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Added Burden for Doak
As Johnson Turns Pro

Yanks on Hegan's Homer

* * *

Brooklyn Halts Surging Pirates, 4-3;
Braves Whip Cards, A's Fall Twice

T LOOKS AS THOUGH Western Conference officials have found
their pocketbooks more important than the expansion of their
athletic programs.
What other explanation can there be for the announcement
which issued from Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan
last week stating that "lack of interest at other Big Ten schools
and heavy traveling costs" had forced a decision to drop light-
weight football from the list of Western Conference athletic activ-
Lack of interest? Michigan State College authorities had an-
nounced their intention of fielding a team as early as next season.
Purdue and Indiana have been contemplating the formation of
a 150-lb. squad for two years now.
And while on the subject how do they explain the fact that
Michigan and Minnesota have been meeting each other in hockey
for a score of years despite the fact that no other Western
Conference school has graced their schedule since Illinois dropped
the sport in 1943 and Wisconsin in 1935? The Big Ten was never
more than a Big Three in hockey but that didn't seem to matter.
Inadequate playing schedule? The addition of MSC would mean
a four game schedule for each team mnius the necessity of playing
one team twice as had been necessary during the past two years in the
four team league. A half dozen eastern teams such as Navy, Rutgers,
and Villanova could form the opposition in a fifth game, and they
would be happy to do so.
THAT LEAVES ONLY ONE reason for dropping the sport and that
of course is that old root of all evil, money. Not the heavy costs
of travel either-I can't quite conceive of any of the Western Con-
ference schools going into the red by transporting 22 men to two or
possibly three games using THEIR OWN SCHOOL BUSES, which
is the common practice.
I have a hunch that the cost of outfitting fifty boys plus
the necessity of paying a coach is what soured the big-wigs on
the little guys who were getting an opportunity to participate
in college sports which they could never have had otherwise. .. . .
Attendance probably had a lot to do with the decision, too. No-
body ever had to stand for lack of seating space at a lightweight
football game. Attendance here at Michigan was slowly increasing
but it hadn't reached the two thousand mark yet.
Yet in the East where the sport has gone through a long
apprenticeship period before catching on, a crowd of 30,000 is not
uncommon now.
At Ohio State where varsity football will gross over $1,500,000
this year and at Illinois where the Fighting Illini will do almost as
well, they couldn't wait. At Michigan and Wisconsin where the sport
was given its first impetus under the direction of Fritz Crisler and
Harry Stuhldreher the impression was that the two schools would be
willing to hold out.
THEY DIDN'T THOUGH, and a lot of boys were hurt and bitterly
disappointed as a result. They began to wonder, and so did I,
whether the vaunted Western Conference plans for "sports-for-all"
were really what they were cracked up to be.
Perhaps' not. Perhaps expansion of athletic plants to admit more
of the paying public is more important than the expansion of athletic
opportunities for students. I don't choose to think so, but I suppose
that a lot can be said for it from a financial standpoint.
Brother, can you spare a dime?

- I

DALLAS --P)- Doak Walker,
football's Golden Boy, comes up to
his last collegiate season facing
his greatest burden, but being a
marked man is nothing new to
durable Doak. It has been that
way for two years as he rompedhto
all the glory a gridder could win-
All-America twice and all the tro-
phies and plaques awarded for
football excellence.
Gil Johnson, the minute man of
Southern Methodist's aerial cir-
cus, has turned professional and
will be with the New York Yan-
kees instead of taking his last
season with the Methodists. John-
son's record in SMU's 22 games
the past two years is something
to behold. Averaging less than
nine minutes per game, the bald-
ing bomber accounted personally
for eight victories and two ties
and of the 65 SMU touchdowns,
his passing made 'or set up 23.
LOSS of Johnson, of course, is
a blow. Despite the fact that
Walker did almost everything in
the Methodist backfield, the pres-
ence of Johnson not only eased
the Doaker's burden but increased
SMU's threat about .333 per cent.
But Walker is a great passer him-
self. In three seasons with SMU
he had .574 peracent on comple-
tions. Last year, for instance, he
connected on 32 out of 56 passes
for 383 yards.
Johnson's bullseye pitching at
any distance that brought 78
completions -out of 128 tries for
1,026 yards last season just can't
be wiped away with an optimis-
tic summarization of the Meth-
odist aerial squadron. Kyle Rote,
the muscular sophomore of 1948
who was the two of the one-two
punch in the SMU backfield, can
pass and well. Frank Payne and
Bill Weatherford can toss a nifty
pigskin. And tall Fred Benners,
up from the freshmen, may be
the top pitcher of all.
But the fact remains that none
of them, not even Walker, ever
has been quite so deadly as Gim-

let Gil. The fact also remains that
Walker hasn't ever been called
upon to try it. What he can do
throwing as many passes as John-
son is something to think about
with the pleasant contemplation
that Doak never has failed at any-
THERE comes this question:
Walker is the top pass-catcher on
the Southern Methodist squad.
When he passes he won't be catch-
ing them, too. Thus, the threat of
Walker taking the throws has
been considerably removed. But
there also comes this point: Won't
Walker doing the passing also add
to Walker's running threat? If
the receivers are covered and the
defense drawn hout that will open
the way for the Doak to light out
with the ball tucked under his
Walker was a tired young fel-
low at the end of last season.
He had been the key man in two
great campaigns-18 vict'ories,
three ties and only one loss; two
Southwest Conference cham-
pionships and a tie and a tri-
umph in the Cotton Bowl. The
Doaker was down to 162 pounds.
This summer he has been head
councilor at a boys' camp. ,
He doesn't predict what he will
do next fall. His past record will
be mighty hard to eclipse. In three
seasons at Southern Methodist he
has played 27 games of a possible
27, been in 552 plays and gained
2,808 yards rushing and passing.
In addition . he has caught 26
passes for 449 yards, intercepted
10 passes for 164 yards, punted 62
times for an average of 38.8, re-
turned 45 punts 663 yards, run
back 20 kick-offs for 655 yards
and scored 220 points.
"All I can say," he declared yes-
terday, "is that we'll show up for
every game. You know, Mr. Jor-
dan (Lester Jordan, Southern
Methodist business manager of
athletics) is going to require us
to play all the games on account
of the gate."

.home run hero

Lesnevich in
Lesnevich goes through with his
proposed heavyweight title fight
against Ezzard Charles in New
York City on Aug. 10. he will be
suspended in 47 states, the Na-
tional Boxing Association said yes-
Harvey L. Miller, NBA executive
secretary, said in an interview
that the Ohio State Association
of Boxing Commissions has ad-
vised him it will suspend the for-
mer light heavyweight champion
through the NBA for "breach of
contract" if the scheduled bout
takes place.
Miller said the Ohio association
told him that "after the recent
Lesnevich - Joey Maxim bout in
Cincinnati, which Lesnevich lost,
Gus signed a contract to meet
Maxim Sept. 19 for the NBA Amer-
ican light heavy crown and, as a
part of the contract, agreed not to
take part in bouts or exhibitions,
prior to the go with Maxim."

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Battery mates
Bob Lemon and Jim Hegan teamed
up yesterday to give the second
place Cleveland Indians a 5-4 tri-
umph over the American League's
front-running New York Yankees.
The victory sliced the Yanks' lead
to three and one half games.
Hegan broke up the game by
leading off the ninth inning
with his fifth home run of the
season. The blow, off rookie
righthander Duane Pillette,
snappedha 4-4 tie. Hegan also
had a hand in the manufac-
ture of the other runs.
The Tribe catcher doubled and
scored the first run of the game
in the third inning. He came
around on singles by Dale Mitchell
and Ray Boone.
Yogi Berra gave the Yanks
a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning
when he clouted his 11th homer
of the season with Phil Rizzuto
and Tommy Henrich on base.
The advantage was short lived
as Hegan singled in the fifth and
scored when Lemon followed with
his fourth homer of the year.
New York forged ahead, 4-3,
in the eighth with the aid of an
error by Mickey Vernon. Riz-
zuto started the rally with a
single. Lemon got the next two
hitters and then intentionally
walked Berra.
Vernon fumbled Bobby Brown's
grounder and then threw wild past
first for an error. Rizzuto raced
home from second on the play.
The Indians promptly tied the
score again in their half of the
eighth against Pillette who en-
tered the game after starter Allie
Reynolds was lifted for a pinch-
hitter in the seventh.
Doby greeted Pillette, recalled
Monday from Newark of the Inter-
national League, with a triple. Joe.
Gordon bounced out but Lou Bou-
dreau lined a double over right-
fielder Cliff Mapes' head to de-
liver Doby.
* * *
BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn
Dodgers cooled off the hot Pitts-
burgh Pirates 4-3, yesterday with

Bruce Edwards' bases loaded ninth
inning single breaking up the
Pittsburgh began the game
boasting four straight triumphs
and 14 victories in their last 18
Erv Palica who relieved, Don
Newcome retired the Pirates in
order in the eighth and ninth
and gained his sixth victory
when the Dodgers came through
in the bottom of the ninth.
Hugh Casey relieved Rip Sewell
with none out in the ninth and
Edwards slammed Casey's first
pitch through short to break up
the game. The loss was Sewell's
first against five victories. Sewell
had a skein of 13 straight victories
over a two year span.
BOSTON-Elbie Fletcher's three
run homer plus lefty Warren
Spahn's highly effective six hit
pitching gave the Boston Braves
a 5-2 win in the opener of a three-
game series with the St. Louis
Cardinals last night before a swel-
tering 24,650 crowd.
While wrapping up his 11th
victory against eight defeats,
Spahn limited the Cards to one
hit, a Chuck Diering double off
the left field wall, until the sev-
enth. Then they scored their
first run on singles by Red
Schoendienst and Eddie Kazak
and Enos Slaughter's fly to left.
* * *
NEW YORK-The New York
Giants banged out 20 hits and
scored in every inning last night
to rout the Cincinnati Reds, 13-3.
Hank Thompson, Willard Marshall
and Johnny' Mize featured the
bombardment of Howie Fox and
Harry Gumbert with home runs.
Larry Jansen coasted to his tenth
* * *

zelman won his second straight
shutout and his 8th victory in
a row as the Philadelphia Phil-
lies blanked the Chicago Cubs
1-0 last night. Andy Seminick's
single sent Willie Jones home
from second in the eighth with
the only run.
ST. LOUIS-Jack Graham and
Sherman Lollar pounded a home
run apiece to help the lowly St.
Louis Browns to their fourth
straight victory-a 9 to 4 triumph
over the Philadelphia Athletics in
the first game of a twilight-night
doubleheader last night. It was
rookie Graham's seventeenth four-
bagger of the season.
The Browns, aided by some ef-
fectiveerelief pitching, also took
the second game, 5-4. It was the
second double triumph for the
Browns in threed ays.
CHICAGO - Vern Stephens'
two-run single highlighted Bos-
ton's three-run ninth inning
spurt as the Red Sox defeated
the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, be-
fore 22,998 persons here last
night. Ellis Kinder allowed eight
hits in outpitching Marino Pier-
etti to gain his tenth victory.
Umpire Eddie Rommel chased
both shortstop Luke Appling and
Catcher Joe Tipton of the White
Sox in late inning arguments.
Let us cutfand blend your
hair in a Short-cool Style
for summer comfort.
"Plenty of Barbers"
No Waiting
Liberty near State





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Sunday shoes; Lonesome Valley;
the New Year jubilee.
Change in time for Carillon con-
certs. Carillon concerts will be held
on Monday, Wednesday and Fri-
day from 7:15 to 8 o'clock.
The Rackham Roof roof off the
West Terrace will be open to those
who wish to hear the concerts to
best advantage.
Student Recital: Masako Ono
Toribara, student of voice with
Arthur Hackett, will present a pro-
gram at 8:00 p.m. in the Rack-
ham Assembly Hall in partial ful-
fillment of the requirements-for
the degree of Bachelor of Music.
Her program will include a group
of Japanese folk songs, composi-
tions by Poulenc, Ravel, Peterkin,
Quilter, Hutchinson and Bantok.
Two members of the School of
Music faculty, Paul Doktor, violist
and Bennin Dexter, guest pianist,
will present a special concert for
the Cercle Francais on Thursday,
July 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Hussey
Room of the Michigan League.
Their program will include com-
positions by Marais, Milhaud, and
Museum of Art, Alumni Memor-
ial Hall: Drawings by Isamu No-
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