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TUESDY, MACH 3, 195 T .rests.( sJhilt



Rebuilding Michigan Infield
Key to '54 Diamond Success]

Highlighted by Wardrop Ross Leads BigTen Indoor Mile Event

The refurbishing of last year's
NCAA championship infield, shot
full of holes by 1953 graduation
ceremonies, is coach Ray Fisher's
number one problem as the Wol-
verines swing, into the South next
week to open 1954 competiton,
Three of last season's four regu-
lars, Bill Mogk, Gil Sabuco and
Bruce Haynam are not returning,
leaving only third sacker Don
Eaddy from the quartet that was
considered one of the best inner
defense combinations in college
* * *
TO FILL THE gaps, Fisher has
two sophomores with good pre-col-
lege reputations, and two seniors
DALLAS - UP) - Phil Cav-
arretta' was fired as manager
of the Chicago Cubs Monday
night and Stan Hack, another
former Cub star, was named to
succeed him.
Hack, manager of Los Ange-
les in the Pacific Coast League
for the past three years, will
take over the club at Shreve-
port Wednesday.
Cavarretta was relieved of his
post by, Wid Matthews, director
of playing personnel of the Chi-
cago organization. The only
reason was that "it was for the
best interests of all concerned."
who have never played regularly in
the infield before.
MobytBenedict and Frank Ro-
nan, standouts on the Detroit
area sandlots last summer will
take Haynam's and Sabuco's
place as the new double play
Benedict, a third baseman until
this spring, sparked Arthur's
Clothes to the National Amateur
Baseball Federation title last sum-
mer and later on played in Buffalo
with the Detroit Times All-Star
team. While in Buffalo he playedr
alongside Reno Bertoia, now with
the Detroit Tigers.
A SMOOTH glove man, the slen-
der sophmore should have little1
difficulty measuring up to Big Tena
shortstop standards defensively.

The only question is his hitting
which should improve after a few
looks at first class college pitch-
ing. 4
Ronan, the number one can-
didate for Sabuco's vacant sec-
ond base slot, is also a slick.
fielder with a light stick repu- h
tation. The dark-haired Dear-
born, Michigan product's hitting
is improved this spring how-
ever, enabling him to almost nail ?
down the first string job.
Behind Ronan and Benedict,
Fisher finds a rather vacant bench. r
Bob Leach counted on for possible DON EADDY
regular outfield duty, is the num- ; DoneDeY a
ber one replacement for either po-- hot corner veteran
sition but won't be pressed into
action unless its absolutely neces-
sary, Fisher Gu ides
MAC FINCH, a good hitter, To 15 Confer
might see some second line work
at second base.

now that any swimmer is unbeat-
One fact above all else became able, and not many will make any
evident at the NCAA swimmingIpredictions as to the outcome of
championships held at Syracuse their next encounter,
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
no swimmer is invincible. Yoshi Oyakawa was consid-
It became evident when Michi- .r. ..r... *'k


Iiwo and one half years ago an
overweight sophomore named John
Ross was last man on the Michi-
gan cross-country team.
Coach Don Canham is quoted as
having stated, "Ross never runs,
he rolls."
* * *
TODAY THAT ,overweight soph-{
omore reigns as three-time Big
Ten indoor mile champ, holding
the conference record of 4:09.4 set
in 1952,

gan sophomore Jack Wardrop's
hand flashed under the flags at
the finish three tenths of a sec-
ond ahead of Ford Konno of Ohio
State after 220 yards of hard-
fought swimming that saw both
men break all existing records_

erect eve n ar ner aneaa or Tme
field than Konno, but the Ohio
backstroker was forced to come
from behind to retain his double
crown. Larry Heim of Stanford
was ahead of the diminutive star
until the final lap of the 200



alu'r . yard event and Purdue's Fred Canham now says, "Ross is
Bautz appeared to be on his way just a terrific competitor. He
KONNO was, and still is con- to an upset until Oyakawa beats men who have more abil-
sidered the greatest freestyler of spurted, again in the final lap ity than he has, because he's
the year, but few experts will say to touch out Bautz. tough when he has to be tough."
Oo as c ll ao The list of accomplishments for
BOea l hi Stt' ic lvladas the dark-haired, good-looking Ca-
came close to losing, O his first nadian distance runner is a long
~ase a11 Squa tun hen' faint ouhthe l atllone. Beside the mile record, when
ice Crownstas din rgainthe le til he beat teammate Don McEwen by
about four yards, he is a member
Dartmouth's John Glover. of the American record-holding
ers however, two Michigan foot- * * * four-mile relay team with a time
ball fixtures, Ben'nie Oosterbaan, OHIO STATE did most of the of 17:08.6. Until just last month
present head gridiron coach, and winning in the meet, but it was when Kansas altered the record
Jack Blott, now coaching the Michigan's swimmers whose fight books, he was on the world-holding
Michigan line. Both were vital drew notice. Wardrop's feat ciused indoor distance medley relay quar-,
cogs in the Fisher joggernauts most comment, but it was not the tet. All three of these champion-
of the late 20's. only demonstration of surprising ships came in 1952, his bigget
1- 4r4-- 7. --..+swimming, #year.

finds that he runs best when he
scales around 150 pounds.
ada in the Olympics at Finland
in the summer of 1952, he reached
I the semi-finals in the 1500-meter
run. In distance events of this
kind, he prefers to have some-
body else set the pace for him. if
Off to a slow start this year,
he has been picking up, especial
ly since his crown winning 4:11.2
mile at Champaign, Illinois in
February and a fifth place in
the 880 at the same meet.
This spring several important
meets are scheduled including a
trip to California during spring
vacation, the AAU and NCAA
meets, the latter falling on the
JOAN ROSS day that Ross graduates as an eco-
. senior champ nomics major, Afterwards, be in-
tends to compete in the Canadian
Cleveland, however, Ross teamed Championships and possibly in the
with Roy Christiansen, Pete Gray, British Games this summer,
and John Moule to cut the Big Ten Ross looks toward the future.
and varsity two-mile record down With the grant of a full scholar
to 739.3. His 1:52.7 time for the
880 lap is the best that he has
ever done. The whole feat is rath- There will be an important
er unusual considering the fact meeting of the "M" Club to-
that it was accomplished on a night at 7:30. All new 'IN' men
twelve-lap track rather than the are urged to attendl. Nomina-
usual eight. tions for next year's officers will
be held at this time,
Other outstanding perform- s-Gene Knutson
ances include the Ferry Field --GeneKn__sn
record for the mile, captured in ship, he will do a year of grad-
a 4:10.7 "photo finish" win over ,ate work at the Centres D'Etudies
the same McEwen in the West- utrlles in Cenes D'Etze
ern Conference Championships. Industrilles in Geneva, Switzer-
The Oakville, Ontario miler will and He will then join the Alum-
be attempting to regain his out- mum Group of Companies, which
door title this spring after he he hopes will eventually lead him
lost it last year to Jim Kepford back to the Montreal region, where
of MichiganState he hopes to finally settle down,
maybe to do some coaching on the
Ross advanced from last man side.

Michigan's top pitcher last
season, Jack Corbett is at pres-
ent the leading first base can-
didate. A strong right handed
hitter, Corbett alternated be-
tween the mound and the out-
field a year ago compiling a
batting average of .277.
Since the stocky right-hander
is counted on again for regular
hurling duty, Ray Pavichevich is
slated for plenty of first base ac-
IF HIS hitting should perk up,,
Corbett could be released to play
the outfield when he isn't pitching.
Eaddy, who after a great
freshman season hit only .257 in
1953, is the third baseman for
the third straight year. Since
Michigan's attack is expected to
be a little weak this season,
Fisher hopes the Grand Rapids,
Michigan athlete can again emu-
late his freshman exploits which
carried him to a robust .343 bat-
ting average.
Eaddy's defensive work has been
impressive since his arm, extremely
erratic two years ago, has found
the range of the first baseman. He
made few errors in 1953, and dur-
ing the NCAA tournament at
Wichita, major league scouts
thought his performance at the
hot corner was adequate for big
league competition.

'M' Baseball Schedule

April 2-Delaware ............There
3-Georgetown ........ThereI
4-Quantico Marines ....There
5-Quantico Marines .,..There
6-George Washington ...There
7-Fort Belvoir ..........There
lo-Virginia ............. There
13-Western Michigan .....Here
16-Western Michigan ....There
17-Toledo ..............There

20-Wayne ........,.....T.I here
23-Wisconsin There
24-Northwestern (2) .....There
30--Purdue ....,.........,.Here
May 1-Illinois (2) ............Here
4-Notre Dame ...........Here
7-Minnesota ........There
' 8-Iowa (2).............There
11-Detroit ....,.............There
14-Michigan State ........There
15-Michigan State (2) .....Here
n-Ohio State .. .. ere
22-Indiana (2) . ,, ....Here

(Last in a series of articles deal-
ing with the history of Michigan base-
The greatest era in Michigan's
baseball history started back in
the spring of 1921 as Ray Fisher,
an ex-National League pitcher,
sped southward to take charge of
his first Wolverine team.
This genial gentleman, who
someday would become dean of
all Michigan's coaches, inherited a
team that had been humbly found-
ed 58 years before by two students,
a team that had already ruled the
Western Conference seven times.
BUT FISHER was to surpass
this mark during the next 33 sea-
sons manifold. His teams have
rolled to the almost incredible to-
tal of 15 conference titles since
1921, piling up 568 wins in 814
games for a .697 lifetime coach-
ing percentage.
Nine of these titles have been
garnered since 1941 which makes
Fisher's talents { appear to be
growing stronger with age. The
entire parade of triumphs was
capped just last season, however,
as Fisher's Wolverines marched
to their first National champion-
Fisher, who was born in Middle-
bury, Vt., and entered organized
baseball in 1908 with the New
York Highlanders, was an out-
standing hurler, making effective
use of the now outlawed spitball.
His career saw him oppose such
all-time greats as Ed Walsh of
the Chicago White Sox~ and the
immortal Christy Mathewson of
the New York Giants,
TEACHING school during the
off season, Fischer served in World
War I and then played for Cin-
cinnati of the National League. It
was from here that he came to
Michigan to begin a fabulous
coaching career.
Fisher won his first confer-
ence title in 1923, and followed
it up with won or shared crowns
in'26, 2, 19, 36, '41, 142 44
'45, "48, '49, '50, '52 and '53,
In 1929 Fisher was in charge of
the first Michigan team ever to
take an extensive tour outside of
the United States, as the Wolver-
ines traveled to Japan. While in
Japan, Michigan won 11 out of
13 games, and the huge crowds
that viewed the games were wild-
ly enthusiastic over the scrappy
* * *
DURING the long Fisher reign
many outstanding players have
benifited from his coaching, some
of whom later made the big
leagues. Such players as Don Lund
and Dick Wakefield, "Crazy-legs"
Hirsch and Pete Van Boven, were
all coached by Fisher. John Mc-
Gee, at 6'9" the tallest pitcher in
ig league history, also learned his
craft from the veteran coach.
Fisher selects as his top play-j

Despite these outstanding play-
ers, Fisher's squad never could win
the national crown until last year.
Then, after 33 seasons of top-
notch coaching, a Fisher team
finally achieved the highest title
of them all.
AFTER whipping Ohio easily in
the regionals, the co-Big Ten
champs moved on to Omaha for
first round play, and soundly
trounced Stanford, 4-0. The Ea-'

Bumpy Jones proved himself
to be a great fighter also, as he
swam the fastest' 200 yard
breastroke of his career, only
to be touched out by Harvard's
Dave Hawkins. The Michigan
star, by virtue of similar per-
formances, has earned himself
the respect of all swimming ex-
perts and is called by many the
greatest competitor in the sport.
Bert Wardrop also displayed a
game heart as he placed third in
both the 200 yard backstroke and
individual medley. In the qualify-
ing heats of the 200 backstroke he
swain the event six seconds faster
than he ever had before, surpris-
ing everyone except Coach Matt
Mann who figured on the Scot's
competitive spirit.

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Pin Champs
Tau Delta Phi won the so-
cial fraternity bowling cham-
pionship Sunday afternoon at
the Michigan Union alleys as it
defeated Sigma Alpha Epsilon
by 207 pins.
The Tau Delts won by a score
of 2379-2172 as the SAE's fold-
ed in the last of the three gameE
series. Hanley Gurwin paced
Tau Delta Phi with a 562 ser-
ies, Gerry Cohn was second
high man for the winners with
500, followed by Paul Goodman
with 451, Ed Smith with 436,
and Evan Hirsch with 430.
High man for the losers was
Cecil O'Boyle with a 496 series.
gles of Boston College tumbled to
the Wolverines in the second
round, 6-2, and the powerful Tex-
as Longhorns were smashed in the
third round game 12-5. The
Longhorns then won the fourth
round tilt, 6-4, necessitating a
fifth round game for the national
Michigan jumped to a i-5
lead, and was holding it in the
ninth inning when Texas loaded
the bases with no outs. Coach
Fisher then hulled his hurler,
and called in Jack Corbett from
the bull-pen.
Corbett brilliantly struck out the
next two batters, and then Fish-
er called in Jack Ritter to pitch
most drama-packed moments in
Michigan's long baseball history,
to the final man. In one of the
Ritter struck the final batter out,
and the Wolverines were the na-
tions' top team.
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ON SATURDAY Ron Gora gave
swimming fans a preview of what
was in store next year as the Mich-
igan junior rose to the occasion
four times. He swam four hundred-
yard freestyles that day, all in 51
seconds or under. In the medley
relay he cut down Ohio State's
lead by gaining on Tom White-
leather, apparent heir to Cleve-
land's position as top sprinter on
the Ohio squad.
Jim Walters, Michigan's diving;
star may be the cause of a revision
of the rule hook. His blunder -in
the low board event has caused a
big disturbance in diving circles.]
He finished fourth on the high
board but couldn't break the Ohio
State monopoly, as Morely Sha-
piro won the event,

JUST THIS past March 19, in
the Knights of Columbus meet in
Jones Captains
At the annual swimming team
banquet held last night in the
Union, Burwell "Bumpy" Jones
was named as captain of the 1954-
55 Michigan swimming team.
The hard-fighting Jones, who
holds virtually every individual
medley record in the books, is
recognized as one of the toughest
men to beat in both American and
world swimming circles. He was a
member of the American 1952
Olympic Team, one of the strong-
est in swimming history.
* * *
A DETROIT Redford High
School product, Jones first came
to national fame when he was
named to the 1949 AAU All-Amer-
ican squad while still in high
school. He recently retained his
NCAA 150 yard individual medley
crown at Syracuse, N. Y. He set
a new American record of 1:29.7
for that event two weeks earlier
in the Big Ten meet,


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on the cross-country squad at the
beginning of the 1951 season to
sixth place in the Big Ten in 1952,
and this past fall was the ' top
Maize and Blue distance man,
placing fourth in the conference.
It was necessary to lose 25 pounds
in the process. Weight-has always
been a major problem for large-
boned, medium height Ross, who


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