July 19, 2017 – Rest in Peace Fred Rehor!

Michigan Football Team 1916 | bigbluefootballhistory.com
Fred Rehor is shown above with the 1916 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the middle row – second man from the right . Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today’s post celebrates the memory of a Michigan Man named Fred Rehor who went to rest in peace on this day in 1959. He was sixty-five years old when he died. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Frederick Lee “Fritz” Rehor was born on December 15, 1893 Hastings, Michigan.

Fred Rehor grew up in Hastings, Michigan. After graduation from high school, Fritz Rehor decided to continue his education and his football at Michigan. He arrived in Ann Arbor inAugust of 1913. Freshmen didn’t play a lot on the varsity in those years and Fritz was no exception. He played on the freshman team and did his best to do well in school and learn the Fielding Yost Football System.

Rehor was a big man. He is listed in the 1914 Michigan Team Roster as 6’ tall and 250 pounds. Yes, he was one of the biggest men on the team. In fact, he was one of the biggest men on any team the Wolverines faced that year. Rehor still had some things to learned everything that Yost wanted him to know. So, Fred started one game, but did not earn a letter in 1914. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 6 wins and 3 losses.

Fred Rehor Michigan Football 1916 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Fred Rehor started 11 games as a Wolverine. He helped Michigan win 17 games from 1914 to 1916. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Fred Rehor kept improving and he started two games at left guard in 1915. He helped Michigan win 4 games, but they lost 3 and tied 1. Fritz earned his first varsity letter at the end of the season.

Rehor worked hard in the off-season so that he would be ready for his final season at Michigan. . His hard work paid off for him and the Wolverines. Fritz started all eight games (2 at left guard and 6 at right guard). He earned his second letter and helped Michigan post a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. Their only two losses came against Eastern powers (Cornell 20-23) and Penn (7-10).

Fred Rehor had an excellent football career at Michigan. He earned two letters and played a lot of good football for the Wolverines. Here are some interesting firsts that connect Fred Rehor and Wolverine Football:

  • Fred Rehor played in the first games against Lawrence College and Marietta in 1915. Michigan won both games.
  • Rehor played in the first games against Carroll University and Washington University in 1916. Once again, Michigan won both contests.

So, on the 58th anniversary of his death, let us remember Fred Rehor. He graduated with a Pharmacy Degree from Michigan in 1917 and went on to enjoy a successful business career until his passing. Please take a moment today, to honor the memory of Fred Rehor and celebrate his accomplishments. May Fritz Rehor continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rehor

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1916fbt.htm

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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