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our bumper stickers ". .."
here !"..."Michigan hats and
rt cheap"...the chants of ven-
Idling their wares outside the
Michigan Stadium has become
ral part of football Saturdays at
hose chants may soon be
* by the milling of throngs along
ets leading to the big bowl. The
ncil passed a bill that will
vendors from operating along
walks surrounding the stadium
his week. The new ordinance
to lay to rest the promotional
hat has been brewing between
implete Supply of
private entepreneurs and the athletic
department. The latter operates its
souvenir booths inside the gates.
ATHLETIC Director Don Canham
said the ordinance is desigfied to ease
the flow of traffic near the stadium, as
well as eliminate what he called "fly-
Canham said that last year's vending
situation "was a bad scene, with all the
"The only people with University af-
filiation are inside the stadium," said
athletic promotions director Mike
Palmisano. All the other people outside
the stadium are individuals, and the
University gets no money from them."
"LAST YEAR, they (private ven-
dors) were selling radios that didn't
work," said Canham, referring to the
stickers carry obscene messages, but
Canham said the University does not
sponsor the sale of those particular
"THE ONLY bumper sticker we ap-
prove is the 'M GO BLUE' sticker,"
said Canham. He added that it is the
only sticker allowed to be sold inside
Canham also suggested a way for
peddlers to sell their wares without
violating the laws. "If some young, en-
terprising person has a good item and
brings it to us, we will sell it inside the
stadium on commission. They'll make a
lot more money. There are some good
items that start outside that we would
sell inside the stadium."
While Canham estimated the Univer-
sity's profit on promotions at $15,000
per game, he declined to say whether or
not the new ordinance would increase
his department's profit. "The most im-
portant thing to me," Canham said, "is
that we are solving the traffic problems
and making it easier for the people to
get to the games."
THE NEW ordinance will be put to
the test for the last two football
weekends of the season. Ann Arbor
police captain Kenneth Kling, who is in
charge of special services, said police
will enforce the new regulations. "Our
goal would be to let the person know
they cannot vend there. We would
probably warn them first, and if they
continued to sell, we would enforce the
The new law will undoubtedly be
tested during the last two football
games of the season. If it is not viewed
as successful, the city council will
amend it for'next year, athletic depar-
tment officials said. But as one
anonymous peddler said, "We'll find a
way. They'll keep on trying, and we'll
keep on going. That's the U-M way."
Officially, the above 'M'-Go-Blue sticker is the only sticker ailiated with
the University. Others such as the "Happiness is . . .," will not be per-
mitted to be sold by private vendors outside of the stadium during Saturday
vendors setting up everywhere." But he abundance of malfunctioning products.
added that the situation has improved "The people wouldn't use them until
this season. they got home. Then they would call
"I came down Stadium Boulevard to and complain, but we couldn't do
the games, and I have noticed tremen- anything about it. One guy from
dous improvement on the south side of Chicago sold T-shirts where the sleeves
the stadium. I expect it to get even bet- fell off after they were washed. They
ter," he said. buy factory seconds or surplus items
ASSISTANT Athletic Director Will cheaply, and they sell them cheaply.
Perry explained that private vendors The next week comes, and they've
often sell irregular items or factory moved their stand or aren't there at
"seconds" to souvenir-hungry fans, and all."
that the products often malfunction The competition, as well as the con-
the day they are purchased. troversy surrounding vendors and their=
"Anything we sell, we stand behind," products, can be illustrated by the
said Perry, "but I doubt you could even array of bumper stickers that are
find one of "those" guys after the hawked on game days. Many of the
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Freehan still a 'tiger' at heart;
now makes his hits off the field
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
Today he sits in an office in Troy and
sifts through computer read-outs. He is
a manufacturer's representative
dealing with automfotives, and it is a
good job. Indeed, if there is one thing
you can say about the man-from his
days at the University, where he played
both baseball and football, to the day he
helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1968
World Series-it is that Bill Freehan
has always been a success.
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He was a two-sport star at Michigan,
accumulating the most minutes of
playing time on Bump Elliott's 1960
football team, but it is ironic that it was
his interest in football which helped to
spur his career in baseball.
"After spring football practice, I just
sort of sauntered over to the baseball
field," said Freehan.
And the rest is history. Freehan could
only practice with the team his first
year (1959-60) at Michigan because of
the freshman ineligibility rule, but he
immediately blossomed his sophomore.
year. Ie set , team records
in runs scored, total bases,
slugging percentage, runs batted in,
and highest batting average, as he hit
.446 with 44 RBI's, in addition to
clouting 10 homers in 1961.
Although hesdoesn't regret his
decision to leave Michigan for the pro
ranks following the completion of his
sophomore year, Freehan recalls his
college days with more than a touch of
"If I could turn back time, I'd pick
my sophomore year at Michigan to go
back to. I love baseball and I love foot-
ball,- and I just enjoyed playing them
But it was not Freehan's short college
career that produced his finest
moment. He says that playing in the
1968 World Series and catching the last
out "is without a doubt my greatest
And the memories of that great,
.championship year still linger, revived
by the periodic appearance of
Freehan's old teammates and friends.
"Oh I still see those guys
alot-Stanley, Cash, Kaline, Jim Price.
And Jim Northrup works with me
Freehan has been out of baseball for,
four years, and although he admits he
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misses it, he says a coaching position is
not in his immediate future.
"I've been offered positions, but it's
really a matter of economics. I have a
good job now, and a family to support.
However, I can foresee a coaching job
somewhere down the line."
Freehan's love for baseball also
makes him an avid follower of the
sport, and strictly as a fan, he offers his
opinions on the game of today as com-
pared to the early 60's.
"There really aren't that many dif-
ferences. Maybe speed is emphasized a
little more today, and the salaries cer-
tainly are much higher, but any other
differences have been blown out of
proportion by the media."
He also feels that changes are needed
before the current Tigers can consider
themselves contenders for another
American League or World Series
"They're a very average team unless
they pick up a good pitcher or two;
either through the free-agent market or
in a major trade."
And who does Freehan The Fan see
winning this year's World Series?
"Well I'm definitely rooting for Kan-
sas City, but if I was a betting man, I'd
bet on the Phillies."
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