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BUYS UP FINAL ONE-THIRD OF STOCK DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday, Nov. 15. '61 20 Fetzer Now Owns ALL of the Ti gers - vmmi&i John Fetzer TAe Tigers are all his. Walter O. Briggs, Sr. He ic 5f soc owner. ILyall iiiith Are Pep Talks Old-Fashioned? A BUNCH OF EX-ILLINOIS GRIDDERS were renewing old blocks, tackles and touchdowns the other night down at Champaign on the eve of the Michigan debacle. The talk was of many things. Then it finally veered around to coaches and their pre-game pep talks. Rex Smith and Rocky, Ryan, two of the better ends in recent Big Ten history, got going on Ray Eliot, who retired as Illini coach two seasons back. "He had to be the greatest,"' they agreed. "He would gather us around the fireplace out at the place we stayed on the night before the game he wanted to win the most. "He'd wait until the logs had burned down. The only light came from the fireplace and with the flickering shadows on the wall, Eliot would start talking. "He had one story about the will to win and he tied it in with a dying mother whose boy played for him. "When he hit the punch line, the eyes of every player in the room were bugged out so far ydu could have knocked 'em off with a bat. If he had hollered "charge" right then, we would have gone right through the side of the building . . . and it was a brick building, too." A third man at the table remembered how he ihad heard Eliot tell the same story a few years later. "His last year as head coach, in fact," said the man. "Just three years ago. He went through the same routine ; fireplace, shadows ' and everything. . ' ' "But when he got through and turned on the lights, half the squad other half . . . the seniors and juniors . when the logs had burned way down and already were up in bed ..." Kay Eliot was asleep. The had tiptoed out Maybe Planning Beats Talking TRUE OR FALSE, THE STORY drew a laugh, and when the confab broke up a little later all hands departed with the common thought that the pep talk immortalized by coaches like Rockne, Zuppke, Crisler, Blaik, etc. was outdated and passe. It left hanging the answer to all the upsets on the collegiate football front this season. If the ' pep talk, the inspirational buildup and the emotional approach are missing, how come only three so-called major college teams (Texas, Alabama and Rutgers) still are unbeaten and untied for the current vear? All others have been knocked off, or tied. What caused them to be? Nobody seemed to know for certain. Maybe the unexplained upsets which break out every weekend on the collegiate circuit really aren't upsets at all. They could be the result of modern techniques including the exchange of game films by opposing teams. Even bitter rivals like Ohio State and Michigan politely will hand over movies of their action in preparation for their big game a week from Saturday. Who'll Ever Forget the Gipper? THE TEAM THAT ANALYZES the other's plays most thoroughly and then comes up with a mechanical method of stopping them could be" the winner. That's the way the pros do it. Pep talks are unknown. The coach who gave one would be hooted out of the joint. In one way, it's too bad. They're still talking about the way that Rockne pulled out all emotional stops to inspire Notre Dame to "win this one for the Gipper." But how long will they remember, the coach whose only message in the locker room at halftime is a bunch of O's and X's on a blackboard? Knorr Estate Sells Out TV Mogul Pays $1,750,000 BY LYALL SMITH Fre Prtst Sportt Editor - John E. Fetzer of Kalamazoo Tuesday became sole .owner of the Detroit Tigers Thtf radio - television tycoon paid an estimated $1,750,000 to acquire the final one-third of stock held by the estate of the late Fred Knorr, who died last December. This minority interest was held in the name of the Knorr Broadcasting Co., which owns and operates radio station WKMH. FETZER WAS one of the original stock owners when the franchise was purchased five years ago from the Walter O. Briggs estate. He became the majority stockholder in October, 1960, when he bought a third inter est held by a West Coast group headed by the late Kenyon Brown. The Tigers now are under the ownership of one man for the first time since Briggs' death in 1952. Briggs became the sole owner in 1935 when he bought out Frank Navin. A few shares still are held by Harry M. Sisson. executive vice president a n d a - Tiger director. Sisson conducted Fetzer's ne gotiations for the purchase of the Knorr stock. "I AM VERY happy to be come the sole owner or the Detroit baseball franchise," Fetzer said from his winter home in Tucson. - "Baseball is so complicated these days that it Is extremely difficult to administer the affairs and activities " of a club by group ownership. "By and large, a team fthould be run by one indi vidual who ha authority -to make decisions and to carry them out." Fetzer, who is head of the broadcasting company in Kala mazoo carrying his name, owns and operates nine radio-TV outlets. , He wa3 key figure in the group of 12 men who paid $5,500,000 to acquire the Tigers and their stadium five years ago from the Briggs estate. HE ACQUIRED one-third of ' I 1 s V , rS' ' ' v A f ti sTr3? . J? iff' -i"W " t N r DEER SEASON OPENS Hunters Fewer More Hospitality! f AP Photo MUD IN YOUR ETYE has a new meaning for jockey Luigi Gino, who finished ninth at Pimlico Tuesday. Needless to explain, Luigi was the victim of a muddy track. His mount was named Mason Road. But after the race won by Brief Encounter Luigi was ready to re-name him Muddy Road. DUFFY CAN'T FIND IT Missing at MSU: 'That BIG Play' frt Prest Sports Writw EAST LANSING The autumn quest of Duffy Daugh-erty has been narrowed down. Eliminated are the Rose Bowl, the Big Ten championship, and the No. 1 ranking in the nation. The search Is now for thei "Big Play," the game - breaking shot the Spartans couldn't get the last two weeks against Minnesota and Purdue. Its absence has Duffy reconciled to calling his Michigan State gang "a real good team BY JACK VAN COEVERING Fre Pres Outdoor Writer ROSCOMMON Northern Michigan rolled out the red carpet Tuesday for the deer hunting army, some 400,000 strong. Signs announcing hunter dinners are up everywhere. A bonfire burns on the courthouse lawn in Gaylord. Merchants will keep their stores open there until midnight. Main street is an open house for serving cheese, crackers and coffee. IN ROSCOMMON and in Newberry, free- coffee and doughnuts will be served to hungry hunters. As a promise of things to come, . meat poles are up, ready to receive prize deer, in Atlanta and Gaylord. Despite their eagerness to please the hunters, Michigan's northern towns do not have as many nimrods as last year. The midweek opening has discouraged many a worker from leaving his job. The halt in doe shooting is another factor reducing the number of hunters. Traffic at the Mackinac Bridge is 30 per cent less than last year as Wednesday's 6 a.m. opening neared. It is, however, still possible that the opening-day loss may be made up on Friday" and Saturday when the weekend hunters arrive. ACCORDING to Harold Treat, regional field admin istration supervisor in Ros- I common, arrests for game- law violations since Nov. 10 are about 25 per cent lower than last year for that period. This leads him to con- immmmmMm Jfxm i ' - f Jr '" i liSltSC 1 ill Hunter's dream come true: An 8-point buck elude that there are fewer hunters than a year ago. Prospects for Wednesday's opening are much better than they were a year ago. Skies were clear Tuesday, but even brilliant sunshine could not dispel the moisture which was left by heavy rain Monday. Hunters will find the woods quiet Wednesday. The temperature will be comfortable and there will be little temptation to leave the woods by midmorning as the rain-soaked hunters did last year. ' Just abovt the only improvement in hunting conditions would be a light tracking snow, but there' is little likelihood of that." Mild weather will tempt hunters back into the woods where the deer are and this could result in a surprisingly good kill. Throughout the northern Michigan deer country, law enforcement has been strengthened to curb violations. This month's effort i3 patterned after the cam . paign launched last year, Turn to Page 30, Column 2 CALL SCOTLAND YARD! 'Leave Oxford For Arizona? . . LONDON (AP)-A young British runner became the center of an international controversy Tuesday. Adrian the stock at that groups headed by Knorr and Brown holding the other two- thirds. Just 13 months ago Fetzer bought out giving him stock. He became president at that time, replacing William O. DeWitt, and took personal charge of. the operation. In the first year the Tigers hit the jackpot by jumping from a sixth-place finish in 1960 to a runner-up spot to the New York Yankees in 1961. They also showed an attendance increase of a half-mil lion fans by drawing more than 1,600,000 customers last season. THE STOCK Fetzer pur chased Tuesday was owned by the Knorr estate. Before his death, the late Fred Knorr had arranged to buy out his partners in WKMH and the Tigers Harvey Hansen, local lumberman, and William McCoy, Detroit insurance executive over an extended period. Walter (Spike) Briggs and broadcaster Van Patrick, who formerly aired Tiger games, were minority stockholders in WKMH. The sale Tuesday severed their connections with the baseball franchise. Fetzer board of time, with;but not a &reat one" HE XT 3D ON'S "ALL WE NEEDED was one I big play," he says of the losses to the Gophers and Boilermak- the Brown group, ers. two-thirds of the "A ereat team comes un with the big play. WTe didn't." The absence has Duffy puzzled as well as reconciled. "Our offense is fluid and versatile," he says. "We run many plays from many formations. "Maybe we are over-balanced on running over passing. Teams have been gambling on stop ping our running game. "They haven't shown a lot of respect for our ability to throw. "Still, we have thrown with some degree of success. "But we dont get the big play." - DUFFY POINTS in puzzlement to Ohio State, whose at tack is less versatile than his and concentrates even more on the ground. He has great respect for Woody Hayes' offense: "Simplicity has a consistency." . Duffy notes, however, that "when teams '' gang up on Ohio on the ground they get the big pass." Michigan State's quest for LUC lllipVJl LQ1IL yCLOO LUU1U LAnC revealed that the : two turns Saturday here directors will remain ! against Northwestern more intact for the present. In addi-j throwing or a new thrower Metcalfe, 19, a stu dent at Oxford who has run "400 meters in 45.2 seconds, said he had received and rejected an offer from Arizona State University. "Quite frankly, their offer staggered me," Metcalfe said. "I have written saying that I am at a university which was founded when their ancestors were in trees." At Tempe, Ariz., Baldy Castillo, the Arizona State Track coach, denied that Metcalfe had been offered a scholarship. Later, the British runner acknowledged that no direct approach had been made to him. He said he had been shown a letter which Castillo wrote to an English friend suggesting that Metcalfe might want to enroll at Arizona State. No terms were mentioned. Metcalfe admitted. . "But imagine the temerity of suggesting that I should .leave Oxford for Arizona," he said. "I have no idea what they might suggest I should study. It's probably handwriting." tion to Fetzer. McCov and Hansen, the board includes Sisson and Carl E. Lee. The latter is Fetzer's associate in his radio-TV holdings emanating from Kalamazoo. Like Father, Like Son The Junior Wings scored their sixth victory in seven games Tuesday night by whipping Windsor N&D, 6-4, in overtime. Gerry Abel, son of the Red Wings' coach Sid, scored what proved to be the winning goal at 5:16 of the overtime period. Dick Devine added another with six seconds left when he fired into an open naL . The victory gave the Junior Wings a four-point edge over the second-place Chatham club. The Spartans have averaged a shade under .":ne passes per game, so an increase in throwing would be easy to achieve. LAST WEEK at Purdue they threw once in the first period, once in the second period, twice in the third, despite a Boilermaker ground defense that Turn to Page 81, Column 4 Ex-Spartan Gets Call' from Giants NEW YORK UP) Allie Sherman, coach of the New York Giants, said Tuesday that he would use Allan Webb, a 25-year-old rookie, at Dick Nolan's safety position in Sunday's NFL game with Pittsburgh and would start rookie Mickey Walker of Michigan State at guard in place of the injured Jack Stroud. ' There's a new fashion look . in young men's wool suits New for fall is the smart 4-but-ton double-breasted suit. The less-than-finger-tip length coat, with narrow lapels, is sharply accented by the long tapered lines of-the plain bottom trousers. The coat has a removable back belt for a quick change in style. Wool and wool blends in sizes 36-42 regulars and longs, $40. See them in Hudson's Varsity Shop: Downtown, 2nd Fl.; Northland, Eastland.

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