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T~_tSDY ECEMBER 9,~1947



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Daily Sports Editor





Sextet Hopes To Retain
Scoring Punch on Ice

"JERSEY JOE" WALCOTT brought boxing's "Operation Haircut"
" to a successful conclusion last Friday night when he gave cham-
pion Joe Louis the scare of his life and in the process set the stage for
a rematch which may well gross the largest total in the history of
Walcott's showing against Louis was so impressive that the
long time policy of at least one white contestant in any battle
involving the heavyweight championship has been knocked into
a cocked hat.
The discrimination in boxing circles was of a less outspoken genre
than that practiced by the local barber shops, but it was still prac-
Walcott waited for his title shot until everyone but the lead-
ing lady at the Metropolitan Opera got a chance, and then the
fight was originally scheduled as an "exhibition" match not in-
volving the itle.
FIGHT CROWDS are a heterogenous mass. And one segment, one
small loud segment always yells "kill him" a little louder if there
is a Negro involved.
Like the barbers, the powers that be in the fight game overesti-
mate the influence and importance of that segment, mistakenly mix-
ing up the vocal and the actual strength of the group. Consequently
they have insisted that two Negroes should not fight for the heavy-
weight title.
Sure they made one exception. They let poor old half-blind
John Henry Lewis fight Big Joe, biut that was practically a char-
itable investment.
The epitaph, at least temporary epitaph, for discrimination in the
fight game was written by one of the officials of the Twentieth Cen-
tury Sporting Club (Mike Jacobs' outfit) who predicted publicy that
the Louis-Walcott rematch would gross nearly two million dollars.
When finance and discrimination lock horns, the almighty
buck doesn't lose many rounds. The most confirmed bigot modi-
fies his views when they begin to cost him money.
ANOTHER ASPECT of this changed attitude in boxing is the result
of Louis himself. The dignity with which he has always worn
his crown has been a large factor in convincing the monied inter-
ests that a Negro champion is not necessarily a target for elimination
by a "more suitable champ."
It's been a long time since anyone has been billed as the
"White Hope." And that billing did not become passe because
It smacked pf the doctrine of White Supremacy, but because it
stopped paying.
Louis was so much the best that he ran out of logical contenders,
that's when they dug up Walcott, who was the only logical con-
tender off his record.
When a business man-fight promoter or barber shop pro-
prietor-has too many customers, he can pick and choose his
But if enough of his customers think he should amend those ar-
bitrary selections and convince him by not patronizing his fights or
his barber shop, it's a fairly safe bet that he'll suddenly remember
that "the customer is always right."

Crisler Team
Will Resume
Grid Practice
Michigan's Rose-Bowl bound
Wolverines will return to daily
practice tomorrow afternoon,
Coach Fritz Crisler announced
In case of inclement weather,
the gridders will work out for
seven days at Yost Field House'
before embarking for Pasadena on!
Dec. 18. A section of the huge
arena has been ploughed up for
Coach Crisler asks that mem-
bers of the varsity football team
be on hand at the Field House
at 3:30 p.m. today for a special
session for news photographers.
football drills and willbe used
if the ground is frozen at Ferry
An additional nine practices will
be staged at Pasadena, it was an-
Crisler stacted that the selection
of his 44-man Rose Bowl squad
would not be announced until the
end of the local practice session.
The Wolverine coach personally
scouted Notre Dame's victory Sat-
urday over Southern California at
Los Angeles. lie was assisted by
Art Valpey.,
To Belt' Walcott
NEW YORK, Dec. 8-(/P)-N.
K. Perlow, managing editor of the
Police Gazette, said today a $2,-
500 silver and jewel studded belt
would be given,"Jersey Joe" Wal-
cott "as world heaveyweight box-
ing champion" within 10 days.

Indiana Expected To Use-M ROUND-UP:
'Firwago' Tpeof~ay Frats Begin
eagoTpeoCampus Mat

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sec-
ond in a series of articles surveying
the Big Nine basketball teams this
While Michigan and Minnesota
are generally favored by Conferenc
coaches as the two teams to de-
throne Wisconsin in this year's
Big Nine title race, two other
schools-Illinois and Indiana-are
also given a chance to capture the
Western Conference champion-
Illinois, under the direction of
its new coach, Harry Combes,
is out to regain some of the glory
that was held by the Illini dur-
ing the stay of the "Whiz Kids"
at Champaign.
In support of their claim to the
title, the Illini will be able to start
two teams composed entirely of
returning lettermen. Two of these
lettermen, Dike Eddleman and
Russ Steger, both outstanding
football players, are expected to
furnish the core for this year's
Coach Combes is also count-
ing on the services of return-
ing forwards BillErickson and
center Fred Green to give the
starting Illinois quintet a sus-
tained scoring attack.
Coming up from the jayvee and
frosh squads to give much-desired
depth to'the Illinois team are such
hopefuls as Jim Marks, Benton
Odum, and Sam Franczak.
From the standpoint of materi-
al, Coach Combes is frankly opti-
mistic over the team's chances but
believes that the final success of
the Illinois quintet will depend


chiefly on the squad's ability to
round into a smooth-working com-
bination and, of course, how the
team fares against the other teams
of the Big Nine in actual com-
Indiana, already impressive in
its 59-43 conquest of DePauw. is
pointing for its first Western Con-1
ference title since 1936.-
The Hoosiers are expected to'
play their usual brand of "fire-
wagon" basketball and are de-
pending on the services of high-
scoring aces like center Lou
Watson, who tallied 22 points
against DePauw, to pace thel
squad to the coveted title.
Indiana will have four letter-j
men back from the squad that
finished second to Wisconsin last
year to form the nucleus of this
year's team. In addition five other
numeral winners will be on hand
to augment Coach Harry Good's
team which opens its 1948 West-
ern Conference season against
Purdue on Jan. 5.
Illinois 40, Notre Dame 38
Wisconsin 61, Butler 53
Purdue 60, Nebraska 56
Indiana State 71, West Texts
State 50;
Marquette 69, Wayne 59
Georgetown 64, Denver 60
Bowling Green 95, Bliss College
42 (first game)
Bowling Green 102, Detroit
Tech 31 (second game)
Hinsdale 32, Angola 30
Iowa State 43, Simpson 29

Preliminaries and semi-finals
in the All-Campus fraternity wres-
tling tournament will be held at
7:30 tonight in the Intramural
These matches will be followed
by the fraternity finals and resi-
dence halls preliminaries and
semi-finals on Wednesday, with
the residence hallsfinals sched-
uled Thursday night.
Sport Fans Invited
All of these matches will be open
to the public and seats will be
Every entrant will wrestle twice
in the preliminaries. All men who
checked out equipment for varsity
or freshman wrestling squads are
ineligible for these matches.
Volle'yball News
The fraternity volleyball semi-
finals will be held at 9 p.m. today
when DKE meets Lambda Chi
Alpha to decide who will meet the
Betas for the championship.
All men on campus are reminded
that they can still sign up to play
basketball this week regardless
of whether they are on a team or
There will be a meeting of the
Independent League managers at
4:30 Thursday afternoon in the
Sports Building office. New teams
wishing to enter the league should
send their manager or represen-
l1iniiT rip Irish
CHAMPAIGN. Ill., Dec. 9-(P)
-The University of Illinois, dis-
playing a well-balanced attack,
came from behind in a last half
surge tonight to upset highly-
rated Notre Dame 40-39 for its
second consecutive basketball vic-
tory of the new campaign.
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The Daseola Barbers
between Mich. & State Theatres

Michigan's hockey squad made
an auspicious start in the first
match of the 1947-48 season last
Saturday night when it trounced
a hapless McMaster team, 13-1.
Scoring five goals in each of
the first two periods, the Wol-
verines showed some of the scor-
ing punch that they hope will
carry them through one -of the
best seasons in Michigan ice
Gordie MacMillan, who has ledj
the scoring parade for the last two
seasons, jumped into the point
lead by virtue of his three goals
and two assists, a total of five
Ted Greer, veteran second
linesman, also turned the hat
trick against McMaster and
added one assist to trail Mac-
Millan by one point.
Michigan's ability to halt the
scoring attack of McMaster was
made evident by one goal gar-

nered by the Canadian visitors
and the fact that they were only
able to get 15 shots at the Michi-
gan net-tender, Jack McDonald.
Coach Vic Heyliger uncorked
a minor surprise when he made
i use of four offensive units.
Bob Marshall moved to a wing
position on the second line when
not playing defense, and Owen
McArdle was dropped to the
third line center position.
The fourth line was composed of
dimunitive Al Nadeau, center, and
Sam Stedman and Herb Upton,
who also played on the defensive
Seeking its second win In as
many starts, the Wolverines will
play host to the Windsor Spitfires
Friday night at the Coliseum,
The following week, on Dec. 18,
the Maize and Blue travel to Chi-
cago to meet the University of To-
ronto in a benefit match.







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Wolverine coaches Matt Mane
and Cliff Keen, swimming and
wrestling mentors, respectively, re-
turned yesterday from the Omaha
meeting of the AAU all smiles as
they disclosed that the State of
Michigan has been awarded both
the Oympic swimming trials and
the regional tryouts for Olympic
wrestling berths.
Mann stated that the Detroit
Olympic Club would sponsor the
swim tryouts at River Rouge Pool
on July 9-11, while Keen said
that either the Detroit Boys Club
or the Detroit Police Departmentl
would sponsor the wrestling trials.
Squad Limitations
In the tank sport the Olympic
squad will consist of three men
in each event and six men in the
800-meter freest le relay, Mann
He added that the chances of a
number of Wolverines making the
squad are quite high, and was
highly elated at the selection of
Dick Weinberg, Gus Stager and




Harry Holiday as members of the YMCA meet as well as two qual-
All-American swimming squad. ifiers from meets sponsored by
Aim To Uphold Record both the Army and Navy.

Coach Keen was also pleased
with the Nebraska meeting and
said that Michigan has always had
at least one man on the Olympic
squad and that there is a strong
chance that there will be a Wol-
verine on the 1948 Olympic team.
He said that the district tryouts
would be held in either the last
week in March or early in April.
From these tryouts would come
two finalists in each of the eight
weight classes.
These finalists would compete
against a like number from each
of the 16 other districts in the fi-
nal trials the latter part of April
or the beginning of May.
In addition to these qualifiers,
Coach Keen stated that four
champions from the AAU meet
would compete as would four from
the annual NCAA championships
at Lehigh University. There would
also be two qualifiers from the

These fourteen men would not
represent any oneaweight class but
would be chosen as the outstand-
ing wrestler from these meets.
They will meet the 272 other qual-
ifiers from the 17 districts in a
final elimination tourney to de-
termine the two men in each
weight who will represent the
United States in the 1948 Olym-


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GARGOYLE ain't so bad if you
look real close and of course
you can always buy 'em for
people you don't like.t

(Continued from Page 2)
"The Mikado" either Dec. 10 or
11 have late permission until one-
half hour after the close of the
Varsity Debating: All debaters
check bulletin board, 4th floor,
Angell Hall.
Refunds on Rose Bowl Tickets:,
Students, faculty, and staff mem-
bers who have made applications
for Rose Bowl tickets and will be
unable to use them may secure re-
funds Tuesday and Wednesday of
this week at the Ferry Field ticket
OO Such persons wishing refunds

should present their receipt and
identification card at the office.
University Community Center:
Willow Run Village
Trues., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Year-
Round Garden Club; 8 p.m., Fac-
ulty Wives' Meeting.
Wec., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Modern
Dance Group: 8 p.m., General
Meeting, Coopeiaative Nursery
Mothers. Program: Music for
Children; 8 p.m., Creative Writers'
Thurs., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Church
Nursery Mothers Discussion:
Christmas Traditions. 8 p.m., Co-
operative Nursery Discussion
Groups. 8 p.m., The New Art
(Continued on Page 4)

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