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Harold Weekes

Harold Weekes (College football.  Born, Oyster Bay, NY, Apr. 2, 1880; died, New York, NY, July 25, 1950.)  A 145-pound lightning bolt from Morristown (N.J.) School, Harold Weekes hit the college football scene like a shot in 1899 when Columbia resumed intercollegiate competition after an eight-year absence.  One of the major upsets of that season […]

Ray Tellier

Ray Tellier (College football.  Born, West Haven, CT, June 10, 1951.)  A star quarterback at West Haven’s Notre Dame H.S. and Connecticut (1970-72), Ray G. Tellier coached more Columbia football games than anyone except Lou Little (1930-56, 234 games).  Tellier became Columbia’s 16th head football coach in Jan. 1989 and had his first winning season […]

Lou Rossini

Lou Rossini (Basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 24, 1921; died, Sewell, NJ, Oct. 21, 2005.)  A career that was later to become very international began with a local bang for Lucio A. Rossini.  Just before the 1950-51 season was to start for the Columbia varsity, coach Gordon Ridings suffered a heart attack and Rossini, […]

Gene Rossides

Gene Rossides (College football.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 23, 1927.)  Owing to World War II manpower shortages, Eugene Telemachus Rossides was a starting back at Columbia as a freshman in 1945 and he took full advantage, piling up 1,062 all-purpose yards and leading the Lions to an 8-1 record and a No. 20 ranking in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Percy Haughton

Percy Haughton (College football.  Born, Staten Island, NY, July 11, 1876; died, New York, NY, Oct. 27, 1924.)  Though not active as a college coach for nearly seven years, Percy D. Haughton agreed in 1923 to be Columbia’s head coach.  Haughton brought an outstanding record, winning national championships at Harvard, where he was 71-7-5 in […]

Richard Glendon

Richard Glendon (Rowing.  Born, Boston, MA, Nov. 1, 1895; died, South Chatham, MA, Dec. 13, 1933.)  During the greatest days in the history of American rowing, when 100,000 or more spectators lined the banks of the Hudson River for the annual Intercollegiate championship regatta in the 1920’s, Richard J. Glendon’s crews were at the very […]

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 […]

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett (Football.  Born, Rutherford, N.J., June 19, 1930.)  Coming off an 0-9 season and having lost 11 games in a row, Columbia hired James W. Garrett as its head football coach in December 1984.  Garrett came to the Ivy League school after nearly two decades (1966-84) as a coach, scout, and administrator in the […]

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