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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1952

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PASS THE CRYING TOWEL:
Graduation Vacancies Bother Munn

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Green Walks in Footsteps A 1AiYo4'&YO
Of Former Grid Captains
Wolverine Senior Shines at Defensive End;
Respected by Opponents, Teammates Alike T

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By IVAN KAYE
The Associated Press' pre-sea-
son poll of the nation's sports-
writers shows the Spartans of
Michigan State College at the top
of the list.
Biggie Munn would be a lot
happier if the survey had never
'been taken. The rotund Spartan
mentor finds it rather difficult to
wave the crying towel in front of
the very sportswriters who ac-
corded his squad top honors even
before the first kickoff.
* * *
COACH MUNN, contrary to the
ideas of some of East Lansing's
more rabid fandom, will still have

to put eleven men on the field,
and therein lay several problems.
For one, there is no Don Cole-
man on the 1952 squad. For an-
other, the great Al Dorow to Bob
Carey pass combine has joined
the ranks of the alumni.
Pressing as these vacancies
are, no one up in Lansing is
losing sleep over them. It looks
as though stocky Gordon Serr
is going to take over Coleman's
old spot, while Tom Yewcic and
ham-handed Paul Dekker will
team up to pace the aerial at-
tack.
Undoubtedly Michigan State's
greatest strong point 'is its wealth
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of hard-running backs. Men of
the caliber of Captain Don Mc-
Auliffe, Vince Pisano, Dick Panin,
Wayne Benson, Evan Slonac, Le-
Roy Bolden and Billy Wells give
the Spartans a seasoned core of
power runners around which to
fashion an offense.
* * *
THE FIRST STRING offensive
line will probably have Dekker
and Doug Bobo at ends, Serr and
Joe Klein at tackles, Bob Breniff
and Frank Kush at guards, and
All-American candidate Dick Tam-
buro of New Kensington, Penn-
sylvania at center.
While this is admittedly a
good forward wall, it still does
not measure up to last year's
front line. Several of the start-
ers are defensive specialists who
did not play at all last year
when the Spartans held the ball.
Kush, Klein, Serr and Tam-
buro are primarily defenders and
may be forced to play both ways
this season.
This will be the opening game
for both teams. Unlike last year
and the year before, the Spartans
will not have had the chance to
play together before going against
the. Maize and Blue.
* * *
IN 1950, the Green and White
opeIned by blasting Oregon State
38-13, and then came down to
Ann Arbor to upset Michigan 14-7.
Last season they opened against
Oregon State and after beating
the coast team 6-0 came into
Michigan Stadium and dealt the
Wolverines a stunning 25-0 defeat.
The advantages of having a
game under their belts paid off
in spades for the lads from Lan-
sing on both occasions. Both
times it was Michigan which
made the usual opening day
mistakes, and the Spartans were
there to capitalize on them.
State had made their own mis-
takes against Oregon State, and
when they came into Michigan
Stadium the "kinks" had all
been ironed out.

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MERRITT GREEN
. . . scholarly captain

Mi~saFain
'old Narrow
BattingLead
NEW YORK-(/P)-Stan Musial
and Ferris Fain, the major league
btting leaders during most of the
3152 season, are being hard press-
es. to hold their slight advantages
as , the campaign enters its final
wi ek.
With only six games left in
w hich to maintain his edge, Mu-
si al has a meager four point lead
o0 er Chicago's Frankie Baumholtz
in the National League. The St.
Louis Cardinal stalwart dropped
lxw? valuable points last week and
fe ll to .334 while Baumholtz put on
a five point spurt to .330.
* * *
IN THE AMERICAN League,
P in's .328 mark is also four points
be tter than his closest pursuer,
page Mitchell of the Cleveland
' £ ians.
Cincinnatti's Ted Kluszewski
is in third place in the National
.League with a .318 mark.
Red Schoendienst of St. Louis
An d Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson
a: re deadlocked for fourth at .308.
* * *
GENE WOODLING, although
'hip tailed off six points to .314, con-
tilmes in third position in the
ALn'erican League.
Boston's George Kell, another
invalid, holds down fourth at
x.311.
Hank Sauer, with 37 home runs
tn'd 121 runs batted in, is still the
g ttional League top man in those
Sapartments.
Luke Easter and Larry Doby of
C leveland are tied for the Ameri-j
E in League lead in homers withj
3. each while teammate Al Rosen
h2 ts driven in the most runs, 101.
Philadelphia's Bobby Shantz,
vwk h 24 victories and seven set-
backs for a .774 mark, paces the
American League pitchers. Preach-
er Roe, Brooklyn's veteran south-
.paw, heads the National League
jwsith 11 triumphs and only two
redefeats, an .846 average.

By PAUL GREENBERG
The line in the score card says
simply Merritt Green III, end, 6.0,
180, 21, Senior, Toledo, Ohio.
In one line of agate type the
agile, rugged captain of the 1952
edition of Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan's grid machine is introduced
to the public. It does not come
close to doing him justice.
SOME ATHLETES can be de-
scribed by facts and figures, sta-
tistics and averages, but "Tim"
Green is not one of them. He is
not the man who, in these days of
offense-minded football, grabs the
headlines. If adjectives were em-
ployed to describe him, they would
be "hustling and inspirational"-
the qualities that have earned him
the honor of being selected as
leader of the Wolverine football
team.
Green is a team man, the pro-
verbial "player's player" well-
liked by his teammates and
coaches and respected by op-
ponents. He came from no-
where to win the Meyer Morton
Trophy for the most improved
player in spring practice of 1951,
and has been a standout per-
former ever since.
Playing in a league long noted
for power and size, Tim has often
come up against men outweighing
him by up to forty pounds and
still he is feared by the opposition
as a rugged man to deal with.
Last year he and Russ Osterman
teamed as a pair of defensive ends
comparable with any in the na-
tion.
IN '52 TIM will be joined by the
massive Gene Knutson, a worthy
substitute for Osterman. If the
rest of the Michigan squad were
as strong as the defensive end
spots, Coach Oosterbaan and his
hard-working staff could breathe
a lot more easily.
Green doesn't look like the
"typical football player"-as if
anyone does. He is strikingly
good looking and although well
constructed physically, his horn-
ed-rimmed glassed give him a
scholarly appearance.
He is also a polished speaker
with the ability to captivate and
completely win over audiences, a
gift that Tim probably picked up
from his father, a prominent To-
ledo attorney.
* . *
SAD TO SAY for the coeds,
Tim's Greek god profile is no long-
er up for the claiming. It seems
that a while back he met Ann
Arino and liked her so much that
he decided to make the relation-
ship permanent.
The Greens now number four
after the addition of Sue, 15
months, and Terry, 22 years.

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