Birtie Maher
Personal information
Date of birth: (1892-12-16)December 16, 1892
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Date of death: December 3, 1980(1980-12-03) (aged 87)
Place of death: Royal Oak, Michigan
Career information
College: Detroit
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Heralds (1911–1920)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     2
Games started     1
Stats at
Stats at

Gilbert Thomas "Birtie" Maher (December 16, 1892 – December 3, 1980) was an American player of American football.

Maher was born in 1892 to Irish immigrant parents in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.[1][2] He played college football for the University of Detroit as its star halfback in 1913,[3] and for the Detroit Heralds starting in 1911.[4] When the Heralds joined the new National Football League (NFL) in 1920, Maher was a member of Detroit's first NFL team.[5]


  1. "Gilbert Maher, 1913 player on U. of D. football team". The Detroit News: p. 4B. November 19, 1915. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. reports a place of birth in County Mayoin Ireland. This assertion is contrary to multiple other sources reporting Detroit as Maher's place of birth. Sources reflecting Detroit as the birth place include an obituary The Detroit News, a 1900 U.S. Census record for 1900, a World War I draft registration card, and a World War II draft registration card available on
  3. "Maher Not to Play Against Ohio Eleven: U. of D. Star Halfback Will Be Unable to Play in Heidelberg Game". Detroit Free Press: p. 14. November 12, 1913.
  4. "Team-Mates for Years, Shields and Maher Now Lead Rivals: Stars of 1914 State Title Game Captain Opposing Teams in Sunday's Game for the Same Championship--Two Other Heralds of Last Year With Maroons Now". Detroit Free Press: p. 16. November 19, 1915.
  5. "Birtie Maher NFL Football Statistics". (Sports Reference LLC). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
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