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John Druze

John Druze (College football.  Born, Newark, NJ, July 13, 1914; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Dec. 27, 2005.)  Captain, kicker, and right end, John Francis Druze was the last survivor of Fordham’s famed “Seven Blocks of Granite” line of 1936-37.  Druze was also the first baseman for the Rams baseball team.  Fordham was 12-1-3 in the two […]

John Dell Isola

John Dell Isola (College and pro football.  Born, Everett, MA, Feb. 10, 1912; died, Arlington, MA, Oct. 21, 1986.)  Following three varsity seasons at Fordham, John Dell Isola joined the Football Giants, where he was a regular on the interior line for seven seasons (1934-40).  Dell Isola was a center his first three years with […]

Ed Danowski

Ed Danowski (Pro and college football.  Born, Jamesport, NY, Sept. 30, 1911; died, East Patchogue, NY, Feb. 1, 1997.)  Last coach of Fordham’s “big-time” football program, Edward Danowski first came to prominence as a Rams quarterback in 1932.  Danowski threw two touchdown passes that year in a 14-0 victory over St. Mary’s at the Polo […]

Jim Crowley

Jim Crowley (College football.  Born, Chicago, IL, Sept. 10, 1902; died, Scranton, PA, Jan. 15, 1986.)  One of the legendary “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame, James Harold Crowley was head football coach at Fordham for nine seasons (1933-41).  “Sleepy Jim” coached the second “Seven Blocks of Granite” team (1936-37) and took the Rams to two […]

Tim Cohane

Tim Cohane (Sportswriter.  Born, New Haven, CT, Feb. 7, 1912; died, Nashua, NH, Jan. 22, 1989.)  A writer and editor, Timothy Cohane began his career as the sports publicist for Fordham following his graduation in 1935.  Cohane thus became the public relations arm during the most glorious era of Rams football.  He revived a phrase, […]

Frank Cavanaugh

Frank Cavanaugh (College football.  Born, Worcester, MA, Nov. 13, 1876; died, Marshfield, MA, Aug. 29, 1933.)  A player at Dartmouth (1895-97) and a coach at five schools, Maj. Francis William Cavanaugh took over Fordham’s football team in 1927.  Cavanaugh, though with failing vision and health from World War I wounds, coached six years at Rose […]

Pete Carlesimo

Pete Carlesimo (College sports.  Born, Newark, NJ, Sept. 2, 1915; died, Upper Montclair, NJ, June 23, 2003.)  Noted generally for his restructuring of the National Invitation Tournament, Peter A. Carlesimo established his original reputation in football rather than basketball.  A Fordham graduate who for played for the Rams (1937-39) as a guard, in 1945 he became […]

Al Babartsky

Al Babartsky (College football.  Born, Shenandoah, PA, Apr. 19, 1915; died, Kettering, OH, Dec. 29, 2002.)  Known to his teammates as “Ali Baba,” Albert J. Babartsky was a tackle on the celebrated “Seven Blocks of Granite” line at Fordham (1935-37).  He earned some All-America mentions in his senior season (1937) and had an N.F.L. career […]

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