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Daily Sports Editor
A Soldier Writes.. .
HERE is at least one person, besides us, who feels that our column, "The
Case of Tom Harmon," was justified in the light of slurring remarks
made the day his name jumped into the page one headlines.
We reprint below a letter received from a Daily reader, M/Sgt.
Cono N. Carrano, who is stationed here with an Army ASTP unit. Since
it is Daily policy to reprint the views of readers, whether derogatory or
complimentaiy, we are pleased to let you read ...
"It was a pleasure to read your article in which you take a crack at
the envious so-and-so's who take sadistic pleasure in making sarcastic
remarks about fellows much too great for them to emulate.
"MOST of the big-mouths are still just spectators while a war is
going on, but Tom Harmon is playing a game for his country, and
he knows that it's for keeps.
-"I didn't know Harmon personally, but as a lover of football, I knew
something about his great career, He's a hero to many a youngster, and
adult, too.
"The papers did overplay the story of his second survival, but,
hell, certainly Michigan papers may be forgiven if they get a little
overenthusiastic about one of Michigan's greats.
"So, thanks for an article well done!"
ANOTHER LETTER: As long as we're in the mood we may as well re-
print another letter received from a Daily reader concerning Tom Harmon.
The.writer who signs himself as "Guilty Conscience," thinks that ...
"I was one of the so-called shallow thinkers whom you took a slap
at in your column on Tom Harmon Wednesday morning. I was one of
those guys who remarked, "What, Harmon in the headlines again!. Is
that all we're interested in?"
"Obviously, I wasn't the only one who made similar remarks or reacted
sarcastically to the Harmon news stories and publicity in general. I didn't
bother to think about all the angles involved, and my conscience bothered
me enough to sit down and tell you about it.
"VOU WERE RIGHT, absolutely right! After reading your column,
'The Case of Tom Harmon,' I realized that I did what a lot of nor-
mal readers probably do-make judgments without taking both sides
of the question into consideration. We conidemn politicians and. civic
leaders -for' doing that, yet we can't see beyond the end, of .our own
noses. If we did, we'd see that our own back yard needs cleaning.
"I wonder what Harmon would think or say if he knew what a stir he's.
causing' and what people are saying. I suppose the whole'story will come
out'some 'day and when it does, perhaps we'll stop convicting men on cir-
custantial :evidence."
- A letter like that took a° lot of courage to write, and it would have
t ken'even more for that person to get up and admit it' to someone else
in p]rsn. He's not the only person who, knows lie's been guilty of
sardonic sarcasm or shallow thinking. But, at least,he had 'the guts to
admit he was wrong._
X-ridders Join Thnclads as
Intra-Squad Meet Aproaches
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Oosterbaan To Start F our Veterans
In Season OpenerAgainst Chippewas

Seahawks Dominate Strong
All-Star Service Eleven


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The University of Michigan will
open its 1943-44 basketball season
here tonight against Central Michi-
'gan with four lettermen in the start-
ing lineup, but only two of them won
their spurs as Wolverines.
The home grown veterans are for-
ward Dave Strack and guard Don
Lund and the other two experienced
performers, guard Dick Shrider, for-
mer Ohio State regular, and forward
Wayne Thompson, ex-captain of Kal-
amazoo College's quintet.
Shrider and Thompson head a
delegation of a dozen Navy-Marine
trainees from other schools who form
the bulwark of Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan's squad.
Lund is a civilian as is rangy Bill
Oren, member of last year's freshman
squad, who will start at center.
The Chippewas of Central Michi-
gan have been beaten in two starts,
losing to Fort Custer 29-28 and to
Western Michigan 51-24.
The following is a description of
this Wolverine squad which should
be a real power in the Western Con-
ference this year.
Dave Strack, 6' Junior-Dave was
voted Michigan's most valuable play-
er last season and from all outward
appearances it looks as though Dave
will have another banner year. Strack
was a guard last year but this year
he is being groomed at one of the
forwards and so far in practice he
has been very impressive at his new
position. Dave Strack hails from
Shoridge High School in Indianapo-
lis, where he starred in basketball
and football.
Wayne Thompson, 6'2" Junior-
"Tommy" as his teammates call him,
hails from Kalamazoo College, where
Varsty Five
Plays iTwelve
Big Ten Tilts
CHICAGO, Dec. 3,--(P)-The 1944
Western Conference basketball sched-
ule adopted today by Big Ten athletic
directors and coaches:
Jan. 3-I11linois at' Wisconsin.
Jan. 7-Purdue at Chicago, Wis-
consin at Illinois, Iowa at Minnesota,
Northwestern at Michigan.
Jan. 8-Illinois at Michigan, Indi-
ana at Purdue, Iowa at Minnesota,
Wisconsin at Northwestern.
Jan. 14-Chicago at Northwestern,
Indiana at Ohio State, Michigan at
Wisconsin, Minnesota at Purdue.
Jan. 15-llinois at Chicago, Indi-
nan at Ohio State, Michigan at Wis-
consin, Minnesota at Purdue.
Jan. 21-Ohio State at Chicago, Ill-
inois at Iowa, Michigan at Purdue.
Jan. 22-Illinois at Iowa, Michigan
at Purdue, Ohio State at Northwest-
Jan. 28-Iowa at Indiana, Ohio
State at Michigan.
Jan. 29-Iowa at Indiana, Ohio
State of Mihigan, Wisconsin at Min-
Feb. 4 - Indiana at Michigan,
Minnesota at Northwestern, Purdue
at Ohio State.
Feb. 5-Chicago at Iowa, Indiana
at Michigan, Minnesota at North-
western, Purdue at Ohio State.
Feb. 11-Northwestern at Illinois,
Wisconsin at Indiana, Iowa at Ohio
Feb. 12-Michigan at Chicago, Wis-
consin at Indiana Iowa at Ohio State.
Feb. 18-Ohio State at Illinois, In-
diana at Minnesota, Purdue at Iowa.
Feb. 19-Ohio State at Illinois, In-
diana at Minnesota, Purdue at Wis-
consin, Michigan at Northwestern.
Feb. 25-Illinois at Northwestern,
Minnesota at Wisconsin.
Feb. 26- Chicago at Minnesota,
Northwestern at Purdue..
March 3- Minnesota at Illinois,
Northwestern at Iowa.

March 4-Wisconsin at Chicago,
Minnesota at Illinois, Purdue at In-
diana, Northwestern at Iowa.
- Be A Goodfellow -
Red Wings Lose Grosso
MONTREAL, Dec. 3.-(A')-With
Center Don Grosso out with an ankle
injury, the Detroit Red Wings will
tackle the undefeated Montreal Can-
adians tonight in a National Hocky
League game. The last time they
met, Goalie Bill Durnan of Montreal
blanked Detroit, 2 to 0.
Grosso was injured Thursday night
at Toronto where the Wngs squand-
ered a three-goal third period lead
while losing to the Maple Leafs, 6-5

At the Helm

over to the pivot position. Bill has
looked fairly good so far this season.
After tonight a lot more should be
known concerning the talents of this
tall, gangling center.
Dick Shrider, 6'1" Junior-Dick is
a product of the Buckeye state and
as a sophomore he elevatedhimself
to a starting position on the Ohio
State five. It was Dick's fine play
last 'year which was mainly responsi-
ble for Ohio State's win over Michi-
gan in that thrilling encounter at
Columbus. Shrider was an all state
man at Elford, O., for three years
and in his senior year he led his
squad to a state championship by
averaging 26 points per game.
Don Lund, 6'1" Junior-Don is one
of Michigan's three returning letter-
men, along with Bob Wiese and Dave
Strack. Lund is a powerful, aggres-
sive player who seems to be in the
thick of every scrap. Don has already
won four letters at Michigan, two in
football. If Don is still here next
year, he may easily become one of
Michigan's distinguished nine letter
Bob Weise, 6'2" Junior-Bob is a
product of Jamesville, N.D., where
he excelled in football, baseball and
basketball. In fact, in one high
school cage game, Bob amazed every-
one with his spectacular performance
of scoring 46 points. Bob has won
two letters in football, one in base-
ball and one in basketbal-
(4) Strack F Fortino
(7) Thompson F Lamb
(26) Oren C McDonald
(6) Shrider G Polk
(18) Lund G Pepper

.. will watch his new and untried
cagers open the 1943-44 season
against Central Michigan tonight
at the Field house.
he starred in basketball and football.
Thompson was captain of Kalama-
zoo's cage squad last year and was
selected as a forward on the MIAA
All Conference cage team. Thomp-
son is especially adept at one-handed
push shots and in the past few work-
outs, Tommy has been hitting with
unerring accuracy.
Bill Oren, 6'3" Sophomore-Bill
was a star on last year's Michigan
frosh squad. He played guard and
forward, but now has been changed

CHICAGO. Dec. 3. --()-A .fast,
versatile backfield behind a jolting
line averaging 222 pounds per man-
that's the set-up of the 1943 Mid-
western All-Star Service team select-
ed for the Associated Press by football
coaches and their assistants at Great
Lakes, Camp Grant, Fort Riley and
Iowa Pre-Flight.
Only two players won positions by
unanimous acclaim - center Vince
Banonis and halfback Dick Todd,
both of the Iowa Seahawks.
Banonis, who played a year with
the Chicago Cardinals after leaving
the University of Detroit, and Todd,
a four-year veteran of the Washing-
ton Redskins, were two of seven for-
mer professionals who monopolized
places on the honor roll.
Average age of the first team is
25 years, ranging from 29-year-old
Todd and guard Russ Letlow of Great
Lakes to the "baby" of the outfit, 19-
year-old Corwin Clatt of Camp Grant,
Notre Dame's sensational sophomore
fullback of 1942.
Although Clatt was handicapped
with an injury, he was the Warriors'
top scorer. Another ex-Irish star,
Steve Juzwik of Great Lakes, a 1942
freshman with Washington, also
made the first string but received
close competition in the voting from
Emil Sitko, a Notre Dame yearling
last season and Great Lakes' leading
ground gainer this fall, and Frank
Maznicki of the Seahawks, an out-
standing rookie for.the Chicago Bears.
Juzwik also labored most of the
campaign with an injury, but he was
the Sailors' bestscorer with 44 points.
Todd played his greatest game- of
the year against Notre Damie, his run-
ning and -passing: pacing, the'. Sea-
hawks to a pair'of 4touchdowns which
nearly spilled :theyIrish. He was car-
ried from the'field in the'final quar-
ter suffering a compound fracture of
the jaw.
The quarterback job° went to Fort
Riley's Bob Ruman, a .triple-threat.
from the niversity of Arizona. He.
barely edged out' Jimmy Smith, ex-
Illinois player' who guided the Sea-
Probablymore imposing than the
backfield, however, is the line, an-
chored by such experienced hands as
end Perry Schwartz of the Seahawks

end assignment.
E. Schwartz, Seahawks
T. Bentz, Camp Grant
G. Kerasiotis, Seahawks
C. Banonis, Seahawks
G. Letlow, Great Lakes
T. Coomer, Camp Grant
E. Balaban, Fort Riley
Qb. Ruman, Fort Riley
Hb. Todd, Seahawks
Hb. Juzwik, Great Lakes
Fb. Clatt, Camp Grant



and guard Russ Letlow of Great
Schwartz, a five-year man for the
Brooklyn Dodgers, was twice chosen
All-League end in the pro circuit,
while Letlow, for seven seasons with
the Green Bay Packers, once was
named All-League guard.
Other former play-for-pay linemen
are guard Nick Kerasiotis of the Sea-
hawks (Chicago Bears) and Joe
Coomer, Camp Grant's 280-pound
tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers). Roman
Bentz of Camp Grant (Tulane) took
one tackle job and Bob Baliban of
Fort Riley (Texas Christian) won an

Cox, Barred from Baseball for
Life, Recants BettingStories

-- Be A Goodfellow --
Griffs Fool Tigers;
Zeller Returns Miffed
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.--(P)-Miffed
by the sale of Bob Johnson to Boston,
general manager Jack Zeller of the
Detroit Tigers left empty-handed for
home tonight after a fruitless at-
tempt to obtain talent at the baseball
"Half an hour before Washington
sold Johnson, I told owner Clark
Griffith to name his price," declared
Zeller. "I never heard from him
Zeller said he still had some trad-
ing prospects although they probably
won't be completed, if at all, until
after the holidays. The Tiger boss
is leaving his desk at Briggs Stadium
Tuesday to spend some time at his
Fort Worth, Tex. home.
Columbus, 0., Dec. 3.-(P)-The
University of Michigan was award-
ed the 1944 national A.A.U. swim-
ming meet today after spirited bid-
ding. Yale, New York Athletic Club
and the Great Lakes Naval Train-
-ing Station also sought the event.
--- e. A Goodfellow -
F-1 46, Reserves 17
C-2 22, E-2 20
C-1 38, D-1 7

When the Michigan Varsity Indoor
track squad divides into two groups
on Dec. 18, to find out just which
section is in the better condition,
more than a few new faces will be
present in the two rosters.
The closing of the football season
ushered in several potential stars of
both the longer and shorter distances,
all of which lends completeness to the
track picture.
buring the period in which Coach
Ken Doherty has been in Chicago
assisting in the planning of the Big
Ten athletic program, the squad,
under the guidance of Coach Chet'
Stackhouse, has increased the train-'
ing tempo. Longer distances and
shorter times in which to complete
theta have been substituted for the
shorter distances. Sprinters have,
added extra work to the regular rou-
tine, while the middle distance men
have sought to increase their endur-
ance by also adding distance to the
Hirsch, Maves Report
Among the grid stars reporting to
the squad are Bob Nussbaumer, Elroy
Hirsch, and Earl Maves, all of whom
are sprinters. Nussbaumer, who com-
peted with the freshman squad last
year, turned in the fastest time in

the 220-':23.7. Hirsch unofficially
tied the world's record in the 40 yd.
dash last year, which is enough to
start headaches among the sprinters.
While the newcomers commanded
most of the attention, the regular
members of the squad, under the
leadership of Capt. Bob Hume, have
continued to increase their interest
for the coming intra-squad meet.
Time trials, which are to be held
today, will give some indication as to
the present condition of the squad.
Time Trials Today
For the time trials of today, the
men will be placed in distances which
are slightly longer than their regular
events. This is done so that each
runner will be enabled to build up
stamina and a reserve of energy, both
of which are requisites for good run-
ning. As for the specific distances,
the two-mile will present the Hume
twins, John Roxborough, Dick Bar-
nard, Bob Thompson, and others.
Bob Ufer, Mel Detwiler, Don Ster-
nisha, Tony Spada, Jim Pierce, and
Will Glas will be among those run-
ning 660 yds. In the hurdles there
will be Elmer Swanson, Jack Martin,
and Nussbaumer. The sprints will
have in addition to the ex-gridders,
Bruce Blanchard, Jim Wallis, Julian
Witherspoon, and Sternisha.

NEW YORK, Dec. 3.-())-William
D. Cox,' who was barred from base-
ball for life after telling Commis-
sioner Kenesaw M. Landis he bet on
ball games, now takes the whole thing
The high . commissioner, himself,
reopened the case at the end of the
joint session of the major leagues
today, and set tomorrow for a hear-
ing. Landis said he took this action
because Cox now formally denies
making any cash wagers on the Phil-
adelphia Phillies, of which he was
president until two weeks ago, and
that the only reason he said he had
was to "test the loyalty" of a' member
of his organization.
However, on Nov. 3 Landis said
Cox admitted he made some 15 to 25
bets of from $25 to $100 apiece up to
last May 20. And on Nov. 23, in a
radio broadcast, he said he had made
a "few small sentimental bets" on the
As a result, Cox, through an attor-
ney, asked Landis for a new hearing
to clear himself entirely. In setting
it for tomorrow, the commissioner is
making it on the same day as he
originally had scheduled for a hear-
ing, which Cox refused to attend.
Two weeks ago, Cox had notified
Landis he wouldn't attend a Dec. 4
hearing, because he was resigning
from the Phillies in order to devote
his time to his lumber business, and
that any further fuss over the matter
would serve no particular purpose.
The first big league player deal
finally was made with the sale of
Indian Bob Johnson, veteran of 11
years of high-powered American
League slugging, to the Boston Red
Sox by the Washington Senators in
a straight cash transaction. The Nats
Crooner Crosby Wants
To Promote Football
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3.-(P)-Bing
Crosby applied today for permission
to sponsor an 11-week season of pro-
fessional football between Eastern
and Western teams this winter in the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
While the crooner-actor did not
disclose his plans in detail, it was
learned the games would embrace
professional talent exclusvely, with
the personnel from the National Pro
League. Associated with Crosby in
the project are Capt. Graham T.
Smith of the U.S. Marine Corps, for-
mer General Manager of the Detroit
Lions, and Frank Mandel, Chicago
sportsman and cousin of Fred Man-
.del, Lions' owner.

had obtained him a year ago from
the Philadelphia Athletics, with
whom he spent ten years.
The major league meeting ap-
proved 21 night games each for 1944
for the St. Louis Browns and Card-
inals, instead of the prescribed maxi-
mum of 14; gave permission to Wash-
ington to run unlimited arc-light
tilts after May 5; continued the
player limit at 25 men per club and
awarded the All-Star game to Pitts-
burgh, tentatively for the night of
next July 11.

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First String Puckmen Chosen


All hockey fans who have been
anxiously awaiting the news of what
men will make up this year's sextet
will be at rest today as last night
Coach Eddie Lowrey released the

positions. Anderson has been suffer-
ing from an injured shoulder but will
be in top condition for the first game.
The goalie spot is to be in the
hrds of Dn Mixer a Marine trainee

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