Z FI'C MAY, NOVE1V ER 14, 1940
THE MICHIGAN DAIEY
Weber Forecasts Battle Of Offenses In Northwestern
Strong Backfield, Two Powerful
Linemen Spark Wal orf's Team
'98' In Action
. - 4
Harmon Rates As Outstanding
Kicker, Passer In Conference
Wally Weber, Michigan freshman
coach, took the floor yesterday after
sending his shivering squad to the
showers and forecasted a battle of
offenses when Northwestern faces the
Wolverines here Saturday.
Weber, who, in the role of scout,
has eyed the Wildcats in their games
with Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois
this fall, even went out on a limb to
predict a victory for the team which
turns in the best defensive job. Or
else, he suggested, the team with an
edge in ...passing may take the deci-
He advanced as reasons for his
prophecy the fact that the 1940 Pur-
ple squad conforms to the Waldorf
tradition, and, like Michigan, is pri-
marily a running team. They can
send two well-rounded backfields on-
to the field, he pointed out,. "either
of which, as units, may be better than
The Wildcat starting ball-carriers
will be Ollie Hahnenstein, the best of
the Northwestern backs, and Floyd
Chambers at the halfback posts as
key men in the dreaded Waldorf re-
verses; Don Clawson hitting the line,
often from a punt formation, and
Dick Richards at quarter.
The line that Michigan will have to
crack if they are to match the Wild-
cat running-attack includes two of
the top linemen in the Conference in
tackle Alf Bauman and center Paul
Heimenz. "Bauman is the greatest
tackle in the Big Ten, unless Al Wis-
tert outplays him Saturday, and is
easily one of the best I've watched
in the last five years," Weber de-
clared, calling the two-fisted Bau-'
man "the leader of the Northwestern
Fast On Punts
He described Heimenz as "the fast-
est, most active center I've seen, even
beating the ends down under punts,
and a boy with a nose for the play,."
The Wolverine forwards will have to
block these boys out of the play, "or
there'll be no Michigan offense,"
Coach Fritz Crisler sent his squad
through a short signal drill yester-
day, gave them a look at the North-
western formations, and polished up
his offense to conclude the work-
out. Halfback Tom Harmon report-
ed with his bruised calf well on the
way to recovery, and will be ready
Saturday. Tackle Al Wistert was
absent, having checked, in at the,
Health Service in an attempt to
shake a cold and the effects of a blow
on the head he received in the Min-
nesota game, and Phil Sharpe, re-
serve end, has been forced from the
drills with a bruised calf.
Dots 'n,' Dashes
The "Oxs" are feuding.
Saturday, though, they can settle
the whole business.
It seems that both Northwestern
and Michigan have powerful tackles
whom everyone calls the "Ox."
The'Wildcat version, husky Alf
Bauman, objects. He claims that
he had the name first and Michi-
gan's Al Wistert is nothing but a
Whitey II, however, feels that
nothing could be more appropriate
for him considering his 215 pounds
on a six foot, two inch frame. Big
Alf merely points out that he weighs
exactly the same as the Wolverine
star and stands one inch higher.
* At any rate, we got a letter from
Ed Walsh, Daily Northwestern sports
editor, yesterday and he tells us that
he stopped to ask Bauman what he
thought about Wistert stealing his
The Wildcat "Ox" looked up at
Walsh. "So they call Wistert the
Ox now, huh," he bellowed.
With that he ripped off his hel-
met, slammed it into the ground
and yelled. "Oh, that cad."
* * *
I have to laugh everytime I hear
the story about Wistert's bump on
the head in the Minnesota game.
After they took him out of the line-
up, big Whitey sat on the bench for
awhile in a complete daze. His mem-
ory gone, the "Ox" didn't know one
signal from another.
The coaches kept repeating the
signals to Whitey. He'd sit and lis-
ten, shake his head, and they'd start
all over again. It kept on for about
Finally Oosterbaan decided to give
the whole thing up as a bad job.
Tears in his eyes, his heart gone
with his memory, the pleading Wis-
tert sat and kept repeating, "just
once more, Bennie.. Tell 'em to me,
just once more. I'll get 'em.-Just
once more, etc."
That's the "Ox."
May we quote from a recent Louella
Parsons column . . . "Marjorie Weav-
er who just finished a personal ap-
pearance in Detroit, and Tom (all-
American) Harmon are the hottest
twosome of the week." . . . Why,
Margot, my, my."
Ask Ernie McCoy where he scouted
last week, and don't call him a liar if
he answers "Iowa." True, friends,
Michigan plays only Northwestern
and Ohio during the rest of this
campaign. But in 1941, the Iowa-
Michigan game is the first one on the
Hawkeye card. So it's now or never.
So it's now.
Matt Mann's swimmers are go-
ing to be a bunch of old men, the
way things are going . . . Recent-
ly blond Blake Thaxter marched
to the altar, and Saturday back-
stroker Franny Heydt will marry
Miss Virginia Lee Williams, a Kan-
sas City lassie.
Harmon got a telegram from Go-
pher George Franck yesterday wish-
ing him success on Michigan's next
two battles . . . Which reminds me,
Forest Evashevski, the senior class
dictator, received a wire from Lan-
sing before the Minnesota game
carrying the hopes of Charley Bach-
man's Michigan State crew . . . Good
CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 13-A trio of
veterans, Bruce Smith of Minnesota,
Oliver "Red" Hahnenstein of N rth-
western, and Tom Harmon of Michi-
gan provided the leadership changes
in departments of individual play in
the Western Conference football
campaign last week.
Michigan's star, Harmon, found the
rain not to his liking as a runner at
Minnesota last week, but emerged
with the best punting average in the
Conference. 43 yards. Both Harmon.
and Franck averaged better than 45
yards with the wet ball iii their duel.
Harmon Leads Passers
Harmon also appeared among the
passing leaders with the best average
for completions, 12 in 19. Dick Good,
the Illini sophomore, maintained his
passing record against Northwestern
to reach 176 yards on 18 completions
in 35 attempts.
Noteworthy also was the plunging
record of Michigan's Bob Westfall,
who raised his two-game total to
223 yards to lead in per game average.
Bob Sweiger of Minnesota joined the
rushing leaders with a total of 168
yards and the second best average-
per-try in the Conference, 6.1 yards.
Smith On Top
Smith, George Franck's potent
"twin," for Minnesota took over the
lead in rushing gains, largely as a re-
sult of his 80-yard breakaway run
for the winning score against Michi-
Hursh, Ind. .... 3
Scott, OSU ...... 4
Hahnenstein, N.U. 4
Harmon, Mich. ... 2
Anderson, IOSU.......4 10
Astroth, Ill.......... 3 9
Gilleard, Iowa.......4 5
Chambers, N.U....... 5 3
Harris, Id.........3 5
Frutig, Mich.........2 7
G Kicks Yds.
Harmon, Mich. ..2 12 $16
Franck, Minn.....4 28 1154
Scott, OSU.......4 24 961,
Hursh, Ind.......3 14 541
Ehni, Ill..........3 18 694
... Plays last home game Saturday
For Big Test
Smith, Minn.n . 4 46
Green, Iowa .... 4 49
Westfall, Mich.. 2 59
Hahnenstein, NU 4 52
Langhurst, OSU 4 63
Paskvan. Wis .. 4 47
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Sigma Phi Epsilon
Proceeds To Finals
In I-MSpee dball
Sigma Phi Epsilon's speedball team
advanced to the finals yesterday in
the first division of the Interfratern-
ity League by defeating Kappa Sigma,
8-2. Bob Wheaton and John Mikulier
led the victors, scoring three and two
points each respectively. Bob Morri-
son and Bill Herrmann scored for
the losers. The finals in this division
will be played on Monday, November
18, at South Ferry Field.
The only other game played yes-
terday was between Phi Kappa Psi
and Theta Xi, the former team win-
ning 10-2. Jim Gunn paced the win-
ners with four points and Bob Bel-
lairs followed up with three points.
Tom Nesbit of Theta Xi was the out-
standing player of the game. Q
As Cubs' Manager,
CHICAGO, Nov. 13. --ti-- Gabby
Harnett, who for 19 straight years
carried his big red face, bat and
chest protector to the plate for the
Chicago Cubs, came to the end of the
road with that team today.
His contract as Cub manager, said
owner P. K. Wrigley, will not be re-
newed when it expires Dec. 31.
Harnett, who succeeded Charlie
Grimm as Cub pilot in July, 1938,
said: "Whew! Was it a surprise! This
was the first time I'd seen Wrigley
since the season ended.
Monday is the big day of the year
for the freshmen football squad. For
it's Monday, November 18th, when
the frosh face their big test. This day
will climax the season for the year-
For it is then that two squads of
freshmen, handpicked by head coach
Wally Weber and his capable staff
of assistants, will square off and face
each other in mortal combat on the
turf of famed Ferry Field. They will
open up with every Michigan play
taught them by Weber, and a prom-
ising show is in store for the specta-
Here's the chance for all Michigan
fans to view first-hand the boys who
in the future will glorify the gridiron
for the Maize and Blue. Here's the
opportunity for the students to show
the frosh what kind of support to ex-
pect from the student body in years
There will be no admission charge
so let's fill up those bleachers with
Wolverine fans. The game will be
good: it will be a real exhibition of
football by the stars of one of the
most impressive frosh squads in Mich-
igan history. Let's get out and cheer
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