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By BILL MULLENDORE, Daily Sports Editor
ioNE of Detroit's metropolitan newspapers recently published a report
stating that Michigan State College had made formal application for
membership in the Western Conference, a report that came as something
of a surprise to us. Although it is common knowledge that Michigan
State, as well as a number of other institutions, have long desired affiliation
with the Conference, we were certainly not aware that the desire had
reached the formal application stage.
So we went over to see Prof. Ralph Aigler, Michigan's Western
Vonference faculty representative, to check the report, and this is
what he had to say: "I think I can state with complete assurance
that the report is not true. At least, I knyow nothing about any such
application, and if one were on file, I am sure I would know about it."
Having settled that question, we next turned to the procedure by which
a college or university becomes a member of the Conference. To this
question, Prof. Aigler replied that the Conference "Constitution" provides
no definite procedure. The custom, he said, has been for applicants to
make application first informally, and then formally. The informal ap-
plication, as we understand it, is a sort of "feeler" by which the school in
question determines in advance the attitude of the Conference toward the
applicant. A university, Prof. Aigler explained, would prefer not to make
formal application without pretty definite assurance in advance that it will
receive favorable action.
When the matter finally comes to a vote, he went on, each Big
Ten member has one vote through its faculty representative, and a
simple majority is generally assumed to be sufficient. In the past,
he pointed out, all votes for admission have been unanimous.
PROF. AIGLER then traced the history of the Conference in regard to
membership from its organization in 1895 with seven members-Chi-
cago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.
Iowa and Indiana were admitted five years later, increasing the member-
ship to nine, but Michigan's withdrawal in 1908 set it back to eight. Ohio
State entered in 1912, and Michigan re-entered in 1917, bringing the mem-
bership to ten, where it has stood ever since. No new members have been
admitted, Prof. Aigler said, on the grounds that a larger membership
would be inadvisable.
Of the ten member schools, only the status of Chicago has ,been
regarded by some persons as questionable. Referring to that point,
Prof. Aigler explained that Chicago was one of the founding members
and still is a member, despite. her withdrawal from competition in a
number of sports. "I have no information," he said, "indicating any
intention on the part of Chicago to drop her membership; and I certain-
ly have never heard any suggestion on the part of anyone representing
officially any of the other members that Chicago should or must
All of which would seem to indicate that the membership of the Western
Conference is quite likely to remain as it now is for some time to come.
As a matter of fact, the tendency in other parts of the country has been
for athletic conferences to decrease, rather than increase, in size. The
Pacific Coast Conference, for instance, has split into two sections, and the
old Missouri Valley Conference saw six schools split off to form the so-
called "Big Six." Thus, the enlargement of the Big Ten seems highly
improbable, while it is just as likely that the present members will be retain-
ed out of respect for tradition, unless they voluntarily withdraw.
Entries Still Open for Golf Cup
Qualifying rounds in the True- Coach Bill Barclay announced yes-
blood Cup tourney go into the final terday, stating that all entrants may
day Sunday, but it is still not too register at the University Golf Course
late to enter the competition, Golf today and tomorrow.

John J. Johnstone, Associate
PEM Supervisor, Dead at 59

Major League

Gridders Drill in Heat;
Passing Plays Stressed
Line Bucks Featured as Chiames Displays
Running Skill Against Strong Jayvee Defense

Served 16 Years
On Coaching Staff
John J. Johnstone, 59, Associate
Supervisor of Physical Education at
the University since 1929, died sud-
denly last night of a heart attack.
A familiar figure on the Michigan
athletic scene for 16 years,' John-
stone had served as fencing coach,
tennis coach, and instructor in a
wide variety of intramural sports.
Ruffing .Beats
Athletics, 13-4
NEW YORK, July 26-(/)- Red
Ruffing made his first major league
pitching start since the 1942 World
Series today and earned a 13-4 vic-
tory for New York over the Phila-
delphia A's although the former
Army Air Force sergeant tired in the
seventh and gave way to Rookie Al
Oppressive heat and periodic rain-
fall that forced two interruptions,
once for almost an hour, forced Ruf-
fing from the box after a walk and
two singles had broken his shutout
in the seventh. But the 40-year-old
discharged veteran had a comfort-
able 8-1 lead at the time. He struck
out five and had allowed only four
hits and smashed a triple.
The home club picked up two runs
each in the first and fourth and
scored another pair with nobody out
off Jesse Flores in the fifth.

He was also a well known official at
athletic contests.
Came to U. S. in 1910
Johnstone was borne in Galasheils,
Scotland, in 1896 and entered the
British Navy as a youth, where he
became a physical instructor and
fencing champion of the Navy. Com-
ing to the United States in 1910, he
attended Springfield Y. M. C. A. and
Chicago Y. M. C. A. physical edu-
cation colleges before taking up his
life work as a physical education in-
Johnstone's first coaching job was
at Calumet, Mich., where one of his
star pupils was the famed George
Gipp, later of immortal Notre Dame
football fame. From Calumet, he
went to Pontiac, Mich., and took
charge of the city's physical educa-
tion work in the Pontiac school sys-
Coached Fencing, Tennis
He was first connected with the
University in 1929 as fencing coach.
When the sport was discontinued in
1933, he shifted to tennis, a position
he held until 1936, when he was suc-
ceeded by LeRoy Weir, present net
Since then, Johnstone has served
a- an instructor in swimming, box-
ing, gymnastics, wrestling, and other
physical education activities. When
the V-12 program was instituted on
the campus, he took over instruc-
tion in the various forms of hand-
to-hand combat included on the Navy
Funeral services will be held at 2
p. m. Saturday at the Staffan-Hill-
dinger Funeral Home. Burial will be
at Washtenong Memorial Park.

Chicago ..........54 32 .628
St. Louis.........50 38 .568
Brooklyn .......49 39 .557
Pittsburgh........48 42 .533
New York ........47 45 .511
Cincinnati ........40 43 .482
Boston ...........41 47 .466
Philadelphia ......25 68 .269
Cincinnati at Chicago.
Boston at Brooklyn.
New York at Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh at St. Louis.


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Despite a broiling July sun, the
Wolverines' 1945 grid squad went
through its 18th day of practice in
full uniform, topping off a tough
session with a rugged scrimmage.
As usual, varsity Blues faced Jay-
vee Whites, with the Blues doing the
offensive ball-handling while Coach
Art Valpey's Whites were assigned
to block the varsity's moves.
Whites Intercept Passes
Captain Joe Ponsetto quarter-
backed the Blue backfield, while
George Chiames handled the run-
ning plays from the fullback's berth.
Passing and line bucks were the or-
der of the day, with Chiames carry-
ing the ball for several considerable
The White squad performed par-
ticularly well on pass defense. More
than once itmanaged towbreak
through the Blue's forward wall and
smear the hurler before he got off
the pass. However, Ed Bahlow, big
varsity end, managed to snag a few
Bob Yerges also took his turn at
the quarterback berth in the Blue
team, leading the squad through de-
ceptive maneuvers. Pete Elliott and
Walt Teninga shared the left-half
berth, while Warren Bentz and Hank
Fonde worked out at right half.
Injured Men' Back
Before the scrimmage, the line and
backfield were drilled individually
in their respective duties. Backs and

ends concentrated on passing, while
the linemen engaged in strenuous
bodily-contact practice.
Bob Callahan and Dan Dworsky
were out for drill, even though not
in condition to participate in the
scrimmage. Callahan, a center who
just recovered from a tonsillectomy,
practiced lightly, while Dworsky,
fullback candidate, participated in
backfield signal drill.
Hal Newhouser
After 16th Win
DETROIT, July 26-(P)-Hal New-
houser, lean Detroit lefthander,
shoots for his 16th pitching victory of
the American League season here to-
morow as the Tigers open a six-game
home stand with the first of three
games against the Chicago White
Newhouser, winner over the Sox
in his only start against them this
year, was slated to oppose Chicago's
Johnny Humphries, who will be try-
ing to square the season series be-
tween the two clubs at six victories
each. Humphries has faced the Ti-
gers twice, losing both games, al-
though one was a four-hitter.
Single games are slated with the
White Sox Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. St. Louis arrives Tuesday
for another three-game set.

Chicago at Detroit.
St. Louis at Cleveland.
Philadelphia at New York.
Washington at Boston.
Nelson Sets Pace in First
Round of Tam O'Shanter
Chicago, July 26-(/P)-Byron Nelson,
the golfer who usually saves his Sun-
day punch for the final round, spank-
ed a brilliant, six-under-par 66 to
pace the field in today's opening 18-
hole session of the $60,000 All-Amer-
ican Open Tournament.








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