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I-M Holds Annual Open House At Sports Building T


Michigan Vies
With Prescott
For Cage Title
500 Athletes To Compete
In 25 Events; Dorms
Swim In Semi-Finals
Varsity Teams Lend
To Evening's Show
Open House, highspot of the year
in the Intramural program, gets un-
derway at 7 p.m. today. Lo-
cale of this super-sports panorama
is the Sports Building and admission
is free to all who desire to come.
Finals in three events and an ex-
hibition will start off the program.
Headlining these is the Michigan-
Prescott contest for the Residence
Halls Basketball championship which
will pit the West Quad champion
against the East Quad's titleholder.
Swim Final
In the pool the semi-finals of the
Dormitory Dual Swimming Meet will
be run off. The teams which will
fight it out are Chicago vs. Allen-
Rumsey and Williams vs. Wenley.
With the pairings swimming alter-
nately an action-packed meet is on
The tennis court will see Russ Fa-
ber meet the as yet undetermined
winner of the other final bracket of
the all-campus singles. Faber, like
several other athletes, will have a
very busy evening. In addition to the
tennis final he will see action in the
Fraternity Squash Final and then top
the evening off by swimming for the
Phi Delts in the Fraternity Swim-
ming meet.
Two teams will also clash in a vol-
leyball match, the first of three to
be seen during the evening. Forestry,
the Independent champ, and Win-
chell, the dorm champ will provide
some very capable play.
Tennis ,Swimming Exhibitions
At 7:30 Wayne Stille and Jim Por-
ter will give a tennis exhibition and
Matt Mann's varsity and freshman
diers will demonstrate their speci-
alty in the pool.;
Ten minutes later at 7:40 Robert
Haugh will give a demonstration of
bag punching, a sport which requires
a lot more skill than one would
The second volleyball match of the
evening (7:45) will pit Sigma Alpha
Mu fraternity against Nu Sigma Nu
medical fraternity. Like their prede-
cessor these two teams are the best in
their respective divisions.
!Military Touch
Perhaps the high spot of the eve-
ning, a new touch, a military Physical
Fitness program demonstration will
take place at 7:50. This type of thing
should hold interest in that some-
thing similar may eventually be seen
in the nation's universities.
Following this at 8:15 will be the
fraternity swimming meet. With
some two score swimmers who have
survived the preliminaries entered
there will be plenty doing in the pool.
Three teams, Chi Phi, Phi Kappa
Psi, and a team of those perennial
winners the Phi Delta Thetas are
rated a good chance for the team
with a Spring Crew-Cut, Personality
Flair Style or Scalp Treatment - for
you alone.
Between State and Mich. Theatre

Only Titleholder:
A Mr. Johnson Does Right Well
On Michigan's Wrestling Team

And how did they make out down
in Chicago at the Big Ten Wrestle
Meet, they ask me.
And I say Johnny Johnson won
our only title, he grabbed the 145
pound olive wreath. And then they
say who is this Johnson guy I never
heard of him.
So O. K., now you'll hear of him.
Johnny-his first name is really
Manly but call him it and you've got
a double bar arm slapped on you be-
fore the second syllable is out-trans-
ferred to Michigan from Oklahoma
A&M in February of last year. A full
two semetsers he had to wait then
before becoming eligible to compete
for Michigan. Thus it was that he
was not on display during the first
semester's extensive home season.
Loses In Debut
It wasn't until our last home con-
test, against Nebraska, that Johnny
first came into the public gaze. And
when he dropped his debut 6-3 after
a bitter fight maybe the home crowd
forgot to take into account the facts
that it was his first real match in a
year and a half and that he was up
against the mightiest of the Huskers,
Newt Copple, who only three weeks
before had won the very tough Mid-
west Invitational Meet. Maybe they
did forget this, but anyone with eyes
must have known that that snarling,
wicked attack that Johnny unleashed
on Copple in the first period was the
stamp of a real wrestler, a typical
product of the Oklahoma plains, a
second Bill Combs.
Came the Conference tourney. Johnj
had breezed through his Friday night
quarterfinal match in great shape1
and on Saturday afternoon was
matched against Purdue's Bob Britt.
Now pre-tourney dope had figured'
that the title was a flip-up choice
between this duo. But as it turned
out it was no such 50-50 proposition,
for Johnny cleaned Britt's clock by
a very indisputable 7-2 count.
Thus it was that in the evening,
with the real opposition already dust-
!Program For
IAM Open lHouse
7:00-Residence Halls Swimming
7:00-All-Campus Tennis Finals.
7:00-10:00-Boxing and Wrestling
7:00-Volleyball: Forestry vs. Win-
7:00-Residence Halls Basketball Fi-
nal-Prescott vs. Michigan.
7:30-Tennis-Hammett vs. Porter.
7:30-Varsity and Freshman Diving
7:40-Punching Bag Exhibition-Mr.
Robert Haugh.
7:45-Volleyball-Sigma Alpha Mu
vs. Nu Sigma Nu.
7:50-Physical Fitness Demonstra-
8:15-Fraternity Swimming Meet.
8:30-Fraternity Basketball 'A'
Championship-DKE vs. SPE.
8:30-Volleyball-Ann Arbor 'Y' vs.
Detroit 'Y'.
8:30-Badminton Exhibitions.
8:45-Juggling Exhibition-Mr. A. D.
8:45-Weight-lifting Exhibitions.
9:00-Parallel Bar Exhibitions.
9:20-Water Polo-Phi Kappa Psi vs.
Phi Delta Theta.
9:30-Independent Basketball Cham-
pionships-Dive Bombers vs.
Also, in progress during the eve-
ning: All-campus and Fraternity
Squash Finals, Handball Doubles Fi-
nals, and archery, carballo, codeball,
dart baseball, fencing, golf, handball,
lacrosse, paddleball and table tennis

Varsity Track
Stars To Enter
Chicago Meet
660 Dash Features Ufer,
Cochrane; Relay Team,
Thomas Also Compete
A five-man squad will fly the
Maize and Blue of Michigan Friday
night in the huge Chicago amphithe-
atre at the famed Chicago Relays.
Varsity Coach Ken Doherty has
filed entries in three of the events-
the 600-yard dash, the two-mile re-
lay, and the open 60-yard dash.
There will be no Michigan man run-
ning in the nationally famous Bank-
ers' mile this year.
It is expected that the eyes of the
nation will be focused on the 600-1
yard dash in which Bob Ufer, Michi-I
gan's national indoor quarter-mile
champion, will be battling against
the former Indiana University speed-
ster, Roy Cochrane, and Ohio State's
Charley Beetham.
Naturally, track fans will expect a
tight duel between Ufer and Coch-
rane with Beetham not far behind.!
And the race will be close. But the
amphitheatre boards are second na-
ture to Cochrane, while Ufer has
shown his greatest form on the cin-
On the basis of experience, know-
ledge of track tactics and familiarity
with the boards, the Indiana flash
has the edge on the Wolverine cham-
Boards have cracked-up many a
good runner. Look at what happened
to Taisto Maki, the great Finnish dis-
tance runner, several years ago. Maki,
unbeatable on the outdoor cinders,
could not solve the intricacies of in-
door cinder and board running suf-
ficiently to defeat men of lesser
Michigan's two-mile relay team
will have Johnny Kautz, Johnny
Roxborough, Dave Matthews and
Ufer running in that order. Al
Thomas will compete in the 60-yard

Fighting Irishman:
Captain Burton Won't Give Up;
So,_Varsity Takes SwiIn Title

A pint-sized Irishman fought his
heart out Saturday night in the
Sports Building Pool, and 1,000 spec-
tators came away with his name,
Dobson Burton, on their lips.
Captain of the Michigan swimming
team, Burton led his mates to their
fourth consecutive Big Ten title Sat-
urday and left his unextinguishable
spirit burning in the mind of every
fan, swimmer and coach that filled
the huge Wolverine natatorium.
The story of Dobby Burton is not
one of a fellow with all the natural
attributes of a great, or even a good
swimmer. Instead it's a story of ups
and downs and a fighting Irish heart
that refused to quit.
Second In Sprints
In the Conference Meet, the Maize
and Blue leader, battling men who
were supposedly much better than
he, took second place in both the
50- and 100-yard freestyle races. In1
the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final
event of the evening and the one
which won the crown for Michigan,
Burton led off for the Wolverine
quartet and handed Bob West a
three-yard lead, a lead without which
the championship would not have
gone to Michigan.f
Ex-Battle Creek Swimmer
A good high school swimmer from
Battle Creek, Burton came to Michi-
gan with a burning desire to swim on
the great Wolverine teams. The sec-
ond semester of his sophomore year
and the first of his junior year found
him watching from the sidelines, an-
other victim of ineligibility.
When the second semester of last
year rolled around, Burton had pulled
his grades up. But he hadn't swum in
competition for over a year. He was
a question-mark, and one that was
very doubtful.
But a fighting Irish heart soon dis-
pelled every doubt. Hours of practice
and hard work had not been wasted.
Coach Matt Mann used him in every

Tigers Beaten
By Yanks, 2-1
LAKELAND, Fla., March 17i.-)--
Three hits were all the New York

Yankees needed today as the world
champions sent the Detroit Tigers
down to their fifth defeat in as many
Grapefruit League games, 2 to 1.
Outhit two to one, the Yankees
made the most of their blows and the
victim was veteran Tommy Bridges,
making his first start of the season.
With one out in the third, Bridges
walked Gerald Priddy, then struck
out pitcher Vernon Gomez. Phil Riz-
zuto lined a single over second, but
when Roger Cramer muffed both
runners scored.
Buddy Hassett followed with a
t. double and thereafter the Bronx
Bombers got only one runner as far
as second base. That was a hit off
Hal Newhouser, who followed Bridges
after the' latter had worked four in-
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 17
-(P)-Walker Cooper singled Erv
Dusak home from second in the ninth
inning today for the St. Louis Cardi-
nals' 1 to 0 victory over Cleveland in
an exhibition baseball game. It was
the eighth straight for the Cards.
Four double plays helped St. Louis.
Max Lanier and John Beazley each
DGBBY BUR'1TONallowed two hits, the former working
AIBeal Competitor five innings. But Ray Poat, pitching
_..___.eitrfive innings for the Indians, was
touched for only a harmless double.
race from the 50 to the 220, and he
was never disappointed. When the A
season came to a close, Burton was Oosterbaan Awards

Two More Years
ed off, Johnny's title scrap with Bob
Morton of Minnesota was in the na-
ture of an anticlimax. Morton was
game but our boy was both game
and too good. The score was 8-1. A
Big Ten title had been won.
Cliff Keen has had an easy time
polishing up the new champ's tech-
nique for two reasons. One is that
both mat prof and pupil are Okla-
homa A&M-ers. The other is that
Johnny was already a nifty package
of wrestling dynamite when he first
showed up here.
This, then, is this Johnson guy no-
body had ever heard about. Well,
now they've heard.

elected captain by the same men who
just a short while before were being
lauded to the skies while he did noth-
ing but practice and wait his turn.
The Pocket-Battleship, so named
because of his small stature, standing
only five-feet-seven with shoes on,
was born in Belfast, Ireland. And
he's never lost that fighting Irish
spirit. He won't go down in history
as a great swimmer, but he'll long
be remembered as a game one.
3Weir Worries;
IJust Too Many
Good Net men
It's not very often that a coach has
so much good iaterial on hand that
he doesn't know what to do with all

Five Reserve Letters
Five members of the 1942 basket-
ball squad were awarded reserve let-
ters, it was announced yesterday by
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan.
Bob Gilbert, Chicago; Wally
Spreen, Highland Park; Bob Shemky,
Crystal Falls; Fred Stein, Ann Arbor;
and Paul White, River Rouge, All
played in one or more games and are
all sophomores.
The squad meets at noon today to
elect a captain for the 1942-43 sea-'

St agg' s The Reason

We Have Flnt~tz

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a
series of biographical sketches on the
Michigan coaches---the men who mold
the Wolverine athletic teams. Today's
article is on Herbert "Fritz" Crisler,
j th I cdirector and head foothall
cr13 cti.)
lerbert Orrin Crisler is 43 years
Originally he knew nothing and
cared less about football. He was
first knocked into the game and later
shamed into it by the prince of the
gridiron, Alonzo Stagg.
This is the way it happened:
After graduating from Mendota
High School second in his class,
Herbert entered the University of
Chicago on a scholarship. To help
pay his way he worked in an under-
taker's parlor. The eager freshman
had no desire to enter athletics.
One day Herbert was passing the
football field and was attracted by a
freshman-varsity scrimmage. Moving
over to take a better look, he soon
found himself so close to the play
that Coach Stagg, back-peddling to
avoid a wide end run, collided with
Crisler and they both went down
with a thump.
Stagg Indignant
As the indignant Stagg hauled
himself to his feet he barked, "If
you're so anxious to find out what's
going on, why don't you get a suit
Crisler-who weighed only 1451
pounds-said, "I'm not big enough."!
"Rats," snapped back the old man,
"some of the greatest backs we have
ever had at this University were no
bigger than you. It's brains and

why he never stood it out. Crisler
told the able Maroon coach that it
was too tough to play football.
The excitable Stagg accused Cris-
ler "of being a no-good quitter," The
hurt freshman was so embittered
that lie returned to the team just to
make Stagg eat those words.
He did make Stagg eat those words,
but the Maroon ,coach probably
thought them the most enjoyable
dish he had ever eaten. Crisler was
end on the championship team of
1920, captain of the basketball team
and pitcher on the baseball nine:
Crisler a Little Slow
During one of the more gruelling
freshman-varsity scrimmages, Cris-
ler was a little slow in executing an
end run. Stagg said to Crisler, "your
name is something like a very famous
violinist, who is known as a genius
and an accomplished artist. To re-
mind you how opposite you are from
him, I am going to call you "Fritz."
Ever since that day the name
"Fritz" has stuck, but the connota-
tion it carries is best expressed in
Stagg's autobiography:
"One of the hardest working, most
efficient and able players I ever
coached was a guy named 'Fritz'
All freshman tryouts for The
Daily sports staff are to check
the sports bulletin board after 12
p.m. today for immediate assign-
-Hal Wilson, Sports Editor


of it, but that's exacetly t he position
Leroy Weir, Varsity tennis mentor,
is in.
His 1941 Western Conference net
champions have been working out oh
the Sports Building courts since the
early part of November and from all
indications, Weir might have letter-
men watching the coming campaign
from the sidelines.
Of the eight letter winners of last
season, only Jim Tobin, last year's
captain, and Howie Bacon, were lost
via graduation. Added to this 4s the
fact that a letterman from the 1940
campaign, who did not go out for the
team last year, has returned to the
squad and is making a bid for a place
on Michigan's 1942 tennis team.
Thus, Weir has co-captains Law-
ton Hammett and Wayne Stille, Jim
Porter, Tom Gamon, Alden Johnson
and Gerry Schaflander from last
year's team and Bob Brewer from the
1940 line-up to work with as a nu-
Tobin and Hammett, playing in the
number one doubles spot, went to the
fitials before falling before the ex-
cellent playing of the Northwestern
duo of Seymour Greenberg and Gene


speed that count. Let's see you in
,uniform tomorrow."
The next day the inspired fresh-
man reported to Pat Page, yearling
coach. Page put Crisler at end, for
42 minutes of gruelling scrimmage
against the varsity. Crisler took a
'terrific beating and was barely able
to make the locker room at the end
of the game. The next day the sore
and disgusted freshman turned in
his uniform.
A few weeks later Crisler met Stagg
walking across the University of Chi-
cago campus. Stagg, who has a re-
markable memory, wanted to know

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