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SIX

THE MICHIGAN UAILV

SI' DAY, APRIL 26, 1959

SIX THE MIChIGAN DAIIN SUNDAY, APRIL 26, iS~9

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Foreign

Stars

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College

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(First of a series on foreign athletes in U. S. colleges)l
By JIM BENAGH
"I think it becomes ridiculous when, in the NCAA champion-
ships, some 20 or more foreign-born competitors dominate the C
meet."-Kenneth L. Wilson, Commissioner of the Big Ten and t
President of the United States Olympic Committee.
* * *
College sports leaders have reached the crossroads concerning
foreign athletes, and the house-divided must be brought together
again with organized rules to ban, limit, or allow the imported star;
to enjoy the same privileges as the American.
The once-minor problem, which rocketed with a post-WorldI
War II recruiting onrush, has reached its zenith and forced itself
into the agenda of the NCAA. And from all indications; college lead-
ers may have to settle the question in their annual meeting just
two weeks from now.
The international student-athlete is a very dominant figure in
at least a half-dozen American college sports and may be utilized in
several others in the near future.
It was Michigan success, and the added honors won by Illinois'
Jamaican trackmen and Ohio State's Hawaiian swimmers in the
late 1940s, that promoted legislation against the foreigner.
First came the Big Ten's controversial age rule, which stated
that "each year of foreign competition after the 19th birthday wouldI
count as a year's competition in college." The Big Eight Conference
adopted a similar rule - with 20 years old as the base.I
But for every one who supports this restriction, or any other

limitation, there is an opponent. Within its own athletic department, Canhai's star pole vaulter, 27-yr.-old Eeles Landstrom of Fin-
Michigan stands behind the foreign athlete, of course, but is divided land, admitted that the competition was too much in his favor.

on the age rule.
Athletic Director H. 0. "Fritz" Crisler opposes any restrictions
designed against international athletes. He says it is University policy
to grant "the same privileges to all students," according to an ex-
change arrangement with foreign countries.
But Track Coach Don Canham supports the age rule.
"Look at the record," he declared. "Guys like Herb McKenley and
Crawford Kennedy won all their meets by competing With kids five
years younger."

A Sample of 1958-59 'All Americans'

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TRACK & FIELD
Ron Delaney, Villanova Ireland
Gail Hodgson, Oklahoma South Africa
Keith Gardner, Nebraska Jamaica
Enie Haisley, Illinois Jamaica
SWIMMING
Bill Steuat, Mich. State SouthaAfrica
Joe Gerlach, Michigan Hungary
Murray Rose, Southern Cal. Australia
TENNIS
Alex Olmedo, Southern Cal. Peru
HOCKEY,
Bobby Watt, Michigan Canada
Bob White, Michigan Canada
Joe Selinger, Mich. State Canada
John Kosiancic, Mich. Tech. Canada
Murray Williamson. Minne. Canada
Bill Steenson, North Dakota Canada

All America, two-mile run
All America, 880, mile run
All America, hurdles
All America, high jump
NCAA freestyle champ
AAU diving champ
AAU freestyle champ
NCAA singles champ
All America, first team
All America, first team
All America, first team
All America, first team
All America, first team
All America, first team

Actually, the foreign-athlete debate is carried on between the
haves and the have-nots. Minnesota's predominately-American
hockey team and Northwestern's all-American track team have been
listed among the main opposition. But they have some strong nation-
ally-minded supporters like Big Ten Commissioner Kenneth L. Wil-
son on their side. They often take the international viewpoint
"As President of the U. S. Olympic Committee, I have viewed
with great concern the ill-feeling that has been engendered in many
nations throughout the world by their prize athletes coming to the
U. S. and competing in our colleges," said Wilson. He added that vig-
orous recruiting by Americans is a major fault.
Rut Walter, Northwestern track coach, thinks America should
keep foreigners out of its national championships because the for-
eign athlete has his own meets.
Amohg the "haves," Michigan State Athletic Director Clarence
"Biggie" Munn, is concerned about how foreign coaches feel, but adds:
"We wouldn't want to be outlawed from going to Paris to study
artistic things, would we? Thus, I don't think we should discourage
anyone from our education."
John1 Higgins, Navy's swim coach, and Matt Mann, the former
M' swim coach who is now at Oklahoma, said they don't complain
if it is a foreign athlete who defeats one of their American boys,
"as long as they are in the U. S. to study."
"We (the United States) are committed to giving everything to
help develop the world anyway," Mann told The Daily. "Besides, there
is much need for education in the world."

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FORMER "M" SWIM COACH-Matt Mann (right) presents South
African swimmer Billy Steuart, who competes for Michigan State,
his award for winning the NCAA freestyle championships. Mann
is not an opponent of foreign athletes. "We (the United States)
are committed to giving everything to help develop the world
anyway," Mann told The Daily.

LOSE TO PU, IU, OSU:
'M' Last in Four-Team Meet

IM' COACHES GREATEST THRILLS:
Loken Recalls GymWin over Illinois

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By DAVE ANDREWS
-Special to The Daily
COLUMBUS, O.-The Wolver-
ne golf squad was overwhelmed
here today by the three Big Ten
powerhouses - defending cham-
pion Purdue, last year's runner-
up Indiana, and host Ohio State.
The powerful Purdue team, led
by last year's Big Ten medalist.
John Konsek, and furth-place fin-
isher Gene Francis easily disposed
of all three challengers.
Soundly Defeated
The Wolverines were beaten by
Purdue by a whomping 28-8 count.
They also lost to Indiana and Ohio
State by identical 24-12 totals.
The 36-hole medal-play Nassau-
scored match started early yester-
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day morning in a driving rain,
scored match started early yester-
day morning in a driving rain.
After about an hour and a half of
downpour the sun suddenly broke
through and the rest of the match
was played in intermittent wind
and sunshine.
Lovell Lone Bright Spot
The lone bright spot for the
'M' golfers was the gallant attempt
made by captain Ray Lovell for
medalist honors. Senior Darl
Kriete of Indiana finally ended
up medalist with a 72-75 for a
total of 147.
Lovell, who had finished the
morning 18 holes five strokes be-
hind Kriete, finished the 27th hole
only three strokes down. He picked,
up another when he birdied the
30th, and remained in that po-
sition as they approached the
32nd.
However, his drive stopped when
he had to take a two-stroke water-
hole penalty on that hole. An-
other golfer playing on an adja-
cent fairway apparently hit Lov-
ell's ball by mistake.
He finished the hole five strokes
down again as Xriete got another

birdie. Lovel"s two-stroke penalty
gave him a double-bogie seven.
Michigan coach Bert Katzen-
myer said, "Outside of Lovell we
played poor golf." He had counted
on letterman Chuck Blackett and
sophomore Dick Youngberg for
more points and better scores.
Youngberg had an 80 and 81,
while Blacket played good and bad
for rounds of 77 and 80.
Juniors Larry Markman and
Larry White also were inconsist-
ent. Markman fired an even-par
36 for the first morning round and
then blew to a 44, to finish the
morning with an 80. He added a
79 in the afternoon. White had a
pair of 39's, but added a 4 and
43.
Purdue Established as Favorite
Purdue established itself again
as the favorite to win the Confer-
ence meet to be held next month
in Ann Arbor. They had a fine
team average of 76.5, as they beat
Ohio State, 222-13,1/2 and Indi-
ana by the same score.
MICHIGAN: Ray Lovell, 77-75-152;
Larry Leach, 85-79-164; Larry White,
81-82-163; Chuck Blackett, 77-80-
157; Larry Markman,B80-79-159; Dick
Youngsberg, 81-81-162.

(This is another in a series of 2
Michigan coaches' greatest mo-
ments in sports).
By FRED KATZ
If a shower-soaked Newt Loken
had been asked at about 10:30
p.m. last February 28th to cite his
greatest athletic thrill, it wouldn't
have been too surprising had he
spoken about the happenings of
that evening.
But a full two months has not
dimmed his memory nor has it
prevented him from savoring every
delightful instant of Michigan's'
brilliant gymnastics defeat of Illi-
nois.
Buildup Ideal
"The buildup for the meet was
ideal," recalls Coach Loken. "Both
teams went into it undefeated and
was the last dual meet before the
Big Ten competition just a week
later."
The presence of Don Tonry and
Abie Grossfeld, two of the world's
finest acrobats, was even better
reason. And the drubbing Michi-
gan took at the Illini's hands the
year before was the best of all.
Bulging Crowd on Hand
A bulging crowd witnessed with
slight disbelief a fast Wolverine

flurry. However, Illinois slowly be-
gan slicing the lead as Tonry and
Grossfeld took advantage of their
strong events.
And then the meet built to its
great climax. Illinois had crept to
a 50-46 edge with the final event,
tumbling, to decide it all.
Jimmy Brown and Bill Skinner

swept the two top places on the
mats and combining with Dick
Kimball's fourth, one of Michi-
gan's finest victories was put into
the history books, by the tune of
58-54.
Says Loken, "It was my greatest
team effort made by my greatest
team."

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was the medalist in Michigan-Indiana-Ohio State-Purdue golf
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Munn Wins Tramp Crown

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In AAU Meet
Michigan'sdtrampoline stars,
who have dominated Big Ten
gymnastic circles for the past few
years, have served notice that the
trend will continue for at least
another three years.
The newest Wolverine tramp ace
is Ron Munn, a freshman from
Amarillo, Tex., who won the Na-
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tional AAU championship Friday
night at Amherst, Mass.
Competing unattached, as all
freshman competitors do, Munn
compiled a score of 9.45 out of a
possible 10 points. Championships
are nothing new to the lithe Tex-
an, who was National AAU Junior
champion last year.
Dick Kimball, an M' senior who
has split his winter sports time
between diving and the trampoline
for the past three years, placed
fourth Friday night with 8.45
points.
Kimball has teamed with Ed
Cole and Frank Newman, also
seniors, to give Michigan complete
domination of the trampoline the
past three years. Cole has been
three-time Big Ten champion, and
was NCAA champion this year.
Neither Cole nor Newman com-
peted this weekend.
Since Coach Newt Loken took
over the Wolverine gymnasts in
1946, trampoline has been one of
the team's best events.

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