March 11, 2018 Happy Birthday Anniversary Vincent Mroz

Vincent Mroz Michigan Football 1943 |
Vincent Mroz (#71) is shown above with the 1943 Big Ten Champion Michigan Football team. He is seated in the back row -fifth man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Today’s post celebrates the happy birthday anniversary of a Wolverine named Vincent Mroz who was born on this day in 1922. Vincent Peter “Vince” Mroz was born in Stanley, Wisconsin. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, his family moved to East Chicago, Indian when he was a child. He grew up to be a pretty good football player at Washington High School.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Vincent Mroz   

Vincent Mroz was good enough to play college football in Michigan. Although he ended up at The University of Michigan, he actually started his football career at Michigan State in 1941. Mroz did not letter in his freshman year, but did in his second. He played end on the 1942 Spartan team that finished with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties. When it appeared that Michigan State would not be able to field a football team in 1943, Mroz transferred to Michigan.

Vince Mroz was a Wolverine for one season – 1943. He did not start any games, but he played enough to earn a letter on a team that finished with a final record of 8 wins and 1 loss. It was Fritz Crisler’s best team in his first six years of coaching in Ann Arbor. The only bad news about this season was that the Wolverines lost to #1 ranked Notre Dame by a score of 12-35 at Michigan Stadium. The good news was that the 1943 Maize and Blue footballers gave Coach Crisler his first conference championship at Michigan.

Like most men of his generation, Vincent Mroz was called to serve his country in 1944. He became an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served until the war was over. Vincent Mroz was actually drafted by the New York Giants in the 1945 player draft, but he did not play in the NFL. Instead, he chose to serve his country again as a Secret Service Agent. Vince Mroz had a long and very successful career in the Secret Service. He became famous for his role in shooting a man who was attempting to assassinate President Truman. Check out the Wikipedia article below for the details.

So, Vincent Mroz had a short, but successful, football “career” at Michigan. He only played on one team, but it was a good one! Vince Mroz served his country very well. He retired to Adrian, Michigan and died there at the age of eighty-six on July 22, 2008. Today is a great day to remember Vince Mroz and appreciate his contributions to the legendary Michigan Football history. May Vince Mroz always rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – March 10, 2018

After becoming the first school in the Midwest to field a team in 1879, Michigan chose not to field a team in what year?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day – March 10, 2018 – 1882 

If you remember from earlier this week, Michigan lost every game in 1881. The first losing season in three years of Michigan Football History caused the footballers on campus to give strong consideration to the future. As it turned out, there was a lot of thinking about football in the fall of 1882, but not a lot of playing. The Wolverines got back to playing football again in 1883. Unfortunately, they did not return to winning form. Michigan ended the season with a final record of 2 wins and 3 losses in 1883.

Fortunately, a man named Horace Prettyman took over the leadership of the Wolverine Football team in 1884. Captain Prettyman led the Wolverines to three straight undefeated seasons to get the program back on track.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – March 8, 2018

Who was the first Wolverine defensive back to record 22 Pass Break Ups (PBUs) in a single season?


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: You can also follow him on Social Media.
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