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25, 1944


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Athletic Facilities Are
Numerous atMichigan
Ferry Field, Waterman Gymnasium, Yost
Field House, All Have Colorful Histories

(Continued from Page 3)

Recreational facilities have come a
long way since 1858, when an old
military barracks was transformed
into Michigan's first gymnasium.
It was a tent pitched where the
Physics Laboratory now stands, and
its apparatus included only a few
.ropes, bars, and rings. Although
this makeshift gymnasium was en-
tirely inadequate, it wasn't until 1891
that a permanent building was as-
sured. After many previous attempts
at raising sufficient funds had failed,
Joshua W. Waterman of Detroit
offered to give $20,000 for a suitable
structure provided a like amount was
raised from other sources.
The building was completed in
1894 with $6,000 being allotted for
equipment. It was 150 feet by 90
feet, but was enlarged in 1916 to 246
feet. The elliptical track is up in the
gallery and is -10 laps to the mile,
making it one of the largest gallery
running tracks in the country.
Ferry Field Built
In the meantime demands for
facilities for outdoor play had been
met. Since the informal play that
had been taking place on the old
fairgrounds in the southeastern part
of the city was entirely insufficient
and unsatisfactory for college games,
the Board of Regents in 1891 pur-
chased the south 10 acres of what is
now Ferry Field. This original field
was called "Regents Field."
In 1902 the Hon. D. M. Ferry of
Detroit donated an additional 21
acres to the University and the com-
bined tract was given its surviving
name, "Ferry Field." Later expan-
ion enlarged the entire plot to ap-
proximately 80 acres. Stands were
built around the field to accommo-
date 17,000, which was the maximum
attained at the final football game
on the old field in 1905.
New Stadium Made in 1927
In 1906 the site of intercollegiate
activities on Ferry Field was shifted
to a center on the north part of the
field. A new gridiron was built there
with a quarter-mile cinder track
encircling it. The baseball diamond
was also moved to the north. Wood-
en stands were erected at the new
gridiron, but in 1914 those on the
south side of the field were removed
in part to the baseball field.
In that same year, 1914, the first

unit of a contemplated concrete sta-
dium to hold 48,000 was started.
However, this seating capacity wa
not believed to be adequate, and P
new stadium site, to the. south ane
west of Ferry Field, was purchased
in 1925. In 1927 the new stadiin
was completed. It was built like a
bowl and was capable of seating
87,000. The cost was $950,000 and
the site was purchased for approxi-
mutely $240,000.
Ycst Field House Next
Meanwhile, the crowded conditit-
of Waterman Gymnasium made add-
ed facilities, particularly for 'inter-
cllegiate competition, desirable, and
in 1922 Director of Athletics Yost
was appointed chairman of a com-
mittee to investigate the possibility
of a gymnasium field house on Ferry
Field. Final action approving such a
building was taken by the Board in
Control of Athletics with the accep-
tance of designs for one great room,
286 feet by 160 feet and a space
entirely clear of obstacles 67 feet
high. The floor was to be dirt with
an eight lap cinder track and a
75-yard straightaway down the mid-
The seating capacity was to be
12,000, but without the second bal-
cony, which was not erected, '8,500.
A portable basketball floor, on which
intercollegiate contests are played,
can be installed in the center of the
floor. In May, 1923, the Board in
Control of Athletics designated the
building as Yost Field House. The
name "Field House" was the inven-
tion of Mr. Yost, and has since been
used many times to designate the
particular type of building.
IM Building Is Newest
The Intramural Sports Building
was erected in 1929 on Ferry Field.
This building, erected at a cost of
$743,000, was the first of its kind in
the country. It contains almost every
conceivable feature which can be
used in indoor sports and recreation,
including four basketball or tennis
courts, 13 squash courts, 14 walled
handball courts, a golf driving net,
an auxiliary gym equipped with gym-
nastic apparatus, wrestling room,
boxing room and a natatorium with
a pool, 75 feet by 35 feet, in which
the intercollegiate contests have been

T HE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STADIUM-Here thany of the great ,Wolverine football teams have played before crowds of 80,000
thiilfed sprctators. Last year the 'Maize and Blue-Notre Dame contest was pla~yed before 86,123 persons, the largest crowd in the history
of the stadium.

Basketball Squa...

(Continued from Page 1)
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much acclaim for his aggressive
backboard tactics.
The following night the Wolver-
ines played host to Illinois, Confer-
ence champs of the previous season,
and humbled the "Gee Whiz Kids"
52-45 for, an upset in a see-saw
battle. King continued to set the
pace with 16 'markers.
Following the even break in the
opening week-end of Big Ten play,
Michigan trekked to Wisconsin for a
two-game series and proceeded to
drop both contests, 50-41 and 52-31.
In these tilts it was the play of de-
pendable Strack which stood out
although he worked for a lost cause.
The next week-end the Woverines
entrained for Purdue and another
two-game duel. The first contest
went into overtime before the Boiler-
makers eked out a 46-44 triumph.
Strack hung up 19 points in this
affair. In the second tilt Purdue fin-
ally found its vaunted power to coast]
to an easy 51-35 win.
Michigan came home for its next
two contests, meeting Ohio State.
King racked up 27 points as the
Buckeyes won the first 53-49, and
was effectively stopped in the second
which Ohio State took 51-37.
Wolverines Win Two from Indiana
Against Indiana the following
week-end, thenMaize andBlue finally
got back on the victory trail with a
double victory over the Hoosiers, tak-
ing the first game in a walk, 65-49,
with Hirsch getting 22 tallies, and
squeezing through to a 46-44 win in
the second.
The hapless Chicago Maroons were
the Michigan victims in the next
game as the Wolverines poured on a
71-34 drubbing. Oosterbaan's char-
ges closed the season with a surprise
50-45 upset of Northwestern to a-
venge the earlier trouncing by the
King Sixth in Scoring
King finished in sixth place in
Conference scoring and was elected
the most valuable player on the
squad. Strack was tenth in the Big
Ten and was named honorary cap-
tain. He also was named by the
Detroit Free Pressas the outstanding
basketball player in the state. Hirsch
wound up 13th in scoring.
In an effort tonbolster this some-
what weak record and pull the cage
Oosterbaan ..
(Continued from Page 3)

squad up on a level with the other.
championship teams summer basket-
ball drills were instituted by Assis-
tant Coach Bill Barclay this spring.
Such drills are the first in the history1
of the University.
Two Veterans Report
In the beginning only Naval and'
Marine trainees were invited to par-

undefeated and Nettesheim's victory
gave the Boilermakers their first
score of the afternoon.
Chip Warrick then put the Maize
and Blue into the win column again
by gaining the nod over Bob Arm-
strong in the 145 pound bracket. But
the Purdue matmen were not giving
up that easily and they came back
strong, winning the next two match-
es on decisions to knot the count at
nine all. Newt Copple, Purdue 155-
pounder, won a hair raising decision
from Curtis of Mih:igan. while Jack
Shepard defeated Wilson in the 165
pound division.
Boilermaker Spurt Throttlcd
This sudden spurt by the Boiler-
makers was throttled when Galles,
Wolverine 175-pounder, registered
the only fall of the day over Bruce
Porter and with the three points
added to the Michigan total by act-
ing captain Green's win over Bob
Wilson in a heavyweight encounter,
the Wolverines ended their success-
ful home debut.
As Michigan approached the half-
way mark in the season with their
two toughest teams out of the way,
the title-bound Wolverines put their
untarnished slate on the block two
more times, against Minnesota and
Gophers Beaten Easily
The Maize and Blue matmen had
little trouble subduing the under-
manned Gopher squad, 25-3, as they
registered two falls and five decisions
and only lost one match to the hap-
less men from Minneapolis.
In the Indiana tussle, the power-
laden Michigan outfit routed Coach
Billy Thom's Hoosier matmen, 23-3,
to chalk up their fourth successive
victory of the year and finish the
season undefeated in four dual meets.
Coach Ray Courtright's charges-
had things pretty much their own
way with Indiana, 1943 Big Ten
champions, even though three regu-
lars, Galles, Wilson and Gittins, were
absent from the starting line-up. The
Wolverines won six matches, lost one
and gained one forfeit.
Sept. 16 Iowa Pre-Flight home
Sept. 23 Marquette (night) away
Sept. 30 Indiana home
Oct. 7 Minnesota away
Oct. 14 Northwestern home
Oct. 21 open date
Oct. 28 Purdue home
Nov. 4 Pennsylvania away
Nov. 11 Illinois home
Nov. 18 Wisconsin home
Nov. 25 Ohio State away


Michigan Played and Won First
Gridiron Contest Back in 1871

HUME TWINS-Bob, last year's track captain and Ross, captain-
elect, are two of Michigans greatest distance runners. During the past
year they broke the Wolverine mile record when they ran the distance
in the good time of 4:14.6.
Trackmen Triumph...

ticipate, and a squad of 15 men,
including veterans King and Bob
Stevens, reported for duty. Later, a
call was issued for civilians, and the
ranks were swelled considerably.
Although most of the players now
working out are unknown as far as
the Michigan coaching staff is con-
cerned, several promising performers
have been unearthed.

When the Michigan gridders trot
out on the field Sept. 16 against Iowa
Pre-Flig., will mark the opening
of the 65th Wolverine football sea-
May 30, 1879 marked the first
football game ever played by a Mich-
igan team, and that obscure outfit
inaugurated a tradition of winning
football which has been upheld ever
since. On that day the Wolverine
representatives defeated Racine Col-
lege, 7-2, under the guidance of a'
student coach.
In the fall of the same year Michi-
gan played two more games on the
gridiron, one a 0-0 tie with Toronto
and the other a repeat performance
of the earlier win over Racine, this
time by a 1-0 score.
The next year, 1880, saw the Wol-
verines play only one contest, win-
ning a 13-6 victory over Toronto. But
the next season found some of the
eastern schools, then the acknow-
ledged powers of the football world,
on the schedule. This first venture

into the big time was hardly a suc-
cess as the Wolverines dropped all
three of their games, losing to Har-
uard, Yale and Princeton.
This unhappy experience must
have given the Michigan supporters
something of a shock because no
games were booked for the 1882 sea-
son. In 1883, they tried again, but
were little more successful, winning
but one tilt and losing three.
Evidently, Michigan gave up on
the eastern schools for awhile after-
ward, confining its gridiron activities
to local teams for the next several
seasons and compiling a better than
fair record. Notre Dame appeared on
the slate in 1887, and the records
show that the Irish did not fare so
well, going down, 8-0.
The schedule was increase to five
games in 1890 and then to eight'the
following year. From then on the
Wolverines played a full schedule
every fall and were soon started on
the road to national prominence in
the football world. Great things
come from small beginnings.

(Continued from Page I)
Following that meet, the team
went to Chicago Stadium and set a
new record at the Big Ten meet by
scoring 75%/4 points to second place
Illinois with 401/ Nineteen members
of the Wolverines 23 man squad fig-
ured in the scoring. Michigan cap-
tured six first places and tied for
another. Swanson high-stepped his
way to a victory in both hurdle
events, the Humes won the mile and
two-mile, Ufer the 440, Dale tied for
the highiump, and the mile relay
squad was victorious.
Win Purdue Relays
Coach Doherty's charges complet-
ed their indoor season by performing
well at the Chicago Relays and by
winning the Purdue Relays.
After a two weeks rest, the squad
started off the outdoor campaign
with a bang, when they, stole the
show at the Penn Relays by taking
firsts in the four-mile relay and dis-
tance medley and thirds in the mile
and two mile relay. Eight men com-
peted in the four relay events: Ufer,
the Humes, Dick Barnard, John Pur-

due, Will Glas, Fred Negus and Jim
One of the most exciting track
meets was held at Michigan on May
13 when the Wolverines played host
to Illinois and Purdue. Illinois paced
by their two colored stars. Buddy
Young and Bob Kelley, was expected
to give the Wolverines a lot of trou-
ble. However, Michigan's old reliable
team balance was too much for the
visitors,tandthe Wolverinesdtallied
71 points to 54 for Illinois and 27 for
Purdue. %
The thinclads tuned up for the Big
Ten meet by winning a quadrangular
meet against Purdue, Northwestern
and Western Michigan by scoring
62 7-12 points. It was in this meet
that the squad lost Ufer.
In one of the most closely con-
tested Big Ten meets, the Wolverines
edged out Illinois 70 to 58 1-10. With
three events yet to go -Michigan was
ahead 521/2 to 5112, and it was only
through team balance that Coach
Doherty's men forged ahead. The
thinclads took three firsts and tied
for a fourth.
Following the close of the Big Ten
season, some of the Michigan stars
competed in outside meets to bring
down the curtain on one of the most
successful Wolverine track seasons.
The Hume twins went to Great Lakes
to compete in the Central Collegiate
Conference track and field meet. It
was here that they recorded their
best time for the mile. The next
week, the National AAU meet was
held at Milwaukee. Bob and Ross
Hume again dead-heated the mile
and Bob lost the half-mile in the last
75 yards to Illinois' Bob Kelley with
Dick Barnard placing third.
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lar career in 1928, it was only natur-
al that he turn his talents to coach-
ing and that his alma mater should
recognize his service on the field *of
play by giving him an opportunity to
show what he could do as a tutor.
In time, he was given the assignment
as head basketball coach to succeed
Franklin Cappon and also took over
the job of end coach on the football
squad. He has also done some work
with the baseball team in his spare
No Championships
Unfortunately, his coaching career
has not followed the same unblem-
ished pattern that his playing days
took. He has yet to win his first
Western Conference championship in
basketball, although he has had some
fine teams and numerous individual
stars including the Townsend broth-
ers, big Jim Mandler and lately Tom-
my King and Dave Strack.
But those of us who know him are
sure that Oosterbaan's day of tri-
umph will come and that someday,
perhaps this winter, his cagers will
lead the pack to the finish line and
climax his years of untiring effort to
produce a consistent winner.
Turns Out Fine Ends
As a football mentor, Oosterbaan
has tutored a lot of very fine ends,
at least one of whom, Ed Frutig, gar-
nered All-American honors. At the
beginning of the presertt season it
looked like he might have another in
the person of Dick Rifenburg, one of
the finest high school athletes ever
developed in the state of Michigan,
but Uncle Sam reached out his long
arm and took him into the Maritime


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Michigan bats rang merrily down
at Bloomington. Fisher then took
his squad to South Bend, where the
Irish gained partial revenge by shell-
ing Bowman in the opener for a lop-
sided 10-1 triumph. Hirsch came
back in the second game to win, 6-4.
Needing a split with Purdue in the
last two Conference 'jousts of the
season to gain the title, Michigan
made it doubly sure by winning 4-2
and 3-2 in two exceedingly well-
played and hard-fought ball games.
The only sour note of the campaign
was sounded when Fisher's squad

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