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Francis Wistert


Francis Michael Wistert

Inducted 1967

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


University of Michigan (1931-1933)


He had no football background prior to coming to Michigan, yet Francis "Whitey" Wistert would become the first of three brothers who would draw All-America recognition as Wolverines and the first of three brothers to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Brothers Albert, who played 1940-1942, and Alvin, who played 1947-1949, are also Hall of Fame enshrinees. Keen, quick and accurate at diagnosing plays, Wistert rapidly matured into a mainstay of Michigan's unbeaten national championship 1933 eleven. The Wolverines were 7-0-1 that season, their perfection marred by a scoreless battle with Big Ten rival Minnesota. Whitey, at 6-2 and 210-pounds, drew national acclaim as a senior. He excelled in other sports, as well, earning baseball letters during three seasons at Michigan. Following graduation, Wistert played five years of professional baseball before entering a career as a New York attorney. He later became vice-president of a Toledo, Ohio, industrial relations firm. During World War II, he served as a Navy lieutenant.


Height 6'2

Weight 210

Career Highlights

  • 1933 All-Conference
  • 1933 Consensus All-America
  • 1932 All-Conference
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