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itle Hopes Soar As Football Season Nei


Six Vars"y Coaches Promise Good 1939 Prospects





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Kromer, Harmon
To Be Mainstays
Of Fast Backfield

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Aug. 12, 1939

I was very pleased to hear from you and needless to say gratified to
hear you have decided to enter Michigan this fall.
You have said your decision to enter Michigan was influenced not. a
little by your particular interest in athletics and your belief that Michigan
}s. ne of the finest athletic schools in the country. And you have asked me
to give you something of the inside on athletics here.
At the outset let me say that I, too, consider Michigan the finest
tchool in the country for athletics. Its athletic personnel, program,
physical facilities and its record are combined on standards so high as
to be mnmatched.
- There Is, for Instance, its record in intercollegiate competition. Look
Jr und the country and you'll find your "football schools," your "bas-
ketball schools," or your "track schools," institutions whose teams in
a partIcular sport are consistently outstanding.
But I don't believe you will find anywhere in the country a school that
Is BO consistently outstanding in all sports competition. Michigan, too, has
Its leaders. Its football record through the years will stand with any. For
many years its track and swimming teams have been Conference and na-
tional leaders. Consider the fact that last year Michigan won three Big
S en championships and one national championship, that the year before
Michigan won four Big Ten championships and a national title.
Threatening In Every Sport
More si nificant to me than that record of supremacy, however, is the
all-sports record which finds Michigan teais contenders and dangeros in
every ort on the intercollegiate program. Again take as typical last year
when Michigan teams won 84 intercollegiate contests, lost 32 and tied seven,
and you will note that Michigan schedules are never arranged as soft
touches In any sport. In the Western Conference, probably the toughest
=thletic league in America, Michigan teams in nine sports average 2.5, that
Is just between second and third place in every sport.
* Or there is the athletic plant, often called the most complete inii
the world. Its physical worth is evaluated at close to $3,500,000 and
Includes the Stadiudn, the Field House, the Intramural Building, the
Golf Course, the Ice Rink, Ferry Field and the Women's Building and
Field, which comprise facilities for as broad an intercollegiate and recre-
itIonal sports program as could be desired.
Those are some of the reasons I believe Michigan is the finest ath-
letic school in the country. But don't get the impression that Michigan
Is e1wlusively a school for athletics.. -You are fully aware of Michiga's,
reputation as an educational institution, and I want to impress upon
you the fact, which is also the ideal of the athletic administration, that
the athletic program and facilities are but an adjunct of the entire
educational program.
That fact is reflected in the campus attitude toward the athlete. Michi-
gan is no movie set where the appearance of a Varsity sweater is a signal
for genuflections on the part of less publicized members of the student
body. In other words, the athletes do not run the campus as they do at
many institutions you will observe during the course of yo.r college career.
But neither are they patronized as "dumb hired hands." On the whole the
athlete is accorded the position he earns for himself by his own appearance
off the field.
Which leads me to what I believe you had in mind in asking me about
Michigan athletics, something of its personalities.
Combine Extra-Curricular With Curricular{
You would like to know about some of the athletes, who and what they
are. It would be difficult for me to tell you of them individually, so I will
try to generalize. On the whole those boys you'll see on the gridiron this
fall, on the basketball floor in the winter, on the track or on the diamond
in the spring, are just the sort of boys you knew at home, a little older and
a little more proficient physically. They may live for their athletics and
that may be what takes them above the average, but also they are here for
an education. And most of them are getting it the hard way, working their
way and being granted a minimum of favor because they are athletes.
I saw a study of last year's football squad, for instance. Of 37 squad
members, including all the lettermen, all but three were not at leat
partially self-supporting in school, 17 of them working their way entire-
ly, mostly with board jobs and room jobs or some marginal employment.
Not many of them are brilliant students, although you'll find the all-Al
students among them. I have never seen a study comparing the schol-1
astic standing of the athletes with the rest of the student body, but it is
my guess they would he something above average. Their eligibility re-
quirements necessitate that, for they must maintain a C average with
no failures In order to compete.
It is difficult to generalize although I have tried it. I remember the
football squad that had a millionaire's on throwing passes to a boy whos
had never owned a suit of clothes before he went away to school. Or you cans
note the cosmopolitan array of names on any squad roster. The impression
I want to give, though, is that these athletes you will see are not a privileged
lot by virtue of their athletic publicity, but a group of fellows whose achieve-
ments happen to be outstanding in athletics and who remain on the whole
just guys you'd like to know.
Devoted To Michigan Tadition
Then there are the personalities of the coaches and the administration,
responsible for that unique standing of Michigan athletics as near the top
year in and year out in every sport. Of them I can generalize readily, for
they are each anc all devoted to a Michigan tradition and a Michigan spirit
of which you will hear much and which takes its form in the production of
teams of high caliber on the field and off.
More specifically I'd like to tell you briefly of a couple of those
men, those two in ranking positions in the administration of athletics at

Michigan. First there is Fieldng H. Yost, whose contrbutions to Michi-
gan and to intercollegiate athletics can never be told. He is the "Grand
Old Man" today, but it has been his vision and his ideals that have
moulded the athletic Michigan you are to come to know. With him now
is another man, Fritz Crisler, who came here last year as football coach.
He is a man who, for his innate qualities, would have made a great ,
success in any profession he chose. He elected football and athletic







Future For Varsity Natators Looks
Prorising To 'Admiral' Matt Mann

Admiral Matt Mann is back in the
crow's nest of the Michigan Ship of
Swim, his telescope pointing this time
toward the future. The Admiral,
musing with the muse, and with apol-
ogies to the poet is "leaving the past
to the fate it was fit for, the future
be thine."
. And the future might well be his.
For deserting the Ship are but two
of the hands who brought it safely
into the Big Ten and National Col-
legiate Championships last year, Tom
Haynie and Walt Tomski.
Jimmy Welsh, a sophomore who
handed Haynie his first beating in
Big Ten championship competition
in three years when he dethroned
him as 220 champion, finished sec-
ond to Haynie in the quarter at both
the Big Tens and the Nationals, and
third in the furlong at the latter
meet. Charley Barker, another soph-
omore, nosed out Tomski in the 50
and tied for first in the century at
-tho tion~als Wtheut ~adeta-of
wishful thinking, it might be said
that this pair has the free style situ-
ation well in hand.
Holmes Comes Back
But the swimmers are an amiable
group. They wouldn't think of let-
ting these boys carry on alone. Still
another sophomore, Bill Holmes, who
finished sixth in the Collegiate cen-
tury,comes back and then there's Gus
Sharemet a freshman who has
threatened to raise the temperature
of the water every time, he swims,
Sharemet finished fourth in the hun-
dred at the AAU's in 52.5 and sixth
in the 220. John Gillis is another
Gym Schedule
For Freshmen
Is Announced
Announcement of the year's pro-
gram of compulsory gymnasium
classes for freshmen was made re-
cently by Dr. George May, director
of Waterman Gymnasium.
All freshmen except those enrolled
in the two-year R.O.T.C. course will
be required to attend the six hygiene
lectures, given during the first three
weeks of the school year, and the
weekly gym classes. However, those
taking part in any athletic squad
work are excused during the time
that these squads are in active prac-
tice. Immediately on the disbanding
of these squads, the student is re-
enrolled in his gym section. The only
athletic squads open to freshmen at
the beginning of the fall term are
football, swimming and track.
Lecture groups on hygiene meet at
the same hours as regular gym section
assignment, that is, at 3, 4 or 5 p.m.
Wonday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday of the first three weeks of
school. A member of the Health
Service staff will be the lecturer. At
the end of the series of lectures, an
examination will be given.
Following the lectures, on Monday
of the fourth week, the regular gym
sections will meet. Each class will
be divided into five parts, each study-
ing one sport, boxing, wrestling,
basketball, track and field or gym-
nastics. The five groups will be ro-
tated every three weeks.
The second semester's work in-
cludes well-known games, tennis,
golf, handball, volleyball, badminton
and others. After spring vacation
freshmen will be permitted to elect

yearling who will
sprint forces even
Admiral Is
But in the back

make Wolverine
more formidable.
stroke, Matt has

Cagers Connive
'To Upset NeXt
Mid-Term inx
Hopes Depend On Jim Rae;
Oosterhaan Starts Second
Year As Head Coach
Determined to avoid the midseason
jinx that has hit for the past two
years, members of the Varsity basket-
ball squad are looking forward to a
top-notch season this winter, as
Coach Benny Oosterbaan starts his
second year as head coach.
The hopes of the team will be built
around Captain Jim Rae, sensational
leader who was hampered by a back
injury all last season, although he
played in most of the games. A mem-
ber of the Toledo DeVilbiss cham-
pionship team in high school, he
has been one of the fans' favorites
during his two years on the Michigan
Other letter-men who will be back,
and who will probably be counted on
for most of the action in this year's
games are Charley Pink, speedy for-
ward who burned the Detroit leagues
playing for Northwestern High, Tom
Harmon, rough and ready but at
times inspirational guard, and Russ
Dobson, who specializes in smooth
floor-work and beautiful long shots.
Milo Sukup, Mike Sofiak and John
(Continued on Page 17)
Wrestlers See
Hopeful Season
Conference Meet Will Be
March 10, 11 In Chicago
Runner-up for the Central AAU
Title in Chicago last December, Mich-
igan's wrestling team, defending Big'
Ten champion stands a good chance
to repeat their Big-Ten triumph this
winter, in the opinion of Coach Cliff,

his worries. In sophomores Bill1
Beebe and Barker he had two of the
best dorsal exponents in the country.
But Francis Heydt, who has swum
faster than either, and Dick Reidlt
who shows great promise, are com-
ing up. The Admiral is worriede
Where will he put them all? Barker
can easily be shifted to a free style
event but the remaining trio will
worry Matt. (Any other coach in the
country is on the lookout for this
specie of worry).f
Oh yes, the breast stroke. Johnnyf
Haigh, fifth in the Collegiates, re-l
turns to be aided and abetted by
freshmen John Sharemet, Bob John-
son and Tommy Williams; a versatile
Renham Will Divek
That leaves the dive with Capt.-t
elect Hal Benham, third in the Col-f
legiates off both high and low board,s
handling things quite efficiently.
Matt Mann says, "It'll be a typicalE
Michigan team. Anybody that beatsk
us will know they've been in a fight."c
Benhami " is the second diver ini
Wolverine natatorial history to be-c
come captain, the precedent havingt
been established in 1936 when Frank
Fesenfeld led the teamp to a National
Benham came to Michigan froms
Indianapolis in 1936 after having
been ranked number one scholastic-
ally in both diving and breast stroke
by the Swimming Guide. Since com-
ing to Ann Arbor, however, he has
concentrated on the springboard
His election to head the team next
year was the climax to a career that
had been uphill against the injury
jinx. In 1936 as a freshman he had
appendicitis; in his sophomore year
he fractured his elbow; and last
year he hurt his foot in a dual meet.
Last year at Purdue the swimmers
took the Big Ten title with a total
of 73 points, while Ohio State, their
nearest rival, had 49. This was sweet
victory for the Wolverines, who hadf
been held to two 42-42 ties by thet
Buckeyes in dual meets during the
winter. In the National Collegiate
Meeteheld in the Intramural Pool,
the team took 65 points to 58 for the
Ohioans, while Princeton came in
third with 22, and Texas, Yale and
Harvard each copped eight.
Coach Doherty
To Take Over
Track Squads
Falls Heir To Big Ten Title
Holders; Replaces Hoyt,
Yale's New Head Coach
Coach Ken Doherty of the track
team falls heir to one of the most im-
pressive records compiled by any
Michigan team in the last decade. But
he also falls heir to a good deal of
the material that helped make part
of that record last year.
Coach Doherty succeeds Charlie
Hoyt, new head track coach at Yale
University. During the' last eight
years under Hoyt, Michigan track
teams won 11 out of a possible 16 Big
Ten championships in indoor and
outdoor competition, and won at least
one of the titles every year. Last
year the team won both the indoor
and outdoor titles with ease.
But Coach Doherty helped build
this record as the popular assistant

Heavy Ticket
Sale Is Drawn
ByGrid Hopes
Unusually heavy pre-season ticket
demands attributed to the most at-
tractive home schedule in many yearsf
and the promise of the finest Wol-f
verine football team since 1933, have
resulted in the mailing of. almost f
100,000 ticket applications to propec-a
tive University gridiron fans, accord-
ing to Harry Tillotson,'ticket man-r
Approximately 70,000 applicationsv
are distributed annually during Au-
gust, according to Tillotson, but a rec-4
ord number will be sent out this year.V
Preference in the location of seatsf
is accorded applications returned be-
fore Aug. 31, according to Tillotson.
Preference among those orders re-
ceived before the Aug. 31 deadline is
determined by means of a draw. t
The draw is one of the most color-o
ful features of football ticket distri-
bution at Michigan and is adminis-e
tered with all the excitement andt
formality of a miniature Irish Sweep-
stakes drawing.
Before each game applications are
grouped in bundles of 50 and eachf
bundle numbered. Cards bearing
corresponding numbers are dumped2
in a hopper and then drawn, prefer-C
ence being accorded applications inb
those bundles in order of drawing.
On the Michigan home schedule
for 1939 are Michigan State, Oct. 7;v
Iowa, Oct. 14; Yale, Oct. 28; Minne-
sota, Nov. 11; and Ohio State, Nov.'
HDockey Squadr
Sees Brighter'
Season Ahead1
Capt. Spike James Is Backf
As Goalie; Al Chadwickt
Only Other Senior Leftt
Bolstered by an up-and-coming
freshman squad, Michigan's hockey
team is looking forward this year toa
a return to dominance in the Con-
ference and in the local hockey cir-
cles which they have lost in the last1
two or three years.r
First of all, there will be Capt. El-
don "Spike" James back as goalie.
Although playing on mediocre teams1
in his first two years, "Spike" has
been a stand-out in the nets and has
kept going a tradition for first-
class hockey left by his brother Gib.c
Al Chadwick in the forward wall will
be the only other senior on the squad.
Have Less Experience
Juniors who will be back have had
less experience. Bert Stodden, who
was out with an injury most of last
year, will return, as will Larry Cal-
vert, Jim Tobin, Jim Lovett, Chuck
Ross, Gil Samuelson and Fred
But it is the freshman squad which]
is the main hope of Coach Eddie Low-
rey. "This outfit is one hundred per
cent .better than last year's fresh-
man squad," he says, "and our hopes
this coming year depend on these
Freshman Squad
Paul Goldsmith, a center, and
Bob Collins, defensemen, are the out-'
standing performers on this squad.
Goldsmith is fast and rangey, and his
height and reach make him an ex-
cellent poke-checker. In addition he
is a good stick handler and boasts
the hardest shot on the team, need-
ing only a little seasoning to become
a top player.

Collins, the most aggressive man
on the squad, has spent considerable

As ,


(Continued fromr Page 5)l.
ceptionally fine blocker, From the
freshman squad of last year comes
Dave Nelson, small but with the abil-
ity to run across a football field as
fast and elusively as ligptning streaks
across the sky.
Fullback prospects have been dim-
mied somewhat by the loss of How-
ard Mehaffey, veteran from Kiski,
Whose aggressive play won him - a
regular berth in midseason of last
year. Doctors have declared that he
will not be ready to play by next fall
because of the reluctance of a leg in-
fection to heal completely.
Appeases Loss
However the presence of sophomore
Bob Westf all should go a long way
toward appeasing the disappointment
of Mehaffey's loss. As a freshman
last spring, Bob showed enough pow-
er and drive from the fullback spot
to give promise of being ready for
Big Ten duty next fal. He will battle
with Ed Christy, 190 pound junior
who was injured most of last season,
for the starting berth on Fritz Cris-
ler's first eleven. Sophomores Bob
Zimmerman of Chicago and Jim
Grissen of Holland, Mich., also may
be counted on for dependable service.
'One-Man Gaang'
Hard blocking and. fierce tackling
were responsible for the fans' dub-
bing Forrest Evashevski the "One-
Man-Gang" last year. He will be
back as the number one signal caller;
able Jack Meyer of Aleria, Ohio, who
alternated with him last season, and
Mik Megregian, who showed much
last spring in the way of playing quar-
terback, will supplement his services.
In the line, center material is boun-
tiful. Capt. Archie Kodros, with five
60-minute games to his credit from
last fall, will be the inspiration and
mainstay of the team. Horace Tink-
er, who turned in an outstanding per-
formance for the injured Kodros in
the Pennsylvania game last year, and
Bob Ingalls, 200-pound sophomore
from Kiski, will be ready to take over
whenever the need arises.
Heavily Drained
* That leaves only the guards, tackles
and ends, and in each of these posi-
tions graduation has drained heavily,
leaving Coach Fritz Crisler with the
problem of finding capable replace-
ments from, for the most part, inex-
perienced juniors and sophomores.
One of the guard posts will be
filled by Ralph "Tugboat" Fritz, win-
ner of the Chicago Alumni Trophy
for showing the most promise in
spring practice this year. For the
other side of the line, with both All-
American Ralph Heikkinen and his
replacement of last season, Milo
Sukup, lost to the team, a player
capable of carrying on with the same
caliber of play will be drawn from
among two seniors and four sopho-
mores. Showing the most promise
are Fred Olds, who played center,
guard and tackle at different times
last season, and "Butch" Jordan, 210-
pound captain of the wrestling team
who will be trying to overcome an
injury jinx to win his first major
"M" in football.
Count On Guards
Sophomore guards who are count-
ed on heavily to fight for Michigan
in her gridiron wars will be Bill Mel-
zow, Jack Butler, John Laine, and
Bob Thomas, all from Michigan.
Melzow who showed an uncanny abili-
Rated highest in this group is Bill
ty to block from the running guard
position last spring.
After three seasons of outstanding
play, erstwhile Capt. Fred Janke and
Don Siegel deserted the tackle posts
at the, end of last year and left only
two veterans with enough experience
to play the positions as well as they

Loss Of Mehaf fey Dims
Prospect For Veteran
To Fill Fullback Post
Bob Westf all Seen

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