Today is the Happy Birthday anniversary of Donald A. Lund. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Donald Andrew “Don” Lund was born on this date in 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. He was an all-around athlete at Detroit Southeastern High School. Lund earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He planned on duplicating that feat at The University of Michigan.
(Note- Donald A. Lund (#33) is shown above with the 1944 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the first row – the man holding the football just to the right of Coach Fritz Crisler. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Donald A. Lund arrived on campus in the Fall of 1941. It was the fourth year of the Fritz Crisler Era and Michigan football was back on the rise. Lund spent a year on the freshman team learning the Michigan football system.
Sophomore Don Lund made one start at fullback in 1942. He earned his first varsity letter in football. Michigan finished the season with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 0 ties. The Wolverines ended the conference season with a record of 3-2-0 which was good enough for a third-place tie.
Lund returned for his Junior year in 1943 and the Wolverines were looking to do better than second or third in the conference. Donald A. Lund earned one start at quarterback in his second season on the varsity and one at left-halfback. He earned his second varsity letter. However, Michigan won eight out of nine games and finished the Big Ten with a perfect record of 6-0-0. They tied for the championship with Purdue. It was a very good year for the Wolverines and Fritz Crisler finally had a Big Ten title under his belt.
Don Lund returned for his senior season in 1944. Michigan was expected to compete for their second straight conference title, but it didn’t work out. Michigan ended the season with a final record of 8 wins and 2 losses. Their conference record of 5 wins and 2 losses was only good enough for second place.
The versatile Donald A. Lund started three games at fullback and played a ton of good football for the Wolverines in 1944. He earned his third varsity letter for his efforts. More importantly, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1944 football team. What an honor! It shows how much the self-less Lund meant to his team and his teammates.
Don Lund finished his Michigan career as a letterman in football, basketball and baseball. He is one of a very few Michigan Men to be called “MVP” even though he wasn’t a BIG “star” on the team. Lund went on to a very successful career that saw him play professional in the major leagues, coach baseball at Michigan, and coach for the Tigers. Later, he worked in the front office for the Tigers and also as an Associate Athletic Director at Michigan. Oh yes, he also found time to broadcast Michigan Football games on the radio with Bob Ufer. “Lundo,” as Bob Ufer liked to call him, was obviously the “normal” guy in the booth while Ufer, was, well, Ufer!
So, on the ninety-sixth anniversary of his birth, let’s remember Donald A. Lund. He contributed to the great history of Michigan football and left a wonderful legacy for all Michigan Men who followed in his footsteps. Sadly, Don Lund died on December 19, 2013 at the age of ninety. May Donald A. Lund continue to rest in eternal peace! Go Blue!
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