Rest in Peace Wolverine Jay Love!

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1904 Team Practice Field Photo –This picture Includes all players on the field that day, not just letter winners as was the custom for the “Official” Team Photos during this era. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library. Top Row: assistant coach William Cole, Ted Stuart, James De Pree, Paul Magoffin, Walter Graham, Harry Patrick, Middle Row: Hal Weeks, Harry Hammond, Thomas Jefferson Smull, Charles Briggs, Adolph “Germany” Schulz, Jay Mack Love, John Garrels, William Dennison Clark, Walter Rheinschild, Edward Hammond, Walter Becker Front Row: Trainer Keene Fitzpatrick, Tom Hammond, John Curtis, Henry Schulte, captain Willie Heston, Frank Longman, Charles Carter, coach Fielding Yost, student mngr. Albert H. Montgomery Seated in front: Fred Norcross

Today’s post celebrates the death anniversary of another Pigskin Pioneer named Jay Mack Love who died in 1935. Mr. Love came to Michigan from Arkansas City, Kansas to play football for the Wolverines. He is listed on the official 1904 roster as a reserve and was listed on the 1905 roster as a guard.

He did not appear in the official team photo of the 1904 team which meant that he did not get enough playing time to earn a varsity letter. However, he was pictured in an informal “practice” photo which is displayed below. Note, that Jay Love is standing next to Michigan football legend Germany Schultz and just behind another legend, team captain, Willie Heston.

According to the Wikipedia article below about the 1905 Michigan football team, Jay Love started five games at right guard and one game at left guard during the thirteen game season. Not only that, he is credited with three touchdowns during the season. Unfortunately for Love, Yost had some very high standards for awarding a letter and Love did not meet them in 1905. He was not pictured in the official team photo for 1905 and he probably wasn’t feeling any “love” for his coach at that time, either.

Jay Love is not listed in the team rosters for the 1903 or 1906 seasons. Apparently, he was on the Michigan football team for two seasons – 1904 and 1905. Those were two of Michigan’s greatest teams. Look at these numbers:

Year Won Lost Tied Points Scored Points Allowed Difference +/-
1904 10 0 0 567 22 +545
1905 12 1 0 495 2 +493
Total 22 1 1 1.062 24 +1,038


The 1904 team extended Michigan’s undefeated streak to forty-four games (43-0-1) from the 1901 season and won a fourth consecutive National Championship. The streak reached fifty-six games before the Wolverines lost a heartbreaker to Chicago (0-2) to end the 1905 season.

Jay Mack Love might not have been a “star” at Michigan, but he was a player. He might not have been good enough to earn a letter, but he was on the team. He might not be famous, but was another man who contributed to the great history of Michigan football. So, on the eighty-fifth anniversary of his death, let’s remember Jay Mack Love. Rest in peace Wolverine!

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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