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Thinclad Squad To Conipete in



Sports Editor
TEAM plays Minnesota, Ohio
State, Northwestern, Illinois, Wis-
consin, Indiana and Purdue next fall,
it will be the first time in grid his-
tory that the Wolverines have ever
met seven Conference foes in one'
And although - this doesn't leave
much leeway for scheduling other
games, Michigan already has a game
with Penn at Pennsylvania, and Ath-
letic Director Fritz Crisler is hopeful
of adding two more games, probably
with service teams
LAST year's grid captain, Paul
White, now on active duty with
the Marines, has been named 1943-
44 recipient of the Western Con-
ference medal awarded at each Big
Ten school for athletic and scho-
lastic achievement. White also won
letters in basketball and baseball
in his sophomore year, but dropped
the cage sport in 1942.
ONE of.the best fields ever to enter
one swimming event will be com-
peting in the NAAU 100-yard free-
style race here April 1. Besides Alan
Ford, Bill Smith and Bill Prew, whose
merits we have already expounded,
three other outstanding sprinters
will also be bidding for honors.
Chuck Fries and Mert Church of
Michigan, who finished one-two in
the Big Ten championships, and
Jerry Kerschner, 19-year-old star
from Great Lakes, all bear watch-
ing in the 100-yard event. Fries
and Church are both, hitting their
peaks in practice now, and Kersch-
' er has been steadily improving
since the beginning of the season.
In last year's race, Church fin-
ished second, a yard behind Ford,
while Smithw as a distant fifth.FBut
Smith has said, without qualms, that
hie intends to break the world's rec-
ord come April 1.
*:* *
An article appeared in the Chicago
Daily News this week which we think
bears reprinting. It follows in full:
Editor's Note: The drama pages be-
ig crowded, this item generously
given sace in the sports section, but is
drama news just the same.
Maurice Tillet, the "Original An-
gel," tonight will be featured on a
five-bout wrestling program to be
held in the Madison A.C. arena,, 4721
W. Madison St. Tillet will meet Nick
Elitch, the agile Serbian, in the main
Clark Shaughnessy
Will Coach Redskins
CHICAGO, March 15. - (P) -The
newest football fangle is the Shaugh-
nessy shift.
Clark Shaughnessy has ended his
unofficial connection with the Chi-
cago Bears and this fall will peddle
his "T" to none other than the Bears'
arch rival, the Washington Redskins.
Shaughnessy, whose regular job is
teaching football at the University
of Pittsburgh for a reported $12,000
per annum, has matriculated on the
side with George Marshall's Redskins
and will act in "advisory capacity."


Strong National Competition May
Overshadow Varsity Entrants

Elmer Swanson, Bob Ufer, Conference Titlists,
Kay Annex Wins in Chicago Relays Saturday

Elmer Swanson, conference high
and low hurdle champion, and Bob
Ufer, conference 440 champion-
these are two Wolverine champions
whom Coach Doherty is taking to
the Chicago relays Saturday, March

WI ings .Clinch
Second Berth
DETROIT, March 15. - (P) - The
Detroit Red Wings could breathe eas-
ier today following assurance that
they no longer could finish lower
than second in the National Hockey
League race and thus would not be
forced to buck up against the cham-
pion Montreal Canadiens in the first
series of next week's Stanley Cup
The idle Wings sat back and let
Boston, their next opponent, clinch
Detroit's runner-up spot last night
by downing the Chicago Blackhawks,
6 to 4. Chicago was the last remain-
ing club with a mathematical chance
of overhauling the Wings.
By finishing second in the league
race, Detroit will entertain the fourth
place finisher March 21 and 23 in
the first two games of the cup play-
offs. Montreal will engage the third
place occupant-currently Toronto.
Boston, fighting for a bare chance
of nudging Chicago out of the play-
off picture, invades Olympia tomor-
row night to close its season' set with
the Red Wings. The Bruins must win
both their remaining games while
Chicago drops three. Detroit tangles
with Chicago twice next week-end,
here on Saturday and at Chicago on

18. Along with the Hume twins, they'
have led Michigan through a great
season which was climaxed last Sat-
urday when the thinclads won the
Western Conference championship.
Swanson is a product of the Detroit
high schools where he attended
Northwestern. In his senior year
there, he took the city high and
low hurdle championships. Now,
three years later, he has accomplish-
ed the same feat at Michigan, while
last year he placed second in the high
and low hurdles at the conference
Swanson Is Marine
Swanson is a Marine trainee and is
in his junior year of competition.
Under the new program he is a sen-
ior; however, he still can participate
in one more year of college competi-
Coach Doherty says that he is im-
proving every day and should reach
the eight seconds mark for the high
hurdles. His best time to date is
:08.2 as he is unbeaten in collegiate
competition. Swanson hopes that
this summer he will be able to divide
his time between baseball and track.
This Saturday he competes against!
the best in the nation in an effort
to add to his laurels.
Ufer Underplayed
So far this season not much has
been said about Bob Ufer. It has be-
come more or less a matter of routine
to concede the 440 to Ufer of Michi-
gan, since his records stand as tops
all over the nation. The same is
gradually becoming true in the 600.
Ufer has played an important part
on the squad this year as a spirited
leader. Coach Doherty has placed
the rest of the 440 runners in his
charge. AlsohCoach Doherty doubts
if the mile relay team would have
All men interested in becoming
baseball managers are asked to
call Bob Milnor, head baseball
manager, 8177, for details. Ex-
emption from P M will be granted
to civilians.
Hit Cage Finals
DETROIT, March 15.--()-With
only two defending champions
among survivors of district and re-
gional play, 48 Michigan schoolboy
basketball teams aspiring to state
championships square off tmorrow
night in the first round of a final
series from which eight titlists will
emerge Saturday.
Among the candidates for the
championships-four in lower Mich-
igan and four in the upper peninsula
-are Niles, defending its lower Mich-
igan Class i3 title, and Crystal Falls,
upper Michigan Class C titleholder.
Both Niles and Crystal Falls, cap-
tured the diadems in 1942. No Mich-
igan high school tournaments were
held last year.
The prizeplum probably is the
Lower Michigan Class A diadem.
Among the eight quintets still in the
title picture are Saginaw Arthur Hill,
winner of 19 straight games; Jack-
son; which won but four games in the
regular season but turned back two
highly-regarded Lansing fives to
gain the final round; Kalamazoo
Central, beaten by only, two teams
all season; and Detroit Catholic Cen-
tral and Muskegon Heights, both
stopped only once this year.

been able to reach the time they did
last week without Ufer's help.
Ufer's records speak for themselves.,
For two years he has been one of
the top 440 men in the country. This
year besides being unbeaten in col-
legiate competition, he has won the

600-yard dash at two eastern invita-
tional meets. Last Saturday he suc-
cessfully defended his Big Ten cham-
pionship in the 440, and this Satur-
day,l ike Swanson, he will be back
on the track trying for another vic-
tory to add to his fame.

The Michigan track team which
has really earned the name "The
Victors" by running through their in-
door season undefeated and by cop-
ping the Conference crown last week
will be represented this week-end in
the Chicago relays when a ten-man
squad travels to the Chicago Stadium
where they will encounter some stiff
national competition.
Bob Hume, the Wolverine's captain
who is co-owner of the conference
mile title and also the two-mile
champ, will compete in the Banker's
mile, against such outstanding per-
formers as Gil Dodds, who just last
week set a new world indoor record of
4:07.3; Bill Hulse and Don Burnham.
Hume placed third when running
against practically the same field in
the NAAU Feb. 26 in Madison Square
Ufer To Run "600" .
Michigan's entry in the 600-yard
run will be "Bullet" Bob Ufer, who
holds the NAAU title for this dis-
tance. He will have a good chance
of repeating his New York perform-
ance; however, it must be remem-
bered that he has run ,the 600 only
twice this season. Bob Kelly of Il-
linois, who last week copped the half-
mile run, will be a serious threat to
the 600 first place spot.
Ross Hume, who now shares the
mile crown with brother Bob, is en-
tered in the 1,000-yard run along
with Dick Barnard, who placed third
in both the half and mile runs in the
conference meet. Ross, however,
turned his ankle in Saturday night's

running, and has not been working
out this week. Unless it really comes
along between now and the relays,
it is doubtful that he will run.
Elmer Swanson, the Big Ten low
and high hurdle king, is slated to ap-
pear in the hurdle series, and will
find the going tough when he meets
Bob Wright, former National Collegi-
ate champion, Ed Dugger and Al
Witherspoon, Dal To Compete
Julius Witherspoon, the freshman
flash who finished second in the 60-
yard dash last week, and Bill Dall,
who tied for first in high jump at
Chicago, are again entered in their
Coach Ken Doherty is also taking
his championship mile relay combin-
ation of Jim Pierce, Will Glas, Fred
Negus and Bob Ufer. This quartet,
which showed so well while winning
the conference crown, will be mak-
ing their first appearance of the
boards, and it will be interesting to
note if their speedy time of 3:23.6
can be equaled.
Dickey Changes Batteries;
Backstops for Navy Now
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 15.-
(P)-It's Bill Dickey of the Navy, not
the New York Yankees, now.
The veteran catcher, who was to
start his sixteenth season with the
Yankees when his number was called,
passed his physical examination at
the Little Rock induction center to-
day and was assigned to the Navy.



EVANSVILLE, Ind:, March 15.-i
(P)--Manager Steve 'Neill began
tinkering with the problem of an in-
field today as the Detroit Tigers went
through their second two-hour drill
of the new spring training season in
summer temperatures. The mercury,
in the high 60's for yesterday's open-
ing drill, went to 70 today.
Bob Swith, who came from the
Philadelphia A's as the result of ar


winter deal, was behind the plate to-
day for O'Neill's session with the in-
field. Big Rudy York was back in
his old first base spot.
Jimmy Outlaw, a Tiger outfielder
at the close of the 1943 season, was
at third. Outlaw arrived in camp
only today from Anniston, Ala., where
his draft board told him he would be
classified 4-F because of a foot ail-







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-rplain talk from
the fighting man who knows
Wherever the going is toughest-in desert and jungle
and alien land-there you will find the Red Cross, side-
by-side with our eleven million fighting men and
Coffee and doughnuts and companionship-is this all
the Red Cross offers? Let's see-
-if a soldier at camp must be found quickly,
perhaps notified of trouble at home, who
helps him obtain leave, and advances rail-
road fare and money if necessary? THE
-if it is humanly possible, who gets your letters
in to the boy prisoner of war-and who gets
his letters out? THlE RED CROSS.
-wherever possible, who sends every week
through the barbed wire of the prison camp
ELEVEN POUNDS of American food for
your boy-meat, cheese, sugar, chocolate
bars-and real Ambrican cigarettes? THE
-if a soldier is wounded, who provides him
the blood YOU gave, who cares for him
in his convalescence, who provides sym-
pathy and comfort and understanding? THE
These are just a few of the services our men and
women are grateful for. There are many others. When
you dig into your pocket this year for your annual Red
Cross contribution, dig deeper than ever before. Can
your money be spent for any worthier cause.

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In this staff officer's hands, the familiar telephone is
weapon of war. It controls the striking power of our forces
in the whole area. Over it flash orders that help our fight-
ing men to drive the enemy back.
Today, Western Electric is the nation's largest producer
of communications and electronic equipment for war -
.aking many kinds of telephone and radio apparatus for
sonlan 12nd t sa, in the air. College graduates-men and



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