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Crowd of 15,000Attend s
Tenth Annual Chi)ago Relays
Three of SeVen Champions; letain Iiaurels;
Fall Costs MacMitchell Win in Bankers Mile

With a roster of entries closely re-
sembling a list of who's who in track
as the lure, over fifteen thousand
fans, the largest ever to see an in-
door meet, packed the Chicago Stad-
ium to attend the tenth annual Chi-
cago Relays.
A host of the nations most out-
standing collegiate and amateur ath-
lethes helped to make the time hon-
ored event the most outstanding
meet of the 1946 indoor season. Se-
ven defending champions were en-
tered on the star-studed program and
four were forced to bow to newcomers
to the Relay scene. '
The most thrilling performance
of the evening was turned in by
New York's dauntless miler, Les
MacMitchell, in the Banker's mile.
MacMitchell had eight consecutive
wins in indoor competition to his
credit this season at the start of
the race and was strongly favored
to walk off with the laurels in the
coveted mile event.
MacMitchell, Tom Quinn, former
Michigan Normal mile star, Bill Leo-
nard of Notre Dame, and Dave Wil-
liams were bunched at the turn in
the tenth lap when MacMitchell trip-
ped and fell to the boards. But Les
didn't let that stop him and the crowd
cheered as he began a determined
sprint to retake the lead.
He passed three men rapidly but
found his handicap too great to
overtake Quinn who won by a scant
three feet. MacMitchell was unoffi-
ficially clocked at 4:17.5 and he
might have racked up the best mile
of the season had he kept his stride.
In the Gill 1,000-yd. run, Michi-
gan's Bob Thomason held second
place until the last lap when he was
passed by Bill Tully of Notre Dame
and Bill Clifford of Ohio State. Bob
Rehberg of Illinois won the event
with a 2:16.
One of the feature events of the'
evening was a special matched mile
relay between Michigan and Illinois.
The Ilni quartet of Bill Buster, Bob ;
Rehberg, Marce Gonzales and Herb
McKenley, rated the top relay
combination in the nation, definitely
proved itself worthy of the title by,
chalking up a sizzling 3:18.7 for a
new Chicago Relay record.
Michigan's team was composed of
Val Johnson, Bill Haidler, Horace
Coleman, and Hugh Short. Colemani
turned in a very commendable per-1
formance with a 49.5 second quar-
Top honors in the famed Lambert
sprint series of 40, 50 and 55-yard
dashes were captured by Ed Conwell.
Conwell tied the world indoor record
of 4.4 seconds for the 40-yd. dash.j
Bil Mathis, Illini's star sprinter; sur-
prised the field with his 5.7 victoryj
in the 55-yd. dash.
Claude "Buddy" Young, co-holder
of the world record for the 60-yd.
dash, proved that he is definitely not
up to his old form by his unusually
poor showing in the sprint series.
While he failed to place in the 40-yd.
dash, he took a third in the 50-yd.

dash and was left at the blocks in
the 55-yd. event.
One of the best times of the meet
was recorded by Illinois' sensation-
al middle-distance man Herb Mc-
Kenley in the special 600-yd. run.
McKenley's time of 1:10.8 lopped
three tenths of a second off the
official Chicago Relay record.
Michigan's Herb Barten *placed
fourth in the event, while Elmore
Harris, former Relay victor and
previously undefeated this season,
finished second.-
Highlight of the field events was
the pole vault in which Billy Moore,j
Big Ten and National A.A.U. champ
from Northwestern, and Bob Rich-
ards of Illinois tied for top honorsj
at 13 feet 8 inches. Richards did not
compete in Conference competition
this season.
Dike Eddleman, the Illini's human
kangaroo, repeated his victory in the
high jump by clearing 6 feet 5 inches.
Michigan's Bob Harris qualified for
the finals but dropped out at 6 feet
2 inches.
In the two mile run, favorite For-
rest Efaw, former Oklahoma Aggie
star, crossed the tape with plenty to
spare in 9:18.3. Fred Feiler, Drake
University distance man finished
Ed Dugger, former Relay star,
swept the field in the three-event
hurdle series. Dugger just grazed the
record in each of his three victories.
Fisher Stresses
Hurling, Eaing~
With ten days of outdoor practice
already under their belts at the time
when it generally gets outside for
the first time, he Michigan baseball
team started on its second complete
week of practice on the diamond,
Pitching and batting again took the
limelight yesterday as Coach Ray
Fisher sent his charges through an
afternoon long batting practice with
a half dozen pitchers each working
the equivalent of six innings on the
Wise, Block Pitch
For the first half of the practice
the regulars took turns at the plate
with the reserves in the field. Cliff
Wise, and Earl Block doing most of
the twirling. Bob Nussbaumer and
Don Robinson were the batting stars
for the regulars with two hits apiece.
Block held the regulars to less than
three hits, all of them of the scratch
variety during his stint.
When the regulars took their turn
on the field, Robinson, in spite of a
stiff knee turned in a brilliant per-
formance at shortstop. Johnny Wlo-
kowski also was impressive filling in
for Walt Kell at short.

Daily Sports staff
A PRETTY GOOD ANSWER to the question of hitting versus pitching
should be provided by the amount of success the Cleveland Indians en-
joy in this summer's American League Campaign.
Cleveland will open tne season with what is on paper the strongest
pitching staff in the league to oppose the great collection of sluggers who
have returned to baseball from the services. Headed by Bob Feller, 25-game
winner in his last year before going into the Navy, the Cleveland mound
corps also boasts Steve Gromek, Allie Reynolds and "Red" Embree, a trio
of young pitchers who developed in the war years. .
While these three never have faced the calibre of competition that ma-
jor league baseball will offer this season, they have shown enough talent
to indicate a bright future in normal baseball years. Gromek, the ace of
the staff while Feller was in the Navy, hung up a 19-9 record last season
while Reynolds was close behind with 18-12.
Augmenting this "big four" will be Vic Johnson, acquired from
Boston for Jim Bagby; Don Black, who was with the Athletics last year
and the veteran Mel Harder. The only serious difficulty facing this squad
is the lack of left handers. Johnson is the only port side hurler of known
capability on the staff.
Handling the brilliant staff will be Frankie Hayes, a capable receiver
and iron man behind the plate. Potentially a power hitter, Hayes batted
a weak .234 last season. Giving him plenty of competition and said to be a
sure bet for the No. 1 backstop position before the sseason is very old is Ser-
man Lollar, outstanding player in the International League while with Balti-
more last season. If Lollar can live up to the promise he has shown in exhibi-
tion games, his power at the plate will do much to take some of the strain off
the pitching staff.
Manager Lou Boudreau, starting his fifth season as pilot of the
Cleveland club, will team up with light-hitting, fancy-fielding Ray Mack
to give the Indians some smooth play in the middle of the infield. Les
Fleming, the team's slugger with a .329 average last season, will be at
first base and Ken Keltner, best third baseman in the American League
before he went into the Navy, is back to round out a tight infield. Utility
men are "Dutch" Meyer and Don Conway, a nromising rookie.
It is the outfield that prevents the Indians from being a major pennant
threat. With the excepion of speedy George Case, brought from Washington
in exchange for "-problem child" Jeff Heath, Cleveland won't have a player
of proven ability in the outfield.
Gene Woodling, who batted .344 with Wilkes-Barre before going into
the service has looked good in spring training and has the edge on more ex-
perienced Clarence "Soup" Campbell for the centerfield spot. In rightfield
Boudreau has an assorted collection of candidates topped by Hank Edwards,
and brawny, tobacco-chewing Pat Seerey.
Manager Lou Boudreau doesn't expect to win the pennant this year
as his club is in the process of being rebuilt. With his young pitching
staff as a foundation and a growing number of promising young players
such as Woodling, Edwards, Lollar and Ed Robinson, hard-hitting first
base candidate, Boudreau is looking to the future for that elusive flag
which has escaped Cleveland since 1920.
The team that the Indians will field this season looks like a strong pitch-
ing, tight fielding aggregation that wil be out playing for that one run and
hoping to win a lot of close ball games. This combination in a year when ex-
perts predict more fence-busting than fans have seen in a long time, should
add an interesting bit to what promises to be one of the best pennant races
in many years in the American League.

First Practice Numbers
100 Football Candidates
Dworsky, Fovd, Wilkius, Momliseln eiad List
04 Letle1-111cien 4 'u eali for Opening S essill

McNeill, varsity end last season,
was one of thirteen lettermen to
answer Coach Fritz Crisler's call to
spring football practice.
Earl Mtarttneaui
Leaves Crisler
Michigan's 1946 football coach-
ing staff will be without the serv-
ices of backfield mentor, Earl T.
Martineau, it was announced yes-
Veteran of eight seasons under
head coach H. 0. (Fritz) Crisler
at Michigan. Martineau will resign
to seek another position. No rea-
son was given for his departure.
Crisler and his staff will take
over the backfield chores relin-
guished by Martineau during spring
practice. The vacancy will prob-
ably not be filled this spring.
Tranran Predicts
Tigers To Surprisea
VALDOSTA, Ga., April 1 -- (P) -
General Manager George Trautmen
of the 1945 world champion Detroit
Tigers predicted today that "baseball
experts who put the Tigers' chances
low on the list in this year's league
race may be due for a surprise."
Trautman, here to view an exhibi-
tion game between the Dodgers and
Yankees tomorrow, said he was pin-
ning great hopes on Hal Newhouser,
ace tosser who was signed recently.

Daily Sports Eitor
It was anything but April Fool's
Day at Ferry Field yesterday as head
football coach, H. O. Fit " Crisler,
and his staff took their first looks at
Michigan's 1946 gridiron candidates.
About 110 hopefuls turned out in
uniform to get their first feel of the
Field's green turf. All told 126 pros-
pects have drawn their equipment
but the total number is expreted to
SgS Up With
-Mexican Outfit
Ex-Dodger to Manage
Play for Terreon Club
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 1-
(IP)-The jumping of Major League
Baseball Stars to the Mexican League
gained momentum today with the
announcement that Mickey Owen,
star Brooklyn Dodger catcher, had
agreed to a five-year contract to play
with and manage the Terreon club.
First word that Owen, goat of the
1941 world series between the Dod-
gers and the Yankees when he drop-
ped a ninth inning third strike in
the fourth game, would join Vern
Stephens, Danny Gardella. Luis 01-
ma and other big leaguers south of
the Rio Grande, came from Presi-
dent Branch Rickey of the Dodgers.
Rickey said he had received a tele-
gram from Owen saying he had re-
ceived a bonus of $12,500 but not
disclosing what yearly salary he
would be paid.
Later Owen, at the Sampson, N.Y.,
naval separation center where he was
discharged from the navy, declared
"I have agreed to terms. If the con-
tract has no flaws in it, it's Mexico
for me."
Baseball Scores
Brownies Shade Cubs, 5-4
Chicago (NL) 030 000 010--4 12 1
St. Louis (AL) 010 001 30x--5 8 0
Hanyzewski, Vanderbury (4), Erick-
son (7) and McCullough, Livingston
(7); Muncrief, Sanford (6) and Helf.
Dodgers Beat Jersey City
Jersey City (IL) 000 000 003-3 7 1
Brooklyn (N) 201 200 00x-5 9 0
Andrews, Sima (4), Thomas (7)
and Bouknite; Grasso (5) Gregg,
Branca (8) and Sandlock.
Red Sox Win Two

Nine Shines at Bat, on Mound, Field

Pitching, power, and defense, three
requisites of a good baseball team
seem to be plentiful on the 1946 team
that is beginning to take shape these
afternoons down on the Ferry Field
Perhaps the strongest department
will be the mound staff, which boasts
at least six hurlers of Big Ten calibre
with the prospect of at least ano-


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ther half dozen promising additions
to an already strong mound corps.
Coach Ray Fisher has named
four catchers all of whom have
shown that they are capable of
backstopping the defending Con-
ference Champions. This year's in-
field will be the strongest in the
past few years, with good fielding
and potential power at the plate,
and a strong outfield complete the
team which will open its season here
on April 19.
"Four guys named B" head the six
man hurling staff that boasts four
lettermen. Earl Block, Bliss Bowman,
"Pro" Boim, and Dick Bodycombe
have all won the praise of their coach
for their early workouts with Bow-
man, Boim and Block giving more
than creditable performances. Let-
termen Cliff Wise and Dick Savage
complete the list of those slated for
starting posts on this year's Wolver-
ine nine.
The infield is relatively set with
three of the four positions virtually
decided, and three capable hands
still in a race for the first base posi-
tion. Don Robinson will be at short-
stop, baring some unforeseen acci-
dent. Walt Kell at the hot corner and
Dom Tomasi have shown the neces-
sary prowess afield and power at the
plate to be given the nod for those
The first base slot is still unde-
cided with Jack Tallet, the Notre
Dame star a few years back, Tom
Rosema, last year's first sacker, and
Ed Bahlow all still very much in the
running for the job on opening day.
Bahlow has been looking especially

well of late at the plate, while Tal-
let and Rosema have yet to gain
their batting eyes.
Johnny Wlokowski, who has been
out for the team only a few days
looks like the best of the reserve in-
fielders and would probably be the
first to be put in the infield should
something go wrong. Steve Horvath,
Ed Houser, Jack MacDonald, and
Tommy Imfield all have proven their
ability and will be reserves in the in-
field. Horvath was a second baseman
on last year's Iowa Preflight team,
while Wlokowski and MacDonald
play third and Houser takes care of
the shortstop position.
Elmer Swanson and Bob Chappuis
are the first two backstops. From
their performances this early in the
season one may be used behind the
plate while the other plays in the
Bob Nussbaumer and Jack Weis-
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as probable starters in the outer
pastures. Paul Vieth and Duane
McKeachie are two meni who are
given an outside chance of patrol-
ling one of the outfield positions
come opening day.
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partment are a half dozen men head-
ed by Fred Capaferi and Hal Ray-
mond. Either of these men could fill
Swanson or Chappuis' shoes should
an injury occur.

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At Sarasota, Fla. (1st Game)
Cincinnati (N) 020 000 010--3 6 1
Boston (A) 332 000 00x--8 8 2 HOG
Hetki, Beggs (2) and Lamano;
Hughson and McGah. P
At Sarasota, Fla., (2nd Game)
Cincinnati (N) 010 001 0-2 3 2 TB
Boston (A) 110 002 x-4 11 1
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