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Versatile Jack Weisenberger
Switches Jobs in [wo Sports


DE~s SEz
,jV World Series Prove Dramatic
o Wluff Helps Tigers Beat Cubs
By DES HOWARTH, Associate Sports Editor

It didn't take Coach Ray Fisher
very long to discover, as did "Fritz"
Crisler last fall, that Jack Weisen-
berger is just too valuable a ball
player to spend his time warming
the bench, especially when its easy
to switch him.
Even before the baseball team held
its first practice session it was gen-
erally conceded that Don Robinson,
a pie-war standout at the shortstop
position, would relegate Weisenburg-
er to a utility role, but Fisher, re-
membering Jack's respectable .353
Conference batting mark of a year
ago, moved him into the outer gar-
Gets Chance at Outfield
The easily adaptable right handed
batter has taken to his new assign-
ment like a teen ager to a brand new
automobile. Although he has always
played short or first base, Jack has
always wanted a crack at the outer
Fast enough to make plenty of
yardage for the Wolverines last fall,
Weisenburger has a powerful throw-
ing arm. His infield training should
prove invaluable in preventing oppos-
ing hitters from getting those extra
bases on ground hits to the outfield.
This shifting of positions is getting
to be old stuff to Weisenburger. He
started out the last football campaign
Veterans Swell
Gridiron Squad
Weight Reduction Is
Stressed in Practice
If service experience is any key to
performance, Michigan should have
a strong football team come next
fall for 70 per cent of Coach Fritz
Crisler's spring squad are dischargees
Almost forgotten is the fall of 1945
when the Maize and Blue mentor had
to mould his squad from 17-year olds.
Average age of the Wolverine spring
contingent runs roughlybemween 20
and 21. There are only seven 17-year
olds among Crisler's 146-odd hope-'
Looking over a week of practice,
Crisler declared that the spirit of his
squad is "eager and willing. These
There will be a meeting for
member of the M Club at 7:30 to-
night at the Union.
boys show definitely that they are
eager to play football but it is taking
time to condition their legs and take
off excessive weight. Naturally, this
conditioning process has delayed our
schedule somewhat."
Crisler has divided his large squad
into three groups, a Blue squad of
the most likely candidates, a Red1
squad of reserves and a White squad
of prospects who have had little ex-
perience. Players move up as theirr
progress warrants, Crisler stated. r
Meanwhile, Captain-elect Art Pen-
ner has dropped his baseball ambi-
tions and joined the Wolverine grid-

slated to share the left halfing duties
with freshman Walt Teninga. When
unheralded Pete Elliot flashed unex-
pected form, Crisler decided to find
out what kind of a full-back the 180-
pound Weisenburger would make.
Weisenburger Good at Fullback
Jack showed up so well that he
moved big Dan Dworsky into an un-
derstudy role. His excellent handling
of the difficult spinning fullback as-
signment was a major factor in the
Wolverine's success.
Jack's reaction to all this moving
around is, surprisingly enough, fa-
vorable. "I liked the fullback job
a lot. It was a lot of fun. I always
wanted to play the outfield, too, but
I usually ended up at short or first.
So far I'm plenty satisfied with the
position changes."
Halfback or fullback, infielder or
outfielder, it seems to be a generally
accepted theory at Michigan that
Jack Weisenburger is just too valu-
able to ride the bench.
Chantdier Backs
Owen, Stephens
Against Pus quel
MEXICO CITY, April 9-(G)-
Jorge Pasquel, angered over two outs
in his Mexican Baseball League in
the loss of big leaguers Vernon Ste-
phens and Mickey Owen, said today
he would file suit for $100,000 against
Owen, Brooklyn catcher who changed
his mind about going to the Mexican
Pasquel already had announced he
would file a $100,00 suit against Ste-
phens, St. Louis Browns shortstop
who played two games in the Mexican
League and then left to rejoin the
Owen Denies Signing
The suit against Owen will be filed
in St. Louis, Pasquel said, because
that was "where he signed his con-
tract with us and where he got $20.-
000 cash in advance." . Yesterday in
San Antonio Owen denied he signed
a contract and said he would return
any money advanced him.
In Lexington, Ky., Baseball Com-
missioner A. B. Chandler said today
that organized baseball would stand
behind Owen and Stephens if they
were sued by Mexican League in-
terests, since, "they are coming back
at our call."
Pasquel, with his Mexican League
further crippled by injuries, has been
at the telephone constantly seeking
new players to replace Owen and Ste-
Mexicans Still Have Big Leaguers
The Mexican Loop still has much
U.S. talent in uniform, however. Mur-
ray Franklin, infielder formerly with
Detroit and Beaumont, left today to
join Tampico.
Tom Gorman and Sal Maglie, for-
mer New York Giants pitchers, may
make their debuts Thursday.


THE DISCUSSION of baseball, which is the main topic of conversation
around the sports desk every spring, always brings up the recollection
of various World's Series. For whether it be a story of the annual fall classic
back in the days when baseball was in its infancy or whether it be of last
year's war-time series, there are few sports that can match the drama of a
World Series.
One of the most memorable of all baseball's fall classics is that
of the 1926 series between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cards.
The Yanks boasted such greats as Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Lou Gehrig, and
Tony Lazzeri. With Manager Rober Hornsby at the helm the Cards listed
Billy Souithworth, Jim Bottomley, Chick Hafey, and Grover Cleveland Alex-
It was Alexander who proved the hero of the series. The teams were
tied at three games each and Jesse Raines opposed Waite Hoyt on the
mound in the final game. For six innings Haines held the Yanks in check
while hip mate had riled un a three to two lead going into the last of the
seventh. Then the New Yorkers filled the bases with two men out and
Tony Lazzeri coming to bat.
Alexander who had pitched and won the day before was called in from
the bullpen. The situation was tense. A hit and the Yankees would take the
lead. Alexander curved the first pitch for a strike. Then he tried a fast ball
and Lazzeri lashed out a terrific liner. It was foul in the left-field bleachers
by ten feet. Alexander pitched another curve. Tony swung but missed. The
crisis was over. Old Alex retired the Yanks in order in the final two innings
and won the series for the Cards.
Another never-to-be-forgotten series was that of 1924 with the Giants
opposing the Senators. Again the teams had fought for six games all tied
up with three wins apiece. This time it was Walter Johnson, one of the
greatest pitchers of all time, who proved the hero.
Johnson relieved Firpo Marberry in the ninth inning with the score
even at three all. For three extra innings Johnson shut-out the Giants
although they threatened to score several times. Then in the last of the
twelvth Muddy Ruehl doubled and Johnson was safe on an error. With
the dusk fast descending on the field Earl McNeeley sent Ruehl home
with the run that broke up one of the longest games in World Series
But thrilling as the past diamond classics have been, we think that for
real drama last fall's battle between the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers
will be hard to beat. And it undoubtedly was the most ironic of them all.
Throughout the first six contests the two. diamond-squads put up the
most thrilling fight in many years. Then in the (irst inning of the seventh
and deciding game the Tigers clinched the title with a whirlwind, five-run
rally. From there on Steve O'Neill's clan coasted to an easy 9-3 victory.
WE SAID the series was ironic for had the Cubs known that Hank Green-
berg, the Tigers' big gun at bat, was suffering from a swollen wrist the
rally might have been nipped in the bud and the outcome far different. But
nobody knew that Hammering Hank wasn't even able to take a full swing
with a bat or throw effectively with his ailing arm.
Before the game Greenberg told O'Neill that he couldn't play because
of his injury. If he didn't play it sounded the death knell for the Tigers'
chances. Hank had led the team to the American League pennant. His boom-
ing bat had been the main reason why the Detroiters had won three games
over the Windy City charges of Manager Charlie Grimm. His absence would
have had a demoralizing effect on his team-mates and conversely would
boost the Cubs morale considerably. O'Neill asked Greenberg to start and
to say nothing of his wrist.
Hank Borowy took the mound for the Cubs after only one day's rest.
He was reached for three straight singles and one run before being re-
lieved. Hank came to bat with runners on first and second. Paul Der-
ringer came into pitch for Grimm's men. The situation was not encour-
aging for the loyal followers of Wrigley Field flock. Greenberg was ex-
pected to try to slam the ball out of the park. But Derringer didn't know
that the pride of Dynamic Detroit was unable to take a full cut. Hank
upset the dope with a perfect sacrifice bunt.
Had Derringer known, he might have prevented Greenberg from sacri-
ficing and quite possibly have caused the slugger to hit into a double play.
At any rate the situation would have been greatly altered, and the Chicago
hurler might have been able to retire the side without any further scoring.
And so a bluff paid off for the Bengals in World Series' spoils. It was, we
think, one of the most daring bluffs ever attempted and proved that any-
thing can happen in baseball.

Ilitchcock Nets
Detroit Victory;
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Series With 43 Wil
EVANSVfLLE, Ind., April 9-(P)--
Bunching four hits for three runs in
the ninth inning, the Detroit Tigers
spoiled a superlative pitching per-
formance by rookie lefthander Jim
Wallace and defeated the Boston
Braves 4 to 3 in the last game of theirI
nine-game exhibition baseball series.
The Tiger victory, highlighted by
pinch-hitter Billy Hitchcock's ninth
inning triple, was Detroit's seventh inj
the nine games with the Braves.
Tigers Face Reds Next
Tomorrow the Tigers move to Terre
Haute, Ind., to open a four-game set
with the Cincinnati Reds.
Wallace, who pitched all the way
for the Braves, treated his home town
Evansville fans to three-hit shut-
out pitching for seven innings, but
couldn't hang on.
Detroit counted once in the eighth
on Eddie Lake's walk and singles by
Eddie Mayo and Dick Wakefield and
tucked away the verdict in the ninth.
Win In Last Frame
Trailing 3 to 1 as a result of Bos-
ton's three runs in the first two in-
nings off Hal Manders. the Tigers
opened the important ninth inning
rally with successive .singles by Jim
Outlaw and catcher Joe Erautt. Billy
Hitchcock then batted for pitcher Les
Mueller and planted a mighty triple
in right field, scoring Outlaw and
Erautt to tie the count at 3-all. After
Eddie Lake bounced out, Mayo sin-
gled to rightrto score Hitchcock with
the winning run.
The victory justly went to Mueller,
who relieved Manders in the sixth
and gave the Braves only one hit in
four innings. Manders gave up nine
hits and three runs
Boston IN) 120 000 000-3 10 0
Detroit (A) 000 000 013-4 9 2

CJ i Psi, reene House
Take Runner-up Honors
Wali Iireaks 14-year-old Shot Put Record;
ll ,idene n Rail Champs Triumph by /2 Point

A crowd of 1,500 students thronged
to Yost Field House last night to see
Sigma Chi and Wenley House emerge
victorious in the annual intramural
fraternity and residence hall track
Wenley's thinclads barely nudged
out the Greene House cindermen by
a slim % point to cop the crown while
Sigma Chi's stalwarts netted a deci-
sive 25 !/Z points to win the Greek
Loop championship, with Chi Psi
runner up with 18 markers.
Wahl Makes New Mark
Wahl, Sigma Chi's shot putter,
broke a 14 year intramural meet rec-
ord when he hurled the shot 43' 5"
to better Blumenfeld's 1932 mark of
Candiens Win Title
MONTREAL, April 9- (P) The
Montreal Canadiens stormed through
Boston's defenses for three goals in
the final period tonight to defeat the
Bruins 6-3 and regained the Stanley
Cup, emblematic of the world's pro-
fessional hockey championship,
41' 6%". His toss, coming in the early
stages of the meet, established Sigma
Chi's lead which they never lost.
Sigma Phi Epsilon's Schrum, timed
at 5:08, won the fraternity mile run
while Taylor of Rumsey House broke
the tape at 5:03 to win the residence
hall race.
Vaulting 10' 9" Fryar, from Tyler
House, won the pole vault in the dor-
mitory competition while in the fra-
ternity circuit Alpha Delta Phi's. Frei-
hofer crossed the bar at 10' to take
first place.
Dolan, leaped 19' 11%/4 " to win the

broad J LUmJ) for the Chi Psi's and
Shanefelt of Greene House topped
residence hall competitors with an
18' 7%" jump. In the high jump
Dolan won a second event for the
Chi Psi's when he cleared 5' 8". Drap-
er jumped 5' 7" to win for Vaughan
Five more counters went to Sigma
Chi when Lawson scored a first place
in the 440 yard dash with Hodgson of
Beta Theta Pi coming in second.
In the dormitory meet Vaughan net-
ted five additional points when Cabay
took the race with a time of 57:2.
Chipman of Alpha Delta Phi and
Theunissen of Wenley House won the
60 yd. dash in their respective leagues.
Wieting, IHer Take High Hurdles
The 65 yd. high hurdles were won
by Wieting of Beta Theta Phi timed
at 9:5 in the Greek race. Wenley
House copped another first place
when Iiler's time of 9:4 was best
among the residence hall hurdlers.
Concluding event in the meet was
the half mile run which was won by
Herrero of Allen-Rumsey timed at
2:20 with Schulz of Vaughan House
taking second place with a time of
2:21. The fraternity half-mile was
taken by Bradbury of Delta Upsilon
who crossed the finish line with a
time of 2:11.
Basketball Results
Of Willow League
Results of last night's basketball
games at Willow Run Village are:
Lion League
Dorm 9A 38, Dorm 5B 30.
Cougar League
Dorm 4B 20, Dorm 5C 12.
Dorm 6B 28, Dorm 3C 22.





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Spartans End Triumphal Dixie Tour

611 East University
Across from "U" High


When the Midwestern collegiate
baseball season swings into action
next week, all eyes will be on the
Michigan State College team, which
has already compiled an outstanding
record of nine straight wins against
top southern squads.
Reviving the Dixie tour, which had
been interrupted because of the war,
the 1946 Spartan nine established an
all time mark since the jaunt first be-
gan 18 years ago. Previously, the best
records were held by the 1939 club
whichhad von four straight and the
1938 squad which had taken seven
consecutive tilts with no losses to
blemish its record.
Kobs Confidence Grows
Before taking off for the south,
Coach John Kobs described his in-
field as "well experienced," his out-
field as "untried" and his pitching
staff as "unpredictable." But now
after seeing his charges take double
victories from Georgia, South Caro-
lina, and North Carolina, and single
wins from Fort Jackson, North Caro-
lina State and Duke, Kobs undoubt-
edly has quite a bit more confidence
in this year's juggernaut.
Pacing the pitching staff was Joe
Skrocki and netted three wins.
Skrocki, a veteran from the Navy,
hurled a total of 30 innings allowing
23 hits, fanning 23 and only issuing

three free passes. Moundsmen who
captured twin triumphs were Keith
Steffee and Bill Page, while Jack
Staling and Darrell Couey notched up
single victories.
Leading in the hitting department
was catcher Ben Hudenko with an
average of .350, and the only other
men to bat over the .300 mark were
Jack Breslin, of football fame, and
Bucky Walsh. Breslin slammed out
enough hits for a mark of .344; and
Walsh averaged .313 for the nine
Entire Squad Competes
Throughout the tour, the Michi-
gan State coach did not once send in
the same players twice, thus making
sure that every member of his 20 men
squad had a chance to compete. Since
returning from the southern junket,
the Spartan's diamond mentor has
two additional bright prospects who
were unable to go along with the
team. Robin Roberts and Pat Pep-
pler were both delayed because of the
basketball season, and now are seek-
ing spots on the varsity nine.
Roberts is a leading right-handed
flinger, who boasts a blazing fast ball


and has exceptional control. Pep-
pler roams the outer gardens, is fast,
and it is expected that his bat will
bring smiles to Kobs' face. He is one
of the few left handed batters on the






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