RCH 30, 1948 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE RAINS CAME:
Oosterbaan Starts Football
Practice With Clean Slate
Head Coach Benny Oosterbaan, bundled inside a huge inner-lined
raincoat, looked around at approximately 125 candidates digging their
cleats into the Ferry Field mud, and quipped "Tradition has been
broken. It's raining in Ann Arbor before 6 o'clock."
It was a standing joke that it never rained around these parts,
until football practice was over because Fritz Crisler ordained it so.
But the downpour at yesterday's opening football drill started Ooster-
baan off with his own clean slate.
After a general organization meeting and limbering up period
for the benefit of the newspaper photographers, the entire squad was
Coach Matt Mann Names Michigan's Thirteenth NCAA
Titleholders 'One of the Best Teams I've Ever Coached'
By MURRAY GRANT meter, 220-yard and 440-yard freestyles led the Wolverin pain
Matt Mann was even more jovial than usual yesterday as he re- making. But harry holiday's second in the 1)0-yard backstrol
viewed the events of the past weekend when Michigan regained the and his work in the winning medley relay and the freestyle re
NCAA championship by defeating Ohio State 47-41. lay team that took third gave him 8 5/6 markers.
Mann heaped all the praise on his team and said that they were Bob SohI picked up 7 113 points for Michigan with a secon
"the finest bunch of boys that ever hit the water." He went on to say the breaststroke and a :59.7 stint in the medley relay, while E
that he was "mighty proud to be associated with such a group and it's a Weinberg garnered 6112 for his third in the 100-yard, fourth in the
wonderful feeling to have a bunch of boys that are always trying." yard freestyles, and his anchor on the freestyle relay.
The NCAA crown, Michigan's thirteenth in 23 years was com- Gil Evans picked up five points with a third and a fourth in
pletely a team victory, and stamped six men as definite Olympic diving and Dave Tittle's stints in the medley and freestyle relays g
prospects. Coach Mann stated that "As far as we're concerned, him 4 5/6 points. Matt Mann III picked up four points for his sec
the season is over. The winning of the Big Nine crown was the in the 1500-meter and Bill Kogen rounded out the scorers with
coffee and then the National title this weekend was the cream." points for the 400-yard freestyle relay.
But the team still isn't through, as they will seek their third Individual champs gave the defending titleholders a prett
championship when they journey to New Haven, Conn., this weekend rough going over as only five titles were claimed by their forme
to try and add the National AAU crown to their list. Mann said "We're owners. Bill Smith led the way to the crowns as he successful
going more for the enjoyment than anything else, but my boys will defended his 220-yard freestyle title in 2:09.5 and then came bae
be in there swimming as they can. and Michigan will definitely be up to continue his dominance over the 440-yard freestyle field wil
among the chief threats for the title." a 4:38.3 clocking.
Reviewing the efforts of the past weekend Mann pointed to the Miller Anderson retained his high board diving crown with c
fact that no individual Michigan man took a first place and saidAr
"Something that made this one of the best teams I've ever coached is parative ease even though he was kept from repeating on the
the fact that I had two nen of equal ability in almost every event. That board by his teammate Bruce Harlan.
maeacthangfatoeandrodequcedabilteifa stgroupe'veevert.ha- Joe Verdeur of LaSalle College in Philadelphia didn't have
made each man go faster and produced the fastest group I've ever han- easy time of it in the 200-yard breaststroke as Bob Sohl of Michi
dled." -4 pushed him to a new world's record of 2:14.7 as the "Outstanding C
Individually Gus Stager with three third places in the 1500- lege Swimmer of 1948" successfully defended his title.
divided into groups. Wally Weber,
freshman coach, has been en-
trusted with the end material un-
til somebody is selected to replace
Backfield Practices Signal Drills
Midway through the session,
newly appointed backfield mentor,
George Ceithaml, with the help of
quarterback Howard Yerges, ran
the backfield tryouts through a
series of signal drills.
"Many of these boys played on
the freshman squad last fall,"
Oosterbaan explained, "and Wally
Weber trained them thoroughly
not only in the fundamentals, but
Any second-semester fresh-
men or first-semester sopho-
mores interested in being stu-
dent football managers next
fall should report to practice at
Ferry Field any titne after 4
Bill Hickey, Senior Mgr.
the regular varsity plays." Thus,j
they were able to swing into ac-
tion without losing any time like
last year's team, which went
through chalk talks first.
Blott Sweats Linemen
Line Coach Jack Blott worked
his line charges until the sweat
began to roll off their faces.
Tackle George Johnson, who fin-
ished his collegiate career with
the '47 Big Nine champs, aided
Blott along with Gib Holgate,
former JV tutor.
For the five weeks following
spring vacation, the gridders will
practice six days a week, with the
emphasis on "finding individual
performers rather than shaping
up any team," according to Oos-
Lab courses will make it diffi-
cult to accomplish too much dur-
ing the spring, Oosterbaan added.
Continuous from 1 P M.
LAKELAND, Fla., March 29--
(/P)-Young Art Houtteman scat-
tered seven Philadelphia Phillies
hits today as he went the dis-
tance and pitched the Detroit
Tigers to a 7-4 win before 550 fans
ST PETERSBURG, Fla., March
29-(A)-The New York Yankees
and Boston Red Sox set an Amer-
ican League record for citrus cir-
cuit exhibitioning by playing four
hours and two minutes to a 17-
inning 2-2 tie here today.
PHOENIX, Ariz., March 29-(1)
-The Chicago White Sox explod-
ed for seven runs in the third
inning to hand the Cubs an 11-6
thumping in the opener of a
three-game series here today.
TAMPA, Fla., March 29--()-
The Cincinnati Reds scored their
third straight Grapefruit League
victory over the St. Louis Card-
inals, 4-2, today before a gather-
ing of 561 fans.
BRADENTON, Fla., March 29-
(P)-Combining four of their nine
hits with four bases on balls for
a six-run rally in the third inning,
the Boston Braves, with most of
their regulars in action, today
blasted the St. Louis Cardinals' re-
TUCSON, Ariz., March 29-(P)
-Al Gettel and Bob Muncrief
combined to hurl a five-hit shut-
out over the St. Louis Browns to-
day as the Cleveland Indians
racked up their seventh straight
exhibition victory and 11th in 15
FRESNO, Calif., March 29-(0P)
-The New York Giants and Pitts-
burgh Pirates each made eight
hits but the New Yorkers put
theirs to better use and' defeated
the Pirates 2 to 0 today in an ex-
hibition baseball game.
Everyone expecting to tryout
for some varsity sport this
spring should attend the meet-
ing being held at the coaches'
administration building at 7
p.m. tonight to discuss eligibil-
LEADS CHAMPS-Harry Holi-
day, ace Wolverine backstroker,
captained Michigan's mermen
as they recaptured the Western
Conference and NCAA swim-
Thinclads Complete Indoor
Season at Purdue Carnival
D olan Impressive in Winning High Jump;
Foniville Takes Another Shot-Put Crown
Although somewhat submerged
in the glory of the swimming
team, Michigan's thinclads wound
up their indoor season with a very
creditable performance in the
Purdue Relays Saturday.
The colorful affair at Lafayette,
complete with its neon side-boards
and beautiful girls uncovered some
equally pleasant prospects for the
Wolverine's forthcoming outdoor
'M' Improved in Field Events
The famine that has been
plaguing the Maize and Blue for
the past several years in field
All P.E.M. classes which are
ordinarily held Tuesday after-
noon will not be held this af-
ternoon due to the death of
Doctor George A. May.
been following them all season. In
both relays a series of mixups
caused the Maize and Blue to lose
precious yards and first place in
Joe Hayden stepped out of his
lane in the two mile relay and
disqualified his quartet which
went on to win. Their margin over
Ohio State's Buckeyes, who were
awarded first place, was at least
In the mile jaunt there was a
mixup in the baton exchange
which put the Wolverines well be-
hind the Buckeyes and resulted
in a poor second behind the Ohio-
ans who won in a fair 3:22.3.
NEW YORK, March 29-(Pl)-
The Kentucky Wildcats outclassed
Baylor 77-59, tonight at Madison
Square Garden to gain the final
round of the Olympic basketball
Yesterday Coach Ciiff Keen an-
nounced the letter and award win-
ners of the 1947-48 Michigan
A total of 27, grapplers were
honored with letters and numer-
als for their work on the mats last
The ten lettermen of the club
are: Bob Betzig, Phil Carlson,
George H. Curtis, Byron Dean, Ed-
win Grimes, Robert Johnston,
Hugh Mack, James Smith, Maur-
ice Smith, and Wesley Tebeau.
Secondary awards went to the
following five grapplers: Martin
Cranston, Robert Cunningham,
Byron Lasky, Tom Miller and Gil-
In the freshmen division, Coach
Keen completed the listings by
naming twelve numeral winners.
They are Frank Barney, James
Bemis,. Bernard Clark, John Hess,
Louis Kingscott, Tom McCann,
James Martin, Charles Nichols,
John Powers, Harold Sandercock,
Bradford Stone, and Robert Tim-
events came to an abrupt halt
bringing all kinds of pleasant ex-
pressions from assistant coach
Don Canham when he discussed
the results of the meet yesterday.
The Wolverines grabbed two
first and two seconds in the field
as the result of some particularly
Pete Dendrinos, became the
third best shot putter in Michi-
gan history as he heaved the 16-
pound sphere 50 feet 3%BI inches.
Dolan Looks Good
Another thinclad who is helping
to make the outlook for the out-
door season brighter, is high
jumper Tom Dolan who leaped 6
feet 4 inches for the third week
in a row.
The blond youngster has been
improving all year and now ap-
pears ready to give Illinois' Dike
Eddleman a contest outdoors.
Charlie Fonville maintained his
record breaking pace as he set
new relays records with a heave
of 56 feet 6% inches.
Ulvestad Ties in Pole Vault.
Ed Ulvestad went 13 feet 1 inch
for a tie for second in the pole
In the track
verines ran into
events the Wol.-
the jinx that has
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