Today is a great day to remember the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a special Wolverine named Keith Bostic. According to the Wikipedia link below, William Keith Bostic was born on this day in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Keith grew up in Ann Arbor and attended the same school as my oldest son – Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. Or, “Pi” High for short! We will take a closer look at Keith’s outstanding Michigan career after we look at some more trivia questions.
Who is the only player in Michigan Football History to have a memorial column dedicated in his name at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois?
Curtis Redden, who played end, was a four-year letterman at Michigan from 1900 to 1903. He started forty of the forty-four games that he played in for the Wolverines. During his Michigan career, the Maize and Blue posted an incredible record of 40 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. This means that Michigan won over ninety-three percent (.932) of their games during Redden’s career. Curtis Redden was the captain of the 1903 Michigan Football team.
Redden came to Ann Arbor from Rossville, Illinois. Sadly, Curtis Gerald “Cap” Redden died on January 16, 1919 in Koblenz, Germany in 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Redden was serving his country as the Commander of the 149th Field Artillery Regiment when he lost a battle to pneumonia. Redden was only thirty-seven years old. Originally, he was buried in Germany, but his remains were returned to Illinois in 1921.
When it was announced that a new football stadium would be built in Champaign, it was determined that the facility would be dedicated to the men of the University of Illinois who gave their lives serving in World War I. Curtis Redden’s family, friends and former teammates honored their fallen Wolverine/Illinois hero with with a memorial column bearing his name in 1924.
Of course, the stadium was officially dedicated with a game between Illinois and Michigan on October 18, 1924. This was Red Grange’s greatest game since he scored five touchdowns. Illinois won the game by a final score of 39-14.
Today is a good day to remember Curtis Redden for a life well-lived, albeit way too short. May Curtis “Cap” Redden always rest in peace. Go Blue!
Who was the first athletic director in Michigan history?
As I mentioned earlier, Keith Bostic was born in good old Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up playing football at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School – right across the street from Michigan Stadium. By the time he graduated, Keith Bostic was no longer dreaming about playing in the Big House, he was going to play there!
Keith Bostic was listed on the 1979 Michigan Football Roster as a running back. However, that changed mid-way through his first year. Bo liked his size (6 feet and 1 inches tall and 205 pounds) and the fact that he liked to hit people. Bostic did not start any games in 1979, but he did earn a letter. He got some playing time as a defensive back and he made three tackles and assisted on three more. After his freshman year it was settled, Keith Bostic was going to play on the defensive side for Coach Schembechler. As it turned out, that worked out just fine for everybody, except for the teams who played against Michigan from 1980 to 1982.
Bostic started thirty-three games over the next three seasons (2 at free safety and 31 at strong safety.) He earned a reputation as a “hitter” and opposing receivers didn’t like to catch balls over the middle with Bostic in the area. He was a sure tackler and a solid defender. Keith put up some impressive numbers during his career and he helped Michigan post a record of 27 wins and 9 losses in his last three years. Michigan won Big Ten Titles in 19080 and 1982 with Bostic in the defensive backfield.
Keith Bostic finished his career with 210 tackles (141 solo and 69 assists). He also picked off 10 passes and broke up 11 more. Keith also recovered 6 fumbles and forced another one. Yes, he was very “active” when he played and Bo loved it! Keith Bostic got better every year and finished his career as a first team All-Big Ten performer.
The talented Bostic went on to play seven years in the National Football League (6 with the Houston Houston Oilers and 1 with the Cleveland Browns) after he left Ann Arbor.
Today is a good day to appreciate the excellent career of Keith Bostic. He lived his dream of playing for Michigan and he left Ann Arbor with a lot to be proud of. I hope that Keith Bostic has a great day on his birthday today! Go Blue!