Today’s post celebrates the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Michigan Wolverine named Ernest Allmendinger. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Ernest John “Aqua” Allmendinger was born on this date in 1890 at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ernest worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad as a “water boy’ when he was younger so that’s how he acquired the “Aqua” nickname. Ernest became a football star at Ann Arbor High School along with another talented player named John Maulbetsch. Both men enrolled at Michigan to play for Coach Fielding Yost.
According to the Bentley Historical Library Team Roster files, Ernest Allmendinger first showed up on a Michigan Football Roster in 1911. He was listed as a reserve with no designated position. However, he got Coach Yost’s attention and started three games at right guard. He also earned his first letter on a team that finished with a final record of 5-1-2.
Aqua Allmendinger was back in 1912 and eager to play some more football for the Wolverines. He became a fixture at right guard and started all seven games for Michigan. Ernest earned his second varsity letter on a team that posted 5 wins and 2 losses in 1912.
Ernest Allmendinger returned in 1913 for his best season as a Wolverine. He was one of the stalwarts on Michigan’s offensive line. He started six games at right tackle in 1913 and played at a high level for the entire season. Michigan finished the season with a record of 6 wins and 1 loss in 1913.
Allmendinger is connected to a few Michigan Football “firsts.” Here they are:
- Ernest Allmendinger played in the first game ever against South Dakota in 1912. Michigan won a close one by the score of 7-6.
- Allmendinger also played in the first game in Michigan Football History against Mount Union in 1914. The Wolverines won that game by a score of 27-7.
So, today is a good time to celebrate the memory of another Michigan Man who contributed to the long, and rich, history that is Michigan Football. Ernest Allmendinger won three varsity letters at Michigan. He also helped the Wolverines post sixteen victories to the winning ledger of the winningest team in college football. (936 and counting). Ernest also played for a service team during World War I and earned All-Service honors from Walter Camp. Ernest Allmendinger died on May 7, 1973 at the age of eighty-two. May Ernest Allmendinger continue to rest in eternal peace! Go Blue!