FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1948
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Familiar faces were conspicuous
by their absence as Coach Cliff
Keen ran his 150-pound grid
charges through a light scrimmage
Only two regulars, Capt. Don
O'Connell at guard and Barry
Breakey at tackle, were on hand
from last year's Bantam Big Nine
Two more regulars have re-
turned to this year's squad but
neither was available for duty yes-
terday. John Wilcox, the speedy
halfback, who alternated between
the junior varsity and the 150-
pounders last year, is recuperating
from a broken arm and will be
unavailable for at least another
HALFBACK Ed Morey who ran
from the right half position last
fall, is also on the injured list to
further complicate the backfield
Red-headed George Sipp, who
understudied Charlie Ketterer at
quarterback, last year has stepped
into the starting spot this season
while Jim Cash and Bud Marshall
who saw som eaction last year are
the early leaders in the battle for
the fullback post.
Frank Whitehouse did most of
the kicking for the lightweights
last season and has been shifted
from halfback to an end position
while Larry Shaw has held down
the other flank in early scrim-
JIM SAKI teams with Breakey
at the tackles and Prentice Ryan,
another converted halfback, is
teamed with Capt. O'Connell at
guard. Gene Freed, who saw lim-
ited action last year is at the
The probability of this lineup
taking the field at Illinois intact
is very slim. Some 50 new men
dressed for practice this week and
it is certain that one or two po-
ential starters are bound to
emerge from the lot.
Cubs Cut Farm System
CHICAGO - (P) - Th1e Chi-
cage Cubs announced yesterday
that 'they will cut their basebal
farm system from 18 teams to 1C
in order to decrease operating
By MURRAY GRANT ... Daily Sports Editor
1OMORROW hundreds of thousands of people will turn their atten-
tion momentarily away from the Major League pennant duels to
watch college football swing into another banner season-but their
attention will only be diverted for that fleeting moment.
With the Red Sox, Indians, and Yankees locked in a knock-down-
drag-out struggle the fans cannot afford to switch their full attention
to football as yet.
The fabulous Yawkey Millionaires, commonly known as the
Red Sox, face Joe DiMaggio and Company in Yankee Stadium
tomorrow in a vital three game series, while Cleveland's chances
rest against the troublesome Tigers of Detroit.
By a quirk in the schedule the Bostonians must face the Bronx
Bombers five more times in the last eight starts while Lou Boudreau's
outfit locks horns with the Detroit club in six more contests.
THEN, TOO, the three contenders meet second division clubs in
breathers between their home and home series. The Yanks meet
Boston in 3 games this weekend, then travel to tangle with the pesky
Athletics of Philadelphia in three games and then wind up the season
against the McCarthymen in the pennant-maddened capital of
The Bosox divide up their Yankee embroglios with a three
game series against Washington in Boston while the Indians take
on Chicago in Cleveland for their between-the-acts breather.
At this writing and probably well into next week it's anyone's race
and to paraphrase a recently popularized expression, it's "Win or Die"
for the three contenders.
If Boston continues to dominate New York as their 11-6 edge in-
dicates or if the Yankees rise up and smite the Red Sox or if Cleveland
continues to plaster Tiger skins in the trpphy room or if Detroit and
Newhouser continue to act as giant killers or if the lowly Senators,
White Sox or the fourth place A's pull some dirty dealing and trounce
the contenders; then any or all of the threesome can fall by the
IT'S A BATTLE of "lf's" now and a battle of runs and hits and good
pitching. It's a battle of nerves and a battle of breaks that will
leave many fans limp and exhausted come a week from Sunday.
It's also a battle that may tax many a friendship. It's the
died-in-the-wool Red Sox rooter against the equally stubborn
Indian fan with a few mixed Yankee sentiments thrown in as the
most hectic American League pennant race goes into the last and
most climactic week of a truly wild and wooly season.
But over in the National League, formerly known as "Down-to-
the-wire Alley," the Boston Braves are nonchalantly wrapping up their
first pennant in 34 years and their second in the history of the senior
So come October 6 it will be Boston against Cleveland-or Boston
-or New York in Braves Field for the championship. It's all in the
laps of the Gods and one bad break now will break a million hearts.
MICHIGAN BY 20 POINTS.
Football Giants Swamp Yanks, 27-7
Williams Floors Flores;
Keeps Lightweight Title
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To the avid follower of Mich-
igan football, the "Bump" Elliott
case was closed last spring when
the Big Nine hierarchy declared
him ineligible for further competi-
Aside from the initial remorse
that flowed over the campus when
the decision was announced, the
fans quickly garnered strength in
knowing that Pete Elliott, who is
also somewhat of an athlete in his
(By The Associated Press)
YANKEE STADIUM, NEW
YORK-Lethal Ike Williams of
Trenton, N.J., knocked out game
little Jesse Flores of Stockton,
Calif., in the 10th round of a rous-
ing scrap at Yangee Stadium last
night to retain his world light-
Flores, down four times pre-
viously from Williams' smashing
blows, finally succumbed to a ter-
rific right uppercut which dumped
him to his knees, and was counted
out by Referee Mark Conn at
2:04 of the round.
In a 10-round companion piece
which preceded the main event,
welterweight champion Ray Rob-
inson punched out a unanimous
decision over Kid Gavilan of Cuba
in a non-title bout. A crowd of
about 18,000 braved a chill wind
to witness the star card on by the
20th Century Sporting Club.
Of the two headline attractions,
the championship test between
Williams and the game little Mex-
ican-American from the coast
packed most of the thrills.
Williams, making his third
straight title defense this year-
a modern record inany weight
division-slammed Flores to the
canvas twice for counts of nine in
the fifth round.
Twice more in the eighth Flores
was dropped for counts of nine
and eight, but until the instant
that Williams finally nailed him in
the 10th it looked as though the
coast gamester would stick it out.
Possessed of the gall of a ticket
speculator, the challenger came
back after each of the first four'
knockdowns to fight Williams to a
frazzle. After being dumped twice
in the eighth Flores actually was
whaling the champ all over the
ring when the bell clanged.
Flores' difficulty was that he
couldn't hurt Williams - could
only stall him off with a darting
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left and some very fancy foot-
work. Williams, on the other
hand, threw cobblestones. He
stalked Flores steadily, held his
fire until he had a target worth
shooting at, and then tore the
Mexican's head half off.
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opened their National League
football season last night by
trimming the Boston Yanks, 27-
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crowd of 7,428. It was the second
league defeat for the Yanks who
were scrubbed 34-0 in their opener
last week by the Green Bay Pack-
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own right, would still be around
to don a football uniform this fall.
And trotting along behind the
hustling varsity, shouting encour-
agement and directions, is a very
familiar blond young man clad in
baseball hat and coaching togs.
Chalmers "Bump" Elliott is back
on the Michigan gridiron. He's a
coach for Bennie Oosterbaan.
Even considering that the
"Bumper" will be lost to Coach
Oosterbaan on Saturday after-
noons while he broadcasts the
games for a local radio station,
the important thing is that Bump
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