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October 24, 1963 - Image 7

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THE EXTRA POINT ITimberlake Sheds Injury, Gains Starting


.. The Jug
One of Michigan's greatest football traditions is slowly vanishing
on the Ann Arbor campus. How many freshmen have ever heard of
the Little Brown Jug?
The sad story is that the sophisticated Michigan students have
shown a marked decline in football spirit and for obvious reasons.
Recent Michigan teams have done anything but strike terror in the
hearts of their opponents. The coaching days of Yost, Kipke and
Crialer are history, and Michigan football has remained in a sinking
level of mediocrity ver the last decade.
However, at one time Michigan's Wolverines actually were
the Champions of the West, and during this 50-year period, one
of the top battles each year was the Minnesota game for the
coveted Little Brown Jug.
The first Little Brown Jug battle was in 1903 when Michigan
under coach Fielding H. Yost traveled to Minneapolis. This was the
third year of the famous 'point a minute' teams. In 1901 Michigan
had a 11-0-0 record with 550 points to the opponents 0. The 1902
team went 11-0-0; points for Michigan 644, opponents 12.
Football in these days was considerably different from today.
There was no such thing as the forward pass. The yard markers
were five yards apart, and you had three downs to make five yards.
Football ethics were almost non-existent.
Never Tied .. .
Up to this time Yost's teams had never been tied, let alone
beaten. This was the scene on Oct. 31 at Minneapolis.
The Jug was not brought from Ann Arbor, but purchased in a
small variety store in Minneapolis for 30 cents. The 1M1ichigan trainer
sent the little student manager to buy it to make sure Minnesota
wouldn't dope the drinking water. It was a five-gallon jug and there-
fore not little, and its original color was putty, not "brown."
The game was a real battle with no team scoring in the first
half. Tackle Joe Maddock finally scored for the Wolverines al-
though other accounts give credit to Michigan great Willie
Heston. Michigan converted and the score was 6-0. Touchdowns
were five points in those days.
Michigan fought to hold on, but a giant Minnesota tackle was
said to have scored for the Gophers and converted with two minutes
left to play. Those two minutes were never played. The wild Minne-
sota crowd stormed the field and swept everything with it including
the little Michigan manager who bought the jug.
The next morning while cleaning up the field, the Minnesota
janitor discovered the jug on the Michigan bench and gave it to the
athletic director who labeled it "Michigan Jug 'captured' by Oscar,
October 31, 1903.'
The game was so brutal that Michigan and Minnesota broke
athletic relations until 1909. At that time Minnesota wrote "We
have your Little Brown Jug, come up and win it." Michigan
proceeded to do just that by a score of 15-6. Minnesota didn't
see the Jug until 1919 when the Gophers won, 34-7.
(The preceeding account comes from the Michigan manager,
Thomas B. Roberts, '04, who purchased that Jug in 1903.)
Since that time, Michigan has
won 28 times, Minnesota has woni
16 and there have been two ties.q
After 1919, the Gophers didn't see ;
the Jug until 1927. Michigan then
proceeded to win it five straight r.
times again until 1934. Then the
Gophers hoarded the old water jug
for nine years until 1942.e
Michigan, held the Jug until
1952. Minnesota won in '53, but
the' Wolverines held it during '54 ;
and '55. The Gophers won again
in 1956 but Michigan brought it
back for the next three years, but
during the past three years the
Jug has remained in Minneapolis
Although many strange things
have happened during Michigan-
Minnesota games, there's probab-
ly nothing stranger than the.
jinx Minnesota had on the great THE LITTLE BROWN JUG
Tom Harmon.
NHarmon who scored 33 touchdowns during his illustrious
three-year era at Michigan and who broke Red Grange's record
of 31, never scored against Minnesota. Moreover, Michigan never
beat Minnesota during the Harmon '38, '39, '40 years. The Wol-
verines lost four games in those years; three to the Gophers.
National Champions...
In 1960, the Gophers destined to become National Champions,
brought their defensive machine into Ann Arbor and shut Michigan
out 10-0. The following year at Minneapolis, it was a costly juggle
that cost Michigan the precious Jug. Michigan led the whole way
until the Gophers' inspiring quarterback Sandy Stephens picked the
team up in the last quarter for two touchdowns and a 23-20 victory.
The costly play was a fumble by Michigan halfback Bennie McRae
which set up the final Gopher tally.
Saturday's contest is a battle between the weak and the weak.
Michigan has a 1-2-1 mark while the Gophers are 1-3. Michigan
coach Bump Elliott tied Michigan State for his first achievement

in a long time. Maybe he can bring the Jug home.

For a quarterback who couldn't
even throw the ball a week ago,,
Bob Timberlake has made it back
into the spotlight in a big way.
The rangy junior from Franklin,
Ohio gave the Wolverines their
only offensive lift of the after-
noon last Saturday when he came
off the bench in the third quarter
of the game. Timberlake com-
pleted 10 of 16 passes for 133
yards and scored two face-saving
touchdowns himself.
So now Coach Bump Elliott lists
Timberlake as his probable start-
ing quarterback for the Minnesota
game at Minneapolis this Satur-
day. It will be the first starting
assignment of the season for the
Wolverine who played more min-
utes last season than any other
'back on the team.
Expected Starter
Timberlake was expected to be
the starting quarterback at the
start of fall practice. But a week
before the first game he injured
his right shoulder. "For three
weeks after the injury I couldn't
throw a football three yards,"
Timberlake says.
Yankees Set
'To Ink Yogi
As Manager
NEW YORK (IP)-Yogi Berra,
the squat catcher with the quot-
able wit, was expected to become
the 17th manager of the New York
Yankees today.
The announcementwas to be
made at a morning press confer-
ence just 48 hours after the one at
which the man Berra is expected
to succeed, Ralph Houk, was ele-
vated to general manager.
Houk, who led the Yankees to
three pennants and two world
championships in three years, suc-
ceeds Roy Hamey, who resigned
because of ill health.
Known for Days
The naming of any one other
than Berra would come as a com-
plete surprise. A Yankee official
told the Associated Press that Ber-
ra has known for several days the
manager's job was his.
Yogi himself has been in seclu-
sion on orders from the front of-
fice. A friend of Berra's said he
was on a golfing trip to Pinehurst,
N.C., but the Pinehurst people said
it wasn't so.
That Berra was considered man-
agerial timber came as a surprise
to some but not to knowledgable
baseball people who respect Yogi's
native acumen, keen analytical
mind, native intelligence and abil-
ity to get along with people.
Immense Popularity
Another consideration was his
immense popularity with writers
and fans. Yogi is one of the most
popular players the Yankees ever
Berra's imminent graduation
from player-coaching ranks to the
manaership comes as no surprise
to Ca ey Stengel, who led the Yan-
kees to 10 pennants in 12 years
before giving way to Houk in 1961.
"They did some surprising
things when I was there," said the
grizzly old skipper of the New
York Mets, "but this move doesn't
surprise me at all."
Stengel pointed out that the
38-year-old Berra; who has play-
ed 17 full seasons with the
Yankee, should be familiar with
all the pitchers and batters in
the league.

"So after the Michigan State
game I laid off throwing for a
couple of days," he continued.
"Then by last Saturday my arm
was fine. I don't know if the lay-
off, did it. I just think it was due
to come along anyway."
During the first three games
Timberlake was only in action
for one series against Navy and
also did the kicking-off duties in
each game. Elliott pointed out that
Timberlake was not totally dis-
abled from playing because of his
bad shoulder.
Injury Disqualifies
However, this injury did dis-
qualify him from quarterbacking
the team in passing situations. To
use Timberlake at an offensive

or defensive halfback while his'
arm prevented him from quarter-
backing would disrupt the person-
nel of the team according to El-
"Unless we intended a perma-
nent change in his position we
wouldn't use Bob at another spot
just for a couple of games," Elliott
stated. The head coach said that
plans for this season for Timber-
lake do not include action in the
defensive backfield.
Elliott said that Timberlake will
play mostly offense this season as
opposed to last season when he
played both ways and averaged
over 35 minutes of playing time a
game. His only defensive work this
season was last Saturday when he

gave Dick Rindfuss a brief rest in
the secondary.
Mostly Offense
Playing mostly offense suits
Timberlake just fine. "I like to
play offense because I feel I'm
more valuable to the team on
offense than on defense," he said.
Timberlake praised Michigan's
ends for their pass catching abili-
ties. "I'm real confident in our
ends this season," he said.
He mentioned all the Michigan
ends and singled out sophomore
Craig Kirby as being very under-
rated. "You don't read or hear
much about him," said Timberlake.
"But then he goes out and makes
four catches last Saturday.
"He has a pair of hands as good

-Daily-Bruce Taylor
TIMBERLAKE TOSSES-Michigan quarterback Bob Timberlake (28) narrowly escapes being tackled
by Purdue's David Ellison (93), during the Wolverines' 23-12 loss to the Boilermakers Saturday.
Timberlake came off the bench in the second half to rejuvenate the Wolverines, driving to two
fourth-quarter touchdowns and completing 10 of 16 passes.


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