Today is a great day to celebrate a happy birthday anniversary in honor of the memory of Michigan Man Angus Goetz. Angus Gerald “Gus” Goetz was born on this day at DeTour, Michigan in 1897. Goetz grew up in Sault St. Marie, Michigan where he was an outstanding student and athlete. He came to Ann Arbor in 1917 to study medicine and play football for the Wolverines.
Angus Goetz played end on the varsity as a true freshman team in 1917 and earned his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. It was their first year back in the Big Ten Conference, but they lost their only league game to Northwestern (12-21) and finished in a tie for 8th place.
Goetz returned to the Michigan Football Team in 1918, but Coach Yost had different plans for the versatile Goetz. Instead of playing end, Goetz started 4 games at left tackle and 1 game at left guard. Michigan won every game they played in 1918, but did not play five games due to a flu epidemic and travel restrictions brought about by World War I. The Wolverines finished the season with a perfect record of 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference. They tied for the Big Ten Title and were declared national champions at the end of the season.
Angus Goetz was a respected member of the Michigan Football program. In fact, he was so respected that he was voted to be the captain of the 1919 Michigan Football team. Unfortunately, he could not lead his team to as many wins as he would have liked. The Wolverines ended the season with a final record of 3 wins and 4 losses. It was the first, and only, time that a Yost team finished with a losing record.
Once again, the respected Goetz was voted as the captain of the 1920 Michigan Football team. Goetz continued his outstanding play in 1920. Michigan improved to a final record of 5 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines finished the conference season with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses which earned them a sixth-place finish.
Angus Goetz had an excellent career at Michigan. He helped the Wolverines win 21 games, one Big Ten title and a National Championship. He earned 4 varsity letters and was a two-time Michigan Football captain.
So, on the 123rd anniversary of his birth, let us remember another outstanding Michigan Man. Angus Goetz played a lot of good football for Michigan. After graduation, he became a doctor and enjoyed a long career in orthopedic medicine. Please take a moment today, to honor his memory and celebrate his accomplishments. Dr. Angus Goetz passed away in July 1977 at the age of eighty. May he always rest in peace. Go Blue!
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