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Wolverine Open
wrestling tourney. November 13
9 a.m. Crisler Arena.

SPORTS

Hagler-Duran fight
Closed circuit T.V. 9:00 p.m. tonight
Michigan Theatre. Tickets $25, $35;
available at CTC outlets and door

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, November 10, 1983

Page 10

Ex-'M' star Kramer versatile

By MIKE BERRES
We've all heard about the great
Michigan fans who allegedly bleed
blue. There's one in Detroit whose ar-
teries carry blue blood and veins have
maize blood, and he has the best seat in
the house when the Wolverines play
football.
Twenty-seven years ago Ron Kramer
had one of the better views of the game
when he played end for the Wolverines.
Today he is part of the CKLW radio
team that broadcasts Michigan football
games.
"I'VE NEVER left Michigan," said
Kramer. "It stays with you. It leaves an
indelible mark on you."
Kramer, 48, came to Michigan in 1953
as a highly sought after high school
player from East Detroit High. Since
freshmen couldn't participate in var-
sity athletics, he was forced to sit his

first year. He more than made up for
the lost season the next three years
when he did almost everything possible
on a football field. He ran, passed,
caught, punted, placekicked, and even
blocked a few punts for fun.
His all-around performances on the
field brought him many honors and
memories. But one thing stands out.
"MY GREATEST memory was in my
sophomore yar (1954) when I came out
of the (Michigan Stadium) tunnel for
the first time. You're looking at 100,000
people and you don't know what to ex-
pect."
Although he may not have known
what to expect, the former Wolverine
great knew what to do once inside the
stadium. Among other honors, Kramer
was named All-American twice (1956
and in 1957 when he went on the "Ed
Sullivan Show" in recognition of the

honor), to the Big Ten and Michigan
All-Time teams, and he is one of the few
Wolverines who have had their uniform
numbers (87) retired.
His play also attracted the attention
of the National Football League. The
Green Bay Packers selected him in the

first round of the 1957 draft, but Kramer
considered it "a step down."
ALTHOUGH HE was paid $22,000,
quite a sum in 1957, he went to a team
that would win just three times in his
first two years. Michigan had beaten

Iowa and Northwestern each
times during Kramer's col
career.
In 1959, though, the Packersl
new coach. His name was Vinc
bardi. Kramer and his tear
knew they had something speci
came in and said the first day,'
boss,"' Kramer recalled.
Under Lombardi, With Kra:
tight end, Green Bay's fortunes
around immediately. The 1959
won more than it lost and the ne
the Packers made it all the wa!
NFL championship game, whe
lost to Philadelphia, 17-13. The;
lost another championship gan
Lombardi. Green Bay won fiv
including the first two Super Bov
DESPITE THE success, the
Michigan played out his option
and became a free agent. He1
the first player to do so and sign
the Detroit Lions..
"I left the team with the
respect for Lombardi an
organization, but family proble
ced me to get closer to hom
Kramer.
He compared Lombardi to M
coach Bo Schembechler. "Bo is
in a disciplinary fashion. Th
could coach anywhere at any tin

off field
more THE FORMER All-America finished
llegiate his football career after the 1967 season
with the Lions and began to concentrate
hired a his interests in other areas. That in-
e Lom- cluded a steel brokerage, which he had
nmates begun investing in during his playing
al. "He days, and some of the many charitable
I'm the organizations he takes part and pride
in.
mer at "I'm involved in about a thousand
turned different things," said Kramer.
squad He was hardly exaggerating as he
xt year recited a long list of outfits including
y to the Boy's Club, Muscular Dystrophy, and
re they the Special Olympics.
y never AS IF THOSE activities weren't
ne with enough to keep Kramer busy, he made
e titles, his way into the television and radio
wls. field with the Lions and later the
former Michigan Wolverines.
in 1964 The later action rekindled the Maize
became and Blue flame, although Kramer
ned with hasn't ever lost any love for Michigan.
"It's a part of me and it's great to go
greatest back."
id the It was Ann Arbor's WAAM radio
ems for- station that gave Kramer the oppor-
e," said tunity. They asked eight years ago and
Kramer said, "It sounded like fun so I
lichigan gave it a shot and I love it. It gives me a
similar reason to go back."
ey both THIS YEAR CKLW has taken over
me." the broadcasting and teamed Kramer

Aramer
... still Blue
with Dave Diles. Diles does the play-by-
play while Kramer gives the color
commentary.
Kramer has had to face a few set-
backs, though. Recently the steel
brokerage he had been associated with
for 23 years went bankrupt. He had lit-
tle trouble dealing with it and has star-
ted his own company, Ron Kramer In-
dustries, which buys and sells steel.
For Ron Kramer, though, only one
things need to be constant to keep him
happy: Michigan.
"I'h not a great rememberer but one
thing that will always stay with me is
the great family at Michigan," sai
Kramer.

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Pistons topple
By LARRY MISHKIN
& HAROLD GROSS
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - The Detroit Pistons learned that it is true tha
all good things come to those who wait.
After losing all six games to the Philadelphia 76ers las
season, the Pistons stopped the defending world champion
last night, 120-116, raising their record to 3-3, before 14,30
fans at the Pontiac Silverdome.
AFTER LEADING Philadelphia, now 4-2 for the entir
game, Detroit found its lead, which had been 14 points a
the beginning of the fourth quarter, slip to a six-point cushio
with five minutes to play.
Isiah Thomas took matters into his own hands at that point
going on an eight-point scoring spree in a three-minute spa
to keep the Pistons ahead of the surging Sixers.
"When it gets down to this type of situation, I want to be th
guy with the ball," said the all-star guard who finished witl
17 points. "I want to be the one who takes the shot. I feel con
fident in that role. However, I don't like it to get to tha
situation."
PHILADELPHIA'S MOSES Malone led all scorers with 3
points while Vinnie Johnson was high man for Detroit with 2
points.
"The Pistons played well," said Julius Erving, who wa
held to 16 points, seven below his season average. "I though
Isiah did a good job. He handled the ball and took control o
the team."~

Sixers, 120-116
The Pistons shot 52 percent as a team on the night, making
it their first game of the season in which they shot better than
50 percent.
t Early in the first quarter, Sixer guard Andrew Toney and
Piston forward Kelly Tripucka bumped heads while diving
t for a loose ball, resulting in injuries that forced both players
s to leave the game. Toney and Tripucka both returned mid-
4 way through the second quarter, but neither played effec-
tively. Tripucka finished the game with only two points and
e Toney seven, well below his season average of 20-per game.
t
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North Stars 5,. Red Wings 3
', DETROIT (AP) - Red-hot Dino Ciccarelli continued hie
assault on National Hockey League goaltenders, scoring
e three goals to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 5-3 victory
h over the Detroit Red Wings last night.
l- Ciccarelli, who has scored 10 goals in his last four games, 4
t converted a rebound on a power play 32 seconds into the
second period and hegave Minnesota the lead for good,
1 tallying his 13th of the season 5:01 later to give the North
.6 Stars a 2-1 edge.
Defenseman Brad Park opened the scoring with a power
s play for Detroit in the first period and John O'Grodnick and
t teve Yzerman added three-period goals before Ciccarelli
Sclinched the victory with an empty net goal in the final
minute.

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