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April 12, 2018 Happy Birthday Anniversary Leo J. Keena!

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a perfect day to remember the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Wolverine named Leo J. Keena. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Leo Japathet Keena was born on this day way, way back in 1878. Yes, that was a very, very long time ago. Leo Keena was a “Pigskin Pioneer” who was born in Detroit, Michigan. After a successful high school career, he sought to fulfill his college destiny at The University of Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day –Leo J. Keena

Leo J. Keena was a hard-running and hard-blocking fullback who could also kick the pigskin a long way. He arrived at Michigan in 1896. So, Leo spent his first year on the freshman team. Keena started one game in the 1897 season and played enough to earn his first varsity letter.

Keena came back to play in 1898. He started two more games that season and earned his second letter. Leo also earned a place in Michigan football history by helping his team win the first Western Conference Championship. Michigan finished with a perfect record of 10-0-0 and won 3 games and lost 0 in the conference.

Leo J. Keena Michigan Football 1898 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Leo J. Keena lettered on three Michigan Football teams. One of them (1898) was the first one to win a Western Conference Championship. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Leo Keena’s third year on the Michigan varsity football team was his best season. However, the Wolverines slipped a little in the won-loss column. Keena started four games at fullback and earned his third varsity letter. Michigan finished the last season of the nineteenth century with an excellent record of 8 wins and 2 losses. They went 1-1-0 in the conference which dropped them to third place.

Leo helped the Wolverines win 24 games during his final three years in Ann Arbor. He, and his teammates, also won the first Western Conference Championship in Michigan Football History.

Yes, Leo J. Keena played a lot of good football for Michigan at a very important time in Wolverine gridiron history. He also lived a fascinating life that you can read about in the Wikipedia article linked below. Today is a great day to remember a “Michigan Man” who contributed to the great history that is Michigan Wolverine Football! May Leo J. Keena always rest in peace. Go Blue!



Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – April 11, 2018

Who holds the Wolverine career record for most double-digit tackle games?

Part II. Trivia Question – Answer of the Day April 11, 2018 – Ron Simpkins

Yes, Ron Simpkins recorded a lot of tackles at Michigan which is why he is the career leader with 516 takedowns. One of the reasons he reached this lofty total is because he had 25-games where he recorded ten, or more, tackles in a single game. There is no magic to the records that Ron Simpkins holds at Michigan. He just kept knocking down every ball-carrier and receiver that came his way. Pretty simple, right?

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – April 12, 2018

Who holds the Wolverine career record for sacks?


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