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W ith the
Associate Sports Editor

Michign A
Dorr, Koceski and Palmer
Head Group of Holdovers


in Formative Stages

DETROIT'S WORLD CHAMPION Red Wings put on quite a skating
and stick-handling show for an appreciative crowd at the Coliseum
Tuesday night. Even the final score isn't much of an indication of the
superiority the Wings had over the Wolverines.
It was the first real chance that one could compare the pro-
fessionals and one of the better collegiate teams, since in past years
the teams have exchanged players and did more clowning than playing.
Ted Lindsay and crew gave the impression that they could have scored
upward of 20 or 30 goals if they had really been pressing.
> s That, however, is no slur on the Wolverine hockey team. They
weren't expected to put up much of a battle against seasoned
veterans who make the game their life work. But it does, we think,
r reflect somewhat on the relative calibre of college hockey.
Vic Heyliger, the affable Michigan coach, is of the opinion that
some of his Wolverines or other college puck stars could make the
big time some day. But after watching the eases with which the Wings
completely outskated, and out-maneuvered some of the best in college
hockey, we sincerely doubt that many could make the grade.
Heyliger, naturally, can point to his own case. He was a former star
for the Wolverines way back in 1937 and then moved on to perform
,for the Chicago Blackhawks for several years before taking up coach-
ing. There have been others, but we are inclined to think they were
the exception rather than the rule.
* * * *
AFTER TUESDAY'S GAME, your writer had a chance to talk to
the Red Wing's sensational rookie, Terry Sawchuk. We asked him
what, he thought of the chances for an outstanding.collegian to make
)the big jump to the pros. Naturally, the case of Willard Ikola was in
the back of our minds, since the Wings already are interested in him.
Terry was of the opinion that, although it wouldn't be impos-
sible to break into the pros, it would be much better for the average
-young player to work his way through hockey's minor leagues
rather than try to get experience in college. He seriously doubted
that the young hockey aspirant would get the right kind and right
4 amount of. practice that is needed.
We might add that we doubt that the average competition is good
'enough to sharpen up the young puck chaser. The Canadian schools
like Montreal and Toronto certainly are worthy opponents, but most
of the rest don't play the type of hockey that the pros do.
The collegians have a body-checking rule that we think ser-
iously hampers the game in American schools. It prohibits body-
checking in all but the defensive zone, while the pros and. Cana-
dians allow. it in all zones. That may sound rather unimportant,
but it isn't.
HOCKEY, THE WAY the pros play it, is a rugged game and the
collegians are -going to have to play it that way if they expect to
continue in the sport after they graduate. One Wolverine defenseman
has often remarked how carelessly the average American hockey player
handles himself on the ice.
He knows he won't get checked too hard and so leaves himself
wide open. If he ever got into a game with unrestricted body-
checking he probably would be crippled the first time he was hit.
The Michigan squad, most of whom are Canadians, have had a
hard time getting accustomed to the American college rules that pro-
hibit playing the game the way they did in their homeland. It has
particularly hurt them in tournament play in Colorado Springs where
the referees were apparently warned of their more aggressive and
rougher play.
Hockey might be compared to baseball in the respect that the
road to the big time is a long, hard, one. Unlike the gridiron, the col-
lege rink and diamond are apparently poor proving grounds for the
professional athlete.


Michigan has a baseball team
at the embryo stage anxiously
waiting to be hatched out of the
confines of the Yost Field House.
So far activity has been smoth-
ered by a complex webbing of
screens and nets which have limi-
ted hitting and throwing to their
most fundamental stages.
*. * *
now loosening up under the alert
direction of veteran coach Ray
Fisher is virtually devoid of that
big diamond asset-experience.
Fisher can't get an accurate
evaluation of his men until he
sees them perform out on the
turf in daylight so it may be
some time before the squad
takes definite shape.
The handicap is especially im-
portant this season because the
roster is studded with untried
sophomores of whom little is
known. The 1951 slate is sched-
uled to open on April 6th with the
first of an eight game excursion
to the District of Columbia, Mary-
land and Virginia.
Fisher said yesterday that he
expects to have no more than a
week of outdoor drills before his
traveling team must be selected.
* *~ *'
MEANWHILE he has problems
to face at every position except
catcher. The backstop corps ap-
pears to be set -with Pete Palmer,
Linc Painter and Doug Peck.
The rest of the lineup re-
mains clouded with uncertain-
ty, however. Gerry Dorr is the
only holdover infielder from the
squad which tied for the Big
Ten title last year.
Dorr will probably return to
third base where he fielded .860
and compiled' a hefty batting
mark of .341 to lead his team a
year ago.
* * *
A NEW KEYNOTE combination
will be installed and probably will
be all sophomores coming from a
group which includes Bill Mogk,
Bruce Haynam, Frank Putich, and
Gil Sabuco.
At the initial sack Fisher is
faced with a giant question
mark. He is exerimenting with
senior Al Weygandt and Mark
Scarr in the hopes that one of
them will develop. Earl Kem is
oscillating between pitcher and
Bratton Beats
Fusari To Take
Welter Crown
CHICAGO-()-Johnny Brat-
ton last night won the National
Boxing Association's version of the
Welterweight Championship by de-
feating Charley Fusari in a blister-
ing 15 round battle in the Chicago
The decision, however, was not
unanimous. One judge voted 76-
74 in favor of Fusari, the New Jer-
sey ex-milkman. Fusari survived
two knockdowns to make a cour-
ageous fight from start to finish.
Referee Freddie Gilmore joined in
voting with the other judge, 78-
72 for Bratton.
Bratton, a cagey, sharp two-fist-
ed puncher, met Pusari's plodding,
methodical style with a blazing
attack. He dropped Fusari for a
count of four in the fourth round
with a hard right to the chin. In
the tenth he knocked Fusari

sprawling with a savage left hook
and right cross to the jaw.

first base. Hitting ability will
undoubtedly decide the issue.
In the outer garden Leo Koceski
is ready to take up where he left
off last campaign with a .333 bat-
tilig average. Frank Howell up
from the football ranks is coming
along and will be given considera-
Gerry'Harrington, Jack Kleinert
and Paul Francher are also in the
battle for outfield positions along
with Bill Billings who is a smart
fielder but an unknown hitting
PITCHING IS the ever-present
crucial element. Lefty Bob Lar-
son and Al Vergona, a right hand-
er, are holdovers. Neither was a
standout last time out but Larson
showed considerable improvement
in the stretch drive.
Among the crop of hurling
newcomers a youngster from
Webster, N.Y., Duane Heger-
dorn, shows great promise and
,may well become one of those
typical standout mound devel-
opments by Fisher.
He throws them from the right
side as do Bill DenHouter and
Jimmy Johnston.
Portsiders John Schuett, Dick
Yirkowski -and till Morman are
locked with Larson in a battle for
possible starting assignments.
After the spring tour Michigan
will open a 20 game regular sched-
ule beginning April 17 against
Wayne 'here.
6, Georgetown at Washington,
D.C., 7, George Washington at Wash-
ington D.C., 9, Navy at Annapolis,
10, Maryland at 'College Park, Md.,
11, Boiling Air Base at Boiling Air
Base D. C., 12, Washington and
Lee at Lexington, Va., 13, V.M.I. at
Lexington, Va., 14, Virginia at Char-
lottesville, Va., 17, Wayne HERE, 20,
and 21, Illinois HERE, 24, Western
Michigan HERE, 25, Detroit HERE,
27, and 28, Iowa There.
1, Wayne There, 4, and 5, Indiana
There, 8, Notre Dame HERE, 11,
Michigan State HERE, 12, Michigan
State There, 15, Notre Dame There,
16, Detroit There, 18,' and 19, Pur-
due HERE, 22, Western Michigan
There, 25, and 26, Ohio State There.

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(Continued from Page 1)

'M' Pucksters, Boston U.
To Meet in NCAA Opener

ites to win the tournament. But
this was denied to them when
Boston University edged Vic Hey-
liger's puckmen, 4-3. The Wol-
verines again swept the consola-
tion game, 10-6, their victim this
time being Boston College.
THIS YEAR, the Wolverines
come face to face in the first
game with the same team which
eliminated them last year-Bos-
ton University. The Terriers boast
a strong defense and, in the per-
son of Jack Garrity, they have
one of the finest offensive stars
playing collegiate hockey today.
Last year Garrity scored 80
points in one season to set a
record for collegiate scoring.
This season he has tallied over
50 points, and with one more
year of competition remaining,
the ex-Air Force pilot should
break many more scoring rec-
But the Wolverines will have
more on their hands tonight than
just Mr. Garrity. Also returning
from last year's team are Jack
Kelley, second high scorer for the
Terriers this year, and Eddie Ca-
hoon, another experienced vet-

igan, they nevertheless came up
with f3 victories as against only
4 losses, one of those losses being
a 3-2 thriller to Michigan in Bos-
ton three months ago.
* * *
start with his first line, the high-
est-scoring threesome in Michi-
gan hockey history, Neil Celley
(74 points), Gil Burford (66
points), and John Matchefts (55

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Herbert Impresses As Tigers
Walk Past Cardinals, 10-8

The Detroit Tigers, with a big
eighth inning in which seven of
their men walked, scored a 10 to
8 victory over the St. Louis Car-
dinals in an exhibition game here
The Tigers looked bad all the
way until that one big inning res-
cued them and gave them their
second victory in three exhibition
The only bright spot for the
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couldn't score until the sixth
when a hit batsman, Don Kollo-
way's double and Joe Ginsberg's
infield out broke the ice.

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1950 ,Michigan football team, has
been called for Army service early
next month. Wahl, an All-Ameri-
can tackle, previously spent a year
overseas with the Army of Occu-
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tunity to enjoy the facilities of the
IM Building, together with their
For a year now, the student
sports center has opened its doors,
usually on the third Saturday of
the month, to those athletically in-
clined members of the faculty who
have had the time and energy to
venture down to Hoover and State.
Novice and proficient athletes have
accepted alike this opportunity for
pleasure and relaxation, with great
ODDLY ENOUGH, the distaff
side seemsrto have been the miti-
gating force behind the usual
thirty families or more which'in-
dulge regularly in the varied facili-
ties. offered by the IM staff. Fac-
ulty wives too have voiced approval
of the agenda which offers paddle
ball, volleyball, gymnastics, bad-
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and swimming to worn-out pro-
fessors and university staff mem-
bers alike.
Instructors' offspring, also
revel in the sporty atmosphere
which the IM Building offers.
They are especially at home on
faculty sports night, since this
evening is the only time made
available for children under 12
to float.in the cool waters of the
IM pool. Lifeguards are on duty
from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. to
safeguard these young swimming

the novelty of trampolining follows
a close second. The horse rand
parallel bars are also popular
.* * *
ALL EQUIPMENT, except bad-
minton birdies, tennis balls, and
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