WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 19-57
TnE micnIGAN DAILY
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This morning on
by steve heilpern
Det-oit Bows, 2-0, Montreal Defeats
Two Games Down New York, 3-1
Meet Mr. Fisher
R AY FISHER must detest the morning hours, for these are the hours
he spends at his modern office in the Athletic Administration Build-
Not that theire's anything wrong with the edifice on State and
Hoover-it's a pleasant place to do paper work-but Fisher is happiest
in his natural surroundings, Ferry Field.
I got these impressions as I spoke with him in early March.
The silver-haired coach of Michigan's baseball team nodded a
hello as I entered, then pushed the morning paper to a far corner of
"I read the paper when there's nothing else to do," he admitted.
Despite his years, Fisher seemed anxious to begin another base-
ball season. The oncoming campaign will be his 37th at Ann Arbor, but
he still retains a youthful enthusiasm for the diamond sport.
It was only to be a matter of weeks before he took his young ath-
letes away from the artificial spring of Yost Field House and into the
authentic outdoors of the baseball parks.
We talked briefly about Michigan's baseball prospects.
"Wish I knew how our pitching's gonna be," he muttered with a
pained expression on his face. "The rest of the team looks pretty good,
but pitching is the question mark.
; TThis young fella (John) Herrn-
stein may help us quite a bit. He's
!;a natural. He can pitch, play the
outfield, knock the ball a mile."
Fisher was beginning to warm
"Last year could've been a lot
better," he mused. "We wound up
r£in fourth, which wasn't too bad,4
but we had lost four extra-inning
games. That kinda hurts."
He changed position in his chair
and made a circular motion with
.hisright hand.kThe hand came to
M y rest on the desk,
"The infielders look up before
the glove a grounder once in a
while. Or they try to throw the
RAY FISHER ball before they catch it. Can't do
.."I've got to teach 'em" it and get away with it. Gives the
batter a free ride.
"I can't really complain too much about these elementary mistakes,
I guess. They do it every once in a while in the majors. Still, I've got
to teach 'em"
He has taught many of 'em. Dick Wakefield, Pete Appleton and
Don Lund, to name three. Fisher has been quite successful here, He
has won or shared 15 Big Ten championships and one NCAA title.
At Rickey's Suggestion.. .
THE STOOP-SHOULDERED COACH probably doesn't bare much
resemblance to the man whom Branch Rickey brought here in 1921.
Rickey, who was managing the St. Louis Cards at the time, had pre-
viously been Michigan's coach in 1913-14, and was still keeping close
tabs on his old school.
When Michigan was in need of a baseball coach, Rickey suggested
Fisher, who'd just retired from the Major Leagues.
"Coaching at a college wasn't new to me," Fisher recollected. "I
had coached a little football and basketball at Middlebury College, in
Vermont. Middlebury's the school I graduated from.
"Ann Arbor was different when I came here. So many new build-
ings have gone up in these years. A lot of the landmarks are still here,
though. Guess it's still the same place after all."
Then came a question I told him I was hesitant to ask. When was
"I've got nothing to hide," he answered with a twinkle in his eyes.
"I'll be 70 in October. Was born in 1887.Nope, nothing to hide."
His age is significant. A University law proclaims that the man-
datory retirement age for employees is 70. This would give the veteran
mentor two more baseball seasons, since he won't reach that age until
after the start of the next school year.
"Heard a rumor that they may waive the law, so I can't plan my
future yet. I better concentrate on the task at hand," He looked out
Fisher was born in the small town of Middlebury, so it was natur-
al that he didn't have to look very far for a college.
Fisher went to college "just to get an education." He took the
Middlebury liberal arts curriculum, was fullback on the football team,
and pitched for the baseball squad.
He received his sheepskin in 1910 and took the long jump-to the
New York Highlanders (now the Yankees)-one day after graduation.
"George Stallings managed us at the time," he recalled. "He made
me sit down beside him on the bench during every game. I didn't pitch
much for a while, but I learned a lot about baseball."
A Bunch of Lunkheads .. .
STALLINGS WAS TO LEAD the "Miracle" Braves to fame only four
years later, but was having less luck with the New Yorkers.
"We were bad," Fisher admitted. "Frank Chance managed us a
couple of years later. He was a fine manager, but he couldn't get us to
win. One day he roared at us:
"'I know there are lunkheads in baseball, but I didn't know they
were all on one ball club!"'"
Chance was obviously not including Hal Chase when he blurted
out his evaluation of the team.
It has been said that first baseman Chase, a great fielder, used toj
grab bunts on the third base line.
"Those stories are true," said Fisher. "Happened one day when I
was pitching. Had men on first and second when the batter tried to
sacrifice. Chase fielded the bunt on the third bese line and forced the
runner at third.
Fisher enjoys talking about the old ball players.
"I left New York before Ruth came, but I had pitched against him
when he pitched for the Red Sox. He told us he'd be a great hitter
some day. We laughed at him behind his back. I guess we were wrong."
Fisher, although with a second-division ball club through most of
his career, managed to make a name for himself as a pitcher.
"I was a curveballer," he said. "Used the spitter, tno. That was when
it was legal, After a few so-so years, I found myself, had an 18-12 rec-
ord one year~. Started off great the next year, but then I got an attack
"That was it. I licked the disease, but was never the same. Saw
service in World War I, then pitched for Cincinnati a couple of years.
Couldn't take the hot weather any more. So I called it quits."
"The game's changed a lot," he said as he leaned back in his chair.
"Lively ball now. Everybody hits 'em out of the park, This Mantle kid's
real good. Not durable, though. Take Cobb. He was durable."
The man1 on the other side of the desk was relaxed now. He was
enjoying himself. It's fun to talk about the past, especially if the Ma-
jors has been a part of it.
"Got to go home to lunch," he said after a while. He rose from his
Past and all, he seemed to be thinking of Michigan's current pitch-
ing problems as I thanked him and headed for the doorway.
C DCAI~ ci
... topped by Simmons
Set for Trip
Coach Ray Fisher yesterday
named the 19 baseball players who
will make the annual southern
The training trip has nine games
scheduled and takes in Delaware,
Virginia, Maryland and the Dis-
trict of Columbia.
The traveling squad consists of:
PITCHERS: Don Poloskey, Bruce
Fox, Jim Clark, Glen Girardin, Bob
Sealby, John Herrnstein and Dean
CATCHERS: Gene Snider and
INFIELDERS: Jim Vukovich,
Gary Starr, Capt Ken Tippery,
OUTFIELDERS: Al Sigman, Bill
MacPhee. Bob Ptacek and John
UTILITY: Robert Stabrylla.
Coach Matt Patanelli asks that
all freshmen interested in trying
out for baseball are to report to
Yost Field House between 3 and
4 p.m. on April 15. Players must
bring their own spikes, gloves and
Indianapolis (AA) 3, Kansas City 2
St. Louis 9, Cincinnati 2
Philadelphia 4, Chicago (A) 2
Milwaukee 8, Atlanta (SA) 5
Brooklyn 11, Pittsburgh 5
Chicago (N) 7, Baltimore 6
New York (A) 1. Boston 0
Cleveland 11, New York (N) 6
BOSTON (P)-Rookie goalie Don
Simmons backed goals by Real
Chevrefils and Vic Stasiuk with a
masterful shutout that carried
Boston to a 2-0 Stanley Cup hock-
ey victory over Detroit last night
and a bulging 3-1 lead in the best-
of -seven series.
Simmons, the icy-nerved 25-
year-old defender who turned in
two of his four regular season
shutouts against the Red Wings'
in 25 games, made 20 saves in a
great performance, topping De-
troit's goalie, Glenn Hall.
A capacity Boston Garden
throng of 13,909 watched Sim-
mons foil Red Wing ace Gordie
Howe in the second period with
the score 1-0 to highlight his ef-
Bouncing back from his seven-
goal shelling in the second game of
this semifinal series, Simmons re-
ceived bone -r a t t li n.g support
throughout the contest. particu-
larly from defensemen Bernie Fla-
man and Bob Armstrong.
With Detroit now trailing by
two games, it must win the next
three games if it is to gain the
finals against the winner of the
Montreal-New York series.
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MONTREAL (A)-Montreal's fly-
ing Frenchmen struck with dev- *
astating speed for three goals in
less than a four-minute span of
the thiud period to crush the Newk
York Rangers, 3-1, last night in
their National Hockey League
Stanley Cup semifinals match, The JACQUES PLANTS
Canadiens now lead the best-of-
seven series, 3-1. . . . makes 30 saves
Rookie Phil Goyette wrapped it
up for Montreal at 13:08, driving a !
backhand shot past the startled1a l Club
Ranger goalie, "Gump" Worsley
as New York defenses fell apart. W ins Opener
Rangers Score First
The Rangers, still smarting The Michigan Sailing team
from an 8-3 whipping at the hands opened 'the spring season last
of the champs last Saturday, weekend with victories over Notre
scored on their third shot on the Dame and Purdue in a series of
goal-a smash from the blue line team races held at South Bend,
by Bill Gadsby that went into the
net off teammate Andy Heben-
ton at 6:42.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, sent
40 shots at Worsley, firing hur-
riedly in the game's early stages,
but finally settling down to a
steady pattern that made it look
Led by veteran skippers Bruce
Goldsmith and Dexter Thede, the
Wolverines retained their high
position in collegiate racing circles.
Michigan will sail against the
national champion, Navy, on April
13-14, at Annapolis, in the Middle-
Frosh Gymnasts To Enter
AAU Meet Durin Vacation
Michigan's freshman gymnastics
squad will enter competition dur- Four of the Wolverines, Nino
ing the vacation, with six gymnasts Marion, Al Stall, Wolfgang Do-
seeking individual honors in the zauer, and Barry Feinberg will be
Michigan AAU Meet in East Lans- in the all-around action. This will
ing. mean competition in every event
Wolverine Coach Newt Loken except the trampoline.
will take the six to the Michigan Bill Skinner will concentrate his
State campus on Saturday, April efforts on the tumbling and free
13, for the competition. They will exercise events, while Cliff Neu-
be competing against gympasts man will be in the ring events.
from many of the Michigan col- All of these freshmen are prom-
leges, including Central Michi- ising gymnasts, and Loken pre-
gan and MSU freshmen. dicts they stand good chances for
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