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By CLARK BAKER
Daily Sports Editor
WHAT PROMISES to be baseball's greatest season in history opens today
with President Truman slated to starton the mound at Washington
and all 16 Major League clubs set to blast the lid off a five-month campaign
for diamond honors.
The cry of "Play Ball" today will stir America's millions as it has in no
other season. For three war-torn summers baseball has had to struggle
along as best it could, relying on fuzz-faced kids and bearded old-timers to
keep the diamond dust whirling. Now the Williamses, the Dimaggios, the
Greenbergs and the Fellers, idols of the millions, are back to spearhead
America's first post-war summer.
Just how good the old favorites will be is a question for time alone.
How many wartime youngsters will be able to hold their jobs likewise
poses an enigma which won't be settled until next September. But we'd
like to delve into the future long enough to make a running guess at
the standings as they'll look when the World Series rolls around in Octo-
THE NATIONAL LEAGUE is first. It's hard to see anybody beating the St.
Louis Cardinals out. They've got the Majors' best pitching, a strong de-
fensive array and plenty of power to burn. In our book the Chicago Cubs,
good all around, will give the Cards' a brief fight, before losing out around
mid-season. New York will have a contender in Mel Ott's Giants. A good
catching staff plus power will bring the New Yorkers a third place.
To round out the first division we'll string along with Leo Duro-
cher's Brooklyn Club. The Dodgers have just enough of everything plus
a good trio of outer gardeners to squeeze into the top foursome. Pitts-
burgh may beat out the Durocher squad, but at present the Pirates have
too many question marks. The rest of the line-up will see the Boston
Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Blue-Jays finishing in that
'HE AMERICAN LEAGUE presents a little more of a problem. The first-
place battle will center around New York, Detroit and Boston with
Cleveland holding an outside chance. The Yankees will base their hones on
the League's best defense, explosive power and Joe McCarthy. We think that
McCarthy's handling of his hurlers will give the New York club the edge after
a close fight.
Steve O'Neill's Tigers are ticketed for second place. Their pitching corps
will make it hot for the Yankees but the infield is too big a question mark.
The Red Sox have plently of long-ball hitters and we expect Ted Williams to
walk off with slugging honors, but we can't see any better than third for
the Bosox. Joe Cronin has yet to prove himself a better-than-average mana-'
ger. The fight for first division spots will be a wide-open one but we can't
see Washington, Chicago, St. Louis and Philadelphia getting any higher than
And there it is. The Yankees and Cardinals to clash in 4he World
Series next October. We'll wait until then before picking the 1946 World
Champion. Because this is going to be a season full of surprises we would
not advise laying much money on the line.
Following the. Yanks will be Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, Washington,
Chicago, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Behind the Cards will be Chicago, New
York, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
Detroit Opposes Browns in Season Opener
Hal Newbouser to Face Potter
As Title Defense Begins Today
Tigers Out to Slop
Opening Day Jinx
By The Associated Press
DETROIT, April 15-The World
Champion Detroit Tigers, with a line-
up bearing only slight resemblance
to that with which they nosed out
the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World
Series, open defense of their Ameri-'
can League Baseball Championshipt
Potter, the Browns' 15-game winnel
of a year ago.
Newhouser Named As Starter
Strangely enough, Newhouser goes
to the mound facing a two-way jinx
in seven years of processional base-
ball Hal never has won the first game
he's pitched in any season. The Tig-
ers, likewise, haven't taken an open-
ing game victory since 1939. St. Louis
beat Newhouser 7 to 1 in the 1945
Only four veterans of the World
Golfers Face '
With the season opener against
Michigan State coming up Saturday,
s Coach Bill Barclay has finally suc-
ceeded in cutting the golf squad down
to the 13 members he expects to re-
tain through the approaching sea-
After putting the squad through a
ssecond round of play-offs over the
week-end,uBarclay also has a pretty
good idea of the six men he Will use
against the Spartans Saturday on
the University links. Freshman Dave
Barclay who has been playing a con-
sistently good brand of golf since
the start of practice will certainly be
one of the six, along with Pete El-
liot, another standout in pre-season
play. The balance of the team will
probably be comprised of Ed Schal-
oon, Dunc Noble, Roger Kessler, and
Topping the varsity golfers in the
week-end competition was a 77 by
De Vries. Closely following were Dave
Courtright with a 78, Doug Beath,
Noble, Schalon, and Ramsey with 79,
and Elliot with an 80. Kessler and
John Bennett, both freshmen, wound
up with 81.
Next Saturday's match will be the
first for both teams, and Barclay
has little idea of what to expect from
the Spartans. The competition will.
be "stiff enough," he predicted. No. 2
man on the State squad is Dale Ott-
mar, former Ann Arbor High star. It,
is rumored that Coach Ben Van Al.
styne has at least six men on his
squad capable of breaking 80, but to
natch these Barclay has about ten
men who have broken 80 in practice
The week-end play-off tourney al-
so established several men on the
freshman squad. They are: John
Bezverkov, Howard McDonald, John-
Olson, Bob Muir, Gordon Rosencrans,
NROTC Rifle Team
Beats Irish, Purdue,
Michigan's NROTC rifle team de-
feated Notre Dame and Purdue Sat-
urday in a triangular match at Notre1
The match was close until the off-
hand firing which the Wolverine
quintet under Lt. Neal won easily
to walk off with top honors. The
Michigan team with their scores:
Jim Timidaiski, 170; John Blank,
175; Galen Gilbert, 170; George Lind-
gren, 170; and Jim Erickson, 172.
Nine Faces Wayne Here Friday
With Winning Streak at Stake
Tern' Tops Normal
a In Practice Tilt
With a 20 game winning streak
and its third straight Big Ten crown
at stake, the Michigan baseball team
will open its 1946 season Friday
against 4the Wayne University nine
on the Ferry Field diamond.
Following the contest on Friday the
two teams will square off in the re-
tnmatch of the season Saturday
Nine Wins In Ninth
Coach Ray liisher's charges ended
their pre-season practice game sched-
BATTING STAR .Bob Nuss-
baumer, one of the leading Michi-
gan batsmen in four pre-season
games, will be seen as the center-
fielder against Wayne on Friday.
ule yesterday as they defeated the
Michigan State Normal team for the
second time since Friday by a 4-3
margin with a run after two were out
in the last half of the ninth inning.
The Hurons got to Dick Body-
combe, one of the four B-Men, for
three runs in the first three innings.
The feature of the visitors' rally was
a home run with the bases empty in
the third inning by Andy Newlands,
the Huron's first sacker.
The Wolverines pushed three runs;
across the plate in their half of the
third and the score remained tied at
three all until the Wolverines came
to bat in their half of the ninth.
-A trio of second string hurlers, Bud
Rankin, "Bo" Bogart, and Bob Mac-
Intyre held the Hurons to two safeties
for the last six frames while the
Wolverines played perfect ball afield.
Elmer Swanson led off the last
inning by popping up. MacIntyre got
on base when shortsop Bill Nuse
threw wide of first. Jiny Brown,
playing for the injured Don Robin-
son at short, went out on an infield
Bob Nussbaumer walked setting
the stage for Bliss Bowman's game
w inning single through the right side
of the infield scoring Maclntyre.
Bowman played in left field in yester-
day's practice tilt.
Friday's Starters Uncertain
The starting team in tie week-end
series against Wayne is still un-
named due t.o the injury to Robinson
and a possible inj;ury that nay bench
Jack Weisenberger who wa slated to
play the shortstop position
Should Weisenberger fail to recov-
er fromi a le tat has been boteriig
him for the paist week, B3rown, will
take over twm position. Brgn was
the regular shotnstop on the Western
Michigan team last season and has
shown a good deal of ability afield
but not too much power at the plate
in practice so far this season.
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"DAYS OF '76"
SLAG L E'S"
Mann to Teach
Swimming season may be over at
Michigan but there'll be no let-up for
Matt Mann, the Wolverines' genial
For the next six weeks Mann will
head an Army Athletic Division in
swmming instruction at Stuttgart,
Germany. The school which opened
yesterday expects to train 500 officers
and enlisted men in athletic instruc-
tion during the first five weeks.
During the final week Mann will
impart his tank wisdom to a group of
WAC'S and Army nurses. All the
classes in swimming will be held in
the spacious Stuttgart Stadium pool.
There are an estimated 250,000
American occupation troops in the
Mann left the United States April
4 making the 22-hour trip to Paris
by plane across the North Atlantic
George Wilson, physical education
instructor at Northwestern, made the
trip with Mann.
All men interested in trying out
for the position of baseball mana-
ger can report to practice at Fer-
ry Field any afternoon this week.
STARTING HURLER ... Hal New-
houser who will attempt to break
a jinx today as he opens the 1946
season as the Tiger's pitcher.
here tomorrow against the St. Louis
Browns with forecasts of fair andE
cooler weather presaging a record
opening day throng of 55,000.
Sunny But Cool
Sunshine, notwithstanding temp-7
eratures expected to dip into the low
50's, stood certain to bring out a turn-
out in excess of the record 51,000:
which watched the Tigers open here
in 1938. Briggs Stadium was pre-
pared to entertain 56,000 fans-al-I
most exactly twice the opening day"
crowds of each of the last two years.
Hal Newhouser, ace lefthander who
won 25 games for the Tigers in the
1945 season and twice beat the Cubs'
in the World Series, was Detroit's 3
pitching nominee, opposing Nelson
NUMBER TWO PITCHER??? Paul
"Dizzy" Trout who may be the
number two hurler on the World's
Champions this season.
Series last October were in Detroit's
starting line-up for tomorrow's game,
including Newhouser and his battery-
mate catcher Paul Richards, second
baseman Eddie Mayo and first base-
man Hank Greenberg, back in the in-
field for the first time since 1940.
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today at 4:15 in the Rackham Lec-
ture Hall. Students will not be re-
quired to present tickets or identifi-
cation cards for this lecture.
Freshman Health Lectures -
Women - Section II (Tuesdays):
Students enrolled in Section II who
wish to attend Dr. Vincent's lecture
on "Courtship and Marriage" may
make up their required lecture by at-
tending Section III, on Wednesday.
Those students unable to make-up
this period wil be expected to attend
Tuesday's class as usual.
Students, Spring Term, College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts:
Courses dropped after Saturday,
April 20, by students other than
freshmen will be recorded with the
grade of "E". Exceptions to these
regulations may be made only be-
cause of extraordinary circumstances,
such as serious illness.)
History 50, mid-semester, April 16,
10:00 a.m., ADAMS to KATZ, Room
B, Haven Hall; KAY to ZEEB, Room
1025 Angell Hall.
Bacteriology Seminar will meet on
Tuesday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. in
Room 1564 East Medical Building.
Subject: "Recent Developments in
the Application of Serological Tech-
niques to the Study of Virus Disease."
Seminar in Applied Mathematics
and Special Functions: At the meet-
ing at 3:00 p.m. today, in 312 West!
Engineering, Professor Bartels will
continue the discussion of Conical
Flow of Gases.
Analytic Functions Seminar will
meet on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in
3201 Angell Hall. Mr. Lee Thompson
will speak on "Lindelof's Principle
and the Picard Theorem".
Seminar in physical chemistry will
meet on Thursday, April 18, in Room
410 Chemistry Building at 4:15 p.m.
Professor E. F. Barker will speak on
"Resonance Effect in Ammonia and
Carbon Dioxide". All interested are
The University of Michigan Sym-
phony Orchestra, William D. Revelli,
Conductor, will present a program at
8:30 Thursday evening, April 18, in
Hill Auditorium. Jeannette Haien, a
graduate student in the School of
Music, will appear with the orches-
tra in Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 in
E-flat Major, "The Emperor," for
piano and orchestra. The public is
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Open daily 8-12, 1:30-4:30, Saturdays
College of Architecture and De-
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