Today’s post honors the passing of a Wolverine named Tom Hammond who went to rest in peace on this day in 1950. He was sixty-six years old at the time of his death. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Thomas Stevens “Tom, or, T.S.” Hammond was born was born on October 29, 1883 which qualifies him as a “Pigskin Pioneer” in my book.
Tom Hammond 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 “Hammond” years. The Wolverines won two straight national championships and two straight Western Conference titles with Hammond on the roster. Michigan outscored their opponents by a margin of 1,627 points to 30! Yes, that is an impressive point differential over three years.
Tom Hammond was one of the most versatile players to ever play for Fielding Yost. During his career, he started games at End, Halfback, Fullback, Tackle and he also excelled at place kicking! Hammond was certainly an impressive football player. He earned All-Western Conference honors in 1905 and was also named a third-team All-American in 1905. In addition to many team and individual accomplishments, he also is connected to the interesting football “firsts” at Michigan.
- Tom Hammond 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.
- Hammond became the first player in Michigan Football history to score over 150 points in a single season. He finished with 163 points in 1903.
- Tom Hammond 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.
- Hammond played in the first ever games against Nebraska and Vanderbilt in 1905 and Michigan won them both.
- Tom Hammond 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!
- Hammond 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.
- Tom Hammond became the first player in Michigan Football history to score over 350 points in three seasons. He finished his career with 352 points. (Note-Willie Heston scored 360 points at Michigan in four seasons from 1901 to 1904.
So, Tom Hammond 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. Hammond was a record-setting player who gave Fielding Yost, and Michigan, everything he had. Very few Michigan Men have a player resume as impressive as Thomas Stevens Hammond.
Today is a great day to remember his accomplishments and celebrate the memory of Tom Hammond. He was truly a “Pigskin Pioneer” who gave his all for Michigan. Hammond played a big role in the early success of Michigan football. May Tom Hammond always rest in peace. Go Blue!