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FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 19299

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Don Canham, High-Jump Ace,
Improves By Using New Style

Elmer Gedeon'

Ex-Wolt

Is Eager To Be Back P

By HERM EPSTEIN,
Some people are just never satis-
fied, and the prototype of that class
might well be Don Canham.
Not content with having jumped
six feet five inches in high school
with his old style, Don has switched
to a new straddle style jump this
year. The result may be that the
junior ace from Oak Park, Ill., will
be one of the two or three best in
the country in his event.
Most people consider anything over
six feet good jumping for a high
school boy, but not Don Canham.
Deep down in his heart, he confesses,
even that best jpmp of his couldn't
satiate his growing appetite for bet-,
ter and higher jumps.
Brings Discontent To Michigan
He brought his dissatisfaction
along with him to Michigan and
proceeded to take it out on the high
jump bar, climbing almost six feet
four inches by the end of his fresh-
man year.
Then, last year, came a most pecul-
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iar sequence of events. Even ad- <.>
mitting his great potentialities, Don By DON WIRTCHAFTER Is
was the number two jumper for It took just 20 minutes with Elmer w
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Michigan, ranking second to Wesley Gedeon at the Field House yesterday b
Allen. But, in the Notre Dame meet, to find out that there is enough in -
Allen injured his leg, so sophomore professional baseball so that you can 1E
Canham stepped into the top spot, eat, sleep and think the stuff and still a
And he came through, too, taking be all right. I
second place in the indoor Big Tens, For the big Michigan product b
giving plenty of hints as to future been in the pro leagues for only one a
possibilities. year now, and yet he has found a lot!
Then, with . an extremely rosy more there than the salary, glory o
spring season ahead of him, Don in- and publicity that goes with it. We i
jured his ankle. In each meet after didn't have to remind him that there n
that, he started off as though the were only two months till he'd head I
ankle were all right, but it soon be- back south again for spring training.
came apparent that he was still not That was clearer in his mind than
all better. the fact that there were only 10 days t
to Christmas vacation was to us,
Discouragement Sets In and that is going some.
Came the Indiana meet, and, Gecdeon, who graduated last year
though he appeared to be in tip-. after starring on the Wolverine base-;
top shape, Don wasn't clicking, and ball track and football squads, is in
placed second at a poor height. This
had disearenin efect n .totwn to see about arranging" for a
had a disheartening effect oathe, temporary coaching job next winter.
sophomore, and the discouragement, He had work this year, but it didn't
coupled with the pressure on himas pan out so well.It seems that Elmer
Michigan's lone hope in the Outdoor wanted to sell automobiles. Well,
Big Tens just about wrecked his he got the job, and, in fact, got the
jumping. And so, when the Con- necessary license, but then came the
ference meet was over, he really had catastrophe..
something to be dissatisfied with-'
a tie with a half-dozen others .for T Wasn't So Profitable'
fifth place at. five feet eight inches. , The motor company went on strike,;
ihthhce m eet e Doninall. and for half his vacation there were l
With the meet, over, Don finally no cars to sell. Gedeon had no com-
settled down, and before Wednes- ments to make about the other half
day of the following week he was when autos were available ...except
topping six feet with plenty to spare, that it "just wasn't so profitable." So
and his efforts the week before school he's going to try coaching next year.
closed earned him a spot with the With that conversation drifted to
members of the team who wentto baseball, for that is Elmer's favorite
the Coast for the National Colleg -_________________
iates.
As far as winning anything, Don didn't do much out there. But he
ained something more important

erine Star Yankee Trading Is Prohibited
97ay i BCINCINNATI, Dec. 7.-R)-The The same rule will be submitted to
American League today accepted a a joint meeting of the two major
proposal by Clark Griffith of the leagues tomorrow, but President Will
cracked a liner to his right field pas- Washington Senators that would Harridge said it was effective immedi-
ture with two men on base. prohibit the New York Yankees from ately in the American League and
Made Sensational Catch trading inside the American League ended any chance of the Bronkc Bomb-
s except by the waiver route. hers negotiating a trade here.
As big Elmer stated it, "that was,
the first ball ever hit my way in the *
majors. I saw it traveling fast andie
low. I started moving towards it,

ubject. He almost got a chance this
winter to play down in Puerto Rico,
ut the boss, Clark Griffith, vetoed
his invitation. This is another ma-
aria fever year down on the island,
nd the sly Old Fox remembers toon
well the case of Carl Lind, the second;
aseman for Cleveland several years
go.
Lind went like a house on fire for
one season, went down to Puerto Rico
n the fall, caught the fever, and was,
never worth the medicine they fed
him after that.
Played In Floria
Gedeon signed with the Washing-
on club immediately after school was

dove . . . and there it was." It wasn't
the most inauspicious debut ever
made in the American League either,
since experts on hand that day called
it the most sensational catch ever
made in Briggs Stadium.
"That Washington club is filled
with a bunch of real swell fellows,"
he pointed out, "and don't believe
any of the stuff they tell you about
the veterans discouraging and mak-
ing life miserable for us rookies. Why
players like Buddy Myer, Sammy
West and Bucky Harris spent whole
mornings at times trying to help me
out and improve my style."
Gedeon feels that the main differ-
ence between pro and college base-
ball lies in the pitching.
Elmer isn't worried about being
sent back to the minors this spring.
"I'd sure rather play with some
smaller team than sit on the bench
for the Senators. It's the playing
that's fun and not the sitting."

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than wins-he got some expert advice
from the class of the nation's high
jumpers who were in attendance
there, and at the AAU meet in Lin-
coln, Neb.
So, dissatisfied with what he had
accomplished, Don began the job of
changing to a new style of jumping
-the straddle style used by world
record holder Dave Albritton. Thus
far thisyear, the results have been
more than could be expected-he
has leaps of six feet five inches and
six feet five and one-eighth inches
to his credit already, and the year's
still young.
It's really funny-the more dis-
satisfied Don Canham gets, the more
satisfied his coaches become. They
wouldn't wish him ill luck, naturally,
but probably they're hoping that, as
far as track is concerned, he'll never
be satisfied.

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ELMER GEDEON
over last June. He was farmed to the
Orlando, Fla., team and played first
base and finally the outfield most of
the season. Then came the Landis
episode during which time the Judge
declared the Gedeon contract illegal
since Griffith had waited two days
after the time limit to file it with
the officials. Another contract and
a prompt filing, however, solved the
problem.
It was during the last few weeks of
the season that the former Western;
Conference hurling champion finally
found his way into the majors. He
thought the trip with the Senators
was just asight-seeing journey, butj
he soon discovered differently..
Briggs Stadium in Detroit was the'
scene of his first trot to a big league
outfield. At first he didn't beleive
nanager Bucky Harris when he told
him to warm his legs up, but he did
shortly when Charlie Gehringer

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