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July 3, 2020 Rest in Peace Daniel Woodward

Posted on July 2, 2020 by Barry Gallagher

Today is another day to remember a Wolverine named Daniel Woodward who continues to rest in peace. Daniel Wallace Woodward died on this day at Delavan Lake, Wisconsin. There isn’t a lot of information on Mr. Woodward, but I will share as much of his story as I can.

(Note- The 1901 Michigan Football team won the National Championship that season. Daniel Woodward is not pictured with the team because he did not earn a letter. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Daniel Woodward

Daniel Woodward is listed on two Michigan Football Rosters. His name first appeared on the 1900 roster. He was listed as a halfback for that season and his hometown was listed as Clinton, Wisconsin. He did not earn any starts and did not earn a letter on the 1900 team that was coached by Langdon “Bif” Lea.

Woodward’s name is also listed on the 1901 Michigan Football Roster. He was listed as a tackle on Yost’s first team. Daniel actually made one start for Yost’s famous “Point-a-Minute” team, but he did not play enough to earn a letter in his final year. 

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Fielding Yost chose to start Daniel Woodward at right tackle in 1901. However, Woodward did not play in enough games to earn a varsity letter from Coach Yost. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Here is a summary of the firsts that connect Daniel Woodward and Michigan Football:

·         Played on the first (and only) team coached by Langdon “Bif” Lea in 1900.

·         He played on Fielding Yost’s first Michigan team in 1901.

·         Played on Michigan’s first national champion team in 1901 (and 1902 and 1903).

·         He was on the first Michigan team to play in Rose Bowl game in January 1902. 

Unfortunately, that is all that I was able to “dig up” on Daniel Woodward. Obviously, he did not play a big role in the history of Michigan Football, but he did give it his best shot for two seasons.

Since his last season was 1901, he must have been in his early twenties when he died. So, on the one-hundred and fourteenth anniversary of his passing, let us remember another “forgotten” Michigan Man. Daniel Woodward lived a life that was way too short, but some of his best years were probably associated with Michigan Football. May Daniel Wallace Woodward continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!


Part II. July 3, 2020 National Day Calendar Update:

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