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MMAY, FEB. It, 1944



FaIDAY, FEB. 11, 1944 'FAGE tIEREI

Crisler Sets Up Program for Post-

War Michigan Athletics


Initiation of New Sports Matmen Are
s Essential Part ofPlan Favored To
Addition of Soccer, Boxing, Lacrosse, Rugby Spill
Suggests Enlargement of Present Facilities .i
By BILL MULLENDORE Green Indiana Outfit
Michigan Athletic Director Fritz, Crisler yesterday came forth with a Credited with Single
new plan for post-war intercollegiate athletics by which several new sports C iein wTh Cige
would be added to the present program. Win in Three Contests
In addition to football, basketball, baseball, and the other athletics With three Conference victories to
which now form the basis for Western Conference competition, Crisler would their credit, the Wolverine matmen
like to see such activities as soccer,o are overwhelming favorites to spill
boxing, lacrosse, 150-pound football, low his lead. So far Wisconsin, which Indiana with ease and maintain an
and rugby added to the list sponsors boxing in non-Conference unblemished record for the regular
Stating that "Varsity football competition, is the only college in the season, when they meet the injury-
would probably have to pay for the Big Ten to have any of the new sports riddled Hoosiers at 3 p.m. Saturday
new program," Crisler believes that which Crisler mentioned in its ath- in Bloomington.
such a plan is entirely practical letic program. Indiana, the defending Big Ten
since "intercollegiate sports are Crisler has had some experience champs, have only one win to date,
bound to boom after the war.' with the suggested sports as head and that against Wheaton College.
The Michigan Athletic Director football coach at Princeton, a position They were defeated by Ohio State
also announced plans to enlarge the which he held prior to coming to and tied by DePauw Pre-Flight, which
Wolverine athletic facilities after the indicates that Indiana should not
war, and the increased sports pro- be too formidable an opponent when
gram would fit in with thisscheme. the two teams collide.
Among the new improvements Crisler Hoosiers Lack Experience
envisions a clubhouse for the golf The Hoosiers have always been
course, enlargement of Yost Field
Herouse and the Sports Building, and :... *.**nertheto in Big Teni wrestling
.1us..:nd:.:.......s.Bu...ing,.,rdcircles, but the school has no Navy
a new,.modern ice rink. or Marine training programs, which
Grisler envisions week-end sports makes it difficult to compete with
extravanganzas between two schools schools that have these Navy pro-
during which several teams would grams. This ,along with the injuries
compete in various events, thus and inexperience of the men, have
cutting down travelling and other been the major problems which Coach
,xpenses. These contests would Billy Thom has had to contend with.
be arranged to prevent conflicts Johnny Wilson, 155-pounder, is the
thus allow spectators to see every only holdover letterman from last
meet. year's Big Ten championship team.
As an example Crisler cited a hy- Wilson, discharged from the Army
pothetical meet between Michigan Air Corps recently, has yet to be de-
and Ohio State. "During the two-day feated this season, and is one of the
period we could meet the Buckeyes men upon whom Coach Thom is
in soccer, lacrosse, rugby, 150-pound counting heavily. He is captain of
football, cross-country, and varsity the Hoosier squad and is the brother
..f6tball. Then, the following fall we of Benny Wilson, who was NCAA
could go t Ohio State for a similiar champion a few years ago.
carnival." R__ _ER_ Stocker Still Unbeaten
' "The same program could be In the heavyweight division, Dan
catried into winter with competi- Michigan. 150-pound football was Stocker, freshman" from Hammond,.
0on in basketball, wrestling, swim- especially popular at the Tiger insti- Ind., is the only other man orn the
niing, hockey, indoor track and box- tution, drawing large crowds and team who is also undefeated in his
I>g. In the spring it would be base- giving many lighter-weight boys a three matches this year. Stocker
,A ball, tennis, track and golf." chance to play college football. "A had one semester of wrestling at Iowa
Of course this plan is entirely ten- little bit" of the carnival idea was University before joining the Marine
tative, subject to approval by other also tried with good results. Corps, from which he was discharged
Big Ten schools. Crisler, himself, The new sports have never stirred last summer. While in the Marine
libelled it as "a post-war vision," but up much interest in Western Confer- Corps, Stocker- did quite a bit of
has'hopes that other schools will fol- ence circles up to the present time. wrestling in San Diego, Calif.

Trouble for Western Michigan

Army Post Basketball Team
To Open Season Here Tonight

The newly organized 3651 Service
Unit post basketball team will open
its season against a squad from the
Ypsilanti Army post at 7:30 p.m. to-
day in Yost Field House.
Composed of 14 members, the
squad is. made up only of players who
havedbeen competing in the intramu-
ral basketball league which plays ev-
ery Monday night. Company C is
represented by Steppling, Price and
James, and from Company G are Bi-
koff, Doyle and Walker. Company D
has two players on the squad, Lucas
and Grau. From Company E, which
won the first intramural basketball
tournament and also beat the Navy
All Star team are Oliver, Davis, Sar-
torio, and Parker. Company F is rep-
resented by Cindric and Katz.
"The organization of a squad that
will compete with outside Army
teams came as a result of the de-
miand 'by the players in the intramu-
ral basketball league," commented
Captain B. W. Jennings, former of-

ficer in charge of Army intramural
sports. "Even though it is late in the
season we are going to try to sched-
ule as many games as possible."
Master Sergeant Robert Clancy of
Station Complement is the manager
of the team.
Whip Rangers
NEW YORK, Feb. 10.-(IP)-The
Detroit Red Wings, playing effective,
business-like hockey, continued to
"pour it on" the New York Rangers
tonight as they piled up an 8 to 3
score after spotting the National
Hockey League's cellar dwellers the
first goal. But the fistic fireworks
that had been predicted didn't ap-
pear except in a brief exchange be-
tween Harold Jackson and Bryan

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Michigan's top hurler who is favored to cop both the high
and low hurdle events in Saturday night's track meet with Western
Tankers To Face Once-Beaten
d ToE

Minor League
Fll '44Season
American Association
Reports Big Advance
Sales, Reserve Lists
CHICAGO, Feb. 10.-()---The Am-
eriUan Association, one of the coun-
try' most prosperous double-A minor
,Baseball leagues, has been in busi-
iess since 1902, will be in business in
1944 and in all probability will add
football to its curriculum after the
"You won't find any crepe on our
door," President George Trautman
declared today after a special meet-
ing of the league's directors. "Reserve
lists of all eight clubs are in good
condition, and those cities which
have advance ticket sales report that
the sales are 20 per cent above nor-
In the reserve list of about 290
players, Trautman estimated that 20
,percent were youths 16 and 17 years
old and 15 per cent were 4-F's. Old-
timer Mike Kelley, president of the
Minneapolis Millers, has four "kids"
who will Join the team after gradu-
ating from high school in June. He
said that they were stars of the Min-
neapolis Richfield team which won
the American Legion National Base-
ball Championship last year.
Trautman proposed a "family,
plan" to keep players within the con-
fines of the League as much as pos-
sible this season.
"Any club wishing to trade or sell
a player," he suggested, "should first
give Association members a chance
for. him. This old sentiment that a
player traded to another league
member will seek his revenge is a lot
of bunk."

LOWdown on Sports
Associate Sports Editor
W ITH THE WOLVERINE trackmen making their first official appearance
of- the indoor season' tomorrow night' in' Yost Field House, and the
wrestling and swimming teams driving down the home stretch for their
last encounters before. the Big Ten meet in each of these sports the following
week-end in Evanston, chances for capturing three out of a possible four
winter Conference championships appear very bright. These three, to-
gether with 'the tie that the gridders gained with Purdue would give Michigan
four titles, with the spring sports still to come.
For the last 13 years Maize and Blue teams have won at least three
Conference crowns each year-an enviable record which no other school
can boast. Then there is the probability of winning at least one title
(outdoor track), and possibly more, in the spring sports. Michigan
truly can be called, "Champions of the West."
The swimmers take on Northwestern in the last dual meet of the year
tomorrow, and the Wildcats seem to be the only obstacle in the way of Matt
Mann's charges regaining the Big Ten championship they lost to Ohio State
last year. The meet, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m., will certainly not
be lacking in excitement, and' should give an indication of the outcome of
the Evanston meet next week.
The grapplers have had little trouble in going through their sched-
ule undefeated and on this basis will be highly favored to take their
first title since 1938. Several of the matmen are undefeated in dual
competition, and it would be surprising, indeed, if the Varsity didn't
come home with two or three individual crowns in addition to the team
KEN DOHERTY'S thinclads will be facing their first dual test of the
season tomorrow when they play host to Western Michigan, but already
they are overwhelming favorites to take their ninth indoor championship
in 11 years. With 13 lettermen back who scored 30'/2 of the team's record
531/2 points in the Big Ten indoor meet last year, the Wolverines should
win going away.
The fourth winter championship at stake, basketball, will not find
Michigan in the running, but from our standpoint the cagers have been
far from disappointing. In the first place, since the State of Michigan
has never been basketball-minded like Indiana and Illinois, the Wolver-
ines have never been a great exponent of the cage sport. Then too,
Michigan lost several close decisions which might have gone either way,
and occisionally looked hot enough to burn up the league. Their fight
and determination have more than made up for any ability they might

Big Ten title hopes of the Michigan
and Northwestern swimming teams,
the two standouts of the current
Conference season, will be placed in.
proper alignment here tomorrow
night when the Wolverines and Wild-
cats meet for the second time.
Early in January.Michigan's swim-
mers took a 46-38 decision from
Northwestern at Evanston, but since
then the Wildcats have won three
straight. Michigan has also scored
over Ohio State and Purdue and has
lost two meets to Great Lakes.
Feature racesin tomorrow's meet,
which is the last dual meet of the
year, will include the medley relay,
tihe 220 and 50-yard free style events,
the back stroke and the breast stroke.
Th all these events the season's best
times by both teams are practically
on a par. Ronnie Trumble of the
Wildcats should be an easy diving
winner while Michigan appears to
hold a definite edge in the 100, 440
and free style relay.
The Wildcats will send Bob Trib-
ble, John Walsh and Jim McCaskell
into the medley, a trio that earlier
clipped 3:08. Orrin Neff in the 220
will battle it out with Chuck Fries or
Achilles Pulakos of the Wolverines,
while in the 50 Michigan's defending
Big Ten titlist, Mert Church, will
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have his hands full in meeting Jim
Gamble. Church's best time this year
has been :23.8 and Gamble's :24 flat.



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last Of
the semester
SATURDAY, 3:00 to

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at the year's biggest dance





NAVY and MARINES- 5 to 7:30, First half deck,
West Quad.
ARMY - 5 to 7:30, Union Travel Desk and
Main Lounge of East Quad.
CIVILIANS - 10 to 4, University Hall Corridor,
5 to 7:30, Union Travel Desk.


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