Today’s post celebrates the birth anniversary (#123) of Rudy Rosatti. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Rudolph F. “Rudy” Rosatti who was born on this date in 1895. Rosatti, originally from Norway, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, came to Michigan to play for Fielding Yost in 1922. Rosatti played college football at North Dakota State and Western Michigan before coming to Ann Arbor.
The 1922 Michigan Football Roster shows that Rosatti played right tackle and started four of seven games. He shared playing time with a gentlemen named Edward Vandervoort who started three games. He must have been a pretty good player since he lettered on a very good football team that went 6-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines tied for the conference championship that year with Iowa and Chicago. Rosatti, Vandervoort, and the other Michigan lineman did an outstanding job clearing the way for a guy named Harry Kipke that season. Kipke led the team/conference in scoring that year and was named All-American as a Junior.
For some reason, unknown to me, Rudy Rosatti is the only varsity letter winner not to be pictured with the 1922 team. That is unfortunate since he truly earned the right to be in this picture.
Rudy Rosatti died on July 9, 1975 at the age of seventy-nine. So, on the anniversary of his birth, let’s remember him and appreciate his small, but important, contributions to Michigan football. Rest in Peace Wolverine!
Check out this link to read more about Rudy Rosatti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Rosatti
What is the name of the former Michigan player who served as the 13th Head Coach at the University of Texas?
William “Billy” Wasmund played quarterback for Fielding Yost from 1907 to 1909. He was the only quarterback in the Yost Era to lead the team for three straight seasons. In 1910, on Yost’s recommendation, he was offered the Head Coaching job at the University of Texas.
Wasmund led the Longhorns to a record of 6 wins and 2 losses in his first, and only, season in Austin. Sadly, Wasmund was a sleepwalker and he walked out of a second story apartment and died a few days later from his injuries. He was only 23-years old at the time of his death.
What is the largest margin of victory that Michigan has ever posted over a team from Texas?