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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 21, 1985
Rivalry recalls unsung hero from past

As The Game draws near, justice
would be served to recall one of the
men who helped make the Michigan-
Ohio St. rivalry what it is today.
Remember... Wally Teninga?
In November of 1948, the
Wolverines carried a 22-game win-
ning streak into Columbus, Ohio. Not
only did they have a Big Ten cham-
pionship on the line, but a national

championship was within their reach.
It was to be the game when Wally
Teninga became famous.
"NO ONE in the history of Michigan
football has been luckier than I have.
To have played on the varsity at age
17 and letter for four years was a
great privilege. I had a tremendous
amount of respect for all of the
players. It was an honor to be there
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timing - being in the right place at
the right time."
Teninga most certainly was in the
right place at the right time on Satur-
day, November 20, 1948. Before 82,754
screaming fans, Teninga stepped into
the limelight, showcasing his punting,
passing, and running abilities. His
punting was often phenomenal,
booming two kicks of 60 yards each,
and continually bottling up the
Buckeyes deep in their own territory.
His clutch kicks kept Michigan in the
game all afternoon. With nine minutes
left the fourth quarter and the
Wolverines holding a slim 7-3 lead,
quarterback Chuck Ortman went
down with an injury. The unheralded
punter was called upon as his re-
placement to try to save Michigan
from defeat.
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Teninga calmly stepped in and
showed his poise and leadership. Af-
ter taking over posession of the ball
on Michigan's own 43-yard line, he
completed two consecutive passes to
Leo Koceski covering 26 and 36 yards,
respectively. Two plays later, with
the ball resting on the 10-yard line,
Teninga, seeing he had no receivers
open, slithered through the defense to
the 3-yard line. From there, Tom
Peterson took it in to build a 13-3 lead
which held up for the rest of the game.
TENINGA had come in and helped
lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten and
national championships. He would
forever hold a place in the history
"That game in 1948 was a team
win," he said. "I was fortunate
enough to be one of the players who
helped to contribute to the win. It
makes me extremely happy to say
that I have never lost to Ohio St.
during my playing days at Michigan."
In his four years here, Teninga's
teams beat up on the Buckeyes by a
culumlative score of 48-13, resulting in

three wins and one tie. In 1948, he
averaged 38.9 yards per kick. He
ranks sixth on Michigan's all-time list
in punt return yardage (504), and
second in interceptions (13) despite
only playing defensive back in 1945
and 1947.
TENINGA CAME from Morgan
Park High School in Chicago with all-
state honors and the Horace Rackham
Scholarship for classroom excellence.
At Michigan, he played as a freshman
in 1945, then enlisted in the army for
18 months. After coming back from
his brief stint, he finished up his
college career achieving four varsity
letters (1945, 1947, 1948, 1949).
After graduating with a B.A. in
economics in 1950, he took the at-
tributes that made him successful on
the football field and applied them to
the world of business, obtaining even
greater results. He worked in his
family's real estate business in
Chicago, and then accepted a position
with the Kresge Co.
After being appointed manager of
the western region of Kresge, Teninga
implemented K-Mart operations on
the West Coast. Out West, he operated
over 250 stores, helping to make K-
Mart what it is today. In 1971 he
enrolled at Michigan State, and
received his M.B.A. two years later.
Teninga has remained active in the
retail business, spearheading the
future opening of two wholesale Cash
and Carry stores in the Detroit area
on Thursday, November 21.
Despite the demands of his
business, Teninga still tries to watch
the Wolverines whenever he can.
"The team is extremely well-
balanced," he said. "The offense is
steady, while the defense is outstan-
ding. I was at the Indiana
homecoming and was very impressed'
with what I saw. However, I can't
quite figure out what happened when
we played at Illinois. Nevertheless,
the team is an excellent represen-
tative of Michigan football."
Perhaps Saturday another
unheralded Wolverine will step into
the spotlight and leave his own mark
on this great rivalry, the way Wally
Teninga did nearly 37 years ago to this

Sports Information
Wally Teninga, a founding father of the biggest rivalry in college football,
helped Michigan slide by OSU in the 1948 classic.
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program like the University of
Michigan 17 miles down the road, why
leave home?" Mills asked.
Mills said he received advice from
his uncle, John Long. The Detroit
Pistons' guard also chose to play his
college ball close to hQme at the
University of Detroit.
Playing in front of his family and
friends was an important con-
sideration, Wilkerson said, although
Mills' parents let their son make the
final decision.
"I had no problem with his going
away if that's what he wanted," said
Emma Mills, Terry's mother. "It was
really up to him."
It was Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder who convinced the prospect to
attend Michigan, Mills said.
"Coach Frieder has been recruiting
me since ninth grade and he's been.
honest with me all along," he said.
"He's the only coach not to make
promises about playing time."
Frieder's academic tutorial
program and mandatory study table
also enhance Michigan's appeal, Mills
The future Wolverine said he feels
he will fit right in with Michigan's

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I'm comfortable with the coaching
staff and the players," he said. "They
make me feel right at home.
"The University of Michigan is
going to need some help after this
year. I believe I can go in and take
that position."
Following his junior year, Mills was
named All-State and copped the MVP
award at three summer camps for hi*
playing skills. But at 6-9, 205 pounds,
the forward may need more than just
talent to excel in the Big Ten.
"When he gets on an organized
weight program, he'll put on some
muscle and improve," Wilkerson
Mills said he sent his letter of intent
to Frieder before the Michigan coach
left Ann Arbor Tuesday for Hawaii,
where the Wolverines will compete in-
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nament. He announced his decision
early, he said, sq he may concentrate
his efforts on his senior basketball
campaign at Romulus. "I've got to
break my uncle's scoring record."
But Mills is not downplaying his
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"This is the biggest day of my life
right here," he said. "For the next
four years of my life I'll be attending
the University of Michigan."
Mills' stats
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Assists PG ................5A1
Blocked Shots ............186
FG% ..................61.2%
FT% ....................72%
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league cities.
Third baseman George Brett of the
Kansas City Royals finished secon
with five firsts, 20 seconds and thrEW
thirds for 274 points. Mattingly and
Brett were the only players named on
all 28 ballots.
Outfielder Rickey Henderson of the
Yankees was third with 174 points,
followed by Boston third baseman
Wade Boggs, the batting champion,
with 159 and first baseman Eddie
Murray of Baltimore with 130.


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