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PAGE TH=t ;"'


with Bud Weidenthal
Associate Sports Editor
4 A new year, a new column, a new team . .
TALKING- SHOP i going to be informal, straight from the
shoulder-it hopes to take you on the inside of Michigan sports and
bring you a writers-eye view of the "champions of the west."
We hope to help you get acquainted with the men who wil bE
wearing the Maize and Blue and their coaches, and perhaps pass along
some inside tips on the progress of the squad.

Red Sox Slugging Swam s


Wolverines Prep

for Spartans

Increase Lead to Full
Game Over Idle Indians

Koceski Acts as Regular
At '111' Practice Session

* * *


Probably the biggest news to emerge from the early season
practice sessions has been the abandonment by yearling coach
Ben Oosterbaan of the offensive and defensive team system used
last year by Fritz Crisler.
It isn't because Bennie doesn't think that last year's system can
produce a winner-everyone knows that it worked like a charm-he
just doesn't have the wealth of material that the "coach of the year"
had on his Rose Bowl aggregation.
Let's start with the backfield and see what is happening
Last year's defensive unit was as good as they come. It was said
by many experts that Derricotte was the best safety man in the
country. Pete Elliott was great on pass defense as was Wally Teninga.
These boys are now being groomed for offense because of their
superior experience and ability. They will probably be in the start-
ing backfield.
Unfortunately Bennie doesn't have another Derricotte, another
Elliott or another Teninga to dash on to the field every time the
opposing team gets the pigskin. This trio will have to stay right in
there intercepting passes, backing up the line and returning punts.
The situation at fullback is somewhat different however. Roaming
the pastures of Ferry Field these days is a human bull named Dick
Kempthorn, the most vicious tackler in the Western Conference. He
is dynamite as a line backer, terror to opposing ball carriers.
In the Michigan system, however, the fullball will handle the
ball eight out of ten times. He must be agile, deceptive and a
slight of hand artist.
Kempthorn is the old-fashioned pile driving, plunging type of
back--he is not yet a polished spinning back and probably will see
most of his action exclusively on defense early in the season.
Filling Jack Weisenberger's shoes on offense will be little Tom
Peterson who is rapidly mastering the position with the finesse of
his predecessor.
The problems facing line coach Jack Blott will be discussed in a
subsequent column.
*. * * *
Scenes from the sidelines-It looked like old times yesterday
afternoon when Fritz Crisler moved from his usual position along
the sidelines onto the playing field to get a better look at this
year's Wolverines. Fritz looked well pleased with what he saw.
The boys were hitting harder and showed more fight than they
have all year.
Injuries to Quarterbacks
-e MichiganState 11

With the season's opener against
Michigan State only four days
away, Michigan's grid squad mov-
ed into high gear yesterday, run-
ning through offensive and de-
fensive drills.
The big news of the day was the
elevation of fleet-footed Leo Ko-
ceski into the first string back-
field. The Canonsburg, Pa., wing-
back replaced Wally Teninga dur-
ing the offensive scrimmage.
Whether or not this change would
be permanent was not made
This switch left the first of-
fensive unit with Pete Elliott at
quarterback, Gene Derricotte at
left half, Koceski at right half
and Tom Peterson operating
from the fullback slot.
The second backfield found
John Ghindia at quarter, Teninga
and Chuck Ortman at the halves
and Dick "Killer" Kempthorn at
full. Chuck Lentz, reserve half
from Toledo, looked good in the
passing department, connecting
for several short but frequent ad-
Blocking and tackling, which
had beenanything but perfect
during last Saturday's lengthy
scrimmage,'looked to be improved
and at times assumed a vicious
nature. An intensive blocking
drill under the sharp eyes of line
coach Jack Blott took up consid-
erable time for the line men dur-

ing the early part of

the after-

Oosterbaan had the white
shirted JV's run through various
Michigan State plays against
the "blues" in his effort to single
out the Wolverine's defensive
weaknesses. The Spartan ground
attack was anything but effec-
tive against the hard charging
regular squad, but their air at-
tack was more successful.
Derricotte was his usual ef-
fective self on pass defense, but
his efforts alone were not enough
to stop the aerial bombardment.
Center and line-backer Dan
Dworsky was also effective in
stopping the Spartan-type passes.
Defensively too, the Wolverines
were shuffled about, Oosterbaan
using several combinations in the
backfield. One group had Kemp-
thorn and Dworsky backing up
the line, with Elliott and Teninga
at the defensive half spots and
Derricotte as safety man.
Another group found Ghindia
and center Bob Erban behind
the line, Bob VanSummern and
Tom Peterson at half and Ort-
man filling out the backfield in
the safety slot.
In the line, tackles Al Wistert
and Joe Soboleski showed the way
defensively, breaking through the
"whites" on several occasions and
looking good generally.

VETERAN END, Dick Rifenburg
will team with Ed McNeal to
form Michigan's 1948 pass
catching combination.
KeeA-bn Dirc-ts
Contact Drill
Following the second day of
practice for the Michigan 150-
pound grid aggregation, Coach
Cliff Keen announced that the
Wolverine lightweight eleven is
gradually working into shape.
Hampered by the loss of several
key players from the 1947 array
which scored three wins against
one defeat, Keen is striving hard
to organize a good coordinate out-
fit before the season opener
against Illinois on October 23.
Charlie Ketterer, sparkplug quar-
terback and triple-threater is the
major loss from the 1947 squad.
Although he stressed funda-
mentals and signal practice, Keen
gave his "green" charges a well-
diversified workout. The guards
and tackles were separated from
the rest of the squad and indulged
in some light ccntact work. The
high point of the session was
reached when Keen formed full
elevens and sent his whole squad
through more light contact.
The Wolverine lightweights will
be on the road for two games fol-
lowing their home opener against
the Illini. The Maize and Blue
will invade Madison for a contest
with the Wisconsin Badgers on
November 12. After the Wiscon-
sin 'clash, the Michigan 150-
pounders will return to Ferry
Field to close their season against
Ohio State November 19.

Both on Equal Terms,
But Who's Sittin' Pretty

igan State College's football team
was being directed today by its
third quarterback in as many
Bob Krestel, originally slated as
the No. 1 signal-caller, reported
back to the practice camp after
a week in the college hospital with
a blood clot on his leg.
He replaced George Smith,
whom Clarence L. (Biggie) Munn
had started in last Saturday's in-
tra-squad game. Smith left the
game soon after halftime with a
badly twisted ankle, and may not
be of much service in Saturday's
opener here against the University
of Michigan.
Previously, Gene Glick of Sag-
inaw had been handling the quar-
terbacking in Krestel's absence.
Now Glick is being primed for
point - after - touchdown duties-
Smith's specialty. Coaches said
Smith might be available for con-

version duty because the injury
is not on his kicking ankle.
Munn continued to drill his
players lightly today, trying to
avoid further injuries to his
squad. Most of the battered play-
ers have returned to regular duty,
although bumps and bruises are
still being favored.
Warren Huey, first string left
end, was "knocked out" in yes-
terday's drill, but was not expect-

ed to miss practices
the week. a

the rest of{

AI4 ilzrn Dal
ROG GOELZ, Night Editor

(Sports Feature Editor)
They'll be on equal terms, but
sitting on opposite benches for
the first time this Saturday af-
That's the position George
Ceithaml and Forest Evashevski,
backfield coaches for the Wol-
verines and Michigan State, find
themselves in at present.
* * * -
ago that these two were doing a
little directing of the same team
from the same spot. But at that
time, Evashevski claimed two year
priority on the quarterback job
over sophomore Ceithaml. Pass-
ing years have evened things up.
Back in 1940, Evashevski was to
Harmon as Abbott is to Costello.
Or so everybody thought. For the
past two years, wherever Harmon
had streaked on the gridiron, Eva-
shevski had bulldozed ahead of
him. It was hard to imagine "old
98" without Evashevski.
only games Michigan had lost
were to Illinois and Minnesota,
when Forest was sidelined with
injuries. As seniors, in '40, it was
presupposed they couldn't be
stopped as long as Evashevski was
calling 'em and blocking 'em.

Of course, Pennsylvania and
Frank Reagan, the East's most
feared aggregation and triple-
threater, had different ideas. The
Penn-Michigan embroglio loomed
as the season's best football at-
Towards the end of the second
period, Michigan held a scant 7-0
lead over the Quakers. Then in
characteristic bone-crushing fash-
ion, Evashevski hurt his shoulder
paving the way for a Michigan
punt return. He groaned along
with the fans who remembered
the two losses in '39 when Eva-
shevski was out.
placed the injured captain and
left nothing to be desired. He was
the acme of defense, knocking
down passes, stripping blockers,
and tackling ferociously. On of-
fense, Ceithaml carried the Wol-
verines ahead with veteran fi-
Reagan was held to ten yards
rushing, while Harmon had an-
other field day. And over on the
sidelines, Evashevski was making
rapid strides toward recovery
when he saw the feats of his un-
derstudy. Now, after many years,
ther're still backfield directors-
but on even terms.

CONSIDERED one of the top
line backers in the conference,
Dick 'Killer' Kempthorn will
hold down the defensive full-
back post for the Wolverines
Cerdan Wins
Title byTKO
sey City, N.J.-(M)-Marcel Cerdan
won the world's middleweight
championship tonight by knock-
ing out titleholder TonyZale in
the 12th round tonight. Zale was
knocked down just as the bell rang
ending the 11th round. Under New
Jersey rules it was declared a
12th-round knockout. Zale weighed
159, Cerdan 158.
A crowd of 25,000 watched in
amazement as the Frenchman
staggered in the third and fourth
rounds, came back to belt the
Gary, Ind., champion from the
fifth round on.
* *" *
(11th) Zale and Cerdan exchanged
left hooks to the head and
clinched. Both missed very hard
lefts. The challenger landed a
combination of fast lefts and
rights to Zale's head. Cerdan stag-
gered Tony with a vicious left
hook to the head. Cerdan drove
another vicious hook to Zale's head
that hurt the champion badly.
Cheerleader tryouts are being
held today and tomorrow at 3
p.m. in the small gym at the
I-M Building.
Only four members are back
from last year's group, leaving
three vacancies for newcomers
according to Dave Lake, head
leader. Anybody with high
school experience is especially
welcome-and if you can do
handsprings, so niuch the

DETROIT - (P)-The Boston
Red Sox made hay today while
their American League pennant
rivals were idle, slapping the De-
troit Tigers 10 to 2 to increase
their first place margin to a full
game over Cleveland and a game
and a half over the New York
Team W. L. Pet. G.B. GTP
Boston .....91 54 .627 ... 9
Cleveland . . .90 55 .621 1 9
New York . .89 55 .618 12 10
The Sox shelled four Detroit
pitchers for a dozen hits, includ-
ing a homer, two triples and two
doubles, and wrapped up the im-
portant victory with a six-run
spree in a wild third inning.
* * *
11 hits but never was pressed as
he took his 14th victory against
seven defeats.
It was Boston's final meeting
with the Tigers this year and the
Red Sox ran their topheavy sea-
son edge to 15 wins against De-
troit's seven.
Second baseman Lou Stringer,
purchased Sunday from Holly-
wood of the Pacific Coast League
to spell the injured Bobby Doerr
in the Red Sox infield, hit the
Boston homer off Billy Pierce,
fourth Detroit pitcher, in the
It was his first American League
hit and came on his 10th turn at
bat since he joined the Sox.
* * *
DOM DI MAGGIO, with three
hits in five times up, scored the
first Boston run in the first in-
ning when he tripled off lefty Ted
Gray. Vern Stephens tripled off
Pierce in the eighth and doubled
across two runs in the big third,
when the Red Sox sent a dozen
men to bat.
Five hits, two walks and a wild
throw to the plate by relief pitch-
er Art Houttteman featured the
third inning spree, when Parnell
helped his own cause with a two-
run single.
Ted Williams walked twice but
went hitless in three official times
up, giving him only two hits in
18 times atbat during the four-
game series with Detroit. His
batting average shrunk from .380
to 3.373 in the three-day stand.
* * * *
ONLY 4,811 FANS turned out in
50-degree temperature to see the
Red Sox in their last appearance
here before moving to Cleveland
for a "crucial" game with the
Indians tomorrow night.
The Tigers hit Parnell freely
but the little southpaw coasted to
his fourth straight win over De-
troit this season after being given
a comfortable 8-0 cushion.
The Tigers had men on the
bases in every inning but the sev-
enth and got at least one hit in

every other frame but the nnith,
but it was strictly no contest.
Reds Stop Phils
game winning streak of the Phil-
adelphia Phillies ended today
when Frankie Baumholtz tripled
and Steve Filipowicz singled in the
eighth inning. The two blows gave
the Cincinnati Reds one run and
a 6-5 victory in the afternoon tilt
of a day-night doubleheader.
Braves Take Two
BOSTON - tP)- Boston's bus-
tling Braveshhustled within"an
eyelash of the National flag to-
day by twice drubbing the St.
Louis Cardinals, 11-3 in the open-
er as Johnny Sain twirdled his
22nd victyro adn4-ataoimtFveA
22nd victory and 4-0 in the after-
piece as Vern Bickford righthand-
ed his way to a four hit shutout.
It was Bickford's first white-
wash job in his first year in the
Cubs Bow to Giants
NEW YORK-('P)-Larry Jan-
sen and Johnny Mize combined
today to give the New York Giants
a 3-2 victory over the Chicago
Cubs in the first half of a day-
night doubleheader.
F eller Faces,
Red Sox for
First Place
CLEVELAND-(P) -"Its pen-
nant or peanuts" tomorrow as far
as the Cleveland Indians are con-
That is the general concensus
among this city's pennant-fever-
ish baseball fans as they, await
tomorrow night's important clash
between their Indians and the
league leading Boston Red Sox.
Enthusiastic local scribes, are
calling this "the most important
single game of the entire Ameri-
can League season." All along the
busy downtown area today, citi-
zens are- convinced its outcome
will decide the American League
The Red Sox have a one-game
advantage. A Cleveland victory
would put the two teams in a tie
for first place, exactly even in
games won and lost. A Boston tri-
umph would put the Red Sox two
games in front of the Indians,
with only eight games remaining
for each club.



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