Today is a great day to celebrate the 106th Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Wolverine named Ted Petroskey. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Frederick Lee “Ted” Petroskey was born on this date in 1911 at Sr. Charles, Michigan. We’ll learn more about his athletic career at Michigan later in the post. First, let’s get to the answer to yesterday’s trivia question and post today’s as well.
What Michigan athlete was the first one to win twelve varsity letters in Ann Arbor?
Peter R. “Pete” Elliott was the first Michigan football player to win four letters in football as well as four more in basketball and four more in golf. He is the only athlete in Michigan history to earn 12 varsity letters! Yes, he was also a two-time captain of the basketball team and an MVP too!
Bottom line − Peter R. Elliott was one of the greatest athletes in the history of the University of Michigan! He left Ann Arbor to live and work in a successful “sports life” that spanned almost fifty-years. Today is a great day to remember this amazing “Michigan Man” and appreciate his contributions to Michigan, to college football, and to professional football. Pete Elliott left his family and friends on January 4, 2013. May he continue to rest in peace. Go Blue!
Who was the first Michigan Football player to die while still a student in Ann Arbor?
Ted Petroskey grew up in Saginaw, Michigan where he became a high school sports star at Saginaw Eastern High School. His talents in football, basketball and baseball impressed the folks in Ann Arbor, especially Head Football Coach Harry Kipke.
Petroskey played end for most of his Wolverine career, however, he did start 4 games at fullback in 1932. He finished his career with 22 starts from 1931 to 1933. Ted became an outstanding player on some great Michigan teams. Michigan posted a record of 23 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties during the “Petroskey Years.” More importantly, the Wolverines won two conference championships and two national championships during this time. Yes, Michigan was very, very good in the early 1930s.
Ted Petroskey was also very, very good at football, basketball and baseball. He earned 8 letters (3 in football, 2 in basketball and 3 in baseball). Ted earned second team All-American honors in football in 1931 and first team honors in 1932 and 1933. He captained the 1933-34 basketball team. Finally, he led the Big Ten Conference in hitting as a senior in 1934. Yes, Ted Petroskey was a great athlete. In fact, he was one of Michigan’s best ever multi-sport men!
After graduation, Ted Petroskey played professional baseball. He eventually got into coaching at the college level. It’s not surprise that he coached his three favorite sports (football, basketball and baseball) at multiple schools.
So, Ted Petroskey had a great career at Michigan and a very successful career in sports after graduation. Today is a great day to remember Ted Petroskey and appreciate his wonderful accomplishments as a Michigan Man. Ted Petroskey died on November 30, 1996 at the age of eighty-five. May he continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!
Welcome to today’s edition of the Michigan Football History and Trivia Blog. Thanks for following this site. Like you, we are passionate about Michigan Football History. We love telling the story of the winningest program in college football history.
Yes, the recent “history” has been disappointing, for sure! Unfortunately, Jim Harbaugh isn’t a “miracle worker” after all. So, we must wait a little longer for the real “winning” to begin. I, for one, think that he will get the Wolverines back to playing at a championship level – in 2018! In the meantime, let’s support him and our wonderful players and hope that the coaching staff can “coach’em up” to consistently higher levels of play this year! Go Blue!
Just a reminder, this site is one-hundred percent, dedicated to the history of Michigan Football. We love the basketball teams, baseball, hockey, and every other sport that Michigan participates in. However, this site is about Wolverine Football History – everyday! That’s it, that’s what we do. Fortunately, Michigan Football has a great story to tell. So, we tell it one day, one player, one coach, and one game at a time.
This year we will continue to look at Michigan Football History through the lens of a “Wolverine of the Day” and one trivia question per day. We will test your knowledge of Wolverine Football with a wide range of questions about players, coaches or famous games or events in Michigan Football History. Thanks to Michigan’s rich history, there will be no shortage of questions.
There are plans to add some “Michigan Football Trivia” challenges later in the year. These challenges (15-25 questions) will test your Wolverine Knowledge against other Michigan Football fans. We will keep score on your efforts and offer some impressive prizes. Stay tuned for more information!
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