Herbert Huebel
Photograph of Huebel cropped from 1912 Michigan Wolverines football team portrait
Biographical details
Born(1889-11-21)November 21, 1889
Nadeau, Michigan
DiedNovember 6, 1950(1950-11-06) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1908St. Thomas (MN)
Position(s)Quarterback, halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1913–1914Rose Polytechnic

Herbert Henry "Hub" Huebel (November 21, 1889 – November 6, 1950) was an American football player, coach, and official. He played at the halfback and quarterback positions for the University of Michigan in 1911 and 1912.

Early years

Huebel was born in 1889 at Nadeau, in Menominee County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[1][2] His father, Charles J. Huebel, was a businessman in Menominee County, whose business interests included the C.J. Huebel Company, producers and wholesalers of cedar posts, poles and other cedar products.[3] At the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, Huebel was living in Menominee, Michigan with his parents, C. J. Huebel and Zelia J. Huebel, and three younger brothers Archie, Robert and Norman Huebel.[4] Huebel played quarterback for the football team at Menominee High School,[5] graduating in 1908.[3]

Before enrolling at the University of Michigan, Huebel attended the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He played quarterback for the College of St. Thomas football team.[5]

University of Michigan

1911 Michigan Wolverines football team

He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines as a member of the freshman team in 1909, and as a member of the varsity team in 1911 and 1912.[6][7] In 1911, Huebel won a varsity letter as a halfback for the Michigan football team that finished with a record of 5–1–2.[8][9] In 1912, he won a second varsity letter as the starting quarterback for the Michigan team that finished with a record of 5–2.[10][11] In January 1913, Huebel announced that he would not return to the football team in 1913, deciding to give up his school work and enter business with his father.[12][13]

Coaching career

In 1913, Huebel was hired as the football coach at Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana.[14] He served as the head coach at Rose Polytech during the 1913 and 1914 seasons.[15][16]

Later years

In a draft registration card completed in June 1917, Huebel listed his residence at 2197 Divisadero Street in San Francisco, California. He was at that time working as the office manager for Belber Trunk & Bag Co. at 938 Mission Street in San Francisco.[1] He indicated he had previously served two years with the rank of first lieutenant in the Minnesota infantry.[1] At the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, Huebel was employed as the office manager of a trunk company and living in San Francisco with his father, Christian J. Huebel,[17] his mother Zelia Huebel, his wife Marie Huebel, and his son Herbert Henry Huebel, Jr.[18] At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, Huebel was living in Seattle, Washington with his wife Marie and son Jack H. Huebel.[19]

Huebel remained actively associated with college football throughout his life. In 1922, he was the President of the Pacific Coast Football Association,[5][20] and wrote the section of Spalding's "Official Intercollegiate Foot Ball Guide" concerning "Football in California."[21] Between 1921 and 1942, Huebel served as a frequent umpire for Pacific Coast Conference football games, Rose Bowl games, and East-West Shrine Games.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30] He was the umpire in the USC-UCLA football game played on December 6, 1941, the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.[31] After the 1922 Rose Bowl, Washington & Jefferson supporters claimed that their team had been "robbed" of a touchdown in a scoreless game against the University of California, due to an offside penalty called by Huebel.[32] In 1947, The Michigan Alumnus reported that Huebel "was one of the most popular and busiest gridiron watchdogs out on the Pacific Coast for years."[33] Huebel reportedly related "with glee the story of a five hundred dollar fee he received for one important game."[33]

Huebel died on November 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.[2][34]


  1. ^ a b c Record for Herbert Henry Huebel, born November 21, 1889. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: San Francisco County, California; Roll: 1544245; Draft Board: 11.
  2. ^ a b Record for Herbert Henry Huebel, born November 21, 1889, Michigan, died November 6, 1950, Los Angeles. Ancestry.com. California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Social Security: 556056264.
  3. ^ a b Alvah Littlefield Sawyer (1911). A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People, Vol. III. The Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 1246–1248.
  4. ^ Census record for C.J. Huebel and family. Occupation listed as lumber dealer. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Menominee Ward 7, Menominee, Michigan; Roll: T623_731; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 143.
  5. ^ a b c "Pacific Coast Football Association". Athletic Journal, vols. 4-5. 1923. p. 30.
  6. ^ "1909 Michigan Football Team Roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010.
  7. ^ "Huebel May Be Star This Year". Escanaba Daily Press. September 23, 1911.
  8. ^ 1912 Michiganensian, p. 219.
  9. ^ "1911 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  10. ^ 1913 Michiganensian, p. 221.
  11. ^ "1912 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  12. ^ "Michigan Quarter Quits School". The Milwaukee Journal. January 8, 1913.
  13. ^ "Huebel Not To Return To School At Ann Arbor". Escanaba Daily Press. January 11, 2013.
  14. ^ ""Hub" Huebel Was An Escanaba Visitor". Escanaba Daily Press. August 16, 1913.
  15. ^ "Coach Huebel on Job: Former Michigan Star Looks Over Material at Rose Poly". The Indianapolis News. September 18, 1913. p. 11.
  16. ^ "Huebel To Be Football Coach At Rose Again". The Indianapolis News. June 12, 1914. p. 21.
  17. ^ In the 1911 book, "A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People," Huebel's father is identified as Charles J. Huebel. In the 1920 U.S. Census record, he is identified as Christian J. Huebel.
  18. ^ Census Entry for Christian J. Huebel and family. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: San Francisco Assembly District 31, San Francisco, California; Roll: T625_136; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 743.
  19. ^ Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2500; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 162; Image: 247.0.
  20. ^ "New Football Rule Mets With Favor". The New York Times. March 12, 1922.(H.H. (Hub) Huebel of San Francisco, former University of Michigan star, now President of the Pacific Coast Football Association)
  21. ^ Spalding's Official Football Guide. 1922. p. 144.
  22. ^ "Varnell is to be Referee of Big Grid Game". Los Angeles Times. October 25, 1921.("H.H. Huebel, former University of Michigan football star, was named umpire" for the Cal-Stanford football game.)
  23. ^ "California Bears Humble Washington in a Thrilling Game, 9 to 0". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1923. ("Hub" Huebel of michigan serving as umpire)
  24. ^ "East, West All-Star Elevens Work for Tomorrow's Tussle". Los Angeles Times. December 25, 1925.(H.H. Huebel of Michigan serving as umpire with Walter Eckersall as referee)
  25. ^ "Washington Beats UCLA, 3-0". The New York Times. November 25, 1932.(Herbert Huebel of Michigan listed as umpire)
  26. ^ "California Thumps Gaels, 10 to 0". Los Angeles Times. October 6, 1935.(Hub Huebel of Michigan, umpire)
  27. ^ "Oregon State Beats' Huskies". Los Angeles Times. October 16, 1938.(Hub Huebel of Seattle, umpire)
  28. ^ "Men in White Lick Cougars in Coast Tilt: Stanford Seeks Rose Bowl Contest; Backfield Performers Star". Ogden Standard Examiner. October 20, 1940.(Herbert H. Huebel of Michigan served as the game's umpire)
  29. ^ "Trojans vs. Tulane". Los Angeles Times. September 26, 1942.(H.H. Huebel of Michigan, umpire)
  30. ^ "Bruins vs. Vandals". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1942.)(H.H. Huebel of Michigan, umpire)
  31. ^ "Trojans and Bruins". Los Angeles Times. December 6, 1941.(Hub Huebel of Michigan, umpire)
  32. ^ "Neale Complains on Touchdown Robbery". The Bakersfield Californian. January 5, 1922.
  33. ^ a b The Michigan Alumnus, vol. 54. University of Michigan Alumni Association. 1947. p. 511. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. ^ "Death Announcement for Herbert (Hub) H. Huebel". Los Angeles Times. November 8, 1950.