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CAPACITY CROWD-Mighty Michigan Stadium, capable of seating more than 86,000 spectators, is shown
above jammed to the proverbial gills for the 1943 gan e with Notre Dame.
* * *** * * * *
Af IF e
Building of Stadium C ps Yost 's
Plans for Fiest Athletic Faclties

This fall marks the beginning of the
18th grid season in which Michigan
football teams have played in one of
the largest American stadiums.
A field to hold the giant crowds
Wolverine grid teams always drew
was one of Coach Fielding H. Yost's
pet ambitions, and construction was
begun in 1925 on just such a field.
When the largest Big Ten stadium
was finally built in 1927 the crowds
really began to pour in. In 1927 alone,
three of the all-time Michigan foot-
oes Un beaten
Only Michigan athletic squad to go
undefeated during the 1944-45 season,
Coach LeRoy Weir's tennis team top-
ped off an enviable record with a
Western Conference championship
and victories in nine other matches..
The Wolverine racquet-wielders
were absolutely unbeatable every time
they took the court, and brushed off
all opponents in good style. Five and
one-half points separated Michigan
from its nearest rival in the Confer-
ence meet, indicating the blanket
superiority of the Wolverines in Bigj
Ten play.
Roger Lewis, playing at the numberI
one singles position, led the netters
by winning all but one match during
the season and pairing with teammate
Jinx Johnson in the number one
doubles berth.
At no time during the season was
anq opponent able to win more than
three of nine possible points from the
Wolverines in dual competition. Four
matches were won by shutouts.

ball attendance records were made.I
The first game ever played in Mich-
igan Stadium saw the Wolverines
trounce an Ohio Wesleyan team to
the tune of 33-0. Bennie Oosterbaan,
present end coach of the 1945 edition
of Michigan gridders, was one of the
outstanding players on the 1927 elev-
en. Rounding out his third consecu-
tive All-American football season,
Oosterbaan was all over the field on
that day. His spectacular pass-receiv-
ing and brilliant blocking and tack-
ling made victory sweet to Yost on
the day his team first played in the
stadium of his dreams.
Since that Autumn day of Michi-
gan victory in 1927, the stadium has
served as the stage of many thrilling
football games and as the testing
ground of many an All-American
player. From Oosterbaan to Harmon
to the teams of today, the fans at
Michigan stadium have witnessed
football at its best.
Special Facilities
Few realize, as they sit in the great
Record Net Receipts
For Football Seen
A record total of net receipts for
football at Michigan is in prospect
for the 1945 season if estimates ofI
future crowds, based on advance,
ticket sales, prove accurate.
University ticket officials have stat-
ed that net receipts may top the half
million mark, indicating the tremen-
dous public interest in collegiate foot-
ball this year. Capacity crowds for
the Army and Navy games, plus ex-
cellent home attendance, are the
main reasons for the record figure.

amphitheatre, of the many facilities
which are designed with the view of
serving each individual fan.
Refreshments are served at more
than 50 refreshment stands, located
around the concourse of the Stadium,
and emergency medical treatment is
available in the First Aid Building, at
the northwest corner of the Stadium
grounds. Doctors and maids are in
constant attendance at this building,
and special service is granted in case
of an emergency.
Pueksters Have
Poor campaign
Michigan hockey fortunes rose and
fell with amazing rapidity during the
1945 campaign, with the final record
showing four wins and six losses in
former Illinois coach Vic Heyliger's
first season as Wolverine mentor.
Although five veterans were avail-
able at the start of the season, Hey-
liger, a former Michigan ice star,
blamed the poor showing on inexperi-
ence but said that the squad did as
well as could have been expected.
Continuous improvement was noted
through the winter.
The sextet was built around Ted
Greer, high-scoring left wing, who
supplied almost half the Michigan
scoring punch. Greer counted 18
goals for the season, only two less
than the rest of the team combined.
Biggest black marks on the record
were two convincing losses to Minne-
sota. The powerful Gophers swamp-
ed the bewildered Michigan crew,
10-0 and 15-2, the second being the
worst drubbing a Wolverine team has
ever taken.

Mentors Credited -
For Fine Work
Success of Wolverine teams in all
sports in the past can be attributed
in great part to the coaching staff of
the University.
In the post of track coach is J. Ken-
neth Doherty, a mentor who consist-
ently turns out winning teams. Doh-
erty became head track coach in 19401
when he succeeded Charley Hoyt, who
had gone to Yale. Since he has been
at Michigan, his teams have won
seven out of a possible 12 Big Ten
indoor and outdoor championships.
Decathlon Standout
Doherty first gained fame at Wayne
University in Detroit, where he com-
peted in such events as shotput, broad
jump, and hurdles. In 1928, he cap-
tured third place in the Olympic
games, Decathlon, and in 1929 he
set a new national AAU record in the
'From the point of service, Ray
Fisher is Michigan's top coach. In
his 25 years here, he has brought
home 10 championship crowns. His
teams have won 421 games while los-
ing only 185 for a percentage of .695.
Played With Old Yankees
Upon graduation from Middlebury
College, Vt., where he gained fame
for his pitching, he was signed by
what are now the New York Yankees.
After a year's service in the Army Air
Corps during World War I, he joined
the Cincinnati Reds, remaining with
them for two years before coming to
Matt Mann, Wolverine swimming
coach, is regarded by many as one
of the best swimming men in the
country. In 21 years as coach, his
teams have won 15 Conference cham-
pionships, and in dual meets, the
Maize and Blue tank squads have won
151 while losing the amazingly small
number of 16.
Great English Swimmer
He was born in Leeds, England, and
distinguished himself at the age of
16 by winning the English freestyle
championship for boys. He came to
America in 1906 and held several
coaching jobs, including positions at
Harvard and Syracuse, before com-
ing to Michigan in 1924.
Bennie Oosterbaan, one of the eight
nine-letter winners in Michigan hi-
story and All-American end for three
years, is Michigan's basketball coach.
After his graduation in 1928, he be-
came a member of the football and
basketball coaching staffs and was
promoted to head basketball coach at
the start of the 1938-39 season.
Bill Barclay, golf coach, is also as-
Swim mers Add
Another Title
Mann's Championship
String Helped Along
Michigan's 1945 swimming squad
continued in the Wolverine tradition
for top-notch performances by win-
ning still another Western Conference
championship and taking all but one
other meet during the 1944-45 season.
The lone loss was inflicted by the
Sailors of Great Lakes in Michigan's
first venture of the season, but that
defeat was amply avenged a few
weeks later when Coach Matt Mann's
boys swamped the Bluejackets in a
return engagement.
In the Conference, Michigan was
unbeatable, taking Northwestern,
Purdue, Minnesota, and Ohio State
into camp with ease and going on to
win the title meet handily.
Capt. Merton Church was the big
gun on the Michigan squad as he
hung up victory after victory in the
50 and 100-yard freestyle events. His
efforts were rewarded when the na-
tional Collegiate Swimming Coaches'
Association named him "most valu-
able swimmer of the year" at the
close of the season.




sistant basketball mentor. While at
Michigan, he won eight letters from
1935 to 1938. His honors included two
in basketball, three in football, and
three in golf. In 1939, he won the
Michigan state amateur golf cham-
pionship, and after coaching high
school teams he joined his alma
mater in 1942.
Wrestling and tennis are handled
by coaches Walter J. Weber and Le-

roy Weir respectively. Last year was
Weber's first as wrestling coach, as
he had served as freshman football
coach and doubled as a football scout
Weber Was in Backfield
Weber graduated from Michigan in
1927 after making a name for him-
self as a Wolverine back. He coached
football at Benton Harbor High
School, besides teaching social sci-

ences there before coming to Michi-
Coach LeRoy Weir has established
an enviable record as guiding genius
of Maize and Blue tennis squads in
his short tenure at the University.
Last season, his men went through
their nine-match schedule undefeat-
ed, topping off a perfect year by win-
ning the Western Conference cham-
pionship hands down.

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The Wolverine mentor graduated
from the University of Chicago in
1922, and became one of the two
Maroon nine lettermen. He made all-
American and all-Western squads as
an end himself, under the tutelage
of Alonzo Stagg, who dubbed him
Baseball, Too
An all-Conference guard in basket-
ball, he also starred as a pitcher on
the Chicago nine. In addition, Crisler
stood out along academic lines, re-
ceiving the Western Conference medal
for athletics and scholarship one year,
and qualifying for Phi Beta Kappa.
He began his coaching career at
Chicago, where he was aide to Stagg
as an undergraduate, remaining as
assistant basketball and baseball
mentor and Massistant director of
athletics after receiving his degree.
In 1930, he became head football
coach and director of athletics at

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