the '46
grid campaign, it was learned yester-
Jordan, a native of Allegan, Mich.
is a former Big Ten heavyweight
wrestling champion. He assisted Mat
Coach Cliff Keen with the squad last

Taking advantage of "Florida sun-
shine" Coach Ray Fisher sent his
baseball team through an intro-squad
game which was marred by Don Rob-
inson's pulling a muscle in his left leg.
However it was learned that Rob-
inson, who is slated to be the num-
ber one shortstop on the squad this
year, only will be out for about a!
week and will be back in shape for!
the first game of the season against!
Wayne April 19.
The hitters took a back seat in yes-
terday afternoon's practice session as
about 50 onlookers were treated to
some mid-season hurling and a num-
ber of fielding gems.
Block Shines On Mound
Earl Block, who worked fou' in-
nings for the regulars, was the out-
standing pitcher, yielding but two
scratch singles and fanning seven
during his stint on the mound. Cliff
Wise who started on the mound for
the regulars also hurled three in-
nings of shutout baseball.
The biggest scoring spree came in
the first half of the third inning
when the regulars bunched three hits
and an error for four runs. The big-
gest blow was a Texas League double
by Robinson, which drove in three
men across the plate. Wise had sin-
gled deep to short and Bob Chappuis
had singled to center following an
error on Bob Nussbaumer's tap to
One of the Fielding Gems
One of the fielding gems of the day
was Jim Brown's throwing Dom
Tomasi out on a fast bounding ball
over second base. Chappuis a little
later'on robbed Jud Veer of a sure
All football candidates report to
the equipment room of the Field
House any afternoon this week be-
tween 2-5 p.m. to pick up equip-
ment. Practice starts next week.
It. O. Crisler

triple when he made a leaping, one
handed catch in deep left center.
Chappuis, who is a catcher by
trade, may be switched to the start-
ing outfield combination of Jack
Weisenberger and Bob Nussbalumer.
Highlights -
from the
Sports World
Ott Seeks Pitcher
MIAMI, Fla., March 25 - (/P) -
Pitching remains the big problem
with the New York Giants after six
weeks of spring training and Man-
ager Mel Ott still is willing to go
high in the market for a good start-
Rumors around the Giants' camp
have owner' Horace Stoneham dicker-
ing with sever'al clubs in hopes of
prying loose another starter to bolster
the staff.
The Giants are well supplied with
excess talent, particularly in the
catching department where the Car-
dinals may need help. Walker Coop-
er, Ernie Lombardi and Clyde Kluttz
are all first string receivers. Cooper,
'the $175,000 purchase, would, of
course, be out of the question but
Kluttz could be had for the right kind
of a deal.

Boak, Diamond Follow Thinclads;
Relale Feats of Past Track Teams

Baseball Scores

Buffalo (I)
Detroit (A)
Toronto ()
Phila (A)
Cleveland (A)
New York (A)
Phila. (N)
Baltimore (I)

000 000 120 -3
000 000 112--4


000 000 -0
000 001-1



202 000 000 -4
000 001 000 -1
000 000 001--1
112 000 OOX-4


Bloth Recall Instates
Of Surprising Upsets
If you have ever been down to
Yost Field House or the cinder paths
of Ferry Field to watch the track
team go through its daily workout,
you probably have seen Prof. Arthur
Boak and Mr. Phillip Diamond tim-
ing the hopeful thinclads or giving
the trackmen advice and encourage-
Prof. Boak, head of the history de-
partment, and Mr. Diamond, who was
a member of the German depart-
ment for 16 years and now owns a
music shop in Ann Arbor, extend
their interest in track beyond being
merely official timers at Michigan's
home meets. Both have traveled with
the thinclads whenever they were
able, and are walking record books
of the past Wolverine achievements,
Diamond Led Band.
While a student here at the Uni-
versity, Mr. Diamond didn't compete
in track but spent his extra time lead-
ing the college band. During his un-
dergraduate (lays at Queen's Uni-
versity, Prof. Boak not only was a
member of the track team but par-
ticipated in other sports as well.
Until a few years ago. Mr. Diamond
published a 'dope' sheet on Big Ten
track predictions, which was used by
many papers. He was forced to dis-
continue it because of the wartime
freshman eligibility rule, which made
forecasting an even more uncertain
job than usual.
Showing, the characteristics of the
real track fan, both Prof. Boak and
Mr. Diamond said that some of the
most memorable events to their
minds were not those in which some
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already recognized star won as ex-
pected, but those in which an un-
known came through with a second
or third place.
Although only placing in an event,
these unheralded trackmen often do
comparatively better than the estab-
lished stars, considering their training
and past performances.
Back Recalls '38 Meet
Prof. Boak recalls the Conference
meet in 1938 held in Columbus, Ohio,
in which Ross Faulkner took a second
place in the 440, giving the Wolver-
ines an unexpected four points.
In the trial heats, Faulkner created
a minor upset when he qualified,
taking second place in his heat: He
was conceded little chance to cop
even fifth place in the finals because
the field included such standouts
as George Halcrow, the 1937 cham-
pion, and Carl Teufel, the indoor
One Watson Didn't Win
Diamond recalled an unusual story
about Bill Watson, one of Michigan's
greatest track stars. Oddly enough
it is the story of an event which Wat-
son didn't win, but his feat was re-
markable nonetheless.

This incident also took place at the
Conference championships in 1938.
Watson had already scored a triple
for the second straight year, grab-
bing first place in the discus throw,
broad jump and breaking his own
record in the shot put.
As if this wasn't enough, Watson
ambled over to see how the high
jump was coming. H, hadn't prac-
ticed for this event during the out-
door season, but nevertheless he de-
cided to compete.
On his first jump he cleared the
bar at 6 ft. 3 in., then 6 ft. 4 in. His
third leap 6 ft. 5 in, was good enough
to take third place. To make the
achievement even more noteworthy,
Watson's jump of 6 ft. 5 in. was at
least two inches better than he'd ever
done before.
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