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Merle Hapes

Merle Hapes (Pro football.  Born, Garden Grove, CA, May 9, 1919; died, Biloxi, MS, July 18, 1994.)  Joining the Giants out of Mississippi in 1942, fullback Merle Hapes returned from military duty in 1946 to play 10 games, rushing for 161 yards as well as receiving and doing some punting.  When the Giants reached that […]

Buff Donelli

Buff Donelli (Soccer and college football.  Born, Morgan, PA, July 22, 1907; died, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Aug. 9, 1994.)  Because he was a big fan of Buffalo Bill, Aldo Theodore Donelli earned his peculiar childhood nickname, “Buff,” that remained with him his entire life.  One of the most successful college football coaches of his time, […]

Bert Bell

Bert Bell (Pro football.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 25, 1894; died, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 11, 1959.)  A Penn man who co-founded the Philadelphia Eagles, DeBennville Bell served as commissioner of the National Football League for almost 14 seasons (1946-59).  Bell died after suffering a heart attack while attending a Steelers-Eagles game at Franklin Field.  Among […]

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