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9ATURDAY, JULY 14, 1945!


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Of the various facilities incorporated in the University
,hthletic plant, which started as a single gymnasium-tent in
1858 none has a more colorful or complicated history than what
is known as Ferry Field.
Since the first makeshift structure, the athletic setup has
undergone many changes, moving from the original site, where
the Physics Laboratory now stands, to the South State strong-
hold it now occupies. Included in the present group of build-
ings is the mammoth Stadium, the Sports Building, Yost Field
House, the Coliseum, and the Administrative Building. Water-
man and Barbour Gyms, of course, accommodate both men's and
women's physical.education classes.
Of the outdoor fields, besides the Stadium, the plant includes
the Ferry Field track, the baseball diamond, the University
golf course, tennis courts both on Ferry and Palmer fields, and
the women's field at Palmer.

Ferry Field itself was purchased by the Board of Regents
for $3,000 in 1891, when it was realized that the play field near
the campus gymnasium and the fair grounds in the southeastern
part of Ann Arbor were becoming inadequate. First recognition
of the need for outdoor facilities came in 1865, however, when
the Board appropriated $150 in two years for the care of a
Cricket field.
But Michigan was destined for bigger things than cricket.
The original purchase included the south ten acres of the present
Field, which had to be graded and drained before a quarter-mile
track surrounding a baseball diamond and gridiron could be laid
Called "Regents Field," the name was changed to the present
title in 1902 when the Hon. D. M. Ferry of Detroit donated 21
additional acres north of the original ten. Two years later, a
brick wall was constructed around three sides of the field, and
later gifts of Ferry made possible the building of the gates and

ticket offices. The entire plot now covers approximately 80
In 1893, stands with a seating capacity of 400--a drop in
the bucket now--were built for football spectators, but in 1895
they were destroyed by fire and consequently rebuilt, this time
accommodating double the old amount. A ground keeper's
house was also raised at that time, showing that Michigan was
right in step with progress.
When the final football game on the old site was played in
1906, the stands had been expanded to the point where they
could seat the 17,000 people who were part of a record crowd that
The heyday of Ferry Field as the center of all important
Michigan athletic spectacles was not ended until 1927, when the
present Stadium was built and football games were shifted from
their old home. But before this happened, many elevens were
to set foot on the Field.
In 1906, the gridiron was moved to the northern part of the

area, surrounded by the ; present quarter-mile cinder track.
Wooden stands accommodated spectators until 1914, when the
concrete stands were constructed. Although this south unit
seating 46,000, was the only one built, plans eventually called for
a U-shaped structure to surround three sides of the track.
Meanwhile, the wooden stands were moved to the new baseball
diamond in 1912, which lay on the site now occupied by Yost
Field House.
Today, the Field boasts the addition of Yost Field House,
the Administration building, and the enormous Sports Building.
The baseball field has been moved for the third time in its histo-
ry, now occupying the area behind the unit of concrete stands
and maintaining its own unit of wooden seats. Forty clay and
concrete tennis courts have also been mapped out.
Although the Field covers only. a part of the total 235 acres
now included in the athletic plant, it is certainly the center of
sports activity today, as it has been the core of Michigan athletics
in the past.








37 AND OUT-Tommy Holmes (left), Boston Braves rightfielder whose
consecutive game hitting streak was halted at 37 by Chicago Cubs'
pitcher Henry Wyse (right), talks it over with Wyse after the game.
Summer Football Workouts
SHampered by Rain Weather

By BILL MULLENDIORE, Daly Sports Editor
_LUCH HAS BEEN MADE lately of the fact that Ohio State football teams
are composed largely of homegrown talent, that only a sprinkling of
out-staters find their way into the Buckeye grid ranks.
Last fall, for example, Ohio State's ubeaten Western Conference
champions had only three varsity squad members hailing from outside
Ohio. Only one, lineman Russ Thomas, made the starting lineup.
This season those same three boys will be back, together with two or three
others. Those five or six players will form the entire out-state element of
the Buckeye squad, which will probably carry about 36 players. So, it
would seem that those commentators who call the Ohio State football team
a homegrown affair have just about hit the nail on the head.
THE REASONS for this phenomenon are not hard to discover. Ohio
State coaches simply make no effort to recruit talent from outside the
state's borders. -Coach Carroll Widdoes recently declared that he had
made only three out-state appearances in his winter tour of the high
school banquet circuit last year. We doubt if any other Big Ten coach
could say the same.
Another big factor in the situation is that the institution makes it
easy for residents of Ohio to attend the State university. Tuition fees
are $150 less for residents than for non-residents. And little compe-
tition is offered the university from other in-state colleges, which, al-
though numerous, pale in significance to the big school at Columbus.-
Ohio State dominates the academic scene in Ohio, and consequentlyl
the football scene as well.l
Still another reason lies in the succession of Ohio State coaches
recruited from the ranks of Ohio high school mentors. First, there was
Paul Brown, who made a national reputation for himself at the famous
Massilon High. Then Widdoes came along. Several subsidiary coaches
have also come to the campus direct from high school. This has all re-
sulted in a very close harmony of co-operation between high school and1
college, and means, in effect, that Ohio State gets the cream of the
prep crop, a crop which is always better than average in Ohio.3
HERE AT MICHIGAN a somewhat different situation prevails. To bea
sure, a large percentage of the Wolverine football squad hails from
this state, but Michigan depends on outside talent to a larger extent than
most Big Ten universities. Looking over this fall's roster, for instance,
52 of the 81 listed (there are more as yet not on the complete list) hail
from outside the state.
Of the 56 outstaters, 13 come from Illinois, which has always been a
fertile source of Michigan football players. Ohio and Wisconsin each con-
tributed eight, Indiana four, Missouri three, Pennsylvania two, and North
Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, New York, Oklahoma,. Minnesota,
Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, California, Massachusetts,
and the District of Columbia, one each. Quite an assortment!
This year can hardly be taken as normal, owing to the large num-
ber of Naval and Marine trainees on the squad, men who have been
placd at Michigan without a great deal of choice in the matter. But
it is probably safe to say that Vt least half the Michigan squad is nor-
mally composed of out-state material.
This column is not meant as a judgment of the respective merits of
the two systems. Both Michigan and Ohio State win plenty of football
games and more than their share of Big Ten championships. But it is
interesting to note the vast differences in recruiting methods between two
schools in the same Conference located but a few hundred miles from each
Major League Standings...0
--T- l AU17 ALI'M*UIĀ±


Holds Detroit to One Run

Cronin's Charges
Contenders Gain

Now Tied
Ground in

... His team finishes second week
of drill.
Pirates Nose
Out Phillies, 3-2
PITTSBURGH, July 13-(A')-Stag-
ing a two-run rally in the 10th inn-
ing, the Pittsburgh Pirates nosed out
the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2 today
before 3,660 fans.
Jim Russell doubled to bring in Al
Gionfriddo with the tying run. John-
ny Barrett, singled, driving in Rus-
sell with the winning tally.
The Phils defeated the Pirates 11
to 9 in a pre-game three inning close-
out of an unfinished game on June
Philadelphia 000 000 010 1-2 10 0
Pittsburgh 100 000 000 2-3 10 1

BOSTON, July 13-(JP)-Freshman
righthander Dave (Boo) Ferriss turn-
ed in one of his best Major League
pitching perfcrmances to chalk up
his 15th win today as his Boston Red
Sox gained their eighth triumph in
12 starts against the top-place De-
troit Tigers by a 5-1 margin.
While becoming the majors' first
hurler to hit the 15-mark this sea-
son, Ferriss moved his forces intora
third-place tie with the New York
Yankees. He held the Tigers to seven
scattered hits while striking out five
and not giving a single base on balls.
Little Eddie Lake gave Ferriss a
flying start by homering in the first
inning and the Sockers wrapped up
the game in the third by blasting
starter Frank Overmire for four runs
with five hits, a pass and a long fly.
Before Zeb Eaton, who held the
Sockers to two hits during the last
five innings, took over for Overmire,
the Tigers gained their singleton on
Chicago Triumphs
Over Bracves, 2-0
CHICAGO, July 13 -(P)- The
league-leading Chicago Cubs, behind
the four-hit pitching of Lefty Ray
Prim, grabbed their 12th victory in
13 starts today with a 2-0 triumph
over the Boston Braves before a paid
crowd of 7,357.
The Braves, who yesterday snapped
a Cub win streak at' 11, and only
four runners stranded, three of them
in the sixth when they made their
only threat.


Running plays were considerably
slowed down yesterday as a muddy,
slippery field hampered Michigan's
1945 football squad, finishing up its
second week of summer practice de-I
spite an intermittent drizzle.
The weather and condition of the
field also made practice in the pass-
ing department almost impossible.
However, it did not prevent Coach
"Fritz" Crisler from continuing to
run, the squad through offensive
drills. Assisted by Coaches Munn,
Oosterbaan, and Martineau, Crisler
led the Blue team, which probably
will furnish most of the varsity ma-
terial, through the running off of
basic offensive tactics.
Three separate sets of backfields
and lines alternated in the execution
of the various plays through the line
and around the ends, which were run
off from the famous "T" formation.
F - -I-A- --I

Standout backfield candidates are
Capt. Joe Ponsetto, quarterback,
Hank Fonde, Warren Bentz, Russ
Reader, all halfbacks, and fullbacks
Jim Foltz and George Chiames. Navy
trainee Fonde, a sprinter on the track
team, turned in a good performance
as did Bentz, top pole vaulter of the
track team last season. Another can-
didate for the fullback post, Dan
Dworsky, is sidelined temporarily be-
cause of a shoulder injury.
Outstanding contenders for berths
in the forward wall include holdovers
John Lintol and Harold Watts, cen-
ters, and Cecil Freihofer, Ed Bahlow,
Jim Rihburger, John Weyers, and
Bob Callahan, who played center for
the University of Missouri last year.
Freshman Dom Tomasi, varsity sec-
ond baseman this spring, has been
working out at the guard slot.
While the Blue squad was going
through this offensive contact drill,
the White team, the probable junior
varsity, was engaged in a light scrim-
mage under the direction of Coach
Art Valpey. Later, the two teams
collaborated in a scrimmage, the
highlight of the drill, with the Blues
taking the offensive and the Whites
the defense.
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New York ........39
St. Louis.........4


Pct. Gb*
.549 3
.527 4!3
.527 41-
.513 5],
.486 7a,
.479 8

Chicago .........44 29
Brooklyn .........44 33
St. Louis .........42 32
New York ........42 36
Pittsburgh .......39 37
Boston ..........37 38
Cincinnati .......35 38
Philadelphia......21 61

Pet. Gb*
.571 2
.568 21,
.538 41f
.513 6
.493 8
.479 9
.256 271


-W-- Starts Sunday

Boston 5, Detroit 1
Cleveland 16, New York 4
Chicago at Washington (N)
St. Louis at Philadelphia (N)
Detroit at Boston
Cleveland at New York
St. Louis at Philadelphia
Chicago at Washington

Chicago 2, Boston 0
Cincinnati 6, Brooklyn 5
Philadelphia 11-2, Pittsburgh 9-3
(Second game ten innings)
New York at St. Louis (T)
Brooklyn at Cincinnati
Boston at Chicago
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Only games scheduled)

--M pi--OW

Nelson Reaches Semi-Finals


DAYTON, 0., July 13--(/P)-Golf'sY
No. 1 man, a reformed baseball play-
er, and two of the fastest dark horses
you ever saw today roared into the
semi-finals of the 27th National Pro-
fessional Golf Tournament.

drawling southerner who once play-
ed for the New York Yankees but
who would rather talk football than
either,'baseball or golf, gave a 7 and 6
beating to Vic Ghezzi of Atlantic City,
N.J. Ghezzi was one .of two ex-

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