December 13, 2017 Rest in Peace Clement P. Quinn!

1912 Michigan Football Team |
Clement Quinn is shown above with the 1912 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the middle row – third man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Today’s post celebrates the life of a Michigan Wolverine named Clement P. Quinn who went to rest in peace on this day in 1975. Quinn, who was born in 1890, was a pretty good football player who played for the legendary Fielding Yost. Let’s look at Clement Quinn’s career and the contributions he made to the great history of Michigan Football.

The 1909 Michigan football roster lists Clement P. Quinn as a freshman from Saginaw, Michigan. No position was listed for Quinn so maybe Yost was still trying to figure out what to do with the young man while he toiled on the freshman squad.

Fielding Yost Michigan Football 1912 |

Coach Fielding Yost liked Clement Quinn enough to start him 17 times in three years. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

By the time the 1910 season rolled around, Yost had a plan for Clement Quinn. The young sophomore started two games at right guard on a team that finished with a record of 3 wins, 0 losses and 3 ties. Quinn played enough to earn a letter in 1910 and gave Coach Yost something to think about for 1911.

Clement P. Quinn played a key role on Yost’s offensive and defensive lines in 1911. He started every game on a team that posted 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. Quinn turned out to be Yost’s most versatile lineman during the 1911 season. He started five games at left tackle, two games at left guard, and one game at right guard.

Fielding Yost decided to make life a little bit easier for Clement Quinn in his senior season. Quinn was his starting left guard for the 1912 season and that was it! He started all seven games and helped lead the Wolverines to another winning season. Team #33 posted 5 wins and 2 losses. Of course, Michigan was out of the Western Conference during Clement Quinn’s playing years, so there was no chance to compete for a conference title.

A couple more interesting things to note about Clement Quinn’s time at Michigan. First, his younger brother Cyril played at Michigan with his older brother in 1910 and 1912. Cyril went on to earn a letter in 1913. Second, Michigan did not play all their rivals during Clement Quinn’s playing years, but they did well against the ones they played. The Wolverines went 2-0-1 against Ohio State from 1910 to 1912. They did even better against Michigan Agricultural during that time span. Michigan won all three games against the Aggies from East Lansing.

Clement P. Quinn is also connected to one interesting Michigan Football “first.”

  • ·         He played in the first, and only, game in Michigan Football History against South Dakota in 1912. Michigan won the game by a score of 7-6.

So, on the forty-second anniversary of his death, let us remember the Wolverine named Clement P. Quinn. He, and his teammates, added thirteen wins to Michigan’s all-time win total. May Clement P. Quinn always rest in peace! Go Blue! 

You can learn just a little bit more about Clement P. Quinn by going to the Wikipedia article linked below. See Note #51.

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: You can also follow him on Social Media.
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