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LOWdown on Sports
.. by BUD LOW
Associate Sports Editor
Sports Desk, Michigan Daily
January 28, 1944
Sgt. Joe Doakes, U.S. Armed Forces
Somewhere in the South Pacifie
IT'S BEEN quite some time since I last wrote you,,but then I never was a
good correspondent. And, anyway, so much has happened around the
old town that I don't even have time to write my family a short note on
the back of the checks they send me
Things are just about the same up here at The Daily as when I last
wrote-Ed Zalenski is still getting fan mail (about one letter every two
two weeks from an anonymous critic), Harvey Frank's jokes are still as
bad as ever (things are tough all over, I guess), and Jo Ann Peterson
still gets her weekly communiques from Walt Klee. Of course we are
still letting the women think that they run everything here at The Daily,
but you know as well as I that we males do all the work.
There just doesn't seem to be any rest for the wicked, and if that really
is true, I'm going to have to turn over a new leaf so I can get some rest.
Three weeks ago tomorrow night I ran myself into a hole trying to see the
basketball game with Illinois, the state AAU swimming championships, and
the hockey game with Sarnia, all taking place at the same time. It was
like seeing a three ring circus, only the rings were spread all over the
campus. (By the way, Michigan came out on top in all three sports.:)
NOW THAT I have just about recuperated from that harrowing week-end,
another one comes along-only this one is worse. Tonight I am going
to sit back and relax, enjoy my last night of rest before toworrow's ordeal,
watching the basketball game with Ohio State.
Bennie Oqsterbaan's lads have as much or more fight in them this
year as any team in the last four years. They have lost a couple of
heartbreakers in the last two weeks, but they come back fighting
harder than ever the next game. The Buckeye games tonight and
tomorrow night should be two of the best games of the year for the
home-town crowd to watch. The Scarlet and Gray squad boasts two
victories over Indiana and one over hapless Chicago. Northwestern,
Otto Graham, Inc., downed Ohio 42-40 by taking the tilt out of the fire
at the last minute, and this, together with the fact that the Wildcats
(who are now tied with Purdue and Iowa with a perfect record) defeated
the Wolverines only 57-47, should mean a close tilt.
My trouble starts at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon when the swimming team
faces Purdue. Matt Mann's charges should haye little trouble with the
Boilermakers; but don't think I won't have a ringside seat for th first home
Conference meet of the year. At three, one half hour later,;I make my solo
dash from the Sports Building to the Field House to be in on the "kill"
when the first wrestling match gets under way. Inside information tells
me that this match with Purdue may deCide who ,wins the Big Ten title, for
according to Ray Courtright the Boilermakers have the best team in the
Conference. Running back and forth between the two meets should be just
a warmup for what is to come that night.
THE BASKETBALL and hockey games both start at eight, and the title
of this might be, "A Sportswriter's Nightmare.." I've already told you
what a fine opportunity Maize and Blue cage fans will- have to' see two
hard-fought games with Ohio, but those interested In hockey will find no
less an opportunity to see an excellent contest at the rink:
Michigan hockey has definitely taken an upswing this year. They
have shown a lot of fight and spiit-more so than in the past, and the
brand of hockey they have been playing has steadily improved since
the beginning of the year. The pucksters may not win a lot of games
but they don't have to give a money-back guarantee to sell tickets.
Getting back to my difficulty, just where did you hide your roller skates
when Louie's (Hershey) Lottery caught up with you? Running between the
Field House and the Coliseum four or five times is just too much-even if
I do have all week to rest up for the next week-end. (By the way, don't
breathe a word of this to Ken Doherty-he might get the idea that I'm
not in condition.)
Well, Joe, I have to go out and buy my weekly box of Dr. Carter's
Little Dextrose Tablets. Keep plugging away at those Japs out there, and
drop me a line now and then so I'll know how the war is doing.
P. S.: I'm having trouble with that blonde I wrote you about in my last letter.
Michigan Favored To
Sweep Firsts in Big
Ten Home Opener
While no one expects Purdue to
beat Michigan's powerful swimming
squad in the first home Big Ten
match of the season at 2:30 p.m. to-
morrow in the Sports Building pool,
Boilermaker fans are pulling for a
victory in the 440-yard freestyle.
Phil Hansel, newly-elected captain
of the invading squad, will bear the
Purdue banner in the gruelling quar-
ter-mile race with Michigan's Paul
Maloney. The odds are on the Wol-
verine freshman, who holds the New
York AAU mile record.
Maloney To Face Captain
Hansel is also entered in the 220-
yard freestyle along with Bill Porter.
He won an easy victory in the quar-
ter-mile grind against Northwestern.
Maloney took a first in the last Great
Lakes match here Saturday.
Coach Dick Papenguth has entered
Jimmie McMullen and Bob Barnard
in the breaststroke against Coach
Matt Mann's freshman ace, Heirn
Kessler. The Purdue men finished
second and third, respectively, in
their team's 56-28 defeat at North-
Entries Are Listed
Purdue's top entry in the 220-yard
swim, Porter, lost a touch finish to
Northwestern, while Salmon, a V-12
transfer from Iowa State, finished a
close second in both the 50 and 100-
Other entries from Purdue are Bob
Brogan, Indianapolis freshman, in
the distances; Hugh Woolverton and
Bob Huntington, in the backstroke,
and Claude Bower, .diving.
Purdue Is Once-Beaten
Salmon and Porter are the two
standouts for the sprint and relay
combinations. The 16-year-old fresh-
man, Earl Gorby, and a pair of hold-
overs from last year's yearling squad,
Bob Cumming and Don Leach, com-
plete the relay teams.
Michigan is an obvious favorite to
trounce the Boilermakers on the
strength of their 46-38 victory over
Northwestern in which the mermen
grabbed five out of nine first places.
Stacked up alongside the Wildcats'
easy 56-28 victory over the Boiler-
makers, this triumph looks even more
'It Takes- tt
Ohio State Boasts Three
Wins in Big Ten Play
JohnL eddy Moved lp to Starting Berth;
OSU Rated Tallest Team in Conference
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Michigan's basketball team meets
once-beaten Ohio State at 8 p.m.
tonight in the Yost Field House, in
the first of a two-game series.
The Buckeyes have scored three
victories in conference play, with
their lone setback being a close 42-40
defeat inflicted on them by North-
western's unbeaten quintet. The re-
mainder of their record includes two
victories over Indiana by scores of
62-43 and 72-46, and an 82-44 rout
of Chicago. Both Indiana and Chi-
cago have failed to win a single con-
ference game, which is unusual for
Indiana, but certainly nothing new
for Chicago's hapless Maroons.
Leddy Promoted to Starting Berth
Coach Benny Oosterbaan an-
nounced last night that John Leddy
will start at guard for the Wolver-
ines. The ex-California star had
worked himself up to a first string
berth after his impressive perfor-
mance in the last Western Michigan
game, but then left on a two-week
furlough. Leddy rejoined the team
two weeks ago and because of his
excellent showing in practice, he has
been moved back to the first team.
The remainder of the starting line-
up will remain intact with Dave
Strack and Tom King at forward,
Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch at the
pivot position, and Don Lund and
John Leddy at the guard positions.
Both King and Strack are tied for
. . . Trenton, N.J., lightweight, lies with his head in the press row
after he was knocked out by Bob Montgomery of Philadelphia, former
holder of the New York-Pennsylvania lightweight championship, in
the final round of their 12-round bout at Convention Hall, Philadelphia.
ed or Fift
In Scoring Race
Michigan's two forwards, Dave
Strack and Tommie King, were dead-
locked in fifth place in Big Ten Con-
ference scoring with 70 points apiece
at the end of three weeks of play.
Strack pulled up from 12th place
by scoring 33 points in the two losing
games at Purdue last week-end, while
King droped from 2nd to 5th by
bucketing only 14 points in these two
Stan Patrick, Illinois forward,
jumped into a tie for the lead with
85 points in six games, the same total
Big Ten eaiders
scored by Don Grate, Buckeye star,
who will make his first Ann Arbor
appearance in tonight's game. Pur-
due's Fred Hoffman and Charlie Haag
also sneaked by King with 75 and 72
Northwestern holds the one-game
scoring record with 77 points, five
more than Ohio State scored in beat-
fifth place in the race for individual
scoring honors with 70 points apiece.
In meeting the Buckeyes the Wol-
verines are opposing the tallest team
in the Big Ten, a starting five that
averages 6 ft. 4 in. and includes
center Arnold Risen, who towers 6 ft.
Grate Paces Buckeye Offense
The Scarlet and Gray attack is
sparked by forward Don Grate, who
has tallied 85 points in four games
for an average of better than 21
points per contest. G rate is now tied
for first place in the individual scor-
ing race with Stan Patrick of Illinois.
Teaming with Grate at the other
forward position is Jack Dugger, a
6 ft. 4 in. performer who has played
consistently good ballall year. The
guard positions will be handled by
Bob Bowen and Paul Hutson, both of
whom top the 6 foot mark.
Last season the Bucks tripped
Michigan twice at Columbus, and in
one game were paced by guard Dick
Shrider, who tallied 15 points. Shri-
der is now a reserve guard on the
Michigan squad, stationed here as a
A preliminary tilt is scheduled to
take place at 6:30 tonight in the
Yost Field House, with the Michigan
reserves under the tutelage of Assis-
tant Coach Bill Barclay, facing a
team from the Naval Architecture
School. Tomorrow night this same
Wolverine reserve team will engage
Company E, winners of the recent
Army-Navy intramural cage tourney.
Los Angeles WanIs
'48 Olympic Games
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27.-(P)-Los
Angeles will petition the Internation-
al Olympic Committee which is to
meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, this
summer, for permission to hold the
1948 Olympic games here.
Avery Brundage, head of the Am-
erican Olympics Committee, confer-
red today with a committee organiz-
ed to bring the big athletic event here
after cancellations in Japan and Fin-
land because of the war.
William May Garland, heading the
Los Angeles committee which brought
the games here in 1932, said that if
the 14th Olympic games were not
held because of war conditions, ap-
plication would be made for the
Boilermakers Send Undefeated
Mat Squad Against Wolverines
Purdue ...........6 0
Northwestern4........ 4 0
Iowa ..............4 0
Indiana ............0 3
Minnesota ..........0 4
By HANK MANTHO
Michigan's match with the Purdue
wrestling team at 3 p.m. tomorrow
will find some of the best individual
wrestlers in the Conference paired
against each other when the two un-
defeated teams meet in the Yost
Coach Claude Reeck is bringing
one of the best wrestling teams in
the Big Ten when he brings his squad
to town tomorrow. Both Michigan
and Purdue are rated veryhighly in
the Conference standings, and this
match between the two Goliaths of
the Mid-West should prove to be the
outstanding wrestling meet of the
year in Big Ten circles.
Boilermakers Are Undefeated.
Purdue has an unblemished record
so far this season, as they racked up
three successive wins at the expense
of Northwestern, Illinois, and Wheat-
on College with comparative ease.
Therefore, the two mentors are prob-
ably anxious over the coming tilt,
and there will be tension shrouding
the two teams, which won't find
any let-up until the end of the
The Boilermakers will start a wide-
ly represented array against the
Maize and Blue, ranging from Carl
Liang, a Chinese student, who will
wrestle at 121 pounds, through other
civilian, V-12, and V-5 grapplers.
Lightweights Are Tough
Sam Johnson, V-12, will undoubt-
edly get the call at 128 pounds, with
Dan Nettersheim and Art Aernie at
136 and 145 pounds, respectively. Net-
tersheim is the only Purdue letter-
man and was runner-up for the 136
pound Big Ten title last year. Aernie
is a V-12 freshman and has shown
much speed and agility in previous
matches. Both of these lightweights
are undefeated to date.
Newt Copple, a V-5 student, who
wrestled three years at Nebraska, will
get the call at 155 pounds, with Jack
Shepard, V-12 transfer student, whc
was a high class wrestler at Iowa at
Heavyweight Is Undecided
Joe Hersch, a reserve guard on the
undefeated football squad last fall,
is a likely choice at 175 pounds.
Coach Reeck has not decided on his
heavyweight contender as yet, but it
is a two-way fight between Jim Mc-
Millen and Robert Humphreville, a
pair of V-12ers.
Row Leads in
MIAMI, Jan. 27.-(P)-Marjorie
hour of Anniston, Ala., the surprise
player of the Helen Lee Doherty Golf
Tournament for women amateurs,
moved into the final round today
with a 6 and 5 triumph over Jeanne
Cline of Bloomingdale, Ill.
Her opponent in the 36-hole en-
counter tomorrow will be Mrs. George
Wilcox of Miami, who today defeated
Mrs.dFrank Fuller of Coral Gables,
6 and 4.
Patrick, Illinois .....34
Grate, Ohio State .. 38
Hoffman, Purdue .. 32
King, Michigan .... 28
Strack, Michigan ... 32
Danner, Iowa .......29
Kirk, Illinois .......20
Patterson, Wisconsin 27
Ives, Iowa .........20
INUT a IBBLE
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INVEST IN VICTORY
SAN FRANSISCO, Jan. 27.-(/P)~
Lavish in his praise of the fighting
spirit of this country's armed forces,
Comdr. Gene Tunney, in charge of
the Navy's physical fitness program,
declared today "American youth is
our secret weapon."
The former world's heavyweight
boxing champion, back from a more
than six months tour of the South
Pacific battle fronts, presented an
optimistic picture of the morals and
the physical trim of servicemen dur-
ing an official press conference.
To illustrate Tunney told of a 22-
year-old Marine who was recovering
in a base hospital on Guadalcanal
after a harrowing experience on Bou-
He said he thought it unnecessary
to try to instill "killer instincts" in
the fighting men. War psychology
takes care of that.
Tunney said he found the "highest
morale right up on the front lines
where the boys are slugging it out.
Farther back there is griping but it
is a healthy condition because they
are griping to get into the battle."
LIGHT-HEAVIES SQUARE OFF:
Beau Jack Fights Sammy Angott
NEW YORK, Jan. 27.- ()-
Swarmin' Sammy Angott and Boun-
cing Beau Jack entertain the folks
in Madison Square.Garden tomorrow
night with two shows for the price of
one - a ten-round beak-busting
scramble and an exhibition of magic
the like of which has rarely been seen
With nothing up their sleeves,
mind you, they're going to bring two
world lightweight championships into
the ring with them at 10 p.m. (EWT)
and before the very eyes of the
16,000 or morehcustomers expectedto
chip in to a $65,000 gate, they will
make both baubles disappear.
It is easy to understand that this
trick is the high in mystic maneuvers
but all Swarmin' Sammy and the
Jumping Jack had to do to perform
this neat little trick was to make
their tussle a non-title affair.
The Bouncing Beau is recognized
as head man of the 135-pounders in
New York and Pennsylvania. Swarm-
in' Sammy has the National Boxing
Association blessing as boss. Al-
though it would have been about as
easy as buttoning your vest to
straighten the matter out by making
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MaoUES T ecordSo
ANNOUNCES WITH PRIDE.
tomorrow's party a title affair, that's
not the way the lightweight pretzel
has been twisted down through the
years. The division has been famous
for keeping its top spot in a stew-
and the stew a-boiling.
Although Angott hasn't been beat-
en since he started his comeback
from his "temporary permanent" re-
tirement last spring, while the Jump-
ing Jack has been as in-and-out as
the cuckoo in the clock in recent out-
ings, this corner tabs Angott to gal-
lop home on his "ring savvy" alone.
Even Beau's best friends will prob-
ably tell him that Sammy has forgot-
ten more about the gentle art of
mashing noses than the charging,
wild-swinging ex-shoeshine boy ever
The New York Commission, which
sanctioned this one as a non-title
tilt, is going to try to take steps to
straighten the thing out after to-
morrow's weigh-in by calling the
managers of both crawlers, along
with Frankie Thomas, pilot of Bob
Montgomery, into a huddle.
Montgomery won the title from
Jack last spring, then lost it back to
the Bouncing Beau and now is slated
for another shot at it in March.
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