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Lambda Chi SoftballersNipZBT, 5-2

A SPIRITED FRESHMAN threw himself at the blocking dummy
with a fanatic disregard for personal safety, and coach Ben
Oosterbaan turned to an admiring group of newsmen exclaiming "The
attitude of these boys has been just terrific this spring!"
The Michigan mentor was strong in his belief that this had
been a most eventful spring on Ferry Field. He went on to point out
that attendance had been much better this year than previously, and
that the necessary fundamentals had been imparted to the candi-
dates for the 1953 varsity. The major function of the out of season
football practice is to lay the groundwork for the all-important drills
#at the outset of the autumn. The fundamentals and basic plays are
taught now, while the finesse is left for the pre-season practice.
y "We're having our intra-squad game in the stadium this Sat-
urday," the coach informed the interested listeners. Then turning
on his famous grin, which made the mid-afternoon sun seem cold
by comparison, he quipped "and of course everyone is welcome."
Someone asked if there would be an admission charge, as is the
case at the intra-squad (Green and White) game of an agricul-
tural school to the northwest. Big Ben just laughed and replied
in the negative. The scrimmage is slated to begin at 2:30.
As the climax to the practice, the annual award of the Meyer W.'
Morton trophy to the most improved player will also take place on
* Saturday afternoon. Last year's winner was Gene Knutson. while
former Michigan captain "Tim" Green was the recipient in 1951.
* * * *
Game Atmosphere .. .
THE SPRING GRID DRILLS, a much overlooked facet of Michigan's
warm weather sports program, have taken on almost a game at-
mosphere this year.
In the past the scrimmages were conducted with one team having
possession of the ball all of the time against a squad of redshirts.
t These redshirts, made famous by former footballer Allen Jackson in
a magazine article last year, played only on defense. They were usually
the third and fourth stringers, while the offense consisted of the first
string. On defensive maneuvers the procedure was reversed with the
redshirts working on offense against the first string defense.
Now, with the return of iron man football to the collegiate
scene, the practice procedure has been drastically altered. The first
string, that is the eleven best two-way players, works out against
the second string. The philosophy behind this is to create two
units both capable of high caliber play on offense and defense.
The same process is used with the third and fourth strings and
results in 44 well trained two-way players if carried on properly.
Under the new system practices are immeasurably more interest-
ing than last year. The two-way scrimmages bear all the earmarks of
actual games, except for the fact that there has as yet been no punting.
It has been the custom to run four downs and if the sufficient yardage
is not gained to relinquish possession on the spot to the other team.
Condition Counts...
EVERY DAY it becomes more apparent that condition will be a key
factor in the success enjoyed by teams in 1953. The two-way grind
is tough on players softened by the modern specialization of mid-
century football. The team in the best physical condition is going to
be the team on top at the end of the season.
Though the new rul may slow the tempo of football this autumn,
the game is still going to have the same ingredients that it has had
since its inception; namely blocking and tackling. The team that plays
the soundest fundamental football is going to come out ahead, new
rules haven't changed the great fall passtime that much.
f The new rule will benefit teams like Iowa, Indiana, Marquette
and other medium sized schools who are consistently scheduling
the larger and more imposing football powers. In the past these
teams have always been potent until the last quarter, at which
time their lack of depth resulted in complete collapse.
A classic example would be the Marquette-Michigan State game
of 1951. This was the contest in which the unrated Hilltoppers bat-
tled into the last period leading the mightiest team in the land by a
14-6 score. Then the telling effect of 45 minutes of pounding from an
army of Spartan reserves took its toll of the Marquette squad. Within
a few minutes the Spartans struck for a pair of touchdowns and a
20-14 vietory.
Winon Gridiron...
UNDER THE NEW CODES this wearing down process is still a part
of the game, but it is not quite so easy to accomplish as in previous
seasons. Coach Biggie Munn can start one team, play it for five min-
utes, and then repeat the procedure twice more in each quarter. This
will certainly put pressure on less fortunately endowed opposition,
but the days are gone when the Spartan coach can send in four sep-
arate teams in one series of downs. Football games are definitely going
to have to be won on the gridiron and not on the bench, as has been
the case since the war.
One particular Indiana game comes to mind when the subject of
depth is brought up. That was the Notre Dame contest of 1949. The
Hoosiers, playing inspired football held a heavily favored Frank
Leahey team to a 6-6 deadlock at halftime. In the final thirty minutes
however, Notre Dame rolled to six touchdowns through a disintigrat-
ing Indiana line. The final score was 48-6, and Irish depth proved to
be the difference.
Admittedly the new rule would not have saved the Hoosiers
from defeat, but there is room for conjecture as to whether
thefinal outcome would have been as convincing If Notre Dame
had been forced to adhere to the one-platoon statute.
The Hoosier traveling squad that year was all of 33 men. As
far as the lads from Bloomington were concerned "depth" was just
another word in the dictionary.
New rules are not going to change the game of football as much

as many pessimists would have the sports fans believe. They still
pay off on a well-executed cross-body block and a hard-driving shoul-
der tackle, and by and large the good teams of last season will be
good teams again, if only by a little smaller margins.

Casemier Be
In Winning!

Jay Casemier, hurling his fourth
win of the season, pitched Lambda
Chi Alpha to a 5-2 win over Zeta
Beta Tau yesterday in a fraternity
league first place playoff quarter-
final game. s
Throttling ZBT on three hits,
Casemier struck out nine and was
rarely in trouble. Hal Cruger pro-
vided the Lambda Chi Alpha scor-
ing punch by blasting a three run
homer in the first inning.
CASEMIER easily bested ZBT's
Howie Sokol, also considered a
fine pitcher. Casemier time and
time again had ZBT batters swing-
ing futily at the air, as he came
in with his blazing underhand
In another first place playoff
quarter-final, Pi Lambda Phi
downed Chi Psi, 4-2, with Sid
Amster pitching three hit ball
for the winners. The Pilams

BGolfers Strong
In Conference
(Fourth of a series)
Led by sophomore Don Albert,
the Purdue Boilermakers are mak-
ing a strong bid for this year's Big
Ten Crown.
Winning seven straight pre-sea-
son matches, the Riveters are co-
favorites along with Michigan,
Wisconsin, and Ohio State to cop
the title.
ALBERT, WINNER of the West-
ern Junior Championship last
summer, will occupy the number
one position for the Purdue link-'
Coach Sam Vionoff, starting
his third year with Purdue, will
field a six man team. He has
four returning lettermen includ-
ing Albert, Bob Benning, Dick
Norton, and Charles Huff.
Benning, playing second spot on
the squad, holds the season's low
score, firing a 66 against Western
Kentucky. He also scored a hole-
in-one in a triangular meet with
Ohio State and Iowa last year.
. * *
THE SQUAD will be rounded off
with freshman numeral winners
Ron Pierce and Bob Kruger, for-
mer Illinois State High School
Purdue wound up last sea-
son with a record of 15-3 en-
titling them to the runner-up
spot behind Michigan in the Big
Ten standings. This year they
have not played a conference
match although they were
scheduled to play in a quadran-
gular meet with Michigan, Ohio
State, and Indiana April 19, but
were snowed out.
The Boilermaker squad played
the Hoosiers at Indiana last Tues-
day and will play the fighting II-
lini 'next Monday in Champaign.
The Riveter squad comes to Ann
Arbor May 16 to meet Ohio, Michi-
gan State, and the Wolverines.
Sailors Take
'Second Place
Sailing under cloudy skies,
Michigan's sailing club placed
second among six mid-western
colleges in the Michigan Regional
Regatta held last Saturday at
Lake Lansing near Michigan State
Purdue representatives captured
first place with a total of 69 points
only six ahead of Michigan's effort
of 63. Notre Dame, Toledo, M'ich-
igan State and Detroit finished
behind Michigan in that order.

'sts Sokol
umber Four
pulled off a triple play in the
first inning as Amster struck
out Ron Wells, and Dale Ewart
and Bob Sabo were both caughte
off base.
The Pilams broke a 2-2 tie in
the fourth, when Bernie Kimmel
dashed home from third on Ken
Dickstein's fly ball, and from there
on they were never headed.
* * *
IN YESTERDAY'S third first
place playoff quarter-final, Phi
Delta Theta pounded Kappa Sig-*
ma, 8-3. Hank Heil, pitching four
hit ball for the Phi Delts, was giv-
en some lusty support by Doug JACK CARROLL
Lawrence, who bashed a home run . . . relay reliable
and a double.
The Phi Delts scored first,
picking up a pair in the second Cndermen
as Heil, Bruce Rogers, and Jan
Wa;nh smashed consecutive An e M S
doublesX. They were never head-
ed as they scored two more runs
in fifth, and then came up with Re
four in thesixth. Don MitchellR ela M eet
homered in the fifth for the
Kappa Sigs.
In a second place playoff game, KEN COPP
Theta Xi whipped Sigma Kappa special o The Daly
14-10. Theta Xi tallied seven EAST LANSING - Coach Don
times in the first, and then poured Canham's tracksters rolled to an
across seven more in the second, impressive victory over Michigan
as Bruce Bacon led the blistering Normal and host Michigan State
attack with a triple and single. in an unofficial track meet here
Dale Bock was the winning hurler. yesterday by taking eleven firsts
Lambda Chi Alpha set the stage in a program of fourteen events.
for its win over ZBT by downing
Theta Chi earlier in the after- There was no team scoring in
noon, 4-3. Actually, only one inn- the experimental meet, which was
ing of this game was played today, held mainly to give the coaches an
the rest having been played last idea how their men would per-
Tuesday. Due to a protest over a form under conditions similar to
time technicality, the last inning the Big Ten Relays to be inaugu-
of the game was played this after- rated next spring.
noon with no new developments * * *
occuring, and the score remaining THE MILE relay team composed
the same as it was last Tuesday. of Grant Scruggs, Bill Barton, Dan
.*Hickman and Jack Carroll led the
ON THE professional fraternity performers as they bettered a
front, Alpha Kappa Psi ran all State field record by four seconds.
over a hapless Phi Delta Chi The old record had been set by a
squad, 19-2. Johnny Reeber was quartet from Western Michigan
the star of the occasion, hurling College in 1937.
the win and garnering a home run
and a single. The Alpha Kaps In the 880-yard hurdle shuttle
broke the game open in the late relay, which was being run for
innings, when they tallied seven the first time in track competi-
times in the fourth and nine times tion, the Wolverines emerged as
in the fifth. victors after the first place State
The other scheduled profes- team had been disqualified.
sional fraternity softball games In other events of the day, the
were forfeit affairs, with Phi 440-yard relay with Van Bruner,
Deay Epsilon pickng up an Dave Hessler, Ross Coates and Joe
and the Air Force-Phi Alpha La Rue running, and the 880-yard
Kappa game winding up a I relay team of Coates, Scruggs, Car-
Kappae gamfe widgu aroll and LaRue won their events
Turning to faculty volleyball, by wide margins.e
the big tourney came to an end THE TWO MILE relay team only
yesterday, as the Psychology "A" managed to take a seond place
squad won the championship by as State shot out front at the
downing an aggregation repre- start and stayed there throughout
senting the University Museumsthe rest of the race.
Psych took four straight, matches a
to gain the title. Bob Cutting, Billy Buck, and
In the consolation round, the George Jayne took first, third,
Physical Education department and fourth places in the 1000-
soundly whipped the Willow Run yard run with State's Lyle Garbe
Research Center "Digits," also in taking second.
four straight matches. In other individual perform-
ances, George Lynch won the two
I- Scores mile, Geoff Dooley took a special
.secHl440-yard run for distance men and
ResidenceydBall Tenms Milt Mead won the high jump.
Taylor 3, Lloyd 0* *
Adams 3, AWen-Rumsey 0 With Roland Nilsson missing
Hayden 2, Strauss 1 the meet because of an examina-
Michigan 8, Huber 1 tion, Roy Pella captured first place
Cooley 3, Winchell 0 ronors in thehdiscus and second
Williams 2, Greene 1 place in the shot put.
Independent Tennis Other Michigan firsts were Dave
Mich. Christian Fellowship 2, Stinson in the broad jump and
Standish-Evans 1 a first place tie by Roger Maugh
Tortfeasor's 2, Wesleyan 1 in the pole vault.
Newman 3, Canterbury 0
Hawaiians 3, Lester Co-op 0
Professional Fraternity Tennis HAIR STYLING
Phi Delta Chi 3, Phi Chi 0 TO PLEASE!

Phi Delta Phi 3, Alpha Chi for
Sigma 0
Fraternity Horseshoes Women and Children
Phi Sigma Kappa 2, Tau Kappa No Appointments Needed
Epsilon 1 The Dascola Barbers
Delta Kappa Epsilon 2, Sigma Liberty near State
Alpha Mu 1
Phi Sigma Delta 3, Acacia 0

Coach Ray Fisher's Wolverines
suffered their worst jolt last week-
end as the Big Ten baseball stand-
ings received a severe shaking up.
Saturday's double loss to Iowa
plumeted Michigan from the top
rung in the diamond race into a
three-way tie for fourth with Illi-
nois and the Hawkeyes.
MEANWHILE Northwestern and
Wisconsin, who were rained out
of a scheduled three game series
at Madison, moved into the con-
ference lead with a pair of vic-
tories apiece.
Always-dangerous Ohio State
rolled into the third spot, whip-
ping Purdue in a single game
on Friday and administering a
double setback to Indiana the
next day.
Since the 19-9 drubbing the'
Buckeyes took from Michigan in
the conference opener for both
clubs, the Ohioans have racked up
five straight victories to loom as a
big obstacle blocking the cham-
pionship dreams of rival Big Ten
IF THE heretofore uncoopera-
tive weatherman doesn't interfere,
this coming weekend should go a
long way toward throwing a clear-
er light on the title race.
The pace-setting Badgerssget
their first real test of the sea-
son, visiting Ohio State on Fri-
day and Illinois Saturday for a
twin-bill, while their co-leader,
Northwestern, meets the Buck-
eyes and Illini on alternate days.
The Wolverines train their
sights on East Lansing where they
hope to get back on the elusive
victory trail in a three-game ser-
les with Michigan State.
Wisconsin 2 0 1.000
Northwestern 2 0 1.000
Ohio State 5 1 .833
MICHIGAN 4 2 .667
Illinois 4 2 .667
Iowa 2 1 .667
Minnesota 1 2 .333
Michigan State 2 4 .333
Indiana 0 5 .000
Purdue 0 5 .000
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THE SPARTANS traded oppon-
ents with Michigan last weekend,
and came through the ordeal with
better luck than did the Wolver-
ines. They beat Iowa Friday, then
split with Minnesota Saturday,
while Michigan could salvage only
a single win over Minnesota.
Even at that, the Wolverines
may have been fortunate. The
Gophers elected to save their
All-American pitcher (and tail-
back on the gridiron), Paul Giel,
for Michigan State in hopes

M' Nine Jolted From Big Ten Lead

Tadian 2 0 1
Billings 21 2 8
Harrington 6 1 2
Corbett 42 8 13
Haynam 46 8 14
Sabuco 56 7 17
Eaddy 5:3 9 14
Mogk 58 12 15-
Howell 43 9 11
Lepley 5:3 7 12
Leach 52 10 11
Cline 20 4 4
Pavichevich 11 0 2
Ritter 12 1 2
Wisniewski 12 1 1
Yirkosky 5 0 0
woschitz 2 0 0
Fancher 1 0 0


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that the fire-balling righthand-
er could win a doubleheader
from the Spartans.
As things' turned out Giel won
only the first game at East Lan-
sing, although he did pull an iron
man stunt and hurl both games,
but Michigan was spared facing
his blazing fastball on Friday.
With 15 games already in the
record books, and 11 to go, center-
fielder Bill Billings leads all Wol-
verine hitters with eight safeties
in 21 times at bat for a potent
.381 average.
. Only three other regulars rest
above the .300 mark. Pitcher-
rightfielder Jack Corbett boasts a
.310 average with 14 hits in 42
at bats, while the keystone com-
bination of Gil Sabuco and Bruce
Haynam are each hitting at a .304



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