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Netters Have
Winning Year
But Lose Title
Jim Evans Captures
Number Five Singles
With a record of five wins and
two defeats to their credit in Big
Ten competition, Michigan's tennis
squad concluded the 1946 season on
June 1 by capturing fifth place
honors in the Conference meet at
Chicago, which saw Wolverine Jim
Evans crowned Big Ten titlist in the
number five singles.'
Leading the netters throughout
the season in the number one spot
was Jack Hersh, a veteran perform-
er letterman from the 1945 Confer-
ence championship squad. Bill Mi-
kulich, who earned his freshman
numerals in 1942, held down the
number two position while Fred Wel-
lengton, returning "M" man from
the 1943 team, handled the third
singles assignment.
McClusky Is Campus Champ
Dean McClusky, winner of the
1946 all-campus tennis tourney, per-
formed ably in the number four
slot and newcomer Evans made a
fine showing in the fifth position.
Rounding out the singles lineup' was
Hal Cook who played most of the
schedule in the number six spot.
Coach Leroy Weir, Wolverine net
mentor, tried 13 different doubles
combinations in match competition.
The number three duet of Dean Mc-
Cusky and Paul Schoenlaub com-
piled the most impressive record of
the season, exhibiting seven victor-
ies against three defeats. Hersh and
Evans handled most of the number
one play while Mikulich and Evans
appeared in the majority of the num-
ber two pairings.
Win Doubleheader
The Conference schedule opened!
with a doubleheader April 27 and the
Wolverines lost little time in chalk-
ing up their first two victories, blan-
keting Indiana, 9-0, in the morning
and squelching the Purdue, 7-2, in the
afternoon clash.
Illinois racketmen, later crowned
Conference champs, offered Michigan
its toughest opposition of the season
in handing the Wolverines their first
Big Ten set-back, 6-3.

FERRY FIELD - which is the scene of many sports activities at Michigan. Here Saturday's gridiron heroes
run through a practice scrimmage and the Wolverine trackmen workout on the quarter-mile track surround-
ing the field. In the background is theaSports Building, housing a large swimming pool, where intramural
competition and PEM classes are held.

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Ferry Field, Once a Cricket Park,
SNow Center of Athletic Activity

Hockey Team,
Cops 17 Wins
In 25 Games
Pucksters Snap Three
Records in 'Best' Year
Before the season opener it was
freely predicted that the Michigan
hockey team would the best in his-
tory and Coach Vic 'Ieyliger's sextet
really lived up to advance expecta-
tions with a record number of 17 wins
in 25 contests against some of the
best amateur teams in Canada and
the United States.
Furthermore, the team broke sev-
eral scoring records which had been
on the books for many years. Gord
MacMillan, high-flying center, broke
the season's individual scoring mark
with 59 points and the team erased
other marks by tallying 16 goals in
one game and 168 for the season.
Take Conference Title
Biggest achievement for the Wol-.
verines was the wresting of the Big
Ten hockey title from Minnesota for
the first time since 1935. The Maize
and Blue conquered the Northmen
twice on coliseum ice and then
clinched the crown at Minneapolis
two weeks later as they battled the
Gophers to a three-goal tie. Minne-
sota won the final game, however.
Michigan's lineup was studded
with talented first year men, hailing
mostly from Canada. Top scoring
line was that of MacMillan, Al Ren-
frew and Bill Jacobson, all from
across the border. Renfrew was run-
ner-up to MacMillan in scoring hon-
ors, playing half the season with a
fractured wrist. Wally Grant, Neil
Celley and Wally Gacek formed a
second offensively minded front line
Hill Heads Defense
Captain Connie Hill, Bob Marshall,
Clem Cossalter and Ross Smith han-
dled the defensive chores with Jack
McInnes and Jack MacDonald both
proving very capable in the Wolver-
ine nets.
Michigan established a new win-
ning streak with 11 straight victories
before going down to a double defeat
at the viands of the University of
Toronto Blues. Up to that time the
Wolverines had twice defeated Colo-
rado College, Minnesota's Gophers,
the Windsor Spitfires, and scored
single wins over five other Ontario
puck aggregations.
After the first Toronto series, the
Maize and Blue stickmen suffered
a mid-season slump caused by the
strenuous schedule.


With a good eye for drama, Michi-
gan's golf teami waited until the final
day of the Conference tournament
in Minneapolis to fulfill the promise
it had shown all season and upset
Ohio State's defending champions by
a 17-stroke margin for the Big Ten
The title, ninth for Michigan in 27
years of Conference competition, also
kept intact the 24-year stretch over
which Wolverine teams have cap-

largely to a torrid 73-73 score on the
last 36 holes. His total was 302, com-
pared to the 294 of medalist John
Jacobs of Iowa, but combined with
306 totals by Dave Barclay, Pete El-
liott and Bill Courtright, it gave
Ulichigan a decisive victory. All four
Wolverines hit their stride on the
final round with a pair of 73's and
a pair of 74's among them.
Michigan's play over the season
was not as impressive as it was in
the tourney, though the golfers went
through the 11-game schedule with
only three defeats. Bad weather ham-
pered them throughout the season
and kept the scores up.
Beat Spartans
Opening the season against Michi-
gan State, the Wolverines rang up an
impressive 24-3 win and followed
with a decisive victory over Wayne,
both matches being played on the
University course. Journeying down
to Columbus, the Wolverines had
their embryonic winning streak cut
short by the Buckeyes, 191!, to 7,
but bounced 15ack to smother Detroit,
251/2 to 11'/2, and then upset the high-
flying Northwestern golfers, 14-13.
The Wolverines seemed to have
picked up a road jinx as they dropped
two of the three following matches
away from home, bowing to Michi-
gan State and Notre Dame and edg-
ing Illinois. Returning to the famil-
iar haunts of the University course,
the Wolverine golfers settled down
to defeat Purdue and then avenge
their earlier loss to Ohio State with
a decisive 18-6 victory. A win over
Detroit brought the schedule to a
close and provided the final tune-up
for the triumphant Conference tour-
Playing in the number one spot
for the entire season was Dave Bar-
clay, the most consistent golfer on
the team. His doubles partner, El-
liott, was lapable of some brilliant
golf but was erratic after the first
few matches. Courtright reported
late because of his wrestling duties
and didn't hit top form until mid-
season, but after that he paced the
team several times.
Freshmen are advised to take
advantage of the athletic facili-
ties of Michigan's modern sports
plant. Full-time intramural pro-
grams have been devised by the
Athletics Department and all new
students are urged to participate.

Golfers' Eleventh-Hour
Victory Preserves String
Golf Championship Keeps Alive 24 Year Old
Title-Per-Year Pace in Big Ten Competition

Colorful History Began
With One Tent in 1858
Of the various facilities incorpor-
ated in the University athletic plant,
which started as a single gymnasium-
tent in 1858, none has a more colorful
or complicated history than Ferry
Since the first makeshift structure,
the athletic setup has undergone
many changes. moving from the orig-
inal site, where the Physics labora-
tory now stands, to the South State
stronghold it occupies at present. In-
cluded in the current group of build-
ings is the mammoth stadium, the
Sports Building, Yost Field House, the
Coliseum, and the Administration
Building, Waterman and Barbour
Gyms, of course, accommodate both
men's and women's physical educa-
tion classes.

Etter Recalls Top Sport Thrill

Of the outdoor fields, besides the
Stadium, the plant includes the Fer-
ry Field track,-the baseball diamond,
the University golf course, tennis
courts both on Ferry and Palmer
Field Purchased in 1891
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 gymnasi-
um and the fair grounds in the south-
eastern part of Ann Arbor were be-
coming inadequate. First recognition
of the need for outdoor facilities came
in 1865, however, when the Board ap-
propriated $150 in two years for the
care of a cricket field.
But Michigan was destined for big-
ger 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'
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 gates and ticket offices.
The entire plot now covers approxi-
mately 80 acres.
In 1893, stands with a seating ca-
pacity of 400-a drop in the bucket
now-were built for football specta-
tors, 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
First Gridders Played There
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 day.
The heyday of Ferry Field as the
siteof all important Michigan athlet-
ic spectacles was not ended until
1927 when the present Stadium was
built and football games were shifted
there from their old home. But before
this happened, many elevens were to
set foot on the field.
Gridiron Moved
In 1906, the gridiron was moved to
the northern part of the area, sur-
rounded by the present quarter-mile
cinder track, Wooden stand accom-
modated 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 base-
ball diamond in 1912, which lay on
the site now occupied by; Yost Field

tured at least one Big Ten crown as
it was the only one brought to Ann
Arbor during the 1945-46 season.
Co-Favored for Title
The Wolverines went into the tour-
nament as one of the three top teams
in the Conference along with the
powerful Ohio State Buckeyes and
Northwestern's well-balanced squad,
which finished second and third, re-
After trailing through the first half
of the tournament, the Wolverines
took a one-stroke lead at the three-
quarter mark and widened the mar-
gin to 17 strokes on the last 18 holes.
Key to. the victory was not one "hot"
golfer, but over-all balance of the
Michigan team.
Schalon Stars,
Only freshman Ed Schalon played
a championship brand of golf as he
grabbed a tie for third place, due

In describing his most thrilling ex-
perience of more than 20 years of
newswriting, Les Etter, head of the
publicity department of the Univer-
sity athletic association, relates the
incident which won the second of a
two-game series between Michigan
and Minnesota during the 1926 sea-
"It was late in that game," Etter
begins, "that the great All-American,
Bennie Oosterbaan, whom I have
come to know quite intimately as a
Michigan coach in the last two years
picked up a free ball inside the Michi-
gan 40-yard line and romped 60-odd
yards for the score that tied the ball
game." That play, coupled with the
conversion for goal by the other
member of the Bennie-to-Benny
combination, Benny Friedman, was
the most thrill-packed of his life,
Etter related. "I was a freshman at

Minnesota at the time and was full
of the old college spirit. It was a seri-
ous blow tormy morale, for with that
play, Michigan won the game 7-6,"
he added.
Ends Second Year Here
Etter, who has seen quite a few
thrilling sights during his career as
news reporter and publicity man, is
now entering his third year at the
University, having marked his second
anniversary here Aug. 8.
As head of the department, Etter's
responsibilities are' numerous. He
sends all Michigan sports news to
more than 600 newspapers and radio
stations throughout the country. In
addition a five-page monthly sum-
mary of sports events was compiled
and sent during the war to more
than 150 former 'U' men in the
Armed Forces.

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