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17, 1956



Wolverine Cagers Fail
To Show Improvements

Building Program Adds
New Athletic Facilities

Not usually successful on the
' basketball court, Michigan wound
up the 1955-56 season continuing
the tradition.
Finishing the season with a 4-10
mark in the Big Ten gave the
Wolverines a tie for eighth with
Wisconsin in the final standings.
Northwestern, Purdue, Minne-
sota and Wisconsin were the vic-
tims of Coach Bill Perrigo's squad.
The Minnesota contest was by far
the most exciting of the victories.
Overtime Victory
The two teams battled to a tie
up to the end of regulation so the
game went into overtime. In the
extra period, the scoring again
see-sawed back and forth until the
score was 79-79 with 30 seconds

Michigan gained possession of
the ball and held it waiting to get
the last shot. Just before the
buzzer sounded, guard Jim Shear-
on jumped and fired from 30 feet
out and swished it in, ending the
game like a Hollywood movie.
Several new individual scoring
records were established last win-
ter by the combined talents of
Captain Tom Jorgensen and cen-
ter Ron Kramer.
Jorgensen Sets Mark
Jorgensen broke the career
scoring record, totaling 828 points
in his three years in a Michigan
uniform. The old record of 823
had been held by Don Eaddy.
Kraper was the big scoring
threat for the Wolverines through-
out the season, however. The big
center broke the individual single

game scoring record twice, and
also established a new fieldhouse
single game mark.
Early in the season against Ore-
gon, Kramer scored 30 points,
more than any other Michigan
cager ever had in one game. Just,
a few games later, against Con-
ference opponent Northwestern, he
scored 34. This still stands.
Record Broken at Home
Both the above efforts were
away from home. Therefore, when
Kramer threw in 30 points agianst
Indiana on the home court, he
succeeded in breaking Mack Su-
prunowicz' old Yost Field House
mark of 28.
All of this regularity in con-
necting with the basket earned
Kramer a berth on the Associated
Press's All Big Ten second team.
Kramer had averaged 20 points a
game in the Conference.
Last season is long gone, how-
ever, and it's time to peer into the
future. The best place to look for
better results is in the new talent
coming up from the freshman
Lee, Burton Top Frosh
Two shining lights are George
Lee and M. C. Burton. These two
caused a lot of discussion among
Wolverine basketball fans when
they led the freshmen to a 70-61
victory over the varsity in the an-
nual scrimmage held before
Christmas vacation.
Freshman Coach Dave Strack
feels that Lee and Burton are the
best two freshman forwards that
he has seen at Michigan in a long
"Lee is a hard driver with ex-
cellent speed," reports Strack,"
while Burton is the better out-
court shot. They balance each
other in these respects and both
are great rebounders."
"Another thing in their favor is
both have a great enthusiasm for
the game. However, neither is very
tall," added Strack. Lee stands.
6'3" and Burton is 6'5".
These two will round out a team
composed of returning lettermen
Kramer, Pete Tillotson, Randy
Tarrier, Billy Wright, Jim Shear-
on, Milt Lingle, and Tom Raisor.

Two new athletic building -pro-
jects will open the beginning of
September-a men's swimming pool
and a football press box.,
With the completion of these
two constructions, for the pres-
ent time Michigan's athletic fa-
cilities are considered adequate.
The past few years have seen the
erection of a completely modern
Athletic Administration Building,
a nine hole golf course, which
were used for the first time last

ALWAYS IMPROVING-This exceedingly modern new $400,000
press box for Michigan Stadium is only one of many new construc-
tions provided by the Athletic Administration out of footbill re-

Big Ten 'Anchors Amateur Athletics'

"A football takes funny bounces.
"It's as perverse as a mule, as
unpredictable as a woman".
So is the game of football, which
is decided by the antics of this
leather lunatic and the men who
kick it, throw it, and run with-"it.
Through the years only one
thing is reasonably certain about
the game-that the Big Ten will
present the toughest group of in-
tercollegiate teams and, by and
large, the best football in the
country. But football is not the
only sport in the Big Ten.
The Western Conference, or Big
Ten-it has had different names
according to the number of its
members-is appropriately called
"the anchor of amateur athletics
in America". The term was applied
by Bob Zuppke, the sage of Illinois
whose achievements as a football
coach will live as long as the
game is played.
In Existence Over 50 Years
The Conference has been in
existence for more than half a
century. It established the pattern
from which most intercollegiate
conferences have been copied, and
it has retained its pre-eminence
through aggressive leadership, in-
telligent, and exceptional fore-
History has proved that the
formation of the Western Confer-
ence was a "Smart" move. The
man directly responsible for it was

President James H. Smart of Pur-
Through the years the presi-
dents of the universities have re-
tained close control over athletic
policy, although for the most part
their direct personel contact with
athletics is limited to an accasion-
al meeting with faculty represen-
tatives and athletic director..
Michigan Plays Key Role
Michigan has played an ex-
tremely interesting role in the his-
tory of. the Big Ten. In 1906, at
the suggestion of J. B. Angell,
President of the University, a con-
ference was held which establish-
ed a year of residence and proper
maintenance of grades as requis-
ites for eligibility.
Oddly enough, it was Michigan's
objection to some of these string-
ent rules, drafted at the suggestion
of its own president, that led
Michigan to withdraw from the
conference on February 1, 1908,
not to return to the fold until 1917.

The University of Chicago, a
charter member of the Conference,
is the only school to stray com-
pletely away, but even now it keeps
up regular competition with mem-
ber schools in some minor sports.
Wolverines Usually Fare Well
Michigan has had very few bad
years in Big Ten competition.
Under Fielding Yost, its displayed
its point-a-minute machines.
In 1947, under the present Ath-
letic Director, "Fritz" Crisler,
Michigan rolled on to an unde-
feated season and the number one
national ranking. And in the 1955-
56 season, the season, the Wol-
verines continued on their winning
way in almost every sport.
This season looks promising
again. But win or lose, one thing
is certain. The Big Ten will house
more excitement, more talent, and
more tradition. than any other
conference in the country. And
Michigan will be doing its share to
keep the Big-Ten on top as always.

year and a women's swimming
pool in 1954.
In 1948 the football stadium was
enlarged from 87,000 to 97,000 ca-
pacity and a golf club house was
built in 1946. Long range plans
into the future call for a new field
house, but that hasn't even pass-
ed the thinking stage.
Financed By Football
The entire building project of
the athletic administration is
financed on football receipts alone.
The University does not have any
part it supporting these projects.
The new football press box at
Michigan is presently the most
modern and latest thing in design.
There are three decks with the
lower deck reserved for the press.
Although the press section is
smaller than it was in the old
press box, actually the press will
have more raom because the tim-
ers and additional crew will not
be seated with them.
- The second deck will be used by
the photographers. It will include
six dark rooms for wire photo
service. The old press box had only
two dark rooms and these were a
make-shift affair. The radio and
television booths will be located
on the third deck.
Radio, TV Provisions
There will be 17 radio and tele-
vision booths in all with the larger
booths near the center reserved
for the TV hook-ups.
In the third deck there is also
a special box for the President of
the University and the Board of
The new press box will be situ-
ated between the 22 yeard lines.
It will be 180 feet long-40 feet
longer than the old press box. It
will also include a snack bar and
a private dining room for the'

President, the Board of Regents
and guests.
There will be an elevator at the
main door which will go to all
levels. In the old press box there
was no elevator, which made it
,especially difficult to move equip-
ment connected with television
Another feature will be the
switch board located in the sec-
ond row of the press box which
will give officials and coaches in-
stant communications with the
side lines and the gates. In the
press box every seat can be con-
nected with Western Union.
Increases Capacitry
The press box, estimated at over
$400,000, will increase the stadium
seating capacity to over 100,000.
This is because it does not tale
up regular seating space, as did
the previous box.
The new swimming pool also
ready for use has already cost al-
most $800,000. It will seat 2500,
a 1400 increase over the old swim-
ming pool. Special features in-
clude a 16 foot diving tower and
a special pool for diving.
The old pool had no facilities for
the press. Newsmen had to cover
meets from the edge of the pool
with its distractions. The press in
the new pool will be located in a
box high above the pool away from
the distracting noises and splashes.
Compares Favorably
At last Michigan will have .a
pool that compares favorably with
those of other schools in the Big
Ten. The new pool will allow
national and Big Ten meets to be
held in Ann'Arbor.
Next to the pool stands the im-
posingly modern Athletic Admini-
stration Building. This building is
the headquarters of the entire
athletic department.



ONE OF THE VICTORIES-Michigan's Ron Kramer (27) leaps
high to push in two points for the Wolverines in their pre-Big Ten
season clash with Nebraska; Michigan won, 77-71, but failed to
fare so well in the Conference where it finished in a tie for eighth.

Michigan's Best Sports Year Obscured by War

The greatest year in the his-
tory of Michigan sports is doomed
to be buried, virtually unnoticed,
in the sands of time.
During the school year of 1943-
44 this country was in the midst
of the, worst war in history of
man. The nation had little time to
devote to sports so the fact that
the University of Michigan an-
nexed a total of eight conference
conference championships is un-
known to most people.
The Wolverine athletic squads,
filled by military personnel, fuzzy
cheecked youngsters and 4-Fs had
themselves a great time that year.
Halsey, Gridders Roll
While Admiral "Bull" Halsey
was sending the Japanese fleet to
the bottom of the Pacific, the
Michigan footballers posted an
'eight and one record to gain a
share of the Big Ten grid title.
. About the time American Forces
were fighting the Battle of Anzio,
Michigan's wrestling, swimming
and indoor track teams were nail-
ing the lids on Conference crowns.
As Allied Forces stormed the
beaches of Normandy the Wolver-
ines sewed up titles in outdoor
track, golf, tennis and baseball.
Of all the teams that won titles,
however, the cindermen had the
most spectacular year of all.
Many Track Titles
The flashy thinclads claimed
the conference indoor crown, their
10th in 14 years, the outdoor title,
their seventh in a decade, the
Penn Relays, the Purdue Relays
and the National AAU Indoor
Under the tutelege of Coach
Ken Doherty the names of Bob
and Ross Hume in the distance
'events, Elmer Swanson in the hur-
dles; Bob Ufer in the 440 yd, dash
and. Bill Dale in the high jump
burned a memorable trail of glory
across the Michigan sports scene.


The 1943 edition of the Michi-
gan football team was, in a word,
loaded. Navy and Marine train-
ees from all over the midwest fill-
ed the Wolverine roster with such
illustrious names as Elroy Hirsch,
Bill Daley, Bob Weise, and Merv
The only setback in a great sea-
son was a 35-12 licking adminis-
tered by the Irish of Notre Dame.
Slaughter "Civilian" Buckeyes
On the final day of the season
the Wolverines slaughtered the
"civilian" Buckeyes of Ohio State,
45-7, to gain a share of- their first
grid title in 10 years.

In baseball, tennis, and wres-
tling, Michigan was hard pressed
to win titles.
The dianondmen came up with
a double victory over Purdue in
the final conference tilt to wrap up
that title. The wrestlers with only
two veterans back from the pre-
vious year's championship squad
surprised everyone by nipping run-
nerup Ohio State, 28-27, in the
conference finals.
Netters Squeeze By
A good Michigan tennis team
posted an eight and one dual rec-
ord and then edged by second
place Ohio State, 18-17 in the fi-

nals to take the title. Mike Gulic
grabbed a singles crown and then
teamed up with Roy Boucher to
win a desperately needed doubles
On the golf course the Michi-
gan linksters had little trouble as
they posted a four man 623 shot
total to win the crown handily.
Michigan swimming m e n t o r
Matt Mann watched his charges
gain the Wolverines 14th title in
19 years. The tankmen swept five
of nine first places and piled up
an awesome 72 points in the con-
ference finals to defeat ,second
place Northwestern by 30' points.


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