Today is a good day to remember Curtis Redden who continues to rest in peace today. Curtis Gerald “Cap” Redden died on this day in Koblenz, Germany in 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Redden was serving his country as the Commander of the 149th Field Artillery Regiment when he lost a battle to pneumonia. Colonel Redden was only thirty-seven years old. Originally, he was buried in Germany, but his remains were returned to Illinois in 1921.
Curtis Redden, who played end, was a four-year letterman at Michigan from 1900 to 1903. He started forty of the forty-four games that he played in for the Wolverines. During his Michigan career, the Maize and Blue posted an incredible record of 40 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. This means that Michigan won over ninety-three percent (.932) of their games during Redden’s career.
But wait, it gets better. Michigan was also dominant in the Western Conference during the “Redden Years.” They won 14 games, lost 2 games and tied 1 game. The Wolverines won three straight Western Conference titles during this period and they also won Michigan’s first three national championships. Oh, by the way, Michigan scored 1,876 points from 1900-1903 and only allowed 73. Wow – Curtis “Cap” Redden was a huge contributor to one of the greatest runs in the history of Michigan football.
Make no mistake, Curtis “Cap” Redden played with a lot of outstanding football players at Michigan. However, he was as good as any player on the roster! Redden’s stellar play earned him All-Western Conference Honors in 1902 and 1903. He was a third team All-American for Walter Camp in 1903. He was also the captain of the 1903 Michigan football team.
Here is a summary of the firsts that connect Curtis Redden and Michigan Football:
So, on the one hundredth anniversary of his passing, let us remember a very distinguished Michigan Man. Curtis Redden was an accomplished athlete, coach, lawyer, and soldier who lived an honorable and self-less life. Today, let us celebrate his accomplishments and appreciate everything that he did to honor the State of Illinois, The University of Michigan and the United States of America! It’s always time to appreciate men like Curtis Redden. May Curtis “Cap” Redden continue to rest in peace. Go Blue!
Once again, today is another day on the calendar with multiple events to bring to your attention. Actually, there are four events, but a couple of them are real head-scratchers for me. Here they are:
· Fig Newton Day
· Nothing Day
· Religious Freedom Day
· Without a Scalpel Day (?)
Personally, I am going for the Religious Freedom Day. Absolutely one of the greatest things about our amazing country. I am not that excited about everything else. I hope you find something that you can appreciate about today.
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