Mike Michalske

August Mike Michalske (April 24, 1903 – October 26, 1983), sometimes known as "Iron Mike",[1] was an American football player and coach. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its second induction class in 1964. He was also named in 1969 to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Michalske played college football, principally at the guard and fullback positions, for Hugo Bezdek's Penn State Nittany Lions from 1923 to 1925. He played professional football as a guard with the New York Yankees from 1926 to 1927 and with the Green Bay Packers from 1929 to 1935 and 1937. He led the Packers to three consecutive National Football League (NFL) championships from 1929 to 1931 and was selected seven times as a first-team All-Pro between 1927 and 1935.

Michalske also had a long career as a football coach, including serving as Iowa State's head coach from 1942 to 1946 and as an assistant coach with Lafayette College (1936), the Green Bay Packers (1937), the Chicago Cardinals (1939), St. Norbert College (1940-1941), Baltimore Colts (1949), Baylor (1950-1952), Texas A&M (1953), and Texas (1954).

Mike Michalske
Mike Michalske
Position:Guard, fullback
Personal information
Born:April 24, 1903
Cleveland, Ohio
Died:October 26, 1983 (aged 80)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Career information
High school:Cleveland (OH) West
College:Penn State
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Michalske was born in Cleveland in 1903.[2] His father, August Michalske (1868-1932), was a German immigrant who worked in 1910 as a teamster and in 1920 as "draying" contractor. His mother, Anna (Becker) Michalske (1872-1952), was also a German immigrant. Michalske had three older brothers (Arthur, Charles, and George) and two older sisters (Elizabeth and Laura).[3][4][5] He attended Cleveland's West High School where he starred in three sports.[6]

Penn State

Michalske attended Pennsylvania State University where he played for Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1923 to 1925. He played as a guard in 1923 and at halfback and guard in 1924. Partway through the 1925 season, Penn State coach Hugo Bezdek moved Michalske from guard to fullback.[7] He scored both Penn State touchdowns in a 13-6 victory over Michigan State, and by the end of the year he was rated as "one of the greatest defensive fullbacks of the season."[8][9]

Professional football

New York Yankees

Michalske began his professional football career in 1926 as a guard for the New York Yankees of the first American Football League. The following year, the Yankees joined the National Football League (NFL). Michalske appeared in 14 and 13 games, respectively, for the 1927 and 1928 Yankees teams that compiled records of 7-8-1 and 4-8-1.[2][10][11] While with the Yankees, Michalske established him as one of the best linemen in the NFL, securing first-team All-Pro honors in both 1927 and 1928.[12][13]

Green Bay Packers

In September 1929, Michalske signed a contract to play for the Green Bay Packers. By that time, he was already "rated as the best guard in the National Football league."[14] He appeared in all 13 games for the 1929 Packers team that compiled a 12-0-1 record and won the franchise's first NFL championship. After the season, Ernie Nevers rated Michalske the best player in the NFL, calling him a "wonder" and adding, "There's nobody like him on the college or professional field today."[15] Michalske was also selected as a consensus All-Pro for the 1929 season with first-team honors from Collyers Eye magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Green Bay Post-Gazette.[16]

In 1930, Michalske returned to the Packers and helped lead the team to its second consecutive NFL championship. He was described as "one of the outstanding players in the country,"[17] and he was selected at the end of the season as a first-time All-Pro by the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Collyer's Eye.[18]

In 1931, Michalske led the Packers to an unprecedented third consecutive NFL championship. On November 1, 1931, Michalske returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown to account for every point in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Bears.[19] At the end of the season, Michalske was selected as a first-team All-Pro on the official NFL All-Pro team and by the United Press and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.[20]

Michalske remained with the Packers for an additional five seasons from 1932 to 1935 and again in 1937. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 1934 by the Green Bay Press-Gazette and in 1935 by the NFL, Chicago Daily News, and Green Bay Press-Gazette.[2]

In 1935, Michalske became an assistant coach under head coach Curly Lambeau, adding those duties to his responsibilities as a player.[21] He retired as a player and left the Packers after the 1935 season, but in August 1937, he signed a contract to return to the Packers as a player and assistant coach for the 1937 season.[22] His playing career ended on October 31, 1937, when he sustained a back injury after allegedly being kicked by an opposing player in a game against the Detroit Lions; he was hospitalized in Detroit for several days after the game.[23] He confirmed his retirement as a player in August 1938.[24]

Michalske was known by the nickname "Iron Mike" because despite playing 60 minutes a game, he missed only nine of 104 games during his tenure with the Packers, five of them following the back injury in his final season. He wore nine uniform numbers over his Packers career, the most by any player in team history: 19 (1932), 24 (1934), 28 (1931), 30 (1932), 31 (1933), 33 (1935), 36 (1929–30, 37), 40 (1935) and 63 (1934).[25]

Coaching career

1930s

Michalske began his coaching career as the line coach at Ashland College in Ohio during the 1928 and 1929 seasons.[26][27] While serving as an assistant coach at Ashland, he was also an All-Pro player in the NFL for the Yankees in 1928 and Packers in 1929.[2]

In March 1936, Michalske returned to coaching as an assistant football coach under head coach Ernie Nevers at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.[28] Nevers and Michalske led Lafayette to a 1–8 record in 1936.[29]

Michalske was an assistant coach for the Packers under Curly Lambeau during the 1935 and 1936 seasons.[22] In late November 1937, Michalske returned to Lafayette College for his second year as the head coach of the basketball team.[30][31]

In September 1939, Michalske was reunited with Ernie Nevers who had taken over as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. Michalske was hired as an assistant football coach and scout for the Cardinals.[32] The 1939 Cardinals compiled a 1–10 record, and neither Nevers nor Michalske returned to the club in 1940.[33]

1940s

In the spring of 1940, Michalske was hired as the track coach at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.[34] He also served as the line coach for the St. Norbert football team in 1940 and 1941.[35] He remained at St. Norbert for two years.[36] During that time, the football team compiled records of 3-3-1 in 1940 and 6-2 in 1941.[37]

In August 1942, Michalske was hired as the line coach at Iowa State College.[36] On October 14, 1942, he replaced Ray Donels as the head coach of the Iowa State football team.[6] After mediocre seasons in 1942 and 1943, Michalske led Iowa State in 1944 to a 6–1–1 record (3–1–1 in conference) and a tie for second place in the Big Six Conference. The 1944 Iowa State team shut out Kansas (25–0) and Kansas State (14–0), ran up 288 rushing yards in a 19–6 victory over Nebraska, and suffered its sole loss to Oklahoma.[38]

Michalske remained head coach at Iowa State through the 1946 season, though his teams stumbled to records of 4–3–1 in 1945 and 2–6–1 in 1946.[39] He resigned his position at Iowa State in February 1947.[40] His overall record as head football coach at Iowa State was 18–18–3 (8–9–2 against conference opponents).[39]

In September 1947, Michalske joined the Packers' scouting staff.[41]

In April 1949, he was hired as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference.[42] The 1949 Colts compiled a record of 1–11.[43]

1950s

In February 1950, Michalske was hired as the line coach at Baylor in Waco, Texas.[44] He spent three years at Baylor under head coach George Sauer, with whom Michalske had played in Green Bay. During Michalske's three years at Baylor, the Baylor football team compiled records of 7–3, 8–2–1, and 4–4–2.[45] Michalske resigned from in December 1952, effective at the end of his contract in March 1953.[46]

In May 1953, Michalske was hired as the line coach at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.[47] During Michalske's one-year tenure at Texas A&M, the 1953 Aggies were led by head coach Raymond George and compiled a 4–5–1 record.[48]

In January 1955, he was hired by Texas as an assistant football coach on a one-year contract.[49] He was the line coach for the 1955 and 1956 Texas teams that compiled 5–5 and 1–9 records under head coach Ed Price.[50][51]

Awards and honors

Michalske received numerous honors and awards for his accomplishments as a football player. In 1964, he was inducted as part of the second class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[52] He was the first guard to be inducted.[53] In 1969, Michalske was selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guard on the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.[53] He was also inducted in 1970 with the first group of inductees into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,[54] and in 1971 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.[55]

Family and later years

Michalske was married to Doris Luke (1907-2001) at Waukegan, Illinois, in October 1932.[56][57] They had two daughters, Lee Ann and Melinda.[58][59] Both daughters became school teachers in Wisconsin.[59][60]

In his later years, Michalske lived in De Pere, Wisconsin. He died at a Green Bay hospital in October 1983 at age 80.[61] He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Allouez, Wisconsin.[62]

Head coaching record

Football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Six Conference) (1942–1946)
1942 Iowa State 2–4[n 1] 1–3[n 1] T–5th
1943 Iowa State 4–4 3–2 T–2nd
1944 Iowa State 6–1–1 3–1–1 T–2nd
1945 Iowa State 4–3–1 2–2–1 3rd
1946 Iowa State 2–6–1 1–4 5th
Iowa State: 18–18–3 10–12–2
Total: 18–18–3

Notes

  1. ^ a b Ray Donels served as head coach for the first three games of the 1942 season before resigning. He led the Cyclones to an overall record of 1–2 and conference mark of 0–1. Michalske coached the final six games of the season. Iowa State finished the 1942 season with an overall record of 3–6 and tied for the fifth place in the conference with a mark of 1–4.[63]

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External links

1927 All-Pro Team

The 1927 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors at the end as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1927 NFL season. Selectors for the 1927 season included the Green Bay Press-Gazette poll and the Chicago Tribune.

1928 All-Pro Team

The 1928 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1928 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the results of a questionnaires sent to the league managers and reporters, and the Chicago Tribune (CT).The Chicago Tribune picked quarterback Benny Friedman as the captain of its team, calling him "not only a great player but a magnificent showman," "a great passer and a field general par excellence."

1929 All-Pro Team

The 1929 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1929 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the return of 16 ballots sent to the team owners, managers, and sports writers of clubs in the NFL, Collyer's Eye magazine (CE), and the Chicago Tribune (CT).

1929 Green Bay Packers season

The 1929 Green Bay Packers season was their 11th season overall and their ninth season in the National Football League. The club posted an undefeated 12–0–1 record under player/coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a first-place finish and the Packers' first National Football League Championship. A victory celebration of 20,000 fans greeted them upon their return to Green Bay from their final game in Chicago.Before the start of the season, the Packers signed three future Hall of Famers: Johnny "Blood" McNally, Cal Hubbard, and Mike Michalske, who along with Lambeau led the Packers to the top of the league. Green Bay's current throwback uniform is based on the ones worn in 1929 in respect of the season that the Packers won their first championship.

1930 All-Pro Team

The 1930 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1930 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the returns of ballots sent to the league's coaches, club officials, sports writers and officials, and Collyer's Eye (CE).

1942 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1942 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Six Conference during the 1942 college football season. Under head coaches Ray Donels (first three games) and Mike Michalske (final six games), the Cyclones compiled a 3–6 record (1–4 against conference opponents), tied for last place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 177 to 94. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

Royal Lohry was the team captain. Back Paul Darling was selected as a first-team all-conference player.

1943 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1943 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Six Conference during the 1943 college football season. In their second year under head coach Mike Michalske, the Cyclones compiled a 4–4 record (3–2 against conference opponents), finished in third place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 147 to 104. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

The team's statistical leaders included Meredith Warner with 401 rushing yards and 31 points scored (three touchdowns and 13 extra points), Howard Tippee with 637 passing yards, and Hal Crisler with 139 receiving yards. Tippee was the only Iowa State player to be selected as a first-team all-conference player. There was no team captain selected for the 1943 season.

1944 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1944 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Six Conference during the 1944 college football season. In their third year under head coach Mike Michalske, the Cyclones compiled a 6–1–1 record (3–1–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the conference, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 203 to 39. The team shut out Kansas (25–0) and Kansas State (14–0), ran up 288 rushing yards in a 19–6 victory over Nebraska, and suffered its sole loss to Oklahoma. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

The team's statistical leaders included Meredith Warner with 260 rushing yards and 32 points scored (three touchdowns and 14 extra points), Joe Noble with 162 passing yards, and Dick Howard with 108 receiving yards.

1945 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1945 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Six Conference during the 1945 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Mike Michalske, the Cyclones compiled a 4–3–1 record (2–2–1 against conference opponents), finished in third place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 156 to 97. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

There was no team captain selected for the 1945 season. Four Iowa State players were selected as a first-team all-conference players: guard Jack Fathauer, backs Dick Howard and Gene Phelps, and center Jim Riding.

1946 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1946 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Six Conference during the 1946 college football season. In their fifth and final year under head coach Mike Michalske, the Cyclones compiled a 2–6–1 record (1–4 against conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 239 to 77. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

There was no team captain selected for the 1946 season. The regular starting lineup consisted of ends Dean Laun and Bob Jensen, tackles Lou Bosnyak and Harle Rollinger, guards Fred Schneider and Norman Anderson, center James Riding, quarterback Don Ferguson, halfbacks Webb Halbert and Vic Weber, and fullback Ray Klootwyk. No Iowa State players were selected as a first-team all-conference players.

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