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Q1EIJTNJRJ~NUUU Club teams in action this weekend
The Michigan men's soccer team and the men's rugby team host key
contests in Ann Arbor this weekend.
The men's soccer team hosts the Big Ten Club Tournament, Saturday
PandSunday. Play begins both days at 10 a.m. at Mitchell Field.
The men's rugby team hosts its first home game of the year Saturday,
welcoming Gooley Law School to Palmer Field for a I p.m. contest.

Friday
September 22, 1995

Invitational brings gof bak toAor
Brockway, Dobbs and Idalski will lead men's team; other roster spots are up for grabs

By Mark Snyder
For the Daily
For the first time in over a year, the
men's golfteam is playing on its home
course.
After not playing a tournament on
the Stadium Course all of last season,
Michigan will host teams from Dis-
trict 4 for the Wolverine Invitational,
Friday through Sunday.
Not only will nine of the 11 Big Ten
teams be participating in the action,
but others from the Mid-American
Conference and local independents

will also be holing putts this week-
end.
With one tournament already under
their belt, the Wolverines are still
finding their strokes and determining
the final squad.
They finished in a ninth-place tie
last weekend at the ReliaStar Tourna-
ment in Minneapolis behind victor
Louisiana State. Northwestern paced
the Big Ten with a second-place fin-
ish.
Captain Chris Brockway's 226 was
the low score as each member

struggled to make the final playing
roster. The head role for Brockway
means he should be leading the team;
at the ReliaStar tournament, he did
just that.
His opening 70 was the best round
by a Wolverine throughout the tour-
nament and showed that he can fill the
large shoes of 1994 captain Bill Lyle.
Brockway's 72.8 scoring average
from the fall of 1994 should likewise
improve this season.
Returning to the links this year are
juniors Kyle Dobbs and Brent Idalski,

both of whom contributed signifi-
cantly to last year's team. Their expe-
rience will be necessary to guide the
younger members of the team. Each
competed for Michigan in Minneapo-
lis.
One of those younger shooters is
redshirt freshman Mike Emanuel, who
has battled back from the loss of his
entire freshman season to mono-
nucleosis. He has recovered and will
be "part of the future," Michigan coach
Jim Carras said.
Emanuel shot a competitive 232 to

place fourth among Wolverines in
Minneapolislast weekend.
Another of the newcomers to the
men's team is Michael Harris. Once
he becomes a regular, "he will be
contributing before the end of the
year," Carras said.
With 21 teams competing, the 54-
hole tournament gives the Wolver-
ines a chance to show their stuff on
their home course.
Carras downplays the advantage of
the home course but said that "it sepa-
rates us from equal teams (of our

ability)."
With only five matches during the
fall portion of the season, each one
takes on a greater significance.
As Carras scrambles to put the most
talented golfers in place for the up-
coming tournaments, he remains op-
timistic about the team's progress.
"I am trying to find out what type of
team we have," he said, speaking of
the changes to the outfit.
The Invitational will go a long way
toward seeing how far from home this
team really is.

le end Of
an era is
upon us
ETROIT - It's never easy
saying goodbye.
A sparse crowd braved cool
temperatures yesterday so it could
pay its respects to two of Detroit's
all-time greatest athletes.
Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker
played what is believed to be their
final game at Tiger Stadium. The pair
have made no official retirement
plans, but the gathering at the corner
of Michigan and Trumbull wanted to
make sure they received a proper
send off.
By no means
was it proper,
as an an-
nounced crowd
of only 14,803
bothered to
show up.
The game
also may have
ANTOINE marked the end
P or NE of the line in
PittS Detroit for
stop manager
Sparky
Anderson.
Tiger President John McHale has said
that decision will come after the
season. Many believe the Tigers will
not have Anderson back with the
club.
The fans sure got a good look at
Anderson. He made the walk from the
Tiger dugout to the pitcher's mound
nurierous times. Anderson used six
pitchers as the Tigers gave up 13 runs
in the final three innings.
See PITTS, page 12

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Lack of emotion marks
duo's last home contest'

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT- It was not a fitting finale for two
legends.
Yesterday, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker
were rewarded for their 18 years in Detroit with
a miserable 13-1 loss to Baltimore, 37,613 va-
cant seats and no chances to turn a double play in
what will likely be their last game at Tiger
Stadium.
No other tandem has played more games with
the same team, but only 14,803 fans showed up
to witness "Tram" and "Sweet Lou's" 1,917th
day working side by side since 1977.
The Detroit sports icons - who teamed up to
be one of the greatest double play combinations
in history - will likely retire after this season,
taking the only remnants of the Tigers' 1984
World Championship team home for good.
Trammell has said he isn't sure about his future
and Whitaker has been mum on the subject, but
many speculate the era will end officially soon.
In honor of all of thier accomplishments, yes-
terday could have been for them - complete
with ceremonies, promotions and the like - but
that wouldn't have been their style.
"I don't think it's right to do all of that right
now," Trammell said. "We're still wearing the
uniform."
So instead of celebration and comemoration,
the day was left thick with irony. There was a big
crowd waiting around the dugout before the
game, but it was a visitor the fans wanted.
Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr., who broke Lou Gerhig's
consecutive games streak two weeks ago, signed
autographs for nearly 20 minutes in front of the
mob. Trammell signed for a few fans in the
outfield before the game, but interest in him
didn't even compare to that in Ripken. Whitaker
signed nothing at all.

The fans who braved the 50-degree tempratures
did cheer their heroes. There were shouts of
"LET'S GO TRAM!" and the ritual choruses of
"LOOUUUU!," but Ripken's ovation matched
Trammell and Whitaker's. Despite a brief cr-
tain call after the game, there was little nwro
emotion.
"It's no big deal," Trammell said. "We've
played our whole careers with the attitude that
we're just doing our jobs and that's all that
matters. We've had some very successful years
here."
In the end, however, the gap between those
glory days and their current utility roles couldn't
have been more apparent. Neither Whitaker nor
Trammell could muster a hit in the game an4
their team gave up eight runs in an ineptly played
seventh inning.
At one time, Trammell and Whitaker were
among the best at their positions.
"They've had great careers, and that's what
should be remembered," said Detroit manager
Sparky Anderson, who is also not expected to
return next year.
Both played in numerous All Star Games and
won the 1984 World Championshil. Trammell
won the 1984 World Series Most Valuable Player
Award and finished second in MVP voting for
the 1987season. Whitaker and Hall ofFamerJoe
Morgan are the only second basemen in history
to amass 2,000 games, 2,000 hits and 200 home
runs.
Trammell is tied with Hall of Famer Charlie
Gehringer for 12th on the Tigers' all-time home
run list with 184. He is fifth on Detroit's stolen
base list with 230. In addition, he has over 2,300
hits and needs 15 more RBI to reach 1,000.
Whitaker is third on the Tigers' list in games
played behind Al Kaline and Ty Cobb. He has
over 2,300 hits, 1,000 RBI and 1,300 runs.

AP PHU
Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker have likely played their final home game for the Detroit Tigers after
careers that never left the Motor City. They have played in 1,917 games together so far.

Volleyball starts Big
Ten season at home

By Monica Polakov
DailySports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team has its
Big-Ten conference opener at Cliff
Keene Arena this weekend. The Wol-
verines play their first opponent, Pur-
due, Friday with a match against North-
western Saturday. Both contests start at
7 p.m.
What should fans expect to see?
"Two victories," junior Erin
McGovern said.
Both the Boilermakers and the Wild-
cats are ranked below the Wolverines
in the Big Ten coaches poll. With the
homecourt advantage, Michigan hopes
to blow them away.
The Wolverines must take care not to
be overconfident. At the UMass Invita-
tional last weekend, the Wolverines beat
higher-ranked UMass but lost to Syra-
cuse, a team they had beaten in the past.
But the Wolverines believe they have
learned their lesson.
"We're expecting a good match,"
senior Suzy O'Donnell said.
Purdue and Northwestern both have
some great talent.
Purdue has strength in junior outside
hitter Lauri Grimes, who was named to
the Gator Invitational all-tournament
team after averaging 4.2 kills, 2.8 digs
and .5 blocks over three matches.
In addition, new coach Joey Vrazel
may bring a different-looking team to
Ann Arbor ths weekend-

really important," McGovern said.
"How we go into these matches will
have a big effect on our season."
This weekend may give Michigan
the momentum it needs to play well
against rival Michigan State next week.
If the Wolverines beat the Spartans,
their Big 1Ten standing will be promis-
ing.
Last year, the Wolverines finished
ninth in the Big Ten. This year they
expect to do a lot better.
"We want to finish in the top three,"
McGovern said. "And I think we can do
it."
In the meantime, the Wolverines hope
to see a large turnout at Cliff Keene this
weekend.
"Ever since our UCLA game, the
supporthas been great," McGovern said.

Yesterday's
Detroit Tigers
game may have
been Sparky
Anderson's last
home contest at
the comer of
Michigan and
Trumbull. There
is speculation
that Anderson's
long stint with
the Tigers is
nearly over,
although he
Insists that he
will be managing
next season.
Anderson came
to the Tigers
from Cincinatti In
1979, after
managing the
Reds to a World
Series victory.
He was the first
manager to win
the title in both
leagues.
AP PHOTO

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