Michigan Wolverine Football History Facts, Figures & Stories
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That game, which no one knows about, is up there with Harmon vs OSU, another original wolverine SLASH.
Those who stay!
Yes, big promise from a man with vision for a sagging football program. Hopefully, this will be the year they get back to fulfilling that promise!
Gembis also kicked the first field goal in Michigan Stadium against Illinois in 1928
Ben Gembis (grandson)
Great comment. I did not know that your grandfather kicked the first field goal in Michigan Stadium history. I will use this important fact on November 3, 2017 because I am going to declare 2017, Michigan Football Firsts Year! I have a year’s worth of Wolverine football firsts and now I have one more! Thanks again and Go Blue!
Will continue to follow your writing. Looking forward to more. Go Blue!
One of the greatest for sure, but I remain partial to Robinson to Roundtree against Notre Dame, at night….. We were desperate for that at the time…. Maybe even triple overtime against Sparty at the Big House. They won’t need Braylon or Triple Overtime on Saturday…… GO BLUE! The longer the hang, the harder it will be.
I would like to thank you for your article about Clement Quinn. Clement was my great uncle and brother of my grandfather Maurice J. Quinn. I grew up in the Detroit area and remember many U of M “tail gate” lunches with my grandfather while in high school. Even though I don’t live in Michigan anymore, I am still a University of Michigan Football fan. Thank you again.
Susan Quinn Colvin
You are very welcome! I love writing about the history of Michigan football, especially the men that I call the “Pigskin Pioneers” and those like your great uncle, Clement Quinn, who played for the legendary Fielding Yost. I think you might enjoy today’s post about another Pigskin Pioneer named Walter Horton.
Thanks for reading my posts. I hope you continue to follow me as I tell the story of Michigan football – one day and one player at a time.
PS In addition to blogging everyday, I am nearly done with my next book about Michigan football. It is the history of the Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry. The title is “Every Game Drew Blood! The Nasty Football History of Michigan and Michigan State – 1898 – 2016.” No one has ever told this story, so I am quite excited to get it out there in September 2017!
Great story on Michigan football and Mike Shatusky. I was football manager for the team during these years and Senior Manager in 1957. I later became President of the M Club(Varsity letters winners) and served on the Athletic Advisory Board for 6 years as the alumni rep. Mike and I remained friends for all his years and I remain good friends today with his wife Jan. I continue to be close to UM today as I have missed 2 home games in the last 62 years. I also have basketball season tickets. Great story….keep up the good work. PS I am the guy in the third row in the suit in the 1957 team picture
Thanks so much for the feedback/comments. Wow, Mike Shatusky was one of my favorites growing up. He sounds like a good man to know! I am glad that a dedicated Michigan Man like you appreciates my work. Bo Schembechler god me “addicted” to Michigan football history when I got to know him during my time as a ROTC instructor at UM (1985-1989). I would like to take you to lunch some time when I am in town. Actually, I will be in Ann Arbor in early April, so let me know!
Great story on Michigan football and Mike Shatusky. I was one of the football managers for the team during that period and Senior Manager in 1957.. I later became President of the M Club(varsity letters winners) and served on the Atletic Department Advisory Board for 6 years as the alumni rep. Mike and I remained friends for all his lifetime and I remain good friends with his wife Jan. I remain close with UM today as I have missed two home games in 62 years(50th wedding ann. trip to Europe) 5 years ago and also continue to have season basketball tickets today. Great story….keep up the good work. Go Blue Lynn R. Evans BBA, MBA 1959 PS I am the guy in the third row with the suit in the 1957 team picture
Still the Michigan standard! Desmond/Woodson/Rocky/Maverick
I wish this guy had stayed longer. He was tough to tackle.
This was forwarded to me by a former U of M teammate’s wife….Thank you. Jennifer Julian Sciamanna
(Fred’s daughter). Always good to be reminded of my dad’s history at U of M. Proud girl I am.
I am glad that you enjoyed reading my article about your dad! I love reading about men like your father who didn’t get a ton of headlines, but played the game the right way and did the best they could to carry on the Michigan football tradition. Although I love what Jim Harbaugh is doing at UM right now, I am trying to be the “voice” for all the great players in Michigan Football history who you don’t hear much about any more. There are thousands of men like your dad who make up the “Long Blue Line” that is the greatest program in the history of college football! Go Blue!
Thanks for Reading,
Dear Berry, I was a “walk-on” during spring practice 1957. My DOB is May 6, 1933. Oosterbaan, Elliot, and Dufek were the coaches. Terry Barr was there, but Ron Kramer was on the track team and did not play. Civil Engineering was my major and I did not have time for football, but “nothing ventured nothing gained. Ultimately us “Scrubs” beat the Varsity 25-12. Oosterbaan was definitely not happy. I went on to get a DDS and eventually an MS in Orthodontics. We lived in Alaska for 51 years. This story is the only thing I have had published in our Alaska Dental Journal. I think you would enjoy it. If you would like a copy I will try to dig it up for you.
Thanks for the note. It is always great to hear from guys like you who know about the “real” history of Michigan football. Wow, I remember reading once that a bunch of freshman beat Bennie’s varsity, but I wasn’t sure about the year. Now, I know! So, it looks like you and your young teammates may have pushed Bennie into retirement. How about that?
I love reading and learning about guys like you, and your teammates, who truly made the history of Michigan Football. Every man who practiced and played is part of the winningest program in the history of college football. Thanks for putting on that Winged Helmet! I hope you continue to follow my blog.
Thanks for reading!
John Rowser was (I believe) on the UM freshman basketball team and he could dunk!
Thanks for the comment. The only other thing I saw about John in the Media Guide was a mention about track. Apparently, he was quite an athlete! Thanks for reading. Today, I wrote about the passing of Jim Mandich. GO Blue!
Most EXPLOSIVE player in Michigan Modern History. A threat to score every time he touched it. After Desmond….. hmmm, I vote Denard, then Wheatley.
Part 2 is coming soon in the form of Zack Gentry. Gators beware, timely touchdown coming….
This guy actually outrushed Harmon in at least one game…. big weapon, makes me how fun it is going to be to watch K Hill, the TD Machine in his final year. I think he has even more TDs this year while the passing game is jelling. Look out, Westfall was the original but the FB Weapon has returned to the Double A.
First touch TD like AC and Denard. How about Kareem Walker or Tyreke Black this year. It is history and a Michigan tradition.
Henne was legit from day one, but having guys like Tim M must have made things a little easier.
Thank you for that wonderful write up!
Art Valpey was my maternal Grandfather!
Glad you enjoyed my post on Grandpa Valpey! I really enjoy hearing from family members like you when I write about players of the “past.” I hope you keep reading and enjoying my other posts as well. I have a new book about Bo Schembechler coming out later this month. The title is” The Legend of Bo Schembechler – How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History.” Go Blue!
Thanks for this post, Barry. Sorry it took me so long to see it. Vince Mroz was my great uncle – my grandmother’s younger brother. He’s the second Vince Mroz – the first was kidnapped by the family nanny in Poland before the Mroz’ emigrated to the U.S. He was finally able to locate his missing namesake much later in life, and because of his Secret Service role. He had a fascinating life story, including the episode you mention briefly in which he took part in stopping an assasination attempt on President Truman’s life.
Thanks for reaching out to me. I love writing about men like your great uncle. Michigan has a wonderful football history because of men like Vince Mroz and all the men who are part of the long Maize and Blue line dating back to 1879. I hope you continue to follow my work and join me in celebrating the history of Michigan Football – one day, one man at a time! Go Blue!
I remember these games in Ann Arbor but I had no idea of the magnitude of stats our coach had compiled. Its his desire to compete and win he is instilling in the players of today.
Thanks Phil. If Jim Harbaugh can find a quarterback as good as he was – look out Big Ten and everybody else! Go Blue!
Good Morning on this Christmas Eve day.
I had bookmarked your site and went back to it today. What caught my eye is the birthday wishes for David Molk. The reason it caught my attention is that I am one of the 5 guys on the Michigan Athletic Department Event Team group that give tours of the Big House. For a long time we have wondered who all the pictures are on the mural (right outside the visiting media room) in the hallway going from the kitchen to the tunnel. The last picture to the right is of David Molk in his center stance – just like that of Gerald Ford farther to the left. So this is good information for me since we occasionally walk by the picture with different groups.
Dave Ablauf was good enough to get us the full list of all the names of the guys pictured and the coaches in the background. We obviously want to be as accurate as possible. So thanks to you and many others I’ll be able to be very accurate on facts we give out to all our guests.
By the way, in U-M fiscal 2016-2017 we had 960 tours involving 11,000 people. I know I for one will utilize your information extensively.
Thanks for the nice note. I saw this on Christmas, but haven’t had a lot of time to reply. I am glad that my information was able to help you. My site has over 480 articles about Michigan Football history. Hopefully, you may find more information to help you in the future.
How often are the tours done? Are they only done in season, or year round? Are they open to the public? Is there a URL I can go to to get more information?
Happy New Year – Maybe we can meet this year. I get to Ann Arbor about 4-5 times a year.
My cousin was on the Michigan football team with tom Coyle. Reading about him brought back a lot of pleasant memories of going to games in Ann Arbor when I was a kid.I even met him a couple of times.What a great thrill that was for me.
Yes, we all have our memories of players and games at Michigan Stadium. Go Blue!
I was fortunate to see Jim Pace play multiple times in person even though i was only 6-8 yrs old. I distinctly remember how graceful and fast he was on punt returns as he wove his way through would-be tacklers. I probably saw his TD return as it is such a vivid memory. One of my favorite Michigan players. But sad to think of him passing away so young.
Thanks for the note. Yes, Jim Pace was a very good player in his time. He definitely left his family and friends, way too soon.
Thanks for reading. Tomorrow is my 600th straight post and Jim Mandich will be my Wolverine of the Day. Go Blue!
Thank you for the very kind article and Birthday wishes! Go Blue!
Once again, I am glad that we could do this for your Dad!
Tony is my nephew. I had the pleasure of attending many blue games and the Rose Bowl victory.
Tony is still a very humble, righteous man. A dedicated father and husband. Not to mention a great nephew!! A real joy to be around.
Thanks for the note. I am glad that Tony is doing well. I know his coaches and his family are very proud of him. Go Blue!
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