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September 27, 1938 - Image 14

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F'raek T
Toach Doherty
Expects Large
Frosh Turnout

eams Of Future

To Be Strengthed

By Class Of '42


Broken Nose No. 13 Doesn't
Stop Mehaffey,_Soph Fullback

Comes Back For More

Big Ten Coaches And Players.
Back Training Table Proposal

the mental and physical condition of
the players.
Thus with minds now turning for
the Saturday afternoon contests it
is known that not only are the Big
Ten Coaches crossing their fingers
and hoping that injuries and bad
breaks will stay away from their doors
but they are also all pulling together
and hoping that the training table
I will come into existence next fall,

Strength Lies In Sprints
And Pole Vault; Other
Events Show Promise
This Fall ,while the eyes of the na-
tion and the campus are on football,
preparation is already beginning for
Michigan's track teams of next spring
and the year after. A traditionally
strong Varsity squad seems certain to
uphold the Wolverine prestige for
another year. And so at this'time at-
tention is directed toward the fresh-
man prospects, material from which
future farsity squads will be com-
According to Ken Doherty, who ex-
pects about 100 men to report, the
freshman track team of 1938-39
promises to be a strong and well
rounded outfit. Particular strength
seems to lie in the pole vault and the
sprints. Among the vaulting pros-
pects are Charles Decker, Elyria, Ohio,
who placed second in the National
Jr. A.A.U. meet at Buffalo at 13'4"
and Bud McMaster from Germantown
Academy, Philadelphia, a 13 foot
Four Dashmen
Among the dashmen are Donald
Jones, Flint; Al Thomas, Detroit
James McGee, Pontiac; and Alfred
Piel, Indianapolis-all with fine high
school records. .Quarter-mile hopes
're bolstered by Charles Schmeling,
Saginaw, who has a 49.4 to his credit
and Bil Cffan, Lakewood, Ohio, a
better than 50 second man.
vThe. middle distance and the mile
evenrts have such prospects as John
Kautps of Carl Shurz High School in
Chicago, a 2:01 half-miler and Art
Farr, Lakewood, Ohio, who steps the
half in 2:00 flat. William Ackerman
of ryan, .Ohio,. has a 4 :34 mile in
the books in high school, which speaks
for itself. George sstrot of Sioux
FYalls, S. D., has tossed th discus 134'
and the shot 44', and will work in the
field' ev+ents.
' , > Time To Report
Fall track occupies an important
position at Michigan and all fresh-
men who are considering the thinclad'
sport are urged to report to Ken
Doherty at Ferry Field this week. The
work in the fall and winter months
preceding the indoor season is in-
valuable and consists largely of de-
veloping form and relaxation. It also
affords a fine opportunity to become
acquainted Wvith the coaches and one's
Time trials sometime during the
weeks of October 13th, 20th, and 27th
will provide the spice of competition.
Freshmen trackmen who pledge fra-
ternities will also be eligible for the
Intramural meet October 13. It has
been the policy during recent years
for the freshmen to have three tele-
graphic meets with Big Ten schools
during March and another bracket of
meets duing the outdoor season.
Particular emphasis is laid by Coach
Ken Doherty on the invitation to
freshmen with no previous track ex-
perience to come out. Several Michi-
gan track stars have been developed
from just such material. The latest
example has been that of Phil Bal-
yeat, who reported to the yearling
squad last year, never having run be-
fo'e, and who points toward a varsity
berth this year with the 1938 National
Jr. A.A.U. 400 meters title under his

Some day Howard Mehaffey may
be stopped but it's going to take more
than a broken nose to do it.
The latest episode in the Mehaffey
schozzola drama happened recently
during one of the regular afternoon
scrimmages at Ferry Field. Howie, a
rugged soph fullback, received the
pass from center and pounded
through the hole in the line, swerved
to avoid the opposing halfback and
smashed his troublesome proboscis
into Danny Smick's fibre chest pro-
The result: broken nose number 13
for Mehaffey, but he wasn't stopped.
True, after another play he quit for
the afternoon but the next day was
back in hard scrimmage with the nose
encased behind a nose guard and
giving the opposition plenty of
This sort of thing isn't at all new
for the ex-Kiski star of course. He
had the same trouble while playing
in high school at Pittsburgh for Wes-
tinghouse High. But was he stopped?
Hardly-he made the all-city team
and in his junior year, was second
Coach Dohert y
Fatvors Bigger
Discus Circle
Ken Doherty, Freshman track
coach, has started a one man crusade
for bigger and better throwing circles
for the boys who hurl the discus.
Doherty maintains that the pres-
ent circle, which has a diameter of
8 feet 2 inches, is far too small, and
hampers the efforts of the perform-
ers in that evert He points out that
in the 1937 Western Conerence meet,
22 out of 78 tosses were fouls, or
better than 40 per cent ofsthe
throws. In the 193 5meeet, 10 out of
24 throws were fouls; again, a 40
per cent margin. These figures repre-
sent the performances of the best
men in the Western Conference. The
percentage is considerably -higher
when the figures are compiled from
Dual meet competition.
When a man is training for the
discus throw, he is taught to control
his mxovements so that he wil leave
himself a few inches between his for-
ward foot and the board. after com-
pleting his toss. Doherty says that
even when a toss is fair, it isn't an
indication of a man's, est efforts, be-
cause he is consciously, or uncon-
sciously holding himself back, in or-
der to stay in fair territory.
Ken proposes a nine foot circle,
which would give the perforner ample
room to complete his toss and still
stay within bounds. As proof of the
advantages a large circle has over a
small one, Ken refers to the case of
one Archie Harris, a sophomore at
Indiana. Harris, it seems once hurled
the discus 175 feet, fouling in the
attempt. His best mark, while stay-
ing in the ring, is 157 feet 4 inches.
Big Bill Watson, Varsity .track
captain, also believes that a larger
circle would help the discus tossers.
Bill is of the opinion that increasing
the size of the circle by six to eight
inches would add several feet to a
man's best throw.

in the city scoring race, which is
quite a feat for a fullback.
At Kiski prep school Howard was
the No. 1 fullback on their champion-
ship eleven which used to whip the
freshmen elevens from the Univer-
sities of Pittsburgh, Cornell, Penn-
sylvania, etc., and the plebe squads
of Army and Navy. He more than
earned his share of the glory; bad
beak and all.
Performing on Michigan's frosh
eleven last year Mehaffey was one
of the outstanding players on the
promising squad, displaying lots of
drive and power and good blocking.
In spring practice he played at a
halfback post the majority of the
time as Coach Crisler juggled his men
to order to find the best combination
but now he's back at the job of line-
splitting with a vengeance. As he puts
it, "I probably won't be in the start-
ing line-up for the first game but
I'll be in there for some of 'em."
Mehaffey is the steady type of play-
er who doesn't pull the sensational
but can always be counted on for a
good performance. He is one of the
team's best defensive backs and al-
though he has been somewhat handi-
capped during the early practice ses-
sions by minor injuries in addition to
his nose, fine things are being ex-
pected of him in the future.
Howard is one lad who doesn't
complain about hard work. "It's this
way," he says. "There may be some
guys who moan about being worked
hard atpracticebut the more you
work the tougher you get. Then
when you're in the last quarter of
some ball game and the other guy is
all tired out, you can still hit him
hard and you'll be better than he."
And Mehaffey should know. He's
Kromer Stars
In Scrimmage
Leads Blues To Victory
Over White Eleven
(Continuedfrom Page 9)
60 yard punt ,to put his team out
of immediate danger, but th Blues
stormed right back: A fake reverse
with Renda carrying was good for
26 yards, then Herc gained 10amore
after taking the ball from Kromer.
Here Kromer uncorked a long toss to
Jack Meyer who made a great catch
on the White 14. After a Kromer
aerial intended for Renda was
grounded, Paul found Herc over the
line on the next play, and the score
was tied as Valek kicked goal.
The Blues wsted no time in start-
ing another drive. After Renda .had
picked up 22 yards around end, Kro-
mer heaved to Ernie Zelinski, soph
flanker, who made the catch on the
5. Kromer tossed to Meyer for the
second touchdown on the ne;t play.
Valek's try for the extra point was
low and the count stood at 13-7.
If an individual star had to be
picked it would of course be Kromer,
but there were others who distin-
guished themselves during the after-
noon's play, particularly among the
newcomers. Bob Hook and 'Flop'
Flora, sophomore tackles, earned
their spurs, and, are due to see a lot
of service. 'Butch' Jordan and Ralph
Fritz at guards, were defensive stand-

Among the many things, such as;
football teams, the Pittsburgh Pi-
rates-maybe the Chicago. Cubs, and
Hitler, that hope to pass through the
next two months and come out with
a slightly different character is one
item which all Conference football"
players hope will weather the storm.
This one factor that all coaches
are working together for is the train-
ing table for their players during the
football season.
At a meeting of the Big Ten Athlet-
ic Directors last spring it was voted
upon, and approved, that the train-
ing table should come into effect in
1939 after certain requirements had
been fulfilled.
The main section of the proposal,
that was drawn up by the various
Conference head men, runs along the
lines that should no school object to
the table within sixty days after the
fall term started, then the training
table would go into effect for the
1939 fall season.
The football season is under way
and with its start also begins the so
called probation period of the train-
ing table. Football practice started
in the Conference on September 10
and from then until the time school
officially opens the players have been
receiving three meals each day.'
"In answering a questionnaire sent!
out last spring by the Michigan Daily

each Big Ten Coach stated that they
were backing the training table a hun-
dred per cent. The majority of the
Coaches felt that one meal after
practice would pay high dividends on


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Soph fullback Howard Mehaffey
recently broke his nose for the 13th
time, but the next day he was back
under fire sporting a nose guard
and playing his usual steady game.
His schnozzola may send him down
but it never sends him out.
been hitting 'em hard for a long time
and is still coming back for more-
nose first.


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