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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, "RIL 24, 1947

THICIANDILUDA,_.~~* H

New Linemen
Display Talent
In Grid Drills
Wistert, McWilliams
Impressive at Tackle
Michigan's first string Fall
football lineup approached a very
solid appearance on Ferry Field
sod yesterday afternoon as a week
of grid drills for coach Fritz Cris-
ler's charges culminated in a three
hour scrimmage session.
Substituting freely, coaches
Fritz Crisler and Wally Weber
supervised two separate scrim-
mages. It was in Crisler's group
that most of last year's regular
lettermen appeared. It was in this
group, too, that many of the high-
ly-touted newcomers showed their
grid talent.
Newcomers Impressive
One unit under the Head Man's
direction had ends Lennie Ford,
Donovan Hershberger, and Ed Mc-
Neill; backs Hank Fonde and Gene
Derricotte from last Fall's outfit.
Also included on this squad were
newcomers, Al Wistert, Dave Gom-
berg, Dick McWilliams, Walt Keel-
er and Pete Dendrinos. At quar-
terback, 1943 letterwinner, Hugh
Mack saw a lot of action.
Wistert, brother of two former
Michigan greats, compiled an out-
standing record in Chicago prep
school circles as a powerful tackle.
Gomberg Outstanding
Gomberg is another outstanding
lineman from the Chicago area.
Dick McWilliams, an all-stater
from Cleveland, showed up espe-
cially well at tackle, while Walt
Keeler did a workmanlike job at
the pivot post.
Dendrinos, husky Wolverine
shot-putter of the past season,
played consistently at guard as
did Hal Jackson, Detroit Fresh-
man, to round out the number of
satisfactory performances turned
in by the new line luminaries on
the bright Maize and Blue grid
horizon.
Kempthorn at Fullback
In the backfield Dick Kemp-
thorn indicated why he has been
tabbed as the greatest Wolverine
fullback prospect since Bob West-
fall by his. crashing, hard driving
plunges.
Fonde and Derricotte had
trouble breaking away from the
plucky, fast-charging line thalt
opposed them, but they tore
through on occasion for appreci-
able gains.
At the end of the first week of
drills Michigan's 1947 grid out-
look is of a very rosy hue.

DEAN OF DiAMOND DOINGS:
Fisher Begins 26th Year at Michigan
With Impressive Championship Record

Young Korean
Takes Boston
A. A. Marathon

By GLORIA VREELAND
Michigan's 'professor of base-
ball, Ray Fisher, who has been
perfecting young ball players and
championship teams here since
1921, might well be regarded as
an institution in the college dia-
mond world.
His stretch of twenty-six sea-
sons, which gives him seniority
on the Maize and Blue staff of
head coaches, also establishes
one of the longest reigns in
college baseball history. More
important is his record of ten
Big Ten championships and
winning combinations which
well overshot the .500 mark for
all but three seasons.
To his ball players Fisher is
more than just the boss of the
baseball team. They know him
as that congenial gentleman with
the twinkle in his eye who struts
quietly around, making sharp ob-
aservations and keen diagnoses of
their mistakes.
They know him as that famil-
iar figure in the baggy sweat shirt
who chides them good-natUredly
about their faulty swings, or
stances at the plate, or throw-
ing forms. Fisher will frequently
stop to mimic a player's imper-
fections or demonstrate a helpful
trick, and he seems to get an im-
mense kick out of watching his
pupils improve.
The man whom Esquire maga-
zine rated a close second to
Holy Cross mentor Jack Barry
in college baseball coaching
started his professional playing
career in 1908 as a right-handed
flinger with the Hartford club
in the Connecticut league. At
Middlebury College, Vermont,
he had done some pitching be-
sides playing fullback on the
football squad.
Afte graduating in 1910 Fish-
er moved to the big leagues where
he hurled for the New York High-
landers, (later renamed the Yank-
ees), until 1917. The present day
Bronx Bombers were then battling
the Browns for seventh place, but
Fisher managed to keep his won-
lost record consistently higher
than his team's. During these
years he spent some time as ath-
letic director of his alma mater
and also taught school at the
Springfield Training School and
Newton Military academy. Be-
cause of this latter pastime he
Ohio Thinclads
Top Spartans
COLUMBUS, April 19--(P)-
Ohio State's track team, undefeat-
ed outdoors in dual and triangu-
lar competition since 1945, power-
ed its way to seven first places
today to whip Michigan State and
Purdue in a triangular meet. The
Buck Golfers Win
The Buckeyes of Ohio State
made an impressive golfing de-
but yesterday as they walloped
the Michigan State linksters by
a 22-8 count at East Lansing.
Coach Kepler's crew are re-
garded as serious threats to the
titleholding Michigan squad.

BOSTON, April 19-o'-The
small and wiry Yun Bok Su, a 24-
year-old student at the University
of Korea, out-ran a brilliant inter-
national field of 156 today to win
the Boston A. A. Marathon by two-
thirds of a mile from Finland's
Mikko Hietanen while setting a
new course record of two hours, 25
minutes, 39 seconds.
That pair hit the man-killing
stretch of Newton Hills running
shoulder to shoulder and the Ko-
rean, member of a three-man team
financed by the U. S. Army's Oc-
cupational Forces, ate them up
after a slight mishap.
Su Trips over Dog
As Su and Hietanen ascended
the first grade, the former tripped
over a curious fox terrier that had
yapped at his heels for some time.
The little Korean landed hard on
all fours and bruised his left knee.
But that injury did nct prevent
him from pulling away from his
capable Finnish rival on each of
the ring of hills and he had the
race all wrapped up five miles from
the finish line.
Vogel Third
Tuft College's star distance per-
former, Ted Vogel, finished third,
Gerry Cote of Montreal, a two-
time winner, fourth, and Ab Mor-
ton of Galt, Ont., fifth.

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RAY FISHER

was known in the majors as "the<
Vermont school teacher."
Returning from service with the
Army Air Forces he joined the
Cincinnati Reds in 1919 and got
the new experience of pitching for
a winning ball team. The Reds
won the pennant that year and
finished second the following cam-
paign. Fisher saw action in the
famous Black Sox Series, actually
managing to lose a game, a shut-
out by lefty Dicky Kerr.
During his ball playing days,
Michigan's coach faced such all-
time greats as Ty Cobb, Tris
Speaker, Napolean LaJoie, Harry
Heilman, and Eddie Collins. He
has many yarns to spin about
them. One which he thinks ap-
propriate to. spring on those fans
who are eager to criticize the
college ball player happened
when he was pitching against
the Cardinals.

fright fielder "Greasy" Neale's head.
Heathcoate started off, got just
about past shortstop, and then
suddenly got the notion the ball
had been caught. He sped back
to first, passing Hornsby on the
way, and what might have been
a winning rally was turned into
a forceout at second on Heath-
coate and ultimate victory for
Fisher, 3 to 1.
Besides producing successful
teams at Michigan, Fisher has
helped develop several good ball
players for the major leagues.
Among them are Pete Appleton
and Johnny Gee, but he consid-
ers Detroit's Dick Wakefield,
who played here in 1941, as the
best prospect he ever tutored. He
still has confidence in the Tiger
outfielder's ability to become a
really great star.
Fisher believes the chief re-

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