THE MICHIGAN DAILY
OSU Tankmen Favored over 'in Big
'Davies, Elliot Lead Wolverine Natators;
Spartans To Put up Strong Bid for Crown
Walcott to Meet Charles for Title Tonight;
Evers Ends Holdout, Signs for $38,000
By GEORGE FLINT
Although there's been constant
improvement in the Michigan
camp'during the 1951 season, Matt
Mann's swimming squad doesn't
figure as a strong contender in
this week's Western Conference
championships at Minneapolis.
One reason is the unlimited
power at the, disposal of Ohio
State's Mike Peppe, who last year
guided the Buckeyes to an over-
whelming victory in the meet.
Another is conference neophyte
Michigan State, the only team
given a chance to totter the OSU
BOTH THESE TEAMS defeated
the Wolverines during the regular
season by identical 55-29 counts.
Michigan doesn't have sufficient
balance or individual strength to
better that record this weekend,
with seven other teams to cut into
the Wolverine point total.
The Maize and Blue does have
some swimmers who should make
a big splash in the Gopher pool.
In both breast stroke events
(200 and 100 yards) Michigan's
topflight twosome of John Da-
vies and Stew Elliott should give
Ohio State's Gerry Holan a
good fight. Either could win
the shorter event, since the
Buckeye star is more effective
at the longer distance.
The Wolverines should pick up
points in the distance events,
with Wally Jeffries figuring to
finish back of MSC's Bert Mc-
Lachlan and Ohio State's Jack
Taylor in the 440. He should
Michigan's Dave Neisch and Dick-
Martin are possible contenders,
and may squeeze in if they can hit
their season's peak.
The backstroke events and the
diving seem to be safely in Ohio
State's pantry-with such lu-
minaries as Jack Taylor, Bill
Sonner, Gordon Leaf, and Joe
Prata in the former, and Al Cof-
fey, Joe Marino, and Bob Clot-
worthy performing from the
. Michigan will s e n d Bernie
Kahn, who placed third in the
100-yard back stroke last season,
Practices for the all-campus
wrestling tournament are being
held at the IM Building and
will continue until the end of
this week. All men interested,
contact Bob Betzig, assistant
and Dick Howell, who has been
a dependable pointwinner this
year, into the Buckeye-dominated
Jim Hartman and Frank Keller,
who have been sometimes terrific
and sometimes disappointing, will
attempt to drive a wedge into the
Ohio State diving supremacy.
The conference meet will begin
tomorrow night with the trials in
the 1500-meter swim. Final places
in the event will be determined on
the basis of comparative times,
with each competitor b e i n g
DETROIT - (IP) - This is Joe
Louis' home town and a surprising,
capacity crowd of 17,000 inay turn
out tonight to see heavyweight
champion Ezzard Charles, who
beat the brown bomber, and Jer-
sey Joe Walcot, who almost did,
battle it out in a title 15-rounder in
There has been an amazing
surge of interest hereabouts in the
return scrap between the two
negroes, undoubtedly spurred by
the news that Louis probably will
There will be a meeting of
all freshmen and transfer stu-
dents who wish to try out for
the freshmen golf team at the
IM Building, Wednesday,
March 7 at 4:30 P.M.
face Charles again in Chicago next
month. That is, of course, if
Charles wins tonight, as expected.
* * *
THE LEAN, lithe, 29-year old
champion is favored at odds of
31/2 to 1 but there has been very
little betting on the outcome so
far. In New York last night the
price was listed as 6 to 1 and "out."
Which means you can bet on Wal-
cott but the bookies wce't take any
Charles money. They consider Ez-
zard a cinch.
That's another of the several
reasons why veteran observers here
are puzzled over the booming box-I
office business and the possibility
of a sellout.
The 37-year old Walcott, who
could become the oldest ghal-
lenger ever to capture the heavy-
weight crown if he wins,.looked
sad against young Rex Layne of1
Utah in New York November 24.
The chunky westerner bulled the
cagy Camden, New Jersey vet-'
eran all over the ring and won
Charles was no ball of fire in
stopping Lee Oma in the same
Madison Square Garden ring Jan-
In addition, the bout, starting at
9 p.m. (CST), will be broadcast and
telecast by C.B.S.
Yet matchmaker Nick Londes of
the International Boxing Club's
Detroit branch, said over $50,000
was in the till already for Charles'
seventh title defense of the crown
he won by whipping Walcott in
Chicago 20 months ago.
* * *
fielder Walter (Hoot) Evers signed
his 1951 contract yesterday with
the Detroit Tigers for an esti-
mated $38,000, making him the
third highest paid Detroit player.
Evers, a holdout until the sev-
enth day of the training season,
thus receives an increase of about
$10,000 over his salary last year.
He ranks ,behind infielder George
Kell and pitcher Hal Newhouser in
The signing of Evers leaves only
infielder Eddie Lake who hasn't
agreed to 1951 terms.
Catcher Bob Swift clouted the
ball out of the park yesterday as
the Detroit Tigers went through a
long drill in preparation for today's
opening intra-squad game of the
spring training season.
Manager Red Rolfe named Ernie
Funk, Dick Marlowe, Earl John-
son and Art McConnell to pitch
three innings apiece in the up-
coming six-inning intra - squad
Trade Rum or
The Chicago Cubs were reported
yesterday to have offered Andy
Pafko to the Philadelphia Phillies
for either Eddie Waitkus or Dick
Sisler. Robert R. M. (Bob) Caro
penter, Jr., president of the Phila-
delphia Phillies, declined comment
on the report.
However, the report at the Phils'
training base had it that the Cubs
wanted cash in addition to a first
baseman for the heavy-hitting
Pafko who batted .304 and slam-
med 36 homers last year.
. . . breaststroke ace
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place in either the 1500 meters
or the 220, depending on which
events he swims.
Vastly improved, Wayne Leen-
gren is also a hope in the distance
* * * .
IN THE DASHES, Michigan!
State's Clark Scholes, Iowa's Rusty
Garst and Dick Labahn, and Ohio
State's Herb Kobayashi and Tom
Whiteleather all figure to be in
the fight for the touchout. But
TABLES TURNED-Fred, Wilt, the running G-Man, outlasts Don
Gehrmann's famed kick to finally beat his old rival in the Co-
lumbian mile at Madison Square Garden.
ChosenTop Court Squad
TODAY'S SPORTS DIGESTB
Agges Decline NIT Bid, Cincinnati in
NEW YORK-(U)-The makeup
of the National Invitation Tourna-
ment was completed last night
with the selection of the Univer-
sity of Cincinnati (17-3) after
Oklahoma A. f M. had "regret-
fully" declined an invitation.
Asa Bushnell, chairman of the
selection, promptly announced the
pairings for the opening games on
Saturday when doubleheaders will
be played both in the afternoon
Saturday afternoon - Lawrence
Tech (20-2) vs. Dayton (23-4).
Seton Hall (22-5) vs. Beloit (18-4).
Saturday night-St. Bonaventure
(18-5) vs. Cincinnati (17-3). La-
Salle (22-6) vs. St. Louis (21-7).
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THE FOUR SEEDED teams. t.
Johns of Brooklyn (22-3), North
Carolina State (28-4), Brigham
Young (23-7) and Arizona (23-4)
There will be a very impor.
tant meeting of the 'M' Club
tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Club
room. All members are re-
quested to attend.
will play the survivors of Satur-
day's games on Monday and Tues-
day with the semifinals scheduled
for Thursday, March 15 and the
final on Saturday, March 17.
Announ ement of Oklahoma
A & M's decision was made in
Stillwater last night. The Aggies
announced "regretfully" that it
cannot compete in the National
Invitational Basketball tourna-
ment in Madison Square Grden.
Dean Clarence McElroy said the
action was a unanimous decision of
the athletic cabinet.
He pointed out that if the Aggies
win tonight's game with Houston
they will become Missouri Valley
Conference champions and the
League's automatic N.C.A.A. entry
at Kansas City.
The Kansas City tournament
dates are March 21-24. The N.I.T.
1 opens 'Saturday. Competition in
both would work too great a hard-
ship on the team, McElroy said.
BUENOS AIRES --(A')-- United
States relay stars raced to three
championships and tireless Henry
Daskau walked to another yester-
day as Uncle Sam's track and field
forces closed out a triumphant
campaign in the Pan-American
A crowd that swelled to 70,000 in
vast River Plate Stadium, includ-
ing President Juan Peron and
Senora Peron, saw athletes wear-
ing Red, White and Blue score
consecutive victories in the men's
400 and 1600 meter relays, women's,
400 meter relay and the 10,000
meter walk. It was not until dark
that the North American mastery
was broken and Delfo Cabrera, Ar-
gentina's Olympic hero, burst into
the lighted stadium winner 'of the
s s s
WHILE THE MARATHON pan-
demonium reigned, the big elec-
tric signboard at the end of the
stadium flickered the winning time
of the United States' 1600 meter
It was three minutes, 9.9 sec-
onds, compared with the world
record of 3:08.2, a remarkable per-
Mal Whitfield, the Army Air
Forces Sergeant on leave from
the Korean fighting, anchored
this tremendous effort, which
left Chile's closest pursuers some
50 meters behind.
A near world record also was
recorded in the 400 in which a
patched-up U.S. foursome stood
off a blazing finish by Cuba's
Rafael Fortun to win 41 seconds
The relay success carried over to
the women's division where Jean
Patton of Nashville, Tenn., spear-
headed a victory in the 400 meter
The winning time was 48.7 sec-
onds. Chile came in second at :49.3.
Henry Laskau won the 10,000
meter walk with a full lap margin
over Luis Tarza of Argentina. His
time was 50 minutes, 26.8 seconds
compared with 52:27.5 for the Ar-
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida -(P)
-Polly Riley, Fort Worth, Texas,
star, shot a sub-par 71 over St.
Augustine's Ponce de Leon course
yesterday to win medal honors in
the qualifying round of the an-
nual Florida east coast Women's
Her round was a stroke under
men's par and four women's under
pay for the 6,345-yard layout.
Eleven University of Michigan
basketball players h a v e been
awarded letters for the 1951 cage
season, Coach Ernie McCoy an-
Players receiving varsity awards
were Charles Murray, Birming-
ham; Leo VanderKuy, Grand Ra-
pids; James Skala, Chicago; Rob-
ert Olson, Grosse Pte.; Dick Wil-
liams, Detroit; T o m Tiernan,
Kankakee, Ill.; Frank Gutowski,
Schnectady, N. Y.; Doug Lawr-
ence, Fore Wayne, Ind.; Paul Gey-
er, Toledo, O.; Lysle Smith, Port
Huron; Carl Brunsting, Rochester,
Reserve awards went to Robert
Steinberg, Detroit; Mark Scarr,
Barberton, O.; William Wisner,
Findlay, O.; Donald Johnson,
Grand Haven, Mich.; Jack Levitt,
McCoy also requested that all
lettermen report to Rentschler's
Studio, 319 East Huron, Friday at
12:30 p.m., for the team picture
and captaincy election.
basketball express, derailed Satur-
day by Vanderbilt, chugged in yes-
terday as the number one team for
The Wildcats arrived just ahead
of Oklahoma A & M in the final
Associated Press poll of the sea-
KENTUCKY ALSO nipped the
Aggies in 1949, when the first poll
was conducted. Bradley, which
placed sixth in the current poll,
took top honors last year.
Kentucky's margin over Okla-
homa A & M this time was only
26 points. Actually, the Aggies
received 10 more first-place
votes, 55 to 45, but the Wildcats
got enough second and third
place ballots to slip home first.
The 185 sports writers and
broadcasters who participated in
the voting gave Kentucky 1,439
points. Oklahoma A & M piled up
The rest of the top 10 consists
of Columbia (3), Kansas State (4),
Illinois (5), Bradley (6), Indiana
(7), North Carolina State (8), St.
John's (9) and St. Louis (10).
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THE FINAL TOP 10 will be
heavily represented in the two big
Kentucky, Columbia, Kansas
State, Illinois and NC State have
clinched berths in the NCAA
championships. St. John's, St.
Louis and NC State have ac-
cepted bids to the NIT.
Vanderbilt ended Kentucky's 21-
game winning streak Saturday, 61-
57, in the finals of the Southeast-
ern Copference palyoffs.
Oklahoma A & IV, also suffered
a startling reversal Monday night.
Detroit whipped the Aggies, 62-52.
TOP TEN POINTS
6 1. Kentucky (45) (27-2) 4439
2. Oklahoma A & M (55) (26-3) 1413
3. Columbia (12) (21-0) 996
4. Kansas State (10) (21-3) 914
5. Illinois (7) (19-3) 867
6. Bradley (8) (28-4) 859
7. Indiana (8) (19-3) 635
8. North Car. State (6) (28-4) 562
9. St. John's (22-3) 367
10. St. Louis (21-7) 240
11. Brigham Young (2) (24-7) 152
12. Arizona (1) (24-4) 127
13. Dayton (3) (23-4) 118
14. Toledo (6) (23-6) 104
15. Washington (2) (20-5) 86
16. Murray State (1) (21-6) 74
17. Cincinnati (2) (17-3) 58
18. Siena (18-6) 55
19. U .(3) (21-5) 51
20. Villanova (23-5) 48
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