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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 1 (Oct. 1949)

Sports,   pp. 19-21


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   These  reports were   publicised
 after the Marquette game; Badger
 fans can determine for themselves
 by the gridwork of more recent
 games whether or not the above
 contests will sell out.
   Season book purchases were on a
 par with those of 1948, says William
 Aspinwall, athletic department busi-
 ness manager. Also, early individual
 game ticket orders were especially
 heavy.
   In the 15 games played at Camp
 Randall during the seasons. of 1946,
 1947, and 1948, only three of them
 were less than sellouts at 45,000
 each. Only games to fail were the
 Purdue (1947), Marquette (1948),
 and Indiana (1948) contests.
   The four games on the 1946 home
 schedule all were sellouts to set a
 four-game attendance m a r k of
 180,000. The five games of 1947
 drew 221,000, another all-time rec-
 ord, while the six games on the Cen-
 tennial schedule in 1948, attracted
 262,000 spectators.
 Where Are They Now?
   CLARENCE SELF, Badger half-
 back for the past three seasons, has
 signed with the Chicago Cardinals
 to play in the National Football
 league. Former Fullback Pat Harder
 and Tackle Dick Loepfe are also
 members of the Cardinal squad.
   Charles Zynda, "The Wild Man
from Lily," a former 165-pound
Varsity boxing champ, died at An-
tigo last July when he fell off a
haymow. He won the All-University
chamionship in his division in 1934
and also was voted te "Fighinges-F
Fighter" award that year. He rep-
resented Wisconsin on the varsity
teams of 1934-35-36.
  Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, ex-
Wisconsin and Michigan star half-
back, is playing football this year
for the Los Angeles Rams. He has
played three seasons with the Chi-
cago Rockets in the All-America
conference.
  "Berry Crate" oarsman;, William
J. Gibson, 75, Hartford, died at
Watertown in July. The "Berry
Crate" crew of 1899 was so, named
because the Badgers had a change
for victory in the Poughkeepsie
regatta when the coxswain had to
swerve the shell to avoid a half sub-
merged berry crate. Wisconsin fin-
ished second.
  JTack Wink , gri catini-    14
when the Badgers just missed the
Big Ten championship, is now coach
at the Wayne (Nebr.) teachers col-
lege.
  Earl "Jug" Girard has signed a
contract with the Green Bay Packers
for the present season. "We are
counting heavily on him," says E.
L. "Curly" Landbeau.
Top Track Team
  GUY SUNDT'S potent t r a c k
squad opened a bright season Oct. 1
against Marquette. Headed by Wis-
consin's Mr. Mile, Don Gehrmann,
the harriers are back from last year
almost intact.
  Sundt has six lettermen return-
ing, five minor "W" winners, and
seven numeral winners to bank on.
Only two lettermen, Jack Kammer
and Wakelin McNeel, will be miss-
ing from the team that had a near
perfect season last year.
  The squad turned in three vic-
tories in dual meets, tied Michigan
in a triangular, won the conference
title, and finished second to Michi-
gan State in the NCAA meet last
season.
difference in the team," says Sundt.
"Both of them suffered from foot in-
juries last season, and it isn't set-
tled yet whether they will be in con-
dition to run."
150-lb. Football Dropped
  BANTAM FOOTBALL, the '150-
pound variety, a sport which :has
been  sponsored by four member
schools for the past two seasons,
has been discontinued as a Western
Conference activity.
  Lack of interest by other Big Ten
schools and heavy costs of travel
were main reasons why Ohio State,
Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin
dropped sponsorship of the sport.
  "Wisconsin  regrets very much
that it must discontinue 150-pound
PARLOR GAME? Nope, football gadget; an adding machine-like contraption
developed by two University scientists to keep a record of practically every-
thing, a player does on the field. The inventors are Dr. Robert Francis of
the
physical education department, behind the recorder, and John Schram, a
graduate student, standing. The background scene is from last year's Indiana
game, which was "covered" by the machine.
   "Barring injuries, we should be
 as strong as last year," predicts
 Coach Sundt. At present he rates
 his first five runners in this order:
 1. Capt. Don Gehrmann, 2. Jim
 Urquhart, 3, Glen Weeks or Rich-
 ard Randolph, 4. Richard Beck, and
 5. Alvin Jensen.
 Gehrmann and Urquhart are con-
 sidered the cream of the nation's
 cross-country runners, and the rest
 are good steady performers who
 should show improvement as they
 gain experience.
 Only one man finished first ahead
 of Gehrmann in cross country com-
 petition last year and that was
 Robert Black, Rhode Island, who
 beat him across the finish tape in
the NCAA meet at Lansing.
  "Randolph and Jensen are the
question marks who will make a big
OCTOBER, 1949
varsity football which has been so
successful here," Athletic Director
Harry Stuhldreher said. "When the
four schools began this lightweight
football in 1947, it was hoped that
the others would soon join to make
more compatible schedules, but, be-
cause  no   other  institutions re-
sponded, it was agreed that it was
not feasible to continue the sport."
  Stuhldreher, who promoted 150-
pound football with Fritz Crisler of
Michigan, had already drawn up the
1949 schedule.
  Coached by Art "Dynie" Mans-
field, the  Badger  Bantams tied
Michigan for the co-championship in
1947 and in 1948. Each season, Wis-
consin won three games but lost one
to Michigan.
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