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Major Awards Are To Be Presented To 28 Gridders



Crisler Picks
List Of Varsity
Letter Winners

Michigan Daily All-Conference Team

Sigma Chi Wins Heikkinen, Harmon Win Chicago Nears End
I U.P. Big Ten Hoi ors Of Gridironi Road
Speedball Title! Ralph Heikkinen and Tom Harmon !n

The Final Tally...
PICKING UP some loose football
ends before the winter festivities
Phil Pack and , Colonel William
Reed, moguls of the publicity depart-
ment, release the final statistics of
the year.and to the surprise of most
of you the best running average be-
longs to Herc Renda, the mighty mite
of five-four. Inured in the Chicago
game, Renda carried the ball but four
times during the season. In two tries
from scrimmage he gained 47 yards,
and his return of the two passes
which he -intercepted totaled 60 yards.
Average-almost 27 yards per crack,
some consolation to the little fire-
brand who longed to be in there so
badly during the season.
The ground-gaining title goes to
All-Conference Tom Harmon,
who, in his sophomore year,
gained 405 yards and lost seven
in 77 tries, for a fine average of
517'per try. Second came the
other patner of Touchdown
Twins and Co., Paul Kromer,
who netted 287 yards in 103 tries.
Third was Norm Purucker. one
of the Wolverines who never re-
ceived the headline recognitionf
he justly deserved. Purucker'sI
total shows a net of 274 yards in
55 attempts, better than five
yards per try. Others to gain
more than 100 yards were Fred
Trosko with 174 and Walile Hook
with 113
"Harmon also copped the passing
honors. He completed 21 of his 45
passes for 310 yards, a percentage of
.466. .Kromer was successful 11 times
in 25 pitches for a gain of 103 yards,
and Trosko tossed 25 passes, nine of
which hit, the mark, for 109 yards.
t Top scorer was Kromer with 37
points. Harmon had 19 while Pu-
rucker and Trosko wound up with
12 each. Kromer kicked 34 times and
averaged 35 yards per boot while Pu-
rucker averaged in 22 kicks 35.5
The favored pass receiver was
Kromer, who caught nine tosses
for 72 yards All-Conference quar-
terback, F o r e s t Evashevski,
speared nine aerials for 83 yards.
Outstanding receiver among the
ends was Ed Frutig, he of the
sticky fingers, who caught four
for 72 yards and a touchdown
against Ohio State. Vince Valek
caught only two, but they were
good for 45 yards.
The team statistics are highly flat-
tering. Just for the records, the Wol-
verines won six games, tied one, and
lost one to wind-up in a second place
tie in the Conference.
They scored 20 touchdowns, made
only nine conversions, and scored one
safety for 131 points against 40 for
the opponents. In the Conference
Michigan scored 83 points, their op-
ponents 14. Michigan's first and
second team lines were unscored on
over the ground route. Pennsylvania
was the only 'team to score on a
running play, Dtcher's 62 yard jaunt
coming against the Wolverine third
The statistics give Michigan an
edge in every department except
yards gained from passing and punt-
ing average. Michigan registered 102
first downs to 66 and outrushed its
opponents 1570 yards to 989, for a
net total of 2354 yards to 2062. The
Michigan punting average was 34.16
to 352 for the opponents. In the
air, Michigan was outgained 774 to
632, but their percentage average was
satisfactory. ? The Wolverines com-
pleted 52 of 122 passes while oppon-
ents connected 57 times in 146 tries.
On defense, Michigan intercepted 17
aerials to six for the opponents.
PICKUPS: The election of the 1939
captain will be held the first of

next week . . . I'll bet Ralph Heik-
kinen spends his Christmas in San
Francisco playing in the East-West
game . . . Fritz Crisler hits the roast
beef trail this week . . . He and his
entire staff are solidly booked until
Jan. 1, the heaviestdemand in years
Crisler spoke to the Buffalo, N.Y.
alumni last night . . . He will attend
the Thanksgiving Day game between
Pennsylvania and Cornell in Phila-
delphia as well as the Army-Navy
N game in the same city, Saturday . . .
Over 200 requests for speeches had
to be turned down by the staff due
to the unprecedented demand .. .
Well, the football pool boys skippedl

Eight Sophomores, Eleven
Juniors, Nine Seniors,
Included InGroup
Twenty-eight Varsity football play-
ers will receive major letters for their
work during the season just complet-
ed, it was announced yesterday by
Cbach Fritz Crisler. At the same time
30 winners of secondary awards were
Among the Varsity letter-winners
are nine seniors, eleven juniors and
eight sophomores.
The letter-winners include:
John Brennan, '39, Monroe; 'For-
est Evashevski, '41, Detroit; RIph
Fritz, '41, New Kensington, Pa.; Ed-
ward Frutig, '41, River Rouge; Elmer
Gedeon, '39, Cleveland, Ohio; Tom
Harmon, '41, Gary, Ind.; Ralph Heik-
kinen '39, Ramsay, Mich.; and Wally
Hook '39, East Grand Rapids.
Renda Wins Award
Others rewarded are: Capt. Fred
Janke, '39, Jackson; Archie Kodros
'40, Alton, Ill.; Paul Kromer '41, Lor-
ain, Ohio; Louis Levine '39, Muskegon
Heights; Howard Mehaffey '41, Pitts-
burgh, Pa.; Jeck Meyer '41, Elyria,
Ohio; John Nicholson '40, Elkhart,
Ind.; Fred Olds '40, Lansing; Edward
Phillips '40, Bradford, Pa.; Norman
Purucker '39, Youngstown, Ohio, and
Hercules Renda, Jochin, West Vir-
Also named for letters were: Roland
I Savilla '40, Gallagher, West Va.;
Donald Siegel, '39, Royal Oak; Daniel
Smick '39, Hazel Park; William
Smith '40, Riverside, Cal.; David
Strong '40, Helena, Montana; Milo
Sukup '41, Muskegon Heights; Horace
Tinker '40, Battle Creek; Fred Trosko
'40. Flint and Vincent Valek '40,
Holly. . ,
Secondary Letter Winners +
Those named for secondary re-
wards are:
Arthur Bennett, Charles Bowers,
Edward Christy, Edward Czak, Robert
Flora, Tom Ford, William Gambill,
James Harrison, Robert Hook, For-
rest Jordan, Reuben Kelto, Walter
Kitti, Harry Kohl, Dennis Kuhn, Der-
wood Laskey, WilliamLuther, George
Manolakos, Mike Megregian, Paul
Nielsen, Arthur Paddy, William Par-
fet, Lester Persky, Charles Ross,
Norman Rosenfeld, Jack Steketee,
Burgess Vial, William Vollmer, Lar-
ry Wickter, James Winkler and Ernest
The 1939 captain will be elected at
a meeting of the lettermen next Mon-I
Ca gers Wallop
Reserve Team
Pink, Thomas, Rae, Beebe,
Sofiak Are First Five.
With three weeks of night practice
behind them, Coach Bennie Oooster-'
baan's first string basketball combi-
nation hit on all cylinders'Monday in
the first regular afternoon drill at the
Field House and again won over the
reserve squad by virtue of a fast sec-
ond half attack.
The number one team, composed
of forwards Charley Pink and Eddie
Thomas, center Jim Rae, and guards
Leo Beebe and Mike, Sofiak, chalked
up 35 points Monday in the first 20
minutes to set a new high for this
fall's practice scrimmages.
Coach Oostevbaan indicated yes-
terday that he will make the first cut
of the 30-man squad today, paring
seven or eight men off the roster.
"I'd keep them all if we had an-
other practice floor," said Bennie,
"but we haven't the room."
Two candidates from the football
squad, Milo Sukup and Paul Niel-
sen, have already reported and Oos-
terbaan expects others including Tom

Harmon, Fred Trosko and John Nich-
olson to show up after Thanksgiving.
out, but they'll be back next year for
more gravy . . . You can get a bet in
Detroit that Harry Kipke will coach
the Detroit Lions next season. . . Mrs.
George Andros, wife of my ex-boss,
hit 27 out of 30 last week on the
football predictions for .900 . . . She
missed Wisconsin, Columbia, and the
Georgia Tech tie . . . Her season's
average is .774, which is better than
the old man, my staff, and definitely
myself could manage.

Sarkinnen, O.S. .... 16
Mihal, Purdue ...... 22
Twedell, Minn. .....24
Haman, N.U........ 18
Heikkinen, Mich .... 24
Voights, N.U........ 23
Nash, Minn........12
Weiss, Wis. ........ 24
Harmon, Mich. . ...22
Brock, Purdue ......16
Evashevski, Mich. ... 15

No. of


Diehl, N.U....... 11
Haak, Ind. ........9
Bell, Minn........8
Kodros, Mich......16
Hovland Wis.... 9
Schoenbaum, O.S.. 9
Mariucci, Minn. ... 8
Jefferson, N.U.....14
Buhler, Minn...... 10
Moore, Minn. .....11
Kromer, Mich. .... 8

No. of

Garners 6 To 2
By Second-Half

Rally 1

garnered more mytnical honors when CHICAGO, Nov. M-.- (J1) --The:
both were named to United Press' University of Chicago, once one of
All-Conference first team. Don Sieg- football's great powers, may be near-

ENDS: Prasse, Iowa; Frutig, Mich.; Wasem, Chicago, Smick and
Nicholson, Mich.; Daly, N.U.; Castelo, Ill., Petrick, Ind.
TACKLES: Siegel, Janke, of Michigan.
GUARDS: Method, N.U.; Brennan, Mich.
CENTER: McDonald, Ill.; Murray, Wis.
BACKS: Kabealo, Ohio; Hahnenstein, N.U.; Hamity, Chicago; Gavre
and Bellin of Wisconsin; Langhurst and Strausbaugh of Ohio; Sherman
of Chicago and Van Every and Faust of Minn.; Purucker, Mich.
Three Michigan Players Placed
On The Daily All-Big Ten Team

Twelve members of the Michigan
Daily Sports Staff took a collective
deep breath, dove into the maeĀ±-
strom that was the Western Con-
ference football season and came up
with players from six universities as:
the best in the Big Ten this year.
Michigan, with Ralph Heikkirnen
j at guard and Tom Harmon and For-
est Evashevski in the backfield, was
the only school to have, three repre-
sentatives on the first eleven. Purdue,
Minnesota and Northwestern each
placed two men while Ohio State and
Wisconsin had one each on the myth-
ical team.
The selections were based on a rat-
ing of two points for each first place
ballot and one point for each secornd
place selection. Three men, Heik-
kinen, Francis Twedell of Minnesota
and Howie Weiss of Wisconsin, were
unanimous choices, while Bob Voights
of Northwestern with 11 first team.
ballots and Joe Mihal of Purdue and
Harmon as the choices of ten scribes
for first team honors were close be-
Both Guards Repeat
Both 'guards, unanimous choices
this year, are the only repeaters from
last year's Daily first team. Howie
Weiss came up from the second team
while Indiana's Bob Haak, who was
voted the most valuable Hoosier Mon-
day, slipped back to the relative ob-
scurity of the second eleven.
The closest fight was for the cen-
tor position with John Haman nos-
ing out Michigan's Archie Kodros by;
two votes. Both had the same num-
ber of first place votes but the Wild-
cat junior was the second place.
choice of two more scribes.
Evashevski just slipped into the
first team backfield by beating out
Northwestern's Bernie Jefferson br a
single second place vote. Both had
one less first team ballot than Minne-
sota's Wilbur Moore but the optional
choices swung the vote to the Wol-
verine's "One Man Gang."
Ends: Esko Sarkinnen's fine de-
fensive work against the Wolverines
and his ability to make his tackles on
the other side of the line made him a
standout while George "Smash

Butch" Nash didn't play a poor game
all year.
Tackles: Voights was a defensive1
giant in the Wolverine-Wildcat'
standoff and his work wasn't easily
forgotten by the Daily scribes. He
was a thorn in the side-especially1
in the left side-of the Michigan line
all afternoon. From all reports, Mi-
hal was every bit as good. He led a,
surprisingly powerful Purdue line in
to a second place tie in the Conf{"r-
ence, opened holes in the line and,
was down under punts like an end.
That Man's Here Again
Guards: It was as hard for sports-+
writers to keep Hike'out of their se-+
Iections as it was for opposing line-
men to keep him out of their back-
field. His battle with Twedell in the
Minnesota game was one of the high-+
lights of the year and if there was an
edge, it was Hike's blockin'g and
speed that gave it to him.;
-Center: The Haman-Kodros duel
in the Northwestern-Michigan game
made the scribes forget all about the
more remote Murray of Wisconsin. Itj
was a battle of giants that day and

Playing a fast and tricky passing
game, the Sigma Chi speedball team
defeated Theta Xi 6-2 yesterday to
win the intramural championship.
Taking a 1-0 lead in the first quar-
ter, the Sigs were never headed al-
though the losers tied the score once
and twice came up to within one goal:
of the winners.
The second half developed into a
complete rout as Sigma Chi added
four goals to their score. For the
winners Jack Cooper led the scoring
with three points., followed by Jack
Cory with two and Blaz Lucas with
Roland McLaughlin and Paul
Simpson scored once each, for the
The third place playoff between
Beta Theta Pi and Pi Lambda Phi de-
veloped into one of the most thrill-
ing games of the year with the Betas
winning out 8-7.
Scoring all eight points in the final
half, the Betas overcame a 4-0 lead
amassed by the Pi Lambs in the first
half. The winners led 8-4 with two
minutes remaining, when Paul So-
beroff drove one through the posts
to make the score 8-7. However, this
final rally fell short.
the closeness of the balloting shows
Backfield: Howie Weiss was the
stand-out of the surprising Badgers.
His power, his speed and his shifti-
ness made it impossible to keep him
off any Big Ten team.
The same could be said of Tom
Harmon. In his first year in tough
competition, he lived up to the paens
of praise printed about him. For
this alone he deserves All-Confer-
Lou Brock was one third of Pur-
due's "B'S" and he was continually
stinging his opponents. His long
runs made him a distinct threat at
any minute of the game.
Forest Evashevski, when he was
not clearing the way for the speedy
Michigan backs, was usually in the
right spot when forward passes Were
thrown in his direction.

el and Forest Evashevski made the'
second team at tackle and quarter-
back respectively.
Harmon was the lone sophomore
selected on the first team which had.
such standouts as Weiss and Murray
of Wisconsin, Brock and Mihal of
Purdue, Moore and Twedell of Minne-
sota, Voights and Diehl of Northwes-
tern and Petrick of Indiana,
Michigan men given honorable
mention were Archie Kodros at cen-
ter and Norm Purucker.in the back-
Michigan 12th In AP Poll
Notre Dame retained it rating as
the best football team in the country,
according to the A.P. poll of the lead-
ing sports writers, with T.C.U. sec-
ond and Duke third. Minnesota was1
eighth, and Michigan climbed from
18th to 12th as a result of its de-
cisive triumph over Ohio State.


ing the end of the intercollegiate
gridiron road.
With a record of only one Big Ten
victory in the last three seasons and
only one win in eight games through
the comparatively easy 1938 sched-
ule, Chicago is taking steps to fur-
ther lighten the Maroon program as
the best way out of a gloomy situa-
"Chicago is systematically lighten-
ing its schedule," Athletic Director T.
Nelson Metcalf said today. "This is
the best solution to the problem of
Chicago' consistent gridiron defeats.
But if the University Administration
thinks a schedule in which the team
plays smaller schools is harmful to
public relations, I do not look with
disfavor upon the abolition of in-
tercollegiate football."
Chicago, which defeated De Pauw
this season, last won a Western Con-
ference title in 1924. Since that time
football fortunes of the Maroons-
have declined steadily.


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