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Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:41 pm

I will attempt to go back and edit my Bob Derleth story. Hopefully I can just edit everything within the threads I was allowed to post earlier. I will have to greatly scale back on mentioning other “non-Marquette” players and coaches that tied into college and U.P. football at the time. Hope you all enjoy this!

That I am aware of, Bob Derleth is the only person from Marquette to ever play football for the University of Michigan.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:47 pm

Bob Derleth was a product of the Great Depression. Like most in the U.P., he came from a hard working family. His father was strict. His mother was nurturing. When Derleth was a young teenager he once served as an alter boy, going inside the walls of the Marquette Branch Prison with a priest to conduct church services. When finishing this detail, the trustee who transported them to the prison asked the priest to speak with Derleth alone. This lecture on doing right, freedom and opportunity Derleth would receive would have a huge impact on him the rest of his life.

When Bob Derleth graduated from high school in Marquette back in the early 40’s, he spent one year attending what is now Northern Michigan University. While attending Northern, a family friend had a camp just north of Marquette that was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. After Derleth rebuilt the foundation, two Finnish men finished the reconstruction of the camp. Later in life Derleth would own this camp which he would often retreat to. Never forgetting his U.P.roots or the foundation in life that built his success. Derleth left Northern for Michigan to pursue their outstanding chemical engineering program.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:06 pm

While down in Michigan, Bob Derleth would join the U-M football team under legendary head coach Fritz Crisler. Due to the WW2, young Americans-even collegiate and professional athletes- would be called into military service. Along with the importance of his academics, Derleth would take advantage of the athletic opportunities during these years.

Bob Derleth would go on to letter in football at the University of Michigan for 4 years. In his freshman year in 1942 Derleth was able to play with the famous Michigan “Seven Oak Posts” players. In 1943 when one key starter was called to active duty Derleth started the last 3 games in his place at tackle. Back in 1942 and 1943 when you played you played both offense and defense.

Also in during his freshman and sophomore seasons at U-M, Derleth played hockey for the Wolverines. The hockey seasons were not as long back then as they are today-they ranged roughly from 8-15 games. They had to rely on real ice then. In that 1943 season Derleth served as the team captain as Michigan finally had a winning season after a few down years. He did miss some games from a knee injury that season when he slammed into the boards.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:09 pm

In 1944 Derleth played football for the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks. This was one of the U.S. Navy’s Pre-Flight schools where they valued the importance of athletics and encouraged their students to participate. The Iowa Seahawks were a nationally ranked college football program those few years while in existence. Derleth also took up track and field. He set an Iowa Fieldhouse record at the time in the discus. The track coach also taught Derleth the proper way to run. Derleth would tell people how much of a difference this made when he went back to football.

Also in 1944 Derleth was drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions. However when the Navy placed him on inactive status, Derleth instead chose to return to college to finish his academics.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:34 pm

In 1945 when he returned from the Navy, he did use his eligibility by playing in Michigan’s Homecoming game- a 26-0 win over Minnesota. Michigan finished 2nd in the conference (5-1, 7-3 overall) behind Indiana. To date this is Indiana’s only “outright conference championship.” Derleth’s return to the team sparked his teammates the rest of the season. One story Derleth shared was how one time in practice he picked up a bad military trait- he swore. Fritz Crisler told Derleth “I would have expected to hear that from a lot of people, but I would have never expected to hear that from you.”

After the 1945 season Michigan lost an outstanding line coach who moved up the coaching ladder named Clarence “Biggie” Munn. For years later Derleth would tell many that “Biggie” Munn was the best coach he ever played for.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:38 pm

In 1946 Derleth was mentioned by Fritz Crisler in the school newspaper as a key player for the Wolverines. He did start in 3 games for Michigan. He missed other starts that season due to a concussion he received in a game against Illinois. One story Derleth liked to tell was when Michigan blew out Ohio State 58-6 in Columbus that season. Before the game, an OSU fan poured beer on Derleth. At the half as Michigan had a big lead, Derleth singled out the fan, smiled and asked him how Michigan was doing so far in the game.

The following year in 1947, the 6 ft 3 in, 230lb Derleth was a member for the Detroit Lions. He did get to play in one game that season.
After his experience at Michigan, Derleth continued to do wonderful things. He would start his career with a company in Munising but then moved down to Ann Arbor with a company called King Sealy. From there he moved to Lansing where he then worked for Motor Wheel. For decades it was a major employer -the 2nd largest- and contributed to the economic growth in the Lansing area. (akitcoco9.hubpages.com)
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:22 am

Through his dedication and hard work Bob Derleth rose to be president at Motor Wheel. At some point Motor Wheel was purchased by Goodyear and Derleth operated a subsidiary. Derleth left Motor Wheel around 1978 and spent a couple years as Vice President of Advance Product Planning for Goodyear before retiring in 1980.

During all this, Bob Derleth would marry and together he and his wife would raise a family in Lansing. They lived modestly, as Derleth would never forget Marquette or his U.P. roots. He continued to be hard working and humble. He provided for his family and managed his earnings wisely. Not only was he a community leader, for most of his life Derleth would give to charity both in Lansing and to Bay Cliff Health Camp up in the U.P. Derleth also did many acts of kindness that even his own children were not aware of but have been learning of them over time.
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:24 am

Here’s the kicker about Bob Derleth’s collegiate career. To summarize:

*4 year letter winner for University of Michigan football program
*2 year letter winner for University of Michigan hockey program
* Named team captain for 1943 U-M hockey team
* Played 1 season for the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks Football team
* Participated one season for the Iowa Seahawks track and field team
* Set a University of Iowa Fieldhouse record in the discus throw
* Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1944
* Played the 1947 season for the Detroit Lions

The kicker in all this….Bob Derleth attended and graduated from Marquette Bishop Baraga. A small private school. I mentioned him playing for Bishop Baraga when Roger Keast coached at Graveraet back in ’39-’40. “Big Bob” Derleth was a standout in basketball for Bishop Baraga those years. Bishop Baraga did not have a football program those days.

In other words- Bob Derleth-the only person from Marquette to play football for the Michigan Wolverines, didn’t even play football prior to college!!!!

Also after lettering 2 years in hockey for U-M, Bob Derleth did not even play organized hockey while growing up in Marquette!!!! (Like most Marquette kids, many at least played a lot of “unorganized hockey.”)
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:26 am

Early in his career at Michigan, Bob Derleth became “good friends for life” with 2 people. One of them was Julius Franks. Franks and Derleth had their lockers next to each other and Franks would become one of the “Seven Oak Posts” players. Franks would have his playing career cut short due to illness but after college became a dentist, civil rights leader and civic community leader.

Derleth’s other good friend for life would be future U-M radio broadcaster Bob Ufer. Both were fraternity brothers and for a period both roomed together in the upstairs of a church. Not many people know this about Bob Ufer, but Ufer was an outstanding track athlete at Michigan and many believe had the Olympics not been cancelled during the war he would have medaled.

Here's some more on Bob Ufer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYiUVUYmjU4
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:11 pm

Bob Derleth and Bob Ufer (photo courtesy Jim Derleth)
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:27 pm

In the University of Michigan Wolverines 1946 team photo, #73 Bob Derleth is sitting just to the left of Fritz Crisler. Crisler provided much support for Bob Derleth. Back in those days things were different. Academics took priority over athletics. If Derleth had a major exam or academic event important to attend, that came first. Fritz Crisler was very supportive of this.

Fritz Crisler himself initially attended college in Chicago with no intent of competing in athletics. But he was encouraged himself to join the football team by coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and Crisler himself went on to play 3 different sports while in college. Today, the D3 Championship Game is named in honor of Amos Alonzo Stagg – “The Stagg Bowl.”

There are different versions how Bob Derleth ended up playing football. One version was Fritz Crisler noticed him working out/shooting baskets in a gym. Another story were classmates encouraged him to join the football team. The school newspaper reported a physical ed instructor noticed his talents and encouraged him. All of these may be true or could have happened and contributed to encouraging him.

As the 1946 Michigan Wolverines letter winners assembled for this photo, Fritz Crisler would tell Bob Derleth “Come here Bob, I want you to sit right here next to me.”

Team photo: http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/footba ... 946fbt.htm
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:42 pm

Majority of sources came from Wikipedia, Bentley-mich and special thanks to Jim Derleth for the personal stories

Link slideshow of Bob Derleth: (Click "View Photo Gallery" on the left)

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignit ... FHID=11047
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:45 pm

Bob Derleth is #73. Photo courtesy Jim Derleth
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:11 pm

1943 photo of Bob Derleth (#78) in a game against Wisconsin (photo courtesy Jim Derleth)
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:56 pm

From a U-M newspaper article during Derleth's freshman season in 1942-

EXCLUSIVE! Bob Derleth’s Own Story---PEM to Varsity In One Big Collossal Jump!

(Editor’s note- For the first time in any newspaper anywhere, much less the Michigan Daily and Ann Arbor News, the Chronicle presents the story of the sensational rise to fame of Bob Derleth, that sensational eighth “Oak Post” of the great Michigan line. Derleth, who rose from obscurity in a PEM class to number three Michigan tackle in the short space of two months, has been asked by the Chronical to give his own account of his meteoric, Alger-like rise to fame. But, with the modesty of outstanding men everywhere, he had to be coaxed. However, after weeks of teasing, Bob has consented to give us a detailed account of what it feels like to play against Notre Dame—an experience undreamed of a few short weeks ago when as the rest of us, he was struggling to do leg stretchers and push ups under the eagle eye of Chief Jennings. But enough. We now present, in his own words, the phenomenal story of the rise of fame of Bob Derleth—pronounced DER-leth. Take it away Bob Derleth!)

“Aw shucks. I ain’t done nothin’ special.”

(Editor’s note-You have just read Bob Derleth’s own account of his personal rise to fame.)
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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:14 pm

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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby Hueby » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:18 am

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Re: Old Marquette Info Spin Off: MQT/U-M's Bob Derleth

Postby upfootball » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:10 pm

Alright Hueby what you doing posting here? Lol.

Seriously.... what fixed you?
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