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Home Improvements on Back Page of This Section Section ports Today SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 1961 DOWN GO BROWNS AGAIN, 17-16 Ho ri 1Y1) iiitit iiings iimo rag in Point Blocked By Lane Lowe Picks Off 3 Kev Passes weira iiomer Got Me Started t't vy If LIONS 14 177 SO l-U 4 3 S-4t I 7 I First downs Yards rushin Yards passint Passing Passes intercepted Fumbles Punts Yards penalized Cleveland DETROIT 1 ll I I 1 CLEVE-Kreitlin pass from 43 (Bauer kick). DET-Pietrosante Plune (Martin kick). DET-Martin FG 12. CLEVE-Baker FG 27. DET-Webb 1 plunoe (Martin kick).

CLEVE-Mitcheil 19 pass from Plum (kick failed). ii i r-7 i 1 Si I 3 tr THE OLD GAME-SAVER IN' ACTION Dick (Night off Bowl. Bobby Franklin (21), who held the ball, jug- Train) Lane makes the play of the day for the Lions as gled it just long enought to gie Lane time to preserve he rushes in to deflect Sam Baker's try for the extra the Lions 17-16 edge over the Cleveland Browns In the point (ball in circle) in the closing minutes of the Play- inaugural Playoff Bowl game at Ihe Orange Bowl. 1 i 1 33-26 DUEL OF SENIORS HAL NEWHOUSER, 39, was con-sidered one of baseball's classic pitchers in his day Pitched with poise and power and earned the title of "Prince Hat" Four times a 20-game winner for the Tigers, including a fabulous 29-9 record in 1944 Finished his career with 207 victories and 150 defeats I His curve was rated the best in the game Lives in Birmingham with his family Is one of the top scouts for the Baltimore Orioles Also works at the Oakland County Children's Home. BY HAL NEWHOUSER Remember the year I won 29 games? I'll never forget it but not for the reason you think.

I'll never forget it because I could have lost 20 games just as easily. It's a strange story and it began just after the 1943 season ended. I had been with the Tigers four years and hadn't done very much. In fact, I'd done very little. Now there was talk I'd be traded to the Cleveland Indiana for Jim Bagby, Jr.

At first I considered it just so much gossip. But I kept reading it as the winter months passed. It upset me. Finally the next January, while I was in Cleveland with our bowling team I used to roll with Roy Cullenbine, Dizzy Trout, Steve Gromek and Cass Michaels I decided to look up our manager, Steve O'Neill, who lived over there, and ask him about it STEVE came down to the alley where we were bowling and we had a long talk. He assured me there was nothing to the trade talk that I'd still be with the Tigers in 1944 that I'd even get a chance to start.

That satisfied me but not all the way. There was still the question of learning to pitch. That spring in Lakeland O'Neill called me aside and said: "Hal, you've had a rough time of it for four years. Now I'm putting you on your own. Train your own way.

Be your own boss." SO I DREW UP a program for myself. I didn't pitch much batting practice, and since I weighed only 170, I didn't do much running. Instead I worked on my curve ball, throwing a lot on the sidelines, and had a pretty good spring. But I still didn't feel right when the season started. MI Takes Glow Off Hoosicrs CagcrH Thoni Hurry to Win, South's Snead Drops TD Bombs on North BY GEORGE PUSCAS Free Press Staff Writer MIAMI In football it's the little things that count.

Little things, piled one atop the other, grew into another stirring Lion victory Saturday. The comeback team of 1960 closed out its magnificent season with a tight 17-16 conquest of the Cleveland Browns in th inaugural Playoff Bowl Game before 34,981 at the Orange Bowl. IF ITS TRUE that these two teams, runners-up in the Eastern and Western Divisions of the National Football League, were really better than the teams which led them, then one might claim a mythical championship of sorts for the Lions. But if you claim such a title, do not shout too loud, for the Lions almost didn't make It this time. With less than four minutes to play, the Browns' fleet Bobby Mitchell, having scared the life out of the Lions for three periods, took a short pass over the middle and scampered 89 yards to a touchdown and what appeared to be a tie ball game.

THE SCORE was 17-16 in favor of Detroit as the Browns lined up at the two-yard line for Sam Baker's extra-point kick. Kneeling in front of Baker, preparing to hold the ball, was little Bobby Franklin. It was a little thing here which cost the Browns a tie a little thing like Franklin falling to handle the ball cleanly. He seemed to Juggle It 1 I 1 "l'he fourth Rebel score was a seven-yard toss from Snead to Gerald Burch of Georgia Tech. 1 Prince Hal snaps off a curve I started in rotation, as O'Neill had promised, but soon had a 1-4 record and was back in the bullpen.

NOW I WAS really in the dumps. I was angry with myself. I guess I was tough to live with. Then one day against Cleveland I was called in with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. I got the side out, but we still trailed by three runs going into the ninth.

We loaded the bases and a substitute catcher named Hack Miller was sent in as a pinch hitter. Here was a fellow who had never caught a game in professional ball. He had never even been to bat. But he hit the first pitch to right field. Roy Cullenbine, playing out there for the Indians, came charging In and the ball sailed over his head.

It went for an inside-the-park home run and we won the game. That victory gave me a terrific lift. It seemed to straighten me out. I began getting the ball over. MY THINKING changed, too.

The play- ers were for me, instead of against me. I won seven straight games and was on the way to my greatest season. I'll never forget it because it could easily have gone the other way. So easily i CARMEN 1 Norman passed eight yards to Aaron Thomas of Oregon State for a touchdown, 19 and 29 to Don Smith of Missouri for two more. Guard Joe Dean of Ohio University plucked a fumble in the air to score from 21 yards out.

THE SCORING spree, witnessed by 36,287, included a 27-point second period, a Senior Bowl record. MOBILE, Ala. (UPI) Quarterback Norman Snead of Wake Forest threw four touchdown passes, including a last-minute scoring aerial to Georgia halfback Fred Brown, as the South edged the North, 33-26, Saturday in the Senior Bowl. The South's last-ditch victory climaxed a tremendous passing duel between Snead and Stanford's Dick Norman, who connected for three touchdown passes. Norman's accurate tosses had brought the.

North squad from behind to tie the South, 26-26, late in the fourth period, but Snead's 41 -yard pass to Brown nullified the Stanford star's efforts. THE VICTORY was the seventh in the series for the South, coached by Weeb Ewbank of the Baltimore Colts, and it avenged a 27-6 shellacking by the North last year. Jim Lee Howell, retiring coach of the New York Giants, guided the North in this first taste of professional play for the collegians. The winning South players will receive $600 each, while the losers collect $500. Halfback Bobby Crespino of Mississippi, Snead's favorite target, hauled in two touchdown passes, for 70 and 47 yards.

Brown raft for one from 10 yards out. I 1 1 BY BOB PILLK Pre Press Statf Writer ANN ARBOR If Indiana Is going to challenge Ohio State's national basketball champions, there must be a hidden weapon involved. For all their apparent talent, the Hooslers showed enough to beat Michigan and that wag about all Saturday. They never were sprlously troubled in the 81-70 decision, but they weren't impresnive against a team which figures to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten. ANYTHING Indiana got was achieved strictly on sirpenor physical equipment.

Walt Bellamy, at 6 feet 11, was all but matched in rebounding by Michigan's Bob Brown. The giant out-grabbed the 6-foot-4 football end by only 17-11 and had to play all 40 minutes to do It. Brown's rebounding and. hustle snarked the WnlveHn Snead completed 15 of 24 passes for 305 yards, while Norman gained 311 with 20 completions in 33 tries. Crespino pulled in nine for 214 yards.

briefly, then hastened to get it down on the ground. Baker, in motion with his swinging leg, was forced to hesitate, then begin the swinging arc again. In from the left side, as always, charged the Lions' Dick (Night Train) Lane, who has gained a reputation of late for putting pressure on kickers. YOU'RE OVERWEIGHT, 1 r''Xajiss The South built up a 13-0 lead after fullback Ed Dyas of Auburn missed a field-goal try from the 37 In the first period. Mike Zeno of VPI grabbed a fumble on rie North 27 to set the stage for Brown's 1 0-yard scoring weep a few plays later.

Snead's first scoring pass to Crespino followed. He found the Mississippian at the 50 with a 20-yard pass and Crespino outran a Yankee defender to go the rest of the way. Lane barreled through the ball's line of flight and seemed to deflect the hurried kick. Basilio Whips Ortega, Then Gets Suspended The ball whizzed to the left of the goalposts, costing the Browns that one big point comeback which trimmed Indiana's 74-51 edge with 6' minutes remaining. JOHN TIDWELL, Schoenherr and Scott Maentz, whe teamed with Brown and Tom Cole, collected all but two of the points as Michigan out-scored the Hoosiers, 16-3.

in a six-minute stretch. which spelled their 18th defeat NORTH II 111 10-11 in 25 meetings with the Lions since 1950. SOUTH II 41 1 2i 17 Plrst down Ruthin vardeee Pessma rardaee Passes Pss intercepted Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized Nortti Soum LITTLE THINGS they 1 IS 7-3J my belt, I'll be much sharper next time." At 33 Basilio thought that he might go into permanent retirement if he was beaten count. 14 11 11 Only two minutes before Mitchell's stunning touchdown run, the Lions had scored the touchdown which ultimately The Wolverine drew within 77-70 before Indiana picked up a couple of baskets In the final 21 seconds. Before that the Wolverines seemed to know what they wanted to do, but they couldn't quite pull it off.

He was returning to the ring after a six-month layoff, and on the heels of two straight knockouts by middleweight co-champion Gene Fullmer. Carmen showed flashes of his former prowess and appeared in much better condition than last June 29 when he was stopped in the 12th round by Gene. IV THE dressing room Carmen announced, "I'll keep on fighting. With this bout under spelled victory. SOUTM-Brown It run (Dvas fcwk).

SOUTH Crespm 7 pass trem Snead (k.ck tailed). NOB TH Thomas I pass frm Norman (kick tailed). NORTH Dean II interception (Pace kick). NORTH Smitti It pass from Norman (Face kick). SOUTH Crespin 47 pass from Snead (kick failed).

SOUTH Surch 1 past from Snead (Dyat kick). NORTH Smitti It past from Norman (kick failed). SOUTH Brown 41 past from Snead (Ores kick). It came on a one-yard -dive over the line by fullback Ken Webb, capping a 57-yard Detroit push. The drive started minutes earlier when the Browns seemed ready to pull away to victory.

Bruce Maher had fumbled a klckoff at the Detroit 27 and NEW YORK (UPD Carmen Basilio. former welterweight and middleweight champion, used a persistent hooking attack Saturday night to score a comeback victory on a unanimous 10-round decision over Mexican Caspar Ortega at Madison Square Garden. Basilio, weighing the heaviest of his career, earned the right to a non-titl fight with welterweight champion Benny (Kid) Paret on March 4. Carmen scaled a suspension-causing 159 pounds, exactly 10 more than Ortega's 149H- CHAIRMAN Melvin L. Krulewitch of the New York State Athletic Commission announced at the ringside that Basilio is "now under suspension and I will announce the length of the suspension Monday." will be suspended for at least SO days for breaking an agreement to weigh no more than 155 pounds.

Dick Mestardo recovered there badly. The fight with Ortega was excellent, studded with fierce exchange. There were no knockdowns between Carmen s' left hooks and Ortega's long left jab to the head and rights to the body. Caspar slipped to the canvas when he missed a punch in the second. Basilio suffered a nick on his right brow In the second round and his nose began bleeding in the third.

Ortega's nose bled slightly after the seventh. THE THREE officials favored Basilio on a round basis as follows: Referee Al Berl. 6-4; judge Leo Birnbaum, 6-4; judge Joe Eppy, 5-4-1. The crowd, estimated at 8,000 the largest for a Garden fight in more than a year cheered the verdict heartily. for the Browns.

On third down at the 23 the A. Lions' Darris McCord pressured THK HOOSIERS' 41-26 halftime edge was partly due to Michigan's shortcomings at the foul line. The Wolverines blew eight of 10 attempts, some of them on the one-and-one situation which offered the chance for bonus tosses. Bellamy closed with 23 points and Tldwell with 21 In the Big Ten opener for both teams. For all games, Indiana Is now 7-3 and Michigan 3-7.

Michigan loyalists could claim a split for their after-Turn to Page 2, Column 1 Cornell Adds Another Coach NEW CONCORD (UPI) Ken Wavel resigned as line coach at Muskingum College Saturday to become defensive line coach at Cornell University Wavel will join his former teammate, Tom Harp, who recently was appointed coach at Cornell to succeed Lefty James Harp and Wavel played together in the Muskingum back-field on two unbeaten teams before their graduation in 1952 Ann Arbor Lad A Good Skate TROY, O. Dorothy Ann Nelson of Chicago and Pieter Kollen of Ann Arbor. finished first in the junior pairs Friday night in the final rounds of the twentieth annual Midwestern Figureskating Championships. Gary Visconti of Detroit placed second in the senior men's event. Cleveland quarterback Milt Plum so strongly that Plum's pass went high in the air and allowed Gary Lowe to intercept.

It was one of three steals made by Lowe, by far his biggest day as a Lion. The Lions had the ball then Turn to Page Column 4 I UP OVFIR OUT Rich Kreitling (88) went up for Milt Plum's touchdown pass to open the scoring for Cleveland bue he never knew what or who hit him. Lion Bruce Maher KOd Kreitling with a driving tackle from behind. Although the Cleveland end had to be rar-ried from the field, he managed to hang on to the ball for the touchdown. I.

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