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April 4, 2018 Rest in Peace Shorty Longman!
Today’s post honors the passing of a Wolverine called Shorty Longman who went to rest in peace on this day in 1928. He was forty-five years old when he died. Frank Chandler “Shorty” Longman was born on December 7, 1882.
Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Shorty Longman
Shorty Longman was not a big man, but he was one of many “star” players on the early Fielding Yost’s teams that ruled college football from 1903 to 1905. Michigan posted an overall record of 33 wins, 1 losses and 1 tie during the “Longman” years. Frank Longman was a versatile player who started seven games at right end and ten more at fullback during his Michigan career.
Shorty Longman lettered on three of the greatest teams in Michigan Football History from 1903 to 1905. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.
Shorty Longman was certainly an impressive football player. He earned All-Conference honors at fullback for his outstanding play in 1904 and 1905. In addition to many team and individual accomplishments, he also is connected to the interesting football “firsts” at Michigan.
- Frank Longman played in the first season where players were required to wear helmets in 1903.
- Longman played in the first ever games against Drake, Ferris State, and Ohio Northern in 1903 and Michigan won them all. This was also the first ten game “Home” game season in Michigan football history.
- Shorty Longman played in the first games ever against American Medical Society (A.M.S.) and West Virginia in 1904. The Wolverines defeated A.M.S. by a score of 72-0. Fielding Yost really rolled up the score against his alma mater as the Yost footballers beat the Mountain Men by a score of 130-0. Of course, this was the largest margin of victory ever in a Michigan Football game.
- Longman played in the first ever games against Nebraska and Vanderbilt in 1905 and Michigan won them both.
- Frank Longman also played in the first thirteen game season in Michigan football history in 1905. It was also the first eleven game home season in Michigan football history and the Wolverines won them all! Go Blue!
- Shorty Longman played on the first Michigan team to win twelve games in 1905. Michigan finished with a record of 12 wins and 1 loss and ended their undefeated streak at 56-games.
- Longman went on to coach at Notre Dame. On November 6, 1909, he became the first former Yost player to beat the “old man” when his “Fighting Irish” defeated Yost’s Wolverines by a score of 11-3.
Yes, Shorty Longman was truly one of the great players in the early years of Michigan football. He helped Michigan win a ton of games as well as two national championships and two western conference titles. He was a two-time All-Conference player as well. Very few Michigan Men have a player resume as impressive as Frank “Shorty” Longman.
Today is a great day to remember his accomplishments and celebrate the memory of Frank Longman. He gave his all for Michigan and played a big role in the early history of Michigan football. May Shorty Longman always rest in peace. Go Blue!
Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – April 3, 2018
Who was the first Michigan quarterback to start 48 games?
Part II. Trivia Question – Answer of the Day April 3, 2018 – Rick Leach
Rick Leach became the first freshman quarterback to start a game at Michigan on September 20, 1975 at Wisconsin. Four seasons later, he started his last game on January 1, 1979 against USC in the Rose Bowl. By the time his career was over, Rick “The Peach” Leach, totaled 48 consecutive career starts. Yes, he was a special player and a real winner. Bob Ufer loved to call Leach the “Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue.” Rick Leach led Michigan to three straight Big Ten Titles from 1976 to 1978.
Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – April 4, 2018
Who was Fritz Crisler’s first captain at Michigan?