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TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 1946

'1I1 11 1 BJ kN D III

Coach Fisher
Cuts Diamond
Squad to 40
Tallet Likely Choice
For First Base Spot
After giving the 70-odd tryouts
for the, 1946 baseball team two weeks
in which to prove their ability, Coach1
Ray Fisher has cut the squad to less
than 40 men, almost the size that
will open the season for the Michi-
gan team on April 19.
Remaining on the squad are ap-
proximately two full teams plus eight
catchers and more than a dozen
hoping for positions as pitchers. In
line with his policy Fisher has not
cut any pitchers from the roster.
Emphasis on Batting
As has been the case for the pastc
few weeks the emphasis will be plac-1
ed this week on batting in the two,
cages that have been set up in the
Field House. In addition to allowing
the players to regain their batting
eyes, this form of practice has been
the best available for the mound staff
that is quickly rounding into form.
Almost everybody remaining on
the staff is being given an opportun-
ity to show what he can do from
the mound. In this manner Fisher
hopes to find the fourth starting
hurler. His tentative three starters
at this date are Bo Bowman, Cliff
Wise and Irv "Pro" Boim.
Former Irish Star Here
Last year's first baseman, Tom
Rosema, has looked well at this posi-
tion and may change positions to
make way for Jack Tallet, who cov-
ered first base for Notre Dame for
two years in 1942 and 43. Talet is a
long ball hitter, and may be remem-
bered as the only player to hit a home
run off Boim. His hit gave the Iirish
a 4-3fdecision in the 1942 season.
Fisher's main worry these days is
waiting for the weather to clear up
so he can see what his charges can
do on the diamond. The coach would
like to be able to move his practice
sessions out of doors before April 1,
which would give him almost three
weeks to decide on the lineup for the
Wayne opener.
Evers Injury
Blow to Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla., March 18-P)-_
Loss of rookie centerfielder Walter
(Hoot) Evers for a three-month per-
iod because of a broken ankle comes
as a body blow to Detroit's hopes of
repeating in the American League
but Manager Steve O'Neill is taking
it all in stride.
Nobody knew better than O'Neill
how valuable Evers can be to the
Detroit Ball Club. The youngster
from Collinsville, Il1., had been lead-
ing the Tigers in spring training
with a brilliant .400 plus average.
The club was in the process of los-
ing its sixth straight spring game
St. Patrick's Day when Evers spikes
caught in second base and he went
down for the count.
Long after Managers O'Neill of
Detroit and Lou Boudreau of Cleve-
land helped carry him to the club-
house the official report came
from the hospital-one broken left
ankle and one broken right thumb.
Evers will be out for from 10 to 12
weeks and perhaps longer, a tough
pill for an ex-GI who finally had a
chance to make the big time.
As matters stand O'Neill probably
will open with Wakefield in left, Mc-
Cosky in center and Mullin -in right.
Hank Greenberg, a little slow in hit-
ting his batting stride, will be at first,

Eddie Lake at shortstop and either
Pinky Higgins or Jimmy Outlaw at,
third. Birdie Tebbers, Paul Richards
and Bob Swift probably will divide
the catching.
Wakefield Triple Leads
Rally as Tigers Win, 8-5
BRADENTON, Fla., March 18---()I
-After seven straight, defeats, the
Detroit Tigers won a Grapefruit
League contest today by blasting the
New York Yankee "B" squad, 8 to 5,
with a 12-hit attack.
Dick Wakefield tripled with the
bases loaded for Detroit's first three
runs in the fifth, breaking a scoreless
tie. Wakefield tallied on Roy Cullen-
bine's fly with the fourth and last run
of Detroit's biggest, inning this year.
The Bengals boosted their lead to
7-0 in the sixth, Doc Cramer's three-
bagger being the big blow.
Cardinals, Senators Win,
Boston (A) 100 101 000 - 3 7 21
St. Louis (N) 052 194 IOX-131311
O'Neill, Dreisewerd (2), Powell (6)
and McGah, Doyle (2).
Barrett, Brecheen (7), and Rice,
Wilber (6).
Wash'gt'n (A) 004 100 014-10 14 1
Phila. (N) 000 000 100- 1 2 1
Wolff, Appleton (4), Haffner (7),
and Evans; Rowe, Hodkey (4).
Ripple (5), Eyrich (7) and Spindel,
Phillips (6).

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By DIES HOWAIRTI, Assqciatte Sports Editor

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ONE of the mysteries in sports which we have never quite been able to
understand is that concerning the play-off system in the Nationalt
Hockey League. At present six teams battle through fifty games a season to
determine a league winner and eliminate only two of the clubs.<
The Stanley Cup, emblematic of hockey supremacy, is decided by thel
first four teams in the standings. Very often the team that finishes on{
top in the regular season is eliminated early fron the play-offs and the
Cup is won by one that fared not-too-well in the season's competition. To
our mind this doesn't seem quite fair to the league winners.
One striking example of this occurred in tlie dlay-offs of 1938. Toronto
won the league title and then after defeating Boston in the semi-finals of;
Cup competition lost to the Chicago Black Hawks in the finals. Chicago was
definitely not the best team in hockey that year. In fact they were very for-
tunate to reach the play-offs. However, the Hawks got "hot" in the play-
offs and for two series were unbeatable.
Last year a like situation happened. Toronto, finishing third in the
league, met the Montreal Canadians. in the opening series. Montreal had
just won its second straight title and was gunning for a second Stanley
Cup. However, the Maple Leafs put the Canadians out of the running and
then went on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the finals for the Cup.
Yet for fifty games Coach Dick Irwin's club had demonstrated their super-
iority over the rest of the league, and on an overall basis definitely was
the best team of the year.
rTHIS year the Canadians took their third straight title, but not without
some stiff competition from the Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks. In
the play-offs it is quite possible that either team will eliminate the titlists
from the picture. And for that matter, the Red Wings are not to be ruled out
of contention.
Last night Boston clinched second place with a 3-0 victory over the
Hawks, who were also beaten on Saturday by the boys from Quebec. De-
troit, however, blew a chance for third money by dropping a pair of games
to the Maple Leafs over the week-end. So Montreal and the Hawks will
clash tonight as will the Wings and Bruins, in the first round of the play-
offs.
Montreal, with Bill Durnan at goal and Emil "Butch" Bouchard on de-
fense, probably presents the hardest combination in the league to score on.
In addition the Canadians have the trio of Richard, Blake and Lach, which
is one of the best forward combinations in the business.
Chicago on the other hand, has the best offense. The Bentley brothers,
Max and Doug, and Bill Mosienko, lead all other lines in scoring. In addi-
tion the Hawks have Clint Smith, who is also one of the NIIL's leading
scorers. Injuries to all four men in mid-season slowed down the Hawks
considerably, however.
Art Ross' Boston Bruins have a wealth of reserves and the "Kraut" line
of Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, and Bobby Bauer are always a threat, Goalie
Frank Brimsek, just back from the service, rates on a par with Durnan.
At the start of the season Manager Jack Adams said his Red Wings would
be lucky to reach the play-offs despite a fast start. The Detroiters have no
standouts with the exception of defenseman Jack Stewart. Lacking a capable
center all year, they bore out Adam's early prediction.
So that's the Stanley Cup line-up for this year. Personally, we look for
the Canadians and Bruins to meet in the finals. And the eventual winner:
les Canadiens.
HOLD THOSE WAR BONDS!

1 T rongesl 11f(i in the four-
Cil1p , Ids FTOipt . ear live, tory o he colorful Purdue
Relays will endanger several of the
IliiIllImeeN re'rds when th final action
Spectacular aiinong .1w events of gets underVay Saturday night,
1 M ' :Din thicBoilermaker field-
the Annual Intramural Open house to r1 2 in t oemake mel
be staged Wedm'w:xi:y itIfnI hieatIaaete One of the more
Sports Buildi wiill bean exhibit by f marks to break, however,
a troupe of expert gymnasts from, will be ie two-mile relay record of
Waterman Gymnasium headed by 7:40:1.4.,eablishecd in 1943 by a fleet
Newton Lokan. 1942's national inter- Wolverine quartet.
collegiate gymnastic champion. The story surrounding that record
For the past two w'ks the color- and the mI(len who wrote it into the
fil array of performiers have been books is indeed an interesting one,
polishing off theiir specialty acts in aan one that inspires the present
the apparatus room( of Waterman Ycluatl. iFor in 1943, Michigan pos-
Gym, in prepsiation for the gala 'sed One of thl strangest distance
sports pageant. Lokan, with five outflits in 11( history of the school.
members of his group consisting of There were six excellent half-milers
Bob Schoendube, Dave T.,{Clair, Loy- capable of breaking 1:57 consistently,
al Jodar, Joe Rivers, and Bob Wil- and choosing four men from this
loughby will dominate the spotlight group waS amnthilng but an easy de-
of the entire sio wii they demon- i ion for C CoacT Ol'ty.
strate their talents on the Irampo- Record stablished
line. The "tramp", as it is labeled by Finally the choice was narrowed to
rings, the mats, and the parallel lJohn Roxborougl, Ross Hume, Dave
bars will be the rest of the Water- Matthews. and Bob Ufer. It was in
man troupe consisting of& Carl lem- this running order that these men
mer, Pancho Saravia, Bob Lamb, swept through an eastern competi-
Chico Kennedy, John Foote, and lion without defeat, and climaxed
George Dales, wrestling instructor at the indoor track season by chalking
Waterman Gym. up the fastest two-mile relay time
Masters at making the liaird ones ever run on a dirt track in this coun-
look easy, Lokan and his prot eg-s will try.
thrill the audience with a variety of The Michigan foursome competed
trampoline stunts in the annual Knights of Columbus
In the apparatus room presenting meet in Cleveland on the Friday im-
a wide variety of stunts on the flying mediately preceding the Relays at
the boys, is a large sheet of canvas Purdue, and rushed off to catch a
suspended on a steel frame table by train for Lafayette after their vic-
heavy springs, producing the bound- tory, In spite of the grueling sched-
ing mat. ule, the quartet then surpassed all

previous feats by racing to a new rec-
ord.
Distance Teams Outstanding
Wolverine distance teams have
compiled an enviable record aside
from the performance at Purdue in
1943. Competing in the Millrose
Games for the past eight years, with
the exception of this season, Michi-
gan entries have won seven titles.
This traditional strength has also
been evident in the Big Ten over a
period of years. Most of the team
points have been gathered in the two-
mile, mile, and half mile, events, al-
though many conference titlists in
the same events have come from other
schools.
Coach Doherty gave no indication
as to the men he would enter in the
respective events, but did say that the
distance teams would be chosen from
any combination of Charles Low,
Herb Barten, Bob Thomason, Archie
Parsons, and Ross and Bob Hume.
Michigan's chief competition is ex-
pected to come from Notre Dame
paced by Leonard and Tully, and Illi-
nois, led by Rehberg, Bedell, and pos-
sibly McKenley.
Give to the Red Cross

Michigan's swimming team will
face Wayne University's natators to-
morrow night at Detroit Northwest-
ern High School pool without the
services of freestyler Dave Tittle, it
was announced yesterday by Coach
Matt Mann.
Tittle dropped out of school this
semester because of the draft. A pro-
mising freshman prospect last fall,
the Wolverine sprinter rapidly de-
veloped into one of Mann's main-
stays. Tittle was a member of the
iiauze and Blue 400-yard free-style
relay quartet which twice this year
set new intercollegiate marks for
freshmen.
Tittle's best performance came at
Ohio State last month where Nhe
pushed the Buckeye's Halo Hirose to
a fast :52 in the 100-yard freestyle
race. Tittle finished second to the
speedy Hawaiian in the event. At the
Conference meet last weekfT'ittle
took a fifth in the 50-yard freestyle
dash.

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