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'UESDAY, MAY 27, 1952

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Hayden Ca ures 11Softball Grown

AYBE YOU HAVEN'T noticed it, but there's a new game in vogue
that's positively sweeping the country. It's called "Down With
college Athletics," and it's being played by New York judges, college
n.itellectuals, and ex-football players.
Now no one would be so naive as to assume that these people are
ompletely off the beaten track in their little game. But perhaps it
would be a good thing if they could see actual campus conditions
fore leveling all-inclusive blasts at the collegiate athletic system.
Michigan, to my way of thinking, provides an excellent illus-
tration of what I'm driving at. After three years of watching
Wolverine teams in action, I have reached the conclusion that it
almost takes professionalism to keep intercollegiate competition
in athletics alive.
Unless a Michigan team is winning, and winning sensationally,
he average student, who is being represented in the contest theoreti-
;ally, will not turn out to root the boys home.
Basketball at the U of M .. .
TH E BASKETBALL SITUATION most clearly points this out. The
squad has been losing rather consistently as of late, so the student
lans have cut it off from their affection. On some hardwood playing
dates Yost Field House has had all the appearances of the St. Louis
Browns' ball park.
But basketball isn't the only sport so affected. Last year
baseball took it in the neck, and football characteristically rises
and falls with the caliber of opposition in each contest.
It seems safe to state, then, that school spirit is in the grave
*it Michigan. Only King Commercialism can reign at Ann Arbor-
can get that student support.
This coming weekend the apathetic or lethargic Michigan
fans will have another opportunity to witness a sporting spectacle.
The annual Big Ten track championships will be staged in historic
Ferry Field, which, incidentally, is located about three blocks
south of the campus on State street.
For sheer spectacle this year's meet should be hard to beat. The
place will be literally crawling with great names from the cinder
world. These personalities, such as Michigan's own Don McEwen, will
'also perform in the Olympics this summer.
Illnois the Team to Beat . ..
HE MEET WILL FEATURE a tremendous team duel between
Illinois and Michigan, who have been going at it tooth and nail
in the sport over the last several years. In two meetings between the
schools this year, Illinois has walked off with the honors on both
occasions.
Both times Michigan met the Fighting Illini at Champaign,
which put the Wolverines at a slight disadvantage. This time
Michigan will have the home crowd-maybe. It all depends, of
course, on the unpredictable Michigan student.
Don Canham, the Maize and Blue cinder mentor, confessed that
a partisan crowd could conceivably swing the scales in Michigan's
favor. His team is so evenly matched with Illinois that good per-
formances from unexpected sources will make the difference.
And a roaring group of spectators can do wonders in the way
of encouraging unusual performances. Illinois' thinclads seemed
to go Just a little bit faster in the indoor championships at
Champaign when the rabid Illini fans hooped it up. That was
one of the reasons the Wolverines didn't bring home the title.
To encourage the students to come out for the two-day festival
the Michigan athletic administration has made up a special set of
tickets, priced to meet the student pocket. The total charge for one
ticket, which is good for admission to both the preliminaries on Friday
and the finals on Saturday, Is one dollar.
This is very reasonable, when one considers that everybody else
in the Western Conference charges a minimum of $1.25 for similar
events. The ducats can, be obtained at the athletic administration
building any day between nine and five.
*. * *
Strategy That Backfired...
WHER DON McEWEN lost last Saturday, the first time in his col-
Iege career, everybody was surprised. What everybody didn't
know was that it was the result of a plan that backfired.
Coach Canham had hoped that McEwen, by setting a slow
pale early. in the race, would keep Iowa's Rich Ferguson only
f slightly ahead of Michigander Bill Hickman, and that both of
his charges could then out-kick Ferguson in the stretch.
The plan went astray, however, when Hickman was unable to
Imatch strides with either man, and Ferguson out-kicked McEwen in
the stretch. It is a pretty safe assumption that McEwen will "kill"
Ferguson with his usual early pace this coming Saturday in the Big
Ten meet rather than collect defeat number two.
* * * *
'Carroll, McSween Headliners
In Big Ten Quarter-mile Duel

Win in Extra
Inning, 10-9,
On Cluteh i-t
ZBT Takes I-M
Net Championship
By WARREN WERTHEIMER
Hayden House captured the res-
idence hall softball championship
yesterday, defeating Prescott in
an extra inning thriller, 10-9.
* * *
THE WINNERS jumped out to
a 3-0 lead in the very first inning,
Burt Stoddard driving in the sec-
ond and third markers with a
bases loaded single. They increas-
ed their margin to six runs in the
fourth when they again tallied
three times as Ralph Kiefer
smacked out a double with the
sacks jammed.
In the top of the fifth, how-
ever, Prescott came up with
seven runs as Dick Weinberg,
the winning pitcher, became
wild. Weinberg walked six and
hit one batter and then with
the score, 6-4, Bill Winkler put
his team ahead, 7-6, with a base
clearing triple.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hay-
den tied the score. The victors
filled the bases on two walks and
a hit and then Stoddard flied deep
to center. The tying run tallied
after the catch but Kiefer, trying
to score from second base, was out
on a very close play at home.
* * *
IN THE NEXT frame, Prescott
went back into the lead. With two
out, Mary DeWinter hit a two run
homer that skipped past the left
fielder who tried for a shoestring
catch.
Once more, Hayden was faced
with the task of coming from be-
hind. Wayne Holmes, the Pres-
cott hurler, retired the first two
men on easy chances and it look-
ed like he had himself a victory
when he got Pete Fuerst to
ground to second. However, the
throw to first was low and Hay-
den was still alive. The new
champs made the most of their
new life.
Don Bronkema, pinchhitting for
the pitcher, took two strkes and
then walloped a tremendous homer
to tie the score. On the next pitch
Jerry Wittkop smacked one over
the centerfielder's head and cir-
cled the bases with the winning
run'
Zeta Beta Tau captured its
second I-M tennis crown Sunday
by beating Pi Lambda Phi, 2-1.
Tom Ungerleider of the ZBT's
playing at the number one spot,
crushed Dick Gilden, 6-0, 6-0.
Sam Dodek produced the surprise
of the day when he hung a 6-4,
6-4 defeat on Pi Lam Jerry Ro-
ner, defending I-M indoor net
champ. The doubles match saw
the Pi Lams gain some satisfac-
tion as Jerry Hirsch and Tom Fab-
ian outclassed Zebe's Ozzie Dodek
and Herb Krickstein, 6-4, 6-2.
Other I-M Scores:
SOFTBALL
Kappa Sigma 14, Sigma Chi 7
Winche 10, Kelsey 9
Cooley 3, Chicago 1
Greene 14, Wenley 3
FACULTY
Education 13, Zoology 4
Public Health 4, Physics 3
'U' Hospital 5, Museum 2
Willow Run 9, Metallurgical Lab 3
PRO FRATERNITY TENNIS
CHAMPIONSHIP
Phi Delta Phi 2, Alpha Kappa Kap-
pa 0
FRATERNITY HORSESHOES
AEPi 2, Chi Psi 0

-Photo by Bob Lieblein
TOP ATHLETE-The Michigan Daily Trophy for the outstanding
Intramural athlete was awarded yesterday to Jerry Rovner, left,
by Ed Whipple, Daily sports editor, with Earl Riskey, intramural
sports director looking on. The new "top athlete," a member of
Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, won the award by participating in
eighteen sports, including individual tournaments. So far this year,
Rovner has copped the All-Campus Indoor Tennis crown for the
second straight year and is now in the finals of the Campus Indoor
Tennis Tourney. Rovner, residing in Bridgeton, New Jersey, was
selected to the fraternity all-star football team and has hurled for
the Jokers, Independent baseball champions in 1950 and 1951.
Last year Rovner finished second to Bill Raymond of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon who captured the title for the second straight year. Also
in the running for the trophy were Nonny Weinstock of Sigma
Alpha Mu, Earle Kauffman, outstanding athlete of Williams
House, Don Mitchell of Kappa Sigma, and Gordon Tarrant of Beta
Theta Pi fraternity.
Michigan Prepares for Annual
Big T'en Tennis Championships
. . -

M' To Face
ToughLinks
Cornpetition
(First in a Series)
By DICK LEWIS
Purdue, Ohio State and Iowa
loom as the big three that Michi-
gan's golfers will have to over-
come in the Western Conference
Championships this Friday and
Saturday at Champaign.
Coach Sam Voinoff's well-bal-
anced Boilermaker linksters must
be ranked as favorites in the two-
day, 72-hole medal play in view
of their outstanding 12-3 slate in
dual competition.
* * *
FEATURING a Purdue squad
which has chalked up an 8-2 rec-
ord in Big Ten action are fresh-
man fashion-plate Don Albert and
bulky senior Dick Wibel.
Albert, one of two first-year
men on the Boilermaker sextet,
paces his team-mates with a
74.6 season's average per 18
holes. Included in this sparkling
figure are two sub-par 69 rounds
carded by the lanky Alliance,
Ohio swinger.
Wibel shoots in the number one
spot for the Riveters and boasts
a 74.8 average on the season. He
is one of the few holdovers from
the Purdue entry which walked off
with the conference bunting in
1950, and finished second in 1951.
* * *
THE REMAINDER of Voinoff's
aggregation each averages less
than 80 swings.
Freshman Bob Benning is at
75.6, senior Norm Dunlap holds
down the fourth spot with 75.8
swings, veteran Jack Hesler is
in the fifth slot with a 75.9 tally,
and sixth singles alternates Dick
Norton and Chuck Houff fol-
low with 77.3 and 79.5, respec-
tively.
Purdue has split even in two
clashes with Michigan and also
gained an even break in two meet-
ings with Ohio State.
* * *
THE DEFENDING champion
Buckeyes, despite the loss of de-
pendable Tom Nieporte have
amassed eight wins and four losses
against strong opposition.
Little Frank Cardi tops a
blend of Bucks which could go
all the way to their fourth lea-
gue golf crown. Cardi shoots in
the number one position, and is
the most frequent medalist for
the Columbus combination.
Also prominent on the Ohio
State scene is Bob Clouse, tenth-
place finisher in the 1951 individ-
ual championship with a 72-76-80-
76 series.
CLOUSE SPARKED Ohio to a
1912-16% verdict over Purdue with
a 70-76-146 on the Boilermaker
home course, and really burned up
the Hyde Park Country Club
Course in Cincinnati last week by
scoring a five-under-par 68-69-
137 in an easy triumph over
Xavier.
Surprise on the Western Con-
ference circuit is capable Iowa
unit which is seeking to better
its 1951 seventh place finish.
The Hawkeyes have turned back
Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana,
Illinois, and Wisconsin while com-
piling an 8-5-1 mark.

By PAUL GREENBURG
The University of Michigan
baseball team, back on top after a
one-season stay in the unfamil-
iar environs of the second division,
copped its 20th Big Ten baseball
title last week-end.
It was a great tribute to the
coaching mastery of the Wolver-
ine menter Ray Fisher that the
team got as far as it did. Fisher
took the remnants of a weak-
seventh place club and molded
them together with a group of
freshmen and sophomores into the
top Western Conference team,
leading the league in hitting and
fielding.
* * *
THE DIAMOND squad pounded
out a .294 average for the season-
as freshmen stars Paul Lepley and
Don Eaddy led the attack, IKep-
ley hitting .343 and Eaddy swing-
ing at a, .337 pace.
The pitching staff, which
caused much uncertainty before
the season got underway, proved
in the long run to be more than
adaquate. Right-hander Jack
Corbett and southpaw Marv
Wisniewski tossed three shut-
outs apiece as the Wolverines es-
tablished a 13-7 over-all record
and an 8-4 conference mark.
Corbett, Wisniewski and port-
sider Dick Yirkosky, the top trio
of hurlers, return as a unit next
year. In fact, barring unforeseen
interference from Uncle Sam, the
entire team will be back. This
augurs well for a repeat win in
1953, which would be the tenth
in the last dozen years for Coach
Fisher.
THE WOLVERINES, who shar-
ed the title with Illinois, had a
couple of opportunities to rule the
roost by themselves, but a com-
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bination of tough breaks and bad
weather stymied them.
Three games with weak clubs
were washed out. If Michigan
had taken all three it would have
meant sole possession of the
title. Also, Corbett picked the
wrong time to pitch a two-
hitter, throwing it against Min-
nesota when Paul Giel was
pitching for the Gophers.
Giel, who ended the season with
an unblemished record was just a
little better than Corbett that day
and he won, 2-0. However, Giel
helped Michigan when the Wolver-
ines needed it the most, whipping
the Illini on the last week-end of
the season.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 3
New York 4, Brooklyn 3
Chicago 3, St. Louis Q
Boston-Philadelphia (postponed)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 6, New York3
Washington 5, Philadelphia 3
Chicago 10-6, St. Louis 5-3
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ANOTHER FOR FISHER:
Wolverine Nine at Home
In Big Ten First Place

This weekend the Wolverine
tennis team faces its big test as it
journeys to Evanston, Ill., to play
in the annual Big Ten match,
Thursday through Saturday.
Last year Michigan took a sec-
ond to Michigan State with a total
of 13 points as compared to the
Spartans' 17. The Wolverines were
represented in three final matches,
but emerged victorious only once.
THE SINGLE winner was Gene
Barrack who took the conference's
number four championship. In the
number one singles finals Michi-
gan's Al Hetzeck, who graduated
last year, lost to State's Lenny
Brose. The other Maize and Blue
finalists were the doubles com-
bination of this season's co-cap-
tain Mike Schwartz and Jack
Smart who is not on the 1952
squad.
Coach Bill Murphy will take a
team of seven or eight men. Steve
Bromberg, the other Wolverine
co-captain, will be back in ac-
tion after a brief lay-off caused
by conflicting law school stud-
ies. Bromberg will play the sec-
ond singles as he did last year.
In the 1951 tournament Brom-
berg went as far as the semi-
finals, but was defeated by Michi-
gan State's Wally Kau. This sea-
son the first year law student has
a 4-2 record and has lost to two
of the top men in the conference,
Tom Bolton of Michigan State
and Eli Glazer, of Indiana.
FRESHMAN AL MANN will fill
the vacant shoes of last year's
captain Al Hetzeck in the number
one singles spot. Mann was a sur-
prise starter in the first position
at the beginning of this year's

campaign, but has proved a valu-
able asset to the Wolverine net
drive.
He has participated in all of
Michigan's matches this year
and has a credible record of five
wins and three losses since the
Wolverine's trip down South.
Schwartz will be in the third
slot for Michigan as he has been
for the entire season. In last year's
Big Ten meet Schwartz played
number four and was beaten in
the first round of play. This sea-
son the Mt. Clemens senior has a
record of three wins and five de-
feats.
* * *
PLAYING number four will be
the Wolverine's only defending
champion, Gene Barrack. Barrack
has an even .500 percentage for
this year's play, with four wins
and an equal number of losses.
Jim "Birdie" Stephens will be
in the fifth slot for Michigan
since the departure of Jay Webb.
Stephens has an enviable sea-
son's record of five victories as
against only two defeats.
The three doubles representa-
tives for the Wolverines are fairly
well set. The number one duo for
Michigan will be Bromberg and
Barrack. Mann and Schwartz will
play in the number two position,
while Stephens and Freshman Bob
Paley, who has participated in but
one of this year's matches, will be
the number three combination,

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(Fourth in a series of articles deal-
Ing with the Western Conference
track and field championships to be
held at Ferry Field, May 30-31. Next
the sprints.)
By ED SMITH
The rubber match of an inter-
national duel-that's how the1
quarter-mile of the 52nd annual
Big Ten Track and Field Cham-
pionships stacks up.
Twice this season Wolverine
Jack Carroll and Illini Cirilo Mc-
Sween have matched strides.
* * *
IN THEIR FIRST meeting Car-
roll emerged the victor. That was
at the Western Conference Indoor
Championship when Carroll was
clocked in the time of 48.8, with
McSween a close third.
The return match was in a
dual meet at Champaign two
weeks ago. This time McSween
showed Carroll his heels. His
time was a speedy 48.1, the fast-
est In the Conference this year.
The fabulous Cirilo has had
many honors bestowed upon him
this year. He has already been
chosen to head Panama's Olympic
squad. In the Olympics he plans
to run in the 400-meter race and

anchor his country's 1600-meter
relay team.
* * .*
CARROLL ALSO has a fine
chance to place in the Olympics.
Next month he will take part in
the Canadian Olympic trials at
Hamilton. He hopes to run in both
the 400-meterhopen and on Can-
ada's 1600-meter relay team.
Three other men to watch are
Gary Scott of Iowa, Leroy Col-
lins of Wisconsin and Gene Cole
of Ohio State. These men round-
ed out the first five positions in
the indoor quarter-mile.
Scott has shown himself to be
extremely dangerous. Last week at
Evanston he gave a fine perform-
ance in edging Wolverine Carroll.
His time of 49.1 was good for the
slow track.
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