My first Wolverines vs Buckeyes matchup as a fan was in 1976, as Bo Schembechler took Michigan to Ohio Stadium and whipped the Bucks, 22-0.
The signal caller on that '76 team was Rick Leach, the first great Wolverines quarterback that I remember.
Leach led Michigan to three straight Big Ten Championships, 1976-77-78, and when he left college football his 38 wins were the most in the history of Intercollegiate Football.
Like many athletes back in the day, Leach was a multi sport star, including playing centerfield for the Wolverines baseball team.
Even though Leach was drafted by the NFL's Denver Broncos, it was his first love, baseball, that Rick chose, and that led to a long career playing in the big leagues.
I've posted a couple of times about Rick Leach here on the blog...
Happy Baseball Birthday! Rick Leach (2013)
My Favorite Toronto Blue Jays Player of All-time, Rick Leach
So, as day one of Buckeyes week is here, I give another shout out to the GUTS and GLUE of Michigan Football, the great Rick Leach.