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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Suff lin 1149...
WITH PHIL DOUGLIS
Daily Sports Editor
FAR-REMOVED from the thunder and hoopla of big-time collegiate
sports is the relative peace and quiet of Earl Riskey's cozy little
Sports Building down on Hoover Street.
For a little change of pace, we decided to drop in yesterday, after-
noon and the following is what went on. The facts are not im-
portant-they can be seen elsewhere on this page. But the fact that
a group of guys had themselves a whale of a time is important-and
that's what' our story .deals with today.
We entered the vast gym-and it was the scene of only one game.
The players were dwarfed by the gigantic room-scene of many a
campus dance and many a thrilling sports event. Fourteen players,
two umpires, three fans and a Daily reporter. And around them-
just space-and more space.
The game itself wasn't of too much consequence. The fellows
were playing for a residence hall title in one of their four divisions.
But to them, it was the most important game in the world.
The tip-off-and the orange-shirted boys broke fast-only to
lose their lead to the whites. The little scorekeeper on the sidelines
bellowed "Defense, you guys-defense. They can't win if they can't
score."
'How We Doin'.....
HIS FACE suddenly turned into a picture of perfect agony, as the
kid in the striped shorts let go a long one-and it swished. -A
sweating paddle-ball player came upstairs and joined the throng.
"How we doin'?" he asked the nearest friend. "Losin'," he was told.
"Trim 'em, gang!" he shouted-and the players were getting warmed
up.
The pace picked up-one white-shirted player rambled by the
scorer's table and panted, "What's the score?" "Look at the score-
board," was the answer. "What do you think it's for, anyway?"
On the next court over, a few sweat-suited boys picked up a ball
and started a workout-completely oblivious to the drama unfolding
on the court next to them.
Suddenly the paddle-ball player drew a bead on the hardworking
student referee, and screamed, "Hey, ref-that was a foul-are you
blind or something?" The ref never even blinked. The game went
on as scheduled. ~
The air was shattered by a siren-a wail that pierced the sweaty
atmosphere for 15 long seconds. It was either an air-raid warning or
the halftime horn. I assumed it was the latter. It was.
Half-time. The teams huddled-drawing plays with' perspiring
fingers on the floor. A few reserves took some shots. The scorekeeper
added the totals. The gym was nearly at a standstill.
Not Just a Game ...
THEN that infernal siren rocked the room again. Seconds later
the see-saw battle was underway. These boys no longer regarded
itnas an I-M basketball, game-they regarded it as a personal project
* and played accordingly.
The tall guy with the blue shorts puffed heavily as' he was pulled1
from the game. His sub went crazy-hitting from all over the floor,
until the Whiteshirts stopped him. The look of satisfaction on his
face as he drove in-jumped, shot and scored-was a picture to be-
hold. No Varsity athlete ever could have been more satisfied.
The fellow in the dirty white shirt on the sidelines wheeled and
shouted-gesticulating wildly with his flst-"Those guys can't shoot in1
there!" As an afterthought he added, "Take it away from 'em."
The kid in the striped shorts was still hitting those sets. "De-
fense! Defense!" pleaded his opponents. But the defense wasn't
there-and the striped-pants kid hit another. His 'team was coming
back now-and you could feel the tension mount.
"Nail him!" shieked an Orangeman. An instant later theI
orange-clad figure vaulted up and over the kid's back-and they fellI
heavily. "Are you all right?" "Yea." The game went on. The ex-1
citement continued to mount.
No One Knew ...
KIDS in the white shirts were coming back. There was nol
doubt about it. They pulled to within one point. The scorer
frantically beat his hand on the table. "Hold 'em! Hold Nem'!" he
pleaded. "How much time left?" another shouted. "Not a heck of
a lot," came the reply. Since the clock is controlled from an office-
no one knew-and that made it all the worse.1
Time flew-tempers flew-and tension mounted. Suddenly the
Whites cracked. They. had come back-only to wilt. The Orange-
men were hot. The kid with the striped pants tried to rally his team"
but he couldn't. Things were out of hand.
"Now we're operatin' "-came the shout. The Whites were onI
the run. They missed six straight shots-and the face of the paddle-l
ball player was contorted in horror. His paddle hung limply by hisl
side Is he watched his corridor mates slip into defeat. The Whites
had had it-and he knew it.
It was all over. The siren shrieked its swan song, and the Orangesc
had licked the Whites. But surprisingly there was no joy for the

winners. They were too tired to be exhuberant. The teams trudged
from the floor-and the huge gym echoed from only a few scattered
rebounds-as new games were being formed.
New games-new hrills-more fun-on a Saturday afternoon at
Earl Riskey's cozy little Sports Building down'on Hoover Street.
Read Daily Classifieds

Tyra Paces Cardinals to 93-80 Win;
St. Joseph's Takes Consolation Game

NEW YORK (P) - Louisville's
lightning-fast Cardinals and agile
Charlie Tyra asserted their mas-
tery over Dayton and Bill Uhl for
the third time this season to win
the National Invitation basketball
tournament with a 93-80 victory
yesterday over Dayton's Flyers.
Highest Score for Final
A noisy, excited crowd of 15,763
in Madison Square Garden - in
spite of bad weather and television
- saw Louisville pile up the big-
gest score ever made in 19 NIT'
finals. The tournament record is
110 points, by St. Louis University
in the first round last year, but
the top previous score in a final
was LaSalle's 75 against Dayton in
1952..

St. Joseph's of Philadelphia, also
threatening scoring records and
setting an NIT mark with 31 suc-
cessful free throws, trounced St.
Francis of Brooklyn, 53-82, to take
third place. Louisville then equal-
led the free throw record in the
final.
Tyra, who won the tournament's
most valuable player award, blank-
eted the bigger but less mobile
Uhl on defense and topped btoth
teams with 27 points-mostly on
hook shots from the foul lane.
Frustrated Flyers
For Dayton, the story of its
fourth trip to the NIT finals was
the same familiar pattern of utter
frustration. Off to a bad start,

the Flyers fought their way back
to a 45-44 lead at halftime. But
they couldn't match Louisville's
race-horse pace and foul line ac-
curacy in the second half.
Dayton, losing finalist in 1951,:
1952 and 1955, actually outscored
the winners from the floor, 32-31,
but Louisville made its first 11
free throws in the second half and
those were the points that put the
Cards ahead.
Uhl, who has yet to play a really
first-rate game in Madison Square
Garden, scored 19 points, but he
never was really dangerous. It was
Jim Palmer, deadly on outside
shots, who kept Dayton in the
game with -21 points in the first
half. But Bill Darragh's tight
guarding held him scoreless in the
second.
I-M Bowling
Phi Sigma Delta won the
social fraterntiy bowling title
yesterday afternoon at the
Union, besting Phi Kappa Tau,
2632-2302.
The best three-line total was
carded by Harvey King of the
Phi Sigs-586. King and team-
mate Paul Adams tied for the
best single line, both scoring
223's.

-Daily-John Hirtzel
CAPTAIN BOB 1WMASTERS OF MICHIGAN GOLF SQUAD
Golf Team Heads South

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Three home meets in a full
spring schedule lie ahead for
Michigan's golf team after spring
vacation.
Immediate plans see Coach Bert
Katzenmeyer's squad heading for
Pinehurst, N. C., this Friday, where
Michigan will again have the op-
portunity to compete and practice
in a warmer climate.
With the weather here still cold
and damp, the Wolverine golfers
have not been able to get any out-
door practice, and it looks doubt-
ful that they will get out much
this week before the jaunt south.'
As to facing Duke University
and the University of North Caro-
lina during the middle of vacation,
Katzenmeyer comments, "We.
won't be fully ready." Both strong
Southern schools will be reaching

SPORTS
Night Editor
JOHN HILLYER

the peak of their seasons as Michi-
gan starts its.
After returning, Michigan will
have a chance to test some of the
Big Ten's stronger contenders in.
the season-long build-up to the
Conference championships late in
May.
Opening home meet will be
with Michigan State, here, on
April 21.
Katzenmeyer's crew, which tied
for fourth in the championships
last year, is' considered as one of
the . Big Ten's title contenders.
Most of the work will center
around seven key men, all fairly
equal in, ability.
Only senior on the team is Cap-
tain Bob McMasters. Hank Loeb,
a pre-med junior here, will be
playing his last season for the
Wolverines, as he plans to enter
Northwestern's medical school next
fall.
Four other juniors will see action
again-John Schubeck, Fred Mick-
low, Steve Uzelaand Skip Mac-
Michael- while one sophomore,
Stan Kwasiborski, is rated by Kat-
zenmeyer as having a chance to
crack the top six.

Cooley Cagers
Win Playoff
Cooleytcamefrom behind to
whip Scott, 46-38, in the second-
place basketball "A" finals for
residence halls yesterday afternoon
at the I-M Building.
Kim Greene let loose for thirteen
points in the second half to lead
the orange-clad Cooleyans to vic-
tory. Their almost complete con-
trol of the backboards was a deci-
sive factor, although they missed
many of the easy shots.
The first half saw Scott House
take the lead, hitting remarkably
well from the outside. The fast
break, used by Cooley, was made
ineffective by Cooley's inaccuracy.
The half ended with Scott leading,
19-17.
The opening moments of the
second period did not alter the
situation. Then the tide, turned,
and ScottH ouse couldn't seem to
get the lid off Cooley's basket. In
spite of the efforts of Scott, the
boys in orange began to pile up the
points.
Outstanding for the losers was
Bob McElwain, whose long set
shots consistently swept through
the net. McElwain also did a fine
job of rebounding.
Golf Slate
April 5--
Duke at Durham, N. C.
April -
North Carolina, at Chapel Hill,
N. C.
April 21--
MSU-hel-e
April 28--
OSU-Purdue-Indiana at
Columbus
May 1-
Univity of Detroit-here
MayI
Purdue-OSU at Lafayette
May 12-
Purdue- OSU-Northwestern
here
May 19-,
MSU-U. of D., Detroit
May 25-26--
Big Ten Championships at
Evanston

YOGI BERRA ROY CAMPANELLA
M , V in American .. . NL's snost valuable

IT'S AN OLD BASEBALL STORY:
SDodgers, Yankees Rule as Favorites To Repeat'

By DICK CRAMER
(This is the first of three articles
previewing the 1956 major league base-
ball season.)
It's always hard to bet against
the winner.
This year it's tven harder than
usual to predict that the World
Champion Brooklyn Dodgers and
the New York Yankees will not
repeat as pennant-winners in their
respective leagues.
Former-Cub third baseman
Randy Jackson has been the chief
acquisition of Brooklyn's general
manager Walter O'Malley. Jackson
represents a 25 point increase over
the batting average of lastyear's
hot corner occupant, Don Hoak,
and he's more likely to produce the
long ball.
Another top infield prospect has
been brought up from the minors
to further fill the gap if utility
man Jackie Robinson and short-
stop Pee Wee Reese begin to feel
their 37 years . Chico Fernandez
brings with him a .301 batting
mark for a full season at shortstop
last year at Montreal.
Montreal has also supplied Wal-
ter Alston's squad with their two
other best rookie prospects. Gino
Cimoli is rated a good chance of
solving the annual left-field prob-
lem on the basis of a 1955 average
of .306.
His competition - Robinson,
Sandy Amoros and George Shuba
-provides excellent outfield in-
surance behind such National
League stalwarts asucenter-fielder
Duke Snider and right-fielder Carl
Furillo.
Ken Lehman, with a '55 Mon-
treal hurling record of 22-9, is an
extra support to Brooklyn's already

solid mound corps. With reliefer
Jim Hughes as the only pitcher
over 30, the staff looks almost un-
beatable.
Even if some of the pitchers
don't fulfill expectations, there
should still be 'enough remaining
talent to take up the slack among
such stars as Don Newcombe, Billy
Loes, Carl Erskine, Carl Spooner,
Clem Labine, Roger Craig and Don
Bessent.
Catching No Problem
Catching should certainly be no
problem for the Dodgers. The
league's most valuable player, Roy
Campanella, is expected to repeat
his iron-man .300-plus perform-
ance of last year. Besides, Al
Walker and possibly rookie Charley
Thompson will be on hand to give
the great back-stopper occasional
relief.
The Yankees situation is just as
promising. General manager.
George Weiss made on important
trade, called up several minor
league flashes and has outstanding
returning servicemen to bolster the
American League champs.
Mickey McDermott is a good bet
to improve his 10-10 record with
last season's eighth-place Wash-
ington club. This seems to be all
that is needed to insure another
great year for the Yankee pitching
staff-a delicate combination of
youth and experience.
McDermott joins "Bullet" Bob
Turley (17-13), Don Larsen (9-2),
Whitey Ford (18-7) and Bob Grim
(7-5) in the nucleus of hurlers
under 28 years old.

Tommy Byrne (16-5), 36, and
relief-whiz Jim Konstanty (7-2),
39, (are the older mainstays of a
crew that set a league record for
fewest hits allowed in a season-
1,163 -- during the 1955 pennant
race.
In the infield a quantity of
talent is .available. Tony Kubek
and Army-returnee Jerry Lumpe
vie with proven utility man Gil
McDougald for the chance of
taking on most of the shortstop-
ping duties from Phil Rizzuto.
Jerry Coleman, service veteran
Billy Martin, Bob Richardson and
Andy Carey promise capable
handling of second and third base.
Yanks Strong At First
First base presents a similar
situation. The threesome that
combined for 41 home runs and
148 RBI's last year-Joe Collins,
Bill Skowron and Eddie Robinson
-returns along with rookie Mary
Throneberry who was a 36-homer
slugger at Denver.
With a regular outfield of such
good field-good hit men as Mickey
Mantle, Hank Bauer, Irv Noren
and Elston Howard, the Yanks
have solid first-line strength in
the garden. Serviceman Norm Sie-
burn and Lou Skizas, a .348 hitter
at Denver, are making serious
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the Yankee catching the best in
the league. Howard and Charley
Silvera supply better than average
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