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Grid Hopes



Sophs, Reserves

I 1
don wirtchafter's
Gridders Conscripted?.-.
Let us tell you about a horrible dream we had the other night. It was so
horrible, neighbors, that we still shiver and quake every once in awhile when
it comes back to our mind.
It's all rather vague now. After all, dreams are hard to remember,
especially when they took place three or four nights back. But as we recall
it, the whole thing centered around Michigan's football team for 1940. In
our soundest sleep, we saw them practice. They looked like champions.
They punted, passed and worked like world beaters. Fritz Crisler had a
big smile on his face. For once in his life he was optimistic . . . and (this
could happen only in a dream) he openly admitted the fact.
Then came the nightmare neighbors. We saw Crisler and his men
ready to board the planes for California where they will meet the Golden
Bears. Thirty-five of them, strong, husky, ready, willing and able, were
on hand . . . waiting eagerly for the word "contact" . . . As we recall
it now, they even started stepping Into the gitantic transcontinental
liners. The motors were started. Friends and relatives were waving
goodbye. Everyone was happy and shouting . . . Then across the field
came a man dressed in red, white and blue. He was shouting, too .
but a different sort of shou.
"Hold back a minute, Fritz," he yelled. "Sorry, fella, but we drew lots
last eve. Harmon, Evashevski and Westfall must go with me to military
training camp. They were drafted."
Crisler was dumbfounded. All his- dreams and hopes crashed to the
ground. We even remember seeing him rush to a phone to call Berkeley and
find out how badly the Golden Bears
were hit. On the other end of the wire
x came a chuckle or two. "Too bad,
Fritz old boy. Sure, they picked out
three from our squad too. One was
on the seventh team, one on the
ninth, and the other fellow was our
line coach. I guess we'll still be able
to meet Michigan, even with our
Then we woke up, neighbor, and
E v thanked the heavens above.

Swimmers Expected To Retain
Championships won Last Year

But, seriously though, what
effect can the pending conscrip-
tion have upon the Wolverine
grid chances? Is it really possible
that Harmon, or Evashevski or
Frutig or any of the rest would
have to report for military train-
ing? Can Michigan be hit hard-
er by the draft than the other
eight teams it must face during
the coming campaign? Will the
history of athletics in 1918 re-
peat itself? Will schedules be
Will coaches find a shortage of

Jim Welsh, Distance Star,
Will Return To Varsity;
Beebe ToCaptain Squad
Michigan's powerful and mighty
swimming empire will remain intact
during the 1941 campaign, if the pre-
dictions of Coach MattdMann, him-
self, have anything to do about the
For, it seems, no team could be
greater than the Wolverine outfit of
1940. It conquered the natatorial
world and rolled up the most amaz-
ing record in the history of competi-
tive swimming. The nation's three
outstanding championships, the
Western Conference, National Col-
legiate and the National AAU, all fell
before the might of the Wolverines.
But with a chuckle and a broad
grin, the colorful Matt merely passes
aside the old records. "We were good,
sure," he points out, "but we'll be
even tougher when 1941 rolls around.
Optimism Is OK
It's a hard job swallowing up a
bold statement like that as the gos-
pel-and yet once youexaminerthe
facts, you can't help nodding approv-
al over the coach's optomism.
After all, Michigan did all of their
conquering last year without the ser-
vices of their great distance star,
Jim Welsh, who was forced to with-
draw from school after lobar pneu-
monia struck him hard just before
the major meets. This year, however,
Welsh will be back to play a leading
roll in the Wolverine activities.
Mann loses only three men via the
graduation route, Captain Hal Ben-i
ham, a diver, Ed Hutchens, Big Ten
220-yard champion and John Haigh,
a breaststroke performer.
Capable Replacements
But for each of these losses, the
Wolverines are already well equipped
with capable replacements. On black
and white, the 1941 squad will bring
together the greatest group of stars
that ever competed on the same
The medley relay trio, for example,
gives promise of an unbeatable com-
'Only' 765 Pounds
Of Equipment Goes
West With Gridders
When the football team goes trav-
eling, only the best is satisfactory.
The air lines, therefore, will be used
by the players when they go to the
West coast for their game with the
University of California.
But the use 'of the airways gives
rise to difficulties. The team usually
takes 2500 pounds of equipment in
14 trunks and that just is not done
in an airplane.
So it will be that nearly a ton of
ordinary items will be left behind
and a mere 765 pounds will be ship-
ped. This, of course, does not include
the 35 or so players who are to go.
Here is what will be sent for each
player; one leather helmet lined with
leather and rubber, weighing one
pound seven ounces, and costing about
nine dollars.
An all-wool jersey having a weight
of 13 onces and a cost of $8.25; one
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shortened? Will games be cancelled?
capable men?

bination with world record possibil-
ities. Leading off in the backstroke
spot will probably be Francis Heydt,
Conference titleholder and second
only to Princeton's sensational Van-
deWeghe in the Collegiates. If that1
were not enough, Matt also has Cap-
tain Bill Beebe, Dick Reidl and soph-
omore Ted Horlenko on hand to give
Heydt a battle for the position.
From Yearling kanks
From the yearling ranks comes one
of the greatest breaststrokers in the
world to churn the second lap of the
relay trio, Ann Arbor's Jim Skinner,
(Continued on Page 10)
Tennis Hopes
Depend Upon
Tobin, Porter
Six Veterans, Stille, Dober,
Brewer, Palmer, Kohl,
Crammon, Will Return
The Wolverine hopes for a success-
ful tennis season next spring depend
upon the success of the knee oper-
ation of Jim Tobin and the eligibil-
ity of Jim Porter. With these two
men ready to play the team will be
good, perhaps even good enough to
win the championship.
Tobin, captain of the netmen, suf-
fered a knee injury some months ago
which kept him off the squad. He un-
derwent an operation at the close of
last semester but its results are as
yet unknown.
Six of this year's letter men are
expected to return, juniors Wayne
Stille of Chicago and Tom Crammon
of Red Bank, N. J., and seniors Harry
Kohl of Dayton, Ohio, Bob Brewer
of Owosso, Bud Dober of Bridgeport,
Conn. and Jim Palmer.
Lew Hammett, a junior in the fall,
is also expected to return. He is con-
sidered on e of the best tennis play-
es to come to the University for sev-
eral years and would have played
on the 1939 squad had he not been
Themost outstanding member of
the freshman team last spring was
Roy Bradley of Detroit who should
also havea good chance for a var-
sity berth.

Track Squad
To Be Strong
Next Season
Thinclads Won First Place
In Big Ten Competition
Last Year Under Doherty
New Sophomores
Termed Promising.
Signs all point to a repeat of Mich-
igan's brilliant performance in track
during the coming season.
Last season, with Coach Ken Do-
herty at the helm for the first time
Michigan captured first place honors
in the Big Ten in both indoor and
outdoor competition.
When it comes to the home stretch
of the track season, experts are pre-
dicting that it will be a bitter battle
between the Wolverines' experienced
and smartly coached team and the
men from Indiana, where not a single
member of the squad has graduated.
Michigan on the other hand lost
heavily through last year's com-
mencement ceremonies. Greatest loss
to the team was that of Capt. Ralph
Schwarzkopf, the foremost distance
runner in the University's history,
whose place appears unfillable at the
present time.
Lost Through Graduation
In addition to Schwarzkopf such
stars as quarter-milers Phil Balyeat
and Jim Rae; half milers Dye Ho-
gan and Jonny Jester; two-miler
Brad Heyl; dashman Carl and Fred
Culver; and Conference champions
Al Smith and,Stan Kelly will be miss-
ing from the Wolverine squad this
To offset these heavy losses Coach
Doherty has one of the best balanced
teams in history to choose from.
Coach Stackhouse's yearlings possess
strength in every event and are
especially strong in the hurdles and
middle distances.
Piel, Thomas In Dash
In the dash Michigan has sopho-
mores Bud Piel and Al Thomas re-
turning. Piel ran 6.2 for the 60 yard
dash before illness forced him to re-
sign from the squad. Next year should
find him ready as well as Thomas who
has been suffering from leg in-
juries. Freshman Bob Ufer, Chuck
Donahey and Norman Elson will
greatly strengthen the Varsity in the
sprints. Ufer, who has lowered all
freshman marks, should be a sure
point getter in all of the dashes. He
was also anchor man on a frosh
team of sprinters that set a new
record in the 880-yard relay.
Middle Distance Runners
The middle distances will have
Michigan's greatest strength. War-
ren Breidenbach and Jack Leutritz
are both back, as well as Bob Bar-
nard, the surprising little ex-hurd-
ler. Hugh Dalzell, Fred Nassar and
Buck Dawson are capable 440-men.
Ufer is perhaps the best prospect,
next to Breidenbach, that has ap-
peared on the Michigan scene.
The half-mile finds Johnny Kautz
and Howie Egert back for another
year of competition. In his first
season on the varsity, Kautz has
shown tremendous drive, and should
be astough as they make them next
season. And, coming up from the
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vashevski Form
All-Star Backfield

Coach Crisler
Has Imposing
Victory Record

Westf all,

The more we look over the situation, the more we realize how difficult is
it to properly and effectively analyze these questions at this point. After all,
as Senator Vandenberg pointed out to us, the bill "has not yet been reported
from the Senate Military Affairs Committee and apparently is being subject-
ed to constant amendment." Furthermore, the Senator emphatically stated
that if he hao anything to do about the draft, it will never be passed. "I am
opposed to peacetime conscription," were his words. "I have fought the
pending bill andwill .continue to do so from start to finish."
We also talked with some of the army officials about the situation. They
seemed to feel that Michigan has' nothing to worry about this year, at least
as far as football is concerned. One of them showed us that if the bill were
not passed during the next three or four weeks, the first draft probably
would not come until after the grid season was long finished. "Even if it
did come in October, he told us, only about 400,000 men would be called,
which means maybe one in 25 . . . or one in 50 between the ages of 18 and 22.
They did feel, however, that college students would probably have '
to go just as quickly as anyone else. "This is a democracy," a khaki out-
fitted officer reminded us, "and I could just hear those poor people yell-
ing if kids were exempted just because they could afford to pay for a
college education."
"But don't worry about your football team this year," he concluded.
"So few will be called by then, and there will be so many strings to pull
that when it's all through Harmon will still be passing for Michigan.
That much, I'll guarantee you."
Wolverines Need Every Man .. .
One thing is certain at this point. Michigan needs all of its vital men
on the gridiron. Just as last year, we have none to spare. If ineligibility,
injury or the draft hits the Wolverines, things will be dangerous. It seenis to
us that Crisler can put a powerful team on the field, but when it comes to
.replacements, especially at some of the, backfield posts, once again that's
a different story.
Upon last report, ineligibilty will be no problem this year. At least we can
be thankful for thatr Injuries naturally are things that you can't speculate
on before the season gets under way. And as far as the draft is concerned;
Uncle Sam tells us not to lose sleep over the matter. Therefore, at present
the situation does not appear too dangerous.
It seems that Michigan has the nucleus for a strong eleven during 1940
. . . but nobody even got rich betting on nucleus, or at least they never
told us about it. Harmon and Evashevski are back for a last crack in the
backfield. That alone ought to mean something. Husky Bob Westfall, the
sizzling, plunging fullback, has a year of seasoniig behind him now and will
be second to none in the Conference at that spot. Paul Kromer, the second
half of the famous Touchdown Twins of 1938, hung up his cleats last May
after a knee injury had hampered his playing for over a year. That leaves
an opening in the backfield. Many observers have told us not to count
Kromer out as yet. He definitely signed out of the picture after giving
spring training a try, but we've been warned that when things get going
again, Paul may try a comeback.

Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, Michi-
gan's head football coach and assist-
ant athletic director, has had a long
imposing record managing basket-
ball, football and baseball teams
since he began as a coach. in 1922.
In that year, after receiving his
B.S. degree from the University of
Chicago, he became assistant foot-
ball, baseball and basketball mentor
there, taking the job of head base-
ball coach in 1925. He held that post
for five years producing many suc-
cessful teams rafter which he went
to the University of Minnesota as
athletic director and football coach.
He remained there for only two
years, transferring to Princeton in
1932. As Tiger head, in the short
space of six years, he built two
championship squads, two that end-
ed their season with only one loss and
one that ended up with only two de-
Last year was his first at Michi-
gan and Coach Crisler lived up to
expectations by producing a ,team
that won ball games. It was not
a championship eleven but it was a'
fighting good squad that, but for
two upsets, might have won the Big
Ten title.
Caoers Need
More Height,
Rae, Pink Are Only Two
Regulars To Graduate;
Seven Letter-Men Back
The showing of Michigan's basket-
ball team next year depends on find-
ing capable replacements for Jim
Rae and Charley Pink and more
height to succeed Michigan's "mighty
midgets." j
Rae and Pink are the only regulars
Coacl* Benny Oosterb an lost as a
result of graduation. Nevertheless,
these two represent the greatest play-
ers a coach could ask for. Rae was
a center for three years and last
season made the All-Conference
team, while Pink, an outstanding
guard, made the all-conference sec-
ond team in his senior year.
However, on the credit side of the
ledger, is the fact that seven letter-
men are returning. They are seniors
Capt. Herb Brogan, Mike Sofiak,
George Ruehle, Joe Glasser and
juniors Jim Grissen, Bob Fitzgerald
and George Cartmill. Ample reserves
are also present in the persons of
Don Holman, Norm Call, Bill Herr-

Call Is Leading Candidate
For Kromer's Halfback
Slot; Guards Are Strong
Ingalls MayfReplae
Kodros At Center
Upon the promising shoulders of
Michigan's new sophomore gridders
and last year's reserves lies the bur-
den of making the 1940 Wolverine
squad either 'a real Big Ten threat
or merely an average college football
Despite the return of the Univer-
sity's famed backfield trio of Captain
Forest Evashevski, quarterback; Tom
Harmon, All-American halfback, and
Bob Westfall, line-plunging junior
fullback, the squad's outlook is
clouded by the toll of graduation,
the loss of halfback Paul Kromer
from a knee injury and the prospect
of one of the most difficult schedules
in recent years.
In addition to the gap caused by
the loss of Kromer, Coach Herbert
0. "Fritz" Crisler will have his most
difficult tasks in finding replace-
ments for Archie Kodros, last year's
captain and center; Bill Smith and
Joe Savilla, tackles, and Fred Olds,
Norm Call, a junior from Elyria,
Ohio, will proba-
bly take over Kro-
mer's halfback
slot although he .
will have able
competition from
David Nelson, a
Detroit junior,
and sophomores
Cliff Wise, of his;,
Jackson, Harold
Lockard, of Can-
ton, Ohio, and
Robert Kresja, of
Shaker Heights, Norm Call
Ohio. Last year
Call was Harmon's understudy at
right half.
Michigan's other three backs are
among the greatest in its long foot-
ball history. In Captain "One Man
Gang" Evashevski, of Detroit, the
Wolverines have a signal caller of
high calibre, one of the hardest
blockers in the Big Ten and an out-
standing man for backing up the
line-, The only two setbacks the
team suffered last year were when
"Evie" was injured.
Harmon, who has been nick-named
"the Hoosier Hammer," comes from
Gary, Ind., and was a unanimous
choice for 1939 All-American honors.
A triple-threat back, he led the
Western Conference in scoring last
season; he is expected to handle
more kicking duties this fall than he
has before.
A product of Ann Arbor 4igh


wolverine 's 1939-4OAthletic Record
Reveals Successful Year In Sports

Michigan athletes punted and
passed, plunged and prayed, skated
and scuttled, pinged and ponged
backstroked and breastroked, struck
and spared, sliced and stymied, bat-
tled and battered during the school
year and, after all, what more could
you ask for.
All in all, the Wolverines had their
share of the triumphs, and just to
keep i up the interest, sprinkled a
loss here and there in the program.
In diary form, the Michigan sports
year looks4. something like this:
Oct. 7: The Michigan football team
opened its schedule by treating 68,618
fa~e t a st.hifricimv iv m -m_

football, 27-7, but the game played
second fiddle to the personal ap-
pearance of Miss America who sat
in a box with the hoi ploi and
snubbed the jealous Alpha Phis who
were bewildered by such amazing
Oct. 30: One reporter suggested
that maybe Harmon is as good as
Nov. 1: The experts felt that may-
be Harmon was better than Grange.
Nov. 2: The nation was convinced
that maybe for once the experts
were right.
Nov. 3: The entire world joined in
the opinion that Harmon, etc.


School, Westf all
made good in 1939
in his first year.in
the big time. He's
a stocky built
fullback who hits
f the line viciously
and can usually
'.be counted upon
for yardage.
Reserve full-
backs Crisler has
ready for the
--___ coming season are
Bob Westfall Robert Zimmer-
man, a junior
from Chicago; William Windle, Val-
paraiso, Ind., sophomore, and Earl
Miller, a sophomore from Lansing.
At quarterback, to spell Evashev-
ski, are sophomores George Ceithaml
of Chicago and Elmer Madar of De-
(Continued on Page 8)
Harmon, De Correvont
On Same Gridiron!!
One of the featured attractions
of the coming football season will be
the meeting ofn Michigan's Tom
"Hammer" Harmon and Northwest-

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