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