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January 8, 2019 Rest in Peace John Bloomingston!

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a new day to remember a Wolverine named John Bloomingston who went to rest in peace on this day in 1942. John Bloomingston was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 28, 1874. He is another one of those “Pigskin Pioneers” that helped establish the winningest program in college football history.

(Note-John A. Bloomingston is shown above with the 1895 Michigan Wolverine Football team. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: John Bloomingston

Law School and Football – The Perfect Combination

John A. Bloomingston played fullback during the 1894 and 1895 seasons at Michigan. He was a two-year player who made time for his law school studies and football. He is pictured with the letter winners on the 1894 team. Bloomingston is also listed as a letter winner in 1895 on the Michigan athletic department website. Interestingly, he is not pictured with the 1895 team even though it appears that he played in every game and earned a letter.

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Fullback John Bloomingston played on the first Michigan football team to beat an Eastern power (Cornell) and win nine games in one season. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

The Wolverines were becoming a very strong football program in the mid-1890s. They employed full-time coaches and expectations and wins were on the rise. John Bloomingston’s teams of 1894 and 1895 were two of Michigan’s best teams in the early years. The 1894 team finished with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Team #16 finished with a record of 8 wins and 1 loss in 1895. Michigan’s winning rate during these years was almost eighty-eight percent (.875).  As a matter of fact, it was the best two year-run in the early years of Wolverine football history.

So, fullback John A. Bloomingston was a key player in his two years of Michigan football. He was the leading scorer on the 1895 team and earned first team All-Western recognition for his outstanding play.

Some Interesting Michigan Football Firsts

John A. Bloomingston is also connected to some interesting Michigan “football firsts.” Here are the ones that I could find: 

·         John Bloomingston played in the first season of the Coach William McCauley Era (1894 & 1895)

·         Bloomingston played in the first seven game home season in Michigan football history.

·         John B. played in the first six-win home season in Michigan football history.

·         Bloomingston played in the first and only game against Adrian College on 10/24/1894.

·         John Bloomingston played in the first of 27 games against Case on 10/28/1894.

·         Bloomingston played on the first Michigan team to win 8, then, 9 games in one season.

·         Michigan’s eighth win against Cornell was the first win over an Eastern Power!

Finally, it wasn’t a first, but Michigan’s win over Chicago in the last game of the season (11/29/1894) was the fiftieth victory in Michigan football history.

After graduation in 1896, John Bloomingston went back to Chicago to be a successful trial lawyer. Today is a great day to remember a “Wolverine Pigskin Pioneer” who contributed greatly to the early history of Michigan football. May John A. Bloomingston always rest in peace. Go Blue!



Part II. National Day Calendar Note

Wow, today has six different celebrations to mention. Here they are in alphabetical order:

·         Argyle Day

·         Bubble bath Day

·         English Toffee Day

·         Joy Germ day (?)

·         Shop for Travel Day

·         Winter Skin Relief Day

Yes, that’s a lot to keep track of in one 24-hour period. Personally, I am going for the argyle socks and some winter skin relief today. How about you?

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