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WEDNESDAY, MRCH .3,..8...........~



o Pucksters End Top Season
#' Squad Breaks Minnesota Jinx
By DES HOWARTH, Associate Sports Editor

Wayne Is First Baseball
Opponent i '46 Season
MCCoy, Nelson Will AS11 &Coali Fisher;
Several Former Letter Winners Return




WITH Spring in the air, it may seem inappropriate to discuss such a defi-
nitely winter sport as hockey. But with the puck season now over, we
feel that a few words of the Michigan's sextet's accomplishments are justi-
First of all, and perhaps most important to the Wolverine fan, is the
fact that Michigan finally broke the Minnesota jinx and dethroned the
Gophers as mythical Big Ten hockey champs. Ordinarily that would make
anY hockey season a success, but Coach Vic Heyliger's youngsters did: much
better than that.
With a double win over Michigan Tech last weekend the Wolverines
completed the most successful year in Michigan hockey with 17 victories
in 25 games. And hockey has been played by the Maize and Blue since
1921. In addition several new scoring records were established during
the season.
Michigan's offensive-minded puckmen scored 168 goals for an average
of almost seven goals a game, which is considerable scoring in any league.
In one game they tallied 16 goals, five of them coming within four minutes
and 16 seconds. Another time wingman Al Renfrew scored twice within
seven seconds. Gord MacMillan set a new individual mark with 59 points to
erase Heyliger's old mark of 47 set back in the season of 1937-38. Yes, it
was quite a successful season.
Good as Michigan's record was, it undoubtedly would have been bet-
ter, if the team had not played such an arduous schedule, which included
eight games against the University of Toronto and Minnesota on four
successive weekends.
EFORE the Wolverines met the Windsor Sp)itfires in the opening game
last December it was quite obvious that this year's aggregatio ' would
give a much better account of itself than Michigan hockey teams of the
past. The line-up was studded with very capable Canadians and three very
good freshmen from Minnesota. This trio, Wally Grant, Neil Celley, and
Clem Cossalter had played high school hockey together at Eveleth, Minn.
and didn't take long to establish themselves as regulars.
Getting an early start in practice, Heyliger had two well-coordinated
lines, with a third in reserve, ready for the opening whistle. In addition
with Cossalter, Ross Smith, Bob Marshall and Connie Hill he had four
outstanding defensemen. The names of forwards MacMillan, Ren-
frew, Grant, Celley, Bill Jacobson and Wally Grant were soon to appear
often in the scoring colunin.
Michigan won eleven straight games against some very formidable
opposition, including two decisive wins over Minnesota. The team's spirit
was all that could be wished for, and its passing and shooting left nothing
to be desired. Then the Wolverines met the powerful University of Toronto
and the complexion of the picture changed.
There's no denying that Toronto had the better team, but playing
at the Blues' Varsity Arena, the Wolverines played great hockey, but it
wasn't enough to beat the more experienced Blues, and Heyliger's men
lost twice, once after holding a four goal margin. Then came the jour-
ney to Minneapolis, and the Michigan hockey machine showed the first
signs of cracking.
After being held to a tie in the third game with the Gophers, it was
apparent that the Wolverines were a tired bunch. They lost the final con-
test, 5-2. The following week the Wolverines lost two more games to To-
ronto, simply because they were worn down in the final period.
Later defeats by Brantford and Michigan Tech in the first game
of the four game series can be attributed directly to the fact that there
was a definite let-down on the part of the team. This was the natural
result of the long schedule against top-rate teams.
Heyliger's crew, did bound back, however, to win its last four games.
Against the Detroit Auto Club in Windsor, and in games against Tech in
Ann Arbor, the team regained its top form. It is perhaps too bad that the
season had to end when it did with Michigan in the mids4 of another win-
ning streak.

With the unusual occurence of two
straight spring-like days here in Ann
Arbor, thoughts of the coming base-
ball season which opens April 191
against Wayne come to mind.
Since the end of the basketball sea-
son more than 130 hopefuls have
been working out in the Yost Field
House under the watchful direction
of Coach Ray Fisher and his two as-
sistants, Ernie McCoy and Davey
Nets In Fiel House
The infield of the Field House has
been rigged up with a series of nets
hanging from the rafters to form two
batting cages and allow the players
to engage in pepper games and loosen
up their throwing arms.
Fisher has recently cut the squad
to slightly more than a hundred. The
emphasis has been on batting prac-
tice which incidently has been excel-
lent training for the mound staff.
Veterans Return
Three pitchers and last year's in-

CHAMPS . . The 1945-46 hockey team, which produced the best season in the history of Michigan's puck ag-
gregations. The highlight of the season was the dethroning of Minnesota's Gophers as Big Ten champions.
Michigan's record was 17 victories and eight losses.

Cincinnati Reds Picked for
Last Place in Setitor Circuit


TAMPA, Fla., March 12--(A')--
Cinncinnati Reds had defeated

He had speed, control and all that!
-The stuff, Meaning stuff in the sense that
the a pitcher has it or doesn't have it.

Detroit Tigers in their opening ex- and if that doesn't make sense we
hibition game and it seemed a good haven't our stuff today.
time for the Reds to end their sea- We've always been an admirer of
son right there, as after they had Beggs. He was on relief so long with
beeggsn Heewasron relmefoso long with
beaten the World Champions any~ t~he Reds he developed a bull pen pal-
thing else they might do would be or and any time he came into a game
anti-climatic, and they probably will without men on the bases he felt
do plenty of anything else, lonesome. He was a good relief man,
In fact, many folks are picking too, winning nine straight in that
the Cardinals and Reds to finish 1-8 role in 1940.
in the National League, and although Gets His Chance
the Red players and officials can't He wasn't happy, though. He
see themselves as a last-place club, yearned for a chance to start games,
it is undeniably true that unless they and finally, late in 1943, Bill
can find a couple of men who don't McKechnie let him start a game.
think hitting a ball over an out- Then another one, and another one
fielder's head is against the rules until Joe had a record of something
they are going to have their troubles. like five victories against one defeat,
Reds Well Balanced that an extra inning game with the



field will head the list of prospects for
the 1946 team that will certainly see
M aRi~am ps the return of many former stars such
as Elmer Swanson. Bliss Bowman.
'J one of the top hurlers on last year's
W ill Pe rform squad, Cliff Wise, the number one
pitcher on the 1941 team, and Dick
At O pe Savage, letter-winner in 1942, will
form the nucleus of the pitching staff.
Last year's infield is intact this
Sports lliii!ting ShoW year. Tom Rosema tops the list of
Slated for Wednesday candidates out for the first base slot
on this year's nine. Dom Tomasi and
The fifteenth annual sports OpenI Jack Weisenberger, last year's sec-
House will be staged at the Sports dnd base and shortstop duo, will be
Building on Wednesday, March 20, around for another year, although it
with the events starting at 7:15 p.m. is known that there are several likely
and featuring intramural champions prospects who may beat them out
in a wide variety of indoor and out- for positions on the starting team.
door sports. McCoy, Nelson Are Assistants
The first match of the all-campus Walt Kell will again be available
badminton tournament will be played for duty on the hot corner as he was
followed by an exhibition basketball last year. Fisher will have to start
game between Greene House, resident anew in his search for the three men
champions, and Lloyd House. Phi who will patrol the outfield for the
Rho Sigma and Delta Sigma Delta 1946 Wolverine team. At present
from the fraternity basketball league there are no veterans from last year's
will also stage an exhibition game. squad, although it is certain that
Diving will be represented by tank from the number of those trying out
stars from the varsity swimming team that the coach won't have too much
and a wrestling match held with trouble finding men for the positions.
stars from the varsity squad partici- Fisher's two assistants are former
pating. Dick Sieswerda, fencing in- Michigan baseball stars. Ernie Mc-
structor, will offer his best proteges Coy, who was recently appointed to
in a match with the foils. Available the post of Assistant Athletic Direc-
at the golf driving nets will be Bill

bt at the University, will be one as-
istan coach. McCoy was a member
of Fisher's squads back in 1927, '28.
and '29. lIe made the trip to Japan
with the Michigan team back in 1928.
Davey Nelson was a member of the
picket line which boasted such names
as Dick Wakefield, Whitey Holman,
and Pattl White. He won letters in
1940. '41, and '42.
TI team will begin to practice out-
doors as soon as the weather permits.
Last ydi the team moved out onto
the diamnond on 'Marchi 20 while in
other yeai's couldn't go outside until
the first or second week of April.
With the large turnout, the Michi-
gan coaches are anxious to see what
the various tryouts can 'do in fielding
and throwing. The limited indoor fa-
cilities in use now leave much to be
desired for rounding the defending
champions into form.
CoU iii ('i Sets
Reeord While
WmfhlmI( Title
Michigan's wrestling captain, Bill
Corky) Courtright, set a record while
winning the Western Conference
championship in the 155-pound class
last Saturday at Champaign.
Courtright. who started the season
wrestling in the 165-pound division,
pinned every one of his four oppon-
ents in the Conference meet to gain
the 155-pound crown.
The wrestling captain lead the
team in victories with six during the
regular season to combine with the
four wins he garnered at Champaign.
His only blemish was a defeat at the
hands of Illinois' 165-pounder, Dave
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Tigers Blasted by Yanks
12-(A)-Jumping on George Caster
for an eight-run sixth inning which
included home runs by Joe DiMaggio,
Joe Gordon and pitcher Bill Zuber,
the New York Yankees plastered the
World Champion Detroit Tigers 12
to 1 here today before 3,847 fans.
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The Reds will have good pitching,
good catching, a fine second baseM
combination and a young third base-
man who may be a real star beforec
long. Then comes the period. There
just ain't no more. The consistent,
stout hitting isn't there, and even(
the best pitchers have to have some
runs scored behind them.
We saw three of the chuckers
against the Tigers. Bucky Walters
worked three innings satisfactorily,
although he complained of either a
sore or a tired arm afterwards.
Johnny Vander Meer worked three
innings, and he was Johnny Vander-
Meer, a little wild, a little unpredict-
able, but nevertheless effective.
Beggs Looks Promising
Then came Joe Beggs, whom we
thought did the best job of all; a
job the more remarkable in that he
hadn't thrown a baseball in nearly
two years until a couple of weeks ago.
MSC Backfield
Coach Resigns
After Six Years
EAST LANSING, March 12 'Il' -A
football coaching combination which
has been intact since 1928 except for
a six-year stretch, was broken up here
today with the resignation of 42-year-
old Joe Holsinger as backfield coach
at Michigan State College.
Holsinger, who played three years
of football at Kansas State under
Charley Bachman, present M.S.C.
Head Coach, and assisted the old
Notre Damer at the University of
Florida and for the last seven years
at the Spartan institution, said after
a conference with Athletic Director
Ralph H. Young that he would retire
immediately from the coaching pro-
fession to enter the retail dairy busi-
ness at Jefferson City, Mo.

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Cardinals. He won his only start in
1944 before going into the service.
"Mr. McKechnie wondered how I,
could take up right where I left off,"
Joe says. "I told him that after four
years in the bull pen a pitcher needs
two years rest.'

Barclay, the Wolverines golfi mentor,
to give hints and instruction to spec-




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chapter of the fraternity who are
now enrolled at the
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Holsinger was backfield coach from
1928 to 1933 under Bachman at Flor-
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M.S.C. in 1939 after two years as an
assistant mentor at Wisconsin and
four years as assistant coach at the
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At Michigan State, Holsinger
helped Bachman devise his famous
"Flying Z" formation, which has pro-
duced 11 victories and one tie against
four defeats in Iwo seasons of use.

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