July 29, 2017 – Rest in Peace Clayton Teetzel!

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Clayton Teetzel is pictured above with the 1897 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is standing in the third row – last man on the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today is a perfect day to honor the memory of Clayton Teetzel who went to rest in peace on this day in 1948. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Claton Tryon Teetzel was born somewhere in Michigan on August 26, 1876. He definitely qualifies as a Wolverine “Pigskin Pioneer” in my book.

Clayton Teetzel’s name first showed up on a Michigan Football Roster in 1897. He is listed as a “Sub” at the End position. According to the roster, Teetzel’s hometown was Chicago, Illinois. Clayton started at least one game in 1897 and scored a touchdown in the season ending loss at Chicago. He is listed as a letterman for the season. The Wolverines, under first-year coach Gustave Ferbert, posted an excellent record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. They finished third in the conference with a record of 2-1-0. So, it appears that Clayton Teetzel’s Michigan Football career was off to a good start.

Clayton Teetzel Michigan Football 1897 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Clayton Teetzel played on the last three Michigan Football teams of the 19th Century. They went 24-3-1 from 1897 to 1899. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Coach Gustave Ferbert expected more from himself and his players in 1898 and he got more from everyone! Michigan had a record setting season in year two of the Gustave Ferbert Era.  The Wolverines posted a record of 10 wins, 0 losses and 0 ties. They were perfect in the conference with a record of 3-0-0. Most importantly, Michigan won their first Western Conference title in 1898. Apparently, Clayton Teetzel didn’t start any games during the season. He was listed as a “R” on the team roster which meant “reserve.”

Clayton’s third year on the Michigan Football team was a lot like his second. He did start two games at halfback, but was not pictured with the letter winners at the end of the season. The Wolverines slipped a little in the won-loss column in 1899. Michigan finished the last season of the nineteenth century with an excellent record of 8 wins and 2 losses. They went 1-1-0 in the conference which dropped them to third place.

Clayton Teetzel played some good football on Michigan’s last three teams of the 19th Century. The Wolverines posted a record of 24 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie during the Ferbert/Teetzel years.

Teetzel was fortunate to be part of some important Michigan Football during his Wovlerine years:

  • Clayton Teetzel was on Coach Gustave Ferbert’s first football team at Michigan in 1897.
  • Teetzel played on the first ten-win team in Michigan Football History in 1898.
  • Clayton Teetzel was also a member of Michigan’s first Western Conference Championship team in 1898
  • Teetzel played on the first Michigan Football team to play games against Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, Penn and Virginia in 1899.

So, Clayton Teetzel left Ann Arbor with a law degree (1900) along with a Michigan varsity football letter, and a claim to the first conference championship in school history. He helped the Wolverines finish STRONG in the last three years of the Nineteenth Century. He also ran track for the Wolverines so he gave his all for Michigan! It is certainly a good day to remember this “Pigskin Pioneer” on the sixty-ninth of his death. May Michigan Man Clayton Teetzel continue to rest in peace. Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Teetzel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1897 Michigan_Wolverines_football_team

 

 

 

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 137 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". 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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