1916 Michigan Wolverines football
1916 record7–2
Head coachFielding H. Yost (16th season)
CaptainJohn Maulbetsch
Home stadiumFerry Field
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The 1916 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1916 college football season. The team's head football coach was Fielding H. Yost. The Wolverines played their home games at Ferry Field.


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 4, 1916 Marietta Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 38–0    
October 7, 1916 Case Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 19–3   2,906
October 11, 1916 Carroll Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–0    
October 14, 1916 Mount Union Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 26–0    
October 21, 1916 Michigan Agricultural Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 9–0   22,000
October 28, 1916 Syracuse Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–13    
November 4, 1916 [[{{{school}}}|Washington University in St. Louis]] Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 66–7    
November 11, 1916 at Cornell Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 20–23   6,000
November 18, 1916† Penn Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–10   25,584
Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.


Varsity letter winnersEdit

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  • Alan W. Boyd[1] - started 5 games at left guard
  • Maurice F. Dunne[2] - started 9 games at left end
  • Clifford C. Gracey[3] - started 2 games at left guard
  • Albert C. Martens - right end
  • John Maulbetsch - started 9 games at left halfback
  • Walter Niemann - started 9 games at center
  • Willard L. Peach[4] - started 9 games at right end
  • Philip T. Raymond,[5] - started 5 games at right halfback, 1 game at fullback
  • Fred Rehor - started 6 games at right guard, 2 games at left guard
  • Cedric C. Smith - started 7 games at fullback
  • Cliff Sparks - started 7 games at quarterback
  • Richard F. "Dick" Weske[6] - started 9 games at right tackle
  • Elton Wieman - started 7 games at left tackle
  • Harold M. Zeiger[7] - started 2 games at quarterback, 1 game at right halfback

aMa letter winnersEdit

  • Nicholas J. Brazell, Jr.,[8] - started 1 game at right halfback
  • Roland G. Dunn[9] - started 2 games at right guard
  • Sidney V. Eggert - left halfback
  • John O. Goodsell[10] - started 1 game at right guard
  • Joseph Anthony Hanish[11] - started 1 game at fullback
  • Alvin E. Loucks - right halfback
  • Harry B. McCallum - left tackle
  • James H. Sharpe,[12] - started 1 game at right halfback
  • Clarence O. Skinner - right guard
  • Jim Whalen[13] - started 2 game at left tackle
  • Frank A. Willard - center


  • Donald U. Bathrick,[14] - started 1 game at right halfback (reserve player)

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit


  1. Alan W. Boyd, born March 11, 1897, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was awarded the medal for being Michigan's best athlete and student for the year 1917-1918. He became a lawyer practicing in Indiana. He died in May 1987 in Indianapolis.
  2. Maurice Francis Dunne, born March 12, 1895, River Forest, Illinois. His father, Edward F. Dunne, was the mayor of Chicago from 1905 to 1907 and Governor of Illinois from 1913 to 1917. After graduating from Michigan, he became a lawyer practicing in Chicago. He was also the proprietor of a business manufacturing foundry tools. He died in August 1974 at Evanston, Illinois.
  3. Clifford Chester Gracey, born December 18, 1891, Jarvis, Ontario, Canada. His family moved to Elkland Township, Michigan while he was a child. At the time of the 1930 Census, he was living in Detroit, Michigan with his wife and two daughters, and working as a school teacher. He died at Plymouth, Michigan, in July 1950.
  4. Willard L. Peach (middle name listed as Levi in early records, later as Lawrence), born June 23, 1895, Fremont, Ohio. At the time of the 1930 Census, he was living in Detroit and working as an automobile salesman. He died March 30, 1975, Birmingham, Michigan.
  5. Philip Titus Raymond, born July 29, 1894, Dundee, Michigan. He served as an ensign in the engineering branch of the U.S. Navy during World War I. He was the superintendent of a construction company in Saginaw, Michigan in 1921. In 1930, he was living in Miami, Florida, working as an engineer in building construction. He died January 16, 1966, El Cajon, California.
  6. Richard Ferdinand Weske, sometimes listed as Ferdinand Richard Weske, born August 15, 1894, in Petrograd, Russia (now known as Saint Petersburg. He came to the United States in June 1903 with his parents, Peter and Agnela Weske, and sister, Juliana. He was raised in New London, Connecticut. At the time of the 1910 Census, he was living in New London with his father, Peter (a 41-year-old machinist), and sister Juliana (age 14). He became a naturalized U.S. citizen and enrolled at the University of Michigan as an engineering student. At the time of the 1930 Census, he was living in Salt Lake City with his wife Wanda, daughters Jacqueline and Juliana, and was working as a civil engineer for a railroad. He died in October 1971 in Nevada City, Nevada.
  7. Harold Morris Zeiger, born December 8, 1895 in Colorado. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. At the time of the 1920 Census, he lived in Long Beach, California, and working as a salesman of auto supplies. In 1930, he was living in Long Beach, working as a petroleum inspector. He died October 12, 1984, Rialto, California.
  8. Nicholas Joseph Brazell, Jr., born October 26, 1895, Tacoma, Washington. He attended the University of Michigan as a student in marine engineering. He became a noted naval engineer specializing in propulsion. He gained acclaim in the 1950s for his design of a propeller resistant to wear.
  9. Roland Glen Dunn, born August 22, 1892, St. Johns, Michigan. He became a lawyer in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. He ran as a Republican candidate for Congress in 1928. He also served as legal aid to Michigan Governor Frank Fitzgerald, assistant state attorney general, and chairman of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission. His papers are kept at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. He died in April 1972 at Mason, Michigan.
  10. John Orton Goodsell, Jr., born September 29, 1897, Lowell, Michigan. He became an oral surgeon, practicing in Saginaw, Michigan, starting in approximately 1922. He died in January 1977 at Saginaw.
  11. Joseph Anthony Hanish, born January 11, 1896, Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the outbreak of World War II, he was living in Oak Park, Illinois, working for Buick Motor Division. He died March 1984 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  12. James Harrison Sharpe, born October 26, 1896, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Field Artillery Service in France from October to December 1918. He worked as a mechanical engineer in Sault Ste. Marie. He died at Lakewood, Ohio, June 30, 1957.
  13. James Lawrence Whalen, born January 17, 1893, Savannah, New York. He was a student at Michigan when the U.S. entered World War I. He entered Ft. Sheridan R.O.T.C. as a reserve officer. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
  14. Donald Upton Bathrick, born March 4, 1893, Battle Creek, Michigan. He lived in Battle Creek with his parents, Charles and Grace Bathrick, at the time of the 1900 and 1910 Censuses. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I. At the time of the 1920 Census, he was living in Houston, Texas, and working as a sales manager for an auto distributor. In 1930, he was living in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, and working in the wholesale automobile business. He worked for Ford and later for General Motors. He became general sales manager of the Pontiac division of General Motors. He also served as the head of General Motors' office in Washington, D.C., during World War II. He died September 24, 1972, Broward County, Florida.
  15. Monty (1916-11-25). "All American is Selected by Monty: Talent Stands Out". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  16. "Yost's 1916 All American". Mansfield News. 1916-12-27.

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