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THE MICHIGAN dAILY----- SESQUICENTENNIAL SUPPLEMENT
Tuesday, March 7, 1967 THE MICHIGAN DAILY - SESQUICENTENNIAL SUPPLEMENT
When Fielding R. Yost stepped
off a train in Ann Arbor in 1901,
he was ready for Michigan.
"Young man," asked Charles
Baird, Michigan's first graduate
manager of athletics, "why are
you so sure you can produce win-
ning teams in this conference?"
"Mr. Baird," replied Yost, "there
are three things that make a win-
ning football team-spirit, man-
power, coaching. If your boys love
Michigan, they've got the spirit.
If they'll turn out, that takes care
of the manpower. I'll take care of
The quote may be legend. But
what Yost did in 26 years of foot-
ball coaching is fact. In his first
year the Wolverines won 11 games,
scoring 550 points and not giving
"There is a new cry at Michi-
gan," wrote a Detroit sports writ-
er of the period. "It's hurry, hurry,
hurry! If you can't hustle, make
way for someone who can."
Wally Weber, a living legend in
his own time, remembers "Hurry-
Up" Yost's philosophy: "He believ-
ed in building championship men
Every player on his teams was
strong in character and in body.
He didn't settle for anything less.
From men like this he built his
To climax his premier season in
1901, Yost travelled to Pasadena
for the first Rose Bowl game.
Stanford, representing the West
Coast, used 17 players, Michigan
The game was never completed.
With six minutes remaining, Stan-
ford ran out of substitutes. Michi-
gan won 49-0.
Willie the Wonder
One of the Wolverine backs in
the game was making a return vis-
it to California. Willie Heston had"
wandered into Ann Arbor from;
San Jose Normal. In his four years
at Michigan--all of which were
FIELDING H. YOST, one of the most powerful driving forces in Michigan athletic history, built a
formidable winning record of 165-29-10 as Wolverine football coach during the first 26 years of the
century. Michigan Stadium, which he helped design upon his retirement in 1927, is the largest
college stadium in the country.
fore a vastly superior Michigan
team by a 19-0 count."
Wizardly - quick Harry Kipke
dashed in for two touchdowns and
kicked a field goal to single-hand-
edly break the Buckeyes.
Seven years later, Kipke was
But before Yost's coaching coup
de grace in 1926, Michigan pre-
sented him with his seventh and
eighth conference championships
in the spirit of "Fight like Steger."
Steger had been the Wolverine-
captain in 1924 when Galloping
Ghost Red Grange had disappear-
ed into the lines for 'five touch-
downs in a 39-14 rout for Illinois.
Two Points a Minute
Four of the red-headed immor-
tal's touchdowns were scored in
the first 12 minutes.
Yost, who had reluctantly con-
sented to sit in the stands because
of an alarming heart condition,
changed his mind and plunged
through the crowd after the first
quarter-rallying his team to fight
In the next three quarters, Mich-
igan scored 14 and Illinois 12.
And in Steger, "whose eyes were
glazed like those .of a mad bull,"
was born the victory slogan which
caught and held Grange's Illini
the next year.
Out of a Grey Sky
In the fading minutes of the
'24 game, Yost sent in an unknown
quarterback on a whim.
He passed only twice - failing
twice. But in the next two years,
Bennie Friedman was at-the top
of his class and Michigan was on
top of the standings.
As Yost sat and watched, the
"Bennie-to-Bennie" - Friedman
to Oosterbaan-combination flew
up and down the field to one of
the highest passing records of all
Oosterbaan - who earned nine
letters as a football end, basket-
ball forward and baseball, first
baseman - was Michigan's first
and only three-time All-American,
even though he was once out from
the squad because he couldn't line
Shape Up or Ship Out
"You don't even know how to
take the position of an end," an
assistant coach chided. "Turn in
your suit and try something else."
Oosterbaan complied with the
invitation, but Yost remembered
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continued. In 1929 Little resigned
and was succeeded by Alexander
G. Ruthven, dean of administra-
tion. He was only 47 at the time.
Ruthven steered the University
through the Depression when the'
lack of funds cut deeply into plant
expansion. Nevertheless, work was
begun on the first men's dormitor-
ies to be built since President Tap-
pan turned Mason Hall into a
After the Depression came World
War II, and the campus deeply
split between interventionists and
isolationists. In 1935 Michigan stu-
dents voted 2,818 to 403 against
bearing arms if the U.S. should
invade another country;
the late 1930's were also great
years of controversy on The Daily.
Staff members during the, period
included playwright Arthur Miller,
Stanley Swinton, now vice-presi-
dent of the Associated Press, and
Richard Scannon, former director
of the Census Bureau. The Daily
strongly supported the Loyalists
in the Spanish Civil War and thus
incurred the wrath of many in
the state. A crisis between the
editors of The Daily and the Board.
in Control of Student Publications
ensued, and the -issue was re-
solved when the newspape-r began
its policyof signing editorials with
individual writer's names.
The entry of the U.S. into the
war in 1941 cut deeply into stu-
dent life at the University. By
1943, more than 4000 men in uni-
form were attending the school.
With the shortage of funds and
supplies diverted to the war effort,
supplies diverted to the war effort, (See THE, page 14)
championship years-Heston play-
ed in 40 games and scored 80
When he first arrived, Yost had
to loan him money to buy a new
pair of shoes. When Michigan's
first two-time All-American left,
Yost had a long search to fill his
In 1905, with Heston gone and.
Yost's point-a-minute juggernaut
construction ground virtually to a
halt with necessary additional
space being supplied by use of
temporary quonset huts.
With the end of the war, the
fantastic growth of the Univer-
sity resumed. A major development'
after the war was the influx of
federal funds for research and
building. Dorm and classroom con-
struction continued. In 1950, a dis-
astrous fire, set by a student ars-
onist, destroyed old Haven Hall.
That same year, old Mason -Hall,
South College and what was left
of University Hall were razed and
construction was begun on the
present Haven-Mason complex.
In 1951, Harlan H. Hatcher, a
vice-president at Ohio State Uni-
verity, was named as successor
to the retiring Ruthven.
(See THE, page 14)
In the 55 preceding games, Mi-
chigan won 54 and tied one-run-
ning up 2,821 points, to 21 for
Neither Brown Nor Little
The tie, a 6-6 stand-off with
Minnesota, set off the Little
Brown Jug rivalry. The jug, neith-
er brown nor little originally, was
actually a crock used by the Wol-
verine water boy.
When it was accidentally left
behind at the game, Yost wrote a
letter asking for its return. Min-
Wolverines in the
the season 2-0.
final game of
nesota challenged Michigan to
"come and get it." In 1909, the
Yet, Michigan's football> tradi-
tion was not cast in -the mold of
"it's not whether you win or tie
but how you play the game."
Yost's 1908 team, which All-Am-
erican "Germany" Schulz center-
ed, backed up against nationally-
feared Penn as a growling under-
dog. When Schulz was injured in
the opening moments, the game
But Schultz, broken collarbone
and all, returned to play the sec-
ond half. Michigan lost 29-0 but
it didn't back down..
"Whether winning or losing (but
never before the final whistle we
have never seen a Michigan ath-
letic - team quit. And, after all
that's what it takes in a man's
world when bumping up against
the Game of LIfe," wrote W.
Blaine Patton, a noted sports-
writer during the Yost era.
In 1907, Michigan withdraw
from the Big Ten because of con-
ference controversy over training
It was a rough year all the way
around. In its game with Penn, a
befuddled official disallowed a
forward pass which cost Michigan
But three years later, Yost
made history with the same play.
Bogged down in a 0-0 mire with
five minutes to go against Minne-
sota, Yost ordered quarterback
Stanfield Wells to unloose the
highly suspect "bomb."
History in the Making
Wells clicked quickly for two
long completions, to the astonish-
ment of status quo experts, and
set up the only touchdown of the
The Michigan game preceded
Knute Rockne and Notre Dame's
aerial upset over the famous
Army team by three years.
After a 10-year vendetta with
the Wolverines, the Big Ten
changed its .stand in 1917 and
Michigan regained its good stand-
For the next seven years, Yost's
teams were lean and hungry.
Ironically enough, Yost's most
cherished victory was fought dur-
ing this famine.
To christen Ohio State's mil-
lion dollar-plus horseshoe stad-
ium in 1922, the Wolverines used
Special to The Daily
Daily sports editor Frank Mc-
Pike reported the game: "Colum-
bus, October.. 21-Yale dedicated
her stadium with a defeat. Har-
vard did likewise. And today Ohio
State, dedicating her wonderful
new structure, bowed in defeat be-
when the first Jacobson store opened in
Styles Change, but
Quality and Good Taste
are always in fashion
A sesquicentennial is more than a time for reminiscing
the past. It is also a moment for measuring the future.
The University of Michigan was fifty years old
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Michigan. Throughout the years a policy that com-
bines good taste and quality with a deep dedication
to serving the University community has prevailed
It is reassuring to know that the University of
Michigan's impressive record of a century and a half
its vitality, growth and spirit-also remains un-
changed, and is but a prelude to a greater tomorrow.
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him and inquired: "Where's that
big guy, Oosterbaan? I need some-
body to play end."
And play it, he did.
With Friedman and Oosterbaan
on target, Yost retired with a for-
midable won-lost-tie record of
Non-entity Tad Wieman coach-
ed the 1927 and 1928 seasons. But
even in '27, Oosterbaan was still
playing for Yost.
On October 22, Michigan dedi-
cated the stadium that Yost had
conceived and created-an oval
stadium originally built to seat
79,000 but since boosted to a
101,001 capacity (largest college
stadium in the country) because
of Yost's foresight.
Oosterbaan switched from end
to quarterback for the game, toss-
(See TACKLING, page 17)