The Big House: Fielding H. Yost and the building of Michigan Stadium

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Huron River Press, 2005 - Architecture - 359 pages
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University of Michigan Head Football Coach, Lloyd H. Carr sums it up best, "If you have an interest in the history of college football and especially University of Michigan Football, Dr. Robert Soderstrom has written a well-researched story about Fielding H. Yost, college football in the 1920's and the building of Michigan stadium. I love this book and think you will too." The book spans the years 1922-1927, the period in which Yost conceived and saw through the building of Michigan stadium, while serving as a successful coach. The 368-page, hard cover, begins with the season of 1922 that laid the cornerstone and concludes with the stadium dedication game in 1927 that pit Michigan against its infamous rival, Ohio State. With consideration for historical context, Soderstrom covers the issues facing Mr. Yost including persuading the Michigan Board of Regents to support a new stadium. There are newspaper excerpts, quotes from Yost's files, and photos from the Bentley Historical Library.

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Wonderful book. Fits quite a bit of info into a reasonable sized book. Perfect for a coffee table type read.


The Prologue
1922 The Season That Laid the Cornerstone
The Building and Naming of Yost Field House

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About the author (2005)

Robert M. Soderstrom, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a board certified in internal medicine and dermatology and has practiced in Flint, Michigan since 1980. He resides in Grand Blanc with his wife Susan. Dr. Soderstrom has had season tickets to Wolverine football games continuously since 1968 and during that time has never witnessed a losing season in Ann Arbor, an amazing accomplishment by those who coach and play Michigan football.