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113 years ago today, November 24, 1898, the University of Michigan defeated the University of Chicago 12-11 on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, winning their first Western Conference Championship in the process. Louis Elbel, a U of M School of Music student who traveled to Chicago to see the game, penned the lyrics to The Victors that night in celebration of the victory he witnessed.
On this Thanksgiving Day, I'm thankful for the Greatest College Fight Song Ever Written.
This comes to us by way of Michigan Today, from a 1938 university-produced recruiting movie aimed at bringing more women students to Michigan. The film includes clips of Louis Elbel conducting The Victors on the 40th anniversary of the greatest fight song in college football.
For those interested in some looks at Ann Arbor and Main Campus before WWII, the Michigan Today article has the entire film available, plus some choice excerpts at http://michigantoday.umich.edu/2011/09/1930s-women.php?tr=y&auid=9456174.
For the football and marching band bits, click here