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ae Leads Michigan Cagers In Northwestern Upc


Wildcat Guard
Leads Scoring
With 14 Points

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James Stars As Sextet Loses, 5-i;
Matmen Tie, 14-14, With Ohio State



Pink Stars In Last Home
Game For Wolverines;
Referee Calls 25 Fouls
(Continued from Page 1)
ago at Evanston, like a bunch of alley
cats as both teams roughed it up
Altogether 25 personal fouls were
called during the battle, and 16 of
these were on the Wildcats as they
clawed in vain. Six of the nine Mich-
igan fouls were committed on the
person of high-scoring Klein and
three were by' George Ruehle, the
game junior who had the tough as-
signment of keeping the rangy
Northwestern ace bottled up.
Ruehle did a fine job checking.
Klein especially in the first half
whenf he held him to one foul shot
and one field goal, but even in the
last stanza Klein had trouble get-
ting in for good shots and almost
half of his points came on charity
tosses as he connected for six of
10 tries.
Brogan Hits Meshes
Both guards, Pink and Herb Bro-
gan, had a rather quiet initial half
as far as getting any buckets went.
,.Brogan chalked up a long one to
end the Wolverine scoring in the
first period. But Northwestern did
little better than the Michigan back
line in the opening frame as they
were held to five points until there
was a minute of play remaining and
Shepard and Klein connected to
bring the score up to 14-9 at half-
Northwestern came back strong in
the first three minutes of the second
period as they tried to outrace the
Wolverines and scored seven points.
However, Brogan and Pink got tired
of not scoring and went ahead and
gave Northwestern a scoring letton
as they connected for eight points
within a minute.
Wolverines Come Back
A Northwestern time out halted
the fireworks for an instance, but
the Wolverines came back as strong
as ever and meshed 13 points in the
next 10 minutes while the Wildcats
managed to collect two points on a
dog shot by Klein.
Then with five minutes of play re-
maining Northwestern decided it was
its turn to put on a spurt, and it
did. The Wildcats froze the Wolver-
ine offense and put on a wild and
rough rally as they sank four field
goals and three charity t'osses to
bring the score up to 37-34 with
less than a minute to play.
Sofiak Stalls
At this point Mike Sofiak put on
a one-man stall as he dribbled in and
out of the Northwestern quintet that
went wild trying to stop him, and
twice fouled him during this short
interval. Both times Michigan chose
to take the ball out of bounds.
It was far from a perfectly played
basketball game, but it was rough
wild and close enough to have the

Editor's Note: Today's column was written by Norman Miller, member of the Junior
sports staf f
California, Here I Come.
Big Johnny Gee finished the last lap around the Field House track,
dashed upstairs to the locker room, and dropped his gigantic 228-pound,
six-foot, nine-inch frame on a bench.
Perspiration streamed down his face and his shoulders drooped from
weariness brought on by his long twb-hour workout as the gangling south-
paw, who back in 1936 helped pitch Coach Ray Fisher's Wolverines to their
last Big Ten baseball title, began peeling off his sweat-suit.
"California here I come," sang the big beanpole who is slated to
receive a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates this spring.
"When do you leave for San Bernardino (Pirates' California training
camp), Johnny?" piped your reporter.
"Tonight," (Saturday) came the reply accompanied by a resounding
thump of a size 14 shoe as it fell to the floor. "And I sure am glad the
winter's over. It'll be good to be getting out there on the ball field again."
"What have you been doing all winter?" we asked.
"Well, I was a floor-walker in a department store back home
(Syracuse) until Christmas, and after that I was coaching basketball
at a business school," responded Mr. G. "I've been in Ann Arbor since
Tuesday getting my legs in condition.
' "This town's a great place for that," went on the big fellow. "You have
to walk so much to get from one place to another. If ball players would
only walk more and ride less, they'd last a lot longer.
"You 'know in professional base-
ball the managers stress leg-condi-
:. tioning quite a bit. A ball player's
arm lasts only as long as his legs,
they say. That's why I'm taking these
extra laps around the track here eve-
ry day. I want to make sure my pins
Te mtip-top shape."
"ThePirates' latest $70,000 invest-
ment was ready for his shower. Like
Philo Vance on the trail of a cul-
irit, we tagged along after him con-
4 tinuing our relentless third degree.
"What kind of a season did you
have last year?" we parried.
."Well," replied baseball's Goliath,
as he ducked his. head to gain full
advantage of the gushing sprinkler,
r"I won 2anddropped ten with the
Syracuse Chiefs before the Pirates
bought me,.and while I was up with
them rthe last three weeks of the
season, I.won one and lost two."
"Tell us something about those,"
we urged.
"The first game was against the
Phillies," he began. "I lost that one,
7-3. The Pirates made eight errors
and the Phils chalked up seven un-
JOHN GEE earned runs. We couldn't seem to
- the Pirate investment do anything right that afternoon."
"Were you at all nervous in your big league debut?" we ventured.
"Naw," came the prompt response, "after pitching in 35 pro ball
games a year for two seasons, it seemed like just another ball game.
"I had better luck in my second start, though. It was against the Bees.
We won, 6-4 and I fanned 11 men. They made 11 hits off me and Johnny
Cooney made five of them.
"Boy, he sure was my Jonah that day. He hit my curve, my fast one,
a change of pace, a slider and when I tried him on a curve again the fifth
time at bat, he belted that one, too. He rapped one hit down the third base
line, another one into right field and clouted one back through the box at
me so fast it almost took my shin off. What a man!"
. "What about the last game?" we prodded.
"That was against Cincinnati," he went on. "I was going along
swell for two innings when I suddenly went higher than a kite. I walked
the first four men to face me in the third, let the next man touch me for
a base hit, and Pie Traynor gave me the thumb to the showers. It sure"
was a thrill, though, pitching against all those big guys I'd been reading
about--Goodman, McCormick, Lombardi."
"By the way, what did you think of Traynor," was the next question.
"He's a darn nice fellow," .Gee asserted. "In fact that was his big
fault. He was too good. Most of the players seemed to be taking advantage
of his easy nature."
"How do you think you'll like playing under Frankie Frisch?" came
"I'm sure Il enjoy working under him. You know, I met Frisch
last Sunday at the Baseball Writers' banquet in Pittsburgh. He sure
has a dynamic personality and I think the Pirates'Il go places with him
at the helm," concluded the major league's tallest athlete as he teetered
precariously on one leg while he shoved the other into a pair of 36-inch
Gee should be an important factor in the success of the 1940 Pirates.
Aside from a one-year veteran named Heintzleman and an untried rookie,
the Michigan alumnus is the only lefthander on the Bucs' pitching staff
and Frisch is no doubt banking heavily on Gee for his ace southpaw.
Ten Wolverines Contribute Best

Efforts In Buckeye Massacre

St. Vincent Scores Three
Goals As Gophers Win
SixteenthStraight Game
(Continued rrom Page 1)
the only harm done was a couple of
cracked skulls.
In comparison, the Gopher goalie
Marty Falk was only called upon to
mnake 27 saves, but it was one of the
busiest evenings he has had all year.
Falk's saves this season have only
averaged 4.6 a period. Although most
of the shots he was called upon to
clear were weak ones from outside
the Minnesota blue line, he did turn
in a number of saves which on any
other night would have looked good,
but last night they were overshadowed
by James' great exhibition.
Turns Hat Trick
The big gun of the Gopher attack
was Co-Captain Frank St. Vincent,
who turned the hat trick with three
goals. He accounted for both scores
in the second period on solo dashes,
and converted on a pass from Babe
Paulsen to start the scoring in the
final stanza.
Dave Lampton got the fourth goal
on a pass from Ken Cramp, and Hay-
don Pickering wound e up the scor-
ing for the evening with the assist-
ance of Frank St. Vincent 'and John
Mariucci was unusually docile last
night, and drew only three penalties.
One was for body checking in center
ice, and another came with the com-
pany of Charley Ross. Both were
chased for starting an argument
which got no further than the high-
stick stage.
GetsMisconduct Rap
Big John's third penalty came while
he was sitting on the Minnesota
bench. Referee Roy Reynolds waved
him to the cooler for a 10-minute
misconduct rap when he became an-
noyed at Maruci's persistence in
yelling derogatory remarks at him
from the sidelines. Big John com-
plained loud and long, but when all
the shouting died down he was in his
familiar place in the penalty box.,
The big Minnesota defenseman was
also one of those who suffered most
as a result of Spike James' brilliant
work. Several times he staged his
colorful solos down the ice, but each
time Spike smothered his shot.
MICHIGAN: Goal, James; de-
fense, Ross, Stodden; center, Gold-
smith; wings, Samuelson, Lovett;
alternates, Collins, Canfield, Cor-
son, Heddle.
MINNESOTA: Goal, Falk; defense,
Mariucci, Cramp; center, St. Vin-
cent; wings, Pickering, Paulsen;
alternates, Junger, Lampton, An-
derson, Eggleton, Keranen, Rhine-
berger, Fischer.
First Period
No Scoring.
Penalties: Pickering (tripping) JJn-
ger, (bodying).
Second Period
1. Minnesota: St. Vincent (unassist-
ed), 1:07.
2. Minnesota, St. Vincent (unassist-
ed), 13:05.
Penalties: Mariucci, 2 (1, miscon-
duct), Stodden (boarding), St.

Makes 51 Saves I

Capt. Eldon "Spike" James put
on a phenomenal demonstration of
goal tending last night at the Coli-
seum as the Wolverines lost to the
Gophers, 5-0. The lanky Michigan
leader stopped 51 of the 56 shots
that the Minnesota puckmen rifled.
his way.
Chances Fade
For Champion
With spring approaching, Coach
Leroy Weir of the tennis team is look-
ing for someone's shoulder to cry
upon. When the year began Wier
was looking forward to bringing
Michigan their first championship un-
der his regime, now all that is left is
the thought.
The most serious blow was the an-
nouncement that Sam Rotberg would
not attend school this year. Rotberg,
a transfer from Wayne, was expected
to play either of the top positions on
the varsity. His experience and abil-
ity were being counted upon heavily,
and his loss will be a hard one to re-
cover from.
Bacon Leaves School
Following this announcement, in-
formation was received that Howard
Bacon had also left school. Bacon, a
junior, wpn his junior varsity numer-
als last year and was being counted
upon to take over a varsity position
this year.
One . ray of sunshine filtered
through the gloom when it was an-
nounced that the torn cartilage in
Jim Tobin's knee was not serious
enough to keep him out of action this
season. It was at first feared that
the injury would. end his tennis career
for he had had similar trouble on
previous occasions, but according to
trainer Ray Roberts' report Tobin
will be all right by the time tennis
rolls around.
Tobin, Durst Back
As far as actual prospects for the
oncoming season Coach Wier was
rather reticent about stating anything
definite. Tobin and Capt. Sam Durst
will undoubtedly take over the two
top positions, but outside of this noth-
ing is definitely settled.
The only other returning letter-
man from last year's squad is Jim
Porter. Porter played at the number
six spot last year and showed quite
a bit of promise. He is expected to
be one of the mainstays of the team.
Slattery Returns
Added strength was brought to the
squad by the return of Jim Slattery
and Bill Sessions, both of whom
played two years ago. Slattery played
on the varsity while Sessions played
freshman tennis.
The remainder of the squad is
made up of two juniors and five soph-
omores. The juniors are Bob Jeffries
and Bud Dober, both of whom played
last year on the junior varsity.

crowd roaring for

over an hour..

Revenge Is Swee- t . .

Sofiak, f.... 1
Ruehle, f........2
Wood, f .. ....0
Fitzgerald, f ......1
Rae, c ..........4
Pink,'g .........4
Brogan, g .. . . . 3
Grissen, g.. .... 0
Totals...... 15
Shepard, f .......2
Vance, f . .......1
Brooks, f"........1
Harman, f ... ..1
Clawson, c.....
Kruger, g.......0
Klein, g........ 4
Butherus, g......3
Laskay, g ....... 0





Vincent (misconduct),
Third Period
3. Minnesota; St. Vincent
4. Minnesota: Lampton
5. Minnesota: Pickering
St. Vincent) 17:08.,
Penalties: Ross, Mariucci.,


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All sophomores wishing to try
out for sophomore baseball man-
agerships should report to me be-
tween 4 and 5 p.m. today at the
South end of Yost Field House.
dtto Becker, 'manager

Totals....... 13 8 .:16 34
Halftime score: Michigan 14,
Northwestern 9.
Free throws missed: Sofiak 3,
Ruehle, Rae 2, Pink, Brogan 2, Shep-
ard, Klein 4, Harman.
Referee: Robinson, Indiana; Um-
pire: McDonald, Wisconsin.,
The Michigan House bowling team
was presented the Union trophy for
the Residence Hall league champion-
ship by Don Treadwell, president of
the Union, at a special dinner last
Members of the winning team
were Charles Oostdyk, Bryce

Lost in the welter of points which
the Michigan track team ran up
against Ohio State last Saturday eve-
ning was the fact that 10 Wolverines
contributed the best efforts of their
track careers to the massacre.
Capt. Ralph Schwarzkopf's great
mile run, in which he broke every
Michigan varsity record as well as
the Field House and meet marks, was
4he top spot of the evening. Except
for a slight slowing down on the third
lap, Ralph ran just as the race had
been planned. And, when the Wol-
verine captain broke the tape, the
chief inspector was Eddie Carroll who
set the old record of 4:16.4 away back
in 1916.
Tom Lawton put the shot over 46
feet, something more than a foot
better than his previous best mark.
rhat previous best was set only a

couple of weeks ago in the triangular
meet and that makes almost two feet
in two weeks, which is as good as any-
one can be expected to do.
Dye Hogan just seems to get better
all the time. After a second-place
performance in the first meet, Dye
turned up with a 1:56.9 half-mile at
Illinois, the best he'd ever done. Then,
Hogan trimmed the favored Les Eis-
enhart and the meet record this past
weekend. They don't make them any
gamer than the Hornell, N.Y. senior.
And, in the same race, it was sopho-
more Johnny Kautz who followed in-
structions perfectly, set a fast clip
for the quarter, and then faded back
into fourth, almost into fifth place.
Suddenly everyone became aware of
a sprinting youth racing up from the
rear, overhauling Eisenhart, and just
failing to nip Jester for second. Yes
it was Johnny Kautz.

Call' for. .
All Second-Semester Freshmen
interested in trying out,
please report


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