TUESDAY, 6CTOBER 4, 1955
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4,1955 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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'Underdogs 'in Pro Football
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By JIM BAAD
Byrne, Podres to Clash
In Series Finale Today
(Continued from Page 1)
After six games last weekend,
the National Football League
standings are more turned around
In both conferences teams fore-
casted to lie deep in the last div-
ision came through to upset their
so-called stronger rivals.
The three teams that have
created the most sensation in
dumping heralded opponents are
the Green Bay Packers and Bal-
timore Colts of the Western Con-
ference, and the Washington Red-
skins of the Eastern Conference.
The Packers and Colts are cur-
rently riding in a three-way first
place tie with the Los Angeles
Rams. Both the Packers and Colts
are not only undefeated, but to
attain this feat they have each
beaten the highly touted Chicago
Bears and the defending confer-
ence champion Detroit Lions.
After winning two weeks ago,
these two rebellious 'weak' teams
switched opponents last week, but
not results, as the Packers com-
pletely stopped the Bears Sunday
afternoon, 24-3, after the Colts
had beaten the Lions Saturday
night, 28-13. ,
In the Eastern Conference, the
Washington Redskins have been
doing the impossible, according to
the preseason forecasts. They are
still undefeated after playing two
of the supposedly toughest teams
in their conference. The Redskins
have dropped the world champion
Cleveland Browns and last week-
end edged a hard fought 31-30 vic-
tory away from the Philadelphla
Eagles, a team picked for second
place in the Eastern division.
Besides the surprises afforded
by these three undefeated 'cellar'
teams, the Chicago Cardinals pul-
led another unexpected victory
over the weekend when they down-
ed the Eastern Conference's pick,
the New York Giants last Sun-
In the only game between two
recognized powers, the Cleveland
Browns rushed over the San Fran-
cisco 49'ers, 38-3, completely hold-
iny in check the 49'ers powerful
- .. extends Series
All even at three victories each,
the clubs come up to today's cru-
cial game with a pair of lefthand-
ed pitchers-Tommy Byrne, the
35-year-old star of the second
game for the Yanks, and Johnny
Podres, the 23-year-old speedster
who got Brooklyn on the win path
in the third.
Spooner was in trouble with the
first man he faced. He walked
Phil Rizzuto on a 3-2 pitch. As
Billy Martin struck out Rizzuto
stole second. Then Gil McDoug-
ald walked. Yogi Berra singled
into center field, scoring Rizzuto.
Hank Bauer grounded a single to
left, driving in McDougald.
With two runs across the plate
and two men on, Manager Walter
Alston let Spooner stay in to
pitch to Bill Skowron. The husky
first baseman fouled off two
pitches and then sliced a fly ball
into the lower stands in right field,
about four rows back.
Russ Meyer blanked the Yanks
for 5% innings and Eddie Roe-
buck took them through the last
SNOTES IN THE MARGIN
Sby alan eisenberg
Daily Associate Sports Editor
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THERE HAS been a lot of talk and many things have been printed
in papers the past few days concerning Michigan's one-touchdown
victory over Michigan State that seems rather silly. Heard many
times around these parts was the opinion that the Wolverines could
have whipped the Spartans by more than, seven points. They say that
Michigan played under wraps and showed just enough to defeat their
East Lansing neighbors. And this theory concludes with the idea
that the Wolverines were looking towards Army, a team they have
Well, there seems to be absolutely no sense to this belief - and
the same opinion was echoed by Bennie Oosterbaan as he called it
"ridiculous." Admittedly, the Maize and Blue did not pull any razzle-
dazzle stuff; they used a conservative ground game and only passed
twice. Michigan did this not because they were "holding back" but
because they had no other choice ! Except for a few sparse moments,
the Spartans dominated the game; many times the Wolverines were
deep in their own territory and could not afford to gamble.
Big Ten Title More Important...
ONE OTHER point must also be considered. Last weekend's game
was a Conference tilt and means more than a victory over the
West Pointers. The Michigan coaching staff would not endanger a
Big Ten title in order to win a non-conference game.
The plague of all coaches - the injury - hit the Maize and Blue.
It has not yet been determined how serious some of them are, but
Oosterbaan glumly commented, "We're not in good shape." Tackle
Bill Kolesar, with a knee injury, will definitely miss next Saturday's
game - and maybe some after that. How much action Dave Hill,
Jim Bates and Terry Barr will see is problematical. Lou Baldacci
and Tony Branoff - "Tony is taped up like a mummy," said Ooster-
baan - will be in there against Army. Some more x-rays will have
to be taken before anything definite can be said about Jim Van Pelt.
One heartening note is that end Tom Maentz will probably be
back in action against Northwestern. After the long layoff Maentz
may be a little rusty but it shouldn't take the big boy too long to
round into top shape.
Podres Against Byrne...
'TODAY WILL be the last big day baseball will enjoy this year. The
final game of the World Series pits Johnny Podres against Tommy
Byrne; it will be the old battle of age and experience versus youth.
Both pitchers have done well, Byrne winning the second game at
Yankee Stadium and Podres capturing the third contest at Ebbets
The. Yankees are hoping that a precedent will not be set. No
team that won the first two games has ever lost the fall classic and,
also, the Dodgers have never beaten the New Yorkers (or anybody
else) in the Series.
Dwight Newton, a sophomore in
LS&A, won top honors in The
Daily's first weekly grid contest
by picking 13 out of 15 winners.
Newton, who missed only on the
Rice-LSU and Ohio State-Stan-
'ord contests, has received two
free tickets to either the State or
Michigan Theater for this week's
showings. He missed on Rice-LSU
because losses are counted as ties.
Ten Tie for Second Place
Ten readers tied for runner-up
honors by guessing correctly on
13 of the week's 15 games. !
Entries for this week's contest
must be mailed or handed in by
5 p.m. Thursday evening. Address
entries to "Grid Picks," The Mich-
igan Daily, Maynard Street, Ann
Arbor, or bring them to the main
desk on the second floor of the
This week's 15 top football tilts:
1. Army at Michigan
2. Cornell at Harvard
3. Indiana at Iowa
4. Georgia Tech at Louisiana
5. Notre Dame at Miami
6. Stanford at Michigan State
7. Pitt at Navy
8. Minnesota at Northwestern
9. Illinois at Ohio State
10. Wisconsin at Purdue.
11. Clemson at Rice
12. Missouri at Southern Methodist
13. Oregon State at UCLA
14. Southern Cal. at Washington
15. Mississippi at Vanderbilt
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J. Robinson, 3b
Amoros, if, cf
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or Skowron in 5th
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Injuries have played a big part in this year's inter-league battle.
Don Newcombe won't get a second chance against New York because
of an army injury and Mickey Mantle has seen very little service.
Hany Bauer is back in the lineup but his bat was missing for a few
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