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FRIDl3X, 4CTQBER 12, .1951




Delta Upsilon Passes

WhipPhi Kappa Sigma, 14-6

Daily Sports Editor'

SOMEHOW it doesn't sound just right, but the Champions of the
West will open their defense of the Big Ten football title Saturday
with everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Ordinarily, a team with four consecutive loop crowns to its credit
would be very much on the spot at the threshold of a Western Con-
ference campaign, but all the experts have written off Wolverine
chances with a snicker.
With such gridiron giants as Illinois and Ohio State rearing
their heads at all comers, the 1951 Michigan entry appears about as
potent.as a squirt gun at the battle of Verdun.
But that's just because the locals have lost two games in as many
attempts. Michigan State came in and spanked them unmercifully
on its long safari to a possible national championship, then Stanford
dropped around to rake through the wreckage and find the Pacific
Coast Conference's first victory over a Michigan football team.
What The Doctor Ordered'
THOSE harrowing experiences are history now, and the Wolverines,
* with very little current prestige to uphold, can set about to do a
job on Indiana in the Stadium tomorrow.
Ift they can gather in their guts and continue the trend of
improvement so evident last week, they could be off and running
once again. A real good game is all the medicine needed for the
sleeping giant that the experts think is "sick."
Bennie Oosterbaan knows a lot more about his supply of talent
now, and every passing day sees the team's horns of inexperience
sheared down a little more.
Going into the first game, Oosterbaan was completely in the
dark regarding his new squad's weak spots. Now that the offense
has straightened around somewhat, attention can be concentrated
to a greater degree on the sagging defensive unit which opened the
gates for Spartans and Indians.
* * * *
Defense Must Improve
THE first two invaders piled tup an overwhelming yardage toll which
reached 416 by land and 264 by air. At those rates the Michigan
victory column will remain as empty as a red schoolhouse in July,
but no one anticipates that future opponents will find such soft
The Hoosiers will bring another passing threat to town and some-
how Wolverine linemen will have to get at the source of the aerial
activities to put Michigan back on the front page of the Free Press.
Last week Gary Kerkorian might just is well have been sit-
ting in a wheelchair while he was passing behind foolproof pro-
tection. Wolverine pass defenders must still be having bad
dreams about footballs sailing over their heads into enemy hands
after that Stanford incident.
You can look for some new tactics by the forward wall this time,
designed to take pressure off Michigan's secondary. Otherwise, the
offensive unit will have to go into mass production on touchdowns
to keep the tally sheet anywhere near balance.
Irish Softened Indiana'
INDIANA has undergone the steamroller treatment, too. Notre Dame
hit the Hoosiers with a lead pipe on opening day two weeks ago
and they were dented badly, but still they managed to overcome
Pittsburgh last weekend. Michigan hopes this is its week for an
about-face maneuver. "
Even though the Wolverines seem to be on the ropes, it must
' not be assumed that future opposition will be prone to treat them
lightly. Year after year the waves .of maize and blue have in-
undated midwestern teams and all of them will try to take full
advantage if Michigan experiences an hour of darkness.
Thus Wolverine victory records of the past will continue to haunt
the 1951 model, but the corresponding pressure of being picked to win
every game will be absent.
As usual, the rocky Conference road will stretch ovenI six games,
but this year the league schedule will be interrupted after four con-
tests for a journey to Cornell. That break in the championship season
may help Michigan in its building program. It might also be noted
that the tougher opponents, namely the Illini and Buckeyes, won't
show up until the second half of he campaign, giving Oosterbaan
opportunity for a gradual buildup all along the iine.'

Miehigan JY
Meets State
In Away Tilt
Michigan's Junior Varsity foot-
ball team will be out to extend
their one game win streak today
when they square off against a'
powerful Michigan State JV eleven I
in East Lansing.
The opening kickoff is sched-
uled for 2:15 p.m.
* *; *
COACH DON Robinson plans to
start the same squad which de-
feated Marquette last Friday. This
includes ends John Conlin and Bob
Fox, tackles Gino Pella and Bob
Milgan, guards Ron Williams
and John Wagner, center Don
Drake and backs Mark Scarr, Don
Evans, Ed Hickey and Dick Bal-
Also likely to see considerable
action are back Fred Baer, who
scored twice in the 26-21 win over
Marquette, and end Bob Topp who
grabbed one touchdown pass and
kicked both Michigan extra points
last week.

Get Set for
Hoosier Tilt



** * *

Nu Sigs Edge Phi Chi,14-0;
ZBT Tops Sigma Nu,12-6

Howell, LeClaire
Unable To Play
An air of increased confidence
was evident during the Wolver-
ines' lengthy practcie session on
the Ferry Field gridiron yesterday.
The Maize and Blue squad is
hoping it can topple Indiana's
Hoosiers tomorrow to break into
the win column for 1951 and also
hbegin their Conference schedule
on the right foot.
n* *
WITH THE exception of right
half Frankie Howell and defen-
sive half back Larry LeClaire, the
team is in top shape.
The fleet Howell is still
bogged down by a badly sprain-
ed ankle that he received in the
Stanford game last week and
will not see action tomorrow.
LeClaire is also bothered by a
leg injury and hasn't partici-
pated in drills all week.
Wes Bradford is taking oyer
Howell's backfield post, joining
Captain Bill Putich, Ted Topor
and Don Peterson in the Michigan
starting lineup.
* ,
PUTICH IS remaining at the
tailback post after his fine per-
formance at that position last
week, while Topor will hold down
the quarterback spot where his
blocking ability has been very ef-
The squad's apparent feeling
that they can come through
against Indiana is hardly a feel-
ing of definite surety, but is due
to an increase in spirit that has
arisen throughout the week.
But everyone is aware that the
Hoosiers are far from a pushover.
Much hard work has been put in
on pass defense which looked so
All faculty members, includ-
ing teaching fellows and re-
search assistants, interested in
participating in a faculty golf
tournament, October 14 - 20,
contact the IM Sports Depart-
ment (8109).
me .-P at Mueller

The offensive trio of Jim Morse,
Ed' Whipple and Steve Banners,
provided the spark which ignited
Delta Upsilon to a 14-6 gridiron,
triumph over a fighting Phi Sig-
ma Kappa seven.
Whipple tallied the first count-
er on a thirty yard pass from Jim
Morse, who in turn fired 25 yards
to Steve Banners for another score.
Banners also hit Whipple with
short passes in the end zone for
the two extra points. Duane Luse
intercepted a pass for the lone Phi
Sig marker.
DAVE WEIGEL was the whole
show as Alpha Sigma Phi, first
place finalists in fraternity compe-
tition last year, passed to a deci-
sive 25-6 win over Alpha Delta Phi.
Weigel threw four touchdown
passes, two to Sohn Worthing-
ton and two more to Al Miller.
He also found Miller for the ex-
tra point. Bob Meader accounted
for the sole Alpha Delt touch-
A strong defensive unit and an
alert safety man took victory out
of Sigma Nu hands and gave Zeta
Beta Tau a 12-6 win.
* * *
STAN GELBMAN, the defensive
star, intercepted two Sigma Nu
aerials and ran back forty and
thirty yards for the touchdowns.
Doug Kerby hit pay dirt folr the
losers after snatching a 25-yard
In professional fraternity ac-
tion, Joe Ponsetto and John
Glick traded touchdown passes
to pace Delta Sigma Delta to a
20-0 white-washing of Alpha
Kappa Psi.
A Glick to Ponsetta 20-yard
touchdown heave was followed by
a 45-yard pay dirt pass from Pon-
setto to Glick. Glick turned end
for three yards and Dick Brooks

got credit fbr a safety to run up
the final mar"gin.
a * *
easy time in defeating Alpha Ome-
ga, 9-0. Ross Coaling snatched a
30-yard pass from Ace Vander-
zwaag for the only -touchdown.
Chuck Mettsma caught another
Vanderzwaag throw for the extra
point, while an Alpha Omega pass
from center went awry for the
other two points.
Nu Sigma Nu wound up yes-
terday's professional competition
with an unimpresive 14-0 shut-
out over Phi Chi.
John Hess took in a 20-yard pass
from Tom Peterson for the initial
tally, while Ralph Straffon pulled
off a tricky 50-yard reverse play
for the other six markers.
Trinrf Says
Ez No t Ready
'For Title Bout
PITTSBURGH - (A' --Former
heavyweight champion Ezzard
Charles. brimming with confi-
dence after his technical knock-
out victory over game but awk-
ward Rex Layne, wants to do a
lot of fighting before he meets
Jersey Joe Walcott in a return
match for the title.
To say the 30-year-old Charles
needs plenty of work is no under-
statement. His handlers all agree
on that point after Charles' first
comeback fight. He's not fighting
like he did when he held the
Jake Mintz, co-manager of
Charles, hopes to line up a couple
more bouts for the champion be-
fore the scheduled une nieeting
with Walcott.

Michigan sport fans are sure to
remember many of the outstand-
ing games and individual plays
which have passed before them in
the past few years which now have
gone to make up the Wolverine
football story.
Many fans will recall the Ohio-
Michigan game last November 25,
when, in a blinding snow storm,
the Wolverines defeated a favored
Ohio eleven, 9-3.
OTHERS MAY remember two
years ago, October 22 to be exact,
when a blond halfback from Mil-
waukee named Chuck Ortmann
personally accounted for 207 of
the 228 yards gained by the Maize
and Blue in its 14-7 victory over
the Gophers from Minnesota,
-- making "mediocre Michigan
Mighty once again."
And some may even recall the
24th day of September,'49, whin
as 160-pound sophomore qua1t-
erback named Bill Putich ran
on to the field in his firstcol-
lege game and threw a 14-yard
touchdown pass to Irv Wisniew-
ski in the end zone for a 7-3
"M:" victory over MSC.
"One-Play Putich," as he was

. . . gridiron sparkplug !
* * *
hereafter called, kept the Wolver-
ine's string of 24 consecutive vic-
tories alive and wrote another
chapter into the annals of the
Michigan football story.
PUTICH PLAYED halfback for
three years at Cleveland's Rhodes

High School. In addition, the 5 ft.
9 in., 167 pound senior won three
high school letters in basketball.
By his senior year in high
school, Putich had decided that
he definitely wanted to continue
his education. Three schools
stood prominent in his mind:
universities of North Carolina
and Michigan, and, of course,
his state school, OSU.
He applied for an athletic schol-
arship at OSU, only to be refused
because the administration believ-
ed him to be too small to play,
Big Ten football.
Michigan captain received numer-
als in basketball and football. Pu-
tich has received letters in these
two sports for the past two years
and hopes to graduate with six
letters and his numerals.
As to the question of whether
ssamusng plo-piaia-p a1 tu ao
Administration student likes to
play quarterback or left half
he quietly answers: "I'd play
guard if they wanted me to."
One of Bill's greatest thrills
came last year when his team-
mates voted him captain of the '51
squad. Usually a team will select
as captain a lineman who doesn't
receive the publicity and recogni-
tion that is given a Backfield star.
Although the name of "One Play
Putich" is almost forgotten on
campus this year, coaches, players
and fans alike seem to be thank-
ful that Bill Putich, Michigan
quarterback and captain is leading
the Wolverines through the 1951
football season.

Durocher Offered Mysterious
Bribe for Three Giant Losses

poo ragainst Stanford and must
be improved if the Wolverines ex-
pect to begin their Big Ten title
defense successfully.
* * *
INDIANA IS definitely a pass
conscious team led by quarterback
Lou D'Achille with much support
from halfback Bobby Robertson.
D'Achille is only a junior but
has a full year of experience be-
hind him, and he already Aas
entered the record books on
many accounts because of his
terial tastics.
He completed 76 of 163 passes
last year, 20 in one game to tie
Otto Graham's Big Ten record.


NEW YORK--(P)-Crank letter
or not, the New York police de-
partment today assigned a squad
of detectives to investigate a type-
written note offering $15,00 if
the New York Giants would lose
three games to the Yankees in the
World Series.
The letter, addressed to Leo
Durocher, the Giants' manager,
had been turned over to baseball
commissioner Ford Frick by Dur-
ocher, it was disclosed by his ac-
tress wife, Laraine Day,
* * *
WRITTEN ON stationery of the
Strand Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J.,

"1'm taking
my girl to

the letter remained unopened sev-
eral days on the desk of Durocher
at the Polo Grounds, along with
other mail not opened.
Durocher, who found the let-
ter Tuesday night, gave it to
Frick before the final game of
the series yesterday when the
Yankees won the world cham-
"Leo's immediate reaction was
that the letter was the work of a'
crank, but he worried all Tuesday
night and I finally persuaded him
to turn it over to Mr. Frick," Miss
Day declared.
FRICK HAD no comment, and
Conrad Rothengast, chief of de-
tectives, refused to disclose con-
tents of the letter.
Rothengast confirmed the en-
velope bore he Strand Hotel
name, and was postmarked Oct.
6. Miss Day said it was post-
marked from the Fresh Mead-
ows, N.Y., postoffice.


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