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PAGE SEVEN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1951

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By GEORGE FLINT
Associate Sports Editor
Great teams are traditional in Michigan football history.
Over three-quarters of a century these teams have produced
thirty-three All-Americans. Fro mthis group of Michigan immortals
a poll of the nation's leading football writers has selected an All-
Time Michigan team, with each of the great eras of Wolverine grid-
iron history represented.
TWO PLAYERS were chosen unanimously-guard Julius Franks
and end Bennie G. Oosterbaan, the present Michigan football coach.
Historically, the inclusion of such names as Heston, Schulz,
and Slaughter brings memories of the coach who was largely
responsible for the Maize and Blue's long recognition as 'cham-
pion of the west.' Willie Heston, one of the most feared halfbacks
#hn midwc vrc~ a <* ' * *

All-Time Michigan Team
LEFT END. .. . . .,. . ..BEN N I E OOSTERBAAN 1925-26-27
RIGHT END.......EDWARD FRUTIG.........1940
LEFTTACKLE......ALBERT WISTERT........1942
RIGHT TACKLE. ...MERVIN PREGULMAN. . ... 1943
LEFT GUARD...... JULIUS FRANKS ..........1942
RIGHT GUARD . .. . ED R. SLAUGHTER........ 1924
CENTER... . . ... ,. ADOLPH SCHULZ......... 1907
QUARTERBACK,.,...3ENNIE FRIEDMAN........ 1926
LEFT HALFBACK. . .TOM HARMON .... . . ..1939-40
RIGHT HALFBACK. .WILLIAM HESTON .....1903-04
FULLBACK........BOB WESTFALL..........1941
Tom Harmon' s Career Closed
With Sparkling Performance

,me m iwesc ever saw, was a
prodigy of Fielding H. Yost in
the golden days of the point-a-
minute teams.
So was Adolph (Germany)
Schulz, the bone-crushing center
who last spring was named to the
All-Time All-American team of
the Associated Press.
* * *
ONE OF Yost's latter-day finds,
Ed Slaughter, who was at his
peak in 1924, was called the hard-
est tackler ever to wear a Mich-
igan uniform.
The team has its modern con-
tingent, of course. Oosterbaan,
also named on the AP all-time
team, was the only three-timie
All-American Yost ever coached
-and the only one from Michi-
gan. Oosterbaan, the perfect ex-
ample of a 'natural athlete' was
an end who could do every-
thing. His casual stride hid an
explosive running ability, and
as a pass-catcher and defensive
player he had no equal.
Oosterbaan was the golden play-
er of the golden twenties. But in
the late thirties another Michigan
player achieved a nation - wide
fame surpassing even Ooster-
baan's.

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BENNIE OOSTERBAAN
three times the charm

THE FABULOUS Tom Harmon,
one of the most-sought high school
athletes of the decade, established
a great record at halfback. Har-
mon was fast, though not as speedy
as Buddy Young or Glenn Davis.
His great ability was a knack for
shifting stride at the right mo-
ment, for sensing the possible
openings ahead in one of his star-
tling broken-field runs.
The other unanimous choice
(in addition to Oosterbaan) was
a player of great heart and equal
nstural ability. Julius Franks,
who never played his final year
of football for Michigan be-
cause of a lingering bout with
tuberculosis, won All-American
honors in 1942. Primarily a de-
fensive standout, Franks was the
focal point In the victory over
Notre Dame that year.
The tackles were both products
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of H. O. (Fritz) Crisler's tenure
Michigan coach. Albert Wiste
the second of the three All-Am
ican brothers, was a bulwark
the 1942 team along with Fran
Mervin Pregulman rose to nati
al eminence the next year.
AT FULLBACK is the fineste
ponent of the art of spinn
Michigan has produced. The ab
ity to handle the fakes and han
offs required of the fullback
the Wolverine system developed
Kipke and Crisler has been pr(
ent in several of the recent pla
ers at that position. Westfall, ho
ever,hadathe rare combinat
of speed, agility and power whi
makes for a great fullback.
At the remaining position
quarterback and the other en
are two men who might hav
made a great passing combina
tion had they played at the saxi
time.
Bennie Friedman, quarterba
on the 1926 team, had Oosterba
to throw to. Friedman's natu
talent for timing and spotting
ceivers made the combination d
astating. But the all-time ri
end, Ed Frutig, would have m
the threat even greater. Posse;
ed with a great pair of han
Frutig was a sparkplug of the f
1940 eleven.
The team as a whole has x
bility, size, and speed. In reser
any one of the other 22 All-Ame
cans could fill in adequately. Su
linemen as Alvin Wistert, tac
Ralph Heikkinen, guard, and J
Blott at center placed high in
balloting. So did Dick Rifenb(
at end.

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By GENE MACKEVICH
Tom Harmon, Michigan's all-
time All-American, brought his
brilliant collegiate football career
to a climactic end when, on No-
vember 24, 1940, he scored three
touchdowns against Ohio State to
better by two Red Grange's West-
ern Conference TD record of 31.
In addition to crossing the OSU
goal line three times in Michigan's
40-0 triumph, Harmon passed for
two tallies, booted four points-af-
ter-touchdown, and maintained a
punting average of 50 yards.
"Ole 98," with his fine change-
of-pace, cutback type of runs,
which slant off tackle and sweep
the opponent's ends, gave the Co-
lumbus crowd one of the greatest
exhibitions of "Harmon-type" bro-
ken field running ever seen.
In addition, that afternoon the
Wolverine ace completed 11 out of
23 passes for 148 yards, good for
two 'M' scores.
Thirty-eight seconds before the
end of the game, Coach Fritz Cris-
ler sent in a replacement for Har-

mon so that the 73,000 plus fans
could have their opportunity to
give the All-American a well de-
served ovation.
Today, as a prominent sports
reporter and radio commentator
on the West Coast, many sports
fans, upon hearing the voice of
Tom Harmon, remember well his
fine career with Michigan, and
more particularly his outstanding
finale against the Buckeyes in
1940.
'M' Home Crowds
Tops In Nation
NEW YORK-(IP)-The Univer-
sity of Michigan, with six games
at Ann Arbor, had the largest
home attendance of any football
team in the country, according to
an Associated Press survey of 89
colleges in all sections.
Despite a drop of 37,000 over
1950-several times the national
average-Michigan drew 455,039
fans, an average of 75,938 a game.

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