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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 1946

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sport

Critic

Cries

for O'Neil's

Scalp as

Tigers

Hit

By CLARK BAKER
Daily Sports Editor
Sports writers who ventured out on that old sagging limb a short six
weeks ago with their sage observations that the Detroit Tigers and the Newf
York Yankees would battle it out for the American League pennant are now
wondering what has happened to the Tigers.
Never a good cold-weather club, the Auto City lads have looked par-
ticularly inel t this spring. At the moment the Detroiters are staggering
around like blind mice trying to keep over the .500 mark. Most scribes>
have diagnosed the case as spring fever and are eagerly waiting for theQ
Bengals to snap out of it.
Fully aware that we do not qualify as doctors, we, however, would like
to propose another cure for the ailing Tigers; namely, a change of managers."
It just happens that there is a good head man free at the moment. He's Jim-
my Dykes, late of the Chicago White Sox. The pot is made to order. Detroit
has a good outfit, something that Jimmy never had to worry about at°
Chicago.f
And Dykes is a first class manager as any American league fan will O'NEILL ... Questioned
Thinclads 'Defeat by Ohio State Dims
Chances for Big Ten Runner-Up Spot

swear. His clubs never made the headlines and never walked off with a
flag but no Chisox fan will deny that the fiery manager did about all that
was possible and a little more with his bunch of Chicago have-nots.
It's not that we don't like Steve O'Neill or that we're trying to second
guess the Tigers plight. Stout Steve is just a year behind times. The war
ended in 1945 and the American League has changed a lot since the Tigers
skidded into the pennant last fall.
How many Tiger fans can remember back to the days of Joe Mc-
Carthy's great world championship Yankee teams and how even in those
days the Tigers used to break even with the Bronx Bombers. Last week
the 1946 Yankees in the throes of a batting slump were virtually handed
a two-game series by the Tigers.
Detroit lost the opener 5-3 literally running into that now-famous triple
play which will probably go into baseball history as a "freak" play. Frank
Shellenback was coaching on third base for the Tigers but Wolverine fans
were reminded of a double play with O'Neill at third in the Michigan-Tiger
game two days before. But the Tiger:, didn't give up. In the ninth they had
two men on base with one out and pitcher Dizzy Trout slated to bat.
O'Neill who has had pinch-hitters on the brain all year suddenly

decided to out-mastermind the Yankees. lie let Trout hat for himself.
The rest is history'. Detroit failed to score and lost the first game to the
Yanks.
With virtually his whole staff to pick from for the second game of the
series, O'Neill decided on Stubby Overmire, saving his ace, Hal Newhouser,
for a night game against the weak-hitting Chicago White Sox the next day.
Stubby didn't last long, nor did reliefers Virgil Trucks, Hal White and Tom-
my Bridges.
In our book O'Neill should have used Newhouser against the Yanks
saving Trucks for the night game. Trucks is a fast-ball pitcher who
should do well under the arcs. But O'Neill elected to send the fireballer
in against the Yanks under the beaming sun and the New Yorkers were
duly appreciative. Trucks made about four pitches, saw two balls sail
into -the stands and four runs cross the plate.
Sports writers took great pains to point out "Bill Dickey's managerial
errors in his first contest as Yankee pilot Saturday. For six weeks now they
have completely ignored the same boners being pulled off by Detroit's Steve
O'Neill. The Auto City fans have been giving their team a lot of support this
spring. They don't deserve such a lousy deal.

Val Johnson's Performance Stands Out in Loss;'
Coplin, Barten, Ed Johnson Also Draw Praise

Not only did Michigan's thinclads
take a heavy dousing from the wea-
ther last Saturday in absorbing a
67-55 lacing from Ohio State, but
their chances of taking second place
in the Big Ten championships this
*eeek-end were also consideraby
dampened.
The bright spot of the day was
Val Johnson's fine showing in the
sprints. Johnson upset locker-room
dope by defeating Ohio's Carl Bay-
nard in the 100 and 220, in the smart
times of 10.0 and 22.0.
Coplin Comes Through
Next to the sprinter's efforts, Hack
Coplin's pole-vaulting drew praise
from Coach Ken Doherty. The tall,
drawling transfer from Oklahoma
Baptist College is listed on the
track roster as a hurdler. Although
he had done no vaulting since early
in the winter, Doherty needed a vaul-
ter Saturday-and Coplin answered
the call admirably. Hi§ 12 ft. 6 in.
jump was good enough to take second
to Ohio's jack-of-all-events, Lloyd
Duff.
Buckeye Duff would have done the
Wolverines a great favor by staying
i a

in Columbus Saturday. His 18 points
was a good deal more than the dif-
t ference between the two teams. He
tossed a lot of mud in the Maize and
Blue eye-and there was quite a lot
available-by winning three events
and placing second in another.
Barten Equals Ufers Mark
The two best races of the afternoon
from the spectator standpoint were
the half-mile and the two mile. Herb
Barten, ten yards behind Ohio's Mal-
yin Whitfield going into the last turn
of the 880, came on to win by inches
in the brilliant time of 1:56.5. This
mark tied the freshman record of
, Bob Ufer, and gave Barten his fourth
record of the year.
In the longer distance, Don Wash-
ington of Ohio out-lasted Ed John-
Sson to take the event, but only after
a healthy struggle over the entire
route. The lead changed hands three
times in the last half mile and John-
son came into the home stretch in
the lead. Washington powered his
way up to the Michigan thinclad, and
as the latter tired after sprinting the
whole last quarter, the Buckeye hit
the tape first. Johnson's perform-
ance was, however, his best of the
season.

Netters Prepare
For Big Ten Tilt
Michigan's tennis squad went
through a stiff practice session yes-
terday as they prepared to climax
the 1946 tennis campaign in the Big
Ten Conference Championships be-
ginning Thursday at Evanston.
The practice period was spent in
improving some of the players' weak
shots, now that the final singles' line-
up has been settled. Both Bill Miku-
lich and Jim Evans are working on a
stronger forehand, while Jack Hersh
is attempting to get his overhead
game back into form.
Wellington To Be Ready
The ankle injury contracted in the
Minnesota match by Fred Welling-
ton, the Wolverine third singles' man,
handicapped him again while play-
ing on the Irish asphalt courts, but
he expects to be in shape by the
time the team leaves Wednesday.,
Another injury-ridden player is
Hal Cook, whose chances in the Con-
ference were narrowed when he
wrenched his back in the Kalamazoo
contest. Cook is undergoing treat-
ment is also expected back for the
Big Ten Meet.
Against Notre Dame, Cook drop-
ped the first four games to his op-
ponent, then put on a terrific spree
and took the next seven to win the
first set and make a good start in
the second. He gave Michigan a big
point by winning 6-4, 7-5.
Weir Praises Mikulich
In commenting on the 5-4 Satur-
day win, Coach Weir gave special
praise to Mikulich, seeded second,
who after winning the first set 6-4,
and trailing by four games in the
second, finally broke through and
won five straight games to take the
set and match.
Weir is still undecided as to which
doubles' combinations he should take
to Evanston, and remarkec that he
is tempted to gamble on some other
line-up. The usual duos consist of
Hersh-Evans, Mikulich - Wellington,
and McClusky-Schoelaub.
Major League
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE

Crisler Leaves
For Big Ten
SpringParley
H. 0. (Fritz) Crisler will leave Ann
Arbor today for the spring meeting of
the Western Conference athletic di-
rectors and football coaches this
week at Clampaign, I1i.
An Associated Press dispatch from
Pittsburgh stated that the. University
of Pittsburgh will be represented at
the meetings by Athletic Director
Jim Hagen and football Coach Wes-~
ley Fesler. ,ccording to earlier re-
ports Pitt's athletic officials had
denied making "formal application"
for membership in the Big Ten.
A meeting of the Conference facul-
ty representatives later this week will
act on the University of Chicago's
withdrawal and consider applications
for membership. Michigan State and
Pitt are the two most prominently
mentioned candidates for admission
to the Conference.
The coaches and directors will con-
sider the 1947 and 1948 football
schedules as the main item on their,
agenda. Crisler indicated that there
might be changes made in the war-
time regulations which have been in
effect for three years.
Baseball's
Big Six

Badgers Take Big
As Rain Prevents

Ten Title with 9-2 Record
Four Wolverine Contests

Wisconsin, Bad Weather Combine To Tumble
'Michigan Nine from Conference Baseball Race

By WALT KLEE
Rain made its appearance for the
fourth straight week-end and washed
out the two game series between the
Michigan and Purdue baseball teams
while Wisconsin was victorious in a
pair of games with Northwestern to
clinch their first Big Ten title in 16
years.
It was a bitter pill for the Wolver-
ines to swallow, because it was the
rain that had forced cancellation of
four games and the playing of two
twin bills that contributed the most
to the dethroning of the Wolverines
from the title they had held for two
years.
Badgers Cop Crown
Wisconsin's Conference record
shows a record of nine wins against
just two losses, while in non-Big Ten
games the Badgers have been beaten
three times by teams that the Maize
and Blue have defeated.
Two victories over Chicago, North-
western, Purdue and single victories
over Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State
far surpass the two defeats suffered
at the hands of the Gophers and
Buckeyes.
Michigan State overwhlxped the
Big Ten Champions in a two game
series by the lop-sided scores of 11-2
and 12-2 before falling before Ray
Fisher's team by the score of 4-2.
Western Michigan took the measure
of the Badgers 7-3 before they lost
to the Wolverine nine.
Jaroch Tops Hurlers
Yet against Conference foes the
Badgersweresalmost unbeatable, and
with a break from the weatherman
that Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana
did not get, came out on top. Gene
Jaroch, number one hurler on the
Wisconsin team, is due much of the
credit for his team's record.
The right-handed pitcher won all
six of his starts, allowing a fraction
over a single earned run per game and
an average of five hits to become
one of the most effective pitchers
in the history of the Conference.
With one more week of scheduled
games remaining on the Big Ten slate
only two positions are clinched, that
of the first place Badgers and the
last place Chicago Maroons who fail-

ed to win a single game in their 10
game schedule.
The Wolverines will meet Ohio
State in two games here this week-
end in a series that will determine
whether they will finish second place
or in sixth place. At present Michigan
is tied for second with Illinois and
Iowa with a .667 average.
Minnesota and Indiana are also
in striking range for the second place
berth in the final standings with a
percentage of .625.
Today will see the Wolverines in a
return game with Michigan Normal
at Ypsilanti. This will make the
fourth meeting of the two teams this
season with the Hurons still seeking
their first victory.

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