THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, October 20, 1974
Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, October 20, ~I 974
ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH
FACULTY AND GRADS
WINE and CHEESE PARTY
Forty years ago todc
on Michigan's athletii
S nda October2(Continued from Page 3)
been booked in November, 1933I
:3 P Mby the legendary Yost. Accord-
-:30 PM ing to "Hail to the Victors,"
Brg wine, cheese or $1.50 John Behee's recently published
Brin gutr&reodI history of black athletes at
Also guitars & records i l nichigan, potential racial "com-
(Please do not brinci GaOI wines) plications" had been discussed
HLLE 1 429 l well in advance of the game.
at HILLEL--1429 Hill St. Dan McGugin, Yost's brother-
in-law and 'the Vanderbilt foot-
____- - ball coach wrote to Yost in De-I
cember, 1933, saying:
"We had a meeting of (South-
east) conference coaches at1
New Orleans last Friday and aj
group of us were in the roomI
and someone asked Alexander,
in a rather joking way, what!
for return of female Siberian Huskyhews goxn dosaoutighe
' !detail. Alexander said Michigan;
black & white with black mask, wear- would not play a colored man!
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had never been done by the'
Northern teams with Southernf
teams 4nd he was sure it would !
not be done.
"QHIO STATE told me when'
they scheduled games with
the Navy that the Navy had
asked that a coloredman not
play in Annapolis but they did
and he wanted Ward for the
Wolverines. Yost and his legions
y. A b lo t of alumni supporters, on the
other hand, wanted to know why
IMichigan needed black players
since they had been successful
Northwestern High School, Wil- A T TIMES Kipke was report-
lis Ward would have had little edly ready to engage in fist
trouble securing admission to fights with some of Ward's de-
the University of Michigan if tractors, but eventually he won
he were white. M g out. Whether Yost's scheduling
he wre wite.and later refusal to cancel the
However, Ward knew of the Georgia Tech game was an act
traditional exclusion of blacks of revenge against Kipke may
from Michigan gridiron teams. never be known.
While Yost coached football at Ward recalls Y o s t as a
Friedman or a Super-Catholic or PRESIDENT FORD was the
a Super-Negro. But he'd cer- starting center and Most
tainly rather win without them." Val-able Player on the' 1934
Ward, only the second black Wolverine eleven and was prais-
to play football at Michigan (the ed in The Daily for his consis-
first was George Jewett in tent play and leadership. Ford
1892), established quite a few! had gotten his chance after play-
ing behind All-American Chuck
precedents on the Ann Arbor IBrado ihgnsntoa
campus. "The Big Ten rule for Bernard on Michigan's national
blacks on the teams," W a r d championship teams of 1932 and
said, "was segregation from the 1933.
rest of the team on the r o a d "Gerry Ford is one of the
but Kipke broke that rule for most decent people I have
me." known' said Ward."Hwa
not ask for that agreement at
McGugin further counseled,
"If you (Yost) would be em-
barrassed by not playing him "it was alleged a
seriously then I believe Tech I
would quietly prefer to with- the whites that h
draw from the game and may-
be the report could be given attitu
out that there was a mistake of
some kind about the date." .....11.+, IiT L o%..at ~
i the time among
ie had a huckster
)ot ball," Ward re-
e was for white
Most football players in the
1930's were given campusdjobs
to help defray tuition and ex-
penses before the advent of the
"grant-in-aid" system. Ward had
the honor of becoming the
first black to wash dishes at the
"VOU HAVE to remember the
attitudes of the community
in which Michigan abided. Back
then even the janitors in Ann
Arbor were white. Basically I
was treated pretty good b u t
there were incidents of prejutd-
,wS Vr a a7S w G u. A O WCs
strong in his reaction at t h e
time. I understand he wanted
to quit the team. His brother
talked to me about it when I
was in Washington working for
the Public Service Commission.
"As far as his civil rights
voting record is concerned, you
have to remember Ford was a
conservative in a conservative
district (Grand Rapids) who
wanted to get elected. True feel-
ings and principals come to the
fore when a man becomes Presi-
Although few people have ac-
tually condemned Yost, the
architect of Michigan's "Point-
a-Minute" teams of the early!
1900's the facts seem to put re-!
sponsibility for the incident in
his lap. Yost was the only offi-
cial with the authority to cancel
the game or insist Ward play,
but he and the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics chose
a "do nothing" policy.
AN "A" STUDENT and holder
of many world interscho-g
lastic track records at Detroit's
cans. a ne gam(
Protestant gentlemen. Sure, there
were some exceptions to the rule
but you had to be a Super-Jew like
Bennie Friedman or a Super-Cath-
olic or a Super-Negro. But he'd cer-
tainly rather win without them."
the University (1901-1926), no "Southern gentleman with all*
black ever donned a Michigan the attitudes of an aristocrat,
uniform. He had planned to en- but he wasn't an aristocrat.'
roll either at Dartmouth or!
Northwestern University. "'T WAS alleged at the time
But Michigan Coach Harry among the whites that he
Kipe, who attenled an integrated had a huckster attitude about
Lansing high school, knew a football. The game was for
ice. The local Masons Ldidn't "LYNDON JOHNSON, piobab-
treat you too well. ly one of the most pro-
"As far as the Georgia Tech gressive Presidents with his
game, it was wrong. It is mor- "Great Society" program was
ally and legally impossible to no maverick on civil rights in
justify it. The thing soured me the Congress. He did a 180-de-
on athletics. It told me it just gree turn in civil rights when
wasn't worth it. All the sweat he became President. I doubt if
and work became just lab , not anybody in Texas would have
love," Ward said. "Maybe I'm voted for him."
overreacting but I want to dra- Ward feels the age of equal-
matize my personal reaction. ity is still far away, but says,
"There has been such a large
"I might have won some gold change in society in the last
medals at the Berlin Olympics. forty years that you have to
But my participation along witn have lived through it to under-
(Jesse) Owens would not have stand. Society has tried to in-
made it fair. Injustice was still corporate the black and even
the attitudes of Michigan alum-
being perpetrated since the Jew- ni have changed in the last de-
ish athletes were barred by Hit- cade.
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super-athlete when he saw one
w h i t e Protestant gentlemen.
Sure, there were some excep-
ler and two of our best run-
ners, Marty Glickman (later a
famous New York sportscaster)
and Sam Stalder of Mi.higan
weren't allowed," said Ward.
1 tions to the rule b
be a Super-Jew
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BLE AT LOCAL BOOKSTORES
irst time an in-
he black athlete
er performers at
ell in their own
was like to be a
t in concept, Rep. Bullard's bill which he sponsored
d against it. It's too bad he couldn't have spent much
ding this bill through the legislative process, and
'on is headline-grabbing activities.
ut you had to
"Michigan has always wanted
the super-athlete but I used to
get calls even in the early and
mid-Sixties from parents of
black athletes about mistreat-
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viously didn't take the mni-
tiative -on October 20, 1934,
Ward feels, "It's up to the aca-
demic world to lead society
ahead, not to follow it."
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