WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1945.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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by pres holmes, sports co-editor
'Wolverine Cagers Meet Butler
A FEW LOOSE ENDS still dangling about ought to be gathered
together before the 1949 football book is closed-a few choice
moments which should be recalled.
The most ironic statement of the year proved to be made by
Gayle Talbot November 17 when he rated Michigan at 102.7 and Ohio
State as 101.1, and boiled it down to "a point after touchdown-
V ichigan." He came too close to being right.
THE MOST CYNICAL STATEMENT came from some obviously
disgruntled individual who defined a college football player as "a
fellow who went through college on the money he received foi re-
maining an amateur." He might have something there, at that, as
"Ox" Wistert, captain of the Philadelphia Eagles, stated at the foot-
ball banquet a couple of weeks ago, "The only thing I didn't like about
going into pro ball was the cut in pay."
The understatement of the season came from none other than
the old "master" himself, Frank Leahy, head coach at Notre Dame.
He conceded that Tulane was "somewhat confused"- in the 46-7
drubbing the Irish meted out. "Everything we tried worked."
It usually does, doesn't it, coach?
While on the subject of Notre Dame, it would seem worthwhile to
note what Forrest Evashevski, Michigan State's backfield coach, had
to say about the powerful Irish. He said the only weakness he -could
see was "that their fourth team is a little weaker than thei third
team." Please note, when the graduation "wailing towel" is hauled
r out again by Mr. Leahy.
THESE ARE ALL perennial tall occurrences, however, they usually
happen every season. But this year one of the wackiest ideas ever
to materialize presented itself upon the gridiron scene - a talking
All you do is fill the pigskin with ammonium gas, install a
transmitter under the coach's overcoat and your quarterback
becomes more of a robot than he is already.
Concocted by Dr. W. D. Hershberger, an atomic engineer at
EU.C.L.A., this device enables the coach to maintain continuous com-
munication with the ball handler-without benefit of wires or the
free substitution rule. A quick glance at the rule book evinces no
provision to cope with such a situation.
* * * *
HERSHBERGER EXPLAINED that the gadget worked via the
absorption of microwave radio signals by the ammonia molecules. An
earpiece filled with the gas could be placed in the quarterback's
helmet, but it would seem a lot easier-and undoubtedly have more
interesting consequences-if the gas were pumped into the football.
Picture the scene. It's late in the game and the team with
the loaded ball is trailing. The ball-carrier fades back to pitch
one when suddenly the ball becomes almost alive as the coaches
voice booms, "Krastopopowicz, you fool! Run through that hole
at left guard!"
Or, better yet, when an opposing safety, man hauls in a punt
and starts tp race up the field for a few extra yards, a pained voice
from the football could gasp, "Don't hold me so tight, Speedy, you're
hurting me!" It's enough to make the best of men fumble.
For some reason or other it doesn't seem possible that this fantasy
will ever become a reality, but it would make for quite a ball game.
Football is becoming more and more specialized arld it's hard to tell
which direction the next step will go.
BUT RAMS CAN PASS:
Final Statistics Give Eales
Edge in Rushing and Defense
Michigan's freshman grapplers
gave a good account of themselves
but varsity wrestlers won most of
the matches yesterday, in the first
session of a two day frosh-varsity
Joe Scandorak, frosh 145 pound-
er, turned in the outstanding per-
formance of the day, as he gave
Captain Jim Smith a good battle
before losing, 5-4. Smith won the
match on an escape in the final
* * *
IN A 121 pound contest, Mike
McNerney, another first year man.
HUGH QUINN, Night Editor
picked up a point for riding time
in the last period, to earn a draw
with Brad Stone.
Ait "Moose" Dunne, varsity
heavyweight, nosed out Roger
Zatkoff in a close battle, 5-4.
Two pins were recorded by var-
sity men in the 155 pound entry.
Bud Holcomb pinned Gene Ash in
the first period and Bill Stapp took
Chuck Nichols to the mats in the
* * *
JOE PLANCK, varsity grappler,
disposed of Paul Anderson in a 175
pound bout, via a pin in the sec-
Jack Gallen won the fresh-
man's only victory of the day
as he defeated Larry Nelson, in
the 136 pound division.
in a 165 pound match. Don 0'-
Connell beat freshman Harold
Holt, 11-5, as Holt tired in the fi-
nal two periods.
Several bouts will complete the
two day match today.
DO YOU KNOW ... that Floyd
Bevens has never pitched an-
other inning of major league
baseball since his onethitter in
the 1947 World Series?
Twice Beaten Bulldogs Five Favored
As 'M'Makes Second Home Hoop Bid
By TED PAPES
What originally may have been
scheduled as an early season
warm-up basketball game for the
Michigan Wolverines will explode
into large scale cage warfare at
7:30 tonight when the amazing
Butler Bulldogs invade Yost Field-
Despite the fact that the Hoos-
iers enter the battle with a record
of two games lost in as many
played, they must be regarded fa-
vorites to emerge over Michigan's
HEADLINE ATTRACTION of
the game will be the appearance
of a five foot-ten inch bundle of
Butler dynamite, guard Ralph
"Buckshot" O'Brien, one of the
Midwest's foremost point produc-
ers. His individual efforts were
the dominant factors of his team's
fine showings in its two losing en-
The first of these was an eye-.
lash defeat at the hands of Illi-
nois. With the score deadlocked
at 56-56 in the final minute of
play, a reserve Illini forward
nudged in a basket to break the
tie and enable his club to sal-
vage a 60-56 victory. O'Brien
had 22 points to his credit.
A week later the Bulldogs were
hosts to a second Big Ten oppo-
nent, the Buckeyes of Ohio State.
Again O'Brien did everything but
win the game for Butler as he
poured 30 markers through the
nets on .10 baskets and 10 free
throws. However, the superior
height of the Ohioans told the
THE WOLVERINES, on the
other hand, have little to reccom-
mend them, even though they have
won two out of three 1949 start.
After victories over Michigan
State and Miami, they ran into a
merciless shellacking at the hands
of Toledo last Saturday. The de-
cisiveness of that setback was a
severe jolt to supporters of the
* * *
THE TOLEDO affair may be
charged to an off night, but
Wit h rve
NEW YORK - (P) -- The Bos-
ton Braves broke the trading dead-
lock at the winter baseball meet-
ing wide opentyesterday with two
deals, one of them sending pitch-
er Bill Voiselle to the Chicago Cubs
for infielder Gene Mauch and un-
TheBraves also sold outfielder
Marv Rickert to the Pittsburgh Pi-
rates for an unannounced minor
leaguer and a cash sum "in ex-
cess of $10,000."
* * *
VOISELLE WON seven games
and lost eight for the Braves last
year. He is a 30-year-old right-
hander who came to the majors
with the New York Giants in 1942.
Trading otherwise was stale-
Detroit Manager Red Rolfe, who
professes to be mildly interested
in New York's George Stirnweiss
as a second base solution, sched-
uled a session with Yankee chief-
* * *
BILLY EVANS, Detroit General
Manager, said he had been of-
fered Cleveland's first baseman
Mickey Vernon for outfielder Hoot
Evers and pitcher Freddie Hutch-
inson. He turned it down cold.
coach Ernie McCoy still has a
number of unknown quantities on
his squad. There have been no
signs of any dependable reserve
strength to back his first five.
As an experiment last week,
McCoy shifted Jim Skala to
guard in an effort to bolster the
scoring balance, but the results
were unsatisfactory. This week
Skala has returned to forward
where he will share duties with
Mack Suprunowicz and Don Mc-
Chuck Murray has regained his
old guard slot and probably will
start there tonight. In a behind-
the-scenes shift, Bob Olson has
been switched from a front posi-
tion to a reserve guard status.
IT MAY BE that Michigan need-
ed a bump such as it received Sat-
urday to jar its players into form.
If the Wolverines are on the re-
bound, they may well startle the
At any rate, the contest will give
everyone a sounder basis for eval-
uating Michigan's chances during
the remainder of the schedule. A
victory over Butler would provide
the Wolverines with some much
needed momentum to carry along
on their holiday basketball cam-
Volleyball . ..
Michigan House and Sigma Phi
Epsilon won the IM volleyball
crowns in their respective leagues
last night, with Greene House the
loser in the Residence Hall league,
and Beta Theta Pi in the Frater-
Michigan House shut out its
East Quad opponent, 3-0, on game
scores of 15-1, 15-3, and 15-9. Sig
,p went the five game limit to
beat Beta, 3-2. Game scores in
this championship match were
10-15, 17-15, 16-14, 9-15, and 15-2.
Williams House won the second
place play-offs in the Residence
Hall division by ousting Tyler
House, 4-0, in a best-of-seven ser-
Swimming .. .
Theta Chi and Sigma Chi won
their semifinal meets in the Fra-
ternity swimming last night, and
will meet each other for the dual
meet title. Sigma Chi beat Chi
Phi, 36-21, to gain its berth in
* * *
THETA CHI trounced Sigma Phi
Epsilon, 38-19, displaying a bal-
ance of power in all events.
Wisconsin 56, Notre Dame 48
Purdue 81, Drake 51
Indiana 61, De Paul 55
W. Kentucky 67, Georgetown 48
Holy Cross 85, Dartmouth 53
Colgate 83, NYU 78
Dayton 66, Miami (O) 50
Monmouth 45, Grinnell 37
Furman 61, Wofford 52
Muskingum 76, Marietta 60
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PHILADELPHIA- (MP) -On the
record, it'll be Los Angeles pass-
ing against Philadelphia running
in the National Football League
championship game Sunday-but
it ain't necessarily so.
Final statistics for the 1949, and
last, NFL season, yesterday gave
the Los Angeles Rams a decided
yardage advantage over the Phil-
adelphia Eagles in passing and
the Eagles a whopping margin
over the Rams in rushing.
The Bears led in passing yard-
age with 2,045 with the Rams
second with 2,819. Washington's
Redskins, paced by Sammy Baugh,
the League's individual passing
leader, held down third with 2,816.
The Eagles were far behind with
a total of 1,909 yards.
by the League's ground gaining
leader, Steve Van Buren, was far
ahead in rushing with 2,607 yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were sec-
ond with 2,209 and the Chicago
Cardinals third with 2,130. The
Rams were way behind with 1,732.
Defensively, however, it was the
Eagles all the way. The defend-
ling champions ranked ftrst in
yielding the fewest yards, the
fewest total points and the fewest
passing yards, ranked second in
rushing defense and first again
in allowing opponents to succeed
the fewest times on passing at-
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