1927 Football Team

Overall Record: 6-2 Conference Record: 3-2
Conference Finish: 3rd place
Coach: Elton E. "Tad" Wieman
Captain: Bennie Oosterbaan
All-Americans: Bennie Oosterbaan
All-Conference: Bennie Oosterbaan, Raymond Baer, Louis Gilbert
Most Valuable Player: Bennie Oosterbaan
Meyer Morton Award: Laverne (Kip) Taylor
Trainer: Charles Hoyt
Assistant coaches: Jack Blott, Robert Brown, Ray Courtwright, Ray Fisher, William Flora, Clifford Keen, Harry Kipke, William Louisell, Jack Lovette, Edwin Mather, George Veenker
Manager: James V. Hughey, Timothy Andrae (ass't), Benjamin Boutell (ass't), Dana Norton (ass't), Richard Walpher

OpponentDateSiteResult Attend.
Ohio Wesleyan 10/01 H W 33-0 17,483
Michigan State 10/08 H W 21-0 27,864
Wisconsin 10/15 A W 14-0 32,645
Ohio State 10/22 H W 21-0 84,401
Illinois 10/29 A L 0-14 61,924
Chicago 11/05 A W 14-0 53,042
Navy 11/12 H W 27-12 83,650
Minnesota (HC) 11/19 H L 7-13 84,423
Total Points137-39 445,252

Starting Lineups                  
left end Bennie Oosterbaan (8)
left tackle Otto Pommerening (6)
Frank Harrigan
John Palmeroli
left guard John Palmeroli (7)
Otto Pommerening
center Alan Bovard (6)
Carl Thisted
John Schoenfeld
right guard Ray Baer (8)
right tackle Norman Gabel (6)
Henry Grinnell
Howard Poe
right end Herman Nyland (4)
LeRoy Heston (2)
Marshall Boden
Laverne (Kip)Taylor
quarterback Leo Hoffman (5)
James Miller (3)
fullback George Rich (8)
left halfback Sam Babcock (3)
William Puckelwartz (2)
James Miller (2)
Louis Gilbert
right halfback Louis Gilbert (6)
William Puckelwartz (2)

View full 1927 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)

1927 Team Photo
1927 team photo
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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Leroy Heston, Herman Nyland, Frederic Fuller
Third Row
trainer Charles Hoyt, John Schoenfield, Frank Harrigan, Otto Pommerening, Howard Poe, Alan Bovard, Joe Gembis, manager James Hughey
Second Row
Bill Puckelwartz, Norman Gabel, Ray Baer, Director Fielding Yost, captain Bennie Oosterbaan, Coach Elton Wieman, George Rich, Louis Gilbert, John Palmaroli
Front Row
Vic Domhoff, John Whittle, James R. Miller, Leo Hoffman

1927 Full Squad Photo
1927 team photo
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News accounts and photos of:

First game at Michigan Stadium, Oct. 1, vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Michigan Stadium Dedication, Oct. 22, vs Ohio State


Newsreel footage of Stadium Dedication and OSU Game