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March 31, 2018 Happy Birthday Michael T. Bass!

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post celebrates a Happy Birthday wish for a Wolverine named Michael T. Bass. Michael Thomas “Mike” Bass was born on this day in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He grew up to be an excellent high school athlete at Ypsilanti High School in Ypsilanti. Mike starred in football, basketball and track and field from 1959 to 1963. After graduation, he chose to accept a scholarship offer to play football for Bump Elliott’s Michigan Wolverines.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Michael T. Bass  

Mike Bass is listed on the 1963 Michigan Football Roster as a halfback. He didn’t play as a freshman because nobody played as a freshman in the Sixties. Mike spent his first year learning the Bump Elliott football system and working hard in the classroom.

Michael T. Bass made the varsity in 1964. He didn’t start any games, but he played enough to earn a letter on Michigan’s Big Ten Championship team that year. The 1964 season was the one that Bump Elliott, and Michigan fans, had been waiting for since 1950. The Wolverines won their first three games before losing a heart breaker to Purdue (20-21). Michigan ran the table and finished the regular season with a record of 8 wins and 1 loss. Finally, the Wolverines were Big Ten champions (6-1-0) as Bump Elliott had predicted. Michigan rolled over Oregon State (34-7) to finish with a final record of 9 wins and 1 loss.

Michael T. Bass Michigan Football 1966 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Michael T. Bass came to Michigan as a running back and left as a steady defensive back. He lettered for three straight years from 1964 to 1966. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Bass returned as a champion in 1965. He, and his teammates, were hoping to make another run for the Big Ten trophy in his junior season. Unfortunately, a big mid-season slump of four straight losses, put them in a bad spot. The Wolverines snapped the losing streak with two straight wins. Unfortunately, they ended the year on a low note with two consecutive losses. Michigan finished the 1965 season with a record of 4 wins and 6 losses. The posted 2 victories and 5 defeats in conference play and ended up in a tie for seventh place. Bass, who played mostly on defense, earned his second varsity letter for Michigan in 1965.

The 1966 season turned out better for Michael T. Bass and Michigan, but it was not a championship campaign. The Wolverines won 6 and lost 4. They finished with a record of 4-3-0 in the conference which tied them for third place. Mike continued to star as a defensive back and earn his third varsity letter and that was it for Mike Bass at Michigan

Mike Bass has a solid career at Michigan. Although he didn’t earn any team or conference awards, he was good enough to get drafted and enjoy a long NFL career.

Mike Bass helped Michigan win their first Big Ten championship since 1950. It was a long wait, but it was great for Bump Elliott and his players. Again, Bass went on to a successful professional career in the National Football League.  Congratulations to Michael T. Bass on an excellent Michigan football career. Thank you for your contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. I hope you have a very happy birthday on your special day! Go Blue!



Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – March 30, 2018

Who holds the career record for most tackles for loss at Michigan?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day – March 30, 2018 –  Mark Messner

Mark Messner lettered at Michigan from 1985 to 1988. Yes, he was good one. He spent more time in the opponent’s backfields than most opposing runners. Mark Messner is the all-time leader in tackles for loss with 70. The next closest Wolverine is newly crowned Super Bowl Champion Brandon Graham with 56.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – March 31, 2018

Which team was the first to defeat a Michigan team on the football field?


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