~SATURtDAY, AR~tCh 23, 194(;
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Illinois, Irish OfferMain
Challenge to Wolverines
IMihigan Two-Mile Relay Team 1tavoredI;
1.o1 ville Figured To Push Purdue's Ilangert
in in Purdue
Tigers Beat Yanks, 9-6;
Other Scores Reported
By BILL MATNEY
Michigan's 24-man track squad will
enter the Fourth Annual Purdue Re-
lay championships today-in a dual
role-that of defending champion
and as underdog to Illinois, newly-
crowned Conference champion.
The Wolverines will be favored
to capture their specialty, the two
mile relay and are conceded a
good chance of copping the sprint
medley race. Coach Ken Doherty
has entered Chuck Low, Archie
Parsons, IHerb Barten, and Bob
Thomason, in that order in the
two mile contest, while he will rely
on Hugh Short, Val Johnson, Jim
Pierce, and Barten to take the
Sprint Medley. In entering Short
in this event, he consciously weak-
ened the mile relay quartet, per-
To Compete in
Michigan's swimmers will send an
11-man squad to New Haven next
weekend to compete in the ann~ual
NCAA tank meet at Yale's Whitney
In his 20 years at Michigan Coach
Matt Mann has never finished lower
than second in the National meet and
it is this record that the Wolverine
mentor will be out to retain. Ohio
State will rule as a top heavy fa-
vorite to keep its 1945 honors.
The Wolverine natators whom
Mann will take to New Haven are
Charley Fries, Dick Weinberg, Matt
Mann, III, Neville Adams, Charley
Moss, Bob Sohl, Captain Heini Kes-
sler, Bob Matters, Alex Canja, Gil
Evans and Ralph Trimborn. Chuck
Barnes, Jerry Sullivan and Tommy
O'Neill may also make the trip.
In preparation for the NCAA
competition Mann will have six
swimmers in the Indianapolis Divi-
sional NCAA meet today and tomor-
row. Mann, III, and Adams will com-
pete in 500 and 1000-yard events for
the Maize and Blue.
Matters and Willard Metcalf will
probably swim in the 220-yard back-
stroke races with Alex Canja, Gil
Evans and Ralph Trimborn entered
in the 3-meter diving event.
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sonnel of that group reading John-
son, Bill Haidler, Pierce and Hor-
Notre Dame is expected to offer
strong opposition to the Wolverines'
distance medley team of Thomason,
Coleman,.Ross and Bob Hume. The!
Irish will enter Bill Leonard, Ed
Tulley, Fred Jones, and a fourth man
to be named later.
The high jump will see the top'
leapers in the Midwest in action. De-
fending his crown and the Relays
record will be Ken Wiesner, of Mar-
quette, who cleared 6 ft. 6 3/8 in. last
year. Bob Harris of the Wolverines
will also find stiff competition in Ed
Taylor of Western Michigan, and
Dick Kilpatrick of Purdue. Ted Jud-
son will also compete for the Maize
and Blue in this event.
After exploding a 50 ft. heave in
practice this week, Chuck Fonville is
expected to push Purdue's Bill Ban-
gert to at least 52 ft. in the shot put.
Teaming with the frosh star will be
George Ostroot, who has tossed the
shot consistently all season.
Jack Martin, former Big Ten
champ in the low hurdles, and John
Larson will compete for the Wolver-
ines in the hurdles. Illinois' George
Walker is expected to record his fifth
straight victory in this event. Lou
Fintell will round out the Michigan
contestants, by seeking to upset
Northwestern's Billy Moore and
Phelps of Illinois, who hold the meet
record at 13 ft. 7 7/8 in.
In the light of their performance
in winning the Conference mile relay
crown, the Illini. combo of Buster,
Rehberg, Gonzales, and McKenley,
is favored to lower the existing stand-
ard of 3:22 in this event.
COLUMBIA, S.C., Mar. 22-(/")-
Michigan State's baseball team won
tis third straight victory today, de-
feating University of South Carolina
9 to 4 in the first of a two game ser-
Right hander Bill Page of Muske-
gon went the distance for the Spar -
tans, limiting the Gamecocks to se-
ven hits while fanning five and walk-
ing six. Page is the third Michigan
State pitcher to go the route in the
three day old Southern training trip. I
Outfielders Jack Breslin, Floyd
Guest and Bob Ludwig each poled a
triple to feature the Spartan attack
which scored a single marker in the
fourth and put the game away in the
next inning with a four run splurge.
Thomason will run the anchor leg
of the two mile relay in the Pur-
due Relays to be held at Lafayette,
Won Three Baseball,
Two Football Letters
By WALT KLEE
The familiar figure to many of the
veterans who will be watching their
first Michigan baseball games in
several seasons will be Davey Nelson,
former star outfielder and present
assistant coach on this year's nine.
Nelson, who was known as "Little
Davey" during his playing days in
1940. '41 and '42 because of his di-
minutive size, is completing his work
on a Masters Degree in Physical Edu-
cation Administration before going
into his recently acquired post as
athletic director and head football,
basketball, and baseball coach at
Nelson Earned Three Letters
In three years as an undergrad-
uate, Nelson earned three letters for
his play on Coach Ray Fisher's base-
ball teams, and two for football,
where he understudied the great Tom
Harmon at. the running back position.
Nelson also tried to make the bas-
ketball team but fell short because of
his lack of height.
The fleetfooted athlete was known
primarily for his defensive play in
the centerfield position, where he
constantly brought cheers from the
crowd for seemingly impossible put-
Overshadowed By Other Stars
Yet the little centerfielder always
exhibited considerable prowess at
the plate, hitting above the .300 mark
in his last two seasons. He had the
misfortune to have to yield much of
the publicity given to Michigan bat-
ters to such stars as Dick Wakefield,
who went from the Michigan team
to the Tigers, and Bud Chamberlain,
Don Robinson, Bill Steppon, and
Nelson led off the Michigan bat-
timn attack most of the time during
his last two years, scoring more than
30 runs a season. His speed on the
bases was always an invaluable as-
set to the Wolverine nine.
Nelson Served In War
.During the war, Nelson has served
with distinction in the Aleutians and
on the Yorktown. After spending 17
months in the Islands at the begin-
ning of the war, the Navy sent Nelson
to the Glennview, Illinois Air Base
where he became a photo-intelligence
Then began his service of almost
a year on the famous aircraft car-
rier which participated in the initial
carrier strike at Tokio last Feb. 16.
and supported our landings on Iwo
Jima and Okinawa. Nelson's ship end-
ed the war at the mouth of Tokio
Bay where it had been engaged in
the everyday onslaughts on the Ja-
On next Sept. 1, Nelson will take
up the job which he credits his ex-
periences here at the University mak-
ng possible. "Hillsdale is a small
school with less than 200 boys, but
it has the best athletic plant in its
conference, and I am eagerly looking
forward to taking my new position."
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Last Times Ioday
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By WALT KLEE
Daily Sports Staff
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a series of eight eolumns writteni by
Daily sports staflf members covering the baseball teams of the American League
and their pennant chances for 1946.
Q NE of the four teams currently being mentioned as the pennant winners
in the Junior Circuit this year is Tom Yawkey's Boston Red Sox. The
Hub City nine may finally cash in on the money their owner has been doling
out in an effort to bring the flag to the New England city.
Manager Joe Cronin wll have one of the best keystone combinations in
either league this year in Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky, two more than
capable outfielders in Ted Williams and Dom DiMaggio, and what may be
the best pitching staff in the majors. His only two holes are the third man
in the outfield and third base.
Doerr, in the four seasons he played second baseman in Beantown,
earned the reputation of the best second baseman in the big time.
Detroit fans and Yankee followers will take violent exception to 4
this, but the fact remains that Doerr had the highest percentage in
the field the last two years he played. The second sacker also was known
for his work with the bat, hitting over .300 consistently.
Pesky, in the brief time before he went into service, was coming up fast
both as a fielder and a hitter. Rudy York will add power with his booming
bat, although if George Metkovitch comes through in the manner he has
during spring training the former Detroiter may find himself relegated to
the role of a pinch hitter.
The third base spot is an open race between Ernie Andres, a youngster
who came out of service with quite a reputation, and last year's incumbent
Jack Tobin. Should Andres develop into an outstanding star Cronin may
field the hardest hitting and best fielding infield in the league.
WILLIAMS, American League batting champion in his last year of compe-
tition, is assured of his old post. DiMaggio, one of the best fielding pic-
ketmen in the big time, will again take his post in the center of the garden.
DiMaggio has always lived under the star built by his brother Joe, yet
any Sox fan will stand up for the Boston member of the DiMaggio family.
Dom has consistently hit over .300 and is one of the best leadoff men in
Johnny Lazor, a strictly wartime product, will be battling for his right
field post with Andy Gilbert and Tommy MacBride, neither of whom have
had any major league experience. MacBride came up from Louisville at the
end of last season and looked impressive.
Cronin has two capable catchers in Hal Wagner and Johnny Peacock.
Both are fine receivers but Wagner is the strongest with the bat and prob-
ably will be the number one backstop.
But the answer to the question will be found in the pitching staff. Tex
Hughson, who won 19 games in 1943 before going into service, was on of
the leading pitchers of the day, on a mediocre ball club. Experts say that
Hughson is a sure 20-game winner this season, and may. bring up to 25
victories into the Boston camp.
The number two hurler will be last seanson's outstanding rookie
Dave Ferris, whose 21-10 record was the best on his club. Ferris gave
indications of becoming one of the great pitchers in the national pas-
Rounding out the starting five will be Mickey Harris, Jim Bagby, and
Joe Dobson. Earl Johnson, Bill Butland and Randy Heflin will do the ma-
jority of the relief hurling. Harris was one of the most erratic pitchers be-
fore he left the game during the war. Bagby was an on and off pitcher for
the Cleveland Indians, while Dobson is an unknown quantity.
Should the pitching staff live up to expectation, and the two holes be
filled with stars, Yawkey may see the 1946 World Series played in Fenway
Park. At any rate the Red Sox are a certain first division club that will
have much to say in the final league standings.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March
22-P-New York's Yankees were
battered into defeat for the fourth
straight day, losing today's contest
to the Detroit Tigers, 9 to 6.
Eddie Lake, Doe Cramer, Ned Har-
ris, and Bob Swift of the Tigers slap-
ped out homers, three of them com-
ing at the expense of rookie pitcher
Randy Gumpert. Gumpert was on the
mound for six innings.
Big Al Benton was the victim of
the Yank slugging and was touched
for a pair of homers by Joe Di Mag-
gio and another by King Kong Kel-
Cle veland Is Beaten!
Cleveland (A) 020 000 200 - 4 9 2
Boston (A) 302 001 14X-11 10 1
Krakauskas, Gromek (4), Eisenstadt
(8) and Hayes, Hegan (6); Hughson,
Johnson (7) and Wagner, Pytlak (7).
St. Louis 100 000 020-3
Cincinnati 100 000 100-2
Beazley, White (5), Burkhardt
and Rice; Howell, Bowman (5),
St. Louis (NL) 200 000 002-4
Cincinnati (NL) 001 000 004-5
Surkont, Donelly (6), Schmidt
and Wilbur; Shoun, Gumbert
Warren and Scheffel.
Philadel. (N) 100 000 001 -2 8 4
New York (N) 020 010 00X-3 8 1
Raffensberger, Ripple (6) & Semin-
ick 7zR. Fischer, Carpenter (7) &
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STILLWATER, Okla., March 22-
Three Michigan wrestlers entered the
semi-finals of the NCAA mat tour-
nament here tonight as Oklahoma
A & M, defending its title, led the
field with six qualifiers.
Captain Bill Courtright at 155
pounds for the Maize and Blue
showed therway for his mates by pin-
ning Ken Marlin of Illinois in 4:50.
It was the fifth straight victory by
falls for Courtright who took the
Big Ten 155-pound title in four pins.
Wayne Smith decisioned Gordon
Fleiger of Colorado State College,
17-9, to enter the semi-finals of the
136-pound class. The other Wolver-
ine semi-finalist was Dick Kopel at
121 pounds who drew a first round
Oklahoma Aggies led the qualifers
followed by Iowa Teachers, Michigan
State and Indiana, four men each;
ad Michigan and Illinois with three
Held Your Bonds
There will be a meeting March 26
at 7:30 p.m. in the Union of all
fraternity athletic managers. Earl
Riskey, director of Intramural ath-
letics, will discuss the spring inter-
fraternity sports program. Don't
miss this conference!
All men interested in participat-
ing in intramural fencing are
urged to attend a conference at
8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26
in the Union with Earl Riskey, di-
rector of intiamural athletics.
Bill Barclay announces that the
U of M golf course is opening today
(Saturday, March 23) to students,
faculty, alumni and guests. Students
must present identification cards.
Phone 2-1 721
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