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September 28, 1937 - Image 13

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Iowa I Seen
As Big Hurdle
I )VarsityPath
New Coaching Staff Irus'
13 LvIter-winners Raise
HawkeyeGrid Hopes
Fortified by a new coaching staff,

FOotball Manager
Describes HisJ
A free ticket to every football game t
Michigan plays for the rest of his f
life, sitting next to Coach Harry
Kipke on the Michigan bench at all
football games, permission to drive a>
car during the football season, ac- t
companyIng the team to all out ofI
town games with all expenses paid-

and by the return of 13 veteran let- these are only a few of the pleasur.
ter winners, the University of Iowa able duties connected with the life of
figures to bar the path of Michigan's ' he senior football manager, accord-
iming to Fred Colombo, '38, who holds
return to football heights when these the position this fall.
two teams tangle on Oct. 23 at the Fred, with the help of four junior
Iowa stadium. Adding to the Iowa assistants, Ralph Du Bois, '39E,

f a
s t

hopes is the combination of a num-1
ber of promising sophomores and a
schedule which includes the greatest
number of home games in 14 years.
Of major interest at Iowa this year
is the appointment of Irl Tubbs,
formerly of University of Miami in
Florida, as head coach. Tubbs, who
has had 18 years of coaching exper-
ience, has a college coaching record
of 52 wins, 27 losses, and 10 ties, for a
percentage of .672. He will be as-
sifted in his new post by Pat Boland,
former Minnesota star who was
Tubbs' assistant at Miami, and by
Ernie Nevers, famous star of college
and pro football.
Captain Heads Line
Of the 13 returning lettermen, nine
of whom are seniors, seven are line-
men, and six are backs. Line ma-
terial is headed by Capt. Homer Har-
ris; the giant Negro gnd who has been
playing regularly for three years. The
rest of the line appears to have ade-
quate material, with the exception of
the guard posts, which are weaker in
both regulars and reserve strength.
The average weight of the returning
linemen is around 195 pounds, the
heaviest man on the squad being
Floyd DeHeer, 235 pound tackle.
Game Looms Large
Only one of the six returning backs
was a regular, but Tubbs expects the
crop of sophomores to supply some
material to plug the gaps. Listed
among the most promising of the new
men is Nile Kinnick, highly regarded
candidate for the quarterback posi-
tion. He is reputed to be smart, fast,
and an excellent passer. Another
promising second year man is Erwin
Prasse, big end. He was an All-State
man in high school, and looked well
as a freshman.
Since both Iowa and Michigan
were in the unfortunate position of
not having a Big Ten victory to their
credit last season, this year's contest
looms as an important one in both
schedules. The Iowa game may be
the one which definitely decides the
course of the football stars of both
schools, since both teams will be try-
ing to reestablish their schools in the
upper division of the Conference.
Operation Changes
Dan Smick's Tos
Michigan this year will have a
counterpart of Eldon Auker, Detroit
Tigers pitching ace who was forced
to pitch underhanded as the result of
an old gridiron injury.
Dan Smick, who is headed for the
select group of nine letter winners
at Michigan, underwent an arm op-
eration during the summer and has
reported only a submarine delivery
is now possible.
That the, delivery is effective, how-
ever, is indicated by his one pitching
start of the summer in which he
earned a three-hit victory for his
team, going six innings without al-
lowing a safety.
Indiana University's football team
will have two star heavyweight
wrestlers at the tackle positions this
fall. They are Charles "Big Mac"
McDaniel, member of the 1936 Olym-
pic wrestling team and former Na-
tional Collegiate champion, and Bob
"Spanky" Haak, runner-up in the
Big Ten and National Collegiate
tournaments last year. McDaniels
weighs in at 195 pounds, while Haak
will scale 220 at game time. f

Philip Woodworth, '39, John Feckney,
'39E, and Thomas Reed, '39, and a
sphomore staff who take ordersr
from the junior staff, will manage
all the mechanics of all the games
Michigan plays this fall.P
Has Plnty Of Work
In Ann Arbor, he takes care of all
the officials, sees they are paid cor-
rectly and sits with Coach Kipke on
the Michigan bench at all the games,
making out substitution slips for all
the players going in the game.
During the out of town games, hea
travels with the team and manages
hotel accommodations, transporta-
tion arrangements, berths on the
train, meals and the like. He has thes
schedules of all the players and mustr
arrange things accordingly.-
As senior manager, he automatical-I
ly becomes a one-man reception
committee to greet visiting teams ande
see that they are all taken care of. -
In this capacity, he also deals with
the Press and contacts a great many
of the outstanding Michigan alumni
throughout the country.
Must Work Way Up
He arrives back at school for early
training with the team and takes
care of things for them during the
four to five month period that con-
stitutes the football season. In re-
turn, however, managers are allowed
to register early and thus arrange
good programs. And then Sphinx
and Michigamua, men's honorary so-
cieties, annually take the senior foot-
ball manager as a member.
But the position involves a lot, of
work before receiving all the laurels
of the job. One starts as a second
semester freshman or first semester
sophomore and works up. The sopho-
more staff starts out by doing most
of the odds and ends and most of the
disagreeable work to initiate them
into all the responsibilities of th job.
From this group, four junior man-
agers are appointed by the senior
manager and from this group of four,
a special board, including Coach
Kipke, will select the senior manager
for the next year.
Supervises Assistants
For the Ann Arbor games, one
Junior manager is put in charge of
the field. He issues all the orders to
the sophomores, sees that all flags
and markers are in their proper po-
sitions, and takes care of the equip-
It is up to another member of the
junior staff to see that all the players
are given cold towels and warm blan-
kets as soon as they return from the
field and that they get their hoods
immediately. He is also in charge
of the locker room.
A third junior manager sits in the
press box and charts the entire game.
A sophomore manager sits with him
and totals up the number of min-
utes each man has played in the
game and the number of timeouts.
Through his work, it is possibleto
total up the amount of time each
man has played and thus determine
whether or not he deserves a merit
letter according to Conference ruling.
Has Few Unpleasantries
Although, several years ago, the
juniors were accustomed to making
the trips to out of town games
though at their own expense, the
board in control decided that the
finances of the individual managers
should not enter into the competi-
tion for the senior managership, so,
consequently, the entire burden of
each out of town game is given to
the senior manager ,and this, in ad-
dition to his other duties, makes the
position one of the most important
and responsible positions on campus
Other duties of Manager Colombo
f and his assistants include the exclu-

Fred Colombo
Duties, In Toto
sion of spectators from secret prac-
tice and the chasing of dogs off the
field during games.
The close contact with the players;
and the coaches during the long fall'I
practices on Ferry Field, the factl
that the entire managerial staff is'
more or less "in the know" as re-'
gards the inside machinations of the
team and the coaches, and the in-
side connection with members of the
press from all over the country-
thcse more than repay for the work
connected with the job, Fred ex-I
Perhaps this makes up for the fact
that after three years of work, only
one of the juniors receive the senior
position and the other three receive
only consolation and perhaps a minor
sports managership, for there never
eems to be any complaining on the
part of the losers.
Job Runs In Family
The position of senior manager-
ship seems to run in the family in
Fred's case. Five years ago, his
brother Louis held the same title
and he has a cousin in law school
here who formerly held the position
at Notre Dame.
He's all in favor of the football
training table idea as advocated byl
The Daily last year, as it would in-
sure each player at least one good-
meal a day and help repay them for
their efforts on the field and the!
hours of practice put in for practice
each day during the season. And,
considering the gate receipts of the

Added Power I
To Cage Squad
Seen In Sopls
Michigan's 1937-38 basketball team'
already studded with junior and sen-
ior stars, will be further strengthenedI
this winter with the addition of sev-
eral sophomores who last year showedi
high promise on the yearling squad.1
Fighting it out for the center post
with Danny Smick this year, accord-
ingfi to Coach Franklin C. Cappon,
will be Jim Rae, lanky six-foot-three
boy from Toledo.
From Detroit Northwestern is1
Charlie Pink, a good fast man who is
particularly adept with left handedl
shots. Also on the tall side with RaeI
is Russ Dobson, graduate of Univer-
sity High, Ann Arbor, who stands at
six-foot-two. Dobson is a good shot
with either hand and likes to sinkI
them from far out on the floor.-
Bob Palmer, a Grand Rapids grad-
uate, is another man who looked good1
last season. Clever with his hands,
his forte is passing and short shots.
However he still has the question of
speed confronting him, and needs
improvement in getting up and down!
the floor in a hurry.
Fred Trosko, from Flint Northern
has just the opposite problem. He
has all the speed he needs but needs
to develop his aim.f
game, he doesn't think it would be
A member of Delta Kappa Epsilon,
Fred's a history major and plans to
graduate in June.
- -'

Coach Fisher Drills Several Pitchers

Although the opening of the col- but his past record speaks well for
legiate baseball season is still many him. McHugh looked good in his few
months away, Coach Ray Fisher is varsity appearances, but also needs
already taking time off from his more experience.
duties as freshman football coach, in mFishnan and Smith, veterans of
order to work with some of the bat- many seasons of college and sandlot

terymen, upon whom he is depending
to lift the Wolverines out of the base-
ball doldrums, and restore Michigan
to its former place on the top of the
Western Conference heap.
Fisher hopes to spend some time
this fall with big Russ Dobson, right-
handed hurling ace of last year's
freshman nine, who, together with
the veterans, Herm Fishman and
Burt Smith, is expected to form the
nucleus of .next year's staff. Accord-
ing to Fisher, Dobson has all the
physical attributes necessary to make
a great pitcher, but is lacking in ex-
Jack Barry and Chuck O'Brien,
now sophomores, and Chuck Mc-
Hugh, a junior who was a reserve
on last year's nine, are other flingers
with whom Fisher hopes to work
this fall. Barry ranked among the
best of last year's freshmen, and
had a good season the past summer
on the sandlots around his home in
Katonah, N. Y.
O'Brien did not have a chance to
participate on the yearling nine be-
cause of a heavy scholastic schedule,

ball, naturally don't need as much
preliminary training, and probably
won't report until next spring, being
occupied with other sports during Tyder s
the winter months. Pens - Pencils3
Danny Smick and Elmer Gedeon, I Student Supplies South State
both leading end candidates on the
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