Around the nets
Michigan's equipment manager Henry Hatch announced before Harmon's final game against Ohio State that he was retiring Harmon's number 98 jersey. Harmon followed up that honor by producing his best game, a 40-0 blowout over the Buckeyes, in Columbus.
This eBay Watch takes a look at a 1939 photo of Heisman winner Tom Harmon. Old 98 is seated in history class flanked by a few lovely co-eds. It’s not clear why someone scribbled the lines on the photo.
- Luring Tom Harmon (1937), MVictors.
As the drama unfolded, eyes turned to Michigan freshman Tom Harmon. Despite the struggles on the field (..but perhaps due to some of the questionable behavior off the field) Kipke landed the multi-sport high school superstar from Gary, IN. In the fall of ‘37 the to-be suited up for the freshman football team (as was required back then). Harmon’s athletic exploits in high school made him widely known in the sporting world and even as a freshman, having yet to take a snap on the varsity squad, a Chicago Tribune headline dubbed frosh Harmon a “star”.
- Tom Harmon on Wikipedia
- Tom Harmon, University of Michigan Football All-American, Bentley Historical Library