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29, 1945



28 All-Americans Place:
Michigan on Grid Map

Michigan One of First Seven Schools
To Join Present Western Conference

Just forty-two years ago this fall,
a member of the University of Michi-
gan's football squad was selected for
the annual All-American team. Since
that time twenty-seven more names
have been added to the list.
William Heston, a halfback for the
old point-a-minute teams, was the
man selected. He received the award
the following year and became the
only Michigan back to do so until
Tom Harmon also gained recognition
two years running in 1939-40.
Other great backfield men to gain
the coveted award were: quarter-
backs Bernie Friedman (1926), and
Harry Newman (1932); halfbacks
James Craig (1913), John Maulbetsch
(1914), and Harry Kipke (1922); and
fullbacks Cedric Smith (1917), Frank
Steketee (1918), Robert Westfall
(1941) and more recently William
Daley of the 1943 team.
17 Linemen
Linemen who have been awarded
All-American honors for Michigan
teams outnumber backs, having plac-
ed 17., Of these Adolph Schulz, was
the earliest. He made All-American
at center on the 1907 team. Other
centers who have made the grade are:
Ernie Vick (1921), Jack Blott (1923),
Maynard Morrison (1931) and Char-
les Bernard (1933).

Five guards have also placed with
Albert Benbrook setting a precedence
by winning two consecutive years,
1909-10. Others include Ernest All-
mendinger (1917), E. R. Slaughter
(1924), Ralph Heikkinen (1938) and
Julius Franks (1942).
Two Wisterts
Two brothers pace the list for tackle
positions. In 1933 Francis Wistert
was named and his younger brother
Albert took honors in 1942. Otto
Pommerening was elected in 1928 and
Merv Pregulman in 1943.
The all-time leader for Michigan
All-Americans is Ben Oosterbaan,
who now coaches basketball and is
assistant football coach at the uni-
versity. He is one of the few men to
be selected for All-American three
years in a row having made it in
1925-6-7. Two other ends received
similar recognition, Stanfield Wells in
1910 and Edward Frutig in 1940.
It is interesting to note that in
only one year has a Crisler-coached
aggregation failed to place at least
one All-American. That was last year
when nearly all football talent was
at a sub-par level.
Interesting statistics concerning the
teams of the years that these men
won All-American honors reveal that
Michigan won 171 games, lost 28 and
tied 11.

The Western Conference, generally
conceded to be the top athletic as-
sociation in America, is celebrating its
50th anniversary this season, climax-
ing a constant upward struggle for
supremacy in football and in all other
It was back in 1896, in the days of
moleskin-clad giants, of the flying
wedge, and of "crowds" of 2,000 spec-
tators, that representatives of seven
mid-western universities met in Chi-
cago to establish what eventually
grew into the Big Ten.
Schools represented in that historic
first meeting were the universities of
Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minne-
sota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wis-
consin. Representatives of these insti-
tutions drew up rules governing com-
petition and eligibility that serve as
a basis for today's play.
Two More In
1897 saw Indiana and Iowa join the
embryo Conference to form the Big
Nine. Michigan withdraw in 1905,
but came back in 1917. Meanwhile,
Ohio State had been added in 1913
Fake Placekick
Beat Ohio State
The fake field goal which misfired
in the dying moments of the game
which saw Michigan lose to Indiana,
13-7, a few weeks back, had a more
successful precedent dating back
some six years.
During the Michigan-Ohio State
game in 1939, the Wolverines spotted
their Columbus rivals a 14-0 lead in
the first half. But Tom Harmon and
Co. came roaring back in the last
two periods to tie the score and set
the stage for the game-deciding play.
In the last few minutes, Michigan
had the ball near the side-lines on
Ohio State's 32, fourth down and
nine to go. Harmon, a talented kick-
er, dropped back in field goal forma-
tion, but the play never developed
as a placement.
Instead, Fred Trosko grabbed the
ball and crossed the goal line un-
touched, giving Michigan an import-
ant 21-14 victory.

to bring the Conference to its pres-
ent membership.
At the time the Conference was
formed, football was lightly regarded
west of the Alleghenies. Harvard,
Yale, and the rest of the big Eastern
schools ruled the grid world.
Famous Coaches
But under the guidance of coaches
like Amos Alonzo Stagg of Chicago,
Harry Williams of Minnesota, Bob
Zuppke of Illinois, and Michigan's
own Fielding H. Yost, the fame of the
Western Conference grew rapidly.
Stars like "Red" Grange of Illinois,
Walter Eckersall of Chicago, Willie
Heston of Michigan, and countless
others thrilled football fans all over
the country with their feats on the
playing field.
The reputation of the Big Ten has
grown until it is now regarded as the
"toughest" conference in the nation.
Four times since 1936 the Big Ten has
boasted the top team in America.
Big Ten stars annually populate the
various All-American teams.

Michigan Stands Out -
Michigan has played an important
part in the success of the Conference,
for it has been one of the most suc-
cessful of Big Ten teams. It was one
of "Hurry Up" Yost's great elevens
that challenged the supremacy of the
East on the gridiron in 1914 by hold-
ing an overwhelmingly favored
Princeton squad to a 7-0 victory.
A total of 28 Wolverine football
stars have been chosen All-American.
Bennie Oosterbaan, now a Michigan
coach, earned recognition as one of
the greatest ends of all time by being
named three times. The exploits of
Tom Harmon are still too fresh in the
fans' memories to require elaboration.
All But Indiana
Although in recent years the Con-
ference has been dominated by Min-
nesota, Ohio State, and Michigan,
every team but Indiana has captured
the title at least once. Even Chicago,
which has dropped out of competition,
had its years of glory and won the
crown six times.

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victor in the Michigan-Minnesota game, is the center of ope of the
bitterest football rivalries in the nation. Michigan has had the Jug
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the sports world is the Little Brown
Jug, awarded annually when Michi-
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keep the trophy for the following
The Jug itself has an interesting,
somewhat humorous, origin. Back in
1903 Fielding H. Yost, Michigan's
famous coach, brought one of hi
great "point a minute" teams to Min-
neapolis for the yearly game with the
Gophers. The Wolverines were heavy
favorites, and Minnesota seemed
doomed to defeat.
Game Ends in Tie
Minnesota, however, had forgotten
to read the odds in the morning pa-
pers. The Gophers hung on tena-
ciously, and the game ended in a
6-6 tie.
As a reward for their moral bictory,
the Golden Gophers wanted some
sort of a trophy. Oscar Munson, Min-
nesota's equipment keeper, remem-
bered seeing a brown stone water ug
which the Michigan squad had
brought with it. He took the jug, but
the Wolverines didn't miss it for a
"Come and Get It!"
When the teai got back to Ann
Arbor, one of the players remembered
seeing Munson take the jug. He told
Yost about it, and a letter was
promptly sent asking for its return.
The Gophers' reply was a simple chal-
lenge to "come and get it."
Michigan accepted the challenge.
They didn't play Minnesota again
until 1909, but that year they beat
Minnesota by the score of 15-6. After
that, Michigan reigned supreme for
a period of 24 years. In the sixteen
Minnesota games played between 1909
and 1933, the Wolverines won 13, lost
two, and tied one.
Michigan Record Tops
In 1934, however, Minnesota took
over. The Gophers won nine consecu-
tive games until Michigan beat them
by the score of 49-6 in 1943. The Wol-
verine squad took the Jug again last
Since the beginning of competition
for the Little Brown Jug in 1903,
Michigan has won 17 contests, lost
11, and two games have resulted in
Four Coaches
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athletes ever to attend the University.
One of the few men to be picked for
All-American honors three times,
Oosterbaan was chosen in the years
1925, 1926, and 1927.
He is also one of the few athletes
attending Michigan ever to earn nine
letters. He played football, basketball,
and baseball. The fact that he is an
excellent teacher, and analyst is
shown by the fine ends which he con-
sistently produces. Oosterbaan is also
the head coach in basketball.
Head Scout
Art Valpey is in charge of the re-
serve squad. Another fine athlete who
attended the University of Michigan,
Valpey was an end under Oosterbaan







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