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FRIDAY, MAY1, 1953


AS , I Ir

Michigan Netters Defeat
Western Michigan, 6-3
Squad Takes Five of Six Singles Matches
Faces Badgers In Big Ten Opener Today

Northwestern Baseball Team Bolstered by Veterans

by Paul Greenberg

WE WERE VISITING with Ray Fisher the other day as the venerable
Michigan baseball coach put his charges through a half intra-
squad game, half batting practice preparatory to this weekend's Big
Ten festivities at the Ferry Field ball yard.
Fisher sat perched on top of the first base dugout, holding court
with alumni and reporters while keeping a watchful eye on his 33rd
Michigan ball squad cavorting out on the diamond. The Wolverines
hiave been pretty hard to figure out this year-they have the potential
of world-beaters but their performance has been up-and-down like1
a yo-yo.
Luckily, the "up" days have come at the right time, and
despite an unimpressive over-all record, they rest in first place;
in the Western Conference with a 3-0 mark. With three decades
of collegiate coaching and a successful major league career behindi
him Fisher is inclined to be philospohic about the breaks of theI
game and he takes defeat with some of the wry good-humor that'sI
native to his home state of Vermont.
But there's nothing that Fisher enjoys more than winning-he's
taken nine Big Ten crowns in the last 11 years and with the retire-
ment of Jack Coombs of Duke last year, the rules the collegiate dia-
mond business practically unchallenged.
Empty Park Blues.. .
ONE THING THAT irritates the usually genial Fisher, and one
thing that he just can't *e philisophic about is the poor attend-
ance at baseball games in recent years. "I can remember," he says
"when fans waited hours to see us play Harvard back in 1928"-10,000
loyal Wolverine supporters jammed the Ferry Field park that day
to see Michigan beat the Crimson, 3-1, as Lou Weintraub belted a long1
home run to win the game with two out in the last half of the nine
Recently, the Wolverines have seldom performed to over 500
fans-and it isn't that their brand of ball has declined. Fisher will
be the first to tell you that this year's squad is a match for any he's
ever had, including the two that he took on tours of Japan in 1929
and 1932.
The Wolverines will be up against some mighty stiff opposi-
tion today and tomorrow when Minnesota and Iowa invade Ann
Arbor for a set of three games. The big trouble will stem from a
pair of rhymning righthanders, Gopher Paul Giel and Bob Diehl of
the Hawkeyes-two of the finest hurlers in the Big Ten.
Giel, probably started in this afternoon's single game, gave up only
two earned runs all last year and although he's been hit fairly hard
a couple of times this year, he's still got the same fast ball that beat
Michigan 2-1 at Minneapolis last season. The burly Minnesotan gave
upfive hits to the Wolverines thatday, and his mound opponent Jack
Corbett limited the Ski-U-Mah club to three-but two came at the
wrong time.
Giel Hits Too .. .
T WICE CORBETT GAVE up doubles with a man on for runs and the
second time it was brother Giel (a .450 hitter by the way) who
smacked in the winning tally. Experts liken Giel to Joe Black, mound
mainstay of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The brawny junior, who was a
popular choice for All-American grid honors last fall, relies almost
entirely on his fast ball, his curve being little more than a "wrinkle"
used mainly as a waste pitch.
Diehl, a probable starter in Saturdays twin-bill with Iowa, is more
the stuff pitcher. The loose-limbed 6-4 sidewheeler had a 2.25 earned
run average last year while building a 4-1 conference record. Fisher
has been readying his charges for the onslaught of mound talent by
moving up the practice rubber about four feet-figuring that Giel and
Diehl can throw as hard from 60 feet as the practice pitchers can
from 56. Michigan is pretty close to top form for the weekend wet-to,
and the improvement of Bruce Haynam's ailing leg may have the fine
shortstop ready to play all three games at top speed.
If the Wolverines can duplicate their performance of last
weekend at Columbus and Champaign, it'll be hard to stop them
in their pursuit of Michigans 21st Western Conference diamond
title. Captain Bill Mogk, had his own views on the Big Ten pen-
nant chase for 1953, saying "I figure that if a team can go through
its schedule with only two losses n loop play, they're pretty sure
to take the championship."
Coach Fisher sees each team dropping "at least three or four"
during its 15 game schedule and feels that any club in the league
with the possible exception of Indiana has a good chance for the num-
ber one spot. From this corner it looks like you can add Michigan State
to the list of "weak sitsters" and place Purdue and Ohio State pretty
well out of it.
We'll Stick With Ray.. .
MINNESOTA IS HARD to stop when Giel is hurling, but the con-
frnehas been going in for three-game weekends and Giel can
only go in one out of those. Unless Gopher mentor Dick Siebert comes
up with some good reserve hurlers, his team will have a tough time
staying up with the stronger clubs. Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and North-
western all are top-ranked-but Michigan has already taken care of
the Illini.
But there's one thing that always looms up when you're picking
a champion, that imponderable called "winning tradition." The New
York Yankees have been copping pennants for years with a make-shift
lineup, adhesive tape and a pin-stripe uniform. Michigan has a win-
ning tradition of its own-and if you doubt me, you can ask that fel-
low who'll be out in right field for Minnesota tomorrow.
Ken Yackel was one of the Gopher hockey players down at
the NCAA playoffs at Colorado Springs last March, blowing off
about how they were going to beat Michigan. Minnesota had all

the odds in its favor, but when the game was over the scoreboard
showed the Gophers on the short end of a 7-3 count.
Maybe it was tradition, maybe not, but one thing for sure, it al-
ways pays to stick with a proven champion-as for me, I'll string
along with Ray.

Special to The Daily
KALAMAZOO - Playing under
rain-laden skies the Michigan ten-
nic squad copped its second non-
conference win in as many starts
by downing Western Michigan Col-
This served as a sharpener for
today's conference opener with the
Badgers at Madison.
The Wolverines grabbed five of
six match triumphs in the singles
competition but took it on the nose
in doubles play with losses in the
number one and number three
WESTERN'S agile Jack Vrede-
velt completely outplayed Pete
Paulus, 6-0, 6-0, to handaMichigan
its lone singles defeat and leave
it without a number one singles
win thus far this campaign.
In the other singles matches it
was the Maize and Blue coming
through with easy two set vic-
Number two and three men Dave
Mills 'and Al Mann both chalked
up 6-1, 6-1 triumphs with no ap-
parent trouble. Mills trounced Mid-
American title holder Dick Hen-
dershott while Mann took Chuck
Church to task. Church recently
ascended to the third slot, displac-
ing another Battle Creek product,
Bob Nuding.
* * *
NUDING, PLAYING in the num-
ber four spot, gave Wolverine
Maury Pelto a close battle, ceding
by a 6-4 margin in both sets.
The only change made by
Coach Bill Murphy in his origi-
nal singles lineup was when he
moved Bob Russell into the num-
ber six slot in place of Bob Ned-
In his first appearance in this
capacity Russell came through
with a 6-3, 6-3 besting of Bronco
Dick Laurent.
WOLVERINE Bob Paley round-
ed out the win column by virtue
of his downing George Carpenter
in another 6-3, 6-3 contest.
Mann suffered a slight shoulder
injury in his singles match and
was withdrawn from the doubles
lineup as Murphy shifted things
Replacing Mann and Bob Cur-
han as number one doubles com-
bination were Mills and Pelto, in
number two it was Paulus and
Paleyshuffled in with Russell
and Bob Dunbar moving down to
the third spot.
Vredevelt and Hendershott play-
ed as a smooth working machine
trouncing Pelto and Mills, 6-3, 6-0.
* * *
clicked for the Murphymen with
a 6-2, 6-4 win over Church and
Nuding. Russell and Dunbar drop-
ped their first set 1-6 but came
back strong in the second for a
7-5 edge against Broncos Carpen-
ter and Lee Cox. Western clinched
the match in the thir dset, how-
ever, winning, 6-3.

Today Michigan will seek its
third straight win and its first
conference success, facing Wis-
consin at Madison in the Wol-
verines' conference opener..
Wisconsin has seasoned netters
in number one star Jack Vincent,
JackbSchmiettan, anddBillB ude-
lius but the Badgers did little to
impress in an early meet with a
powerful Indiana squad. They
bowed to the Hoosiers by an 8-1
Murphy will use the same line-
up as in yesterday's meet with one
exception; Al Mann will probably
return to the doubles ranks, in
which case he will replace Pelto
and team up with Mills in the top
singles bracket.
After Fourth
'Big Ten Win
(Continued from Page 1)
of exactly one whiff per inning.
This season Giel, as well as the
entire Gopher team, has not seen
any conference competition. Last
week-end, the scheduled double-
header between the Gophers and
Iowa had to be cancelled because
of rain.
Iowa, which opens its Big Ten
play today with a game up at East
Lansing with the Spartans, will in-
vade the confines of Ferry Field
in a double-header tomorrow, the
first game getting under way at
1:30 p.m. Last season the Wolver-
Line nine blasted the Hawkeyes,
ninth place finishers in the con-
ference standings, by a 10-3 score.
Major League

(Fourth in a series)
Northwestern's baseball team,
coached by Fred Lindstrom, enters
the 1953 season bolstered by 16
returning lettermen.
Lindstrom, who has piloted the
Wildcat team for the past four
years, will attempt to pull his
squad up from seventh place,
where it finished in the Big Ten
Conference last year.
THE FIRST string infield is
made up entirely of lettermen.
FirstBasemanbDon Blaha, who
sported a .400 batting average in
Big Ten play last year, leads the
list of infield talent. He was named
to the All-American team of the
NCAA Coaches association.
Larry Kurka, second baseman;
Jim Bragiel, shortstop; and Har-
ry Stranski, third baseman,
round out the infield assign-
ments for Northwestern.
George Barvinchak, rugged right
hander, heads the mound corps.
He had a 2-0 record on the south-
ern excursion earlier this spring.
Don Zitek, another righthander,
who also won a pair of games in
the south, should add to the depth
of the Wildcat pitching staff.
CAPTAIN Tom Woodworth holds
down the catching position. In
conference play he had a 1.000
fieldin gaverage and batted .357.
Dick Ranicke, Larry Dellefield,
and Jack Tosh are most likely to
start in the outfield.
The Purdue team has lost
much of its former power at the
plate. With the loss of Outfielder
Harry Hanes and Catcher Har-
old Wallace, who slammed out
.450 and .404 averages respec-
tively in conferenceplay, the
Purdue squad will have to go
some to retain its team batting

crown. Last season it pounded
the horsehide at a .282 clip in
Big Ten competition.
Two lettermen, Southpaw Ray
Rosenbaum and Right hander
Dennis Blind, are expected to car-
ry most of the pitching load this
spring. Bob Dobson and Tommy
Tompson will add needed depth to
the realitively inexperienced Boil-
ermaker mound staff.
VETERAN Norman Banas. who
hit Big Ten pitching for a .318 av-
erage, will hold down the first base
position. At the shortstop spot will
be Phil Mateja, who poked out a
.302 average in conference play
last year, and Ted Rokicki and Ted
Server fighting it out for the Key
stone sack. Ray Yurick's fine field-
ing record of last year assures him
of the starting position at third
base. He made only one error in 38
chances for an average of .980,
tops in the fieldingdepartment for
Big Ten third baseman last sea-
Roving the outfield for Pur-
due will be Ron Nelson, Howard
Rosenthal, and Bill Reps, alli
lettermen. Joe Fox, Purdue's
number one catcher, will be
backstopping for the Boiler-
makers again this spring.
With but two letter earners re-
turning from last year's squad,
Coach Ernie Andres has a tough
job ahead in attempting to pull
the Hoosiers out of the Big Ten
PHIL POTTS, firstbaseman, and
Dick McQueen, second sacker, are
the lone players with any amount
of experience behind them.
The rest of the infield will
probably find Dick Porter at
shortstop and Manahan Gar-
ald at third base. Catchers Jack

Conn and Danny Camplese are
battling for the backstop post.
Hurlers Bob Richards, Gene
Michaelson, Eddie French, Jack
Meyers, and Todd Crawford will
share the mound duties for the
Indiana ball club. All but Rich-
ards are sophomores and should
receive experience for the seasons

Outfielders Pete Gappas, Jim
Nagel, Dick Fleck, and Paul Un--
derwood will be roaming the outer
gardens for the Hoosiers.
All three teams will need some
good hitting and strong, reliable
pitching if they are to contend for
any of the top places in the Big
Ten standings.







The Philadelphia Orchestra On
Symphony No. 7 "Midi"; No. 45 "Farewell" (Haydn)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (Chopin) -- with Gyorgy Sandor as Soloist
Swedish Rhapsody "Midsummer Vigil" (Alfven)
Violin Concerto in D (Beethoven) - with Zino Francescatti as Soloist
Polka & Fugue from Schwanda The Bagpipe Player (Weinberger)
Symphony No. 2 in E uminor (Rachmaninoff)
Iberia (Debussy)
Daphnis et Chloe, Suites 1 & 2 (Ravel) - Verklarte Nacht (Schonberg)
Der Rosenkavalier: Suite (Richard Strauss)
Symphony No. 5 in E minor; No. 6 "Pathetique" (Tchaikovsky)
Finlandia; Swan of Tuonela (Sibelius)
Violin Concerto in D (Paganini) - with Zino Francescatti as Soloist
Symphony No. 6 in ,E flat minor (Prokofieff)


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New York

W L Pct.
9 4 .692
9 5 .643
6 4 .600
5 4 .556
6 5 .545
5 9 .357
5 9 .357
2 7 .222



Brooklyn 7, Cincinnati 4
New York 1, Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh 4, Chicago 2
St. Louis 1, Philadelphia I
(called at the end of 5 innings)



New York
St. Louis

W L Pct.
11 3 .786
8 3 .727
8 6 .571
7 6 .538
6 6 .500
7 6 .538
4 10 .286
P2 13 .133

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