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Ohio State Wins NCAA Swimming Champ


Two Mile Relay Squad Sets
New Chicago Relays Mark

Michigan Finishes Second;
Jones Wins Medley Crown

Nalan Keeps Championship
In NCAA Mat Tournament

(Special to The Daily)
Michigan's high-flying two-mile
relay team of Roy Christiansen,
John Moule, John Ross and Pete
Gray set a new Chicago Daily News
Relays record of 7:35.0 last night
before a crowd of 17,618 at the
Chicago Stadium.
The new time cut 4.2 seconds
off the old record set by Illinois
last year and was just 1.1 seconds
slower then Seton Hall's 1942
American indoor mark of 7:33.9. It
also established a new Varsity rec-
MICHIGAN STATE placed sec-
ond with Gray beating Dick Jar-
rett, Spartan anchor man, by 15
yards, while Indiana was third
and Kansas came in fourth, both
over 50 yards back.
The University of Michigan
also won the university one-mile
relay in the time of 3.19.5. Dave
Hessler ran lead-off, followed
by Roy Christiansen, who grab-
bed the lead for the Maize and
Blue. Jack Carroll, running the
third lap, and anchor man
Grant Scruggs kept Michigan in
front the rest of the way.
Olympic champ, Mal White-
field, from Los Angeles, running
unattached, beat Gene Maynard
of Ilinois in the 1000-yard run to
set a new meet record of 2:10.5.'
The former record was established
in 1939 by John Broican in 2:10.6.
HARRISON Dillard, also run-
ning unattached, won the 60-yard
high hurdles for the eighth
straight year by beating Illinois'
Willard Thomson and highly tout-
ed Indiana freshman Milt Camp-
bell, N4ational Decathlon cham-
pion from Plainfield, New Jersey.
Former 'M' star Van Bruner took
fourth place. Dillard's time of :07.2
missed his old record by one-tenth
of a second.

The 50-yard dash was won by
Willie Williams of Illinois in
:05.3, also just one-tenth of a
second off the meet mark. West-
ern Michigan's John Hudson
came in second, followed by Bob-
by Gordon, unattached, from
Columbus, O.
Ron Mitchell, Big Ten high jump
champion for the Illini, came
through with a winning leap of 61
feet 94 inches. Ken Wiesner,.
who set his world indoor record of
6 feet 10% inches in last year's
Chicago meet, was unable to clear
6-4 last night. Herman Wyatt,
representing the Santa Clara
Youth Center in California, took
second place with Cal B.oyd of In-
diana and Notre Dame's Bernard
Allard tying for third. Milt Mead
of Michigan placed sixth.
The big disappointment of the
evening was the mediocre perforrq-
ance turned in by slender Univer-
sity of Kansas star Wes Santee,
West Stars Win
NEW YORK-(,)-Bob Leon-
ard of Indiana, who hit three
game-clinching free throws in
the closing moments after en-
gineering an effective stall, led
the West to as103-95 victory
over the East last night in the
New York Herald-Tribune fresh
air fund All-Star basketball
game at Madison Square Gar-
who just managed to win the mile
in a time of 4:11.8, a far cry from
his 4:04.9 mile ran at Michigan
State just last month.
In the Champion-of-champions
mile relay Indiana established a
new meet record by one-tenth of
a second over the former Michi-
gan time of 3:18.0, made in 1953.

.. NCAA medley king
THats Ijefeatf
Celts; Enter;
NBA Fin ialis
BOSTON - (P) - The Syracuse
Nationals won the National Bas-
ketball Association Eastern divi-
sion championship Saturday with
an 83-76 victory over the Boston
Celtics in a semi-final game mark-
ed by a wild brawl in the Boston
Fifteen policemen joined BostonI
Garden ushers in restoring orders
as 100 persons, including players,
coaches and spectators milled
around. onthe court.rs
The triumph was the second
straight for Syracuse in the best
of three series with Boston.
The Rochester Royals nipped
the Minneapolis Lakers, 74-73, tor
tie up their best of three semi-
final series for the Western Divi-
sion ,crown, at one game apiece.
Philadelphia (A) 6, Pittsburgh 5
Brooklyn 7, Cincinnati 4
Boston 3, St. Louis 1
Chicago (N) 4, Baltimore 1
New York (N) 6, Cleveland 3

Special to The Daily
SYRACUSE, New York-Ohio
State captured five of the seven
events on last night's program to
win the 1954 NCAA swimming
championship, outscoring runner-
up Michigan, 94-67.
Michigan's Bumpy Jones suc-
cessfully defended his individual
medley crown for the second suc-
cessive year, and was one of the
two men to break the OSU mo-
nopoly on individual titles.'
ANOTHER Wolverine tanker,
Bert Wardrop, was upset by Yale's
Sandy Gideonse in the fight for
second place. The Eli sophomore,
who had had an unspectacular
dual meet record, rose to the oc-
casion to touch out the Michigan
ace in a photo finish.
Ohio State's Ford Konno
bounded back from Friday
night's defeat to win the 440-
yard freestyle in record time.
Beaten by Michigan's Jack
Wardrop in the 220-yard free-
style, the second loss of his col-
legiate career, Konno turned the
tables on the Scotch star in the
longer race.
The Hawaiian middle distance
ace led all the way last night, fin-
ishing nearly seven yards in front
of Wardrop. His winning time of
4:28.6 set new NCAA meet and
intercollegiate records for the dis-
tance. a.
OHIO STATE'S Dick Cleveland,
holder of both world sprint free-
style records, became one of the
meet's three double winners by
capturinghthe 100-yard freestyle,
edging the defending champion,
Reid Patterson, of Georgia, by .2
of a second.
In last place after missing his
first turn, Cleveland managed to
catch pacesetting John Glover,
of Dartmouth, at the end of 75
Yoshi Oyakawa, the OSU back-
stroke champion, came from be-
hind to touch out Purdue's Fred
Bautz and successfully defend his
100-yard backstroke crown. The
race was a repeat of the Big Ten
title meet,'when Oyakawa manag-
ed to pull in front of Bautz and
Wisconsin's John Hoaglund in the
final 15 yards.
* * *
MORLEY Shapiro, Ohio State's
Western Conference diving cham-
pion, added the three-meter NCAA
championship to his string of
titles, besting Bobby Brodnax, of
Texas, for the crown. Beautiful
finishing dives boosted two of Ohio
State's three finalists and gave
the Buckeyes some extra points.
OSU's Gerry Harrison scored
all nine's on his final dive to
edge Michigan's Jim Walters for
third place by .4 of a point. The
third Buckeye, Fletcher Gilders,
vaulted from eighth place in the
qualifying dives to a sixth place
final finish largely on the
strength of a final dive which
was one of the best of the entire
Ohio State's final win was in
the 300-yard medley relay, once
again edging the Wolverine, nat-
ators for the .top position. Even
with Jack Wardrop, a surprise en-

try, swimming the backstroke lap,
the Wolverines weren't strong
enough to overcome the lead gain-
ed for the Buckeyes by Oyakawa.
Yale finished third with 36
points, followed by Harvard, 23;
Dartmouth, 14; Northwestern, 9;
Michigan State, 9; Oklahoma. 8;
Wisconsin, 4; Florida, 4; Denver,'
3; Florida State, 3; Cortland (N.Y.)
College, 3; Iowa, 2: Illinois, 2;
Army, 2; North Carolina State, 1;
Hastings, (Neb.) College, 1.
100-yard Backstroke: 1 - Oyakawa
(OSU); 2 - Bautz (Purdue); 3 -
Hoagland (Wisconsin); 4 - Brown
(Denver); 5 - Witteried (Army); 6-B.
Wardrop (M). Time: 0:57.0.
100-yard Breastroke: 1-Hawkins (Har-
vard); 2-Dudeck (MSC); 3-Robin-
son (Florida); 4-Stock (Florida
State); 5-O'Connor (Yale); 6-Black
(Stanford). Time: 0:59.4.
100-yard Freestyle 1-Cleveland (OSU);
2-Patterson (Georgia); 3 - Glover
(Dartmouth); 4-Kuhn (NW); 5-Hill
(M); 6-Donovan (Yale). Time: 0:50.0.
440-yard Freestyle: 1-Konno (OSU);
2-J. Wardrop (M); 3-Duncan (Ok-
lahoma); 4-Yorzyk (Springfield);
5-Smith (Yale); 6-Osborne (Stan-
ford). Time: 4:28.6. (New collegiate
andrmeet record: old record, 4:30.2.)
150-yard individual Medley: 1 - Jones
(M); 2-Gideonse (Yale); 3-B. Ward-
drop (M); 4-Kuhn (NW); 5-Heim
(Stanford); 6-Mattson (North Car-
olina State). Time: 1:30.7.
300-yard Medley Relay: 1-Ohio State
(Oyakawa, Van Heyde, Whiteleath-
er); 2-Michigan; 3-Harvard; 4-Yale;
5-Stanford; 6-Iowa State. Time:
3-meter Diving: 1-Shapiro (OSU); 2-
Brodnax (Texas); 3-Harrison (OSU);
4-Walters (M); 5-Welch (Yale);
6-Gliders (OSU). Points: 530.0.

... NCAA 130 pound champ
Red Wings
Defeat Leafs
In Cup Tilt
TORONTO-(A)-Tony Leswick
and Marcel Pronovist scored third
period goals last night to lead
the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1
victory over the Toronto Maple
Leafs in the third game of their
best of seven Stanley cup semi-
final playoff. The victory gave De-
troit a 2-1 edge in the series.
Detroit 10, Philadelphia (A) "B"
Chicago (A) 12, Philadelphia
(N) 4
Washington 7, New York (A) 6

(Special to The Daily)
NORMAN, Okla. - Michigan's
Snip Nalan successfully defended
his 130 pound NCAA wrestling title
here last night by decisioning
Ithaca College's Jim Howard, 7-2,
as the Wolverine grapplers tied
for seventh place with Oklahoma
University in theĀ°team standings
with 10 points.
Oklahoma A&M won the NCAA
team title with 32 points, far out-
distancing the second place Pitts-
burgh, which had 17 points. Penn
State, defending champion, was
third with 13 points, and Navy
and Iowa tied for fourth and fifth
with'12 points,
MICHIGAN'S other entrant who
survived Friday's prelims, Andy
Kaul, was decisioned in his 137
pound semi-final match by Ed
Eichelberger of Lehigh, 6-2, but
finished in fourth place in his
weight class.
Nalan won his semi-final
match earlier in the day by
trouncing Michigan State's Jim
Sinadinos, 7-3.
Michigan's other entrant in the
NCAA meet, John McMahon, was
defeated in the prelims, but won
twice in the consolations, not plac-
ing in the finals however.
* * *
THE AGGIES clinched their
17th NCAA championship follow-
ing the semi-finals, so great was
their lead. They went on to win
three individual titles in the even-

ing to add to their overwhelming
All three of the defending
champs, Nalan in the 130 class,
Ned Blass of Oklahoma' in 177
pound division, and Hugh Per-
ry of Pitt in the 115 division held
on to their titles.
Two 1952 champs reclaimed
titles last night, as Tommy Evans
of Oklahoma won the 147 crown,
and Gene Nicks of Oklahoma A&M
won the heavyweight title.
OTHER CHAMPS crowned last
night were Pitt's Hugh Perry in
the 155 pound class, Dick Govig


All candidates for spring
football practice are urged to
draw their -equipment at Yost
Fieldhouse this week.
-Bennie G. Oosterbaan, Coach


of Iowa in the 123 division, Myron
Roderick of Oklahoma A&M in
the 147 pound class, and Bob Hoke
of MSC won the 157 title.
Michigan State finished sixth
with 11 points, Oklahoma -and
Michigan tied for seventh and
eighth with 10 points, Lehigh
finished ninth with nine points,
Syracuse wound up tenth with
six points, and Purdue, Illinois
and Minnesota tied for 11th,,
12th and 13th with five points
Ithaca, Wisconsin, Maryland,
Nebraska, and Colorado finished
14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th
with four points each, Kansas
State was 19th with three points,
and Cornell College and Kent
State were deadlocked for the 20th
and 21st slots with two points.
Colorado State, Springfield Col-
lege, Toledo, and Brigham Young
brought up the rear with one point

AM's Hopes for Successful Tennis Season
Based on ReturningLettermen, New Talent

Michigan Baseball Dates Back to 1863

(Editor's NOTE: First of a series ofv
fwo articles dealing with the his-
tory of Michigan baseball.)
A group of husky cricket play-
ers laughed heartily one spring day
back in 1863 as two enterprising
Michigan students told them of
plans for a new-f angled sport ven-
This venture was the birth of
baseball at Michigan, a sport soon
to supercede cricket and become
the oldest surviving sport in Uni-
versity history. It began a trail
of twenty-two conference titles
and reached a pinnacle 90 years
later with a national champion-
* C *
THIS PAIR of Michigan men
that introduced the national pas-
time to the Ann Arbor campus was
. comprised of Ed Page, '66, and
0. P.rBilla, '66.Byasetting up a
ball diamond back of the old Medi-
cal Building in the spring of 1863,
they thereby began the long and
fruitful trail that was to follow.
A year later, in 1864, the first
actual games were played, as
J. M. Hinchman became the first
captain. Minus uniforms and ad-
mission charges, the squad met
Wolverines proceeded to roll over
and stayed till 1920. Lundgren's
teams, and other various and
sundry outfits on the old dia-
mond. Located on the present
site of Waterman and Barbour
gyms, the field was bounded by
a monument to deceased profes-
The early game differed greatly
from present baseball. Back in
the days of Abe Lincoln, the pitch-
ing was all underhanded, served
up with a twisting motion. There
were no walks, and no called
strikes, thus high scoring games
were common occurences. The
players wore no masks or gloves,
thus had to carry arnica bottles to
soothe their swollen fingers.
* * *
STUDENT support began to
grow, and with it the sport took
root. The "Chronicle," a forerun-
ner of the Michigan Daily, got
behind the team and, through
much campaigning, secured new
white uniforms for the squad. In
1867 the squad had grown to such

stature that it challenged the De-
troit professionals to a game for
the championship of Michigan.
Detroit boastfully accepted and
was smashed by the unbelievable
score of 70-18. Michigan baseball
was here to stay.
A vivid picture of the spirit of
the early game can be obtained
from a look at the Chronicle's
play by play of an eleven inn-
ing thriller at Detroit in 1868.
Following is the Chrinicle's flow-
erly description of the last half
of the ninth.
"Bissell makes a long bat to
centre and goes to his 1st. But.
Starring too ambitious tries to get
home, so Hayes makes a mighty
throw and Dawson puts Starring
out at home. Now the Detroit men
sit sorrowfully still while the Uni-
versity howl rent the clouds and
the sun comes out and all the
earth laughs for joy." The Chron-
icle goes on to picture the rest of
the game, which Michigan won,
26-24, in the eleventh.
* * *
IN THE 70's Michigan baseball t
hit a snag, as football rose on the
athletic horizon, thus cutting the
diamond season down quite severe-
ly, but in 1881, Michigan. Wiscon-'
sin, Northwestern, and Racine
drew up the Western College As-
sociation ,a forerunner of the Big
Ten, and baseball got to its feet
/The following year, Michigan
played its first intercollegiate
baseball game, whipping Wis-
consin at Ann Arbor, 20-8. The
Wolverines proceed to roll over
all opposition in the league, and
won the title easily.
In 1885, the Wolverines tired of
the league, and withdrew so it
could play the top professionals
and the eastern colleges. Thus the
Gay Nineties saw the Maize and
Blue swing triumphantly over the
opposition, besting such power-
houses as Harvard, Cornell, and
*.* *
DURING THE 90's, The Big
Ten was formed, and Michigan
had its first hired coach, Pete
Conway, who held the reins from
1891-93. A host of lesser figures
coached Michigan after Conway

left, and the Wolverines garnered
conference crowns in 1899, 1905,
and 1906.
In 1910, the famed Branch
Rickey, later to rule over big
league baseball dynasties at St.
Louis, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh,
cane to Michigan as coach.
Rickey developed the immortal
George Sisler of big league fame
but failed to cop a conference
Carl Lundgren took over in 1914,
and tayed till 1920. Lundgren's
squads won titles from 91918
through 1920.j
As the roaring twenties opened
a new figure arrived on the Mich-
igan campus, opening the great-
est era of Michigan baseball. This
figure was Ray Fisher, present
Wolverine coach, who was des-
tined to lead the Maize and Blue
to 153conference titles during the
next 33 years.
(Article two will deal with the Ray
Fisher era.)

With four of the top six players
back from last year, and a number
of promising newcomers on the
squad, Wolverine tennis coach Bill
Murphy is looking forward to a
successful season for the net team.
Dave Mills and Maury Pelto,
numbers three and four singles
respectively last campaign, are the
two that Murphy will have to re-,
place in his 1954 line-up.
RETURNING lettermen from
the 1953 outfit are Al Mann and
Pete Paulus, the top two singles
players last year, Bob Paley num-
ber five, and Bob Nederlander
number six during the past season.
Nederlander' was Big Ten champ
for the sixth spot.
This quartet, all of whom are
juniors, will also comprise thej
top two doubles teams, Paulus
and Paley making up one duo
and Mann and Nederlander the
The fifth position on the team
presently belongs to Bob Mitchell,
promising junior from Cincinnati.
Mitchell has shown up very well in
early season - workouts and he
probobly will also be half of Mich-
igan's third doubles combine.

THE SIXTH spot on the squad
is wide open at the present with
a trio of netmen in contention. Ray
Walmouth, Bob Sassone, and En-
ver Mehmedbasich are the three
who are battling it out for the last
singles position and it probably
won't be decided until the team
leaves for its southern tour which
begins April 5 at the University of

The netters have been practic-
ing, on their own since last se-
mester started and in formal
workouts for the past few weeks.
However just about all of the
playing has been done indoors
on a wooden floor.
There is a good bit of difference
in the bounce of a tennis ball on a
wood floor as compared to clay

Night Editor







GRANT for the UNION in '64
(Ulysses S., that is)
GRANT for the UNION 54
(Jay, that is)

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