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by dove livingston

Indians Get Kiner in Surprise


Crucial Tilts Mark Big Ten Weekend;
Only M', OSU Left in Struggle for Title

ROSE BOWL TALK has reached amazing proportions around Ann
Arbor - amazing, for people seem to forget that Michigan not
only has to beat Ohio State, but also get the vote of the Big Ten Ath-
letic Directors. The latter will come far from automatically.
Assume for a minute that the plucky young Wolverines do whip the
number one team in the country (some of the experts are spotting
Michigan as many as 20 points, to give you an idea of the propor-
tions of such an assumption.)
Michigan and Ohio State will boast identical 6-1 Conference records,
and the directors Saturday night will wire their choice to represent
the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl to Commissioner Tug Wilson in Chicago.
On what basis will these ten men make their selections? Wil-
son has been quoted in several metropolitan papers as saying
that he assumes the winner of the Wolverine-Buckeye battle will
get the nod. There is every indication that such reports havebeen
garbled, for it would appear entirely out of character, as well as
politically unwise, for the Big Ten czar to make such a statement.
The directors are presumably supposed to nominate the team that
they think will best represent the Conference in the Rose Bowl. In
such a season as the Big Ten has seen thus far it appears highly un-
likely that any director would base his selection entirely on one game.
O MICHIGAN does down Ohio State. Indiana beat the Wolverines
one Saturday, too, yet who would go so far as to call the Hoosiers
a better team than Michigan. The Buckeyes have been consistently
outstanding, while the Maize and Blue were great against Iowa, Min-
nesota, and Michigan State. But the men who vote aren't going to
easily forget the Michigan team that staggered to victory over North-
western and Illinois, and that got whipped by Indiana and slaughtered
by Army.
Remember, it will take six votes to elect Michigan but only five
to send Ohio. The rules state that if the vote of the directors should
end in a tie, the team that last went to the Bowl is eliminated. The
Wolverines went in '51 and the Buckeyes in '50. Thus a 5-5 voting dead-
lock would automatically give Ohio State the Pasadena date.
It isn't difficult, at least on paper, to figure at least five votes
Woody Hayes' team will get, win or lose. It is hard to imagine In-
diana voting for anyone but the Buckeyes, who trounced the Hoo-
siers, 28-0, while Michigan lost to the same team, 13-9. And consider
Wisconsin and Purdue. Neither of them played Michigan, but each
J has a pretty high opinion of the Buckeyes, who dealt the favored
Badgers their first loss of the season, 31-14, and murdered the
Boilermakers, 28-6, last week. And how would you expect Illinois
to vote, after losing to Michigan, 14-7, and to Ohio State, 40-7?
Toss in Ohio's own vote and that's five right there.
And one can't discount politics in such a situation. Ohio State is
generally conceded to have been one of Michigan State's staunchest
supporters at this time last year when the Spartans and Illini shared
the Conference title. At the same time it is rumored that Michigan
gave its Bowl support to Illinois. If old friendships are considered, the
Illini might forget comparative scores and boost the Wolverines, but
by the same token the Spartans. will climb on the Buckeye bandwagon
and the High Street bunch will still have the requisite five votes. Mich-
igan may have to beat Ohio State by a margin that even the staunch-
est Wolverine supporter wouldn't dare even think about if any of these
schools is to change its mind.

Three of the five contenders for1
the Big Ten football championship
were eliminated as Michigan and
Ohio State trampled Michigan1
'State and Purdue to set the stage
for their title-deciding encounter
at Columbus this Saturday.
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa'
all possessed mathematical
chances of annexing the Western
Conference grid crown prior to
last weekend's action, but the Wol-
verine and Buckeye wins put an
end to the faint hope which re-
mained in the camps of the three
Regardless of the outcome of
the Michigan-OSU contest, the
conference champion will boast
no worse than a 6-1 record in Big
Ten play. The best mark the Go-
phers can post is five wins and
one loss, while Wisconsin can do
no better than 5-2. Iowa, in drop-
ping its third game of the cam-
paign by losing to the Gophers,
finished its season with a 4-3 rec-
Crucial Contests
While national attention will be
centered on Columbus this week-
end, many Big Ten fans will find
their main interest located at sev-
eral other points on the confer-
ence map. Due to an unusual bit
of good fortune on the part of
the schedule-makers, three other
crucial conference games will be
played while the title is being
fought for in the homeland of the
Northwestern travels to Illinois,
Indiana faces Purdue at Lafayette,
and Wisconsin plays host to Min-
nesota in games which will have
a big bearing on the final Big Ten
standings. In addition, each con-
test is part of a long series of tra-
ditional encounters which have
produced bitter rivalries in the
Minnesota's encounter with the
Badgers is the most important
conference game with the excep-
tion of the title tilt. A Gopher win
would assure them of at least third
place in the final standings. A
Michigan loss would vault the
Warmath-men into second place.
Similarly, a win by the Badgers
would assure them of third place
and a possible tie for second, de-
pending on the outcome of the
Michigan-OSU contest.
Old Oaken Bucket
Deadlocked in sixth-place with
identical 2-3 records, the Boiler-
makers and the Hoosiers will bat-
tle for an undisputed hold on the
sixth position and the traditional
Old Oaken Bucket, which has been
a prize of this rivalry since 1925.
Purdue has come out on top in the
last six encounters, and the Hoos-
iers will undoubtedly be "up" for
the game.
Illinois and Northwestern clash
Saturday with both teams striv-
ing desparately to climb out of
the conference cellar. Sporting
identical 0-5 marks, the Illini and
the Wildcats are mired in the Big
Ten basement. Illinois and North-
western seldom fail to produce an

interesting game when they meet,
but this weekend both squads have
an added incentive for winning.
The Illini, rated a major con-
tender for the top honors in the
Big Ten at the start of the season,
have nosedived in a manner which
no one expected. Tied for the ti-
tle last season, the Orange and
Blue gridders will be fighting to
ward off the ignominy of ending

this campaign on the opposite end
of the standings,
The Wildcats, on the other
hand, have had few victories over
the Illini to rejoice over in recent
years. Coach Bob Voigts' eleven
would like nothing better than to
be personally responsible for
dropping the Illini to the bottom
of the standings with a win over
them this Saturday.

Cubs To Get
Cash in Deal
For Slugger
CLEVELAND (AP)-Ralph Kiner,
one of the National League's great-
est home run hitters and one of
its highest paid players, joined
the Cleveland Indians yesterday,
and for him the Chicago Cubs got
an unnamed player and an un-
disclosed amount of cash.
Kiner's salary--a reported $65,-
000 at Chicago and $75,000 in mid-
1953 when the Pittsburgh Pirates
traded him to the Cubs-was one
reason for other National League
clubs waiving on the big outfield-
1954 an Off-Year
Other reasons were his age-he
was 32 last month-and his per-
formance in 1954, an off-year for
him, although he batted .285 and
hit 22 homers.
In Chicago, Wid Matthews, Cubs
director of player personnel, ex-
plained the Kiner sale this way:
"We felt we had to do some-
thing about our outfield and it
looked like Kiner didn't fit. The
move was made with the 100 per
cent endorsement of our manager,
Stan Hack. He thrives on speed
and so do I. Kiner didn't figure
in that pattern."
Kiner Surprised
At his Palm Springs, Calif.,
home Kiner said he was surprised
at being traded out of the Na-
tional League, but was "looking
forward to being ' with Cleveland
where some of my best friends
General Manager Hank Green-
berg, Manager Al Lopez and out-
fielder Wally Westlake of the In-
dians all played with Kiner at
Greenberg refused to give even
a "range in amount" paid for Ki-
ner and said the "satisfactory
player" to go to the Cubs would
not be selected until "about the
time the season starts." Such a
player would have to be waived
out of the American League or be
a minor leaguer.
Robinson Returns
DETROIT (YP) - "Sugar Ray"
Robinson, former middleweight
boxing champion who quit the
ring two years ago to bcome a song
and danc man, will make his first
comback appearanc at Olympia
Stadium Dec. 8 in a 10-round bout
against Joe Rindone, a Boston mid-

The number 77 worn by Michi-
gan senior left tackle Art Walker
has become an increasingly famil-
liar sight to Maize and Blue foot-
ball followers.
His husky 5-11, 210-pound
frame, now scaled down from a
pre-season weight of 218, is also
recognized and respected by op-
posing linemen and line-plunging
backs as one of the key reasons
that Michigan rates first in de-
fense in the Big Ten. Before the

running attack much more this
season. As somebody once remark-
ed, "Walker seems to spend most
of his time in the enemy's back-
field." This can apply to his work
as both an improved blocker and
When reflecting on some of the
attitudes of the team after a game,
Walker expressed that often after
a win, such as the 7-0 edging of
Northwestern, t h e lockerroom
"tone" is "never being satisfied
with just winning: we could have
done better."
Dawson quits
Position as Pitt
Football Coach
PITTSBURGH () -- L o w e ll
"Red" Dawson Tuesday resigned
as football coach at the Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh to accept a job
in private business. Dawson's con-
tract was to expire next Feb. 1.
Dawson entered the hospital sev-
eral weeks ago for treatment of a
heart condition. He was replaced
by Pitt Athletic Director Tom
Hamilton as interim football
I-M Scores
Phi Chi 6, Psi Omega 0
Phi Delta Phi 5, Phi Delta Chi I
Phi Alpha Kappa 4, Alpha Chi Sig-
ma 2
Alpha Kappa Kappa defeated Tan
Epsilon (forfeit)
Delta Sigma Pi 6, Phi Alpha Delta 0
Phi Delta Epsilon 6, Phi Rho Sigma 0
Nu Sigma Nu 5, Delta Theta Phi '1
Delta Sigma Delta 3, Law Club 3
Newman Club 6, MCF 0
Museum 5, Engineering Mechanics I
Willow Run Researph 4, Geology 2
Naval Science 4, Business Administra-
tion 2
Cooley "A" 4, Air Science 2
Allen-Rumsey defeated Wenley (for-
Hayden 2, Huber 1
Reeves 3, Scott 0
Adams 3, Winchell 0
Alpha Tau Omega defeated Trigon
Phi Kappa Tau. 38, Phi Sigma Delta
Sigma Nu 36, Kappa Sigma 21
Phi Gamma Delta defeated Psi Up-
silon (forfeit)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 46, Theta Chi
Delta Tau Delta 38, Delta Upsilon 6
Theta Xi 38, Acacia 19
Chi Psi 35, Delta Kappa Epsilon 23
Phi Delta Theta defeated Alpha Sig-
ma Phi (forfeit)

Walker One of Key Reasons
For High Rating of 'MV' Line

" .. .never satisfied"

BELEAGUERED BUCKEYE-Michigan halfback Ted Kress (41)
and an unidentified teammate fight an Ohio pass receiver for the
ball in last year's contest. Michigan upset the Buckeyes, 20-0.
Michigan Has Slight Chance
Of Beating Favored Buckeyes

season started this fall, Walker
was rated by sportscasters as one
of the Mid-West's best. Post-sea-
son ratings should bring the same
Fourth Year on Varsity
Brooklyn-born Walker is now in
his fourth year of Varsity play,
since freshmen were eligible for
competition at the time that he
came to Michigan in 1951 from his
present home in South Haven,
Michigan. He definitely feels that
this is the best Michigan squad
that he has seen due primarily to
the youngness of the team, whichI
has encouraged keen competition-
throughout the season.
Walker seems to have shakened
the injury jinx that slowed him
down in previousseasons. He spent
a good deal of last fall rebuilding
weakened muscles created by a
knee injury and shaking off the
efects of a torn ankle in last sea-
son's Northwestern game. But this
fall, he has managed to average
about 55 minutes a game.
Running Attack Bolstered
His presence on the. offensive
line has bolstered the Michigan


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"Wait 'Till Next Year".. .
IN HIS COLUMN in the Ann Arbor News last night Mill Marsh in
attempting to rationalize the situation came to a conclusion to
which we can't subscribe. He proposed that "Many Michigan fans,
including this writer, would hate to see Michigan go to the Rose Bowl
this year because a year from now the Wolverines should be represent-
ed by a much stronger team."
We object to such a point of view on two counts. First, if we grant
that one should "look ahead" to future seasons, then why shouldn't
Michigan be even stronger in two more years when Kramer, Maentz,
{ Maddock, Barr, Shannon, Snider and Co. are seniors. And if that's
the case, why not go now and then again in two years? But such an
outlook is ridiculous, anyway. Who can say how good the Wolverines
will be next year? Illinois and Michigan State were rated two of the
nation's top teams just a few short weeks ago-people were looking
ahead then, too.
Michigan Athletic Director, H. 0. "Fritz" Crisler probably
takes the most sensible attitude about the whole situation. He flatly
refuses to even talk about the Rose Bowl, commenting that "that's
a sure way to put the kiss of death on a team." He prefers to
concentrate on the problem of beating Ohio State and, after all,
whe can ask for more.
There is a movement afoot on campus to give the Wolverines a
rousing send-off when they leave for Columbus Friday afternoon. It
seems to us that such a display of spirit is the least the student body
can do to show how proud it is of a team that three times has climbed
off the floor to stun favored opponents.
Pep rallies were easily generated in 1947 for the band of master-
ful magicians who only had to walk out on the field and the game was
won. This is a young team that has to fight for every point it gets, and
such a squad deserves even more acclamation.

When Michigan and Ohio State
meet tradition steps in to throw
past performances and season rec-
ords out the window.
But before tradition gets too
much of a foot in the door some
cold facts should be applied to the
situation. In all fairness to Michi-
gan players and coaches it must
be said that an upset of Ohio
State is not expected and would
come as a great surprise.
Two Other Upsets
Michigan has upset two other
traditional rivals this season, one,
last week and one on Homecom-
ing Day. It is rather feasible that
it could rise to such heights again.
But, even if Michigan does at-
tain the peak of excellence which
it reached against Iowa, Minne-
sota, and Michigan State, it is still
doubtful that the Wolverines can
halt the rampaging Ohio State
running machine. The grinding
power of the Buckeye ground
game has produced three back-
field men, Bobby Watkins, Hopa-
long Cassady, and Hubert Bobo,
who average over five yards per

Although Michigan is the lead
ing defensive unit in the league,
Ohio State is close behind, and has1
allowed less total yardage than the
Ohio State has not had an un-
beaten season in ten years and was
beaten last year by Michigan for
the seventh time in nine years,
20-0. They will be fighting mad
when game time arrives, for they
know that this should be their
OSU Favored
Those factors establish Ohio
State as a heavy favorite, but
there are several factors on Michi-
gan's side. The Wolverines have
come up with a spectacular victory
in each league game that they've
played the underdog role.
So all evidence leads to the fact
that they are a "money" ball club
-when the pressure is on Michi-
gan is at its best. Still, the Buck-
eyes are at least a two touchdown
favorite in the eyes of even the
most convinced Michigan support-

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