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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 1942

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Seahawks Risk Streak
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Evashevski, Fraumann, Jordan Listed On Seahawks'
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By JACK FLAGLER
Iowa's Pre-Flight Naval Cadets
zoom into town next Saturday with.
a three game victory string under
their parachutes, including their most
recent win over Minnesota last week-
end, and four names in their lineup
familiar to Wolverine grid fans of
the past few seasons.
The victory string also includes
sound thumpings of the Jayhawks
from Kansas in their season opener,
61-0, and Nortnwestern, 20-12. If it
Wyeren't for the fact that the Min-
nesota win was a frightening tipoff
of the Cadets' power, Michigan fol-
lowers could be applauding the air-
mfen's victory with happy hearts. The
Seahawks won 7-6, but only after the
Gophers had driven to the 1 foot line
in the last two minutes of the game.
A fumble at that point, recovered
by the Cadets, gave Minnesota a
touch of the pigskin heartbreak they
Kave handed Michigan in their last
two meetings by their 7-6 and 7-0
wins.
Eat-Wolverine Back
Next Saturday's contest will be a
sort of 'unofficial. homecoming, as
well as a struggle between two unde-
feated squads to keep their slate
clean. The Seahawks roster includes
four former Wolverine players of re-
cent years, Forrest Evashevski, Har-
lan Fraumann, Bob Flora, and For-
rest Jordan.
The most famous of the quartet is
Evashevski. Evvie was captain of the
great 1940 club, running mate of Tom
Harmon's, and one of the greatest
quarterbacks and blockers of recent
years. After graduation, Evvie was
signed as head coach and athletic
director of Hamilton College in Clin-
ton, N.Y. Late last year he was ap-
pointed backfield coach at Pitt, but.
after Pearl Harbor he decided the
Navy Air Corps was the place for him,
so we find him facing his alma mater
next weekend with the powerful serv-
ice club.
Fraumann On Squad
Whitey Fraumann should be re-
membered by everyone but the fresh-
men as regular Wolverine end last
year. Whitey was .an excellent defen-
sive player and according to advance
reports should see plenty of action
against, his former teammates Sat-
Urday. The same goes for Bob "Flops"
Flora, who played as alternate first
string tackle last fall. The other form-
er Wolverine, Butch Jordan, was a

member of the 1939 squad and a
star wrestler.
The Cadets' game will be home-
coming in another sense for their
coach Bernie Bierman, too. Bierman
will always be remembered by loyal
Michigan fans as the fly in the Wol-
verine victory ointment for the past
eight years, when he was mentor
of the mighty Gophers of Minnesota.
Bierman holds an eight straight vic-
tory record over Michigan, and he'll
--

WHITEY FRAUMANN
be pointing for his ninth win, as well
as for preservation of a personal rec-
ord of twenty straight, seventeen with
the Gophers and three with his pres-
ent ball club. With such pleasant
memories connected with his past
trips to Ann Arbor, Bierman should
be eager to come back with another
powerful outfit.
That power, besides being supplied
by the former Michigan stars on the
Cadets' squad, witl"also te rurnisned
by some other recent college gridiron
greats. Bierman has several of his
own ex-Gophers to work with again,
such as Judd Ringer at end and
George Svendsen at center. Dick
Fisher and Jim Langhurst, two of
Ohio State's famous backs .of the
past few seasons are also on the
team, as well as several noteworthy
contributions from Northwestern, like
George Benson, fullback, Bob Swish-
er, half, Bob Daly, end, and John
Haman, center.

By BUDBENDEL !
Daily Sports Editor I!
A STORY is making the rounds these days about Bill Combs, captain of
the Michigan wrestling team in 1940. It's a story which we are inclined
to believe is part true and part rumor, but read it and judge for yourself.
Combs is now a member of the Marine Corps, and he was down in the
Solomons during all the hectice action in that region of this tumultous
world. During one particularly furious battle, according to our source,
Combs was set upon by an attacking party of eight Japs. He killed seven
of them with his tommy-gun, but the gun jammed before he could. get the
last rat of the invading party.
The Jap, with bayonet fixed, rushed the unarmed Combs. But this
little yellow man had never read the papers and he didn't know what
he was up against. Anyway, Combs grabbed the onrushing Nipponese in
an old grappling hold and tore one arm from the socket of one Japanese
soldier,. Then, so the story goes, the ex-captain of the Wolverine mat-
men slit one Japanese throat with one bayonet originally belonging to
the recipient of the slitting process.
HAT'S THE STORY. We received it from three different people, each
with his own variation. It was first heard in Chicago, and evidently
Combs was in some sort of battle action where he distinguished himself with
admirable courage or else the tale never would have spread or have been
started. It's significant, also, to know that Combs is now in a hospital in San
Francisco recovering from wounds received in that same clash.
What makes us believe the story is partly true is the fact that we knew
Bill Combs. He was a great guy and a great competitor who would fight
like all hell broken loose. We'd feel sorry for anyboty who met him hand
to hand, except a Jap.
A DEVIATION from war to football isn't too much to take when
reading this over your breakfast table, so fellow citizens, we deviate.
The let-down suffered by Michigan's grid team against Michigan State
last Saturday isn't too hard to understand. The Wolverines had just played
a tough opening game the week befose, a ver- tough opening game. And they
a tough opening game the week before, a very tough opening game. And they
may easily be the top tilt of the year anywhere in the country. As a result,
they were looking behind and forward, while Michigan State was concen-
trating on the task at hand.
Luckily for Michigan., the Wolverines began to doa little of that
themselves during the second half, and you all know what the result was.
But they'll have to improve their ball-handling if they expect to whip
the Seahawks here Saturday. The juggling which took place last week
in victory is almost a sure bet to lead to defeat this week. The Iowa
Cadets are a far better team than Michigan State, although the Spar-
tans did put up a terrific battle until Michigan power wore them down
to a frazzle, figuratively speaking. We have a strong hunch that Coach
Fritz Crisler and his willing team will have that juggling act deleted
from the show Saturday, and that will mean trouble for Lieut.-Col.
Bernie Bierman's high-flying outfit.
THIS LITTLE INCIDENT happened during the regular National League
baseball season, and it concerns Johnny Beazley, the young Cardinal
pitcher who hurled St. Louis into a world's championship this past week.
The Cards were on the road and were playing the lackadaisical Pitts-
burgh Pirates in Pittsburgh on a Sunday afternoon, with Beazley handling
the mound chores for the Redbirds. It was about midsummer, just before
the Cards got going on their red-hot stretch drive, and the day was a
scorcher.
Beazley, who always works slowly while pitching a game, was taking
more time than usual between pitches. In fact the umpires had to warn
him, and some 25,000 fans were yelling that he either pitch or get out.
Nonetheless, young Beazley was tossing a two-hit shutout going into the
eighth inning.
LOUDEST OF ALL the hecklers was a youthful soldier, about Beazley's
age, who was sitting directly behind the Card dugout. Every time Baz-
ley would enter the dugout, this soldier would tell him off in soldierlike lan-
guage for wasting so much time. But as the Redbirds came in for the top
half of the eighth, the soldier's remarks became too much for even the us-
ually calm and collected Beazley.
He called the soldier over to the edge of the dugout and said some-
thing that nobody was able to hear. To this, the soldier replied in a boom-
ing voice, "Oh yeh, well, why don't you join the Army instead of leading such
a soft life? We can use guys like you."
Beazley bit his lip and returned to the dugout, and in the last of
the eighth the punchless Pirates shelled him from the mound. The
young pitcher was obviously upset by the remark, and that brings us to
the purpose of relating this little episode.
WE WERE JUST WONDERING if that bit of by-play had any effect
upon Beazley's decision to enlist in the Marines as soon as the World
Series was finished. Because, as you all must know, that's exactly what he's
doing. But during his one season in major league baseball he established
a record which is more than distinguished for a rookie. He won 21 games
during the regular season and then pitched two victories in the Series to
give the Cards the world's championship. That's good pitching for anybody,
and for a rookie it's downright spectacular.
ERIC ZALENSKI, Sports Night Editor

Each Cardinal
Gets $6,192.50
As Series Ct
NEW YORK, Oct. 5- ()- Each
member of the St. Louis Cardinals,
1942 World Series champions, got
$6,192.50 for his five afternoons of
work while each member of the New
York Yankees, American League
kingpins and the champions of 1941,
received $3,351.76.
The players share in the receipts
from the first four games with 70 per
cent of the pool going to the compet-
ing teams on a 60-40 per cent basis.
The remaining 30 per cent of the pool
goes to the first division clubs in each
league..
The pool this year totalled $427,-
579.41, with the 70 per cent for the
two clubs $299,304.59. Of this $179,-
582.75 went to the winning Cardinals
who divided their melon into 28 full
shares and five one-fifth shares.

Kurowski, Beaz1
As Yankees Loy
(Continued from Page 6)
and came home as Joe DiMaggio
banged the first pitch for a single to
left.
Keller also hit the first pitch for a
single to right, putting DiMaggio on
third, and for the moment it looked
like Beazley might be tottering. Man-
ager Billy Southworth came out of
the dugout to soothe the youngster
and he fanned Gordon on four
pitches, then made Dickey hit into
an easy force play.
Yanks Miss Chance
The Yanks had their one other
chance in the fifth when with one
out Ruffing topped the ball between
third and the pitcher's mound and
beat it out for a hit. Rizzuto rapped
an easy .grounder to first baseman
Johnny Hopp, who tried to catch
Ruffing at second and instead made
a wild throw which left both run-
ners safe. Then Brown fumbled an-
other soft grounder by Rolfe and the
bases were loaded.
Southworth conferred with Beazley
and after Cullenbine popped up, the
little manager again halted the game
to run out to the mound for another,

ey Pace Cards
se Championship
conference with his pitcher and
catcher Walker Cooper as DiMaggio
strode to the plate. The result of the
huddle was a success, because the
Yankee Clipper grounded into a force
play at third.
Between that point and the ninth
inning, the only Yankee to get on
base was Scooter-Rizzuto, who slapped
a ground single to center after two
were out in the seventh.
Gordon Goat
Afterward the Yanks, the ex-world
champions, could only say they had
their chances and couldn't come
through. Gordon, of course, was the
fellow who had to shoulder the big-
gest burden for New York's col-
lapse.

All men interested in varsity
track are asked to report at 5 p.m.
Thursday in the Yost Field House
for a special meeting. Experience
is not necessary for varsity compe-
tition. Coach Ken Doherty

It was a case of changing from
hero to goat in one fleeting year,
because the great second baseman
had been the all-around star in New
York's four out of five triumph over
the Brooklyn Dodgers in the last
World Series but 'this year struck
out seven times, including his turn
in the fourth with two on base, and
finally was the man who broke the
Yanks' ninth-inning threat today by
taking too long a lead off second.

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