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April 03, 1958 - Image 3

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Bruce Bennett
Boros Happy at Birmingham;
Eyes Fall Return to Detroit
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St. Louis Takes
Lead in Playoffs
ST. LOUIS (MP)-A 34-point third
quarter made the difference here Bob Pettit, former NBA scoring
last night for the St. Louis Hawks champion, was high scorer with
as they took the third game 111- 32 points, 18 of them in that big
108 over the Boston Celtics in the third quarter.
National Basketball Assn's. best of During that period the Hawks
seven championship series. moved from a 49-49 halftime tie
The Hawks lead 2-1 in the series, to an 83-75 lead.
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Michigan's baseball team takes off from Willow Run tonight for
Florida for ten days of spring training and when coach Ray Fisher
herds his team onto an airplane for the first time in history, he'll be
minus one worry he'd probably be glad to live with for the next couple
of months.
Steve Boros, captain-elect of this year's team, won't be aboard this
time, so Ray won't lose any of his already sparse gray hairs fretting
over whether the slugging infielder will make the plane. Steve was a
notoriously late arriver for trips the last two years and if it hadn't
been for the easy-going Fisher and the graciousness of his teammates,
he might have been left at home more than once.
Gains Major League Experierce .. .
As most everyone knows by now, the reason Boros won't be in
Michigan's infield this spring is that he forfeited his final year of
college eligibility to sign a bonus contract with the Detroit Tigers last
June. He appeared in 24 games for the Tigers last summer and hit a
slim .146.
Over the winter, the bonus rule, which shackles players receiving
more than $4,000 for signing to the big league team for two years, was
repealed and made retroactive. After subbing for the injured Frank
Bolling at second base in several exhibition games this spring, Steve,
who played ball all winter in
Mexico, was assigned to the Birm-
ingham Barons of the Class AA
Southern Association for season-
Is Boros unhappy at the pro- '
spects of going to the minor
leagues? Does he have any regrets
about having grabbed the Tigers'
bonus offer and passing up his
final year of ball in college? Noty
Steve Boros.v
From reading the letter I re-
ceived from the Flint athlete thisĀ£
week, I got the impression that
he's tickled to be given the op-
portunity to play every day at >
Birmingham rather than ride the
Detroit bench and that if he hadu
it to do over again, he'd follow the
same course he took last summer.
He's looking forward to a fine,
season at Birmingham and pos-
sibly a September return to Briggsf
"I think minor league experiencef
is definitely the best preparation ?
for the majors," Steve says. "The|||
biggest reason is that the minor
league clubs play at least 140 STEVE BOROS
games a year. This is the big ad- ... the Birmingham Baron
vantage. It's not the coaching,
because some of the most qualified men in baseball are in college
coaching jobs."
Steve went on to explain his reasons for turning professional last
summer, saying that the extra year in school would mean that he'd
be a year older when he started his professional career, that he'd
possibly be inducted into the army immediately upon graduation, and
that he might never have gotten a decent start on a career in the
Boros hopes to finish up his remaining two semesters of school
during the off season, paying for it "with my substantial baseball
salary and not requiring help from my parents." He still has the army
ahead of him, but by the time he's inducted, he'll have some solid
professional experience under his belt.
Sees College Ball 'Boom' ..,
He expressed a keen interest in the possibility that -someday the
colleges may play a summer-long schedule, pointing out that such an
arrangement would keep many good ball players in college where
they would be getting an education as well as good baseball experience.
Steve hasn't been the oily college ball player to pass up remaining
eligibility for professional careers. In fact, so many college players
have signed contracts that college officials are crying loudly for legisla-
tion that will restrict the pros from coming in and signing up college
stars. Boros is emphatically against any such measure, saying, "This
kind of set up would deny the college ball player the freedom to decide
his own future."
Boros makes some good sense with these comments. College base-
ball officials are sometimes overly selfish in wanting to keep a player
in school four years. Naturally, they have his education in mind. But
after all, college really boils down to preparing young men and women
for their future careers and if a boy seeks a career in baseball, there
shouldn't be a rule restricting him from advancing it while he attends

This year, for the first time in
a long while, Michigan wrestling
coach Cliff Keen was blessed
with several outstanding and ex-
perienced freshmen wrestlers who
were former state high school
"I can't remember when we had
so many boys who were state
champions," said Keen. "If they
develop, our prospects look ex-
ceedingly good for next season."
The men Keen refers to are
123-lb. Gordon Swix, 130-1b. Am-
brose Wilbanks, heavyweight Guy
Curtis, 160-lb. Don Courrierre,
157-1b. Dick Fronczak, 177-lb. Carl
Fink, and 147-1b. Jim Blaker.
All Champions
Swix, W i l b a n k s, Fink and
Fronczak were all Michigan state
titlists. Swix is a little fellow who
weighs only 115 lbs., but he is ex-
pected to gain enough weight to
reach 123 lbs.
Fink saw action in the Michi-
gan AAU meet in "Detroit two
weeks ago and tied for second in
the 174-lb. division, while the oth-
er Michigan state champion,
Fronczak, has seen little action
thus far.
From Pottstown
The 160-lb. Courrierre hails
from Hill High School in Potts-
town, Pa. This is the same school
that Conference Champion Max
Pearson attended. Courrierre also
wrestled in the AAU meet, win-
ning the 160-lb. title.
Finishing second in the 147-1b.
class in the AAU meet was Bla-
ker, an Illinois state champion,
while heavyweight Curtis is an
Indiana state champ.
"What excites me most," said
Keen, "is that we have several
other boys besides these state
champions who are outstanding."
Two of these men, 147-1b. Wil-
fred Hildebrand and 177-lb. Den-
nis Fitzgerald won first, place in
their respective divisions at the
recent AAU meet.
Born in Germany
Hildebrand was born in Ger-
many, came to Toledo, Ohio, when
he was in the eighth grade. He be-
came interested in wrestling
there, finishing second in a state
high school tournament.
Fitzgerald's only grappling ex-
perience came from the Marines,
before his recent discharge. Coach
Keen has high hopes for both
these boys.
Other wrestlers singled out by
Keen as good prospects are 137-
lb. Jay Young, and 123-1b. Bart




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