With another kid we bicycled our way through the dust and across the then-famous bicycle bridge to the game. Suffice to say, Yost was too busy to notice me!
There were probably 5,000 spectators and the youngsters followed the teams up and down the field. The officials could not keep them off the playing field at times.
Five yards to gain in three downs then, and for 15 minutes Stanford was able to make quite a game of it, but Michigan's heavy line and the flying-wedge plays soon made the Stanford team a shambles and forecast the final score of 49 to 0....
J. W. SIEGFRIED
Santa Monica, Calif.
?The game that held moppet Siegfried spellbound was the first (1902) Rose Bowl, which climaxed an unscored-on season for the Wolverines. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" squads collected 2,821 points to their opponents 42 during the great years 1901-05. Fielding Harris (Hurry-Up) Yost coached Michigan for 25 seasons (eight conference championships) while extolling the "pure, good life" to his boys. His authority was absolute. When, with characteristic pre-game enthusiasm he once ordered his team to go "out of that door and win" it piled through and fell into the swimming pool. Yost was equally intense about his highly successful business ventures, mostly in land development and electric power. When his lawyers were repeatedly rebuffed in a Government-contested lawsuit over water rights, Yost took up the law, passed his bar examination and won his case in the state supreme court.
In 1941 70-year-old Yost retired. 37 former Michigan captains, including Tommy Harmon and Yost's own great Willie Heston attended his farewell dinner. He died 5 years later. Coach Yost and six of Michigan's all-time Greats have made football's Hall of Fame.?ED.
With pro football having such a field day, the thought just occurred to me that possibly a great many SI readers would like to know just where the program started. A few years ago arguments were flying thick and fast as to where the first game was played and I believe the consensus pinpointed Latrobe, Pa., others said Connellsville, Pa., while many other places were also named. I doubt if it was ever settled to the satisfaction of everyone. Maybe SI could settle it once and for all. But wherever it got its start, the name of Michigan's Hurry-Up Yost and many other great name players were there, according to these arguments.
SI is good reading every week?and getting better.
WILLIAM T. PRITCHARD
?The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. On Aug. 31, 1895, the Latrobe team (who operated on a profit-sharing system) found itself without a quarterback with a game against Jeanette coming up. For $10 and expenses it obtained the services of John Brallier who thus became the first professional player (he later became the town dentist). Another early pro was the great Hurry-Up Yost (see "Notable Transients") who later denounced the whole business.?ED.
In appreciation of the magnificent job of boosting in the Nov. 15 issue of SI, we are enclosing honorary membership (see cut) cards for you and SI Photographer Cooke with the highest compliments of the Michigan Chapter of the SLIPPERY ROCK BOOSTERS.
You did an excellent job in capturing the spirit and traditions of the Rock. The spirit and tradition prompted us to form our chapter in the wild Midwest.