'THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1952
The Past . .
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ed Oosterbaan's team fight be in
the process of duplicating its
rags-to-riches march of the pre-
The optimistic feeling height-
ened on Homecoming weekend.
Perry played his best game of
the season, scoring three times
on two long pass plays and 75
yard punt return, to spark a
54-27 triumph over Minnesota.
But the visions of grandeur fad-
ed into the snowy twilight at
Champaign the first Saturday in
November. Oosterbaan had his
team up for the all-important
clash with Illinois, and the Maize
and Blue came within a couple of
eyelashes of tripping the Illini,
who went on to cop the Confer-
ence crown and the Rose Bowl
THE FINAL score was 7-0, and
the winning touchdown ame w th
less than two minutes left to play
on a short pass from Tom O'Con-
nell to Rex Smith.
That was the only time Illi-
nois came close all afternoon.
Michigan had the ball inside the
Illinois 15 with three downs left
when time ran out in the first
half, thus losing its only sub-
stantial scoring opportunity.
Coming close had its effect, and
at Ithica the following weekend,
the lostless Wolverines fell before
hopped up Cornell, 20-7.
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with the clincher, adding the fifth
setback, 6-0 by intercepting passes
and recovering Michigan fumbles.
The ending was happy, though,
thanks to a 7-0 victory over
Ohio State. A 49-yard drive in
the second period netted the
Wolverine touchdown, with Don
Peterson going over for the tally..
It was an even game in every
department. The Buckeyes had a
slight edge in total offense with
222 yards to Michigan's 215, but
the winners recovered six Buck
fumbles and took advantage of al-
of a signal-caller in the Michi-
gan single wing attack. His lick
of weight (165 pounds) is un-
doubtedly a key factor in his
inability to block.
What may well happen is that
Topor will direct the team when
it uses the single wing, and Mc-
Donald will come in for the "T"
Although it would be considered
the unexpected, it is entirely with-
in the realm of possibility that
Michigan will be conference cham-
pion this year. The Wolverines will
have a big line once again, a more
varied offense than last year, and
greater depth in backfiel dtalent.
Add a little luck to these ingred-
ients and there may be the receipe
for a champion.
DO YOU KNOW: That Pan-
dro S. Berman, outstanding
journalist, recommends the
Daily sports staff to aspiring
'Come-back Kid' Sparks Gymnasts
Intramural Program Features
Facilities for Variety of Sports
most every break to win.
The future .
By J. V. WORTHINGTON
Michigan's extensive intramurali
program, which includes team and
individual competition in 35 dif-
ferent sports, plays a large role in
the life of the average male stu-
Under the direction of a well-
trained staff this intramural pro-
gram is as varied as that at any
other school in the country.
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ACTIVITIES ON the program
include archery, badminton, base-
ball, basketball, bowling, boxing,
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He reached stardom at Flint
Northern High School as a "T'
quarterback, but he has as yet
been unable to adapt himself to
the rugged blocking demanded
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THIS BUILDING is ordinarily
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during the winter, it stays open for
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sports an occasional pastime.
The Memorial Stadium, built in
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fanatics. An addition was built
around to top of the bowl-shaped
structure in 1949 to make it the
largest college-owned stadium in
For baseball, Ferry Field was
recently renovated with the in-
stallation of steel and concrete
stands. For track, old Ferry
Field, where football teams in
the days of Fielding Yost per-
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DO YOU KNOW: That no col-
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Loken's Team Placed
Fourth in Conference
Freshman Harry Luchs, a come-
back kid if ever there was one, was
the best performer on a Michigan
gymnastics team that finished
fourth in the Big Ten last winter.
Once told by doctors he would
never walk again after a beating
in a Russian Concentration camp,
Luchs, a Latvian recovered to be-
come top Wolverine point-getter
in the Conference meet. His 20
points were enough to rank him
as fourth best all-around gymnast
in the Conference.
FOLLOWING the tortures by
the Russians, friends helped the
paralyzed Luchs to safety in West
Germany where he ,utilized physi-
cal therapy and tumbling for
months to bring about'his remark-
He made his way to America
via a German Gymnastic Asso-
ciation" tour, and he liked this
country so well he decided to
stay. Luchs, a pre-medical stu-
dent, was about the only bright
spot in an otherwise-drab sea-
son for Coach Newt Loken. Loken
calls his star, "a great competi-
Loken was re-building last yeas,
and his only big loss from the
squad was Connie Ettl, its captain.
Besides Luchs, who specializes in
activity on the parallel bars, Loken
will have a host of lettermen to
work with this winter.
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THEY INCLUDE Mary Johnson
Lee Krumbhloz and Dick Berg-
man, sophomores, and seniors
"Sticks" Rowland and Remo Boila.
Although he has yet to win a-
Conference title, the genial Lok-
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nastics a popular sport on the
Lash year he moved his trampo-
line, side horse, tumbling, and par-
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In the spring of 1951, Loken and
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