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Wakefield I
Homerun in
White Sox Take Open
Tigers Win Second in

its Second
Two Days
ier on Late Rally, 5-4;
Two Large Innings
losing pitcher in the opener. The Sox
twice came from behind and finally
won for Gordon Maltzberger, whose
one-hit relief pitching for four and a
third innings was amply rewarded. It
was Maltzberger's tenth victory
against one defeat. Newhouser has
lost six.


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Daily Sparta Editor


Experienced V-12 Baseball Players
Cuts Chances of Youngsters on Team

By the Associated Press
DETROIT, July 15-Lanky Dick
Wakefield smashed his second home
run in two days and got three other
hits today as the Detroit Tigers di-
vided a double-header with the Chi-
cago White Sox before 9,315 spec-
tators, winning the nightcap 8 to 2
after dropping the opener 5 to 4.
Wakefield, the former University
of Michigan slugger who returned to
the Tigers two days ago, boosted his
batting mark to .53 with eight hits
in 15 times at bat since receiving a
Navy discharge.
Southpaw Hal Newhouser, seek-
ing to become the first American
Leaguer to win 14 games, was the
Major League


W L Pct.
St. Louis .......52 22 .703
Cincinnati ......43 34 .558
Pittsburgh ......40 32 .556
New York........39 40 .494
Philadelphia . .. .33 43 .434
Chica o .........31 41 .431
Brooklyn.....33 44 .429
Boston.......31 46 .403

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SINCE THE START OF THE WAR, which month after month saw an
ever greater number of Major Leaguers entering the armed forces
to do their duty, the big part which the individual players had to do
with tneir team's success has been a topic of controversy. This topic had
no criterion for judgment until recently. '
One school of thought fostered the feeling that with this tre-
m:nidous loss of star players, the national pastime would have to be
cancelled f'r the duration. however, the managers and execu-
tives of the various teams were not going to give up something which
they had worked so long and so hard to promote without a struggle.
These executives unloosened the roll in the:c pocketbooks and sent
their reouts out in a wide search for talent, scouring all of the minor
Icagues, college campusses, and even using a few outstanding high school
players to meet this shortage.
The present maintenance of baseball can answer the above theory.
With this idea of no baseball proven false, these pessimists could
nevertheless point to the reduced gate receipts and then sit back
with a self-satisfied smile on their faces, and think that they had
salvaged part of their prophecy.
Most of the sports fans are working different shifts and longer hours
at the various shops, and in this respect, the reduction of customers
could be attributed directly to the aid of the war effort, which is the
cause of the loss of many ball players.
'HE OTHER SCHOOL OF THOUGHT was willing to accept the inevit-
able-that their stars of the past were gone, and that because of this,
the quality of the game would decline. But even with this in mind, these
people still supported baseball as it afforded them with an avenue of escape
from their present day affairs, and because the more important element-
the armed services-craved it as a morale booster and one of the ways
of life that they want to come back to eventually.
Just what a difference some of the older stars would make to their
teams now, in this present shortage, was recently demonstrated by
rookie Dick Wakefield of the Tigers. Wakefield, who was honorably
discharged from the Iowa Pre-Flight school, rejoined the Tigers and
in his first game contributed two hits and drive in two runs to aid in a
9-1 defeat of the Chisox.
Wakefield seemed to be the spark that the Bengals needed, for it not
only was that the biggest scoring barrage of the season for Detroit, but
it also marked the first time that the Sox had been beaten in Briggs
Stadium this year.
Another test as to the efficiency of the old timers may be seen
in the very near future when Frank Crosetti joins the New York
Yankees for his 13th season in the big time... Crosetti obtained a release
from his draft board to rejoin the Yanks after working for the Pollock-
Stockton shipyard in Chicago since the end of last season.
The fiery shortstop, who has played with some of the greatest Yankee
squads, played 95 games last year with a fielding average of .946 and a
batting average of .233, and in the estimation of this scribe, he will join
his old team when they most need the help.
Brooklyn Drops Fourteenth
Straight to Last Place Braves

Even though the war has done less
to change the athletic picture at
Michigan than at some other schools,
2ertain techniques have been devel-
oped along coaching lines to meet
the peculiar situation brought about
by the advent of the V-12 program.
Baseball Coach Ray Fisher found
himself acutely conscious of the
change this past spring while he was
moulding his 24th Western Confer-
ence championship nine. Fisher is
ncrmally a great teacher. He likes
to work with young players and
watch them develop into polished
This year, however, things were a
little different. Many of the men
:rom the ranks of the Navy and Ma-
rines were already well-rounded
players, some of them with experi-
ence in semi-pro ranks. And still
ethers were tried and true veterans
of former Fisher-coached teams.
Material Plentiful
The job of a baseball coach at
Michigan this spring was relatively
simple. He had a few minor prob-
lems to thrash out, but on the whole
there was plenty of ability at every
spot. In some cases it was merely
a matter of deciding who was best
from a list of three or four likely
looking candidates.
The net result was a Big Ten
championship and an enviable sea-
son's record. It as a campaign for
Wolverine diamond supporters to be
proud of, yet Fisher wasn't so happy
as he might have been.
Free For All
Wins Futurity

Severa times this writer heard
him exclaim favorably over a play
one of the boys who was just "on
the squad" and had little prospect
of breaking into the starting lineup.
Then he would add, "I wish I could
work with him for a few more years.
He'd make quite a ball player." ,

of what few civilians who go out
for sports, are on the campus for a
limited time only. A coach may see
a promising player only one season
before the future star leaves.
Opportunities Limited
The opportunities for teaching and
developing new stars are thus limit-
ed. A coach must take the material
which looks to have the most ability
and whip it into shape is quickly as
possible. fle cannot afford to spend
much time with promising talent be-
cause tle probabilities are that he
will never see it again. In most
cases, it will be a. group of strange
faces greeting him when the next
season rolls around.
Fisher was not the only coach to
have this trouble although he was
perhaps most outspoken. Any man
who developed such outstanding
players as Dick M*akefibld arid
Johnny Gee must feel just a little
sad to see other such potentialities
being left to shift for themselves.
But the war has decreed that this
state of affairs is necessary it
schools such as Michigan. After the
war, Fisher and others will once
more get the opportunity to exercise
their teaching talents.
Bought, Rented
0.1). MORRIL
314 S. State St. Phone 6615

In these words lies the main dif-
ference between pre-war and wartime
coaching at Michigan. Many of the
men in the V-12, and a large share

Philadelphia 3, 1, New York 1, 6.
Boston 6, Brooklyn 3.
Chicago 4, Pittsburgh 3.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, night.


St. Louis.......46
New York.......42
Boston ..........43
Philadelphia ....37
Chicago ........35

37 .554 -
36 .538 112
39 .524 2%2
42 .488 51/
41 .481 6
43 .476 612
42 .468 7
40 .467 7

In the nightcap the Tigers club-
bed Lefty Ed Lopat for ten hits in-
cluding Wakefield's seventh inning
homer into the right field stands at
the 365-foot mark. Detroit got pitch-
ing from a wholly unexpected source.
Joe Orrell, who gained his second
victory, went five innings, and sore-
armed Johnny Gorsica returned to
action with a two-hit relief job.



Chicago 5,2, DETROIT 4, 8.
Chicago 5, 2, DETROIT 4, 8.
New York 9, Boston 7.
Philadelphia at Washington,
Texas Seeks Pros
For Victory Open
DALLAS, TEX., July 15.-(AP)-The
nation's top olf professionals have
been invited to compete for $10,000
in war bonds, the highest stakes of-
fered in Texas, in the Victory Open
Sept. 7-10.
A. P. Simons, real estate man, who
is underwriting the tournament, said
be had assurances that Harold (Jug)
McSpaden, the year's 4eading mon'ey
winner, and other outstanding pro-
fessionals, would be on hand for the
tournament on the Lakewood Coun-
try Club course.



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Chicago .......000 101 000- 2
Detroit....... 001 030 000- 4
Lopat and Turner; Orrell,
sica and Swift.
Chicago ....000 101 000-2
DETROIT ..020 030 30x- 8
Lopat and Turner; Orrell,
sica & Swift.

11 2
7 1
11 2
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CHICAGO, July 15-(AP)-John
Marsch, Chicago contractor, drove
convincingly toward the 1944 futur -
ity championship today when his
sleek brown colt, Free For All, cake-
walked to victory in the $61,425 Ar-
lington Futurity.
The two-year-old son of Question-
naire, ably ridden by jockey Otto
Grohs, scored an amazingiy easy two
and a half lengths triumph over Sir
Bim, owned by Don Ameche of ra-
dio and screen fame, with Spartan
Noble, entry of William Helis of New
Orleans, third. Errard, running as
FreehForiAll's stablemate, finished
fourth, with the Eastern challenger,
Flood Town, fifth. Darien was sixth
and last.
The 22,000 witnessing the race con-
fidently expected Free For All to
win, but not so easily. As it was,
Free For All sprinted the six fur-
longs in 1:12 and possibly could have
gone a full second faster had it been

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Manitou Leads Yacht Race
PORT HURON, July 15.--(A)-The
64-foot yawl Manitou skippered by
James H. Grove led the twentieth
Port Huron to Mackinac fleet of 27
yachts up Lake Huron this afternoon
under ideal sailing conditions which
gave her a good chance to beat the
speed record the craft established in
That year, Jimmy Lowe guided the
Manitou over the 243-mile trip in
32 hours 45 minutes and 21 seconds.

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BOSTON, July 15.- (A)- The
Brooklyn Dodgers went down-to their
14th straight defeat today as they
bowed to the Boston Braves 6-3,
before 2,333 paying fans.
Nate Andrews gave up only six hits
and had the Dodgers shut out 2-0,
until the eighth, when an infield hit
by pinch hitter Tommy Warren and
errors by Max Macon and Mike Sand-
lock presented the visitors with one
Boston came back with four tallies
in their half on singles by Andrews,
Connie Ryan, Tommy Holmes and a
three-run homer by Chuck Work-
Brooklyn .. 000 000 012-3 6 0l
Boston.....101 000 04x-6 8 2
R. Melton, Webber & Owen;
Andrews & Kluttz.
Yankees Close on Browns
NEW YORK, July 15.-(P)-The
New York Yankees increased their
second place lead over Boston to a
full game by defeating the Red Sox,
9-7, today, before 8,745 paid admis-
The victory moved the New York-
ers to within one and a half games
from the league-leading St. Louis
Browns, who were beaten by the
Cleveland Indians.
Leftfielder Herschel Martin pacedl

Boston.....000 123 010-7 11 0
New York . .320 013 00x-9 x11
Bowman, Woods, F. Barrett, 0'-
Neill & Wagner, Partee; Dubiel,
Turner, Roser & Garbark.
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the Yankees at bat with two home
runs, the first Yankee to accomplish
the feat this year, which accounted
for five runs.


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Cubs Climb to Sixth Place
CHICAGO, July 15.-(A)-Charhie
Grimm's Chicago Cubs, with Charlie
himself a mere spectator during the
late innings, leapfrogged over Brook-
lyn into sixth place today, their high-
est position since the opening week
of the season, by edging out Pitts-
burgh, 4 to 3, on a 13 hit attack and
Paul Derringer's effective relief
Grimm was banished by Umpire
GeorgeBarr for emerging from the
dugout to protest the call on a pitch
to outfielder Johnny Barrett, the first
batter Derringer faced in going to
Bill Fleming's rescue in the seventh
inning. It was the second "heave-
ho" for Grimm since resuming man-
agership of the Cubs.
Pittsburgh . .000 100 200-3 11 0
Chicago ... .100 210 OOx-3 13 2
Roe, Strincevich, Ostermueller &
Lopez, Camelli; Fleming, Derringer
& Williams.
Giants and Phils Divide ...
PHILADELPHIA, July 15.- (P)-
The Philadelphia Phillies and the
New York Giants broke even in their
doubleheader today, the Phillies win-
ning the opener, 3-1, and the Giants
annexing the nightcap, 6-1, before
7,835 paid admissions.
Young Jack Brewer, making his
first major league start, after' re-
cently having been released from the
Navy, held the Phillies to five hits in
the nightcap, and was robbed of a
shutout when Ulysses (Tony) Lupien
homered in the first inning.
New York .. . .100 000 000-1 8 2
Philadelphia . .100 001 01x--3 6 0
Voiselle & Lombardi; B. Lee &
New York . . . . 100 003 002-6 9 1
Philadelphia . .100 000 000--1 5 1
Brewer & A. Mancuso; Schanz,
Karl, Mussill & Finley.
Indians Rout St. Louis ...
CLEVELAND, July 15.-(P)-Sup-
ported by the heavy bats of Pat
Seerey, Roy Cullenbine and Ray
Mack, rookie pitcher Ed Klieman
held the St. Louis Browns in check
today as the Cleveland Indians romp-



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