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July 5, 2019 Happy Birthday Anniversary Lawrence Roehm

Posted on July 4, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to celebrate the happy birthday anniversary of a Michigan Man named Larry Roehm. Lawrence Stevens “Rummy” Roehm was born on this day in 1893 at Detroit, Michigan. He grew up to be an excellent running back at Catholic Central High School in the Motor City. When it was time to continue his education and his football, Lawrence Roehm chose to play for Michigan and a man named Fielding Yost.

(Note – Lawrence Roehm is shown above with the 1915 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the middle row – first man on the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Lawrence Roehm

Roehm Played for Fielding Yost from 1913-1915

Lawrence Roehm enrolled at Michigan in 1912. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, he was the captain of the freshman football team in 1912. The talented Roehm was ready to contribute to Yost’s football team in 1913, but he was only used as a “Sub.” Although he earned three starts at right halfback in 1914, he did not earn a varsity letter.

Lawrence Roehm continued to work hard and it paid off in 1915. He won the starting quarterback job in a stiff competition with five other players. Roehm started the final seven games at quarterback in 1915. He, along with John Maulbetsch, was one of the leading scorers on the  Michigan Football team that season. Michigan posted a record of 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie during the 1915 season. Although he is not credited with varsity letter by the Michigan Athletic Department’s records, Roehm is pictured with the letter winners for the 1915 season.

Lawrence Roehm Michigan Football 1915 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Lawrence Roehm started seven of eight games at quarterback for Fielding Yost in 1915. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Lawrence Roehm’s Michigan Football “Firsts”

In addition to starting ten games at Michigan, Lawrence Roehm was also part of some interesting Michigan Football “firsts.”

  • Lawrence Roehm played in the first ever game against Lawrence College on October 6, 1915. Michigan won the contest by a score of 39-0.
  • Roehm also played in the first game in Michigan Football History against Marietta College on October 13, 1915. Michigan won the game by a score of 28-6.
  • Lawrence Roehm also played in the first game that saw Michigan suffer a shutout loss to Michigan Agricultural College (0-24) on October 23, 1915. Ouch!

So, on the 125th anniversary of his birth, let us remember Lawrence Roehm. Mr. Roehm served his country in World War I as a member of the U. S. Army. He went on to a successful career in the auto parts industry after he returned home from the war.

Please take a moment today, to honor his memory and celebrate Lawrence Roehm’s  contribution to Michigan Football history. Mr. Roehm died on October 10, 1958 at the age of sixty-five. May he continue to rest in eternal peace. Go Blue!



Part II. July 5, 2019 National Day Calendar Update 

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