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H illberg Is Chosen To Lead Next Year's Hockey Team



Big Stomach, Big Head...
SINCE portly Henry "Zeke" Bonura
shifted his allegiance, by request,
from Chicago to Washington, the
Windy City South Siders have been
holding requiems in barber shop and
billiard hall. For Zeke, despite his
jiggling girth and hesitant feet, was
the bleacher favorite in Comiskey's
huge orchard. On any warm summer
day, with the stockyard stench blow-
ing gently across the lot, the con-
certed bellow of "Cum own, Big Zeke"
could be heard for blocks around. And
Big Zeke usually replied to the chant
with a crashing drive off the distant
walls. But two of his shortcomings
roiled, his bosses beyond their pa-
tience. One was his voracious appe-
tite, which kept his waistline out of
proportion; the other, his infernal
cockiness, which provoked him to ask-
what his bosses deemed were exorbi-
tant wages. They tolerated Zeke for
years because that disarming smile
and his menacing bludgeon covered
a multitude of shortcomings. The
fans loved him.
Now a Senator, Zeke will have
to organize new legions of admir-
ers for his unconventional be-
havior. But the White Sox may
be more fortunate, for they have
a "color" replacement in Gerald
(Call him Gee) Walker, Detroit
fandom's recent pet. Playing ball
the hard way, Walker will please
Chicagoans, especially the South
Side variety, who are the most
susceptible victims of the mid-
summer hysteria in the land to-
day. His crazy base-running may
irk his mates and jumble up the
works but his gate appeal and
bat will offer considerable
Bench jockeying, which can negate
the talents of such players as Cleve-
land's Johnny Allen, will not af-
fect Gee. Only the other day, against
the Cubs, Walker protested a pitch
with indignation, and the Cubs test-
ed his sensibilities with a terrific rib-
bing. Unperturbed, Walker called out:
"Quiet, please. Wait till you bushers
get into a major league before pop-
pin' off." The reference was to recent
charges that the National loop is
strictly a minor one. This encouraged
the Cub jockey corps, which proceed-
ed to heap more verbal abuse upon
Still ignoring the jibes and cat-
calls, Walker shouted: "Well, all
I know is what I read in the
magazines, and Waite Hoyt is
supposed to be a pretty smart
gent. He's been in both leagues
and for a nickel you can find out
what he thinks of the National."
Hoyt's article appears in the Sat-
eve Post.
It is very likely that Walker will
survive the sharp tongued lads of
the dugouts.
It May Be So...
SOMETIMES, after watching a
dance band toot its horns for
hours completely oblivious of its
strutting maestro, o n e wonders
whether the baton-wielder is as neces-
sary to the organization as he seems
to be. Leo Fischer, a Chicago writ-
er, in April's Esquire, makes an amus-
ing revelation about Ohio State's bas-
ketball coaches, Harold Olsen and
Floyd Stahl, which indicates that a
coachless quintet will not fold up and
go to pot.
During the first half, the
Buckeyes took an embarrassing
drubbing from a little known op-
ponent. Between halves Coaches
Olsen and Stahl were locked in a
room by an unsuspecting janitor,
and the Buckeye five was forced
to go on the second period with-
out them. Though curious of the
whereabouts of the coaches, the
boys rallied, rolled up a tremen-

dous final lead, while Olsen and
Stahl banged futilely away at the
* * *
April Fool, Wally..
Department F, physical education,
held a noon luncheon at the Union
yesterday with the entire Michigan
coachingstaff present. It was to be
a 'business' meeting, but the big por-
tion of the agenda was handled by
the new football coaches, headed by
jovial Earl Martineau.
Prior to the luncheon a piece
of sponge rubber was appropriat-
ed from the training room. Over
it was smoothered such delicacies
as bread crumbs, gravy and a
little parsnip, giving aforemen-
tioned sponge a tidy and appe-
tizing appearance.
Said rubber, surrounded by po-
tatoes, a vegetable, and other victuals,
was placed before Wally Weber,
coaching staff member. The men be-
gan to eat. Wally, engaged in earnest
nnverntinn with Bennie nterhaan.

Football Squad
To Scrimmare
This Afternoon

A Title, Johnny?


Blocking, Tackling, Speed,
Place Kicking Stressed 1
In Yesterday's Drills{
This afternoon Coach Fritz Crisler I
will send his gridders through the t
first scrimmage of the spring season.
The squad has been divided into
teams previous to today's set-to but
only minor drills have been featured.
The scrimmage, although of not much
importance from the standpoint of .
getting a line on team strength or po- Johr ny Speicher, Michigan's Big
tentialities, is important nevertheless Ten 118-pound title holder, will
as it will give a clue as to the type' take part in the National A.A.U.
of play to be expected under the new wrestling meet tonight at Lancas-i
coaching regime. ter, Pa.t
Yesterday's practice included, aside!
from the regular blocking and tack-
ling drills, a punting workout and a lvia }en }rliet
place kicking session in which bothk
kicking and blocking assignments!A A U M eeti
were stressed. I A A U M e
The development of speed which
has been the keynote of all the ses-
sions to date came into more prom- Speicher, Combs Wrestlet
inence yesterday as a second stimulus In National Tourney t
was added-that of keeping warm.-
Relay races and charging under punts In an effort to end his career as a
were a welcome addition to the shiv- Wolverine matman by annexing a na-E
ering gridders. tional title, Co-captain John Speicher
Speedy players, while numerous of this year's Big Ten championshipi
among the backfield candidates, are team will wrestle tonight in the 118
almost conspicuous by their absence pound class at Lancaster, Pa. wherec
in the line crew. Crisler's first day the National A.A.U. tournament is be-
with the squad proved to him that1I ing held.7
most of his boys needed to pick 'em. Bill Combs, another Michigan man,
up a little faster. He indicated that ! ill aspaotkerthigan5manund
speed would be one of his majorwlato mpt tottakComhe 155 pouns
problems this year. Hence every drill national title. Combs, who comes
from Tulsa, Okla., was one of the
has brought about some kind of leg outstn
work in one way or another. sandinA men on this year's fresh-1
Imen squad. As a high school wrestler

Varsity Wing
Will Succeed
Bob Simpson
Beach Is Chosen Manager
Of Puck Squad; Team
Faces Heavy Season
Les Hillberg was elected captain of[
;he Varsity hockey squad for the 1938-1
39 season by his teammates last night
at the Union. He will succeed Bob
Simpson as leader of the Big Ten
Hillberg, a wing on the Wolverine's
second line during the past season,
combined his 170 pounds with his
skating and stick-handling ability to
present a formidable threat, both of-
fensively and defensively. Les, al-
though not a high scorer, is a good
play-maker, and his ability to carry
the puck into the enemy territory and
there set it up in scoring position for
his teammates led to several Wolver-
ine tallies.
The captain-elect hails from Mar-
quette, Michigan, where the long win-
ter seasons afforded him ample op-
portunity to develop his hockey abili-
ty. Before coming to Michigan, where
he is now a junior in the forestry
school, Hillberg spent a year at North-
ern State Teacher's College and com-
bined football with his hockey play-
Michigan will find defending its
co-Conference title no easy task next,
year with competition coming from
Minnesota, Illinois and possibly Wis-
consin, Iowa, Chicago and North-
western and Captain Hillberg will
have his hands full.
Dave Beach, '39E, was chosen man-
ager of the team.

Elected Puck Captain

Louis Retains
Boxing Crown
Thomas Kayoed In Fifth
By Brown Bomber
CHICAGO, April 1. - (P) -Joe
Louis, defending the world's heavy-
weight championship for the third
time since he won it nine months ago,
knocked out punch-absorbing Harry
Thomas, rugged blond challenger
from Eagle Bend, Minn., in the fifth
round of their scheduled 15-round
title contest in the Chicago Stadium
Louis, starting cautionusly by peck-
ing light lefts to the head, finally
opened up with a devastating bar-
rage of left hooks to the chin in the
fourth round, dropping Thomas four
times. He finished him in the fifth,
knocking him down twice again. Tho-
mas got up after the second knock-
down at the count of eight, only to
run into another lethal series of
left hooks to the chin that knocked
him sprawling after 2 minutes, 50
seconds of the round.
The contest, regarded as a tune-
up for Louis for his million dollar
battle with Max Schmeling, set for
June 22, drew a disappointing crowd
of 10,468, with gross receipts at $45,-
600. The net receipts probably will
be reduced to $37,599 of which Louis
may add about $14.000 to his already
fat bankroll.

Les Hillberg, forestry junior
from the Upper Peninsula and wing
on the second line of Michigan's
Big Ten co-championship hockey
team, was elected by his teammates
to lead them in the 1938-39 ice



Bill was able to take several A.A.U.
* 1...*ttitles each time in a different weight
i hii gan Stars class. Last year he was Michigan
I State A.A.U. title holder at 145
}w irn Tonight pounds. Illness this year kept him
from defending his championship.
In his two previous engagements
In D .A.C . M eet in the A.A.U.'s Speicher has placed
in the show position. This season

My Biggest


Five Wolverine Tankmen
To Perform; Degener,3
Fick Are Featured
Five Michigan swimmers will com-
pete in the invitational swimming
meet to be held tonight at the De-
troit Athletic Club pool. The 18
event program will feature a series
of match races and diving exhibitions
by a star aquatic cast including
eight national champions.
Among natators including Amer-
ica's foremost stars, both men and
women, will be Michigan's newly-
elected captain, Tom Haynie, and his
teammate, Walt Tomski. Freshman
mermen Charles Barker and Bill
Beebe will perform, and Jack Kas-
ley, coming out of retirement, will
also be on hand.
Haynie, Tomski To Swim
Haynie will swim an exhibition and
Tomski will partake in another, a
fifty yard race against as yet un-
named opponents. Barker and Beebe,
Coach Matt Mann's promising fresh-
man back-strokers, will tangle in an
100-yard battle.
Kasley, rapidly nearing top-shape,
will shed the wraps and take off for
a new American record in the 100-
meter breast-stroke. John Higgins,
present Ohio State mainstay holds
the 'present record at 1:10.
Is A.A.U. Preview -
Tonight's festivities in Detroit may
serve as a preview for what may be
expected in the AAU meet next week
at Columbus. Such noted natators
as Peter Fick, Billy Quayle and John
Higgins, will perform as well as the
following diving stars, Dick Degener,
formerly of Michigan and now a pro-
fessional, Al Greene, Elbert Root,
Earl Clark, all . top-ranking artists,
and collegians Al Patnik and Jim
Patterson of Ohio State.
Last night nine Michigan freshman
stars took part in a series of special
races conducted by ex-Wolverine
diver Ben Grady at the Toledo Ath-
letic club. The squad included
Charles Barker, Blake Thaxter, Jim
Welch, Bill Beebe, Bill Holmes, Tom
O'Neill, Ralph Pynzynski, Tom New-
ton and Art Ebeling.
LAKELAND, Fla., April 1.-(A)-
The Detroit Tigers finally broke the
spell that the Cincinnati Reds have
held over them in exhibition games
this season, winning today's battle,
7 to 3, behind the good pitching of
Elden Auker and Cletus Poffenberger,
began to cut. Sorta tough steak,
thought Wally. He began to bear
down-to pour it on. It's tougher
than hell, thought Wally. He start-
ed to sweat a little, to froth, and
finally threw down his tools in dis-
gust, and started to ask for a steak
knife. By now the room was echoing
with laughter, and a chagrined Weber
finallyg ot the joke.

"Spike" came through the dual meet
season with a clean slate, and thenE
went on to take the Conference title
at 118 pounds after he defeated his
old rival from Indiana, "Two-Bits"{

April8: Ohio Wesleyan, there
9: U. of West Virginia,
11: U. of Virginia, there
12: Washington and Lee,
13: Virginia M.I., there
14: Georgetown, there
15: Maryland, there
16: Navy, there
19: Wisconsin, here
22: Illinois, there
23: Illinois, there
26: Michigan State, here
29: Purdue, here
30: Purdue, here
May, 3: Western State, there
6: Michigan State Normal,
9: Indiana, here
10: Western State, here
13: Ohio State, here
14: Ohio State, here
17: Michigan State Normal,
19: Notre Dame, here
21: Notre Dame, there
26: Wisconsin, there
27: Minnesota, there
28: Minnesota, there
30: Michigan State, there
31: California, here

Michigan Basketball Coach
It happened during "The Battle of
the Mud" in 1925 at Evanston. Michi-
gan and Northwestern were playing
in Dyche Stadium on a water-logged
field covered with mud in abundance.
We had a sub that year by the
name of Sid Dewey-a funny sort1
of a duck. In the middle of the
game, Yost sent him in, and out
on the field he ran in his spotless,
light suit to relieve a mud caked
and overburdened lineman. But
Sid didn't like the limelight, so
for his warmup drill he took a
neat dive into a convenient pool'
of mud, got well covered, and
dripping with mud, got ready for
Walter Eckersall, the dean of
American officials, was the referee
of that game and naturally we treat-
ed him very respectfully. It was al-
ways "yes, sir, Mr. Eckersall," and
never any arguments. After a few
plays, Dewey happened to pick up the
'mud soaked ball and noticed Ecker-
sall approaching. "Here you are,
Eckie old boy," he called and tossed
I him the ball. Eckersall caught it
face high, and it splattered mud and
water all over him. We all stared at
Dewey in amazement, but he hadn't
even -noticed it. Nonchalant and ec-
centric as ever, he was strolling back
to his position for the next play.
Coaches, Athletes Meet
At I-M For Spring Clinic
Wolverine coaches ana their squadsj
will play host today to over 300 high
school coaches and athletes at the
Annual Spring Clinic in morning and
afternoon sessions at the I-M and
Field House today.
In the morning Earl Riskey will
give a talk at the I-M on "Promo-
tional Devices for Intramurals" and
at the Field House the wrestling squad
will demonstrate wrestling.

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BATON ROUGE, Fla., April 1.-(A')
-Dick Bartell, star shortstop, de-
veloped a slight charley horse in his
left leg today just before the New
York Giants broke camp here and
started a roundabout trip back to
New York.I


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