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SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 1944



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Horse Racing Is Banned, But Bettors

Will Continue .To Bet

NEW YORK, Dec. 29-()-If the bookies thrown out of
work by the closing of the horse tracks are enterprising enough
they probably can chisel out a good living by switching to
some other kindred business catering to citizens who get no
fun out of life unless they are taking a chance on something.
The field is wide open, what with guys jingling money
in their jeans who never had anything to jingle before and
with a gambling instinct they can't control.
They'll bet on anything at any time, particularly if the
odds are right, and the closing of the tracks will only enlarge
their field. A fly buzzing around or a gal walking down the
street might, without being aware of it, be the nubbin of a

sizeable wager, with guys betting on which lump of sugar the
fly will make a landing or whether the next gal they meet
will be knock kneed or bow legged.
A favorite form of idle gambling we have heard of is
playing a sort of anteless poker, using the license numbers
of passing cars as the hands, although it seems that fell
into some disrepute when a car passed wearing five fives,
bringingon a little gun play on the part of a player
who knew there were only four of a kind in any honest
Pools are another way of getting rid of money more or
less painlessly. They reached something of a peak during
football seasons just before the war. and total strangers

would walk up to citizens who were minding their own busi-
ness, flash slips of paper in their faces, and growl menac-
ingly: "Who d'ja like?" Everyone wanted advice, but would
be quite indignant if advised to lay off such business.
Pools were organized on practically everything from
the number of beans in a jug to the day and hour of the
demise of a prominent citizen who was known to be not
long for this world.
The out-of-work bookies have only to figure out some situa-
lion that has the element of chance, get out pad and pencil
and start making the rounds. With no supervision they can
save a sizeable cut for themnselves particularly as the aver-
age pool addict never stops to figure out the odds against him.

Some communities have a sucker bet for- strangers
made to order for them. The citizens of Waynesburg, Pa.,
will put their dough on the line any time if you want to
bet it won't rain there July 29, and there undoubtedly are
other areas where the folks will wager the thermometer
will hit a certain high or a certain low, knowing from
experience they can't lose.
A :,ny nate, the possibilities of new forms of gambling
sprin giris -up now that the horses no longer will run are
limitless, and yan time two addicts get together they'll start
looking around for something to risk their loose change on.
whe the it', iwo raindrops racing down a window pane or
e app;oximate :,ge of the next joke they hear on the radio,

Cagers Stake

Winning Streak


Buckeye Clash

}takihf the £'und
Daily Sports Editor

Wolverines Set for Conference Tilt Swim ers T o Open Season
With Championship Quintet Tonight Against Great Lakes Saturday

AS THE FINAL football games draw near, the various bowl games on
New Year's Day will not only bring another successful war-time foot-
ball season to a close, but they will also usher in a brand new year, which
will undoubtedly furnish its share of upsets and thrills.
Naturally the grid classic, the Rose Bowl, absorbs the most interest,
and this year's tussle should be as colorful as any of the past contests,
with Tennessee underdogs in the betting, against their rivals from
Southern Cal.
The Vols have been singing the blues, as their coaching staff recently
announced that their two reserve ends, Roy Schlieden and Roy Cross,
both 17-year-olds, have had recurrences of old injuries.1
However, Jeff Cravath of the Trojans, bubbling over with confi-
dence that histeam would make it eight straight for no losses in the
Rose Bowl, had a severe jolt when he found out that his ace halfback
George Callanan, on whom he had counted heavily for victory, might
not be able to see action since he just got his leg out of a cast after a
severe knee injury.
Hence, Coach Cravath will have to use a bit of psychology to get the
Trojans riled up, as he is fully aware that Tennesee will be trying hard
to revenge their 14-0 setback in the 1940 spectacle.
Meanwhile the Vols are keeping silent, preparing a pass defense,
just in case, and when the dopesters are predicting an overwhelm-
ing Southern Cal victory, they must remember that Tennessee holds
a backfield weight edge, and although they are outweighed at the
tackle posts, where Cravath loves to slam his big backs, it is only
reasonable to assume that something has been done about this also.
THE SUGAR BOWL swings our attention to New Orleans, where the
Crimson Tide of Alabama will meet the Duke Blue Devils, in what
promises to be a battle between two triple-threat backs which each team
George Clark, Duke tailback, is their chief threat, and the story
of this cinderella back, could easily be termed a "rags to riches"
affair. He was on the junior varsity at the start of the season and
wasn't even listed in the programs for the first few games. After
their first three games, Duke lost several leading halves and Clark
got his first chance in the Georgia Tech encounter. On the first
play of the game, he cantered 69 yards for his first touchdown, which
launched the upset of the Yellow Jackets, and from then on his
running feats left little to be desired. In addition to his running
record, Clark has a total of 10 pass completions in 18 attempts, and is
also a good punter.
While on the other side of the fence, Harry Gilmer, who is rated
as the "greatest passer I've ever had at Alabama" by Coach Frank Thomas
of the Tide, will carry the hopes of the 'Bama crew.'
Gilmer was a quarterback in high school and was voted the mostc
outstanding player in Jefferson County last year, as well as gaining All-i
State and All-Southern recognition when he was only 15 years old.t
The outstanding freshman star has never been taken out of a game
because of a serious injury, and his 32 pass completions out of 66t
tosses gives him an overall average of .485 and 418 yards gained inc
eight Alabama games played this year. In addition to this, the plucky
back personally tallied 30 points in his first year of college competi-
tion which should make him a triple-threater in any man's language.-
The other two big bowl games will find Georgia Tech and Tulsa meet-
ing in the Orange Bowl, while the Oklahoma Aggies will tangle with the
Texas Christian Horned Frogs in the Cotton Bowl.T
Tulsa's main hope remains in their pass defense, for press releases
from the South indicate that Georgia Tech's running attack will
present no serious problem if the men from Tulsa can spike theirr
aerial attack.
THE COTTON BOWL game also promises to be a real thriller as the
Oklahoma Agglies hit Dallas full of pride and pointed to their best
football record in history.
They also singled put a report from the National Collegiate
Athletic Bureau in New York that listed Bob Fenimore, the Aggies' All-
American back, as the leader in total offense with 1,758 yards in eight
games. He managed to rush, 897 yards on 162? tries, and wound up
the season with 49 completions out of 89 throws for 861 yards and a
percentage of .62).
This same report listed Jess Mason of Texas Christian the leading1
punter with an average of 51.94 on 16 kicks and Neil Armstrong, lanky1
Aggie end as the leading pass receiver with 325 yards on 26 catches, and as}
the fans begin to think of rolling up their blankets and their grid
thoughts, they do so with the expectation that this football season
will end in the same blaze of glory that it started.
Tropical Park Ending Season
Amid bets and F u rious Races

Lund May Make Initial
Start in Center Slot as
Geahan Changes Posts
Attempting to notch their eighth
win of the season against no losses,
the. Michigan cagers will face a vet-
eran Ohio State quintet, which will
be out to win the Conference crown
for the second straight year, at 7:30
p.m. today in the Field House.
Optimism reigned in the Wolverine
camp after the last practice yester-

years of varsity competition, and
will be starting at center for the
first time in his college career if
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan names
him as a starter tonight.
The other four berths on the team
will probably be filled by Bob Gea-
han, who has played center in earlier
games, at a forward position, with
John Mullaney at the other forward
post. Walt Kell and Don Lindqust
will be the guards, as usual.
The Ohio quintet, on the other
hand, will include veterans Don
Grate and Jack Dugger at forwards,
Paul Huston at a guard spot, and
Arnie Risen, 6 ft. 9 in. backboard
specialist, at center. The remaining
berth will be filled by James Sims,
who was a member of the 1942-43
Buckeye regulars.
Michigan will once more substituteI
freely, with around ten or 11 men.
expected to get into the game. Among
those who will probably see action
are Keith Harder, second highest
scorer on the squad, Bill Gregor, Ted
Berce, Morrie Bikoff, Bruce Hilkene,
and Dick Rifenburg.
Wrestlers Will
Quicken Pace
For '45 Opener

Ohio State notched its third win of Mann Expects Little Tro
the season by trouncing the Michi- Smith, Buttn, Martin L
gaxl State Spartans Thursday night
in East Lansing for the second time. e
The Bucks improved their first 58-31 Michigan's swimming squad will
win over State by nine points, with a Officially open its 1945 schedule next the
67-31 victory. The other Ohio vic- Saturday in a dual meet with Great me
tory was registered against Utah, Lakes Naval Training Base, to b

umle from Sailors;
ost to Lakes Squad

ebreaststroke event, while Ralph
Bbb, who has been improving im-
nsely may follow his teammate to
tory. Captain Mert Church and
Luck Fries should reign supreme
the freestyle field, along with
-rlie Higgins and Duane Drake.

while the lone loss came when Ken-
tucky trimmed the Bucks in a 50-48
overtime game.
The Wolverine coaches expect their
charges to be ready for tonight's
contest, as they weren't forced to
extend themselves in last week's

_ held in the Sports Building.
Coach Matt Mann does not ex-
peet too much trouble from the
revamped Bluejacket squad al-
though it twice defeated the Maize
and Blue mermen in last season's
meets. Last year Great Lakes pos-
sesed one of the strongest teams
in the country boasting such stal-
warts as Bill Smith, former Ha-
waiian undergraduate at Ohio
State, and acclaimed as the fast-
est freestyler in amateur swim-
ming; Dobby Burton, an old Maize
and Blue swimming captain; and
T-Bone Martin, another former
Wolverine ace, in the springboard
However, in accordance with thej
Navy ordinance, no Navy trainees are
eligible for more than one year of
competitive athletics, and all the
above men are excluded from parti-
cipation in the forthcoming meet.
The nucleus of this season's Great
Lakes Squad consists of Achilles Pu-
lakus, short distance freestyler, and
Bob Diefendorf, a diver. Both these
men are former Michigan tankmen
and, according to Coach Mann, pre-
sent little obstacle to the. Wolverine
surge for victory. In the intra-



A lot of progress has been made
with the backstrokers since the
Swim Gala, and Bob Munson, Jor-
dan Pulford, and Jack Pelham
should be ready to go in time for
the Sailor's Meet. In the Fancy
Diving for Form event, the two
Wolverine competitors, Bill Lopez
and Carl Agriesti, have been get-
ting in a lot of practice and have
been showing fine form of late.
The Ecuadorean, Lopez, in partic-
ular, seems to be rounding into
shape, and can be expected to cop
quite a few points this year.

North-South Tilt
To Feature Ace
Pass Tossers
Capacity Crowd Will
Witness Ananual Clash

lat Coach Announces
. Second Touranam ent
Coach Wally Weber announced3
yesterday that the wrestling squad
1 would gradually work up to the
strenuous page of the pre-vacation
period and would continue to work
hard until the first match, which is
scheduled with Northwestern for Jan.
DON LUND 13 at Ann Arbor.
day, with both Michigan coaches pre- In addion, he stated that dt
dicinga acti' fo te hmetea Itournament would be held to defi-
dictmng avictory for the home team nitely establish the best grapplers in
in the Buckeye clash. According to each weight division. The tourna-
the Wolverine mentors, the Maize ment which was just completed did
and Blue squad has awaited this con- not decide anything definite, but did
test with mounting expectation, andnodeieayhgdfntbudd
team morale is exceptionally high, serve to focus attention on some mat-
considering thatxOhioState will men who were not hitherto consider-
lace four regulars from last sea- ed leaders in their particular weight
son's championship quintet on the brackets.
floor. Experiments With Weight
The starting lineup for the Wol- During the next two weeks, Weber
verines will probably include Don also plans to pit some grapplers who
Lund at center. Lund has played at have shown themselves to be the best
a guard position in his two previous in their class with the best men in a
heavier weight division. In this way
Weber hopes to give the smaller men
* o tougher competition and force the
S*r heavier men to develop more speed.
{Along with Jim Galles, Weber also
Pn I) plans to teach some of the more
"7 1promising grapplers some tricks,
For j which might stand them in good
R hose' :ow stead in the matches which are com-
ing up in the near future.
PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 2.9.-(1-)- Races Are Close
Southern California's pass-conscious Also in the next two weeks the
Trojans are not overlooking the im- close races in the 128 and the 136-
portance of kicking, which may pound divisions will probably be de-
prove a vital factor in their New cided. In the recent tournament,
Year's Day Rose Bowl football game Bob Johnston emerged on top in the
with Tennessee. 128-pound class by eking out a de-I
The Trojans were to devote most cision over Dick Freeman in a very
of their practice session today to close match, and Newton Skillman
punting and place-kicking. Jim decisioned Bob Gittins, a letter-win-
Hardy, field general and passer de ner on last year's team, in another
luxe, was in charge of punting close match to emerge temporary
chores, while Pat West, reserve full- leader of the 136-pounders. How-
back, was working on conversions. ; ever, these matches were so close that
West has made 17 of 23 point- a reversal of form would not be un-
after-touchdown attempts, likely.
The Trojans had their last intens- The undermanned heavyweight di-
ive scrimmage yesterday. The squad, vision was further strengthened yes-
with the exception of End Don Har- terday by the addition of Frank Na-
dy, flu victim, appeared in top shape, kamura. Nakamura was a reserve
and he should be ready by gameI tackle on this year's football team and
time. was on last year's wrestling squad.

squad meets of last year, both Church MJNiONG'tOMER.Y, Ala., Dec. 29--
and Fries consistantly beat Pulakus, Whatever else might happen in to-
and they are expected to continue morrow's renewal of the Blue-Gray
their domination. football classic, it's safe to say they'll
The Michigan side of the docket throw more passes than a fellow with
looks very bright. Kessler is ex- loaded dice.
pected to take first place honors in The Southern All-Star team, its
offensive geared to the bullet-like
aerials of Charlie Trippi, will rely
illichigLyan lW or on speed and deception to outflank
DON LINDQUIST a Northern line which averages 200
game with Wyoming. Although the Opie pounds.
Cowboys had an advantage in height Trippi, backfield star of the Third
identical with the Buckeyes over Air Force and formerly of the Uni-
Michigan, the Wolverines had little B ,QIversity of Georgia, has concentrated
trouble subduing their opponents on passing in pre-game workouts
from the West. and as long as Jack Russell or Curtis
Whaeve th difeincein bilty;For ty-two years ago next Monday Kuykendall are available as receiv-
Whatever the difference in ability Michigan made its first and only ap-Kr i s
between the champions and their pearance in the Rose Bowl Classic, ers, the South should make a favor-
Michigan challengers, Coach Ooster- walloping Southern California 49-0 able showing in the air.
baan and Assistant Coach Bill Bar- for the most lopsided win ever re- The North, too, hag one of the
clay believe that the Wolverines are corded in the annual extravaganza. country's topnotch aerial artists in
unbeatable as far as spirit and fights Neil Snow, Michigan's only ten- Bob Hoernschemeyer of Indiana and
are concerned, and expect an upset lettrmno, ave the s Coas fans the Blues have devoted much of their
to be registered over the favored letterman, gave the West Coast fans patc nta ieto
to be ran eyeful that day as he raced for practice in that direction.
Buck team. five touchdowns to lead the Wol- Speed is an integral part of the
verines to victory. Southern backfield. Trippi is about
PfThe drubbing must have come as a as good a runner as he is a passer,
Puaa e 1fshock to the Pacific Coast observers, and Kuykendall, Auburn halfback, is
e for the Rose Bowl folded up until probably the fastest man on either
1945 State Prep 191 Mid-West football was not team. He and Russell, an end who
particularly highly-rated back at the played last season with Randolph
turn of the century, and Michigan Field, are particularly adept at get-
ge ,ourney I had not been conceded much of a ting past the secondavy to grab Trip-
pre-game chance. pi's overhead tosses.
LANSING, Dec. 29-(AP)-The tour- That Rose Bowl winner was one of C Blue-Gray officials predicted to-
nament committee of the State High Fielding H. Yost's original "point-a- day that fair weather might bring a
School Athletic Association said to- 1 minute" elevens which continued to capacity crowd of 22,500 to Cramton
day the 1945 state inter-scholastic scourge the ranks of the football Bowl. At any rate, they said, ad-
basketball tournaments would be world. No wonder the Wolverines vance ticket sales indicate a turnout
"completely normal" in both Upper were never invited back for a return equal to the record 18,000 who saw
and Lower peninsulas. engagement! the 1942 contest.

Julian W. Smith, State High
School Athletic Director, said he be-
lieved recent statements froei. Wash-
ington indicating that sports compe-
tition would be curtailed reflected no
desire for restriction of such tourna-
The committee said locations of
district and regional tournaments
for the lower Peninsula section would
be announced in mid-January, and
that the Upper Peninsula tournament
committee would meet Jan. 6 to per-
fect details of the Northern tourna-



"Meet Me in St. Louis "



MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 29-(IP)-The
thunder of the hooves at Tropical
Park these days will be echoing long
after the racing ban is ended.
On the first four proirams of a
and Dmsti

history-making meeting, the hell-
for-leather riding of America's top
jockeys produced a new world speed
record, an American record, a 108-
to-1 shot victory and a plethora of
eyelash finishes.
Never before has victory meant so
much. Anxious to cash in on some
prize money to tide them over after
the shutdown takes effect next Wed-
nesday, horsemen are treating every
race as a stake race and going all-
out to win.

Last Times
Today !


The Vols also worked on pass de-
fense. They're up against Jim Hardy,
who has pitched eight touchdowns
while completing 52 per cent of his

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