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Detroit Takes Fourth Straight
As Trout Bankms Braves, 2A
Tiger Hurler Allows Six Hits i1 (;oing Route;
McCosky, Wakefield Switch Spots in Lineup


By The Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala., Aprilr3s- Paul
(Dizzy) Trout, scattering six hits,
went the route today as the Detroit
Tigers blanked the Boston Braves 2
to 0 in an exhibition baseball game.
It was Detroit's fourth straight tri-
umph over the National Leaguers.
The Tigers counted both their runs
in the opening inning with a four-hit
outburst off righthander Ed Wright
of Boston, who gave only 10 hits al-
together and pitched shutout ball
from the second inning thrpugh the
eighth, when he was removed for a
Manager Steve O'Neill juggled the
Detroit batting order, moving up
Barney McCos-ky to the third position
and dropping Dick Wakefield to fifth
behind Hank Greenberg.
Maj or League
Practic Secores
By The Associated Press
At Leesburg, Fla.:
Boston (A) 210 001 013 00- 8 14 1
Cincin. (N) 600 100 001 01- 9 13 3

McCosky and Wakefield both took
a hand in the brace of runs in the
first frame. Skeeter Webb, playing
shortstop in place of Eddie Lake, sin-
gled to left to open the game. After
Eddie Mayo flied out McCosky sin-
gled to right, Greenberg drove in one

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Cleveland (A) 010 200
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Wolverine Nine
Plays /tiito Club
Ilere Siliurduy
hilt Poses First Test
Of Michigan Strength
With three weeks of outdoor drills
under their belts, the baseball squad
will get its first taste of actual com-
petition here Saturday when it faces
a Class A Federation team from De-
Coach Fisher stated that Davey
Nelson had contacted the Auto Club,
the outfit that pitcher Bliss Bowman
hurled for last summer, for a prac-
tice contest. Although this is a pre-
schedule game, it will serve as a test
of what the Wolverine nine can do
against forces other than their own.
Warm-up Tilt
This will be the only chance to see
the weaknesses and rough spots be-
fore the Wayne opener in two weeks.
If the weather man keeps up the
good work, the game will go. on as
planned, while the remaining days
will consist of regular workouts in
correcting the faults expected Satur-
When Wayne arrives in Ann Arbor
to play the Maize and Blue, it will
All men interested in trying out
for the baseball manager's staff
see Ernie McCoy, assistant base-
ball coach, at Ferry Field any af-
ternoon this week between 3:30
and 5 p.m.
have had three or four scheduled
games to chalk up to experience. The
Tartars will have only this as an ad-
vantage, since Fisher regards them
as just "another average college ball
team." The Michigan mentor went
on to add though that if you don't
hustle, you're apt to lose to any club.
In his wary manner the coach re-
fuses 10 concede anyt hing.
Football Weather
In typical football weather the boys
shivered through yesterday after-
noon of rugged batting and fielding
practice. Half of the squad stayed on
the field continuously as several
pitchers paraded to the mound for
over a game and a half duration.
Then the batters took the field in or-
der to sharpen their batting eye.
Don Robinson returned to his old
position at shortstop after being
plagued by a leg injury. His play on
the diamond left little to be desired,
while his big bat boomed like in the
days of yore. One hit was a stinging
"right on the clothesline" drive over
second to center. Another went be-
tween the right and center gardeners
as "Robbie" legged his way to third
standing up. Bob Chappius also col-
lected a three bagger.
I-M Results
The results of last night's Intra-
Mural swimming and water polo
matches are:
Swimming matches
Phi Delta Theta 33; Phi Sigma Del-
ta, 28.
Beta Theta Phi, 32; Delta Upsilon,
Water Polo
Delta Upsilon, 7; Delta Kappa Ep-
silon, 0.

Daly Sports tuk
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the seventh 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.
WHILE SUCH POWER-LADEN, heavily-talented clubs as the New York
" Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers have gobbled up most of
the pre-season publicity always characteristic of the clarion call to baseball
wars, Ossie Bluege's hard luck Washington Senators have quietly compiled
the most outstanding record of the grape-fruit league in establishing a .750
winning average thus far in the campaign.
Attention has been drawn away from the Senators by the return of
many sluggers of pre-war variety to other teams in the league. hitters
of the calibre of Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Dick Wakefield, Charley
Keller and others have caused the dopesters to overlook the possibilities
of the well balanced Washington ball club, in favor of these sensational,
heavy-duty batsmen. Consequently, the sports scribes have tabbed the
Solons as the "American League Darkhorse", and let it go at that.
Bluege exudes a quiet confidence, however, and justly so. He has a pitch-
ing staff that rivals that of the champion Detroit Tigers. Back again this
year is a group of "fluetter-ball" artists and left-handed flingers good
enough to tie most of the long ball hitters in knots. Heading the list are
reliable Dutch Leonard (17-7) perenially tough with his knuckle-ball, Ro-
ger Wolfe (20-10) of the same variety, and Johnny Niggeling, formerly of
the Browns, who won seven games for the Senators in 1945.
BUT THOSE AREN'T ALL. Rejoining the squad after three years in the
Navy is Sid Hudson, who looked impressive in his last year with the
club in 1942. Little Mario Pieretti will again toss the curves that won fourteen
decisions last year, and Mickey Haefner (16-14) will take his turn on the
mound with his portside slants.
Although Bluege has no candidates for "Fencebusters, Inc.", he is well
stacked with consistent, timely hitters. In the outfield he will present Stan
Spence, the sensational rookie Gil Coan, who is battling George Binks for
a spot in the garden and Jeff Heath, recently of Cleveland. Spence hit .313
in 1944, and got most of his extra base knocks when the sacks were well
populated, as is evidenced by his runs-batted-in total of 100.
Although potent with the bat, Coan has shown the weakness of fly-
juggling in practice sessions. When he smooths out this roughness, he
will, in all probability, be a serious contender for the "rookie of the
year" award. Jeff Heath rounds out the present Senator outfield, and
if the husky flychaser can overcome his strikeout habit, he will at least
live up to the great expectations Cleveland fans held in vain.
Washington's infield may develop into Bluege's main headache. The
manager is not satisfied with the third base slot, but is holding. Buddy Lewis
as his ace-in-the-hole. As it is now, the infield is composed of Mickey Ver-
non on first, George Myatt at second, Lewis alterna.ing between the out-
field and third, and Cecil Travis at his old positon of shortstop. The re-
placements are just as competent as the first string --veteran Joe Kuhel
holding first, Gil Torres, Alex Kampouris filling in where needed. Though
not a powerful group at the plate, the infield is fast and seasoned.
IXTITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT that Jake Early would be placed on the
block in the hope of snagging a third baseman, it seems that Mike Guer-
ra will do most of the receiving, unless Bluege imports another catcher to
fill the gap. Al Evans will relieve Guerra.
Don't be too surprised around July 4 if the standings in the American
League indicate that the Washington Senators are hanging on to first place.
The fact will be easily explained-good pitching, and steady hitting by the
team that missed a pennant last year by looking up at the sun at the wrong
24 Letters Awav rded to Members
01946 Swimming, Mat Squads
Twenty-four Michigan athletes - ---_---
have been awarded letters for their Captain Heini Kessler, Neville Adams,
competition in swimming and wrestl- Charley Fries and Matt Mann, II,
ing during the winter season, it was of Ann Arbor; Alex Canja, Flint;
announced yesterday by H. O. Crisler, Dick Weinberg, Saginaw; Charley
Wolverine athletic director. Barnes, Winnetka, Ill.; Gil Evans,
Fifteen of the awards went to the Rockville Center, N. Y.; and Tommy
natators who compiled a winning O'Neill, Pittsburgh, Pa.
seven and two record in dual compe-
tition and wound up runners-up to Also Charles Moss, Wheeling, W.
Ohio State in both the Big Ten Con- Va.; Bob Matters, Waukesha, Wis.;
fernceandtheNational Collegiate Willard Metcalf, Coffeyville, Kan.;
ference and theion Cles. Bob Sohl, Montreal, Wis.; Dave Tut-
Swimmers winning letters were tle, River Forest, Ill.; and Ralph

Coach Bill Barclay, beginning his
second year as mentor of Michigan's
golf squad, was one of the Wolver-
ines' outstanding athletes from 1936-
38, winning varsity letters in golf,
football, and basketball.
During his years at the University,
the Maize and Blue golf coach alter-
nated between halfback and quarter-
back positions on Harry Kipke's last
three elevens, and after the grid sea-
son was over, held down a spot on
the Wolverine quintet. When spring
rolled around Barclay soon estab-
lished a reputation as one of Michi-
gan's top linksmen and in 1936 the
team took the Big Ten crown.
Coaching Experience
Graduating in 1938, he went to
Davison, Michigan, for one year,
where he coached the high school
football and basketball squads. Be-
fore returning to his alma mater'
three years ago, he gained more ex-
perience as a coach, taking on the
head duties at Cadillac, Michigan
High School where he was mentor of
these same two sports.
Besides his position as head of the
Maize and Blue's linksmen, he as-
sists Bennie Oosterbann with the
cagers and Fritz Crisler with the Wol-
verine gridders.
Last year in his initial season as
the Wolverine's golf coach, his
charges had a record of seven wins
against one defeat suffered at the
hands of Ohio State. The Maize and
Blue placed third in its quest for the
Conference title, coming in behind
the Buckeyes and Northwestern. The

Versatile Golf Coach Played
Three Sports for Woiverues

NCAA tournament saw these same
three teams battling for top honors
with Ohio State again capturing the
crown and the Wolverines and Wild-
cats tied for the runner-up spot.
Pleased With Linksmen
Commenting on this season's team,
Barclay is especially pleased with the
showing of Pete Elliott and Dave
Barclay. Both men took top honors
in the intra-squad tournament that
was held at the beginning of the week.
Even though Barclay does not have
any letterwinners from the 1945
squad, he has several varsity links-
men of a few years back who are try-
ing out for this year's team. Bill
Courtright, Duncan Noble, and Ros-
coe Bonisteel have been on past Wol-
verine golf teams and are seeking po-
sitions on the 1946 squad.
Nelson, Hogan
Picked to Win
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 3-(P)-Ex-
cept for Byron Nelson's ailing right
wrist, everything appeared to be in
readiness tonight for the opening of
the first post-war Masters Golf
Nelson, winner of the last Masters
played in 1942 and co-favorite with
Ben Hogan to win the $2,500 first
prize in the current event, did not
practice today. He spent an hour
with an Osteopath having the aches
rubbed out of his wrist upon which he
slept inadvertently two nights ago.

At Daytona Beach, Fla.:
New York (N) 100 000 010 -
Brooklyn (N) 005 000 00X---
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San Antonio, Tex.:
Chicago (A) . . 201 010
Pittsburgh (N) 000 200

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Del Rio, Tex.-
Chicago (N) 000
St. Louis (A). 000
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5 0

DIZZY TROUT-Pitched shut-outj
ball yesterday, as he blanked the
Boston Braves, allowing only six
run with a hit to left, and Wakefield
scored another with a double off the
right field fence.
That was all the scoring iand neith-
er club forged much of' a threat the
rest of the way.
Roy Cullenbine and Jim Outlaw
singled successively to lead off the
All men interested in trying out
for the football manager's staff
see Max Kogen, senior manager,
at Ferry Field any afternoon this
week between 3:30 and 5 p.m.

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Baltd. (Int) 030 101 020- 7 10 5
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Tiger Sixth, but Bob Swift hit into a
double play and Trout fanned.
With two out in the Boston eighth
Connie Ryan and Johnny Hopp sin-
gled, but Bama Rowell lined to Ed
Mierkowicz at first base to end the
Trout struck out six Boston batters
and walked two. Wright fanned five
Tigers in the eight innings he worked
and Johnny Hutchings hurled a hit-
less ninth inning for the Braves.

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TAMPA, Fla., April 3-(0P)-"Play
ball" sounded all over the South to-
as the Grapefruit League reached the
ragtag end of its spring training sea-
Homeward bound big league teams
took on all sorts of opponents on
strange diamonds as they kept in
shape-and kept members together--
for their arrival in their own baili-
Only two Grapefruit games were
on the menu today, and these by
teams on the trek. The Cincinnati
Reds began a leapfrog series with
Boston Red Sox at Leesburg, Fla.,
and the two teams will repeat at vari-
ous points as they head for home
The New York Giants, afteraMi-
ami's spring sunshine, shoved along

to Daytona Beach for a clash
the Brooklyn Dodgers, while the
ward bound St. Louis Cardinals
ped to Pensacola where they wil
a Pensacola team tomorrow.


It was a successful training season'
in most respects. Aside from a few
injuries, the principal spring head-
ache was the sound of "whoo" that
cameefrom Mexican League scouts
hidden, apparently, under each big
league manager's bed.

TL rimborn, Oak Park, Ill.
The nine wrestlers earning letters
were Captain Bil Courtright, Maurice
Smith and Ward Peterson, Ann Ar-
bor; John Allred, Melvindale; George
Chiames, Freeport, Ill.; Dan Dwors-
ky, Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; Jim Stark,
Lewiston, N.Y.; Stu Snyder, Elting-
ville, N. Y. and Leon Smith, Fort
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