Today is a great day to celebrate the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a former Michigan Captain named Bob Wiese. Bob played at Michigan from 1942 to 1946. We will talk more about his Wolverine Football career after we look at today’s trivia questions and answers.
Who was the first coach in Michigan Football History to win 9 games in one season?
William McCauley was the third full-time head coach at Michigan. He served from 1894 to 1895. In his first season, his team posted a final record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. This was the best record ever for a Michigan Football team in the fifteen-year history of the program.
McCauley’s second team won 8 games and lost 1 in 1895. William McCauley left Michigan after the 1895 season with a two-year record of 17 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. William McCauley definitely raised the bar for all Michigan Football coaches who followed him.
Who scored the first touchdown of the Bo Schembechler Era in September 1969?
Robert Lee Wiese was born on this day at Jamestown, North Dakota. He came to play football for Fritz Crisler’s Wolverines in 1942. Wiese played fullback in his first season and he played the position very well. In fact, he played it so well that he earned the Meyer Morton Award in 1942.
Wiese was a versatile athlete and he was smart. When Fritz Crisler needed a quarterback in 1943, he turned to Bob Wiese. The talented wise started five games at quarterback in 1943 and three more at fullback. Bob Wiese helped lead the Wolverines to Crisler’s first Big Ten championship in 1943. The Maize and Blue Footballers posted an overall record of 8 wins and 1 loss. They ended the conference season with a final record of 6-0-0 and earned a tie for first place with Purdue. At the end of the season, the selfless Wiese was named Michigan’s MVP and he was selected to be the Captain for the 1944 season.
Captain Bob Wiese helped lead Michigan to another excellent season in 1944. He started the first seven games of the season at fullback. The Wolverines won 6 and lost 1 before Bob Wiese was called to active duty on November 1, 1944. He missed the final four games of the season. Michigan won three straight games without their talented captain, but came up short against OSU. Michigan lost (14-18) to OSU and finished the season at 8 wins and 2 losses.
Bob Wiese missed the entire 1945 season because of his military service. However, he returned to finish his education and his football in 1946.
Wiese returned to his familiar fullback position and started six games in 1946. Once again, he helped Michigan post another excellent record. The Wolverines finished the season with a solid overall record of 6-2-1. They went 5-1-1 in the Big Ten and tied for second place.
So, Robert L. Wiese lettered on four Michigan Football teams, earned numerous honors and left Ann Arbor with two engineering degrees (Bachelors and Masters). I guess you could say that he had a very successful career at Michigan.
Sadly, Bob Wiese died in a plane crash on the way to the 1971 Michigan at OSU football game. He was only forty-eight years of age when he died on November 19, 1971. Today is certainly a good day to remember the contributions of another outstanding Michigan Man – Bob Wiese. May Bob Wiese continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!