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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1951

PAGE TWO WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2Z. 195!

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Athletic Plant,
Fills All Needs
The University of Michigan has
one of the most complete athletic
plants in the United States, with
facilities available to both varsity
athletes and those who make
sports an occasional pastime.
The Memorial Stadium, built in
1927, now holds 97,239 football
fans. An addition was built around
the top of the bowl-shaped struc-
ture in 1949 to make it the lar-
gest college-owned stadium in the
country.
For baseball, Ferry Field dia-
mond was recently renovated and
the stands provided with a new
facade. The hockey coliseum,
scene of one of the most popular
winter sports, was also recently
enlarged and holds close to 4,500
spectators.
For. the amateur athlete, the
Sports Building and Ferry Field
tennis courts provide recreational
facilities. Women may use Bar-
bour Gymnasium and Palmer
Field tennis courts if the athletic
whi mcaptures them.
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'M' Cagers Hope To Better
Last Season's Poor Record

THE MORNING LINE
By TED PAPES
Daily Sports Editor

By BOB LANDOWNE
Michigan's basketball team had
one of its most, disappointing sea-
sons in many a year as it tied for
last place in the Western Confer-
ence by matching Ohio State's
record of three victories and
eleven defeats.
Coach Ernie McCoy had few re-
turning lettermen to work with at
the start of the season and conse-
quently was forced to uncover
whatever sophomore talent he had.
THE RESULT was not always
pleasing but often some good per-
formances were turned in by such
men as Paul Geyer, Lysle Smith,
Mark Scarr, Doug Lawrence, Dick
Williams and Tom Tiernan, the
latter two being juniors last year.
The experience that these men
gained last year will no doubt
be proven by a better team this
year even though such regulars
like Captain and guard Chuck
Murray, center Leo Vanderkuy
and guard Bob Olsen have grad-
uated.
Jimn Skala will captain the 1951-
52 aggregation in his third year
of competition for the Wolverines
court team. The six-foot-four for-
ward will be the nucleus of the
squad that Coach McCoy will put
on the floor with the hope it will
show improvement over last year.
* * *
THERE WERE a few bright
spots in last year's schedule no
matter how dismal the record
might seem. The team's biggest
achievement of the year was prob-
ably their upset victory over Min-
nesota in Yost Field House in Feb-
ruary.

A month earlier the Gophers
stopped Michigan with a last
quarter rally, winning 66-62 in
Minneapolis. It was a different
story the second time the two
rivals met as the Wolverines
took a 52-48 triumph in an over-
time affair.
The victory was even more
pleasing to Michigan fans than
would be expected in a poor sea-
son because it was also the first
time that Coach Ozzie Cowles of
Minnesota had been beaten by his
old school since he left his coach-
ing job here at Michigan to join
the Minnesota staff three seasons
ago.
IT WAS PROBABLY an even
sweeter personal triumph for Mc-
Coy who was Cowles' assistant be-
fore the latter left, and at which
time McCoy became head basket-
ball coach for Michigan.
The game itself was a thriller
as it was the Gophers that came
back after trailing 25-17 at the
half to tie at 48-48 with a min-
ute and a half remaining.
The Gophers stalled through
those last 90 seconds as they held
the ball until Whitey Skoog was
given the opportunity to flip in
the winning basket on what was
intended to be the last shot.
* * *
SKOOG MISSED but the Wol-
verines' chances of taking the
game in overtime were considered
very slim with both Vanderkuy
and Skala out on five personals.
Then there was the Ossie Cowles
jinx staring them in the face.
But it was not Cowles' night
as it always had been. Minne-
sota couldn't even score in the
extra five minutes while the
big 6-7 Williams converted a
Tiernan push shot from the side
and Tiernan then'drove in for
the clincher and the ball game.
Another bright spot in the dull
season was another close battle
that ended in an upset victory fro
the Wolverines, this time over
Wisconsin on the Badgers home
court.
* * *
Vanderkuy was the top scorer
for the Wolverines at season's end
with Captain Murray team run-
nerup. Vanderkuy also received
honorable mention for the All-
Conference team.
But Murray will be missed as
much as the big center because
of the fiery captain's drive and
hustle that made him a valuable
and popular figure on the field
house hardwoods.

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SHARP SHOOTING--Tom Tiernan, who will be one of the returning lettermen on this year's Michi-
gan basketball team, scores on a push shot in one of last season's games. Other Michigan players
shown are Dick Williams (back to camera) and Doug Lawrence.
Michigan's 1950 Rags-o-Riches Story

JUST three years ago a special edition of the Daily similar to the one
you now have in your hands arrived at my home as a sort of in-
troduction to Michigan sports.
Like this one, it also carried the legend of a Wolverine Rose Bowl
championship to give incoming freshmen their first feelings of pride
in identifying themselves with the colors maize and blue. They were
feelings that grew with every Saturday afternoon in the fall, and that
continue to grow as Michigan athletic teams remain in the national
spotlight.
We of the Daily sports department extend to all new students
a friendly welcome into the Michigan family. A special greeting
goes to those of you who are interested in the world of sport, either
from a participation standpoint or from the angle of spectators.
You have chosen a school that is 'Big League' from classroom to
football field, yet it is only as great as the young men and women
who comprise the student body. That's an important point for new-
comers who may be toying with the idea of trying out for one of the
varsity teams but are a little skeptical of their chances.
* * * *
Opportunity Unlimited
COACHES AMONG the best in the country are here for the ex-
press purpose of building stars out of raw material. If you have the
competitive urge and any reasonable amount of ability it is foolish
not to investigate possibilities in, your sport here. I personally know
of several men who had doubts about their capacity to make a Michi-
gan team and who are now wearing theier bright block 'M's.
For the casual athlete Michigan offers a broad intramural
program with the finest facilites available to all. A challenging,
championship golf course awaits your approval as well as numer-
ous tennis courts and a swimming pool.
If you just enjoy sports as an observer from the grandstand yiu'll
have the opportunity of seeing most of the name teams from all over
the United States in action here. Wolverine schedule makers look
for the best drawing cards available to keep the level of competition
high.
PRACTICALLY every major professional'sport is within easy access
in nearby Detroit which is annually the scene of many top attrac-
tions of national interest. The Tigers and Red Wings, for example,
are usually in the thick of their respective championship struggles.
Last June the biggest spectacle in golf, the National Open, was staged
in Birmingham just a few miles away, and we saw many Ann Arbor
people in attendance.
Sa* * *
NOW A WORD to those who think they might like to take a
crack at the sports writing game. You have a wonderful chance to
test your potentialities right away in the midst of your college career.
The Daily sports staff is made up of some 35 men ranging from fresh-
men to seniors who are gaining top level experience in every phase
of sports journalism.
If you have a genuine interest in sport and a basic ability
to express your feelings and obesrvations, we urge you to 'come
around and get acquainted soon. We'll be glad to show you around
and to tell you how you can join the staff. An outside activity
such as work on the newspaper becomes more and more valuable
as the years go by.
A final word to our new potential subscribers seems in order here.
Your school newspaper tries in every way to be the best in its class,
and it has met with great success in the past. We have the latest
deadline of any Michigan morning paper and that means complete
sports coverage every day.
*C * *' *
Complete Coverage
EVENTS of national interest will be brought to your breakfast ta-
bles regularly as well as top-to-bottom coverage of Michigan var-
sity and intramural athletics, complete with up-to-the-minute.pic-
tures.

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game against Michigan reserves
for its 13 points.
The next two games were the
two sad chapters in the Wolver-
ines' season that almost ended
Michigan's Rose Bowl aspirations.
After playing sluggish foot-
ball for 54 minutes against Min-
nesota, the Wolverines were nur.
sing a shaky 7-0 lead when Dar-
rell 2Cochrane broke past the
Michigan secondary to haul down
a long forward pads that gave
the Gophers a 7-7 tie.
Back in Ann Arbor again, the
DO YOU KNOW ... that this
year's Boston Marathon was won
by a survivor of the Hiroshima
A-bomb blast, 19-year old Shi-
geki Tanaka.

Wolverines saw their gridiron cov- to-pay dirt on a reverse and Dufek
ered with a cold, wet snow-the galloped 54 yards on the first play
first of the season-for an un- of the second half for the final
happy outing with Illinois. touchdown.
The Northwestern game the next
* * *week gave the Wolverines their

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NEITHER Michigan's passing
attack nor Illinois' running game
was very effective on the sloppy
gridiron. But in the second period
Illini quarterback Fred Major
flipped a blind pass over the Mich-
igan defense into the end zone and
into the waiting arms of end Tony
Klimek for a touchdown and the
ball game-Illinois, seven to no-
thing, the first time the Maize and
Blue had been held scoreless since
the 1944 season.
It was a happier day in Ann
Arbor the following week when
Indiana fell to a crushing Wol-
verine ground attack, 20-7. Little
Wes Bradford, a former fifth-
string wingback substituting for
the injured Leo Koceski, paced
the Maize and Blue rushing at-
tack that piled up 317 yards, the
season's high.
All the Michigan scoring came
on long dashes with end Harry Al-
lis scoring first on a 33-yard run
after intercepting a Lou D'Achille
pass. Then Bradford went 41 yards

highest point total of the year with
a 34-23 decision over the scrappy
Wildcats.
* * *
ORTMANN AND DUFEK both
crossed the much-dented North-
western goal line twice and Allis
fell across it on a Wildcat fumble
for the other Michigan six-point-
er.
Desperation passing by North-
western in the final minutes of
the game gave the Wildcats two
touchdowns to make the score look
closer, but it was Michigan all the
way.
Then came the Thanksgiving
week-end, a snowstorm, Ohio
State's Buckeyes and another trip
to the Rose Bowl for Michigan, the
"Champions of the West."
DO YOU KNOW .. . that Jim
Fuchs' world record toss in the
shot put of 58'101" was made
official by the International Am-
ateur Athletic Federation.

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