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, JULY 4, 1944



iIlJiX 4, 1944 PA~

olverine Linksmen Place

Third In NCAA Golf Tourney


* * * * * *
Lick Upsets Jenswold
Fo r Indivlual Honors
Notre Dame Wins Title by One Stroke;
Tom Messinger Defeated in Semi-Finals

The Wolverine linksmen, pre-tour-
tour-ent favorites at the NCAA golf
champinships held June 26, 27, and
20 at the Inverness Country Club
course in Toledo, finished third be-
hlid the foursomes of Notre Dame
and Minnesotan.
The Irish had a team total of
311 to edge out the Gophersby one
strokce. Michigan total was 318.
It wasn't until Robert Terry, the
last man to finish the qualifying
round, turned in his 76, that the
Irish were assured of victory. James
Jackson, 21-year old student at
Washington University of St. Louis,
was the individual meda'list as he
fired a two-over par 73.
Jolnny Jenswold, Big Ten in-
vidual champ who was favored to
win the same honors at Toledo, lost
to Louis Lick of Minnesota in the
finals. Jenswold blew himself in the
qualifying round with an 82.
Jenswold: Whips O'Mara.
The sne afternoon, he shot a 75
t. eliinate. Dick Besenfelder, one
up. The next day he stopped team-
mate Paul O'Hara 5 to 3 to enter
th quarterfinals and then won his
way to the semi-finals in the after-
noPn, when he drubbed Jim Harris
of Minnesota 8 and 6.
In his semi-final match, he shot
a 76 , o edge out Henry Rampelt of
$aldwin-Walace 3y, and 1. At the
end of the first nine holes, Jenswold
was one down, but after evening the
latch, he went on to win the 15th,
16th, and 17th holes and earn .the
right to meet Lick in the finals.
Throughout the championship
snatch, Jenswold was continuously on
the short end. He put on a last
minute burst, but Lick held off to
win the individual. championship.
Jenswold had a 77 while Lick was in
with 76.
Tom Messinger was defeated in the
semi-finals by the Minnesota cham-
pion 6 and 5. Lick was having one
of his better days as he toured the
couse in even par.
Messinger won his way to the
quarterfials by beating Robert
Pronwon of' Minnesota 3 and 2, and
then entered the semi-finals by vir-

tue of a 5 and 4 win over Ohio State's
Robert Love.
Marcellus I1oses in Quarter Finals
Phil Marcellus lost out in the
quarterfinals after out-slugging Rob-
ert Seyler of North Carolina 2 and
1. Ken Morey and O'Hara lost out
in second-round matches, O'Hara to
Jenswold, and Morey to Harris, 5 and
3, while John Tews was defeated in
the first round play.
Louis Lick of Minnesota who won
the individual honors took the crown
away from Wallace Ulrich, last year's
champion from Carleton College in
Minnesota. Ulrich, an Army Air
Force student at University of Toledo,
qualified this year, but was unable
to continue in competition.
Michigan Loses
In Tennis Meet
Michigan's championship Big Ten
tennis squad had two representatives,
Jinx Johnson and Roy Boucher, in
the National intercollegiate meet
staged at Northwestern University,
June 26-30.
Johnson, after winning his first
match from James Wyngarden of
Western Michigan, dropped out in
the, next round to Gonzaga's third-
seeded Harry Likas, 6-3, 6-0. Likas
is stationed in the V-12 unit at Gon-
zaga and is the ex-Pacific Coast
junior tennis champion.
Boucher, Michigan's hard-hitting
southpaw ace, was eliminated in the
first round by Arnold Beisser, repre-
senting the College of the Pacific.
The scores were 6-2, 6-2.
Johnson and Boucher paired up in
the doubles play and lost their first
match to John Hickman and Felix
Kelly of Texas 6-2, 6-0. This Texas
duo eventually went on to win the
National .Intercollegiate doubles
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Baseball Team
Drops Last Two
Tilts to Broncos
Big Ten Title Highlights
Successful Campaign
Although winding up the season
on a slightly sour note by dropping
the last two games to Western Michi-
gan, 5-4 and 3-2, the 1944 edition of
Michigan baseball chalked up one of
the most successful campaigns during
Coach Ray Fisher's 24-year tenure
while winning 15, losing four and
tying one in 20 starts and bringing
home the Western Conference cham-
pionship to boot.
The double defeat at the hands of
the Broncos was marked by pitcher
Eiroy Hirsch's first and only loss of
the season and numerous errors by a
makeshift lineup. Fisher was unable
to field his regular nine in either tilt
because of Navy restrictions.
Errors Hurt
Errors cost the Wolverines the first
game as the wobbling defense com-
mitted, seven misplays behind hurlers
Dick Smidtle and Bo Bowman.
Bowman was charged with the de-
feat, his serond of the year, in the
ten-inning contest. Western played
air-tight ball to hand sonthpaw Red
Biddle the vistory.
The second game saw Hirsch limit
the Broncos to five hits, but three of
them were triples with men on the
base paths. These three runs were
more than enough for Western hurler
Ray Louthen, who scattered nine hits
Rally in Ninth
Louthen had a shutout until the
ninth inning when Michigan put on
a belated flurry of extra base blows.
Pinch-hitter Bob Nussbaumer led off
with a home-run, and Bob Wiese fol-
lowed suit with another four-ply
smash after two were out. Don Lund
then doubled but was left stranded
as Elmer Swanson rolled out to end
the game.
In annexing the Big Ten crown,
Michigan regained its place at the
head of the Conference heap after
losing out to Ohio State last season.
The Wolverines amassed a perfect
record of eight wins and no losses in
title play. The only blot on the slate
was a seven-inning tie with Illinois
in a game which was cut short by
It was Fisher's ninth Conference
championship in his 24 years as head
baseball coach at Michigan,

Michigan's first summer football
session of the 1944 campiaign lacked
the usual fanfare of opening day
practices, and resulted only in the
distribution of uniforms and equip-
ment to a host of youthful aspir-
There were very few outstanding
names in the list of new candi-
dates and it was quite a departure
from last season's star-studded
roster. Heading the list of return-
ing veterans is Bob Wiese, captain-
elect of the 1944 team, and the
winner of last year's most valuable
player award.
Other returning lettermen art
Don Lund, Bob Nussbaumer ani
Art Renner. Lund and Nussbaumej
are backs and Renner is an end
McSpvyaden Wins
Chicago Meet,
Beating Hogan
CHICAGO, July 3.-(P)---Jug Mc-
Spaden won his fifth golf tourna-
ment of the year today by shooting
a one-under-par 70 to Lt. Ben Ho-
gan's 73 in an 18-hole playoff for the
Chicago Victory National Champion-
McSpaden, holding a two-stroke
lead after shooting a par 35 on the
first nine, was one under the Edge-
water standard coming in with an-
other 35. Hogan had 37-36.
Hogan took a par 3 to Jug's 4 on
the 10th to gain a stroke, but his
opponent holed a 12 foot birdie putt
to take the 11th and gained a three-
stroke margin by parring the 13th
when Little Ben chipped long for a 5.
Pensive To Run
At Arlington
CHICAGO, July 3.-( P)-Calumet
Farm's Pensive, leading contender
for the national three year old cham-
pionship, will move out of his age
class to race against seasoned cam-
paigners in Arlington Park's $50,000
Stars and Stripes. Handicap tomor-
Warren Wright's fashionably bred
colt, which already has victories in
the Kentucky Derby and the Preak-
ness to his credit, will take on 11
formidable rivals in this mile and a
quarter gallop. Georgie Drum, Roun-
ders and Valdina Foe will be among
his challengers.
A crowd of 40,000 is expected for
the holiday program.

Night Games
Prove Boon to
Wartime Ball
Arc-Light Tilts Put
Majors Ahead of '43
Attendance Figures
NEW YORK, July 3.-(AP)-Night
baseball is pouring a steady stream
of gold into the club owners' pockets
and a steady stream of satisfied cut-
tomers into their ball parks.
That's the consensus drawn today
from unofficial attendance statistics
as the major leagues enjoyed an open
date before the busy 4th of July
doubleheaders marking the tradi-
tional half way mark of the season.
Arc light ball has drawn 1,156,067
customers through the big league
turnstiles or approximately 27 per
cent of the grand total of 4,241,486
that puts the majors several laps
ahead of their 1943 pace. Last year
the final figures showed 7,714,636
Outdraw Daylight Tilts
The figures reveal an average night
game crowd at 13,931 as compared to
the weekday afternoon norm of 4,919.
With Sunday and "owl" game turn-
outs accounting for two thirds of
their drawing power, night ball ad-
dicts have a good selling point when
they ask for more after-dark frays at
the special meetings in Pittsburgh,
July 11.
Washington tops both leagues in
attendance with an estimated 368,598
on a steady diet of arc light games
on all week nights.
Giants Lead
The New York Giants head the
total just shy of 360,OU Dut only a
National League with ark estimated
few thousand ahead of Brooklyn.
Pittsburgh is a surprising third in
the senior circuit, shoving above the
300,000 level with the help of 109,000
in night games.
Connie Mack's last-place Athletics
have captured the fancy of the Phila-
delphia fans to take over the runner-
up spot to Washington in the Har-
ridge loop by a comfortable margin
over the New York Yankees who are
third in home crowds. Detroit crowds
the 300,000 mark for the seventh big
league club in that select bankroll
The Giants, Dodgers and Yanks
have drawn over 1,000,000 to main-
tain their status as the backbone of
the majors. Philadelphia's two teams
have played to 570,000 home fans.

aki9 he I9uftd
Daily Sports Editor

At the beginning of the 1943-44c
sports year, there was much specu-
lation as to the eventual outcome of
teams composed entirely of civilians
and foureffs against such teams that
had more experienced personnel, be-
cause of the Navy and Marine train-t
ees. However, the creditable job done1
by freshmen under military age for1
Indiana University this past cam-l
paign established the fact that1
"youngsters" can do a good job of
holding their own against the more
experienced competition through+
their zeal and enthusiasm.
Indiana, which has no Navy or
Marine detachments to aid in its
athletic program, carried out full
schedules in football, basketball,
wrestling, indoor track, baseball
and tennis. Although there were
only seven students with any pre-
vious varsity experience in their
specific sport, freshmen filled in
the vacant positions, and 63 of
them performed well enough in
their specialties to receive their
major varsity awards.
A recent compilation of all of the
Hoosier squads carrying full sched-
ules shows 11 Big Ten victories to 31
losses, 14 victories to 12 losses against
non-Conference foes, and seven wins
to four losses in games played against
Army or Navy camp teams.
Football coach Bo McMillin was
the first to use freshmen on the
Hoosier campus, and his third-place
rating in the final tabulations of the
Big Ten standings gave his squad the
distinction of being one of the out-
standing all-civilian grid teams in
the country.
This contingent of '44 had 38
freshmen on its roster, and though
the lineup had to be shuffled many
times during the course 'of the
season because of various calls to
military duty, the Hoosier eleven
managed to break even in ten tilts,
winning four games, losing four
and tieing two.
Indiana's basketball team had a
roster composed entirely of freshmen,
though their record was not as im-
pressive as the football teams. Eleven

out of 13 varsity wrestlers were year-
lings, 15 members of the 23-man in-
door cindermen were freshmen.
We realize that many schools have
dropped out of intercollegiate ath-
letics because they felt that they
could not cope with the better
balanced teams which were permitted
to have military men on their cam-
pusses. These schools by these state-
ments are refuting the pomments of
other athletic coaches all over the
country, because in their excuses for
dropping out of collegiate competi-
tion, one is able to discern that their
main interest is to produce victories.,
We have been told many times
since the start of the war that the
main value of athletics is to build
the body, to make the players more
alert, to teach them how to react
under actual fire of competition,
so that they would be better coor-
dinated when the time camp for
the 'real thing'.
Hence, this correspondent feels
that when these various schools de-
cide to drop athletics, they should
take every point into consideration,
and instead of worrying about the
loss of prestige entailed if they have
a losing squad, they should put on
their specs so that they can see fur-
ther than themselves and their fu-
ture security, and maybe worry about
the athlete whose own life may some
time be saved because of this train-
Many people also overlook tote
fact that the stars of yesterday are
almost exhausted, and that in a
short, time, every team will be on
an equal footing as far as quality
goes, though there will always be
an advantage in quantity at some
People have shown that their in-
terest in sports has not waned with
the passing of the greats', and if
they are willing to lay the cash on
the line to watch these so-called
youngsters cavort in their particular
sports, then other schools that are
contemplating dropping intercollegi-
ate competition, should take notice of
the pluck shown by Indiana, and
maybe try to follow in its foot-


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