Today’s post celebrates the life of a Michigan Wolverine Herbert H. “Hub” Huebel. Mr. Huebel died on this date in 1950 at the age of sixty years old. Herb Huebel came to Ann Arbor from Menominee, Michigan. He played halfback and quarterback for the legendary Fielding H. Yost during the 1911 and 1912 seasons.
According to the Bentley Historical Library Team Roster files, Hub Huebel was listed as a quarterback on the 1911 and 1912 rosters. Competition was stiff at quarterback in 1911 as Neil “Shorty” McMillan started four games. Jim Craig also started three games at quarterback in 1911 and Frank Picard started one. Herb Huebel is credited with one start at halfback in 1911. Mr. Huebel did earn enough playing time to earn a varsity letter in 1911. Earning a varsity letter was not an easy task during the Yost years at Michigan so Hub Huebel must have been a pretty good player.
Things changed for the better for Mr. Huebel in 1912 as he started six of seven games at quarterback in 1912. He led Michigan to a record of 5 wins and 2 losses. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Huebel scored four touchdowns and one extra point during the 1912 season. Michigan was not in the Western Conference at the time so there was no chance to compete for the conference championship. Michigan would not return to the conference until the 1917 season.
Michigan had to look “east” to build their season schedules when they chose to exit the Western Conference during the 1907 season. The Wolverines defeated Cornell in 1912, but lost to Syracuse and Pennsylvania for their only two losses of the 1912 season.
So, let’s celebrate the memory of another Michigan Man who contributed to the long and rich history that is Michigan football. Herb Huebel, and his teammates on the 1911 and 1912 teams, contributed ten wins to the winningest team in college football history (934 and counting). Thank you Herb Huebel. Rest in Peace Wolverine!
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