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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Fabulous McEwen Nearing
End of College Track Career
Flying Wolverine Distance Performer Thrills Crowds
With Record-Breaking Efforts, Mechanical Manner

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THAT THE WORSTED YARN IN A SINGLE
SUIT WOULD EXTEND FOR 48 MILES.. .

PILOTED NINE TEAMS:
Oosterbaan Had Rough
' Times as Hoop Mentor

By DICK LEWIS
Although more renowned as a
football coach, Bennie Oosterbaan
piloted Michigan's basketballers
from 1937-1946.
His record in the hoop sport was
not too successful, however. In
nine seasons as mentor, Ooster-
baan brought home two fifth place
finishers, two sixth position squads,
four seventh placers and one team
in the eighth slot.
* * *
OOSTERBAAN'S first year at
the helm was probably his best.
Led by third-time all-conference
forward Jake Townsend, the Wol-
verines captured six cQntests in a
row before bowing by three points
to Butler's Bulldogs.
An overall 13-7 slate was
marked by a six win, six loss
effort in Big Ten play, and a
remarkable 42-17 beating of
Dartmouth.
Michigan sunk to seventh place
the following year, but managed
to win 11 of 20 games in the sea-
son. In the 1940 campaign, the
Wolverines moved up to sixth spot
in Ithe Western Conference race,
only to fall back to seventh in
1941.

The 6-4 junior tallied 230 for
the 20 contests.
* * *
1942-43 SAW Michigan wind up
with a 4-8 conference record to
finish in eighth position.
Forward Tommy King paced
the 1944 aggregation with 151

By JOHN JENKS
Two years ago last fall an ob-
scure Michigan sophomore flash-
ed out of the woods to hand Wis-
consin's famed Don Gehrman an
unexpected defeat in the Big Ten
cross country meet in Chicago.
Since that time the unhearlded
youth, Don McEwen, has broken
more records and received more
publicity than any other cinder
performer in Wolverine history.
IT WOULD TAKE a catalogue
to list all of the Canadian's
achievements, both on and off the
track. Every time the Flying Scot
dons his track gard he threatens
another record.
McEwen began his rise to
fame during his high school
days at Gleve Collegiate Insti-
tute in Ottowa, Canada. He ran
a 4:18.8 mile, the fastest ever
run by a secondary school. per
former.
He also copped the Junior Ca-
nadian mile title with a 4:28.8
effort, and scores of district, city,
and province marks. Graduating
in June of '48, McEwen entered
Michigan the following all.
* * *
COACH DON CANHAM kept
McEwen so completely under
wraps his freshman year that few
fans ever heard of him until he
whipped Gehrman. Then the rec-
ords\began to fall with amazing
regularity.
The marks he holds are:
1. Varsity indoor two mile and
outdoor mile and two mile; 2.
Conerence indoor two mile and
outdoor mile; 3. NCAA and Cana-
dian two mile; 4. Varsity and
Conference cross country; 5.
The world's indoor dirt track
record for the two mile.
Although he looks like the per-
fect mechanical mhan out on the
track, McEwen is one of the most
colorful athletes in recent times.
He bears a striking resemblance
to comedian Jerry Lewis, and his
antics. further convey that im-
pression.
PUBLICITY DIRECTOR Les
Etter tells of the time "Mac" ac-
companied Dr. Hussey of the geo-
logy department on a trop through
the Grand Canyon. Reaching the
edge of a particularly large chasm,
McEwen slapped himself and ex-
claimed:
"What a place for old razor
blades!"
Another time, while walking
down South University, McEwen
spotted trainer Lenny Paddock ap-
proaching him. Pulling his hat low
over his ees, McEwen feigned in-
toxication.
FIRST HE staggered from side
to side, then he dashed out into
the street, just missed getting hit
by a car, and collapsed there in a
heap. The trainer never got over
it.
In his sober moments, which
occur occasionally, McEwen is
all business. He is a member of
the Board in Control of Inter-

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collegiate Athletics, vice presi-
dent of his fraternity, and an
earmuff salesman on the sly.
McEwen boosters attribute his
success to two factors-hard work
and a favorable living location his
freshman year. As he himself puts
it, "I work hard five days a week
and then run faster than anybody
else on the sixth."
* * *
THE SECOND factor becomes
understandable when McEwen's
first year activities are mentioned.
He then lived on the far south end
of Ann Arbor and was courting a
Mosher-Jordan coed.
Almost every night the track
Romeo could be seen jogging at
a prescribed pace either to or
from the women's residence hall.
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Few Michigan fans realize that
McEwen sacrificed a possible rec-
ord-breaking two mile perform-
ance at the conference indoor meet
to run the mile and pick up valu-
able place points in that event.
McEwen is a senior in the Busi-
ness Administration School and
hopes to graduate next February.
He is undecided about continuing
his education then, but plans to
run the boards next year against
such stars as Fred Wilt and Don
Gehrman.
This summer McEwen will run
in the Olympics as a Canadian
representative along with Wolver-
ine stars John Ross and Jack Car-
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THE LAST pre-war competition
marked the first time in six years
that the Maize and Blue had a
losing record. The dull campaign
was sweetened by a resounding
42-14 upset of Michigan State,
which wenton to defeat LIU in
the National Invitation Tourney at
Madison Square Garden.
Wolverine basketball hit a low
ebb in the first war year with
only six wins in 20 outings.
Center Jim Mandler provided
the only glory in a seventh place
finish by setting a new Michigan
'? conference scoring record of 164
points, erasing the old standard of
185 set by Townsend back in 1938.

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BENNIE OOSTERBAAN
... the dark years
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points, taking Big Ten scoring
honors and being named the
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King's efforts could bring Mich-
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cessful cage effort in five years in
the next campaign. His 1944-45
team-mates chalked up 12 tri-
umphs as against seven defeats.
Coach Oosterbaan bowed out
in 1946 with a 12-7 slate identi-
cal to that of the previous year.

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