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Football Newsreels - 1927

The Detroit News Pictorial company had its cameramen in Ann Arbor to capture the festivities surrounding the dedication of Michigan Stadium.

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Michigan Stadium Dedication, Oct. 22, 1927

The newsreel opens with a title card bearing a simple quote from new head coach Elton "Tad" Wieman, "We're fit and ought to win." The cheerleaders fired the student's spirit at a pep rally in Hill Auditorium and crowds gathered at the engineering Arch to admire the new Packard alumni had presented to Fielding Yost. The crowd makes it way to the stadium as hawkers peddle their wares in a scene that remains familiar across the years.

Governors Green of Michigan and Donahey of Ohio, UM President C.C. Little and Athletic Director Fielding Yost lead the dignitaries on to the field for a brief dedication ceremony. Michigan captain Bennie Oosterbaan and his Ohio counterpart Ted Mayer are presented with bouquets by two fashionably clad coeds. Finally, the game gets underway the and cameraman captures the first of Louis Gilbert's three touchdowns and the crowd does something that looks suspiciously like "the wave."

The fan identified as Henry Tappan Hall may actually be T. Hawley Tapping, director of the Alumni Association.


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