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Thinclads Perform Tonight
In Preview of 1959 Season
By BILL ZOLLA t
represent Michigan during the
Michigan's highly-touted fresh- coming Big Ten season.
man and varsity track teams will In tonight's meet, each class
go on display for the first time at (senior, junior, etc.) will have a
7:15 p.m. today in the annual pre- team, made up of members of that
Christmas open intra squad meet class. The meet will be scored on
at Yost Field House. a 5-3-2-1 point basis, for indi-
In addition to being the premiere vidual events, and 8-6-4-2 for the
showing of a team that is expect- relays,
ed to establish a new track dynas- Canham said, "There should be
ty for the Wolverines this will he a close duel between the sopho-

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one of the few times this season
that the freshman squad can be
seen in competition.
The frosh team has shown much
promise and is considered as high-
ly by Coach Don Canham as last
year's yearling standouts.
Close competition will be ex-
pected in all events, as the new-
r~nmrr ill bo nt to imnacra_

UP AND OVER-Eeles Landstrom, fourth-ranked pole vaulter in
the nation, will return to competition tonight in Michigan's annual
intrasquad track meet at Yost Field House. Landstrom and

comers wi oe out o impress Can-
Mamon Gibson are counted on to make the pole vault a strong ham, and the varsity members
event for Michigan this year. willbe battling for the right to
Red Wings Contend for NHL Lead-;
Sawchuck, Howe Give Needed Help

By TOM WITECKI
stumbled into third, but could have Without Howe, who has won the
Back into action on the profes- just as easily ended up fifth. league's Most Valuable Player tro-
sional circuit after whipping Mich-';lausMotVubePayrr-
sgan's Wolverines, h-i, in an Mixhi- Red Wing Coach Sid Abel gives phy four times, including the last
a great deal of credit for his team's two years, there is no doubt that
bition game Monday, the Detroit good showing so far this season to Detroit would be far below its pres-
Red Wings find themselves in the the fine play of goalie Terry Saw- ent second place position.
League race. tochuk. He said, "Sawchuk has As to whether Detroit could
done a great job for us this season. cetch front-running Montreal Abel
Lodged in second place, four Without his steady play in the nets commented, "Barring injuries, we
points behind league-leading Mon- we would be a lot further down in should be able to- stay close to
treal and three ahead of challeng- the standings." the Canadiens and possibly pass'
ing Boston, the Wings have made IIte.
a surprise improvement overlast Trails Plante them."
year's dismal showing when they The 29-year-old netminder, who If the Wings are to do this they

more and freshman teams, but I
look for the sophomores to be vic-
torious. The seniors should finish
third, with the juniors last." The
youthful squad contains a great
majority of lowerclassmen.
One of the highlights of the
meet will be the long-awaited re-
tun to competition of Eeles
Landstrom, star Wolverine pole
vaulter, who has cleared the 15-
foot. mark. Landstrom was ineli-
gible for the second semester last
season.
Captain Mamon Gibson will
press Landstrom in the vault, and
if he can keep up his steady imn-
provemen of last year, he might
also clearthe 15-foot barrier.
However, despite these two per-
formers the senior team is ranked.
no better than third because it is
so short on depth.
Defending Big Ten hurdles
titlist Pete Stanger, shotputters
Joel Boyden and Ermin Crown-
ley, broad-jumper Lou Williams,
and a third vaulter, Bill Guinness,
comprise the rest of the seniors.
The juniors are lacking in first,
place threats in all but the middle
distance events. There, Earl Dear-
dorff and Cam Gray should figure
in the 1000-run, and Bruce Fisch-
er Is favored in the 600-yd. run,
Don Truex, Jm Wyman and Dick
Schwartz will run in the two-mile.
The sophomores are favored
mainly because they have both
depth and quality.
Among their first place favorites
are Les Bird in the broad jump,
Dick Cephas in the high jump and;
hurdles, shot-putter Ray Locke,,
Tom Robinson in the dash, andj
middle and long distance mena
Fred Montour, Wally Schafer,
Bryan Gibson, and Don Chalfant.
From this strong field, thej
squad will enter two top relay
relay teams, either of which could1
take first.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1
Army 75, Amherst 56
North CarolinaS tate 92, LaSalle 66
Cincinnati 112, College of Pacific 66
North Carolina 70, s. Carolina 57
Navy 53, Maryland 50f
Fordham 80, Syracuse 75
William and Mary 72, Davidson 56 '4
Connecticut 72, Colgate 57f
Vanderbilt 70, Wyoming 65
Michigan State 74, Notre Dame 54
SMU 59, Oklahoma Si
NBA SCORES
5t. Louis 136, New York 122
Boston 102, Detroit 5
NHL SCOREX
Chicago 5, Boston 2 C

has won the Vezina trophy three
times in his nine-year NHL career,
Ro als' t ris trailing Montreal's Jacquest
Plante in the race for the trophy,
which is given annually to the
11a v ave Clot goalie with the lowest goal-per-
game average in the league.
CINCINNATI W) - Physicians Sawchuk, who currently is in
disclosed yesterday that Si Green, second 'place in the race for
ailing star for the Cincinnati Vezina honors, would be in the
Royals of the National Basketball lead save for a couple of nights
Association, may have a blood clot when the Canadiens went on ram-
on the brain, pages against Detroit.
Dr. Frank Mayfield, neurosur- The Wings offense is, as usual,
geon, said surgery may be required. centered around one of the league's
"The boy does have something all-time greats, Gordie Howe, who
wrong with his head and we think Just last week scored the 400th
it's probably a clot," Dr. Mayfield goal in his NHL career.
isaid. "We'll hold a series of tests Abel has placed Howe on a line
today and if the tests confirm it, with Alex Delvecchio and Norm
we'll go ahead with surgery.'" Ullman, and the trio has clicked to
The former Duquesne star had produce almost half of Detroit's
collapsed three times this season goals this season.
and has been a hospital patient Hard Worker
since Dec. 9. In addition to taking regular
In a game at Philadelphia last turns on the ice with his line,
month, Green was jolted during Howe is a seemingly inexhaustible
a scramble under the basket an4 workhorse who is usually in action
Dr. Mayfield said a clot could for half the game, taking part in
be caused by a bump on the head. penalty-killing and power-play
Green is the second Royals' combinations.
player to be stricken with a serious
ailment. Last spring, MauriceC
Stokes, the team's great rebound CAPPON EYES UPSET:
artist, was stricken. He has been
in the hospital ever since suffer-
ing from a brain disease. CT

have to improve on their personal
record with Montreal, which now
consists of fAve losses and two
ties.

THISIS BILL PERIGO--tenth yearaschbasketballcoachat-hin.
and it is the tenth season that his players have been both too few
and too short. It has been customary for Michigan to field the sntaflest
team in the Big Ten, and for the Wolverines to lack the depth that
is necessary for effective Conference competition.
The result: Michigan has had a run of losing basketball seasons.
The reason: Perigo and his aides have been unable to get BIG baket-
ball players, and MANY basketball players to come to Michigan. It
was expected that the genial mentor from Western Michigan would
|have trouble getting the ball rolling back in 1950, since Michigan wa
really in the doldrums when he took over. However, Michigan has had
only sporadic risings from that position since. There have been good
ball players, but never enough.
Then three years ago the freshman team downed the varsity in
the annual late November contest, and it seemed that Perigo's for-
tunes were on the upturn. Now the boys that pulled that upset-M.c ,
Burton, George Lee, Jack Lewis, and a few others-are seniors and
this should be the year that all "M" cage fans have be" looking
forward to. But instead Michigan has gotten no pre-season buldupa,
and according to the experts should again finish in the second division
of the Big Ten.
Same Old Problems...
WHY HAS THE POWER that seemed destined to flood the 'M"
court been sapped? A number of reasons have entered the picture,
but the biggest one remains: still no height and depth. The 1$58-0
team has the strongest veteran nucleus that Perigo has been blessed
with in his 10 years. Seniors Burton and Lee form a potent forward
combination, while Terry Miller has gained great poise at guard witi;
a year of experience behind him. The loss of Lewis t the other uar
due to his involvement in parlay card dealings haes been partlyreon-i
ciled by the great play of sophomore John Tidwell, while center GordI
Rogers has filled in well despite his inexperience.
However, Rogers at 6'6" is the tallest man on the team, while
Burton is 6'S" and Lee 6'4", thus forming the shortest front lie e in
the Big Ten. And when depth Is needed up front, either Tidwell moves
up or Lovell Farris comes off the bench, and they are both only 6'3,.
Height isn't as important at guards, and the depth is better there with
junior Dale Kingsbury shaping up well and sophomores Rich Miller
and Rich Robins showing good form. On the whole, however, the
picture isn't bright. Michigan will often face opponents with bett
than two-inch height advantages per man, and many.of the Big Ten0
teams will have as many as five capable performers for bench strehgth,
And the freshmen don't look any better. In fact, it Is the same
story as always: a pretty good crop, but not tall.
And Some New Trends . .
BUT AT THE SAME TIME, there are some new trends In Michbiga
basketball that are becoming apparent. For the first time in maw
years the Wolverines have teamwork. Perigo has always sent his me
through plays in practice, and often last year the varsity looed
great during mid-week. But this is the first year that the effects ha
shown up during games. This year's batch of starters seem to know
the meaning of the word cooperate, and the effects have been quit.
noticeable.
The other sign for the better is the general shooting ability of
the players. All five starters have proved themselves to be extremey
accurate at times, while Perigo states that shooting ability is the fresh-
man squad's best asset.
Of course, the question is whether teamwork and shooting as"irae,
can overcome height and depth. Any expert would say no, and the
reasons would be simple: any team can develop teamwork and shooting
eyes improve as the season progresses, but there is no cure for the team
that is too short and too sparse.
But basketball is a strange game, and the "best" team doe 't
always win. In a game where the emotional state of the five men from
each team plays an important part, assets like teamwork and personal
confidence can often offset physical disadvantages.
With an Unusual Five...
HICHIGAN'S 1958-59 cage squad looks like it may have those iw-
ortant assets, and it must be pointed out that the Wolverines' "phys-
al disabilities" aren't quite what simple height statistics seem to indi-
ate. Let's examine the varsity for a minute:
1) M. C. BURTON got off to a slow start this year, but last ?riday
ight proved beyond any shadow of doubt (31 points worth of proof)
hat he has all of the scoring power needed to rate with the best In
he Conference. As for defense, he was tops on the "M" squad last year
nd held down some of the Conference's best. Burton's case is one
'here the height is deceptive, as he was also one of the league's top
'ebounders last year.
2) GEORGE 'LEE Is also quite deceptive, as the rugged senior
as also shown that he can rebound with the best. For a "big man" he
s probably the top driver in the league, making most of his points
in the move. Leading the team in scoring as a sophomore, he has often
tcked consistency, but again this year seems destined to battle for
op honors. Although defense was a problem in the past, Lee showed at
he Kent Tourney that he can be a real tough man to get around, and
is hustle was enough to bring the partisan Kent fans to their feet
number of times.
3) GORDIE ROGERS lacks the experience and the weight that
is front line buddies have, but has shown great improvement in The
oung season so far. In the second game of the Kent Tourney he
isplayed an amazingly sharp shooting eye, and apparently gained the
onfidence that he has needed in his shots. Defense could prove a
problem here, but Lee and Burton will be available to cover the tougher
pponents.

4) TERRY MILLER has learned much with a year of varsity ex-
erience behind him, and is probably the most consistent player on the
eam. Quick on defense, and the playmaker on offense, he has cormbined
number of cage talents. He is a top-notch dribbler, often getting the
quad out of tight defensive presses, and this talent has made him
he team quarterback. His sharp passes often set up others for easy
askets, and when the defense gets wise for passes, Miller will let
ose with long and always accurate jump shots which keep the junior
card up in the scoring race, too.
5) JOHN TIDWELL is well on his way to being the best all-around
all player in recent "M" basketball annals. Leading the team in scor-
ig so far, he has demonstrated a smooth touch that will make him a
ard man to hold down in any league. Although his defensive play
as been bothered by fouling, he showed in the opener against Pitt's
on Hennon that he can be a stern guard.
,vo Must Get Together
[HE WOLVERINES have the talent to beat just about any team
on any given night. And it is an old adage of basketball that
ANYONE can win ANYTIME. But if the Michigan team is to win often
i this year's Big Ten race, it will take one thing in particular: CON-
ENTRATED EFFORT. So far it has been the same old story-each
layer has a big night, and they take turns. This will win most non-
ague games, but It won't do when the Conference chips are down.
Then they will need EVERYONE working, saoring, and defending
t the same time. Whether this will happen or not won't be known for
while.

SID ABEL
... credits Sawchuck

ace Ex-Wolverine Coach

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BY MIKE GILLMAN A native of Holland, Mich., he head football coaching job for the
to sto take an ex Michig thefi graduated from Michigan in 1924. Jayhawks.
round of the coming Motor City He gained recognition in his un- Coached from 1930-38
Basketball Tournament. dergraduate days for both schol- staff ipn 1928returned to Michigan
When Coach Bill Perigo's cag- astis and athletics by winning eand took over the
ers take the floor on Monday, Dec. tst rn Coher ic en- basketball team in 1930. His ten-
29, against Princeton, they will be the Western Conference proficien- ure, which lasted until 1938, saw
meeting a former head coach of cy medal, awarded to the Big Ten the Wolverines compile a confer-
- Michigan's basketball team, Frank athlete outstanding in both. ence record of 52 wins and 44
(Cappy) Cappon. In addition to being a regular victories, and an overall total. of 92
Princeton's head coach for 18 guard on the basketball team, he His.rbest year was the 193-3?
seasons, Cappon will be out to up- was chosen as an all-conference season which saw Michigan post a
set the Maize and Blue that he football player. 16-4 record.
himself led onto the floor for 152 Following a one-year stay in After leaving here, he took over
contests over a span of eight sea- Ann Arbor as an end coach, he the reins of the Princeton team,
sons, went to Kansas to take over the whose fortunes he has guided ever
-_ _ _- since, with one interruption. He
was called to active duty in 1942
with the United States Navy
CSASE-physical fitness program in this
4 1country and overseas.
Cotton flannel RAYON and Winning tRecord
Upon his return to the quieter
BLANKET 72 x 90 NYLON BLANKET basketball wars, Cappon set about
Regular 3.5l Regular 5.95 eading Old Nassau's hoopsters to
Reguar 50Reguar *~5the top of the Ivy League. Now
Now 2.25 Now 3.95 the dean of the league's basketball
coaches, he has maintained a win-
.ningpercentage of .553 at Prince-
..Gton.
3-pieceHASSOCK In the past decade, his cagers
TOI LET SETS have won three league champion-
Regular 2.95 (plastic) ships (more than any other team)
and finished in the first division
Now .90 0% O F insixof the other eight seasons.
190/isOThis will be the thirdtime Cap-
_pon has b r o u g h t the Tigers
{ a against his alma mater, In 1940
Gift-boxed HOSTESS APRONS Princeton stopped Michigan, 30-
TOWEL SETS 29, and in 1952 the wolverines
Regular 4.95 Regular 1.4 got revenge, copping a 62-44 win.
i e Bringing a team boasting five
2.95C lettermen to Detroit, he will find
himself coaching an underdog as
his old team, the Wolverines, are
L eAntiquerated slight favorites in the holi-
II Si6 day action.
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