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Cage Triumph over Butler
Reveals Offense Weakness

Although Michigan's basketball
squad had little trouble in defeating
Butler Saturday evening, it was
evident throughout the contest that
the Wolverines will have to im-
prove their offense if they are to
be considered a big factor in the
conference race.
, Coach Bill Perigo's quintet was
unable to offer a consistent scoring
punch in the game, but the fact
didn't disturb the mentor.
"You'll have to remember that
we hadn't played for a week," he
said, "and a team can't be expect-
ed to be sharp after a long layoff,
especially this early in the season."
Perigo was satisfied with his
team's defensive efforts, which
were a little shaky in the second
half, but excellent in the first 20
minutes of play.
Also to be considered is the fact
that Butler is a "control" club, and
had possession of the ball well over
50 per cent of the time, which
didn't give the Wolverines as many
chances to shoot as they have had
in the past.
Perigo wasn't overly impressed
with Michigan's two straight wins,
Residence Halls
Gomberg 4, Adams 0 (1st place)
Michigan 4, Cooley 2 (2nd)
Reeves 4, Scott 0 (3rd)
Huber 4, Anderson 2 (4th)
Hinsdale 4, Strauss 0 (5th)
Latvians 4, Hawaiians 2 (1st
Simple Seven, Air Force Ca-
dets 2 (2nd)
Evans Scholars 4, Cardinals 0
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49ers' Shaw
Loses Job
As Coach
Francisco 49ers pro football club's
principal owner, Anthony J.
(Tony) Morabito, yesterday an-
nounced that Head Coach Buck
'Shaw was being relieved of his
duties "as of this day,"
No immediate successor was an-
nounced, but reports have promi-
nently mentioned Norman "Red"
Strader, 49er scout.
Shaw's National Football League
club closed out a disappointing
season Saturday with a record of
seven wins, four defeats and one
Asked why Shaw was being
fired, Morabito said, "for nine
years Shaw as been the only head
coach the 49ers have had.
"He has been given 100 per cent
authority, not 99 per cent, but
Time for Change
"Four out of the past five years
the 49ers have either folded com-
pletely or lost the big one. I think
it's time we tried something else."
Shaw's contract expires in July
Morabito's announcement at a
press conference climaxed long
weeks of rumors and speculation
since the injury-riddled 49ers be-
gan losing in mid-season after
having been touted as the probable
1954 league champions.
They wound up in third place
in the league's western conference.
Shaw has been the head coach
of the 49ers since the club entered
the old All-America Conference
in 1946-four seasons in that con-
ference and five in the NFL.
Shaw was not present in the
49ers office when the announce-
ment came from the man who
struck up a friendship with him
in the University of Santa Clara
where Shaw was head football
coach and Morabito was a stu-

'M' Wins '38 Tank Finals

believing that Pitt and Butler
won't give many Conference teams
trouble this season. A clearer in-
dication of the team's future
chances will come after Wednes-
day night's tilt against strong Mar-
It is hoped by all in the Michigan
camp that Jim Barron, last year's
leading scorer, will regain his
shooting eye. Although Barron has
scored 16 points in each of the con-
tests, most of these tallies have
been registered from the foul line.
He has scored six field goals and
20 foul shots for his 32-point total.
However, the season has just be-
gun, and Perigo is confident that
the guard from Chicago will again
find the range.
Harvey Williams is still a ques-
tion mark. The giant Wolverine
center has looked like a world-
beater at times, but has been un-
impressive on other occasions. Al-
though he didn't permit Butler cen-I
ter Bill Froh:iger to score from the
floor, his lapses on the court were
still in evidence.

Collegiate swimming history was
written on a balmy spring evening
in 1938, but few of the fans who
filled the stands at the Rutgers
University pool for the NCAA meet
that Saturday night in March rec-
ognized the drama which was un-
folding before their eyes.
Michigan, which had been thel
terror of the collegiate swimming
world for nearly ten years, was!
just another good team that sea-
son. The once-mighty Wolverines
had dropped two dual meets to a
powerful Ohio State squad and
had also fallen before their old
foes from Columbus in the Big
Ten Pitet in a campaign which
seemed only average to fans who
had feasted on innumerable Maize
and Blue triumphs in past years.
An inkling of the drama which
was to unfold on Saturday night
came when Coach Matt Mann's
squad, picked to finish no better
than third behind the Buckeyes
and Harvard, surprised everyone
by holding the OSU men to a
narrow 22-20 advantage in Fri-
day night's competition.
Tense Evening
The stage was set for one of the
tensest evenings in the history of
NCAA swimming. As the evening
wore on the once-high upset hopes
of the Michigan fans dropped. The
Mannmen were not quite able to
hold their own against Buckeye'
Coach Mike Peppe's star-studded
aggregation. When defending 440
yard freestyle champion Tom
Haynie faltered in the final lap
and finished a poor third, the Wol-
verine title chances seemed almost
A murmur was heard among the
fans as they asked each other,
"What's the matter with Hay-
nie?" "Tireless Tom," as he was
to be nicknamed a few days later,
had entered the meet openly seek-
ing new records in both the 220
and 440 yard freestyle races, but
the Wolverine star was a big dis-

the "impossible" in '38

of his best freestylers, who ood
poised at the end of the poolait-
ing for the starting gun.
Waldemar Tomski, on of
Mann's crack sprinters, startioff
for the Maize and Blue, and, the
amazement of the fans, the ol-
verine star was leading the ;ck
as the churning freestylers ed
to the finish of the first l0)rd
lap. Ed Hutchens, swimminthe
next century, lost a little of 'm-
ski's precious lead as he tited
the fate of the Wolverine nk
squad into the hands of theisk
appointing Haynie.
Haynie Surprises
This was the spot where lDfjj-
gan would fold-here was the-n
ute when Ohio State would 'cge
into the lead and capture he
NCAA crown. But resignton
turned to amazement amonghe
spectators as Haynie refusecto
quit. The question of a few r-
utes before was answered in k8
seconds: there seemed to be no-
ing the matter with Haynie!
When "Tireless Tom" turn
the remainder of the race over)
NCAA sprint champion Ed Kit
the Buckeyes didn't have their ,
pected lead. Michigan had batty!
the best OSU could offer for 31
yards, and both squads were eve
as anchor men Kirar and Wi
liam Neunzig hit the water for ti
final, breathtaking 100 yards.
Despair turned to joy in t
Wolverine camp: every Michigt
partisan in the bedlam that wt
the Rutgers University pool kne'
that Kirar could beat Neunzig
But mere victory wasn't enough4
the OSU men could still gain ti
national crown by finishing se



appointment to the expectant fans.
Haynie not only failed to set a
record but failed to defend his
title in either event, as well.
The fans were still murmuring
as the meet went into its final
event, the 400 yard freestyle re-
lay. Ohio State was close to sew-
ing up the title, about to wrest itj
from the grip of Michigan's de-I
fending champions, a grip which
had held the NCAA crown in eight
of the past 14 seasons.
OSU Still Favored
The Buckeyes could finish one
notch lower than the Mannmen
in the final relay and still take
the NCAA title back to Columbus.
Boasting a quartet of freestylers
rated tops in the nation and who
had trounced the Wolverine relayl
team in their three previous meet-
ings, the OSU tankers had the
crown all but wrapped up as the
teams lined up for the final race.
As a result of Haynie's poor
showing earlier, even the most avid
Maize and Blue fans had given
up teir title hopes-all, that is,
except the most avid Wolverine
fan of all, Matt Mann, and four




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CHICAGO W-) - The Big Ten
p r o v e d basketball superiority
against non-Conference opponents
last Saturday with the exception
of Iowa. The Hawkeyes, No. 1 con-
tender for the Western Confer-
ence crown, fell before Missouri,
It marked the Hawkeyes first
defeat of the season and the sec-
ond victory for the Tigers against
Big Ten foes. Missouri also whip-
ped Indiana, Big Ten defending
champion, 64-61, on the Hoosiers'
home court, but lost to Illinois,
Illinois Victorious
The Illini, in the process of re-
building, made it three in a row
Saturday night by skimming past
Oklahoma A&M, 59-53. It was the
highest total of points scored this
season against the defensive-
minded Illini.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, it was
one victory after the other.
Indiana whipped Notre Dame,
73-70, in a nationally televised
game. The Hoosiers trailed until
the final minutes of the game
when Hallie Bryant fired in a long
shot for a 69-68 lead.

intets Win Weekend Tilts

It was sweet revenge for the
Hoosiers who were knocked out of
the NCAA finals last season by the
Minnesota avenged its loss to
Libel Suit
Attorneys for James D. Nor-
ris, President of the Interna-
tional Boxing Club, were advis-
ed to file a $5,000,000 libel and
conspiracy suit against Sports
Illustrated magazine, he an-
nounced yesterday.
The action is the result of an
article in the magazine by for-
mer prizefighter Harry Thomas
in which he stated that Norris
had ordered him to throw
fights to Max Schmeling and
Tony Galento.
Norris termed the story as a
"libelous and malicious con-
spiracy to defame" his charac-
ter. It had the "avowed purpose
of outlawing boxing," he added.

DePaul last Saturday by thump-
ing the Blue Demons, 94-84.
Dick Garmaker, Gopher All-
America candidate, led the way
with 24 points. Bill Simonovich,
6-foot-11 center, tallied 20. How-
ever, DePaul's Ron Sobieszczyk
took scoring honors with 26 points.
OSU Triumphs
Ohio State, behind Robin Free-
man, remained undefeated with
a 91-86 victory over St. Louis.
Freeman whipped in 37 points to
boost his point total to 117 for
three games.
Purdue scored its third victory
of the campaign with an 81-75 tri-
umph over Southern Methodist.
Dick Cable and John Parker led
Wisconsin to 77-66 victory over
Oklahoma. Cable hit for 28 points
and Parker 26. The Badgers held
a 9-point halftime lead and were
never threatened seriously.
Bill Ridley and George Bon-
Salle, Illinois' little and big men,
teamed up to lead the Illini to
their third straight triumph. Rid-
ley hammered in 21 points and
BonSalle counted 18.

'M' Tops OSU ,
As the swimmers entered th
final 25 yards Kirar was leadin
but pandemonium broke loose i
the swimming fans packed int*
the stands saw Harvard's Charle3
Hutter bearing down on Neuzig
with one of his devastating fin-
ishes. Neunzig was no match for
the Crimson ace, and suddenly,
everyone began to realize that the,
impossible had happened-Michi-
gan had won the NCAA crown by
one point, edging the Buckeyes,
The nation soon learned what
had happened to Haynle: although
longing to retain his individual
titles, the Michigan swimming
star had sacrificed personal glory
for the Maize and Blue. One of
the top freestylers in the nation,
Haynie was suffering from a severe
cold as he entered the NCAA title
Knowing that he had only one
good race in him, Haynie talked
to Mann and decided to save ht
best for the crucial freestyle relay
where the Wolverines stood to lost
a possible six points by finishing
third. His best was enough, and the
Maize and Blue captured its ninth
national crown in 15 years.

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