PWDAY, APRIL 113, 1954
THE MICRIGAN DAILY
P~RIDAY, APRIL 1~, 1954 THE MI~ffIGAN DAILY PAGE THREE
'M' Nine Out To Even Series
At Western Michigan Today
Indiana Net Hopes High; MSC Team Lacks Depth
(EDITOR'S NOTE: First of a series
of articles reviewing the Big Ten ten-
nis teams. Today's story covers In-
diana and Michigan State.)
By AL EISENBERG
OF THE lettermen returning
Captain Duane Gomer has the -n-
side track for the number one po-
sition. Gomer, who was Big Ten
champ in the number three singles
The Michigan baseball team
travels to Kalamazoo today in an
attempt to even the two-game
series with Western Michigan Col-
The Broncos set back the Wol-
verines earlier this week, 4-1, in a
Southpaw Gary Graham. He al-
lowed the Michigan squad but a
pair of safeties, while Western
batters yielded five hits off pitch-
ers Jack Ritter and Mary Wis-
niewski. Coach Ray Fisher plans
to use the 5-foot, eleven-inch
southpaw against the Broncs, as
he saw only two innings of action,
last Tuesday afternoon.
WESTERN'S Al Nagel smacked
a 335-foot home run to start the
scoring for the winners, and team-
mate Duane Emaar, the Bronco
catcher, collected three of the
team's five hits. In the last of the
eighth inning, Michigan fans were
brought to their feet when Howie
The University of Michigan
Golf Course will be closed to-
day due to wet grounds.
Tommelein poked a long ball
which appeared headed over the
fence only to be grabbed at the
last second by leftfielder Nagel,
with a spectacular leap over the
The two squads split the two-
game series last year, Western
beating the Wolverines, 5-1, in
the regular season home open-
er, while Michigan edged the nesday. Southpaw Mark Ferrelli
Broncs, 5-4, in a game later in pitched the last two innings for
the season. Michigan, taking over for Jack
The Wolverines led off the '54 Corbett who had started.
regular baseball season by trounc- Fisher plans to use a number
ing Wayne, 9-1, last Monday. of pitchers Saturday when the
* Wolverines travel to Toledo Uni-
ERATIC FIELDING by the Ti- versity. Corbett and Ritter, both
tans of the University of Detroit of whom pitched earlier this week,
helped the Michigan diamondmen will probably see action in Satur-
rout the visitors, 6-1, last Wed- day's contest also.
Golf Captain, Stumpfig, Shows'
Improvement over Last Season
Indiana's tennis team, which "
lost but two members from last
year's Western Conference cham- All sophomores
pionship squad, is again expected being baseball man
to produce an outfit which will put contact me at NO
the Hoosiers in the favorites role 10 p.m.
in the race for the crown. -George B
On the other hand, Michigan'
State with only one letterman re- slot last year, has
turning from the team which fin- two-year record of
ished runner-up to Indiana, will only four losses.
be hard pressed to match its 1953 Just about equal
finish. record and ability
27 wins and
is John Hi-
Barker who possesses the best
record of the returning netters,
having won eight out of nine in
league play and an overall rec-
ord of 19 wins and only three
setbacks, will see plenty of ac-
tion this year. Coach Lewis plans
to use the power-hitting senior
in the number four singles and
number three doubles positions.
Another Senior, Bennent devel-
oped rapidly after a comparatively
inactive sophomore year. Last sea-
son he compiled a 14-4 record, los-
ing to Michigan's Bob Nederland-
er in the tournament final.
THAT THE Hoosiers will field a
strong team, there is no doubt.
Whether they will cop their third
crown in as many years depends
on how the netters adjust to their
new positions and how successful
they can be in warding off injuries.
An extremely inexperienced
Michigan - State team faces a
year of rebuilding. Captained by
its only lettermen, Jim Pore of
Kalamazoo. The Spatans lack
poise, depth, and experience,
Two sophomore squad members
are considered to be among the
top prospects. They are Dave Bro-
gan and Dick Mensel, who along
with Pore, should comprise the
core of the team.
. . . cinder speedster
Likely to improve over his
eighth place finish in the Western,
Conference last year, Captain
Jack Stumpfig is being counted
on to lead the golf squad during
the present campaign.
"Jack is not what you'd call a
flashy golfer, but his steady play
makes him a tough man to beat.
EIe's a good competitor, and is
the type of man you like to see as
captain of your team."
SO SPOKE Bert Katzenmeyer,
Michigan's golf coach.
The 23-year-old senior scored
the lowest individual round for
the Wolverines last year, shooting
a sizzling three-under-par 69 in a
triangular meet with Iowa and
Northwestern. He has improved
this year, averaging 76 for the
recent trip South.
Stumfig's greatest forte is his
low iron game, although his
driving' and putting rarely give
him trouble. Recurrences of an
old hip ailment have hampered
his driving game on occasions,
but have not bothered him as
much this year.
He hails from Midland, Michi-
gan, where he began his golf ca-
reer as a caddy at the Midland
Country Club. He played varsity
golf for Midland High School,
leading his team to the state
championships in 1949. He also
took the individual state title.
JACK'S GOLF activities are
limited to evenings and weekends
because of a job with a chemical
company. However, he manages
to compete in pro-amateur tour-
naments whenever time permits.
Stumfig, an economics major,
may work in that field after
graduation, but has no definite
plans for the future,
If the improvement shown in
the young season serve as any
indication, he may well take his
place among the top golfers in
the Big Ten..
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By BOB JONES
Fully recovered from a leg in-
jury which kept him off the cin-
ders for most of last season, John
Vallortigara has served notice that
the Michigan track team will have
a strong punch in the dash events
In last's week's trip to the West
Coast, the Chicago, Ill. speedster
scored double victories in both the
Stanford and UCLA meets, turn-
ing in his fastest times for the
100 and 220 yard distances against
* * *
VALLORTIGARA, whose name
is comfortably shortened to Val
by his teammates, has turned the
100 in :09.8 seconds, and the 220
in :21.5. The 220 time stacks up
very well against the :21.7 clock-
ing with which Illini ace Willie
Williams won last year' Big Ten
Outdoor title. Williams, who is
back this season, also took the
conference 100-yard dash crown
with a time of :09.5.
Along with Williams, Vallor-
tigara rates Michigan State
sprinters Ed Brabham and Tra-
vis Buggs as the men to beat
in the sprints this season.
Vallortigara pulled a leg muscle
in the semi-finals of the 1953 Big
Ten Indoor Meet a year ago
March, and was kept from com-
peting in ,the outdoor season last
spring. The leg, he claims, is back
to normal, and his performances
so far seem to verify this state-
ON THlE BOARDS during the
indoor season, Vallortigara turn-
ed in respectable times in the 60
and 75-yard dash events, and the
To Freshman Golfers:
First round of 72-hole try-
out will be held Saturday, April
17, 7:45 a.m. Report at Univer-
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-R. J. Grambeau
300-yard run. His time in the 60,
:06.4, was among the fastest in
the conference. The indoor title
was won again by Williams in the
good time of :06.3.
In this weekend's Ohio Relays
at Columbus, Vallortigara is
slated to run the 440-yard relay,
and the 880-relay. His speed will
add greatly to Michigan's hopes
in these events. He will probably
team with Dave Hessler, Bob
Brown, and one of the quarter-
milers for these relays.
A product of Mount Carmel
High School in Chicago, Vallorti-
gara is a junior in the School of
Business Administration and is
pointing towards a career in the
real estate business. If speed in
traversing real estate has anything
to do with it, he will undoubtedly
do well in his chosen field.
Some very tight races in the
dash events this spring should de-
velop if Vallortigara lives up to
the promise he showed out West
last week. His speed could well
be the deciding factor in the fight
for the Big Ten crown when the
Conference Meet rolls around May
28 and 29 at Purdte in Lafayette.
Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
New York 3, Philadelphia 0
Boston 6. Washington 1
Baltimore 3, Chicago 1
Brooklyn 7, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 2, New York 0, six
Milwaukee 7, St. Louis 6, 11 innings
Cincinnati 11, Chicago 5
A NUMBER of problems, result-
ing from the graduation of num-
ber one man, Eli Glazer and Ed
Harrison, number seven singles,
must be faced and solved by
Coach Dale Lewis if Indiana is
going to capture the Big Ten
crown for the third successive
Largest of Lewis' worries is
the fact that the entire team
will have to move up one notch
because of Glazer's graduation.
The Hoosier coach is hoping
that this advancement through-
out the squad will not put them
against competition that is too
tough for the Indiana netters.
Sronimus who will probably hold
down the number two singles
position. Western Conference
champion in the second spot in
1953, Hironimus has won 28
matches while losing six in his
two years of competition.
Three other netters-Bob Mar-
tin. Bob Barker, and Dick Ben-
nent-highlight the Indiana ros-'
MARTIN, who battled his way
to a Western Conference crown
for the second successive year, is
a rangy 6-3 junior from Indian-
apolis. Possessing a lot of power,
Martin will probably play number
three singles and number one
doubles with Hironimus.
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