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olverine Wrestlers Vie for
Third Conference Crown
When the Michigan wrestling squad They are also seeking to break their
takes to the mats on January 13, losing streak, for in the eight meets
they will be in quest of their third held so far between the two schools,
conference championship and their Michigan has won five in a row after
second consecutive title. losing the first three.
The Wolverine wrestlers might be Wolverines To Face 0. S. U.
called the "perpetual runner-ups," The fourth meet finds the Maize
when it comes to mat championships. and Blue of Michigan pitted against
During the fourteen years that the the Scarlet and Gray of Ohio State
Conference meets have been held, University. The twenty-two matches
Michigan has placed second six held between the two traditional riv-
times; third three times; fourth only als have ended in fifteen victories for
once and fifth twice. Thus the Wol- the Wolverines, six wins for the
verines have amassed a very fine Buckeyes and one tie. Thus when
record during the past fourteen the Maize and Blue grapplers meet
years. the Buckeyes they will be aiming
how Do We Compare? for the sixteenth victory and their
But what of the schools on this rlfth consecutive win over the Buck-
year's schedule? How do we stand eyes. p
in comparison to them through the Tndiana provides the opposition for
ynecoparisonatohemhdrushthgthe fifth conference meet this seas-
years that we have had wrestling on and stiff competition it will be.
squads? Our first meet this year is For in the twenty matches between
with the University of Northwestern ny
grapplers, and in the seventeen meet- the Hoosiers and Michigan, the Wol-
ings with the Wildcats thus far, the verines have been able to cop only
Maize and Blue wrestlers have won seven wins. The Hoosiers, on the-
sixteen of them. The only setback other hand, have won twelve mat-
suffered at the hands of Northwest- en oe has ende in a tie.
ern came in 1931, giving the Wolver- Mnthelsee S eotWin
Ines a ten game winning streak to nce Championship chgan
protect in their first meet with North- matmen invade the campus of the
western since 1943. University of Minnesota to do bat-
The second meet this season is tle with the Gophers. This year's
against the University of Illinois, and match will be, surprisingly enough,
here the matmen have not fared so only the second time these two tra-
well. Although these two schools ditional rivals have met on the mat.
have met oinly seven times, the Wol- Last year in their first encounter the
verines have been able to bring back Wolverines soundly trounced the
only two victories. So this year's Gophers by a score of 25-3, and when
meeting will have both the incentive February tenth rolls around the
to wipe the grin of cockiness off the Maize and Blue grapplers will be
"Fighting Illini" and the desire to seeking their second win over Min-
keep the conference championship nesota.-
here at Michigan in the minds of Thus as the wrestling season ap-
the grapplers. proaches, the University of Michi-
In the third match of the year the gan wrestlers will have much at
matmen travel to Lafayette, Indiana stake, what with the impressive rec-
to meet the Purdue wrestlers, who ord they have amassed, and the
were last year's runner-ups in the quest for a second straight Confer-
Big Ten meet. The Boilermakers ence championship. Therefore, this
will be out to even up the score this year should find a determined wres-
year since they were beaten 'by a tling squad taking to the mat for the
single point in the Conference meet. University of Michigan. ,_


#Itakiit the wOun44
Daily Sports Editor
This column is written by Bill Mullendore, sports night editor.
MARTIN MARION, shortstop of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals,
is rated as the best at his position at every point in the baseball world-
except Cincinati, home of Deacon Bill McKechnie and the Cincinnati
Reds, and a young gentleman named Eddie Miller who also does quite a
bit of shortstopping during the summer months.
Down Cincinnati way the fans will tell you that their man Miller can
do everything that Marion can do, and a few more things besides-and
they have the figures to prove it. Marion, they say, is a great shortstop,
but he is not even the best in his own league, let alone in baseball.
The neutral observer might be inclined to dismiss these claims
as pardonable pride on the part of naturally prejudiced rooters, but
for the wealth of statistics compiled by the good people of Cincinnati
in support of their hero. After all, wasn't Marion the National
League's Most Valuable Player? And what's all this talk of his being
the equal of the immortal Hans Wagner, if he can't claim supremacy
in his circuit? Publicity, say the fans from Cincinnati, publicity and
Marion's showmanship as compared to the quiet unassuming Miller.
Anyway, here's the case for Mr. Miller.
USING AS A takeoff point the fact that both Miller and Marion have
been around the circuit as regular shortstops for the past five seasons,
some enterprising individual has burned up a great deal of paper in
poring over the record books and securing some sort of a comparison
between the two men. The results, for what they may be worth, give a
decided edge to the man from Cincinnati and place Marion-Mr. Shortstop
to St. Louis and most points East-as a poor'second.

Wolverines Break Winning Streak

Of Six Straight in Thrill

Kell, Rifenbnrg,
Geahan, Risen,
Star in Contest
(Continued from Page 1)
time margin after the Buckeyes had
come from behind to tie things up
with two minutes of the half remain-
The game got off in a rush. Risen,
who led both teams in the scoring
column with 19 to his credit on seven
field goals and five free throws, put
Ohio in the lead on a charity toss,

out. Kell's field goal put the Wol-
verines back in the lead momentar-
ily, but at this point Buckeye guard
James Sims went on an individual
spree, scoring seven straight points
to give the Bucks a 34-29 margin.
Coach H. G. Olsen's squad con-
tinued out in front until three min-
utes from the end of the game
when the all-but-beaten Wolver-
ines got up off the floor to fight
back once more. With the score
37-32 Rifenburg caged a free
throw, and Geahan added two
more to make it ,37-35. Risen in-
creased Ohio's lead to four points
with a field goal, but Kell and
Geahan then came through to send
the game into overtime.
The defeat was the first in eight
starts for Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's
five, while Ohio State notched its
fourth win in five outings by beat-
ing Michigan and also got off to a
successful start in its defense of the
Big Ten title.
Risen's 19-point total was tops for
both squads. The tall center used
his height to good advantage, scor-

-Packed Till
ing all of his field goals on rebounds
and close-in-shots. Geahan of Mi-
chigan placed second in the scoring
column with 10, followed by State's
Grate and Michigan's Kell with nine
each. Rifenburg totalled eight for
the evening.
Mullaney, f 1 2 1 4
Geahan, f 3 4 2 10
1erce, f 1 0 0 2
Harder, f 0 0 0 0
Lund, c-g 2 0 2 4
Rifenburg, e 3 2 3 8
Lindquist, g 2 0 3 4
Kell,g 3 3 3 9
Gregor, g 0 0 2 0

Grate, f
Dugger, f
Caudill, f
Risen, c
Pfeiffer, e
Huston, g
Sims, g
Amling, g

15 11 16 41
Fg Ft Pt TP
3 3 3 9
2 2 2 6
0 1 1 1
7 5 2 19
0 0 0 0
3 0 4 6
1 1 5 3
0 0 0 0
16 12 17 44

Only in the batting average de-
partment does the Spiderman
from St. Louis rate the edge, hav-
ing finished each season several
notches higher in the final stand-
ings. But wait, say the Miller
rooters, and point to the all-im-
portant "runs batted in" column
where statistics show that, while
Miller may have made fewer hits,
he made them count for more
runs. Miller has driven 320 tal-
lies across the elate for a team
scoring 2911 runs over the five-
year span. The best Marion could
produce was 273 RBI's for a team
scoring 3687 runs. Thus, Miller
has not only driven in more runs,
than his rival but he has done it
with a much less offensively-mind-
ed teams.

The truth of the matter is that
neither man is particularly potent
at the plate. Both are just average
hitters who would never get by in
the big time but for their fielding
talents, which, in each case, are
nothing short of sensational. The
concensus of opinion that Marion
is the better of the two, however, is
refuted by a glance at some more
Over the same five-year span
Miller has compiled a fielding aver-
age of .973 against Marion's .961.
In doing this he has played in 57
more games and accepted more
chances per game. Miller has made
fewer errors, participated in more
double plays, and generally con-
ducted himself with more compe-
tence than Marion. Here are the

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Speed Skaters To Meet Monday
DETROIT, Dec. 30--(AP)-Speed Skate Champions o seven states
and two Canadian Provinces head a top-notch field of 150 entrants in
the Detroit Free Press' Invitational Midwest Skating Championships
Monday at Belle Isle.
Michigan contenders, led by Vince Bozich of Detroit, Saginaw's
Wrona sisters and Dorothy Koinis and Detroit's Lorraine Sabbe are
certain to have plenty of outside competition from a field including 18
Ohio representatives,,seven from Wisconsin and a bevy of Champs from
Illinois, Missouri, Connecticut, New York and Canada.
The meet, first major event of the state's outdoor season, is sanc-
tioned by the Michigan Skating Association and the Amateur Skating
II .1






699 1340 2188 143 3671 431 .961
756 1718 2509 116 4343 533 .973

Preiea! fr TIME?

But even that does not tell the whole story. One might very logically
point out that since Miller has participated in more games, he would
naturally boast bigger totals in all departments, except of course, the final
fielding averages. So the enterprising lads from Ohio have gone even
farther and broken down the totals by seasons and even by games. They
point with pride to the fact that Miller has in every campaign handled
a larger number of chances per game played than Marion. Here is how
they compare in this department.
Year Marion Miller
1940 4.09 5.91
1941 5.08 5.33
1942 5.06 5.18
1943 5.13 5.70
1944 5.06 5.81
Looking over this table one can hardly come to the conclusion
that Miller makes fewer errors because he doesn't try for the tough
chances. In other words, he is no Zeke Bonura, who used to lead the
first basemen every season simply because he never touched a ball
hit two feet to either side of him. Miller, apparently, not only comes
up with them oftener b'ut goes and gets them as well.
IN THE double play standings, Miller has been in on average of 106.6
twin-killings per season as against Marion's 80.6. He has averaged
.705 per game, while the best Marion could do was .617. Of course, it
takes three men to make a double play, but the Cincinnati fans insist that
their man is the more adept of the two.
All of which seems to prove that the enthusiasm over Marion's ex-
ploits may be just a little bit premature. Undoubtedly, "Slats" is a fine
ball player. He may even have some claim to greatness. But in their
enthusiasm for the antics of the lanky Cardinal shortstop the experts
seem to have forgotten all about Miller. True, Miller didn't play on a
championship team and has not made the haadlines with the same con-
sistency that Marion has. He is not as colorful as Marion, nor as spec-
tacular. Miller is just a quiet, workmanlike ball player who does his
job the best way he knows how, which seems to be pretty good, the way
the people of Cincinnati tell it.

but Kell came back with a field goal
from the foul line to put Michigan
ahead. Risen made it 3-2 on a neat
under-the-basket shot after wresting
the ball away from several Wolver-
The rest of the half was a see-
saw affair as the lead changed
hands eight times before Rifen-
burg brought the near-capacity
crowd to its feet with his two
quick baskets to send the Wolver-
ines into their longest lead of the
evening. Lund's tally a moment
later was the final scoring of the
Ohio State came back with a rush
at the opening of the second period
and threatened to haveathings pret-
ty much its own way, as the Bucks
whittled Michigan's lead steadily.
Don Grate, all-Conference forward
of last year, finally tied it up on a
spectacular tip-in from eight feet

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Although you may be
busy with your school
and war work, don't
forget to remember your
friends on their birth-
days or on other special
occasions . . . . with

We have a fine selection of both
723 North University

South Victorious Over North, 24-7

Iowa Beats MSC
For Sixth Victory
IOWA CITY, IOWA, Dec. 30.-
Iowa's Hawkeyes romped to their
sixth consecutive basketball victory
here tonight, with a 66-29 win over
Michigan State.
The Hawks displayed few signs of
brilliance as they trampled the same
team Ohio State defeated 67-31 two
days ago. Dick Ives, Iowa's usually
high point making forward, was held
to a mere five counters, and scoring
honors were taken over by Herb
Wilkinson with 14.
Fortino and Rapchak led Michigan
State with nine each. Despite the
score, thesHawkeyes did not look
like the same club that stopped
Notre Dame last week. Fast breaks
were not often in evidence and the
Iowans took many futile shots.
Had it not been for the extreme
coldness of the Spartan forwards
the 32-15 half time count in favor
of Iowa might have been much
Play in the final period still was
slow, but the work of Ned Postels
made the Hawks look somewhat


MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 30-(P1)
--Sgt. Charley Trippi, the former
Georgia star and current pride of
the Third Air Force eleven, was the
chief contributor today in a 24 to 7
victory of the South-All-Stars over
their Northern opponents in the an-

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nual Blue-Gray contest.
Trippi, a member of the 1942 Rose
Bowl eleven at Georgia, passed and
ran the Blue lads into defeat before
the game was many minutes old,
pacing two drives for touchdowns in
the first 18 minutes.
So great was the superiority of the
South's line that Blue running plays
gained only 18 yards. Bob Hoern-
schemeyer of Indiana almost passed
the losers back into the running,
however, with an even dozen com-
pleted tosses,










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