1937 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1937 Michigan Wolverines football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1937 record 4–4 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Harry Kipke (9th year)
MVP Ralph Heikkinen
Captain Joe Rinaldi
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1936
1938 →
1937 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Minnesota $ 5 0 0     6 2 0
#13 Ohio State 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana 3 2 0     5 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     4 4 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 1     4 3 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 3 2
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 0
Iowa 0 5 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1937 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan in the 1937 Big Ten Conference football season. In their ninth and final season under head coach Harry Kipke, the Wolverines compiled a 4–4 record (3–3 against Big Ten opponents) and were outscored by all opponents by a combined total of 110 to 54. The team ranked 106th of 126 teams in major college football with an average of 6.8 points scored per game.[1]

At the conclusion of the 1937 season, the Michigan players selected guard Ralph Heikkinen as the team's most valuable player and also selected tackle Fred Janke as the captain of the 1938 team.[2] Heikkinen was also the only Michigan player to receive first-team honors on the 1937 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3]

The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
October 2 Michigan State* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 14–19   63,311
October 9 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 0–7   23,837
October 16 Minnesotadagger Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) L 6–39   53,266
October 23 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 7–6   12,211
October 30 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Series) W 7–6   32,506
November 6 Chicago Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry) W 13–12   23,394
November 13 at Penn* Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA W 7–0   18,476
November 20 No. 19 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 0–21   56,766
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Players[edit]

Varsity letter winners[edit]

The following 26 players received varsity letters for their participation on the 1937 Michigan football team.[4] For players who were starters, the list also includes the number of games started by position.[5]

Varsity reserve[edit]

The following players were identified as varsity reserves on the roster of the 1937 Michigan football team.[4]

All-freshman team[edit]

The 1937 all-freshman team included a nucleus of players, including Tom Harmon and Forest Evashevski, that would propel Michigan to the top tier of college football programs when Fritz Crisler took over as head coach in 1938.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Captain: Joe Rinaldi[5]
  • All-Conference: Ralph Heikkinen
  • Most Valuable Player: Ralph Heikkinen[5]
  • Meyer Morton Award: Fred Trosko[5]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Trainer: Ray Roberts[5]
  • Manager: Fred Colombo, assisted by John Fecknay, Ralph Dubois, Warren Slater, Philip Woodworth

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1937 Michigan Wolverines Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ Tod Rockwell (November 24, 1937). "Fred Janke, Husky Tackle, Is Elected Michigan Captain". Detroit Free Press. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Team Named by United Press". The San Bernardino County Sun. November 21, 1937. p. 18. 
  4. ^ a b "University of Michigan Football Rosters: 1937". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "1937 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 
  6. ^ George Alexander Marzonie, born July 31, 1916, dies November 11, 1994, last residence Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  7. ^ Joseph M. Rinaldi, born May 8, 1916, died April 3, 1990, last residence West Palm Beach, Florida
  8. ^ Roland Savilla, born May 13, 1916, died February 7, 2005, SSN issued Michigan, last residence Saint Albans, West Virginia
  9. ^ a b c "Michigan Lets Coach Kipke Go". New Castle, PA, News. December 10, 1937. p. 32. 

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