Today’s post honors the Happy Birthday Anniversary of former Michigan Captain Paul P. Magoffin. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Paul Magoffin was born on this day in 1885 in Kansas.
Paul Magoffin played football in high school and also ran track at Central High School in Washington, District of Columbia. After high school, he played one year of college football at Marietta College for William C. “King” Cole. Coach Cole played for Fielding Yost and Paul Magoffin decided to do the same. In 1904, he headed to Ann Arbor.
Paul Magoffin started three games at right halfback in 1904 on Michigan’s fourth straight national and Western Conference Championship team. The Wolverines ended the season with a perfect record of 10-0-0 and posted 2 wins and 0 losses in Big Ten play. Magoffin earned a letter in his first year on Yost’s varsity, which was not easy to do.
Magoffin continued to play well in 1905 on the first Michigan team to win 12 games. Unfortunately, they didn’t win 13 and a 0-2 loss to Chicago caused them to finish the year at 12 wins and 1 loss. Their conference record of 2-1 put them in second place, behind Chicago. Paul started four games at left halfback in 1905 and he earned his second varsity letter.
Paul Magoffin was back in 1906 and he helped Michigan to another successful season. Once again, he started four games at left halfback and earned his third varsity letter. The Wolverines, who tried to adhere to the new conference rules, only played five games in 1906. They posted a final record of 4 wins and 1 loss. They did go undefeated in conference play (1-0-0) and won the conference championship.
When the Western Conference tried to impose stricter rules on the membership, Fielding Yost balked. After some intense negotiations with conference officials, Yost recommended that Michigan leave the conference and become an independent. So, that’s what happened.
The 1907 season was the first season that Michigan played as an independent since 1895. Paul Magoffin was elected Captain of the 1907 team for that first season out of the Western Conference. He started five of six games and helped lead Michigan to a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. He earned his fourth varsity letter for Fielding Yost which may have been his fifth as a college player. Of course, the rules were a little more fluid in those days, so Paul Magoffin was able to play a lot of college football!
Yes, Captain Paul P. Magoffin was an important player in the early years of Michigan football. He helped Michigan win thirty-one games, a national championship and two conference titles. Magoffin was a four-time letterman and a Michigan captain.
Paul Magoffin lived a full life and passed away on February 1, 1956 at the age of seventy. Today is a great day to remember his accomplishments and celebrate the memory of Paul P. Magoffin. He gave his all for Michigan. May Captain Paul P. Magoffin continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!
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