T HE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE THREID
Michigan Faces Strong
Western Quintet at 7:30;
Victory String in
Utah Clas da
eland Wmins First Pro Grid Crown, 15-14;
erfield Sparks Victory over Wasington
Ooosterbaan To Pick Starters
Feinberg, Harrison, Mullaney,
By HANK KEISER
Fresh from its 58-45 victory over a
well-balanced Great Lakes quintet
last Saturday, Michigan's undefeated
basketball squad will take the floor
at 7:30 p.m. today in Yost Field
House to test its skill against the
University of Utah's visiting aggrega-
With four straight victories under
their belt, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's
Wolverine cagers are out to annex
their fifth win of the season and keep
their loss column blank. Pre-game
De Paul Leads
NEW YORK, Dec. 18-()-The De
Paul Blue Demons of Chicago are out
in front of the field at this early
stage of the scramble for the mythi-
cal national college basketball cham-
Sparked again by big George Mi-
kan, De Paul is undefeated in six
games and is favored to make it eight
straight by bowling over Arkansas
State and Oregon State this week.
Included in the DerPaul streak is a
46-42 triumph' over the Oklahoma
Aggies, the team that upset the Blue
Demons in the battle for the mythi-
cal title last March.
odds favor Michigan in tonight's
clash on the basis of its record to
Utah Five Strong
However, Utah's teams have al-
ways been recognized as a power in
basketball circles and have consti-
tuted a major threat to the su-
premacy of the leading college quin-
tets. Another fact which weighs heav-
ily in Utah's favor is that this is the
first time the current Wolverine com-
bination will face a Far-Western
squad. Hence, Michigan's cagers will
be contending with a crew whose
style of play is unfamiliar to them.
Although Oosterbaan has made no
comment on tonight's battle and has
not mentioned the varsity lineup, the
Maize and Blue's first five will be
composed of a combination of the
following cagers: Glen Selbo, Marty
Feinberg, Bob Harrison, John Mul-
laney, Dave Strack, and Walt Kell.
Who Flays Center?
Selbo, Harrison, and Feinberg have
all taken their turn at the center
post this season. One of them will
probably lead off in that spot tonight,
while the other two handle the for-
ward slots. In addition, Mullaney,
who doubles at guard and forward,
will most likely see action at starting
time. Strack and Kell, both guards,
round off the list of first five candi-
In last Saturday's meeting with
Great Lakes, the Wolverines let loose
with a second half drive to lead the
Bluejackets by 13 points when the
final whistle blew. Selbo and Harrison
pased the squad with 16 and 15 points
respectively to place one-two in scor-
ing for the evening, while Sailof Mel
Weiss rated third with 11 points to
Come From Behind
At the end of a hard-fought period
Michigan led by a mere four points,
26-22. But shortly after the second
frame got under way the Maize and
Blue cagers ran their total up to 38,
while the Bluejackets only managed
to sink one charity toss, increasing
their score to 27. From then on it was
Michigan all the way. When the game
ended the score read 58-45, Michigan,
and the Wolverines had a'dded the
fourth consecutive victory of the sea-
son to their record.
Today's game will be the last non-
Conference appearance for the Wol-
NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
By BILL MULLENDORE, Sports Editor
T WASN'T so very long ago that Elmer Layden, National Professional
Football League commissioner, said of the infant American Professional
League, "How can it compete with us? Why, they don't even have a foot-
Layden's statement seemed safe enough at the time. The American
League was having tough sledding, what with a war going on, a player
shortage, and some very skillfully exerted pressure from the solidly
entrenched National League interests.
But the end of the war has done some funny things to the world of sport.
The rise of the American loop into a formidable contender for the profes-
sional football spotlight may be one of them.
The recent fracas over the use of New York's Yankee Stadium, which
ended in complete victory for the American League representatives, has
finally forced the National Leaguers to recognize their would-be younger
PREVIOUSLY, the Nationals had adopted a policy of ignorance toward
the American League. So little did they think of it, they merely assumed
it didn't exist and went on about their own business.
Apparently, the men behind the new circuit aren't taking the studied
insult any too well. They have come out fighting. The squabble over the
rights to Yankee Stadium was probably just the first in a series of
clashes that ought to keep the pro grid pot boiling most of the winter.
,Personally, we would like to see the American League win itself a place
in the sun. Competition never hurt anything, and professional football
should be no exception. The presence of two competing leagues would in-
wvitably mean higher standards all around.
For a long time, though, the outlook for the rival circuit was pretty black.
The founding fathers made one bad error in trying to float the venture
during wartime, when even the National League was finding the going plenty
But the boom in attendance figures co-incidental with the end of
the war has opened up all sorts of new fields for athletic promotion.
The American League should be able to ride up into the front row on the
new wave of public interest.
At any rate, the American Leaguers aren't doing half badly in their pre-
liminary maneuvers. They won the first round, hands down. For a league
without a football, but with a Yankee Stadium, we would say they have
done more than all right.
PUCKMEN FLY HIGH:
MacInnes' Net Play Provides
Higohlgt, of Fourth Triump
By The Associated Press
MUNICIPAL STADIUM, CLEVE-
LAND, Dec. 16-One freak break-I
all the weirder since it happened on
a toss by Sammy Baugh-one of foot-
ball's greatest passers-gave the
Cleveland Rams their first National
Professional League championship
The freak came in the early min-
utes of a bitter battle played in the
biting-est, freezing-est kind of win-
ter on a field that was a reasonable
facsimile of a hockey rink. And for
Munn in 'Informal'
Touch with Syracuse
Clarence L. (Biggie) Munn,
Michigan line coach, has admitted
that he has been in "informal con-
tact" with Syracuse authorities
concerning the head coaching job,
for which he has been rumored
all the rest of the game meant to
the final result, the boys might just
as well have gone home right there
for they fought it out even-up the
rest of the 'way, and when it wound
up the Rams had a 15 to 14 "photo
finish" victory over the Washington
Waterfield Throws for Two
It didn't matter that icicle Bob
Waterfield threw two touchdown
passes after that, or that the Red-
skins had to play all but a few
moments without the great Baugh,
and Indiana's Frank Filchock filled
in admirably with a pair of scoring
pitches of his own.
This 13th annual playoff of pro
football's "world series" was settled
almost before anyone in the slim
crowd of 32,178 "north polers" had
a chance to catch their first chilblain
or frostbitten ear.
Baugh Scores 'Direct Hit'
After holding for downs on their
own five, the Redskins took over with
their backs to the wall. Baugh
byT the fireside,,0
Made ti oiu h
per ect one for him
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Winning its fourth consecutive vic-
tory the hard way, Michigan's hockey
team had to put up a stiff fight be-j
fore it finally conquered the Detroit
Auto Club last Saturday night at the
Coliseum by a score of 4-2.
It was a duel between goalies. Jack
MacInnes, in the nets for the Maize
and Blue, and Lloyd Storie doing the
honors for the Detroit Sextet, proved
Jacobson in Front
In Scoring Column
In four games so far this season,
Michigan's hockey team has amassed
a total of 27 points while their op-
ponents have managed to collect 12
Leading the Wolverine sextet, is
Bill Jacboson with six markers, fol-
lowed by Wally Grant, Neil Celley,
Gord MacMillan, and Al Renfrew who
are tied for second with four tallies
each. Grant is the only one who has
scored in all the tilts.
I to be almost impregnable. Coach Vic
Heyliger said, "Maclnnes played the
greatest game of any goalie I have
ever seen on the Michigan ice.
Heyliger continued to say that of-
fensively the squad was tops, but on
the defensive angle of the contest the
pucksters were faulty at times. There
were moments when MacInnes was
left unprotected because the defense-
men did not take cade of the break-
away plays fast enough. Only the
Wolverines' varsity goalie's brilliant
playing prevented the visitors from
tallying more poin.ts.
Michigan's puck mentor said his
first two forward lines of Wally
Grant, Neil Celley, Walt Gacek, and
Gord MacMillan, Al Renfrew, and
Bill Jacobson, displayed some good
offensive work, and were only pre-
vented from scoring more often be-
cause Storie continually turned back
difficult shots. The Auto Club's goalie
held the same position on the Cleve-
land Barons' sextet for three years.
The Maize and Blue pucksters will
be shooting to extend their string of
victories when they meet the Sault
St. Marie squad at 8 p.m. Thursday
at the Coliseum. Last year the Sault
St. Marie team won 20 out of 22 tilts.
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