WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 1951
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
IE MORNING LINI
By TED PAPES
Daily Sports Editor
IN BASEBALL it doesn't take much to change a winning complex.
Just one year ago Michigan was riding high atop the Western
Conference diamond standings with five victories in six games. Today
the Wolverines are mired in the cellar, winless after six attempts.
Thi Big Ten's three I's are responsible for the local nine's
early demise, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana each having swept a two-
game series from the erstwhile champions.
Three of the losses were by one-run margins and another was
by two tallies. Last weekend Michigan played its worst brand of ball
at Bloomington to chalk up another pair of deficits, and coach Ray
Fisher is beginning to wonder if things can get any stormier.
Fisher Not Happy.. .
E WERE TALKING to the likable mentor in the dugout before
yesterday's contest with Notre Dame and he sounded almost as
pessimistic as he did at the outset of spring practice when he knew
little or nothing about this year's players. A
He brought up the time-proven comment that one year the breaks
go your way and a championship is won; the next year you can't do
Getting a little more specific, he maintained that one de-
pendable pitcher with a strong arm wquld have put his team into
the thick of the pennant scramble. So far no one on his mound
staff has been able to finish a league game.
Bob Larsen had been his pre-season hurling hope but success has
eluded the left handed curve ball artist. He almost had a masterpiece
in the books against Iowa, but after allowing no hits through the first
eight innings, he was blasted off the hill by the Hawkeyes who won in
No help has come from the second flight of pitchers either. Biggest
disappointment has been holdover right hander Al Virgona. Al flopped
in his first start yesterday against the Irish, who combed him for two
runs on two hits and a base on balls.,!He was yanked with one out in
the first inning.
Rookie moundsmen Bill DenHouter, Duane Hegedorn and
John Shuett are inconsistent and require more seasoning.
The catching staff that looked so brilliant on paper this spring
has not materialized into the league's finest as advertised. Pete Palmer
is having defensive troubles and only now is shaking the batting
slump that had him tied in knots early in the campaign. He figures to
finish much stronger, however. His substitute, Linc Painter, hasn't
been able to reach his expected hitting form.
Haynam Budding Star .. .
AN UNHERALDED and unassuming infielder has been the brightest
element on the squad up to this point. He is shortstop Bruce
Haynam who has handled himself like an old pro all season in the field.
We recall the first time we saw young Bruce. It was during indoor
drills at the Yost Fieldhouse in late winter, and he was getting instruc-
tions from Fisher on how to roll his spikes on the turf to keep balance
when fielding a ball far to one side.
There was little indication then that he would turn out to be
such a polished fielder. He started slowly as a batter but now has
picked up momentum to build a streak of six games in which he
has hit safely. Yesterday he led the team with four bingles in six
trips, his best showing thus far.
Another sophomore infielder, Bill Mogk, has failed to live up
t9 advance notice at the plate. Fisher hopes that he and the rest of
the yea-rling crop will develop into real threats for next season.
WHEN FISHER couldn't locate his supply of practice baseballs be-
fore yesterday's game he commented, "Somebody has little
brothers." He was quick to add that he hoped they were "playing ball"
regularly. That seems to sum up his general philosophy about the game,
indicating that planning for the future is the top activity.
By Nine Run,
Hits Pace Attack
By. BOB LANDOWNE
Scoring all of their runs in the
first two innings, Michigan's base-
ball team gave Notre Dame a sound
It was a nine run first inning
that virtually settled matters for
the home team, but they added
four more tallies in the second
frame and easily coasted the rest
of the way for the non-conference
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STARTER and loser 'for the
Irish was Bob Nemes who succeded
in retiring leadoff man Frank
Howell but then yielded six hits1
and a base on balls to the nextl
seven men before being relieved by
Four runs were already in and
two Wolverines were on when
Ledwidge took the mound, but
Michigan continued their hitting
attack with three hits, one a
triple by Howell on the second
time around, a squeeze bunt and
Fourteen batters in all went to
the plate with shortstop Bruce
Haynam getting two singles, bat-
ting in a run and scoring both
times he got on base.
THE OTHER big mows of the
inning were Al Weygandt's two
run bases loaded single and Jerry
Dorr's triple that immediately fol-
lowed for two more runs.
Weygandt's hit tied the score
at the time at 2-2 because the
Irish knocked out Ray Fisher's
starting hurler, Al Virgona, in
the top half of the first 'and
held a 2-0 lead before the Wol-
verine bats were heard from.
Southpaw Bob Larsen took over
for Virgona and yielded only one
unearned run through the fifth
inning to be credited with the vic-
THE WOLVERINES added thei.
final four runs in the second when
nine men batted, garnering five
more hits off Ledwidge who stayed;
on the mound for the Irish.
Two men were out before
Howell produced the first runs
of the inning on a two run single.
Then successive singles by Hay-
nam, Leo Koceski and Pete
Palmer accounted for the final
Michigan runs of the day.
Ledwidge gave only three more
hits to the Fishermen through the
seventh inning and then Haynam
got his fourth hit of the day and
eighteenth for Michigan in the
eighth off Jean Ferryman who fin-
ished for Notre Dame.
Netters Beat Titans, 9-0
Sophomore Webb Wins Match
In First Start for Wolverines
Special to The Daily
DETROIT-The University of
Detroit became Michigan's fifth
tennis victim of the year here yes-
terday as the Wolverines white-
washed the outclassed Titans, 9-0.
The Maize and Blue swept the
meet in the minimum of eighteen
* * *
COACH BILL MURPHY'S net-
ters now have a 5-1 season record,
and a total of 30 victories in their
last 31 dual meets.
Detroit played the matches on
their new stadium courts without
the services of Dick Russell,
number -one man. The 21-year-
old junior is in Detroit Osteo-
.. . Birthday celebration
Tigers Drop Yankees, 6-5;
Herbert Wins 4th Straight
By The Associated Press
DETROIT-Vic Wertz tried to
duck a pitched ball in the 11th
inning but it struck his bat and
bounced into left field for a game-
winning single as the Detroit Tig-
ers licked the league-leading New
York Yankees yesterday, 6-5.
The fluke single handed rookie
pitcher Ray Herbert his fourth
straight victory as a relief pitch-
er without a defeat. Allie Ray-
nolds, who went the distance, took
his second loss against one victory.
New York's Hank Bauer, mak-
ing his first start, belted two hom-
ers. Teammate Jackie Jensen
smashed his fifth of the season.
* ov *
ATHLETICS 9, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO-Bobby Shantz was
rapped for a dozen hits but won
his first 1951 victory yesterday
when the Philadelphia Athletics
coasted to a 9-4 triumph over the
Chicago White Sox.
The victory salvaged the final
of the three game series for the
Athletics and snapped the Com-
iskeys four game winning streak.
CUBS 2, DODGERS 1
BROOKLYN-One swipe by the
home run bat of Big Hank Sauer
gave the Chicago Cubs enough
runs for Bob Schultz yesterday as
the rookie lefty scattered nine
Brooklyn hits for a 2-1 victory.
Sauer slammed a Carl Erskine
pitch into the lower left field
seats, a poke of some 360 feet,
with Ramson Jackson on first base
in the first inning. That was .the
ball game. It also was Sauer's
PIRATES 9, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA - Mel Queen
hand cuffed the Philadelphia
Phillies with two hits for seven
innings last night while the Pitts-
burgh Pirates pounded Ken Hein-
tzelman and Milo Candini for 10
and 9-3 victory over the Nation-
al League champions. One of the
Pirates' blows was a homer by
BRAVES 2, REDS 1
BOSTON-Sid Gordon's ninth
inning homer last night gave the
Boston Braves a 2-1 victory over
the Cincinnati Reds at the ex-
pense of fireballing Herman Weh-
Wehmeier and Boston's Max
Surkont, who won his fourth
game, both gave up six hits.
GIANTS 6, CARDS 2
NEW YORK - Larry Jansen
went the route and won last night
for the first time since opening
day as the New York Giants de-
feated the flu-ridden St. Louis
Cardinals, 6-2, before 20,379 fans.
Major League Standings
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Washington at Detroit-Marrero
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Boston at Chicago (Night)-Scar-
borough (1-0) or Taylor (0-3) vs.
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Michigan............940 000 00x-13
Doubles-Gillis 2. Triples--Howell,
Dorr. RBI-Boland 2, Weygandt 2,
Dorr 2, Mogk, Larsen, Howell 3, Hay-
nam, Palmer 2, Koceski, Durkin,
LeRose, Costigan. S-Larsen, Sabuco.
SB-Palmer, Dorr, Weygandt, Hay-
nam. BB-Virgona 1, Nemes 1, Lar-
sen 1, Ledwidge 6, Shuett 2. SO--
Larsen 4, Ledwidge 1, Shuett 2, Fer-
ryman 1. Hits off-Virgona 2 in Y,
Nemes 6 in %, Larsen 4 in 4%, Led-
widge 11 in 6%, Shuett 5 in 3, Fer-
ryman 1 in 1, Hegedorn 0 in 1.
Left on bases-Notre Dame 12,
Michigan 13. Winner-Larsen. Loser
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