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August 18, 1946 - Image 6

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Fielding Yost Awaits Michigan
Gridiron Tangle with Cadets

Sprinter, Hurdler, Halfback, Record I
Team Up To Form Fast Mile Relay Qu

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. Th'e 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.


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-

Wolverine-Golden Gopher Football Rivalry
Symbolized by Battle for 'Little Brown Jug'
One of the most coveted trophies ciously, and the game ended in a 6- They didn't play Minnesota agair
in the sports world is the Little 6 tie. until 1909, but that year they beat
Brown Jug, awarded annually when As a reward for their moral vic- Minnesota by the score of 15-6. Af-
Michigan and Minnesota meet on the tory, the Golden Gophers wanted ter that, Michigan reigned supreme
football field to decide which school some sort of a trophy. Oscar Vgiunson, for a period of 24 years. In the six-
is to keep the trophy for the follow- Minnesota's equipment keeper, re- teen Minnesota games played be-
ing year. membered seeing a brown stone wa- tween 1909 and 1933, the Wolverines
The Jug itself has an interesting ter jug which the Michigan squad won 13, lost two, and tied one.
somewhat humorous, origin. Back had brought with it. He took the Michigan Record Tops
in 1903, Fielding H. Yost, Michigan's jug, but the Wolverines *didn't miss In 1934, however, Minnesota took
famous coach, brought one of his it when they left. over. The Gophers won nine con-
great "point a minute" teams to "Come and Get It!" secutive games until Michigan beat
Minneapolis for the yearly game When the team got back to Ann them by the score of 49-6 in 1943
with the Gophers. The Wolverines Arbor, one of the players remembered The Wolverine squad took the Jug
were heavy favorites and Minne- seeing Munson taking the jug. He in 1944 and,1945.
sota seemed doomed to defeat, told Yost about it, and a letter was Since the beginning of competi-
Game Ends in Tie promptly sent asking for its return. tion for the Little Brown Jug in 1903
Minnesota, however, had forgotten The Gophers' reply was a simple Michigan has won 18 contests, losi
to read the odds in the morning pa- challenge to "come and get it." 11, and two games have resulted ir
pers. The Gophers hung on tena- Michigan accepted the challenge. ties.








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