, JANUARY 3,- 1941
TH-E MICHlGAN DAILY
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9 Don't Sell
Detroit Tigers Short
By ART HILL
FROM THE DEPTHS of the sanc-
tum sanctorum of Mr. Michael
Strauss Jacobs, the eminent fight
promoter, comes the curt announce-
ment that Lou Nova will have to lick
a few more top-flight heavyweights
before he can be considered as an
opponent for Joe Louis.
Aside from the fact that this
practically eliminates Nova as an
opponent for the Brown Bomber
(top-flight heavyweights being
anything but numerous these
days), just what is Mr. Jaobs
talking about? Right now, he is
in the process of giving a terrific
build-up to the coming battle be-
tween Louis and Billy Conn. Conn,
says the promoter, is the No. 1
Challenger for the crown. And we
must admit that a great number
of people seem to agree with him.
Conn has beaten Gus Lesnevich
(whom he fights at regular inter-
vals), Gus Dorazio and several other
light-heavyweights named Gus. The
only legitimate heavyweight who has
fallen before the Pittsburgh Profile
is Bob Pastor. Pastor is a good
journeyman fighter who carries a
light nudge in either hand. He is
a good boxer but not as good as
Louis. In beating Pastor, Conn
fouled him repeatedly and emerged
with a close decision.
Nova beat Max Baer decisively,
winning a technical knockout over
the Livermore Larruper when Max
was as good as he has been at any
time since Louis battered him into
submission back in 1936. Lou re-
cently eliminated Pat Comiskey, at
least temporarily, from the ranks
of the "promising heavyweights"
with a beating that took every-
thing out of Pat but the desire.
It's true that Lou was beaten by
Tony Galento in a 14-round T.K.O.
but it is also true that Nova was a
plenty sick boy at the time he fought
the beer-guzzling New Jersey bat-
tler. Since that time, he has wea-
thered a game battle with the septic
poisoning that helped bring about
his defeat by Galento.
Nova was recently signed to meet
Max Baer on April 4. If he beats
Max again, it should be pretty evi-
dent that he and not Billy Conn is3
the No. 1 Challenger for Louis' crown.,
Maybe, Lou can knock it off and may-
be hecan't. But we think that he's
at least entitled to try.
FROM THIS ANGLE, it looks asc
if a lot of the experts are mak-
ing a mistake in selling the Detroitt
Tigers short for the 1941 Amer-c
ican League pennant race. It's1
true that Dick Bartell, Charleyc
Gehringer and Pinky Higgins will
all be a year older this season but
there are other factors to consider.I
Few of the baseball prophets are
taking into consideration that theY
Tigers are due to come up with one
of the strongest pitching staffs in1
the game next year. Besides Iuck1
Newsom (the highest-paid pitche'r int
the history of the game?), School-
boy Rowe and Tommy Bridges, thet
Bengals have in Hal Newhouser and
John Gorsica two of the most prom-
ising young hurlers in the league.
In addition, the Detroits have
four or five of the leading pitchers
of the Texas League coming up
this season. The Lone Star Loop
has always been known as the best
pitchers' league in the country and
last year it fairly outdid itself in
Com s, dd Dec
Varsity Heavyweight Wins
By Default As Opponent
Sustains Leg Injury
(Continued from Page 1)
isions State Foe
of the battle was turned. Wolverine
Captain "Wildcat" Bill Combs com-
pletely outclassed the Spartan co-
captain, Benny Riggs. By virtue of
his 14-4 win, Combs kept his dual
match winning streak intact. To-
night's was number 19.
Art Paddy and Jim Galles took up
the State challenge, and made it
three straight Michigan victories. At
165 -pounds, Paddy defeated Dave
Pletz on points, 7-2. Galles followed
with an equally impressive victory in
the 175-pound class against the oth-
er Spartan co-captain, Charles Hut-
son. The score was 7-1.
Reversing his defaulted loss in the
Northwestern meet, Jack Butler won
his tussle when Alex Haddad was
forced to stop wrestling because of
recurrence of an old leg injury. But-
led had jumped off to a 2-0 lead when
Haddad suffered a sprained leg lig-
121-pound -- "Cut" Jennings (S)
128-pound - "Bo" Jennings (S)
136-pound - Merrill (S) fall
(8:19) Deane (M).
145-pound - Maxwell (S) de-
Varsity Is Too
Yearling Cagers Are Paced
By Shemky, Bikoff ;
Brogan Scores 12
By HARRY ANDERSON
Experience and conditioning told
the story yesterday afternoon as
Michigan's varsity cagers gave the
Wolverine freshmen a 47-29 basket-
ball lesson in a regulation game at
Yost Field House.
Despite the one-sidedness of the
score, however, the frosh gave a good
account of themselves. After trail-
ing 25-9 at the intermission they
came back in a complete reversal off
form to play the men of Oosterbaan
to a standstill. In the fight-to-the
finish last half the yearlings poured
20 points through the hoop to 22 for
their big brothers.
Morrie Bikoff carried thetoffensive
burden for his freshmen mates in the
opening period with seven points.
This was no match for the fast-
breaking Varsity headed by Captain
Herbie Brogan and Mike Sofiak.
But thelast twenty minutes told
another story. With a deficit of 14
points to make up, the neophytes
went to work. Gibert broke the ice
and scored on a dog shot, Merv Preg-
ulman followed with a neat pivot
shot, and Paul White left-handed
one through the basket. Brogan tal-
lied twice for the Varsity cause, but
this was more than off-set when
freshmian Bob Shemky cut loose.
The sharp-shooting yearling found
the range midway in the period and
flipped in- four pretty long shots in a
short space of time.
The frosh reached their peak with,
Art Paddy, Michigan's capable
representative in the 165-pound
class, continued his unbeaten rec-
ord for the season as he gained a
decision over Dave Pletz, his Spar-
tan opponent, in last night's match
with Michigan State.
Wes Allen Cuts Hand-
Lost For Indoor Season
Lanky Wes Allen, who was being
counted on for valuable points in the
varsity's indoor track meets, has cut
his right hand, and will have to for-
go competition at the beginning of
the coming indoor season.
The injury will necessitate using
a stenographer for three final ex-
ams, but it is expected too heal in
time for the important Western Con-
ference indoor championships March
6 and 7.
By WOODY BLOCK
Sports writers have already called
sophomore Jack Patten the "greatest
swimmer on the Michigan team" and
the kid who would rather "swim than
eat," but it's all the bunk. He'd rather
Besides, it would take quite a swim-
mer to overshadow such fellows as
Gus Sharemet, Charley Barker, Jim
Welsh and Francis Heydt. Even Jack
will admit that.
But don't be misled, Jack is a great
swimmer-not the greatest yet-but
awfully good and getting better. He
shares with Jim Skinner the honor
of being the prize package out of a
whole sophomore squad of prize pack-
Those who tickle the keys of a
typewriter havebeen lavish in their
praise of the tall, well built Carbon-
dale, Pa., lad, but who wouldn't with
a past record like his and a future
that fairly sparkles with ppportunity?
Swimming under. Matt Mann this.
season Jack has been entered in eight
races and has won exactly eight races
-and it was as easy as falling off a
log. A smooth, powerful stroke blend-
ed with a marvelous kick did the
work-Jack just followed along be-
In the 220 yard race against Pur-
due last week, Patten was just two-
tenths of a second over the Big Ten
record for that event and the season's
Only last summer, while acting as
Evers, Ineligible Illini
Star, May Join Tigers
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 29.-(P)-
Walter "Hoot" Evers, University of
Illinois basketball and baseball star
and one of two cage regulars de-
clared scholastically ineligible today,
may leave school for a fling at pro-
Evers, a 19-year-old junior from
Collinsville, Ill., was quoted as say-
ing he might join the Detroit Tigers
in spring training. He worked out
with the Tigers last summer.
Declared ineligible along with Evers
was Henry Sachs, guard from Chica-
go. Their loss was a severe setback
to the title hopes of the Illini who
have won three Conference games
and lost one. Neither will be eligible
for the Purdue game Monday.
Hank's Number Coming
DETROIT, Jan. 29-(P)-Hank
Greenberg's draft questionnaire is in
the mail, officials of Board No. 23
said today, and the big Detroit Tiger
outfielder will probably receive it dur-
ing his vacation in Honolulu. Green-
berg's number, 621, is expected to
come up about June 1. He has indi-
cated he will not ask deferrment.
Jack Patten, Soph Swim Star,
Unbeaten In First Eight Starts
life guard at the Detroit Boat Club,
Patten swam around Belle Isle, a
distance of seven to seven and a half
miles in the unofficial record time
of two hours, 50 minutes. It took him
over four hours the first time when
he was just swimming for the heck
Patten's high school experience is
limited to one year of competition
at Wyoming Seminary where they
swam against college freshman teams.
"I took plenty of lickings then," Jack
But the collegiate swimming world
has not found a conqueror for the
Michigan ace so far this year. While
Jack was easily taking the long quar-
ter-mile race in the Boilermaker
meet, some wag in the gallary yelled,
"When does he get tired, Matt?"
"Never, brother, never," the Michi-
gan mentor smiled, as a well-coordi-
nated Jack Patten glided in ahead of
the pack ag in.
r . _
Bill Watson Named
NEW YORK, Jan. 29-P)--East-
ern athletes dominated the All-Amer-
ica track and field team selected to-
day on the basis of 1940 performances
by Dan Ferris, secretary-treasurer of
the Amateur Athletic Union.
The team included:
Mile-Charles Fenske, West Allis,
1,500-meter run-Walter Mehl,
5,000-meter run-Gregory Rice,
South Bend, Ind.
10,000-meter run-Don Lash, Indi-
ana State Police.
Cross country-Don Lash.
70-yard hurdles-Allan Tolmich,
50-kilometer walk-William Miha-
lo, Hamtramck, Mich.
Decathlon-William Watson, Univ.
The all-college team included Roy
Fehr, Michigan State, two-miler.
ci~ioned Becker (M).
155-pound - Combs
ioned Riggs (S).
165-pound - Paddy
ioned Pletz (S).
175-pound - Galles
ioned Hutson (S).
Shemky's exhibition, and
Varsity" down the home
it was "all
Heavyweight - Butler (M) by
forfeit Haddad (S).
Referee: John Tatum, Indiana.
Track men Will 'See The World';
Slated To Travel 11,000 Miles
By HAL WILSON
If you want to see the world, but
feel that Uncle Sam's Marine r
galia would not show you off to best
advantage, why then just hike down
to the Field House and win your-
self a place on Michigan's varsity
For the 1941 Wolverine track
outfit will travel an aggregate dis-
tance totaling almost half the cir-
cumference of the earth in the forth-
coming indoor and outdoor seasons.
Featuring appearances on both coasts
of the continent, the cinder card ar-
ranged by Coach Ken Doherty will
send the squad approximately 11,000
miles in its quest for championships.
A skeleton crew of trackmen will
make its initial _appearance of the
current campaign this coming Sat-
urday in New York's Millrose Games.
Because of finals, Ken has selected
only a two-mile relay team and his
ace high-jumper, Capt. Don Canham,
to display their talents 700 miles from
Ann Arbor before Eastern fans in
Madison Square Garden.
Following the exams and a home
meet with Pittsburgh the cinder
squad travels to East Lansing for a
producing good chuckers. In Hal
Manders, Virgil (Fire) Trucks, Bob
Uhle and Charley Fuchs, the Tigers
are getting pitching insurance that
merits more than a little consider-
ation. And don't forget Floyd Gie-
bell, who shut out the Indians to
give Detroit the 1940 flag. Then
too, there are Earl Cook and Hal
White coming up from Buffalo.
Cook is the boy who pitched a
do'ble-header shutout against
Jersey City last season.
If Uncle Sam doesn't step in and
grab Hank Greenberg, the Tigers
should have one of the best out-
fields in the game. It's hard to top
a catching staff which includes Bir-
die Tebbetts and Billy Sullivan. So
if the Detroit club has the best pitch-
ing, catching and outfieldlingin the
league (which it may very pos-
sibly have), maybe it can get along
with an infield which is a little short
of perfect, especially when it includes
Pinky Higgins, than whom there are
few finer clutch hitters.
Del Baker is probably just as hap-
py to have his team picked for
fourth or fifth because it takes off
a little of the pressure. But don't
bet too highly that the Bengals will
finish too lowly.
triangula r meet with Michigan Statel
and Michigan Normal.
In March the thinclads will journ-
ey roughly 900 more miles to engage
in the crucial Western Conference
indoor championships at Lafayette,
Ind., and a week later to defend their
Butler Relay title at Indianapolis .:
This winds up the indoor season.-C
After spring vacation the Doherty-
men raise the curtain on the out-
door campaign with a long hop to
Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Re-,
lays, April 25 and 26. Then comes a-
comparatively short jaunt to South
Bend for a very tough clash with No-
tre Dame. A pair of dual meets with
Ohio State and Indiana's Hoosier's
will entertain the home fans May 3
and 10 respectively.
And then the Maize and Blue mi-
grating trackmen will don their trav-
eling duds in earnest. The Western
Conference outdoor meet will see
them competing 700 miles from home
ground up in the Northlands of Min-
Last meet on the Wolverine card,
the National Collegiates in Palo Alto,
Cal., is also the longest trip. The
squad will set forth for the Pacific
coast for the two-day competition,
June 20 and 21, and not till 5000
miles later will they drop their trav-
eling bags on the close of the 1941
VARSITY (47) FG
Comi, f ......... 2
Glasser, f .........0
Mandler, c ........1
Houle, g ..........1
Brogan, g .........6
Westerman, g .... 2
Totals ........ 18
FRESHMEN (29) FG
White, f ..........1
Shemky, f ........4
Spreen, f ......... 0
Freihofer, f .......0
Pregulman, c ..... 3
Gibert, c,f ........ 3
Bikoff, g ..........3
MacConnachie, g . 0
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