1939 Football Team

Overall Record: 6-2 Conference Record: 3-2
Conference Finish: 4th place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 20
Coach: Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler
Captain: Archie Kodros
All-Americans: Tom Harmon
All-Conference: Forest Evashevski, Tom Harmon
Most Valuable Player: Tom Harmon
Meyer Morton Award: Ralph Fritz
Trainer: Ray Roberts
Assistant coaches: Campbell Dickson, Earl Martineau, Clarence Munn, Bennie Oosterbaan, Walter Weber
Manager: Carl D. Wheeler, Frederick Howarth (ass't), William Blanchard (ass't), Roger Yepsen (ass't), John Durr (ass't)

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Michigan State 10/07 H W 26-13 68,975
Iowa 10/14 H W 27-7 28,248
Chicago  6/- 10/21 A W 85-0 5,135
Yale (HC)  3/- 10/28 H W 27-7 54,480
Illinois  2/- 11/04 A L 7-16 30,654
Minnesota 10/- 11/11 H L 7-20 66,572
Pennsylvania   -/- 11/18 A W 19-17 39,510
Ohio State   -/6 11/25 H W 21-14 78,815
Totals219-94372,389

Starting Lineups                  
PositionPlayer
left end Ed Frutig (4)
Joe Rogers (2)
John Nicholson
Ed Czak
left tackle Roland Savilla (7)
George Ostroot
left guard Ralph Fritz (7)
Fred Olds
center Archie Kodros (7)
Don Ingalls
right guard Milo Sukup (8)
right tackle William Smith (8)
right end John Nicholson (4)
Joe Rogers (2)
Ed Frutig
Harlin Fraumann
quarterback Forest Evashevski (6)
Don Ingalls
Harry Kohl
fullback Bob Westfall (7)
Bob Zimmerman
left halfback Fred Trosko (4)
Paul Kromer (3)
Hercules Renda
right halfback Tom Harmon (7)
Norm Call

View full 1939 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)


1939 Team Photo
1939 team photo
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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Edward Czak, Don Ingalls, Joe Rogers, Reuben Kelto, Bob Flora
Fourth Row
manager Carl Wheeler, Milo Sukup, Bob Zimmerman, Bob Westfall, William Melzow, Ralph Fritz, Trainer Ray Roberts
Third Row
Tom Harmon, Paul Nielson, Forrest Jordan, Horace Tinker, Ed Frutig, Forrest Evashevski
Second Row
William Smith, John Nicholson, Coach Fritz Crisler, captain Archie Kodros, Director Fielding Yost, Fred Trosko, Roland Savilla
Front Row
Hercules Renda, Dave Strong

1939 Full Squad Photo
1939 team photo
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