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Backfields Shine



Grid Practic

-- u B Bon BENJAMIN -
The Campus Wits.. ..
TENSENESS and emotional buoy-
ancy has hit this campus that
utterly surpasses anything this chron-
icer has seen in three years of foot-
ball anticipation. Ever since the air;
became crisp early in September, and
the O'Reilly kids began tossing a foot-1
ball instead of a baseball in the back-
yard, I have heard little more than,
"Oct. 1-the big game-who'll take
it.-How do we look?"
Yes, Saturday is a big afternoon inj
more ways than one. First, the eyes
of the nation will be focused on this
wee community, for the game is THE
big affair on the day. With 87,000
souls scheduled to, pile into the Stad-
ium, the gate should surpass any;
other game on the calendar by at
least 20,000. Secondly, the calibre of
football is top-notch. You can rave
about Ohio State and Indiana's ball
game, of Santa Clara and Stanford,
Minnesota and Nebraska, Yle and
Columbia, and Tulane and Auburn
encounters, but this tussle of ours
doesn't take a back seat by any mat-
ter or means.
The Spartans could quite hand-
ily hold their own in our confer-
ence. In this book, they have a
better club than Illinois, Iowa,
Chicago, and you might be able to
add to that list after this week-
Thirdly, you have no conception of
how the presence of Fritz Crisler has
heightened national appeal. The
whole nation knows of Fritz, they're
vitally interested in his progress here,
and many thousands will be in the
stands simply to see what Crisler's
influence has meant to Michigan.
Lastly, the rivalry is unsurpassed.
Not so long ago, it was Michigan
State Aggies and their weak and bu-.
colic eleven that invaded the den of
Michigan's unconquerables. Today the
tide has turned. The Spartans revel
in it;. the Michigans chafe under the
yoke. Saturday will find the old mas-
ters seeking to regain their domin-
ancy. And an anxious campus-typi-
cal of a breathless State of Michigan
-.ust can't wait to know the answer.
* * *
THIS CORNER has been plagued
by requests asking why in all h---
the powers-that-be should 'choose a
team like Michigan State as an open-
ing day opponent. The reason is obvi-
ous-and it's not Wolverine choice.
' rom Oct. 1 on, Michigan is
booked solidly for eight weeks.
There are five Conference games
and three others with non-Con-
ference teams. These contests
have been scheduled as much as
five years in advance and the
committments are irrevocable.
Conference rulings state that no
institution "shall play intercollegiate
football on more than eight days in
any year." Therefore, unless we drop
a mid-season game, the Spartans will
continue to be our first opponent and
not Grosse Pointe High School as
some woujd wish.
** *
THAT EAST LANSING tackle story
was pure bear. You remember
Bachman's wail of yesterday in which
he insisted that he was not sure of
his tackle strength. This was a re-
iteration of the cry which the papers
have been carrying for weeks.
After watching the State tackles
against Wayne, I became firmly con-
vinced that these lads were no novices
as they would have you believe. True
enough, Wayne is Wayne-11 nice
boys who play football for the love
of the game or some such trivia-and
there will be a difference in interpre-
tation this week. Yet Spartan tackles
Alex Ketzko, 209 pounds and five feet

ten, and Ernie Bremer, 197 pounds
and six feet two and one-half, handled
themselves with an assurance, poise,.
and deadly finesse that convinced me
that they knew their ropes. Wonder
if someone isn't hoping we aim for
those tackles? Silly business, eh.
P ICKUPS :-Ex-coach Harry Kipke,
who will do the commentating in
the Saturday broadcast, is scheduled
for five minute speeches during half
time and after the game . ... He dic-
tates his stuff to a stenographer as
ad libbing makes him nervous .
You can get 2 to 1 or points on the
big game at East Lansing. .Watch
out Pirates! . .. Them Cubs are acom-
in', Dizzy and all . . . It's Klinger vs.
Bryant for today. The scalpers
brigade will be in town soon-.
Baseball captain Walt Peckinpaugh
had a 71 on a Cleveland golf course
this summer . . . If Hankus Pankus
Greenberg doesn't do it this year he
probably never will after they deaden
.that ball this winter . .

Here's A Tale
Of Too Many
Good Centers
When football practice opened last
spring, Fritz Crisler, taking over the
Michigan coaching reins for the first
time, announced that the 11 best foot-
ball players on the squad would
represent the Wolverines in the fall.t
When football practice opened this
fall, two young men named Archie
Kodros. and Forest Evashevski were E
trying for the same position, center.
It didn't take cagey Fritz long to
decide that something had to be done.
As centers there was little to choosef
between the boys. 'Evie' had the edge
in speed, Archie was slightly the bet-
ter passer. In backing up the line they
were about equal, which is just an-
other way of saying they were both
'tops.' J
The only alternative left to Crisler1
was to shift one of the boys and Eva-
;hevski was elected. Kodros' experi-

Paul Kromer's
Passing Leads
Purucker, Hook, Harmon,
Evashevski And Trosko
Star In Scrimmage
As his first two elevens snapped
through a vigorous offensive drill yes-
terday afternoon, Coach Fritz Crisler
saw a sight which has not greeted the
eyes of Michigan football followers
since the Wolverines' hey-days in the
early '30's-two strong backfields,
equally fast, equally impressive and
each boasting a pair of flashy half-
"They're beginning to come along,"
admitted the silent Crisler as he left
a half dozen newspapermen to throw
up their hands after an attempt to
figure out what four backs will take
the field against Michigan State Sats
urday afternoon.
Backfield Number One
The first backfield yesterday, if it
means anything, included Forest
Evashevski back at quarter after a
siege with a cold, Freddie Trosko and
sophomore Paul Kromer at the halves,
and the veteran Wally Hook at full-
Evashevski called the signals,
blocked and hauled in Kromer's ac-
curate passes. Trosko ran a' reserve
eleven ragged as he teamed up with
the ' flashy Kromer who completed
pass after pass and also tore off some
long gains himself, while Wally Hook
handled his end of the running as-
signments with a display o the once
potential, now kinetic ability he
showed as a one-game sophomore
sensation two years ago.
And Number Two
Taking the field immediately after
this first combination, a so-called
second backfield proceeded to equal if
not surpass the performance of their
Sophomore Jack Meyer took care of
the quarterback's blocking assign-
ments with an excellence that drew
praise from his teammates. Half-
backs Tom Harmon and Norm Pu-
rucker ran wild, breaking into the
open time and again as they twisted
through a hard-trying but helpless
reserve defense. Ed Christy showed
that a fullback can do something
other than pile-drive into the cen-
ter of a line.
Blocking Is Good
To make the afternoon even more
satisfying, the Wolverines staged an
exhibition of blocking that was per-
haps the best of the fall drills and
gave the ball-carriers a chance to
show their stuff.
Paul Kromer met with a minor mis-
fortune near the conclusion of the
drill when he turned his ankle but
trainers reported that he will be fit
to go again by tomorrow.
Crislers apparent choice of a
first-string line remained intact ex-
cept for the ends where he juggled
Nicholson, Smick, Valek and Frutig.
Janke and Smith remained at the
tackles, Brennan and Heikkinen at
the guards and Kodros at center.
It's still impossible to do more than
guess at a starting line-up for Satur-
day however as the juggling still goes
All sophomores interested'in try-
ing out for Track Manager report
to Yost Field House Thursday,
Sept. 29, at 4:00 p. m.
Jack Green, Manager

Michigan Must stop This Boy Saturday

Dizzy Dean Beats Pirates 2-1;
GreenbergHits 57th And 58th
CICAGO, Sept. 27-/P)-Ol' Dizzy aseman of the l etroit Tigers, poled
Dean pitched his great heart out and two tremendous drives to center for
the Chicago Cubs smacked into the his 57th and 58th home runs of the
season today as Detroit swept a double
thick of the NationgI League Pennant header with the St. Louis Browns, 5 to
battle today, 4 and 10 to 2.
With little else on the ball but its With five games left to play, Green-
cover, Dean hurled the Cubs to a berg put himself within striking dis-
thrill-packed, 2 to 1 victory over the tance of Babe Ruth's 1927 major
league leading Pittsburgh Pirates for league record of 60 homers in a single
a triumph which left the Cubs trailing season
the Bucs by only half a game, with Today's two homers, hit off pitcher
two more games between the clubs Bill Cox in the first and third innings
scheduled for tomorrow and Thurs- of the nightcap, marked the eleventh
day. . time this season Greenberg has hit
Diz wasn't in there at the finish. two or more circuit blows in a single
Big Bill Lee, taking the mound with game, thus bettering Hank's own big
two out in the ninth, retired the final league record for that feat.
Pittsburgh batsman as Diz trudged Greenberg's first home run was a
slowly to the showers. But it was 440-foot liner inside the park, and
Dean's victory all the way, a victory Hank had to slide home to beat the
he called "the greatest of my life" relay in from center. Mark Chaistman,
and one which won him the acclaim of Detroit third baseman, had a home
the 42,238 hysterical fans who run inside the park in the first game,
jammed Wrigley Field. and Dixie Walker and Charlie Gehr-
inger hit regulation homers in the
DETROIT, Sept. 27 - () - Hank double bill, Gehringer's his 20th of
Greenberg, distance-clouting first the season.

The name, Johnny Pingel, has been poison to Michigan State oppon-
ents for the last two years. His triple threat capabilities have made him
a marked man in every Spartan game but he continues to run wild.


Free Show At Michigan
For Lucky Grid Players
For all practical purposes the goal
line in the Michigan State game this
Saturday might well be the ticket
taker at the Michigan Theatre be-
cause every Michigan man who scores
a touchdown against State this Sat-
urday will be presented with a pass
to the Michigan Theatre for the dur-
ation of 1938.
When Jerry Hoag, manager of the
theatre; presented the idea to Head
Coach Fritz Crisler, the coach
thought it an excellent idea. But
ramifications soon arose. Line Coach
Munn and Backfield Coach Martineau
thought it unfair to those stalwart

men who make up Michigan's front
line. Those linemen do not have the
opportunity to shine and rise to glory
as do their publicized backfield mates,
the two coaches believe.
For these excellent reasons passes
will be given to linemen who play
well. The things for which the com-
plimentary ducats will be given are
as yet unknown. It might be for ster-
ling defensive work, for an outstand-
ing tackle, for good sportsmanship,
or for fine blocking. According to Mr.
Hoag, there will be three or four of
these passes given.
The selections will be mader:
Mr. Hoag, assisted by Crisler, his
assistants and the Daily Sports Staff
.and the results will be published in
the Daily.

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he's a quarterback now.
ence stood him in good stead, but
more important, throughout his ath-
letic career,. Evashevski has been
known as a fellow who'll give a good
account of himself wherever he plays.-
Graduating from Northwestern
High in Detroit, where he alternated
at tackle and fullback, at the age of
16, Evie decided to postpone his col-
lege career until he was a bit more
matured. Two years at tackle and cen-
ter on Jack Heston's Ford V-8 eleven
followed. Then Michigan.
Last fall freshman coaches decided
that Eyie belonged at center, now
he's a quarterback, so that he and
Kodros can back up the line togeth-
er. The position is a new one to For-
est but he's glad about the shift.
"Now I can get some more blockin'
in" the big fellow puts it.
Evie may not be in the starting line-
up Saturday. Confined to the Health
Service with a case of bronchitis last
week, he lost some valuable ground
to his two foremost rivals, Jack Mey-
er and Louie Levine. But the 'One
Man Gang' will get his fling. There
are none who delight in mowing 'em"
down more than Evie, and there are
few who can do it better.
Michigan State? "I've been looking
forward to meeting those guys for a
long time,'j was Forest's reply. And we
venture that Saturday evening "those
guys" will know they've met Mr. Eva-
All sophomores interested in try-
ing out for football manager report
to Yost Field House at 3:00 Wed-
nesday afternoon.
Phil Woodworth, Manager







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