The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 02, 1951, Page PAGE 3, Image 3

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Busby Leads
Junior League
The Chicago White Sox ar
surprising the other American
League teams by owning four of
the five top hitters.
Jim Busby is leading the cir
cuit with a very healthy .462.
This mark puts him 14 points
ahead of Eddie Robinson, also of
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the White Sox, who is swatting
the ball at .448. Luke Easter of
Cleveland J third with At3: Nel-
ly Fox foyrfh with .400.
Cornhusker Tracksters
Wednesday, May 2, 1951
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DICK MEISSNER .... senior high jumper came through
With a 6-7 leap at the Drake Relays to take the blue ribbon. He
is the outstanding high jumper in Nebraska history.
Sometimes, In the shuffle of
sports, the great feats which an
athlete accomplishes are almost
That has been the case of
Nebraska's number-one high
jumper, Dick Meissner. Perhaps
some of this negligence can be
' attributed to the fact that he is
competing in the shadow of pole
vaulter Don Cooper.
But even so, his own perform
ances are good enough that he
need not feel embarrassed or
As a high school student Meiss
ner won the Intercity meet at
Omaha with a, leap of 5-7.
That means he has improved
exactly one foot since his migra
tion to the University. His top
mark was, of course, at the Drake
Relays which he won at 6-7.
That is one of the best perform
ances in the country to date. And
it was set in a talent-loaded field.
As a frosh cinderman he did not
show a great deal of promise.
He says he was "just not good
enough, so I gave up." As a re
sult he did not report for varsity
track in his sophomore year. But
he won the intramural high jump
with a 5-10 effort. And that was
where he came to the attention of
Head Track Coach Ed Weir.
Tries for Varsity
The Husker mentor finally
talked him into coming out for the
varsity team, and since that time
his hard work has made him a
stellar high jumper.
His first performance as a
member of Weir's team came late
Hogan Story
In Lincoln
"Follow the Sun" is just what
Ben Hogan did during his il--lustrous
golt career portrayed in
the movie by the same name at
the Lincoln theater.
The movie is the story of
Hogan and his wife in their trek
across the country playing in in
vitational golf tournaments.
Hogan's courageous comeback
after the accident that almost
crippled him and his hope that
the fans will like him creates a
poignant, heart warming story.
Hogan, potrrayed by Glenn
Ford and Val, his wife, played
by Anne Baxter show the sports
manship typical of the great Am
erican athletes.
In the indoor season when he went
5-10 against Oklahoma. He clear
ed 6-2 that year.
Meissner went 6-8 last year
on the indoor cinders to beat
Sooner star Dick Jones.
Last winter, his best mark was
6-5 in a dual with Kansas that
set a new Husker indoor and out
door record. The old mark was
held by Monte Kinder.
Meissner kept in tune for the
coming outdoor season by com'
peting in the Purdue Relays. He
won this meet by clearing 6-4.
Changed Style
He has changed his style some
what this season. He now ap
proaches the bar at a sharper
angle than previously, to allow
himself more time for his kick
while over the bar.
His coaches term him as a
"hard worker, fine trainer and
competitor, and intelligent ath
lete." He is a cadet captain in ad
vanced ROTC and plans to enter
the University medical school this
Weir will not predict on Meiss-
ners chances to go higher. Meiss
ner believes he may be able to
if his timing remains as con
sistent as it was at Drake.
Spectators at Des Moines said
Meissner had room to spare;
when he cleared 6-7. And he
missed 6-8 by a thumbnail.
He has a great deal of admira
tion for Walter Davis, the 6 foot
8 inch giant jumper from Texas
A & M Davis went 6-9 at the
Texas Relays but could reach only
6-3 at Drake.
Two Men Better
He is one of the two men who
have surpassed Meissner" 6-7.
The other jumper is Virgil
Severns of Kansas State who did
6-74 at the Texas Relays. Okla
homan Dick Jones has also
cleared 6-7 this year.
Meissner is setting his sights
on the Big Seven outdoor meet.
He will probably be competing
against the best field of any con
ference in the nation.
At least it will be the best high
jumping corps in the Missouri
Valiey, Big Six, or Big Seven
history. Four Big Seven athletes
Severns, Jones, Meissner, and
the 1 950 conference outdoor win
ner. Bob Gorden of Missouri, have
done 6-7 or better.
Meissner has never won a con
ference title, so this may be his
Duel Oklahoma Saturday
By Marshall Kushner
Oklahoma University's track
team will play host to the Ne
braska Cornhuskers in a dual
track meet Saturday, May 5. The
meet will mark the Huskers third
attempt in conquering a confer
ence foe in dual meets in out
door season competition.
With the exception of a few
of the squad members who trav
eled to the Texas. Kansas and
Drake Relays, the meet will mark
the tirst appearance of the cin
dermen since April 22 when the
scarlet thinclads fell to power
ful Missouri University, 65-53.
ine booners have flashed con
siderable relay team perform
ances during the past few re
lays that they entered teams in.
They were partially stymied at
the latest Drake Relays, however,
led the conference in placing in
all relay events at that carnival
It will be up to Leonard Kehl
to carry the brunt of the parade
of points in the pole vault event.
Kehl has consistently stayed over
the 13 foot mark and will be
favored to take top honors in that
Cooper Wont Compete
Sooner track fans received the
disappointing news that they will
not be able to witness the pole
vaulting prowess of Nebraska's
nationally renowned Don Cooper.
Cooper is suffering from a pulled
muscle received while attempt
ing 15 feet at the Drake 'carnival
Nebraska fans also share the
gloom of the Oklahoma rooters
as their chances for victory are
definitely hurt without the York
ace. Cooper is taking heat ray
treatments in a Lincoln hospital
and there has been no report on
(Courtesy of Journal-Star)
DAN TOLMAN .... hurdler
has had an added burden
since Wendy Cole was called
to the air force. He failed
to place in the Drake Relays
but should be in top form for
the Sooners.
when he will be set for more
vaulting action.
Meanwhile, the spotlight will
remain on a field event for Itie
meet. It will be Dick Meissner,
Nebraska's record holding high
jumper, lacing jjick Jones, tne
pride of Soonerland.
These two clashed during the
indoor season at Lincoln last win
ter and Jones nipped Meissner
that time. Jones then went on to
leap 6-3 V to take the conference
Cornhuskers to Colorado
For Two Diamond Contests
Nebraska's baseball Cornhus
kers, rained out of the second
straight contest with Iowa State
Tuesd-y afternoon, turn their at
tention to the U Colo
rado this weekend. The HusKer
"amondmen leave for Boulder
Thursday morning or .IW0
game series with the Buffs on
Frday and Saturday.
The Scarlet are currently
RDorting a 2-1 record in confer
ence play Three scheduled con
tests have already been washed
out by the spring torrents. These
games may not be made up if
the weather continues its pres
ent form.
Victories for the Huskers were
chalked up over Kansas wuver
sitv and Kansas State while the
one loss was the first encounter
with the Jayhawks. The second
K-State affair was rained out
along with the two Cyclone
games this week.
First Loop Contests
The Buffs' conference record
has been unaltered since the
season's start. The Coloradoans
have not faced a loop opponent
to date so the Husker frays will
inaugurate CUs Big Seven sea
son. Their non-conference frays
have come out none too success
ful In seven games they have
copped only two, over Fitzsim
mons Army and Colorado Mines.
They have dropped two to
Colorado A & M and three to
h University of Arizona. The
first Buff-Arizona encounter was
quite a scoring spree with the fi
nal score reading 31-11.
Oklahoma is currently leading
the Big Seven race with a 4-0
record. The own two wins over
Missoji'-i an two over Kansas.
Husker Coach Tony Sharpe
has not named his traveling
squad as yet, but it is probable
that it will be the same that
journeyed to Kansas for the
Wichita and Jayhawker con
tests. McCormick and Kopf
Coach Sharpe will undoubted
ly send control artist Dick Mc
Cormick into the pitching chores
in the first game and Del Kopf
as pitcher in the second contest.
McCormick and Kopf were slat
ed to start against the Cyclones
end so have had plenty of rest.
Kopf owns the top Husker
pitching record, winning two and
suffering no setbacks. McCormick
has a 2-1 record.
The Huskers will throw a po
tent batting barrage at the Buffs
along with its steady hurling.
The Scarlet have ten men bat
ting over the .300 mark, five of
them regulars.
The Huskers will return home
to face the loop leaders next
week. The Sooners are sched
uled for two games Wednesday
and Thursday.
By Bob Banks
(Assistant Sport Editor)
The Battle of Journalists will
be staged Friday afternoon in the
form of a softball game Derween
the Cornhusker and the "Rag."
Even though they were quak
ing and moaning at their type
writers, the Cornhusker staff
somehow found courage to accept
The Daily Nebraska challenge.
Experts are predicting the
Cornhusker staff will be at just
as great disadvantage against the
Rag staff in softball as it is in
high quality journalism., .
Past records show the Corn
husker has failed to win a single
game. It came close to victory
back in 1892 when only two mem
bers of the Daily Nebraskan staff
were able to play. The remain
der of the staff was forced to
take over in the Cornhusker of
fice so the annual could meet its
deadline. '
The 1951 game will not be
played according to standard rules
for the benefit of the Corn
husker. The revision will be in
the hitting and pitching depart
ments. The "Rag" has promised to hit
no more than ten home runs per
inning, 15 triples, 20 doubles, and
no limit on the singles. It has
also promised to lend two mem
bers of its staff to the Corn
huskers. These two members are
of no use to the "Rag" since they
have been able to hit only five
homers per game.
In the pitching department tne
Daily Nebraskan has assured the
Cornhusker that it will limit its
strikeous to twenty. Ssrice the
game will last nine innings, the
Cornhusker will have an oppor
tunity to get seven hits.
P. S. This portion of the
column was written by one who
is nerely an uninterested by
stander. The Daily Nebraskan
staff unaniomusly agreed that it
was completely objective, accu
rate, and impartial which is ac
cording to the high principles of
jouranalism, something our staff
always practices.
Coaches Help
As the school -ar draws to a
close the spoi department
wishes to thank Cornhusker
coaches in general d Bill Glass
ford in particular for their as
sistance in giving us information
on Nebraska atheltics.
Without their help our sports
page would be next to impossible
to produce. And to Glassford we
pay special tribute because in
spite of the great amount of work
he has, the Husker grid coach is
never too busy to give a little
time to our reporters.
Barney Does It
Rex Barney had the courage to
do something which many men
would have avoided.
The husky pitcher wrote the
Brooklyn Dodger officials a let
ter saying he wanted to be placed
on the voluntary retired list. He
took this step because he did not
believe he had the ability to pitch
major league ball.
When he first migrated to big
time baseball, Barney was hailed
as having the fastest ball since
Bobby Feller.
But this speed ball was com
pletely ineffective because of his
control. "The Wold Man from
Omaha'" simply could not find
the plate.
His best season was in 1948
when he won 15 games and
pitched a no hitter against the
New York Giants.
A man has to possess a few
guts to admit he is a failure at
his profession. Barney had the
guts, and he is to be highly com
mended for his action.
BOB BAR CUTS .... A trans
planted footballer, the cinder
man should add points to the
Husker cause in the 100 and
220-yard dashes. He was an
outstanding sprinter in high
crown at Kansas City.
In a recent meeting, Meissner
soared to 6-7 inches to win the
Drake Relays, while Jones had
to be content to follow on Meiss
ner's heels.
Nebraskans, and especially
Track Coach Ed Weir will be
anxious to see how Dale
Schnackel fares in his 880 yard
run. In his appearance against
Missouri, the Omaha star breezed
through in 1:58.8 on the indoor
Lee Alexander, Bob Barchus,
and Jack James Will comprise
the Husker hopes in the 100 yard
dash. Alexander failed to score
in recent Texas and Drake Re
lays. Coach Weir will also de
pend on this crew for points in
the 220 yard dash. 1
Distance Runs i
Bill Hein and Jack Scoville
will represent the Huskers in
the 440. Scoville is almost com
pletely recovered from a leg in
jury he received in early April.
The power in the longer dis
tances will be built around Gene
Yelkin, Schnackle, Buele Balder-
Jays Feature Cagers
At Sports Weekend
All-Sports Weekend at the University of Kansas will feature
a Varsity-Alumni basketball game, KU and K-State baseball
games, a .track meet with K-State and tennis matches with Ne
braska. Twenty varsity basketball candidates started spring drills
last Monday in preparation for the 1951-52 season. Coach
"Phog" Allen's boys are expected to give the alumni a rough
time. His team features Clyde Lovellette and B .H. Born, from the
freshman team, at double-post positions. .
The javelin championship of the Big Seven conference has,
been won by the Colorado Buffs every year since they entered th
league. In 1948 and 1949, Jack Todd won the event. George
Holley came out first in the 1950 meet.
Missouri football coaches are quite satisfied with the de
velopment of a couple rookie quarterbacks. The Tiger coaches
named Jim Hook and Bob Schoonmaker as the most primising
backs. Bill Wilkening, veteran halfback was given espesial men
tion. The best forwards named are Bob Castle, a letterman, and
Don Rutter. Bob Morse was named the most improved lineman.
Tom Makin is the coach's choice for most improved back.
The Tiger varsity took a 7-0 drubbing from the alumni in
their annual spring tussle. Hook and Al Androlewicz were top
goal gainers in the varsity line-up. About a dozen top-flight
candidates on the Mizzou team from 1951 were not in uniform
for the game.
Track coach at Oklahoma, John Jacobs, can be mighty proud
of his cindermen. So far, the Sooners have won seven of the
fourteen university-class relays at the Texas and Kansas carnivals
despite the loss from a pulled muscle of Charles Coleman, Big
Seven conference outdoor 440-yard champion.
They also won the Sugar Bowl mile relay from a picked field
as an added starter. Coleman helped them win the Michigan
State Indoor Relays, too.
Before the Kansas Relays, Coach Jacobs told his boys, "This
ain't no county meet The boys will be running for the Jewelry.
He -must have got his point across to them because Oklahomans
brought back 12 gold wrist watches from the meet and took the
team championship.
rugged Oklahoma distance aces.
Paul Grimm, Lowell Nielson,
Jack Greer, Hyle Thibault, and
George Prochaska will all help
the Husker point total in the
weight department.
' ' In their indoor meeting Feb
ruary 23, the Sooners were ex
pected to thrash the Huskers,
but had to hit their peak of per
formance to win the dual meet,
ston, Bob Krueger and Jess Sell, j 54-40. The Sooners again will be
These men will all face the favorites on the basis of Nebras
ka's considerable loss of strength
to the army air force.
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