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January 9, 2019 Happy Birthday Anniversary Howard J. Auer!

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

The main purpose of today’s post is to remember the Happy Birthday Anniversary of a Michigan Man named Howard J. Auer. However, before we learn more about Mr. Auer, we will answer yesterday’s trivia question and pose the question for today. Here we go!

(Note – Howard J. Auer (#50) is shown above with the 1931 Big Ten Championship Football team. He is standing in the third row – fourth man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Howard J. Auer

Arrived at the End of the Wieman Era

Today’s post is an opportunity to celebrate a Happy Birthday Anniversary for a Michigan Wolverine named Howard J. Auer.  Howard Joseph “Howie” Auer was born on this date in 1908 in Detroit, Michigan. He came to Ann Arbor in 1928 to play football for Coach Tad Wieman. Like a good freshman in the 1920s, Howie spent his first year on the freshman team. When Auer was ready to play for Michigan’s varsity, Coach Wieman was gone.

Played at the Start of the Kipke Era

Sophomore Howard J. Auer impressed new Coach Harry Kipke enough to start seven of nine games at tackle during the 1929 season. Michigan finished with a record of 5 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Unfortunately, they went 1-3-1 in the conference with was only good for an eighth-place tie. Howie Auer earned his first varsity letter in 1929, so, he was probably happy about that!

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Howard J. Auer earned three varsity letters at Michigan from 1929 to 1931. He played on a Big Ten Championship team in 1931. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Howie Auer had some injuries in 1930 that limited his playing time. He still started four games (3 at left tackle and 1 at right tackle) for the undefeated Wolverines. Michigan finished the 1930 season with a record of 8 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie. Kipke’s footballers also won the conference title with a perfect record of 5-0-0. Howie Auer earned his second letter in 1930.

Harry Kipke’s Wolverines were favored to win the conference title in 1931 and that’s exactly what they did! Kipke had plenty of returning stars, including Howie Auer. Michigan posted a record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. They tied for the conference title with a record of 5-1-0. Howard J. Auer continued to be a strong lineman. He started eight of nine games and earned his third varsity letter. The talented Auer also earned second-team All-Big Ten player honors from the United Press.

Howie Auer – Michigan Man and Two Time Big Ten Champion!

So, today is a great day to remember a tough and talented Michigan Wolverine named Howard J. Auer. He earned three varsity letters and contributed to two Big Ten Championship teams. Michigan posted a record of 21 wins, 4 losses and 3 ties with Howie Auer on the varsity roster. He was a “Michigan Man” in every sense of the word. Let’s remember him on the one-hundred and tenth anniversary of his birth. Howard J. Auer died in 1985 at the age of 77. May he continue to rest in peace. Go Blue.



Part II. National Day Calendar Note

Okay, this might come as a shock to you, but today is Static Electricity Day! Yes, Science teacher’s live for this day. Believe it. What you may not know is that it is also Apricot Day and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

As usual, there is plenty of celebrate on this Wonderful Wednesday! Make it special and enjoy the day.


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