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Recently I posted a short audio clip of Fielding Yost from the 1940 nationwide radio tribute the man titled, ‘A Toast to Yost from Coast to Coast’.   Check it out if you missed it.   In that post I promised to share a few more clips, and thanks to the Bentley Historical Library for passing these along.

The man who introduced Yost to the crowd in attendance and the radio audience was none other than the great Willie Heston, the All American who came with Yost to Ann Arbor and by some (suspect) accounting, scored 110 touchdowns.  [The Bentley says 72, which might be still on the high side, but methinks that will be addressed at some point.]

Here are two clips of the great Willie and in the first we have a surprise.   Before offering up his tribute to his old coach, Heston acknowledges that current student athlete and national icon Tom Harmon in the audience.  Old 98 shares the mic & even has a little back and forth with Heston that is all in all pretty priceless.

The second clip has Heston delivering his testimonial to Yost.  Enjoy:

 

As an aside, while I’m sure you’ll be hard pressed to find another audio clip of the Harmon and Heston together, they did appear elsewhere…namely on this campaign pin for Heston [original 2008 post].   This is probably a decent representation of what each man looked like back in 1940:

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2 Comments

  1. @Brian
    that is outstanding – thanks.