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Frosh Lineman
Boasts Envidble


Prep Record


George Kraeger Shows
Promise at Guard Sl t

Daily Sports Editor

One of the boys that the Michigan
State freshmen will be obliged to stop
if they hope to defeat the Michigan
Frosh next Friday is George Kraeger
who will occupy the left -guard posi-
George is a tall, pleasant-looking
chap who tips the scales at 202
pounds. Thus far he has proven him-
self to be th outstanding lineman on
Wally Weber's squad.
But being outstanding is really
nothing -new to George Kraeger.
While attending Shortridge high
school in Indianapolis, Indiana
George built up a name for himself
that the best of men can envy.
All-State Recognition
He played three years on the Short-
ridge varsity football team, and
gained recognition his senior year. At
the. end of his last season for the
Shortridge gridders, George was
named the most valuable player on
the team. Incidentally, he had Walt
Freihofer currently of the varsity as
one of his teammates when he first
started playing.
Football gained George Kraeger
statewide praise while in high school,
but he didn't stop there. He was the
shot-putter on the track squad, show-
ing his ability'by breaking both the
city and county records. George threw
the shot 52' 62" which is good
enough to make any track coach smile
with admiration.
Gets Straight 'A'se
Kraeger received his greatest thrill
when he was given the award as the
best athlete-scholar in the high
school. There wasn't even close com-
petition for the award because besides
being hands down the best athlete, he
excelled in scholarship getting all
"A's" during his entire high school
George picked Michigan because he
thinks that it is the finest school for
both athletics and academic work. in
the middle west. He is enlisted in the
Navy V-1 plan and hopes to be able
to achieve a lifelong ambition by
playing guard for the Wolverines next
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AFTER 33 YEARS of hoping, wait-
ing, pleading and threatening,
sports-minded Michigan alumni will
see their prayers answered Saturday.
The occasion is football's gala
game of the week and possibly of the
year, Michigan versus Notre Dame,
and the site is -South Bend, Ind.,
home of the Fighting Irish. Kickoff
time will be 2 p.m. Central War Time,
or 3 p.m. in Ann Arbor, and if you
don't have a ticket now you had best
resign yourself to staying home and
listening to the top radio announcers
of the nation describe this gridiron
A complete'sellout of the 56,000
available seats in picturesque Notre
Dame Stadium has been announced
by Joseph Petritz, the genial gent
who -handles publicity affairs for
the Ramblers, and not even a
promise to vote the right way in
the next election will get you one
of the prized ducats.
The only interest money will hold
in South Bend this weekend will be
concerned with the manly and time-
honored sport of wagering, and there
is every assurance that the long green
stuff will be floating in abundance
and passing from hand to hand right
up to the starting time of this strug-
gle. You can bet either way at prac-
tically the same odds. In Detroit
you'll take Michigan and give five
to four, while in South Bend you'll
plunk that hard-earned lettuce down
on the Wolverines and receive five
to four.
HE LAST TIME the Maize and
Blue warriors of Michigan met
the Green Ramblers of Notre Dame
was in 1909 and the final result.
found the Wolverines on the short
end of an 11 to 3 .score. Up till
then, Michigan had walloped the
Irish gladiators eight times in eight
games. After that 1909 game,
things became hotter and hotter
in the relationship between the two
schools and on the very day of the
next annual fray, Michigan's Board
of Athletics cancelle the' game
with the Notre Dame team already
on its way to Ann Arbor.
Just why the series was broken off
has never been clear to anybody.
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According to old newspaper files,
Notre Dame was given an ultimatum
by Michigan to the effect that two
Irish players by the names of Dimick
and Philbrook be withheld from the
battle on the grounds that they were
ineligible. The Rambler authorities
didn't see eye to .eye with the Wol-
verines on the point, and they an-
swered in the negative and hinted
that Michigan might do well to 'keep
two gridders named Cole and Clark
on the bench as they too didn't ex-

Crisler Drills
Wolverines in
Secret Session
Ramblers' Plays Click
against Varsity; Yaap
Is Lost for Season
Faintest odors of something being
cooked up for Notre Dame Saturday
escaped from the confines of Ferry.
Field yesterday as Coach Fritz Cris-
ler put the Wolverines through their
initial secret practice session of the
The gridders were given a grueling
scrimmage with Wally Weber's fresh-
men, equipped with Notre Dame plays,
furnishing the opposition. Afterward
Crisler admitted that he was not at
all pleased with the team's showing
against the yearlings.
Meanwhile, the Maize and Blue
casualty list took a jump upward
when team physician, Dr. A. W. Cox-
on, indicated that Warren Yaap,
promising sophomore halfback, who
has been confined to the University
Health Service with an attack of
pneumonia for the past two weeks
will be lost to the team for the re-
mainder of the season. Fullback Don
Boor is the only other injured Wol-
verine and there is still doubt about
whether his ankle will be ready Satur-
Both teams have hit stumbling
blocks this fall, yet both are rated
among the top teams in the nation.
The Irish started slow bowing to
Georgia Tech and tying Wisconsin
while Michigan has fallen before the
Iowa Cadets. and Minnesota. Both
teams, however, have picked up mo-
mentum as the season has progressed
and Saturday's clash should find
them at their peaks.


Paul White Shows Brilliance

after Overcom
Now it can be told! After watching
him turn in consistently good per-
formances on seven succeeding Sat-
urdays, there isn't a shadow of a
doubt left that the amazing trans-
formation of Paul White from a fair
ball-carrier in 1941 to one of the
Conference's outstanding halfbacks
of the current campaign is no fluke.
Three factors, and maybe more,
stand out to account for this im-
provement. An' additional year's ex-
perience has undoubtedly helped the
River Rouge 185-
pounder to hit his
stride. And the ab-
sence of a serious
hurt, similar to that
shoulder injury ear-
ly last fall, has
probably been the
biggest cause.
The fact hat
White may be play-
ing his last season
of football for
Michigan, must
have influenced him PAUL WHITE
in giving just a little more every Sat-
urday. The other day he received his
six-months' notice from the Marine
Reserve Corps, which means that
he'll be leaving next spring.
There are a number of other fac-
tors which seem less important, but
which can't be counted out. Michi-
gan is blessed with more than a dozen
good backs this fall and the compe-
tition has been terrific for those half-
back slots.
Few Wolverine fans know that the
sophomore end on the Ohio State
squad, one John T. White, is Paul's
elder brother. Here again is a reason
for White's improvement. Michigan
meets the Buckeyes soon, and it will
be brother against brother. And it's

Sng Injury Jinx
only human nature for a kid brother
to try and best his big brother.
Predicts Win Saturday
The quiet, dark-haired White is
most anxious to beat Ohio State, of
course, but Notre Dame comes next.
"I think we'll beat the Irish," he said
in his soft, serious manner, and such
confidence is much more effective
than the usual cocky "we'll pin their
ears back" statement,
White came to Michigan with an
all-state tag pinned to him and that
Sdidn'thelp. Three years of varsity
ball at River Rouge were climaxed
for him in 1939 when he was named
all-state halfback, largely on the
strength of his ball-carrying ability.
He didn't do any passing or punting
in high school.The added role of
passing was picked up here. as a.
freshman when coaches decided that
a southpaw pitcher would come in
handy some day.
Played in High School
A glance at Paul's high school ath-
letic career proves that the husky
River Rouge youth is a natural. He
played three years of varsity basket-
ball, making all-state honors at
guard in 1939 when his team lost out
to Muskegon in the finals.
As a trackman, White reached the
top without much difficulty. Entered
in the state tournament in 1939, he
led the field home to take the 120-
yard high hurdles in 15 seconds. He
took a crack at baseball one year and
made his varsity letter as an out-
fielder, showing plenty of power at
the plate.
His ability to knife between tack-
lrs, leap fallen linemen and hit the
air for high passes is the combination
of his speed, driving power and hurd-
ling form.
Saturday should find White hit-
ting the peak of his quick rise to Big
Ten recognition as one of its leaning

Bits of Humor
Stolen from the
Sports World
GREEN BAY, Wis., Nov. 10.- (AP)-
Tony Canadeo, of the Green Bay
Packers, claims the shortest touch-
down pass on record.
"The ball was on the one-inch line
when I passed to Don Hutson for a
touchdown," insisted Tony.
"Why did you ever pass in a spot
like that?" scolded one of the coach--
"Cecil Isbell tossed a four-incher
not long ago for a record and I want-
ed toi beat it-you don't get an oppor-
tunity like that very often," grinned
10.- (- Although an audit of the
Black Mountain College budget
showed the highest expenditure for
sports this year in the history of the
school, it had something of a low rec-
ord for subsidies toathletes.
The outlay was $10.35.
COLORADO CITY, Tex., Nov. 1Q.-
(A')- Gob Walker, of Cross Plains,. is
the new Colorado City High School
grid coach.
He replaced Carol Benson, who re-
placed Merrick Pyeatt, who replaced
C. B. Boland, who replaced John Dib-
rell, Jr.
It started when Dibrell took a job
at Big Spring. Then Roland became a
flying instructor. Pyeatt joined the
Naval Reserve. Benson decided he
liked his old job better, and returned
to Merkel.
Fans are pulling for Walker to last
out the season.
** * *
LANSING, Nov. 10.- P(A)- Coach
Charley Bachman, of Michigan State,
is perfectly satisfied when Fullback
Ed Ripmaster lives up to his name by
ripping up the opposition, but he
shudders to think about a freshman
tackle who'll be coming up to the var-
sity next year. The kid is George Kill-


actly appear as Simon-pures in the
light of recent findings.
For over a quarter of a century
the two schools were split further
apart than the Cards and Phillies.
In the last six years, however, they.
have tangled in practically every
other sport, but not until Saturday
will the gridiron relations be offi-
cially resumed. And when this hap-
pens, the fireworks appear to be of
such proportions to dwarf any
other Michigan game of the year.
NO TITLE hinges on the outcome,
no championship will be deter-
mined, but two of the nation's per-
ennial powerhouses will lock horns
and struggle back and forth over 100
yards of striped turf to the accom-
panying cheers and groans of a pack-
ed house. For years and years, loyal
Wolverine alumni have been asking
for this spectacle, and Saturday they
will get it with all the trimmings that
even a. war can't stamp out. Even
the Michigan band will be there, 100
strong, to show the Irish how well
the musical end is handled in Wol-
FRED DELANO, publicity baron
of Michigan athletics, tried to
have relations resumed in 1937
with a series of columns in-this.
paper, but his efforts were to no
avail. But two years ago arrange-
ments were completed with Field-
ing H. Yost, the Grand 'Old Man
of Michigan, sitting in the athletic
director's chair and taking care of
the matter.
Yost was coaching the Wolverines
when the series came to its abrupt
and untimely end, and today he says,
"Let dead dogs lie. It's water under'
the bridge as far as I'm concerned
and there's no good reason why two
great universities such as Michigan
and -Notre Dame shouldn't meet in
football." Yost will make the trip to
South Bend with the Michigan team,
he'll stay with the Michigan team in
Elkhart the night before the game,
and he'll probably be the most ex-
cited spectator in the entire mob of
hyper-excited fans Saturday.

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