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with Bud Weidenthal
associate sports editor
Tidbits of sports chosen and chewed in the spring air:
Dominic Tomasi, last year's football captain has been offered the
coaching spot at Detroit's Catholic Central high school, a perennial
state power.
The diminutive gridder, who played four varsity years for the
M Vaize and Blue, is undecided as to his plans following graduation from
2ngineering school in June. However, it'll be tough to turn down such
an attractive offer.. .
Ninety gridiron prospects greeted coach Bernie Bierman at
Minnesota the other day, when the Gophers opened their spring
practice. Included among the candidates were veterans Bud
Grant, Billy Bye and Clayton Tonnemaker whose names are well
known in Big Nine Football circles.. . All-American Leo Nominelli
will be around next fall, but is presently on the track squad. . . Ile
will by-pass the spring sessions.
At Ohio State the nation's most publicized Freshman, Vic Jano-
wicz, from Elyria, Ohio, showed up for the spring drills in Columbus
and immediately took over the halfback spot from veteran Jerry
Krall who was switched to fullback.
The heralded Buckeye is short and shifty, and packs a lot of
power on his stocky frame. . . .5
It is rumored the Bob Sumeran, a wing-back last season for Ben-
nie Oosterbaan and a transfer from Navy, has an inside track on the
much contested quarterback position for next fall's Maize and Blue ag-
gregation. Bennie doesn't want to use versatile Wally Teninga at that.
spot unless he absolutely has to. . . .
In baseball circles, the talk of the grapefruit league are the
Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs. The Bucks have won
twelve straight down South against all kinds of competition and
are exhibiting plenty of that long-ball power that all managers
delight in.
The Cubs at present are the leading exponents of the "bring
Chicago back into the major leagues" campaign being waged in the
windy city . . . local writers watching the home-towners perform in
Los Angeles' Wrigley field are full of praise for the revitalized National
Brooklyn's baseball factory at Vero Beach Fla, has all sorts of
curious gadgets to aid them in their early season workouts. One of
them is a pitching machine that looks like a bazooka. The other day,
the former Michigan coach, and now Dodger executive, Branch Rickey,
got an idea . . . why not use the bazooka to produce fly balls and elimi-
nate the perennial fungo bat? Well, mechanics dismantled the thing
and supplied it with a nozzle pointing skyward and an increase in the
required air pressure. A baseball was dropped into the end of the con-
traption and it was fired. Fielders just waited and wanted.... Accord-
ing to reports the ball hasn't come down yet.
Yogi Berra of the Yankees obviously has never read Emily
Post .. . it seems that the likeable New Yorker has an etiquette
all his own... Pete Reiser of the Braves tellsthe story of encoun-
tering Berra in a St. Louis hotel several months ago. "You coming
to my wedding," asked Yogi. Pete nooded affirmatively. . .
"I just wanted to know," replied Berra, "cause I ain't wastin no
The Yanks think they have a find in pitcher Paul Hinrichs who
was picked up for $40,000 last winter when he was declared a free
agent by the Tigers (of all teams!). The 24 year old right-hander ran
his shutout streak to 13 innings by blanking the Phillies for three
frames Monday.
After yesterday's 12 inning 1-0 loss to Boston, Tiger manager Red
Rolfe is full of praise for his tpitchers. . . Virgil Truck and Freddie
Hutchinon held the hard hitting Beantowners to seven safeties in the
exta-inniRg contest . . combined with Monday's performance by Hal
Newhouser and Lew Kretlow against the Cardinals, the old red-head
is more certain than ever that the Bengels have the best pitching staff
in baseball.

Howe Line
Paces Wings
aeWIn Comeback
Detroit at lonie
With Series Even
DETROIT - (P) -The Detroit
Red Wings' sturdy clutch man, 20-'
year-old Gordie Howe, was thet
center of attention today as De-,
troit and Montreal brought their s
Stanley Cup hockey playoff series
back to Detroit for the important
fifth game today.
Going into game 5 the first
round set stands all square at two
victories each. Odds did a quick
about-face after Detroit's 3 to 1
victory levelled the series Tues-
day in Montreal. FRIED LI
NOW THE EDGE appears to Burt Ksa
be with Detroit,for two of the last K 1949 seaso
three games, if the series goes thej Kessler, C0
seven-game limit, will be played scene ofa
here. Duke furn
1the Wolve
Normally, the home ice is Forest an
considered vital, but so far in
this series each club has won
once and lost once at home. FROM
The Red Wings powered their
way back into the thick of things
by winning Tuesday's clash, when Coa
a defeat would have nudged them
onto the brink of elimination.
* 4
By P
THAT CRUCIAL victory pro- ThePs
vided the morale boost the Wings Tepe
are convinced they needed to sports fan 1
steam ahead into the cup finals football tear
against the Toronto - Boston a machine
winner, beings are c
And the sparkplug of the This reput
rally, the man Montreal must the great
stop to upset the National 1947 whichs
League's regular season cham- ents and ra
pions, is Howe. 49-0 victory
Gordie is the leading goal-mak- IT WAS C
er of the playoffs with five in
his four games, two in each of son as the N
the last two clashes at Montreal tained their
* * *and again w
AS A MATTER OF fact, the tend their v
Red Wing offense has been dan- It doesn't
gerously packed into a single for- the fan sh
ward line, where Howe teams with a conclusio
Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. That machine -
threesome has scored eight of the achieved s
10 goals Detroit has made in the overlooked.
playoffs. At spring
" teday, the
Montreal's sights are centered this very de
on stopping that line. Whatever idly demons
happens from here in will be
determined by how well the AFTER S
Canadiens can do it. coach Benn
After the fifth game here the wholec
Thursday, the series shifts back rigorous scr
to Montreal. A seventh game, if The char
necessary, will be played in De- anything b
troit. Almost all


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Season Opener Pits 'M'
Versus Georgetown Nine
At six o'clock this morning baseball coach Ray Fischer and seven-
teen athletes left Ann Arbor for Washington, D.C. on the first leg of
the spring training trip.
The Wolverines open their season tomorrow afternoon against
Georgetown University. Before they return to Ann Arbor, the Wol-
verines will have played nine games against nine different opponents
throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
In their final practice session yesterday, Fisher stressed funda-
mentals, concentrating on bunting and infield practice.
The probable starting lineup on Friday is as follows: leading off
will be Bill Bucholz playing second base. In the number two spot will

NKS-Snapped prior to their spring junket into the southland for conditioning, Coach
enmeyer's Maize and Blue varsity golf squad lines up for their first official picture of the
on. Right to left: Coach Katzenmeyer, Ciuck MacCullum, Pete Elliott, Bob Olsen, Rog
aptain Ed Schalon and Leo Houser. North Carolina's Hope Valley golf course will be the
action for the three Michigan pre-season tourneys. April 4 Wake Fqrest is on deck while
ishes the competition April 7. To round out the southern tour, North Carolina opposes
rines April 8. Coach Katzenmeyer expects the strongest threats to come from Wake
d Duke aggregations. Varsity competition begins April 23 with Ohio State at Columbus.
Lches' Efforts Behind Grid Precision

-- i

ent conception the
has about Michigan's
n is that it resembles
as closely as human
capable of patterning
ation was built up by
Wolverine squad of
swept by nine oppon-
acked up a crushing
in the Rose Bowl.
ONTINUED last sea-
Vlaize and Blue main-
precision-like form
ent undefeated to ex-
ictory string to 23.
I seem illogical that
could come to such
, yet just how this
like quality was-
tems to have been
football practice yes-
means for reaching
sirable end were viv-
OME group work head
ie Oosterbaan called
crew together for a
acter of the play was
ut precision-like.
of the players were

men up from last year's junior
varsity or freshman teams, and
were fairly familiar with the plays
used by Michigan. But on only
the third day out they couldn't be
expected to have all of them down
pat, which accounts for some of
the raggedness.
ing combinations on almost every
play this fact was accentuated.
It seemed hard to believe at
first that from this rather in-
describable gang of men would
emerge a polished, smooth-op-
erating team, but after watch-
ing the coaches sculpter for a
while the faint hope became a
definite possibility.
Genial and boisterous Wally
Weber handled the "red shirts"
who were working at stoping the
"blue" offense.
FOR THE FIRST few plays the
red jerseys were still up in the
equipment room so both teams
were wearing the blue shirts.
When the red ones finally arrived
Wolly joked, "OK, you had an
excuse that you didn't know
friend from foe those first few
plays, but now you've got no
Oosterbaan, after every play,
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when he noticed a man had
done something especially
wrong, would talk the situation
over with the player.
Bill Orwig circulated through
the players who were watching
the scrimmage pointing up things
and asking questions, impressing
upon them the value of observing.
"You're a tackle. aren't you?
What play was that? What was
your assignment? Watch the man
who's playing your position!"
These and other innumerable
questions and statements help the
raw candidates mature and de-
The coaches take a definite and
personal interest in eacheman.
They offer suggestions to help the
man grow. The results may re-
semble a machine, but the meth-
ods used to build it are down to
earth and human.

Leafs Win!


DiMaggio Says Heel Okay

Frosh Track
Squad Looks
Freshman track coach Elmer
Swanson considers his first season
in the coaching business a lucky
When Swanson stepped in as
coach of the yearlings last fall,
he found that he had a talented
group of trackmen whom he fig-
ures will be running with the var-
sity next year.
found that he had a trio of fast
two-milers in Don McEwen, Billl
Hickman, and Russ Kinnel. Mc-
Ewen, who comes from Canada,
and Hickman, who is a converted
miler, have turned in good times
and stand to improve.
And he also saw the makings
of two championship sprinters
in husky Bill Konrad, of Oak
Park, Ill., and Gene Williams,
from Kansas.
Swanson was further encour-
aged when he saw Aaron Gordon,
Don Cooper, and Ron Packer in
the mile run. Gordon, a long-strid-
ing Detroiter, looks like he might
develop into a champion distance
AND SWANSON saw promise in
two quarter-milers, Lit Bachus, an
Ann Arbor product, and Jack Rose,
of Grand Rapids. He was further
impressed by hurdlers Wally At-
chison and Bob Hastings.
But Swanson's luck didn't
stop here. As soon as football
season was over, freshman
tackle Tom Johnson reported for
track practice and established
himself as a potential all-time
great in the shot put.
And at the beginning of the
spring semester. Swanson was
blessed by the arrival of several
talented newcomers, fresh out of
high school. Jack Heikkinen, of
Detroit, stepped right in with the
quarter-milers, and Horace Cole-
man came from Ch icago to take
over as the outstanding broad

be Vic Fryling in center field,
followed by right fielder Willard
BATTING IN the clean-up po-
sition will be third baseman Ted
Kobrin. Either Jack McDonald or
Hal Morill will bat number five
and do the honors at first base.
Next will come either Ted Berce or
Leo Koceski in left field, followed
by shortstop Bob Wolff. Captain
Hal Raymond will bat eighth and
fill in the catcher's spot.
It will be either Bill Taft or
Dick Smith who will go to the
mound in the opening game.
According to Fisher, the success
or failure of the team this year is
largely dependent upon the pitch-
ing. Till this point the pitching
has been rather doubtful, and if
the pitching will improve, the
Wolverines will have a good chance
to retain the Big Nine Crown.
Fisher expects tough competi-
tion throughout the southern trip,
especially in the last two games
they play against the Virginia Mil-
itary Institute and Washington
and Lee University.
THE TEAM to watch out for in
Conference competition this year
will be Ohio State, with Illinois
and Iowa strong contenders.
"The competition is a lot tough-
er today than when I first came
here in 1921," said Coach Fisher.
He noted that the calibre of coach-
ing has greatly improved. Almost
every coach of the Conference
teams has had big league experi-
ence, and those that haven't seen
action in the major circuits have
been around the game long
enough to pick up a lot of base-
ball experience.
The schedule for the southern
trip follows:
April 1-Georgetown Univer-
April 2--niversity of Mary-
April 3-Quantico Marines
April 4-University of Rich-
April 5-George Washington
April 6-U.S. Naval Academy
April 7-University of Vir-
April 8-Washington and Lee
April 9-Virginia Military In-

BOSTON - R) - The Toronto
Maple Leaf defenders gained the
Stanley Cup's final round by out-
skating the Boston Bruins for a
3-2 victory and a four games to
one margin in the National Hock-
ey League's B series playoffs yes-
terday before a packed 13,909
crowd at the Boston Garden.

afraid I'll play another year. It
looks like I'll have to work for my
That was Joe DiMaggio's way of
saying that he was pleased with'
the first real test of his tender
right heel.
Sitting half undressed in the
clubhouse at Miller Huggins Field,
the New York Yankees' great out-
fielder discussed his six-inning
stint against the Cincinnati Reds

It marked the first game he
started during the exhibition tour.
Up to today the Yankees' No. 1
question mark, had limited his
playing to pinch hitting chores
"The pain has not completely
gone," he told reporters, "but I'm
very happy over the results. It
hurt a little, but the pain is de-
creasing steadily, however. If it
lessens a little more, I'll be4n good


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Deutscher Verein: Meeting, 8
p.m., Union.
La p'tite causette: 3:30 p.m.,
Grill Room, Michigan League.
Ishpeming Club: Meeting, 7:30
p.m., Cave Rm,. Michigan League.
Election of Officers and plans to

be made for a spring vacation
dance. All members are urged to
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German Coffee Hour: Fri.. April
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