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-UT 5D ,, I, APRIL ' , lq47

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Six Wolverines Entered
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jany, Freiich Ace; Ollson, Swedish TFit"ist
To F1'ace U.S. Stars in Pre-Olympic Show

By MURRAY GRANT
Wolverine swimmers will again
invade the Ohio State NatatcAmt
as decided underdogs when Coach
Matt Mann and his six represent-
atives compete in the National
AAU championships timorrow anti
Saturday.
The Buckeyes, with the top four
divers in the country, are regarded
as tops and every advantage seems
to have been accorded Coach Mike
Peppe's crew as they attempt to
annex their third title of the year.
Individual Titles at Stake
With the team title all but de-
cided the focus of attention will
turn to the individual champion-
ships and thoughts will be on the
selection of next year's Olympic
Dick Weinberg let it be
known that Alan Ford's world's
record in the 100-yard freestyle
of :49.7 is far from secure yes-
terday as he was clocked in a
daily time trial only one-tenth
of a second off the Balboa Bul-
let's best time. Weinberg, Na-
tional 50 and 100 yard champ
was clocked by two watches in
:49.8 as he wound up training
for the AAU's in Columbus to-
morrow.
Teammate Charlie Moss also
turned in one of the fastest
clockings of the year yesterday
as he touched in :51.6.
team. All six Wolverines entered
have good chances of being named
to the all-star squad.
A touch of foreign flavor will be
added to the meet tomorrow when
two champions of Europe will com-
pete against the cream of Ameri-
can swimmers. In addition to Alex
Jany, sensational young French
freestyler, Coach Peppe has an-
nounced that Per Ollson, cham-
pion of Sweden, will display his
talents during thewtwo day meet-
ing.
Qilson Touring U. S.
Olison is currently touring the
United States, much as Jany has
been doing, in order to establish
good will among the countries and
to show us that the Olympics are
not a cinch.
Swimming for Michigan will be
two national champions and a

championship relay team. Cap-
tain-elect Harry Holiday will be
after an undefeated season in his
specialty, the 150-yard backstroke,
while Dick Weinberg will be aim-
ing to continue his winning ways
in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles.
Weinberg will meet Jany, the
French star, in what will proba-
bly be the feature attraction of the
meeting. It will be the champion
of the United States against the
titleholder of France in a race that
smacks of Olympic caliber.
Sahl Faces Verdeur Again
Bob Sohl will meet Joe Verdeur
again in what promises to be an-
other thrilling breaststroke clash
between the two best stylists in
the country. Verdeur set a new
NCAA record of 2:16.8 last week-
end when he edged Sohl in the
200-yard breaststroke.
Gus Stager will meet the same
competition he's been facing all
year and is expected to give a good
account of himself. Ohio State's
.Smith and Hill are favored in the
middle distance races, but Stager.
with a second place in the NCAA
under his belt, will press the Buck
eyes all the way.
Canja Ends Career
The two other Wolverine en-
trants are Captain Alex Canja,
who will dive for the last time in
Michigan colors, and Gil Evans.
This pair will have tough going in
their attempt to break into the
Ohio State dynasty of divers.
The 300-yard medley relay team
of Holiday, Sohl and Weinberg has
swept aside all opposition this year
and is heavily favored to finish the
season undefeated. They are hold-
ers of the world's record in both
the 300 and the 150-yard distances
and tomorrow they'll be trying to
lower their recognized mark of
2:50.6.
Baseball
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Tiger Beaten, -1
VALDOSTA, Ga., April 2-(P)-
The Boston Braves took advantage
of four Detroit errors today to
whip the Tigers 3 to 1 on rookie
Ed Wright's five-hit pitching,
squaring their five-game spring
series at two victories apiece.
Wright went the route, as did
Detroit's Freddie Hutchinson, but
two of the Tiger errors came in
the seventh inning when the
Braves scored all their runs and
Hutchinson's seven-hit mound job
was wasted.
Connie Ryan and Johnny Hopp
each contributed a pair of singles
to the Braves' attack and Roy
Cullenbine drove in Detroit's only
run with a first inning triple.
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Harris, Zuber (6) and Wagner;
Alitzer, Dana (7) and Finley.
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Chambers, Erickson (2), Adams
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and Hegen, Weigel (6).

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from each area based on tests taken by Michigan b asketballers. These tests were taken in hopes that
basketball might be put on a scientific basis.
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Thi '"idns A in,
At Series Tie
Will, alif or,, hi
Bears Hold Edge i
Three Dual Meets
By GEORGE VETTER
Michigan's trackmen will en-
gage California in a dual meet at
Berkeley, Cal. next Saturday,
having in mind the fact that the
Golden Bears are the only team in
the nation to hold a series edge
over the Wolverines, two to one.
This tie-up began back in 1921,
when Steve Farrell was holding
the watch on the Michigan teams
while Walt Christie guided the
Californians. The late Fielding
Yost accompanied the Maize and
Blue aggregation, but despite the
desires of the powers-that-were,
the Bears badly mauled their
guests, 95 to 43.
Two Wolverines Win
Only two Wolverines managed
to cop firsts. Cruickshank leap-
ed 22 ft. 9% in. to wiry the broad-
jump, and Stipes edged a first
in the hammer-throw by a scant
three inches. Sprott of California
won the half mile in 1:57.3, "very
fast," according to press releases.
Whether it was the score, the
money, or the inclination, the two
teams didn't meet again until 14
years later. California again won,
761%2 to 541/2 . Willis Ward of the
Wolverines was the day's sensa-
tion, running and jumping for a
total of 17 points. He won the
high hurdles in 14.8, the broad
jump with 23 ft. 11% in., tied for
first in the high jump, and took
a second in the century,
Two-Miler Breaks Leg
Wolverine Neree Alix was lead-
ing the pack in the two- mile
when his spikes caught in the
track's railing. He lurched on
his ankle and fell to the ground
with a compound fracture of his
leg-shades of football! Walter
Stone, also of Michigan, had to
hurdle his teammate to avoid fur-
ther complications. For all these
sacrifices, Fowler of California
won the event,.
A talent-laden Michigan team
had better luck "out thar" in 1937.
Paced by Bill Watson and Bob
Osgood, they took 11 out of 15
firsts. Watson reaped 13 points
in the field events and Osgood
garnered 11 in the hurdles and
on the mile relay.
This brings it up to next Satur-
day's battle when Messrs. Fon-
ville, Birdsall & Co. will travel out
"Crisler Road" in an attempt to
make the series stand at two
apiece.

By CHUCK LEWIS
Nineteen Michigan baseball
players and Coach Ray Fisher
left early this morning en route to
College, Park. Maryland to open
their 1946-47 season and com-
mence the famed Southern tour
when they face the University of
Maryland tomorrow afternoon.
The name of one man, ]Dick
Bodycombe, was added to the ros-
ter because manager Bill Graves
was unable to make the trip. Body-
combe has been nursing a sore
arm throughout spring drills, and
Coach Fisher hopes he will be
able to work it out under the
Southern sun. This makes the
nineteen-man contingent the larg-
est any baseball squad has taken
on a trip.
The final pitcher going South
is Bob Hick, a flinger with plen-
ty of stuff, but who still is a bit
green. This means that Fisher
will carry six hurlers on the
tour.
The team heads South without
the benefit of one day's practice
outside due to the famous Ann Ar-
bor weather that has kept the
ground either snow covered or
muddy ever since practice sessions
started early last month. Drills
have consisted of pitching and
batting practice in the Field House
batting nets and games of pepper
together with a little infield prac-
tice. No outfielder has yet han-
dled a fly ball.
Coach Fisher closed practice
yesterday afternoon with bunt-

Nineteen Mati Squad Leaves
TodayforTourof Southland
Mould Stf" " Streigth"Bolstered as Fisher
Names l4)'Iyeoml)enfonMake Spring Jaunt

By DICK KRAUS
Ever since old Dr. James Nais-
mith hung up the first peach bas-
ket, people have been haphazard-
ly finding out about the art of
throwing a basketball through a
hoop, but Harry K. Heiges, Michi-
gan graduate student, is now in
the process of substituting a sci-
entific method to take the "hap-
hazard" element out of basket-
ball observation.
Bleiges, who is working on a
Master's thesis under the direc-
tion of Dr. 0. W. Stephenson,
hopes to collect sufficient data
to establish a series of correla-
tions between the percentage of
baskets and the area from which
shots are taken.
As his first step, Heiges divided
the shooting area of a basketball
floor into 21 selected areas. Next,
he secured the cooperation of Oz-
zie Cowles, Michigan coach, and
some 60 junior high and high
school coaches throughout the
country, :-nd began correlating
shot percentages from the various
areas, all of which were within 20
feet of the basket.
Fifteen Michigan players took
Heiges tests, each man taking five
shots from each of the 21 posi-
tions. As a unit, they made an
average of 52% of all shots, 822
-)f 1575. The starting five, Mack
Suprunowicz, Boyd McCaslin, Bill
Roberts, Bob Harrison, and Pete
Elliott, average 55%.
Harrison and Elliott paced the
entire squad in overall accuracy
with 63 and 61%, while Roberts
hit with 25 consecutive shots at

Heiges next checked the shot
charts from regular games.
Since he began his study rela-
tively late in the season his
findings are by no means con-i
clusive. but the six Michigan
game records have provided
some interesting information.
The shot percentages, while by
Tommy Javtiies
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Grid Contract
DETROIT, April 2-(/P)-Tom-
my James, Ohio State University's
halfback Captain-elect, has de-
cided to play his 1947 football in;
the professional uniform of the
Detroit Lions of the National
League.
The Lions announced today that
James, a three-year Army veteran
who returned from service last ,.,a-
son to play a regular right half-
back Post with the Buckeyes,
signed a pro contract Monday
night after a conference in Co-
lumbus with Detroit's line coach
Joe Bach.
Eligible to play pro ball because
his normal Ohio State class grad-
uated in 1945 whilphe was serving
hospital duty at a Pacific Army
Base, James was claimed last
year by the Lions in the National
League player draft but the De-
troit club had to go high to out-
bid the Cleveland Browns of the
All-America Conference for his
services.
James, -who was married last
August following his return from
service, said that the financial
security of the pro game prompted
him to give up the Buckeye cap-
taincy.
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no means as high as in practice,
followed the pattern revealed in
the tests. Shots from the "best
practice areas" were the most suc-
cessful in regulation play and in-
dividual players tended to score
from "pet positions" which the
practice tests had revealed.
Handedness was also a fac-
tor in shooting performances.
Right handed men were most ef-
fective from the right side of
the court except when shooting
directly from the side of the
basket, parallel with or slight-
ly behind the backboard, where
the shooting angle from the left
side is less difficult for right
handed men.
The high school and junior
high players who took the tests
seemed to be effective from the
same areas as the Michigan men,
but their shot percentages were
not nearly as high.
Most of the coaches Heiges has
contacted are very interested in
the experiment and are waiting
for the publication of his findings.
Ile hopes to complete the thesis
sometime in June. He believes
that his results will be helpful to
coaches on any level, and that
they will be equally useful in
planning offensive and defensive
strategy.
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ing drills and fielding practice
for the infielders. lie then talked
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claiming that he has never
opened a season with his teain
so out of shape, and also that he
was not at all certain of the
team as it stands. Only the u-i
turn in the next week will tell.
After meeting Burt Shiply's
nine tomorrow, the Wolverines will
move on to play Quantico at,
Quantico, Virginia Saturday and
Camp Lee for a contest Sunday.
Next week, they will face North
Carolina twice and Duke, Vir-
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One more championship match
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fraternity bowling title, 2532-2318,
last night on the Union alleys.
In chalking up their fifth con-
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of the three lines without any dif-
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