FRIDAY, MARCII 29, 1946
TilE MIHIGA N DXILY
Michigan To Join 29 Schools in NCAA Swim
Doherty Will Take Bob Harris
To Chicago Relays Saturday
Ifgh Jumper WillFace Big Ten Cuamp
Edideliun, Puirdue t'is Whller TaylNor
By JACK MARTIN
Coach Ken Doherty announced yes-
terday that Michigan's delegation
to the Chicago Relays this Saturday
has been augmented by the Wolver-
ine's top high jumper, Bob Harris.
Harris has been improving rap-
idly during this latter part of the in-
door season, especially in the last
two meets. At the Conference cham-
pionships t1,ree weeks ago, he staged
a minor surprise by shoving aside
some good competition to grab sec-
ond place behind Illinois' Dwight
Has Leaped 6 Ft. 2 In.
Only last week-end at the Purdue
MSC Ball Club
RALEIGH, N. Car., March 28--4/)
-Joe Skrocki, a returned navy chief
from Saginaw, gave Michigan State a
clean sweep of its nine-game south-
ern tour pitching the Spartans to a
3 to 1 victory over North Carolina
State here today.
The victory was Skrocki's third of
the season and enabled the Spartans
to emerge undefeated for the third
time below the Mason-Dixon line in
the tour's 18-year old history. In 1938,
they won seven straight games while
in 1936 four games were won with
three rained out.
The Spartans gathered but three
hits off two wolf pack hurlers, but
each figured in scoring. Centerfielder
Bob Ludwig's double in the first inn-
ing sparked a wto-run rally while
singles by rightfielder Floyd Guest
and catcher Ed Hudenko paced ano-
ther run in the fourth.
Although nicked for seven hits,
Skrocki held the Wolf Pack in check,
striking out six and walking one. A
pair of singles in the third frame
spoiled a shutout performance.
Michigan State 200 100 000-3 3 2
N. C. State 001 000 000-1 7 1
Skrocki and Hudenko; Ramsey,
Gibson and Edwards.
lay ,lie alp I ionhis be >t m esorm-
ance oif the year, leaping 6 ft. 2 in. to
take a share in the honors fought
over by an excellent field of jumpers.
Harris joins the six-man squad of
Maize and Blue runners already re-
vealed by Doherty to be making the
Chicago trip. Bob Thomason is en-
tered in the special 1,000 yard event,
and the mile relay team is preparing
for another meeting with the chain-
pion quartet from Illinois.
Possible Starters Announced
Doherty will select the personnel
of the relay from a group of five
men: Val Johnson, Bill Haidler Hor-
ace Coleman, Hugh Short, and Herb
Barten. The combination he used at
Purdue last week included Johnson,
Haidler, Coleman, and Jim Pierce.
Pierce is busy in dental school at
Approximately the same field of
high jumpers that Harris faced at
Purdue are entered in the Chicago
meet this week-end. Chief among
these is Eddie Taylor, who captured
the event with a leap of 6 ft. 5 5/8 in.
Taylor is capable of a greater
height, however; he holds the high
jump record of the Michigan State
Relays with a mark of 6 ft. 7 1/8 in.
Eddleman Will Compete
Dwight Eddleman, Illini confer-
ence champ, is also scheduled to com-
pete. Before he was called to the
Army, Eddleman was jumping con-
sistently around 6 ft. 7 in., taking
both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten
titles in 1944.
Marquette's Ken Weisner com-
pletes the top trio of jumpers en-
tered in the Relays. Weisner has pos-
session of the Purdue Relays high
jump record, establishing a mark of
6 ft. 6 3/8 in. last year.
Tigers Name Squad
LAKELAND, Fla., March 28-W)-
Manager Steve O'Neill of the Detroit
Tigers said today a squad of 30 play-
ers, including a dozen pitchers, would
start the Bengals' northward exhibi-
tion trek Monday when the club
breaks its Lakeland training camp.
Pitchlier Ruffus Gentry and infielder
Johnny Lipon will remain behind to
work out for an additional week with
the Buffalo Bisons, Detroit's Inter-
national League farm club, at Winter
Haven. Both have sore arms.
By DES HOWARTH
Associate Sports Editor
f AST YEAR, Manager Steve O'Neill led the Detroit Tigers to the American
League pennant and the World's Championship. Even then, however, it
was evident that the Sengals would have to do a lot of revising of their
line-up if the 1946 team was to retain the title. By no stretch of the imagina-
tion could O'Neill expect his "nine old men" to keep pace with the post war
ball clubs. Detroit's Tigers were a war-time team and no more.
So when O'Neill issued the call for spring practice in February, he was
faced with one big problem-that of finding a new infield. Rudy York, Tig-
er's first-sacker for the past several years, had been traded to Boston for
Eddie Lake. To replace York it was decided to switch big Hank Greenberg
over to the initial sack, a position he played when first joining the Tigers.
Although Greenberg has not shown much in spring practice, it is
pretty certain that hank will regain his usual form once the season gets
under way. This means that the Tigers will have the hardest hitting first
baseman in the league. Greenberg has slowed up considerably, however,
and won't be the best fielding first baseman.
With Lake at shortstop O'Neill has little to worry about. Lake is not to
be classed with Bobby Doerr, Vern Stephens, or Phil Rizzuto, but he will fill
the bill more capably than it has been filled at Briggs Stadium for many a
O'Neill's chief worry concerns second and third base positions. Eddie.
Mayo, who was the Tiger's spark-plug at the keystone sack in the pennant
drive, has been troubled with an ailing back and can't be counted on for
much help this year. "Skeeter" Webb and Bill Hitchcock are both battling
for the position, and although each is a very capable fielder, neither has
shown much power at the plate.
JIMMY OUTLAW has the inside track for the hot corner job, switching
from the outfield where he played last season. Pinky Higgins still can hit,
but is getting along in years and can't cover the ground he did in his prime.
Hitchcock can also play third and has a possible chance of supplanting Out-
law. Regardless of whom the Tigers start at second or third on April 16, they
definitely will be weak at the two positions.
Potentially Detroit has one of the two strongest outfields in the league,
but injuries have prevented O'Neill from finding out just how good his outer
gardeners are. With "Hoot" Evers, Dick Wakefield, Pat Mullin, and Barney
McCosky the Tigers have four hard-hitting, fast-running, fielders. But Evers
suffered a broken ankle and thumb two weeks ago and may not be back
in the line-up until the middle of June. Even then, it is problematical that
he will round back into shape very quickly.
Wakefield has been clouting the ball in Grapefruit League games
and should cause opposing pitchers plenty of worry. There seems little
reason to doubt that he will be one of the Junior circuit's leading slug-
gers. Mullin, who hit .345 for 54 games in his first year before injuring
his shoulder, may prove himself this year. McCosky, an established fix-
ture in Detroit's centerfield before the war, has been troubled by a sciatic
ailment this spring and has just recently returned to the line-up. Upon
whether Barney can perform in his old manner rests a good share of the
Tiger's chances of taking their second straight flag.
Doc Cramer and Roy Cullenbine wil be around to fill in the gaps as
utility outfielders. Cramer has lost most of his speed but can still hit and is
recognized as having one of the best arms in the league. Cullenbine, like
Cramer, is an oldster. Nevertheless he wields a big bat and can also play the
Detroit's catching staff rates among the league's best with "Birdie"
Tebbetts, all-league catcher in 1942, the number one backsop. Paul Richards
and Bob Swift give the Bengal's two more outstanding receivers.
Detroit's pitching staff is tops in the American League. Manager
O'Neill has at least five capable starters with Hal Newhouser, voted the
circuit's most valuable player for the past two years, Paul Trout, Al Ben-
ton, "Stubby" Overmire, and Virgil Trucks. Newhouser should win 20
games this year. Trout may not equal his record of 18 victories but Trucks
will probably more than take up the slack. Benton and Overmire wilt
both win a good share of contests.
In addition the Tiger's have Freddie Hutchinson who may finally find
himself, Tommy Bridges, Les Mueller, Hal White, Hal Manders, George Cast-
er, and rookie Lou Kretlow. Bridges won't pitch many games but will win
most of those he starts. Caster wil be the Tiger's main relief hurler, while
Kretlow is one of the most promising newcomers on the Bengals roster.
SWIM COACH-Matt Mann will
pilot the Wolverines in the NCAA
meet at Yale today.
Hurlers Taks It Easy;
Plate Form Stressed.
Again devoting most of the after-
noon's practice to batting practice,
Coach Ray Fisher saw many of his
charges hit the ball long and hard.
Giving his pitchers another day off
from hard throwing, the batmen had
a field day knocking the offerings of
a group of second string hurlers. Bob
Chappuis, Bob Nussbaumer, and
several other players connected with
what would have been circuit blows
under game conditions.
Pitchers Take It Easy
The Michigan coach was primarily
interested in correcting minor faults
with the batting form of the men, and
had instructed his pitchers to "take
it easy" to give the hitters a chance.
The last portion of practice was
given over to an intra squad game
with emphasis on fielding as well as
batting, giving the infielders the feel
of the ball.
For the fourth day straight the
team practiced under a broiling sun
which was ideal baseball weather.
Strong Field To Open Competition Ttoday;
Five Freestyle Events Will Top Program
By CLARK BAKER
A field of 30 colleges and universities headed by Ohio State, Michigan
and Navy will open the twenty-third annual NCAA swimming champion-
ship meet today at Yale University's Payne Whitney gymnasium pool.
Rated as top-heavy favorites to take their second straight National
crown, the Buckeyes will probably get their stiffest competition from the Wol-
verines and Middies with Army, North Carolina, Michigan State, Illinois,
Stanford and Texas rounding out the chief contenders.
Five freestyle events, sprinkled
with outstanding performers, will top Evans, National junior AAU high
the 11-event program. In the 50- and board champ, Alex Canja and Ralph
100-yard sprints Big Ten champs, Trimborn. This quintet monopolized
100-ardsprntsBigTenchapsthe Conference diving and may re-
Illinois' John Haulenbeek in the 50, peat at New Haven.
and Ohio State's Halo Hirose in the Ohio State's Jim Counsilman,
100, will face a field of Dick Wein- NCAA breast stroke titlist in 1943,
berg and Charley Fries of MichiganNaarstbte tassthield94n
Dick Twining of North Carolina, Bill appears to be the class of the field In
LaMar of Army, Abel Gilbert ofthe breast stroke. Counsilman's
Michigan State and Navy's Bill Kan- chief threat will probably come from
akanui. the 1945 winner, Paul Murray of
akanui.Cornell, and another Ohioan, Earl
Hill In Freestyle Field Trumble.BobSoh willnrepresent
The 220-yard freestyle field will Matt Mann's Wolverines in the
have Jack Hill of Ohio, the Big Ten breast stroke.
titlist, Matt Mann, III, of the Wol- Army Strong In Freestyle
verines, Dick Hennigan of Purdue, Coach Mike Peppe's Ohio Staters
Gilbert and Twining. Hill will also are also expected to take the two re-
be favored in the 440-yard and 1,500- lay events with Michigan providing
meter distances with Mann and Hen- the chief opposition. The Maize and
nigan his nearest rivals. Blue will depend on backstroker Bob
Iowa's undefeated backstroker, Matters, breast stroker Sohl and
Dick Maine, will put his record on either Weinberg or Fries in the 300-
the line against Navy's Bob Cowell, yard medley relay.
title-holder from last year, in what For his freestyle quartet Mann will
may be the closest race of the meet. have Weinberg, Fries, Mann, III, and
Howie Patterson of Michigan State, Charley Moss. Army will also enter
Dick Fetterman of Ohio State and a strong quartet in Ray Thayer, La-
Roger Ahlman of Minnesota may Mar, Dan Hickey and Edwin Van-
make it hot for the top duo. Deusen. The first three named were
Counsilman In Breast Stroke rated all-Americans on last year's
The low and high board diving NCAA swimming team.
events may turn into a two-team bat- Preliminaries and finals in the 50
tle when Ohio's Big Ten champ, Mil- and 220-yard freestyle, 1,500-meter
ler Anderson, and Ted Cristakos, freestyle, backstroke, medley' relay
NCAA low board winner in 1945, re- and low board diving will be held to-
new their feud with Wolverines Gil day
OSU Team Favored To
Retain Title They Hold
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Alpha Tau Omega 2, Theta Delta
Red Wings Lose
BOSTON, March 28-UP)-Detroit's
Red Wings were eliminated from the
Stanley Cup playoffs last night when
they dropped a 4-3 puck contest to
the Boston Bruins at Boston before
over 17,000 sweltering fans.
Bill (Corky) Courtright was re-
elected captain of the varsity wres-
tling team at their annual award
banquet held last night at the Michi-
Coach Cliff Kenn awarded nine
major and three minor letter awards
to the members of the 1946 team.
The matmen ended their season with
a record of four wins against three
losses in Conference competition.
Those men who received major let-,
ters are Jim Stark, John Allred,
Wayne Smith, Morris Smith, Bill
Courtright, George Chiames, Ward
Peterson, and Dan Dworsky. Minor
awards went to Dale Richardson, Art
Clements, and Dick Kopel.
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