Michgian Football Team 1982 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 16, 2017 – Happy Birthday Mike Lemirande!

The purpose of today’s blog is to wish a very Happy Birthday to “Michigan Man” Mike Lemirande. Michael “Mike” Lemirande was born on this day in Wisconsin. Lemirande was an All-American high school football player from Grafton High School in Grafton, Wisconsin. He was an outstanding athlete who earned ...

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Michigan Footbll Team 1991 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 15, 2017 – Happy Birthday Desmond Howard!

Today’s post celebrates the birthday of Michigan Man Desmond Howard. Desmond Kevin Howard came to Ann Arbor from Cleveland, Ohio. He was an All-State performer at running back, but he was undersized. Bo recruited the super-talented Howard to Michigan, but probably wasn’t sure where he would play.   Desmond Howard ...

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Michigan Football Team 1938 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 14, 2017 – Happy Birthday Anniversary Ralph Heikkinen!

Today is a great day to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Ralph Heikkinen. Ralph Isaac “Hike” Heikinen was born on this day in 1917 in Hancock, Michigan. According to the 1935 Michigan Football Roster, Heikkinen came to Ann Arbor from Ramsey, Michigan. He was an outstanding athlete at A. ...

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Michigan Football Team 1898 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 13, 2017 – Rest in Peace William Allen!

Today’s post celebrates the memory of William Allen who went to rest in peace on this day in 1907. He was only thirty-years old when he died. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, William L. Allen was born in Iowa in 1877. So, yes, the story of this ...

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Michigan Football Team 1987 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

May 12, 2017 – Happy Birthday Carlitos Bostic!

Today is a great day to wish a BIG BLUE Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Carlitos Bostic. Carlitos Bostic was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up in Ypsilanti and attended Ypsilanti High School. Carlitos became an All-State football player for the Braves. He was named Most ...

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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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