Dick Rifenburg Jack Weisenburger Bob ChaIp3u s
VOL. LVIII, No. 28 ANN ARBOR, MICH., SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 1947 PRICE FIVE CENTS
Edge in St
To Handle Capacity
Out of Town Crowd
Ann Arbor braced itself today for a sell-out horde of 85,938 grid-
iron fans slated to view the Gopher-Wolverine football classic.
The weatherman promises fair skies and warmer temperatures
for the first sell-out throng of the season. Temporary bleachers have
been erected on top of the gridiron bowl to handle the overflow crowd.
Meanwhile local restaurant owners and hostelry managers have
made special plans to handle the throng. Virtually every hotel room
in town has been reserved months in advance for the homecoming
weekend, with thousands of Michigan Alumni expected tQ be on
hand for the event.
- > In anticipation of near record
Big Pep RallyI
Game, Dance Today
Thousands of riotous students
last night raised the curtain on
Michigan's annual homecoming
celebration at the Ferry Field Pep
The boisterous throng streamed
into the rally area shortly before
7:30 p.m. The affair was barely
underway when emcee Frank
Picard, former "M" Club president
and noted Detroit judge, was a-
structed to "roll 'em up" by yeh-
A yellow glare by a huge bonfire
danced over the seething mass of
gridiron fans as genial Wally
Weber whipped up enthusiasm -for
this afternoon's grid clash for the
"Little Brown Jug."
Then, led by the Wolverine
cheerleading crew, the shouting
throng poured out of Ferry Field
and rioutously snake-danced its
way up State St. to the campus
area, playing hob with traffic flow
on the way.
The entire Ann Arbor police
force was pressed into service to
handle the crowd, but the handful
of law, officers failed to hold in
check some of the more boisterous
members of the throng.
The cheering crowd quieted mo-
Imentarily as most of them filed
into Hill Auditorium for the Mich-
igan Band-sponsored Varsity
Night variety show. However,
cheers echoing through the jam-
packed auditorium interrupted the
two-hour-long show several times.
The homecoming celebration
continues today with a house dis-
play contest, the afternoon grid-
iron tilt, climaxed by an all-cam-
pus dance in the Intramural
throngs, eating establishments
have augmented staffs and laid in
extra food supplies. Local taverns,
ever mindful of thirsty-grid fans,
have also stocked up on liquid re-
Early today, football fans began
pouring into Ann Arbor from
every point in the nation via train,
bus, auto, and plane. Overworked
t'ransportation authorities 'have
pressed every available piece of
equipment into service to handle
Large Gopher Contingent
Some X4,500 Gophers will make
the trek from Minnesota on sev-
eral special trains. Gopher fans
have also chartered at. least half-
a-dozen airliners for the football.
Game ducats were at a premium
today, with scalpers asking as
much as $20 for the prized card-
boards. Ticket Manager Don Weir
hung out the "sold out" shingle on
today's tilt more than a month
This year's homecoming cele-
bration promises to be one of the
most publicized in history. Every
major radio network will cover
the game as well as a host of
world newsmen representing wire
services and Detroit papers. The
game will also be televised over
WWJ-TV which has set up a ton
of equipment atop the press box.
Life Cameramen Here
Highlights of the entire week-
end are being recorded by a crew
of Life magazine cameramen who
yesterday kept flashbulbs popping
at the rally and Varsity Night
show. Life will also cover the
game itself and the all-campus
dance following the tilt. The
photos will be rushed to the print-
ing plant and will appear in next
Friday's edition of Life.
Scores of notables from through-
out the nation will be on hand for
the football battle. Former Gov-
ernor of Minnesota and avowed
presidential candidate Harold
Stassen will give a press confer-
ence at The Daily before attending
More than 200 Associated
Press managing editors from all
over the nation will h ents nf
Maize and Blue Air Attack Expected
To Offset Powerful Minnesota Line
By BOB LENT
Today is the day the Michigan Wolverine rolls out the home-
coming welcome mat, hoists the little Brown Jug and hopes to add
another notch to its Rose Bowl handle by taking on the Golden
Gopher from up Minnesota way at 2:00 p.m. before a sellout
throng of 86,000.
Just what kind of a welcome Fritz Crisler has cooked up for
his former alma mater is a matter of opinion, but estimates in these
parts seem to indicate that he will finally put his awesome grid
machine in full motion for the benefit of the thousands of alumni
who have poured into this quiet little town for a look-see at the
annual homecoming festivities.
The stakes are high for both teams with a Rose Bowl invita-
tion among the prize plums included in the victory basket. Should
the Gophers win thgy could very conceivably go to the New Year's
shindig since the toughest part of their schedule would be behind
them and Illinois is not eligible.
Michigan on the other hand has the prestige of being the nation's
top eleven to uphold as well as a Bowl invitation if it can also get by
Illinois next week.
Gopher coach Bernie Bierman hasn't said much about the job
in store for his boys this afternoon, but if there ever was a determ-
ined bunch of football players it was the gang that pulled into town
from Minneapolis yesterday afternoon. There wasn't a smile to be
seen. They're definitely "up" for this one and will judge the success
of the season on the outcome of this one game.
Just what Mr. B. brought with him on his southern trip is a
line as big as can probably be found in collegiate circles this year.
Averaging in the neighborhood of 210 pounds it has taken a back-
seat to none of the front walls it's faced thus far.
Despite the fact that the Gopher's starting center, Captain
Steve Sillianoff, is out with a leg injury, their ponderous line should
make things plenty rough for Michigan's ground forces this after-
It's in the air that the Wolverines should pile up their touch-
down and yardage advantage. Plagued by a crop of short backs
(only one stands over 6 feet), Bierman's pass defense has been the
weak point in his attempt to bring the Gophers back to their pre-
war position as a football power.
Even though Minnesota's big line pushed, Illinois all over the
field last week and their ground forces outgained the fighting
Illini, Perry Moss riddled the Gopher pass defense so frequently
and so accurately that the score wasn't even close as last year's
GOLDEN GOPHERS . . . Above is the bulk of the power Coach
Bernie Bierman brought down with him from up Minneapolis way.
Bye is the leading groundgainer in the Minnesota attack and the
Wolverines will see a lot of him this afternoon. Thiele, Faunce,
and Kuzma are other backs who will see plenty of action while
the gents on the right make up the Maroon and Gold "beef trust."
Bird's Eye View of Gridiron
Vetoed by Local Ordinance
Principals: Michigan (4-0)
By HAROLD JACKSON, JR.
Here's a word of warning for
those ticketless souls who are
growing desperate -to see today's
Gopher game-if you find a tree
to climb to watch the game don't
climb it-it's illegal unless the
owner issues you a written invita-
If you don't believe us, check]
Sec. 16 of Ann Arbor's "Disorder-]
ly" ordinance. It prohibits unin-
vited tree climbing at all athletic
in the freight yards or hide in the
stands early in the morning of
Today, however, with the mighty
and "almost impregnable" Michi-
gan Stadium planted on a treeless
plain, Sec. 16 is gathering dust in
the city's archives. State Street's
trees are tall and boyless now and
to a police lieutenant who used to
shinny up 'em, "it's all for the best
-but it sure was fun."
07 . 4)T)n 7 7rVm m 7
Coaches: H. O. Crisler, Michi-
gan; Bernie Bierman, Minnesota.
Captains: Bruce Hilkene,
Michigan; Steve Silianoff, Min-
Kickoff Time: 2 P.M.
Probable Attendance: 85,938.
Probable Weather: Cloudy and
Big Nine champs romped to a 40-
Just what Michigan's passing
combo of Chappuis and Co. (cur-
rently leading the nation in pass-
ing offense) will do to the Go-
pher's aerial cover is a matter
of widespread opinion.
Latest reports from this coun-
try's Betting Boulevard indicated
that the Maize and Blue will take
the field as 26-point favorites.
The general assumption is that
if Illinois could do it, so can
Michigan. Sticking one sports
writer's neck out, this corner will
hazard a 35-14 prediction.
Reasons for above guessing is
that Michigan's offense has prov-
en that it can score from any
place on the field and almost at
will. Hence the five touchdowns
with no misses for James 'Boot
The returning alumni should
see a lot more of the starting
backfield, Bob Chappuis, Bump
Elliott, Howard Yerges, and Jack
Weisenburger as well as the rest
P os. Michigan