Happy Birthday Anniversary Neil McMillan

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Neil “Shorty” McMillan is seated third from the left in the first row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today’s post celebrates the birth anniversary (#126) of Neil “Shorty” McMillan who was born on this date in 1890. McMillan came to Ann Arbor from Detroit, Michigan. He played for Fielding Yost during the 1910 and 1911 seasons.  I call this time the “Independent Years” since Michigan was out of the Big Ten conference at that point.

According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Neil McMillan came to play quarterback at Michigan in 1909. He promptly led the freshman team to an undefeated season although the season record was not referenced. Neil McMillan won the starting quarterback job for the 1910 season and led the Wolverines to an undefeated season (3-0-3).

Neil McMillan came back to lead the Michigan offense in 1911 and had the Wolverines off to a perfect start (4-0-0) before he sustained a knee injury that ended his career. Michigan was not the same as they finished the 1911 season with a record of 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties.

Neil “Shorty” McMillan finished his varsity career with a perfect record of 7-0-3 which makes him one of the very few quarterbacks in Michigan football to never lose a game over the course of two seasons!  Rest in Peace Wolverine and thanks for the memories!

Link to Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorty McMillan


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: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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