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VOL. LIV, No. 1


Wolverine Grid Men Rate High at Turn of S


LOWdown on Sports
. . .by BUD LOW
W ATCHING football practice the other day we got into a conversation
with Fielding H. Yost, Michigan's "Grand Old Man," and during
the course of events we asked him about the 1901 game with Buffalo
when the Wolverines scored 128 points. That was in the days when the
players dressed in Waterman Gym and warmed up by running across
campus to Regents Field, now part of the University golf course.
We had heard several tales about this game, one of which was that the
Buffalo squad was so battered that Coach Yost had to loan them substitutes.
This, he admitted, wasn't true, but he did tell us that Buffalo was so com-
pletely demoralized and beaten that they wanted to call the game at the
half. He finally persuaded them to continue the contest by giving them as
long as they wanted to rest up between the halves and by allowing them to
substitute freely in the second half, for at that time if a player was taken
out of the game he could not return during the same half.
He then went on to tell us about some of the other games that his teams
won by lopsided scores. There was the tilt with his alma mater, West Vir-
ginia, in 1904 when the Varsity rolled up 130 points in the 36 minutes that
the game lasted, for an average of 3.6 points a minute.
At this point "Hurry-Up" drew several mimeographed sheets out
of his pocket on which the highlights and statistics of the great "point-
a-minute" days were tallied. Listed were the eight touchdowns that
Al Herrnstein scored in the first half against Michigan State in 1902,
the 19 points after touchdown that Jim Lawrence kicked out of 20 at-
tempts in the same game, the 110 touchdowns Willie Heston scored in
the four years he wore the Maize and Blue, records which have never
been equaled.
T1WAS THAT SAME TEAM of 1902 that amassed a total of 644 points in
11 games while holding their opponents to a measly 12. The year before,
Yost's first at Michigan, the Wolverines goal line was uncrossed when they
played such teams as Chicago, coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg who is now
having a successful season at College of the Pacific, Carlisle, coached by the
famous "Pop" Warner, Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State, Northwest-
ern, Iowa, Indiana, all the top teams of the country at that time.
In 1905 the Varsity went through a 13 game schedule scoring 495 points
to their opponents' 2, but it was that two points that resulted in their only
defeat .from 1901-05. Chicago obtained revenge for the defeats they had
suffered at the hands of Yost coached teams the previous four years by get-
ting a safety as they held Michigan scoreless for the one and only time the
Wolverines failed to score those first five years.
From 1901-05 Michigan played 51 games, losing only one and tying
one, that being a 6-6 tie with Minnesota in 1903. The Varsity tallied
2,21 points during that period while holding their opposition to 42.
This record has never been equalled by any college in the nation and it
stands as a testimony to the man who put himself and Michigan on the
top of the sports world.
"Hurry-Up" Yost didn't stop at just records, as soon as he became Dir-
ector of Athletics he began to plan for the day when Michigan would have
one of the finest athletic plants anywhere in the world. He began by invent-
ing and building the great Field House dedicated in 1923 and named after
the "Great Scalper." Used as a pattern by many universities, the Yost Field
House is unique in both construction and design. In 1926 the Colliseum was
purchased and rebuilt for an indoor ice rink.
THE STADIUM, which saw its first football game in 1927, is the second
largest-college stadium in the country and is further tribute to Yost's
farsightedness. That same year the Women's Athletic Building and Palmer
Field were added to the campus and the following year the "Grand Old
Man" purchased 112 acres for the University Golf Course. Fulfillment of
Coach Yost's ambition of athletics for all came with the completion of the
great Intra-Mural Building (now referred to as the Sports Building) in 1929.
Yost's four million dollar dream came true.
Fielding Harris Yost, life-blood of Michigan athletics for forty
years, appears in the news infrequently now, but in an inconspicuous
office in the Field House he conceived, he still carries the memories of
Fred Norcross, Al Herrnstein, ",Boss" Weeks, "Germany" Schulz, Willie
Heston, and the "point-a-minute" teams on which he and Michigan
rode to fame.
Upon his retirement as Athletic Director July 1, 1941, Yost was honored
by the Board of Regents by having the title, Professor Emeritus of the
Theory and Practice of Athletics, conferred upon him. In regard to his loyal
association with the University, the Regents' resolution said, "it has meant
much more than a record, however impressive, of contests won and national
acclaim. To very many, Mr. Yost's example of hard play, fine sportsman-
ship, clean living and good citizenship has been a potent inspiration for the
attainment of the type of earnest, honorable manhood which he himself
has so well illustrated."
Michigan will never forget the "Grand Old Man."
Kuzma and Franks Share
Room in University Hospital

Ex-Wisconsin Star Goes Off Tackle Against Gophers

-Daily Photo by Cpl. R. L. Lewin, 3651st S.U., Co. A
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch with Rudy Smeja and George Kraeger (number 62) opening up a hole big,
enough for a Sherman tank to go through, picking up yardage against Minnesota. He tallied three
times against the Gophers and may be the first Michigan man since Tom Harmon to score more than 48
points in a single season.
* .*** * * *
Futr osStudded with Freshmren

Suffe rOne
Defeat in First
Five Games
Bill Datey,-;Ex-Gopher
Fullback, Stars; Little
Brown Jug; Returns
With a squad built around Navy
and Marine trainees, 'Most' of whom
hail from Wisconsin and, Minnesota,
Michigan's 1943 grid machine still
rates near the top of the football
heap with over half. the season al-
ready history.
The Wolverines have conquered
four of their first five opponents,
dropping the-lone tilt to Notre Dame,
35-12, in a game that most of the
record crowd: of over 86,000 fans will
long remember, many of them re-
Both teams went into that contest
undefeated, having conquered all
other opponents by almost over-
whelming scores,. and the tilt was
bally-hooed as the first of the many
"games of the year." The Irish had
already routed. Pittsburgh and Geor-
gia Tech, while the Maize and Blue
had taken Camp Qrant, 26-0, West-
ern Michigan, 57-6, and' Northwest-
ern, 21-7.
Irish Too Good
However, the Ramblers came, saw
and conquered to smash; the Wolver-
ines hopes of being 'the top team in
the nation. But even in defeat Mich-
igan. did stamp itself as a top-flight
team. It held' the Irish .to their low-
est score to date, and scored nearly
half the pointsr the Ramblers have
had tallied against them this season.
Then the Wolverines bounced back
-to smother- Minnesota and regain
possession. of the Little Brown Jug
after nine long years, 49-6. It was
the worst defeat ever handed out in
the long' series between the Gophers
and Michigan. ,
'Most of the Wolverines power rest-
ed in its dream backfield of Bill
Daley, Elroy Hirsch, Capt. Paul
White, and Bob Wiese. Daley and
Hirsch were two of the leading backs
in the Big Ten last year, White was
Michigan's leading scorer and Wiese
was the Maize and Blue's leading
groundgainer. The latter, 'however,
shifted over to the quarterback slot
to make way, for Daley.I White, a
Marine trainee, left after ;the Min-
nesota 'game, for' 'P'arris Island and
officers training,, and Paley, in the
Navy V-12 program, left .right after
the Illinois tussle.
Daley Greatest Star'
The' greatest star in the"'Maize and
Blue's attack has ,been. ill Daley,
lend-lease fullback from Minnesota.
Coming to the Wolverines' via the
(Continued on Page 6)

Takiug I
SCATTERED through the ranks of
Uncle Sam's armed fdrces from
post to post are thousands of the na-
tion's top ranking athletic stars of
yesterday. The football, baseball and
basketball uniforms have given way
to khaki and blue. And there are
guns in their hands instead of pig-
skins and baseballs.
Fame is fleeting . . . and these
men have buried their individual-
ity to a certain extent in concen-
trating their energy on a new job.
What do these men think of now?
It was way back in March when
the Michigan ROTC was being put
through the grinder at Fort Custer.
The Wolverine would-be soldiers,
knowing that they would have an-
other fling at. campus life after their
short stay at Custer, took the pro-
cessing with a light heart. It was
more grim and serious to many other
collegians from Illinois, Michigan
State and numerous small schools.
Illinois gave up miler Don Glad-
ding and a huge portion of the.
"Whiz Kids" of cage fame, namely
Gene Vance, ArtgMathisen and
Jack Smiley. Gladding didn't even
try to be philosophical.
"Running will have to take a back
place in my mind," he told me.
"Where I'm going there is no time or
place for distance running. My run-
ning will help me on obstacle cour-
ses. It will give me more endurance.
But there will be no headlines for me
now. Someday maybe..."
AND THEN the scene shifts to
Fort Knox, Ky., where thou-
sands are trained at the Armored
Force Replacement Training Cen-
ter. Again we find athletes forget-
ting their glorious pasts for their
new role with Uncle Sam.
There was a huge, strapping sol-
dier in another company in our bat-
talion. He was Jim to all of us. We
marvelled at his size and his ability
to move around with ease. He could
take the toughest the AFRTC had to
offer without a second thought.
It wasn't until more than half of
our training period was over that
we learned that the big fellow was
Jim Craig who played tackle--lots
of it-for the Illini. Big Jim had a
lot to say about football.
"I certainly remember that Illi-
nois-Michigan game at Ann Arbor
last fall," he declared in- answer to
our obvious question. "That was the
day all eyes were on the anticipated
duel between your Julie Franks
(Continued on Page 3)

Michigan will wind up the gridiron
season this year by playing three Big
Ten Conference teams here in Ann
Arbor; Indiana, Wiscon, and Ohio
These three schools have had to
draw their material from the civilian
personnel on the campus. In this
fact lies the reason why all three
schools have freshmen stars in their.
Indiana Has Star
Indiana's freshman passing sensa-
tion, Bob Hoernschemeyer will be the
Wolverines chief problem November
6, when they meet the Hoosiers in the
first of the last three games. Aiding
Hoernschemeyer is the versatile Pete
Pihos who regularly plays end, but
doubles ably in the backfield.
This is the first time since 1936
that Michigan has played Indiana,
and also the first time the Hoosiers
have met a Crisler-coached team. Al-
though Bo McMillan depends almost
entirely on civilian personnel, his
team still ranks high among the ex-
Michigan Tops Series
In the ten previous clashes between
the two schools, the Wolverines have

won eight but they have not scored
more than seven points in the last.
three meetings.
The following Saturday the Maize
and Blue will entertain the Wisconsin
Badgers. Coach Harry Stuhldreher's
boys have played three conference
games to date. They defeated Iowa
and lost to Indiana and Illinois. Sat-
urday they played the Purdue Boiler-

makers at Madison. This year's Bad-
ger squad is comparatively small be-
cause not enough men on the campus
are eligible to play. The team's worst
defeat this year was suffered under
the thunderous Notre Dame power-
Ohio State, who plays Michigan
here November 20 in the last contest
of the season, is in a worse dilemma
(Continued from Page 3)

Sports Building Now Serves.
Both Servicemen and Civilians

Before the war, the Sports Building
served as a center for Intramural
activities, and as such was available
to every man who wanted to take ad-
vantage of the opportunities offered
As a result of the program changes
brought about by the present emer-
gency, the Sports Building is serving
in at least two distinct and different
ways, to give the maximum amount

of service to all men in service or not,
who are on campus.
The Sports Building is still offer-
ing athletic equipment and numerous
facilities to men who wish to partici-
pate in intramural sports. The build-
ing is one of the largest and most
completely equipped buildings of its
kind in the country, and has served.
as a model for other sports buildings
(Continued on Page 3)






Nation 's


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** *

In a seventh-floor room of Uni-
versity Hospital two former Michigan
gridiron greats are having the time
of their life as they convalesce from
what one of them terms "slight in-
On one bed is Tom Kuzma, the
lad from Gary who was tabbed as
Tom Harmon's successor and who
led the Wolverines with his pile-
driving line smashes for two years.
Kuzma was a sophomore sensation
in 1941, but was hampered some-
what by injuries last fall.
Across the room in the other bed
is the ever-beaming Julie Franks,
Michigan's All-American guard of
last fall and one of the greatest line-
men ever to wear the Maize and
Blue. Julie was also a sophomore
sensation in 1941 and continued his

with their- being together in one
room. Kuzma had been convalescing
here for several months and receiv-
ing periodic visits from many friends
including Franks. One Thursday,
Julie paid Tom a visit and had a
good time telling his friend how he
wasn't doing much good in bed. The
following Saturday Julie moved in
and has been Tom's roommate ever
Another strange quirk of fate was
the offer made to Kuzma by the
Chicago Bears. Late last June Tom
received a letter from R. D. Briz-
zolara, secretary of the Bears, asking
him "if he would be interested in
playing with the Chicago Bears this
coming season." Tom's reply was a

Fritz Crisler
And Aides Have
Great Records
Michigan's football coaches, rated
one of the finest group of mentors
in the country, have an enviable rec-
ord behind them. Head Coach H. 0.
"Fritz" Crisler, Line Coach Clarence
Munn, End Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan, Backfield Coach Earl Marti-
neau, Assistants Bill Barclay and Art
Valpey all distinguished themselves
on the gridiron before becoming
coaches here.
Crisler Came in 1938
Crisler came to Michigan in 1938
after serving as head coach at
Princeton for the preceding six years,
and in the same capacity at Minne-
sota in 1930 and 1931. He was also
Gopher Athletic Director during his
two year stay. His Wolverine teams
have won 32 games, lost eight, and
tied two up until the beginning of
the season this fall. Crisler's 13 year
record as head football coach lists 77,
victories, 24 defeats, and eight ties.
Marty Also Gopher
Coming to the Wolverines in 19381
from Syracuse, Munn has shown

Jug Returns ;
After nine long years the "Little
Brown Jug." football's most famous
trophy, rests in little Ann Arbor
town, its rightful home.
Minnesota shipped the "Jug" to
the Wolverines after the Gopherg
had absorbed a 49-6 shellacking, the
largest margin run up by either'
team soince the series started in
1892, a week ago last Saturday. The
well known trophy arrived in Ann
Arbor just in time for the Varsity to
admire it before leaving for Cham-
paign and their game with Illinois.
Starts in 1903
The story of the "Jug" goes back
to the Michigan-Minnesota game of
1903. In those days a football team
usually carried its own drinking
water because modern sanitation
methods were unknown. The Maize
and Blue trainer took two such jugs,
each costing around 35 cents, up to
Minneapolis, out of which the team
got its water. During the game the
Gopher's Oscar Munson stole one of
them, little realizing that he was
creating history.
When Coach Fielding H. Yost dis-
covered the theft and approached

Jinx Broken, Brown Jug Returns After Nine Long Years

After Nine Long
Years Brown

There's an obvious reason for the smiles on the faces of Head Football Coach Fritz CtIsler and his aides.
Thn n""frair.o, nln.. d st iiive "Ttl Rnwn Jn"' which came hack to Ann Arbor after anine-year



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