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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 1944

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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rAGZ THREE

Michigan Five Looms as Big Ten Dark Worse after

Victory

Detroit Star Is Out of the Money

Lots of Fight
Beat Illinois,'

Receives Wings, Bars

Says

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Sammy Byrd, Detroit Pro, and one-time New York Yankee outfielder,
who was leading at the halfway mark, faded out in the stretch of the
$12,500 Los Angeles Open, and did not place for any of the prize money.
McSpaden Wins Los Angeles
Open with Record 278 Score

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10.--(P)-
Tall, broad-shouldered Harold (Jug)
McSpaden, Philadelphia, today cap-
tured America's richest golf cham-
pionship, the $12,500 Los Angeles
Open, with a 72-hole score of 278.
Finishing the last. 18-hole round on
the Wilshire Country Club course
with. a blistering 66, McSpaden es-
tablished a new low 72-hole score for
the championship on this course. The
best- previously was the 281 in 1933
by Craig Wood, national champion
for the duration.
Bulla Is Close Second
Johnny Bulla, Atlanta, the Los
Angeles Open winner in 1941, fin-
ished in second place with a 281. He
took a; par 71 for his final round after
starting it in a 54-hole first place tie
with Leonard Dodson, La Jolla, Calif.
Dodson wound up in a tie at 283 with
Craig Wood and Byron Nelson, To-
ledo...
Dodson played in a threesome with
McSpaden and Olin Dutra, Los An-
geles, and the pace was too stiff for
him. The veteran Willie Hunter,
Santa Monica, Calif., finished with
284, followed by Dutra with 285.
Byrd Is Washout
A McSpaden's five-under-par perfor-
mance today was one of the two best
rounds of the championship. Sammy
Byrd, Detroit pro, also bagged a 66 in
the. first round. Byrd faded com-
pletely in the final round.
Jug had six birdies and one bogey
in fashioning his sensational card.
His magically efficient putter never
failed him, and only an out-of-

bounds shot on the 419-yard 12th
hole where he required a'five,marred
his shotmaking.
Fourth Title for Jug
Cool under pressure all day, he
sank a 20-foot putt on the seyenth
for a birie two, but for the most
part hisrapproaches were laid right
up to the cup.
The new champion has won four of
his last six tournaments, amongthem
the All-American at Chicago: He
picked up $4,375 in war bonds as first
prize money today.
His card for the final round:
Par Out......454 344 344-35
McSpaden. Out 354 344 243--32
Par In .........344 354 544-36-71
MeSpaden In ..345 244 444-34-66
Whirlaway's Sister
Wins Close Victory
NEW YORK, Jan. 10.-(/P)-War-
ren Wright's Whirlette, a full sister
to the famous Whirlaway, made her
racing debut at Hialeah Park today
by coming from far back for a length
victory over A. T. Simmons' General
War in a six furlong dash for three-
year old maidens.
A crowd of 7,472, including Mr. and
Mrs. Wright and trainer Ben Jones,
cheered as the bay daughter of Blen-
heim 2nd - Dustwhirl came from
eighth place at the half-way mark to
wear down General War and Col.
Hockwald in the stretch. Col. Hock-
wald took the show, a length behind
General War and a head in front of
Good China.

Poor Backboard Play
Cost Victory Against
Wildcats Last Friday
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Michigan's basketball team, after
its fine showing last week-end against
Northwestern and Illinois, looms as a
dark horse contender in the 1944
Western Conference race.
In beating Illinois, 52-45, the Wol-
verines played their best game of the
season. The most impre&live ,thing
about this game was the outstanding
amount of fight which the Maize and
Blue cagers displayed. This scrappi-
ness paid off in the closing minutes of
the game when Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan's boys put on their victory rally.
Michigan's 57-47 loss at the hands
of Northwestern can be attributed to
the Wolverines' poor showing off the
backboards. Had Michigan been more
proficient at the art of taking re-
bounds, the score would have been
much closer. In fact, the entire com-
plexion of the game might have
changed.
Team Improves Against Illinois
Against Illinois, however, the team
was getting its share of the rebounds_
and seemed to have a great deal more
confidence in its ability to meet a,
topnotchfoe. Michigan realized that
it had a good ball club after the
Northwestern contest and this feel-
ing put the team in a proper frame of
mind to play a bang-up game against
the Orange and Blue.
King Stars
The Wolverines' outstanding star
was Tommy King, Marine trainee
from Michigan State. King rolled up
40 points against the Wildcats and Il-
linois, and this brilliant performance
placed him at the top of the heap in
the Big Ten scoring race.
In addition to King, several other
Michigan players looked impressive
over the week-end. Dave Strack scor-
ed 19 points in the two games, and it
was his long-range shooting against
the Illini which clinched the victory.
Don Lund is another boy who did
well. Lund was especially effective in
the Illionis game when he held the
visitors top scoring ace, Stan Patrick,
to only five points. Lund registered
11 points in the two games.
The other Michigan performer who
showed up to good advantage was the
Galloping Ghost from Wisconsin, El-
roy Hirsch. Hirsch was sensational
off the backboards and his play under
the basket helped Michigan consider-
ably..
Michigan Gets Bad Break
However, Michigan did suffer two
tough breaks over the week-end.
Wayne Thompson, a forward, dislo-
cated his shoulder in Friday's game,
and Bob Wiese suffered an ankle in-
jury against the Illini. Thompson
will probably be lost to the team for
both games against Wisconsin, and it
is not known yet whether Wiese will
be available for active duty this week.
Dick Kuehn, Injured
Grappler, Is Critical
Dick Kuehn, varsity wrestler who
suffered a fracture of the sixth and
seventh vertebrae in a practice
match, was still in a critical condi-
tion last night at University Hospital.
A special pair of tongs with
weights attached are being used to
keep a constant pressure on his head
and neck. This will relieve the frac-
ture and remove the pressure from
the injured nerve which, if not seri-
ously bruised, will rejuvenate itself
and nullify the present paralysis of
the lower half of his body.

Coach Pleased
With Matmen
Chip Warrick Loses
Tough Decision at Ohio
Peace reigned again at the Field
House as the victorious Wolverine
wrestlers resumed practice yesterday
with a light workout.
Coach Ray Courtright was well
pleased with the showing of his grap-
plers at Ohio State. He stated that
"On the whole, I was elated. Of
course, the team made mistakes, but
these will be rectified. The main
thing the Ohio match did for us was
to give us a line on the major mis-
takes made, which we can work on."
Chip Warrick, who was defeated on
a decision by Bill Demora in the 145-
pound division, suffered a heart-
breaking defeat. The matches were
regulation nine-minute matches, di-
vided into three three-minute peri-
ods. Just as the whistle sounded end-
ing the regulation nine - minute
match, the two boys were tied with
six points apiece. However, Warrick
was close to a takedown which would
have given him two points and the
match. But the referee decided that
the takedown was not in effect until
the whistle had blown. This necessi-
tated an overtime period, which was
divided into two two-minute periods,
when Chip was edged out, 10-9.
The matmen started right in where
they had left off before the match
with the Buckeyes. The workout was
light, and the main thing done at
practice was to correct the faults
made in their match.
Corky is afraid that'his squad will
lose condition because of a lack of
matches. He is working to fill in a
couple of open dates on the schedule,
and preparing for the next encoun-
ter, which will find the team travel-
ing to Indiana, Jan. 22.
Clevelander, Ties for Lead
14 bit -CLEVELAND STAR P3 an
NEW HAVEN, CONN., Jan. 10.-(P)
-Tallying three goals and setting up
a trio of scoring plays, Tom Burling-
ton, Cleveland star, today moved into
a tie with Captain Wallie Kilrea of
Hershey for the American Hockey
League's top scoring honors.

GUS SHARMET
. one of Coach Matt Mann's
crack freestylers of several seasons
back who received his silver pilot's
wings and second lieutenant bars
at Pamap Army Air Field, Tex.

pleased with the showing of each one
of his charges-despite the fact that
they failed to place in the diving and
captured only a third in the 100-yard
backstroke.
Mann Is Confident
Matt seems confident that the Var-
sity will get off to a flying start
against the Wildcats Friday, but goes
on to say that Michigan will be lucky
to garner one first place against
Great Lakes the following evening.
The Sailors have former Wolverines,
"T-Bone" Martin and Dobby Burton,
swimming for them, in addition to
Billy Smith, National AAU champ,
who was at Ohio State last season.
Mert Church's winning time in the
50-yard freestyle Saturday, 0:23.9, is
good early season clocking. Charlie
Fries, who swam a dead heat in the
finals of the 50 with Achilles Pula-
kus, churned through the water in
0:23.8 to take his heat in the prelim-
inaries. These three sprinters, to-
gether with Ace Cory, captured the
200-yard relay going away.
Maloney in Race Form
In the 440, Michigan's freshman
distance ace, Paul Maloney, finished
in 5:03.5-also good time for so early
in the season. Matt Mann Jr. copped
third place from Maize and Blue let-
terman John McCarthy, who also
took a third in the, backstroke.
Heinie Kessler came through in the
100-yard breaststroke with ease for
Michigan's other first place. Heinie,
who is from Ann Arbor, is only a
freshman and should be right up with
the best of them in the Conference.
National Football League
Club Owners To Meet Soon
By The Associated Press
National Football League Club
owners will meet with Commissioner
Elmer Layden Wednesday and Thurs-
day to mull over player prospects for
the 1944 season and to hatch ideas
about postwar expansion of the pro-
fessional sport.

Swimmers
Look Ahead
To Next Meets
Sailors and Wildcats
To Provide Opposition
In Week-end Frays
With one meet under their belts
the Varsity swimmers are looking for-
ward to this week-end when they face
Northwestern and Great Lakes Fri-
day and Saturday, respectively.
Last Saturday night, the State AAU
swimming championships found the
Wolverines in fine shape for so early
in the season. Coach Matt Mann was
LOST!!!!
. one diver from the varsity
swimming team. Anyone knowing
the whereabouts of one John Kry-
goski, diver extraordinary, please
notify Coach Matt Mann at the
Sports Building pool as soon as
possible.

TAKING IT EASY
By ED ZALENSKI
Daily Sports Editor
'It's a Great Big Meechegan Day' ...
THERE WAS A BROAD, cocky grin on Michigan's face today. And with
reason! The Wolverine sent four teams into action Saturday in four
sports and each one not only won, but gave every indication that this victory
parade was only the beginning.
Undoubtedly, the 52-45 victory of Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's Gagers
over the highly-publicized "Gee Whiz Kids" from Illinois was the most
impressive. The near-capacity crowd that packed the Field House saw
the lead change hands eight times in the second half before the "Kids"
cracked and cried for mercy. They couldn't stand the last-minute strain
and with it went any semblance of team coordination.
T'S DIFFICULT to put your finger on the turning point of the game.
Tommie King was definitely the sparkplug of the first half and kept
the Wolverines ahead at halftime, 27-25. However, Dave Strack, Dick Shri-
der and Bill Seymour shared the last-minute spotlight. Strack, shifted
to forward when Shrider c=ie In, tossed in two of the finest shots of
the game-high, arching shots from near the middle of the floor. Seymour
followed with a terrific one-handed over-head shot and then, Shrider hit
the nets twice in rapid succession. You can take your pick, if you want to.
Despite the individual stars it was a Michigan victory by a fast-breaking
team with spirit, fight and determinism.
It was unfortunate that many fans had to miss that slam-bang,
wide open hockey match at the Coliseum. A reckless, fighting sextet
defied tradition and odds to upset Sarnia, 4-2, in the wildest exhibition
seen on the Coliseum ice in many years. The bewildered Canadians
never knew from what direction the telling blow came.
THE VICTORY was a tribute to the sophomore wing, Ted Greer, who is
undoubtedly one of the smoothest forwards Coach Eddie Lowrey has
had in years. For Greer, it was a repetition of his performance against the
London A.C. before the Christmas holidays when Michigan lost, 4-1. The
play of Johnny Jenswold at wing, his first in a Wolverine uniform, solved
Lowrey's problem of a fast front line man to pair with Greer. The work
of Captain Bob Derleth was disappointing, but too much can't be expected
of the big defenseman playing center with an injured knee.
Coach Ray Courtright took his wrestlers to Columbus for the Big
Ten opener and they came back with the Buckeye scalp. The 24-8
victory sets up the Varsity squad as a threat to Indiana's hopes for
a repeat performance in the Conference finals. Jim Galles can write
his own Conference ticket in the 175-pound bracket. Hugh Wilson and
George Curtis came through with falls in the 165 and 155-pound div-
isions, and Johnny Greene continued to dominate the heavyweights.
Outside of Lowell Oberly at 135 pounds, Michigan appears weak in the
lighter weights.
The Michigan AAU swimming meet, dominated by Coach Matt Mann's
Varsity squad, displayedpower in the sprints and distances, but weakness on
the diving board. Freestyler Mert Church and Paul Maloney, New York AAU
mile champion, appear to be headed for individual stardom. Neither had
any trouble in winning state AAU titles Saturday night, Church in the
50-yard dash, and Maloney in the gruelling 448-yard grind (about 182
laps).
Lowrey Huntig for New Center

While the new forward line com-
posed of Ted Greer, Capt. Bob Der-
leth and Johnny Jensold accounted
for three of the Wolverines four goals
Saturday night, Coach Eddie Lowrey
is still looking for someone to fill the
center slot.
Derleth, who played a good defens-
ive game at center, did not figure in
any of the Michigan scoring. He
looked slower than usual, but this
may be due to an aggravation of his
knee injury after the first period.
The two wings on the first string
forward line, Greer and Jenswold,
played well together, with Greer es-

pecially outstanding due to his fine
stick handling.
Gordie Anderson played a bang-up
game as did Jack Athens. Both these
boys traded body checks with older
and heavier Sarni players without
holding back, and made a fine show-
ing at Michigan's second line.
Practice this week, in preparation
for the game next Saturday with a
team from the Woodstock (Ont.) Ar-
my Post, will consist of the usual
drills and, perhaps, a rearrangement
of the forward lines with special work
being put on leading a two or three-
man rush over the opposing team's
blue line.

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