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Made Poor
Markyin '51
Michigan's 1951 baseball team
playd an unfamiliar role in thi
yar's Big Ten campaign.
For the first time since 1947 the
Wolverines failed to win out-right
or share the Western Conference
*hampgionship, and for the first
time in 14 years the Wolverines
completed their season with a per-
centage below the .500 mark.
THE SQUAD finished its confer-
ence play with four victories
against eight set-backs for an un-
impressive .333 league mark. This
placed the Maize and Blue in an
eighth place tie with the Univer-
sity of Iowa.
The .333 percentage represents
the worst mark that Michigan
baseball squads have reached
under the directorship of Ray
Fisher, who has been baseball
mentor at Michigan for the past
31 years, has brought a grand to-
tal of 19 championships home to
Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have
taken six of those titles in the last
eight years.
NEXT YEAR Coach Fisher will
place the stress on youth. With
four sophomores holding down key
positions this season, and with
freshman eligibility taking affect
in the Big Ten, Fisher will prob-
ably field one of the youngest
Michigan teams since the war
Sophomore regulars who will
be back next year are Bruce
Haynam, Gil Sabuco, Bill Mogk,
and Frank Howell. Haynam al-
though only a sophomore, was
elected captain of the 1952
squad; he replaces Leo Koceski,
who held down left field in the
sprint and also made a name
for himself on the Michigan
gridiron in the fail.
Teaming up with Haynam, who
plays shortstop, will be second
baseman Gil Sabuco. Sabuco
played in nine league games and
compiled a .316 batting average.
FRAN~K HOWELL held down
the centerfield position. The 19
year old football player Is one of
the fastest players Michigan base-
ball fans have seen in many years.
The fourth returning sophomore
Is Bill. Mogk who can play either
the infield or the outfield.
The other four regular posi-
tions were handled by seniors.
Al Weygandt, who led Wolver-
ine hitters with an even .350
average, held down the first
base chores.
Gerry Dorr was stationed at
third base. Dorr, it was thought
by many, was one of the finest
fielding third basemen in the
Western Conference.
Pete Palmer did a creditable job
behind' the plate; he completed
the season with a .326 batting
mark. Former captain Leo Koce-.
ski played leftfield for the Wol-
THE PITCHING department al-
so had its share of sophomores.
Bill DenHouter, Dick Yirkosky,
John Shuett and Duane Hegedorn
are all second year men who
should return next year.
Juniors returning are Al Vir-
gona, Earl Keim, and Bob Car-
penter. Bob Larsen, Micrigan's
number one hurler, is the only'
graduating pitcher.
From last year's junior class
Coach Fisher will also be seeking1
See BASEBALL, Page 7 ]

Sports for All
Is I-M Motto


BRUCE HAYNAM ... 1952 Captain
Michigan Athletes Look
Toward Olympic Games

The greatest sports attraction of
them all-the Olympic Games-
will again serve as a strong incen-
tive to athletes throughout the
world to put forth their utmost ef-
forts in the coming year.
Michigan has its share of repre-
sentatives in the Olympics down
through the years and promises to
have sevedI more in the 1952
Games at Helsinki, Finland, next
* * *
A SWIMMER, Bob Sohl, and
two trackmen, Herb Barten and
Eck Koutonen, were the last Wol-
verines to appear in the Olympics,
all three representing the United
States in the 1948 Games at Lon-
Sohl, co-captain along with
Dick Weinberg of the 1949 Maize
and Blue swimming team, placed
third in the 200-meter breast-
stroke at London. He completed
the American sweep in the event,
as Joe Verdeur won the event
and Keith Carter finished sec-
Bartem who is a co-holder of the
Michigan Varsity indoor half mile
record of 1:53.9, finished fourth in
the Olympic 800-meters. The win-
ner of the race, Mal Whitfield, had
met Barten on numerous occa-
sions before as an Ohio State
representative, Koutonen, broad
jumped for the Wolverines, but
qualified on the United States
team as a hop, step, and jumper.
Koutonen did not fare as well as
his college teammates, however,
since the Americans failed to place;
a man in the hop, step, and jump.
Another Olympic performer in
1948 was John Davies, who en-
rolled at Michigan the follow-
ing February. Swimming for his
native Australia in the Olympicst
Davies finished fourth behind the1
American trio in the 200-meter
breast stroke..
Turning to potential Olympic
athletes for the 1952 Games a
couple of Michigan swimmers, a
trackman, and a gymnast rate
high on the list.

DAVIES, co-captain of the
Michigan team for the coming
year, is virtually a sure bet to1
again represent Australia nextI
ummer. Since he has swum for
the Wolverines, Davies has been
one of the outstanding breast-
strokers in the Western Confer-
ence and the nation.
After placing fourth in the
200-yard breaststroke and fifth
in the 100-yard breaststroke in
the Western Conference cham-
pionships in 1950; Davies won the
Big Ten 200-yard breaststroke
and finished second in the 100
this winter.
In addition the Australian won
the AAU 220-yard breaststroke and
took a second in the 100 this spring.
* * *
THE MAIZE AND Blue's out-
standing prospect for the American
team is the other co-captain of the
swimming team, Stew Elliott. El-
liott is also a breaststroker and
has fought out many close races
with Davies.
Elliott is the present Confer-
ence 100 - yard breaststroke
champion, having won the
crown this winter. In the NCAA
meet this spring Elliott garnered
a third in the 100, after which he
took fourth in the AAU 100, fin-
ishing behind his teammate, Da-
The track team's contribution to;
the Olympic Games next summer
will in all probability be its cap-
tain for next year, Don McEwen.
McEwen, who hails from Canada,
has been the outstanding Wolver-
ine distance man for the past two
** *
both the Conference mile and two-
mile this spring, holds the Big Ten
mile record of 4:09. He is more no-
ted for his two-mile performances,
though, being recognized as the
outstanding college two-miler. Mc-
Ewen's best time in the event is a
The Michigan star is also the
champion cross-country man in
the Big Ten, having won the
See OLYMPICS, Page 7

You don't have to be a red-hot
All State prospect to participate
in athletics at Michigan.
Down at the Sports Building
(So. State and Hoover), one of
the largest andmost extensive
intramural programs of any col-
lege in the country is carried on.
There the average athlete and his
below-par brother go to enjoy the
thrills of competing in sports.
** *
UNDER THE direction of Earl
Riskey, czar of intramural activi-
ties, just about every sport known
to man is offered the male student.
Besides the already familiar sports
such as baseball, football, and bas-
ketball, the new student will have
a chance to try his hand at soc-
cer, lacrosse, and the like.
Although the building and its
facilities are open to any student
who merely wishes to work out
by himself, the staff tries to
direct play along group or team
lines. The four divisions, fra-
ternity, residence hall, profes-
sional fraternity and indepen-
dent, make it possible for every
student to join some kind of out-
fit for his athletic recreation.
All four divisions vary in size
and age. The fraternity league is
both the oldest and largest, hav-
ing started in 1912 and possessing
46 members.
WHEN THE dormitories were
built in 1939 the residence hall
league was established. The pro-
fessional fraternity circuit was in-
stituted to provide team competi-
tion for graduate students, and
the independent league for club
members and boarding house men.
The schedule for each division
is so arranged that there is al-
ways at least one sport on the
agenda of the athletically am-
bitious throughout the year.
In the fall there's touch foot-
ball and track; basketball, volley-
ball, swimming and water polo
form the base for winter play; and
in spring fancy turns to baseball,
horseshoes, and tennis.
BESIDES the sheer joy of play-
ing ball with one's fellow men,
trophies liberally awarded provide
the necessary incentives to insure
keen competition. There are tro-
phies for each sport in each di-
vision, a trophy to the outstanding
athlete of the year, and trophies
to the year's winners in each
Although every organization
that enters is naturally out to
garner as many trophies as it
can get, some seem to accomplish
the feat in a far more efficient
The same outfits do a pretty
good job of monopolizing the tro-
phies in the intramural field.
-In the fraternity division Sigma
Phi Epsilon won the league honors
for the third straight year, taking
eight titles outright and placing
very high in most of the other

events. Phi Delta Theta, another
perennial I-M power, slipped to
fourth last year. It was displaced
by up-and-coming Kappa Sigma
and Alpha Tau Omega, who ran
WILLIAMS HOUSE nearly made
a shambles of the residence hall
race by scoring the all-time high
total of 1566 points. In their march
to the league crown the men of
Williams won nine championships,
another new mark.
Prescott, Fletcher, and Hayden
finished in that order to round
out the top four.
Phi Epsilon Kappa, the pro-
fessional athletic fraternity, edged
out the Law Club in a ding-dong
pro fraternity race. Last year's
winners, Nu Sigma Nu, finished
third ahead of Delta Sigma Delta.
The professional fraternity circuit
is glutted with former varsity ath-
letes which makes for real compe-
* * *
man Club just barely squeezed into
first place, edging out the Fores-
ters by the scant margin of four
points. Michigan Christian Fel-
lowship finished a distant third
while the boys from Hawaii slipped
into the number four spot.
The outstanding athlete award
went to Bill Raymond for the
second consecutive year. Ray-
mond participated in no less
than 15 events to take this hon-
or. He sparked the SAE touch
football team by scoring three
touchdowns and passing for
twelve more.
He was golf champ once again,
took poletvaulting, and placed on,
the All-Star basketball team with
a 16 point per game average.
REALIZING that intramural ac-
tivities are high on the student
desire-for-coverage list, the Daily
gives the Sports Building program
every day attention. It can be said
without stretching a point too
much that some of the more prom-
inent intramural sports partici-
pants get almost as much publicity
as the varsity men.
Freshmen are urged to take ad-
vantage of a fine opportunity to
keep themselves in shape while in
college, while at the same time en-
joying the good fellowship which
goes with sharp athletic competi-
And the I-M Building isn't com-
pletely restricted to males. On
Friday nights a co-recreational
program is scheduled,
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