WEDNESDAY, MARCi 2, 1940
TUC MTctIIGAN DAICY
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By ALYS GEORGE
Duily Sports Stuff
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of a series of eight columns written by
Daily sports staff members covering the baseball teams of the American League
and their pennant chances for 1946.
MANAGER JOE McCARTHY, rumored about to retire last year because
of ill health, is feeling much better this season since the return of his
star players and is once more eyeing the American League pennant.
Marse Joe has good reason to be optimistic about this year's Yankee team.
Like the other major league managers, he struggled along with mediocre
talent during the war years, but now his power hitters have returned to be-
come the scourge of American League pitchers again.
As is true of most of the clubs, McCarthy is faced with an abund-
ance of players to fill one spot and a shortage in other departments.
There are three candidates for the first base position, Johnny Sturm,
Buddy Vasset and Nick Etten. During spring training, under the tropi-
cal sun at Panama, all three shared the duties at first, but on opening
day Etten will probably get the nod from McCarthy because of his great-
er hitting power.
Two familiar figures will once more be executing those double plays for
the Yankees. Joe Gordon and Phil Rizzuto are a keystone combination to
gladden -the heart of any manager. Rizzuto appears to be in top form and
during spring training was once more in his familiar position as leadoff man
in the batting order. While in service, Gordon took on some extra poundage,
but has already shown flashes of his old brilliance in covering second. Gor-
don will be out of the starting lineup on opening day because of his recent
finger injury. Oscar Grimes will probably fill in at second during his ab-
Gordon has definitely ousted Snuffy Stirnweiss from the second base
spot. But last year's batting champion is too valuable and high salaried a
player to be left warming the bench, so McCarthy has shifted him to third.
Under the tutelage of Coach 'Red' Rolfe, who was a fixture at third base for
many years, Stirnweiss has shown his skill in covering the hot corner.
In the outer gardens McCarthy has an unbeatable combination,
with Tommy Henrich in right, Joe DiMaggio in center and "King-Kong'
Charlie Keller in left, Marse Joe is pleased with the speed with which his
hitters havedregained their fom since returning from the service. It
looks like the booming bats of the Yankees will once again cause Ameri-
can League pitchers a lot of sleepless nights. Adding reserve strength and
right-handed hitting to the outfield, is Johnny Lindell, who was just
discharged from the service last week and 'has joined the Yankees in
The McCarthymen have an abundance of good catchers with Bill Dickey,
Aaron Robinson and Ken Silvestri heading the list. Instead of taking the
managerial job with the Yankee minor league club of Newark, Dickey has
decided to start his sixteenth year behind the plate for the McCarthymen.
Dickey is still the best catcher in basepall but it is doubted whether his legs
will hold up for 100 games. With several other capable backstops to choose
from, McCarthy has no problem here.
"'HE WEAK SPOT in the Yankee picture is the pitching department. The
mound staff is made up of a few veterans and a lot of rookies without
much in between. McCarthy will be counting on Spud Chandler to win 20
games this season and 41-year old (Red) Ruffing will again be a mainstay of
the pitching staff. Although Ruffing has signed for the 1946 season, he did
not go south with the club but has been working out in Chicago.
After two years of retirement, (Fireman). Johnny Murphy will again
be out in the bull pen for the Yankees. Murphy has saved many a game for
the McCarthymen in the past. The story is told that when reporters asked
Lefty Gomez if he was going to have a good season, Gome replied, "You'd
better ask Murphy how he feels."
From there on, however, the pitching staff is a lot of 'ifs'. Marius
Russo and Atley Donald have ailing arms and Frank Shea is recovering
from a recent appendectomy. Marvin Bruer, who went into war work in
1943, has returned and his sore shoulder may have improved with a three
year layoff. Ernie Bonham, who has not lived up to expectations for the,
last two seasons, is still a holdout. McCarthy has a lot of young pitchers
to choose from such as Floyd Bevens, Walt Dubiel, Tommy Byrne, Jake
Wade, Al Gettel, Bill Zuber, Charles Stanceu and Bill Wight, who has
shown up well in spring training.
FOUR LETTERMEN BACK:
Eight Wolverine Netters Battle
For Remaining Team Positions
In NCAA Meet
Five Wrestlers Will Coimipete
In State AAU haipiionships
BOB AND ROSS HUME-former Big Ten mile and two mile champions
and NCAA mile champs who finished their brilliant college track careers
last Saturday by, running the third and fourth legs of the victorious dis-
tance medly relay team in the Purdue Relays.
HiR aht - orld of Sports
4t New iHaven
Ohio State Is Favored
Over Michigan, Navy
swimming team will leave today for
Yale University's Payne Whitney
pool, scene of this weekend's twenty-
third annual NCAA tank champion-
Ten natators will make the cross-
country trek to New Haven for the
Wolverines.tCoach Matt Mann has
indicated that hie will take Charley
Fries. Dick Weinberg, Matt Mann,
III. Neville Adams, Charley Moss, Bob
Sohl, Bob Matters, Alex Canja, Gil
Evans and Ralph Trimbron.
O.S.U. Favored To Repeat
Ohio State will be an odds-on
choice to take its second straight
NCAA crown. In dual competition
the Buckeyes have scored one-sided
decisions over four of the nation's
top tank squads, Michigan, Michigan
State, Army and North Carolina.
Navy and Michigan will probably
furnish the chief opposition to the
Buckeyes but neither are given much
chance to dethrone Coach Mike
Peppe's crew. The battle for second
spot should provide the highlight of
the meet with the Wolverines and the
Annapolis lads holding an edge.
Mann's squad will be fighting to
preserve their record of never having
finished lower than second in an
NCAA championship meet The Wol-
verine mentor will probably use his
strongest array in order to keep the
20-year old mark alive.
Blank Boston, 4-0
LAKELAND, Fla., March 26-0')-_
Lefthander Frank (Stubby) Over-
mire and fireballer Virgil Trucki
hurled the Detroit Tigers to a 4 to C
shutout victory today aver the Bos-
ton Red Sox in an exhibition base-
ball game in which two of Boston's
three hits were infield sratches.
Overmire yielded two hits and gavE
one walk in the first six innings. Te
Williams' infield hit was the only
safety off Trucks, who fanned al
three Red Sox batsmen in the eightl
Detroit scored two runs-enough tc
win-'in the fourth inning when Bol
Swift bounced a double over the left
field wall, Overmire got a flukes
double when Ed Pellagrini and A
Flair collided chasing his pop fly it
the infield and Eddie Lake beat ou
an infield hit.
All men interested in trying out
for the football manager's staff
contact Max Kogen, FletcherkHall,
Ex. 102. any time this week be-
tween 7-10 p.m.
By (CIIUCK llWIS
Five members of this year's wrest -
ing squad will compete in the annual
Michigan AAU championships to be
held this Saturday at the Downtown'
YMCA in Detroit, preliminaries of
which will be held at 2:30 p.m. with
the finalists tangling at 8 p.m.
The matches are intended primarily
for those men who have been out for
the team but have not competed to
any extent this season. Only one man
of the five, John Allred, grappled at
all in competition during the year.
Allred was the Maize and Blue's
regular 128-pounder and had a very
impressive record for a man who had
never wrestled before he reported to
Coach Cliff Keen last December. He
competed in every dual meet of the
year, but bowed out to Dick Kopel,
who took over for the Big Ten meet.
Allred is rated a good chance to cop
high honors in the State Champion-
The other Wolverine, slated to go
to the State AAU include John Drei-
fus, Tom Jones, Bob Zworsky, and
John Lubeck. None had any wrestling
experience before going out for this
year's squad, but won their chance
to wrestle in the State meet through
hard work and spirit that helps make
the 1946 aggregation one of the best
There will be a meeting of all
athletic managers and all candi-
dates for athletic manager posi-
tions at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the
office of the Athletic Administra-
tion Building. This meeting will
that Keen has coached since he came
to Michigan in 1925.
Driefus, freshian from Detroit,
was at practice all season and also
acted as manager for the contingent,
He will also compete at 128 pounds.
Michigan's 135-pound entrant will
be Zworsky, who is in the Navy V-12
program on campus. Lubeck, fresh-
man from Milwaukee and a veteran
of a year ant three months, will grap-
ple in the 145-pound class.
Completing the list of Michigan's
competitors is Jones, sophomore from
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.
H. 0. Crisler
Detroit. Jones, who will be in the un-
limited class, never had been on a
mat before this year.
All men entered compete as in-
dividual contestants, since there
will be no team designation. Medals
will be given the champions in each
class and AAU certificates for the
two runner-ups. Experience is the
primary motivation in competing in
Prescott House 3, Fletcher Iall
Vaughan IHouse 3, Hlinsdale House 0
Green Hlouse 3, Tyler House 0
Chicago House 3, Wenley House 0
Brains Bol Wings
DETROIT, March 26-(A )-Taking
their second straight victory of the
National Hockey League playoffs
here, the Boston Bruins pasted the
Detroit Red Wings 4 to 1 tonight to
move within a single victory of a
berth in the Stanley Cup finals. A
throng of 13,069 fans watched Bos-
ton take a three-to-one lead over De-
troit in games.
The Bruins thus could close out the
first round series by winning the fifth
game Thursday at Boston.
Again tonight it was Boston's vet-
eran Kraut Line which started the
Red Wings on the road to defeat.
Right wing Bobby Bauer counted
the Bruins' opening goal on a close-
in shot just two minutes after the
game got under way and Woody Du-
mart, who assisted on the first coun-
ter, scored the second himself, skat-
ing in alone and feinting goaler
Harry Lumley out of position to make
it 2-0 just 13 minutes later.
0. S. U. Takes Third
* NEW YORK, March 26--(/)-Held
practically on even terms in the first
20 minutes, Ohio State's Big Ten
champions went wild with a 41-point
barrage in the second half to swamp
California tonight 63-45 for third
place in the N.C.A.A. basketball tour-
nament at Madison Square Garden.
Ml S. C. Wies Seventh
CHAPEL HILL, N. Car., March 26
-(A')--The Spartans from Michigan
State College continued to rampage
over southern baseball competition
by notching their seventh straight
triumph at the expense of North
Carolina, 3 to 2, to sweep a two
game eries here today.
l3espectacled Bill Page, Muskegon
sophomore, floundered in early in-
nings, but settled clown to pitch shut-
out ball after the Tar Heels touched
him for both their runs in the first.
He limited North Carolina to five
hits, fanned seven and walked five to
register is second victory of the
southern training tour.
Kurland, Aggies Will.
NEW YORK, March 26--(A')-With
seven-foot Bob Kurland pouring in
23 points, the Oklahoma Aggies won
the N.C.A.A. basketball championship
tonight by defeating North Carolina
University 43-40 at Madison Square
Garden before 18,479 fans.
At Bradenton, Fla.,
Brooklyn (N) 501 120 001 -10
N. Y. (A) "B" 200 004 000 - 6
Nothe, Roy (7) and Franks;I
pel, Derose (5) and Garbark.
At Miami Beach, Fla.,
Boston (N) 200 000 000 - 2
Phila. (N) 002 200 O1X-5
Javery, and Poland, Hughes,
fensberger 5), and Seminick, Peter-
At St. Petersburg, Fla.,
New York (A) 000 000 000 0 5 1
St. Louis (N) 000 000 001- 1 6 0
Gumpert, Holcombe (8) and Nior-
hos. Martin, Surkont (7) and Rice.
At West Palm Beach, Fla.-(A')
Toronto (Int) 010 110 010 -- 4 9 2
Phila. (A) 000 110 000- 1 4 2
Mulach, Smola (6), Karpuk (8)
and Astroth, Crompton (7); Savage,
Mossar (4), Caliguiri (6) and Rosar,
At Clearwater, Fla. (Second game)
Cincinnati (N) 010 030 130 - 8 11 0
Cleveland (A) 000 000000- 0 1 3
Hetgi, Fox (6) and Lamanno;
Harder, Black (5, Podgainy (7) and
Michigan's 1946 varsity tennis
team got off to a flying start last
week when a record breaking crowd
of 50 eager Wolverines reported at
the I-M Building for the initial prac-
Coach Le Roy Weir has since cul
this number down to 20 men, 12 of
whom have already been selected to
occupy berths on the varsity team.
The remaining eight are now vying
in a double elimination tournament
to determine which two men will
round out the regular 14 man squad.
The twelve regulars already select-
ed have been rated tentatively on the
basis of their performance in one
set inter-squad matches held last
LEE'S BARBER SAOP
for CREW CUTS
611 East University
Across from "U" High
week .Each man, however, has the
opportunity to improve his position
through three-set challenge matches
held between the members of the
This year's squad boasts four re-
turning lettermen, two of whom serv-
cd on the 1940 Conference champion-
ship team. Dave Post, captain elect of
this season's squad, played in the
number five slot last season, while
Jack IIersh occupied the number
Concluding the list of lettermen
are Fred Wellington, who played on
the 1943 squad, and Bill Mikulich
who received his freshman numerals
back in 1942.
Among the list of outstanding pros-
pects are Jim Evans and Dean Mc-
Clusky. McClusky recently tok top
honors in the all-campus tennis
Weir hopes to have his charges
playing outdoors within the next two
weeks, weather permitting.
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