University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1899

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student ' s eyes to the fact that Michigan had a stronger team than usual, the Alumni game which followed answered the purpose. The strong graduate eleven was played off its feet in short order and the defeat of the year previous was in a meas- ure atoned for. The harder game s of November showed a steady improvement in every de- partment of the game. The narrow escape at Northwestern, while causing tempor- ary discouragement at home, was in fact a most valuable lesson to the team. It served to bring out the weak points, to remove forever any trace of that dangerous element, over-confidence, and to inspire the players with new ardor and activity. The mistakes of that game were not repeated. The victory over Illinois in Detroit was highly satisfactory, that over Beloit the week following was brilliant and portentious of greater things to follow. Yet few there were who realized the real strength of the team, nor the rapid rounding-to which took place in the last few weeks. The truth of the matter was that the work of the entire season had had one great object in view, the defeat of Chicago and the winning of the championship of the West. Each previous game was a CAPTAIN-ELECT STECKLE. step in the attainment of this end. The steps ascended until the last was reached. Th en came that splendid victory over Chicago. Michigan had won the highest honor in Western football and stood at the top. Never before had the team played as it did that Thanksgiving Day, and as a result of their efforts the season closed in a blaze of glory and Michigan held the coveted championship of the West.

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The Football Season of 1595. FRANK S. SIMONS. HE University of Michigan has had many successful football seasons in its history, but success is a relative term and may mean one thing one year while it denotes something differ- ent the next. The season of 1895 was eminently success- ful, for Michigan suffered but one defeat and that from Harvard. The season of 1896 was also successful from one point of view, for although unexpectedly defeated by Chicago, the team had gone through a brilliant schedule with but one score against it. And who can say that the season of 1897 was wholly unsuccessful, for did it not develop those play- ers who formed a nucleus for last season ' s winning team? To the fall of 1898, however, we must look for what was the most successful season in our football his- tory. Thanksgiving Day closed with Michigan in full possession of the undisputed title to Western football supremacy. It happened that Western schedules were so arranged that the Michigan-Chicago game was the decisive game, as every claimant to football honors had had an opportunity to measure strength with either one or the other of the rival teams which met on Marshal Field. Michigan won the great- est game the West has ever seen, and with it the honor which follows a great victory. The story of the football season of 1898 is one of slow but steady develop- ment. It is a story of hard, conscientious work on the part of the players and faithful, untiring effort on the part of the coaches. From the middle of September when the candidates for the team presented themselves for early training until the end of November, when they had won glory and honor for their University, there were weeks and weeks of severe labor and patient self denial, the refining process which was to show whether or not those men were worthy of wearing the hard earned, but honorable ' Varsity M. The result speaks for itself. The season opened as usual with a series of games with the teams of the smaller institutions. As was to be expected the ' Varsity was victorious, and the games were of course inde- spensable as a means of developing team play and trying out the new players. But the team did not show any wonderful ability and a severer test was necessary. It came when the ' Varsity lined up against Notre Dame. That eleven had de- feated Illinois and came to Ann Arbor almost confident of vic- tory. It was a crucial test, and by administering to the visitors a decisive victory, the ' Varsity demonstrated its ability to travel in fast company. If anything else were needed to open the CAPTAIN BENNETT.



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Officers. CHARLES BAIRD, ' 94, H. B. POTTER, ' 99 L., . F. W. POTTER, ' oo L., . }. W. F. BENNETT, ' 99 E. , KEENE FITZPATRICK, F. M. HALL, ' 96 L., G. H. FERBERT, ' 97, Graduate Manager Student Manager Assistant Student Manager Captain Trainer Coaches. J. R. DUFFY, ' 91, W. C. MALLEY, ' 92, F. W. HENNINGER, ' 97, JAMES BAIRD, ' 96, Team. Center, . W. R. CUNNINGHAM, ' 99 M. p , G. R. VILLA, ' 97 L. ( J. W. F. BENNETT, ' 99 L., I N . B. SNOW, ' 02. j W. W. TALCOTT, ' 01. W. P. BAKER, ' 99 E., Quarterbacks, 1 E s , ' M ' W. H. CALEY, 99 L., ET ' ' R. R. FRANCE, 02 M. {J. F. MCLEAN, ' oo, C. H. WIDMAN, ' 01 L., C. A. BARABEE, ' 01. W. C. STECKLE, ' 01 M., HUGH WHITE, ' 99, F , , j C. G. MCDONALD ' 01 L., W. A. AVERY, JR., ' 02. ' J A. WEEKS, ' 99 M.

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