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FRIDAY, MAY 10,; 1946-

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Nine Opens Crucial Series

with Hoosiers

Today

Middle-Distance Aces
To Vie in Weekend Meet

Title at Stake
As Teams Vie
In Blmigo

Michigan Downs Bronco Netters, 9-0;
Post, Hersh, McClusky Lead Attack

Michigan, Notre Dame
Are Evenly Matched
By BILL MATNEY
When Ken Doherty's Wolverine
tourney to South Bend Saturday to
compete against their arch rivals,
the Irish of Nptre Dame, track fans
will see five of the top middle dis-
tance men of the midwest match
strides for cinder supremacy.
Hard fought duels are expected to
materialize in the quarter mile, half
mile, and the mile when Notre Dame
throws its crack corps of middle dis-
tance aces, Bill Leonard, Fred Jones
And Bill Tulley against Michigan's
Herb Barten, Bob Thomason and
Hugh Short. Leonard, who saw his
string of victories vanish behind the
spikes of Indiana's Earl Mitchell in
the Drake Relays, will try to establish
a new streak at the expense of Bar-
ten and Thomason in the mile run.
Tulley will also run in this event and
possibly in the two-mile, in which he
will face Dean Voegtlen, Ed Johnson,
and Louis Nail of the Wolverines.
Barten, Leonard Duel Interesting
Considerable interest will be cent-
ered around the half-mile run. Bar-
ten, Conference 880 titlist, and
Thomason will double here, again to
meet Leonard, a creditable half-
miler. Chuck Low, rapidly improving
after a successful indoor season, will
try to give Michigan a sweep in this
event. Inasmuch as this is the first
real test for these men, Doherty is
expecting much better times than
were recorded last week at Purdue in
the cold weather. Short and Bill

Haidler, entered in the 440, will en-
counter stiff opposition in Fred Jones,
who ran well for the Irish in the
Drake Relays.
Irish Conceded Hurdles Races
Doherty concedes first and second
places to the Irish in the hurdle
events. Tom Kenny and Neil Mac-
Intyre will compete in the highs
while John Larson, Lee Kenney, and
Jack Martin will run the lows. Mar-
tin, former Big Ten champion in the
lows has not yet regained the form
that made him the top hurdler in
the Midwest of 1944, but should round
into shape in time for the Conference
meet May 31.
Horace Coleman, a quarter-miler
until the Purdue meet last week,
flashed unexpected speed in the 100,
and 220, and will run these events
Saturday. Val Johnson, another quar-
ter-miler with sprinter's assets, and
Bob Ferguson, winner of the 100
against Purdue, will run both events
also.
Wolverines Strong In Field
Michigan appears to be well forti-
fied in the field events, George Os-
troot and Chuck Fonville and Jim
Artley heaving the discus and the
shot, and Bob Harris and Ted Judson
in the high jump. Bob Baker, Larsen,
and Judson are entered in the broad
jump, to give Michigan balance in
the field.
Lou Fintel, who was to represent
the Maize and Blue in the pole vault
injured his ankle in practice last
week, and will not compete. Glen
Whittle will be the lone contestant for
Michigan in this event.

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Block and Bowman
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Wellington
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Stretches Win
Sixth Triumph

By WALT KLEE
Today and tomorrow may answer
the question as to whether Michi-
gan's baseball team will be able to
take its third straight Big Ten crown.
The Wolverines are in Blooming-
ton for two games with Indiana in
a series that Coach Ray Fisher thinks
may decide the Big Ten pennant win-
ner.

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DIES SEZ
i Boston's Pennant Fever
iooDetroit's Sluggers Fail
By DES JOWARTIJ, Associate Sports Editor
OWN IN BEANTOWN baseball fans are getting the fever, pennant fever
that is. And well they might for at this writing the two Boston clubs
are putting on such a display of winning ball games that hometown fans
are optimistically looking back 18 years to the time when Boston last had
a pennant winner. The Red Sox in the American League are currently run-
ning away with the race and the Braves are not far from first place in the
National loop.,
Right now the Sox are the hottest team in baseball, having won
20 and lost three, and they are boasting a 14 game winning streak, the
longest in their history. This is one of the fastest starts in the annals
of diamond nine sport. However, let it not be forgotten that the New
York Giants made a similar start last year with 20 victories in the first I
25 games, and Mel Ott's menW ound up in sixth place.
Whether the Red Sox are going to lead the league until October
will depend upon many things, the main item being Manager Joe Cronin'sI
ability to handle his pitching staff. In the past Boston has had some hard-
hitting ball clubs but usually failed to finish in the money because of an
uncertain mound corps.
THIS YEAR THINGS look different. Again the Red Sox have a heavy
offense, but they also have four very capable starting hurlers with Tex
Hughson being the outsanding member of the quartet. Close behind him are
Mickey Harris, Dave Ferris, and Joe Dobson. So far this season this quar-
tet won 14 games.
Too, Cronin's club has been aided by some unexpected power at
the plate. Johnny Pesky is leading the league in batting at this point
with teammate Ted Williams a close second. However, Dom DiMaggio
and Hal Wagner rate among the league leaders also and are currently
batting about 200 points over their life-time averages. They can't be
expected to maintain this clip for long.
Just how far the Red Sox are going to go this year towards copping their
first pennant since 1918 can better be determined after the Sox return
from their first Western trip of the year. If the Croninmen can swing
through Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Chicago and still maintain a
winning average, the chances will be very bright for them to cop the
flag. As yet, however, we're unwilling to concede the Sox the pennant.
They've folded up too often in the past, especially on road trips.
Over at Braves Field the hopes for a league winner are not quite as
brighLt. True the Braves have one of the best managers in the game in
Billy Southworth, and his presence may lift the National league entry into
the first division for the first time in years. Still it is a long jump from fifth
place to first, especially with competition like St. Louis and Chicago to beat.
IF THE BRAVES wind up either third or fourth, Boston fans can well be
satisfied. The Braves have come a long way in two years. They have
punch at the plate with outfielders Tommy Holmes and Johnny Hopp and
newly-acquired first sacker, Ray Sanders. Big Mort Cooper, Johnny Sain,
and Al Javery provide the club with three of the National's top hurlers. All
in all the Braves will probably mean lots of trouble for everybody but won't
win the pennant.
Biggest disappointment of the season has been the performance
of the World's champion Tigers. Thus far the Detroiters' potential
power has failed to materialize. At the plate sluggers Greenberg, Wake-
field, McCosky, Mullin, and Higgins have been like docile kittens rather
than fearful Tigers.
While the pitching has been up to pre-season expectations, the Ben-
gal hurlers have been plagued by throwing up too many home run balls. Of
the ten defeats suffered by Detroit, no less than half may be attributed to
circuit clouts by the opposition. Twice----
the Tigers have been beaten in extra
innings by one bad pitch which was BEER VA ULT
clouted out of the park.
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Speaking of the Indiana team the
Maize and Blue coach has said, "In-
diana has the best ball club in the
Midwest, and we will have to beat
them twice if we hope to do it
again."
Teams Watch Badgers
Both teams will have their eyes up
in Minneapolis where the undefeat-
ed Wisconsin nine meets with the
Gophers in a two game series. Wis-
consin has racked up five straight
wins against the second division ball
clubs in the Conference and must be
beaten if the Wolverines or Hoosiers
can win.
Four top Wolverine pitchers will
be ready for the two game series
with the Hoosiers. Today, Earl Block
will be back on the mound after just
two days rest, while tomorrow's start-
ing hurler will be Bliss Bowman.
Cliff Wise, who registered a shut-
out victory over Western State last
Tuesday, will be available should
either starter falter. Pro Boim, who
also pitched in Wednesday's game
against the University of Detroit, will
also be ready to pitch if needed.
Both Have Single Loss
Both teams have been beaten once
in Big Ten competition, and know
that they must win both games if
they are to stay in the race. The
Hoosiers split two games with Minne-
sota last weekend while the Wolver-
ines were dropping a game to Illinois.
Today's game will see the Hoosier's
brother battery of Ralph and Art
Brickner, while Johnny Logan will
do the hurling for Indiana tomorrow.
Both hurlers have two Big Ten wins
to their credit.
With ten games under the Wolver-
ines' belt, Elmer Swanson is far in
the lead in the batting and slugging
department. The hard hitting back-
stop has hit better than .500 after
a poor showing in the two games
against Wayne for a .461 average.
Swanson has batted in 24 runs, 13
more than his nearest competitor,
Tom Rosema.
Earl Block leads the Michigan pit-
chers with three wins against no de-
feats. Bliss Bowman, Cliff Wise and
Pro Boim each have racked up a
pair of victories while Boim is the
only hurler credited with a defeat.

EARL BLOCK... With three wins
already this season the big right-
hander will be gunning for number
four today..

By CHUCK LEWIS
With five of the nine matches go-
ing but the minimum of two sets,
the Michigan varsity tennis team
overpowered and shutout the Bronco
squad from Western Michigan yes-
terday afternoon at Ferry Field, 9-0.
It was the Michigan netmen's
match the entire way after the first
four singles matches were completed
Linksmen Not
Up to Par in
.Last .defeat
"We were just not up to our usual
form," was golf coach Bill Barclay's
remark concerning the loss his team
took at the hands of the Michigan
State golfers on the Spartan course
Wednesday.
"The State course is easier than the
University course, the weather condi-
tions were about the same, but the
Wolverine scores were considerably
higher," he continued. A good indica-
tion of this is shown by the fact that
79's by Pete Elliott and Rog Kessler
were high for Michigan in the match.
Elliot had a 75 in the first match
against the Spartans and Dave Bar-
clay, who shot an 81 Wednesday,
had a 76.
Despite the one-sided match score,
there was little difference in the
stroke scores between the Wolverines
and the Spartans. With the excep-
tion of Jim Funston's 71, the scores
were bunched between 78 and 83. The
deciding factor in the match was the
consistency of the Spartans, which
enabled them to edge the Wolverines
in holes won, upon which the out-
come of match play depends.
The one good note in the match
for Michigan was the play of Elliot,
whose 79 was a decided improvement
over his scores of last week-end.
Coach Barclay and six of the
Michigan squad will leave today for
Champaign for a 36-hole match with
Illinois Saturday. The six-man team
will consist of Dave Courtright, Ed
Schalon, Bill Ramsey, Kessler, Bar-
clay and Elliot.

and Michigan contestants emerged
victoriously on all of the occasions.
Hersh Pulls Surprise
The biggest surprise of the meet
was Jack Hersh's sterling victory
over Wally Stuckert, playing number
one for Western Michigan. Hersh
played a steady, consistent game to
take his first win in the last three
matches. His record for the season
now stands at him breaking even
on six matches, playing number one
for the Wolverines.
Captain Dave Post returned to ac-
tion yesterday afternoon for the first
time this year. Due to a scholastic
schedule of MedicalSchool, Post had
been unable to enter competition un-
til yesterday. He celebrated his re-
turn to action by handing the Bron-
co's Ray Postema an overwhelming
defeat to the tune of 6-1, 6-0. The
netmen's captain competed in the
number five slot.
Bill Mikulich, playing in his usual
number two position, returned to
the win column by winning from Ar-
nold Brown. It was Mikulich's back-
hand that wore out his opponent, 6-3,
3-6, 6-3, and brought his season's
record to equal Hersh's to three wins
against as many setbacks.
Wellington Extends Streak
Fred Wellington extended his win-
ing streak to six without a blemish
this year by taking John Milroy,
Western Michigan's number three
man, in two sets, 6-0, 6-4. Mickey
Dayton, competing in the number six
position, played well in his first ap-
pearance in action this season while
beating Worth DeBoer, 6-0, 6-3.
The closest match of the day was
the number four encounter which
brought together Dean McClusky for
Michigan and Western Michigan's
Andy Moses. This contest was fought
down to the last point with McClusky
coming from behind after losing his
first set to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles Teams Star
Coach Leroy Weir used various
doubles combinations to good ad-
vantage. Dayton played with Hersh
in thednumber one slot and both per-
formed well to take Stuckert and
Milroy, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Jim Evans and

FOR ANY MAN'S
FEET!

Paul Schoenlaub handled the num-
ber two assignment in straight sets
over Brown and Moses, 7-5, 6-4.
Ted Merry made his first appear-
ance in competition yesterday and
combined with Hal Cook in the nuni-
ber three doubles match to beat Pos-
tema and Cliff Moulton, also in
straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Tennis Summaries
Singles:
Jack Hersh (M) def. Wally Stuc-
kert (WM).6-4, 2-6,.6-2.
Bill Mikulich (M) def. Arnold
Brown (WM), 6-3. 3-6, 6-3.
Fred Wellington (M) def. John
Milroy (WM), 6-0' 6-4.
Dean McClusky (M) def. Andy
Moses (WM), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Dave Post (M) def. Ray Postema
(WM), 6-1, 6-0.
Mickey Dayton (M) def. Worth
DeBoer (WM), 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles:
Hersh-Dayton (M) def. Stuckert-
Milroy (WM), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Jim Evans-Paul Schoenlaub (M)
def. Brown-Moses (WM), 7-5, 6-2.
Hal Cook-Ted Merry (M) def. Pos-
tem-Cliff Moulton, 6-4, 6-3.
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ELMER SWANSON ... Big gun in
the Wolverine attack with 24 RBI
and a healthy BA of .461.
I-M Results
In the final playoff of the intra-
mural volleyball tourney Delta
Kappa Epsilon defeated Theta Chi
2-1.
SOFTBALL RESULTS
Palmer Co-op, 19; Reefers, 2
Bus Ad, 1; Ships Co.. 7
Poontangers, 5; Gamma Delta, 9

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S Major League Standings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis.......... .
Brooklyn ............
Boston ..............
New York ..........
Chicago...........
Pittsburgh...... .. .
Philadelphia.......

W L Pet.
12 6 .667
11 7 .611
9 8 .529
10 10 .500
10 10 .500
9 1 .450
5 13 .273

BATTING AVERAGES

AB
Swanson ...........39
Houser............. 25
Kell .............. 38
Chappuis..........38
Nussbaumer.......36
Weisenberger ...... 27
Rosema ...........41
Tomasi ........... 25
Robinson.......... 30

H Pct.RBI
18 .461 24
10 .400 8
14 .369 6
14 .369 10
12 .333 6
9 .333 4
12 .293 11
6 .240 0
7 .233 3

YEST'ERDAY'S RESULTS
New York 6, Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 8, Brooklyn 7
Boston 5, Chicago 2
TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh at Chicago
Boston at Brooklyn (Night)
Cincinnati at St. Louis (Night)
(Only Games Scheduled)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
W L Pet.
Boston ..............20 3 .869
New York............ 15 7 .682
Detroitk.............. 12 10 .545
St. Louis............9 12 .429
Washington ..........8 11 .421
Chicago.............. 7 11 .389
Cleveland............6 13 .316
Philadelphia .........6 16 .273
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
Detroit 9, Washington 8
Philadelphia 7, Cleveland 6
Boston 7, Chicago 5
St. Louis 6, New York 1
TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE
Boston at New York
Washington at Philadelphia
(Only games scheduled)

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