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by b. s. brown, sports editor

MacCallum Tops for '-M';*
Titans' Koesis Shoots 73
Schalon, Olson Off Form in Home Debut;
High Winds Raise Havoc for BothSquads

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Bengals Show


* *

DICKWAKEFIELD and Joe DiMaggio are men of another era.
Pat them on their respective backs and send them on their way.
For lo and behold, from the shadows of comparative ignominy have
come two replacements to wear the olive wreaths of heroes.
For the Bengals, it is Johnny-move-back-the-fences-Groth
and for the Yanks, Tommy-I'm-living-up-to-my-nickname-Hen-
rich. Neither the Tigers nor the Bombers have much in the way
of hitting attack. That is, if you can possibly forget about the
clubbing antics of the two gentlemen in question.
With three four-masters in two games, Groth is well on his
way to earning the life-long gratitude of the Motor City fans, plus,
perhaps, a large share of General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and
Ford stock., Red Rolfe smiled after yesterday's game with the
Chisox. No wonder, what with Groth having made the Pale Hose
mound staff his personal cousin. He now has five hits, only one of
which is a single, in seven trips to the platter, plus a grand slam
blast in yesterday's 5-2 Tiger victory.
Old Reliable, who for many years has been the pride and
joy of Yankee fans, though rating below the fabulous DiMaggio,
has been a little less sensational. Taking over the clean-up posi-
tion for the ailing DiMag, Tommy has pumped two drives into
the stands to personally account for both Bronxite wins.
The experts have the Indians and Bosox fighting it out for the
junior loop flag, but keep a bat in the hands of Groth and Henrich
and you've got a four-way race. Concomitantly, those bats have
to keep stroking out the base hits, including a fair share of round-
trippers, but if a two day performance means anything, the here-
tofore restricted race has been blasted wide open.
* * * *
MEMO TO DON CANHAM: Marcellus Boston, freshman sprinter
at Iowa, has twice run the 60-yard dash in :06.1, equalling the
American indoor record. He has also cleared over 23 feet in the
broad jump. That spells trouble in capital letters for Michigan
track teams of the next three years . . . And while sprinting is the
topic, Art Henrie, Michigan's ace dash man, switched from tennis
to track when prepping at George School, Pennsylvania, because the
cinder coach noticed that he walked on his toes and had a hunch
he might make a pretty fair sprinter.
Donnie Anderson, University of California thinclad who will
be here for a dual meet next week, is second only to USC's Mel
Patton on the coast. Patton beat the Golden Bear in the 100
meters last year. Donnie, PCC champ in both the 104 and 220
with :09.6 and :21.1 respectively, will take on sophomore Henrie
in the meet next week . . . Tom Johnson, 230-pound sophomore
tackle from Muskegon Heights, Mich., has been impressive in
spring drills. The coaches have been lifting their eyebrows at
the quickness of the big boy's charge.
Gene Derricotte, Michigan's hard-luck halfback, will go to
summer school this year. Signed with the Cleveland Browns, Gene
will start running shortly in an effort to strengthen the injured knee
he received in the 1948 opener against Michigan State.

By The Associated Press
DETROIT -Rookie Outfielder
Johnny Groth continued his ter-
rific hitting yesterday as he wal-
loped a grand slam homer, a dou-

Michigan's golf team cracked
open its 1949 home season yester-
day by overwhelming an out-
classed University of Detroit squad
over the University course.
The score was 30-6.
* * *
were never in contention although
their No. 6 man, Sam Kocsis,
turned in the outstanding indivi-
dual performance of the after-
noon. Kocsis, a brother of Michi-
gan amateur champion Chuck
Kocsis, toured the wind-swept lay-
out in 73, one over par.
The only other threat to reg-
ulation figures came from Mich-
igan's Chuck MacCallum, who
was two under par going into
the sixteenth hole.
MacCalium had spun through
the first nine with a brilliant 35,
and had birdied two of the first
three holes on the way in, but his
second shot on number 16 was
carried by the wind high over the
green and into a near-impossible
* * *
IT TOOK HIM eight strokes
to hole out, thus ending his
chances for becoming the day's
medalist. His total of 75 added
41/2 points to the winning score,
and was low for Michigan.
The Wolverines were anything
but torrid during the match. It
was mainly due to the erratic
play of the Detroiters that vic-
tory came so easily. Besides
Koc-sis, no Titan broke 80, with
scores ranging as high as 91.
Captain Ed Schalon, who teed
off in the number one slot for
Michigan, encountered consider-
able trouble through the first 13
holes. In the late afternoon when
the winds subsided, he found him-
self, and fired five straight pars,
ending up with a 77.
* * *
Olson also had his difficulties.
He was red hot at the outset but
weakened when the sand traps
began swallowing his ball. He
went two over on the first nine
and four over for the second to
finish with a 78.
Wolverines Roger Kessler and
Keith LeClair swampedetheir
opponents with four-over-par
totals of 76. Leo Hauser and Sam
Valuck also defeated their De-
troit foes as the former shot 80,
and the latter 81.
Pete Elliott was the only Mich-
igan golfer to lose an individual
match, but the whipping came
M' Professor
Rates Honors
BOSTON -(P) -Seven honor
awards for outstanding work in
physical education were granted
at the conference of the American
Association for Health, Physical
Education and Recreation here.
The Gulick award was given to
Elmer B. Mitchell, Professor of
Physical Education, University of
Michigan, for "outstanding ser-
vice in the field of Physical Edu-

through no fault of his own. He ble andva single to drive in all
was the unfortunate victim of five runs as the Detroit Tigers
Kocsis' artful stroking. This match beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.
accounted for all six of Detroit's
points. It was Groth's third homer in
One of the great plays of the af- the Tigers' first two games of the
terncon came on the 520 yard American Leaguecampaign and
tenth hole when Kessler hit the ran his runs-batted-in total to
edge of the green with his second seven.
shot. For the second day in a row,

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Groth's hitting overshadowed a
nifty Tiger pitching perform-
ance, this one a four-hitter by
Virgil Trucks. Yesterday it was
Hal Newhouser's three hitter
against the White Sox that was
forced into the background by
Groth's hitting.
Righthander Randy Gumpert
was the victim of Groth's power
hitting today.
The White Sox grabbed a 2-0
lead in 'the second inning as
they put two of their four hits
together with a pair of walks.
Then Mr. Groth took charge of
He came up in the sixth with
Vic Wertz on second, catcher
Aaron Robinson on first and one
out. Groth rattled a two-base hit
off the left centerfield stands,
scoring Wertz, but Robinson was
cut down at the plate trying to
come in.
* * *
ST. LOUIS-The Cleveland In-
dians knocked out three pitchers
and downed the St. Louis Browns
7-3 yesterday, with pitcher Bob
Lemon going the full distance be-
fore 2,919 fans at Sportsman's
The seven hits permitted by
Lemon included home runs by
Dick Kokos and rookie Jack
Graham, the latter's coming
with a man on base in the
eighth. Lemon had six strike-
ut. * * *
man and Elmer Valo combined
yesterday to give the Philadelphia
Athletics their second straight
3-2 victory over the Boston Red
Sox-the deciding tally crossing
the plate in the tenth inning.
Chapman and Valo each con-
nected with four singles for

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NEW YORK-Vic Raschi show-
ed mid-season form yesterday
when he pitched the New York
Yankees to a brilliant 3-0 shutout
over the Washington Senators.
The star righthander allowed only
three hits as the Yankees made
it two in a row over the Nats.
A crowd of 12,551 saw Tommy
Henrich smash his second home
run in as many days in the
fourth inning to snap a score-
less pitching duel between Ras-
chi and Paul Calvert, the Sena-
tors' bespectacled righthanded
.* * *
BOSTON - Boston's Braves
made it three victories in four
games against the Phillies yester-
day, edging the Philadelphians
6-5 before 6,095 fans who saw
the losers' Willie (Puddin'Head)
Jones equal a modern baseball

eight of the 11 blows
got off Ellis Kinder.

the A'sI

record by hitting four doubles i
a single contest.
Jones walked his first time up
today, then clouted his four two
base hits in consecutive trips
to the plate.
BROOKLYN - Taking advant-
age of four New York errors anc
a streak of wildness on the par
of pitcher Sheldon Jones, th
Brooklyn Dodgers scored four un-
earned runs to defeat the Giant
yesterday 6-2.
A crowd of 21,864 saw the
Dodgers collect only four hits
off three Giant pitchers.
* * *
CHICAGO-Bob Rush, 23-year
old sophomore, hurled the Chicag
Cubs to a 4-0 triumph over th
Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday be
fore 11,218.
Young Rush scattered thre
hits, fanned seven and walked si
to outduel Murry Dickson.


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(This is the first in a series of ar-
ticles concerning the outstanding
candidates for the various positions
in regard to spring football drills.)
Backfield Coach George Ceit-
haml has quite a reputation to live
up to.
Last spring, with the assistance
of other members of the Michigan
coaching staff, he developed a
couple of unknown sophomores
named Leo Koceski and Chuck
Ortmann into stellar performers.
* * *
TO DEVELOP even one man
who would turn out as remarkably
as did Ortmann and Koceski
would be quite an accomplishment.
Although it is still early, hav-
ing had less than three weeks
of drills, several men show signs
that they will be definite assets
to the strength and depth of the
Wolverine squad next fall.
But whether they will turn into
the greats that the two sophomore
sensations did last year cannot be
figured out on paper.
* * *
ONE OF THE best looking
prospects is 18-year-old Jim Eld-
ridge. He presently is working out
at the wingback position, and has
impressed the coaches with his
tremendoushspec dand running
Another lad who shows signs
of developing into a varsity can-
didate is Bob Schirmer, who is
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DETROIT - (/P) - If Detroit is
selected as host city for the 1956
Olympics, it will hold the games
in a brand new stadium with a
seating capacity of 104,000.
This was announced by Louis
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also an 18-year-old. This-Sagi-
naw, Mich., product works from
the right half position, too.
The third 18-year-old gridder
who shows promise is Bill Putich.
He has looked very impressive,
and what is more encouraging he
seems to be steadily improving. He
has been used both in the quarter-
back slot and as a halfback.
* * *
THEIR AGES might make them
seem a little young, but this factor
could work as an incentive for'
them. Both Koceski and Ortmann
were 18-year-olds last fall.
The last man in contention
for a halfback berth is Don
Peterson, younger brother of
Michigan's varsity fullback. Don
played fullback on the freshmen
squad last year, but was
switched to left half in the
spring drills to best capitalize on
his running ability.
The highly controversial quar-
terback slot is still a toss-up. Be-
sides Putich, Don ZanFagna, Bob
Van Summern, Bill Bartlett, and
Otho Robinson are all working at
that position.
VM * *
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have had varsity experience, and
are out for spring drills trying to
get the starting berth as signal
Robinson looks very good and
handles his blocking assign-
ments particularly well. Zan-
Fagna is a little small to block
effectively, llut is very fast and
can pass well.
These men have all been stand-
outs on offense in spring drills, but
whether or not Ceithaml and the
other coaches will turn one or two
of them into truly great football
players will have to be decided
next fall.


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