WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1947
T H E MICHIGAN DAILY"
Fought on Sport Pages
By JERRY ALEXANDER
Just a few short words, "how
many touchdowns do you think
Michigan would beat Notre Dame
by?" asked by some insignificant
sportswriter of the Irish head
coach Frank Leahy, after the
Wolverines had whipped Pitts-
burgh by a much larger score than
the Notre Dame margin and a
national controversy caught fire.
All the sports pages carried
Leahy's hot retort that he would
be only too glad to match. his
boys against the Michigan eleven
on any Saturday of any year.
The verbal battle was on and
it raged for several days until the
papers found some other feature
material to use, for the likelihood
of such a meeting was almost im-
possible due to the Big Nine Pa-
cific Coast agreement in the an-
nual Rose Bowl classic.
There was only one group that
was in any position to sound off
with any authority, and the play-
ers on the Pitt Panther eleven
were hesitant about an answer.
E Several of them did say however,
that if the two teams met next
week, it would be the Wolverines
that would walk, off the field
points ahead. If the same battle
was played later on though, the
edge would be with Notre Dame.
First Trty for Irish
Their reasons were that it was
Notre Dame's first game and they
were understandably rough and
not the usual highly polished elev-
en that always carries the Irish
banner. Then too, the Panthers as
a whole were "up" but good, for
the Notre Dame game and did
suffer a letdown against Michigan.
In addition, there were four key
men out of the Pitt lineup that
It was the consensus of opin-
ion that Notre Dame as a whole
was over-rated. The preseason
buildup they received awarded
them the National Championship
before a single tackle was made.
They aren't that good. Lujack at
quarterback is one of the greatest
if not the top player in the coun-
try today. He makes an above av-
erage team great. The rest of the
supporting cast doesn't exactly fit
into slouch class either, but with-
out Lujack in there flinging passes,
they would have a hard time of it.
Star Only to Pass
The actions of Leahy inciden-
tally, bring out this point made
by the Panther players. For Lu-
jack's instructions are not to
carry the ball, just pass, pass
and pass some more. Leahy is un-
derstandably afraid of an injury to
his All-American boy and real-
izes he has no one that even comes
close to Mling his star's shoes.
Thus, nothing is settled and this
controversy joins many others
wherein two top teams in the
country fail to make the sports-
writers happy by meeting on the
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kept up a similar pace with an
identical triumph over Washing-
ton State, remained in fourth
place with 969 points although
the Bears got only one first-place
Illinois, sixth last week, movedl
into fifth place after its 40-13 win
over previously unbeaten Minne-
sota and Army moved up a notch
to sixth place on the strength of
its 40-0 showing against Virginia
None of this week's top ten has
met defeat this season. Seven are
all-victorious and the other three,
Illinois, Army and Southern Cali-
fornia, have been tied once.
Standings of the first ten (first
place votes in parentheses: Points
based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 sys-
Reputation of M' Eleven
Does Not Scare Illinois
Claim Illini Victory Would Be No Upset;
Weber Also Talks at Quarterback Meeting
CHICAGO, Oct. 20-UP)-Their Nov. 1 date with Michigan's pul-
verizing Wolverines doesn't scare the also-unbeaten fightin' Illini none.
In fact, Athletic Director Doug Mills of Illinois told the Herald-
American quarteback meeting today that "It won't be any upset if
Illinois beats Michigan."
That failed to smoke out any retort from Michigan's booming
ambassador of good will, rotund Wally Weber, who also addressed the
Freshman Coach Weber admitted the Wolverines, despite a daz-
zling offense and man-power to burn, will have their fingers crossed at
Champaign, Ill., a week from Sat-
1-Michigan (147) .....
2-Notre Dame (21) ..
3-Texas (10) .........
4-California (1) .......
6-Army (2) ...........
7-Georgia Tech (2) ...
9-PFenn State (1)...
Others receiving one4
points included: Purdue
.. . 311
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may make a prediction on the score of the Minne-
sota-Michigan gahe. The closest prediction
earn a cash award of $5.00.
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the best in barber work.
Liberty at Maynard
consin and Minnesota 2 each.
At Badger Win
The East is doing a little public
moaning over Wisconsin's 9 to 0
victory over the Yale football
team, and even is cautiously ad-
mitting that maybe Big Nine foot-
ball on the whole is a little tough-
er than the variety played in this
With the exception of Army, of
course, which is an assembly job
of players from all over the coun-
try. The argument is that Wis-
consin is rated strictly second
string in the Big Nine this year,
and that Yale is near the top in
"We had definite title aspira-
tions last season and Illinois fixed
us in admirable fashion," roared
Weber, who scorns a microphone
as a public speaker.
"And then back in 1939 (Michi-
gan's Tom Harmon era), Illinois
smote us like a bolt out of the blue
-that 16-7 defeat will never be
forgotten by Michigan."
But although expressing great
worry whether Michigan can hur -
dle Minnesota (next Saturday)
and Illinois on successive week-
ends, Weber proudly admitted
that the Wolverines of this year
couldhhave handled Army at its
"Don't forget only a great Army
pass by Glenn Davis beat us last
year," said Weber, "and this year
we have tertiary strength to go
along with fine firist and second
Weber dodged comment upon
the possibility of a renewal of
Michigan-Notre Dame football re-
The Michigan Board of Control
will have to answer that one," he
said. Coach Frank Leahy of No-
tre Dame told last week's quar-
terback meeting that the Irish
would gladly meet Michigan "any
Saturday, any season."
Mills did not elaborate on Illi-
nois' chances against Michigan,
but said that Perry Moss, Illini
quarterback, had found himself
as a T-formation strategist and
was passing brilliantly.
Sigma Phi Epsilon won the In-
ter-fraternity cross country cham-
pionship yesterday by nosing out
Phi Gamma Delta, defending
champions, 59-62, in what turned
out to be strictly a two team race
for the crown.
Lou Calabrese of the Phi
Gains captured the individual
blue ribbon by touring the hilly
two mile course in 11 minutes,
39.1 seconds to set a new all
time record for the event.
Bill Ratillic, Kappa Sigma, who
held the old record of 11:43
couldn't match the flying Fiji to-
day, and trailed Calabrese across
the finish line to capture second
Chi Psi and Beta Theta Pi rolled
up 91 points apiece to tie for third
place, and Kappa Sigma took the
fifth spot with a 96 point total.
CHICAGO, Oct. 21 - (/P) -
Mighty Michigan m a y have
bowled over Northwestern, but it
didn't stop the Wildcats' explo-
sive Art Murakowski, who has his
sights on the Big Nine's modern
individual scoring record of 78
Murakowski's three touch-
downs against the Wolverines
raised his total to five six-mark-
ers and 30 points in two confer-
ence gaines. The slam-bang
halfback from East Chicago,
Ind., who stands six feet and
weighs 195 pounds, has four
games left to topple the league
record set by the late Tony But-
kovich of Purdue in 1943.
Wolverine coaches admitted
their defenses against Northwest-
ern were primarily arranged to
halt Murakowski's swift flank
sweeps, a fact that emphasizes
how well ambling Arthur can op-
erate under pressure.
In Speed Drills
Michigan's freshman gridders
had a slight change in their drill
diet yesterday when Coach Wally
Weber had every man on the
squad compete in twenty yard
foot races as a warm-up for a
short scrimmage between the reds
and the blues.
Alternating the races accord-
ing to positions in the line and
backfield, Coach Weber was
able to determine whether or
not he had been using square
pegs in round holes according
to the individual's speed.
Showing the fastest gait was
End John Hess while flankmen
Dick Popp and Joe Gussie were
practically breathing down his!
neck. Fullback Bob Currie out-
distanced his adversaries, and Al
Bassey and Don Palmer showed
the way for the wingbacks.
A modest athletically-minded
youth from Muskegon Heights,
Mich., is proving a virtual spear-
head for the rushing attack of
Fritz Crisler's rocketing Univer-
sity of Michigan Wolverines.
Fullback Jack Weisenburger,
smart, fast and tough at 167
pounds, has run 295 yards so far
this seasan against Michigan's
first four opponents.
=Asked about the 116 yards he
picked up against Northwestern
Saturday, likeable Jack of course
minimized his own part, as well as
the two touchdowns he scored.
"All I had to do was run," he
said, "because of the wonderful
down-field blocking performance
turned in by the rest of the boys."
You can take that with a grain
of salt without taking anything
away from the teammates, for
coaches, players and observers
know the amiable, hard-working
20-year-old as an ideal athlete.
NEW YORK, Oct. 21-(G)-Six
National League players and four
American Leaguers make up the
1947 Major League All-Star team
as selected for the Associated
Press by 233 baseball writers
throughout the nation.
Strangely enough, the World
Champion New York Yankees
show only one representative
while the Brooklyn Dodgers, Na-
tional League pennant winners,
did not place a single man on the
team. Neither did the St. Louis
Cardinals nor the Detroit Tigers
who finished second in their re-
The New York Giants Cleve-
land Indians and Boston Braves,
neither of whom finished better
than third, placed two men apiece.
One representative from the Yan-
kees, one from the Boston Red
Six, one from the Cincinnati Reds
and another from the Pittsburgh
Pirates completed the team.
Only one member of the 1946
team repeated in 1947. He was
Ted Williams, the slugging out-
fielder of the Red Sox who led the
American League in batting, home
runs, runs batted in, runs scored,
extra base hits, total bases and
bases on balls.
The All-Star Team:.. .. ....
Red Sox; Joe DiMaggio, Yankee;
and Ralph Kiner, Pirates.
FIRST BASE-Johnny Mize,
SECOND BASE-Joe Gordon,
THIRD BASE-Bob Elliott,
CATCHER - Walker Cooper,
Reds and Warren Spahn, Braves.
Maize and Blue Sharpen
Of fense for Gopher Clash
With a successful Big Nine opener against Northwestern behind
them, Michigan's football squad got down to the business at hand, that
of this Saturday's game with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, yes-
terday in their practice sessions at Ferry Field.
Offense seemed to be the order of the day as Coach Herbert
"Fritz" Crisler sent his squad through various plays against a white-
shirted jayvee squad, in preparation for the 38th meeting between
Minnesota and Michigan.
In their previous 37 clashes on the gridiron, the Wolverines have
a big edge in games won, emerging
victorious in 22 of the contests,
while losing 13 and tying the other
two times. The Maize and Blue
M an in MqSC will also be angling for its fifth
EAST LANSING, Oct. 21-(IP)-
If George Guerre is "there" Mich-
igan State may have an answer to
the backfield threat posed by Dan
"Dopey" Phelps and Jack Faris of
the University of Kentucky Sat-
In the first two games of the
season "Little Dynamite" from
Flint sputtered for a net gain of
only 14 yards.
Against Washington State
Guerre exploded for 183 yards
and added 143 more against
Iowa State to bring his total to
338 yards for the season.
If little Georgie can continue
the pace Michigan State may
make a respectable showing
against the favored Wildcats.
End Coach Kip Taylor rates the
Kentuckians among the 10 best
teams in the country.
"Plenty of everything" is the
way Taylor summed up his scout-
Biggie Munn threw his varsity
squad against pick of the Spar-
tan freshmen in Tuesday's
The MSC coaches consider this
next one the toughest remaining
on their Schedule and are bearing
down accordingly in the workouts.
victory in a row from the invad-
ers from Minneapolis.having won
four in succession beginning in
In Top Shape
The Wolverines will be close to
peak condition physically for the
Minnesota game. Although full-
back Dick Kempthorn is still a
question mark due to his knee in-
jury suffered in the Pitt game of
two weeks ago, it appeared that
Michigan's captain, Bruce Hil-
knee, who did not see any action
in the Wildcat game because of a
leg injury, would be ready for the
Ralph Kohl, defensive Wolver-
mne tackle, who was hurt in the
Northwestern game will also prob-
ably be ready. It was the recur-
rence of an old knee injury in
Kohl's case and was not too seri-
ous according to Doctor Alfred
Coxon team physician. Kohn and
Hilkene took an active dart in yes-
terday's drills, while Kempthorn
saw limited work.
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