Ron Kramer’s passing a few weeks back prompted several nice tributes. Many recalled his habit of bringing apples to the football team including Mark Snyder of the Freep [ed. I can’t find the link!] who mentioned the tradition started before Kramer.
This caught the attention of Jean and Jerry Delay & for good reason. After reading the piece they shot Snyder a note and Mark forwarded it my way (he knows this is my bag). I thought I’d pass it along:
In the article you mentioned that Mr. Kramer continued a tradition which had begun with "an older man." I am pretty certain, as is my brother, that the older man you referred to was our father, Jay J. DeLay.
During Mr. Kramer’s student days, my father, who was President of Huron Valley National Bank(now Comerica-Ann Arbor), used to deliver crates of apples to the football players and to the Michigan Marching Band. My brother and I still have memories of the apple crates being tossed to the band members, who at that time, had seats in the stands. Huron Valley National Bank was known as "the apple bank." Apples were not only part of the bank’s logo; they were offered to all customers when they entered the bank’s lobby.
My father, who was passionate about Michigan football, and attended all home games until he died in 2004, at the age of 88, would have smiled had he seen your article. And he would have been very proud to know that Ron Kramer had carried on the tradition of giving apples to
Great stuff. Now, is someone carrying on that tradition today?
* Cool piece in the WSJ on apples