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OCTOBER 1, 1940




Last Year's Frosh Grid Squad
Proves Capable Varsity Timber


Mast year as the freshman football
squad went through gruelling scrim-
mage after scrimmage against the
varsity, with little or no chance of
glory, many of the yearlings won-
dered if it was worth it. They were
beaten and battered, but consider-
ably toughened. Today finds some
of these boys, sophomores now,
fighting it out for varsity berths.
These are the men who refused to
quit, and judging from what they
have shown in practice they will
bear watching this season.
From Cleveland, Ohio, last year
came a chunky, two-hundred-pound
package of smashing dynamite. An-
swering to the name of Bob Kolesar,
this boy impressed the coaching staff
by his smashing offense and tight
defense. It is no disgrace to the rest
of that frosh crop to say that Kolesar
was by far the hardest blocking line-
man on the squad.
Kolesar Shows Courage
Kolesar showed that he had an-
other necessary requisite-courage.
At the peak of his play last year he
tore a cartilage in his knee, a very
painful and harmful injury. It
healed and Bob once more came out,
but only to reinjure the knee. This
time it didn't heal so easily and the
Cleveland star was told that another
injury to that knee might result in
a permanent injury.
Heedless of this advice, Kolesar
again reported for spring practice.
Once more he astounded the coaches
and observers by his sparkling brand
of play, but once again the old knee,
popped. It looked like Bob's finish.
'But this fall finds him once again
playing football, still the same
smashing, fearless brand of football.
Courage?-and how! He's out there
now giving Ralph Fritz and Milo
Sukup a real fight for one of the
guard positions.
Sengel Plenty Big
That freshman team of last year
had more than just Kolesar on its
line. One of the tackle positions was
fortified by a big, blond boy from1
Louisville, Kentucky-no less than
Rudy Sengel. Rudy is big and fast,
his blocking leaves little to be de-
sired and it is almost an impossibility
to move him on defense. He still
needs a little polishing-and then
the rest of the Big Ten had better
Another promising sophomore is
the understudy for Michigan's cap-
tan and star quarterback, Forest
EVashevski. This fellow's name is
George Ceithaml and he is the lad
who won the Chicago Alumni Tro-
last spring. Ceithaml is a rug-
ged, sturdy boy who tips the scales
at about an even two hundred. His
blocking and tackling are superb and
he has proved that he has a real
football brain by his great field gen-
Wise Best Punter
Cliff Wise is another member of
thi sterling crop. Playing at a half-
back post he has a good/chance of
breaking into the starting lineup be-
fore the season is over. His booming,
spiraling punts and his accurate for-
ward passes rate him as a star back-
field performer.
At an end position can be seen
Gophers, Buckeyes
Impress The Critics
Despite Michigan's 41-0 victory
over California, Coach Crisler and his
staff aren't overly optimistic about
those games to be played with Ohio
State and Minnesota.
Ohio State was very impressive in
knocking off the once-mightydPtit
Panthers, 30-7. The Bucks didn't
call on their ace Don Scott to any
great extent in over-whelming the
Pitt outfit, which indicates quite
clearly that the lads from Columbus
carry that old T.D. (Touchdown)

Minnesota was equally impressive
in turning back a tough U. of Wash-
ington team, 19-14. George Franck,
Bruce Smith, and Joe Mernik sup-
plied the offensive punch in this
wide-open scoring batte.

tall, V-shaped Rudy Smeja. A
smashing defense player and a pass-
snagger extraordinary, Smeja shapes
up as one of the most promising
players on the squad. Another boy,
who will bear watching is rough and
ready Bob Kresja, a ripping half-
These are the boys moving up from
the freshman squad. Watch them
and you will see some real football.
Detroit's Tigers
Rate Edge Over
Cincinnati Reds
Punch At Bat Gives Tiges
Advantage In Coming
World Series Contests

Canham Takes
One of the outstanding mysteries
of the sports world has been the
continual failure of Michigan track
men in National Inter-Collegiate
So, it was with a great deal of sur-
prise that Wolverine track followers
read of Don Canham's success in the
Intercollegiates at Minneapolis last
June. Canham, who is the capta11-
elect of this season's squad, high-
Jumped 6 ft. 63 in. to tie for first
place with John Wilson of Souther'
Calif orni a.
Outstanding Performer
The slender Oak 5:;ark senior's
performance is even more outstand-
ing when you realize that such men
as Bill Watsosn, Ralph Schwarzkopf,
Warren Breidenbach and Stanley
Kelly have never won a National
title. Michigan is perennially a team
outfit and Coach Doherty points for
the Conference championships pri-
marily. There is bound to be a let-
~down after the Big Tens, so the
dearth of Intercollegiate champions
from Ann Arbor is not as surprising
as one might assume at a hasty
Don Canham is one of those rare
individuals who combine all the vir-

Don't sell
their coming
cinnati Reds!

those Tigers . short in
struggle with the Cin-
Nope, they have much

more on the ball than the casual
observer might suspect. Nobody can,
or will deny the terrific batting
punch the Bengals possess, but far
too many individuals minimize their
Between them, Schoolboy Rowe
and Buck Newsom have won 37
games and lost only 8. To match
this, the Red's two aces, Derringer
and Walters, have a record of 41
wins against 21 losses. The Tiger
pitching stacks up ever more favor-
ably when you consider the fact that
the American League packs consider-
ably more punch, team for team,
than the Senior Circuit does.
A comparison of the teams, posi-
tion for position, indicates the rela-
tive strength of the two outfits. De-
spite Lombardi's heavy hitting, the
Tigers rate the edge in catching with
Tebbetts and Sullivan both hitting
well over .295 and both getting the
nod over Lombardi in speed and
agility. The pitching has to be rated
even, with Thompson's-recird quite a
bit more impressive than Bridges,
and Benton getting the nod over
Beggs in the relief hurling depart-
McCormick, the Red's big first
sacker, has to be given the apple
over York despite the Indian's tre-
mendous power at bat. The Cincin-
nati clean-up man is a much classier
fielder and hits very consistently.
Gehringer is rated over Lonnie
Frey because of his superior hitting.
The "Fowlerville Flash" is hitting
about 35 points higher than Frey,
and though he's a bit slower, should
be just as effective in a short series.
Myer and Joost are both faster
than Bartell and are the choice at
shortstop, despite the fact thatnei-
ther of the three are hitting above1
Werber over Higgins seems to be.
the choice of the experts. Both are
hitting around .295, but Werber is
the better fielder.
In the outfield Detroit clearly has
the edge. Both Fox and Campbell
are better fielders than Goodman in
right, though Goodman's potent bat
gives the Reds an even break. Mc-
Cosky is at least as effective as Craft
on defense and is a far superior hit-
ter. Greenberg, hitting .340, with 41
homers, is far and away the choice
over Ripple, Arnovich, etc.; the
Bronx Bomber is no gazelle in the
field, yet is fairly steady and can
move quite a way when he get un-
der way.
So, in summing up the results of
this pseudo dress rehearsal, we find
the Tigers the choice at four posi-
tions, the Red's at three, and two a
The annual All-Campus Tennis
Tournament will be heldTuesday,
October 8. All undergraduate men
students are eligible except let-
ter-winners in tennis either here
or at another college. Entries will
be taken at the Sports Building.
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of Intramural Sports

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letic competitor, plus certain person-
ality traits that go towards making
him one of the best liked men on
Double Winner
The Wolverine captain holds both
the Indoor and Outdoor Conference
championships. His highest leap to
date is 6 ft 6% in., which won the
Illinois Relays title for him.
No less an authority than Ken
Doherty, track coach, stated that
Canham was one of the hardest
working captains he had ever come
across. As Coach Doherty explained,
Don is just as anxious for the squad's
success as his own. Every high class
track team needs binding men as
well as individual stars and Mich-
igan's squad has these two requisites
combined in Don Canham, top inter-
collegiate high jumper in the coun-

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