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September 23, 1941 - Image 6

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Trenched Knee

To KeepNorm Call Out Of Spartan Clash


}Dodgers Win To Increase Lead

Curt Davis curve-balled the Phillies
into submission 5 to 0 today to put
the -Brooklyn Dodgers 11/2 games
ahead of the idle St. Louis Cardinals
in the red-hot National League pen-
nant race.
While Davis kept six Philly hits
well scattered and did not permit
any enemy runner to reach third,
the Dodgers jumped on Frank Mel-
ton for four big runs in the sixth
and coasted in with an easy shutout
A crowd of 8,434, making a three-
day total of 62,147, saw the Dodgers
finish the weekend series with a 4-
games-to-one edge and chalk up their
17th victory in 20 starts against the
Phils this season.
With today's victory the Dodgers
have only four games left to play
in the rapidly-fading season. They
take tomorrow off, play single games

Wednesday and Thursday in Boston,
loaf Friday and wind up Saturday
and Sunday at home against the
Phils. The Cards, idle today, still
have six games to go. They tangle
with the Pirates in a double-header
at iPttsburgh tomorrow, play single
games with the Bucs Wednesday
and Thursday, take off Friday and
wind up against the Cubs at Chicago
Saturday and Sunday.
About the only excitement today,
other than when eight Brooklyn
players batted in that big sixth, came
in the second inning when the Phils
protested that Pee Wee Reese's single
over third, which scored Ducky Med-
wick with the first Dodger tally, had
been foul.
The Phils lost the argument, of
course, but the dispute led to Heinie
Mueller, utility infielder, being chased
off the Phils' bench by Umpire Beans
Reardon in the bottom half of the

SAVE at ..

Big Halfback's
Loss Weakens
Varsity Attack
Tackles Flora And Caswell
Also On Injured List
But May See Service
It was too good to last.
After a week and ashaf of daily
scrimmage without a single serious
injury, Fritz Crisler. Michigan foot-
ball coach, yesterday was advised by
Dr. George Hammond, team physi-
cian, that Norm Call would be unable
to play in the Michigan State game
The injury that will keep the
tpeedy senior halfback on the side-
lines is a wrenched knee suffered in
Saturday's intra-squad contest in theI
Stadium. It is not known. as yet.
whether the big tailback will be back
in uniform before the Iowa game but
Dr. Hammond intimated that he
might be out for several weeks.
If it develops that Call will miss
a good part of the season as a result
of his accident, it will mark the sec-
ond time in two years that he has
been kayoed by injuries. Counted on
for plenty of service last year, he sus-
tained an injury in the season's open-
ing game and saw little action there-
Two others temporarily incapaci-
tated by mishaps in Saturday's tilt
were a pair of tackles, Bob Flora and
Harry Caswell. Flora might be ready
for the Spartan contest but Caswell
definitely will not be back in action
before next week. Both are suffering
from strained ligaments.
The loss of Call leaves Crisler with
only three capable left halfbacks, two
of them untried sophomores. It also
means that Davey Nelson, tiny speed
merchant from Detroit, will likely
draw the starting assignment with
sophomores Tom Kuzma and Don
Robinson backing him up.
Nelson himself was sidelined at
yesterday's practice session by a
slight case of intestinal flu but is ex-
pected to be ready to go again either
today or tomorrow.
Previous to Saturday, the only
squad members who had been keptI
in mufti for any considerable lengthI
of time were Jack Karwales, promis-
ing sophomore end, and Ray Sowers,
former all-state gridder from Bay
City who has recently been trans-I
ferred to end from halfback. Kar-
wales had infected ,feet while Sowers
has been bothered by a trick knee.
Both were back in uniform yesterday

235 South State Street
at the head of Liberty

Time Marches
On --Crisler's
Grid Formula
Fritz Crisler has a wrist watch.
If the above statement fails to take
high rank among the startling news
of the day, it instead provides the
clue to the outstanding success which
the Crisler method of football in-
struction has always enjoyed. Special
reference being here made to his
magic touch in lifting first Princeton
and then Michigan from the cellar to
the ceiling of their respective con-
Time-Study Methods
Coach Crisler conducts his daily
practices in closest cooperation with
tpe aforementioned wrist watch. He
has in fact brought time-study meth-
ods to football and might welll be
termed the efficiency expert of the
grid game.
Efficiency experts, you must know,:
are those gentlemen who clock in-
dustrial perations with an eye to pro-
ducing the most satisfactory output
in the least possible time. Mr. Cris-
ler however goes the E. E.'s one bet-
ter. He himself personally determines
how much time will be required to
effect a given operation, e. g., to sink
a new play through the skulls of 55
football players of varying cerebral
Coordinates Ideas
For each day's practice he coordi-
nates his own ideas of what must be
done with the suggestions of his as-
sistant coaches regarding those drills
which they feel will be most bene-
ficial to their respective groups. With
this assembled information he de-
cides upon the work to be accomp-
lished the following day, and to make
sure that all is run off chop-chop and
systematically he further determines
the amount of time to be spent on
each particular phase of the practice
session. The resulting working sched-
ule is noted on a large reference card,
which card is as much a part of Cris-
ler's uniform as his baseball cap and
wrist watch. It is his field Bible,
which he checks constantly to reas-
sure himself that everything is pro-
gressingsatisfactorily and as prete-
cided the night before.
A sample of one day's working
schedule might look like the follow-
,:30-3:00: Warm-up; specialty
men practice their fortes (passing,
punting, place-kicking, etc.).
3:00-3:30: Martineau to drill
backs in pass defense. Munn to work
with linemen on inside-out blocks.
Oosterbaan to review ends' defensive
3:30-4:15: Two new plays and re-
view of yesterday's new ones.
4:15-5:30: Live scrimmage.
It is understood that the above is
no more than a very general and un-
detailed facsimile of the co'ach's ac-
tual working sheet. For each period
of the practice session there are many
supplementary notes and sub-notes
which ensure against some important
point being inadvertently oerlooked.
The Wolverine mentor trusts nothing
to memory.
Other football coaches have their
own secrets of success, of course,
which may or 'may not differ from
Crisler's But one thin is certain. A
business-like system of one sort, or
another is necessary to make good in
the highly-organized industry which
big-time football is today.
Fritz Crisler has hit upon a pretty
good one.

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