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Beta ThetaPi Leads Inter fraterrnty retigTun


Phi Delts Are
Closest Rivals
For Mat Title
Betas Place Seven Mend
In Semi-Finals; Reader
Wins Heavyweight Title
Beta Theta Pi got a stranglehold on
the fraternity wrestling championship
last night at the Field House, when
the Betas placed seven men in the
semi-finals, two more than Phi Delta
Theta, only other house with a good
chance to win the crown tonight.
Tom Reader of Beta Theta Pi wonF
the only championship decided last
night by pinning Beta brother Bob
Saxton in 53 seconds in the final
match in the unlimited weight class.
All 'told, it took exactly one minute
and 55 seconds -for Reader to throw
two opponents and take the title.
Chamberlain Gains Fastest Win
However, the quickest job of the
evening was turned in by Dale Cham-
berlain, of Phi Gamma Delta, who
reached the finals in the 175-pound
division by throwing George Collins
of Sigma Chi in 20 seconds.
Although the Phi Delta Thetas
placed five men in the semi-finals,
their chances of winning were dim-
med by the fact that three of these;
men were in one division, the 165-
pound group. The Betas, on the other,
hand, showed more evenly distributed
strength, placing men in the. scorhig
in five weight classes. Since the scor-
ing is on a basis of five points for
each winner, three for the runner-up,
and one point for each of the 'other
two semi-finalists, Beta seems to have
a pretty firm grip on the champion-
With the exception of the semi-
finals in the 136-pound division, all
the remaining matches will be held
tonight at the Field House, beginningt
at 7:30. The schedule:
7:30-Bob Morrison, Zeta Beta Tau,E
vs. Peter Klaphaak, Kappa Sigma.1
Jim Rogers, Theta Xi, vs. Phil Detwil-
er, Phi Gamma Delta.
7:40-Glenn Heck, Theta Xi, vs.
Jim. Edwards, Phi Kappa Psi. Robert1
Begle, Phi Delta Theta, vs. Ben1
Sproat, Chi Phi.
7:50-Ralph Amstutz, Phi Delta
Theta, vs. Ford Whipple, Beta Theta1
8:00-Lawrence Loftus, Phi Kappa
Psi, vs. Paul Meyer, Delta Tau Delta.
8:10-Jim Kline, Sigma Chi, -s.
Fred Anderson, Phi Gamma Delta.
8:20-Dale Chamberlain, Phi Gam-I
ma Delta, vs. Carl McNicholas, Phi
Delta Theta.
8:30-Finals of '145-pound division.
8:40-Finals of 155-pound division.
8:50-Finals of 165-pound division.
9:00--Finals of 136-pound division.f

Oosterbaan Believes Hard Work
Only Prescription For Victory

Hard-working Bennie Ooosterbaan
entered this season with only four
returning lettermen and a" good crop
of sophomore material on which he
pinned his hopes. He wasn't going
overboard in predicting the future
for the coming year. He said that the
sophomores needed experience before
the Wolverine squad could be counted
on to do much. But he did his best
to give them as much of that experi-
ence as possible before they opened
the season.
Bennie Pleased
Coach Bennie was pleased with the
decisive victory that the Wolverines
scored over the Spartans last Satur-
day but he pointed out that the team
showed several weaknesses which he
hopes to iron out before the season
is very old. He was impressed with
the showing of-the sophomores-Bob
Shemky, Bill MacConnachie, Morrie
Bikoff and Ralph Gibert-that saw
action in Saturday's tilt. If they con-
tinue to improve, Michigan will be
stronger than expected.
As a coach, Oosterbaan is not the
colorful type. But he is quite a wit.
He does not have signs in the locker
room to boost the emotional spirits
of his players. He tries to beat the
opponents by plenty of work before
the game. Although he likes to see
action, Bennie is always ready with
some witty remark for the playersj
and he gets along fine with the squad.
He is continually kidding the players.
Practice At Three
Every afternoon during the week
Oosterbaan can be found out on the
basketball court in the Yost Field
House a little after three o'clock.
From then until about a quarter of
six, he is trying to work out the prob-
lems that confront the team. The
practice star4s with instruction on in-
dividual offensive and defensive play
and progresses to team play on only
half the court and finally two teams
engage in scrimmage.
It is by this system that he hopes
to turn out a winning crew. If he
should be lu ky in hitting upon the
right combination of five men for
his starting lineup early in the season,
his chance will be greatly improved.
A great deal depends on the team as
a unit and not on a group of five
Oosterbaan's Claim To Fame
Perhaps no other name in the ath-
letic history of Michigan brings back
as many memories as that of Bennie

Oosterbaan. And that includes all of
many stars that have graduated. Ben-
nie came to Michigan from Muskegon,
and in four years he won nine major
awards: three each in football, bas-
ketball and baseball. His greatest
feats were performed on the gridiron.
He was named ,All-American end in
1925, '26 and '27. Besides that he
was the leading scorer of the Westerhi
Conference in basketball during the
1927-28 season. When he was handed
his diploma in 1928, he had offers
from seven major league clubs to play
baseball. He also had an offer from
the University to coach. He took the
Coaching History
Joining the coaching staff in the
fall of 1928, Bennie served as assistant
coach in all of the three sports that
he starred in while in college. In
1938 he succeeded Franklin C. Cappon
as head coach of the cage squad. He
still coaches the ends in football dur-
ing the fall, but has relinquished his
duties on the diamond.
During his three years as basket-
ball coach his teams have won 33 tilts
and lost 26. Last year, when the Wol-
verines ended the season with nine
wins and 10 losses, was the first time
that a Oosterbaan-coached squad had
finished with an average below .500
for the season. This year he hopes to
bring that average up.
Mungo Hates Cold,
Refuses To Report
To Minnesota Club
PAGELAND, S.C., Dec. 15.-()-
Van Lingle Mungo, long a Brook-
lyn Dodger fireball pitcher, said to-
night, he would not play with Min-
neapolis of the American Association
because "it's too cold up there."
Mungo was sent last season to
Montreal, a Brooklyn farm, then was
traded at the recent Jacksonville,
Fla., baseball meeting.
He said he would like to play for
Atlanta of the Southern Association
and suggested "Minneapolis can
make another deal and deal me
The 30-year old speedball artist
said he'd as soon go to the Army as
He is married and has two chil-

Tankmen Plan
Florida Jaunt
Over Holidays
Trip To Prime Swimmers
For Many Tough Meets
During Coming Season
Fresh from its impressive perfor-
mance in the seventh annual Swim
Gala last Friday night, Michigan's
crack swimming team is turning its
eyes Floridaward as it prepares for
the yearly vacation jaunt to Fort
Lauderdale in the peninsular state.
The Wolverine natators will leave
Ann Arbor immediately after classes
case this Friday afternoon, and will
have completed the first leg of the
long motor trek before darkness falls
that night.
Mermen To Shape Up
Prime reason for theannual so-
journ to the land of oranges, bathing
beauties, and sunshine, is to round the
mermen into shape for the tough
schedule they will face when the reg-
ular season rolls around in January.
Coach Matt Mann claims that there
is nothing like plenty of sunshine and
lots of actual swimming for condition-
ing the Maize and Blue tankers.
In accordance with this belief,
Mann has devised a metho of keep-
ing track of the actual distance cov-
ered by each of the swimmers during
their stay in the Florida resort. The
Michigan mentor plans to keep a log
for each man, recording in it the
distance swum by each individual for
every day spent in action. Mann be-
lieves that when the results are tab-
ulated it will be found that many of
the swimmers have covered miles in
their efforts to get in shape and stay
that way.
Two Big Attractions
There are two big attractions which
draw the Wolverines to Fort Lauder-
dale every winter besides their con-
ditioning program.' One is the annual
Coaches Clinic which is held there in
late December. Over 1000 coaches
and swimmers praticipate in this
greatest of all tank clinics, and the
Michigan mermen and their coach
are usually the most prominent par-
ticipants, with this year promising
to be no exception.
The other outstanding event on the
Florida schedule is the annual East-
West Meet, in which the star nata-
tors from all sections of. the country
face each other in the cool Fort Laud-
erdale waters. This year the big meet
will be held on D'e. 26, and the Wol-
verines are being counted on to turn
in their usual excellent performances.
Yale To Be Absent
The only outstanding college team
from the East which will not be rep-
resented will be Yale's mighty Bull-
dogs, considered Michigan's closest
rivals for national honors. But the
Maize and Blue will tangle with old
Eli on two other occasions later in
the season, once in a dual meet and
again in the National Intercollegiate
Meet to be held on March 23.
Contrary to popular belief, the
Florida trip is not paid for by the
University Athletic Department but
the expenses are footed by the swim-
mers themselves.
NROTC Rifle Team
Whips Rensselaer
Opening their season in highly
successful style, the Naval ROTC
rifle team came through with an
1800-1779 win over a NROTC team
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti-
tute in a pistol match Saturday,
High scorer for the Michigan team
was Mort Hunter, '44, with 369, fol-
lowed by Bob Begle, '43, 368; Harry
Miller, '44E, 357; Caleb Warner, '44E,

356 and Bob Martelli, '44E, with 350
The Michigan team coached by
Lieut. K. S. Shook, was primed for
the match with Rensselaer, since
their rivals were coached by Lient.
Comdr. Wells L. Field, who was at
Michigan last year and coached the
NROTC rifle team here.
If things on the Sport page and
things on the women's page look
peculiar to you, have no fear. It
only means the two staffs have
changed scenery for the night-
the men putting out the society
page and the coeds trying their
hand in the world of sport.
makes a swell
Christmas Present!

Pertaining To Physics ,
W E ARE GLAD indeed to see that
a belief, which for a while, be-
came almost a fetish with us. is re-
ceiving support more magnitudinous
than our poor efforts could possibly
'give it-
It all started many weeks ago with
a photo-feature in Life Magazine
which purported to prove that a base-
ball coud not be made to curve in
its flight. The curve ball, said Life,
was an optical illusion. This, we
'were sure from the moment we read
it, was utter guff and we said as
much to many of our more intimate
But there was little we could say
in print because the editors of that
big, slick magazine had photo-
graphs, taken from above, to prove
their claims and (which is more
important) they also had the state-
ments of many expert physicists
to back up their childish assump-
This was what put the old hex on
us. For, if there is any subject
oh which we are totally uninformed,
it is physics. Aside from the famil-
iar "rolling stone is worth two in
the bush" axiom, we know practic-
ally nothing of this sour science.
But, in the nick of time, aid has
come. Just as we were about to
give up (matter of fact, we had for-
gotten the whole incident weeks
ago), we weregiven succor in the
form of an article penned in the
Baseball Magazine by a gentleman
-aIe of Dwight Freeburg.
The pitchers Life used to demon-
strate their claims were Carl Hubbell
and Cy. Blanton. Herein is where
they made their mistake, according
to Freeburg. Hubbell's best pitch is,
of course, a screwball. And this
particular slant, at least as practiced
by King Carl, curves not laterally
but downward. Which of course
wouldn't show in snapshots taken
from above.
As for Cy Blanton, well, we're
afraid Mr. Freeburg was a little
cruel to the old Phillies' hurler,
pointing out that it was no surprise
to National League batters to find
out that Blanton's curve-ball
didn't curve.
For a real demonstration of
plain and fancy hooks, the writer
asserted, Life should have called
on Tommy Bridges of Detroit. For
when Tommy is right, and he often
is, he'll show you a curve-ball
which bends enough to satisfy even
the most candid of Life's cameras.
We are minded of a comment made
shortly after Life first presented this
problem to a gullible public. It came
from the cultured lips of one Lon
Warneke, a thrower employed by the
St. Louis Cardinals. Said this chap,
"Can't make a baseball curve, eh?
Let 'em stand behind a tree and I'll
show 'em whether it curves or not!
I'T knock their damn teeth out!"
Brusque? Curt? Yes. But to the
THE FOLLOWING communication
was dropped into our letter box
about a week ago:
As you can tell by the salutation,
this letter is not a friendly one. I
read your column in today's Daily
and I was utterly disgusted by the
attitude that you take.

You have set up a double stand-
ard whereby Negroes are allowed to
participate in collegiate sports but
are barred from "big league" (pro-
fessional) football or baseball. And
yet you have the gall to write an
article complaining about the
omission from all star teams of a
Negro football player. You have
written a truly fine case in favor
of Jim Walker. Although I don't
remember his play in the Iowa-
Michigan game, I think you have
proved that he was worth some
kind of recognition.
After writing such a fine article,
you have spoiled it completely and
branded yourself as a hypocritical,
discriminating writer. How can
you possibly justify discrimination
in "big league" athletics when you
yourself cry out against it in col-
legiate athletics? At least you
should have the decency to explain
the reasons for this strange attitude
in the very next article that you
have published.k
It is men like you who are ruin-
ing the fine resolves that our fore-
fathers set up in the Constitution
and Declaration of Independence.
Yours with great disgust,
Bob Mann, '45
NOT MUCH ROOM here so we'll
make our answer short. There
are many factors. First, molt big
league ball players are from the
south. Second, most big league ball
players have low intelligence quo-
tients. Third, most people with low
intelligence quotients. are not in-
clined to tolerance. Fourth, people
from the South don't get along with
4egroes. Obvious answer: If Negroes
vere allowed to play pro ball, there
vould be more time devoted to fisti-
cuffs (and perhaps worse forms of
.x awling) than to baseball. And
uaseball would find itself in more
,rouble than was caused by the fam-
1us 1919 scandal.
As for football, well, most pro
football players, being college men,
are a little brighter than the base-
ballers. But, still, a lot of them hail
from dear old Dixie. And you know
what happens when a Southern
school plays a team with a Negro in
the lineup. He gets badly hurt quite
soon after the opening whistle.
No, Bob. It won't work. Not now.
Maybe in a few years. But not now.

I-I rl AN INSI a r

Rose Bowl Tilt
To Be Played
At Durham
Game To Be Sellout; Site
Of East-West Contest
Also To Be Changed
PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 15.-(IP)-
I Pasadena's famed Rose Bowl foot-
ball attraction found a safe haven
at Durham, N.C., today while San
Francisco's East-West grid encount-
er was due for a new home inland.
The war's effects cut deeper,
:neanwhile, into the Far West's
,ports program. Gov. Culbert L. 01-
on today ordered Santa Anita race-
0:ack officials not to open the win-
er meeting scheduled for Dec. 31.
In one quick development Rose
,owl authorities accepted an invita-
ion to shift the New Year's Day
tose Bowl game between Oregon
:tate College and Duke University
o Durham, home of' Duke's unde-',
,ated, untied Blue Devil grid forces.
It followed yesterday's voluntary
bandonment of Pasadena's big bowl
nor the game, requested by Lt.-Gen.
ohn L. De Witt, commander of thq
Fourth Army, in the interest of na-.
onal defense.
Meanwhile, sponsors of the East-
'est game were reported consider-
g several invitations to play the
ue. Chicago, Spokane, Atlanta,
id the Universities of Kansas and
?kahoma were said to have extend-'
ed bids for the contest.
Rose-Bowlers made it plain the.
Oregon State-Duke clash would be
nose Bowl in every detail-except
he location. The Tournament of
noses football committee, Oregon
tate and the Pacific Coast Confer-
nce gave official blessing to the
.itch in sites-and cordially thanked
Wallace Wade, coach and athletic
ie. ector, and Duke University for
the invitation.
Come in early and avoid the
rush. Plenty of barbers. No
waiting. Beautify and cleanse
for the holidays.
The Dascola Barbers
Between State and Mich. Theater

Loyola 58, Catholic University 28
Indiana 56, Nebraska 29
William & Mary 39,. of Mary. 34
Alabama 37, Florida 30
Oregon 35, Temple 29
Loyola (C.) 45, Wash. U (St. L.) 27
Kansas State 48, Washburn 29
Texas 36, Southeast Okla. Teach. 30
Depauw 38, Swarthmore 27
Ohio Northern 56, Denison 44
Adrian 53, Tiffin U. 30
Muhlenberg 45, Rutgers 37


Navy Plans Fight
Show For Relief
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15-(P)-The
United States Navy asked for volun-
teers today to appear on a huge box-
ing card in Los Angeles Jan. 16 for
the Navy Relief Society and its fund
for aid to Pearl Harbor victims.
Official sponsors, hoping to match
Promoter Mike Jacobs' Joe Louis-
Buddy Baer attraction in New York
Jan. 9, invited one of its favorite sons
of the Navy, 'popular Red Cochrane,
to battle Los Angeles' Jackie Wilson,
top-ranking welterweight of the West.
Lem Franklin, a leading heavy-
weight contender, was asked to appear
in another ten-rounder with Turkey
Thompson, Los Angeles Negro star.

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In Half-Dozen Other Campus Sports
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Watching Wayne Stille in action
against fellow tennis co-captain Lawt
Hammett in their exhibition at the
Congress Sports Show the other day
puts us in mind to check up and see
how the Duke is faring in his other
chosen, though unsung, sports ac-
Stille has the distinction, as the
older bqys may remember, of hold-
ing more campus championships at
one time than anyone since the days
of Willie Heston or Benny Friedman
or as far back as you want to take
the bother to check. Last year, in
addition to helping the tennis squad
cop the Big Ten crown, he bided his
winter moments by holding down the
three-cushion billiards, bowling, and
ping pong titles, and defeating famed
billiardist Jake Schaefer in an ex-
hibition match.
In Billiards Tourney Now
Right now Wayne is in the midst
of the billiards championship play-
offs, a rather drawn-out affair which
won't be over for several weeks yet.
Later comes the bowling tourney and
arl attempt to win back the ping-
pong crown snatched from him by

Ted Peck last year. So all-in-all the
Duke will have a mightly full winter
till tennis rolls around.
Wayne doesn't have to confine his
versatility to the court, alley, and
table. When he entered as a fresh-
man, it was a toss-up for him be-
tween tennis and baseball as a major
sport. At home in Chicago the Duke
has played on several championship
amateur hard and soft ball outfits,
and he would probably now be a
Varsity diamond mainstay if he
hadn't decided to follow the call of
the net and racket.
Aha: Basketball Too
He was also captain of his high
school basketball team and should
give interfraternity opponents plenty
of trouble this winter playing for his
Theta Delta Chi team.
Stille is a colorful figure in his
sphere of sports. It's common knowl-
edge with those who follow the less
renowned sports activities around
campus, that the Duke is seldom en-
gaged in an indoor match unless
meticulously clad. No cigar-in-
mouth, you-know-me-Al pool-hall
smooth of a fast dying if not dead
era is Stille, but a well-mannered,

well-dressed lad of the Willie Hoppe
variety, who displays remarkable
poise and accuracy in the tightest
moments of any of his varied activi-
Hoppe Lauds The Duke
Incidentally, Wayne believes Hoppe
is one of the most beneficial factors
in raising the worthy and intricate
game of billiards out of its former
undeserved position in the "shocked
expression" class of sports.
Hoppe, on the other hand, has
praised Stille in newspaper inter-
views in New York, Chicago and De-
troit as the most promising young-
ster in the three-cushion game he ran
across on his recently concluded .ex-
hibition swing of several large Mid-
western and Eastern colleges. Wayne
extended the white-haired cue ace
to several runs of sevens and eights
before finally succumbing to him
earlier this year at the Union.
If you want to see one of Michi-
gan's colorful but little-heralded
champions in action, drop around to
the Union or the I-M tennis courts
some day. The Duke is that soft-
spoken gent with his hair combed.
And pu-leese, chum, say billiard,
not pool hall.



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