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Nine Outhit by Snow; Tries
Smith, Taft Take Mound DAW'S FOOTSTEPS:
In Purdue Double-header Pressure Golf Boosts

TEAM called the New York Highlanders went through the process
of evolution quite a few years back and ended up as the Bronx
Bombers, the Yankees. A pitcher for the Highlanders, Ray Fisher,
is now piloting Michigan's diamond fortunes and, in his 29th year at
the helm, seems to have contracted some of the ills plaguing Casey
Stengel, another old timer but a yearling as far as the Yankee man-
agerial job is concerned.
hay's biggest worry as he leads his team into the Conference
baptismal today against the Boilermakers of Purdue is the pitiful
hitting of the club. Just like Stengel, his hurlers are more than
adequtate and the fielding will suffice. But there is a lack of punch
which is threatening to make the season a dismal one.
And just like Stengel, Fisher is having his first base headaches.
The chipper Yankee pilot announced yesterday that he would start
the season with Billy Johnson, who batted .294 last year playing
the hot corner, on first, releasing Tommy Henrich for right field
duty.
Jack McDonald, who tended the right side of the pastures
for Michigan last year, has moved to first base this year, mainly
because of his hitting prowess. Another left hander, Hal Morrill,
was fighting it out for the honors at first, but to add more
strength to the Wolverine attack, Fisher transferred him to the
outer . gardens. Whether McDonald's fielding will warrant his
remaining at first is conjecture, but it's a sure thing that his big
bat will come in handy when there are men on the paths.
Stengel of the Yanks had much the same problem. Bobby
Drown, the doctor with the golden locks, means power for a team
that sorely needs a scoring punch. But his fielding is far from
satisfactory. Evidently Stengel, like Fisher, considers base hits
more important than flawless handling afield. Whether their strategy
will pay off remains to be seen.
* * * *
It .seens that whenever Michigan and Purdue get 'together for
a, baseball game, the temperature takes a nose dive. Yesterday's game
was snowed out while the first game played here last year was
almost-called because of near-freezing weather.
FISHER CALLS BENNIE OOSTERBAAN and Jack Blott the
best college baseball players he ever coached. Oosterbaan was a first
baseman while Blott handled the duties behind the bat. All of which
tells you just how long Fisher has been around . . . The Michigan
Stadium, which is in the process of being enlarged to a 97,000
seating capacity, will be ready by mid-August . . .
Don Peterson, kid brother of Michigan's varsity fullback,
t may not engage in a duel with Tom come the start of the
next campaign. Backfield coach George Ceithaml likes the young-
er Pete son'si actions at tailback, particularly as a runner, and
he may share~the post with Chuck Ortmann . . Bob Van Summern
is trying his hand at quarterback, the one position still left
vacant on pre-season dopesheets.
Leslie Popp, who served on Ernie McCoy's cage squad this past
season "places one foot in front of the other in rapid succession
with amaing'dexterity and rapidity, after having received said leather
sphete" says Wally Weber, Wolverine frosh coach, when he claims
the sophomiore may become a good end prospect for Oosterbaan's
,eVen next season. The jolly freshman pilot, who is noted for his
tise. of sesquipedalian adjectives, is credited with having developed'
many of ,Michigan's stars. i.e.

(Special to The Daily)
LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The snow
storm that has been sweeping
across the middle west hit Michi-
gan's baseball team yesterday and
caused the postponement of its
scheduled game with Purdue here.
A white blanket covered the dia-
mond several hours before game
time and the snow continued to
fall throughout the afternoon,
with the result that the Boiler-
maker athletic department or-
dered the game switched to this
afternoon as part of a double-
header, weather permitting.
* * *
EITHER SOUTHPAW Dick
Smith or rangy Bill Taft will start
the first game-for the Wolverines,
with the other going to the hill in
the nightcap.
Opposing them for Purdue
will be Mel Henson in the open-
er, with Boilermaker coach Mel
Taube counting on his number
two pitcher, Bob Hartman, in
the second game.
A last minute injury to Leo Ko-
ceski caused a shift in the person-
nel of Wolverine coach Ray Fish-
er's travelling squad. The sparky
outfielder hurt his shoulder in a
gymnastics class on Thursday
morning and he was replaced by
Ralph Morrison.
MORRISON, who was a regular
last season, had just reported for
practice this week and his lack of
practice and conditioning had left
him off the original travel list. But
Michigan Duo
Tumble Today
In NCAATest
Wolverine gym coach Newt
Loken will meet one of his former
star pupils at the National Col-
legiate Athletic Associationdgym-
nastics meet being held today at
Berkeley, California.
Johnny Allred, a top-flight
worker on the parallel bars for
Michigan's 1947 gym team, is now
gym coach at the University of
Arizona. Although his team is
very new at the sport, Alfred con-
vinced his athletic director to let
two of his men compete in the
NCAAs. **
MICHIGAN'S delegation, com-
posed of Pete Barthell and Edsel
Buchanan, left with Loken early
Thursday morning and arrived at
Berkeley in the afternoon.
For their first chance in the
NCAAs both Barthell and Bu-
chanan will find some very stiff
competition coming from the 74
men entered from 14 schools
across the country.
In the afternoon, Barthell will
bump up against such stars as de-
fending NCAA tumbling champ,
Charlie Thompson of California.
Barthell is the Big Nine tumbling
champ, while Thompson this year
won the Pacific Coast Conference
title in the event.
* s *
THE EVENING contests will at-
tract both Barthell and Buchanan
with Pete working the parallel
bars and Ed doing his stuff on the
trampoline.
Last year Michigan took sixth
in the NCAA at Chicago with Bob
Schoendube and Tom Tillman
placing third and fourth respect-
ively on the trampoline.

when Koceski banged his shoul-
der, Morrison was summoned as
a hasty substitute.
Other than this, the Wolver-
ines seemed to be in fairly good
physical shape. Leg and ankle
injuries to Ted Kobrin and Bob
Wolff have either gone com-
pletely or have improved so that
Pboth will see action in the games
today.
Neither Kobrin, hard hitting
Michigan third sacker, nor short-
stop Wolff played during the last
few games of the southern train-
ing trip, and both took it fairly
easy in practice this past week.
The Wolverines return to Ann
Arbor Sunday and will open their
home season on Monday against
Wayne.

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