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nT S DAY, t? BER 8, 1946



Brecheen Hurls Brilliant Shutout To Evens



Army at Top Strength for Saturday's Battle
Of Grid Giants as Blanchard, Fuson Return

Wolverines Top
Conference btit
Lag in Statistics
Rate Third Defensively
And Fourth on Offense

The Cat Stops Bosox
On Four Hits To Win, 3-0

Neither Doc Blanchard nor Ug
Fuson, his understudy at fullback,
saw action for Army against Cornell
last Saturday but Coach Fritz Cris-
ler expects that both will be ready
when the Cadets tangle with Michi-
gan here this weekend.
Blanchard was in uniform against
Cornell with a taped-up knee but did
not take part in pre-game warm-ups.
Fuson, who operates from right half
when Blanchard is in the line-up, is
also listed as a casualty but is ex-
pected to start against the Wolver-
Coach Art Valpey, who has been
scouting the Cadets this season, had
little to say. Valpey thinks that
Glenn Davis has looked every bit as
fast this fall as he did in 1945. He
also praised the work of Sheldon
Biles, who was shifted from guard
this year to fill in the gap at tackle
left by the departures of Dewitt Coul-
ter and Al Nemetz.
Valpey also stated that the Army
first string had not played more than
half of any of the Cadets' three
games to date. However, he did not
try to estimate the strength of the
Cadet reserve strength. Valpey said
the Cadets have been using about
three teams per game.
Crisler announced that guard
George Burg who twisted his ankle
against Iowa would Probably not see
action Saturday, but on the credit
side of the ledger the Wolverine men-
tor said that quarterback Don Rob-
inson would probably be in shape to
play against the Codets.

ARMY TROUBLE-Coach Fritz Crisler is hoping for an encore of this
play and others like it Saturday. "Mr. Hands" is Lennie Ford scoring
the second touchdown against Indiana. Ford will draw the thankless job
of trying to stop Glen Davis' end runs come this week-end.

CHICAGO, Oct. 7-(P)-Statistics
in the still young Western Conference
football season today only added to
the confusion in the race currently
headed by Michigan with two vic-
tories in as many starts.
Official figures released today
showed the Wolverines, although
holding decisions over defending
champion Indiana and Iowa, rate
fourth offensively and third defen-
sively in team performance.
Illinois sets the offensive pace
with 255 yards by rushing in its
43-7 Conference opener rout of
Purdue, followed by surprising
Northwestern's 241-yard parade en
route to a 28-0 win over previously
unbeaten Wisconsin.
The title-holding Hoosiers, snap-
ping back after an opening setback
by Michigan with a 21-0 decision over
Minnesota, are tops defensively,
based on a record of yielding only 26
yards through the air on passes.
The Hoosiers are third in the of-
fensive column with an average of
291.5 net yards gained by rushing
and passing, behind Illinois' over-all
aggregate of 347 and Northwestern's
Michigan, priming for its se'-out
battle against Army at Ann Lrbor
Saturday, has a 252.5 average, in-
cluding 204 by rushing and 48.5 by
Illinois ranks second defensively,
surrendering an average of 155 yards
by passing and rushing,
the iovry hunters were around and
this momentous day proved to be the
end of the rainbow. All lanky Dick
could do was belt a 400-foot homer
the first time up.
$52,000 Hit
On Richard's next appearance the
fans assembled were amused to dis-
cover the Northwestern rightfielder's
whereabouts-he could barely be
seen with the naked eye. But this
time Dick hit one so far over his
head he didn't even give it a chase.
That blow was the clincher on Wake-
field's $52,000 bonus together with
a brand new car. For once the scouts
started to bid, Wakefield had them
in his hip pocket. Cleveland was the
last persistent bidder to go down be-
fore Owner Brigg's terrific offer.
Dick's so-called aims at higher edu-
cation can be taken with a grain of
salt this fall, if one can judge by the
subjects he has elected. But if Big
Leaguer Wakefield returns to the
Tigers in the spring with a more edu-
cated bat, his bankroll will more than
compensate for any lack of credits
towards his degree and enable him to
buy every University lawn mower to
-By "Pro" Boim

Williams Fails To Get Hit;
Harris Charged with Loss
ST. LOUIS, Oct. s 7-(A')-With
Harry (The Cat) Brecheen turning
in a masterful four-hit pitching job
against the vaunted Boston Red Sox
sluggers, the St. Louis Cardinals
bounced back with a 3 to 0 triumph
in the second game of the World
Series today before another packed
crowd of 35,815.
In squaring the play-off for the
National League champs, Brecheen
not only hamstrung the Sox with his
left-handed shoots, but knocked
across what proved to be the win-
ning run, with a single off Mickey
Harris in the third inning and him-
self scored the game's third run in
the fifth frame.
Sox Stopped Cold
Not a Boston player reached third
base and only twice did the Sox
move a man as far as second. Each
time it was Rudy York, whose 10th
inning homer broke up yesterday's
opening game. He drew two of the
three walks given up by Brecheen.
Ted Williams, greatest of the Sox
sluggers, did not get a hit and was
the victim of one of the four
strikeouts registered by the slim,
160-pounder from, Broken Bow, Okla.
Once Williams swung so viciously at
a curve that His bat left his hands
and sailed into the Boston dugout,
barely missing a couple of his team-
Harris Has Trouble
While Brecheen was scheckling
the American Leaguers with one of
the superb performances of World
Series history, his opponent, Harris,
found hard going in the seven inn-
ings he worked before being lifted
for a pinch-hitter.
Del Rice, the Cardinal catcher,
opened up on Harris with a fence-
rattling double in the third inning,
and Brecheen, after making no at-
tempt to sacrifice, dumped a single
into right field to drive his battery
mate across with the day's big run.
Rice also sparked the Cards' two-
run clincher in the fifth, which he
led off with a single to left. This
time Brecheen tried to move him
along to second, but Pinky Higgins,
Sox third baseman, grabbed his bunt
and threw wildly past second. Rice
raced clear to third and Brecheen to
second on the bobble.
Deciding Runs
Red Schoendienst was an infield
out, both runners holding up, but
Captain Terry Moore slapped a single
through Bobby Doerr at second to
count Rice, and Brecheen romped in
a few minutes later as Stan Musial
hit into a forceout at second and
beat the relay to first. That was all
The Cat needed, and then some.
As a result of Brecheen's inspired
stand, the championship play-off
was a wide-open proposition tonight.
The Cards were very much "up,"
while the Sox, who not Mnany times
this season have been jolted by such
a hurling job as was done on them
today, were far from cheerful in their
dressing room.

-who put holes in a sagging Sox
offense to knot the series count.



kM Agenda
Today-Resident Halls open touch
football campaign.
Thursday-Nine professional frater-
nities begin touch football
Fraternity track meet.
Today through Sunday-Play-offs of
fall tennis tourney.
This Week-28 Fraternities start sea-
son to dethrone defending
champs, Chi Phi, in speed-
Independent touch football entries
still wanted.
There will be a meeting for all
those interested in wrestling at
4:00 p.m. today in the Yost Field
Between State & Michigan Theaters

Michigan football teams of the
past always seemed to have produced
outstanding centers, and this year
Coach Crisler has among his trio
of pivot men a rangy performer, J.T.
White, to help carry on the tradi-
An outstanding center at River
Rouge High, White impressed the
Ohio State coaching staff in his
freshman year more as a flanker
than as a center.
Thus the 1942 campaign
strangely found the local Michi-
gan product getting ready for the
battle against the Wolverines and
against his brother, Paul, who
manned the right halfback slot
and became just another man
named White as far as J.T. was


On the second day of practice he
suffered a shoulder separation which
required steady treatments for the
next five weeks. Coach Brown, how-
ever, put White into the Michigan
game, but the only encounter with
Paul was late in the second half
when J.T. tackled his brother. Nei-
ther of them said anything.
Transfering from Ohio State this
year, White discoered fourteen ends
battling for startiĀ± assignments.
Since Crisler had a couple of ex-
perienced centers in Harry Watts
and Bob Callahan, J.T. was switched
to center only to add strength to
that position, but by virtue of his
outstanding work in the Indiana and
Iowa games, the almost certain sub
has become an almost certain starter
in the future.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following fea-
ture was written by Pro Boim ... prob-
ably to prove to his many "friends"
that ie really could write, English,
that is.
McWakefield has returned . . .
Many of the overrushed, over-
crowded eager beavers on the Michi-
gan campus have been sprinting by
a tall, thin man hiding behind a
snappy fedora and big black cigar.
But out of the passing crowd, a more
poised pre-war Michigan man recog-
nizes this lazy, tottering figure that
unmistakably belongs to Dick Wake-
The long, thin man with the'come
easy grin and contagious laugh has
come a long way. He proved to be a
failure as a freshman catcher be-
cause of his dislike for catching low
pitches and more often than not,
swung at a third strike.
Not Worried
This didn't worry Coach Ray Fish-
er nor did it faze young Richard. All
Dick wanted to do was get ready for
the varsity season in 1941 and then
show 'em how to hit. In the mean-
while he worked as a lawn mower
on the campus grounds and just
managed to get three square meals
a day.
Dick's big day came on a sunny
afternoon behind Dyche Stadium in
Evanston. Every big league club had
a scout posted in the ; stands, msst
of them preferring to go (incognito)
disguised. Big Wakefield had a lucky
habit of reaching the heights when




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