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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (College football.  Born, Staunton, VA., Dec. 28, 1856; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 3, 1924.)  While some sources suggest that Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the head coach of the Princeton football team in 1878, during his senior year there, this is a gross extension of the facts.  Wilson was knowledgeable about the game, which […]

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor (College and pro basketball.  Born, Perth Amboy, NJ, June 9, 1951.)  A talented 6’3” backcourt star, Brian Taylor scored over 1,200 points in two seasons at Princeton and then helped the New York Nets win two A.B.A. championships.  Taylor averaged 23.5 points per game for the Tigers in 1970-71 as a sophomore and […]

Charlie Stillitano

Charlie Stillitano (Soccer.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Dec. 4, 1959.)  Vice president and general manager of the MetroStars for their first four seasons, Charles Stillitano is a former soccer player and coach turned executive who is also an attorney.  After a four-year career at Princeton, Stillitano played professionally with New York United in 1981.  From 1984-87, he […]

Arthur Knapp

Arthur Knapp (Sailing.  Born, Bayside, NY, Jan. 5, 1907; died: Greenwich, CT, June 15, 1992.)  For decades before and after World War II, Arthur Knapp, Jr., of the Larchmont Yacht Club was  one of the country’s leading competitors in boats of all sizes and descriptions.  In 1924, he was one of the first winners of […]

Dick Kazmaier

Dick Kazmaier (College football.  Born, Maumee, OH, Nov. 23, 1930.)  A 171-pound tailback in Princeton’s single-wing attack, Dick Kazmaier was considered the nation’s best football player, winning the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award in 1951, the culmination of a career in which he led his Tigers to 22 straight victories.  Princeton got off to something […]

Armond Hill

Armond Hill (College basketball.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 31, 1953.)  An all-Ivy forward, Armond G. Hill co-captained Princeton’s 1975 N.I.T. champions as a junior.  Hill was an all-Ivy First Team pick each of his last two years with the Tigers and scored 1,057 career points in 70 games (1973-76).  He was the first-round draft choice […]

Fred Leuhring

Fred Leuhring (College basketball. Born, Hanover, KS, Nov. 18, 1881; died, Swarthmore, PA, Feb. 1, 1981.) As the first full-time professional basketball coach at Princeton, Frederick W. Leuhring coached the Tigers for eight seasons (1912-20). Leuhring was 100-43 at Princeton, tying for the E.I.B.L. title in 1916 but losing a playoff, 16-14, at Pennsylvania. He […]

Arthur Poe

Arthur Poe (College football.  Born, Baltimore, MD, Mar. 22, 1879; died, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 15, 1951.)  Last of the famed five Poe brothers who starred in football at Princeton, Arthur specialized in beating Yale.  In 1898, his 95-yard touchdown run accounted for the scoring (with an extra point) in a 6-0 Tigers win and, as […]

Geoff Petrie

Geoff Petrie (College basketball.  Born, Springfield, PA, Apr. 17, 1948.)  A 6’4” guard, Geoffrey H. Petrie was the best player inherited by Pete Carril when he succeeded Bill van Breda Kolff at Princeton in 1967.  In Petrie’s first varsity season (1967-68), the Tigers went 20-6 and tied for the Ivy League title.  He averaged 12.9 points per […]

Charlie Gogolak

Charlie Gogolak (College football.  Born, Rabahidveg, Hungary, Dec. 29, 1944.)  As a soccer-style placekicker for Princeton (1963-65), Charles P. Gogolak set seven N.C.A.A. records.  Gogolak made 50 straight extra points, then considered exceptional, scored 81 points by kicking in a single season, and scored 20 points in one game with six field goals and two […]

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