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April 16, 1953 - Image 6

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Face Wayne
Meet Broncos Friday;
Irish Tilt Washed Out
Wolverine diamond mentor Ray
Fisher was a little peeved at the
elements yesterday.
Fisher was hoping that he could
let his charges get a workout
against Notre Dame, but the rains
sweeping in from the West dis-
appointed him. Today the Wol-
verines journey into Detroit where,
weather permitting, they will
square off against Wayne Univer-
THE GAME scheduled with the
Irish would have given the Maize
and Blue forces a rugged test, but
the Tartars of Wayne don't figure
to provide much opposition. Mon-
day they dropped a one-sided 16-3
decision to Albion College, a fair
indication of their potential.
Coach Fisher plans to throw
several of his second-string hurl-
ers in today's game, although he
is sticking to his regular line-
up in the field. Righthanders
Ralph Fagge, Garby Tadian,
Bob Carpenter and Bob Woschitz
are all figured to see action
against the Tartars.
Michigan will now have to wait
until tomorrow before unveiling
their new white flannel home uni-
forms. The flashy white suits with
Maize and Blue trimming defin-
itely give the baseballers the "new
look" in the haberdashery depart-
* * *
BUT THEIR playing hasn't been
in keeping with their handsome
garb. Fisher was displeased with
the club's inability to hit and the
poor showing of his hurlers on
the southern excursion.
The Wolverines open at home
tomorrow against a rugged
Western Michigan club and they
will have to be on their toes to
beat the perenially-rugged Bron-
cos. The Kalamazoo team has
had a little trouble in the of-
fense, being outhit in all four
games they've played to date,
but their tight pitching has
brought them three victories
over Big Ten opposition.
Coach Charley Maher's squad
downed Ohio State twice and Iowa
once, losing to the Hawkeyes in
their only other game.
Fisher would have rather opened
the home season against Notre
Dame since Michigan seems to
have a potent jinx over the Irish
which the Broncos in turn seem to
have some kind of a hex on the
Wolverines. They've taken four and
tied one of the last six games the
two clubs have played.

Mann Returns to Lead Netmen in '53

Al Mann, Michigan's sensational
freshman tennis star, has made his
mark on the clay courts. In nis
first year he landed the number
one singles slot and his tennis fu-
ture seems brighter with every,
passing set.
Last semester, facing the Big
Ten's toughest, he ended the sea-
son with a 5 won and 3 lost rec-
ord. One of his set backs came at
the hands of MSC's sensational
sophomore, Stan Drobac, and an-
other by Bob Burnham of the
champion Hoosier squad.
AT THE Big Ten meet at Evans-
ton, Burnham again proved itoo
strong as he eliminated Mann in
the first round. However, Mann
bounced back from this defeat to
annex the number one singles con-
solation title.
Tennis and studies consume
most of Mann's time on cam-
pus. The weight of a pre-medi-
cal program coupled with his
daily practice sessions make
leisure time a rare commodity
in his daily schedule.
* * *
MOST OF Mann's spare time is
devoted to activities in his fra-
ternity, Phi Gamma Delta. What-
ever time may be left he spends
at his favorite pastime, watching

* * *


The Eastern Michigan Junior
title and Northwest Ohio Junior
title both fell Mann's way in 1950.
In addition to these two cham-
pionships, he was runner up in
the Michigan State doubles tour-
WITH HIS strong serve, fine
back hand shot and solid back-
ground, Mann quickly made the
Wolverine tennis squad. By the
time the practice period was over
and the season had begun he was
firmly entrenched in the number
one singles slot.
Mann feels that winning the
Northwest Ohio Junior title is
probably his biggest accomplish-
ment but he reserves his biggest
thrill for playing number one
singles on Bill Murphy's squad
during his freshman year.
Having one season of play under
his belt, Mann expresses the be-
lief that because of its depth and
balance the Wolverine squad would
be a stronger contender if the
teams were upped from five to ten
singles berths.
Mann says that any future ten-
nis plans are out of the question.
Professional tennis, he feels, is too
tough and he is "not good enough"
to make the grade in the pro


. . . returning star
, , ,
sporting events, with ice hockey
and basketball being his favorites.
Mann first became interested
in tennis at Grosse Pointe High
School, where tennis is a major
sport. Joining the squad in his
sophomore term, he stayed on
throughout the rest of his high
school career.


Perjury Trial
Ends; Spivey
Gets Acquittal
NEW YORK --)-- A year-old
perjury indictment against Wil-
liam Spivey, former University of
Kentucky basketball star, was dis-
missed yesterday, an action which,
in effect, cleared him of accusa-
tions growing out of the game-
fixing scandal.
The district attorney's office
said it saw no use in trying the
case again. A trial jury dead-
locked on the charges last Janu-
ary, voting 9-3 for acquittal.
said he hoped to return to the
university to obtain his bachelor's
Spivey, seven-foot former All-
America player, was the only
one to stand trial among 32
players from eight schools in-
volved in the scandal. Most of
the others pleaded guilty or
turned state's evidence.
Spivey was accused of perjury
in denying he took $1,000 from
gambler Jack (Zip) Westto rig
the score of the Sugar Bowl Tour-
nament game between Kentucky
and St. Louis University. Ken-
tucky was supposed to win by a
limited margin, under the prevail-
ing "point spread," but instead it

Single Platoon System Forces
'M' Gridders to Go Both Ways

There has and continues to be
a great deal of speculation in the
gridiron world as to just how much
the new one-platoon rule is go-
ing to affect the game.
There can be no disputing the
fact that it has altered greatly the
coaching techniques employedat
the spring practices around the
MICHIGAN'S Bennie Ooster-
baan, when queried as to who
would do the punting for his 1953
Maize and Blue, said that a great
many players would get a crack
at kicking before drills close.
During the days of two-pla-
toon football, Oosterbaan point-
ed out that Bill Billings did the
punting because he was the best
on the squad at that phase of
the game.
Many other players who mightI
have had some kicking talent
All men interested in playing
soccer this semester pleasere-
port to the soccer field east of
the Michigan Stadium at 4:00
this afternoon.
Ken Ross
abandoned that art and spent
their practice time developing
special skills that might permit
them to break into the line-up.
no experienced punters in the crop
of hopefuls out this spring. To be
sure, there are a great many who
have the potential to develop into
excellent kickers, but they have
seen no reason in the past to be-
come proficient in a department
which was capably handled by
Now everything is different,
and the squad's best punter will
have to be able to play both of-
fense and defense or relinquish
his position to some player who
might not be as good at the

particular phase of punting, but
who can do everything at least
passably well.
What all this means in terms of
spring practice is that men who
are experienced on offense will now
be schooled in the art of playing
defense, and the defensive per-
formers of a year ago will be in-
troduced to blocking patterns and
the other phases of offensive foot-
MICHIGAN coaches have always
followed a policy of exposing the
squad members to both sides of
the game, so. the new techniques
will not be unfamiliar to Ooster-
baan's staff.
There is a strong possibility
that coaches at some of the more
powerful football schools, like
Michigan State and Ohio State,
will favor a "shock troops"
method for next year.
This means that two or three
units of eleven men each will be
alternated each quarter in an at-
tempt to wear down the opposition.
KNUTE . ROCKNE while at
Notre Dame used to start his third
string, then follow with his sec-
ond string for most of the first
half. Because even Rockne's re-
serves were on a par with most of
his opposition's first strings, the
other team would be worn down
and easy prey for the Notre Dame
first string when it was inserted
later in the game.
The Spartans and Buckeyes,
both loaded with excellent per-
sonnel, will undoubtedly try to
use that depth to the best pos-
sible advantage.
The new rule does not do away
with the benefits of depth at all;
the good team with many exper-
ienced players will merely use a
different, if only slightly less ef-
fective, method of wearing out its
less fortunately endowed opposi-



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