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May 2, 2018 Rest in Peace Harry L. Newman

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to remember a Wolverine great named Harry L. Newman. He went to rest in peace on this day in 2000. Harry Lawrence Newman was born on September 9, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. Newman was an outstanding athlete at Detroit Northern High School.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day Harry L. Newman

Harry L. Newman came to Ann Arbor in 1929 to play football for Harry Kipke. Like all good freshman in the 1920s, Newman spent his first year on the freshman team. Harry Newman learned the Kipke Football system and took his lumps with the rest of the Wolverine “rookies.”

Sophomore Harry Newman started five of eight games at quarterback during the 1930 season. Michigan finished with a record of 8 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie. Even better, they ended the conference season with a perfect mark of 5-0-0 and won Kipke’s first conference championship. Harry Newman earned his first varsity letter in 1930 and was named to the All-Conference team. So, he was probably happy about that!

Newman came back for his Junior year in 1931 and started three more games at quarterback for Kipke’s Wolverines. He had some injuries in 1931 that limited his playing time, but he played well enough and often enough to earn his second varsity letter and second team All-Conference recognition. Michigan finished the 1931 season with another impressive record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Kipke’s footballers won a share of the conference title with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss.

Harry Kipke’s Wolverines were favored to win the conference title in 1932, but they did more than that! Harry Newman started all eight games at quarterback and helped lead the Wolverines to a perfect season (8-0-0) and the National Championship. Michigan also earned a share of the conference title with a record of 5-0-0.

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Harry L. Newman is the only Michigan Man to win the Douglas Fairbanks Trophy (1932). Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

In addition to earning his third varsity letter, Harry L. Newman also earned some other accolades in 1932. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wolverine team and in the Big Ten Conference! He earned first team All-conference honors and was named an All-American for his outstanding play in 1932. To top it all off, Harry Newman became Michigan’s first, and only, winner of the Douglas Fairbanks Trophy which went to the most outstanding football player in the country in 1932. The Fairbanks award was the precursor of the Heisman Trophy which did not get awarded until 1935.

To say that Harry L. Newman finished his Michigan football career on a “high” note is a complete understatement. He absolutely rocked it!

So, today is a great day to remember a tough and talented Michigan Wolverine named Harry Lawrence Newman. He earned three varsity letters and contributed to three Big Ten Championship teams and one National Championship team in 1932. Michigan posted a record of 24 wins, 1 losses and 2 ties with Harry Newman on the team. He was a “Michigan Man” in every sense of the word. Let’s remember him on the eighteenth-anniversary of his passing. May Harry L. Newman continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue.



Part II. Trivia Question of the Day May 1, 2018

Who was the first Michigan coach to win six Big Ten games in one season?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day May 1, 2018

Harry Kipke was the first Michigan coach to win six Big Ten games in 1932. His Wolverines posted a perfect record of 8-0-0 which included 6 wins and 0 losses in conference play. Michigan’s Big Ten record earned them a share of the conference title. However, they were declared National Champions at the end of the season. Go Blue!

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day May 2, 2018

Who was the first Michigan player to earn All-American honors for three straight seasons?


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