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ong Eleven
Graduation, Injury


Meets Cochran Again



Hamaner And DeCorrevont ..
WHEN next year comes, as next years have a habit of doing, football
will once again ascend the throne it has abdicated in favor of its baseball
rival. And the same questions, with the only differences coming in the
names of colleges, will be thrown about. Will Southern California have
another good season? How about Ohio State in the Big Ten? Can Ten-
nessee come back? What will Iowa have?
But the 1940 football season will bring something else, something
narrower than the meeting of two teams, something more personal
than a Rose Bowl game. Tom Harmon and Bill DeCorrevont will
cavort on the same gridiron.
The occasion will, of course, be the meeting between Northwestern'
and Michigan, a meeting which might well decide the Big Ten title. But
the real drama will come when these two men, the two high school stars
of their year, meet.
Harmon was a high school sensation when he attended Horace Mann
High School in Gary, Indiana. He got his football start in a most insig-
nificant manner, one which is more than faintly reminiscent of the old
gag about the snake-hipped halfback who gave the credit for his success
in the open field to the fact that he used to weave through crowds on
shopping tours with his mother. Well, Harmon reported for football when
he was a freshman and on the first day the coach lined the candidates
up in front of him. The coach was a gum-chewer-hater and Harmon was
a gum-chewer-lover-and on that particular day Harmon was a great
Well, the coach yanked him out of line and in order to punish the
Johnny-come-lately made him carry the ball through the varsity.
"Safety-first," thought Harmon, and he proceeded to stand the varsity
on Its collective ear. And that, little children, was the start of an [
At any rate, from such an aprocryphal beginning Harmon grew. In
his senior year in high school he led the nation in scoring with 150 points,
won Fielding H. Yost's accolade as being "the nation's outstanding high
school athlete." He came to Michigan,,received a telegram from Tulane
offering him subsidized aid, and gained national publicity, became the
sophomore sensation of a rejuvenated Michigan team and in his junior
year (1939) was an almost unanimous choice for All-American halfback.
He runs, passes, blocks, tackles, place kicks and is working on punting.
In short he is versatile as well as efficient.
DeCorrevont's athletic course has been strangely similiar, just as sen-
sational albeit not quite as successful. He gained his fame as a halfback
at Austin High School in Chicago (suburb of Gary in a football sense,
claims Harmon), and was far and away the outstanding high school star
of the year. He led the country in scoring (if our memory hasn't sliiped
too much) with something like 200 points. Colleges all over the country
were bidding for his services and he finally ended up at Northwestern.
Whether or not there was any connection between the two clauses in the
last sentence we'll leave to his biographers. With the Wildcats, things didn't
run quite too smoothly with DeCorrevont. He had trouble breaking into
the starting line-up; there was dissension between the line and the back-
field and then finally he was reported as having demanded that North-
western get a new backfield coach or he would leave. (This story was denied
but Wes Fry was hired as backfield coach within a month.)
That he could run was apparent, however. He broke Minnesota's
back when he travelled 62 yards for the winning touchdown against
the Gophers and he showed signs throughout the year that, should
Jim Farley ;announce a shortage, he could carry the mail.
When the pair meets, Harmon, a senior and with spurs already won;
DeCorrevont, a junior who has still to show what he was supposed to have.
the fur will fly. The Michigan Hammer has said that the Austin Flash
played in a league that would have trouble winning a game in the Gary
league. It will be a battle of touted personalities, of football dynamite.
Well bet on Harmon to explode louder and with a much greater de-

Track Squad
Faces Battle
In Big Tens
Hoosiers To Give Varsity
Greatest Competition;
Records Threatened
Capt. Schwarzkopf
Seeks New Mark
Michigan's first Doherty-coached
track team will enter the 40th an-
nual Western Conference track meet
at Evanston May 24 and 25 faced
with the hardest battle in its stretch
of successive championships, but
still the favorite to annex its fourth
straight outdoor crown.
On the basis of their seventh con-
secutive victory indoors and the fact
that the strength in the events add-
ed outdoors appears even with that
of Indiana's, the Wolverines are ex-
pected again to defeat the Hoosiers
who have challenged their suprem-
acy so strongly this year.
The Conference meet has pro-
duced some of the nation's and
world's outstanding performances,
including Jesse Owen's remarkable
feat of settingthree world records
in one day and tieing a fourth. A
world record is vaguely possible in
only one event this year-the one-
mile relay-but seven Conference
marks are slated for a heavy batter-
ing by the aggregation of the Big1
Ten's best athletes.
Schwarzkopf Seeks Mark t
Michigan athletes will figure in1
four of these potential new records.
Capt. Ralph Schwarzkopf, havingk
established a new indoor mark, will
be defending his title and shooting1
at Walter Mehl's two-mile time of
9:10.4. He should break the record
almost as easily as he did the indoort
Whereas the Wolverines could on-


Will Knee Hold Up?



Four Vacant Spots

Warren Breidenbach, Michigan's
sensational junior quarter-miler,
will find a battle ahead when he
seeks to defend his outdoor crown
in the Conference Championships
May 24 and 25. Again he will bump
up against Indiana's Roy Cochran
who defeated him in the indoor
I-M Will Offer
Wide Program
Over Summer

IMAul Kromer, junior halfback
from Lorain, Ohio, is the question
mark of Fritz Crisler's 1940 grid
hopes. A star along with Tom
Harmon in his sophomore year,
Kromer was hampered all last sea-
son with a knee injury.
University Course
Is Long, Difficult
Test For Golfers
The University of Michigan's 18-
hole golf course, laid out over the
beautiful hills south of Ann Arbor,
leaves very little to be desired by
the golfer who likes his game the
interesting way.
The course, which was designed
by the same architect who remodeled
Scotland's famous St. Andrews has
long well-watered fairways which
are trapped generously. The greens
are. the largest in this district, and
their fast rolling surfaces call for
the greatest putting skill.
Construction was started on the
course 11 years ago, and was com-
pleted two years later at a cost of
$365,000. The course is watered by
springs under the Stadium situated
across Stadium Boulevard. The wa-
ter seeps, into a six-foot tile and is
pumped onto the course.
From 25,000 to 30,000 persons
play the course annually. Among
these have been Tommy Armour,
Walter Hagen, Jimmy Thompson,
Lawson Little, Horton Smith, and
Michigan's Woody Malloy, Chuck
Kocsis, and Johnny Fischer. Fischer
holds the course record, a 64, scored
in June, 1936.

Varsity Stars
Gain NatTonal
Sport Crowns
That familiar catch-phrase "Cham-
pions of the West" from Michigan's
famed "Victors" song appears as a
somewhat mild understatement as
far as several Wolverine athletes are
"Champions of the Nation", it
seems, would be more in keeping with
the outstanding feats performed by
wrestling Capt. Don Nichols, Michi-
gan's 440-yard freestyle relay and
300-yard medley relay teams and Gus
Sharemet individually, during the
past year.
Nichols broke into the national
limelight at the National Intercol-
legiate wrestling tourney at Cham-
paign, Ill., March 30, when he an-
nexed the 175-pound mat crown for
the second year in a row. In addition
to the title, Nichols was also named
"outstanding performer" for the
meet by the tournament committee.
But the National Collegiate swim-
ming meet held at New Haven, Conn.,
March 29 and 30, Coach Matt Mann's
natators turned out championships
in mass production style.
The Varsity 300-yard medley relay
team of Francis Heydt, Gus and
John Sharemet outswam Princeton's
crack trio to annex the title in that
The second night of the meet found
Michigan's freestyle relay team of Ed
Hutchens, Johnny Gillis, Charlie
Barker and Gus Sharemet paddling
the 440-yard distance in 3:31 to slash
six-tenths of a second off New York
A.C.'s existing world and American
mark set in 1939.
On the same night, sophomore
Gus Sharemet swam off with the 100-
yard freestyle championship when
he set a torrid :51.8 pace that was
too fast for Southern California's
Paul Wolf and Howie Johnson of
And from all indications, the Wol-
verines will have still another title-
holder come June.

Baseball, Tennis
T o Provide
For Students,

And Golf

Success Marks First Season
Of New Residence Hall Loops

A tribute to the organizing ability
of Abram A. James, supervisor, and
Earl N. Riskey, assistant director of
Intramural Sports, is the brilliant
success of the initial year of Resi-
dence Hall athletic competition.
This latest success is only another
on the record of the men who have
built up intramural sports at Mich-
igan to their present high standard.
Abolition of the cumbersome intra-
class competition, introduction of
faculty, corecerational, and gradu-
ate programs, and the establishment
of the annual "Open House" as an
institution are a few of the other
conrtibutions they have made since
they took over at the opening of the
Sports Building, then the Intramural
Building, in 1928.
Quad Presents Problem
This year the opening of the West
Quadrangle, with its eight houses and
some 950 students, presented a new
and tough problem to the department.
In full advantage of the possibilities
of the dormitory system was to be
taken, an adequate athletic pro-
gram must be carried out.
The smooth assimliation of this
new element into Michigan's intra-
mural program has been an achieve-
ment. Fletcher Hall was added to
the group, and a four and a five-team

Field and in the Sports Building are
those for the initial Residence Hall
At present, after a fall program
which included football, bowling, vol-
leyball, table tennis, handball, and
wrestling; and a winter schedule of
"A" and "B" basketball, foul throw-
ing, relays, dual swimming, and an
indoor track meet, Winchell House
leads the pack with 870 points. Lloyd
House, seven points in the rear, will
give the leaders most trouble dur-
ing the spring season, when teams
will compete in baseball, horseshoes,
tennis and golf.
Next year another section will be
added, to include the new East Quad-
rangle residents. These will be joined
in a four team circuit, and a play-
off system is planned for the all-
campus Residence Hall champion-
Improve Campus Program
In addition to the forbidding task
of handling this sudden influx of
1,000 earnest, enthusiastic young ath-
letes, both good and bad, James and
Riskey, with the help of an excellent
staff, have found time to make im-
provements in the general campus
program. Just keeping it going as
usual would have been a feat, but
the department has conducted a more


An activities program designed to
provide athletic facilities for all men
students and faculty members of the
University Summer Session will again
be offered this year by the Intramur-
al Sports department.
While the tentative list of sports
is not as extensive as the one offered
during the school year, the depart-
ment is always willing to consider
additional sports if a sufficient in-
terest is manifested.
Under the guidance of Abram A.
Jones, director of Intramural Ath-
letics, and the immediate supervision
of Randolph W. Webster, in charge
of summer activities, the department
will sponsor tournaments and day
to day competition in 14 different
Tournaments will begin July 11 in
softball, badminton, codeball, golf,
handball, squash, table tennis, ten-
nis, swimming, horseshoe singles and
doubles, archery, dart baseball, bas-
ketball and riding. Instruction will
probably be available in handball,
squash, swimming, badminton and
An additional recreational service
offered is that of providing playing
equipment for picnics of University
The Sports Building will be open
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except Sun-
day, and the pool will be available
from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3
p.m. to 6 p.m. under the same daily
Grid Team Makes
Second Coas Trip
When the Michigan football team
invades the lair of the Golden Bear
of California at Berkeley, Cal., next
September 28, it will be the second
time in the history of the University
that a Wolverine gridiron team has
made the 2,500-mile trek to the West
The selection of the University of
California as a 1940 grid foe was
made from a host of prospective op-
ponents after an open date on the
Maize and Blue card was caused by
the abolishment of football from the
University of Chicago athletic set-
up and the resultant curtailment of

. replaces Watson
ly manage to place thiee men in
a nine-way tie for fourth and fifth
in the high jump last year, they
now have the undefeated Don Can-
ham, who has met and outleaped
the nation's best college jumpers
this season, and is the heavy favor-
ite to add five points to the Mich-
igan total in this event. He may set
a new record, having already leaped
within one-half inch of the height.
Warren Breidenbach, defending
champion in the 440, will have a
real battle on his hands. Roy Coch-
ran, Indiana's great and versatile
star, set a new world indoor record
as he defeated the Michigan junior
in the indoor meet. However, Brei-
denbach had not been able to work
properly in preparation for the
event, and this time should gain
revenge for the defeat as well as
set a new record. He has twice run
faster than the listed mark.
Relay Team Threatens
If Phil Balyeat's leg heals fairly
well, and if one of the numerous
candidates for the fourth position
on the mile relay team can cota
through with a good performance,
Michigan's mile relay team may
break the record it set up last year



Michigan athletes punted and1
passed, plunged and prayed, skated
and scuttled, pinged and ponged,
backstroked and breastroked, struck
and spared, sliced and stymied, bat-
tled and battered during the school
year that is now drawing to a close,
and, after all, what more could you'
ask, for.
All in all, the Wolverines had their
share of the triumphs, and just to
keep up the interest, sprinkled a loss
here and there in the program.
In diary form, the Michigan sports
year looks something like this:
Oct. 7: The Michigan football team
opened its schedule by treating 68,618
fans to a first half display of dynam-
ic offensive play and coasted on to
a 26-13 victory over Michigan State.
Oct. 14: Iowa was the next Michi-
gan grid victim by a 27-7 score. Har-
mon tallied four times and made the
great Kinnick look like just another
guy named Nile.
Oct. 16: Wolverine athletes spent
the day in mourning as news from
abroad hinted that the 1940 Olym-
pics would probably be called off.
Oct. 21: The Wolverines played
leap frog all over historic Stagg
Field and just managed to eke out
an 85-0 win in their final appear-
ance against the purety boys from
Doc Hutchens Institute of Higher
Oct. 28: Michigan defeated Yale in

Nov. 2: The nation was convinced
that maybe for once the experts were
Nov. 3: The entire world joined in
the opinion that Harmon, etc.
Nov. 4: For the time being, the
entire world decided to change its
mind as Michigan and Harmon lost
to the Illini, 16-7,
Nov. 10: The Little Brown Jug
decided that it had had enough of
Minneapolis hospitality.'
Nov. 11: The Jug changed its mind
too, and went back to Gopherland
for another year anyway ... 20-7.
Nov. 15: Wolverine athletes spent
the day in mourning as news came
from Germany that the Olympics
probably would have to be cancelled
in 1940.
Nov. 18: Harmon clinched an All-
American berth with a prodigious
64 yard gallop in the 19-17 victory
over Penn.
Nov. 26: Ohio State's Conference
champions were humbled here as
Fred Trosko breezed to pay dirt on!
a last minute fake placekick to give
Michigan a 21-14 triumph in the
season's finale.
Dec. 2: The hockey team opened
its schedule with a 3-1 loss to On-
Jan. 6: In their Conference open-
er, Michigan's cagers upset the strong!
Ohio five, 40-35.
Jan. 11: The Wolverine hockey
team gained its first Conference de-

Sucess Of Grid Team
Depends Upon Frosh
Last Year's Reserves
Ingalls To Replace
Kodros At Center
Michigan's chances of having a
powerhouse eleven next fall depend
entirely on how well the freshmen
live up to promise and the improve-
ment that last year's reserves make
between now and September.
The four biggest holes Coach Frit
Crisler has to fill are the two tackles;
which were vacated by the gradua-
tion of the veterans Bill Smith and
Roland Savilla, the reserve quarter
back post, and the left-halfback slot
in the event Paul Kromer's knee fails
to hold up.
At present Bob Flora and Reuben
Kelto are the two veteran reserves
who are showing up well at the tackle'
in spring practice. Doing equally fine
work is Al Wistert, who was kept out
of action last fall because of an ankle
George Ostroot, who is putting the
shot on the track team at present, is
another member of last year's squad
who will have to be considered when
the final selections are made.
Sengel Is Bright Spot
The bright spot among the fresh-
man tackles coming up is Rudy Sen-
gel. He is big, fast and strong, and
the coaches are working hard to
iron out the flaws in his play. If he
continues to improve he will give the
veteran reserves a fight for a start-
ing berth.
Two freshmen prospects may fill
the bill for the reserve quarterback
post, if they can continue to play the
same brand of ball under actual fire
as they have in practice sessions. At
present George Celthaml appears to
be the number one choice to relieve
Evy, since he is a hard blocking 200
pounder, who has shown ability as a
field general.
Elmer Madar is the other yearling
who has impressed the coaches with
his signal calling and blocking ability,
and will give Ceithaml a battle for
the job.
Call Is Replacement
If Paul Kromer's knee holds up,
Coach Fritz Crisler can stop looking
for a replacement. In the event the
injured member does not permit Kro-
mer to play, it is quite likely that
Norm Call will take over.
Call was Tom Harmon's under-
study. at the right halfback slot last
season, and his fine work went un-
acclaimed due to the brilliant play
of the All-American Hoosier Ham-
mer. So far this spring Norm has
shown up well in Kromer's post, and
he may even give Paul a real fight
for the starting post if the latter is
able to play.
If these four question mark posi-
tions can be adequately filled, the re-
mainder of the starting posts will be
well handled, and all that remains
is the problem-of finding capable re-
Ingalls Will Play Center
Bob Ingalls appears to be a fix-
ture at Archie Kodros' vacated pivot
post. With the experience he gained
last year as an alternate for Kodros,
and in filling in at quarterback when
Evy was injured, Bob should be an
even better player.
For relief at the center post, line
Coach Clarence Munn has Ted Ken-
nedy, a reserve from last season who
has shown improvement in the spring
drills, and two freshmen, Bud
Schwayder and Wally Keating.
Schwayder is a rugged player built
along the line of Kodros.
At the guards the Wolverines should
be well fortified, since they have
both regulars from last year coming
back, Milo Sukup and Ralph Fritz.

In addition the veteran Bill Melzow,
who saw considerable service last fall,
will be back.

Wolverines Draw Near Close
Of Successful Sports Season

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