21. October 2017 · 1 comment · Categories: 2017

For Tonight’s edition of This Week in Michigan Football History we stroll back all the way to the 1920s, a decade that saw the construction of Yost Field House and later, Michigan Stadium.
The 1920s also saw a few Wolverine all-time greats take the gridiron, including Meeeechigan men like Harry Kipke – who helped Yost earn another national title in 1923, as well as legends Bennie Oosterbaan and Benny Friedman.
One name that’s not often mentioned from that decade is man named Paul Goebel. Goebel was born in 1901, just around the time Michigan hired Fielding Yost to lead the football squad into an era of point-a-minute mayhem.  At around 6 foot 5, he was a giant for his day.  A while you won’t hear him mentioned with greats like Anthony Carter, Braylon Edwards, Derrick Alexander and David Terrell – he was the first Michigan end to don the once coveted #1 jersey.  If nothing else, you should know his name because of what he did on this day 95 years ago in Columbus, Ohio:

Here’s the clip:

 

TWIMFbH is sponsored by Hillside Terrace of Ann Arbor.  This segment can be heard on the Keybank Countdown to Kickoff and you can listen live on 1050AM in Ann Arbor & on wtka.com around the world.  This segment plays approximately 2 hours before kickoff each week.

You can hear the archive of This Week in Michigan Football History clips here.    If you have suggestions for future games hit me on Twitter @MVictors.  Go Blue!

 

/script …after the jump

For Tonight’s edition of This Week in Michigan Football History we stroll back all the way to the 1920s, a decade that saw the construction of Yost Field House and later, Michigan Stadium.
The 1920s also saw a few Wolverine all-time greats take the gridiron, including Meeeechigan men like Harry Kipke – who helped Yost earn another national title in 1923, as well as legends Bennie Oosterbaan and Benny Friedman.
One name that’s not often mentioned from that decade is man named Paul Goebel. Goebel was born in 1901, just around the time Michigan hired Fielding Yost to lead the football squad into an era of point-a-minute mayhem.  At around 6 foot 5, he was a giant for his day.  A while you won’t hear him mentioned with greats like Anothony Carter, Braylon Edwards, Derrick Alexander and David Terrell – he was the first Michigan end to don the once coveted #1 jersey. 
If nothing else, you should know his name because of what he did on this day 95 years ago in Columbus, Ohio. This was supposed to be a special day for the Buckeyes, as it was on that October 21st in 1922 that they officially Dedicated their newly minted Ohio Stadium.
Goebel hobbled into the Horseshoe one leg as the other was immobilized with a steel brace that required frequent oiling to prevent friction burn.
With a field goal, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery, he lead the led the Wolverines to a 19-0 victory though he collapsed in the third quarter and had to leave the game.
While that tale might be new to you, the most interesting memorial to the efforts of Goebel and that 1922 squad remain in Columbus today.   You see the Bucks decided to paint the inside of the Stadium Rotunda with the colors of the winning team –  So indeed the rotunda inside the Horseshoe is painted with maize flowers embossed against blue squares and remains remains a permanent reminder of this great Meeechigan Victory on this day 95 years ago.   Of course Ohio State has its own piece of honorary ground in Ann Arbor today and that’s the plaque honoring Buckeye Jesse Owens 4 time world record performance on Ferry field in 1935.
Next time you visit Ohio Stadium take a stroll and a gaze up at the maize-and-blue colors in the rotunda and remember a true Michigan Man and the Original #1 – Paul Goebel.
Go Blue – Beat Penn State – And For more, checkout WTKA.com and MVictors.com.

1 Comment

  1. Excellent post!