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na er System of Pre-War
ys Revived by Ernie McCoy
Sufficient Manpower Available for Renewal;
Program Expected To Reach Peak in Fall

Fielding Yost Awaits Michigan
Gridiron Tangle with Cadets

Sprinter, Hurdler, Halfback, Record Holder,
Team Up To Form Fast Mile Relay Quartet

Another of Michigan's pre-war in-
stitutiois was revived last Spring
with the announcement by Ernie Mc-
Coy, assistant athletic director, of
the reorganization of the athletic
manager system.
Abandoned at the start of the war
because of the manpower shortage at
school, McCoy expressed the hope
that with peacetime conditions again
prevailing on campus the manager
system might be in full swing by this
There are nine managerships,
four competitive in football, bas-
'Ietball, baseball and track, and
five non-competitive in wrestling,
tennis, golf, hockey and intra-
-murals. Each of these sports has a
senior manager, not more than
four junior managers and a maxi-
mum of eight sophomore mana-
The four competitiye managers are
selected by a vote of the out-going
senior manager, the captain of the
sport involved and the coach. The
five non-competitive managers are
selected from the remaining junior
managers not chosen as senior man-
agers in the sport in which they were
The senior manager receives
four free tickets to all home games
of the sport for which he is man-
ager; privilege of meals at the
training table where they are pro-
vided for members of the team of
which he is the manager; and an
awarded of manager's outline "M"
sweater and hat.
In addition the managers of the
four sports, football, basketball, base-
ball and trkck, are permitted to ac-
company their respective teams on
out-of-town trips.
The junior managers for each
sport are selected from the sopho-
more tryouts. As sophomores they
are assigned days of duty and
coached in their jobs by the senior
managers. From these sophomores
are selected the junior managers
for the following season.
The junior manager supervises the
work of the new tryouts and at the
end of the season selects, with the.
aid of the senior manager, the junior
managers for the next season. In-
dustry, enthusiasm, interest, and
punctuality were stressed by McCoy
as the main factors in the selection.
Junior managers for each sport
receive a pair of tickets for each

home event of the sport for which
they are managers; the manager's
heavy weight sweater award; and
pre-season training table where
there is a training table provided
for the sport.
Sophomore tryouts who fail to be-
come junior managers at the end of
the season are awarded light weight
numeral sweaters. McCoy also stated
that the Undergraduate Athletic
Manager Council of the University
will be revived. The club is made up
of the senior managers.
Five Captains in
1946 Line-Up.
When Michigan's footballers re-
port for the first practice sessions
the squad will boast more captains
than ever before in history.
In addition to end Art Renner, who
was elected captain at the completion
of last season's play, other Wolverines
who have been chosen for the post
at various times includes one end, a
quarteback, a right half and a full
Bruce Hilkene, the end, was cap-
tain elect for '44, Joe Ponsetto, quart-
erback, was last season's chief, while
right half Paul White, nominated for
the '43 season, and Bob Weise, full-
back and captain in '44 until he en-
tered the service.
These four men are only a part
of the imposing list of ex-GI's who
will be available for heavy duty in
the coming campaign. From all indi-
cations "vets" will make up a large
portion of the 150 candidates ex-
pected for fall practice.
All-American.. .
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Michigan's "Grand Old Man,"
Fielding H. Yost observed his seven-
ty-fifth birthday last April 30th at
his home not far from the site where
his teams made football history.
Although Yost has not been in the
best of condition, he maintains that
"there's still a lot of kick in the old
horse." The living spirit that sparked
within him when he piloted the fam-
ous point-a-minute elevens is as
strong as ever.
Awaits Army Game
Even now "Mr. Meechigan" is look-
ing forward to the Michigan-Army
spectacle which will be played at the
Michigan Stadium this fall. The pow-
erful Army juggernaut isn't exactly
strange to Yost for he helped coach
three previous squads from this ser-
vice school.
Attending the University of West
Virginia in 1894, Yost was a member
of Sigma Chi fraternity. When Col.

lis. The outcome of the clash was of
great concern to everyone from the
lowest plebe to the highest Army
Yost Subs Successfully
But on the morning of the big
game, Beacham became ill and was.
rushed to the hospital for an emer-
gency appendectomy. Yost was im-
mediately called in by Col. Nelly and
placed at the helm of the Army squad.
Using "any plays that would foil
the opposition," as he said later,
Army managed to eke out a 6-4 vic-
tory after a grueling, see-saw battle.
For his work in piloting the Army
to such a succesful flinish in 1908, the
Army athletic council awarded Yost
one of his most precious trophies, a
gold medal. Again in 1914 and 1915,
the "Grand Old Man" went to West
Point to help tutor the Cadets' ele-
vens as they trounced Navy 22-9
and 14-0.
Yost's Teams Top Nation
From the time Yost was appointed
head coach at Michigan in 1901 until
he resigned in 1929 to devote his at-
tention to the position of athletic
director, his teams were rated among
the top in the country.
In his initial season here, Yost
piloted a Michigan aggregation which
amassed the grand total of 550 points
while holding the opposition score-
less. His first five teams ran up 2,-
821 tallies against 42 for their oppon-
ents to gain the reputation of "point-
a-minute" squads.

Put together a sprinter and a
hurdler, toss in a football-player and
world's record-holder, and you have
Coach Ken Doherty's recipe for last

sity track team donned their spikes
in preparation for the 1946 cinder"
season, Dohetry took one look at the
possibilities and his hopes for a -top
relay quartet dropped to zero. He
knew that in many instances the mile
relay event, which is the last on the
program, has meant the difference
between capturing the silver cup,
symbolic of a Big Ten track champ-
ionship, and being reconciled to a
frustrating runner-up spot.
Works for Solution
The Wolverine mentor kept plug-
ging away at the problem, and by
indoor Conference Championship
time, the relay consisted of Val John-
son, who began his track career as
a sprinter, Bill Haidler, a former
hurdler, Hap Coleman, who had been
a mainstay of the Western Michi-
gan football team before entering the
service, and Hugh Short, veteran of
the Italian campaign and holder of
the indoor world's record for the
600-yard run.
With only this last event remain-
ing in that meet, Michigan was lead-
ing the University of Illinois by 1/3
of a point. When the tape was broken
for the last time in the Chicago Uni-
versity Field House that evening, Illi-
nois had won the event, and the five
points which they received gave them
the team ,title by 2/3 of a point.
Second Fastest U.S. Time
The responsibility for the Maize
and Blue defeat cannot be placed on
the shoulders of these four Wol-

season's mile relay, one of the fast-
est in Maize.and Blue history.
When the candidates for the var-

verines, however. They ran the sec-
ond fastest time in the nation for
the indoor season-second only to
the time of the Illini quartet which
had beaten them. On the Orange and
Blue teams, two men, Herb McKenley
and Marc Gonzales, were unofficially
credited with tying the world's rec-
ord for the 440-yard distance.
The rest of the year was a repi-
tion of this same scene. While Mc-
Kenley went on to set the track
world talking of the possibilities of a
new outdoor world's record in the
quarter-mile, while the Illinois relay
became acknowledged as the best
in the country, neither Johnson,
Haidler, Coleman, or Short let down
one tenth of a second in their ef-
forts. They parodied the slogan of
another famous sports aggregation
and told Doherty to "wait 'til next
Illini Win Again
At the Penn Relays in Philadel-
phia, Illinois won again, with M-
Kenley being timed unofficially in
46 seconds flat for his leg, running
on a soggy, chewed up track. Michi-
gan was shunted back into third
place. As far as the experts were
concerned, the Wolverines were out
of the picture.
The last time the two foursomes
met was the outdoor championships,
which were held on the grounds of
the high-flying Illini team, Memor-
ial Stadium in Champaign. Michi-
gan's chances for a team title had
gone out of the window by the time
of the last event, but the Wolver-
ine quartet still wanted that one
victory that would paint the faces of
the experts a nice brilliant red.
It was too much to ask. They were
timed in 3:15.7, a clocking that gave
them a spot among the best relays
that Michigan has even sent out on
a track. They lost to an Illinois relay
that was clocked in a new Big Ten
eeord, 3:12.7, with Herb McKenley,
who earlier in the afternoon had
given the world a new 440-yard re-
cord of 46.2 seconds, running an-
Only two members of the Wolver-
ine relay will return this coming sep,-
son. Haidler received an appoint-
ment to Annapolis and Coleman
graduated. Short and Johnson will
return, however. With such seasoned
performers as Dick Forrestal, Bill
MacConnell, Bob Mann, and George
Shepherd, the members of the 1945
mile relay, listed as possible re-
turnees, Michigan's chances will.
again rise. Probably even Haidler and
Coleman are still saying, "Wait 'til
next year!"

wolverine-Golden Gopher Football Rivalry
Symbolized by Battle for Lit-le Brown Jug'-


versity. He is one of the few men to
be selected for All-American three*
years in a row having made it in
1925-6-7. Two other ends received
similar recognition, Stanfield Wells
in 1910 and Edward Frutig in 1940.
It is interesting to note that in
only two years have Crisler-coached
aggregations failed to place- at least
one All-American. That was last
year and 1944 when nearly all foot-
ball talent was at a sub-par level.

Nelly, one of his fraternity brothers,
was athletic director at Army in 1908
he invited Yost to West Point.
Since the Wolverines had com-
pleted their schedule, he accepted the
incitation and was at the Point that
Thanksgiving. But as Yost couldn't
stay away from his favorite sport,
much of his time was spent helping
Army mentor Joe Beacham, prepare
for the big game with Navy.
The Middies hadn't been beaten all
season and it would have been a
feather in the cap of the Cadets to
sink the mighty Sailors from Annapo-

One of the most coveted trophies
in the sports world is the Little
Brown Jug, awarded annually when
Michigan and Minnesota meet on the
football field to decide which school
is to keep the trophy for the follow-
ing year.
The Jug itself has an interesting
somewhat humorous, origin. Back
in 1903, Fielding H. Yost, Michigan's
famous coach, brought one of his
great "point a minute" teams to
Minneapolis for the yearly game
with the Gophers. The Wolverines
were heavy favorites and Minne-
sota seemed doomed to defeat.
Game Ends in Tie
Minnesota, however, had forgotten
to read the odds in the morning pa-
pers. The Gophers hung on tena-

ciously, and the game ended in a 6-1
6 tie.
As a reward for their moral vic-
tory, the Golden Gophers wanted
some sort of a trophy. Oscar Munson,
Minnesota's equipment keeper, re-
membered seeing a brown stone wa-
ter jug which the Michigan squad
had brought with it. He took the
jug, but the Wolverines didn't miss
it when they left.
"Come and Get It!"
When the team got back to Ann
Arbor, one of the players remembered
seeing Munson taking the jug. He
told Yost about it, and a letter was
promptly sent asking for its return.,
The Gophers' reply was a simple'
challenge to "come and get it."
Michigan accepted the challenge.

They didn't play Minnesota again
until 1909, but that year they beat
Minnesota by the score of 15--6. Af-
ter that, Michigan reigned supreme
for a period of 24 years. In the six-
teen Minnesota games played be-
tween 1909 and 1933, the Wolverines
won 13, lost two, end tied one.
Michigan Record Tops
In 1934, however, Minnesota took
over. The Gophers won nine con-
secutive games until Michigan beat
them by the score of 49-6 in 1943.
The Wolverine squad took the Jug
in 1944 and 1945.
Since the beginning of competi-
tion for the Little Brown Jug in 1903,
Michigan has won 18 contests, lost
11, and two games have resulted in


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