Toledo Rockets are the athletic teams that
represent the University of Toledo.
The Rockets are a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
Collegiate Athletic Association
and play in the Mid-American Conference
school's colors are midnight blue and gold.
Toledo's principal rivals are the Falcons of Bowling Green State
. The two teams play for a trophy each year known as
the Peace Pipe
prize that originated in basketball but progressed to football in
1980. BGSU currently holds a 36–31–4 advantage over the Rockets,
but Toledo has won four of the last five meetings. This rivalry is
sometimes known as "The Battle for I-75" because the
cities of Toledo and Bowling
Green are located just off Interstate 75 and only 20 miles separate the
However this term is more popular by the local
television media, particularly sportscasters with little local
history of the area. I-75 only came into being in the late 1960s,
and locals don't recall the term "The Battle for US-25" since it
was the road I-75 replaced. The interstate is more significant to
Bowling Green as it borders campus, where in Toledo, it is five
miles to the west.
Origin of nickname
When The University of Toledo played the then-powerful Carnegie
Institute of Technology in football on September 29, 1923,
Pittsburgh sports writers were surprised to learn that UT did not
have a nickname. Though an underdog, Toledo fought formidably,
recovering a series of embarrassing fumbles by favored Tech.
Pittsburgh writers pressed James E. Neal (1904–1983), a UT junior
pharmacy student and writer for The Independent Collegian who was
working in the press box, to come up with a nickname for his
school's team. Despite UT's 32-12 loss, the student labeled the
team "Skyrockets," obviously impressed by his alma mater's flashy
performance against a superior team. William B. Hook, who started
as an unknown substitute guard and ended a hero, grabbed a Carnegie
fumble out of the air and raced 99 yards for a touchdown. A
sportswriters remarked that Hook looked more like a rocket than a
skyrocket as Carnegie Tech players failed to overtake him. Other
writers began using the name "Rockets" with quotation marks in
their stories, but after one week the quotation marks were dropped
and The University of Toledo's nickname remained the Rockets.
The Bowling Green State University Falcons have been The University
of Toledo Rocket’s biggest rival dating back to 1919. The outcome
of the UT-BG game is never predictable due to the extreme ambition
of both teams to defeat their rival. In 1935, UT rocketed past the
Falcons in a 63-0 blowout and the fans went crazy causing an
outbreak of riots. As a result, Bowling Green removed Toledo from
their athletic play list until 1947.When the Rocket’s resumed play
against Bowling Green, the Peace Pipe was instated as a basketball
award. There allegedly used to be a ceremony involving journalistic
organizations from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green at
halftime of one of the UT-BG basketball games every year.
Representatives from each school’s newspaper smoked a six-foot
peace pipe, carved from wood with the winning school keeping the
pipe until the renewal of the tradition the following basketball
season. Unfortunately in 1969, the tradition came to an abrupt end
when an unidentified person stole the pipe from its resting-place
in the Collegian office. The thief was never caught, nor was the
pipe ever recovered. The tradition was reinstated in 1980 for
football with a miniature peace pipe replica resting atop a trophy
created by Frank Kralik, former UT football player, as an award for
the winner of the annual gridiron battle between Toledo and Bowling
1917 - Dean Brandeberry is "selected" coach when he begins
conversing with some students on the gravel field near the 11th
Street UT campus. Team member Charles Morgan later says, "Nobody
else wanted the job." Each of the team's 13 members purchases his
own uniform. The team has no practice scrimmages prior to playing
the first game in school history, a contest at powerful Detroit. UT
not only loses the game, 145-0, it loses four players to injury.
Toledo finishes the season 0-3, outscored 262-0 by its
1918 - The first win in school history comes over Defiance, 19-12.
UT finishes the season with a 1-1 record.
1919 - Toledo meets Bowling Green for the first time, and wins,
1919 - Varsity "T" Club members organize and select blue and gold
colors for the team and school.
1920s - The Blade newspaper refers to the team as "Munies," short
for Municipal University, and also as the "Fighters."
1922 - The first football field is built at Scott Park. Seating,
consisting of seven rows of wooden bleachers, is added in 1923.
From 1918-1936 games are also played at Armory Park, and Waite,
Scott, Libbey and St. John's high schools.
1922 - Lee McKinnon, a UT professor, acts as the first team
1922 - The first "big" win is a 3-0 decision over Ohio Conference
power Muskingum, played at Scott Park.
1923 - Gib Stick becomes the first "superstar" in school history.
Over four years, Stick scores 24 touchdowns, including five in one
game. He later plays professionally with the Detroit
1923 - Toledo acquires its current nickname following a game with
powerful Carnegie Tech. Surprised to learn that Toledo has no
nickname, Pittsburgh sports writers pressure James Neal, a UT
student working in the press box, to come up with one. Neal,
impressed with his team's flashy performance against a superior
Carnegie Tech team, labels UT the "Skyrockets," which the writers
shorten to "Rockets."
1923 - Toledo wins its first football championship, also the
school's first in any sport. The Rockets win the Northwest Ohio
Conference, which also includes Bowling Green, Bluffton, Findlay,
Heidelberg and Defiance. Toledo finishes the season at 6-4, the
first winning campaign in the program's seven-year history.
1923 - Jim Pierce is the first black team captain, and becomes a
professor upon graduation.
1923 - The first homecoming game is played, a 27-0 win over Bowling
1924 - After Toledo defeats Bowling Green, 12-7, controversy erupts
when BGSU alleges that the Rockets used an illegal player. Athletic
competition between the two schools is suspended from
1925 - Numbers are worn on jerseys for the first time.
1927 - Toledo wins its second league championship, taking the NWO
title and posting a 5-2 record.
1929 - The UT marching band, 30 members strong, appears for the
first time at a home football game. Toledo and Bowling Green tie,
0-0, and share the league title.
1929 - The football budget has grown to $2,000.
1930 - The first game programs are featured at a game against
Heidelberg in the Waite Bowl. Printed by Franklin Hawkins, they
sell for five cents each.
1930 - The first spring practice is conducted by athletic director
Dave Connelly. Jim Nicholson is named the first full-time coach and
takes over for the 1930 season.
1931 - Amid the Great Depression, football is cancelled due to a
lack of funds.
1932 - Plans are drawn for a 5,000-seat steel and concrete
1932 - The fight song is written by Athletic Director
1933 - Jerry Welling, a halfback, is the first Rocket voted
All-Ohio (by AP). He leads Ohio college scorers with 66
1934 - The first night game is played, a 20-0 victory over Capital,
at Swayne Field.
1935 - A Toledo game is broadcast on radio for the first time, as
the Rockets defeat Dennison, 13-0.
1935 - Toledo defeats Bowling Green, 63-0. BGSU drops UT from its
schedule until the 1948 season.
1936 - Glass Bowl Stadium is built on the present-day UT campus. A
Works Progress Administration project, it is paid for with a
$272,000 grant from the federal government and $41,558 from the
city of Toledo and the university.
1937 - Marty Slovak becomes the first Rocket to play in the
National Football League, signing with the Cleveland Rams.
1937 - The Glass Bowl is dedicated in a game versus Akron.
1938 - Don Bukovich is named a "Little" All-American.
1938 - Players use the towers in the Glass Bowl as living
1938 - UT hosts and defeats 12th-ranked Marshall, 13-7, in front of
1938 - Toledo participates in its first post-season game, a 13-7
win over St. Mary's of San Antonio, Texas.
1942 - Emlen Tunnell stars for Toledo, and is later voted into the
NFL Hall of Fame.
1943 - With the country at war, football is suspended from
1946 - Toledo hosts the first of four post-season contests known as
the Glass Bowl Game. A record crowd of 13,500 watches UT defeat
Bates College, 21-12.
1948 - The first Toledo football game is televised by
1948 - Chuck Hardy returns a kickoff for a 101-yard touchdown, to
this day a UT record.
1949 - All home games are televised by Channel 13.
1951 - UT sets the school's single-game scoring record in an 88-0
rout of Davis and Elkins.
1952 - Toledo plays its first season in the Mid-American
Conference, which at the time also includes Cincinnati, Miami,
Ohio, Bowling Green, Kent, Western Michigan and Western
1954 - Mel Triplett is the starting fullback, and later plays eight
seasons in the NFL where he stars on the 1956 world champion New
1967 - Toledo wins its first MAC title. After a season-opening loss
to Ohio, the Rockets reel off nine straight wins.
1969 - A 45-18 win over Villanova marks the beginning of Toledo's
famed 35-game winning streak, second only in NCAA history to
Oklahoma's 49 straight.
1969 - Ken Crots makes a record-setting 77th consecutive point
after touchdown in a 34-9 win over Ohio.
1969 - The Rockets win their second MAC title and end an 11-0
season by defeating Davidson, 56-33, in the Tangerine Bowl.
1970 - Toledo thrashes William and Mary, 40-12, in the Tangerine
Bowl, finishes 12-0 and is ranked 12th in the final AP poll.
1971 - Toledo leads the nation in total defense for the third
1971 - Mel Long becomes the first and only consensus All-American
in MAC history. Long later plays with the Cleveland Browns.
1971 - The Rockets win a third-consecutive MAC title and their
fourth in five years.
1971 - Toledo is 12-0 and ranked 14th in the final AP poll
following a 28-3 victory over Richmond in the Tangerine Bowl.
1971 - Rocket quarterback Chuck Ealey is named MAC Player of the
Year for the third time, and finishes eighth in the Heisman Trophy
balloting. He later stars in the CFL.
1975 - UT quarterback Gene Swick becomes the first player in NCAA
history to reach 8,000 yards in career total offense.
1975 - Swick leads the nation in total offense and finishes 10th in
voting for the Heisman Trophy.
1980 - The annual Peace Pipe trophy, given to the winner of the
Toledo-Bowling Green game, is awarded for the first time.
1981 - Toledo wins its fifth MAC title and stuns 20th-ranked San
Jose, 27-25, in the inaugural California Bowl.
1982 - A Glass Bowl record crowd of 31,369 watches Toledo defeat
Bowling Green, 24-10.
1984 - Toledo wins its sixth MAC title, and makes a second
appearance in the California Bowl.
1990 - Toledo ties Central Michigan for the MAC title, UT's seventh
MAC crown—the most by any conference school in the last 25
1992 - The Rockets upset Purdue, 33-29, the first win in UT history
over a Big Ten opponent. Kevin Meger sets school records for pass
completions (33) and attempts (52) in a game, throwing for 305
yards and a touchdown. Meger is named Sports Illustrated national
offensive player of the week.
1993 - The Denver Broncos, with the 11th pick in the NFL draft,
select UT defensive end Dan Williams. A two-time All-MAC
first-teamer, Williams is the first in Rocket history to be
selected in the draft's first round, and the second highest pick in
1995 - Toledo wins the eighth MAC title in school history, posting
a 7-0-1 conference mark. Wasean Tait receives the MAC Vern Smith
Award (Most Valuable Player) and Gary Pinkel wins MAC Coach of the
Year and Ohio College Coach of the Year honors.
1995 - The Rockets complete the fourth undefeated season in school
history (11-0-1) with a 40-37 victory over Nevada in the Las Vegas
Bowl. Wasean Tait scores from two yards out for the winning points
in the first overtime game in NCAA Div. I-A history.
1995 - Toledo is ranked 22nd in the final UPI poll, 24th in the AP
poll and 24th in the CNN/USA Today poll. Wasean Tait finishes
second in the nation in rushing, tallying a MAC record 1,905
1997 - Toledo begins its season with a 36-22 upset of Purdue, and
proceeds to an 8-0 record. Before the streak was snapped with a
loss at Ball State, the Rockets were ranked No. 18 in the AP poll
and No. 20 in the CNN/USA Today poll. The Rockets go on to win the
MAC West title.
1997 - Coach Gary Pinkel is named MAC Coach of the Year for the
1997 - Cornerback Clarence Love is taken in the fourth round of the
NFL draft by Philadelphia. Defensive tackle Jason Richards signs a
free agent contract with Tennessee immediately after the
1998 - Former Rocket Mel Long, Sr., is inducted into the National
College Football Hall of Fame.
1998 - The Rockets repeat as MAC West champions.
1999 - Former Rocket Tyrone Brown plays in the Super Bowl as a
member of the Atlanta Falcons.
2008 - Toledo Beats University of Michigan (1st MAC team to ever
beat the Wolverines) 13-10.
2008 - Toledo's head coach of 8 years "Toledo Tom" Amstutz retires.
Amstutz lead the Rockets to 4 bowl games, 2 MAC championships, and
had an overall record of 57-38.
2009 - Toledo hires new head coach Tim Beckman, former defensive
coordinator for Oklahoma State.
2009 - Coach Tim Beckman introduces the Rocket walk in order to
build more excitement and a bond amongst the football team and its
Everyone who attends a Rockets football game knows when UT scores
by the traditional "boom" of the football cannon.
The cannon originates from a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member who
bartered his cannon for his fraternity dues because he was short on
money. The cannon is a Civil War era model, one of the oldest
In 1953, the men of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity fired the first cannon
shot at a Rocket's football game from aloft the Northeast
Blockhouse in the Glass Bowl stadium. The cannon continued to be
fired from this position until 1989, when the cannon had to be
moved to the field because of structural concerns with the
Blockhouse. In 1990, the cannon was fired from the northwest corner
of the end zone. Then during the beginning of the 1995 football
season, because of concerns of the on-field media, the
administration decided to move the cannon once more to the
southeast corner of the field near the student section. In 2008
Toledo's Desmond Marrow slid into the cannon on accident and
partially broke the cannon. The cannon was repaired and moved to
its present day location on the Northeast block house of the Glass
Blasts are fired at the beginning of each home game, at the end of
each quarter, and after every Rocket score. The Toledo community
will continue to hear the continuous score of the Rockets football
team through the mighty sound of the cannon at each home
The University of Toledo/Bowling Green Ball Run
On October 24, 1981, the residence hall staff of Carter Hall
initiated a new tradition which accompanied the UT vs. BG football
game. The UT/BG Ball Run began as a staff unity project, but is now
used to promote a “good-spirit rivalry” between Toledo and Bowling
Green. This tradition involves running a football 25 miles from the
visiting team’s campus to the home stadium of each year’s battle.
The game ball switches many hands as numerous student organizations
and individuals each run a mile in this annual charity fundraiser.
In the past, this marathon relay has been a competition against BG
for the fastest time and most charity money raised by each team. On
October 5, 1996, UT’s Chi Omega sorority began leading the annual
run and then on November 23, 2001 The University of Toledo Student
Government began to conduct the UT/BG Ball Run.
Lot 10 is the parking lot located directly north of the Glass Bowl.
On gamedays it is shut down in the early morning for tailgating.
The University of Toledo is revered for its school spirit and
tailgaiting abilities. Tailgaiting festivities include cornhole,
barbecuing, a radio station reporting, cheering for the Toledo
Rockets, and a small part of the Rocket Marching Band walking
around playing the fight song and other songs to work the crowd
into a frenzy.
The "Jambulance" is an alumni-owned former ambulance that serves as
an unofficial liaison between University of Toledo (UT) Rockets
sports fans and those fans from other universities who share a
passion for tailgating. Since its first season on the road back in
2005, the UT Jambulance has traveled from its home base in Toledo,
Ohio all the way to such places as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Mobile, Alabama, Ames, Iowa, and Lawrence, Kansas to follow and
support the Toledo Rockets.The Jambulance consistently receives
comments from fans that it is "the best tailgating vehicle we've
Among other sports, Toledo consistently fields strong distance
running teams; Brianna Shook '04, who is also an assistant track
coach at the school, holds the American record for the steeplechase
Rocky the Rocket
Rocky the Rocket, The University of Toledo's powerful mascot, was
created in the 1966-67 academic year by the Spirits and Traditions
committee, an appendage of Student Government, with various
students being chosen to dressing up for a couple different
Then in the fall of 1968, Rocky was taken under the wing of Dan
Seemann, Director of Student Activities at the time, and the First
Official Rocky the Rocket, Bill Navarre, emerged. Bill displayed
his super spirit at UT both home and away football and basketball
games in the Rocky the Rocket costume which was made by the theatre
department seamstress and passed down to him … a wastepaper basket
with a pointed rocket top made of papier-mâché.In the past, Rocky
was run through the Student Activities office, but now Rocky is
supported by the Athletics Department.
Any student can try-out in the spring semester to be Rocky for the
following year. A potential Rocky must be fun, committed, good with
children, spirited, crazy, and able to communicate through
Our mighty mascot can be viewed at various university sponsored
events including pep rallies, home and away football games, men and
women's basketball games and the Homecoming parade.
Rocky can always be seen battling other mascots and rocketing
around the games cheering UT men and women onto VICTORY!
Over the years Rocky's costume has changed many times:In the early
70s, Rocky wore a tall metal rocket helmet with many different
jumpsuit type outfits, including such items as bellbottom
In 1977, an authentic spacesuit, helmet, and boots were donated to
the university by the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas with the
help of former Ohio astronaut and Senator, John Glenn. The space
suit was used for football games, but because of its mass, a
lightweight replica was used for the basketball season.
Both suits were used until 1980 when Rocky took on a more
futuristic look in a costume that was designed to present more of a
space rocket image.
Another Rocky costume, which was plush with huge feet, was
introduced in 1983, but was only used until 1986 when a big blue
plush Rocky with smaller feet was unveiled. Throughout the late 80s
and most of the 90s only minor changes were made to Rocky's
In 1998, at the Bowling Green football game, the old Rocky got into
a limousine and the new Rocky stepped out and displayed the new
blue and gold rocket man Rocky costume, complete with jetpack, to
everyone in attendance.
In 2002, an inflatable Rocky the Rocket was unveiled as an addition
to the Rocket man Rocky.
In 2008 the Rocket man Rocky and the inflatable Rocky the Rocket
were retired and a new foam Rocket man Rocky arrived on the field
of the Glass Bowl on a motorcycle.
The Glass Bowl
Football at The University of Toledo started in 1917 with an
upsetting 145 to 0 loss to The University of Detroit. For twenty
years, UT football teams were moved from one stadium to another
including Armory Park, Waite Bowl, the Nebraska Avenue grounds, St.
John's field, Swayne Field and Libbey Stadium.
Finally in 1937, The University of Toledo's football team resided
in its permanent home on the University's Bancroft Campus.
Construction of the field, which is set in a natural bowl, began in
February 1936 as a project of the Works Progress Administration
during the Great Depression. The only means of construction were
picks, shovels, and wheelbarrows. The original design of the
stadium had a seating capacity of 11,000 fans. It now has the
capacity to hold 26,248 fans!
The first game in the Rocket's stadium was on September 25, 1937.
Grass had not yet been planted around the stadium and there were no
walkways to the entrance. Thus, when heavy rainfall deluged the
area, mud blocked the gates and the game had to be postponed until
the following Monday. The Rockets went on to beat Bluffton College,
26-0.The Rockets' stadium is known as the "Glass Bowl" in
recognition of Toledo's distinction of being the glass capital of
the world. The stadium was not named the "Glass Bowl" until
renovations in 1946. The origin of the name dates back to 1946 and
a man named Wayne Kohn, an employee of the structural engineering
department of the Libbey-Owens Ford Glass Co., who suggested an
annual Glass Bowl football game to be played in the Rockets'
stadium. Three Toledo glass manufacturing companies developed the
idea further and with the University sponsored a "Glass Bowl"
stadium, which was a renovation of the then current stadium.The
stone structures at the northeast and northwest corners of the
Glass Bowl are called Blockhouses. In the past, the Blockhouses
were used as a residence for the football players. The Rockets
would stay in the west Blockhouse and the visitors would stay in
the east Blockhouse.The Glass Bowl is the oldest stadium in the
Mid-American Conference. Over the years there have been many
renovations made to the Glass Bowl, such as switching from grass to
Astroturf in October 1974; building an electronic scoreboard in
1975; adding seats in 1972; again adding seats, a press tower,
luxury boxes, and Larimer Athletic Complex in 1990, and switching
to NeXturf, an artificial surface carefully modeled after natural
grass, in July 2001. The outer wall and Blockhouses are all that
remain of the original Glass Bowl Stadium.
Former known as Savage Hall, John F. Savage Hall is much more than
just UT's 9,000-seat basketball arena. Savage Hall is a
multi-purpose building that is used for recreation, concerts and
other special events, such as graduation. The arena built in 1976
was originally named Centennial Hall. The hall was renamed John F.
Savage Hall on July 13, 1988, in honor of the 1952 UT graduate and
strong university booster, John Savage, who was instrumental in the
campaign to raise funds for the arena. Prior to the construction of
Savage Hall, basketball games were played at the Field House, the
second oldest building on campus. The inaugural men's basketball
game played in Centennial Hall was against the Indiana Hoosiers,
who were the national champions the year before, ranked #1
nationally, and on a 33 game winning streak. The hall was packed
with over 10,000 fans who came to see the Rockets end the Hoosiers
winning streak by a very close score of 59-57. The hall has also
hosted many musical acts over the years including Stevie Wonder,
James Taylor, Pearl Jam, Cher, Bush, Matchbox 20, Elton John, Goo
Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Boys II Men, Destiny's Child, Dave
Matthew's Band, Barenaked Ladies, and Elvis. Recently the hall was
renovated and re-named John F. Savage Arena. On the inaugural game
the Rockets beat University of Massachusetts in a game-winning
buzzer-beater to put Toledo in the lead with a final score of
Rocket Marching Band
The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band is one of the largest
and most visible student groups on campus. With approximately 170
musicians, color guard, dancers, and a feature twirler, the
marching band is a positive source of pride and school spirit for
the campus, as well as the city of Toledo.
The University of Toledo also has an official spirit crew known as
the Blue Crew. The 10 member group consists of "UT students fully
dedicated to instituting, reviving, and maintaining The University
of Toledo's Traditions." Each member is hidden under an assumed
identity and name. Members remain anonymous through use of gold
masks with blue or yellow afro wigs, dark blue painters overalls,
and converse all star shoes. They attend numerous athletic events
and are present throughout the community. The identity of the
members are only revealed at the end of the season of their
graduating year or after they have faithfully served in the
position for four full semesters.
Gregg Dodd founded the Rocket Fanatics in 1995, but unfortunately
his organization never became official. The Rocket Fanatics
organization, advised by Dave Nottke of Athletics Department, was
formed to support athletics at The University of Toledo by
increasing student spirit, pride, attendance and
participation.Today, every UT student is considered a Rocket
Fanatic the minute they enroll at The University of Toledo.
Likewise, every former student of The University of Toledo is an
Alumni Rocket Fanatic.The UT Athletics' slogan "See You at the
Game", which was produced by a group called Rocket Pride Campus
Wide, has been used since the fall of 2000 and is displayed on the
Rocket Fanatic T-shirts that are handed out to thousands of Rockets
each year. The shirts are Midnight Blue with "Rocket Fanatics"
printed on the front and "See You at the Game" in gold Impact font
printed on the back. In 2009 the Rocket Fanatics become a fan page
under the direction of Bradley 'Touche' Wilson and Korey 'Captain
T' Kyler, of True Blue, on the social networking site, Facebook, in
order to build school spirit among the student body by releasing
updates and announcing all upcoming sporting events.
"U of Toledo"
U of Toledo,We'll fight for you(Fight! Fight! Fight!)
U of Toledo,We love that Gold and Blue(Let's go Blue!)
Men of the Varsity,The enemy must yield,
We'll fight just like our ancestorsAnd march right down the
Verse (no longer used)
The Indians roamed the Maumee River land
Till along came Anthony Wayne.
Old England was the ruler of the Lakes,
Till Perry gained his fame.
They were fighters and victorious
And they drove back every foe.
Gave their legends and traditions
To the school we honor so.
Dave Connelly, UT athletic director and baseball coach through the
1930s and 1940s, wrote "U of Toledo" in 1932. Connelly also coached
football, track, and boxing. He joined the UT faculty as a
professor in 1926, where he remained until his death in
1955.Connelly loved to sing, but had never studied music.
Apparently, previous fight songs were no longer in use, so he wrote
the words for "U of Toledo" and sang the melody to a family friend,
Bernie Jones. Jones played it on the piano and put it to music. The
tune remained largely unchanged until 1975, when UT associate
professor of music David Jex arranged the current version.
In tower shadows voices now raising,
To alma mater Golden and Blue,
Fair Toledo praise to thee
Portal of learning ever be,
Hallowed halls we shall revere,
Vow to keep thy memory dear.
"Fair Toledo" was selected from eight entries, which were submitted
in the UT Alma Mater Song Contest, sponsored jointly by the Student
Senate and the Alumni Association in 1959. Other songs considered
were "Excellent Toledo" and even "Good Toledo". The competition was
held to replace "Golden and Blue," set to "Amici," a tune used by
various universities. While driving to work, Gilbert Mohr, an
amateur songwriter, heard the contest announced on the radio. Mohr
began humming different tunes, and later with his wife, Jean
Strout, wrote the lyrics we know today as "Fair Toledo". Our alma
mater debuted at halftime of the Marshall-Toledo basketball game on
March 2, 1959. Recently it has become a tradition for students and
alumni alike to stay after the game is over and sing the Alma Mater
as the Rocket Marching Band plays it. While singing it is
encouraged to put your arms around your fellow rocket’s shoulders
and sway from side to side.
- U.S. Census, Jan. 1, 1920, State of Ohio, County of Lucas,
enumeration district 46, p. 9-B, family 202.
- Social Security Death