Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football


The images in this book, Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football, depict 100 years of gridiron action and the players and coaches who competed on three historic fields. The first football team at the University of Michigan was established in 1879. From winning the first-ever Tournament of Roses game, to back-to-back national championships, Michigan football created an unparalleled tradition during its first century. Selected from the extensive collection at the University of Michigan?s Bentley ...

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The images in this book, Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football, depict 100 years of gridiron action and the players and coaches who competed on three historic fields. The first football team at the University of Michigan was established in 1879. From winning the first-ever Tournament of Roses game, to back-to-back national championships, Michigan football created an unparalleled tradition during its first century. Selected from the extensive collection at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library, the dramatic photos in this volume include rarities from games in the early 1900s, classic showdowns between Michigan and Ohio State, and All-American athletes such as the first Michigan Wolverine to win the Heisman Trophy. In vivid black and white, the first hundred years of Michigan football unfold in these remarkable images of the players, coaches, and fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Craig Barker

Michelle O'Brien's new book Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football is a thoroughly wonderful look back at the first century of football in Ann Arbor, from the cap clad gentlemen who became the first intercollegiate team formed west of Pennsylvania to Anthony Carter's Homecoming game catch against Indiana in 1979, the photos collect many of the iconic images of the winningest team in the history of Division I football. Enhancing the photos, lovingly rendered on glossy pages in vivid black and white are some wonderful captions, which provide context, trivia, and detail. As you progress through the book, you feel the story of Michigan football being told to you, piece by piece.
The Hoover Street Rag Blogspot


I just received a fresh copy of 'Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football' from Turner Publishing. Michelle O'Brien authored the collection, which pulls together fascinating photos from the vaults over at the U-M Bentley Historical Library over the past 100+ years. It isn't confined to games and practices; it also includes a few unique looks at the band, the fans and in some cases, the excitement on campus and outside the stadium. Each photo contains a detailed caption describing the photo often along with a relevant background from the period. O'Brien did a very nice job-it's a fine collection and would make an excellent gift.

Michigan Football Saturdays

If indeed a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is an epic as it traces the tale of the Michigan Football program over the course of one hundred years from the humble origins in 1879 through the amazing successes of Bo during his first ten years (1969-1979). The photographs come from the unparalleled University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. The text and captions, provided by Bentley Historical Library contract researcher Michelle O'Brien, are extremely well done as they help both explain and punctuate the incredible photographs selected for the book. All the photos are in black-and-white and take the reader on an incredible journey through the years as the program evolved into the winningest program in college football history. The photos provide a true insider's view of the evolution of the program. This book is a must-have for any Michigan Football fan. Many books have been written about the program over the years and many of those books re-hash the same stories. This book tells the Michigan story in an exquisitely well-done and unique way. Whether you know a die-hard fan or just like well done photograph books, I highly recommend this book for you and yours. Grade: A+ Go Blue!

I've been a fan of University of Michigan football since the 1960s. My first visit to Michigan Stadium was in the fall of 1965, when I was in high school. As a freshman at U of M in 1968, I attended all home games on my student ticket (if my memory is correct, a student only paid $6 per game at that time). And of course, I've followed the Wolverines every season since then.

After spending a few moments looking at photos from 1967 and 1968, I went back to the beginning of the book, and I read it cover to cover.

Ms. O'Brien has done a first-rate job in the selection of photographs and the writing of the accompanying captions. As for the photographs, many of the action shots are magnificent - even stunning in their power.

All in all, the book is extraordinary, perhaps because it features many extraordinary persons and events. I haven't even mentioned Bo and Woody and the greatest game ever (1969). I am convinced that anyone who loves the tradition of Michigan football will enjoy looking at this photo book time after time.
Hour Detroit Magazine
Who could have guessed that such a colorful game as football would look so vibrant in black and white? That's the impression one gets flipping though Michelle O'Brien's coffee table volume Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football, which covers a century of maize and blue gridiron action. From 1879, when the school's football program started (the game then was a mix of rugby and football) until 1979, when Bo Schembechler's reign was in full flower, the game is brought to life in nearly 200 photos. You can almost imagine you're at The Big House on a chilly autumn Saturday afternoon.
Historical Society of Michigan Chronicle
In Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football, Michelle O'Brien catches the glorious, and not so glorious, moments pf a hundred years of Michigan Football. Starting with teams from the earliest years through the 1979 season, Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football contains enough "Miiiiiiichigan" football to satisfy the legion of die-hard University of Michigan Football fans, and enough history for the historically minded as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596524521
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 484,206
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle O'Brien received her bachelor's degree in history and political science from Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a contract researcher at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library and a third-generation fan of University of Michigan football. Her older brother, Daniel, and her father, James, are University of Michigan alumni. Michelle is a former college soccer player. This is her first book.
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