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January 5, 2019 Rest in Peace Cecil Gooding

Posted on January 4, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a good day to remember a Michigan Man named Cecil Gooding who continues to rest in peace on this day. Cecil Gooding was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and seemed destined to be a Michigan Wolverine. He was an excellent football player at Ann Arbor High School. Cecil enrolled at Michigan in fall of 1901 and signed up to play football for a new coach named Fielding Yost.

(Note – Cecil Gooding  is shown above with the 1903 Michigan football team that finished the season with a record of 11 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie. Gooding is standing in the last row – second man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Cecil Gooding

A Talented Young Player on Some Great Michigan Teams

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In 1903, Cecil Gooding became the first Michigan football player to start twelve straight games at right guard in the same season. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Initially, Cecil Gooding was a reserve player on the 1901 and 1902 Wolverine teams that were dominating college football. The Wolverines posted back-to-back eleven win seasons. And, Michigan was on a twenty-two-game winning streak after Coach Yost’s first two seasons. All this winning earned the Wolverines two straight Big Ten Championships and two national championships as well. Although Cecil did not letter in his first two seasons, Coach Yost liked what he saw in young Gooding.

Cecil Gooding came back ready and eager for his junior year. The 1903 season turned out to be another undefeated season for the Wolverines (they tied one game vs Minnesota 6-6 and lost a jug in the process). Fielding Yost’s footballers finished his third season with a record of 11 wins 0 losses and 1 tie.  Although Michigan’s winning streak was halted at twenty-nine games, the Wolverines remained undefeated in thirty-four straight games at the end of the 1903 season.

Junior Cecil Gooding had his best season in 1903. He became the first man in Michigan Football history to start twelve straight games at right guard in one season. Of course, he earned his first letter in that memorable season.

Sadly, Cecil Gooding became the first Michigan football player to die while still a student at Michigan. Apparently, Gooding drank some bad water during the trip to Chicago in November 1903. Gooding was very ill for about five weeks before he died of typhoid fever on January 5, 1904. Cecil Gooding was only twenty years old at the time of his death.

A Tragic Ending to a Notable Career

Even though he died tragically, Cecil Gooding had many good things associated with his time at Michigan. He was a member of Fielding Yost’s first three teams. He was a member of Michigan’s first three national championship teams. Gooding was also on the first three Michigan teams to win eleven games.

I believe that Cecil Gooding was a strong candidate for All-American honors if he had lived to play the 1904 season. He was that good! So, today is a good day to remember Cecil Gooding and his contributions to the great history of Michigan football. May Cecil Gooding always rest in peace! Go Blue!




Part II. National Day Calendar Note

In case you missed this week’s earlier blogs, my wonderful wife got me a great gift for Christmas this year. Actually, she gave me many very nice gifts, again, on December 25th, 2018. However, one of my favorites is the National Day Calendar for 2019. It is a lot like my website because it talks about something different every day.

Today, January 5th is National Whipped Cream Day. Of course, you already knew that, right? I don’t know what we are having for dessert tonight, but it will be something with whipped cream on it!


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