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George Smith

George Smith (Baseball.  Born, Byram, CT, May 31, 1892; died, Greenwich, CT, Jan. 7, 1965.)  During his senior season at Columbia in 1916, righthander George Allen Smith finished with a flourish.  In his last five starts, Smith was 5-0, allowing one run on 12 hits and striking out 79 in 45 innings.  His final start was […]

Walter Koppisch

Walter Koppisch (College football. Born, Pennington, NY, June 6, 1901; died, New York, NY, Nov. 5, 1953.) Ranked among the major names in New York sports in the 1920s, Walter Frederick Koppisch is the only three-time captain in Columbia football history. Koppisch first came to notice in 1921 as a freshman, scoring six touchdowns for […]

Ted Kiendl

Ted Kiendl (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 5, 1890; died, Bronxville, NY, July 26, 1976.)  Playing for Columbia basketball teams that won 40 of 43 games, Theodore Kiendl was a standout scorer in the game’s formative years.  Kiendl scored an even 100 points for the 1910-11 Lions in E.I.B.L. play, leading the league in […]

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig (College baseball.  Born, New York, NY, June 19, 1903; died, New York, NY, June 6, 1941.)  Before launching a major league caeer that made him perhaps the greatest first basemen in baseball history, Henry Louis Gehrig first came to notice of New York sports fans while starring for Commerce H.S. in Manhattan but one of […]

Nicholas Murray Butler

Nicholas Murray Butler (College athletics.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Apr. 2, 1862; died, New York, NY, Dec. 7, 1947.)  Known largely for his lengthy tenure as president of Columbia University, Nicholas Murray Butler also had an active interest in athletics, especially football.  Butler ordered the football program dropped after the 1905 season following a wave of deaths […]

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