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By DICK BURTON
Daily Sports Staff
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last in the series of columns written by Daily
sports staff members covering the baseball teams of the American League and
their pennant chances for 1946.
COINCIDENTAL WITH APRIL FOOLS DAY are the predictions of a great
many baseball prophets on the outcome of the major league races this
year, and down Chicago way,.White Sox fans are hoping this fact will be
significant in making monkeys out of those who rate their favorites to fin-
ish no higher than sixth place.
Rounding into the last lap of their spring exhibition series with the
Pittsburgh Pirates the Sox are beginning to hit their stride after suffering
a disastrous schedule in the West when they won only 4 out of 13 pre-season
Manager Jimmy Dykes, convalescing from an abdominal operation
In Hollywood, California, has placed a great part of the responsibility
of selecting the 1946 Chisox squad on the shoulders of Coach George
"Mule" Haas who is acting-manager in Dykes' absence. The "Mule"
and the surviving members of the Comiskey clan will meet Dykes in Chi-
cago where the finale of the spring exhibition games will be played with
the crosstown Cubs on April 13 and 14.
ALThOUGH FATTIER TIME is beginning to catch up with some of the
Sox regulars these older players have been the standouts during the
transcontinental Pirate-Sox exhibition series.
The ageing Ted Lyons, back from a four year hitch with the navy, will be
starting his 23rd year with the White Sox. In his last season before entering
the service, Lyons won 14 and lost 6 for the Sox and whether the veteran
righthander can do as well this year is a matter for conjecture. But Ted has
been turning in some stellar pitching performances this spring and opposing
hitters say that there is still plenty of stuff in the ace moundsman's right
Another star slinger who is already in excellent shape is ex-service-
man Johnny Rigney. Rigney should be set for one of his best seasons this
year and there is no reason to believe that he has lost any of the old zip
in his fireball that has won him starting roles on the Comiskey hurling
staff for six seasons. Two more righthanders the Dykesmen will be count-
ing heavily on are Bill Dietrich and Orval Grove.
THE southpaw pitching chores will be divided between Ed Smith, Thorn-
ton Lee, and Ed Lopat. Smith has been looking exceptionally good against
the Pirates and may well prove to be one of the standout pitchers of the ju-
nior circuit. Earl Caldwell and Joe Haynes, starboard slinger from last
years squad, will round out the staff.
In the outfield only Wally Moses and Taft Wright appear to have de-
finitely staked their claims to the starting lineup while Thurman
Tucker, pre-war regular center fielder, must fight it out with Guy Curt-
wright and Ralph Hodgin. In Hodgin, Haas believes the Sox to have one
of the finest potential outfielders of the year and the young slugger will be
given every chance to prove his worth.
Hal Trosky, former Cleveland star, has nailed the lid on the first
base assignment and ageless Luke Appling is, of course, a Sox fixture at
shortstop. But keystoner Don Kolloway and third-baseman Bob Kennedy
are going to have some fierce competition for their regular jobs. The
brilliant Kolloway, just released from the army, joined the club less than
two weeks ago and has some real catching up to do. But Don is wasting
no time in getting into shape what with a hustler like Leo Wells around
who is toying with the idea of guarding the Sox second sack too. Wells,
who came up to the big time from the American Association; has im-
pressed everyone around the Sox camp this spring and may eventually
fit into the infield picture at second base, shortstop, or even at third.
B UT AT THE HOT CORNER. both Dario Lodigiani and rookie Gene Nance
are pressing Bob Kennedy hard.If Bob can live up to ex-marine mate
Ted Williams' prediction that he will begin busting big league fences down
this season with his slugging, the question mark on third base will vanish.
Catcher Mike Tresh is another regular who may have a job this season
holding onto his varsity role with "Skeeter" Dickey, Tom Jordan, and Ed
Fernandes, sparkling in the exhibition games. If Bossman Jimmy Dykes
decides to sacrifice experience for more power at the plate, Dickey may win
the nod as Tresh's last year batting average of .249 is anything but impres-
This year's White Sox can boast none of the hitting prowess of the
Yankees or the Red Sox, nor is their pitching staff comparable to that
of the Tigers or the Cleveland Indians, but there is plenty of punch
packed in the bats of Taft Wright, Trosky, Moses, Appling, and Tucker,
and enemy hitters may not fair so well against Lyons, Rigney, Ed Smith,
"Lefty" Lee, and Grove or Dietrich.
The White Sox are a hustling ball club and if they can steer clear of
injuries, Chicago fans may have the last laugh on the crystal ball gazers
when the curtain rolls down on the American League race next autumn.
Greenberg's Hitting Features
Tigers' 5-3 Win Ovet'r Iaivesi
Bridgec, Krelow Si at und Again;
Bny Meto Impese tSeu I a
ONE - Dick Wakefield has been
rattling drives otf Grapefruit
League fences while pacing Tigers
to five straight wins.
A UGUSTA, Ga., April 4 -0 --Her-
1nan Keiser, of Akron, Ohio, and
Chick Harbert, of Detroit, a couple
of long shots who played around
strictly to the applause of their cad-
dies, slipped in with a brace of very
fine 69's today to take a two-stroke
lead over the nation's best golfers in
the first round of the $10,000 Mas-
ters Golf Tournament.
But for the exceptional perform-
ances of this pair-Keiser shot a siz-
zling 32 on the first nine-the tough
6,800-yard Augusta national course,
plus a roaring west wind, scored an
almost complete victory over the boys
who have been ripping lesser links
apart during the winter.
Bracketed with the great Byron
Nelson at par 72 were Johnny Bulla,
of Phoenix, Ariz., Jimmy Thomson,
of Los Angeles, and the amateur,
CareysMiddlecoff, of Memphis.
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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 4-
(iP) -Hank Greenberg belted a homel
run, double and single, driving in
four runs here today as the Detroit
Tigers pasted the Boston Braves for
the fifth straight time, 5 to 13, in [heir
exhibition baseball series.
Tommy Bridges, who pitched the
first six innings for the Tigers yield-
ing a half dozen hits, gave way to
rookie Lou Kretlow in the seventh
with Detroit leading 5 to 1. The
Braves got four hits off Kretlow,
boosting their day's production to 10,
one more than the Tigers collected
off lefthander Jim Wallace and Don
Benny McCoy, released uncondi-
tionally by the Philadelphia Athlet-
ics a week ago and here for a try-
out with the Tigers, played the last
four innings flawlessly at second
Ilanik Slams Homer
Greenberg put the game virtually
on ice in the opening inning, blasting
his fourth homer of the spring train-
ing season far over the left field
stands to score behind Eddie Lake,
who had singled, and Barney Mc-
Cosky, who had walked.
Lake's two-base error gave the
Braves their first run in the fourth,
but the Tigers bounced back for
two more in the fifth when Eddie
Mayo doubled, McCosky singled and
Greenberg doubled after two were
A walk, Dick Culler's single and
Chuck Workman's long fly accounted
for Boston's second run off Kretlow
in the seventh and Tommy Holmes
tripled and scored the third Braves
run in the ninth on Johnny McCar-
Bridges, scattering six hits, fanned
five men in his six-inning pitching
turn and was effective with men on
base. Kretlow struck out three Bos-
ton batsmen in his three-inning
trick, but walked two.
Forces Delay in
Old Man Weather drove Coach Bill
Barclay's golf hopefuls off the fair-
ways yesterday with a chilly blast
that caused the cancellation of the
seccnd intra - squad touitrnament
planned for this weekend.
Determination of the final half
dozen linksmen Barclay wil carry on
Ehe squad this year therefore will be
delayed until the sunny skies of the
bast couple weeks reappear. If the
present bad weather continues long,
the Wolverine pilot will be hard
pressed to whip his charges into
shape for the season's opener against
Michigan State on April 20.
Leading contenders for team
berths at the moment are Dave Bar-
clay, Pete Elliot, Bill Courtwright,
Duncan Noble and Roscoe Bonisteel.
All but Barclay were letterwinners
on past Michigan golf teams. Dave
chalked up the lowest score in last
weeks play-offs and along with El-
liot looks like the top one-two punch
of the Wolverines. Other promising
candidates who can't be ruled out
yet are Roger Kessler, John Ben-
mont, anid Ed Schalon.
Chi Psi 3, ATO 0
DKE 3, Zeta Psi 0
Sig Ep 3, Theta Chi 0
By DICK BURTON
Willow Village students who have
to beat on the walls of their rooms to
hear any noise around those country
parts will really have something to
yell about in the new sports program
set up by the Department of Intra-
Nine dormitories are now partici-
pating in the basketball tournament
which was started over two weeks
ago with games being played in the
West Lodge on Tuesday and Thirs-
day evenings. West Lodge is part of
the huge housing project of Willow
Village and is the scene of all the vil-
lagers social activities.
Plans are now being made for nine
outdoor volleyball courts and three
softball diamonds. The Intramural
Department will furnish all necessary
equipment and will be in charge of
the supervision and administration
of the program.
Besides the basketball and ping
pong tournaments now under way,
the Annex Arbor sports tickets for
this spring includes volleyball, bowl-
ing, horseshoes, golf, and softball.
The villager's softball champs hope
to meet the winners of the fraternity,
campus residence hall, and indepen-
dent softball crowns this year but
plans have not been definitely ar-
ranged for these engagements.
TWO - Hank Greenberg's big bat
came to life again yesterday in
blasting a homer, double and
single to drive inl four ruis
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All men interested in trying out
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ternoon this week between 3:30
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Evans to Compete
In AAU Swim Meet
Diver Gil Evans wil be Michigan's
only representative in the National
AAU swimming championship meet
Friday and Saturday at Bainbridge,
The Maize and Blue ace will at-
tempt to square matters with Ohio
State's Miller Anderson. Ander-
son beat Evans out for the
NCAA high board diving crown last
weekend at Yale with the Wolverine
star finishing in runner-up spot.
Evans holds the national junior AAU
high board diving title.
Ohio State wil be a top-heavy fa-
vorite to capture team honors in the
meet. The Buckeyes hold the Western
Conference and NCAA crowns and
need only the National AAU title this
sm eekend to complete their quest of
swimming's "big three".
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