04. November 2011 · Comments Off on TWIMFbH: Crisler Gets it Back on Track with Winged Helmets and Super Sophs (1938) · Categories: 2011


Last week we talked about when Fritz Crisler and his Princeton Tigers faced Harry Kipke and his eventual 1932 national championship squad.

Flash forward to this week in Michigan football history in 1938, and the two men are involved once again.  Kipke is now the disgraced coach who couldn’t score a point against the Buckeye in four seasons and was at the helm when illegal practices and fake jobs for players were abound.  Michigan inserted the straight-laced, no-nonsense Fritz Crisler to fix it all.

Ironically, it was the boring, business-like Crisler who introduced to Ann Arbor arguably the most recognizable element of any football uniform anywhere—the winged helmet.

Here’s this edition of TWIMFbH, as Crisler, his super sophs and those winged helmets faced Penn in the sixth game of the 1938 season.  As always, you can listen to it out before the KeyBank Countdown to Kick-off on WTKA 1050AM tomorrow, or click play now:

You can hear all of the  This Week… clips here.


1932 –“I thought Crisler was a Violin Player”
1934 – Harry Kipke and the Fall of 1934
1937 – Fritz’s Secret Practice
1938 – Harmon and Old Number..Six?
1938 – Debut of Crisler’s Winged Helmet
1944 – Michigan’s Debut as a Nocturnal Eleven
1945 – Army Program from Yankee Stadium
1947 – 1948 Rose Bowl and the title debate
1948 – Crisler Describes the Spinner

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