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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,19.59,

THE MICIGAN DILY MO-A--- SETEMBER---19-

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WELCOME STUDENTS
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during your 4 years on campus
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Four
By JOE GREENOUGH
With four out of the six regular
starters returning, Michigan's golf
team should enjoy another suc-
cessful golf season next spring.
These four, Captain Steve
Uzelac, John Schubeck, Fred
Micklow and Skip MacMichael,
provide the squad with a strong
nucleus of veterans, and once
more Michigan promises to be a
power to be reckoned with in the
Big Ten title chase.
In addition, Stan Kwasiborski,
who saw a good deal of action

Lettermen

Spark

Golf

Hopes

last year, will add depth to the
team.
Sophomores Move Up
Several members of last season's
freshman team are also possible
varsity material. Three of them,
John Law, Arnold Nedelman and
Pat Keefe, are especially good
prospects.
Last year's campaign had its ups
and downs, but it ended on a very
satisfactory note when Michigan
stroked its way to a .second place
finish in the Big Ten meet at
Evanston, Ill.

The dual meet season featured
three triangular meets with Pur-
due and Ohio State. At the end of
these matches the three schools
each had identical records of three
won and three lost in their com-
pitition against each other.
Big Ten Meet Close
The Big Ten Meet was rated a
toss-up between t h e s e three
schools and turned out to be just
that.
Half of the 72 holes were played
on the first day, and at the half
way mark Michigan was in a third,

place tie with Michigan State be-
hind Purdue and OSU. At this
point the Wolverines trailed the
pace-setting Boilermakers by 16
strokes.
On the second day of competi-
tion the Wolverines passed OSU
andl managed to pull within seven
strokes of the winners, Purdue.
Only a record-tying perfor-
mance by Purdue's great Joe
Campbell, the defending NCAA
[champion, kept Michigan from go-
ig all the way. He shot a brilliant
281 to finish 16 strokes ahead of
the low scorer for the Wolverines,
Schubeck.
Balance Apparent
Michigan's team balance was
apparent as three men finished in
the top ten scorers. Schubeck led
the way with a total of 297-good
for a fourth place tie in the indivi-
dual rankings.
Both Captain Bob MaMasters
and Micklow fired 301 to end up
in a three way deadlock for eighth
place.
Not So Good In NCAA
The Wolverines did not fare as
well in the NCAA finals as they
did in the Big Ten. Fred Micklow
was. the only team member to
reach match play.
Micklow fired a 74-77 for a 151
total to qualify for match play
but was eliminated in the first
round by Don Sechrest of Oklaho-
ma A & M 2 and 1.
Steve Uzelac just missed qualify-
ing for the final rounds with a 155
score. Other Wolverine totals were
Captain Bob McMasters, 77-80-
157; Stan Kasiborski, 80-79-
159;Skit MacMichael, 83-77-160;
and Henry Loeb, 85-79-164.

Veteran Linksmien

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CAPTAIN STEVE UZELAC

FRED MICKLOW

JOHN SCHUBECK

SKIP MacMICHAEL

MUCH DIAMOND GLORY:
Coach Fisher's Career Begun in 1921

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By AL JONES
He's dean of the Michigan,
coaching staff.
Back in the spring of 1921, 33-
year-old Ray Fisher arrived at
Ann Arbor fresh from the Cincin-
nati Reds to coach the Wolverine
baseball squad. To his surprise he
discovered that the team had al-
ready left for its southern practice.
trip.
After a quick consultation with
the Board of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics, Fisher hurried south to join
the team. It didn't take long for
him to estabilsh firm hold of the
situation, as that 1921 squad fin-
ished the Conference season in
second place with a 10-2 record.
Consistently Fine Teams
Since that time Coach Fisher
has been turning out consistently
fine teams. During his long span
at Michigan the Wolverines have
played 873 games, and his life-
time coaching average is .628. In
the battles with each Conference
school, his teams have won a ma-
jority of the games played.
Fisher is apparently a man who
improves with age. During his first
20 seasons at Michigan he develop-
ed six Conference champions, but
since 1941 he has seen nine of
his teams in the crown room.
In 1953 he was formally recog-
nized with baseball's highest hon-
or, "Coach of the Year".
Many Thrilling Moments
Known as the "Vermont School
Teacher" because he tought sub-
jects at Springfield Academy and
Newton Military Academy during
the off season, Fisher had many
thrilling experiences in organized
baseball.
He pitched his first, major
league game against Ed Walsh, the
great spitball king of the Chicago
White Sox. He pitched a remark-
able game for a rookie, but Walsh
allowed only two hits, and Fisher
went down fighting. Later he lost
Roberts Given
Aid by Fisher
Possibly the most famous pro-
tege of baseball Coach Ray Fisher
never wore a Michigan uniform.
Philadelphia Phils' Robin Rob-
erts, whose collegiate hurling days
were spent at Michigan State,
credits Fisher with polishing him
into a major league star.
Fisher took him to New Eng-
land in the old Northern League.
It was there that the Wolverine
coach discovered great talent hid-
den behind Roberts' awkward-
ness.
Not only did Fisher develop that
talent, but even more recently
Roberts returned to Ann Arbor
for advice from Fisher when his
pitching problems were unsolved
by the Phillies coaches.

some fine games to Christy Math-
ewson and Artie Nehf.
Although it may seem that he
lost every time he pitched a good
game, that was the case only with
these three rivalries. Following
service in the Air Force he was a
member of the Cincinnati Reds
,until he came to Michigan.
Coached Many Fine Players
Fisher has coached many fine
players in his 36 years at Michi-
gan -Some of the most successful
big leaguers were Dick Wakefield,
Pete Appleton, and Don Lund.
Even with these players in his
past, Fisher believes that the two

best collegians he ever coached
were Bennie Oosterbaan, present
Michigan football coach, and Jack
Blott, the Wolverine line coach.
Fisher, now 68-years-old, plane
to coach two more years at Miohi-
gan, and then follow the regular
retirement route when he reaches
the Michigan age limit of 70.
Still exceedingly spry for a mari
near retirement, he can be found
any spring out on the diamond
working out with his squad. He
still takes a turn at pitching, and
makes a habit of hitting ground-
ers to the infield before games.

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RAY FISHER
*. dean of Michigan coaching ranks
Sisler Still Considered Best
All-Time M Diamondman

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One must look back more than
four decades to find the most
outstanding Michigan baseball
player in the school's history.
Major leaguers Don Lund and
Dick Wakefield have been among
the recent stars produced by Coach
Ray Fisher, but they are put into
obscurity by the feats of one
diamondman who played before
the Fisher era-George Sisler.
No one since Sisler has earned
the rating of "the greatest player
ever to wear a Wolverine baseball
uniform" from the Daily. No other
player has ever brought so much
attention from major league scouts
to Ann Arbor.
Hitting Well Known
Sisler's hiting exploits are known
everywhere. As a major leaguer
for the St. Louis Browns he twice
topped the .400 mark in batting to
lead the American League. His
lifetime average for 15 years in the
majors was a hefty .340.

With Michigan, Sisler's three-
year hitting mark was equally im-
pressive. He ended his final season-
with the Wolverines-1915-with
a .360 record.
But a hitting average was only
one of Sisler's claims to immortal-
ity at Michigan. Sisler was also a
great pitcher. Coach Carl Lund-
gren would alternate him from left
field to the pitchers mound for
every other game.
Just a few samples from his
final Wolverine season are suffi-
cient to demonstrate Sisler's fabu-
lous overall ability.
Split with Cornell
Sisler hurled two of the four
games that Michigan faced- Cor-
nell that year. He won one and
lost one. However, his loss was by
a scant 2-1 margin and he did
manage 16 strikeouts over the
route in that game. His victory
was a one-hitter, 2-0.
Against Syracuse, Sisler struck
out 20 in a 12 inning 2-2 deadlock.
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