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PAG'E SiX!

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRI'AY, APRI191957

'Nine's
GOPHERS WITH PROBLEMS?

Conference

Chances

Hinge

on

Pitching

Fisher Fears Hurling Still Weak-

By RUDE DIFAZIO
An old baseball axiom says a
good team is strong up the middle;
catching, pitching, over second
base and centerfield.
By this rule we can draw a line
on the strength of the Michigan
baseball team and its chances in
the Big Ten race.
Catching is adequate, Gene Sni-
der is a competent receiver: who, at
25, has the savvy to handle the
younger pitchers on the squad -
something badly needed.
Coach Ray Fisher bemoans the
fact that his pitchers are not up to
Big Ten standards. They must
show improvement for the team
to better last year's fourth-place
finish.
In returning lettermen Bruce

Fox, Don Poloskey, Glenn Girar-
din and Jim Clark Fisher has ex-
perience. But they must do better
than last year.
Fox and Poloskey had identical
2-1 records last year but Fox rank-
ed 12th in earned run average in

decided, hinging on the pitching,
Herrnstein, and the continued
good showing by Boros.
Big Ten Outlook
What of the rest of the teams
in the Conference?
Minnesota, the defending Big
Ten titlist and NCAA champion,

the 9re Iie...
WITH DAVE GREY
The Baseball Saga
BASEBALL, baseball, and more . . . just read today's sports page,
or any sports page any of these days, for that matter. The Major
League season is back with us again. How can we miss it?
Most of us are caught in the phenomenon of following profes-
sional baseball. Yet how often do we sit down for a moment to realize
some of the implications of this mass spectator sport?

the Conferencewitn2.,whleI was expected to mimic the Yankees

Poloskey was 19th with 3.43.
At second base Ken Tippery is
one of the better performers in the
conference.
At shortstop, Fisher's, experi-
mental moving .of Steve Boros
from third base has paid off.
In center field John Herrnstein
is still a question mark. He is hit-
ting only .179 but some of these
nits have come at vital times.
So Michigan's fate is still un-

L'

and run-away with the crown
again this year but it came back
from its Southern swing through
Texas with two wins and two ties
in seven games.
The Gophers' trouble seems to
be down the middle. Pete Badali
was considered their shortstop but
inadequacies at second base have
forced him to be moved there;
Ohio State, last year's runners-
up, have only three returning let-
termen outside of pitchers, with
catching a major weakness.
Wisconsin CouldSurprise
Wisconsin, the number three
team last year, is the club that
Fisher thinks could surprise every-
one and take the crown.
Northwestern, which finished
fifth last year, has a fine pitching
staff coming back, led by Dale
Pienta, but the Wildcats appear
to be weak at bat."
Of the other teams - Indiana,
Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, and
Illinois - the Hawkeyes and the
Spartans appear to be the ones
who have made the most improve-
ment.
Illini Might Surprise
Illinois might surprise if its vic-
tory over Mississippi's NCAA
quarter-finalists this past week
is any indication.
In any event, the Big Ten battle
for the championship should be
quite a fight, now that Minnesota
appears to be faltering. Ohio
State, by the way, is not eligible
for NCAA participation in any
sports.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY
Illinois College of
OPTOMETRY
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classes beginning September 9,
1957 are now being received.
Three year course
of professional study
Leading to the Degree of
Doctor of Optometry
Requirements for Entrance:
Two years (60 semester hours or
equivalent quarter hrs.) in spe-
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WRITE FOR BULLETIN
TO: REGISTRAR
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Technology Center, Chicago 16, II.

--Daily-Charles Curtiss
SAVVY AND 9URPRISE-Gene Snider (left) at 25 provides the Wolverines with seasoned know-how
behind the plate and Steve Boros (right) has been a surprise at short after his switch from third.
Together with Ken Tippery, they supply Michigan with needed strength up the middle. Uncertainity
about the pitching staff and John Herrnstein's ability at the plate leaves the team's future in the air.
1929 TRIP:
Baseball and Kimonos

(This is the concluding part, of a
two-article series concerning the 1929
trip to Japan made by Michigan's
baseball team.)
By FRED KATZ
Or August 29 the touring Mich-
igan team sighted Japanese land,
and during the next four weeks
encountered experiences which
could not be envisioned in its most
exotic dreams.
Nary a man was allowed to even
carry his own luggage after he
left the ship. The men still had
their hands full, however, auto-
graphing everything from hand-
kerchiefs to kimonos for the de-
lighted natives of the island.
Many Parties
Almost every dignitary of Japan
threw parties in honor of the vis-
itors. A typical fete included
shark's fins, barnacles, and sea-
weed, all delicacies. They also had
enough sukiyaki to last them a
lifetime. This was all eaten with
the aid of chopsticks, naturally,

while they squatted on silken
cushions.
A "must" for every tourist of
Japan is a visit to that land's
greatest institution, the Geisha
house, and the Wolverines made
certain not to bypass any of this
traditional hospitality. They were
surprised to find that the girls
were quite adept in performing the
dances that were sweeping Ameri-
ca in the late '20s.
As for the main order of busi-
ness, baseball, the men from
Michigan proved to be a tremen-
dous drawing card, bringing in
as many as 35,000 fans in games
against Keio, Gojo Club, Waseda,
Meiji, Tokyo Club, Yokahama,
Nagoya Club, and the Ocean Club.
Waseda Meant 'Trouble'
Waseda was the only team to set
back Michigan, whipping the
Americans, 4-2, and then tying
them, 2-2. The Wolverines
emerged victorious in their other
nine contests.

Fisher pointed out that the
baseball used by the Japanese,
and during the series, is slightly
smaller than the customary nine-
inch ball used in the states. How-
ever, it appeared to bother Michi-
gan not at all.
The noticeable characteristic of
the host players themselves was
their lack of power at the plate,
thereby limiting their brand of
ball to primarily defensive. Coach
Fisher also pointed out that their
pitchers were not fast but were
extremely "cute."
A couple of players of note were
members of the 1929 club. Bill
McAfee, the leading hurler of the
mound corps, later signed a con-
tract to play professional ballcand
went as far as triple-A ball. Ernie
McCoy, also on the roster, later
gained fame as head coach of
Michigan basketball.
Future Trip?
How about a future overseas
baseball excursion? Fisher is def-
initely in favor of it. Although
plans have not yet begun to ma-
terialize, it is reasonable to pre-
dict that a trip could be made
within a very few years.
This time, however, it would
have to be financed by the State
Department;
When and if this takes place,
the last line of Louis Elbel's "The
Victors," might have to be
changed to include "Champions
of the East."

Food for Thought...
BASEBALL makes our lives more interesting; it gives us something
to talk about with friends either in casual conversation or in
deeper, analysis. It gives us something to speculate over, to second-
guess, and even to argue about.
Baseball, now especially with
so much television, is an ideal
recreational pastime. It's some-
thing to seek out in the morning
or afternoon papers. You can lis-
ten to, watch, or go to it almost
as much now in the evening as in
the afternoon. Some fans have.
even gone to the point to suggest
occasional games in the late
morning to accommodate those:
people who start on the late aft- 4.
ernoon work shifts.
Baseball is something that we
can follow in black and white.
There is no element of doubt when w
the statistics book can tell us who
did what, when, and where. It's
mapped out clearly; and, if we
are hurried, it takes only a glance
to tell us what is going on. How
many sports or similar activitiesSW ING
in season in the United States oc-. oWiG
cur so regularly as baseball? . . . of the times
The game itself is a unique one. The time element tends to be
a little tiring, but not seriously so. It is paced slow enough so that
there is time between every pitch -- time for anticipation. It is a very
easy game to follow as compared with other sports, such as football.
A Sense of Finality...
BASEBALL, as with most athletics, has a sense of finality and com-
pletion to it. In contrast to our daily lives which are not so cut-and
dried, baseball has a definiteness. No two games are ever alike, and
it seems as if no two situations are ever quite the same. There is the
ever-popular underdog, and' baseball, too, does not play against a
clock that can put matters out of the realm of possibility.
Baseball has identification for your home town or for personali-
ties. It offers something to root for with as much energy as you may
want: For many fans, old and young, baseball is a galaxy of stars
to be gazed upon. For the youngest fans, baseball is a game of heroes,
men to admire.
And over the recent years, baseball has helped become a pioneer.
ing symbol for freedom where the individual is rated on what he can
contribute and not how he talks, looks, or believes. Baseball, in a small
way, is democracy in action.
For those of us that have participated in the sport, it is a chal-
lenging activity that ties brainwork, teamwork, and individual ail.
ity into an interesting knot.
And for the boys on the playgrounds, baseball makes a con-
crete contribution to our society. Besides the advantages of activity,
it teaches many things. Fair play and learning to win or lose gracefully
are things that can be best found out in practice. With the greater
emphasis on sandlot baseball, there are probably many more youths
who are able to stay out of trouble, while father and son throwing a
ball in the back yard is still another positive factor.
The tradition of baseball is Americana. Look for it. Feel it around
you.

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