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Oosterbaan Plans

To Rebuild Injury

Riddled Team


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* * * * * s * *

Scarcity of Touchdowns
Looms as Main Problem

Ben 'Oosterbaan reported for
work yesterday surrounded by in-
jured football players, perplexed
by the baffling absence of Wol-
verine scoring punch, and faced
with the key Big Ten game this
He had little to say about the
disappointing developments at
HIS GRIDIRON mechanism
stripped its gears against the sur-
prising Gophers and faces several
major repair jobs to be ready for
The most disturbing problem,
of course, is the team's physical
condition. The injury toll of
last week has boosted the hos-
pital list to almost ridiculous
In addition to the two side-
tracked right halfbacks, Leo Ko-
ceski and Frank Howell, Roger
Zatkoff and Bill Ohlenroth were
out of action.
* * *
IT WAS LEARNED yesterday
that two other blows were struck
at Michigan efficiency in a dm-
my scrimmage last Thursday.
Al Wah twisted his knee and
Don-Peterson injured his shoul-
der in the comparatively mild
drills. The latter mishap caused
Oosterbaan to revise his plan of
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Mathematics Colloquium: Prof.
0. Kurepa, from the University of
Zagreb, Yugoslavia, will speak on
"Souslin's Problem" at the Mathe-
matics Colloquium at 4:10 on
Tues., Oct. 31, Rm. 3011, Angell
Events Today
,Congregational, Disciple, Evan-
gelical and Reformed Guild: ea,
4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at the Guild
House, 438 Maynard.
University Lutheran Chapel: Re-
formation Day Vesper Service, 9
p.m. Rev. F. A. Hertwig of De-
troit, guest preacher.
Christian Science Organization:
Testimonial meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
Upper Room, Lane Hall.
Student Religious Association:
Square Dance Group: Lane Hall,
7 p.m.
Leadership Training Group:
Lane Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Student Religious Association
Council meeting, Lane Hall, 5 p.m.I
Quarterdeck: Meeting, 7:30 p.-;
m., Room 3M, N, Union. Movie:l
"Steam Power for American Sea
Power." 'Ensian picture will be
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9 Hairstylists - No Waiting
Liberty near State

starting Peterson at the proble-
matical right half spot against
In the game itself John Hess,
the first line guard, sprained his
ankle and Charlie Ortmann twist-
ed his back in the first quarter.
ORTMANN'S injury sheds some
light on the mystery of his per-
formance Saturday. He could
hardly bend over -at practice yes-
Don Oldham, a sophomore,
was placed on the wingback hot
spot and his inexperience pro-
duced the usual results. The rest
of the team was not equal to
the task of taking up the of-
fensive slack.
Oldham's crushing first period
fumble on the enemy 24 yard line
could have been counteracted on a
half dozen. occasions as the Wol-
verines penetrated deep into Go-
pher territory but the quarterback
Bill Putich could not find an ef-
fective weapon.
** *
PUTICH was unable to mix his
running and passing offenses ef-
f estively, much to the relief of
Minnesota's heavy defense. The
Wolverines' 46 net yards rushing
told on them.
That figure is deceptive, how-
ever, since Ortmann lost 43
yards attempting to pass and
Putich added a 16 yard deficit.
As for the desperation pass play
that enabled Minnesota to salvage
the deadlock, it was simply a
Michigan error. The play had been
broken up. in an earlier attempt.
4 ORTMANN and Tom Wither-
spoon had Darrell Cochran well
covered but the two Michigan de-
fenders misjudged the ball in the
end zone.
The team reviewed films of the
game last night in the hopes of
accomplishing a complete form
reversal against the Illini.
Just who will play where in the
Michigan lineup remains a mys-
tery pending injury developments.
It appears that Peterson will final-
ly take over on the wing.

SC Team
Not Eligible
In '51_Bowl
CHICAGO - W) - Michigan
State, conquerer of Michigan and
Notre Dame, but member in-
name-only of the Big Ten Foot-
ball family, is not eligible to com-
pete in the 1951 ose Bowl game.
Big Ten commissioner K. L.
(Tug) Wilson yesterday recalled
a ruling of May, 1949, in which
the conference stipulated that only
a championship contender would
play in the final two games of the
five-tilt bowl series which ends
next New Year's Day.
* s *
MICHIGAN STATE begins con-
ference title play in 1953. The
Spartans lately have had con-
siderable backing as a Rose Bowl
The 1949 Conference decision
eliminated a clause in the Bowl
pact which provided that the
Big Ten could send an outside
However, the possibility, that
Michigan State may get a Rose
Bowl nod in the 1952 or '53 Pasa-
dena classics still exists. This is
contingent upon the form a new
Big Ten-Pacific Coast Confer-
ence Bowl pact takes.

Rickey To Consider Offers;
Wants To Stay in Baseball

--AP News Photo
MICHIGAN AERIAL GAMES-Second-quarter action in the Minnesota-Michigan game at Minne-
apolis Saturday. With the ball near the midfield stripe, quarterback Bill Putich (24) takes the ball
from the T-formation, fades back and spots both Harry Allis (88) and Lowell Perry (85) breaking into
the clear.

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* *

* * *

ST. LOUIS-(A)-Branch Rick-
ey, known as a shrewd manipula-
tor of the dollar, said yesterday he
is open to any "firm" baseball of-
fer but that'money isn't the im-
portant thing.
The unemployed Mahatma said
he may not want to be as active
as he has been in the past "and I
might not want as many responsi-
PARRYING reporters' questions
at a press conference here, Rickey
said he had no statement to make
about his future at this time but
that he would like to stay in base-
Has he had any definite of-
"Yes," Rickey replied. "But

termsd and conditions have not
been discussed."
ASKED IF he had any interest
in the Browns or Cardinals, Rickey
carefully rephrased the question
and replied:
"There is little likelihood that
I will become identified with one
of the St. Louis clubs."
Rickey served the Cardinals as
Field Manager and General Man-
ager for 25 years.
* * *
HOW ABOUT reports he might
wind up in the front office of the
Pittsburgh Pirates?
"Mr. (John) Galbreath (presi-
dent of the Pirates) has openly
said he would like me to come to
Pittsburgh," Rickey answered.

PrepFoes United on Flrosh Gridders

Nussbaumer, Pihos, Young, Wis-
tert, Nomellini, Connor, Angsman,
Agase, Kluszewski, Coutre, Kafras
-these are but a few of the many
football greats produced in the
Chicago area who rose to fame on
college and professional gridirons
all over the nation.
Michigan's freshman team
boasts no Elmer Angsman or Al
Wistert at present, but it does have
a numbe' of Chicago-area football
players who have shown promise
in fall frosh drills and who may
see action for the Maize and Blue
varsity next fall.
TWO OF THESE frosh gridders
from Chicago, Dick Yirkosky and
Norm Canty, deserve special men-
tion. An interesting sidelight on
their careers is thefact that they
performed on opposing teams in
their last high school grid appear-
Less than a year ago, Schurz
High School, champion of Chi-
cago's public high schools, met

Fenwick, Catholic league cham-
pion on the gridiron at Soldier's
Field in Chicago to determine
Chicago's 1949 city football
Soldier's Field-the site of the
annual All-Star football game
played each year by the champion-
ship team of the National Foot-
ball League and a bevy of col-
legiate gridiron greats, including
such stars as Trippi, Walker, Jus-
tice, Harmon, Chappius, and many
BUT NOW two high school
teams were battling it out on the
field. And Yirkosky was in the
lineup for Schurz in that game,
along with such capable team-
mates as Jim Hock, an all-city end,
pint-sized Bob Fudala, and Kenny

Swienton, a powerful yet shifty
backfield star.
Outstanding for the Fenwick
Friars, along with quarterback
Canty, were fullback Johnny
Lattner, all-city and all-state,
and Bob Rigali, another fine
high school performer, both of
whom are now starring for
Notre Dame's freshman team.
On the basis of a near-perfect
season record, Fenwick went into
the game 14-point favorites. But
a rugged Schurz eleven stiffened
in the clutches, hit Lattner so hard
he furbled repeatedly deep in
Schurz territory, and scored often
enough to win the game, 20-7.
Both Yirkosky and Canty played
important roles in that major prep
battle. Now both are doing their
best for Wally Weber's frosh

-AP News Photo
GOPHERS MAKE GOOD . . . . . . Michigan's Chuck Ortmann
(49) and Tom Witherspoon seem to have Minnesota halfback
Darrell Cochrane well covered as they take to the air to block
George Hudak's pass in the end zone. All they got, however, was
thin air as they collided with each other. Cochrane got the ball
and the lowly Gophers got their first bit of consolation from a
disappointing season by tying their traditional Ann Arbor foe 7-7.
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