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Wolverine Hockey, Cage
One Grand Gang
BENNIE OOSTERBAAN shouted some advice to his cagers and then leaned
back on the bench to relax.
"You know." he said, "it's a funny thing, but I can sit here just two
days before the basketball season opens and think about football."
Just then Brogan dropped in a long one from center court. Bennie sat
up in his seat long enough to yell: "Nice going, Herb. That's the stuff,"
and with that he slumped down again and started back on football.
"We had the friendliest team I ever saw this year," he continued.
"That's'what I can't get over. I never worked with a bunch that got
along better than this one did. I think that's the reason we won football
That startecj the Double thinking. We thought of the annual football
bust the alumni held for the team the other night in Detroit. That was
enough to prove Bennie's point.
For more than three hours they talked at the banquet, players, alumni
and coaches. For more than three hours, they hurled praises, and yet
when all was through, their phrases weren't sufficient.
It was that night that All-American Tommy Harmon chose his All-
American team. He presented his selections with gold footballs, duplicates
of those given to the Western Conference champions. He gave those foot-
balls to the members of his own squad, coaches, players, trainers, doctors and
managers included. Those were Harmon's All-Americans.
"I wish people would not call
Michigan's season my personal tri-
umph," the Ace said in his speech
before the crowd of 754 that had
assembled in Hotel Statler. "In
fact, I'd like to melt down my rings,
trophies and other gifts and dis-
tribute them among members of the;
team, if that were possible. They
were responsible for my success.
These footballs carry the cham-
pionship rating. I think they de-
That was Harmon. That was
the lad who took an hour off his
recent tour to chat with crippled
children in a Buffalo hospital. That
was the Harmon who despite his
publicity and fame could stand the
kidding of his teammates and
friends. That was the Harmon
who never aroused jealousy among
those that played along with him.
During the bust, he called Eva-
shevski "the greatest football play-
er I ever knew." Evy in turn of-
fered praise to Harmon.
"He was an All-American fel-
low. Off the field he was just as
great as on the field. He never let
Every senior that got up to speak,
and there were nine of them, talked
about the other eight. And when
all was through, head coach Fritz
Crisler finished it off with:
"This was the greatest bunch of
men with whom I ever have been
No wonder Bennie sits and
watches his Gagers with memories
of the past grid season fresh in his
Those Wolverines are, hard to
Set For Clash
By ART HILL,
Latest reports from the Wolverine
hockey front indicate that Eddie
Lowrey will be able to put six men
on the ice tomorrow night for a skir-
mish with scme lads from the Uni-
versity of Western Ontario.
Coach Lowrey issued: this confi-
dential report after a cursory survey
of the ruin wrought by a little guy in
a black overcoat known variously to
the sports writing gentry as Joea Jinx
or Old Man Injury.
Last minute flashes list the fol-
lowing major and minor afflictions as
being in the possession of sundry
members of the squad:
One broken nose, property of Max
One badly sprained wrist, belong-
Ing to Paul Goldsmith.
One gashed cheek, nine stitches,
beloning to Capt. Charley Ross.
One cut leg, ten stitches, owned by
Johnny Gillis. This list of course,
!s incomplete. There is also a long
list of assorted aches, pains and
bruises almost too insignificant to
nention. Bob Colins has a bruised
aw, Jimmy Anderson a cut lip, Bert
-todden a sore leg, etc. But hockey
is one sport where injuries of such
ittle moment as these are hardly
vorthy of mention.
In fact, looking ahead to tomorrow
night, it seems likely that not a single
mhan will be missing when the Wol-
erines take the ice. The only mem-
)er of the squad whose status is
doubtful at this writing is Paul Gold-
smith, lanky center from Marblehead,
Goldy's right wrist was swollen to
wice its normal size last Sunday as
a result of an injury received in the
season's opening game against the
London A.C. It is considerably im-
proved now, however, and if the hock-
y fates are willing, he'll be ready to
;o against the Mustangs. He will
probably team up with Jim Ander-
3on and Gil Samuelson on the second
Max Bahrych, who it was thought
would be out of the Western game
because of a broken nose suffered in
practice Wednesday night, has been
working out wearing a face-guard
and will probably be in there when
the team takes the ice.
Charley Ross has likewise been
wearing a guard and is set to go to-
morrow. Gillis, whose injury is over
two weeks old, has been improving
steadily and will probably hold down
the starting center job.
Wielding the soggy crying towel
with a proficiency that would do jus-
tice to "Gloomy Gil" Dobie himself,
Coach Ben Van Alstyne, Michigan
State basketball mentor, is once again
singing his annual pre-Michigan
game blues song.
But his mournful tune falls on
deaf ears as far as Bennie Ooster-
baan and the Wolverine cagers are
For on the team that Van Alstyne
will start against the Varsity here
Morris, six-feet two, hold flown the
forward posts for Van Alstyne's men,
and Max Hindman, the high scoring
center, towers six-two. Bob Phillips
and Mel Peterson, guards, both meas-
ure one inch short of the six-foot
State Out To Break Jinx
In addition to this, the Spartans
will be out to break the extended
jinx that the Wolverines hold over
their heads. The Varsity has won
nine out of the last ten hoop games
All of which makes Coach Van
Alstyne's moaning just so much hot
air and leads Capt. Herb Brogan
and his cohorts to put all the more
zip into their practice sessions these
Oosterbaan sent the Wolverines
through their easiest workout of the
season yesterday, but paradoxically
enough, the session produced a slight
misfortune to one of the cagers.
Fitzgerald Sprains Ankle
Bob Fitzgerald sprained his ankle
in a scrimmage and had to retire
from practice. The extent of the in-
jury will not be known until later to-
day when "Fitz" attempts to work out
the sprained member.
Oosterbaan had been using Fitzger-
ald at the left forward on the Varsity
first team and may award the lanky
junior the starting assignment at that
postion tomorrow night if the in-
jury is not too serious.
Louis To Meet Godoy
DETROIT, Dec. 5.-(k)-Promoter
Mike Jacobs announced tonight that
heavyweight champion Joe Louis
would defend his title for a third time
against Arturo Godoy, the Chilean, at
Los Angeles in April for the windup
of Joe's "winter tour."
a winner v
em up to
Spartans Will Furnish Michigan
With Stiff Battle In Cage Opener
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The AAU "crack down" policy sounds phoney to the Double . . . Evi-
dently the boys in Denver are eager for publicity, or something . . . Or else,
pressure from the West Coast made them back down from their stand against
Harmon rather quickly . . . We liked Ferris' statement concerning the
matter . . . "the East-West game is such a worthy event that the AAU is
willing to overlook the participation of Tommy Harmon, the pro!" .
NatatorsMeet College Stars Today
... slated to start
tomorrow night, every members is a
veteran, four of whom are earning
their third basketball letter. Wlat's
more, every one of the starters was on
the team that was defeated twice
last year by the Wolverines.
And from the leisurely manner that
the Spartans drubbed Kalamazoo
earlier in the week, State should prove
no cinch for Michigan's opener.
Varsity Yields Height
To make the Varsity's task even
more difficult, Michigan will be spot-
ting the visitors a height advantage
when the two teams collide. Three
six-footers are slated to be in the
Spartans' starting array.
Joe Gerard, six-feet tall, and Bob
An 11 man squad of Michigan
swimmers will pull out of Ann Arbor
at noon today for Cleveland where
they will play the feature role in the
Greater Cleveland high school cham-
pionship meet tonight.
Matt Mann's championship team is
scheduled to swim against a picked
squad of college stars in handicap
races at the Cleveland Club as an
added attraction to the high school
The Wolverines will be pulling no
punches as they show the Indian
fans what makes a champion tick.
They'll see. Gus Sharemet, national
collegiate 100 yard free style champ,
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Francis Heydt, second man in the
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Mann is taking Jim Skinner-Michi-
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John Sharemet, who was fifth in the
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and a host of brilliant sophomores.
Jack Patten, Ted Horlenko, Bruce
Allen, Claire Morse and Bob West are
the second year men making the trip
besides the versatile veteran Bill
Holmes-comedy diver and free styl-
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