I have a blade of Maize and a blade of Blue Grass from our end zone (pre-turf) and a piece of Scarlett grass from OSU's endzone. I had to join the rush the field bandwagon to get my prize after UofM's loss from their National Championship year .. then got to watch the police pepper spay a few buckeyes in the process.
What is your favorite piece of Michigan History that you own?
I have a brick from Yost that came off the building when they had to deal with the buckling walls last year
Not only do I have a brick but I have one of the small arch ways that fell. We of course stole these at about 3 am after a night of bar golf. The archways weigh prolly 100 to 150 lbs so we had two ppl carrying it. On the way to my house we got stopped by the cops who asked us "Where did you guys get the bricks?" We calmly replied that we had taken them from Yost and they cops simply laughed and told us to carry on. Very cool of them
I have one of the limestone decorative caps. It probably weighs 35 lbs.
EDIT: I forgot that football (circa 1980s) signed by the whole coaching staff...Bo, Lloyd, Miles, Cameron, Moeller...
Why didn't I think of taking some bricks from Yost! NOW THEY'RE DONE FIXING IT! Maybe if I stop by Monday I'll find one they forgot...
(On that note though, I am very impressed with the job they did putting the roof back together. Doesn't even look like anything happened)
I don't know if mine really qualifies as history, but I have one of those 4-foot-long "M Club Supports You" banners they sell at the MDen and it's autographed by pretty much the entire 2006 team. Sigh.
A football signed by Lloyd Carr, given to me for starting the UM-OSU football run in support of his charity (the football run may actually continue to this day, I'm not sure, but the football is still on my desk).
If you're referring to the Pike football run, I know for a fact it still goes on. I saw them running through state street this year.
I am indeed, and that's good to hear.
Back in 2005, right before the season, my father won an autographed football in an auction.
$400 for a football signed by sophmores Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Jake Long, and some others.
It was an awesome gift that he hoped would gain in value with a good season.... yeah... about that... :(
It's a tie for me, can't decide which one I like more.
- A Michigan helmet signed by Bo. Not really a piece of Michigan history since it is just a store bought helmet, but... it's signed by Bo.
- A brick from the Diag. Not as cool, but it was an actual part of campus, lots of students walked all over it, etc.
I have an autographed photo of Bo beside my desk. He's on the sideline reading a play to Anthony Carter who's hunched over to hear the General. But what he wrote on the picture is the special part. Bo and I share the same first name -- Bo, not Glenn. So he signs the picture "To Bo -- Great Name -- Go Blue!"
Quite a guy.
Yea I have a lot of Bo signed items. My favorite is a UofM authentic #1 jersey with the nike swoosh on the front middle below the collar and Bo Schembechler signed down the maize 1. I also have footballs signed by the entire coaching staff from both the 2004/2005 rose bowl.
As for random things, in 2001 when they renovated Yost and added the seats above the student section, a buddy and myself took a bunch of blue prints for the design. We weren't really sure what to do with them, but we thought they were pretty awesome!
Bo had a very cool signature. You could make out every letter in his last name, no small feat when it's 12 letters long.
I have a piece of the goal post from the 1971 UM-OSU game. The contraband was obtained by an older brother who seems to have lost track of its whereabouts.
OSU was a three loss team that year so I am not sure a goal post tear down was justified. Of course it was...
That game capped off an 11-0 regular season - our last perfect regular season before 1997.
I have a piece of the bench that I was sitting on during the 100th Game in 2003. We were jumping on it and the whole thing broke, so we took it.
I've got chunks of field from Michigan Stadium in '97, Notre Dame Stadium after our win in '06, the '07 Rose Bowl, and the '08 Capital One Bowl. They're all in jars.
I also have a section of 4.5 seats from Michigan Stadium.
I've got turf from Michigan Stadium from '97 Rose Bowl-clinching win over Suckeyes, too.
Also, I have large framed photo of Remy Hamilton splitting uprights in '98 at Notre Dame Stadium, and I can ID myself in ~row 15 right between the goalposts.
Hamilton's kick was in '94. We lost in '98.
While I was in the marching band, we got new uniforms in 1976. The uniforms being replaced were at least 30 years old -- they had seen a lot of great Michigan games. I still have the "M" cape and overlay from my old uniform. What memories!
Those capes seemed to walk away with a lot of band members. My dad has been looking for a full uniform from that set for years and years, but supposedly they were given away to some high school (or, rather, what was left after the MMB kids took their pick of souvenirs)...
I've got one of the old overcoats that were still in use in the 70's, but date back to at least the 40's, maybe even the 30's. They sold them off at Homecoming years and years ago. That thing is legitimately badass. The buttons are all emblazoned with the State Seal of Michigan.
Go Blue! And 2 used tickets from the ND game that featured the Desmond TD catch from Elvis. Going to search the basement for more.
My dad has two footballs signed by every single coach and athletic director since the days of Canham and Bo. The only autograph missing now is Dave Brandon.
I'm going to make sure that tradition continues...
Former Michigan center Mark Bihl jumped in the stands onto my friend and I after Mario Manningham's winning TD vs PSU in 2005. Somehow I ended up with his game towel and have it to this day.
My favorite piece of memorabilia used to be the graduation gown I wore to my graduation in 1987, complete with the "Free Nelson Mandela" sticker I wore on the back. But since that disappeared in the past couple of years, it's the 1985 Big Ten Basketball Championship t-shirt I still wear 25 years later. It's a 50/50 blend so it's nearly indestructible. And not very comfortable. But sort of apropos for tomorrow's game. I will be wearing it come game time.
2 footballs that are autographed by the '93 and '94 teams... tons of autographs from going to spring games when i was a kid and also going to media days (when they were still in the staduim and in the middle of the week)... i have all of my ticket stubs from the 97 season... and last but not least i have a hat with BO's autograph on it... its not a michigan hat but a hat from fox hills golf course... BO was speaking there one night and my grandma was working there at the time so she got me, my dad, my uncle and my cousin an autographed hat...
Turf from the '97 OSU game,
Red turf from the '98 Rose Bowl (from the rose in the center of the field)
Glass from the backboard that Tractor Trailor shattered
A brick from the old Ferry Field wall that used to surround the football practice field
Football: My program and ticket from the 1979 M-Indiana game (the Anthony Carter TD on the last play game). I was a senior in High School, from out of state, it was my first game at M Stadium (as we called it then), and I knew that it was my destiny to enroll. I wanted to post a diary entry just before the Indiana game this year (30th anniversary), but didn't have 20 points.
Basketball: Ticket from 1989 Championship game, M vs. Seton Hall.
I have a Michigan pennant from my grandpa's undergrad years, and my grandparents have a lot more interesting pieces, including my great-grandmother's diploma, class of 1920something.
1) desmond howard autograph made out to me that my grandfather got for me when he attended the heisman trophy selection ceremony the year howard won.
2) ticket from the 2008 capital one bowl (seats were in the UF alumni section mind you)
Football that Woodson signed when he was riding around in his limo during the championship parade
a helmet signed by Desmond where he wrote '91 Heisman... trying to find a way to get CW sign the other side.
It would have to be my two uniforms, one from Men's Rowing and the other from the new Michigan Triathlon team. While they weren't marquee sports, representing the University of Michigan in any capacity was a dream come true.
I don't think it is nearly as cool as you guys who got yours for free (turf, glass, bricks) but I like my signed lithograph from the cold war. it's signed by ron mason and red. id like to get it signed by the the starters but that would take initiative, and I have none
My memories are more important to me than my wardrobe full of Michigan gear, which I wear pretty much every week no matter what the "weather" is like in bandwagon country.
My favorite Michigan item is the uncut ticket sheet from 1999 the theme of which is "Michigan Coaching Legends." It is signed to me from Bo, whom I actually got to meet when he signed it.
I have Gabe Watson's bicep band from the Alamo Bowl. He threw it to me after the game.
Signed Mike Hart jersey from the 2007 Rose Bowl.
I have a commemorative rug from the '89 Championship run. I have autographs and some grass from old Michigan Stadium, but this rug has always been my favorite because I got it from my grandpa who is the only other alumnus in my family and because Rumeal Robinson at the free throw line was my first vivid sports memory being four years old at the time. Sounds like everyone else has some really cool stuff too.
from the Scorekeepers window that Griese smashed.
No I don't.
For our 4-year anniversary, my girlfriend (also UM alumna and big football fan) got me a signed replica helmet with most of the 2009 football team. I would've preferred an authentic clean helmet, but I can't deny that having something signed by the great Brandom Graham is awesome. Side note: Tate signs things with a "T8".
I only started following Michigan sports when I started going there in 2004 and honestly didn't care much for any sport until then, so my collection is limited at this point. I really need to get a BG jersey because in my limited Michigan experience, he has been one of my favorite players because of all the heart he's shown despite some difficult seasons.
I ordered a used copy of Don Canham's autobiography from Amazon 2 years ago, and it came in perfect condition, with Canham's autograph inside the front cover. Only $7, I think I got my money's worth
My grandfather was in medical school at Michigan in the 40's, and I have a great photograph of him in front of Hill Auditorium. On my graduation day, I made sure to have my photo taken in the same spot.
I also have an old watercolor print of the Dana Building -- which was once the Medical School building, and is now the School of Natural Resources & Environment (where I was for grad school). I didn't know my grandfather very well because he had Alzheimer's Disease from when I was really young, so I like having both those connections to him through Michigan history.
I don't have anything but my dad has a signed (by Bo) picture of Michigan Stadium from the top seats during an Ohio State game that he attended. That, with the ticket stub from the game, is pretty cool.
1998 ticket stub
non-michigan related, but as a member of the sports media, i was lucky enough to be on the field at yankee stadium last season the minute after the yankees clinched in game six. my favorite keepsake from that is a half-eaten bag of sunflower seeds i got from the dugout.
That would sort of make them Michigan-related sunflower seeds.
Then it's my Bo "Merry Christmas" note on his stationary. But I have a helmet signed by him and Lloyd, as well as a cap...it just means more with him gone. Biakabatuka authographed football, Irons practice jersey... All those ticket stubs from '97 as well as other great games. The Rose, champagne, and M #1 sign we got in Pasadena that year. Oh, and the mountain ax picks Lloyd passed out to everyone in the '97 season (technically not mine, but possession being 9/10ths and all that...)
How many others have those old original AstroTurf coasters? Man...the lust could go on and on...Love it all.
How did you get one of those mountain picks?
Without giving up MY sources, completely, I'll just say that when you end up having the basement first in the family, you end up storing a lot of stuff. And when you have no shame in making your house a garish tribute to M, you have more stuff on display...
Suffice to say, without being too obtuse, if you were involved with the program you got one, and the person living then with me was (and is) involved.
If I can figure out later how to upload a pic to this site, I might try later...(not at home st the moment).
So it's my avatar, for the moment...
I have a lot of autographed football, basketballs, and helmets. My favorite UM possessions are maize Tshirts my parents received from Mr. and Mrs. Leach in 1978. They read "Rick Leach for Heisman 1978." My brother and I used to wear them, I found them in a storage box about two years ago. My two kids love to wear these tshirts to "Maize OUts." When Rick was honored at last years basketball game, I took my kids over to visit with he and his family. He loved the Tshirts, laughed, and pulled Jamie Morris aside, and said "check out these old school shirts." Jamie smiled and said, "Yeah I saw those (shirts) earlier I was gonna show em to you." I guess the story and history add value. Rick obviously did not win the Heisman, but this year a guy who walked the same high school hallways as Rick did win the the Heisman Flint Southwestern's Mark Ingram. Ingram's Heisman campaign made the 1978 Throwback TShirts even more pupular/valuable especially in the Flint area.
Probably my Tom Harmon signed index card or Charles Woodson signed jersey.
It's sort of cheating because I was with the team in undergrad but...
1st (tie) - 2003 & 2004 BigTen Championship rings
2nd - Desmond Howard game worn 1992 Rose Bowl jersey (Heisman Year)...granted we lost the game, but still cool.
3rd - a whole bunch of items that I probably shouldn't have, but do (I'll never tell)
Were you a player? Or manager?
The latter...unfortunately my route-running ability and toughness did not make up for my D-III speed.
The job was a nice replacement for playing in college though.
My paternal grandfather attended UM from 1901 to 1905, and was a Michigan football fan during Yost's amazing four-year run. He was an enthusiastic amateur photographer and put together a photo album covering the years 1901 to 1910. One of the photos is from the Nov. 12, 1904 Homecoming game against Chicago at old Ferry Field. The photo was taken at field level from the sideline very close to the play in the photo. Germany Schulz is clearly visible in the action. The guy carrying the ball happened to have the same name as my grandfather, and supposedly was distantly related. I don't know for sure that my granddad took this shot, since it also shows up in the Bentley Library archives, so perhaps he acquired a print from the photographer. Regardless, it's a great photo.
Second item is a my copy of the 1964-65 University of Missouri college yearbook, with one Lloyd Carr appearing in an action photo from their game against Okie State in '64. I had the yearbook because my sister attended Mizzou in '65. I brought the yearbook to the Carr's Carwash for Kids benefit they had at the stadium in 2004, and I got Lloyd to sign it, along with Jim Herrmann, Andy Moeller, and a really short freshman running back named Mike Hart.
Ow, getting spayed by the police right there on the field is bad enough, but doing it with pepper is really adding insult to injury.
At the MNC parade.
Full size Michigan Helmet. Signed By Woodson, Howard, Long, Henne, Breston, Avant, Hutch, and Brady!!!!!