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March 27, 2018 Rest in Peace Horace G. Prettyman!

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today we celebrate the memory of Michigan football legend Horace G. Prettyman who went to rest in peace on this day in 1945. Horace Greely Prettyman was born on November 8, 1857. In my opinion, he is the “most interesting man” in Michigan football history!” The first thing about Prettyman is his name. He had one of the most memorable names in the history of Michigan football!

Note-This is a re-post of one of the most popular articles in 2017.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Horace G. Prettyman

Horace G. Prettyman came from Bryan, Ohio to play for the Wolverines in 1882. And he played, and he played, and then he played some more. After playing “outside” games in 1879, 1880 and 1881, Michigan did not play against any other teams during the 1882 “season.” However, Prettyman was listed on the team roster for that season and he is credited with a varsity letter.

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Horace G. Prettyman is the only man to serve as Michigan’s football captain for three seasons. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Prettyman played forward on the 1883 football team. He also served as the team manager. He assisted Team Captain William Olcott and was especially helpful with the logistics of an arduous four game eastern road trip at the end of the season. Michigan finished the “eastern” trip with a record of 1 win and 3 losses and finished 2-3-0 overall.

After serving as captain for the 1882 and 1883 teams, William Olcott stepped down as captain and Horace G. Prettyman stepped in. Prettyman led the 1884 and 1885 Michigan football teams to join Olcott as a two-time captain. Then, he became the first and only three-time Michigan captain in 1886. Horace Prettyman led the Wolverines to a record of 7 wins 0 losses and 0 ties over his three-year tenure as Michigan’s football captain.

Prettyman took the 1887 season off, but came back to play center and tackle on the 1888, 1889 and 1890 football teams. Remember, the rules were still changing from season to season and from school to school. So, it was possible for someone like Prettyman to play many, many seasons.

Overall, Michigan football teams won 18, lost 7 and tied 0 when Horace G. Prettyman’s name was on the roster. Although he lacked a “tough” name (Prettyman just doesn’t sound too tough, does it?”), Prettyman played in the trenches (rusher, forward, center and tackle). He liked to mix it up and get physical. The Wikipedia article linked below notes that he was thrown out of a couple of games for fighting.

Horace G. Prettyman was connected to many Michigan football “firsts” during his time in Ann Arbor. Here are some of the best:

  • Prettyman was t he first Buckeye (from Bryan, Ohio) to play on a Michigan football team.
  • He scored the first touchdown at Michigan’s first “home field” at the Fairgrounds in 1883.
  • First and only three-time Michigan football captain (1884, 1885 and 1886).
  • Prettyman is the first, and only, captain to lead Michigan to three straight undefeated seasons (1884-1886)
  • First and only man in Michigan football history to earn eight varsity letters in 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889 and 1890.

If you want to read even more about the “interesting” Horace Prettyman go to the link below to learn more about this fascinating man.

Today is a good day to remember a true Wolverine Pigskin Pioneer. Horace G. Prettyman was a very, very big part of the early history of Michigan Football. So, the seventy-fourth anniversary of his death is a great day to celebrate Horace Greely Prettyman’s memory and appreciate his contributions to Michigan Football history. May the “most interesting” man in Michigan Football History continue to rest in peace! Go Blue!




Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – March 26, 2018

Which Michigan football coach holds the Wolverine record for most consecutive wins in Big Ten Conference play?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day – March 26, 2018 –  Gary Moeller

Coach Gary Moeller had some BIG SHOES to fill when he became Michigan’s Head Football Coach in January 1990. Coaching at Michigan is enough of a challenge, but replacing a legend named Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler was even a BIGGER challenge.

Moeller’s first season got off to a rocky start. He lost his first game at Notre Dame by a score of 24-28. His Wolverines bounced back for three straight wins. Moeller’s third win (41-3) was his Big Ten debut against Wisconsin. Things were looking better since Mo’s team had a record of 3 wins and 1 loss heading into the final seven weeks of the Big Ten schedule.

Unfortunately, consecutive home losses to Michigan State and Iowa put the Wolverines at 3 wins and 3 losses with five games remaining. Moeller, and his staff, made all the right adjustments and the players did the rest. Michigan did not lose another game for the rest of the season. Moeller’s footballers ended the season with a final record of 9 wins and 3 losses. They earned a tie for the Big Ten Title with a final slate of 6 wins and 2 losses.

Moeller’s Michigan Men ended the Big Ten season on a five-game winning streak. The Wolverines kept that streak rolling all the way through the 1991 season. Michigan ended the season with a perfect record of 8 wins and 0 losses in conference play. Of course, they won the conference championship again. The Wolverines pushed their Big Ten winning streak to 13 games and everyone on Michigan’s Football team was looking forward to the 1992 season.

Michigan began the 1992 season with a 17-17 tie at Notre Dame. They won the next two non-conference games and headed into the conference season with a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie. The Wolverines won their first six conference games to push “the streak” to 19 straight wins. Michigan tied Illinois (22-22) and Ohio State (13-13) in the final two games of the season. They finished at 9-0-3 overall and 6-0-2 in the Big Ten.

The Wolverines won the first Big Ten game of 1993 against Iowa to push their undefeated streak to 22 games. Unfortunately, Gary Moeller’s “Big Ten streak” came to an end with a 7-17 loss at Michigan State.

So, that’s the “short version” of the longest Big Ten winning streak in Michigan Football History.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – March 27, 2018

Harry Kipke’s Michigan Football team won the Big Ten Championship in 1931. They were invited to play in the 1932 Rose Bowl. Why didn’t they play in the 1932 Rose Bowl?


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