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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Screwballs Of Flatbush Go Cra
Over Durocher's 'Beautiful Bums
Fan Garbed In Firenan's
Hat, Hip Boots Just
A Dodger Rooter
By A. P. BLAUSTEIN
(Daily City Editor)
From the rock-bound coast of A
Maine to the sunny shores of Cali-
fornia, the American people are sol-
idly united on two important issues:
(1) that national defense production .
should be increased; (2) that the
Beautiful Brooklyn Bums (Dodgers
to you) should win the National "
League pennant.
With the exception of a handful of

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skalawags, carpet-baggers, tin-horn
gamblers and the residents of the
49th state (St. Louis and vicinity),
the entire nation will be saddened by
a Dodger defeat. And no wonder.
Never has there been any team in
either league which has so captured
the heart of America with its spirit
and never have there been such loyal
and colorful fans as the Durocher
rooters.
Every . other city in the United
States may be filled with baseball
enthusiasts who sit up nights pray-
ing for the Dodgers, but on the banks
of the Gowanus the effects of "pen-
nant fever" are much more obvious.
Flatbush, "Greenpernt", "Williams-
boig" et al finally see eye to eye, and
woe betide the stranger who dares
to raise his voice against the Beau-
tiful Bums within earshot of a Dur-
ocherite.
Brooklyn hasn't the best pitching
staff in the majors, it hasn't the best
infield and it hasn't the best outfield
but one thing can't be denied: it does
have the best fans. I
The Bums hae a pnlkticanu f n-

Harold (Peewee) Reese, the flashy little Brooklyn shortstop who
was supposed to be the sensation of the National League this year, has
failed to make good on those pre-season predictions. But tradiftlon has
it that the World's Series hero is always a lad who played mediocre ball
during the regular season. Peewee might be the lad to watch if the
Dodgers are in there.

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usual rooters. There are more' than
20 of them who see every game that
the Dodgers play and the activities
of each would make a story in itself.
One, for example, is traditionally
garbed in a fireman's hat and long
hip boots and visits Ebbetts Field
daily armed with two large cow bells
and an assorted collection of horns..
He is the real favorite of both
ground-keepers and umpires because
of his willing assistance at all times

Hockey Fans Hold Small Hopes
For Improvement By Puckmenr

Among those people who were priv-
ileged to see the Michigan hockey
team in action last year, there has
sprung up a belief that the season of
1941-42 will see an improvement in
Wolverine puck fortunes.
This belief is based on the reason-
ing, logical enough, that Wolverine
puck fortunes couldn't be any worse.
But that just goes to show how wrong
logical reasoning can sometimes be.
In spite of the fact that last season
was the worst' in Michigan hockey
history, the fact remains that the
ldcal pucksters did manage to come
opt on the winning end of a couple
of games. It could have been worse.
And, this year, it might 'be.
Goldsmith Returns
Last year, the four men who did
the majority of the scoring for Coach
Eddie Lowrey's aggregation were Paul
Goldsmith, Charley Ross., Johnny
Gillis and Bert Stodden. Of these
four, only one will be on the ice
when the. whistle sounds to open
the schedule in December.
The lone remaining star will be
Paul Goldsmith, captain-elect of the
squad. The lanky New England lad
who holds down the center position
on the Michigan firstline his a stylist
with a hockey stick. On his shoulders
will fall the burden of providing most
of theMichigan goals this winter.
SIn addition to knocking the Michi-
gan offense to pieces, the loss of Ross,
Stodden and Gillis will also do away
with the only three Michigan players
who have hd any actual game ex-
perience at the defense positions.
'Gillis, who is out because of ineligi-
bility, will likely be back for the sec-
ond semester competition but, until
then, Lowrey will have to use a make-
shift defense combination if, indeed,
he can find one at all.
Fife Ineligible
There was a fellow, Bob Fife by
name, who might have filled in at
one of the forward posts if it weren't
for the fact that he, like so many
others, has had a curse cast over him
by some guy over at the Dean's office.
So that eliminates him, at least for
this semester.
As things stand. unless someone
else has become ineligible in the last
few minutes, Lowrey will have to
fashion a forward wall of Goldsmith,
Bob Kemp and Max Bahrych.
Capt. Goldsmith will fill the bill
at the center spot but Bahrych and
Wolverine Teams
Carry Off Three
Conference Titles
Thirteen Western Conference team
championships were divided among
six Conference members in the school
year of 1940-41, with Illinois. Indi-
ana and Michigan each winning
three titles.
Minnesota. with a major win in
football, won two titles Mnd Chicago
and Wisconsin each one, the Badgers
in basketball and Chicago in fenc-
4ing.
Indiana's three titles all were
scored under track coach Billy Hayes,
in cross-country and outdoor and
indoor. track. Illinois, winner of the

Kemp, both juniors, will have to
show improvement if they are going
to ,give Michigan a combination cap-
able of putting the Wolverines on. the
long end of the score in many con-
tests.s
Reserves Untested
As replacements for the first line,
Coach Eddie will draw from a group
cbnsisting of Bob Collins, Johnny'
Corson, John Petritz and Roy Brad-
ley., Collins, however, played defense
in high school and may be shifted to.
the back-line if no one else turns up.
If so, he will probably team up with
Ed Reichert, a junior whose inexper-
ience kept him off the traveling squad
last year. Reichert showed up well in
practice sessions and may prove cap-
able of holding down one of the de-
fense posts. If he doesn't prove cap-
able, he may hold down one of the
defense posts anyway.
The one bright spot in the hockey
firmament at Ann Arbor is furnished
by Hank Loud, diminutive goalie who,
in spite of Michigan's miserable 'ec-
ord la$ year, is undoubtedly the best
net-minder in the Big Ten. Hank will
bhe in there again this year, kicking
out enemy shots or batting them
aside. But he can't do it alone.
It looks as if Eddie Lowrey has a
roug'h road ahead.

in helping to pick up the pop bottles
which are frequently hurled by irate
Brooklyn fans.
Another of. these, traditionally
garbed in a top hat and a cutaway,
also possesses a cpliection of noise-
makers. Several weeks ago he led a
contingent of 3,000 Dodger fans from
Brooklyn to Boston just to see a ball
game. And that round trip to and
from the Hub takes a good 12 hours.
Three sad anti-Dodger Brooklyn-
ites met their maker in recent times
because of the derogatory epithets
which they hurled against the bour-
dugh's pride and joy. If memory
serves us right, one was shot, one was
met with the business end of a. knife
and the third suffered a broken head
in a bout without the benef it of The
Marquis, de Queensbury.
But that's the way things are in
Brooklyn and that's the way they'll
continue until the World Series ends.
Then all will be quiet along the Go-
wanus and people will concern them-
selves with discussions on less dan-
gerous subjects-such as the possi-
bilities of a Nazi air raid on the city.
ACCURATE
as a measuring cup-
MEASURE YOUR LIGHT
with a Light Meter
Measure the lighting in your
home asraccurately as you meas-
ure flour or milk or sugar. No
charge for this service-call any
Detroit Edison office.

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