Thursday, November 14, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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from the seat
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From Californa * .
After seven straight victories, including five big ones in Big Ten
competition it's hard to comprehend that Michigan opened the 1968
season by dropping a 14-point decision to California, 21-7.
It is even more difficult to conceive that the Wolverines, cur-
rently ranked fourth nationally, looked lethargic in defeat. Sports
writers, who witnessed the debacle, speculated after the game if
Michigan was capable of going anywhere this season.
The loss to the Golden Bears was the first opening game loss for
the Wolverines in several seasons. The home town fans, who walked
away from Michigan Stadium on that bright, sunny September after-
noon, wondered if the Wolverines were not destined to become the
Wisconsin of 1968.
Playboy Magazine, which had picked Michigan's record correctly
for the past two seasons, predicted that the Wolverines would finish
dead last in the Big Ten with a 3-7 overall record. While this forecast
did not portent the 0-9-1 record the Badgers finished with last year,
it still did not leave niuch room for optimism.
Even the Big Ten coaches and football writers picked Michigan
to finish near the bottom of the pack, and behind Michigan State
which came in with a 3-7 mark in 1967.
The results of the California contest made the sportswriters and
coaches look like sages. The Michigan defensive line, which resembled
atslice of Swiss cheese, was unable to stop the California backs on
their line plunges or .contain theni on their power sweeps.
Halfback Gary Fowler was especially adroit at both plowing
through the gaping holes and skirting the slow-moving Wolverine
linemen. Fowler scored three times-once over tackle, once over guard,
and once around end to give himself a gridiron "hat-trick" and the
Wolverine defense a bad reputation.
The Michigan offense also looked sluggish. Split ends Jerry
Imsland and Billy Harris, both seeing heavy action for the first'
time, had a difficult time holding on to fDennis Brown passes,
while Brownie and Ron Johnson found it nearly impossible to
crack the vaulted Golden Bear defense which currently ranks
eighth over-all in the nation.
The results of Michigan's sloppy display was defeat but it turned
out to be- a loss which helped turn Michigan into the hottest college
football team in the country.
The same Wolverine team that looked terrible against the Bears
in the opening game and was picked near the bottom of the Big Ten,
has been the terror of the nation the last few weeks.
Part of the reason for the debacle could be traced to the fact
the Wolverines did not appear to be fired up for the season. That all
changed after the California loss. The defeat seemed to shock the
team into realizing they-had to play FOOTBALL to win.' ,
Even on the way to Duke before the second game of the season,
there was something different in the attitude of the players. They
wanted to play winning football. The players had to show to them-
selves that they weren't as bad as the California loss implied.
There was nothing high schoolish or rah:rah about this .determina-
tion. It was instead a silent devotion possessing th. players, that
Michigan was better than the other Big Ten coaches and the sports
w-iters had foreseen.
The next seven games have proved that the Wolverines have
+ had more than that dedication going for them. Michigan also
has talent. Not the kind of talent that produces one 0. J. Simpson
and little else but the kind of talent that forms a winning foot-
The Wolverines have possible All-Americans in halfback Ron
Johnson and free safety Tom Curtis but Michigan also has talent
in th ,¢ffensiVe and defensivelines where football games are won and
NEW YORK-Bob Gibson, the
St. Louis Cardinal, brilliant right-
hander was named the National
League's Most Valuable Playerk
yesterday, capping an unprece-
dented pitchers' sweep of base-
ball's most coveted prizes.
Gibson, a 22-game winner whose
1.12 earned run average was the
lowest in league history, beat out
batting champ Pete Rose of Cin-
cinnati in a relatively close con-'
test for MVP honors.
Two weeks ago, he captured the
NL Cy Young Award as the un-
animous' choice of the voting
members of the Baseball Writers
Association of America (BBWA).
The double conquest by the33-
year-old St. Louis fireballer, after
Detroit ace Denny McLain took
the American League MVP and
Cy Young awards, marks the first
time two, hurlers have divided allI
In Matsuyama, Japan, where
the Cardinalstwere scheduled to
play a local team on their exhi-
bition tour, Gibson appeared sur-
prised when told of his selection.
"You're kidding," he said, then
paused a few seconds to let the
news sink in and added:
"It's great. It's just great, be-
cause pitchers don't usually win
MVP awards. I've got to thank
! everyone on the team. The whole the BBWA panel-two writers
team helped me have a good year." from each city.
Gibson, who pitched 13 shutouts He got 14 firsts in the MVP bal-
in leading the Cardinals to their loting, Rose picking up the other
second consecutive pennant, suc- vote, and outpointed the hustling
ceeds teammate Orlando Cepeda Cincinnati outfielder 242-205.
as the NL MVP. He is third St. The writers voted for 10 places,
Louis player in five years to earn with a first worth 14 points, a
the ward, Ken Boyer having been second, 9 points; a third, 8; and
selected in 1964. on down to 1 point for 10th.
Orlando Cepeda, the 1967 win- Rose, who nipped Pittsburgh's
ner who did not get a single vote Matty Alou for the batting title,
this time, was among the first to .335 to .332 by going 7-for 15 in
c o n g r a t u1 a t e the 33-year-old his last three games, was no lower
right-hander. than fourth on all 20 ballots. Gib-
"Gibson should get all the son, received one seventh-place
awards that are presented" said vote.
Cepeda. Then he turned to out- Willie McCovey, San Francisco's
fielder Lou Brock who finished slugging first baseman, finished
sixth in the voting and said "Now third with 135 points. Curt Flood,
you'll have to win it next year." the Cardinals' center fielder, was
Gibson won 15 straight games fourth with 16 and Juan Marichal,
1 during the 1968 season, a club rec- the Giants pitching star, was fifth
ord, and reeled off a scoreless with 93.
streak of 47 innings. He finished Gibson, Rose, McCovey and Ma-
with a 22-9 record. richal were the only players
His 1.12 ERA broke the mark of among 26 receiving votes who were
1.22 set in 1915 by Grover Cleve- named on every ballot.
land Alexander of the Philadel- Left fielder Lou Brock and third
phia Phillies. baseman Mike Shannon of the
nineCardinals were sixth and seventh,
srapsing6'2" etran ofi respectively, while pitcher Nelson
sesoniswthnithCardinals,-Gi Briles and shortstop Dal Maxvill
son is the ninth pitcher-MVP tied for 20th, giving the NL
since the inception of the award champs six vote-getters in all.
in 1931. The MVP balloting was com-
Until this year only Don New- pleted before the World Series in
combe, in 1956, and Sandy Koufax, which Gibson beat the Tigers
in 1963, liad won both the Cy twice before bowing toMickey
Young-for pitchers only-and Lolich in the seventh game.
In the Cy Young voting, Gibson
received all 20 first places from
Past National League MVP winners
1968-Bob Gibson, St. Louis
1967-Orlando Cepeda, St. Louis
1966-Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
1965-Willie Mays, San Francisco
1964-Ken Boyer, St. Louis
1963-Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles
1962-Maury Wills, Los Angeles
1961-Frank Robinson, Cincinnati
1960--Dick Groat, Pittsburgh
1959-Ernie Banks, Chicago
1958-Ernie Banks, Chicago
1957--Hank Aaron, Milwaukee
1956-Don Newcombe, Brooklyn
1955-Roy Campanella, Brooklyn
1954-Willie Mays, New York
1953--Roy Campanella, Brooklyn
1952-Bank Sauer, Chicago
1951-Roy Campanella, Brooklyn
1950-Jim Konstanty, Philadelphia
1949-Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn
1948-Stan Muslal, St. Louis
1947-Bob Elliott, Boston
1946-Stan Muslal, St. Louis
1945-Phil Cavarretta, Chicago
1944-Marty Marion, St. Louis
1943-Stan Musial, St. Louis
1942-Mort Cooper, St. Louis
1941--Dolph Camilli, Brooklyn
1940--Frank McCormick, Cincinnati
1939--Bucky Walters, Cincinnati
1938--Ernie Lombardi, Cincinnati
1937-Jce Medwick, St. Louis
1936-Carl Hubbell, New York
1935-Gabby Hartnett, Chicago
1934-Dizzy Dean, St. Louis
1933-Carl Hubbell, New York
1932-Chuck Klein, Philadelphia
1931-Frank Frisch, St. Louis
All-America prospects ailing
CHICAGO (A)) - All-American man now. It's O. J's. Oh, I just
football candidates aren't delicate hurt all over."
Swiss watches. But they can be j Even Michigan's Ron Johnson,
dropped once too often and stop one of the top still healthy
running. choices of the AP's regional All-
The Midwest, especially, has American board, is beginning to
seen several talented players hob- show some der ts as iron-man pur-
bled by damaging injuries. suer of Tom armon's Wolverine
Such prime All-America pros- career rushing record.'
pects. as quarterback Terry Han- A Michigan dispatch reports
ratty 'of Notre Dame, halfback Johnson was "hit hard against
John Isenbarger of Indiana 'and Illinois last weekend and lost some
linebacker Rich Saul of Michigan of his quickness after that."
State have been rendered unfit Until a practice injury last week
for combat. which resulted in knee surgery
Leroy Keyes, Purdue's Mr. Tuesday, Notre Dame's record-1
Everything, is plagued by a bad breaking passer, Hanratty, ap-
knee, a painful back and bruised peared a better All-American bet
ribs to such an extent he has than Johnson from the Midwest.
conceded the coveted Heisman The board's current list of top
Trophy to . indestructible O. J c ndidates is well stacked with
Simpson of Southern California. players who get little recognition,
"I'm out of it," said Keyes after but plenty of head-knocking-
limping with Purdue to a 27-13 defensive and offensive linemen.
upset by Minnesota last weekend. These include Wolverire tight-
"I haven't a chance for the Heis- end Jim Mandich; offensive tac-
kles George Kunz of Notre Dame,
and Rufus Mayes and Dave Foley
of second-ranked Ohio State; of-
fensive guards Clanton King ofj
Purdue and Jon Meskimen of
Iowa; -and center Jack Rosdnay
On defense, top candidates citedF
were: ,Michigan safety -Tom Cur-
tis; tackle Charles Bailey and
safety Al PBrenner of Michigan
State; and linebackers John Ta-
tum of Ohio State and Bob Olson
of Notre Dame.
Among the specialists who
throw, catch or carry the ball the
Midwest's best include split end
Jim Seymour of Notre Dame;
flankers Jade Butcher of Indiana
and Tom Rossley, Cincinnati;
quarterbacks Dennis Brown of
Michigan; Greg Cook, Cincinnati;
Cleve Bryant, Ohio University,
and running backs Roland Moss,
Toledo, and Ed Podolak, Iowa.
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What kind of quarterback would Dennis Brown be if Stan Broad-
nax, Bob Penska, Dave Denzin and the other linemen did not give
him the time to pick out a receiver or scramble for a first down?
What kind of runner would even Ron Johnson be without the super-
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Before the beginning of this season and especially after the
California loss Michigan's biggest question mark was the defensive
line. Who would fill the holes left by the graduation, of Rocky E
Rosema and Dennis Morgan, among others? I
Well, those holes have been filled quite effectively. In this era
of high scoring football, the Wolverines currently have the 10th best
ends Tom' Goss and Cecil Pryor have caught the opposing quarter-
Mchofth cared it isadu to thedfnive inNe. Weako s ery. ll
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