AV, NOVEMBER 5 1949
THE MICIIGAN- DAILY
by merle levin, sports co-editor
Michigan Picked To Beat Purdue
Wolverines' Defensive Play S d B lla :-.g.x
Best in Western Conference
What makes an All-American?
Richard L. Kempthorn, known to his friends as "Killer" and to
Michigan opponents as "that lousy so-and-so octupus line backer" will
give another exhibition of the finest line backing in college football this
afternoon, but don't count on seeing his name listed among Michigan's
All-Americans come December.
Kempthorn's chances of making the official list of Wolverine
All-Americans rests on (a.) either Grantland Rice or the Football
Ooaches Association honoring both an offensive team and a de-
fensive team (b.) being placed at center on either of the above
mentioned teams (c.) the hope that The Age of Miracles is still
-_The Killer's chances in any of these categories are dim.
Grantland Rice and the FBCA are the only recognized All-Ameri-
can selectors at Michigan and their selections have been based on only
one team in the past. On the basis of this season's publicity notices,
Notre Dame's Emil Sitko, who is seriously challenging Barney Poole's
record for most collegiate football games participated in, has cinched
fullback honors for 1949.
;fTHAT SITKO DESERVES the honor on the basis of his offensive
alility is a point which only a few die-hards statisticians might care to
argue. The 5'8" Emil has been more than living up to his nickname of
Six Yards Sitko.
In this age of football specialists, Sitko is considered good
enough to play defense and does so but a halfback position.
This leaves the door open for Sitko to be placed at a halfback spot
and for Kempthorn to be placed at fullback. A happy thought
but who ever heard of a back being placed on an All-American
team solely on the strength of his defensive prowess?
Ray Eliot of Illinois apparently has, for one. Said the Illini men-
tor after watching Kempthorn batter the Indian running attack last
Saturday, "If that boy doesn't make All-American they ought to stop
picking those things. (A noble thought!) He is the greatest linebacker
of the era in my opinion."
This opinion has been echoed by Bennie Oosterbaan, Kempthorn's
own coach, and Marchie Schwartz of Stanford to pick a pair at ran-
dom. Bernie Bierman of Minnesota and Bob Voights of Northwestern
have been equally lavish in their praise after watching Kempthorn in
action. And so it goes.
But a defensive player in an All-American backfield would come
strictly under classification C in the above-mentioned list of possibili-
THAT LEAVES ONE possibility open-that of placing Kempthorn
at a center position, where line backing ability is a prime requisite.
However the drums have beat for one Clayton Tonnemaker of Min-
nesota whose recent performance against Michigan is not a true cri-
terion of his skill.
Tonnemaker, unfortunately for Kempthorn, is also quite pro-
ficient in putting the ball in play from his position in the center of
the mammoth Gopher line which rather puts Kempthorn in the
position of a man without a position.
At this point I leave the headaches to the men who do the actual
picking and who should have known better than to get mixed up in
that racket in the first place.
FOR THE FUTURE BOOK: Burwell "Bumpy" Jones, the human
fish from Detroit Redford High School did it again Thursday night.
The 'it' is another national scholastic swimming record for the
16-year old junior who seems intent on establishing a monopoly on
high school records before he graduates in 1951.
Already the national record-holder in the 200 and 220-yd. free
' styles, Bumpy churned the 150-yd. individual medley in 1:36.1 to
break the record he previously held jointly with Ted Stevens of
Cleveland by more than thre seconds. Then, by way of celebration,
he swam the anchor lap on the Redford 400-yd. free style relay
team which set another national mark.
An 'A' student, Bumpy has been under the tutelage of Matt Mann,
veteran Wolveine swimming mentor for eight years now, at Mann's
yeteran Wolverine swimming mentor for eight years now, at Mann's
famed Camp Chikopi. All of which may or .may not mean that the
swimming prospects ever to come along.
Ten Games Today
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defenders will have to pay par-
ticular attention to is Hurricane
Harry Szulborski. In three years
of conference play he sports an
enviable record of better than five
yards per try from scrimmage in
Purdue's veteran left halfback
was top man in the Big Ten
ground-gaining department last
year, but has been handicapped
this season by a knee injury. He
played like a demon against
Minnesota last week, however,
and is expected to hold the floor
a good deal of the time in this
afternoon's club meeting, if the
Michigan stalwarts don't dis-
courage him sufficiently.
His running mate, Norbert Ad-
ams, will bear a watchful eye
also. One of the two iron-men on
the squad (he played all but four-
and-a-half minutes last week) he
places second among Purdue's ball
KEN BIALKIN, Night Editor
carriers this year. He has toted
the ball 311 yards for an average
of 3.83 yards per try.
FILLING THE fullback slot of
this combination is John Kerestes.
He paces the Gold and Black in
running plays from scrimmage
with a 4.09 average and a total
of 393 yards, to place third in Big
The fourth member of this
powerful backfield is quarter-
back Ken Gorgal, the other Iron-
man on the squad. He operated
in all but 30 seconds of the
grueling action against the
Gophers last week.
He turned in the greatest game
of his career against the North-
men as both a passer and signal
caller. His performance on offense
lifted him to eighth place in the,
list of Conference passers.
* * *
the punting style coach Stu Hol-
comb has his team executing this
Halfback Bill Showron, sev-
enth in Conference punting sta-
tistics with a 37.9 average, has
been working about 15 yards be-
hind the line of scrimmage to do
his kicking this year instead of
the usual ten.
Holcomb shoves a special center
into the game to shoot the ball
back to the left-footed Showron.
He is virtually left on his own, as
his teammates race down the field
as soon as the ball is centered.
THE VALIDITY of this different
punting system is shown in the
statistics. In six games Showron
has punted 31 times and the kicks
have been run back only a total
of 39 yards.
This will present a unique test
to Chuck Lentz and Wally Ten-
inga, Michigan's safety men who
place fifth and seventh in the
Big Ten with respective aver-
ages of 13.3 and 10.6 yards per
Michigan, after getting off to
a wobbly start in Big Ten play,
seems to have found its winning
ways again, but the strain of hav-
ing to go all-out. every weekend
may cause enough of a letdown to
give Purdue its second upset in as
Physically the Wolverines are
almost at full strength. Halfback
Leo Koceski, who is still nursing
his injured ribs, is the only doubt-
ful player. Guard Lloyd Ifeneveld,
who was injured in last week's
tussle with Illinois, has recovered
and should start today.
The probable starting line-ups
PURDUE Po os. MICHIGAN
my Snead had his putter working
yesterday along with his famed
long game, and romped in a six-
stroke winner of the North and
South Open Golf Tournament
with a rousing 70-66 finish for 274,
fourteen under par.
In taking the $1,500 first money
in this $7,500 event, the PGA
champion from White Sulphur
Springs, W. Va., ended up only
three strokes off the tournament
record set by Ben Hogan seven
years ago. His closing barrage, a
six under par, 34-32, was only
one stroke off the course record.
* * *
JOHNNY BULLA of Pittsburgh,
who was second to Snead through-
out each of the first three rounds,
hung on to finish in the runner-
up slot with a 70-71 windup for
Snead's four rounds were 68-
70-70-66. Bulla, always under
par with his 69-70-70-71, had
to settle for $1,000 runnerup
In posting the second best score
in the 47-year history o'f the
tournament, Snead gave a bril-
liant exhibition of holding up un-
* * *
DESPITE THREE fine opening
rounds he was never more than a
stroke ahead of the pressing Bul-
la. But this afternoon Sammy had
his putter behaving and by the
time he rounded the turn it was
obvious that he wasn't going to
He canned a 30-foot putt for
a birdie on 14 and had five
other putts of from 10 to 15
feet, two of which he needed in
order to salvage pars.
National Open champion Cary
Middlecoff playing from Ormond
Beach, Fla., who began the day
two strokes back of Snead, fin-
ished third with 72-71 for 283.
* * *
THEN there was a drop all the
the way down to 286 where big
Clayton Heafner of Charlotte took
Only other par breakers were
Dick Mayer, playing his first year
as a pro out of West Palm Beach,
Fla., and Ted Kroll of Philmont,
Pa., each has 287.
Army, Irish Face
With Rams, MSC
Oklahoma, Cornell, SMU Favored
To Take Other Contests in Nation
HERE WE GO AGAIN
... Saturday jitters
N. Adams l
John Kerestes FB Don Dufek
DO YOU KNOW ... that since
1940 Michigan has finished first
NEW YORK-(')-Gerald Cole-
man, graceful second baseman of
the New York Yankees, is the top
rookie in the American League.
The 25-year-old San Franciscan
was the pick of 40 of the 116 base-
ball experts who voted in the As-
sociated Press Poll to win out in a
three-cornered battle with Roy
Sievers of the St. Louis Browns,
and Alex Kellner of the Phila-
* * *
SIEVERS, the .306 hitting out-
fielder' who banged out 16 home
runs in his first year in the ma-
jors, drew 33 votes to nose out
Kellner for second place. The A's
southpaw star, who won 20 and
lost 12, was named on 30 ballots.
Fourth place went to Mike
Garcia, strong-armed right-
hander of the Cleveland Indians.
Garcia received seven votes to
five for Detroit outfielder John-
ny Groth and one for Chicago
flychaser Gus Zernial.
Coleman, who hit .276 and
fielded sensationally at times for
the Yankees, played a prominent
part in the team's terrific fight
for the American League pennant.
A surprise replacement for 1948
regular George Stirnweiss, the
Newark graduate was in the thick
of the battle all the way.
May Be Asked
sioner Harry S. Toy said yester-
day that he might ask the Michi-
gan Boxing Commission to post'-
pone the Lester Felton-Tony Pel-
lone fight scheduled here Wednes-
Toy's declaration highlighted
another day of investigation by
state, county and city officials in-
to the Oct. 21 fight here in which
Detroiter Felton decisioned Kid
Gavilan of Cuba.
AS LONG AS the Gavilan-Fel-
ton fight is under investigation, I
do not think it wise procedure for
Felton to fight again," Toy de-
clared. "It will take us at least
another week to conclude our in-
The Police Commissioner said
he received "Confidential infor-
mation" about the Felton-Gavi-
lan fight yesterday.
He added: "On the basis of this
latest information, I may ask
Chairman Floyd Stevens of the
Boxing Commission to postpone
the Felton-Pellone bout.
NEW YORK-OP)--By tonight it1
may be possible to say with some
assurance whether Notre Dame
and Army really are colossal and
wonderful, as has been suspected,
or merely great.
The two big teams which have
overwhelmed the Associated Press
ranking poll in recent weeks, with
Notre Dame the chief overwhelm-
er, face a couple of college out-
fits which have no fear in their
bones and no intention of sub-
mitting without a knock-down and
.* * *
THE SPARTANS of Michigan
State have run over five opponents,
since they dropped a narrow 7-3
decision to Michigan in their
opener, and if they fail to extend
the Irish in their duel at East
Lansing, then it might as well be
given up as a bad job.
A confident Michigan State
team was reported in tip-top
shape yesterday as it awaited its
clash with Notre Dame, the na-
tion's no. 1 football power.
Pre-game predictions rated the
Fighting Irish as favorites by from
14 to 40 points, but Michigan
State's horde of supporters still
had dreams of upsetting the South
* * *
A LIGHT SNOW fell yesterday,
but the weatherman forecast a 40
degree temperature and cloudy
skies at game time. He said there
might be snow flurries before the
game, but not enough to coat the
Notre Dame will be shooting
for its 34th game without a de-
Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy
has been worrying out loud about
the game. But those with long
memories recall that the familiar
theme also was sung this season
before exhibitions of Irish power
that racked up some of the most
top heavy scores in the record
* * *
THE FOOTBALL limelight and
the expected role of the under dog
have not shaken the Michigan
The Spartans are riding a win
streak of their own, five in a
row after a 7-3 edging by Michi-
gan, then rated in the number
one spot now held by Notre
Michigan State will be depend-
ing heavily upon a special de-
fense against the Irish attaclC
tailored by Coach Biggie (line-
builder) Munn. If the Spartans
can contain such backs as Emil
Sitko, -Larry Coutre, Frank
Spaniel, Bill*, Gay and Ernie
Zalejski and fight off the passing
attack of Bob Williams they feel
they wil have won half the bat-
* * *
ON THE offense Michigan State
wil depend heavily upon right
half Lynn Chandnois, its brilliant
candidate for All-America honors.
A dozen new plays have been built
around Chandnois, who will be
performing on home grounds for
the last time.
Michigan State is at its phy-
sical peak, of the season al-
though some of the newly re-
turned cripples could easily be
eliminated if they were hit on
sore spots. Notre Dame expects
to have the services of all but
fullback Mike Swistowlcz, idled
by a leg injury.
Army, much to Coach Earl
Blaik's surprise, finds itself fac-
ing an undefeated and untied
Fordham eleven which -has
sneaked up on everybody and
doesn't, in fact, know its own
strength. The Rams, bent upon
regaining the gridiron heights
they knew a decade ago, belted a
good Georgetown team, 42-0, last
S * * *
THE MOST popular opinion is
that the cadets will win by a
minimum of three touchdowns.
If both Michigan State and
Fordham fall down on the job,
then the top five powers as
designated by the nation's
sports writers are pretty sure to
skip blithely through another
Oklaoma's Sooners, No. 3 pin-up
boys of the college circuit, are
heavy favorites to bat Kansas
State around; California, no. 4, is
a four-touchdown choice over
Washington State, and rebound-
ing Michigan, No. 5, is a 14-poiit
favorite over Purdue, though this
looks like a slight overplay in
view of Purdue's upset victory
over Minnesota a week ago.
* * *
IT WILL occasion no great sur-
prise if Baylor, current undefeated
leader of the Southwest Confer-
ence and no. 6 in the ballot box,
takes a painful tumble. The Bears
face Texas on the Longhorns'
home field at Austin.
Cornell, seventh-ranked pride
of the Ivy League, has a breather
against weak Syracuse. So does
Rice, no. 8, against Arkansas,
at Houston, and Southern Meth-
odist, no. 9, against the Texas
Aggies at College Station. Michi-
gan State holds the no. 10 spot,
at least until Notre Dame gets
hold of the ball.
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ANOTHER offensive weapon, in conference standi
one which the Wolverines haven't times, second five t
encountered yet this season, is fourth twice.
BLOTT BLOTS WALL WOES:
1 7 "1-
Graauation Losses Replaced inL me
By The Associated Press
While Michigan's Wolverines
Ere entertaining Purdue at Ann
Arbor, three other conference and
non-conference encounters com-
plete the Big Ten's menu for to-
Iowa's Hawkeyes, seeking their
first Western Conference title in
27 years, will face their biggest
road-block today in a Minnesota
eleven which is determined to gain
revenge for two successive Con-
Despite losses to Michigan and
Purdue, the Gophers are fa-
vored over the Hawkeyes, who
not since 1921 have beenable to
win a football game in Minne-
sota's Memorial Stadium. If
Iowa can get by this one, only
Wisconsin will stand between
them and at least a tie for the
Big Ten championship.
Despite a rather poor showing
this season, Northwestern's Wild-
cats are a one touchdown favorite
over Wisconsin in today's battle
in newly enlarged Dyche Stadium.
Going into the game with a 2-3
mark in conference play, the wild-
cats will be able to displace the
Badgers in sixth place in the cir-
cuit with a win today.
Illinois is expected to bounce
back from last week's 13-0 de-
feat at the hands of the Wol-
verines and emerge a three
touchdown victor over Indiana's
Hoosiers at Illini Memorial Sta-
Indiana, without a win in three
conference starts, can only point
to an upset over Pittsburgh as its
main claim for a victory over the
Some new faces will be
sprinkled through Pitt's start-
ing lineup today when the bat-
tered Panthers-tackle an Ohio
State team described as being
in the pink.
Other major games today:
MIDWEST-Kansas at Nebras-
ka, Iowa State at Drake, South
Carolina at Marquette, Tulsa at
Oklahoma Aggies, Kentucky at
East-Penn State at West Vir-
ginia, Temple at Boston Univ.,
Brown at Yale, Colgate at Holy
Cross, Dartmouth at Columbia,
Princeton at Harvard, Rutgers at
By JOHN BARBOUR
Last. fall when Michigan was
riding on the glory road, her back-
field and line were receiving.
praises from every source.
This fall the backfield talent
was essentially the same, but the
line was depleted with the loss of
first string guards Dom Tomasi,
Stu Wilkins, and Quentin Sickles.
-* * *
TWO FIRST LINE tackles left
the squad, Joe Sobeleski, and
Ralph Kohl. Two ends of top cali-
bar graduated: Dick Rifenburg
and Ed McNeil, and to add to the
grief first string center Danny
Dworsky donned cap and gown.
This left the Michigan line
with gaping holes at almost
every position, but still the out-
look was bright.
Jack Blott, Michigan line
line coach, had the huge job of
sorting through the candidates
and setting up fourteen men for
offensive and defensive play. In
the top competition of college
football the pace is too fast and
too rugged to allow 60 minutes
play by anyone, especially the line
* * *
FOR THIS REASON fourteen
men were needed to fill the seven
line positions. Starting with a nu-
cleus from last fall, Coach Blott,
sought men to back up regulars
Harry Allis, Al Wahl, Al Wistert,
Lloyd Heneveld, and Bob Erben.
Fourteen men entered the
State game at the line positions.
Of these nine: Bob Hollway, Oz-
zie Clark, Irv Wisniewski, Tom
Johnson, Jim Atchison, Jim
Wolter, Al Jackson, Don McClel-
land, and Tony Momsen, were
In the Stanford game 23 men
played the seven posts including
the five regulars from last fall's
squad. That meant that the coach-
ing staff was trying 18 inexperi-
enced men in the open positions.
THEN IN THE Army game 20
men entered the line in anmat-
tempt to stop the Cadet land ma-
chine. Against Northwestern 17
men from the forward wall almost
turned the tide.
Then Michigan faced a
gloomy Saturday. After two
consecutive losses showing a
myriad of weaknesses, the Wol-
verines were to come up against
one of the best lines in the coun-
try, Minnesota's Golden Goph-
But when the final gun of the
game had sounded Michigan to
the bewilderment of sports writers
and others, had put up an amazing
display of football, championship
style, to knock the Gophers out of
the undefeated ranks, 13-7.
* * *
THE FACTS that showed them-
selves after this game featured
Bob Erben teaming with the
guards on either side to hog-tie
hulking Leo Nomellini. Wahl and
Wistert handcuffed Clayton Ton-
nemaker for almost a full 60 min-
Essentially the job had been
done, Michigan had rounded out
offensive and defensive lines
that could do the job.
The next game against Illinois
demonstrated still another factor
in Michigan lineman training.
When Lloyd Heneveld was taken
out of the game because of an in-
jury, Al Jackson, one of the ir-
regulars this year, came in and
handled both offense and defense
efficiently and neatly.
* * *
THAT BRINGS out one impor-
tant fact in the drilling of the
Wolverine line. Jack Blott has
said, "Our boys aren't taught de-
fense or offense alone. They are
all good offensive and defensive
players, but in order to spell them
during the game, we use a defen-
sive and offensive line-up."
The fourteen men who handle
Michigan's offensive and def en-
sive duties at the line of scrim-
mage, grind out every bit yardage
that the backfield makes. '
Villanova 29, Georgetown 14
Miami 27, Detroit 6
Citadel 27, Presbyterion 7
Wofford 40, Northeastern Ok-
Westchester 47, Moravion 0
Findlay 37, Huntington 0
DO YOU KNOW ... Bill Daley
of Michigan holds the record for
the most yards gainud from scrim-
mage in a Big Ten game?
In 1943 against Northwestern
he rolled up 216 yards.
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