WPW returns – with a candid shot of General Bo in the bowels of the snakepit peeling off his wildly long coaching socks following the 14-3 victory over the Buckeyes on November 25, 1978.  This was the final battle with Woody in the Ten Year War and gave Schembechler the 5-4-1 edge in the series.  To celebrate Bo flashed his feet and treated the media to the gun show: Bo Socks - 251551586995

Next up, continuing with the candid shots of Bo, here he’s planting one on Miss Texas Luann Caughey as the team arrived for the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Bo Kiss It almost looks like Bo went straight for the lips…but Luann evaded him with a quick lateral move?   Thankfully Bo didn’t enjoy Texas too much.


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02. April 2014 · Comments Off on Wire Photo Wednesday | Demonstrating the Dropkick & 1922 Buckeye Smack · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , , , , , ,


WPW leads off with an awesome shot of old Fritz:

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Is that Fritz Crisler dropping the ball?  No way man – he’s demonstrating the drop kick.  Back in 1958 Crisler was chairman of the NCAA rules committee and a major change for that year was the introduction of the 2 point conversion.  Coaches weren’t sure what the impact would be—many thought teams would go for 2 after TDs early in the game and then see how things played out.  But it was quickly figured out that hitting paydirt with one play from the three yard line was far from a 50/50 proposition (one source had the success rate in 1958 was around 35%), and most coaches defaulted to kicking the extra point. 

Bringing us back to the photo, it was also suggested that having the option of the two point conversion might result end up in more teams trying the old dropkick.  I think the scenario was that you’d see teams effectively lining up in a triple threat position where the offense could try to run or pass for 2, or execute the drop kick for 1…but that really didn’t happen.  (Heck, it hadn’t even happened in pro football since 1941 and until Doug Flutie’s epic dropkick in 2007).



Above:  Of course that’s not a wire photo but you’ll forgive me.  From a June 1923 athletic department publication, that’s a shot of one of the cars that traveled to the ‘22 Ohio State game down in Columbus, on the day they dedicated Ohio Stadium.  Note the smack talk scribed on the roof “WE’LL DEDICATE IT..” – a reference to the Buckeye plans to dedicate the shiny new Ohio Stadium during the game.   Beyond a big fat YOST on the front, and the “from and from U-M” painted on the door I can’t make out any other gems.  Either way a priceless paint job and yes, Yost and the Wolverines “dedicated” it—crushing the Buckeyes 19-0.

Below: From the same publication, a very cool shot of the frame of what would become Yost Field House, dedicated a few months later in 1923.


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Good Wednesday to you.  Leading off…T Mills:


Leading off, the man coach Bill Frieder personally visited at Romulus High literally hundreds of times – to keep him away from Jud Heathcote and MSU, here from April 1989 presumably from the Kingdome following the NCAA title victory (Ed. However as a commenter pointed out, M wore blue of course in the finals—so perhaps an earlier round or something else].  


Glenn Doughty  1970 

From 1970, an awesome shot of back Glenn Doughty posing between an unidentified pair of Bo’s bruisers.  Great shot.  Following his Michigan days he became Shake and Bake, and later (after completing his PhD in Groove from Funkalicious University [Dearborn]), just Dr. Shake:

He earned the nickname “Shake and Bake” during his years with the Colts, and the nickname was also extended to the 1975 Baltimore Colts offense.

The Colts Record of 10-4 reversed the prior year’s 2-12 record to set the greatest one year turn-a-round season in NFL History. The Colts won the Eastern Division Championship. Doughty played a key role in leading the Colts to three straight Eastern Division Championships for the first time in Colts history.

1975 also saw Doughty, a Motown native, create the Shake & Bake Band. The Group consisted of Tight End Ray Chester on bass, Lloyd Mumford Defensive Back on harmonica, Fred Scott Wide Receiver percussion, DT White Wide Receiver lead guitar, Bruce Barnett a shoe salesman on drums and Doughty (Dr. Shake) lead singer, composer on congas. The Shake & Bake Band performed at numerous clubs around Baltimore on Monday Nights arriving in a stretch limo at each location. The Band’s appearances were promoted on the Memorial Stadium scoreboard. Many Colts fans felt the group sounded and looked like the famous California group WAR. The popular Shake & Bake band was invited to play on the Johnny Carson Show, but practicing for their Playoff game vs the Steelers prevented this from happening. The Band became one of only a handful of Players’ musical groups in NFL history to record two records; Shake & Bake and Star Flight Disco in 1976. The intro to Shake & Bake was performed by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Chuck Thompson.

Anyone have any clips of any of these songs I need them –—- STAT!  



Bo on the field 1975

Another 35MM makes the cut, this time with a beautiful shot of Bo patrolling the fielding in 1975 during pregame.  It almost looks like he’s reaching for a chew?  But I don’t think Bo dipped – anyone? 

Update: A better thought from Dr. Sap: “Bo was probably reaching into his bag of confetti. He had a pre-game ritual of throwing the confetti into the air just before kickoff to determine wind strength and direction. This would assist him in deciding which end of the field to select for the coin toss and whether it was too windy to pass the ball.”



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This week WPW takes a look at three outstanding shots, each featuring a unique perspective of three Michigan greats – Cazzie Russell, Tom Harmon and Bill Yearby:
Cazzie Russell with basketball in Yost Field House
Crisler is known as the house that Cazzie built, but here’s a look at Cazzie’s original digs: Yost Arena.  Dang it looks pretty cool in there and I love the angle of that photo.   Memo to #41: Nice socks, Milhous.

Speaking of that venue, who’d like to see a hoops game at Yost?  Get on board #1000SSS.   And maybe they’d even bring back the Old Man?: 
Yost Photo


Tom Harmon emerges from Michigan Stadium Tunnel (1938)
Speaking of cool angles, I’m not sure I can recall a old shot quite like this, here you’ve got Old 98 Tom Harmon in 1938 trotting out of the tunnel handling a pigskin.   Uniform snobs will note the block M socks.  I also love the cheerleader’s sweater and the shiny pants (that guy has a little Barney Fife in him).  Turning to the crowd, clearly if you didn’t wear a hat (children and ladies included) to the game back then you were a square, Daddy-O.  A real flat tire.

What I can’t make out is what’s on the guy’s sweatshirt behind Harmon?  Best guess – it either reads “Maroons” (played in the Big House 10/8/38) or “Spartans” (the season opener 10/1/38). 


Bill Yearby of Michigan leaps during 1965 Rose Bowl (vs. Oregon State)

Hmm, who do you think won this game?   This season marks the 50th anniversary of the underappreciated 1964 Big Ten & Rose Bowl Championship team, and above that’s All-American Bill Yearby leaping and scaring the crap out of an overmatched Oregon State squad in the ‘65 Rose Bowl (U-M 34, OSU 7). 


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WPW keeps rolling with a great shot that sheds some light on uniform history:
1962 Patch

First up, this isn’t a wire photo but something a little cleaner: it’s a 35MM negative from the 1962 game in East Lansing that is incredibly crisp.  In the U-M lily whites you’ve got a wincing Tom Prichard (21) backed up by a flying Ron Kocan (88).  The Spartans snuck by 28-0.

More importantly, this slide appears to have solved a little uniform riddle that has bugged me and the illustrious Dr. Sap for a while.  We had seen some photos from this era of players wearing what seemed to be a circular patch on their jerseys…but couldn’t confirm what it was.   Sap dug an old shot with the mystery patch that we mulled over a year or 2 back (also obviously from the ‘62 State game as well, featuring Prichard, could be the same play):pre fumble

The first shot clearly confirms what is chilling on the left shoulder…the wolverbear ! </insert Happy Valley roar sound, slightly higher pitch>logo combined

Viva the sailor wolverbear!  Here’s more on the U-M logo history via my man Craig at HSR.  Here’s the auction for the 35MM slide.  Here’s another shot from the 1962 game via my friends at The Only Colors.

Oh, and the Uniform Timeline is now updated…scroll down to 1962.


Bo Cracks Wise
I love these wire photos that feature a few shots from the same scene, here we’ve got a couple looks at General Bo directing the troops in California before the 1969 Rose Bowl before something cracks him up.  Love it.  Auction.  [Ed. And yes, per the keen spotting of Mike and Dr. Sap (see comments) that’s a young Jim Brandstatter over Bo’s shoulder in frame 3!]


Two Tone pants

Speaking of the Uniform Timeline, I still feel like there are those out there who don’t buy that Michigan donned two-toned pants back in the mid-1970s.  Here’s a shot that’s up on eBay right now, probably 1978 (that’s ‘78 captains Jerry Meter (46) Russell Davis with Bo) that shows the two-tone maize pants.  You can also scan the team photos from 197619771978.



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05. February 2014 · Comments Off on Wire Photo Wednesday : Illini Stew & a Trashed Yost · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , , , , , ,


Edition number 3 of #WPW gets emotional:
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Maybe this is why Illini fans really hate us?  From 1948, a homecoming display on campus featuring the recipe for a little Illinois Stew.  Well done.  Bennie Oosterbaan’s #1 ranked Wolverines got a battle from the unranked Illini on October 30, 1948 but prevailed 28-20.
Yost Coach and Storm Damage

Above you’ve got Michigan head hoops coach Bill Perigo checking out the damage in Yost Field House from the storm that ripped through the athletic campus back in 1959.   The damage amounted to $100,000 according to the wire caption which, coincidentally, is exactly the revenue from Twizzler sales at the Wisconsin game on Friday night.  2412 

Below, from a 2010 post, a great shot above Yost from the same storm:




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That’s head hoops coach Dave Strack, who succeeded Perigo, a bit distraught on the sidelines.  Strack, the man who coached the great hoops teams of the mid-1960s, passed away in January at age 90



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29. January 2014 · Comments Off on Wire Photo Wednesday : Smooth Swing, Smooth Ride · Categories: 2014 · Tags: , , , , , , ,


The second edition of #WPW.  If you’ve got any cool wire photos in your personal collection and would like to see them in a future post send them along.   Johnny Fisher U-M Golf NCAA Champion 
Johnny Smooth…
– A sweet shot of Michigan golf legend John Fischer’s swing, NCAA individual title champion in 1932 and he later won the 1936 U.S. Amateur (which golf fans know is a big fricking deal – and even more so back then).



Woody Hayes restrained by Ken Fritz 
Serenity NOW COACH! – In the aftermath of Woody slugging Clemson’s Charlie Bauman, here’s a look at Buckeye Ken Fritz trying to calm the old boy down.


 Bo Schembechler leads team out of the Tunnel 
Take the Field – An awesome shot of Bo leading out the troops, presumably before a spring practice/media day event. 


Bennie Oosterbaan from 1927 in an Essex Speedabout  
Smooth Bennie – When you are the greatest athlete U-M has ever seen they put you outside the Ferry Field football gates in a fresh sled and take your photo.   Even in 1927.


* Wire Photo Wednesday – Edition 1 – Bo cuts the cake, the Ferry Field Clubhouse and the all-Whites


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eBay provides a seemingly never-ending flow of classic photos featuring historic Michigan figures or scenes.   Today here are a few favorites after scanning the auction site:

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The Cake of Victory – Bo’s men famously cut down Ohio 24-12 in 1969 and soon after, apparently the Ann Arbor Quarterbacks Club had Schembechler slice up this victory cake.   

370991589372 Ferry Field Clubhouse 

Ferry Facility – A very cool shot of the athletics “Club House” facility outside Ferry Field.  Via the U-M Bentley Historical Library:    

A “club house,” or locker room, located at the east end of Ferry Field, was completed in time for the 1912 football season. Previously the Michigan and visiting teams used the locker rooms in Waterman Gym on the north edge of campus, making the almost one mile trek along State Street before and after games. The building, designed in the style of an old English club house by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, provided separate locker room facilities for home and visiting teams as well as offices and lecture rooms for the Michigan coaches, as well as a lounge area. Total cost of the club house and equipment was $37,000. Now known as the Marie Hartwig Building, the former club house currently houses the Ticket Office, Sports Information Office, Development Office and other Athletic Department administrative offices.


191033106949 All Whites 

All Whites Omelets  – From the ‘76 Orange Bowl.  Those stripes!  All that white!  Would you like to see the all-whites return? 


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