MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1957
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By RUDE DIFAZIO
Take some rainy weather, spill
it in a cauldron, boil it in the fire
of a Big Ten baseball race, toss in
a sporadic pitching staff, spice,
with a mid-season slump of a top-
flight hitter, and just as the pot is
about to simmer drop in an ineli-
It doesn't sound too good?
It isn't, it's only second beft.
This was the brew the Michigan
baseball team got into.
Going into the final weekend,
ra had so ma'rred the schedule
that seven of the teams had a
chance for the crown. Bul, the
weatherman, following his own
special "script, eraed six of the
ten games scheduled for the final
Thus Northwestern backed into
the title with a 5-2 record, playing
performances in the Big Ten sea-
son. Don Poloskey went the dis-
tance in the first Conference game
against Ohio State, winning, 14-4,
and Jim Clark pitched a complete
game in losing to Illinois, 4-1, in
a second game of a doubleheader
that went seven innings.
The Wolverines also dropped the
first game of the twin bill to the
Illini for their first loss to an.
Illinois team in six years.
Drop to Third
This was the third week of the
season and dropped the Blue to
third place with a 5-3 record.
It also marked the beginning of
the hitting slump for sophomore
John Herrnstein. The pitcher-cen-
ter fielder had been called by
Fisher "the. best player I ever
coached," and Herrnstein lived up
to this praise for the first two
weeks of the Big Ten campaign.
But at Illinois' he started a
string of hitless appearances at
bat that reached 23 before he was
benched at East Lansing, in a
rained-out incomplete game that
went only 4% innings.
The following weekend Michi-'
gan scored six runs in the seventh
and eighth innings to eke out a
7-6 win over Minnesota. The heros
were Steve Boros, hard-hitting
shortstop, and Girardin, who won
won his third game in relief.
The next day the Wolverines
met league-leading Iowa-,in what
was scheduled as a doubleheader.
But the first game was delayed
one hour and 10 minutes by rain,
and the second game had to be
The two teams slugged it out in
a constant drizzle. The game ended
in an uproar when Iowa strike-out
artist Don Dobrino walked in the
winning run in the bottom of the
tenth to give Michigan a 9-8 vic-
tory. Girardin was the winner
again in relief.
This put Michigan back in first
place with a 7-3 record, but
Northwestern by virtue of a rained
,ut doubleheader with Wisconsin
moved into second a game -behind
The last weekend of the season,
arch-rival Michigan State came to
Ann Arbor and dimmed the "M"
title hopes with a 3-1 triumph..
The next day at East Lansing the
two teams got in 4% innings. of a
doubleheader before the rains
came and washed the Wolverines'
title hopes down the Red Cedar.
Michigan was leading at the
The week preceding the MSU
game Ferry Field was rocked with
the news that Al Sigman; hard-
hitting, 26-yr.-old right fielder,
had been declared ineligible. Six
'years earlier he had held a con-
tract with a Class D minor league
team for two days.
After the season Michigan's two
leading hitters signed professional
Captain Ken Tippery signed with
Baltimor'e, while Boros signed a
bonus contract with Detroit for a
Tippery, All-American second
baseman, lead the Conference in
runs, doubles, home runs and
RBI's. He was tied with Boros for
the lead in hits, and he finished
second among the Conference reg-
ulars with a .429 batting average.
Boros was third with .400.
Jim Dickey, second-string catch-
er, led the whole Conference with
a batting average in excess of
.500, though he didn't get the re-
quired number of at-bats. He and
Gene Snider, number-one catcher,
will return to give Michigan
strength behind the plate.
Other returnees whoishould sup-
ply the Wolverines with strength
are pitcher Dean Finkbeiner, out-
fielder Ralph Hutchings and third
baseman Ernie Myers.
The Michigan team led the
Conference in hitting with .280. In,
addition they were tops in runs,
hits, doubles, home runs and RBI's.
But Northwestern led them in
what proved to be the most impor-
tant factor of the 1957 season,
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less than half of the 15-game sea-
son, their two losses-at the hands
The Wolverines finished in a
three-way tie with Iowa and Illi-
(nois for second place with a 7-4
All season long coach Ray
Fisher fretted over his up-and-
down hurlers. And all season long
they remained on the brink of
stardom, but never took the
p . Five of First Six
Their best efforts were in the
first two weekends of the season.
They won five out of six, including
double wins over Indiana and
Northwestern, and a single win
over Ohio State. The loss was to
Wisconsin, the first to the Badgers
in five years.
Ace left-hander Glenn Girardin
was the big gun, winning both
ends of the doubleheader with In-
diana in relief. Over' the season
he won two more in relief.
This points up the fact that the
Wolverines lacked a pitcher that
could go all the way.
They had only two complete
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