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Landy Betters Bannister's Mile Mark

Tigers Fire Farm Manager

LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING:
Miehigan Varsity Squads Held No Titles

JAMESTOWN, N. Y. W-Danny
Litwhiler, former St. Louis Cardi-
nal outfielder and second baseman,
was fired by the Detroit Tigers
Monday as manager of the James-
town Falcons in the class D Pony
League.
Wayne Blackburn, 35-year-old

Detroit scout, was named as Lit-
whiler's replacement.
Litwhiler said he had received
an offer from Duluth, Minn., in the
class C Northern League, a Cin-
cinnati Redlegs' farm organiza
tion.

Australian Speeds Distance
In 3:58 Flat at Finnish Meet.
Also Breaks World's 1500 Meter Record;
Chataway Again Trails Mark Topper

By HANLEY GURWIN
.Daily Sports Editor
For the first time since 1918,
Michigan athletic teams have gone
through a year of intercollegiate
Op competition without winning a sin-
gle Conference title.
While this fact in itself might
lead the casual observer to wonder
about the calibre of the Wolverine
squads, a closer look at the vari-
ous Big Ten Standings reveals that
out of ten sports the Maize and
Blue finished below third place in
only three: basketball, football and
golf.
In several other sports, Michigan
teams were among the best in the
nation, but were only second best
in the Big Ten, the country's most
powerful athletic conference. Matt
Mann's swimmers, featuring such
All-American performers as Bur-
well "Bumpy" Jones, Ro- Gora,
Don Hill, Tom Benner, and Jack
Wardrop formed probably the best
tank team in Michigan history, yet
still took a back seat to Ohio
State's squad, headed by Ford
Konno and Dick Cleveland.
The same situation prevailed on
a slightly smaller scale with Don
Canham's track team. Though pos-
sessing one of the finest track ag-
gregations to be found anywhere
in the world, Canham's charges
still could not o-rcome Illinois'
perennially powerful cinder squad,
> and finished second to the Illini in
the outdoor meet held this year at
Lafayette, Indiana.
Netters Surprise
Other second place finishes went
f to Bill Murphy's surprising netters
and to Cliff Keen's wrestling teams.
Al Mann and Bob Nederlander
teamed up to win the number two

doubles crown as the Michigan
tennis squad finished second only
to Indiana's conference champions.
Norvard "Snip" Nalan retained his
NCAA 137-pound crown but the
Wolverines when here failed to de-
fend their Big Ten title, finishing
behind Purdue.
Michigan teams landed third
place conference berths in baseball,
indoor track, and gymnastics. Ray
Fisher's baseball team, which had
won the NCAA Championship in
1953, failed to repeat, as Michigan
State won the title with a confer-
ence record of 11 wins, two losses,
and a tie. Wisconsin finished right
behind with t 10-3-1 record followed
by the Wolverines and Ohio State
with 10-5 records.
Although finishing the year with
a six and three record, the Maize
and Blue gridders lost all three
games to conference opponents and
finished the yead tied for fifth
place in the Big Ten standings.
Bennie Oosterbaan's eleven man-
aged to please the home fans on
each of the six Saturdays the Mich-
igan squad played host here at
mammoth Michigan stadium, but
could not seem to win when play-
ing outside its own back yard.
Edged by Spartans
Minnesota and Illinois decisively
dumped the Wolverines in Minnea-
polis and Champaign respectively
and Michigan State's Rose Bowl
Champions held off a second half
Michigan bid to edge the invaders
14-6. Here in Ann .rbor, the Mich-
igan squad turned back Washing-
ton, Tulane, Iowa, Northwestern,
Pennsylvania, and Ohio State.
Basketball and golf were the on-
ly two sports in the Michigan pro-
gram which did not find the Wol-
verines with a contender, although
Bill Perigo's cage team did throw
a scare into more than one Big Ten
opponent. While finishing the sea-
son tied for ninth place in the
standings for the second straight
year, the cagers appeared much,
improved over 1952-50 and should
be a lot better this coming year.
Michigan's linksters staggered
t1 rough one of their worst years in
recent times as Coach Bert Katzen-
meyer found himself without a star
player for the first time in a long
while. The squad, coansisting of

mostly sophomores did not meas-
ure up to previou Wolverine golf
teams, and finished ninth in the
Conference pace. However, pros-
pects for the coming year are ex-
cellent with a great group of golf-
ers coming up from the freshman
team.
Potent Pucksters
The only varsity sport remaining
is hockey, in which Michigan has
ruled collegiate circles for many
years. Although the Wolverines
desperately fought back to earn a
berth to the NCAA playoffs at Col-
orado Springs, Colorado, their
three-year reign as National Cham-
pions ended as Vic Heyliger's sex-
tet was upset by the new cham-
pions from Renssellaer Polytech.
After eliminating the Wolverines
in the first round, RPI played
"giant-killer" for the second night
in a row as the scrappy crew from
Troy, New York, dumped highly
favored Minnesota in overtime.
Despite his squad's third place fin-
ish in the playoffs, Heylinger was
still voted the Coach of the Year
by the American Hockey Coaches
Association.
But even without a championship,
the University of Michigan can
still be proud of its athletic ac-
complishments. There is certainly
no disgrace in eight second or third
place finishes out of eleven tries.
The era of the Michigan champion
is far from being over. While it
may be a good many years yet be-
fore the Maize and Blue will repeat
its 1943-44 performance of winning
conference titles in every sport ex-
cept basketball, the failure to win
a crown this past year is no cause
for alarm. Michigan will continue
to field, as it has for over 50 years,
athletic teams which can rank
among the nation's finest. The last
line of "The Victors," which her-
alds Michigan as the "Champions
of the West," is still not too far
from wrong.

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lightning steps, the crowd spurred
him on with the yells, "Landy,
Landy, Landy."
And when the lean, young Aussie
shot across the finish line, smiling
broodly and showing no signs of
exhaustion, the spectators broke
into a thunderous roar. Then they
swarmed from the stands, broke
down the fences and carried Landy
from the stadium on their shoul-
ders.
Landy, showing a tremendous

and that he would not hesitate to
pass me if I slowed up the very
least."
I have never run on a better
track than this and I would like to
call the race the 100 per cent con-
test."
Finnish track authorities said
they felt there was no doubt
Landy's clockings for both the 1500
meters and mile would be rec-
ognized as world records. Fully
authorized timers were set up at
both the 1500-meter mark and the
mile finish line.
The lap times were announced
for meter distances rather than
for yards. The times were 58 sec-
onds for the first 400 meters,
1:57.9 for 800 meters, 2:27.2 for the
1,000 and 2:56 flat for the 1,200.
It was the sixth tremendous mile
run of the year by the world's
crack crew of runners who set
out in a wholesale assault on Gun-
der Haegg's old record of 4:01.4,
set in 1945.

Hia jor League
standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland .... 43 18 .705 -
Chicago....... 39 22 .639 4
New York .... 40 24 .635 5
Detroit....... 27 32 .458 15!
Washington 26 34 .433 161/2
Philadelphia . 24 36 .400 19
Boston ...... 21 37 .362 2112
Baltimore ... 22 40 .355 222
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
No games scheduled
TODAY'S GAMES
Washington at Chicago (night)--Mc-
Dermott (5-6) vs. Trucks (9-3).
New York at Detroit-McDonald (4-1)
vs. Gromek (8-6).
Philadelphia at Cleveland (night)-
Trice (7-4) vs. Wynn (8-4)
Boston at Baltimore (night)-Henry
(3-4) vs. Turley (6-6).

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NATIONAL
New York .... 40
Brooklyn .... 39
Milwaukee ..31
Philadelphia 29
Cincinnati ... 30
St. Louis .....,30
Chicago. 23
Pittsburgh .. 21

LEAGUE
22 .645
23 .629
28 .525
29 .500
31 .492
32 .484
36 .390
42 .333

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YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
New York 8, St. Louis 5.
TODAY'S GAMES
Cincinnati at Brooklyn - Valentine
(6-5) vs. Podres (7-3).
Milwaukee at New York (night)-
Conley (5-2) vs. Antonelli (9-2).
Chicago at Philadelphia (night) -
Haddix (11-3) vs. Littlefield (3-1).

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finishing kick, was 35 yards ahead
of Chataway as he breasted the
tape. Chataway was timed in
4:04.0. Four finns trailed them.
"I'm too happy to be able to
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By E. J. SMITH
Associate Sports Editor
In contrast to Roger Bannister's
recent "miracle mile" John Lan-
dy's record breaking mile yester-
day came as no surprise to the
track and field experts through-
out the world.
Men in the know had always
said that once any man had brok-
en thru the psychological barrier
that kept the four minute mile
an unobtainable goal a rash of
performers would follow quite
quickly in his footsteps, and Lan-
dy was always considered a prime
candidate.
For two years now he has been
threatening the magic mark. His
name was first brought to track
fans attention back in January
1953 when he sped the eight fur-
longs in 4:02.1 in his native Aus-
tralia.
Three weeks later he proved
this was no fluke when he ran
the distance in 4:02.4. The 24
year old student's adherents
claimed that both these perform-
ances were the equivalent of four

minute miles, and they may have
been right, as The Australian
tracks are far from the finest and
Melbourne weather if far from
ideal for a distance race.
Although he was eliminated in
the earlyuheats of the 52 Olympics,
Landy put his time in Europe to
good use, in taking careful notes
on the style of Czechoslovakian
distance ace Emil Zatopek.
Landy now runs with a high
arm action similar to atopek's and
has copied the Czechs method of
running part of his race on his
heels rather than the balls of his
feet, a technique designed to rest
a runners thigh muscles.
North American track fans may
now look forward to what could
develope into the most fanstastic
mile in track history, for in Au-
gust the British Empire Games
in Vancouver will bring together
Landy, Bannister, Chataway, who
ran second in both races, and
Murrey Malbert, a New Zealand-
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