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SIX WEEKS OF SUMMER football practice at Michigan came to a close
yesterday, as Coach H. O. (Fritz) Crisler and his seconds in command
drove their charges through a rigorous two hour and 20 minute Intra-squad
game that provided a wide variety of entertainment for the surprisingly
large crowd of approximately 3,500 persons, who braved a steady rain to'
witness the event.
To the spectator, Michigan's possibilities for 1945 looked quite
promising indeed, as the lads charged up and down the field with great
enthusiasm to score a total of 10 touchdowns. Offensively speaking, the
Wolverines did more than all right.
Obviously, the defense showed a few leaks here and there. In their
desire to cross the goal line the boys seemed to forget at times that there
is also some advantage in keeping the other fellow from doing the same
thing, that you usually have to do more than score points to win any kind
of an athletic contest.
STRANGELY ENOUGH, advance notices predicted some sort of defensive
battle for the afternoon fray. That prediction was borne out by a week
of intensive drills stressing defensive tactics, after the coaches had spotted
numerous weakness in that department during last week's 66-0 rout of the
Junior Varsity by the Blue-shirted regular squad.
Either the gridders-to-be failed to learn their lessons or they had
learned their offensive maneuvers too well, for whatever else it may
have been, yesterday's workout definitely was not a classic in the art
of football defense.
Orchids for individual showing must go to fullback Danny Dworsky, a
190-pound bruiser from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who packs a lot of
punch on his stocky frame. Dworsky didn't even get into the game last
week, being kept out by an injury, but his presence was much in evidence
DWORSKY SCORED a couple of touchdowns for himself, among other
things, and did a lot of ball-carrying besides, bulling his way up through
the middle time after time for appreciable gains. While he still has a lot
to learn about the fine points of playing the always difficult fullback position
under the Crisler system, he earned himself a lot of favorable recognition
for his efforts.
At this stage of the game Michigan does not boast anything closely
resembling a triple-threat' tailback, something that is always nice to
have around. Bob Teninga, a Chicago freshman with a lot of speed,
has established himself as the best runner of the current crop, but
leaves much to be desired in the passing and punting departments.
Pete Elliot, a Navy transfer from Illinois, heads the list of passers, while
none of the men available for the job have done much in the way of
consistent kicking.
This shortage in the triple-threat department may be relieved when
Jack Weisenburger, a third string holdover from last season, shows up
for fall practice. Weisenburger came along in a hurry near the end of
last season and may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered for the
role. He is a fast and elusive runner, a better than average passer, and a
very good punter, and boasts plenty of determination and willingness for
good measure. Nobody would be much surprised to see him step into a first
string berth before the opening whistle blows for the curtain-raiser against
Great Lakes, Sept. 15.
Two Michigan Numbers Retired
In the Michigan football squad's have been retired, Bennie Oosterbaan
locker room are two lockers perma- and Tom Harmon. The former
nently closed. They are number 47 grabbed All-Anerican honors at end
and number 98. for three straight years, 1924-6, and
These belonged to the only two is now coaching Maize and Blue
Wolverine gridders whose numbers flankmen.
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Blue Eleven Attempts Late Rally,

Tigers Beat Red Sox
As Caster Saves Day

Falls Short by Two



Squads Are Split
in New Strategy


By The Associated Press
DETROIT, Aug. 11-Johny Lazor's
two successive homers, the second
with two men on base, went for
nothing today as the Detroit Tigers
clung to a one-run lead behind
George Caster's relief chucking to
edge the Boston Red Sox 5 to 4 and
protect their one-game American
League lead.
The Tigers tagged the Boston
starter, George Woods, for seven hits
-five of them for extra bases -in
the first two innings to pile up a 5-0
lead before Lazor belted his first
homer in the fourth with nobody
on base and his second in the fifth,
scoring behind Byron La Forest and
Tom McBride, who had singled, to
make it 5-4.
Caster, who reported yesterday fol-
lowing his acjuisition from the St.
Louis Browns, put out the fire in the
fifth and gave only two hits in his
four and one-third inning trick.
Mueller, however, gained credit for
his fourth victory.
Woods steadied to hurl five straight
hitless innings after his ragged start
and the only Tiger blow after the
second frame was Rudy York's single
in the eighth off Mike Ryba.
Joe Hoover's triple accounted for
the first Detroit run in the opening
inning andedoubles by Bob Maier,
Mueller, Hoover and Jim Outlaw
along with Ed Borom's single were
worth four more Tiger tallies in the

er, a single by Pat Seerey and a dou-
ble by Lou Boudreau together with
a couule of walks finished Dubiel.
New York .....021 000 000-3 5 1
Cleveland......509 000 00x-5 7 0
Dubiel, Page, Holcombe and Rob-
inson, Garbark; Gromek and Hayes.
Giant Rookie Wins
NEW YORK, Aug. ll-()-Adrian
Zabala, Cuban southpaw, made a
successful Major League debut with
the New York Giants today by hold-
ing the St. Louis Cardinals to six
hits and winning his game 10-1.
The Giants salvaged the finale of
a four game series with the Red-
birds by raking five hurlers for 14
hits, including a home run by Billy
Every batter in the Giants' lineup
hit safely with Dan Gardella most
productive, his two singles driving
in three runs. Mike Schemer, like
Zabala, recently brought up from
Jersey City, continued his lusty hit-
ting with two hits to raise his total
to nine in four games.
St. Louis' only run came in the
third on Del Young's double and
Debs Garms' single.
St. Louis ....001 000 000- 1 6 0
New York . 211 130 20x-10 14y
Gardner, Jurisich, Creel, Byerly
and Rice; Zabala and Kluttz.
Cubs Blank Braves
BOSTON, Aug. 11 -(A')- With
Claude Passeau pitching no-hit ball
until the eighth inning; the Chicago
Cubs beat the Boston Braves today
8 to 0...
Passeau struck out eight men and
didn't give a single base on balls as
he won his 13th victory of the season.
The Cubs picked up two runs in
the first inning off Bob Logan. Stan
Hack doubled and come hame on
Phil Cavarretta's single. Cavarretta
stole second, went to third on Masi's
error and scored when Vin Shupe
The other six runs came in the
ninth - two off Johnny Autchings
and four off John Hendrickson.
Andy Pafko was hit by Hutchings,
then Lennie Rice got his third hit
of the game. After Len Merullo re-
ceived an intentional pass, Passeau
and Hack walked, forcing in Pafko
and Rice.
Chicago ......200 000 006-8 11. 1
Boston.......000 000 000-0 2 3
Passeau and Rice; Hutchings, Lo-
gan, Hendrickson and Masi.

Concluding six weeks of summer
football practice yesterday in the sec-X
ond intra-squad game of the semes-
ter, a determined Michigan White
squad overcame a stubborn Blue -
eleven, 40-27, as the losers scored
successive touchdowns in the latter
stages of the contest to come within
two goals of catching the Whites.
Splitting his first two elevens in
half, Coach H. 0. (Fritz) Crisler
started his first string backfield be-
hind a second team line and his top
linesmen in front of a reserve back-
field, instead of following the prece-
dent set in last week's game, when
the leading candidates started for
the Blues against a White junior
varsity squad.
Whites Never Headed
The triumphant White eleven was
never headed after it broke a 7-7
deadlock early in the game, which
consumed two hours and 20 minutes ;
of playing time. Although the vic-
tors were successful in several, passI
attempts, they reliedachiefly on run-
ning plays in their attack.
First blood was drawn by the
Whites, after three fumbles, an ex-
change of punts, an intercepted pass,
and a fumble onutheir own two-yard
line put the Blues in a vulnerable
position. Walt Teninga, 17-year-old
left halfback who scored four of last
week's 10 touchdowns, took the ball
across on a wide end sweep, and
Capt. Joe Ponsetto converted success-
The Blues got the seven points
back after a sustained drive by full-
back Danny Dworsky, halfback War-
ren Bentz, and tailback Wes Muel-
der carried from the Blue32-yard line
to the White six, where Dworsky
took the ball over the middle to the
Ponsetto Goes Over
The Whites roared back, with half-
back Hank Fonde carrying the ball
most of the way from his own 32 to
the Blue 22, and Capt. Joe Ponsetto
finding no receiver on a pass play,
running the rest of the distance to
scoring territory. The conversion
was unsuccessful, and the score stood
at 13-7.
Another White score was regis-
tered after two fumbles by the Blues
placed the ball on the Blue 19. Ten-
inga finally went over for the score
on a double lateral play around right
end. The conversion, again unsuc-
cessful, put the score at 26-7.
The Blues got their second touch-
down to bring the count to 26-14,

diving from the enemy 39 to the
27-yard line before Earl Albright
went straight through the middle of
the opposing line to paydirt.
Dworsky Scores Secoftd Touchdown
Several punt exchanges finally
placed the ball on the White 12-yard
line, where the leaders took over to
march down the field on running

plays by Dworsky, Pete Elliot, and
Bentz until Dworsky went over from
the eight-yard line, making the score
The final White Tally came when
runs by Fonde and two successful
passes to end Ed Bahlow, the last
one a,41-yard touchdown heave, took
the ball over the goal line. The con-



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Boston .......
Detroit ......
Woods, Ryba
Mueller, Caster

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CHICAGO, Aug. 11 -OP)- Dutch
Leonard and his knuckle ball cooled
off the previously torrid White Sox
today and the big right hander
pitched Washington to an easy 11-2
victory before 4,821 fans.
Leonard was the complete master
as he -won his 13th victory of the
season. In the fourth inning he gave
the Sox two hits, with Kerby Farrell
scoring, and in the sixth he served
a home run ball o Johnny Dickshot
but the rest of the way Chicago did
not even threaten.
Meanwhile his mates were club-
bing Orval Grove for seven hits and
five runs in the first inning, and
they continued the attack on Frank
Papish, who came to Grove's rescue,
during the next four frames, scoring
six more runs.
Washington .510 320 .000-11 14 1
Chicago .....000 100 000- 2 6 2
Leonard and Ferrell; Grove, Pap-
ish and Tresh, Castino.
* * *
Indians Scalp Yanks
CLEVELAND, Aug. 11 -(P)-The
New York Yankees met up with old
jinx again today, and as a result
went down to a 5-3 defeat at the
hands of Steve Gromek and the
Cleveland Indians.
The Indians scored all their runs
in the first inning at the expense of
starter Walt Dubiel, who was pum-
melled off the mound without retir-
ing a batter. A triple by Butch Mey-
Minnesota Eliminates
Intra-Squad Grid Game
Bernie Bierman, head football
coach at the University of Minne-
sota, has announced that there will
be no intra-squad football game at
the end of this summer's practice.
Bierman gave as his reasons the
short time lie has to work with his
men, and the limited amount of men
he has to work with.
Daily turnouts have been averaging
less than 45 men. Of this number, 35
are newcomers, including 17 year old
freshmen, Navy transfers who came
on campus July 1, and discharged
war veterans.
Because of late classes which all
navy men are enrolled in, Bierman
must limit his drills to two hours a
The all-out fall practice will begin
September 3, and will include two
workouts a day.nThe members of the
team who are in the navy units on
the campus will not be able to partake
in contemplated morning drills.
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Major League Standings
Chicago ..........66 36 .647 ... Detroit ........57 43 .570 ...
St. Louis .........62 43 .590 5z Washington ......56 44 .560 1
Brooklyn .........60 43 .583 6, New York ........52 45 .536 312
New York ........55 50 .524 122 Chicago ..........52 49 .515 52
Pittsburgh ........54 52 .509 14 Cleveland ........50 50 .500 7
Boston ...........48 58 .453 20 Boston ...........50 52 .490 8
Cincinnati ........43 58 .426 222 St. Louis .........48 50 .490 8
Philadelphia ......28 76 .269 39 Philadelphia .....33 65 .337 23
Chicago 8, Boston 0. Detroit 5, Boston 4.
Brooklyn 5, Cincinnati 2. Washington 11, Chicago 2.
New York 10, St. Louis 1. Cleveland 5, New York 3.
Only games scheduled. Only games scheduled.
Chicago at Philadelphia, 2. New York at Detroit, 2.
Pittsburgh at Boston, 2. Washington at St. Louis, 2.
St. Louis at Brooklyn, 2. Boston at Cleveland, 2.
Cincinnati at New York, 2. Philadelphia at Chicago, 2.
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