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January 11, 1945 - Image 3

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Michigan Wrestlers To
Open Season Saturday
Northwestern Threatens To Capture Second
Meet in History of Rivalry with Wolverines

Daily Sports Editor

WHEN THIS YEAR'S Wolverine basketball team first took the floor for its
initial game of the season, Don Lund was the only holdover from last
year's starting five, and although the squad won its opening game against
Romulus' Air Base, there was some speculation as to what the Michigan
quintet world do under fire.
This first test came when Michigan met the Ohio State cagers,
a team which was composed of veteran members from last year's Big
Ten championship team. This was the first Conference game for
both squads, and Michigan entered the fray with seven successive.
pre-Conference wins, which included two victories over Romulus Air
Base and Western Michigan, and one apiece over Kellogg Field, Central
Michigan and Wyoming.
Despite their defeat at the hands of a stubborn Kentucky outfit, the
Buckeyes were rated as overwhelming favorites to cop this tilt. Although
Ohio State lived up to advance expectations and defeated the Wolverines.
the Michigan team not only surprised the dopesters, but also their parti-
sans, as they put up a brilliant fight, only to succumb in the last minute
of a five minute overtime period, 44-41.
This game was a heart-breaker to lose because it could have gone
either way with a few breaks, and it turned our thoughts to last
year's squad, which always put up a valiant struggle in the first game
of an important two-game week-end series, only to lose by a few
bad breaks in close decisions. These close decisions must have had
a big bearing in the mental attitude of the cagers, because they
would lose very handily on the following night.
H ENCE, THE LOYAL followers of the Wolverines began to turn their
attention to Michigan's next opponents after the Ohio State tussle.
These opponents were Indiana and Illinois, and not only were they to be!
played on successive nights, but both teams were comprised of veterans
and considered improved over last year's teams.
Indiana came first, and as the time began to run out, Michigan
was behind 53-50, and it looked like another'tough game was going
to be recorded on the wrong side of the ledger. But two quick field
goals by Bob Geahan and Ted Berce enabled Michigan to forge ahead
and eke out a 54-53 triumph,
On the following night, the Wolverines took the measure of Illinois,
43-38, in another see-saw battle, which saw the lead change hands almost
as rapidly as did the ball.
After these week-end victories, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan stated
that "Michigan has been tough to beat this year. We have a young,
scrappy ball club that doesn't like to be beaten." Coach Oosterbaan
had a right to be pleased, as his team demonstrated that a taste of
defeat would not dampen its mental attitude, and with this resilency
in bounding back, they are still in the thick of the Conference race.
Coach Oosterbaan and his assistant, Bill Barclay, have done a good
job with this year's team, and they deserve a pat on the back for, thus
far in the season, this basketball team is the best I have seen in action in
the past several years.
Basketball Is Popular Pastime
Aboard War-Bound Troopship

When the Universities of Michigan
and Northwestern clash in the first
wrestling meet of the season Satur-
day, Jan. 13, it will provide both
thrills and inside information on the
strength of this year's squad to ev-
eryone who attends.
Northwestern, through its 16-14
win over usually strong Purdue,
will provide a very formidable foe
for the Wolverines. These two
schools have tangled seventeen
times since wrestling was inau-
gurated here at Michigan and the
Wildcats have been like "country
cousins" to the Maize and Blue
grapplers. The matmen of Mich-
igan have been returned victors in
sixteen of these matches.
With the brunt of Northwestern's
power lying in the lower weight divi-
sions, it is well that the Wolverines

are well stocked in these divisions.
Art Sachsel, who has had his own
way throughout most of the training
season is the likely starter in the 121
pound division.
Bob Johnston, at 128, Newt Skill-
man, at 136, and Fred Booth, at
145, are all probable choices to take
to the mats on Saturday.
In the 155 pound division, how-
ever a surprising upset has occurr-
ed. George Darrow, who lost a
close decision to Jim Zumberge
earlier in the season, turned the
tables on Stew Snyder, who ap-
peared as the cream ofathe 155
1pound crop. But now that Darrow
has defeated Snyder it is up to
Coach Wally Weber to decide
whether the win was decisive
enough to warrant a change in
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ONE REASON WHY HE WON-Samn Snead, winner of the recent Los Angeles open and one of the
nation's top golfers, is shown calmly blasting his way out of a sand trap on the 10th hole of the second
round of the open.. His shot landed six feet from the =in, and he holed out for a birdie three.
Mchigan AnArbor B b Ga1866
Marks Opening of Wolverine Sports Glory



When you speak of Michigan ath-
letic tradition, you are referring to
something which dates ;back almost
to the War Between the States, for
Wolverine athletics had their inau-
gural one spring day in 1866.
On that day Michigan took on a
local Ann Arbor team on the baseball
diamond and came off the field on
the long end of a somewhat astound-
ing 33-11 score. Baseball in those
days was somewhat different from
the modern version, as it was played
without gloves and on a smaller field.
Putouts were registered if a fairly
hit ball was caught on the first
That first baseball team enjoyed
a rather successful season, follow-
ing un the first victory with an-
other win over Ann Arbor, this
time by a 12-5 score, and then de-
feating Jackson in the final game,
61-1. High scores were appar-
ently the rule rather than the ex-


26-31, but the season ended on a
high note as Illinois fell, 16-40. Cross
country was discontinued in 1932.
1921-22 was a banner year for
Michigan athletics as three new
sports-hockey, swimming, and
wrestling-were added to the pro-
gram. The first hockey team won
its opener from M.A.C., 5-1 and
proceeded to a seven and four
record for the season. The swim-
mers lost their only meet to Erie
Y.M.C.A., 48-20, while the golf-
ers came through with three vic-
tories in as many starts, winning
the opener from Ohio State by a
1.-3 count.
The addition of these three sports
rounded out the program except for
a brief interlude when fencing was
introduced. Fencing began in 1927
but died a quick death, leaving the
scene in 1933.

The present Michigan athletic pro-
gram under the direction of H. O.
Crisler assisted by a 15-man coaching
staff consists of nine sports, of which
one, track, has a split season.
Football occupies the fall spot-
light by itself. The winter program
has five activities at present -
basketball, swimming, indoor track,
hockey, and wrestling-while base-
ball, outdoor track, golf, and tennis
take over during the spring and
summer months.
If Crisler's plan of last spring call-
ing for intercollegiate competition in
such sports as boxing, lacrosse, soc-
cer, 150-pound football, and others
goes into effect, Michigan athletics
bid fair to undergo a tremendous ex-
pansion, thereby increasing the
already great wealth of tradition
characterizing Wolverine athletics.

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NEW YORK; Jan. 10.--P)--You
can't very well say our troops are
going overseas in dribbles, but you!
might say that, on one transport,
anyway, they are dribbling their way
overseas. The game of basketball is
going right -along with them. On
shipboard, no less.
This one vessel, anonymous at the
moment, has built the sea-going
game from a haphazard, slam-bang
activity instituted solely for amuse-
ment and recreation into well organ-
ized leagues which include many
first-grade players and which offer
classy prizes for the different compe-
It was inaugurated in December,
1943, when the troopship was plying!
the South Pacific. A court was laid
out on deck, and because of the
necessarily small dimensions the size
Haegg, Lidman
To Come Here
NEW YORK, Jan. 10.-(/P)-The
on-again-off-again American trip of
long distance ace Gundar Haegg and
hurdler Haakon Lidman of Sweden
for the indoor track season is "on
again" according to word from
Stockholm today that the two Swed-
ish stars are determined to make the
trip by any means possible.
Charles Jansson, secretary of the
Swedish Sports Association, made
the announcement on behalf of the
Swedish stars after the athletes had#
received a proposal from Daniel J.
Ferris, secretary of the A.A.U., sug-
gesting they fly to England and then
sail to the United States. Ferris said
he had received indirect confirma-

of the teams was cut from five to
.four men.
A league immediately was formed
among the 14 divisions on the ship,
and, to give more members of the
crew a chance to play, a junior league
made up of less adept players then
was organized. Soon a regular pro-
gram came into being whereby one
game in each league was played
daily, with the remainder of the
time devoted to pick-up games be-
tween teams of enlisted men.
It wasn't long before Army troops
carried as passengers were accorded
periods on the court, and as many as
300 men a day took part in five-
minute games. It soon became the
policy to terminate each trip with
Navy-Army games, in which Army
enlisted men met the all-ship team
of the sailor enlisted men, and the
Army officers met the ship officers.
After about eight months it was
noted new faces were appearing on
the court every day, and the game
was taking on a "big-time" aspect.
As fast as a player came into his
own, he was graduated from the
junior circuit to the "big league."
Some of the better players now are
men who started play in the junior
At last report, according to infor-
mation received by Ned Irish, the
Madison Square Garden Basketball
impresario, ap prox i mately 7,680
troops, 450 mermbers of the ship's
company, and 500 Army officers have
made use of the court, playing in
temperatures ranging from 110 to 42
degrees and in all kinds of weather.
The passenger-players have in-
cluded many athletes familiar to
cage fans, such as Johnny Kundla
of Minnesota, Bert Abrams of St.
John's and Steve Gondek of Syra-

Football put in an appearance on
May 30, 1879, as the Wolverines de-
feated Racine College, 7-2. Later
in the fall, two more games were
played with Toronto furnishing the
opposition. One resulted in a 0-0
deadlock, and the other found Michi-
gan on top, 1-0. Football then re-
sembled the modern English rugby
game and was played without benefit
of the pads and helmets in use today.
Track became the third sport on
the Michigan athletic program in
1893, and tennis was instituted one
year later. The first track season
was an abbreviated affair, consist-
ing of a triangular meet with Wis-
consin and Northwestern. The Wol-
verines won handily, piling up 52
points to Wisconsin's 45 and North-
western's 15.
Michigan's debut in tennis was
also successful as the Wolverine
netters took both the singles and
doubles crowns in a tournament
labelled as the Northwestern Inter-
collegiate Meet.
Basketball finally drifted up from
Indiana, its birthplace, in 1909. Mich-
igan lost its first outing on the hard-
woods to Michigan State, which was
then known as Michigan Agricultural
College, 24-16. Oberlin was beaten
27-25 in the next encounter, but the
Wolverines then proceeded to drop
their following three engagements to
finish the season with an unimpres-
sive one won and four lost record.
Cross country running was intro-
duced in 1920, as Michigan beat Pur-
due, 17-38 (the team scoring the
least number of points wins in this
sport). M.A.C. again proved a nem-
esis for neophyte Wolverine squads,
beating the Maize and Blue runners

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