1898 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team

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1898 Michigan State Normal Normalites football
Conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1898 record 1–5–2 (0–3 MIAA)
Head coach Enoch Thorne (1st season)
Captain Fred Q. Gorton
← 1897
1899 →

The 1898 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team represented Michigan State Normal School (later renamed Eastern Michigan University) during the 1898 college football season. In their first and only season under head coach Enoch Thorne, the Normalites compiled a record of 1–5–2, failed to score in five of eight games played, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 100 to 19. Fred Q. Gorton was the team captain.[1]

Enrollment at Michigan State Normal reached 915 students in October 1898.[2]


October 1at MichiganL 0–25[3]
October 8Michigan AgriculturalYpsilanti, MIL 6–11
October 15at Toledo YMCAToledo, OHL 0–16
October 29Toledo YMCAYpsilanti, MIT 0–0[4]
November 12AlumniYpsilanti, MIT 0–0[5]
November 15at Ypsilanti High SchoolYpsilanti, MIW 7–0
November 19at Michigan AgriculturalEast Lansing, MIL 6–24
at HillsdaleHillsdale, MIL 0–24


  1. ^ "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 158, 170. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "State Normal". Detroit Free Press. October 9, 1898. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Trying Out Men: U. of M. Coaches Had Twenty-Four in the Normal Game; Three Touchdowns in Fair Shape Marked the First Half; The line Slowed Down in Second, One Score Being Made". Detroit Free Press. October 2, 1898.
  4. ^ "State Normal". Detroit Free Press. October 30, 1898. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Tie Game at Ypsilanti". Detroit Free Press. November 13, 1898. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.