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, Golf Team Comes Through
i Michigan Drops Four Crowns
By DES HOWARTH, Associate Sports Editor
,rI TH RESPECT to Big Ten titles, it looked very much like this would
be a sad year for Michigan athletics. Up to the proverbial eleventh
hour the Wolverines had not a crown and with the final three being decided
on' Saturday things looked black indeed. Neither the track team nor the
tennis squad had much of a chance, and the golf team was down three
strokes to the title-holding Ohio State Buckeyes at the half-way point.
The possibility was all too strong that for the first time since the 1921-
22 season Michigan would find itself without a Conference title. This wasn't
too cheerfula picture, especially contrasted to just two years ago when
Maize and Blue teams copped eight Big Ten crowns out of nine, a feat
never before approached.
But Bill Barclay's golf squad put on a sparkling exhibition up at
Minneapolis on the final 36 holes, and paced by Ed Schalon, won the
title going away. It was team balance that turned the trick, and kept
the Michigan title string intact.
Last year four titles came to Ann Arbor, but all were relinquished dur-
ing the present term. Coach Ken Doherty's indoor track team was the
first to give up its honors, but then only by the narrowest of margins as a
powerful Illinois contingent edged the Wolverines by two-thirds of a point.
On the same night the swimmers too suffered defeat, being swamped by
Mike Peppe's Buckeyes from Ohio State.
Michigan's Conference winning tennis crew of 1945 was the third to
lose its crown this year. The Wolverine netmen could only garner fifth
place in the Big Ten finals at Evanston Saturday, losing top honors to
For the second time in four years Coach Ray Fisher's diamond
squad was "washed out" of the title in baseball. At the beginning of the
season chances were bright that the Wolverines would take a third
straight Conference crown. But rain caused cancellation of at least
four games and had its effect on the others.
The Maize and Blue were forced to play doubleheaders against both
Illinois and Minnesota, and split with both. While the Michigan mentor
would be the last to offer alibis for defeat, he admits that the nine probably
wouldn't have dropped either game if they had been played as scheduled.
And if the full schedule had been played out the Wolverines still would
have had an excellent chance for a tie.
DESPITE THE FACT that the football 11 failed to win the grid honors,
many loyal fans declare the Wolverines had the best team in the con-
ference at the end of the season. With seven victories in ten games the
season was highly successful. Two of the three losses came at the hands of
the country's leading juggernuats, Army and Navy. The other defeat was
administered by the Big Ten champs, Indiana.
The Wolverines played only one bad game, but that was against the
Hoosiers in the season's second contest. The result was disastrous. After
spotting Bo McMillan's gang a two touchdown lead Michigan came
back with a rush to score one and drive to the Indiana five yard line in
the final minute of play. But the attack bogged down and defeat fol-
lowed. Both teams went through Conference opposition undefeated
from there on. Incidentally, it marked Indiana's first undefeated sea-
son in 49 years.
Against Army Michigan put up a magnificent first half battle, and by
the West Pointers' own admission gave them their biggest scare in two
years. The Cadet's power was too much in the long run. Nevertheless they
were held to their lowest score of the season.

Michigan Nine To Finish
Schedule This Weekend
Wolverines To Face Michigani State, Wet4ern
Michigan, and Notre Dame Away from Home

Michigan's second place Big Ten
baseball team will complete its 1946
schedule this week facing Michigan
State, Western Michigan, and Notre
Dame, all games being played on the
The Wolverines, who have won 15
games while dropping but three of
the games played so far this season,
will meet the Spartans at East Lan-
sing tomorrow before going on a
two day trip Friday and Saturday to
Kalamazoo and South Bend.
Tight Till Seventh
Until the seventh inning in the
second game in Saturday's double
bill with Ohio State it appeared that
Michigan was going to fall before the
jinx that has dogged the team all
season, not being able to win both
ends of a bargain bill.
But the Wolverines came to bat
after the stretch and knocked lefty
Bill Schmitter, the leading hurler
on the Buckeye squad this year, from
the mound with a four run rally, and
went on to win the game in the
ninth when four men reached first
safely before a man was retired.
Michigan in Second Place
By winning the second game the
Wolverines clinched the second rung
in the Big Ten ladder and prevented
the 1945 title holders from slipping
into a tie for the fifth slot. The 6-2
record of the Maize and Blue was top-
ped only by the Wisconsin nine whose
9-2 record was good enough to win
the first title the Badgers have held
in 16 years.
The Buckeyes fielded a team that
had been riddled by triconosis caused
when the team ate on the trip to Ann
Arbor. At least three of the starting
team were unable to play Saturday
due to a weakened condition.
Wolverines Bat Well
Yet nothing can be taken away
from the Wolverines who displayed
timely power at the plate and suffered
only one collapse in the field when
third baseman Walt Kell made two
boots in a row in the eighth inning
of the afterpiece.
Cliff Wise hurled one of the best
ball games of the year when he scat-
tered five Buckeye hits in the opener
to win 6-1. The lanky right hander
would have had a . shutout save for
his own balk with the bases loaded,
forcing in the lone Ohio State tally.
Earl Block, the starting pitcher in

the second game, suffered only in
one inning, the fourth, and allowed
four runs to cross the plate. The big
right hander hurled two shutout in-
nings before being removed for a
pinch hitter in the seventh.
Bliss Bowman, who relieved Block
on the pitching rubber, was equal to
the task and allowed but one unearn-
ed run in the two frames he was on
the mound.
The hero role in the second game
was filled by centerfielder Bob Nuss-
baumer whose triple in the big inning
was the blow of the rally.. Nussbaum-
er also drove in the winning run in
the ninth with a single to deep short.
He also connected for a triple in the
Houser Singles
Much of the credit for the Michi-
gan victory must go to Ralph Houser,
whose sharp pinch single over second
base, kept the Wolverine rally alive.
Walt Kell's single and Don Robin-
son's long fly to center drove in the
other two runs.
Robinson had been the batting
star in the opening game with three
hits for five at bats and a long fly to
deep center which Norb Ranz pulled
down after a long run. Tom Rosema,
Kell, and Nussbaumer each made
two hits for the Wolveines in the
'Mr. America'
To Enroll Here
For Fall Term
Giant To Answer Call
For Wrestling, Track
Rugged Alan Stephan, Navy-dis-
charged Cicero, Ill., strong man who
was selected "Mr. America" in the
finals of a nation-wide contest in De-
troit Sunday, will enroll at the Uni-
versity of Michigan next fall, it was
learned last night.
Stephan, who competed in gymnas-
tics at Morton High school in his
home town, will go out for the Wol-
verine track and wrestling teams. He
plans to major in physical educa-
Turned Down Hollywood
The 5 foot 11 inch 190-pound blond
giant turned down two Hollywood
contracts in order that he might con-
tinue his education.
During the war, Stephan served as
a judo instructor with the Seabees.
He is a former Navy wrestling cham-
Navy Pin-up Man
Stephan posed for official Navy
recruiting posters and is the sole en-
listed man whose picture is hanging
in Navy headquarters in Washington
among pictures of the fleet's admirals.
While in the Navy, he won a wrest-
ling championship. Stephan plans
to compete in the discus and shot-
put events on the track squad.
PITTSBURGH, June 3-(/P)-Ath-
letic Director James Hagan an-
nounced tonight that the University
of Pittsburgh, which failed to gain
membership to the Western Con-
ference last week, would play four
and possibly five games with Con-
ference football teams in 1947.
Continuous from 1 P.M.

Sports iAight Editor
Sidel ghts on the Conference Meet .. .
sOMETHING HAPPENED to the men competing in the final track meet
of the 1946 Big Ten Outdoor season. After compiling poor times all
year, every competitor snapped to and gave inspired performances in
weather that was considered bad in terms of good track marks.
Herb McKenley had most to do with the injection of running fever
into the meet. Spectators in the stands knew as soon as they saw the
tall Jamaican rocket from the chute that he was gunning for the
world's record. After he finished the race, McKenley calmly donned his
sweat clothes and patiently waited for the announcer to break the news
to the spectators. McKenley was in the center of the track as the time
of :46.2 boomed out of the loudspeaker. And as the crowd rose to its
feet in a tremendous five-minute ovation, Meienley turned toward the
stands, acknowledged the acclaim and then walked swiftly toward the
Illini dressing room to rest for the 220-yd. duel coming up against Lloyd
LaBeach of Wisconsin.
Several minutes later the fans were told that the first four men in the
quarter mile event had been clocked below :48 seconds, while the fifth man,
Marce Gonzales of Illinois, was timed in an even :48. This meant that Illini
Carl Ockert completed the distance in :47.5, Hugh Short of Michigan in
:47.7, and Carl Baynard of Ohio State in :47.9. This feat will give the ex-
cited fans something to talk about until the running of the NCAA meet in
Minneapolis, June 21, at which time the best in the Middle West will vie with
the cream of the Far West crop.
4'* *
COACH LEO JOHNSON had his men primed for a glorious day, much to
the satisfaction of the 9,000 partisan fans, second largest gathering in
Conference history. After Bill Mathis had lost the 100 in a close decision
to LaBeach, Bob Rehberg came from behind to win the mile going away.
This race put the fans in the right mood for McKenley's record-breaking
dash in the quarter.
The crowd went wild when Rehberg returned to pull the 880 out
of the Buckeye fire. The .Illini strong boy held off until the last 150
yards, then sprinted past Malvin Whitfield as the Buckeye freshman
tightened when challenged.
Q UITE A FEW FANS were in doubt, prior to the running of the 220, about
whether McKenley could run under pressure. They had their answer
when fellow Jamaican LaBeach pulled McKenley most of the way in the
furlong before Hurrying Herb shifted gears and pulled away as they snapped
the tape. LaBeach was clocked in :20.7, a tenth slower than McKenley.
~** * *
Michigan's quartet of Val Johnson, Bill Haidler, Hap Coleman and
Hugh Short was very much surprised and pleased when Coach Ken
Doherty announced that the time for second place in the event was
3:15.7, but the team was even more surprised by the showing of Ohio
State, barely shaded at the tape in the last event of the day.
* w' * * *
COACH LARRY SNYDER of Ohio State remarked during the meet that
Bill Clifford, his versatile-distance ace, was worth 10 ordinary men. Per-
haps this was an exaggeration, but Clifford was an important factor in the
Buckeye drive for runner-up honors. He realized that he couldn't match
Rehberg's finishing drive in the mile, and pulled up after making sure that
he had the valuable second spot wrapped up.
Clifford then ran immediately behind the unseasoned Whitfield
in the half and held a determined Rehberg off until the last 150 yards,
but the Illini ace was not to be denied and roared right on past. Clifford
pushed Whitfield to the tape, and finished third himself. Later he asked
Snyder for permission to run a leg on the the relay, stating only that he
felt live running. The Ohio coach nodded approval, and Clifford com-
plied with an unofficial :48.9 clocking.
* * * *


LOST: Monday. Navy wallet. Gach's
Picture Shop. Finder please return
contents to Lynn Shapiro, 1308 E.
Ann. (2
LOST: Small portable R.C.A. radio.
Lost Saturday at Clarks. Call Jean
Gaffney, 2-2543. Reward. (13
LOST: Somebody traded raincoats
with me at the Deutscher Verein
dance. Call Bob, 9888. (12
LOST: Maroon Schaeffer pen on
campus or at Stockwell. Reward.
Call Lois 2-4471, Room 2539. (11
LOST: Chi Omega pin with name
Florence Murray on back, between
E. University and Washtenaw on
Willard. Reward! (9
WALLET lost Memorial Day in Ar-
boretum. Reward. Call Guy Bor-
den, 5348. (7
LOST: Brown wallet, please return
to 715 Hill.' 8623. Sta-nley Glass-
man. (6
LOST: Black raincoat in League.
Call 7851 - Bernice. (1
LOST: 4 keys in a key holder in
vicinity of South State St. near the
campus. Call 6913. Reward. (20
LOST: Pi Beta Phi pin, May 29.
Engraved "Dorothy Eycleshymer".
Sentimental value. Finder call 2-
4514. Reward. (24
LOST: Behind Angell Hall, May 29,
red and blue girl's Shelby bike,
with rusty bell, wire basket. Re-
ward for information resulting in
return. Call Jean 2-5232. (22
set or single pieces. Box 63. (30
WANTED: Girl's bicycle with shift,
in good condition. July or sooner.
Call 3185. (3
fornia. 1941 Chevrolet leaving Sat-
urday, June 8. Phone 2-2317.
MIDWAY Bicycle Shop, 322 E. Lib-
erty. We have rebuilt used bikes
for sale. Your bike can be expertly
repaired also.

MEN for part time work on farm,
preferably with farm background
and experience. Laboratory orch-
ard, 1831 Traver Road. Phone 8023.
21. Knowledge of music, typing.
Call in person. Lyon & Healy, 508
E. William. (15
HELP WANTED: Male drug clerk,
full or part time, experience pre-
ferred. Top pay. Apply Witham
Drug Company in person only.
PLATINUM cuff links, Elgin watch
and chain. Man's topcoat, size 38,
hat 71/8. Ladies suit 16-18, good
condition, rear ap't, 324 Thompson
St. 2-6294. (14
FOR SALE: Pair men's riding boots,
size 11. Practically new. Call 8986
after 6 p.m.
FOR SALE: 4 rooms of furniture.
Practically new. Owner is veteran
leaving Ann Arbor. Inquire 1031
Woburn Court, corner Pittsfield and
Berkshire Rds., Willow Run.
TUXEDO for sale. Size 38, 31-31.
Double-breasted. For more infor-
mation Ph. 2-7383 or write Mer-
rill Wilson, 1111 Woodlawn. (21
CO-OP summer personnel interviews
for interested students will be held
at the Union, Saturday at 2 p.m. (8
INTERESTED in taking cab to De-
troit airport June 18, 4:00 p.m.
Contact Betsy Lazar, 2-4561.
North Main Opposite Court House
Ends Tonight -
Bill Elliott
- and- N
Starts Wednesday
Brenda Marshall

$35 apartment ideal for student
couple for larger one with bed-
room to make way for infant. Call
2-2483. (5
NEEDED: Charitable gift of old
piano to University of Michigan
Fresh Air Camp for boys. Ph. Uni-
versity ext. 2158.
E. Huron. Let us make your drapes,
alterations, and custom made
clothes! *Phone 2-4669.
MEN'S Used Clothing Wanted. Best
prices paid. Sam's Store, 122 East
TYPEWRITERS bought, sold, rented,
repaired. Work guaranteed. Two
days' service. Office Equipment
Co. 111 4th. St., phone 2-1213.
Today thru Thursday
Rob't Montgomery - John Wayne
[- and
Laurel & Hardy featurette

Chicago's exit from the Conference;
track scene was made in a blaze of
glory. An unheralded thinclad rush-
ed into the lead in the two mile, held
that position by a wide margin for
half of the race, then stepped off the
track well satisfied with his effort.
After winning the 220, Herb Mc-
Kenley was collared by the officials,
led before the judges stand, and in
a pompous ceremony, was presented
with an engraved wrist watch, repre-
senting his selection as the "Most
Outstanding Illinois Athlete of the
Year", by the "Daily Illini", campus


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