Today’s post celebrates the memory of Meyer Isakovitz Morton who went to rest in peace on this day in 1948 at the age of fifty-nine. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Meyer Morton was born as Myer Isakovitz on November 20, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois. His family changed the spelling of his first name and the family name from Isakovitz to Morton at the turn of the century.
Meyer Isakovitz Morton came to Ann arbor to study law and play football for the Wolverines. As it turned out, he studied more law and played less football. According to the Bentley Historical Library, Meyer Morton played one year of football as a reserve on the 1910 team. No position was listed for Morton and no height or weight was posted on his roster entry. Apparently, Morton figured out that he wasn’t going to be a star, or even a Michigan letterman. So, he played club football until he graduated from Michigan’s School of Law in 1912.
Morton was another one of the many unknown and unsung heroes of Michigan football. There were sixty men listed on the 1910 roster and only fifteen earned a letter from the demanding Yost. Despite his unsuccessful football experience, Meyer Morton loved Michigan and he loved Michigan Football. When he returned to Chicago to begin his law career, he became very active in the Windy City’s “M” Club. Morton also retained a passion for football and he became a Big Ten Football official.
Meyer Morton became a driving force in the Chicago “M” Club. In 1925 the club created an award to recognize an up and coming player after Spring football drills. Mr. Morton made many trips to Ann Arbor to present the award. After his death in 1948, the award was named in his honor. The Michigan Athletic Department describes the Meyer Isakovitz Morton Award as recognition for the player who showed “the greatest development and most promise as a result of the annual spring practice.” Over the years, this award has been presented to many under classman who went on to stellar football careers (college and professional) at Michigan and beyond!
The first award was given to Ray Baer a lineman from Louisville, Kentucky. Baer went on to star on the 1927 team. The award was presented every year from 1925 until 1943. After a two- year hiatus due to the war years (1944 and 1945), the award was presented annually from 1946 through 2014. Interestingly, Coach Jim Harbaugh, a recipient of the award (1984), has chosen not to present the Meyer Morton Award to anyone during the first three years of his head coaching era (2015-2017).
So, today is a good day to remember another Michigan Man (UM Law 1912) named Meyer Isakovitz Morton. Although he didn’t earn any varsity letters at Michigan, he still contributed to the history and tradition of Michigan Football. His passion for Michigan Football lives on in an award named in his honor. Thanks to Meyer Isakovitz Morton for showing people how a true “Michigan Man” lives his life! May Meyer Morton he always rest in peace. Go Blue!
Only one Michigan running back ever carried the ball more than 50 times in a single game. Who is the record holder for most carries in a Michigan Football game?
Future All-American Chris Perry set the single game rushing record against the Michigan State Spartans on November 1, 2003. He logged 51 carries and totaled 219 yards for his efforts. Perry’s stellar play allowed him to become the first, and only, man in Wolverine Football History to carry the ball over 50 times in one game. Michigan won the game in East Lansing by a score of 27-20.
Chris Perry was the featured back in the Michigan offense in 2003. He also set the record for most carries in one season with 338 in his senior season. Perry smashed, slashed and plowed for 1,674 rushing yards in 2003 which is still the fifth highest total in Wolverine Football History.
Perry’s amazing season helped him earn first team All-Conference and All-American honors. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Player on the 2003 Michigan Football Team. Yes, Chris Perry had a special season in 2003. His efforts helped power Michigan to an overall record of 10-3-0. More importantly the Wolverines finished in first place in the Big Ten with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Thanks for the memories Chris!
In what year did the Wolverines cross an international border to play a football game?