SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1945
THE MICHIG~AN nATLY,
NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
By BILL MULLENDOE, Sports Editor
AMONG the many sports figures soon to be discharged from the Armed
Forces is one Joseph Louis Barrow, the man who has ruled the heavy-
weight boxing worldI since most of us can remember.
Naturally, thoughts in fistic circles immediately turn to the possi-
bility of a rematch between Louis, Detroit's own Brown Bomber, and a
gent named Billy Conn, who hails from Pittsburgh and is also a fairly
handy man with his dukes.
The two met in the squared circle once before. Although Louis
finally scored a knockout in the 13th round after a bitter battle, the
Pittsburgh Kid came the closest of anyone to dethroning the champ.
The return bout, from a financial point of view at least, is what the
boys along Cauliflower Alley term a "natural."
Students of the sour science, however, have raised some objections
to the match, claiming that Louis is past his peak while Conn is just ap-
proaching the climax of his ring craft. Louis is in his early thirties, they
point out, heavier, slower, and possibly lacking the old savagery that made
him a killer of the canvas. Conn, on the other hand, has put on enough
poundage to lift him well up into the heavweight class, is more mature,
and probably more ring-wise.
Those who remember the first Louis-Conn duel may be inclined to
agree with what the "smart boys" say. In that particular engagement,
Conn used his superior speed and boxing skill to keep out of range of
Louis' dynamite-laden fists, piling up points for what looked like a cinch
decision. Dancing Billy made only one mistake in that bout, and that
mistake cost him the title. He tried to mix it up with Joe in a slugging
match, and the world knows that no one on earth can outslug Louis
at close quarters. A flurry of punches, and Conn was carried to his
corner feet first, just another thoroughly whipped challenger.
It is entirely posisble that in another engagement, with Shufflin' Joe
slowed down still more, Conn might be able to keep away for 15 rounds
instead of 12. In that event, Billy the Kid might easily become king of
E ARE SURE of one thing, however. If Louis ever connects solidly
with either hand, Conn, or anyone else on the receiving end is going to
hit the canvass-and stay there. Back in the dim, dead days there may
have been a pugilist capable of pulverizing his opponents with more dispatch
than Louis, but we never heard of him. Even Jack Dempsey, the old
Manassa Mauler, didn't pack the terrific one-punch wallop that Louis has.
We remember three occasions in particular when the Bomber dem-
onstrated for eternity that his good right (and left) arm make a
favorable substitute for dynamite. One was when Louis tangled with
a nonentity named Isadore Gastanaga, the Bounding Basque. Joe
uncorked a terrific right to Izzy's face, splitting his cheek wide open
and driving three teeth through the gash into the plain view of anyone
who cared to look at the carnage.
Then there was the sad case of Tony Galento. The two-ton Rubber
'Man committed the grievous sin of knocking Louis to the resin in the
early rounds, which action disturbed Joe's normally phlegmatic soul and
made him just a trifle peeved. Louis proceeded to carve up Tony's none
too pleasant physiognomy in approved butcher's fashion, scattering gore
on everything in sight and leaving Galento's noble features looking like
nothing quite so much as raw hamburger, finely ground.
Last but not least, was the second Schmeling encounter. Der Max
made an even worse mistake than Galento's. He knocked Louis out
in a previous bout.. The second contest can be described only as a
slaughter with all the trimmings. In slightly over two minutes, Louis
broke three of Schmelling's vertebrae, messed up the rest of him pretty
thoroughly, and finally battered him into senselessness. The sight
of the German superman reeling around the ring, his hands dangling
helplessly at his sides, screaming the Teutonic equivalent of "Enough!"
at the top of his voice, was not exactly pleasant.
So, Conn would do well to watch out, when and if he encounters Louis
in the ring again. If he can keep away from him, fine. If not, his
handlers had better have an ambulance handy.
Football Squad May Be
THEY'RE STILL AROUND:
Famous Grid Names Found
On Conference Referee List
Stoppage of Naval Programs Would
Mean Loss of 13 Probable Starters
V-12 Trainees Verges, Bahlow, Rehberger
Watts, Elliot, and Seven Marines Affected
By MARY LU HEATH
Of the 38 Western Conference foot-
ball officials this season, 12 will be
stepping onto gridirons where they
achieved success as players in past
Big Ten campaigns.
Wilson Names Officials
On the list of officials recently an-
nounced by Conference Commission-
er Kenneth (Tug) Wilson are names
like Herb Steger, captain of the 1924
Michigan eleven, Dallas Marvil, for-
mer All-American tackle and cap-
tain for Northwestern, and Rollie
Barnum, Wisconsin halfback.
To most of the men who officiate
Big Ten games, their Saturday after-
noon pastime is merely a hobby. In
the business world, they serve as at-
torneys, dentists, engineers and ex-
ecutives. Graduates of 25 colleges
and universities, they have perfected
their officiating technique by care-
ful study of Conference rules in spe-
cial clinics and sectional meetings.
New members of the officiating corps
are taught by their veteran col-
Physical Fitness Necessary
Officiating in the Western Con-
ferenceirequires more than study
and a half-day of work, for officials
must be physically fit to keep up
with the plays they follow. Especial-
ly with free forward passing now
prevalent, top physical condition is
New dean of the Conference of-
ficials is Bill Knight, a Dartmouth
graduate who has been a Big Ten
arbiter for 33 years. Knight, who
succeeds James Masker, recently-
chosen assistant to Wilson, is only
three years ahead of H. G. (Cap)
Hedges in point of service. Hedges
is another Dartmouth graduate.
Non-Conference Grads Ref
Although the officiating staff in-
cludes many men from Big Ten
schools, the Conference does not ex-
clude graduates of other colleges.
In fact, the seven new members of
this year's corps include only two
officials from schools in the local
circuit. The five other arbiters hail
from Coe College, Heidelberg, Ohio
University, Boston College and North
Big Ten officials are not excluded
from officiating extra-Conference
games, either. They are in such de-
mand on the nation's gridirons that
they work the Army-Notre Dame
and Navy-Notre Dame games on al-
By HANK KEISER
In the event that the college Naval
training programs are discontinued
this fall, Michigan's 1945 football
squad will be sorely crippled.
The Wolverines have six Navy men
on tap, each one of which is sure to
be a member of the squad, and seven
Marine trainees, all potential start-
Yerges Leads List
Howard Yerges heads the list of
V-12 gridders. Yerges was under-
study to Joe Ponsetto at the quarter-
back slot last year, and was just
Members of the squad in the Mar-
ine training program who may be
affected are backs Jim Foltz. Leon-
ard Dovalovsky and Tom Imfield, and
linemen Ed Trill, Jim Rigoni, George
Babe and John Weyers.
Foltz May Play Fullback
Foltz is one of the three stalwarts
who are fighting it out for the full-
back assignment, while Dovalovsky
is earmarked as a promising right-
halfback. Lineman Trill is one of the
six candidates for a first-string guard
berth, and John Weyers, who earned
a letter last year, is also aiming for
As yet, nothing definite has come
out of Washington in regard to the
training programs. Capt. Woodson
V. Michaux, commandant of the
campus Naval unit, voiced the un-
official opinion that he "expected the
Senators Down Tigers, 11-5,
To Slash Lead to 11/2 Games
ARE BIRTHDAYS A
DETROIT, Aug. 18 - (P) - The
Washington Senators trimmed De-
troit's American League lead to a
game and a half today by whipping
the Tigers for the third time in four
days, 11 to 5, behind knuckle-baller
Singles by George Myatt, George
Binks and Hillis Layne, combined
with a pass to Joe Kuhel and errors
by Ed Borom and Skeeter Webb putj
Washington in a 3-0 first inning lead'
but the Tigers came right back to
tie in their half on Webb's single,
Hank Greenberg's first of three
singles and Roy Cullenbine's 10th
homer of the year.
Killed in Action
Second Lt. Burt Stodden, 25, for-
mer Michigan hockey player, report-
ed missing in action over Austria
since June 26, 1944, was killed when
his B-24 crashed near the village of
Strassburg, his co-pilot, who survived
the crash and was in a German prison
camp for one year, revealed.
Stodden played with the Wolverine
ice crew during the 1939-41 campaigns
and was a member of both Sphinx
and Druids. He was a pilot in the
Army Air Force and received the
Air Medal and two oak-leaf clusters,
and was posthumously awarded the
Benton gave only one hit in the
next four innings and Wolff permit-
ted only two Detroit singles in the
next five, but the Senators made it
4-3 in the fifth with Mike Kreevich's
walk, Rudy York's error on Myatt's
grounder, Buddy Lewis' sacrifice and
Kuhel's long fly.
Rick Ferrell walked with one out
in the Washington sixth, scoring on
Gil Torres' long triple to right center.
Torres also came home when Wolff
singled to right and Benton was yank-
ed when Kreevich singled to center.
Caster forced Myatt to pop and when
Wolff tried to score from second on
Lewis' hit to right Cullenbine cut him
down at the plate.
Washington .......300 012 230-11
Detroit.............300 000 011- 5
Holsinger on Road
To Fast Recovery
. . , will he go?
commended by Coach H. O. "Fritz"
Crisler as being the "most improved
man on the squad."
Harold Watts, who shared the cen-
ter berth with John LintoMn '44 and
is expected to start there this season,
is another prospective casualty. New-
comers Pete Elliot, leading candidate
for starting left-halfback, and Ed
Bahlow, almost certain to receive
one of the end assignments, accord-
ing to Coach Bennie Oosterbaan, are
also V-12 students.
Johnson, Rehberger Affected
The contingent is completed by
tackle aspirants George Johnson and
J ! i Rehberger. Johnson played one
year of collegiate ball for Central
Michigan, while Rehberger, who
stands six feet, three inches tall and
weighs in at 218, has showed up ex-
ceedingly well in practice.
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St. Louis ...........55
New York ........52
Washington 11, Detroit 5.
St. Louis 3, New York 1.
Chicago 16, Boston 1.
Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 4.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 2.
Washington at Cleveland, 2.
New York at Chicago, 2.
Boston at St. Louis, 2.
St. Louis .........67
New York ........62
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Chicago 7, Brooklyn 2.
Boston 13, Cincinnati 10.
New York 6, Pittsburgh 0.
Only games scheduled.
Chicago at New York, 2.
St. Louis at Boston, 2.
Pittsburgh at Brooklyn, 2.
Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 2.
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