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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1956

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE T 5

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1958 THE MiCHiGAN DAILY PAGE THREE

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NCAA Swim Mee t Tonight;

M'Nine HeasSouth

I-M SPORTLIGHT
... by ,john. hiflger
A QUICK LOOK at the schedule of spring sports reveals that the
Michigan track team will play host to Indiana on May 12.
However, more will take place at Ferry Field that day than
meets the eye. As a part of the program, a sort of miniature Olym-
pics will be held, involving natives of several countries now attending
-' the University, participating in some sports which aren't too common
around here but nevertheless interesting and exciting to the spec-
tator.
Two Relay Races . . .
1j- CONFORM with the track and field atmosphere, there will be
two 800-meter relay races. The first will find teams representing
India, Japan, Burma, and Chile competing. Turkey, Venezuela, Paki-
stan and the Philippines will vie in the second.
But there will be other events, too. A cricket game will be staged
between England and India, and this will be followed by a rugby
football contest between Australia and Canada.
The last event scheduled is a lacrosse game, with the teams being
formed #rom the intramural lacrosse league. And individuals inter-
ested in participating in these events, provided, of course, that they
meet the obvious qualifications of origin, are most cordially invited
to do so.
Parties interested in the track, cricket or lacrosse should phone the
Sports Building--NO 3-4181-after vacation period. Those interested
in rugby may contact Bill Deane at NO 8-9080.
* * * *
Immediately after spring vacation terminates, the four spring
sports-softball, tennis, golf, and horseshoes-will be getting under
way in all divisions. In addition, there will be all-campus golf, tennis,
and horseshoes competition, as well as a hardball league.
In softball alone, there will be five leagues. Forty social fraterni-
ties will be competing; 22 professionals; 20 independent groups; 21
residence balls aggregations; and 18 faculty units.
The softball will be played in regular leagues, with playoffs at the
end, as in football, with no "A" or "B" levels, Horseshoes and Tennis
will be held on a straight elimination basis.
The golf will be held on one day-Saturday, May 19-although
it has been a tradition that it usually runs over to the next day.
The hardball leagues will be formed simply by throwing names
together at random. Those interested in hardball should inform the
office at the I-M Building.
An interesting question has arisen pertaining to the softball
competition. Several participants have indicated that they would
prefer the slow-pitch, 16-inch ball conditions to those now in effect,
employing the faster pitching and a harder, 12-inch ball.
The faculty league, in fact, may adopt the 16-inch rules for this
season, Polls are being taken in most of the other organizations
among the men to determine what their preferences are.
Fast Ball Vs. Big Ball ..
WHAT THE CONTROVERSY may boil down to is this. Many of
the houses-especially in the Greek-letter groups, some of the
smaller houses-find it difficult to come up with a pitcher every year
who has the ability to blaze the ball past the batters with control.
Without the fast pitch, several of these teams would surely be on an
even basis with some of the more athletically-inclined ones.
Several of the team members will have to decide whether winning
means more to them than playing the type of game which they enjoy
most, although some may prefer the slow-pitch version, anyway.
Regardless of the fact that the purpose of intramural sports is to
provide students with an adequate recreational medium, it is ad-
mittedly true that it's no fun to lose. Thus it shouldn't come as too
much of a surprise if some of the less successful, athletically speaking,
decide in favor of 16-inch softball.
At any rate, it should be an interesting season.
ThVree Leuermen To Lead
Wolverine Netters to Dixie1
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EIGHT PITCHERS:
Squad of 19 Makes Trip

COACH GUS STAGER
...swimmers go East

New Haven
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Ohio State Favored;
Michigan Sends Eight.

By JIM BAAD
At 6 a.m. this morning, baseball
Coach Ray Fisher hustled 19 bal1-
players into four cars and tookoff
for the sunny southland and some
experience outside before taking
on the regular 24-game schedule.
Making up the four-car caravan
are eight pitchers, two catchers,
five infielders, and four outfielders.
This will form the nucleus of
Fisher's squad for this season..
Larger But Weaker
Bill Thurston, Jim Clark, Glen
Giradin, Dick Peterjohn, Mark
Ferrelli, Don Poloskey, Dean Fink-
binder, and Boyd Schertzer make
up the pitching contingent.
Fisher rates his staff as a little
weaker than what he had last
year. He feels it is the same
material minus his ace lefthander,
Mary Wisniewski, who was lost
through graduation.
"It's a real tough problem right
now," says Fisher. "The rest of the
team looks pretty solid. We'll see
just - where we stand during the
trip south, and then we'll know
where we need the most work."
The "solid part" of Fisher's
team is made up of Gene Snider
and Don Rembiesa sharing the
catching duties, Moby Benedict,
Ken Tippery, Steve Boros, Bob
Sealby, and Frank Ronan trading
off in the infield. Bruce Fox,
Howie Tommelein, John Artz, and
Al Sigman will play in the out-
field.
Snider is expected to turn into
a top notch catcher for Fisher this
year. An excellent defensive back-
stop in 19'55, Snider didn't produce
at the plate, hitting only .229. More
is expected of him this year, how-
ever. Rembiesa is only a sopho-
mbre and as yet untried.
Benedict and Tippery were both
regulars around the keystone sack
last year. They were effective on"
defense and shortstop. Benedict,
who is this season's captain, hit
.290. Roman played the role of
utility infielder throughout the
'55 campaign.
New faces in the infield are
Boros and Sealby, both of them
only sophomores. The former is
Fisher's choice to play third base,
if he produces as expected. Sealby
is a potential starter at first.

-RAY FISHER

Tommelein and Fox are expected
to fill in their old slots in left
and center field, but a newcomer
to the Michigan baseball scene,
who will start in right ,is Al Sig-3
man.
Known as a tackle on the football
squad, Sigman had not reported
for baseball until this spring. "I'd
never seen him before," said Fisher.
"In fact I have yet to see him catch
a fly ball. His hitting has looked
-all right, though, so I plan to give
him a chance.
That rounds out the team that
is ;oing south. It will be a rusty
team, too, that plays Delaware this
Friday. When the umpire yells
"Play Ball" for this initial contest,
it will be the first time this year
that Michigan will have played
outside and also its first chance
to play together as a unit.

-Daily-Peter Song
MICHIGAN'S INFIELD (from left to right) is Frank Ronan,
utility infielder; Moby Benedict, ss; Ken Tippery, 2b; Steve Boros,
3b; and Bob Sealby, lb.

Grid Drills
Lure Kramer
From Track
By JOE GREENOUGH
Spring football has cost track
coach Don Canham the services of
versatile Ron Kramer.
However, Canham indicated yes-
terday that Kramer might join the
trackmen late in May when they
defend their Big Ten title in Min-
neapolis.
In the event that he makes this
trip, he will be used in the shot
put -event in which he competed
last year.
New Additions
Michigan's outdoor track pros-
pects have their brighter side too.
The addition of three weightmen-
Dale' Eldred, Ken Bottoms and
Chi# Jung-promises to bolster the
squad, especially in the discus
event.
Eldred has thrown the platter
150 feet, while Bottoms has tossed
146. Jung, a former state discus
champion from Illinois, recorded
140 feet in the event as a fresh-
man.
Another addition is Fred Potter
who last week, won the 65-yard
high hurdles in the fraternity in-
tramural track meet in the record
shattering time of :08.7.
Canham also added that he
might switch quarter-milers Bob
Rudisell and Bob Brown to new
events. If he does, Rudisell will be
used in the low hurdles and Brown
will enter the sprints.
The team will open its season
next week with a dual meet against
the Quantico Marines. The com-
plete 1956 outdoor track schedule
is as follows:
TRACK SCHEDULE
April 3-Quantico Marines at Quantico
April 6-7-Quantico Relays at Quantico
April 21-Ohio Relays at Columbus
April 27-28-Petn and Drake Relays
away
May 5-Marquette and Chicago Track
Club, home
May 12-Indiana, home
May 18-Michigan State Dual Meet
Relay at East Lansing
May 25-26-Western Conference Meet
at Minneapolis
June 15-16-NCAA Meet at Berkley,
California
June 29-30-Olympic Trials at Los
Angeles, California

By AL WINKELSTEIN
Yale's Payne Pool in New Haven,
Conn. will be packed for the next
three days with almost every top
collegiate swimmer in the nation.
The occasion for this gathering
is the annual NCAA swimming
championships which open today
and run through Saturday.
O'Reilly Swims Tonight
The opening event on the pro-
gram is the 1500-meter free style,
which is scheduled for tonight.
Captain John O'Reilly will swim
for the Wolverines but he is not
given much of a chance for the
title.
George Breen of Cortland State
Teachers is regarded by many ex-
perts as a virtual cinch to take the
title, with his toughest competition
expected to come from Bill Wool-
sey of Indiana, Pete Duncan of
Oklahoma and Jim Robinson of
Yale.
The seven other Michigan com-
petitors this weekend include Mike
Delaney in the butterfly-stroke,
Jim Thurlow in the orthodox
breast stroke, divers Charles Bates,
John Narcy, and John Murphy,
free-styler Fritz Myers, and back-
stroker Jim Kruthers.
Ohio State figures to retain its
National title, but the Buckeyes
face strong opposition from Yale,
with Oklahoma, Indiana, and Iowa
being given outside chances for
honors.
Michigan, under coach Gus
Stager, surprised everyone in the
Big Ten meet with a secdnd place
finish and is hoping to pull another
big upset in the NCAA meet.
However, the eight-man Wol-
verine team is not rated as one of
the contenders, and it would take
another effort as good if not better
than its Big Ten performance for
the Wolverines to finish anywhere
near the top.
Three defending titlists will ap-
pear at the meet including two
from OSU, Al Wiggens, in the in-
dividual medley, and Fletcher
Gilders in the one-meter diving.
The other returning titlist is
Rex Aubrey, an Australian star,
swimming for Yale in the 100-
yard free style.
Backs Rose Bowl
LAFAYETTE, Ind. W)-Pur-
due University faculty members
voted "almost - unanimously"
for the continuation of the Rose
Bowl contract agreed upon
March 2 at East Lansing by the
Big Ten athletic directors.
Purdue is the first Big Ten
school that has held the faculty
vote which is requested of each
school as confirmation of the
action of the athletic com-
m ittee. '

By JIM BENAGH
It was 35 years ago, in the spring
of 1921, that Ray Fisher put his
Cincinnati uniform in moth balls
for good in order to take the
coaching reins of the Michigan
baseball team.
Fisher quit the major league
circuit after compiling a record
of 99 victories against 95 defeats
as a right-handed hurler for 10
years with the New York High-
landers (now the Yankees) and
the Redlegs.
Salary Disagreement
Mainly because of a salary dis-
agreement with the Redleg front
office, the then 32-year-old Fisher
said good-bye to the majors. In
doing so, Ray became one of the
very rare group that refused to
go back to the majors because of a
money dispute.
Fisher was faced with a problem
that spring of 1921 . . . he had
never seen any of the members of
the Wolverine team play before.
But with a marvelous job of man-
aging he led the team to a second]
place finish, only one-half game
behind the league leaders.s

with good pitching, would be the
equal of his best teams-the late
20's teams that were led by Bennie
Oosterbaan. Fisher rates Ooster-
t- an his greatest player along
with another 14ember of the pres-
ent football coaching staff, Jack
Blott.
If this year's team is anywhere
near the equal of a "good Fisher
team" it will have to be great. On
paper, Fisher has compiled one of
college baseball's truly great re-
cords.
In his 35 seasons at the helm,
he has 15 Conference champion-
ships and his teams recorded 609
victories in 873 games. Nine of
those titles were amassed in the
last 15 years, including a national
championship in 1953. That season,
he was named "coach of the year."
But his love for the game is
above the victories. Highly ad-
mired by his colleagues in the
coaching field,,Fisher doesn't fret
about the hard work in the coming
campaign, but says "We have fun
on our spring trip. Everybody has
a good time."
His fun in the sport is also shown
by the fact that he did not quit
playing himself until this year!
He used to go out and pitch a few
innings occasionally, and is re-
membered for his fine four-inning
performance a few years ago
against the alumni team.

RAY FISHER
... his 36th season

SPORTS SHORTS:
Syracus - Wins in NBA

Yesterday, the illustrious coach
paced back and forth in Yost Field
House, preparing the Michigan
squad for its spring trip. As in
other springs, the 68-year-old
coach had hardly a moment to
spare.
He looked over his squad and
said in his drawl-type voice, "never
worked more with a pitching
staff." He went on to explain that
this would be a weakness this year
and added, "We flivered last year
on a chance to get a title.'
Fisher felt that'this year's squad.

GOLFERS
PRACTICE
RANGE
NOW OPEN
on US 23 and Packard Pd.

SYRACUSE, N. Y. (P)-The
Syracuse Nationals fought off a
blistering Philadelphia rally last
night for a 108-104 victory over
the Warriors.
This win squared their eastern
division semifinal playoffs at two
wins each in the National Backet-
ball' Association.
The deciding game of the best-
of-five series is scheduled at Phila-
delphia tonight. The winner meets
either Fort Wayne or St. Louis,
who close their western playoffs
also tonight at Fort Wayne.
* * *
Women's AAU Here
Finals in the Michigan AAU
women's swimming championship,
held here for the first time, will
begin in the University's Women's
pool tonight at 8 p.m.
Swimmers will come from 12
teams throughout the state and
include several Olympic hopefuls.
University coeds will swim for
the Ann Arbor Swim Club entry.

The club is coached by Rose Mary
Mann Dawson, daughter of Matt
Mann, former University of Michi-
gan and Olympic swim coach.

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By DIANE LaBAKAS
A well-balanced Michigan tennis
team will leave on its spring tour
of the South tomorrow before re-
turning to prepare for defense of
its Big Ten title.
The netmen will play Vanderbilt,
Georgia Tech, and Georgia before
opening their regular season
against -the University of Detroit
April 26.
Lose Five
Despite the loss of five varsity
men, three of whom won Big Ten
crowns last season, the Wolverines.
have acquired the services of four
capable replacements.
John Harris, Dale Jensen, Dick
Cohen, and Larry Brown have all
received high praise from Coach
Bill Murphy and will be fighting
for the three remaining positions
on the team.
The top three positions will be
occupied by juniors Barry MacKay,
Marke Jaffe, and Dick Potter,
Michigan's one-two-three punch.
MacKay, who was recently
chosen to the 12-man U.S. Davis
Cup squad, teamed with Potter last
year to win the Big Ten doubles
title. He later teamed with Jaffe
to reach the National Collegiate
Doubles semi-finals.
All three players have improved
over the summer and will pose
strong threats to both the Big
Ten doubles and singles titles.
t - One of Coach Murphy's prob-
lems will be to find a doubles duo
that can replace the number two
Big Ten champion doubles combi-

nation of Bob Nederlander and Al
Mann. He will have to pick this
from the new group.
Of the four men, Harris, a soph-
omore from Washington, tD.C.,
with considerable experience, ap-
pears to be the best prospect.
Brown ,a transfer student from
Cornell, where he played the num-
ber three position, is also rated an
excellent doubles player by Mur-
phy.
Hard-hitting Jensen, a senior
from Chicago, could be a big help,
if he steaqies down, said Murphy.
Murphy is - also looking for help
from Cohen, a junior, who has
improved considerably since last
season.
Putting all these players to-
gether, prospects look "fairly
good," declared Murphy.
The Wolverines' home schedule
this season includes matches
against the University of Detroit,
Western Michigan, Wisconsin, In-
diana, Illinois, and Michigan State.
The netmen will close the season
against Northwestern, May 19, ,be-
fore opening defense of their Big
Ten title at Minnesota, May 24.
EXHIBITION BASEBALL
Detroit 15, Philadelphia 5
New York (N) 6, Baltimore 5
Cleveland 8, Chicago (N) 7
Pittsburgh 5, Brooklyn 2
Milwaukee 7, Chicago (A) 4
Boston 7, Kansas City 2
Washington 6, New York (A) 4
St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 4

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