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TAKING IT EASY
By ED ZALENSKI
baily Sports Editor
More Noise About Bertelli .. .
LAST THURSDAY, we criticized the 1943 Associated Press All-American
team because Notre Dame's immortal Angelo Bertelli wasn't named in
the backfield. We called this breach of insight "The Prize Boner of 1943."
Our chief reason for feeling that Bertelli had been overlooked was his
selection as winner of the Heisman Trophy as the nation's most outstand-
ing gridder of the season.
Yesterday's mail brought with it a letter from Pfc. Robert B. Ship-
ley, an ASTP student here at the University of Michigan. He agrees
with us about Bertelli, but doesn't like our suggestion that he replace
Bob Odell, Penn halfback. He has other ideas .. .
"Your column concerning the absence of Angelo Bertelli from the
Associated Press All-American offers opportunity for discussion. I agree
with you that he rates both the Heisman trophy and a position on any of
the nation's dream teams.
"The answer to the question, 'Whose place would Bertelli take on
the first team?' however, is not Odell. I believe Bertelli should replace
Otto Graham (Northwestern halfback). You stated that Graham rates
the top on his record. Does he?
"AGAINST Michigan, Indiana and Notre Dame his offensive work was
nil. When Graham did click, it was against Wisconsin, Illinois and
Ohio State, the doormats of the Western Conference. Furthermore, Graham
is no better in his running game than Odell. He doesn't approach the
Pennsylvania player in defensive work or blocking. This narrows his of-
fensive superiority down to the passing phase of the game. And, surely,
even the most rabid of Northwestern fans could not successfully defend
-Graham's ability as a passer against that of Bertelli.
"I was a Northwestern student and have seen Graham. Although
he improved tremendously in his senior year, I consider him excellent,
but not one of the four best backs in the country. t
"And, finally, since when does an actual team function without a
blocker? Creighton Miller and Bill Daley were cetrainly tops on the ground.
Bertelli could handle passing, signals, punting. Odell, a terrific blocker
and an amazing defensive player (n two games he accounted for 80 percent
of Penn's tackles), completes an All-American backfield. This country is
just a little too fast for Otto, and places him where he belongs-in Bertelli's
shoes. on the second team."
We were aware that Graham had never functioned like an All-
American when playing against Michigan, but- didn't realize that he
drplicated his poor performance in the Indiana and Notre Dame games.
That is an important point, however, and worthy of consideration.
BVIOUSLY, the Advisory board which selected the All-:American team
in Collier's this week, was aware of Otto's' faults, for., the Wilcat
halfback didn't make it-and Bertelli did along with Daley, Odell and Miller.
Significant, isn't it.
Since the AP All-American was announced, we (have heard consid-
erable criticism of its choices, as well as of its selection of the All-Big
Ten team. However, that's another story.
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Lac k Fight
By BARBARA LINEHAM
Michigan pucksters may have suf-
fered a defeat Saturday night
against a superior Canadian club,
but the game turned out to hold sev-
eral surprises for Coach Eddie Low-
The fact that impressed Lowrey
most was his defense. "For the first
time in four years my defense didn't
throw the game away," he remarked
after the game. Bob Henderson and
Tom Messinger both showed up
much better in the game than they
had in practice.
Wings Lack Fight
Lowrey's only complaint on the
defense is their lack of any attempt
at body-checking. Ilad they roughed
up the charging wings it would have
kept London from sweeping through
Michigan's back line so often.
A second surprise was not such a
pleasant one. Thislwas the showing
of the wings. While they played a
good game, they lacked the fight
that Lowrey expected. They showed
up rather poorly on both poke-check-
ing and back - checking. Several
times when Michigan wings had con-
trol of the puck they lost it because
of poor coordination.
Mixer Makes 32 Saves
Lowrey intends to work hard now
on his front line in an attempt to
improve its drive and teamwork.
Dick Mixer did a fine job at the
goalie post and was credited with 32
saves, against 19 for London. The
great difference in the amount of
saves of the two teams shows that
Michigan was, playing, for the most
part, a game of defense.
The star of the evening was Ted
Greer, Wolverine center, who was
responsible for Michigan's only score.
He dashed down the ice unaided in
the last five minutes of the game and
saved Lowrey's squad from a shut-
A call for all men interested in
playing individual tournaments in
such sports as handball, squash, bad-
minton, gymnastics, bowling and
track events has been issued by Earl
Riskey, director of the I-M Sports.
Anyone who is interested in a tour-
nament of this type is asked to sign
up at the Sports Building.
"There has been a great demand
for tournaments in these individual
sports and a tournament will be play-
ed off in any sport in which there
are 24 entries," Riskey said.
Team tournaments in bowling,
volleyball, and water polo will be con-
ducted on a league basis if a mini-
mum of six teams sign up for each
Play will get underway as soon as
the entries are all in.
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In First Test
Preliminaries To Oren
Thursday; Last Event
Is Scheduled Friday
Civilian. Marine and Navy person-
nel on Coach Ken Doherty's Michi-
gan track team will compete in a
triangular inter-squad meet at Yost
Field House starting Thursday after-
noon and ending Saturday after-
Preliminaries ithf) high hurdles
will begin Thursday It 4:15 p.-1 Fi-
als in the 440-yard ash are .slated
for 5:15 with the 880-yard run sanld-
wiched in between at 4:45.
Prelims Start Thursday
Preliminaries in the field events
and finals are scheduled for Friday
afternoon and night. The broad
jump is set for 4:30 p.m., while the
finals will get underway at 8 p.m.
The greatest competition appears
to be in the dashes with all three
teams well represented. Coach Doh-
erty has 12 men entered in the 60-
yard dash, including Jack Martin,
the only veteran of last season's com-
Considerable interest is being cen-
tered on the potential battle between
the civilian and Navy mile relay
teams, both of which have turned in
almost identical times in previous
Ufer in Spotlight
This meet will give track fans their
first opportunity to see the embryo
Wolverine thinclads in action which
As Army Aviation Cadet
By ED ZALENSKI
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan's hopes for its greatest
mile relay team in history were blast-
ed yesterday with the news that Bill
Matney, crack quarter-miler, had
been accepted as an Army Aviation
Cadet and would be inducted in De-
troit Friday, Dec. 31.
The slim, six-foot senior who
transferred from Wayne in 1942, was
to have the number three leg on the'
would-be championship quartet of
Newsomn ifovcs Again
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14. - )- (i) -
The Athletics announced today they
have obtained Pitcher Buck Newsom
from the Washington Senators in ex-
change for Pitcher Roger Wolff. No
cash or additional players were in-
volved in the deal, said the A's vice-
president, Roy Mack.
Doherty hopes will give Michigan its
second Indoor and Outdoor Confer-
ence championship in as many years.
The spotlight will be on Bob Ufer,
National and Conference Indoor
quarter-mile champion, who is com-
peting for his fourth straight year
on the Maize and Blue varsity team.
A Conference ruling has decreed that
this year will not count against the
men as varsity competition, thus al-
lowing any student here to compete,
regardless of the number of years
previously chalked up.
Bob Ufer, Willie Glas and Mel Det-
A senior in L.S.&A. School, Matney
competed as a freshman on the track
last season. His most outstanding
performance was a 1 :22.5 in the 660-
yard dash to break the Michigan
freshman rec'ord set the previous
year by Ross Hume at 1:24.
Ran in Mile Relay
Running as a member of the 1943
Wolverine mile quartet, Matney hit
0:49.6 in his 440-yard leg, the best
time he has turned in for the event.
The combination of Matney, Ufer,
who is National and Big Ten Con-
ference Indoor quarter-mile cham-
pion; Glas, who ran a 0:49.6 quarter
at last winter's Indoor Conference
meet; and Detwiler, a Navy trainee
from Central Michigan who appears
definitely capable of cracking 0:50,
had been shaping up as one of the
fastest in Wolverine history.
May Run Friday
The team's first appearance in ac-
tual competition was slated for the
triangular inter-squad meet which
begins with preliminaries Thursday
and comes to a climax Friday night
at the Field House.
Matney, who has been ill with in-
fluenza all week, may not be in con-
dition for the meet, but plans to
compete if he can condition himself
sufficiently by that time. He will
run on the civilian mile relay team
Friday night with Ufer, Glas and
Don Sternisha, freshman sprint star
of last season.
... a Cap for a Jap is the deal
that Manager Joe Cronin of the
Boston Red Sox entered into with
40 pilots somewhere in the Pacific.
Lt. John Spinner, USMCR, made
th~e request for a baseball cap
through a Boston newspaper. When
Cronin heard about it, he quickly
set the price for a cap.
Boys' Work' in
LANSING, Dec. 13.-(1)-W. W.
Edgar, Detroit sports writer and State
Bowling Coordinator, told the State
Department - of Labor and Industry
today that reduced age limit for em-
ployment of boys in bowling alleys
"has helped to control the juvenile
delinquency problem, and has not
made it worse."
Edgar said a survey disclosed there
was "no complaint that lowering of
the age limit from 16 to 15 years for
employment of boys in bowling al-
leys has been a contributing factor
to .delinquency." He asserted that
keeping children busy on these jobs
had "helped keep them out of trou-
Edgar and a committee represent-
ing organized.bowling alley proprie-
tors assured George W. Dean, Chair-
man of the Commission of Labor and
Industry, that the proprietors would
"work in closest cooperation with lo-
cal authorities interested in the ju-
venile delinquency problem."
He said 15-year-old boys are em-
ployed on 85.5 per cent of bowling al-
ley beds in the state, and that 5,000
in-school boys are employed in bowl-
ing alleys, 3,000 of them in the De-
troit Metropolitan area
The bowling alleys obtained an or-
der from Dean several months agc
lowering the employment age limit,
complaining they could not obtain
sufficient older help to keep their al-
VARSITY CAGERS WORRY:
Broncos Are First Mt
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Michigan's undefeated basketball
team will encounter its first major
test. of the season Saturday night
against a powerful Western Michigan
five which has victories over Notre
Dame and Northwestern to its credit.
Vie for State Crown
This tilt will undoubtedly settle the
state basketball championship as
both squads are currently rated as
the top quintets in the state. On a
basis of comparative scores the Bron-
cos hold a decided advantage. The
Wolverines barely nosed out Fort
Custer 46-44 while the Western
Michigan squad romped through this
same team 72-34. In addition Buck
Reed's team is really pointing for
this game and a victory over their
arch rivals, Michigan, would be the
best tonic the boys could receive.
In commenting about Saturday
night's game with Custer, Coach
Oosterbaan stated that "the team
was not ready for the kind of a battle
that Fort Custer put up." This, cou-
pled with the fact that the soldiers
played their best game of the year,
helps to explain the closeness of the
score. Commenting further on the
status of the team, Oosterbaan said,
"that we'll definitely be ready for
Western Michigan and we intend to
give them a real battle. The boys
realize the seriousness and impor-
tance of this game and are intent
upon keeping their perfect record
Broncos Well Manned'
Western Michigan has an extreme-
ly well balanced team and in their
games so far this season the Broncos
have displayed a great amount of
aggressiveness. Dick Bowman and
Rolla Anderson the two Western
Michigan forwards are excellent
shots. Casper had a year of varsity
ball at the University of Montana
while Anderson was a star at South-
eastern Missouri. Both of these boys
were members of the Bronco football
team and they feel they have a few
scores to settle from last fall.
Western Michigan Stars
The other two Western boys de-
serving of special mention are Mar-
vin Bylsma and Russell Mason. Byls-
ma hails from Grand Rapids and
was first string on the all-state five.
Last year he was an outstanding per-
former at Calvin College. Bylsma, a
6'2" Navy reservist, is a strong de-
fensive guard with basket shooting
Russell Mason, six feet tall, played
at Indiana State Teachers College,
where he won a letter as a guard. He
also is a fine defensive man, but is
lacking Bylsma's rebounding ability.
However, Mason makes up= for this
deficiency with his stellar play on
The Maize and Blue are really go-
ing to have the heat poured on them
in this week's practice drills. The
complacency which the team showed
Saturday night is going to have to
disappear completely if the Wolver-
ines want to maintain their clean
slate against Western Michigan.
Broncos Have Edge
It should be remembered that
Western Michigan has already. had
two major contests against Notre
Dame and Northwestern and because
of this will probably be better pre-
pared for this week's crucial game.
However, Michigan should snap out
of their slump, and even though they
haven't encountered any top ranking
opponents, almost all of the Wolver-
ine players have engaged in varsity
competition. Therefore, the experi-
ence of big time opposition should
not be new to them. Michigan can
be called the underdog in this game
but it is just as well for now the boys
have something to strive for, an up-
set over Western Michigan.
SARASOTA, FLA., Dec. 13. -05)--
Three National League veterans put
their heads together today and came1
up with the unanimous opinion that
the Cub's slugging outfielder, Bill
Nicholson, is the best player now ac-
tive in baseball.
"He's top for either league," said
Paul Derringer, who pitches for Chi-
"I'll take him," chimed in Brooklyn
Outfielder Paul Waner.
"That goes for me, too," agreed
Johnny Cooney also a Dodger out-
Speak from Experience
The three men wintering in Florida
may have started an argument with
their verdict, but each spoke from
long experience. For 13 years Der-
ringer has looked over National
League Stars from the vantage point
of the mound. The 41-year-old Coo-
ney has seen them from both the
pitcher's hill and the outfield, while
Waner has been an active player
since the 1920's.
Although Nicholson placed seventh
among the league hitters last season
with an average of .310, he showed
the way in runs batted in, with 128,
and in homeruns, with 29.
"Nicholson is the most determined
player in the game," Cooney com-
mented about the 27-year-old slug-
ger. "He may have had some faults
when he was breaking in, but he has
worked hard to cure them."
"He's out there practicing fielding
ground balls when the pitchers take
their batting practice long before the
game starts," Derringer added.
Feared by Other Teams
Derringer told a story about Casey
Stengel, Boston manager, to show
how Nicholson is feared by other Na-
tional League teams.
"Casey came out of the dugout be-
fore we played Boston one day and
yelled to Jimmy Wilson, our mana-
ger," Derringer related.
"'Take that guy out of there,' and he
pointed to Nicholson out in right
"'Take him out and I'll let you
play two men in his place, and I'll
agree to use only eight men against
your ten. Just take him out.'
"Casey had reason to yell. Nich-
olson's hits beat the Braves several
times during the season."
Highlights in Sports
Pin World Series.. .
S AM AINSLIE, ardent bowling fan
of Binghamton, N.Y., suggests that
the American Bowling Congress,
which has become an unwieldy af-
fair dragging out for weeks, be split
into Eastern and Western divisions
after the war, with the champions in
the respective divisions meeting in
sort of a world series. He believes
that in addition to easing the present
traffic jam at the Congress, the idea
would bring about spectator interest
in the world series, although per-
sonally we can't get excited' over
watching a bowling match. It's too
much like watching a fellow tossing
apples into a barrel, although from
a participant standpoint it is a great
sport. We like Ainslie's idea, any-
Robbed, Gets Job.. .
IlI STEWART, National League
Yankees off 33 percent. Branch
Rickey, attempting to figure the
cause of the Dodger decrease, estim-
ated a shortage of 120,000 fans was
due to the banning of night games
because of the dimout, and 192,000
were lost because of decreased in-
terest in the 22 Brooklyn - Giant
games. The change in Dodger ad-
ministration and failure of the club
to be a hot flag contender were con-
tributing causes, as well as were un-
favorable weather at the start of the
season and irreplacable player losses.
As for the Giants, he cautiously ad-
mnitted that the club "was not so good"
was a leading factor. That's really
toning down a description.
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Russians Like Sports .. .
CAROLUS G. ANDERSON, Y/2/C,
writing a sports column in "The
Sleeve," Naval Air Technical Train-
ing Center paper at Jacksonville,
Fla., reports receiving information