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Many Laud
Record Of
(By Ben Sherwood)
Illuminating indeed are the answers
that have been received from prom-
inent track coaches in response to re-
quests for "inside" dope on "Steve"
Farrell, Michigan's track coach. It is
probable that the former prowess of
"Steve" is not realized at a passing
glance as one sees him glaring criti-
cally at a perspiring miler making the
rounds of the track in Wateman gym.
Not only in regards to the ability of
this man as a coach but also, and
almost more so, have these different
coaches dwelt on his former record as
the peer of American runners in
lengths from 100 yards to a half mile.
John F. Moakley, coach at Cornell, is
especially strong in his praise of
"Steve." He writes: "We have been
friends for nearly 35 years and re-
ceived our track education in the pio-
neer days when track athletics were
first introduced into this country.
Best Runner of Day
"Steve was the best all round run-
ner of his day, as well as being un-
equalled as a jumper. He ,was the
mainstay of the world renowned hose
team from Natick whose members
have become -the greatest track.
coaches and athletic trainers in Amer-
ica. His running mates on that team
were the late 'Mike' Murphy, Keene
Fitzpatrick, Pooch Donovan, and
Johnnie Mack.
"I had an opportunity to test my
speed against 'Steve' on one occasion
in an open race held in Boston and I
will never forget how badly he defeat-
ed the field in that race.
"I always considered 'Steve' the
greatest runner America ever pro-
duced from 100 yards to half a mile.
Since he entered the college ranks as
a coach he has impressed me greatly
not alone for his knowledge of track
athletics but equally so for the fine
condition of his teams in all their im-
portant engagements."
The high regard in which our coach
is held by his colleagues in the fur-
therance of the sport is shown when
Harry Gill, coach at Illinois, says:
Understands Men
"In his younger days he was one of
the greatest athletes in the game. He
not only demonstrated his prowess in
this country but also in the Sheffield
handicaps in England. Since taking
up coaching he has become one of the
best known and most successful track
and field coaches in this country. He
understands men, knows every angle
of the game and can still demonstrate
nearly every event on the program.
Any team that figures on winning a
conference meet has to figure on beat-
ing Steve.
"Further, good sportsmanship and
Steve are synonomous. I have never
known him to stand for anything but
the best in the game. He is a credit
to the sport and Michigan may well
feel proud to have him in charge of
her track and field teams."!
It has been said that the beauty of
the compliments that are paid with
such sincerity to Steve is that some of
the men are the ones that contested
him for the supremacy of the turf in
the days when he did the running him-
self. Keene Fitzpatrick, coach at

Princeton, says: "I have known Steve
Farrell for the past 35 years and can
not speak too highly of his ability as
a track coach, in fact he is ranked as
one of the best in the country. Thirty
years ago he was one of the fastestf
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Star; Now Called




(By Bob Angell)
Coach Steve Farrell, of the Michigan track team, has made a record in
his eight years at the University of Michigan of which he and every Michigan
man has a right to be proud. During this period Steve has never failed to
turn out a good team, while in at least four seasons his squads have ranked
among the best in the country.
Coming here from Ohio State in 1913 where he had been track coach f
and football trainer, he jumped right into his new position and filled it with
great credit right from the start. Hap Half was captain of the team that
year and "was one of the four men to break the two-mile relay record in-
doors at the Penn Relay carnival, with a mark of 8 minutes fiat. Jimmy
Craig in the hurdles, ani Kohler in the weights, were other brilliant per-
formers that season. The Wolverines finished third in the Eastern Inter-
collegiates that spring thus establishing themselves as one of the best bal-
anced teams in the United States.
The following year the team was not so well-balanced, but Steve devel-
oped some bright individual stars. Bond, Smith and Seward formed a great
dash trio and swept everything before them in the short distances every
time they stepped upon the track.
Michigan finished second in the two: this place. He gives unstintedly of
mile relay at Philadelphia. - t his time and effort to the turning out
Aile relyats h ldel phia.rntdof good track teams and he is never
A hard schedule confronted the 1915 too busy or too hurried to give one of
team which had but a small number his candidates needed attention.
of veterans. However, the record fror Moreover he is an exponent of clean
the year was a creditable, one, for
} - sportsmanship through and through
Michigan won all the dual meets in and will not tolerate "dirty work". on
which she competed, and Hal Smith artw o ny of himy Kn
gained immortal fame by winning both the part of any of his men. Kindly,
gaied immrtan f-ae bys wiin th efficient, and reserved one might call
athe 220 and 100-yard dashes in the him, although once in a long while he
Eastern Intercollegiates. Eddie Car- will forget himself longenough to tell
roll copped third in the mile at theof his experiences on the cinders in
same meet.thp AIl,,

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Coach Farrell and two of his protegees, Carl Johnson,
he considers the best man he has ever turned out; Eddie
the middle, was his best miler.

'20, at the left,
Carroll, '17, in

To Coach Steve Farrell Michigan owes much. Always
since he has filled the position of -track mentor for the
Maize and Blue her track men have been regarded as
formidable competitors and keen sportsmen. The first
they have gained from the tutelage of Farrell, the Coach.
The second has been instilled in them by their personal
contact with Steve the Man.
As a star athlete in his younger days he had the repu-
tation of always giving, to every race, the best lie had in
him. This reputation he has worthily upheld in his work
in Waterman gymnasium.
To Steve Farrell Michigan owes much.


Early Fo)
(By Thornton W. Sargent, Jr.)
Early season prospects are giving!
Coach Steve Farrell ample grounds for1
thinking that Michigan will have a
good track team this year-perhaps
not one that will bring home the Con-
ference or Intercollegiate champion-
ships but one that will be well up in
the final reckoning and one that will
make her rivals work to win a dual
Michigan's competitors this year will
be strong, especially Illinois, last
year's champions, and Wisconsin, who
last year boasted a cinder outfit which
could defeat practically all comers in
a dual contest. Both of these schools
have the majority of their veterans
back, and their freshman material last
year was excellent. Ohio State alsoI

Prosp, 1 ects
havoc with Wolverine track squads,
last year being no exception, and in-
juries in depriving the coach of Cap-
tain Johnson and Losch put the big-
gest crimp of all in the Michigan
championship aspirations in 1920. 1
This season may prove no excep-
tion, for at the present time several of
Steve's most promising youngsters are{
encountering scholastic trouble, and f
unless they pick up in their work,
Michigan may be deprived of a num-'
ber of sure point winners.
Despite these possible troubles Steve
and Captain Larry Butler are working'
their men hard in an effort to put out
a winning track team. Since early
December Waterman gym has been
filled with veterans, last year's fresh-
men, and real freshmen who are en-


(By Bob Angell)
"Don't you think you sport
writers are inclined to lose sight
of the fact that thesprimary
reason for a college is study, and
not football " Such was the state-
ment made by Coach Yost at a
"Big Ten" smoker in Pittsburgh
not long ago.
The "grand old man" of Michigan
football has here put a query which
is pertinent in the extreme but which
one would hardly expect to hear from
a gridiron mentor.
He continues: "The general public
seems to fail to realize that football is
merely a by-product of our universi-
ties, colleges and schools, a mere side
issue, intended to provide recreation
and diversion for the student bodies,
and is not the sole aim and issue of
these institutions.
"Football is all right-in its place.
It is a grand game, and we who have
been practicing it most of our lives
and love it, know better than anyonel
can tell how great it is. But we must
not lose our sense of proportion. It
is primarily a recreation of college
and school students-into which the
competitive spirit has entered as it

Record Relay Team
Nineteen sixteen was a banner sea-
son. The two-mile relay team equalled
the world's record when it defeated
the Cornell squad in a dual race in 7
minutes, 56 3-5 seconds. Smith and
Carroll were again big point winners
for Michigan, the latter beating no
less a maxi than Johnny Overton of
Yale in the Eastern Intercollegiates.
The outdoor season was cancelled in
1917 owing to the declaration of war,
although prospects were again bright'
for a good year. Carl Johnson came
to the fore in 1918 and was largely re-
sponsible for Michigan's sweeping vic-
tories in every meet in which she com-'
peted. Both indoor and outdoor Con-
ference titles went to the Wolverines
and Carl took the broad jump in the
Penn Relays. Critics admitted that
Michigan was undoubtedly one of the
two or three best in the country in
that season.
History repeated itself in 1919, the
Wolverines making a clean sweep in
the West.. Although Carl Johnson was
the main cog in the machine he was
by no means the whole team. The
Michigan squad was a well-balanced
one which all its opponents had good
reason to fear. Johnson scored 20
points in the Outdoor Conference in
1919-four firsts.

Ie ow ddays.
It would be hard to find a man bet-
ter qualified for his position than is
Steve. Before his three years' of serv-
ice at Ohio, his seven years at Maine
(Continued on page Three)
(By E. B. M.)
The fellow who said Michigan is
sleeping must have happened into
U-Hall auditorium one Wednesday
about an hour or so after lunch.
It is a regrettable fact that the Rain-
bow Revue took in more pate receipts
than gate receipts.
It's whispered around that a magnet
was used by the manager to separate
slugs and two and one-half cent pieces
from the vast heap of coins piled near
the footlights.
The throwing propensities of the
Wuerth audiences have scared the Ma-
jestic management from installing
vaudeville. Were they justified?
One of the eccentric dancers blocked
a terrible egg and immediately waxed
The concertina player in the Revue
forgot his monkey.
Some absent-minded farmer forgot
that the screen had been lowered and
hit Blanche Sweet directly in the chest
with a left-over tomato. She had to
have a fade out to get cleaned up.
Approximately $9,976.11 worth of
unsmoked tobacco is deposited annu-
ally in the form of cigarette butts, on
the local lawn.
Note:-For quantity the Ec building
wins, but try the Natural Science
doorway for length.

has prospects, which
season, cause their
Meets Diffi
However, before Ste
any other teams, his
have to overcome the
nents of all-eligibili
For years eligibility b

may, late in the deavoring to round themselves into
opponents con- shape for a vigorous year on the track.
There is promising material among
[culty these candidates. Some of the men
ve's outfit meets look exceptionally good for this early
men will first i the year, and although there is no
e greatest oppo- way of telling what they will develop
tv and injuries. into outdoors, Coach Farrell is hoping

Injuries Interfere
Although things looked particularlyj
rosy for the 1920 season, things did
not pan out as well as hoped. An in-
jury to Carl Johnson at the end of the
indoor season incapacitated him for
further competition until the Olympic
tryouts, so that the team finished the
year with but a mediocre record.
So much for the accomplishments of
the teams which Steve Farrell has
coached. There is no doubt that the'
Michigan mentor has had good mate-i
rial but that is by no means the wholel
story. The Wolverines have received1
extraordinarily good coaching. Steve
is rated as one of the top-notchers in
his profession and he well deserves

has been playing 1

has in no other American sport,
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it is

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