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Favored in Brown Jug Clash

Baton Twins Add Color
To Wolverine Gridiron.

58,000 To Watch Underdog Gophers
Meet Michigan in 37th Annual Battle


You won't find the names of Bob
Gordon and Maurice Richards on
the Michigan football roster, but on
Saturday afternoons when the Wol-
verines are struggling up and down
the Michigan Stadium gridiron,
these two spend more time on the
field than some of the players.
For they are the two baton twirl-
ers whose intricate manipulations
with those chrome-plated shillelahs
serve to paint much of the Maize and
Blue colors. in the vivid stadium
Gordon Hails From New York
Gordon is a 21-year old senior in
the Business Administration school,
and he hails from, Greenwich Village
in New York City. He has been in
the stick-spinning game for about 12
years, and was the national high
school champion in 1941.
Richards, on the other hand, is a
comparative neophyte, having picked
up the baton only four years ago. He
is an 18-year old pre-dental fresh-
man and his home is in Royal Oak.
There is a lot more to baton-twirl-
ing thai slinging 30 inches of brass
up in the air, which is, according to
both, one of the easier feats. Every
aspirant to the flashy uniform and
the prancing step must have a 2om-
plete mastery of the 10 to 12 basic
twirls, and a top-notch twirler has
about 200 variations of these in his
repertoire, including a few specialties
which are as individual as a . signa-
Plenty of Work
And don't think this unusual vo-
cation has no risks. Sometimes the
members of the twirling clan have
been known to literally "knock them-
selves out" during a performance.
Sprained fingers, facial cuts, -and
associated bruises about the head are
some of the occupational hazards of
the art.
The spectators have been known
to suffer too, when the rubber tips
on the end of the baton have flown
off, causing many a person to have
a tough time explaining how he re-
ceived the resulting shiner.
When asked about the ideal condi-
tions for plying their trade, both
Gordon and Richards methodically
eliminated practically every type of
weather known to man. When it is
too hot their hands perspire and slip,
but they don't like it cold because
frozen fingers and a miniature prop-
ellor don't mix. Rain makes the bat-
on slick as glass and the wind blows
it all over the gridiron. They thought
the day of the Northwestern fracas
perfect-and readily admitted that
Hold Your Bonds

it was their worst performance of
the season.
Like all entertainers, Gordon has
his favorite memories. He says that
parading down the field at South
Bend after the 1942 Notre Dame
game, when the Wolverines pasted
the Irish 32-20; tops them all.
Richards never performed exten-
sively in public before this year, and
is in the process of making memories
for future reference. He likes to ex-
periment, and found that his high
throw reaches the fourth floor of the
West Quad, which is the height of
something or other.
Once in a While They Miss
Both miss their catches now and
then, and their close friends like to
count their. "drops" and present
them with the statistics after the
game. On the whole, however, they
believe the stadium crowds are a
sympathetic lot. .
Gordon and Richards advise oth-
ers against taking up the hobby of
twirling because the path to the
50-yard line is hard and long. If you
insist, they will supply you with some
of their secret rubbing liniment for
those bumps on your head, of which,
they assure you, there will be plen-
Michigan Tops
In .Attendance
Record Crowds Pack
Nation's Top Stadiums
NEW YORK, Nov. 1-(/P)--The
Universities of Michigan, Pennsyl-
vania, California and Ohio State,
schools that have big football stadia
and the kind of teams that fill them
week after week and year after year,
again are out in front in a season
that promises to smash all football
attendance records.
A mid-season Associated Press
survey of attendance at 83 leading
colleges show that crowds up 58.8
per cent over the ones that turned
out at a comparable stage of the
1945 season, which was a banner
year. Only two of the colleges in-
cluded did not have teams last year.
Michigan, with live home games so
far and sellouts for most of them, is
far ahead with a total of 375,176,
slightly more than 75,000 a game.
Pennsylvania, which fills Franklin
Field to capacity for most of its big
games, has drawn 275,000 for four
games as conpared to 222,000 for
the same number a year ago. Other
top totals include California, 233,000
for four home games; Ohio State,
217,640 for three; Tulane, 207,308 for
five; Southern California, 190,829
for three and Illinois, 176,228 for
In most cases there is no basis of
exact comparison with last year's
figures due to difference in number
of home games played. The overall
total, however, shows 6,199,562 spec-
tators turned out for 239 games this
year as against 3,903,030 for 232
games in 1945.

will share tailback spot with Chap-
puis today.
'B' Team Faces
MSC Jayvees
In Grid Battle
Weber Promises Foes
'Substantial Afternoon'
Quoth Wally Weber, coach of the
Wolverine "B" footbal squad, "We
will give 'em a substantial after-
noon," in referring to the Maize and
Blue J.V. fracas with Michigan State
Colle^'s Little Spartans today at
East Lansing.
Coach Weber wasn't kidding when
he said "substantial" either, judging
from the 50-man squad which is
making the trip.
The lads from MSC probably will
be favored to stake out a win over
the Wolverines, Weber stated, if past
records mean anything in this crazy
season. Employing a Notre Dame
style of play, the Spartans demon-
strated last Saturday just how effec-
tively they use it, when they clipped
the South Benders' Jayvees, 21-14.
The Junior Irish were undefeated
until they ran up against Michigan
Michigan moves from a single
wing, and it has worked well enough
to allow the Wolverines to down
every opponent to date except In-
On the field for the opening kick-
off for the Maize and Blue will be
Wizniewski and Keiser at the ends,
LaBenda and Eizones at the tackle
slots, Raymond and Maturo filling
the guard positions, and Urban over
the ball.
Lou Brunsting will take care of
the quarterbacking duties, teaming
with Chuck Lentz at left half to
form the Wolverines smooth-operat-
ing passing attack. Jim Holgate will
start at the other halfback slot, with
Mike Yedinack running from the
fullback position.
Several other Michigan gridders
are slated to take part in a goodly
portion of the afternoon's activities.
Don Kuick, the team's ace punter,
has his toe all twitching and ready
to go. Jack Harbaugh has recovered
from early-season injuries and is set
to play. Keeler at center and Hene-
veld at guard will be standing by.
SAM Opposes
ZBT in Football
Sigma Alpha Mu continues its im-
promptu football season this after-
noon as they meet Zeta Beta Tau
fraternity in a nine-man touch
game at 1:00 p.m. on the Burns Park
The Sammies sparked by tailback
and Captain George Gordon tri-
umphed over Phi Sigma Delta last
Sunday by a 19-0 count and will be
aiming for win number two against
the powerful Zebe outfit.
ZBT, headed by Captain "Mem-
phis" Wurtzburger are expected to
field a strong and shifty squad with
a starting backfield consisting of
Gene Winkelman, Morty Hartz, Jim
Lewe, and Fred Marks.
SAM will field almost the same
lineup that started last week's game.
Harry Newblatt and Lee Fisher will
be at the ends, Mark Abend and Sid
Katzman at guards and Hal Glad-
stone at center. In the backfield will
be Bernie Harris, Bernie Meislin,
Milt Ginsburg and Gordon.
F -

Minnesota Riddled by
Injuries Before Game
(Continued from Page 1)
Freshman who picked up a charley
horse in practice this week and pro-
bably won't see too much action.
Bierman's two starting ends, Herb
Hein and Vern Gagne, are both o-:
the limited service list. Hein sustain-
ed a bruised shoulder against Ohio
State last week while Gagne is re-
covering from a bruised hip. Guard
Chuck Dellago suffered a fracture of
the fibula against Nebraska in the
opener and he won't be ready until
next week.
Faunce To Start
On the credit side, though, the
Golden Gophers will again have the
services of their 170-pound running
and passing ace, Everette Faunce,
Faunce, who has been out with in-
juries part of the season, is ready
to operate again at tailback. Her-
man Frickey, 1942 regular, will be
around to spell him.
Calling signals for the Gophers
will be an old friend of the Wolver-
ines, Bob Sandberg. Sandberg, who
played a lot of ball in that 16-14
Gopher win four years ago, is the
key man in the Bierman system
which this year sprinkles a touch of
the T-formation with a generous
dose of the single wing.
Backfield in Good Shape
Rounding out the starting back-
field for Minnesota will be Mark
Heffelfinger at right half and Bill
Elliott at full. Heffelfinger started
his first game last week against Ohio
State and Bierman was so impressed
that he decided to start the young-
ster again tomorrow. Elliott is a fine
In reserve, Bierman will have such
veterans as quarterbacks Bill Thiele
and Merland Kispert; halfbacks
Chuck Avery, Warren Williams, Tom
Cates and Ralph McAlister; and full-
backs Ken Biersdorf, Dick Lutz and
Jim Malosky.
Up front the Gophers will be
anchored by guards Larry Olsonoski
and Leo Nomellini and centers Steve

Silianoff, Warren Beson and Clayt
Tonnemaker. Olsonoski and Beson
both saw action against Michigan in
1945. Nomellini is very highly re-
garded hereabouts. The tackles will
be 219-pound Bill Carroll and either

much to his usual line-up for the
game. Bob Wiese, who was hurt.
.against Illinois last week, is ready
to go but he may be used sparingly
depending on how the Wolverines
shape up. The Maize and Blue squad
is in top shape for the bathe.

J.T. White
P. White
Wiese or


Grant or Hein
Gagne or
W. Elliott

Ray Robinson
Kayos Hudson
In Sixth Round
DETROIT, Nov. 1 - ( P) - Sugar
Ray Robinson of New York outboxed
Cecil Hudson of Detroit for five
rounds and kayoed him in the sixth
session of a scheduled 10-round fight
before 8,614 fans at Olympia tonight.
Robinson's rapier-like left gave
him a wide margin of points before
he opened up as the sixth round got
underway. The Detroiter was downed
for a nine court early in the round
and was floored for the second time
a few moments later.rHe was count-
ed out at 2:59 of the round.
The crowd which paid a gross gate
of $21,690 had a brief flurry of ex-
citement as Hudson's handlers
rushed into the ring, protesting that
the bell rangrbefore Referee Johnny
Weber reacher a 10 count. The pro-
test was disallowed .
Danny Martin, 130, Detroit, out-
pointed Steve ellus, 135, London,
Ont., in four, while other prelimi-
naries included:





Start i/ourCita
Shpp inqv NOW!

ELMER MADAR - Madar has
earned a starting berth by his fine
defensive and offensive play this
Jim McGovern or Clink McGeary
alternating with the injured Wid-
Plenty of Ends
Hein and Gagne may see some
action at end but Bierman has
plenty of capable reserves in Bud
Grant, Gordon Soltau, Bill Baum-
gartner, Fred Baston and Larry
Halenkamp. Soltau also does the
kicking off for Minnesota and in
practice today he was consistently
booting the pigskin out of the end
Crisler will probably stick pretty

And a

Glittering Array of

Jewelers and Watchmakers



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