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)AY, OCTOBER 17, 1950

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

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PAGE THREE

ON THE SPOT
By BOB SANDELL
Daily Associate Sports Editor
TERN CONFERENCE SCOUTS must have spent the weekend
} nging the blues to their respective coaches. After watching the
Ialf in Yankee Stadium Saturday, they probably came back
:eports that cause many a troubled brow and cries of anguish
camps of the Big Ten schools.
It must have been a little disheartening for the conference
tors, too, because the score certainly didn't indicate the
cious battle the Wolverines actually put up against the na-
's number one team. The Blue hadn't looked particularly im-
sive in their first two encounters against State and Dart-
ith, and rival pilots might have figured the Michiganders just
V't have it this year.
ven the fact that Charlie Ortmann didn't see much action in
first two contests didn't alter the opinions of many followers
gridiron sport. Sportswriters and observers were frankly amaz-
the way the Cadets were pushed around the first two and half
rs last Saturday.
According to Red Smith of the New York Herald Tribune, it
Just "luck and resolution" that pulled the Cadets out of their
chalf dilemma. They were lucky when Ortmann's passes bare-
aissed Michigan's fleet sophomore end, Lowell Perry. But, it
"alert and resolute football" that held the Wolverines when
4
were clamoring at the Army goal line.
Cher veteran writers such as Jesse Abramson of the Tribune,
4
Ilison Danzig of the New York Times, were lavish in their praise
:inte Oosterbaan's spirited first-halfers. They gave full credit
brilliance of Ortmann's passing and running, and the savage
' g and tackling the Maize and Blue exhibited.
The combination of single wing, T, and double wing especial-
aught the eyes of the scribes and also gave Earl "Red" Blaik
e uneasy moments on the Army bench. After the game Blaik
heard to say, "We didn't expect 'em to run anything from a
fle-wing. We anticipated the T and the single wing. But their
61e wing caught us fiat-footed, forcing quite a bit of a revision.
lieve it's the first time Michigan pulled it this season."
* * * *
T FIRST HALF dispelled any lingering doubts that it's Ort-
ann that makes the Michigan offense. Te first half statistics
e tale. Michigan had 10 first downs to Army's three. Ortmann
utich completed 8 of 12 passes for 95 yards, and a couple of
.e's heaves came within eyelashes of being good for six points.
In fact, one might say that Michigan actually lost the game
he first half and not the second. If they had covered those
precious inches when they had the mighty West Pointers back
their heels, the intermission score might have been in the
hborhood of 20-0. It would have taken quite a recovery to
'come that.
;tually the Wolverines didn't use anything new in that first 30
es that had the huge crowd sitting on the edge of their seats
ondering about the Cadets being 10-point favorites. The Ort-
to Putich pass combination brings to mind the Chappius to
s team. The flat passes to the ends and wings, and the screen
4lth the fullback are all old ones in Crisler's single and double
epertoire-
Oosterbaan's work is cut out for him this week. What hap-
rd to Purdue could happen to the Wolverines this week against
improving Wisconsin Badgers. There might be a big let-
a.
also could work the other way. Maybe the Wolverines really
themselves Saturday. With their talented left half in action
t oked on the brink of being an unbeatable outfit at times. The
could have given them the confidence they need to go on and
sfully defend their title.
ne thing is certain. If the lads in Blue play anywhere near 12
lalves in their next six games as the first one Saturday, a trip
adena and the Rose Bowl is a sure thing as a Yankee victory in
ld Series.

Frosh Stress
Group Work
In Practices
Expert Coaching
Given Yearlings
By LARRY SPERLING
"Hit 'em hard-play Big Ten
football!"
That's Wally Weber's battle cry
as he puts the freshman squad
through their paces every day.
* * *
TO DEVELOP players who can
hold their own against the top
flight opposition which the varsity
faces every season is the one aim
of freshman football.
An indication of the import-
ance which is attached to the
frosh team by the 'powers that
know' is illustrated by the well
manned coaching staff who are
going all out to teach the year-
lings football as it is played in
the Big Ten.
Heading the staff is voluble
Wally Weber, who has been the
big man in Michigan freshman
football since 1934. Besides run-
ning the whole show, Coach Weber
specializes in developing the back-
field material.
- *
CLIFF KEEN, wrestling coach
and an assistant grid coach since
1925, handles the line prospects
along with Stu Wilkins, a first
string guard on the Wolverine's
Rose Bowl team of '47.
Working with the ends is Don
Holloway, who was one of the
outstanding defensive ends on
last season's team.
Practices are run with precision
and organized to give the members
of the squad a combination of
rough competitive play and spe-
cial instruction in their own in-
dividual positions.
THE LATTER is done by stress-
ing group work in which the squad
is split into units of linemen, ends,
There are still openings for
two sophomore track managers.
Those interested should meet
at Yost Field House after 3:30
p.m. today.
-Bill Frank
and backfield men. Each group is
given exact instruction on the
phase of the game in which it
specializes by one of the coaches.
"Group work Is very valuable
in developing the parts of the
machine," Coach Weber observ-
ed. "The other part of our Job is
to synthesize the parts into a
smooth running unit," concluded
the frosh mentor.
The synthesizing is done during
the rugged intra-squad scrimmag-
es which the team goes through
every day.
.* *
THERE IS NO inter-school
freshman football competition in
the Big Ten and, with the excep-
tion of 1942 when the rule was
lifted for one year because of the
outbreak of war, there never has
been any frosh competition.
The closest that the yearlings
get to game conditions is their in-
tra-squad workouts, and an occa-
sional scrimmage with the junior
varsity.

FOLLOWING PRECEDENT:
Dyer Resigns Position
As Red BirdManager

-Daily-Burt Sapowitchi
NOT THIS TIME-Michigan pass defenders Frank Howell (left) and Lowell Perry present a solid
front in batting down a pass from Army Quarterback Bob Blaik intended for John Weaver (88).
The Wolverines were' not so fortunate on another occasion in the early part of the fourth quarter
when Jack Martin grabbed a Blaik aerial inside the five and scored.
* * * * * * * * *
INSUFFICIENT DEPTH PLAGUE:
Koceski To Miss Vital Badger Contest

ST. LOUIS-(M)-Affable Eddie
Dyer stepped down as manager of
the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday
and said goodbye to baseball.
Fred Saigh, the club owner, said
he has "an open mind" and won't
decide on a new manager until
perhaps early in December.
DYER HELD the job five years.
The first year, in 1946, the Cards
became World Champions. The
next three years they were run-
ners-up in the National League.
But this year they dropped to fifth
place for the first time since 1938.
So the Old Colonel, Dyer, bow-
ed out in accordance with what
he called the "precedent" of
changing managers after a dis-
appointing season.
It was something less than a
surprise to the fans, of whom a
great many have been howling
"down with Dyer."
DYER SAID he was going back
to Houston,' Texas, where he has
built up business interests in oil
and insurance. He said he had no
baseball job in sight. Previously
he had let it be known that he
would consider an offer to manage
another major league club.
Dyer read his resignation
statement to a news conference
in Saigh's office as Saigh looked
over his shoulder. The confer-
ence was announced about two
weeks ago.
The statement said, in part:
"IN MY OPINION, neither Mr.
Saigh nor I was responsible for
the second division finish of the
There will be an 'M' Club
meeting in the 'M' Room, Wed-
nesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m.
which all members must attend.
-Jeff Knight
club. I do not believe any club in
the National League could have
suffered as many and as costly in-
juries as we did and still finish
Michigan vs. Wisconsin
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in the first division." But that,
he said, was not offered as an ali-
bi.
Injuries, knocked out the fol-
lowing players for varying per-
iods: Ted Wilks, Joe Garagiola,
Stan Musial, Nippy Jones, Chuck
Diering and Bill Howerton. Ed-
die said later the logs of Garag-
iola, catcher, was especially cost-
ly.
As to the possible successors to
Dyer:
* * *
ROLLIE HEMSLEY, who is 43,
managed Columbus this year to
third place in the American As-
It was announced yesterday
by the athletic ticket office
that there are still some choice
tickets left for this Saturday's
Wisconsin game.
All away games, and the Illi-
nois game here are complete
sellouts.
sociation, won the playoffs and
defeated Baltimore in the Little
World Series. He was a major
catcher from 1938 through part
of 1947.
Keane, 39, hasn't played Major
League ball, but he has nine years
of experience as a manager in the
Cardinal minor league organiza-
tion. At Rochester this year he
finished first in the International
League but lost out in the play-
offs. Last year he piloted Roches-
ter to second place.

By TED PAPES
Michigan invested all its foot-
ball resources in its battle against
Army Saturday and suffered the
loss of one of its most valuable
assets-Leo Koceski.
The talented, courageous Wol-
verine halfback was fiattened after
gaining three yards on his special
delivery reverse play early in the
second quarter and was carried to
the sidelines.
IT WAS LATER determined that
Koceski was the victim of a
stretched ligament in his right
knee.
The injury will keep him out
of the lineup for this week-end's
Big Ten opener against Wiscon-
sin's undefeated Badger eleven,
and quite possibly might prevent
his appearance in subsequent
contests.
A plastic cast has been placed
on the leg permitting Leo to walk
without further damage. It can
readily be removed and replaced
to facilitate treatment.
MUCH HAS BEEN said about
the effect of Koceski's mishap up-
on the outcome of the Cadet clash.
No one will ever know whether
the Wolverine could have won
with him in th backfield, so specu-
lation is useless.
It remains to be said that
Frank Howell gave everything
he had as Leo's replacement but
could not overcome the handi-
cap of inexperience.
Not many people besides Howell
can understand how great the
pressure can be while performing
before a capacity throng of grid-
iron critics in the legendary Yan-
kee Stadium.
** *

called such against Army caliber,
must be written off as a part of
the price paid when a team lacks
seasoned depth at key positions.
Besides the obvious effects on
offense of Koceski's absence,
Wolverine punting had to be
placed on a makeshift basis with
Tony Momsen assuming the duty
despite the fact that he had
never been called upon to kick
in a game.
Consequently, he had to take
more time than Leo or Chuck Ort-
mann generally needed to get a
kick away, with the ultimate dis-
astrous result of the block that set
up Army touchdown number four.
* * *
THE RECORD BOOKS will al-
ways show the effects of these fac-
tors in the final score, but it will
fail to reveal that the Wolverines
swept their vaunted opponents
back almost at will through the
first 25 minutes of play.
From all reports out of New
York, the Michigan team earned
the respect of everyone who wit-
nessed the bitter struggle.
Besides Koceski's, there was no
other serious injury sustained al-
though most of the players dis-
played evidence of the furious ac-
tion.

THE SQUAD went through rou-
tine exercises yesterday to elimin-
ate stiffness and soreness. Of
course ther was no contact drill
for the varsity, but the reserves
were sent through a short scrim-
mage.
This week's practices should
reveal how Ben Oosterbaan will
spread his thin backfield into a
new attacking force. Don Peter-
son may get the call at right
halfback since he played in that
spot last season.
This year he had been switched
to the left side as Ortmann's sec-
ond. If Chuck should be sidelined
again as he was for the Dartmouth
game, Oosterbaan would be hand-
cuffed during the rugged Confer-
ence campaign.
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for "slugging" in Sunday's game
with the Chicago Cardinals.
Ford didn't hear about it at the
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operating table with a broken
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