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SATURDAY, MARCH 26,~1949

THE MICH IAN iiAw :'

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Conference

Gym

Meet

Opens

Today

Potential Starters Win First;
Intrasquad TltBaseball m Tilt, 5-

Seven Teams Entered:
1M' Among Cotene

Coach Ray Fisher took advant-
age of the best weather of the
spring yesterday afternoon to take
the Michigan baseball team out-
doors for a 12 inning intrasquad
game.
A team which the veteran dia-
mond mentor termed as a pos-
sible first string blanked the re-
serves, 5-0.
FISHER appeared pleased with
the appearance of his charges on
their first day out of the confines
of Yost Field House. He com-
mented that the hitting was par-
ticularly good and that the field-
ing was also of high calibre.
All was not bright at the two-
and a half hour session though,
as two of the brightest sopho-
more prospects sustained injur-
ies. Leo Koceski, playing in the
outfield for the second team,
suffered a pulled muscle in slid-
ing practice and was unable to
participate in most of the game.
Pete Palmer, number two catch-
er behind Captain Hal Raymond,
received a deep spike wound above

the knee while blocking the plate.
His injury required several stitch-
es, but it is expected that he will
be available for action toward the
end of next week.
* * *
WITH THE first game of the
season scheduled Friday against
Georgetown at Washington, D.C.,
All candidates for freshman
baseball should report to Don{
Robinson at Ferry Field on
Monday, April 11. All candi-
dates should bring their own
equipment.
-Don Robinson.
Fisher hopes to be able td get his
team outdoors as often as possible
next week.
Three veterans with some ex-
perience-Vic Fryling, Ted Berce
and Willard Baker-formed the
starting outfield yesterday. Fry-}
lingt was particularly impressive
afield pulling down several long
flies from his centerfield berth.
Fisher used nine pitchers in the
intrasquad game including Bud
Rankin and Dick Smith of his
first three hurlers.

By HERB MUNZEL
Today is a big day for youngish
Newt Loken, the high flying gym-
nastics missionary who coaches
Michigan's gym team.
Thanks to Loken, Ann Arbor,
a gymnastic wilderness three years
ado, is host to the Western Con-
ference meet today at the I-M
Building as Newt's neophyte's try
to take the title away from Min-
nesota, his alma mater.
WHEN LOKEN FIRST came to
Ann Arbor, the chances of Mich-
igan ever having a gymnastics
team were about as great as an
all-Chicago World Series. But he

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TAKES SECOND-Michigan's 400-yard relay team which finished
second last night in the NCAA swimming meet. From left to
right they are Charlie Moss, Matt Mann III, Dick Weinberg and
Bill Kogan.

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Michigan will be represented
in the annual Purdue Relays
at Lafayette tonight by a seven
man task force.
The Wolverines are sending
their two mile relay team,
against a strong field paced by
Ohio State, Michigan State and
Illinois.
Individual performers for
Michigan will be Tom Dolan in
the high jump and Pete Den-
drinos in the shot-put.

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by b. s. brown, sports editor

to represent Michigan in Big
Nine competition by the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics.
IN THEIR FIRST season of
competition last year, the 'Mich-
igan tumblers took third place
behind Minnesota and Illinois in
the Big Nine meet.
Today Coach Loken's athletes,
winner of six out of seven
matches this year, and showing
improvement each week, are
ready for an all-out effort for
the title.
The largest meet in the history
of the sport, with fifty gymnasts
entered from seven schools, will
find ten men wearing the Maize
and Blue, as the largest entry
from one school.
* * *
MICHIGAN'S HOPES largely
depend upon the showing of Lok-
en's trampoline experts, Bob
Schoendube, NAAU and Confer-
ence champion, Ed Buchanan and
Gordon Levenson.
If this trio can come through
--and their chances are livened
by the absence of Bruce Har-
lan and Hobart Billingsley of
Ohio State - the Wolverines
stand a good chance. Harlan
and Billingsley, OSU'S diving
aces, are competing in the
NCAA swimming champion-
ships.
Today's meet, to be run in split
sessions, at 2:00 and 7:30, will be
the twentieth Western Conference
gymnastic meeting. Chicago,
which dominated the sport in the
early days, and still a power al-
though the Maroons no longer
compete in the circuit, have won
the title eight times, Minnesota
and Illinois have each won five
championships while Iowa holds
one title.
Tickets are now on sale at the
Sports Administration Building
and will be available before each
session at the I-M Building for
fifty cents for students and one
dollar for admission of the general
public. There will be flying rings,
side horse and trampoline in the
afternoon, with high and parallel
bars and tumbling slated for the
evening.

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A FEW WEEKS AGO, Red Rolfe was a mighty optimistic guy. He
not only figured his Tigers as a shoo-in for the junior loop first di-
vision come next September, but was talking seriously of bringing the
flag to the Motor City, for the first time since 1945.
But the old redhead has abandoned all dreams. He knows
he's in a rough spot without the services of Art Houtteman. Red
never claimed Houtteman to be the tonic the Bengals need, but
the handsome flinger would have been an important factor in the
Tigers' first division drive. Art might be ready for hurling chores
by June 15, according to the ex-Yankee third-sacker, but the dam-
age may very well be done by that time.
And though it's only spring training and may not mean a thing,
the Tiger batting percentages look like the lifetime average of Lefty
Gomez. Only three men with more than 25 at-bats--Groth, Evers and
Kell-are over the .300 mark. And none of the other regulars are over
.261. The Wolverine ex, Dick Wakefield, is out-doing himself in the
spring session with a fancy .161 on five bingles in 31 attempts.
BUT IF ROLFE is in for rough sledding, Jack Adams' Red Wings
seem well on their way to the finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Though the Canadiens edged the Wings the other night, 4-3, to even
up the series, the Detroiters have been playing a brand of hockey that
should carry them into the finals where they'll be slugging it out for
top honors.
Montreal coach Dick Irvin would certainly use the word
'slugging', grimacing at the same time. The Canadiens' star cen-
ter, Elmer Lach, was sidelined- on doctbr's order the other day
because of jaw injuries. When he announced Lach's retirement
from the scene-perhaps for the remainder of the playoff games
--Irvin noted the part the Wings had to play in forcing the cen-
ter's withdrawal. "Elmer doesn't carry the puck in his teeth," the
Montreal pilot said, "but that is where they have been checking
him."
AND AS LONG AS hockey is the topic, on to a letter from an Ann
Arbor puck fan. Though the writer of the letter claims to be an avid
Michigan fan, he admits that his sentiments might be influenced by
the fact that he is a Dartmouth alum. His argument is that I never
should have classed the Michigan-Indian game out at Colorado
Springs last week as an upset.
As far as I am concerned, when a team is favored to win and
loses, it's an upset. And there was no question but that the Wol-
verines were on the tall end of the odds. It wasn't unusual. Michi-
gan had a team that surpassed, in skill and in the records, the
team of a year before which had dumped the Hanover sextet in
the NCAA final match for the crown.
Though playing far inferior teams, Dartmouth lost five games in
the past season. Michigan dropped a single contest, that one to Michi-
gan Tech. I'm not saying Dartmouth doesn't have the better club. The
one game we have to go by indicates the Indians are the better. But
that doesn't say the game wasn't an upset.
Pre-tourney dopesters had the Wolverines figured a safe bet to
repeat. Boston College was seeded in the number two spot. All of which
brings up the final remark in the critic's letter. "Did you note that the
team that beat Michigan was beaten by B.C. Upset too?" he asks. Not
at all.
I have said that the Eagles were rated above the Indians. The
two eastern clubs had battled it out twice in seasonal play, with an
even split resulting. Boston topped Dartmouth, 7-4, late in the sea-
son while the Injuns won out earlier in the campaign, 4-2.
The results of the tourney indicated that Michigan was the num-
ber three collegiate hockey squad in the country, behind B.C. and Dart-
mouth. But the final score of the Michigan-Dartmouth game was a
surprise. More than that, it was an upset, BASED ONLY ON PRE-
GAME ODDS.

got things rolling in a hurry. Newt
gathered a small group of agile
workers about him and started
drilling them, meanwhile
drumming up interest.
Because of the Navy V-12
program, there happened to be
a trampoline on campus. Loken
used it to good advantage by
working out a routine on it in
which he appeared with his boys
in an outlandish striped Gay
Nineties' bathing suit.
While his men went gracefully
through their maneuvers, Newt
stumbled and clowned around,
concluding. the exhibition with
forty or fifty consecutive flips
accompanied by the counting of
the crowd.
Since this act proved so pop-
ular, Loken took the team on
tour. In 1945 and '46, the still
unofficial gym club traveled
about 2700 miles, staging 29 ex-
hibitions.
Making such a hit all over the
state, they were given the okay+

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