Jack Carpenter
No. 78     Michigan Wolverines
Jack Carpenter, 1946
Date of birth: (1923-07-29)July 29, 1923
Date of death: October 16, 2005(2005-10-16) (aged 82)
Career information
Position(s): Tackle
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
College: Michigan
High school: Kansas City, Missouri
 As player:
University of Missouri
Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Toronto Argonauts

Jack C. Carpenter (July 29, 1923 – October 16, 2005) was an American football player. He played at the tackle position for the University of Michigan in 1946. He played professional football for the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference from 1947 to 1949 and for the San Francisco 49ers of the AAFC in 1949. He also played five years in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1950–1951) and Toronto Argonauts (1952–1954).

College footballEdit

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Carpenter began his college football career at the University of Missouri. He played football for the Missouri Tigers in 1942.[1][2]

He also played for the United States Marine Corps.[3]

Carpenter enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1946 and won the starting right tackle position on Fritz Crisler's 1946 Michigan Wolverines football team that finished the season with a record of 6-2-1, ranked No. 6 in the final AP poll.[4] At the end of the 1946 season, Carpenter was selected as an All-Big Nine Conference[5] player by the United Press. Carpenter, Alex Agase and Earl Banks received the most votes among the lineman.[6] The United Press noted at the time: "Carpenter was stamped by numerous scouts as the ideal tackle."[6]

Professional footballEdit

In January 1947, Carpenter announced that he intended to withdraw from school at the end of the semester to play professional football.[3][7]

Carpenter had been drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1944 NFL Draft, but he opted instead to play in the new All-America Football Conference. He initially signed with the New York Yankees, but was traded to the Cleveland Browns and then in late August 1947 to the Buffalo Bills.[8]

Carpenter played for the Bills from 1947 to 1949. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers during the 1949 AAFC season and finished the season there.[9]

The AAFC folded after the 1949 season, and Carpenter signed to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1950.[10] His signing led one Canadian sports columnist to write: "The advance notices indicate that local football fans will see a real lineman when Jack Carpenter shows here with the Tiger-Cats on Saturday."[11] He played for the Tiger-Cats in 1950 and 1951.[12]

Carpenter played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1952 to 1954.[13][14] During the 1954, he also served as the Argonauts' line coach and was singled out by head coach Frank Clair as "the pillar of strength on the Argos' front wall."[15]

Later yearsEdit

After retiring from football, Carpenter opened Jack Carpenter's Hotel, a popular restaurant, bar and bowling alley in South Wales, New York.[16] He was a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii in his later years. After a long illness, he died in 2005 at age 82 in a Honolulu nursing home.[16]


  1. Arthur Daley (November 22, 1942). "RAMS TOP MISSOURI; Long Touchdown Runs Mark Upset Victory for Fordham, 20-12". The New York Times.
  2. "Badgers Show Missouri with 17 to 9 Victory". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 11, 1942.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Michigan Stars May Turn Pro". The Pittsburgh Press. January 9, 1947.,2411114&dq=jack-carpenter&hl=en.
  4. "1946 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  5. With the withdrawal of Chicago and prior to the admission of Michigan State, the Big Ten Conference was known as the Big Nine.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Big Nine All-Star Team Selected". The Pittsburgh Press (UP story). November 30, 1946.,4953853&dq=jack-carpenter&hl=en.
  7. "2 Linemen to Leave Michigan". The New York Times. January 9, 1947.
  8. "Bills Trade Piskor To Browns For Pair". August 24, 1947. August 24, 1947.,+1947&author=&pub=The+Sun+(1837-1985)&desc=Bills+Trade+Piskor+To+Browns+For+Pair&pqatl=google.
  9. "Jack Carpenter".
  10. "American Pro Grid Athletes Jumping to Canadian League: Legal Steps". Christian Science Monitor. May 3, 1951.,+1951&author=&pub=Christian+Science+Monitor&desc=American+Pro+Grid+Athletes+Jumping+to+Canadian+League&pqatl=google.
  11. Tommy Shields (August 30, 1950). "'Round and About". Ottawa Citizen.,305651&dq=jack-carpenter&hl=en.
  12. "All-Time CFL Player Roster". CFLapedia.
  13. Wilf Gruson (August 19, 1953). "Clair Thinks His Argonauts Have 'Good Chance' In 1953". Ottawa Citizen.,3583618&dq=jack-carpenter&hl=en.
  14. "Canada Cast". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 15, 1953.,+1953&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=Canada+Cast&pqatl=google.
  15. "Argonauts at Peak, Still Cling to Playoff Hope - Frank Clair". The Montreal Gazette. October 28, 1954.,5088410&dq=jack-carpenter&hl=en.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Jack C. Carpenter, played for old Buffalo Bills". The Buffalo News. November 1, 2005.
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