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are unsurpassed. Playing in the rugged Western Conference, various
Wolverine squads have stowed away more major titles than any
other school. On the gridiron Michigan has won or shared 18 Con-
ference crowns, four more than its nearest rival, and has swept through
three Rose Bowl battles without a tarnish on its record.
Hockey is not a Western Conference sport, but Coach Vie
Heyligers puckisters have achieved phenomonal success with a
virtual monopoly on national hockey championships. In the sev-
en year history of the NCAA Hockey Championships at Colorado
Springs, Michigan has earned a berth in the four-team tourney
every season and has walked off with the top laurels four times.

Athletics for All . - -

FOR THOSE who are interested in limited sports activity the most
comprehensive and best equipepd intramural program in the
country is at the disposal of every student. The huge Sports Build-
ing stands on Hoover Street as the only building of its kind devoted
solely to intramural activity. A program that includes individual
and group competition in 36 different sports, from touch football to
squash, is capably directed by Earl Riskey, Rod Grambeau, and their
Anyone with any inclination toward competing in varsity ath-
letics would be foolish not to investigate the possibilities of his sport.
Michigan boasts the very tops in coaching staffs, and whether or not
you become a star is secondary to the experience you will always
cherish from your association with the men wlho direct and the men
who direct and the men who engage in varsity sports.
The setting for all of this athletic endeavor is historic Ferry
Field, a 225 acre tract that has been the home of Michigan
sports since the turn of the century. Situated just three blocks
south of the campus on State Street, it is the site of Yost Field
House, the baseball stadium, Athletic Administration Building,
Intramural Sports Building, the outdoor track and stands, 34
intramural tennis courts and four varsity courts, and several foot-
ball practice fields. Adjoining on the West is the largest col-
lege owned stadium in America, seating 97,237, while across the
highway to the south is the beautiful 18-hole University Golf
Closely associated with athletics at Michigan is the sports staff of
The Daily. Considered by many as the finest college newspaper in
the country, the modern plant of The Daily surpasses that of most
small town publications.
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Poor Finish1
Fast Break Style
Wins New Fans
Though the University of Michi-
gan basketball team finished tied
with Purdue for ninth place in the
tough Western Conference with
three wins for the second season in
a row, the 1953-54 cage squad
showed a considerable improve-
ment over its predecessor.
More proficient and experienced'
at the fast break style of basket-
ball that Coach Bill Perigo install-
ed two years ago, the Wolverines
won nine games, three more than
the 1952-53 aggregation. The Maize
and Blue's three wins in Big Ten
play was accomplished in a 14-
game schedule whereas in the prev-
ious campaign the Michigan quin-
tet played 18 league contests.
Another encouraging factor this
past season was the increased in-
terest Wolverine fans showed in
their tedm. Home attendance in-
creased from 39,500 for 12 games
from the previous season to 47,900
for last year's 11 encounters.
Included among this total were
capacity crowds for the Indiana
and Michigan State games-two of
the most exciting tilts that Michi-
gan has played in in recent years.
Huge Crowd for Hoosiers
A roaring, screaming crowd of
7,500 jammed Yost. Field House to
see Indiana, Big Ten champs, the
past two years, and NCAA title-
holders in .1953, eke out a 62-60
triumph over a spirited and hust-
ling Maize and Blue five. The dif-
ference between the two squads
was supplied by the Hoosier's All-
American, Bob Leonard, who flip-
ped in a desperation field goal
from 30 feet out a second before
the final buzzer sounded.
The set shot which won the
game literally swished through the
cords after the game had come to
its climactic end. The final two-
pointer set the stage for a scene
that few of the fans watching the
game will ever forget. On one hand
a happy.and smiling Indiana team

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mobbed Leonard and their coach,
Branch McCracken and made an
attempt to carry the latter off the
A few yards away the dejected
Michigan players stood-with tears
in their eyes and bowed heads. Don
Eaddy, who had done a superla-
tive job in guarding the flashy
Leonard, slumped to the hardwood
floor and cried openly.
The score had been knotted at 60
when, with two minutes to play,
the conference title holders had
gained possession of the ball. With
the tension mounting Indiana
slowly brought the ball up the
court. Burke Scott crossed the mid-
court line, received a pass and
Michigan, fearing a foul which
would give the Hoosiers two shots
at the basket made no effort to get
the ball. The seconds quickly pass-
ed and when Scott finally passed
the ball to Leonard there were but
six seconds remaining in the game.
He started to drive towards the
basket but Eaddy blocked his way.
When the Hoosier playmaker re-
alized he couldn't get in for a lay-
up, Leonard moved in behind a
teammate setting up a screen.
Then he let loose his game win-
ning shot.
Close Call with MSC
Another hard fought contest,
with a much happier ending, how-
ever, was the first encounter be-
tween the Wolverines and arch-
rival Michigan State. A packed
house saw Michigan win the hard
fought tilt, 64-62.
With five seconds remaining in
the contest and the Spartans ahead

by one point, 62-61, Michigan's
John Codwell received the ball and
drove in for a layup. In an attempt
to, thwart Codwell from scoring,
State's high scoring forward, Jul-
ius McCoy fouled Codwell.
Codwell was awarded two free
throws and the tension mounted
as the tall lanky senior moved to-
wards the foul line. The huge
crowd watched expectantly, then
roared as the first shot went clean-
ly through the basket. His second
shot hit the front rim and bounced
into the hands of Michigan's Milt
Mead, unable to get loose for a
shot, passed the ball to Eaddy who
was standing just beyond the free
throw circle. The spunky guard
jumped high into the air and fired,
the buzzer sounding as the ball
went through the hoop.
Start with Win
Michigan started the 1953-54
campaign auspiciously enough as
it whipped Pittsburgh, 78-69, early
in December. Playing on the Pan-
ther's home court, the Maize and
Blue broke up a close game with
a splurge of baskets in the third
period. Harvey Williams, the Wol-
verines' 6-8 center, led the attack
with 21 points.
A few days later, in the friendly
confines of the Field House, the
Michigan cagers set a home scoring
record as they trounced a game
but outmanned Valpariso five, 100-
62. With five Michigan men scor-
ing in double figures, and the team
hitting, on 39 per cent of its field
goal attempts, the Maize and Blue
dominated the game from the op-
ening tip-off. Jim Barron and
Williams, with 22 and 20, respect-
ively, were the high scorers.
The dribblers stretched their
winning streak to three as they
whipped a tall Marquette outfit,
89-74. Moving the ball smoothly
and using the fast break advan-

tageously the home team broke up The victories were over MichiganJ
a close struggle with a 29 point out-. State, Washington University of
break in the fourth quarter. St. Louis, and Purdue, and the loss-
During the Christmas vacatione
which started a few days late, es were: two to Nrthwestern, I-t
the cagers met five opponents, and wa, and Illinois, and one each to
came out victorious in two of the Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota,
tussles. The Wolverines met and and Michigan State.
whipped Loyola of Chicago and Probably the greatest reason for
Marquette, once again, but lost to the Perigo coached squad's col-
Butler, Cincinatti, and a heart- lapse was the lack of a good big
breaker to the Hooeers. man; a man who could battle for
The Maize Wand Blue picked up the ball off the boards, score in
its sixth win of the season and double figures consistently, and at
their first in Big Ten play when the same time hold down the likes
they defeated Ohio State,, 85-76. of Don Schlundt and John Kerr, of
Making good use of a big height Indiana and Illinois, respectively.
advantage, and with Williams scor- Admittedly, it is a big job, but if
ing 21, the cagers looked\good be- the Wolverines are ever to be in
fore the home crowd. the running for the conference
Start Trail Downward championship, such a man must
Something happened to the Mi- be found. Harvey Williams started
chigan quintet at this point, for off the season as though he would
the team went into a tailspin that be able to adequately handle the
did not end until the season came center position. Because he was in-
to an end. A combination of tough experienced, however, he was prone
breaks, tougher opponents, and to foul, and as a result, usually
most of all, poor playing; produced spent more time on the bench than
for the rest of the campaign only in the game.
three wins in 13 contests. Playing less and less as th4 sea-

son rolled on towards its unhappy
end, the big center managed to
finish only fifth on the squad in
scoring. The cager, only in his third
year of organized ball, garnered
195 points for a 9.2 average per
Barron Sparks Squad
Jim Barron, sophomore guard
from Chicago, was probably the
most outstanding player on the
Maize acid Blue five. His teammates
thought so much of him that they
voted him Michigan's most valu-
able player during this past sea-
son. He was also placed on the sec-
ond All-Big Ten team in a poll
taken by sports editors of the con-
ference newspapers.
The sophomore star, the spark-
plug of the team, is dangerous from
almost any scoring position on the
floor. Barron's most effective shots
are his deadly two-hand shot from
beyond the foul line and his jump
shot taken "in close" to the basket.
Barron, with 377 points, led the
Michigan scoring attack. He picked
up 131 field goals, and 115 foul
(Continued on Page 6)


Staff Beckons...

THE DAILY'S pages bring you the latest news from the world ofj
sports every morning except Monday during the school year. With
the latest deadline of any newspaper in the state (it goes to press
every morning at 2:00) you will find late sports results from the
Associated Press wires in The Daily that can be found in no other
mid-western morning paper.
Actually The Daily sports staff makes no effort to compete with
the metropolitan papers in professional and nation-wide coverage
which the larger papers get first-hand, but rather strives to give its
readers the picture of Michigan sports that no other newspaper could
possibly offer.
For anyone who has an interest In sports or In writing, The
Daily sports staff offers an interesting and enriching supplement
to your college career. No previous experience is necessary, for an
extensive training program is carried on right at The Daily.
A prominent industrialist has said that the most valuable thing a
person can get out of his college education is the ability to express
himself, and if for no other reason than that we assure you that the
time spent on The Daily sports staff is not wasted. But above all,
for anyone who likes sports the hours spent at The Daily and at
Ferry Field can be among the most enjoyable of one's college days.
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Bob Hurley gone, Fred Baer and
Dave Hill have both looked good
as they battle for the vacated full-
back position. Baer,who was highly
touted as a freshmen but saw very
little action the past two seasons,
I flashed his old form in practice
last spring, while Hill, a Korean
War veteran, has fulfilled his res-
idence requirement and regained
his eligibility.
Inexperienced Line
Line coach Jack Blott faces a
major rebuilding job as he must
replace ends Gene Knutson, Bob
Topp, and Tad Stanford, tackles
Jim Balog and Dick Strozewski,
guards Don Dugger, Dick Beison,
and Ron Williams, and Captain
Dick O'Shaughnessy at center, all
of whom saw regular action at their
With only two lettermen., includ-
ing just one senior, returning at
end,- a banner crop of sophomores
ease what could have been a seri-
ous problem.
In addition to Kramer, who won
the Meyer J. Morton trophy this
year as the outstanding player in
spring practice, Charlie Brooks and
Tom Maentz are rated standouts
among the newcomers while John
Veselenak and Gerry Williams are
the veterans.
Art Walker, mentioned as a pos-
sible Al-American early last sea-
r son before a leg injury handicapped
his play, heads the list of three
lettermen at tackle which includes
Bill Kolesar and Ron Geyer. As
added help Joh Morrow, a letter-
uinn,,b an P.nf~p la.,. aa.r ha

who didn't see one second of ac-
tion last year, holds the inside
track for the spot at center. The
rugged 215. pound senior won a
letter at end two years ago, but
after being switched to center a
year ago last spring broke his
arm early in the fall and wore a
cast all season.
Letterman John Peckham, will
fill in behind Bates.
Thus with new or inexperienced
faced dotting the lineup at nearly
every position, the season may be
well along before the clouds clear
away and a clear focus can be
gotten on the potential of the 1954
edition of Michigan football.
Question Marks
Question marks loom everywhere
Can McDonald perform regularly
as superbly as superbly as he has
done in spot roles in the past? Can
Hendricks fill the shoes of former
Wolverine greats at left half, or
will Cline or one of the sophomores
adequately take over the vital tail-
bake slot?
Can line coach Jack Blott mold
one of his patented Michigan lines
out of the inexperienced material
he has to work with? And will
Baldacci, Baer, Bates, or someone
else handle the important lineback-
chores proficiently?
These and plenty ofother ques-
tions will probably not be settled
until the Wolverines have plunged
headlong into what could be the
wildest and toughest fight for the
Big Ten crown in history.
After Michigan opens the season
with a pari of non-Conference af-
fairs with Washington and Army.

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