1928 Detroit Wolverines (NFL) season

The 1928 Detroit Wolverines season was their first and only season in the league, after relocating from Cleveland in the offseason.[1] The team went 7–2–1, [2] finishing third in the league; their two losses came to Frankford and Providence, the NFL's top two teams.

1928 Detroit Wolverines (NFL) season
Head coachLeRoy Andrews
Results
Record7–2–1
League place3rd NFL

The Wolverines, led by star quarterback Benny Friedman, met the New York Giants twice: an easy 28-0 win in Detroit and a 19-19 tie at the Polo Grounds in New York. Ironically, this proved to be the team's downfall, as the Wolves piqued the interest of Giants owner Tim Mara, who wanted to acquire Friedman and Detroit's other star players. He did so -- by buying the entire Detroit franchise and promptly deactivating it, thus delivering Friedman et al to New York.

The NFL would not return to the Motor City until 1934, when the Portsmouth Spartans moved to Detroit.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 October 14, 1928 at New York Yankees W 35–12
2 October 21, 1928 New York Giants W 28–0
3 October 28, 1928 at Chicago Bears W 6–0
4 November 3, 1928 at Frankford Yellow Jackets L 25–7
5 November 4, 1928 at Providence Steam Roller L 7–0
6 November 11, 1928 at New York Giants T 19–19
7 November 18, 1928 New York Yankees W 13–0
8 November 25, 1928 Chicago Bears W 14–7
9 November 29, 1928 Dayton Triangles W 33–0
10 December 9, 1928 at New York Yankees W 34–6

StandingsEdit

NFL standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Providence Steam Roller 8 1 2 .889 128 42 T1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 11 3 2 .786 175 84 L1
Detroit Wolverines 7 2 1 .778 189 76 W4
Green Bay Packers 6 4 3 .600 120 92 W1
Chicago Bears 7 5 1 .583 182 85 L2
New York Giants 4 7 2 .364 79 136 L5
New York Yankees 4 8 1 .333 103 179 W1
Pottsville Maroons 2 8 0 .200 74 134 L1
Chicago Cardinals 1 5 0 .167 7 107 L4
Dayton Triangles 0 7 0 .000 9 131 L7

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

PlayersEdit

  • Carl Bacchus, kicker, 9 games, 204 pounds, 6-0, Missouri
  • Rip Bachor, tackle, 1 game, 215 pounds, 6-0, Univ. of Detroit
  • John Barrett, center, 5 games, 170 pounds, 5-6, Univ. of Detroit
  • Les Caywood, guard, 9 games, 230 pounds, 6-0, St. John's (NY)
  • Tom Cobb, tackle, 9 games, 250 pounds, 5-11, St. John's (NY)
  • Tiny Feather, fullback, 10 games, 197 games, 6-0, Kansas St.
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, 10 games, 183 pounds, 5-10, Michigan
  • Dosey Howard, guard, 9 games, 225 pounds, 6-0, Marietta
  • Pete Jackson, 5 games, 200 pounds, 5-10, Missouri
  • Lyle Munn, end, 10 games, 186 pounds, 6-0, Kansas St.
  • Bill Owen, tackle, 10 games, 211 pounds, 6-0, Oklahoma St., Phillips
  • Proc Randels, end, 10 games, 180 pounds, 6-0, Kansas St.
  • Eddie Scharer, 7 games, 165 pounds, 5-6, Univ. of Detroit, Notre Dame
  • Len Sedbrook, wingback, 9 games, 174 pounds, 5-10, Phillips
  • Rex Thomas, wingback, 10 games, 174 pounds, 5-9, Tulsa, St. John's (NY)
  • Ernie Vick, center, 6 games, 190 pounds, 5-10, Michigan
  • Ossie Wiberg, back, 10 games, 207 pounds, 5-11, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Chet Widerquist, tackle, 4 games, 219 pounds, 6-1, Northwestern, Washington & Jefferson
  • Joe Wostoupal, center, 8 games, 208 pounds, 6-3, Nebraska

ReferencesEdit