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September 27, 1938 - Image 13

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Yank Sluggers
Halt Opponents,
Public Interest
Next Year's Senior Loop
Race Rouses Interest,
But Not Junior
Next week-tlae World Series-Af-
ter that the stage of major league
baseball will be darkened until next
Next spring-and then what?-Will
the battle of wits played with balls,
bats and gloves continue to hold top
spot in the nation's sport parade?
Both the American and the Nation-
al leagues had great success this year
with stands overflowing and interest
Next year-well t h e National
League has nothing to fear-Their
race was tight again. Their stands
were loaded through the last days of
play Their evenly matched clubs
produced the uncertainty that the
fans love. Only rain and luck finally
brought :forth °their champion.
It's ,Different Here
In the junior circuit there's a dif-
ferent story. Once again a super team
was produced. Jake Ruppert's mighty
luggers cinched the pennant not days
but weeks before the October frost set

Joins Pro Ranks

Otolaryngologist Favors Boxing
As Regular Conference Sport

Gib James' hockey playing at
Michigan marked him as profes-
sional material. Upon graduation,
Gib signed up to play the pro game
in England. Although not the first
to go professional, he is the first
Wolverine to play in England.

This year the Yanks were a super,
super team. They had the arms of
the Nazis, the navy of John Bull and
the money of Uncle Sam all rolled
into one. The booming bludgeons of
DiMaggio, Gehrig, Dickey, Gordon,
Selkirk, Rolfe and Henrich, the mas-
ter, the cunning, the speed of Ruff-
ing, Pearson, Gomez, Chandler, Had-
ley and Murphy. put the boys from
the island in a class far above their
This is the third straight year that
the Yanks have come out away up
on top of the threshold. If they con-
tinue their aloofness to the rest of
the league serious problems are
doomed to arise. Already the fans are
growing weary of watching the Rup-
pert Riflemen win. Not only are the
rival clubs going to suffer from the
lack of interest, but Yankee Stadium
too will feel its pangs.
Empty Seats
Even the home customers hate to
see their team win all the time. This
was proven by the empty seats dur-
ing last ,year's series and also by the
small crowds that are following the
Yanks on these September days.
There is definitely a problem ahead.
but Col. Jake seems oblivious of the
fact. He has his farm teams all
working overtime in order to produce
new Gordons. He has his breweries
working overtime in order to obtain
new*Di Maggios. Next year's squad
promises to be even stronger than the
present one.
This all leads to only one. thing.
Either skillful Jake will soon learn
that both his and his American;
League friends' potato baskets will be
fuller if the Ruppert mililons are kept
off the ball field-or else the junior
circuit's customers will start getting'
tired of munching mustard-coated hot
dogs and ci unchy hot roasted peanuts..
Jimmy Phelan's System
Suffers First Setback
Coach James Phelan of the Univer-
sity of Washington, one of the lead-
ing exponents of the five man line
and multiple passing, saw his team
and system fall before the superior
power of the Minnesota Gophers last
Saturday. The Minnesota. team rely-
ing mostly on its running attack
turned back the Huskies by a score
of 15 to 0.

Professional Ranks
Beckon ib James
To Play In England
When Gib James led Michigan's
powerful hockey squad to victory dur-
ing the past two seasons, he took his
place alongside Johnny Sherf and Vic
Heyliger as one of the Wolverines'
greatest ice stars. And now like his
predecesors, Gib has followed the puck
into the ranks of the professionals.
James, however, has the distinction
of being the first Michigan man to
follow the procession of hockey play-
ers across the Atlantic. He will now
play his hockey n England where
this fast game has caught the fancy
of the Britishers. Gib will also con-
tinue his schooling overseas when
he takes post-graduatae work at
England's tradition-steeped Oxford.
Started In Ottawa
He played Varsity hockey here for
three rears. Prior to attending Michi-
;an James played his hockey in the
Amateur league in Ottawa, his home
Another Varsity hockey ace who
will try his hand on the professional
ice is "Smack" Allen whose colorful
playing thrilled the fans at every
game. Allen is slated for a try with
Montreal's famed Les Canadiens with
whom the great Howie Morenz rose
to hockey fame.
Here One Year *
Unlike James, "Smack" only played
one year with Coach Eddie Lowrey's;
Varsity squad after an impressive
showing in his freshman year. Allen1
played Canadian amateur hockey a-;
round Niagara Falls, Ontario. Smack1
did not confine his athletic ability to;
the hockey arena while in Niagara1
Falls. He played football there, and
was named to quarter-back positioii
on southern Ontario's All-Star team.
IU. Of M. Grid Schedule ,

Dr. Frank D. Lathrop may be an
Otolaryngologist to the University
Health Service but to the boys who
"knew him when," Frank is still a
real boxing enthusiast who entered
the fight game professionally to earn
his way through school.
It was back in 1926 that Lathrop
came over from Toledo to enter the
University. Although then as now
there was no regular boxing squad,
Frank worked out at the gym with
other boxers and became so pro-
ficient that he began to take pro
During his three years of competi-
tion he fought 68 fights in the welter-
weight class winning a majority of
them and only quit to enter the
Medical School.
"It's Bound To Come"
The Doctor is strongly in favor of
establishing boxing as a Varsity sport
in the Western Conference.
"It's bound to come," he declares.
"Right now Wisconsin is the only
school in the Big Ten that has the
guts to come right out and say 'we're
sponsoring boxing,' but when the rest
realize that it's a money-making
proposition they'll fall in line."
The old injury argument receives
no consideration whatsoever from
Lathrop. "As far as injuries are con-
cerned boxing cannot be compared
with football which is a much more
dangerous sport," he scoffs. "Also I
would much rather box than wrestle.
"When I came here to school from
Toledo, another Toledo fellow by the
name of Eddie Robare went into
wrestling. I'm not going to get al
marked up. None of that boxing for
me,' he said. Well, he wound up with
two cauliflower ears and a broken
nose while I never got a mark.
Fought Let .Philbin
"It wasn't just because I didn't take
punishment either. I used to fight
such fellows as coach Ted Sullivan
and Let Philbin who was one of the
ten leading welterweights of the
country and I was knocked around
plenty but was never hurt.
"Boxing is really the kindest of
the physical contact sports. When two
men are evenly matched they don't
hurt each other and when they are
not physically equal and there is a
knockout, that's really the kindest
way for the fight to end. It's a fact
that a knockout doesn't hurt."
Lathrop went .on to cite the case
of the success which the University
of Wisconsin and the University of
West Virginia have had with boxing.
"A good boxing team will draw
Bruises, Blondes
Bother Fred Janke
(Continued from Page 9)
place was not at fullback. It had
meant learning a different position,
something which would stump the
traditional grid player but which of-
fered even a history major like Fred
some difficulty. But the switch availed
him nought except a late start and he
soon returned to the tackle post which
he shared with Don Siegel.
That just about brought us up to
date. He was elected captain, a tribute
by his teammates to his courage
against almost insurmountable odds.
The last phrase. by the way, is one
which is tremendously overworked
and hackneyed but somehow no oth-
er words can give the right idea. The
odds i. e.injuries, new position, late
start, were just that-insurmountable.
But now he's looking forward to
this year. He's optimistic, thinks the
squad has potentialities but would
rather let the Michigan State game
speak for him.

terested but it never
the board."

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anywhere,b he said: I tried to get it
through as a minor sport when I was
here. I talked to Tad Wiemnan. Jack
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Old Man Mose A in't Dead - - As Yet
Ole Mose isn't through yet! In the Cronin has conducted a little ex-
face of predictions that he wouldn't Iperiment with Grove, letting him mop
appear in another major league box up in games already won or lost, and
score, Lefty Grove, that venerable the results have been very hearten-
southpaw of the Boston Red Sox, has Jng. For Lefty, in four relief apperar-
made a real comeback even though ances, hasn't allowed a single earned
Manager Joe Cronin still refuses to run and his returning fastball has
start the former fireball ace. claimed a good number of strikeout

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