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Lou Kusserow

Lou Kusserow (Football. Born, Braddock, PA, Sept. 6, 1927; died, LaQuinta, CA, June 30, 2001.) A star running back with Lou Little’s strong post-war teams, Louis Joseph Kusserow is the Columbia leader in points scored for a career and held the single season record for over a half-century. Despite missing the final four games of the […]

Sid Luckman

Sid Luckman (College football. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 21, 1916; died, Chicago, IL, July 5, 1998.) Sid Luckman was a most unusual football star. He was a great high school player at Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall, but opted not to attend any of the high-powered colleges that tried to recruit him. Instead, Luckman decided he wanted […]

Lou Little

Lou Little (College football. Born, Leominster, MA, Dec. 6, 1893; died, Delray Beach, FL, May 28, 1979.) Louis Lawrence Little stamped his name indelibly on some of the brightest moments in the history of New York college football during his 27-year tenure as head coach at Columbia. After playing a season at Vermont, Little transferred […]

Ralph Hewitt

Ralph Hewitt (College football.  Born, Lawrence, MA, Nov. 10, 1907; died, Portsmouth, RI, Oct. 23, 1987.)  When Lou Little succeeded Charles Crowley as Columbia football coach in 1930, he inherited one major asset and that was tailback Ralph Augustine Hewitt.  Hewitt did not disappoint.  In Little’s first season, Hewitt kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to beat […]

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (Sportswriter.  Born, McKeesport, PA, Aug. 4, 1895; died, New York, NY, Oct. 6, 1931.)  A prominent sportswriter in the 1920s, James Renwick Harrison covered the “Murderers Row” 1927 Yankees for The New York Times.  Harrison wrote for the campus daily (the Spectator) at Columbia and became its managing editor as a senior in […]

Mitch Price

Mitch Price (College football.  Born, Midvale, UT, Jan. 10, 1931.)  A three-year regular at quarterback for Columbia (1950-52), Mitchell Price passed for 3,076 yards in 26 games, completing 237 of 452 passes but only 14 for touchdowns.  He also carried 264 times for 317 yards for teams that were 11-14-1 under coach Lou Little.  Price […]

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, […]

Cliff Battles

Cliff Battles (College basketball.  Born, Akron, OH, May 1, 1910; died, Seminole, FL, Apr. 28, 1981.)  A superb football running back at West Virginia Wesleyan who twice led the N.F.L. in rushing (1932, 1937), Clifford Battles quit Washington in a salary dispute in 1938 and became an assistant football coach under Lou Little at Columbia.  Battles […]

Red Badgro

Red Badgro (Pro football.  Born, Orillia, WA, Dec. 1, 1902; died, Orillia, WA, July 13, 1998.)  A six-foot, 190-pound end from Southern California, Morris Badgro is the only man to play pro football for Yankees, Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers teams.  Badgro joined the Football Yankees in 1927 and played for the Giants for six seasons […]

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