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Ssptember 10, 2018 Happy Birthday Anniversary Neil McMillan

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post celebrates the birth anniversary (#128) of Neil “Shorty” McMillan who was born on this date in 1890. McMillan came to Ann Arbor from Detroit, Michigan. He played for Fielding Yost during the 1910 and 1911 seasons.  I call this time the “Independent Years” since Michigan was out of the Big Ten conference at that point.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Neil McMillan

According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Neil McMillan came to play quarterback at Michigan in 1909. He promptly led the freshman team to an undefeated season although the season record was not referenced. Neil McMillan won the starting quarterback job for the 1910 season and led the Wolverines to an undefeated season (3-0-3).

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Neil McMillan’s career at Michigan was shortened by a serious knee injury. He never lost a game that he played for the Wolverines from 1909 to 1911. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Neil McMillan came back to lead the Michigan offense in 1911 and had the Wolverines off to a perfect start (4-0-0) before he sustained a knee injury that ended his career. Michigan was not the same as they finished the 1911 season with a record of 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties.

Neil “Shorty” McMillan finished his varsity career with a perfect record of 7-0-3 which makes him one of the very few quarterbacks in Michigan football to never lose a game over the course of two seasons! Today is a great day to appreciate the contributions of Neil McMillan to the great history of Michigan Football. May Neil McMillan continue to Rest in Peace! Go Blue!

Link to Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorty McMillan

Part II. September 9, 2018 – Trivia Question of the Day

Michigan plays Southern Methodist University on Saturday, September 15, 2018. They have only played once so far. When was the first game between Michigan and SMU?

Part II. September 9, 2018 – Trivia Answer of the Day

The first game between Michigan and Southern Methodist University was played in Ann Arbor, Michigan on September 28, 1963. Bump Elliott’s Wolverines defeated the Mustangs by a score of 27-16.

Part III. September 10, 2018 – Trivia Question of the Day

Michigan plays SMU for the second time this Saturday. Who did they play the second time that they met a team from Texas??

 

 

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