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XONDAY, OCT. 30, 1944


.Fielding H. Yost Has Set
Marks Few Can Match


The American public has long been
known, to associate various articles
with other articles; when we say
bacon we think of eggs, when we say
Mutt we think of Jeff and when the
average sport fan thinks of Michigan
football, the name of Fielding H.
Yost comes to his mind.
"Hurry Up," as he was known,
blazed a trail of great= athletics
through the many years in which he
was mentor of Michigan football,
that few have equalled. His name
ranks with those of the immortal
greats, Knute Rockne, Alonzo Stagg,
"Pop" Warner, Walter Camp, and
the other greats of the gridiron who
were outstanding from the sidelines
rather than from the field of play.
Has Great Teams
During his career as coach he
turned out some of the most out-
standing elevens ever amassed, in-
cluding his famous "Point-A-Min-
ute" aggregations of 1901 1905,
which some experts have said were
the greatest succession of teams ever
to appear on the striped turf. But
this was only the beginning of a
glorious career, which was to carry
through 25 years, and finished with
the same brilliance with which it
had started.
One cannot think of Yost merely
as a great football coach or by his
accomplishments as an athletic dir-
ector, among which are the building
of the present $3,000,000 athletic
plant, which now bears his name.
True, these were all great accom-
plishments, but the greatest feat of
all, the one that will long be remem-
bered after all others are forgotten,
is his insurmountable spirit and his
abundant faith in youth. Thus, it
may be that no man has ever been so
universally acclaimed for his work in
elevating young men through the
medium of college athletics.
Yost Starts Football
Yost was born in Fairview, W.Va.,!
in 1871, and met his first athletics
as a member of the baseball team at
Ohio Normal College, now Ohio Nor-
thern. After two years of school, he
left and went into business, but re-
turned three years later to the Uni-
versity of West Virginia where he
first encountered football. He dis-
tinguished himself not only as a
player, but as a student of the game
as well.
Inspired by his football experience,
he decided to make coaching his pro-
fession, and in 1897 he received his

first position. He did not last very
long at any one job, but when he was
released in 1901 by Stanford, after
coaching them to the Pacific Con-
ference championship, he accepted
an offer to come to Michigan, and a
great career at the University of
Michigan had begun.
Heston Leads Parade
His success was instantaneous, for,
led by the never-to-be-forgotten Wil-
lie Heston and others of equal cali-
ber, his "Point-a-Minute" teams ran
roughshod over all opposition, amas-
sing the enviable record of 54 con-
secutive victories and an aggregate
total of 2,821 points scored as against
their opponents' 42. "Michigan's
Grand Old Man," retired from the

Elroy Hirseb
First to Win 4
Varsity Letters
Football, Basketball,
Track, Baseball Were
Competitive Sports
Never in Michigan athletic history
has a man been able to win four let-
ters during the course of one season,
but during the year 1943-44 Elroy
Hirsch became the first Wolverine to
perform this'feat.
Hirsch earned his letters in foot-
ball, basketball, track and baseball.
Hirsch was a member of the V-12
program at Michigan and only stay-
ed here one year. At Wisconsin as a
freshman, he was an outstanding
football player and came to Michigan
with only recognition in that sport.
However, before he had gone very
far, he was known in practically all
sports for his iron-man feats.
In teaming up with Bill Daley in
the Michigan backfield last fall,
Hirsch helped bring the Big Ten
football championship back to Ann
Arbor for the first time in 11 years.
It was his sensational run of 67 yards
on the opening play of the Minnesota
game, that started the Gophers
downfall and returned the Little
Brown Jug to its rightful owners.
Criser Wasn't Looking
Late in the football season, Hirsch
injured his arm and was unable to
play in the game against .his old
teammates. However, in the last
quarter when Coach Fritz Crisler
wasn't looking, he jumped off the
bench and went in to kick an extra
'point and score against Wisconsin.
At the start of the basketball sea-
son he reported to Coach Benny
Oosterbaan, and though he had nev-
er played the sport before, he won
the first string center position due to
his fiery and spirited play. At times
he would forget that he was on the
hardwood and not on the gridiron,
but his general all-around play made
him tops in the minds of Michigan
court fans.
Reports for Track
Immediately following the close of
the basketball season, Hirsch went to
Chicago with the track squad. With
very little practice he leaped far
enough in the broadjump to place
second as well as finish fifth in the
highjump to aid in Michigan's record
total of points.
When the baseball season started,
who should turn up in this new
Michigan was short of pitchers, and
role-none other than Hirsch. It was
during the baseball season that he
performed his Frank Merriwell acts.
The first of these was on May 13.
The thinclads were having an impor-
tant meet with Illinois and Coach
Ken Doherty needed some extra
points to insure victory for Michigan
Hirsch came to the rescue and
proceeded to leap 24 feet, 21/4 inches
on his first try to take a first in the
broadjump. One hour later he took
up his duties on the mound and
shut out Ohio State on one hit, 5-0.
Two weeks later he again performed
in both sports but this time 120 miles
All over the Map
He got up at 5 o'clock in the morn-
ing and went by car to Champaign,
Ill. when the tracksters were compet-
ing in the Big Ten outdoor meet.
After broadjumping in the morning
round and placing third, he hopped
into the awaiting automobile and
journeyed to Bloomington, ind. when
he pitched the second game against
the Hoosiers, and enabled Coach Ray
Fisher's men to almost clinch the
diamond title. Throughout the base-'
ball season, he won six and lost one.'


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the American Olympic Team in 1928,
finishing third in the decathlon.
Since coming to Michigan in 1925,
Swimming Coach Matt Mann has
seen his charges take 15 Big Ten
crowns and 12 inter-collegiate cham-
pionships In 1940 Mann's team
walked off with Big Ten, Inter-colle-
giate, and National AAU titles, the
first Wolverine squad to do this. Last
season the tankers won in the Big
Ten but lost the other titles by slen-
der margins. Mann was a swimming
champion in Leeds, England when he
won the British Empire freestyle
championship at the age of 16. He
came to the United States in 1906
and was swimming coach at Syra-
cuse until 1910. Even though he has
lost many men to the armed services,
Mann is still producing squads of
championship caliber.
Weber Handles Frosh
The job of sifting out the promis-
ing freshman candidates falls to for-
mer Wolverines Wally Weber and
Art Valpey. Wally was in the plun-
ging, slot for the Wolverines in the
1925-1926 season. Valpey played end
for Michigan in 1935-37. Also help-
ing with the football team is Bill
Barclay who was a teammate of Val-
pey and also won letters in basketball
and golf.
One of the more versatile Michigan
coaches is Benny Oosterbaan. He
has been a familiar figure to Michi-
gan fans for eighteen years, first as
an All-American end in 1925-27 and
also a member of the baseball and
basketball teams. Now he serves as
head basketball coach and end coach
of the football team. Until Elroy
Hirsch topped his mark, Bennie was
one of the few to Win three letters in
a year, doing this three years run-
ricotte, the play covering 34 yards.
Just before the half ended Nuss-
baumer again raced into the end
zone, this time on a 27-yard reverse.

BOB NUSSBAUMERI-Star halfback on the Michigan football team
for the past two years has shown up exceptionally well this year. His.
speed has plagued opponents in every game and he hit his high in
this year's encounter with Northwestern as he scored his only two
touchdowns of the campaign on brilliant runs. The Purdue tilt was
the last for Bob as he received transfer orders from his Marine unit.
Football Squad Captures Four
Out of Five Gridiron Contests

sidelines in 1924, after 23 successful
years as coach, and after being ap-
pointed athletic director in 1921. But
he came back for two more glorious
years in 1925 and 1926., Then he
retired permanently and devoted all
his time to his athletic director's
After he resigned in 1940, Yost
could look back with pride to the
glorious years of service rendered to
the University and to the public. His
career of coaching, his program of
physical development, his fine intra-
mural athletic program, the gigantic
athletic plant which bears his name,
and the tradition of great teams he
left behind him, all stand to substan-
tiate the claim of many that "Yost
is the greatest of the great."


Physical Education Program

Stresses Muscle Hardening

The intensified physical education
for men program is now entering its
eighth consecutive semester of war-
time training.
This program, which consists of all
sorts of physical exercise, was started
during the summer semester of 1942,
and has been continuing ever since.
It is required to be elected by all
students and is participated in three
times a week in periods of about an
hour and a half duration. These
three periods usually appear in se-
quence, that is on Monday, Wed-
nesday and Friday, or on Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday, with the
latter class being held on Saturday
morning so that the student will have
the rest of the day free.
The program consists of all sorts of

exercise, some of which are calisthe-
nics, track, games, relays, gymnastic
exercises, swimming, combats of all
sorts, and an obstacle course. This
obstacle course, conceived during the
summer of 1942, is a 344 yard course
with all obstacles. These impedi-
ments consist of different tests, which
require the use of the leg and trunk
muscles. Some require the arm mus-
cles and some require simply dexter-
ity and coordination. The average
time for a beginner is about 2 min-
utes and 45 seconds, but as one pro-
gresses he is able to cut his time
down to 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
The record was set by a V-12 trainee,
Warren Cowles, who completed the
course in the amazing time of 1 min-
ute and 29 seconds.

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touchdown passes from Culligan to
Rifenburg. Both teams exhibited a
lack of coordination and teamwork
and failed to move the ball with any
great consistency. The Wolverine
blocking was especially ragged.
Iowa Scores_
Only once did either team make
anything resembling a consistent
downfield march. The Pre-Flighters
capitalized on this brief exhibition of
offensive strength by scoring their
only touchdown. Halfback Bob Smith
culminated the drive by running
through the entire Michigan team
on a 24-yard jaunt which carried
him over the goal line.
Previously, the Wolverines had
scored on a 55-yard pass play from
Culligan to Rifeiburg, who had got-
ten behind the Seahawk secondary.
Behind 7-6, Michigan sewed up the
game on a similar play early in the
fourth quarter. It was a well-de-
served but not particularly decisive
victory as both teams displayed a
very evident lack of smoothness of
Marquette Is Trounced
The following week-end the Wol-
verines travelled to Milwaukee for a
night game with Marquette and came
home with their second straight win,
this time by a 14-0 score. After a
slow first half characterized by a
large number of fumbles oi both
sides and a couple of fine goal line
stands by each team, Michigan got
its running attack into high gear at
the start of the second half to march
82 yards for the score. Derricotte
took the ball over from the five.
After this flurry the Hilltopper
line stiffened and held off the re-
juvenated Wolverines until the final
period when two quick Culligan-Rif-
enburg passes resulted in a touch-
down. Nussbaumer was the offensive
star of this game as he rolled up 117
yards in 11 attempts with the ball.
Hoosiers Triumph
At this stage the sports analysts
who had been predicting dire things
for Michigan reversed their field and
began to talk of another champion-
ship, but these thoughts were given
a rude jolt the next Saturday when
Bo McMillin's Indiana eleven invaded
Ann Arbor.
The Hoosiers apparently " hadn't
heard of the Michigan ambitions for
they proceeded to demonstrate a few
of the finer points of football to a
thoroughly bewildered Maize and
Blue team and came off the field
with a very convincing 20-0 triumph.
Led by the redoubtable Bob Hoern-
schemeyer, Indiana pulled everything
from the screen pass to the old
statue of liberty play in rolling up
its margin.
Wolverines Outplayed
Only in the first few minutes was
Michigan in the game as the Crisler-
men rolled down field after taking
the kickoff, only to lose the ball at
the 30 on a fumble. Indiana promptly
returned the compliment by fum-
bling, but the Wolverine attack fiz-
zled and died a quiet death on the

ly started to roll in the tradition of
past Crisler-coached elevens as the
long hours of practice finally began
to show concrete results.
Gophers Fight
All of the Wolverine tallies were
registered via the ground route on
sustained marches which carried over
the line. The Gophers made a battle
of it by coming back from a 14-0
deficit to pull within one point of a
tie early in the second half, but the
Wolverines successfully stood off the
challenge to hit paydirt twice more
and walk off the field victorious.
But it was not until the fifth game
that Michigan hit its real stride,
bowling over a strong Northwestern
aggregation, 27-0. In this tilt the
Wolverine offense reached a zenith
of power as it tore to shreds what
was supposed to be the strohigest line
in the Big Ten. The defense was
likewise more than efficient stopping
the Wildcat backs for the meagre
total of 24 yards net from scrimmage.
Michigan was stopped on its first
goalward thrust but came roaring
back on an 80-yard march a few
minutes later as Derricotte bulled his
way over the final stripe in a spec-
tacular dash from the 15-yard stripe.
Nussbaumer took the ball over three
minutes later on a lateral from Der-






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