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PAGE FOUR
The ATHLETTER
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...by DAVID ZEITLIN .. .
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TIE MICHIGAN DAIlY

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IT IS OUR OPINION that college football is one of the rottenest businesses
of our day. We refer to the evils of subsidization, which is bad because
it's miserably underhanded and makes sneaks and hypocrites of men who
in ordinary life are honorable, upright men (with thanks to William S.).
However, the sport, like the cloud with the silver lining, has its virtuous
characteristics, and the latter in some instances are so great that they make
a writer happy to forget that which is wretched. Our reference and case in
point is Freddy Trosko. a boy grown man because of football, and because
of nothing else. We've seen the evolution of a character in Freddy, and
the results comprise the best arguments the proponents of the grid sport
can molest. But we are getting ahead of our story . . . let's go back, back
to the day when ..
Fred Trosko was born in Flint, August of the year 1917. His parents,
simple people who depended upon the salary of Papa Trosko, a man who
worked hard for his pay in the Buick factory, for their income, named the
new-born son Fred, that's all. Solemn citizens, they didn't call him Fred-
eric or Frederick or Frederich, just Fred. They didn't give him a middle
name either. He was the fifth child. Three came after him, but he was
the youngest male of the brood, three brothers, boasting longer residence.
Fred was typical, until he became a high school student and high school
athlete. Then he became extraordinary. Weighing less than 150 pounds,
he won nine letters in football, baseball and basketball as Flint Northern's
greatest athlete in years. He was an All-State halfback in his senior year.
Then Fred came to Michigan, still a bouncing boy who couldn't make
the scale read 150 when he had his clothes on and lead tips on his shoes.
But they painted a rosy future for Fred anyway. There was no doubt that
he was the "good little man" type of athlete, but the Big Ten is no place
for its "good big men."
Slim, short Freddy's advent on the Michigan scene was a momen-
tous one for him because it meant a momentous change and presented
among other things the prospect of a career at self support, athletics
and studies, all at once. But the little game guy tackled all three. At
the start he was a timid lad in spite of all his toughness. His speech
didn't impress his profs. and the general impression was that Fred
Trosko was a kid from across the tracks.
But football took Fred Trosko in hand. In his freshman year he
won the Chicago Alumni Award, a tribute to his industry, diligence and
patience. He started almost every game in his sophomore year, and
won two of them. Against Illinois he fired a 35-yard pass to end John
Nicholson. Then he place-kicked the extra point. The final score of
that game was 7 to 6. Against Iowa it was Trosko's toe that gained the
margin of victory, another 7 to 6 triumph.
As a junior Freddy, who had been working at everything from a soda
jerker to a factory hand to suppress hunger pains, was shoved into the'
background as Paul Kromer and Tom Harmon, the "Touchdown Twins",
emerged to shine.
But last year Kromer was hurt and Troskp, Michigan's hard luk,
player, started six of the eight games. Freddy missed the opener because
of academic inadequacies. He became eligible in time for the Iowa game,
and was a vital cog as Michigan swept to four straight triumiphs. Then
he was the goat as Illinois scored the upset of the year by whipping
mighty Michigan. Flint Freddy admittedly had a very bad day. Three
times he fumbled at mildly crucial stages of play. A week later Trosko
was on the bench at the opening of hostilities against Minnesota. He
started against Pennsylvania, and then started against Ohio State.
It .was this final game that made a man. In fact, Freddy Trosko was
reborn on one play, and even that came when there were less than two
minutes to go.

College Links
' Aces In Finals
At Ekwanok
Netters Reach Semi-Finals
At Haversford; Eastern
Star Is Golf Choice
MANCHESTER, Vt., June 28.-(/P)
-Harry Haverstick, of Swarthmore
ppeared to have te 1940 National
Collegiate A. A. gof championship
'n his grasp today when he gained
the final round by playing 31 holes
in four under par against two capa-
ble opponents.
The Swarthmore senior, who elim-
inated Stewart (Skippy) Alexander
of Duke, 3 and 2, and Bill Cordingley
Df Harvard, 4 and 9, will engage
F. Dixon Brooke of Virginia in to-
morrow's North-South 36-hole title
match.
Brooke went four over par going
33 holes with Cary Middlecoff of
Mississippi, who bowed out of the
quarter-finals, 3 and 2, and Eddie
Foy of Holy Cross, his 1 and 1 victim.
Sucess Due To Deadly Chipping
Much of Ha'verstick's success was
due to his deadly chipping. He also
rapped in hole-winning putts up to
20 feet. The Swarthmore star was
down only once during the day, to
Alexander, but he wiped out that
Southerner's two-hole margin by bir-
die-ing the ninth and tenth holes.
After regaining the advantage with
winning threes on the 11th and 12th
he remaiegd in front.
HAVERFORD, Pa., June 28.-()
Defendingechampion Frank Guern-
sey, of Rice, and Bill Talbert, of Cin-
cinnati, advanced to the semi-finals
of the National Intercollegiate Ten-
nis Championships today.
Just before a downpour of rain
forced postponement of the two oth-
er quarter-final' matches, Guernsey
defeated Bill Canning, of California,
6-3, 6-1, while Talbert eliminated
Ted Schroeder, of Southern Calif-
ornia, 6-4, 6-4.
Matches Postponed
After waiting more than two hours
Referee Charles Beard postponed un-
til 9:30 a.m. (EST) tomorrow the
scheduled matches between Isadore
Bellis, of Pennsylvania, and Joe
Hunt, Navy, and top-seeded Don Mc-
Neill, of Kenyon, and Bill Reedy, of
Southern California.
Talbert. who had- a close call in
beating George Toley of U.S.C., yes-
terday, encountered stiff opposition
in 19-year-old Schroeder. He won
match points by coming from be-
hind a love 40 score in the tenth
game of the second set.
Entries Are Sought
For Softball Play
The Intramural department an-
nounced yesterday that 11 teams had
already signed up to compete in the
three softball leagues it will sponsor
for Summer Session students. Addi-
tional entries ate still gought, how-
ever, and individuals and teams are
urged to sign up.
Practice games will be played next
week, starting on Tuesday, it was
announced. Specific schedules will
appear in The Daily.
The Three leagues will be known
as the American, National and In-
ternational, and a special "World
Series" will be held at the end of
the period of regulation play to de-
cide the Summer Session 'champion.

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Director of the world's largest
tourist businxess is Newton B. Di'u-
ry (above) of San Francisco, new
director of the national park sys-
tem.

Mrs. J. C. Raneri, of Wisconsin, gets a free ride on the shoulders of Thomas E. Dewey admirers during
the demonstration that followed the placing of his name in nomination at the Republican national conven-
tion at Fhiladelphia.

Shown here casting state ballots
in the vote for presidential can-
didates at the Republican national
convention is W. S. Moscrip, who
entered a split vote for Minnesota.

An argument over split-voting in the Michigan delegation arose after the first roil call at the
national convention, and here's the scene. Edward N. Barnard of Detroit is at the left and Gov. Lul
kinson is second from left.

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You people know that play. The score tied at 14-14. Michigan, after
working the ballto a first down on the Buckeye six was on the Buckeye
26th on the fourth down. And it was Freddy who took the pigskin on a
trick play, a fake place kick, and scampered all the way to win the game.
The triumph made Michigan's season a tremendous success. It had been
achieved before 80,000 people.
And little Fred, the guy without a middle name, the kid from across
the tracks, had scored' that touchdown. It was more than a triumph. It
transformed Fred into a man. Now when Fred Trosko takes stock of him-
self he doesn't think of the Illinois fumbles; he recalls the Ohio touchdown.
Now he's got confidence and pride. The kid from across the tracks, who
had English, profs scratching their heads in classrooms, had prominent
alumni hanging on his every word in post-season banquet speeches. The
kid who started from scratch, with nothing but a belly full of guts and a
heart full of hope, is now a man of the world. He becomes Hudson High's
coach next fall. And that completes a story. It is pur most fervent .hope
that football does for more boys what it did for Fred Trosko of Flint.

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SPORTS ENTRY BLANK
Intramural Sports Department

All men students are eligible for competition in the following
sports. Check on the list below the sports in which you wish to
participate.
The Intramural Sports Department will make drawings and sche,
dules. furnish equipment needed for team sports, and provide officials
for the contests where necessary. Notification of opponent and time
of play will be mailed to each participant.
No Entry Fee Required

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Softball
Swimming
Golf
(Average score).

( ) Handball Doubles
( ) (
Horseshoe Singles
S Horseshoe -Doubles

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Tennis Singles ( ) Squash (
Tennis Doubles ( ) Table Tennis (
t ) Badminton t
Handball Singles ( ) Codeball C
Please indicate partner's name in space below doubles entries.

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Name................. Address...................... Phone......
Mail or bring this blank to R. W. Webster, Supervisor of Intramural
Sports, Intramural Sports Bldg., Ferry Field. All entries close at 5 p.m.,
Saturday, June 29.

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In The Majors
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
AMERICAN LEAGUE
New York 4, Philadelphia 1
Washington 4, Boston 3
Detroit at St. Louis (rain)
Only Games Scheduled
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Brooklyn 2, Boston 1
Chicago 3, Cincinnati 2 (night)
St. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 2 (Night)
Only Games Scheduled
Baseball's Big Six
Player, Club AB -R H PCT
)anning, Giants . .208 33 79 .380
Finney, Red Sox . .245 39 89 .363
iadcliff, Browns .234 36 85 .363
AcCosky, Tigers ..219 52 78 .352
Valker, Dodgers . .18 27 63 .344
.ustine, Pirates . .171 22 57 .333
MICHIGAN
Maxweil Anderson's
Pultizer Prize Winning Comedy
JOHN
. ARFIELD
That down-on-the.
. ": .swovld gu~y k up-in-
/ ~) b..cIuds with..
ANNE
SHIRLEY
In MAXWELL ANDERSONS '?

Placing the name of Sen. Robert A. Taft in nomination fob the presid ency brought this enthusiastic demonstration from his followers a
Republican national convention. Banners and standards jammed the aisl es until order was restored by the chairman of the convention.

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