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Able Coaches Guide Wolverines to Big

Ten Titles

By HANK KEISER Tiger ace, is the most famous, while
A glance at the record will reveal the latest addition to the Big League
that Michigan's athletic teams have, ranks is Don Lund, who was just
on the whole, piled up long strings of signed by theBrooklyn Dodgers.
victories as against relatively few Fisher has served a long appren-
defeats. ticeship in both college and profes-
These continuous successes of sional athletics. He gained fame in
Maize and Blue sportsmen can be his youth pitching for the Middle-
bury College nine, as well as handling
verines have had the good fortune the fullback. assignment on that
to be blessed with coaches who are school's grid squad.
experts instheir respective fields-
men who know their business. "Vermont School Teacher"
Everyone at Michigan knows the While still in school, he pitched
name of Herbert Grin (Fritz) Cris- for Hartford in the Connecticut
ler, nationally famous Wolverine League and, upon graduation, was
football mentor, but the men who signed by the New York Highlanders,
forerunners of today's Yankees. Fish-
er kept in touch with the educational
field during this time, teaching at
Springfield Academy and Newton
Military Academy, which caused him
to be dubbed the "Vermont school
He served with the Army Air Corps
in 1918 and joined the Cincinnati
Reds in 1919, remaining with them
for two years. In 1921, Fisher came
K"'' :: to Michigan, where for two and a
half decades he has coached base-
ball teams, only three of which have
finished under the .500 mark.
Doherty's Cinder Reign
Turning to the cinder path, Coach
.T. Kenneth Doherty is the man re-
sponsible for recent Wolverine suc-
cesses in that department. In his
sixth year as Michigan's head track
coach, his teams have won seven out
of a possible 12 Western Conference
indoor and outdoor championships.
Last season, the Maize and Blue
trackmen under Doherty's direction
RAY FISHER nosed out a powerful Illinois squad
by one point in a photo-finish fight
direct Maize and Blue crews in other for the Big Ten outdoor title. In
sports are seldom heard of outside addition, the thinclads annexed first-
of Ann Arbor, or the confines of var- place honors in the annual Penn
ious Michigan Alumni clubs. Relays, capturing four of the five
Fisher's 25 Years events in which th'ey were entered.
Nevertheless, the performances of One of the scribes from the "New
the teams these men have tutored are York Times," commenting on Michi-
ample testimony to their unpubli- gan's performance, stated, "The men
cized coaching ability. A look at some from Ann Arbor performed a feat
of the "greats" on the Wolverine seldom accomplished in the half cen-
athletic staff proves this point. tury that the carnival has been in
First, Ray L. Fisher, dean of West- existence."
ern Conference baseball mentors, is Starred in Decathlon
outstanding. In his 25 years with This is an ample tribute to Doher-
Michigan, his teams have chalked up ty's coaching ability, as well as is
421 victories, as against 185 defeats the enviable record he has compiled
and, in addition, Fisher-coached since his elevation to the head track
squads have brought home 10 Big mentor's berth in 1940, when he suc-
Ten championship crowns. ceeded Charley Hoyt, who moved on
Develops Major Leaguers to Yale.
An outstanding teacher and devel- Doherty first gained fame at the
oper of individual stars, more than College of the City of Detroit, now
two dozen of his boys have been of Wayne University, where he compet-
sufficient calibre to play major ed in the shotput, javelin, high jump,
league ball. Dick Wakefield, Detroit broad jump, hurdles, and pole vault.

In 1928, he won the national Olym-
pic Decathlon tryouts, and went on
to capture third place at the Amster-
dam Olympics, with a point total of
7,600-nine points short of the then
world's record. In 1929, he set a
new national AAU record in the Dec-
athlon, chalking up 7,784 points.

teams have walked away with 15 Big'
Ten championships in the past 21
years. Mann, who is recognized as
one of the best swimming men in the
country, has developed Maize and
Blue tank squads which have amass-
ed a total of 151 victories in dual
meets, while dropping only 16 of
these clashes.
Born in Leeds, England, the ami-
able gent distinguished himself by
winning the English freestyle cham-
pionship for boys at the age of 16.
Mann cane to America in 1906 and
took his first coaching job at Syra-
cuse, where he served until 1910.
After coaching at Harvard, the
New York Athletic Club, and Yale,
he came west and served with t~e
Duluth Boat Club and the Detroit
Athletic Club.
Still Going Strong
Mann's debut at Michigan during
the 1924-25 season was highlighted
by a dual meet record of five wins
and no losses, and a third place in
the Conference championship com-
petition. In 1927, his third year
here, his boys registered a perfect
record of five dual meet victories, as
against no defeats, and copped both
the Big Ten and NCAA crowns.
Last season, the Wolverine mer-
men demonstrated the effectiveness
of his teaching by going through their
Conference schedule undefeated,
downing Northwestern, Purdue, Min-
nesota, and Ohio State, and grabbing
the Big Ten title to top it off.
Church Most Recent Star
In his 21 years at Michigan, the

60-year old youngster has developed being whipped into shape by Vic
such stars as Waldemar Tomski and Heyliger, former Wolverine star
Charlie Barker, Conference 50-yard puckster. Heyliger returned to his
freestyle record holders; Jack Kas-_ alma mater last season, for the first
ley, Conference breaststroke record' time since his graduation in 1937.
setter; and Gus Sharemet, holder of Heyliger's Record 'mprcssive
the Big Ten 100-yard freestyle mark. After leaving Michigan, he joined
His most recent protege is Mert the Chicago Blackhawks, playing
center for them, and, two years later,
became a member of the athletic
staff of the University of Illinois. In
1940, the Illin hockey team, under
hi ieto, atdte Big Ten

lac, Mich., joined his alma mater as
assistant basketball and football
coach in 1942.
Weber New Mat Coach
Wrestling and tennis are handled
by coaches Walter J. Weber and Le-
Roy Weir respectively. Weber was
just switching to teaching mat
technique at Michigan last year,
previously serving as freshman grid
mentor and, as now, doubling as a
football scout. He has trained many
.tar wrestlers, notable among whom
are Jim Galles, Confeitnce 175-
pound champ, and John Greene, for-
mer Big Ten 175-pound titlist.
Weber graduated from Michigan in
1927, after making a name for him-
self as a Wolverine back, and earn-
ed his Master's degree in 1929. He

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That same year, he joined the Prince-
ton University coaching staff as track
assistant, and came to Michigan the
following season.
Under the expert tutelage of coach
Matt Mann, Michigan swimming

Church, captain of last year's crew,
who was named the "Most Valuable
College Swimmer" by the College
Swimming Coaches Association at
the 1945 NCAA meet.
Michigan's ice hockey squads are

and Mid-West titles and went on to
become national champs-establish-
ing Heyliger as one of the top ice
mentors in the country.
During the years he directed the
Orange and Blue, three of his char-
ges were signed upon graduation by
professional hockey teams. These
nien were Arno Bessone of the Bos-
ton Bruins; Norbert Sterle, center for
the Chicago Blackhawks; and Alda
Palazzari, who played with the New
York Rangers.
Former Michigan Star
Heyliger first played for Michigan
in 1934 under coach Eddie Lowrey,
whom he later succeeded. In 1937,
captaining the Wolverine sextet, he
distinguished himself at the center
position by establishing a three year
intercollegiate scoring record of 116
goals and being named All Mid-
Western center.
In Maize and Blue basketball cir-
cles, no men are better known than
Bennie Oosterbaan and Bill Barclay.
Ocsterbaan, who is famous for his
training of Wolverine football end
candidates, also tutors Michigan's
quintets, while Barclay ably assists
him in the latter capacity.
Barclay, Oosterbaan Coach Cagers
Oosterbaan was one of the five
nine-letter men in Michigan history,
earning honors in football, basketball
and baseball. He was an All-Ameri-
can end for three years, all-Confer-
ence forward in basketball, and dom-
inated the Big Ten baseball circuit
in his senior year by leading all Con-
ference hitters. After graduation in
1928, he became a member of the
football and basketball coaching
staffs and was promoted to head
basketballmentor at the start of the
1938-39 season.
Barclay is another former Michi-
gan athletic star, grabbing eight let-
ters from 1935 to '38. His honors in-
cluded two letters in basketball, at
guard; three in football, as a half-
back and quarterback; and three in
golf. He won the Michigan state
amateur golf championship in 1939
and, after coaching high school

Yost Blazed Trail in Michigan Sports

Americans associate Fielding H.
Yost with Michigan athletics just as
they associate ham with eggs, Mutt
with Jeff, and Bell with the tele-
"Hurry Up," as Yost was called,
blazed an athletic trail that few have
equalled in the many years he served
as Michigan's football coach. His
name ranks with the gridiron immor-
tals-Knute Rockne, Alonzo Stagg,
"Pop" Warner, and Walter Camp.
During his career as a coach, he
turned out some of the most out-
standing elevens ever to appear on a
gridiron, including his famous "Point-
A-Minute" aggregations of 1901-05.
But this was only the beginning of a
career which was to last for 25 years
more and finish with the same bril-
liance as it had startea.

Yost was not merely a great football
coach or a great athletic director,
responsible for the building of the
present $3,000,000 athletic plant
which bears his name. The greatness
of his life lies in his faith in youth.
Few men have been so universally
acclaimed for work in elevating young
men through college athletics.
Yost was born in Fairview, W. Va.,
in 1871, and first participated in ath-
letics as a member of the baseball
team at Ohio Normal College, now
Ohio Northern. After two years in
school, he went into business, but
returned three years later to the
University of West Virginia, where he
first encountered football and dis-
tinguished himself as player s
Inspired by his footba\ experi'ences,

he received his first coaching assign-
ment in 1897. After leading Stan-
ford to the Pacific Conference cham-
pionship in 1901, he accepted an of-
fer to come to Michigan.
His success was instantaneous, asj
his "Point-A-Minute" teams, led by
Willie Heston and other greats, ran'
roughshod over all opposition, scor-
ing 54 consecutive victories and a
total of 2,821 points against their I
opponents' 42. The' "Grand Old
Man" retired in 1924, after 23 suc-
cessful years as coach and athletic
director since 1921. In 1925 and '26,
however, he returned to the coach-
ing spot, but finally devoted all his
time to his duties as athletic director.
He resigned in 1940.

coached football at Benton Harbor
High School, in addition to teachcing
social sciences there.
Weir Is Tennis Genius
Weber developed Chuck Bernard,
who became a Michigan All-Ameri-
can, and Art Buss, who won similar
honors at Michigan State. Weber
was also backfield coach for Michi-
gan in 1931 and 1932. when the Wol-
verines were national champions.
Coach LeRoy Weir has established
an enviable record as "guiding geni-
us" 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, cutting down Purdue, Wayne,
Notre Dame, Western Michigan,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio
State. To top off a perfect year, his
netmen won the Big Ten crown;
hands down.


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