Today’s post celebrates the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Michigan Wolverine named Ernest Allmendinger. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Ernest John “Aqua” Allmendinger was born on this date in 1890 at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ernest worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad as a “water boy’ when he was younger so that’s how he acquired the “Aqua” nickname. Ernest became a football star at Ann Arbor High School along with another talented player named John Maulbetsch. Both men enrolled at Michigan to play for Coach Fielding Yost.
(Note – Ernest Allmendinger is shown above with the 1913 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the middle row – third man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
According to the Bentley Historical Library Team Roster files, Ernest Allmendinger’s name first showed up on a Michigan Football Roster in 1911. He was listed as a reserve with no designated position. However, he got Coach Yost’s attention and started three games at right guard. He also earned his first letter on a team that finished with a final record of 5-1-2.
Aqua Allmendinger was back in 1912 and eager to play some more football for the Wolverines. He became a fixture at right guard and started all seven games for Michigan. Ernest earned his second varsity letter on a team that posted 5 wins and 2 losses in 1912.
Ernest Allmendinger returned in 1913 for his best season as a Wolverine. He was one of the stalwarts on Michigan’s offensive line. He started six games at right tackle in 1913 and played at a high level for the entire season. Michigan finished the season with a record of 6 wins and 1 loss in 1913.
So, today is a good time to celebrate the memory of another Michigan Man who contributed to the long, and rich, history that is Michigan Football. Ernest Allmendinger won three varsity letters at Michigan. He also helped the Wolverines post sixteen victories to the winning ledger of the winningest team in college football. (953 and counting). Ernest also played for a service team during World War I and earned All-Service honors from Walter Camp. Ernest Allmendinger died on May 7, 1973 at the age of eighty-two. May Ernest Allmendinger continue to rest in eternal peace! Go Blue!
The Legend of Bo Schembechler is a football love story. Millions of Michigan football fans loved Bo Schembechler almost as much as he loved The University of Michigan. This insightful book details how “Bo Who” simply became “Bo” to Wolverine Nation and to college football fans across the country and around the world. It details Bo’s twenty-one-year journey to bring Michigan Football back to national prominence and how he kept it there!
Click below to order your copy!