A quick edition of eBay Watch features an auction of a mildly stained ticket from the Michigan-Ohio State game held in Ann Arbor on October 22, 1927. It has a little more significance than just an old piece of memorabilia from college football’s greatest rivalry. This game marked the official dedication of Michigan Stadium. Here’s the stub:

1927 Michigan Ohio State

Bennie Oosterbann captained the crew that roared to a 21-0 victory to officially break in the giant stadium, which of course is currently going through some major changes. We’re fortunate to have few excellent sources of information on this game.

First, the Bentley Library has an outstanding summary of the dedication. Just a taste:

General admission tickets sold for three dollars. The 11,114 student ticket purchaser had to pay a fifty cent surcharge on the normal $2.50 price for this and the other “big games” of the year. The box seats in the lower rows went for four and five dollars. More than 17,000 tickets were sold at Ohio State.

Nearly one thousand Boy Scouts, from all over Michigan, plus a few from Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus, were on hand to usher the ticket holders to their seats. A crowd of nearly 85, 000 was on hand as the dedication ceremonies got under way at 2:00.

Next, the Bentley site republished the Detroit Free Press article on the big day, click here to read the whole thing. An excerpt:

This day, however, the new castle of athletics was formally anointed. While one cheering block pelted the other with yells and massed bands played Michigan hymns, the stadium was properly and thoroughly dedicated.

It was properly dedicated because there were no speeches for one thing. No gentleman mustered sufficient brashness to think he could successfully pit his voice against the roar of the thousands Perhaps it was brashness that was lacking at that, it may have been the understanding that whatever might have been said with mighty word or tidy emphasis would be so much wasted breath.

Finally, the great WolverineHistorian pulled together this beauty of a video of Dedication Day and posted it on YouTube for all to enjoy:

Here’s the full auction for the 1927 ticket stub, there’s been quite a few bids already.


12. January 2009 · Comments Off on When the Game Must be Moved · Categories: Archive 2009, Detroit Lions, History, Ohio State, Rose Bowl, Tickets

Played January 11, 2009, scheduled January 9, 2009

Red Berenson and crew continued its roll yesterday afternoon, wrapping up a sweep of Miami, OH with a 4-0 shutout. The rare Sunday tilt was of course due to the postponement of Friday’s scheduled game, due to the structural issues uncovered at Yost Ice Arena.

This wasn’t the first time a scheduled game had to be moved, and unfortunately many of the other incidents were brought on by darker circumstances. I thought this would be a nice opportunity to look at some of those instances:

1963 – Kennedy

The assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 moved out the Ohio State game which was scheduled to be played in Ann Arbor the next day.

Played November 30, 1963, scheduled November 23, 1963

I was able to connect with Dr. Barry Dehlin, a sophomore on Bump Elliott’s 1963 crew and ask him about his memories of the days surrounding the assassination. Here’s what he wrote:

Naturally the assassination was a shock to all of us. I remember being in the dorm getting ready to go to practice when I heard what had happened. One of those sentinel moments in your life that you will always remember. We still met that Friday and the decision was already made that the game was postponed and would be played the next Saturday which of course was after Thanksgiving. The players would have to stay in town and not go home for Thanksgiving.

It was a cold week of practice but the interesting thing we did was bus to the Lions/Packers game on Thanksgiving. We sat on the field at Tiger stadium to watch the Lions and Packers tie. I believe that was the last game of the Lions and Packers on Thanksgiving for many years. That story I don’t know. [Ed: Correct. That game, a 13-13 tie, was the end of a string of thirteen straight Thanksgiving Day games for the Packers and Lions in Detroit.]

The game then was played the next Saturday and Ohio won on a pass to Paul Warfield in the end zone just over the hands of Jack Clancy. Warfield of course had a fine pro career and so did Clancy, who also was a wideout in the pros. Also remember the college game before 1965 did not allow unlimited substitution. On a fumble or interception only 2 players could be substituted each down for the first series. It was a much different game.

Thanks for letting me reminisce.

Incredible stuff.

The Ohio State loss capped a tough run for Elliott’s squad, as they finished 3-4-2 good for fifth in the conference. The following season, Dehlin along with captain Jim Conley turned things completely around capped off with a 10-0 victory in Columbus and a 34-7 thumping of Oregon State in the Rose Bowl.

2001 – 9/11
The September 11, 2001 attacks took place right in the beginning of the college football season and caused a few ripples throughout the schedule. Michigan pushed games against Western Michigan and Illinois out one week.

Played September 29, 2001, scheduled September 22, 2001

1918 – WWI, Flu
In 1918 football took a backseat to WWI and a massive flu outbreak. The schedule was a complete mess and the Bentley Library added a note to help sort out all the shifts/cancellations:

Scheduled games with Camp Custer (10/12), Michigan State (10/19), Ohio State (10/26 at Columbus), Northwestern (11/02), Cornell (11/16), Syracuse (11/16 in place of Cornell) and Minnesota (11/23) were canceled in response to the influenza epidemic and war-related travel restrictions. Only the Michigan State and Ohio State games were rescheduled.

Fielding Yost’s Michigan squad ended up playing and winning five games that season and claimed the national championship. Ticketmuseum.com had a stub from the Michigan State (still named Michigan Agricultural College) game that season:

Scheduled October 19, 1918, played November 23, 1918, scheduled

You’ll note that the ticket has the date of the day the game was actually played, not when it was originally scheduled. Assuming the Bentley’s facts are correct on the date shuffle, they either printed new tickets (possible) or they were aware of the changes before they printed the 1918 tickets (likely).

[Update 12/16: Thanks to reader Brian who translated this click here to view.]

A unique, well-traveled piece of Michigan athletics memorabilia showed up on eBay this week. It’s described to be a ticket stub from a game between Michigan baseball and a university team from Tokyo, played in Japan in 1932.

Michigan vs Japan baseball 1932

If anyone can translate the Japanese on there, please send it along. (And save the Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto emails). [Update 12/16: Thanks to reader Brian who had this translated, click here to view.]

At first glance I laughed thinking there was no way a college team traveled to Japan during in the throes of the Great Depression to play baseball. And the auction description didn’t help sell it for me:

1932 Michigan University [sic] vs Meiji University tour ticket stub from game 1 played at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo.

But of course a click here and a Google search there and Hiroshi’s your uncle. It looks legit and this is pretty amazing stuff. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the men’s baseball team traveling Japan today would warrant a little bit of news, right?

From an excellent summary published in Michigan Today in 1998, it all started with Japan teams doing a college tour in the US years earlier, with many of the stops in Ann Arbor from 1911 to 1925. Then in 1929, Michigan coach Ray Fisher got an invite from the Meiji University inviting the maize and blue to visit Japan as “ambassadors of good will”. Fielding Yost and the board of athletics approved the trip and so they headed west, then more west, until they reach the Far East in 1929:

After playing several games on the West Coast and one in Hawaii, the Wolverines arrived in Japan for a 30-day visit. Lodged at the Imperial Hotel, the 14 team members and Coach Fisher and his family were received lavishly by Meiji University. Against a variety of Japan’s best college teams the Maize and Blue won 11 of 13 games, with losses to Meiji and Waseda. In a Michigan Alumnus article describing the trip, Straub opined that “Japanese pitchers are not as effective as our college pitchers in America. But their catchers are of a much higher standard.” He added that the umpires “were usually very efficient and absolutely impartial.”

The stub in the eBay auction claims the ticket to be from the 1932 trip, which per the Michigan Today piece did occur three years later. Michigan again excelled, taking eleven of the fifteen games played.

Other than the memories of their long trip, the Japan presented the Michigan players with two interesting gifts: a suit of armor in 1929 and a saddle in 1932. Here are photos from the Bentley library including Yost with the saddle:

Michigan vs Japan baseball 1932

As an aside, the well done Michigan Today piece researched Yost’s papers and found that he originally planned “to display the saddle in his den [Ed: think man cave], alongside the armor”. Obviously Mrs. Yost didn’t share the same fondness as she “donated” the armor to the University a few years after her husband’s passing. Typical!

Here’s the full auction. Bidding starts at $9.99 and ends December 21, 2008.

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That’s right, the Webmaster is in with season hockey tickets. In Section 22, of all places, which is my favorite section in the Big House! Of note:

Maize Outs:
– Ohio State 11/1
– Miami 1/9
– Michigan State 1/24

Blue Outs:

Teddy Bear Toss (someone pls explain why this is a significant event):
– Michigan State 12/5

Senior Night: (glad to see they’re respecting the older crowd
– Ferris State 4/28

01. June 2008 · Comments Off on Open Call for Stadium Help · Categories: Archive 2008, Fans, Michigan Stadium, The University, Tickets

The athletic department bought a quarter page ad in today’s Ann Arbor News announcing “Football Stadium Team Members Needed”. They did the same last year if you recall.

I’ve heard the stadium has stepped up its demands on ushers, extending the time period they’re asked to be onsite and working (both before and after the games). This may have caused a few folks to bag it in the last couple years thus the need for more help. They also might need a few folks to guide people around the construction.

If you are interested in tearing tickets and escorting pickled fans out of the stadium you are asked to gather at the Junge Family Center on Saturday June 7 at 9am. For more info you can dial 734.647.9760.

I couldn’t find more info on mgoblue.com, but I did find this interesting poll:

Yes, people hitting mgoblue.com tend to lean Maize and Blue. I love that Kentucky got some votes. Why don’t they just ask, ‘Which school has the best helmet in college football?”

UPDATE: Found it, more from mgoblue.com.

21. April 2008 · Comments Off on From now on, You’ll be Fritz · Categories: Archive 2008, History, Michigan Stadium, Tickets

Great, great stuff from the bountiful Sports Illustrated Vault. I found this beauty via the excellent Winged Helmet message board posted by uber user BlueCheeseHead.

It’s a lengthy piece on Fritz Crisler first published in February 1964 titled “The Man Who Changed Football“. Definitely check it out. It presents the former Michigan coach and AD’s influence on college football rule changes but it also provides a few nice nuggets. Among them:

Specifically how he got the nickname Fritz:

Coach [Amos Alonzo] Stagg fastened the nickname of ‘Fritz’ on him after he had fumbled three times in a row. Stagg made the sarcastic point that there was a violinist, a great artist, who spelled his name Kreisler. He said he was naming Crisler Fritz because he bore absolutely no resemblance to Fritz Kreisler, the artist.

On his strategy to defend “the sleeper”….where the offense hides a player near the sidelines, hoping the defense doesn’t notice:

“We would put a bugler up on top of the press box with instructions to watch for that sleeper, and when he spotted one to blast out reveille with all the fervor and wind that was in him. It worked, but we could only use him at home games. There was a limit on the number of men we could take on a trip. One time we went to Illinois, and Zup [Coach Bob Zuppke] laid a sleeper out there and beat us with the play. If we had had our bugler I don’t think Zup would have beat us.”

Finally, on the “1” in the attendance. I’d always heard that the seat was for Fritz Crisler, and in some ways I guess it is. But here’s the back and forth between the columnist and Crisler on the topic:

Crisler is obviously proud that the University of Michigan has the largest college-owned stadium in the U.S. He would not concede that it is his personal monument, although that is what many people consider it to be. One question that all Crisler’s guests ask him is, “How did you arrive at a seating capacity of 101,001? Was it pure coincidence? Was there a reason for the additional seat?”

Crisler smiles at the question. “Let us put it this way. It makes a great conversation piece at cocktail parties.”

That extra seat had no significance of any kind? It was not any special seat in any special spot?

“It has its spot,” said Crisler. “And I am the only man who knows where that spot is.”

The article concludes speculating that the lone seat is reserved for Stagg, Crisler’s mentor.

I’m not sure if that seat is still around but it makes sense that if it is, it’d be near the press box. That area seems to be the most stable in all of the various renovations that have occurred since Crisler’s days. There are a couple bizarre seats up against the press box in Section 22, in particular, here’s section Section 22, Row 85, Seats 7&8.

Just a thought, perhaps Crisler reserved two seats (101,000 and 101,101) for he and for the legendary Stagg?

17. April 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Tickets

1909 Season “Foot Ball” Pass

In the mail today.

A little less clutter in the envelope than usual, just the application ($375 per seat), an ad for their new radio device from live sports radio and a promotion for the 2008 student t-shirt from the mden*. Renewal deadline is May 16, 2008.

The letter to season ticket holders takes some time to talk about the changes to the stadium to support fans with mobility impairments. My regular tickets are just out of the range of rows they removed for the new platforms; I’m curious as to where they put fans that were affected.

Re: the ear device….I’m not sure if this the same company as Earradio, the company that had the thing last season. Either way, I still wouldn’t get one, although this version looks a little slicker.

*Memo to M Den: How about an affiliate program for bloggers and the like? Goodness gracious.

21. March 2008 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: 1976 NCAA Finals Ticket Stub · Categories: Archive 2008, eBay Watch, History, Hoops, Tickets

1976 Indiana Michigan NCAA FINALS

Sitting a Fraser’s pub for lunch on Thursday watching Michigan State take on Temple, it sure made you miss the days when Michigan basketball figured prominently in the tourney. My wife, a Michigan State grad, actually had the stones to ask me if Michigan was ever involved in these “brackets”.

Yes, Michigan’s been more than involved in fact the Wolverines have appeared in six Final Fours (four according to the NCAA record books after wiping the records of the Fab 5) and have made it to the NCAA finals in each of the four decades prior to this one. Not looking good for the 2000s.

This installment of eBay Watch takes a look at a ticket stub from one of those appearances, in this case the 1976 NCAA Finals. That season remains one of the most notable seasons in college hoop history as Bobby Knight’s Indiana ’76 squad are still the last to finish undefeated. Most Michigan fans know that it was the Wolverines that were the final obstacle to IU’s perfection, falling 86-68 on Monday March 29, 1976 at Philadelphia’s Spectrum. Here’s the ticket stub that’s on eBay right now:

1976 Indiana Michigan Ticket Stub

Michigan had a rocky path through the field of 32 [full bracket] that season, squeaking past Wichita State 74-73 in the first round, then past Notre Dame (80-76) and Missouri (95-88, a crazy amount of points to score before the 3 pointer was instituted) to reach the Final Four.

Many don’t know that two teams actually entered 1976 Final Four undefeated as the Scarlett Knights of Rutgers were 31-0. The Wolverines had little trouble hanging the first L on Rutgers continuing the high scoring effort, 86-70.

As for the finals, there’s not-so-surprisingly little written about the game on mgoblue.com or at the Bentley museum about Johnny Orr’s 1975-76 hoops squad. Shoot, I can tell you who was on the game program for the Stanford football game that year (Leach), but little on the basketball season. A query into the statistics archive on mgoblue.com runs down schedule/results that season and from there you can dig into the stats of the final game.

Michigan dropped seven games, three of those to Indiana whom the Wolverines played tough in the regular season, losing by just 6 (at Crisler) and 5 points (in Bloomington). Other losses were to Tennessee, UNLV (gave up 108) and to Illinois and Minnesota in conference.

As far as the final, Michigan actually came out strong and led 35-29 at the break. The Hoosiers were not to be denied dropping a whopping 57 points on Coach Orr and company, outscoring the Wolverines by 24 in the half. Just looking at the stats, Michigan’s lack of depth may have been a factor as no player outside the starting five played more than 10 minutes and the team shooting percentage dropped 26 percentage points in the second half. Ricky Green paced the Wolverines with 18 points.

Ahh, basketball. Looking forward to having a horse in these “brackets”.

Side Note: Speaking of Coach Knight, is he money as an analyst on ESPN or what?

18. December 2007 · Comments Off on Victors Club PSD Points mixed up · Categories: Archive 2007, Bowls, Fans, The University, Tickets

For those of you who are season ticket holders and/or Victors club members, don’t fret about the recent totals in the Preferred Seats Donation (PSD) renewal mailer. I know that many of the mailers included screwed-up PSD totals; mine for instance showed 0.00. Sources inside Weidenbach Hall tell me that:
a) there was a screw-up transferring the PSD totals from a spreadsheet to the mailer [they’re using the hottest technology I see],
b) an email will be going out explaining this, and
c) if you are worried about the location of your Capital One bowl tickets, I’m told that they were assigned according to your correct PSD.

This site is NOT AFFILIATED in any way with the Victors Club or the University. If you have questions about your PSD or anything related to your ticket or Victors club status, please refer to the official site.

Update: Speak of the devil…just got an email from Marty Bodnar of the ticket office explaining the mix-up.

Any thoughts of Lloyd Carr, Hart, Henne and Long getting to tee off on the ACC’s #4 team are gone. Nope, they’ll get Urban Meyer and defending national champion Florida. An interesting match-up for sure, as Florida edged out Michigan for the second BCS championship spot last year and many (including Carr) were none too happy with the comments made by Meyer as he campaigned for his Gators. Water under the bridge maybe, but it’ll make for an interesting subplot.

Required for the game? Your Urban Meyer Wiener gear while they last:

Urban Meyer Wiener Shirt for the 2008 Capitol One Bowl

1. As mentioned above, Hart, Henne, and Long and especially Carr’s last game.
2. Meyer vs. Carr after the bitterness of last year.
3. Is Urban Meyer a candidate for the coaching job? He didn’t exactly slam the door shut in recent comments.
4. Will a signficant number of Michigan fans go to this game? [Latest Ticket Prices here]
5. Will Michigan have named a coach by then? Will he be at the game?