THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1944
TH E MICHIGAN DAILY
Stage First Scrimmage
Coach Fritz Crisler and Staff Well-Pleased;
Tough Schedule Looms for Maize and Blue
By BILL MULLENDORE
With one of the most gruelling
schedules in Michigan's grid history
slated to open in a little more than
two months, head Coach Herbert O.
Crisler stepped up the pace of sum-
mer practice yesterday by ordering
the first scrimmage for his squad of
The hour-and-one-half scrimmage
followed out Crisler's statement of
Tuesday that contact work would
begin as soon as the weather became
cooler. As showers broke the wave
of near 100-degree heat, the squad
donned pads and went to work.
Crisler divided his men into two
groups of white and red-shirted per-
fbrmers and shuttled them on and off
the field in an effort to get a definite
line on his material while actually
seeing them under fire.
Following the long session, Crisler
and the rest of the coaching staff
seemed well pleased with what they
saw, considering, that practice has
been in progress a little less than two
weeks. Further scrimmages will be
held as weather permits.'
The early opening of contact work
emphasized the fact that the season's
opener against the Iowa Seahawks
Sept. 16 here is not very far in the
,offing. This is the one of earliest
opening dates in the history of Mi-
Only One Open Date
The schedule runs for 11 weeks,
closing Nov. 25. Only one open date
is included, a between-semester's
break on the weekend of Oct. 21.
Michigan will open its season
against the formidable Seahawks ag-
gregation. The Wolverines have met
the Seahawks only once, going down
before a Bernie Bierman-coached
team, 26-14, in 1942.
Pre-To Lighers Always Tough
The Iowa Pre-Flight school al-
ways boasts a top-flight, star-stud-
ded outfit and has compiled enviable
records in the past. Last fall; they
tasted defeat only once, being out-
lucked by Notre Dame, 14-13.
Following this stern opening test,
the Wolverines will journey to Mil-
waukee for a game with Marquette's
Hilltoppers under the lights. Mar-
quette- is returning to Michigan's
schedule after an absence of several
Are Defending Title
With two tuneup tilts under their
belts, the Maize and Blue squad
will then move into a defense of its
Big Ten laurels, shade jointly with
Purdue, a team which is expected by
most observers to make a strong bid
for a repeat performance. Two all-
civilian squads, Indiana and Minne-
sota, will provide the opposition in
the first pair of Conference tilts.
Oct. 14 will find Purdue invading
Michigan in the feature attraction
of the home season. There was much
agitation for a post-season tilt be-
tween the Wolverines and the Boiler-
makers bo decide the chaipionship
last :eal n, and all Maize arid Blue
fans are looking forward to a meet-
ing of the two Navy-laden squads.
Game To Be Played Here1
Ar. errlier attempt by the Cleve-E
land Alumni Association to have the
game transferred to Cleveland's Mu-
nicipal Stadium has been sidertacked
in favor of the original plans to play
it in Ann Arbor.
The next weekend Crisler will take
his charges to Franklin Field, Phila-
delphia for a renewal of the always
series. Although there wil be no
more of the famed duels between
Tom Harmon and Frank Reagan
to enliven the show, this game prom-
ises a lot of excitement if it follows
the pattern of former encounters be-
tween the two schools.
Notre Dame Amitted
The Wolverines will close out the
season with three more Conference
foes, meeting Illinois, Wisconsin, and
Ouio State, all traditional rivals, in
that order. The final gams. against
the Buckeyes at Columbus, will be'
played Nov. 25, winding up the most
difticult schedule since Crisler took
the rein as Wolverine Athletic Di-
Last year, Michigan played nine
contests, winning eight and losing
only one. The defeat was a 35-12
shellacking at the hands of Notre
Dame in the feature tilt of the cam-
paign. The Irish are not on the
Welverine card this fall.
Promising Navy Trainees
Engage in Cage Practice
Since the beginning of the seme-
ster a select group of Naval trainees
who showed particular interest and
ability in basketball during the last
semester are practicing under the
watchful eye of Assistant Coach Bill
Among those who reported is vet-
eran Tommy King. Dick Rifenberg,
an all-stater from Saginaw, will join
this group later, as he is now a can-
didate for the football squad.
In the near future civilians will be
permitted to participate in these
workouts. For the present, however,
this group will consist of only Navy
men who are allowed to choose a
speclfic sport in which they wish to
concentrate as a part of their physi-
cal training for the Navy.
BASEBALL HEADS MEET-Judge Kenesaw M. Landis (seated), com-
missioner of baseball, Ford Frick (left), National League president, and
William Harridge (right), Anerican League president, meet at a joint
conference of officials of both leagues in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Heffner Refuses to Report
To Pacific Coast Ball Club
DETROIT- (AP) -Fritz Crisler has
started his seventh year as Michi-
gan's football coach, which makes his
present stay the longest of his career.
He spent six seasons at Princeton and
two at Minnesota Don Heffner, who
started the season as Detroit's second
baseman, refuses to report to Los
Angeles of the Pacific Coast League
and has retired to his home at Ar-
cadia, Calif. Heffner contends the
Tigers unloaded him a month before
he would have become a 10-year man
in the majors. Cpl. Orson Smith,
former Flint sandlotter, is the lead-
ing pitcher and batter on his regi-
mental team at Fort Sill. Okla.
After 18 years as Grand Rapids
DETROIT, July 12-(AP)--Lanky
Dick Wakefield, runnerup for the
1943 American League batting cham-
pionship, will be back in left field
for the Detroit Tigers tomorrow in
the opener of a six-game series with
the Chicago White Sox.
Wakefield, the former University
of Michigan slugger who drew a
$52,000 bonus for signing with De-
troit three years ago, received an
honorable discharge last week from
the Navy in a cutback of the avia-
tion program. While awaiting a
date with his draft board, Wakefield
will play with the Tigers.
Wakefield, who batter .319 for
Detroit last year and drove in 79
runs, played this season with the
Iowa pre-flight team. In a workout
today he appeared to be in excellent
With Wakefield in left field, Jim-
my Outlaw will move to center field,
benching the veteran Roger Crainer.
The news of Wakefield's return
offset two disquieting reports at
Briggs Stadium. Pinky Higgins pull-
ed a muscle while pinch hitting in
last night's All-Star game and will
be out of action for several days.
Joe Orengo will replace him.
Paul Trout will face Orval Grove
of the Six in tomorrow's game which
is a twilight affair at 6 p. m. (EWT).
The clubs play an afternoon game
Friday and double-headers Saturday
With Injured Ankle.
CHICAGO, July 12.- ()- Al-
though x-ray pictures showed there
was no fracture, doctors today ad-
vised Francisco (Pancho) Segura to
refrain from playing tennis for at
least a week to give his severely
sprained left ankle a chance to
Ottawa Hills High school football?
coach, Lowell Palmer is retiring to
the classroom. Alien "Boots" Tave-
ggia, formerly of South High, will
replace him. Bill Barclay, former
state amateur champion, who is the
new manager of the University of
Michigan course, intends to make his
pro debut in the Michigan open
championship next month.
Football, football everywhere:
There will be college football games
in Michigan this year from August
until the snow flies.
Alma College plans to open its
season in August in order to complete
its schedule by October, when the
Navy makes its next transfers. Alma
starts practice next Monday.
Michigan State, returning.to foot-
ball, wilt open practice Aug. 1 but
Athletic Director Ralph H. Young
says there will be no games until
October. The Spartans plan four
weeks of summer practice, followed
by a two-week vacation before fall
Only mild mannered players will
face the Detroit Tigers in an exhi-
bition game next Monday at Battie
Creek. Members of an all-star sand-
lot team were nominated' by the um-
pires. Win, lose or draw, Gov. John
W. Bricker of Ohio, Republican vice-
presidential nominee, has come to
the Michigan dressing room after
each Ohio State football game to pay
respects. Coach Crisler and his staff
disclosed these visits when someone
brought up the suggestion that Mi-
chigan's Tom Dewey and Bricker be
invited to attend the fall classic
cheduled Nov. 28 at Columbus.
Swing to Pro
DELAND, Fla~ July 12.-()-Lt.-
Comm. Jock Sutherland, who has
played and coached in both fields,
forecast today that college football
after the war will look a lot more
like the professional game.
"The pros have learned what the
fans want to see," explained Suther-
land, who is in charge of the U.S.
Naval rest center here.
"College football is still all right,
but it has been a little slow in know-
ing what the fans want. Profes-
sional football is more spectacular.
It packs more of a thrill because it is
more of an open game. It gives more
opportunities for scoring.
Comm. Sutherland, who coached
the University of Pittsburgh Pan-
thers to some of their greatest vic-
tories and later was mentor for the
Brooklyn Dodgers professional team,
said many college coaches are press-
ing the national rules committee to
swing the collegiate game into line.
Out For 1944
To Turn on Lights
For Rest of Season
PITTSBURGH, July 12-(AP)-
Night world series games may be I
just around the corner but baseball!
men streaming out of town today
agreed 1944 definitely was not the
Although the major leagues agreed.
to unlimited after dark play cory
day except Sunday at their joint
confab before last night's National
League 7-1 all-star triumph, none
of the clubs are considering an "owl
ball" classic in October.
The St. Louis Cards and Browns
who pace the majors but suffer at
the box office will turn on the lights
for the rest of the season but will
play in the sunshine if an all-sports-
man's park series should result.
"Why think about night world ser-
ies games if you can pack the park
in the daytime?" queried president
Sam Breadon of the Cards.
Jimmy Conzelman, who came over
from professional1football to become
assistant to president Don Barnes
of the Browns, sounded the same
note, predicting success at the gate
if Luke Sewell's men can hold any
part of their 2/2 game lead to the
"Anyhow, it's too chilly in October
to play after dark in St. Louis," was
Brownie officials were more con-
cerned with the possibility of break-
ing their record of never winning a
"I think we have a good chance to!
do it," Conzelman commented. "Our!
real strong point is defense with!
George McQuinn, Mark Christman
and Vern Stephens playing great ball
and Don Gutteridge ready to hit his
real stride soon.
"We've had our spotty streaks and
there had to be some good breaks
connected with our early season win
streak but every other club in the
league blows hot then cold. Don't
forget we're home the last 15 days
of th, season, from Sept. 15 on, with
the eastern teams winding up in the
Despite the loss of George Munger
who entered the service yesterday
and Max Lanier's arm trouble, the
Cards were rated a "shoo-in" by all
hands. Even Breadon admitted it
was nice to be able to give Lanier a
rest without worrying too much.
When the Mayor of Pittsburgh in-
vited the all-star crowd back for the
world series in the fall, Pirate fans
chuckled underneath a roar of ap-
proval. It has been done but a 10/2
game deficit offered little hope.
QIakih the t~ouhd4
By HANK MANTHO
Daily Sports Editor
This col"m is Written by Bill Mullendore, sports night editor.
THE OUTCOME of Tuesday night's Major League All-Star game was no
surprise to anyone who has followed the relative performances of the
two loops through the first half of the season. Just as the past several cam-
paigns have been American League years. 1944 is definitely the time for the
National circuit to howl.
So it was no great shock that Billy Southworth's aggregation
trounrced its less potent rival so convincingly. Indeed, it would have
been something of an upset had the American Leaguers come out on
the long end of the score. The 7-1 count, by the way, was the most lop-
sided pasting in the 12-game history of the classic, being approached
only by the 8-3 licking the American League handed its older brother
in the seventh game.
IN SPITE of the fact that it yielded nothing exciting in its outcome and
not too much in the way of good baseball, the 12th "dream game" pro-
duced some interesting sidelights. Perhaps the most unlooked-for of these
was the cousinly way in which the National Leaguers greeted Hal New-
houser, Detroit's ace pitcher and the leading hurler in the Junior loop as far
as games won are concerned. Newhouser was clubbed for three hits and
three runs in his one and two-thirds innings stint. He was in continual hot
water while on the mound.
Then there is the case of Tex Hughson, iron-man of the Boston
Red Sox pitching staff. Hughson entered the game in the fourth inning,
following Hank Borowy's fine performance of whitewashing the opposi-
tion for three frames, and breezed through his first stanza in apple pie
order. But in the fifth the Nationals found Hughson's fast ball to their
liking and produced five hits and four runs before Manager Joe McCar-
thy could bring in Bob Muncrief to put out the fire.
T WAS LEFT to Rip Sewell and the "ephus ball" to provide the comic
relief of the evening, and Sewell responded in grand style, delivering
three of his famed-20-foot high floaters. One was a ball, while the other two
found the plate. First baseman George McQuinn bunted the third "haunted
herring" and was promptly thrown out for his pains.
Hero of the night, and at the same time something of a goat, was
Phil Cavaretta, first sacker of the Chicago Cubs. Cavaretta enjoyed a
perfect night at the plate, pounding out a single and a triple in two
official trips. He also drew three passes from generous American League
moundsmen. This performance was dulled somewhat when Cavaretta
was thrown out twice at the plate while trying to score. This only added
to the general confusion which leads us to comment that the "dream
game" turned out to be something of a nightmare.
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