BATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Michigan-Michigan State Rivalry
Hot Again with Snider Suspension
To Four Hits
Hickmans' Sudden Death
Surprises 'M' Coaches
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry flares anew today and the
current score will be settled on the diamond at Ferry Field this
afternoon. Michigan's baseball squad is bristling after a one-round
tussle in East Lansing yesterday at which Michigan was on the re-
ceiving end of a staggering blow before the opening bell.
The Spartans from the north made a clean sweep yesterday, cap-
italizing on Michigan's overanxiousness and ineptness on the ball
field to claim a 4-2 win after Michigan's star catcher Gene Snider
had been sidelined by the Big Ten.
Snider was slapped down by the Conference at the instigation of
Coach John Kobs of Michigan State, who questioned the number of
semesters the Hamtramck athlete has competed for Michigan. Big Ten
Commissioner "Tug" Wilson handed down the decision just before
Enrolled When Freshmen Were Eligible ...
In a nutshell, here's the situation. Snider came here in the spring
of 1951, when freshmen were eligible for varsity play. He was on the
squad that year but didn't play. That summer he went in the service
and didn't return to school until September, 1954.
He was the regular catcher on the 1955-56-57 baseball teams and
Michigan officials, thinking he still had four years of eligibility,
flashed the green light for him to compete this year. But the Big Ten
claims he forfeited his fourth year by staying out of action as a fresh-
Snider's loss is a severe blow to Michigan's chances this spring.
The steady receiver wields a big bat and his presence in the lineup
relieves Jim Dickey for outfield duty. Now Dickey must catch and
the outfield is that much weaker.
Irate Coach Spurns Gift.. .
Coach Ray Fisher was burned by .the timing of the ruling. Snider
had made the trip to State and was ready to suit up for the game
when word was received. Scheduled to receive an award in a pre-
game ceremony from Michigan State for his long service to college
baseball, Fisher told Kobs that he couldn't accept their gift in light
of the circumstances. "I'm no hypocrite," Ray snarled. "I've always
said what I mean and now with this, I couldn't go up there and say
I am happy about the situation."
Meanwhile, the Wolverines played a ball game yesterday, too,
and Fisher got a fine performance from soft throwing Nick Liakonis,
the sophomore lefthander from Detroit Southeastern. A pair of walks
in succession in the fifth inning spoiled an otherwise auspicious debut
in Big ''en circles for Liakonis. The Spartans put singles on each end
of these walks to push across the winning margin.
Fisher has been doubtful about his sophomore laden pitching
staff all year, but on the strength of Liakonis' performance in the
opener, much of his fear could be dispelled. Big John Herrnstein and
probably sophomore Al Koch will draw the pitching assignments in
today's doubleheader and their performances will go far in determin-
Ing how far Michigan will go in the Big Ten season.
Spartan Hurler Staggers . . .
Actually, Michigan could have claimed yesterday's game on sev-
eral occasions. The Wolverines had winner Ron Perranowski on the
ropes in four innings, but only in the sixth could they manufacture
any runs. They left eight men stranded in the other three frames in
which they threatened.
Today's games, which get underway at 1:30 p.m., should provide
some of the best action seen on the Michigan diamond in recent years.
Besides the score left to be settled from yesterday's game, Michigan
veterans remember how the Spartans knocked last year's team from
the title with a 3-0 victory.
Tippery, Nicholson Teammates ...
BASEBALL NOTES ... Here's the rundown on Michigan's alum-
ni in professional ball. Detroit bonus player Steve Boros is the regular
second baseman for Birmingham in the Southern Association. Last
year's captain, Ken Tippery, is back with Knoxville in the South At-
lantic League, where he hit .299 last summer. A teammate is Dave
Nicholson, the $150,000 Baltimore bonus player.
Also playing in the Class A South Atlantic League Bill Thurston
and Moby Benedict, both with Detroit's team at Augusta. Dick Le-
May, a Michigan freshman last year, is pitching with Corpus Christi
in the Texas League. He signed a San Francisco pact last winter.
Two of Michigan State's better players this spring are ex-foot-
ballers Dean Look and Don Gilbert. Look, a powerfully built center-
fielder, swings a mean bat, while the husky Gilbert is a rifle-armed
By DAVE LYON
(Continued from Page 1)
Wolverine southpaw Nick Lia-
konis came through with a good
pitching performance, giving up
only four runs and eight hits. If
Michigan could have displayed a
minimum of the robust hitting, it
had shown this season, Liakonis
would have come home a winner,
but this was not the case.
Michigan State got to Liakonis
for three runs in the fifth inning
when he gave up a single and two
walks to fill the sacks. Spartan
l e f t f i e l der John Fleser then
stepped to the plate and lined the
first pitch to centerfield for a
single, scoring two runs. Don Gil-
bert followed with a fielder's
choice to score the Spartans'
fourth and final run.
Fisher was pleased with Lia-
konis' showing because pitching
is supposedly Michigan's weak-
ness. He said, "Liakonis did a
good Job, but our hitters let us
down badly, especially when we
needed clutch hits."
Michigan scored its two runs
in the sixth inning on a triple by
Dave Brown. With one out and,
one on, the sophomore third
sacker boomed a long drive to
deep right-centerfield, driving in
a run and ending up on third
base. Bob Sealby followed with a
walk and then attemtped to steal
second, drawing a throw from the
catcher. Brown raced home to
score Michigan's second and fi-
nal run of the game.
Yesterday's game was played at
old College Park which is located
on the banks of the Red Cedar in
the heart of the Michigan State
campus, about a stone's throw
from the infamous, at present, un-
marred statue of "Sparty."
It was a clear but cold day with
a chill December wind blowing
across the field. This caused Ber-
muda clad fans to use blankets
and other garments to cover their
NEW SPORTS EDITOR-Al Jones was appointed last night to
succeed Jim Baad as Daily Sports Editor. Selections of Daily
Sports Editor and Associate Sports Editors were made by the
Board in Control of Student Publications.
Newv Sp-vorts Editor
Associate Sports Editor Posts
Given to Coleman, Riseman
Al Jones, '59, was chosen Daily Sports Editor by the Board in
Control of Student 'Publications for the school year 1958-59 at its
annual appointment meeting last night.
The Board also named Si Coleman, '59, and Carl Riseman, '59, to
the positions of Associate Sports Editor.
Jones, a junior in LS&A, is majoring in social studies and expects
to teach history, social studies, and English on graduation. Jones is
21 years old and hails from Ann Arbor.
Michigan coaches were shocked
yesterday at the sudden, death of
Herman Hickman, sports com-
mentator and former football
coach at Yale.
Hickman died yesterday after-
[ noon in Washington, D.C., from
complications resulting from an
ulcer operation earlier this week.
The news of Hickman's death
was "a shock to me," said Head
Football Coach Bennie Oosterbaan.
"I can't speak too highly of him.
"He was a fine coach, an under-
standing fellow, and a friend of all
persons interested in athletics."
From his contact with Hickman,
football Line Coach Jack Blott
described him as an "outstanding
coach and a great storyteller and
"You couldn't be around him
without feeling his great person-
ality," Blott said. "He will certain-
ly be missed by a lot of people
that followed the game."
Head Baseball Coach Ray Fisher
said, "I didn't know him person-
ally, but I know he was very well
liked by everyone who did know
Hickman, a former grid starat
the University of Tennessee, en-
tered Providence Hospital March
28 after being stricken with an
ulcer attack at La Plata, Md.
He then was en route to Florida
with Mrs. Hickman.
Attending physicians said the
rotund, jovial sports commentator
underwent an operation last Mon-
day and had been in satisfactory
condition until Thursday.
Then he suffered an acute
hemorrhage in the esophagus, the
tube leading down into the stom-
Bleeding was controlled, the doc-
tors said, but because of "severe
liver and kidney complications"
his condition remained critical.
Hickman was coach at Yale un-
til the summer of 1952. He quit
for a public relations job. He was
already a TV personality, a spin-
ner of yarns and quoter of poetry
-some his own-on a quiz show
Drawing on a vast fund of in-
formation while amusing listeners
with a country-boy style, Hick-
man continued to conduct his own
sports commentaries on radio and
He also became football editor
of Sports Illustrated and origi-
nated that magazine's silver anni-
versary all star feature, giving
recognition to famous football
players of 25 years ago.
String, 6 -5
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO-The flustered Chi-
cago White Sox snapped a five-
game losing streak yesterday,
whipping the Kansas City Ath-
letics 6-5 in 12 innings after scor-
ing three times in the ninth to
send the game into overtime.
Red Sox Win, 2-0
BOSTON-Poised Pedro Ramos
fattened his winning record
against Boston by pitching Wash-
ington to a 2-0 victory yesterday
while former Red Sox players Albie
Pearson and Norm Zauchin fur-
nished the offensive punch.
* .. Associate Sports Editor
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LINE SHUFFLES CERTAIN:
Grid Team Scrimmage
To Feature Experiments
He has been with The Daily
as a night editor for the pasts
Michigan's golf team will meet
Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana
head on in a quadrangular meet to
open the Big Ten golf season today
Earlier this spring Indiana de-
feated both Purdue and Ohio
State and as a result they will be
the favorite in today's meet. Mich-
igan Coach Bert Katzenmeyer
looks for strong competition
amongst all three teams in a meet
which he rates as a tough battle.
Weather is expected to play a
large part in the proceedings as
the Columbus forecast calls for
wind, rain, and cold. The severity
of the elements could easily be the
deciding factor in the meet.
The Wolverines, who defeated
Detroit 22-5 Wednesday, will
throw a different lineup at their
opponents today. The match
against Indiana will be a six
player match, while Michigan will
be meeting Purdue and host Ohio
State in seven-man matches. All
three contests will be played in 36,
The Wolverine line up will be,
number one, Captain Stan Kwasi-
borski; number two, Pat Keefe;
number three, Ray Lovell; number
four, Dick Bitcer; number five,
Larry Markman; and number six,
Larry Leich. The seventh man for
the morning round will be Chuck
Blackett, who played number one
against Detroit, Wednesday, while
Dave Britigan, who played two
against the Titans, will play in the
seventh spot in the afternoon
By SI COLEMAN
Michigan's football forces wil
engage in their second scheduled
scrimmage of the spring seasor
this afternoon at 2 p.m.
Much work has to be made up
because the weatherman played
havoc during the week and caused
the cancellation of two practices.
However, the two cancellations.will
not detract from the total number
of workouts permitted by the
Today's scrimmage will afford
Head Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
the opportunity to continue his
experiments at several positions.
The chief experiment is being
carried out at center. The loss
through graduation of Gene Sni-
der and Jerry Goebel has left the
supply of material at that position
As a result, Oosterbaan is using
the spring workouts to good ad-
vantage, attempting the possibility
of converting other players.
Byers Moves to Center
Jim Byers, standout fullback on
last year's varsity, is trying to
apply his talents at center. If the
conversion of Byers is successful,
Michigan would have two of the
top linebackers in the Big Ten
playing on the same unit next fall
--Byers and captain-elect John
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Michigan State 1 0 1.000
Purdue 1 0 1.000
Minnesota 0 1 .000
Illinois 0 0 .000
Ohio State 0 0 .000
Indiana 1 0 1.000
Northwestern 0 0 .000
Iowa 0 0 .000
MICHIGAN 0 1 .000
Wisconsin 0 1 .000
Michigan State 4, Michigan 2
Purdue 9, Wisconsin 8
Indiana 3, Minnesota 1
Michigan State at Michigan (2)
Purdue at Northwestern (2)
Iowa at Indiana (2)
Minnesota at Ohio State (2)
Illinois at Wisconsin (2)
Sports Staff for three years, serving
school year. Jones' sports interest
-stretches beyond his Daily activi-
ties. He has spent several summers
as Athletic Director at Camp
Manitou near Cheboygan, Mich.,
and is active as a participant in
the Ann Arbor city sport leagues.
Coleman, a junior in pre-law in
LS&A, has also spent three years
on The Daily Sports Staff, the
present of these being in the
capacity of night editor.
Active in Fraternity
The 20-year-old from Allen-
town, Pa., is also quite active in
his fraternity, Tau Delta Phi, in
which he now holds the office of
Riseman is a junior in LSA
majoring in history and plans to
attend law school. He has been
with The Daily three years.
A native of Dryden, Michigan,
the 20-year-old Riseman is now
residing in Detroit. He is also a
member of Tau Delta Phi fra-
Jones is succeeding James Baad,
'58, as Sports Editor. Coleman
and Riseman are succeeding Bruce
Bennett, '58, and John Hillyer,
'58, as Associates.
By The Associated Press
A swift-striding Australian who
wasn't supposed to run, Alex Hen-
derson of Arizona State at Tempe,
shattered the American collegiate
two-mile record at the 49th Drake
Relays yesterday in Des Moines.
Another American collegiate rec-
ord was bettered when Cliff Cush-
man of Kansas won the 440-yard
hurdles in 52.3 seconds. The for-
mer collegiate and Drake record of
52.4 was set by Bob de Vinney of
Kansas in 1952.
Henderson, 25, a last-minute
sophomore entry, ran a brilliant
8:51.3 race in breaking Drake's
19-year-old record for the two
miles, oldest running mark on the
Meanwhile at the Penn Relays
in Philadelphia, fabulous Ron De-
laney ran a 4:06.5 anchor mile,
made up 35 yards in the process
and enabled Villanova to win the
distance medley relay as the Penn
Relays-a three-ring track and
field circus-opened on Franklin
Michigan's only man competing -
yesterday at Philadelphia was
Geert Keilstrup, who finished sec-
ond to Eugene Martin of Man-
hatten in the two-mile run. Mar-
tin's winning time was 9:23.5.
The Wolverines other two con-
testants, pole vaulter Mamon Gib-
son and hurdler Pete Stanger com-
nat tnr .
W L Pet.
New York 7 3 .700
Washington 5 3 .625
Kansas City 6 4 .600
Detroit 6 5 .545
Cleveland 6 5 .545
Baltimore 4 5 .444
Chicago 3 7 .300
Boston 3 8 .273
Chicago 6, Kansas City 5
Baltimore 2, New York 1
Cleveland 12, Detroit 2
Washington 2, Boston 0
Detroit at Cleveland
Kansas City at Chicago
Washington at Boston
New York at Baltimore
nished the offensive punch.
W L Pet. G1
x Chicago 6 2 .750 -
x San Francisco 6 3 .667
Milwaukee 6 3 .667
Cincinnati 4 4 .500 2
Pittsburgh 4 5 .444 2
Philadelphia 3 5 .375 3
x Los Angeles 3 6 .333 3
x St. Louis 2 6 .250 4
x Notsincluding last night's game
Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 0
Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 3
St. Louis at Los Angeles, inc.
Chicago at San Francisco, inc.
Philadelphia at Milwaukee
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Chicago at San Francisco
St. Louis at Los Angeles
The scrimmage will also pro-
vide a chance to work on the
point-after-touchdown play. With
the new scoring rule in effect,
much alternation will be applied
to the scoring play, and spring
football workouts are. being used
to test new plays.
Outstanding Freshmen, Varsity Thinclads
Compete in Michigan Open Here Today
By BILL ZOLLA
A giant field of two hundred
and twenty trackmen will be en-
tered in the first running of the
Michigan Open Track Meet.
The top competitors around the
state will be present for the event
which begins at 1 p.m. at Ferry
Headlining the field will be the
brunt of the Michigan varsity
squad plus the finest freshman
team in Wolverine history. Assist-
ant Coach Elmer Swanson, run-
B owlin Team
ning the meet in the absence of
Head Coach Don Canham, who
is at the Penn Relays, was opti-
mistic about his team's chances.
"We are favored in three events
and will have a good chance to
place in all of them," said Swan-
son. "In the pole vault, Eeles
Landstrom will be a heavy favor-
ite, and Doug Kyle should not have
too much trouble taking his speci-
alty, the two-mile run," added
"Tom Robinson, record-break-
ing freshman sprinter, will also be
favored in his events," declared
"In the 880-yd. run, Earl Deer-
dorff and Bruce Fischer should
Strong contingents from other
Michigan track teams will be
competing and they are not with-
out their individual favorites.
Mark Smith, former NCAA high
Jump champion from Wayne, now
representing the Detroit Track
Club, is picked to take his event,
and Ed Henley of Western Michi-
gan College is favored in the
Eastern Michigan College be-
came a late entry in the meet
when it was decided that star
hurdler Hayes Jones would be
unable to compete at the Drake
Relays. With Jones out, Coach
eonie a rshallwithdrew the re+ t