THE M-HICAN 1lAH1.Y
Meets McMaster Saturday
BRU:CE MAKES'EM STICK:
Hilkene Proves Worth as Grid Captain
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By DICK KRAUS
Daily Sports Editor
Just had words with a representative of the College Sports
Editor's Union, Local 903. Seems I'm listed as delinquent by the "Pan
the Coach" committee. They feel I show little respect for the martyrs
who have been blasting their coaches all year.
Telling him that the coach up here-a Mr. Crisler-has just
racked up this University's first unbeaten season in 15 years did abso-
lutely no good. He just said that didn't make any difference. This is
the year we pan coaches. I i 4 1 ..
All of which leaves me in one helluva spot. It's almost impossible
to pan the man from any angle. Not only did Mr. Crisler produce
the best football team in the land, but he blossomed out as one of
the finest comedians the radio has produced in years.
STRAIGHT MAN: Well, you shouldn't have too much trouble
with Ohio State.
FRITZ: Well, if you go by past performances. Ohio State beat
Northwestern 7-6 and Northwestern lost to Notre Dame, the nation's
top team, by only seven points so you can see they figure to give us
a good deal of trouble.
STRAIGHT MAN: In spite of that, the season records show that
Ohio has shown very little and your Wolverines figure to run over.
A star-studded programheaded
Adolph Kiefer, will be presented at
the annual Swim Gala to be held
at the I-M pool December 12 and
A special two-day affair has
been planned, with each night's
activities comprising a complete
program in order to accommodate
the expected crowds. The two-day
program will thus give 2,000 fans
a chance to see the 1948 edition of
the Wolverine swimming team in
Game To Be Broadcast
At Home for First Time
Both Squads Present Veteran Line-taps;
MichiganHolds 8-1 Edge in Previous Play
BY BEV BUSSEY
Captain Bruce ilkene doesn't
coonsider himself a great tackle,
nor does he pretend to be a force-
ful leader, yet he is the mucilage
of the 1947 Michigan football
Twice-elected captain of the
Wolverines, Hilkene kept the
squad together throughout the
season. His mild mannerisms off
the field belied his actions, which
helped guide one of the greatest
Michigan teams to its first unde-
FRITZ: Well, Jack, I'll tell you what. How about you taking
over the team against Ohio. If they win you take full credit and if they
lose you take the blame."
STRAIGHT MAN: No, no thanks, Coach . . . But can you tell us
about your plans for the Rose Bowl.
FRITZ: No, I couldn't since we haven't been invited, yet. And you
can't tell what Ohio will do. They might knock us off by five or six
touchdowns and we never would get invited.
At this point, one listener remarked "he's funnier than Henry
Morgan." This remark was picked up by Morgan's sponsor. who sub-
sequently dropped his option.
Consequently I'm still in the doghouse with the Sports Editor
Union people. -
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In addition to Kiefer, Coach
Matt Mann announced that the
National Champion girl's syn-
chronized swimming group will
be on hand to demonstrate their
brilliant precision to thespecta-
tors. These girls will execute
separate routines each night
since they will probably be per-
forming before entirely differ-
"We're planning this event as a
two-day program because we want
as many people as possible to get
a chance to witness this sepcta-
cle," Mann said. He continued by
requesting, therefore "that any-
one wanting to witness the Gala
attend only one evening and give
someone else a chance to witness
the inimitable Kiefer in action."
In addition to giving the fans
their first look at the Wolverine
swimmers, the pleasure of
watching the synchronized
Kiefer and his beautiful as-
sistant, Michigan fans will also
see the finals of the Michigan
AAU swimming championships.
Each year the outstanding
youths of the state gather in Ann
Arbor to compete for the various
AAU titles and the finals in each
event will be run off during the
two day program.
Besides marking the Michigan
hockey squad's 1947 collegiate
debut, this Saturday night's game
against McMaster University will
be unique irk that it will be the
first home hockey game ever to be
broadcast over the radio.
Gene Milner, who has had an-
nouncing jobs at several midwest-
ern stations, will be handling the
job for the Michigan FM network.
The local outlet will be station
WPAG-FM and the broadcast will
reach listeners in Battle Creek,
Port Huron, Grand Rapids and
Like the Wolverines, McMaster
will be putting a veteran starting
line-up into the game. In the nets
for the sextet from Hamilton, On-
tario, will be Bob "Ace" Chittick,
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3-- (/P) -
Officials of the Pittsburgh Pirates
today announced the sale of first
baseman Elbie Fletcher to the
Cleveland Indians for slightly
more than the $10,000 waiver
At the same time, the sale of
Les Fleming, Cleveland first base-
man, to the Pirates farm club at
Indianapolis of the American As-
sociation was announced. That
deal was at the waiver price.
Sale of Fletcher, a veteran of
10 years, left Frank Gus tine as
the oldest Pirate player in point
of service. Gustine, Bucco third
baseman, has been in the organi-
zation since September of 1939.
Fletcher, 30, injured an ankle last
Season and did not appear in the
lineup until May 18.
a top notch goalie with two year's
experience behind him.
On the forward line will be
Dennis Barnes, Bob Lymburner
and Larry Folliott, all of whom
are previous letter-winners. Two
more vets, Doug Henderson and
Graham Jenkins, round out the
starters in the defense slots.
One add fact about the McMas-
ter squad is that it is run by co-
coaches, both of whom are mem-
bers of the team. Graduate stu-
dents, Art Jerome and Doug Hen-
derson, both have seen a lot of
service with the puck squad.
The Wolverines have a decided
edge in the series played thus far,
having lost only one of the eight
previous games. The Michigan
sextet has won five of the tilts,
while two have ended deadlocked.
Last year, the Wolverines
swamped the visiting MMaster-
ites, 11-4, as Al Renfrew proved
the offensive star of the evening,
scoring three goals and adding
Coach Vic Heyliger will start
the same team that went against
the Detroit Red Wings last Fri-
day, with Gordie McMillan, Al
Renfrew and Wally Gacek on the
first line. Bill Jacobson, flanked
by Ted Greer and newcomer Owen
McArdle will make up the second
line, with Sam Stedman, Al Na-
deau and either Leonard Brumm
or Paul Fontana making up the
third line. Captain Connie Hill
will head the defensive units, with
Ross Smith, Bob Marshall, Dick
Starrak and Herv Upton.aJack
McDonald will be in the goal.
CHICAGO, Dec. 3-(Il)-Notre
Dame's undefeated, untied foot-
ball warriors rolled out of rain
and snow swept Chicago tonight
for Los Angeles to engage South-
ern California- Saturday in what
Coach Frank Leahy expects to be
Notre Dame's toughest game of
the 1947 campaign.
The contest, bringing together
two of the few undefeated major
college teams, will be played in
the Los Angeles Coliseum before
a crowd of more than 102,000. On
the basis of their showing, the
Irish, currently the nation's No. 1
college team, can win or lose their
second consecutive national grid-
iron mythical championship. Also,
it could be Notre Dame's first un-
defeated, untied season since 1930,
the famed Knute Rockne's last
year of coaching.
Coach Leahy shepherded a
squad of 39 players, including the
injured Terry Brennan, spearhead
of Notre Dame's ground attack.
Brennan, who suffered a knee in-
jury in the 59-6 victory over Tu-
lane, may see only limited action,
if he gets into the game at all.
In the series begun in 1926, but
interrupted during World WaruII,
Notre Dame has won 11 games, the
last four in succession.
Awj PY r
that that one loss caused a drop
in morale and eventually cost
them the Conference crown.
Thus, fearful of old man com-
placency, who crept in after four
one-sided wins over Michigan
State, Stanford, Pittsburgh, and
Northwestern, Hilkene got the
team together for their first pep
talk before the Minnesota strug-
gle. These meetings have become
a ritualever since, and it will un-
doubtedly be an essential part of
Michigan preparation for the
As for Hilkene the player,
"There isn't much to tell" in
the captain's opinion. When he
started playing for the Wolver-
ines in 1943, he was a "retired
end," retired to the bench so
long that he didn't earn a letter.
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The next yeair, as al regular, 1j:
celebrated hisbirthday by scoring
the only touchdown he' has over
made in college ranks on a pass
from quarterback Howard Yerges,
then a second string signal caller,
in the Pennsylvania rout, 41-19.
Elected to captain the 1945 ag-
gregation, the navy student was
transferred months before the
pigskin campaign began. On h:
return to campus last year, he was
switched from end to tackle, where
Crisler felt that Hilkene's fast
charging ability would be an asset
to an aggressive offensive line.
Amiable and unaffected, he ad-
mitted that he preferred to play
end, but that captaining a Big
Nine championship outfit-even
as tackle-is Hilkene's biggest
thrill at Michigan.
M' Blocks Southern Cal Path
To Ninth Rose BowlVictory
... Wolverine Captain
feated year and undisputed Big
Nine championship since "Fritz"
Crisler became head coach in
Crisler, who hestitates in
praising any of his boys, re-
marked, Bruce is one of the fin-
est captains that Michigan has
had since I've been here."
Unknown to any members of
the coaching staff, the Indianup-
olis, Ind. senior used to call squad
meetings almost any time during
the week on his own initiative. If
there were any wrinkles in the
Maize andl Blue football mat'erial,
they were ironed out then.
As an example of his leader-
ship at these sessions, the rangy,
195 poui, tackle took the re-
sponsibility of preventing his
teammates' mental attitude
frozn fluctuating up and down
from game to game. There
would he no valleys and. peaks
this year as there had been bc.
fore and after the Army disas-
ter in 1946, when the Wolver-
ines stacked their hopes for a
victory over the Cadets so high
Winchell House copped first
place in the West Quad volleyball
league last night by defeating
Fletcher 3-2. Adams House cap-
tured 2nd place honors by winning
from Michigan House 4 to 1.
Lloyd House defeated Allen
Rumsey, 4-0, for 3rd place, and
Chicago was awarded 4th place
when Wenley defaulted.
Vaughn House took first place
laurels in the East Quad tournua-
ments when they dumped Pres-
cott, 3-0. Greene House topped
Anderson, 4-2, to capture the 2nd
spot. Tyler House lost to Hinsdale,
4-2, for 3rd place, and Haydn took
4th as Cooley forfeited.
The winning teams from each
aoirm will play next week to de-
cide the Independent League
By IRWIN ZUCKER
When Michigan tackles South-
ern California on New Year's Day
at Pasadena, it will be facing a
gridiron power that has met with
phenomenal success in past Rose
It will mark the tenth time in
Bowl history that the Trojans
have been invited to the famed
post-season tilt. They have posted
eight victories in nine of these
Pasadena engagements, trimming
Pittsburgh and Tennessee twice,
and Penn State, Tulane, Duke,
and Washington once each.
Second Bowl Game
The Wolverines have gone
"a-bowling" but once in their 68-
year-old football history. That
was back on New Year's Day, 1902,
when Fielding H. Yost's fabulous
"point-a-minute" team trounced
Stanford to the tune of 49-0 in
the first Pasadena clash of its
When Southern California de-
feated UCLA two Saturdays ago
in a close 6-0 battle, it was the
eighth time in-26 years that it had
swept through a season undefeat-
ed against Pacific Coast opposi-
A glance at the recordE books re-
veals that the Trojans have per-
mitted only one opponent to score
more than once, and that was
California, which pushed across
two tallies. The only other touch-
down teams against the unde-
feated Trojans this year were Rice,
which battled to a tie, and Ore-
ItCall adds uprto the'fact that
Coach Jeff Cravath's Coast
champs have exhibited a staunch
defense all season long. How well
they will fare against Notre Dame
this Saturday is all a matter of
Crisler on Coast
Many fans believe that Cravath
will be forced to unload a new bag
of offensive tricks against Johnny
Lujack and Company if the Tro-
jans are to entertain any thoughts
of triumph at all. In the stands
will be.Fritz Crisler, Michigan's
mastermind, who left for the
Coast today to personally scout
the battle at Los Angeles.
Cravath, who piloted Southern
California to its fourth Coast title
in six years at the helm, has never
had the opportunity of viewing
the Wolverines in action this year.
"Maybe he'll see enough of them
on New Year's Day," snapped Jack
Clarke, Chicago Sun sports col-
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