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John U. Bacon

John U. Bacon

JOHN U. BACON is a sports columnist, radio commentator, author, and Michigan alumnus. His latest book, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football is set for release on Sept. 1, 2015. Bacon's other titles include Fourth and Long and Bo's Lasting Lessons, co-authored with the late Coach Schembechler. He can be heard weekly on Michigan Radio and at
winged helmet

Winged victory

It’s been 75 years since Herbert O. “Fritz” Crisler introduced the iconic winged helmet to the Michigan Wolverines.

John Saunders (Image: John Atashian, ESPN).

Playing hurt

Author John U. Bacon, BA ’86/MA ’94, delivers a candid memoir that illuminates how late ESPN sportscaster and athlete John Saunders confronted depression.


Partners in courage

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in April 1947, but he couldn’t have done it without one Michigan man, Branch Rickey, JD ’11.

Hackett & Harbaugh

“For God and country”

In this excerpt from “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football,” John U. Bacon, BA ’86/MA ’94, breaks down U-M’s game-changing play of 2014

1924 Hockey Team

He shoots, he scores!

It’s been 90 years since Eddie Kahn, MD ’24, scored the first goal in the history of varsity hockey at Michigan. This larger-than-life character socialized with Hemingway and Lindbergh and enjoyed a noted career as a pioneering neurosurgeon.