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Wolverines Search ing
For Capable Flingers
Culligan, Derricotte Outstanding Passers;
Nussbaumer, Aliber Out with Minor Injuries

Some observers have predicted that
Michigan's 1944 football team may
be forced to rely to a large extent on
the forward pass to offset a light line,
and yesterday's scrimmage indicated
that Coach Fritz Crisler's charges
have the ability to do just that as
footballs filled the air.
In spite of the hot weather which
made the hands of both passers and
receivers wet and slippery, the Wol-
verine chuckers were getting away
Jong, accurate heaves which settled
into the waiting arms of receivers a
good share of the time.
Bill Culligan, one of the better
passers to come out of the Detroit
area in recent years and a second-
year man on the squad, and Gene
Derricotte , the small scatback from
Defiance, Ohio, did most of the toss-
ing. Bob Nussbaumer did not get
into uniform because of a leg in-
Ends Grab 'Em
On the receiving end, Dick Rifen-
burg, Art Renner, and Bruce Hilkene
showed themselves to be especially
adept, along with quarterback Joe
.onsetto. Some of the other end
candidates also snagged passes for
appreciable.gains against the white-
shirted reserves.
Although pass plays received most
of the attention, the attack of the
Blues was occasionally varied with
plays from the "T" formation, plun-
ges by fullbacks Bob Wiese and
Ralph Chubb, and reverses by wing-
backs Bill Wenzlau and Roger Chia-
Culligan Passes Well
Culligan was hailed at the begin-
ning of the year as the best tosser on
the squad, after a broken leg cut
short his career last fall. He did
not see much action in '43, but ap-
pears to be completely recovered.
Derricotte, who seems lost in the
backfield among such stalwarts as
Major League

Posetto and Wiese, also got his
heaves away with easy precision. As
a ball carrier he is fast and elusive
with an amazing amount of drive
for his size.
Nussbaumer Injured
Nussbaumer suffered a pulled
muscle in Monday's workout and
appeared on the field with his leg
bandaged. He did not participate in
the scrimmage, but should be ready
for action in a few days. Quarterback
Jim Aliber was also sidelined by an
Before the scrimmage began, the
Blues went through a long defensive
drill while the Whites carried the
ball. Three lines alternated at stop-
ping the White attack and managed
to keep things pretty well under con-
trol, proving that Line Coach "Big-
gie" Munn has been anything but
The Wolverines will have about
three more weeks of drills before
knocking off for a week between
summer and fall drills. When prac-
tice resumes around Aug. 25, the
coaching staff will have only three
more weeks to apply the finishing
touches before the opening game,
Sept. 16, against the Iowa Seahawks.
Dief eat Overtakes
Two Champions
MILWAUKEE, July 25-(AP)-
Defeat overtook two state champions
in the Western Junior Tennis Tour-
nament today, another state champ
was victorious and the No. 1 seeded
girl swept to an easy victory in her
opening match.
Henry Pfister of San Francisco,
California, State Junior Boys Singles
Champion, bowed to Bob Doll of
Tampa, Fla., in a three-hour grind,
10-12, 6-4, 7-5. Earlier in the day
young Matthew Murphy, California
Boys Singles and Doubles Titlist,
coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Don
Wisinger of Milwaukee.
The 6-1, 6-0 margin also was good
for Joanne Dunn of Des Moines, top
seeded among the junior girls, as she
measured Charlotte Herzfeld of Mil-
Fighter's Condition
Is 'Pretty Poor'
NEWARK, N. J., July 25-(AP)-
The condition of Lem Franklin, 203-
pound heavyweight from Chicago,
was described as "pretty poor" by the
information desk at Newark City
Hospital late today. Franklin was
taken to the hospital after being
knocked out by Larry Lane, in the
ninth round of a scheduled ten-round
fight here last night at Meadow-
brook Bowl.

Detroit Loses
To Red Sox In
Crucial Series
Gentry Gives Up Four
Runs in 7-3 Trimming;.
Gorsica, Eaton Yield
Other Three Tallies
DETROIT, July 25-(AP)-Any
ideas the Detroit Tigers may have
entertained about moving up in the
American League race at the expense
of the third place Boston Red Sox
were blasted today as Boston pound-
ed three pitchers for 16 hits and a 7
to 3 triumph.
Manager Joe Cronin's hard hitting
Sox thus pulled two and a half games
ahead of the Tigers with three games
remaining in the series.
Led by Jim Tabor, whose four hits
included his fifth homer of the seas-
on, the Sox chased rookie Ruffus
Gentry in the fifth inning to his 11th
defeat against five victories. John-
ny Gorsica and Zeb Eaton were vic-
tims of the final three runs.
Meanwhile, Yank Terry gained his
fourth victory of the season although
he had the assistance of Tex Hugh-
son, ace of the Boston staff. When
the Tigers rallied for all their runs
in the seventh, Manager Joe Cronin
called in Hughson who made short
work of Detroit thereafter.
Gentry escaped without damage in
the first three innings, but Bobby
Doerr doubled and Tabor singled for
a run in the fourth.
Nine men batted in the big fifth.
Lou Finney singled and George Met-
kovich tripled. When ex-Tiger Pete
Fox singled Metkovich home, Gor-
sica replaced Gentry. Two runs fol-
lowed on Doerr's force out and Skee-
ter Newsome's single.
The Tigers made things a little
hot for Cronin in theseventh . Terry
had pitched a three-hitter for six
innings, but Rudy York singled to
open the seventh. Dick Wakefield
walked and Pinky Higgins doubled
Wakefield home. Another run scor-
ed on Chuck Hostetler's infield rol-
ler, but when Paul Richards walked,
Hughson was called in. Hughson
quickly got out the side although a
run scored on Eaton's fly.
Hughson increased the margin in
the eighth. After drawing a pass
and advancing on a sacrifice, Hugh-
son scored when Joe Hoover threw
the ball away on Fox's roller. Ta-
bor belted his homer into the lower
left field stands in the ninth.
The Tigers made no headway in
the last two innings. York ground-
ed into a double play after Eddie
Mayo and Roger Cramer singled in
the eighth. Hughson struck out the
side in the ninth.
The victory gave the Sox an even
break in 12 games with Detroit this
season. Southpaw Hal Newhouser
will seek his 16th victory in a twi-
light game tomorrow, opposing Joe
Bowman or George Woods.
Hutchison Says
Old Pros Equal
Today's Golfer
CHICAGO, July 25.-(P)-A 72-
hole score of 300 was considered a
fancy bit of golf shooting a' quarter
of a century ago, but it wouldn't win
a $1 war stamp in the par-thrashing
tournaments of today.
Why the big difference? Is the
modern crop of players better than
the "Old Masters?"
"Not on your life," argues Jock
Htchison, the old Scotchman still

operating as a pro in the Chicago
area. "Don't ever think that the
Vardon's, Hagen's, Taylor's,- aye,
and even the Hutchison's-couldn't
keep up with the Nelson's, McSpad-
en's, Hogan's and Byrd's if they were
in their youth today.
"We used rock-hard balls. We
didn't have such a weapon as a
wedge, which saves the fellows from
one to five strokes a round today.
And we played for prizes ranging
from $150 to $500.

St. Louis .......52 41
New York .......47 41
Boston... .....48 44
Cleveland .......47 .45
DETROIT .......46 47
Chicago .........42 45
Washington ....42 49
Philadelphia ...39 51


Outstanding Players of Past
Grid Seasons Pass in Review

incinnati Reds Beaten
B Boston Braves 6=2
BOSTON, July 25--(AP)--After being held to one single until the
sixth inning, the Cincinnati Reds put on a terrific batting surge to defeat
the Boston Braves 6-2, today in the series opener.
Starter Ben Cardoni appeared on his way to a shutout until pitcher
Arnold Carter and Max Marshall blasted him for homers in the sixth
inning. Before being relieved by Stan Klopp in the ninth, Cardoni gave
the Reds six more hits, including four two-baggers.


13 /,
26 /2

With the commencement of a new
football season fast approaching,
many people are undoubtedly think-
ing back on past Wolverine cam-
The first name that naturally
comes to mind is that of the immor-
tal Tommy Harmon along with his
great running mates Forest Evashev-
ski and Bob Westfall. Loyal follow-
ers of Michigan's gridiron fortunes
will never forget the many thrills
provided by this trio. Those thrill-
ing breakaway runs with Harmon
carrying the ball and Evashevski out
in front of him, clearing away
would-be tacklers, and Westfall's
bone-crushing off-tackle smashes
which earned ,for him the nickname
of "Bullet-Bob," are marked indelli-
bly in the memories of those spectat-
ors who were lucky enough to wit-
ness them.
But, on the other hand, the heart-
breaking struggle with Minnesota
that same year, 1940, for the Little
Brown Jug, in which Harmon and
Westfall played their hearts out only
to find that Bruce Smith and George
Franck had too much for them that
day, added a sad note to the season.
After that game the Golden Gophers
went on to win the mythical national
championship which event partially
erased the ignominy of the 7-6 de-
Then Wolverine rooters will recall
that the following year another tri-
ple-threat halfback came up to Mi-
chigan from Harmon's home town,
Gary, Indiana. This fellow, Tom
Kuzma, although not quite as fast
as his predecessor, still managed to
lead many people to call him "a sec-
ond Harmon." Along with Bob West-
fall, who returned from the previous
season, he proceeded to lead the Mi-
chigan forces to another successful
Hopeful Cagers
Start Shooting
Yesterday afternoon a hopeful
group of cagers artfully practiced
under the tutorage of Acting Coach
Tommy King.
At first there were some passing
drills. Then the squad was arbi-
trarily divided into four teams. The
teams consisted of the regular num-
ber of men but they only used half
of the court and one basket. The
main principle practiced was that of
passing the ball and then moving
away from it.t".,
There was some fine shooting done
by a few of the men. However, noth-
ing can be noted about the team as,
although the playing was ragged in
some instances, it must be remem-
bered that the teams were make-
shift and that later this group will
be augmented by some civilians who
will report when the call goes out
sometime next month.
Lear Appointed
Sports Director
ALMA, Mich., July 25.-P)-Presi-
dent Roy W. Hamilton of Alma Col-
lege announced today that Floyd E.
(Bill) Lear, coach at Alma High
School for 15 years, had signed as
Athletic Director and coach at Alma
College, succeeding Gordon Macdon-
ald, who resigned.
Lear will start next Tuesday, tak-
ing over the football squad that will
open its season in late August. Mac-
donald has accepted a position as
basketball coach for the Dow Chemi-
cal Company at Midland.

Ending Today /'
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Recollections of last year's great
team are, of course, still fresh in
everyone's mind. Except for a de-
feat at the hands of Notre Dame, Mi-
chigan had its best season since 1933,
when it last won the Western Con-
ference championship. Even though
they suffered the woAt single de-
feat of any team since the Crisler
regime was innaugurated, the Wol-
verines, lead by Bill Daley, Merv
Pergulman, Bob Wiese, and Capt.
Paul White still managed to be select-
ed as the third best team in the
country. Daley and Pregulman also
made All-America.
However, with all the outst nding
players of recent years, old-time Mi-
chigan fans will tell you that the
greatest Wolverine star of them all
was Benjamin Friedman. "Benny,"
as he was affectionately called by
fans of the middle twenties is still
considered to be one of the greatest
passers of all time.
Still another great star of yester-
year was Bennie Oosterbaan. Oost-
erbaan played end and was nominat-
ed on several All-American teams for
three successive seasons. In Benny
Friedman's last year the great pass-
ing combination of Friedman to
Oosterbaan was the talk of the coun-
try. After Friedman graduated, Oost-
erbaan went on to earn more plaudits
for himself. He is now head basket-
ball coach and coach on the football
team here at the university.
There were many other stars in
Wolverine football history who help-
ed to make thisuniversity a peren-
nial power in the Big Ten.
Redskins To Use Cubans
HAVANA, July 25.- (i)- The
Washington Redskins of the National
Football League, will experiment with
Cuban talent this fall.
Eneas Munoz, who played for the
University of Havana and is regarded
as the best football player developed
in Cuba in recent years, said today
he would leave by the end of this
week for the Redskins' training camp
in San Diego, Calif.

The Reds collected two more runs
against Cardoni in the seventh on two'
two-baggers and a pair of singles and
in the ninth Eddie Miller tripled and
scored on a wild' pitch before Carter
walked and, after making third on
Woody Williams' single, raced home
on Marshall's infield out.
The Braves drew first blood in the
opening frame when Chuck Work-
man doubled and scored on Ab
Wright's single. Carter then held
the Tribesmen in check until the
ninth, when Workman drew a pass
and was batted acros the plate.
Cincinnati .. . .000 002 202- 6 11 0
Boston .......100 000 001- 2 9 0
Dietrich Wins Number 11
From Washington 9-6
CHICAGO, July 25.-(P)-Bill Die-
trich took a beating from his own
defense, but won his season's 11th
victory with help from Jake Wade as
the Chicago White Sox defeated

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pitched hitless ball the last four in-
nings after Dietrich retired for a
pinch-hitter in the fifth, after scoring
five runs in the fourth, and collected
a total of 14 hits.
Washington . .200 130 000-6 9 2
Chicago .....001 520 01x-9 14 3
Brooklyn Swamped by
Hot Chicago Cubs 14-6
BROOKLYN, July 24 - (AP) -
Brooklyn fell back into its losing
habit again today as the Chicago
Cubs pummeled four Dodgers pitch-
ers for 18 hits and a 14-6 decision in
a series opener. It was the 22nd de-
feat in the last 24 starts for Leo "Du-
rocher's lads who remained tied with
Boston for last place.

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