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Archie Roberts(Jr.)

Archie Roberts (College football.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Nov. 4, 1942.)  Son of the former N.Y.U. running back, Arthur James Roberts became not only a stellar quarterback but also probably the last three-sport letterman in Columbia history.  Roberts drew most of his public attention as the Lions quarterback (1962-64) during a career in which he set […]

Archie Roberts

Archie Roberts (College football.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Sept. 15, 1903; died, Holyoke, MA, Oct. 6, 1984.)  A part of the fabled “Four Centaurs” backfield on N.Y.U.’s greatest football teams, Arthur Henry Roberts was the halfback partner of Ken Strong (q.v.) in 1926 and 1927.  (The other “Centaurs” were quarterback Jack Connor and fullback Frank Briante […]

Ken Strong

Ken Strong (College and pro football.  Born, West Haven, CT, Apr. 21, 1906; died, New York, NY, Oct. 5, 1979.)  An early star for the Football Giants, and rated by most as New York University’s greatest athlete, Elmer Kenneth Strong was the leader of a college football team that enjoyed the greatest success in the school’s history.  […]

Chick Meehan

Chick Meehan (College football. Born, Shelburne Falls, MA, Sept. 5, 1893; died, Syracuse, NY, Nov. 9, 1972.) A combination of strategist and showman, John Francis Meehan coached both New York University and Manhattan during their football glory days. Meehan played at Syracuse and was head coach there (1920-24) before joining N.Y.U. He formed the “Four Centaurs” […]

Gene Larkin

Gene Larkin (College baseball. Born, Flushing, NY, Oct. 24, 1962.) A senior season seldom equalled in Eastern college baseball catapulted Eugene Thomas Larkin into a seven-year major league career and two trips to the World Series. During his four years (1981-84) at Columbia, where he was a third baseman, the switch-hitting Larkin set career records […]

Frank Briante

Frank Briante (College football.  Born, White Plains, NY, Mar. 5, 1905; died, White Plains, NY, May 26, 1996.)  Frank (Five-Yard) Briante (whose full name was Francis Xavier Briante) was the fullback in the famed “Four Centaurs” backfield at N.Y.U. (1925-27).  In 1926, the group was formed with the addition of halfback Ken Strong and quarterback Jack […]

Johnny Balquist

Johnny Balquist (College baseball.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, June 18, 1908; died, Teaneck, NJ, Jan. 22, 1991.)  An infielder at Columbia (1930-32), John Balquist later succeeded the legendary Andy Coakley as the Lions baseball coach.  Balquist was head coach at Manhattan (1939-42), where he was also assistant athletic director, before joining Coakley as an assistant in 1943.  […]

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