In The World of Sports

In The World of Sports

Herald Telephone Notes

by George Bolinger, Daily Herald-Telephone

March 16, 1953

At the NCAA Regional tourney, the starting players for each of the four participating teams were individually introduced and spot-lighted on the floor — in much the same manner as the players were introduced at the IU Fieldhouse toward the end of the season …

When Don Schlundt was introduced, the public address man listed him as a 6-9 sophomore from South Bend, Indiana …

Following the championship game and before the coaches and the fans knew who had won the most valuable player award, IU’s Branch McCracken was asked to make the presentation … Branch unfolded the slip of paper bearing the player’s name, then called out for “Don Schlundt, of Washington-Clay Township” …

In making the presentation, Branch informed the crowd of some 15,000:

“Don, here, is only a sophomore. If he continues to improve and if he works hard, he may turn out to be a pretty fair country ball-player before he’s finished.” …

Schlundt’s choice was a popular one, and the crowd roared with mirth over McCracken’s ego-deflating remarks …

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Of the 26 men who voted for the all-star five, every one cast a ballot for DePaul’s Ronnie Feiereisel … But only 24 voted for Schlundt and Pennsylvania All-American Ernie Beck … Bob Leonard received 22 votes, while Notre Dame’s Dick Rosenthal edged out a flock of others with only 10 votes …

However, in the balloting for the most valuable player (on a 3-1 basis for first and second choice), Schlundt garnered 58 points, Beck 27, Feiereisel only 8, and Leonard 6 … (The remaining five points were divided among five men) …

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Beck was a popular player … A good ball-handler, a deadly shot, an excellent rebounder, and a tremendous “feeder,” he was acclaimed during and after each game in which he participated … No one argued with his choice as an All-American …

One of the many coaches on hand, however, put into words what a lot of others were thinking …

“As great as he is, it would only take a second to decide between him and Schlundt. If I had a choice, I’d grab Schlundt so fast there wouldn’t be any doubt. If I had another chance at Beck, I’d probably take him. But that would be strictly a second choice.”

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All of the Big Ten coaches were in town Saturday to draw up Conference schedules for the next two seasons … We saw most of them at the games, and imagine that all of them were at the Stadium …

McCracken seemed to enjoy the schedule-making meeting …

“We were up there six hours,” he said. “Finally got a schedule of sorts put together, too. Best thing about the meeting was that it took my mind off tonight’s (Notre Dame) game.”

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Branch and the entire Hoosier group appeared completely fagged out following Friday’s rough battle with DePaul … Twenty-four hours later, after the Notre Dame game, they appeared a lot more relaxed and a lot happier …

DePaul’s Ray Meyer said: “We threw everything we had at you, but it wasn’t enough. Your guys are too tough” …

Meyer wasn’t kidding, either … The Blue Demons threw everything except the bench and the water bottles … If it had been a hockey game, for which the Stadium is famous (home of the Black Hawks), the penalty box would have been full all night …

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Meyer, who handled the post-game ceremonies, announced that DePaul was “one hundred percent behind this great IU team” – a thought that was echoed by Notre Dame’s Johnny Jordan …

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McCracken won’t go into the Louisiana State game “cold” … He had freshman coach Joe Thomas scouting the tourney at Raleigh, N.C., both nights … Meanwhile, Chili Cochrane sat in on the meet at Manhattan, Kansas …

Regardless of whether he wins or loses tomorrow, McCracken will get a chance to personally scout Wednesday’s foe …

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Assistant coach Ernie Andres accompanied the team to Chicago … Ernie had more worries than anyone!!!

“Just think,” he thought Saturday night, “I’ve got a game two weeks from today,” … (Earnie was thinking ahead to the baseball season — now almost upon us) …

Indiana was well-represented in the stands, with a couple of thousand students and townspeople providing a noisy cheering section at one corner of the floor …