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.,by Ivan N. Kaye__

Phi Delta Ti
Swaney Hurls Four Paydirt
Passes To Bury Alpha Delts
By STEVE HEILPERN. threw to Stu Waggoner for the
Four touchdown passes by Russ extra point, decreasing the deficit
Swaney gave Phi Delta Theta a to 13-7.
27-13 victory over Alpha Delta Phi Swaney, aided by blocking
in a first-place playoff contest back Norm Borgerson, connected
Ferry Field yesterday. with Lawrence for two more

heta Romps to 27-13


T HE HISTORY of athletics at Michigan is rich with the accom-
plishments of -great teams and great players, but standing
above all who have ever served this University on the field of honor
is the gigantic and compelling figure of Fielding Harris Yost.
Although. it is seven years since his passing, the influence and
the spirit of the Grand Old Man of Michigan can still be felt within.
the faded brick walls of Ferry Field.
Perhaps because he was so much a part of the tradition that
is Michigan, and perhaps because it was Yost more than any oth-
er one man who was responsible for lifting this University to the
height of the athletic world, we would like to tell his story to the
readers of The Daily sports page and especially to those in the
Class of 1957.
Fielding H. Yost first came to the campus of the University of
Michigan in the spring of the year 1901. He was then a young foot-
ball coach and was interested in making application for the then
vacant position of head coach at Michigan. He had gone to Cham-
paign to talk with George Huff about a similar position at the Uni-
versity of Illinois, but after failing to agree tb the terms of the job,
had journeyed north to Ann Arbor.

Penn Rated 83 Points Down
Things look bleak for the Quakers this Saturday.
According to calculation Penn should be an 83 point
underdog to the Wolverines this weekend. Here are the tor-
rid details.
Penn beat Navy, 9-6. Earlier in the season William and Mary
tied the Naval Academy 6-6. Then Cincinnati smeared William
and Mary, 57-7. Marquette in turn whipped Cincinnati, 31-7.
Marquette then moved into the Big Ten and lost to Indiana, 21-20.
Indiana lost to Iowa, 19-13 and Michigan edged the Hawkeyes
by one point, 14-13.
In summation, our once beaten Wolverines are apparently
83 points better than the twice whipped Quakers.
Weather Dampens Practice;
Walker Back at Tackle Slot,

Yount Leads Cooley House
To Cross Country Triumph

A steady drizzle hampered the
ground attack of both squads. The
Phi Delts grabbed an early 13-0
lead when Doug Lawrence and
Ron Eckert caught Swaney tosses
for 6-pointers.
ROGER MULIER put the Alpha
Delta in contention with a scoring
toss to Harry MacCallum before
intermission. George Hammond
Night Editor

touchdowns in the second half.
The losers staged a brief rally
in the final minutes when Fos-
ter Aschenbrenner caught a
Mulier pass for a tally.
In a second place playoff con-
test Alpha Tau Omega defeated
Tau Delta Phi, 2 1-7. Kelly Tara-
chas starred for the ATO's, pass-
ing to Bruno Boelster twice and
to Jerry Davis once for touch-
downs. A Gene Curtis-to-Sherm
Carmell aerial in the second half
provided the Tau Delts with their'
lone score.
* * *
THE LAMBDA Chi\Alpha-Delta
Tau Delta and Sigma Chi-Kappa.
Sigma first place playoff games
were postponed because of im-
pending darkness.

With Ben Yount leading the
way, Cooley House copped the an-
nual residence halls cross country
meet yesterday at the University
Golf Course.
Despite a continual drizzle and
a stiff breeze Yount managed to
tour the approximate two mile dis-
tance in 10.24:4. He finished 12
seconds ahead of Bill Follett also
of Cooley. Their teammate John
Stewart finished 8th giving Cooley
a combined team total of 11
,* * *
GOMBERG House was the only
real threat to the lads from Cooley
as they accumulated a total of
16 points. The Gomberg trio of
Ed Godfrey, Kurt Lewis, and Lou
Megyesi finished 3rd, 4th and 9th'

Breaking the Cooley-Gomberg
monopoly were Dave Gasman of
Adams House who finished 5th,
Ken Fisher df Williams House,
who took 6th, and John Mont-
gomery, 7th place finisher for
Michigan House.
The outcome of the meet went
according to 'Hoyle' as Yount led
his team to a repeat performance
of last year's victory. The results
of the meet are as follows:
1. Cooley ......... .........11
2. Gomberg .....,.........16
3. Adams ..................31
4. Williams ................36
5. Michigan ......... ... ... 40
6. Allen-Rumsey ..........58

Spirit, Manpower, Coaching

. .

NE OF THE FIRST to meet him was Charlie Baird, then Michi-
gan's graduate manager of athletics. Baird was impressed with
the young applicant's self-confidence. "Mr. Baird," said Yost, "there
are three things that make a winning football team, spirit, manpower
and coaching. If your boys love Meechigan (he could never pronounce
it "Michigan") then they have the spirit. If they will come out for
football, then that takes care of the manpower. I'll take care of
the coaching." Whether it was because he was impressed with the
young man's brash confidence or whether it was because he was
desperate for a coach to rebuild the fading Michigan team, Baird
took a change and hired Yost. Forty years of distinguished service
to the University were to prove the wisdom of Charlie Baird's decision.
Yost's challenge was simple: "Rebuild the Michigan football team
and beat Chicago." Not that Michigan had never had a good team
understand, the 1698 squad had won the Western Conference title and
was the deserving subject of Louie Elbel's wonderful new fight song
which heralded the praises of the "Champions of the West," but in-
terest had declined rapidly from '98 through the 1900 season and
Chicago had trounced the Wolverines, 15-6 in that first campaign of
the new century.
Yost looked over his 15-man varsity, his weed-strewn prac-
tice field and the coming schedule which included Chicago, the
Carlisle Indians, Northwestern, Indiana and Iowa, and then set
to work to build a football team. It is doubtful if even the supreme-
ly confident Yost could have forseen the events of the coming sea-
son and the ones immediately following, for from the beginning of
1901 and continuing through to the last game of 1905, Michigan
was to rule supreme over the college football world, and the
succession of great teams turned out by Yost was to be grouped
under the title "Point-a-Minute" teams and remembered as the
greatest collection of gridiron strength ever put together on the
American sports scene.
How did he do it? That is what they were wondering from Pasa-
dena in sunny California, where Yost's first great team had destroyed
the best in the West, Stanford, in the first Rose Bowl game in 1902,
to Carlisle in Pennsylvania where he had beaten Pop Warner's Indians
in convincing fashion earlier in the same season. The answer was
in the speed and condition of the Michigan teams. Early in the fall
of his first year on the Ann Arbor campus a Detroit sportswriter aft-
er hearing Yost's incessant cry of "Hurry up, hurry up, and if you
can't then make way for someone who can!" labeled the young Michi-
gan'coach "Hurry Up" Yost.
* . . *
A Point Every Minute . ..
SPEED, SPEED and then more speed; that was the cornerstone of
Michigan's early success. With the all-time immortal Willie Heston
carrying the ball, and with a rugged defense keeping all opponents
from the Michigan goal, the Wolverines rolled' to national prominence
and completely stole the football thunder from the Ivy League teams
which had dominated the sport until Yost's arrival at Ann Arbor.
In all, the "Point-a-Minute" teams won 55-games tied one and
lost the final game of 1905, while outscoring opponents 2,821 to 40. It
stands today as the greatest record in the history of the sport. No
other coach in the annals of the game of football ever had such
instantaneous success as did the Hurry-Up man at Michigan.
His comments on various occasions are almost a legend in them-
selves. Of the Victors" he said, "I reckon it was a good thing Louie El-
bel was a Meechigan man when he wrote 'The Victors,' because if
he'd been from any other school they wouldn't have had much chance
to sing it y'know."
* * -, *
Ten Years From Now .. .
WHEN A WISCONSIN team protested the outcome of a game lost to
Michigan in 1923 on the grounds that their members had tackled
quarterback Tod Rockwell and that his 67 yard return of a punt which
gave Michigan a 6-3 victory was illegal, Yost merely drawled in his
West Virginia accent, "I reckon you should have nailed Rockwell down
so's he couldn't run y'know. I reckon ten years from now the record
books'll say that Meechigan won a game of football from Wisconsin,
6-3." And that is exactly what the record books do show.
Through the years and 169 victories for his beloved Michigan teams
as opposed to only 28 defeats in a quarter century of active coaching,
the Hurry Up man gained wide acclaim as the foremost coach in the
nation. Football was his life, and although during one season he dust-
ed off his Law degree from Lafayette and went into practice represent-
ing a pover company in Tennessee, it was merely a lark and he was
soon back in Ann Arbor directing his team to another successful
The great and near greats developed by Yost would fill any
roster of the game's outstanding players. There was Adolph
"Germany" Schultz, first center ever to pull out of the line and
become a linebacker; the incomperable punter Harry Kipke,
who later followed Yost at the coaching reins; and there was the
unparalled forward passer Benny Friedman and his all-time
All-American receiver Bennie Oosterbaan. It was Oosterbaan, per-
haps the Old Man's favorite, who was to play the leading role in
the drama of the dedication game at Michigan Stadium the year
after Yost retired from active coaching.
It was in October of 1927 that Oosterbaan turned passer and
threw three scoring aerials to Louie Gilbert for a 21-0 victory over
arch-rival Ohio State. There were 87,000 in the stadium that after-
noon. They called it "The house that Yost built," and when his
presence was announced the great crowd rose as one and gave him
a heartfelt ovation. He stood with head bowed to acknowledge the
thanks of the multitude.
* * * *
'A thletics For All . ..'

THEY COULD look out from the top of the massive bowl across Fer-
ry Field to the great athletic plant, a four million dollar master-
piece, which had been shaped by the hand of Yost.

Intermittent rains and a thin
mist that hovered continually over
Ferry Field yesterday dampened
Michigan's first heavy football
practice since its upset by Minne-
sota last Saturday.
However the drab workout Was

- 1

Michigan Ace Stars in Historic Duel

brightened considerably by the re-
turn to practice of first string left
tackle, Art Walker. Walker who
has worked at only half efficiency
all season because of a bad ankle,
completely missed last week's en-
THE BURLY lineman was much
in evidence in practice yesterday
and probably will see at least lim-,
ited duty against Pennsylvania.
Emphasizing especially the
pass defense which was split
wide open by Paul Giel's pin
point aerials, Coach Bennie Oos-
terbaan sent his defensive com-
binations through a long work-
out against the Quaker plays.
Hefty John Peckham, who
gained a linebacking opportunity
against the Gophers when John
Morrow and Dick Balzhiser were
injured, was given a lot of work
at linebacker behind the weak side
of the line.

Of all the hard fought, bitter
battles between Michigan and
Pennsylvania, none was more dra-
matic than the contest of Novem-t
ber 18h, 1939, on. Phladelphia'sf
Franklin Field.!
For on this day a capacity crowd
awaited the long heralded duel
between Quaker Frank Reagon,1
the best quarterback in the east,
and Michigan's famed Tommyt
* * *
SATURDAY will again see these
teams clash in the big homecom-
ing game at the Stadium. Some-
where in the vast stands, there
will doubtlessly be some who wit-
nessed this famed battle of 1939,
and who remember seeing the
great "one-man gang" of Michi-
gan, Tom Harmon, have one of
his greatest days.
Harmon, the "Hoosier-Ham-
mer," was a legend in the east,
but the staid Philadelphians
were banking on their own Rea-
gan to show the way to victory.
In front of Reagon, the Quakers
had a huge line, a line that had
wrought havoc through the east.
Penn scored first that gray day,
when John Davis booted a 14 yard
field goal, but Harmon promptly
went to work, scoring within five
minutes, and the Wolverines held
a 7-3 lead at the half.
* * *
BUT THE fireworkswere yet to
come. With only 50 seconds gone
of the third period, Harmon sal-
lied forth on probably the most
sensational touchdown run in
Michigan history.
Old number "98" took a rou-
tine hand off from Bob West-
fall on the Michigan 37, and
swept the left end, only to run
into the giant Penn captain,
Andy Gustafson. So Harmon
turned around and headed for
right end, only to find himself
hemmed in. He dashed back to
his own 21, a full 16 yards be-
hind the line of scrimmage, and
then headed toward right end

again, getting two key blocks on
the way.
That was all Harmon needed.
The great All-American turned on
the speed, broke into the clear,
and scored standing up.
WHEN ALL THE statistics were
in, it was found that the amazing
run had taken a full 30 seconds,
and Harmon had traveled 14 yards
to the left, 45 right, 16 back, and
then 63 down the field.
Michigan had a 13-3 lead, but
the Quakers were notbeaten.
The famed Reagan began to
move, and the Penn team rolled
to a touchdown, narrowing the
gap to 13-10. Thus Harmon
again received a call to duty,
and he promptly led Michigan
to another touchdown, firing a
pin-point 28 yard scoring pass
to cap the drive.
The steady Reagon again urged
his team on, and he proceeded to
pass' and run Pennsylvania to a
touchdown with only 30 seconds
left in the game. The big score-
board showed Michigan in front
19-17, and Penn knew that they
must gamble if they were to win.
So the Quakers tried an onside
kickoff, and the ball went just
beyond the 50.
* * *
THE PLAYERS dived on the
ball in a wild melee, and when the
officials untangled the mess, Penn
had the ball on the bottom of the
pile. Unfortunately for Penn, the
referee had forgotten to stop the
clock while he was untangling the
pile-up, and the game ended just
as Penn went back to their huddle.
The amazed fans, burning
with anger because the clock
had been left running, poured
out of the stands with blood in
their eyes. The mob rushed
across the field, grabbed the
hapless referee. He was pushed
and shoved by the sea of hu-
manity, and his hat was even
torn from his head, but police
rescued him in the nick of time.

Mighty Penn, the class of the
east, had fallen before a mightier
Michigan team. Reagan had star-
red to be sure, but there was no
greater star than Tommy Harmon,
who had scored two touchdowns,
passed for a third, kicked an extra
point, and gained 222 yards rush-
ing, to lead the Wolverines to one
of their greatest victories.






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