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by Dave Kimball
Each week thousands of students, faculty members and univer-
sity employes of all sizes and descriptions pass through the large brown
double doors of'the I-M building on Hoover Street, whisk through
the duplex-type lobby and up to the second-floor locker room for a
quick change of clothes.
Most of these people go to the I-M building for one purpose-ree-
reation, whether it be as a member of a fast-moving basketball team,
a tennis match with a friend or colleague, or just a quiet dip in the
building pooL.
This is all fine indeed, but in their hurry to get changed so
they can relax the great majority of these recreation-seekers pass
right by the most interesting sight in the entire building-a large
showcase packed full of pictures, trophies, and historical relics dating
backa far as 1896.
I nbticed this the other day as I was slowly making my way to-
wards the big double doors and frowning at the prospect of having to
battle the elements outside once again.
Strange Objects
E FIRST THING that caught my eye was some strange-looking
objects in the middle case. The items turned out to be a polo stick
and a jai-alai racquet (called a basket), anl as it turned out they
were far from alone. Surrounding the two large objects on either
side were balls and equipment used in sports I hadn't heard of, plus
items used in some of the less-popular modern-day sports.
4 ieach item was labeled, but most of the labels didn't help me any
as I read off some'of the names: "codeball," "deck tennis," "sepia
ball;' "racquets ball." Also present was a ball used for lawn bowling,
one used for field hockey, and an odd-looking think called a curling
stone donated by A. F. MacFarland of the Detroit Curling Club.
Interspersed with these was a badminton birdie, as well as a hand-
ball and a squash ball. These were the only familiar-looking objects
on the shelf that I saw.
'ight above this one-shelf museum stood the four largest tro-
phies on display. Barely small enough to squeeze onto the shelf, the
trophies recognized the all-encompassng field of intercollegiate, in-
dividual and international trophy-winners.
Unknown Champ
realize that in 1955 the Wolverines brought home a national
championship in table tennis. Next to this handsome trophy stand
two perpetual trophies, one for the most improved boxer of the year,
and one for the outstanding boxer. The most impressive trophy to me,
however, stands next to the two boxing trophies--a trophy awarded
to the top international team each year with the names of each win-
ning country engraved on the front. It was interesting to note that a
monopoly exists there too, with Turkey having won 14 of the 26 years
since its inception in 1931. ,
The entire showcase is divided into three sections, with the middle
section containing the various museum pieces and the four large tro-
phies. The two outer sections contain more trophies and a large num-
ber of pictures. Among the most interesting of the items on display
here is the oldest trophy in the showcase, presented to the literary
class of 1896 for championships won in '93, '94, '95 and '96 with other
classes and schools.
-rWO PICTURES also add interest to the display. These are pictures
of Michigan Stadium in its infancy. One, taken on November 18,
1905, showed a capacity crowd of 15,552 at the old Ferry Field Sta-
dium which saw Michigan whip Wisconsin 12-0. That crowd was
one of the largest in U.S. history at that time and the stadium was
so full that one of the bleachers collapsed.
The othe picture shows the stadium in 1922, with another ca-
pacity crowd-46,000-and plans being made for the stadium to be
enlarged to accommodate the increasing demand for seats at Wolver-
ine.football games.
All in all, it was an interesting few minutes. Anyone who wants
to recollect and reflect,.or to look at the University athletic program
as it once was, would do well to stop for a few minutes and gaze at
this interesting display. If he doesn't get anything out of the relics
and pictdres, he might look on top of the case and read the following
simple inscription: "Sportsmanship is the Golden Rule in action."
It makes sense.
Chamberlain Held to 30;
Celtics Hum iiate WarriorS
SOSTON (M'-Wilt Chamberlain
BOSTN(R-Wit~haberainthe key defensive giant In stop-
was held to an ignominious 30
points last night by the defensive- uing Chamberlain. Russell blocked
minded Celtics as Boston humil- shots continually while outscor-
fated Philadelphia 153-102 in the ing Wilt 21 to 19 before leaving
nightcap of a National Basketball the game early in the last period.
Association doubleheader. In other NBA action yesterday,
Detroit used a big last period to Syracuse downed St. Louis 129-
overtake New York 119-112 in the 126.

Improve Rodgers Sparks Icers

If Michigan defenseman Don
Rodgers had been a fast skater and
goal scorer in his younger days,
the Michigan hockey team might
not be contendingfor a national
"I've never been anything but a
defenseman because I couldn't'
skate fast and score," said the
junior defenseman, who was voted
to the WCHA playoff all star team
last weekend.
Defense Was Key
The defense was the big IF for
the hockey team's chances at the
beginning of the season. Rodgers
was the only veteran of last year's
team and he wa counted on to be'
the nucleus for this year.

Sophomores Wayne Kartusch
and Ross Morrison combined with
Rodgers to provide the Wolverines
with one of the best, if not the
best, defense in the league.
"I think I've improved over last
year," said Rodgers, "this year's
experience has helped me a lot."
Coach Al Renfrew was a little
more specific. "Don has gained
confidence this year. He is the best
bodychecker in the league as far
as I'm concerned and in the play-
offs he was the best defenseman
out on the ice.g"
Hails from Regina
Rodgers, like many of the mem-
bers of the Michigan team, is from
Regina, Sasketchewan. "I couldn't
say when I started to skate,"

Rodgers said, "but I've been skat-
ing for as long as I remember.
"I came to Michigan because
quite a few of the boys back home
were here," he went on. "I'm very
happy with mydecision."
Playing on a three-man defense
has been quite an experience for
Rodgers. "I can't say I've ever
played on a three-man defense
before," he said, "we have to skate
hard and we get really tired some-
Many Defense Penalties
"The defense has had quite a
few penalties this year and that
gives us a few minutes of rest,"
said Rodgers with a smile.
For a three-man defense condi-
tioning is a necessity and Rodgers
is in top shape. "I started off the
season at 205 and I'm down to
190." He's still one of the biggest
men on the team.
Excels in Scoring
Rodgers has excelled in another
department this season, scoring.
The player who became a defense-
man because of lack of his scoring
power has scored 17 points with
five goals and 12 assists. Last sea-
son he had nine points-two goals
and seven assists. He has scored
more points than-any members of
Michigan's third line.
"I haven't been doing anything
different as far as shootingthis
year, the puck has just been going
in," he said. "Don's experience and
confidence has made him an all-
around better player and it has
showed in his scoring," said Ren-
The junior defenseman has also
been playing with an injured
wrist. He broke it during the sum-
mer and it never completely
healed. In some games it has been
swollen so bad that he couldn't
write let alone shoot. He still has
to tape it before each practice.
Rogers Is Optimistic
As for the team's chances, Rod-


4 -Daily-Bruce Taylor
SKATING BACK-Michigan defenseman Don Rodgers is shown
here during last Saturday's final playoff game with Michigan

Tech. Rodgers, a 190-lb. junior,
tournament team last weekend.

was named to the WCHA all-

Kaline Hurt
In Practice
LAKELAND WP Detroit Tiger
outfielder Al Kaline hurt his left
shoulder yesterday in practice at
Lakeland while taking his swings
in the batting cage.
The injury does not, however,
appear to be serious. Manager Bob
Shefling said, nevertheless, that
Kaline would not play in Satur-
day's opener against the Milwau-
kee Braves.
A more serious injury occ\rred
to Tiger rookie Don Wert, who suf-
fered a bruised and blackened eye
from a ground ball
At first it was feared that Wert's
jawbone was broken, but X-rays
proved negative. He should be
able to resume play as soon as he
regains vision from his greatly
Puffed eye.
Both Paul Foytack and Charlie
Maxwell are ill with the flu. Each
should be ready to begin the sea-
son at full strength, though.
Sam Jones had minor surgery
on his neck and should return to
activity soon.

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