Today’s post celebrates the memory of Alexander C. Kiskadden who died on this date in 1920. Kiskadden is another special Michigan Man although he only played one season. He is one of those players that I call “Pigskin Pioneers” because he played on Team # 7 in the days when passion for the game was about the only reason most players showed up for practices and games. The crazy game of “American rugby,” or football as it was later called, was in the infancy period. The game was wild and rough, very rough, and it seemed like the rules were made up from week to week. It was pretty nuts, but the players and growing legions of fans loved it!
Kiskadden was listed as a “Forward” on the roster and played in both games of the very short season that was contested in 1886. Both games were played against Albion College. The first game was played in Albion and Michigan won by a score of 50-0. The Wolverines played the role of “gracious” hosts and eased up on their guests in game number two in Ann Arbor. Final score: Michigan 24 Albion 0. This would be the first time that a Michigan football “season” was played against the same team also the first time that the entire season took place in the month of October (October 16 and 30). The record shows that Alexander Kiskadden was good enough to play in both games and earn a varsity letter. The forwards did a lot of the “dirty” work in those days like the lineman do today. Kiskadden was probably a pretty tough guy.
One other interesting thing about Kiskadden’s short career at Michigan was that he was tied for the distinction of second “buckeye” to play football at Michigan (With Clifford C. Smith of Cleveland. See roster below). The first was his captain in 1886, Horace G. Prettyman from Bryan, Ohio. Prettyman was the only three-time captain of a Michigan football team. He led the Wolverines from 1884 to 1886 and was the first captain to lead Michigan to three consecutive winning seasons. His three year record was a perfect 7 wins, 0 losses and 0 ties which makes him the “winningest” captain in Michigan football history!
Apparently, Kiskadden earned his law degree from Michigan and returned to his hometown of Tiffin, Ohio to practice law. See the 1886. Go Blue and Rest in Peace Wolverine! (Note- Unfortunately, there is no team photo at the Bentley Historical Library for the 1886 team.)
|Banks, Charles N.||forward||1886||v||New Buffalo||MI|
|Bumps, Frank F.||forward||1886||v||Shelby||MI|
|Duffy, James E.||HB||1886||v||Ann Arbor||MI|
|Duffy, John L.||goalkeeper||1886||v||Ann Arbor||MI|
|Harless, William W.||Sub||1886||v sub||Chicago||IL|
|Higgins, Francis G.||forward||1886||v||Butte||MT|
|Higgins, George C.||forward||1886||v|
|Jaycox, John M.||HB||1886||v||Philadelphia||PA|
|Kiskadden, Alexander C.||forward||1886||v||Tiffin||OH|
|Malley, William C.||Sub||1886||sub||Chicago||IL|
|Morrow, William M.||QB||1886||v||Union City||PA|
|Prettyman, Horace G.||forward||1886||v||Bryan||OH|
|Smith, Clifford C.||Sub||1886||sub||Cleveland||OH|
|Trowbridge, William R.||Sub||1886||sub||Ann Arbor||MI|
|Wright, Charles D.||forward||1886||v||Minneapolis||MN|