Michigan Football Team 1900 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 11 2017 Happy Birthday Anniversary Langdon Lea!

Today is a great day to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Langdon Lea – the sixth coach in Michigan Football history. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Langdon “Biffy” or “Biff” Lea was born on May 11, 1874 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was an All-American tackle at Princeton ...

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Michigan Football Team 1887 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 10, 2017 Rest in Peace Ernest Sprague!

Today’s post celebrates the memory of Ernest Sprague who went to rest in peace on this day in 1938. He was seventy-two when he died. Ernest Marshall Sprague was born on October 20, 1865 in Farmington, Michigan. Yes, the story of this Wolverine “Pigskin Pioneer” goes way back to ...

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Michgian Football Team 2007 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 9, 2017 Happy Birthday Jake Long!

Today, I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Jake Long. Jake Edward Long was born on this day in Lapeer, Michigan. He grew up to be a pretty big guy and an outstanding athlete at Lapeer East High School. Although many schools expressed interest in ...

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Michigan Football TEam 1937 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 8, 2017 Happy Birthday Anniversary Joe Rinaldi!

Today’s post celebrates the birthday anniversary of Joe Rinaldi. Joseph M. “Joe” Rinaldi was born on this date in Elkhart, Indiana in 1916. He grew up in Elkhart and became an excellent athlete at Elkhart High School. He came to Ann Arbor in 1934 to continue his education and ...

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Michigan Football Team 1927 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 7, 2017 Happy Birthday Anniversary Ray Baer!

Today’s blog celebrates the memory of another outstanding Michigan Man named Ray Baer. Raymond T. “Ray” Baer was born on this day in Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1906. He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and according to the Wikipedia article linked below, he was a “Kentucky high school legend.” ...

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Michigan Football Team 1980 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 6, 2017 Happy Birthday Kelly Keough!

The purpose of today’s post is to wish a very Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Kelly Keough. Kelly Keough was born on this day in Gary, Indiana. He grew up in Merrillville, Indiana and became an outstanding athlete at Merrillville High School. According to the 1980 Michigan Football ...

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Michgian Football Tam 1941 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 5, 2017 Happy Birthday Anniversary Bob Westfall!

Today is another great day to celebrate the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Michigan Wolverine named Bob Westfall. Robert Barton “Bullet Bob” Westfall was born on this day in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1919. He died on October 23, 1980 at the age of sixty-one in Adrian, Michigan. According to ...

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Michigan Football Team 1978 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 4, 2017 Happy Birthday Rick Leach!

The purpose of today’s blog is to wish a very happy birthday to a Michigan Man named Rick Leach. The tough and talented Richard Max “Rick” Leach was born on this date in Ann Arbor,  Michigan. Leach was an outstanding athlete at Flint Southwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. ...

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Michigan Football Team 1880 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 3, 2017 Rest in Peace John Chase!

Today is a perfect day to remember a Wolverine legend named John Chase who went to rest in peace on this day in 1918 at the age of sixty-one. John Chase was born on December 10, 1856 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  When you talk about the “founding fathers” of Michigan ...

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Michgian Football Team 1932 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 2, 2017 Rest in Peace Harry Newman!

Today is a new day to remember a Wolverine great named Harry Newman who went to rest in peace on this day in 2000. Harry Lawrence Newman was born on September 9, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. Newman was an outstanding athlete at Detroit Northern High School. He came to ...

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