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Michigan Boasts 31 All-Americans)

(Daily sports Editor)
When Bob Chappuis and Bump
Elliott were chosen as Michigan's
contributions for the 1947- All-
Americans, they became the thir-
ties and thirty-first Wolverines to
be honored in the past 50 years.
Back in 1898, when Casper
Whitney of "Harper's Weekly was
selecting the muthicas teams it
came to this Dean of Sport writ-
ers that the "west was no longer
the insignificant of Eastern foot-
ball," and Whitney abliged by
choosing Michigan's great center
of that year, Cunningham on his
All-American eleven.
Then in 1903, with the begin-
ning of Walther Camp's reign
as King of the All-America,
Michigan began a domination
of Midwestern selection that has
never been equalled.
Willie Heston, great halfback of
Fielding Yost's "point a minute"
teams was Camp's nominee that
year and Heston further insured
his fame by being chosen on the
1904 squad as well.
Next came Adolph "Germany" I
Schultz, who is heralded as the
greatest center lMichigan has ever
produced. Schultz was chosen to
the 1907 team, thus becoming
Michigan's third all-American. He
was followed by the huge guard
Albert Benbrook who stood 6'6"
and who was selected on both the
1909 and 1910 teams.
Another man on that 1910 team
was Stanfield Wells, who played
end on the same line with Ben-
brook. Wells became the first Wol-
verine flanker to make Camp's
Then in 1913, after a lapse of
three years, James Craig be-
came the sixth Michigan man to
become an All-American and
the second halfback to be thus
honored. Craig was succeeded

NUMBER 31-Halfback Bump
'Elliott, who became Michigan's
31st All-American, before he
was declared ineligible for fur-
they collegiate play.
by halfback John Maulbetsch
who was named on the 1914
team. ,
Michigan's great 1917 team
which won eight and lost two
placed two more men on the ros-
ter of the All-Americans. They
were Cedric Smith, a fullback, and
Ernest Allmendinger, a guard.
Then in 1918, Smith relinquished
his post to another Michigan man
Frank Steketee.
The Wolverines, after another
three year lapse, again took up
the role of All-American producer.
For, in 1921, Ernie Vick began a
Michigan domination of the cen-
ter slot that was to produce some
of the best pivot men in history.
In 1922, Harry Kipke, later Michi-
gan gridiron coach and another
halfback, was named.
Jack Blott, present line coach'
of the Wolverines and center on
the undefeated and untied Con-
ference Champions of 1923, was
the next Maize and Blue per-
former to be chosen as an All-

American. And in 1924, he was
followed by the steady guard of
the Wolverines of that year, E.
R. Slaughter.
In the succeeding years, Michi-
gan football was dominated by
one of the greatest passing com-
binations ever produced in college
football. The great Benny to Ben-
nie combination also added to the
list of Michigan men on the
mythical elevens, Bennie Ooster-
baan, one of the few men ever to
be chosen on three All-American
teams, was probably the best end
ever produced at Michigan. The
present head roarh of the Wover-
ines was honored on the 1925, '26
and '27 teams, and in 1926, he was
joined by the other haf of the
rombination, Benny Friedman.
Friedman, famed passer of the
"soft ball" and deadly adhurate
quarterback of the Wolverines in
the mid-twenties became the first
signal caller to be named as he
led the Maize anb Blue to the
Conference title in 1926.
Then in 1928, Otto Pommer-
ening became the first tackle to
be chosen to an All-American
team from Michigan. Hence, in
the short span of seven years,
Michigan succeeded in placing
seven men on the lists of All-
Americans. But in the succeed-
ing years, they were to put thir-
teen more men on these mythi-
In 1931, it was Maynard Mor-
rison, who played center, and in
1932, it was memorable quarter-
back, Harry Newman, who brought
the h5onor to the Wolverines. New-
man ghided the Wolverines to an
hndefeated season and helped an-
nex another Big Nine crown.
In 1933, the last dndefeated,
untied season Michigan had be-
fore 1947, the Wolverines added
two more All-Americans to their
growing list. Another center,

Charles Bernard, this time, was
the sixth pivot man to be hon-
ored. His running mate, tackle
Francis Wistert, also was chosen,1
and in succeediny years, the name
of Wistert was to be continually
in the sports pages.
Following the 1933 seltetions,E
Michigan's football fared badlyt
and with these lean years the1
ame of Michigan was not in-
cluded inthe All-Americas. But
in 1938, Michigan began anoth-
er long string of All-Americans.
In 1938 it was Ralph Heikkinen,
who starred at the guard slot, who
was chosen. Then in 1939 and 1940
came the greatest back ever pro-
duced by Michigan and named by
some as one of the greatest backs,
that ever lived. He was, of course,
Tom Harmon who led the Wolver-
ines to two highly successful sea-
sons. Harmon's running mate,
"Bullet Bob" Westfall, succeeded
the great Tommy as Michigan's
representative to the All-American
team. But even before Westfall,
Michigan produced another great
player, Ed Grutig, who was se-
lected at end, along with Harmon
on the 1940 team.
Then in 1942, Michigan again
produced two All - Americans.
This time they were both line-
men, Julius Franks, whose great
career was cut short when he
contracted tuberculosis and Al-
bert Wistert, brother of Francis
and of Alvin, steller tackle of
last year's team.
Finally in 1943, Michigan once
again had two All-Americans. This
time they were Bill Daley, hard
plunging fullback and Merv
Pregulman, tackle and one of the
famous Seven Oak Posts.
'M' Diamond
Squad Grabs
Tie for Crowu

Pucksters Cop
Initial NCAA
It certainly was a great year for
Michigan's hockey team.
Not only did the 1948 version of
Michigan's pucksters capture the
Big Nine and National Collegiate
Athletic Association crowns, but'
for the first time defeated a pow-
erful Toronto sextet to lay claim
on the niythical North Americanj
It was easily the strongest ag-
gregation in Wolverine hockey
history, for just about every rec-
ord in the books was smashed by
Coach Vic Heyliger's charges.

'Is T i - Baseball coach
ea F._,r, who wond up his
2h s'mson as diamond mentor
-y l i his charges to a tic

Only two teams were able to f:ete i g Nine title witha
claim victories over the Wolverines nois.
during the course of the regular - - ---
season and post season tourna-
ment play. In addition, the Wol-
verines were held to only one tie


From the GRANTstand
.(Continued from Page 1)
enougih to cause Mr. Oosterbaan's hair to curl. The Spartans, who
-wept through all but one game after last season's 55-0 beating, will
be muh tougher this year. Biggie Munn has a veteran team to call
upon and there is nothing the Michigan State fans would like better
than to see a victory over the Wolverines in their new stadium.
What star ted out to be the second game breather may turn out to be
,m of the toughest games of the season. Oregon is regarded as tops on
,he Pacific (oast and has a veteran line and a backfield headed by
All-Coast quarterback, Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Sanders.
Thien follow irce of the outstar-ding choices to dethrone
Michigan. Purdue, rated along with Minnesota as the teams that
can stop Mihigan entertains the Wolverines at Lafayette, fol-
lowed in rapid succession by Northwestern and Minnesota. If the
Wolverines can get by these three games they may be unstoppable
in their endeavors to repeat. But before any hopes of another Con-
ference crown can be had the Maize and Blue must get by these
big three opponents.
Homecoming against the traditional rivals, Illinois, follows the,
:opher-Wolverine battle for the Little Brown Jug, and the Fighting
:llini may be just the team that can knock Michigan ofi their pedas-
:1. Ray Eliot has lost only Art Dufelmeier from his backfield, but tha
oss of seven key men from the line may deal the Illini a staggering
Navy moves in after the Illinois clash and the Wolverines will be
reeking to avenge the 33-6 shellacking the Middies administered in
1.945. The Navy, under civilian coach, George Sauer, late of the Kan-
sas Jayhawks and Orange Bowl fame, will be much stronger and un-
loubtedly more lucky. Navy backs fumbled 32 times last season and
:ecovered only ten times.


during the year's play.
The fast skating Wolverines
posted an enviable record of 20
victories in 23 games, dropping
two one-goal tilts and tying
Toronto in the second of their
two game series. North Dakota
inflicted the first loss early in
the season, tallying in the last
minute of play to break a 5-5
tie. Minnesota snapped a later
streak with a 5-4 overtime vic-

(Continued from Page 4)
yard medley relay team continued
They put on even a greater show
of how seconds and thirds will win
a championship two weeks later in
their own pool during the NCAA
event. Only the medley team was
able to keep its Conference victory
but the Wolverines tallied in every
event to take the title.

Indiana and Ohio State wind up the 1948 season and though
these two squads are supposedly the soit touches of the Confer-
ence, by the time Michigan gets around to meeting them they will
have had the experience of playing together and may prove the
straw that broke the camel's back. Remember the 13-6 defeat at
the hands of the Hoosiers in 1944 that cost Michigan the Big Nine

It isn't an easy matter to pick! Outstanding for the Michigan
an individual star for the Wolver- natators were their great trio, Cap-
ines since team play contributed tain Harry Holiday, Bob Sohl and
more than anything else to their Dick Weinberg, forming the med-
fine record, but Gordie McMillan, ley relay team that now holds the
who set a new 'M' scoring record, world record for both the 300-yard
and Wally Gacek deserve mention and 300-meter events. Breast-
for their work on offense and Con- stroker Sohl is currently a member
nile Hill and Ross Smith starred of the United States OlympiL.

Well, there it is fans, the forecast for the Big Nine season. King
?ootball is in the air again and another banner season may be in the
offing. Michigan must come a long way to stay at the top of the heap,
out the material is there, and in the Western Conference anything can
nappen and strangely enough it usually does.

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With one of the strongest hit-
ting teams in many years, but
faced with somewhat of a pitching
shortage, Wolverine baseball men-
tor Ray Fisher celebrated his 28th
season as coach by leading the
1948 squad to Michigan's sixth
Conference of the year.
The Wolverines were forced to
share their glory with Illinois,
each team winding up the season
with a 10-2 record. Nor could any-
thing be gained from their two
game series, each team taking a
one run decision.
Hurling honors for Michigan
went to big Art Dole, who was
the team's number one chucker.
Dole went through the Big Nine
season winning six of his seven
starts. His only loss came at
the hands of Illinois.
Lanky sophomore Bill Taft
proved very effective and showed
fine potentialities for the next two
years as he won three df his four
games, dropping a decision to Pur-
due. "Bud" Rankin had a 2-0 rec-
ord in Big Nine play, the best on
the staff.
In thebatting department, the
laurels had to be divided also, as
the team showed quite a lot of
balance here. Slugging first sacker
JacK Weisenburger led the way,
followed closely by Ted Kobrin,
Ralph Morrison and Howie Wikel.
Quite a few freshmen hurlers
will bolster the squad to the point
that the lack of slugging will not
be so noticeable. However, the
hitting will not be lacking. Mor-
rison, Kobrin and Jack McDonald,
who broke into the lineup late it
the seasy- and amazed the fans
with a powerful .500 batting av-
erage, are all returning and some
promising frosh will fill out the

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