Y, OCTOBER 3, 1951
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
York, 10-0, To Even Playoff
Labine Pitches Six-Hit Ball;
Robinson Leads Rampage
_ NEW YORK -- (I)-Brooklyn's
redoubtable Dodgers, a single de-
feat from extinction and suppos-
edly licked to a frazzle, came off
the floor yesterday to hammer
the New York Giants into sub-
', mission, 10 to 0. and carry the
playoff .for the National League
flag down to the final desperate
gasp at the Polo Grounds this
While Clem Labine, 25-year-old
crew cut rookie from Woonsocket,
R. I., was carving his inaitials on
the Giants wrecking crew, Jackie
Robinson and his fellow sluggers
tore into three second-line Giant
pitchers for 13 ringing blows, in-
cluding four home runs, to snap
a victory string that had reached
* * *
LABINE, w h a rejoined the
Dodgers late in July from St.
Paul, was a picture of poise as he
mowed the Durochermen down
methodically through the gloomy,
rainy afternoon. He yielded only
six hits in gaining his fifth win
against one defeat for the season.
The Giants only twice came close
to scoring on the kid with the
'What the Dodgers did to
Sheldon Jones, George Spencer'
* and Al Corwin was a brutal
thing. Robinson, Gil Holges,
Andy Pafko and Al (Rube)
Walker, the Flock's substitute
backstop, all belted homers.
Walker's went clean over the
right field stands with two out
in the ninth inning to close out
Robinson, a somewhat sad fi-
gure in Brooklyn's 3-1 deifeat in
Monday's first playoff game, also
bored two singles into the out-
MSC Staf f
EAST LANSING --(AP)- The
Michigan State football team --
particularly the coaches-was un-
impressed by its ranking as the
top team in the nation on the As-
sociated Press poll.
In case any of the players might
be tempted to take it seriously,
Coach Biggie Munn scheduled an
afternoon scrimmage yesterday to
knock fanciful ideas out of their
"AS FAR AS I'M concerned,"
Munn said, "that rating stuff is
all the bunk. Most of the fellows
who do the voting have never seen
us practice and never seen us play.
They don't know our problems."
Along with the coaches, the
squad was leary about getting de-
lusions of grandeur following the
25-0 pasting handed Michigan last
week. The players remember that
last year they beat Michigan 14-7
-for the first time in a dozen
years-and the following Saturday
were dumped by Maryland 34-7.
End coach Earle Edwards, who
scouted the Buckeyes, warned that
Ohio State is a lot more powerful1
than last Saturday's 7-0 win might;
Perry, Because of Injuries,
May Not Be Used Saturday'
Scribes Choose Zatkoff
Top'M' Player of Week
Michigan may be without the
ser~vices of first-string end and
safety man Lowell Perry against
Stanford here Saturday, Coach'
Bennie Oosterbaan disclosed after
Perry spent yesterday afternoon
under heat treatment by trainer
Jim Hunt for a sore back, while
his teammates were being scru-
tinized by Oosterbaan and his staff
in an effort to find a more potent
offensive combination than the
one which faced MSC last week.
THE MAIZE AND BLUE mentor
said that Perry's condition defi-
nitely constitutes a problem, since.
it is not certain how soon the Yp-
silanti lad will be ready for action.
All men interested in going
out for freshman basketball re-
port to Yost Fieldhouse today
(October 3) at 3:30 p.m. Please
bring own equipment.
E. B. McCoy
Perry aggravated an old backF
injury in the Michigan State
Another player injured against a
the Spartans, tackle Tom John-
son, worked out during the light
drills yesterday, but he did not
appear in the heavy scrimmage
that wound up the practice.
IN HIS HUNT for scoring punch,
Oosterbaan tried several combina-
tions at the backfield posts, and
off yesterday's performances, it's
strictly a tossup on which outfit
is most potent.
Left halfbacks, at one time or
another with various running
mates, were freshman Don Ead-
dy, veteran Don Oldham, and
Tom Witherspoon saw most ac-
tion at fullback, although Laurie
LeClaire and Don Peterson got
in for a few plays.
AT RIGHT HALF were Wes
Bradford and Frank Howell.
Ted Topor alternated at quar-
ter with Putich and ZanFagna,
and when Topor was at quarter-
back,Putnch played left half.
Should Perry be unable to start
Saturday, sophomore Gene Knut-
son and freshman Leo Schlict,
two giant ends, probably will be
used in his place. This duo saw
considerable action yesterday.
Knutson also stood out in de-
f ensiv~e drills.j
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first
in a series of weekly articles on the
outstanding Michigan player to per-
form in the previous Saturday's foot-
ball game. The selection is based
on a poll of sportswriters and radio
men in attendance at the game.)
Roger Zatkoff, bruising line-I
backer for Michigan's Wolverines,
has been selected as the outstand-
ing Maize and Blue player in the
Michigan State-Michigan game, a
poll of sportswriters revealed yes-
Zatkoff, a 210-pound linebacker
from Hamtramck, Michigan, al-
most lost in the myriad of type ex-
tolling the Spartans after their
decisive 25-0 victory Saturday,
could not be forgotten in the wake
of the MSC victory.
* * *
THE STURDY linebacker play-
ed a bang-up defensive game.
gave Michigan its only serious
scoring threat, and repeatedly
roamed well behind the line of
Tilt on Union TV
Today's final Giant-Dodger
playoff will be shown on a spe-
cial 24 inch television screen,
loaned by a local merchant, in
the Union main floor lounge.
This is in addition to the Un-
ion's own new 20 inch screen in'
. ..shuts out Giants
* * *
will be at stake when they clash
for the last time today.
It shapes up as a burning bat-
tle between two of the game's
finest righthanders, Sal Maglie,
winner of 23 victories, for the
dGiants against big Don New-
combe, who notched 20 during the
regular campaign. Neither pilot
had much choice but to come in
with his big one. Preacher Roe,
who pitched 22 victories during
the season, has not had his re.
YESTERDAY'S BASHING not
only snapped a tremendous sting
of eight stretch victories which
finally carried ihe Giants into the
league leadership for 24 hours,
but otherwise cooled off a team
which had begun to look unbeat-
able. Up to this debacle the Polo
Grounders had won 13 of their
last 14 games, 38 of their last
45. Labine's magnificient job
supplied a tonic sorely needed by
Leo Durocher gave it a lot of
thought before he called on the
erratic Jones yesterday. He had
half a mind to start Maglie with
only two day's rest in hopes of
wrapping up the pennant and
gaining a day of rest before
tackling the Yankees in the
World Series on Thursday.
It was just as well he didn't.
The way Labine was fogging balls
past the Giant batters in the
ninth inning, he and Maglie prob-
ably would have been out there
Giants' supporters among the
crowd of 38,609 saw a ray of hope
for their heroes when, with the
Dodgers already five runs to the
good, a drizzling rain brought out
the infield canvas and interrupted
the game for 42 minutes.
PROSPECTS LOOM HIGH:
Freshmen Again Play Varsity Football
o - --
By BOB ROSENMAN
Can freshmen play Big Ten
Tradition says, "No." And it
adds an old axiom. "This league
is too tough for most sophomores."
BUT NEARLY 100 boys just
out of high school are seeking an
answer for" themselves this season
as the Western Conferencesagain
permits freshman eligibility.
Emergency legislation, enact-
ed last spring when selective
service threatened to strip uni-
versities of older athletes, open-
ed Western Conference squads
to freshmen for the first time
That year Michigan fielded a
team composed largely of young,
light frosh players, causing Mich-
igan's coach at the time and now
Wolverine athletic director, Fritz
Crisler, to develop the now-famous
"two-platoon" system, which has
been variously praised and criti-
cized by football greybeards.
By'The Associated Press
Grand Rapids Catholic Central
and Muskegon still rate as the
favorites to grab Michigan's high
school football championship -
barring upsets of course.
Catholic held onto its No. 1
ranking in the third week of the
Associated Press poll of state
sports editors with 157 out of a
possible 160 votes.
AND RIGHT BEHIND is Mus-
kegon in the No. 2 spot with 140
votes. These two western Michi-
gan elevens, favorites to win the
Grand Rapids City League and
Southwestern Conference titles,
respectively, far outdistanced all
other schools in the voting.
field grass, and it was his second
safety which knocked Jones, the
Giants' starter, out of the one-
WALKER, playing for the crip-
pled Roy Campanella, also pitched
in rith a, brace of singles pre-
cedi g his mighty blast. Every
Dodger except Carl Furillo scored
at least once during the demoral-
And so, after two contests,
the two flaming antagonists
were right back where they
started, and all the marbles
scoring touchdowns and throwing
key blocks-many of them aren't
physically equipped for the bruis-
ing play so outstanding in the
But there will be boys getting
their first taste of college foot-
ball this fall and for some teams
the performance of these young
men fresh out of high school
may mean the difference between
a winning season and a losing
Take the Big Ten, for instance.
Most gridiron authorities have pre-
dicted that Illinois and Ohio State
HERB NEIL: Night Editor
will battle it out for top honors,
with Wisconsin looming as a dark
horse in the Western Conference
IF FRESHMEN potentialities are
a factor, the Illini may have the
edge on the rest of the conference.
In addition to several returning
backfield stars, coach Ray Eliot
has a freshman tackle ready to see
plenty of action this season. He's
Don Tate, a brother of ex-Illini
line ace, Al Tate.
Also on hand to help Illinois
are yearling backs Tim McHugh
and Clarence DeMoss plus a
massive lineman, Max Ponder.
All three are definitely slated to
get plenty of game experience
Michigan unveiled three prom-
ising freshmen in their curtain-
raiser with MSC last Saturday:
Don Eaddy, sharp-passing halfback
from Grand Rapids;glen Bowers,
a giant linebacker; and end Leo
THIS FALL, naturally, most
the yearling recruits won't
Grand Rapids Central Catholic,
Muskegon Top APGrid Poll
. .sportswriters' choice
scrimmage to haul down Spartan
Here's a quick run-down on
Zatkoff's performance Saturday:
1-Backed up the line excellent-
ly and proved once again that he
is a deadly tackler by consistently
shaking off would-be blockers and
breaking up Spartan thrusts
through an outcharged Michigan
2-INTERCEPTED two MSC
passes, running one down to the
Michigan State 25-yard line to set
up a potential Wolverine touch-
down which never materialized.
Also intercepted a Willie Thrower
pass late in the game and return-
ed it almost to midfield to spoil
another MSC touchdown bid.
3-Was used in the line as a
tackle on all of Bill Billings'
punts and blocked with such
devastating power that on at
least two occasions, onrushing
Spartan linemen were knocked
flat on their backs.
Zatkoff has come a long way
since he entered the University of
Michigan in the fall of 1949. At
first he was used extensively as an
offensive fullback, but he was later
converted to offensive tackle and
still later to his present job -
backing up the Michigan line.
* * *
FROM ALL indications it ap-
pears that the Wolverine defensive
ace, only a junior this year, will
become one of Michigan's finest
linebackers, following in the foot-
steps of such players as Dan'
Dworsky, Dick Kempthorn, and
The sporstwriters also agreed al-
most unanimously that little Vince
P i s a n o, hard-driving Spartan
wingback was the outstanding
Michigan State performer on the
Pisano posed a constant scoring
threat with his slashing runs off
the guards and tackles.
WHILE THEY were used spar-
ingly in the State battle, Coach'
Bennie Oosterbaan will probablyj
give the gridders, with some vital
game experience under their belts,
more action in future Wolverine
Indiana has come up with a
top line prospect in Nate Bor-
den, a rugged tackle. The Hoos-
iers, always lacking depth in the
line, will rely heavily on Borden
as a reserve.
Minnesota, with Wes Fesler at
the helm, may open up their of-
fense a bit this fall. Freshman end
Jim Soltau, whose brother starred
for the Gophers and the San Fran-
cisco 49'ers, is a good prospect as
is halfback Buzz Meighen.
NORTHWESTERN expects to
receive a backfield boost with Bob
Lauter, an excellent quarterback,
in school. Guard Bob Higley, an-
other freshman should help.
Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, and
Ohio State have remained mum on
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their freshmen possibilities, but
there could be plenty of surprises
after the first week of play.
All in all, freshman or senior, it
looks like the Big Ten is headed
for a season as only the Big Ten
Bay City Central, whose Jerry
Toyzan has scored 30 of his
team's 126 points, paced all the
teams from eastern Michigan,
and moved from the No. 4 to
the No. 3 position-just ahead
of Grand Rapids Union.
The biggest climb since the poll
began was achieved by Benton
Harbor of the Southwestern Con-
ference. The Harborites, who have
carved two impressive victories
since losing their opener to strong
Hammond (Ind.) Bishop-Noll,
leaped from No. 20 to No. 10.
* * *
ALL THE OTHER spots in the
top ten went to eastern Michigan
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