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October 15, 1938 - Image 3

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Jattle Of Lines May Decide

Wolverine-Gopher Game

_________By BUD BENJAMIN
Minnesota, Here We Come .. .
EN ROUTE to Minneapolis-Forty floors above Chicago's loop with your
Michigan football team on its way to Minneapolis and a powerful
Outside of my hotel room splashes of neon form a piebald spectrum.,
street cars rattle by, the roar of a distant train adds to the conglomeration
of sound and color that is Chicago.
But here, far removed from everyday cares of this big city, your Wolver-
ine football team slumbers fitfully, awaiting with a growing impatience their
impending test.-
No signs of worry furrow the brows of these men, and only in-
frequently is the Saturday spectacle mentioned, but one can not help
but feel a straining at the leash and a mounting emotionalism in even
the most stolid players.
It's a rare treat traveling with the gridders, and the ennui of 650 miles
of train ride is conspicuous by its absence. Here's a diary of the trip to date,
jotted at random from a memory that inevitably fails in the clutch.
* * *
YOU CAN'T imagine how your sendoff affected the team. To a man they
were moved by your enthusiasm, inspired by your sincerity, and touched
by your numerical proportions. For fully 15 minutes after we pulled out of
Ann Arbor, scarcely a word is spoken. The men merely sit there and digest
it all-deeply impressed by the riotous ovation that had been their's.
As Elmer Gedeon put it: "That's the first time we've ever had any-
thing like that. You can't imagine how much it means to us to know the
gang is behind us."
Even the most vivid impressions must fade, and soon the search for
amusement begins. The railroad company, which can't do enough for the
men, supplies playing cards, and hearts begin with a vengeance. Ralph Heik-
kinen, Fred Janke, Dennis Kuhn and Bill Smith seem to be a likely foursome,
and I kibitz awhile while the others take up the cue.,
- Not all the lads find this avocation to their liking, but there can be no
boredom on a football trip. Ed Czak, the sophomore end, makes Boris Minne-
vitch look like a novice with his hot harmonica, playing everything from "The
OlgiMill Stream" to "Victors." A gang turns to the evening papers and
doesn't appreciate Harry Kipke's published statement that the Gophers will
Seniors ride the sophomores, enthusiasm and song waxes freely, and
should feminine pulchritude venture into the private car, she silences even
the most riotous of the gang as all sit and gawk. It's a great show.
Six bells and dinner, and the mob piles into a private diner to feast
on orange juice, celery, olives, tomato soup, broiled tenderloin steak,
carrots, potatoes, lettuce salad, toast and butter ice cream and beverage.
Players get priority always and the coaches, trainers, managers, and.
of course, the press wait until their gargantuan appetites are satisfied.
The menu is printed on an attractive souvenir folder with cuts of Janke
and Crisler and a composite of the team be-decking the cover. Printed across
the top is "Souvenir Menu-Michigan vs. Minnesota." The boys are impressed
and start collecting autographs.
Fielding H. Yost sits and reads a copy of "Michigan Oil and Gas News"
and occasionally glances up to reminisce about a Gopher trouncing which
comes to mind. The boys flock around him for menu autographs.
T. Hawley Tapping, Doc Carpenter, and Wally Hook are looking for a
fourth for bridge with few aspirants in sight.
All of the four coaches make the trip, Grisler and Munn being '
accompanied by their wives who occupy cars ahead. Bennie Oosterbaan
rides as far as Chicago where he will scout the Northwestern-Ohio
Busiest man on the trip-Manager Phil Woodworth, who does everything
from figuring the checks to filling in at hearts and failing'to shoot the moon.
Most nonchalant of the crew-Ray Roberts, John Bronson and Henry
Hatch, who have been doing this for years.

Schultz Is His Man . . .

IBierman Team


5-2 Choice

Wolverine Captain Fred Janke
will have the job today of hurling
his 210 pound frame against that
of Charlie Schultz, big Gopher
tackle, whose 225 pounds has made
him one of the bulwarks of the
powerful Minnesota forward wall.
Junior Staff Again
Picks The Winners
Of Gridiron Battles
With two weeks of trial and error
selections behind it, the junior sports
staff, little abashed by its mediocre
success, again stuffs the football
ballot box.
They say that the barometer of a
fighter's courage is his ability to
come back for more. Well the juniors
are coming back for more-and they'll
probably get' it.
Michigan (3) over Minnesota (3)
Santa Clara (6) over Arizona (0)
Auburn (5) over Miss. State (1)
Dartmouth (6) over Brown (0)
California (6) over U.C.L.A. (0)
Columbia (6) over Colgate (0)
Cornell (5) over Syracuse (1)
Fordhamn (5) over Purdue (1)
Duke (5) over Georgia Tech (1)
Army (6) over Harvard (0)
Notre Dame (4) over Illinois (2)
Nebraska (5) over Indiana (1)
Oklahoma (5) over Kansas (1)
Mich. State (6) over W. Va. U. (0)
Vanderbilt (5) over Miss. U. (1)
N. Carolina (3) over N.Y.U. (3)
Northwestern (5) over Ohio State
Stanord (4) over Oregon (2)
Penn (5) over Princeton (1)
Pitt (6) over Wisconsin (0)
Rice (6) over Tulane (0)
S. California (5) over Wash. (1)
Alabama (6) over Tenn. (0)
Texas A&M (3) over Texas Chris-
tian (3)
Navy (5) over Yale (1)
Wayne (6) over Mich. Normal (0)
Blues Whip Reds
In Frosh Practice
Three long runs helped the fresh-
men blue team whip the reds 20-0
yesterday in the first regular intra-
squad game of the season.
With Bob Gager, Paul Van Dam,
Dave Nelson and Jim Grissom in the
backfield, the blues started driving
down the field after the opening kick-
off and rolled up three first downs
before they were stopped on the red
After the reds punted back out of
danger, the blues started another
drive that was climaxed when speedy
Gager, the Carson City flash, raced
thirty yards through tackle for the
opening score. Grissom's place kick
for the extra point was good.
The blues got their second touch-
down a few minutes later when Gris-
som cut through tackle and skirted
70 yards across the goal line. Gris-
som's try for the extra point was
blocked, but Gager picked up the
ball, a la Kromer, and carried it over.
One play after the next kickoff,
Peewee Nelson galloped thirty yards
for the final score.

At Minneapolis
Expect Crowd Of 60,000
To Watch Rivals Renew
Brown Jug Grid Battle
(Continued from Page 1)
the fast pass snatcher from Holly, in
place of Smick; Don Siegel or Bill
Smith, may supplant Savilla; Jack
Meyer may open at quarterback in
place of Evashevski; and Fred Tros-
ko is1 a possibility at halfback over
Harmon. These changes, however,
are all highly problematical.
Backfield Combines Talents
Crisler, who coached the Gophers
from 1930 to 1932, has shown a desire
ever since the Chicago massacre to
work the best possible combination
he could find. His probable starting
backfield combines every possible
talent. In Evashevski he has the
blocking ability so essential. 'Har-
mon's running has been superb in
spots and his blocking is always de-
pendable. Purucier can also carry
that mail, and his punting ability is
a "must" item. Phillips, neglected by
most of the press, is an average run-
ner, but his blocking has left little
to be desired.
The linemen know of Minnesota's
power, for all of them have pre-
viously felt the sting of a rampant
Gopher. Heikkinen and Capt. Fran-
cis Twedell should wage a great battle
at their guard posts while Janke and
Savilla will have their hands full
with Win Peerson and Charlie
Superior Reserve Strength
Michan has the superior reserve
strength from all indications. Ready,
willing, and able to assume back-
field service will be Howard "Jeep"
Mehaffey, hard driving sophomore
fullback; Paul Kromer, leading Wol-
verine scorer to date; Ed Christy and
Wally Hook, fullback reserves; Dave
Strong, Derwood Laskey, Walter
Kitti, Lou Levine, and others. The
injured Herc Renda is a doubtful
Minnesota will probably start John
Mariucci and Butch Nash at the ends,
Pederson and Schultz at the tackles.
Captain Twedell and Horace Bell at
the guards, and Dan Elmer at cen-
ter. The backfield is virtually a cer-
tainty with George Faust at quarter,
Buhler and Moore at halves, and
Christiansen at full.
Sophs May Be Chance
Coach Bernie Bierman can shift his
backfield about, moving Buhler to
full and callingon some of his sopho-
more halfbacks should the occasion
His tackles are typically gargan-
tuan, Pederson standing six-three and
weighing 210 pounds, while Schultz
is one inch shorter but tips the scales
at a lusty 225.
Missing from the Gopher back-
field will be Harold Van Every, star
halfback, who is out with a kidney
injury. However in Moore, who has
averaged seven yards a try in three
games this year, Bierman has a great
The Gophers have not taken to the
air with any degree of success this
year, but their efforts have been in-
frequent, power plays providing their
chief strength. Both teams employ
the single wing with line unbalanced
to either side.
Probable Line-ups
Michigan Minnesota
Smick LE Mariucci
Janke LT Pederson
Brennan LG Bell
Kodros C Elmer
Heikkinen RG Twedell

* * *


A RRIVAL AT CHICAGO and the rush to taxis. Newspaper photographers
prevail upon the boys for pictures in a corner of the depot, and seven
of them get down to form a makeshift line and charge at the camera.
Hotel-everyone wondering where all the big guys are coming from-
and more photographers. Shots of Crisler, Janke, Harmon, and the rest.
A little runt comes sidling up to me in the lobby where I'm non-
chalantly smoking a cigarette. "Do you play ball?" he asks.
"No," I replied blowing smoke in his face, "I don't play. Do I look
like one of those gridiron terrors?"
"No," he replies, and I admire his frankness, "but I'll tell you a secret.
Your guys ain't got a chance against Minnesota."
Standing next to him were Don Siegel, Joe Savilla, and Jeep Mehaffey.
They prentended they hadn't heard.
"Brother," I replied, "you may be right and you may be wrong, but if
I were you I'd be quiet about it."
Siegel walks by and acbidentally jars the guy a little. You know I think
he caught on then.


Fox Griffith Admits'
Yankees Are Good
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14.-.()-
Clark Griffith-who annually pre-.
dicts the downfall of the New York
Yankees-has finally convinced him-
self he's wrong.
"The Yanks," he said, "have got it.
They've got backbone as well as base-
ball. In fact, they've got just about.
Each year, when the ,pring season
brings the baseballs out of their win-
ter mothballs, Old Fox Griffith,
president of the Washington Sen-
ators, comes out with the same pre-
"The Yankees," he snarls, "have
slipped. They won't repeat this year."
Pressed for details, Griffith has
cited everything from the World's
Fair to Lou Gehrig's enthusiastic
roles in cowboy pictures.
He's moaned that Gomez was
through, said Ruffing was getting old,
and has even made critical remarks
about the Yankee bat boy..-
"I've been wrong," he growled,
"badly wrong."
When Griff comes around, he
comes around.
How long will the Yanks remain
Hammit Beats Nabatoff
For Tennis Title, 6-1, 60
Lawton TammAt '42E. wnn his ten-

High School Grid Scores
Mt. Clemens 13, Port Huron 0 1
Roseville 7, Lake Shore 0
Redford 13, Detroit Western 12
Plymouth 19, Dundee 0
Detroit Pershing 7, Detroit South-j
eastern 6!
Detroit. Southwestern 30, Detroit
Wilbur Wright 7.
Hamtramck 28, Detroit Northern 6;




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