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William George

William George (College football.  Born, Scroggsville, OH, July 30, 1861; died, West Palm Beach, FL, Sept. 15, 1933.)  A guard at Princeton (1885-89), William J. George was selected for the First Team on the first all-America selections made by Walter Camp in 1889.  George was later a long-time coach and teacher at Lawrenceville (N.J.) School.

Ken Fairman

Ken Fairman (College athletics.  Born, Spring Valley, NY, Feb. 23, 1912; died, Princeton, NJ, Mar. 8, 1994.)  Princeton’s first official athletic director, R. Kenneth Fairman succeeded Asa Bushnell as graduate manager in 1938.  Fairman had been a football, basketball, and lacrosse player at Princeton.  He was also basketball coach from 1935-38 (25-38).  Fairman became the official […]

Nelson Doubleday

Nelson Doubleday (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, July 20, 1933.)  Scion of the famous New York publishing house (since sold to Germany’s Bertelsmann A.G.), Nelson Doubleday, Jr., graduated Princeton in 1954, served nearly five years in the U.S. Air Force and joined the family business in 1959. He became vice president of Doubleday & Co. […]

John DeWitt

John DeWitt (College football.  Born, Phillipsburg, NY, Oct. 29, 1881; died, New York, NY, July 28, 1930.)  A three-year starting guard, leading field goal kicker, and twice an all-American, John Riegel DeWitt scored all of Princeton’s points in an 11-6 victory over Yale in 1903.  In that game, DeWitt ran 65 yards with a blocked […]

Fritz Crisler

Fritz Crisler (College football.  Born, Earlville, IL, Jan.12, 1899; died, Ann Arbor, MI, Aug. 19, 1982.)  Considered the father of two-platoon football, Herbert Orin Crisler was also the most successful Princeton coach ever.  Crisler coached the Tigers for six seasons (1932-37), posting a record of 35-9-5 for a .765 winning percentage, the best ever for […]

Dick Colman

Dick Colman (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 11, 1914; died, Middlebury, VT, Apr. 5, 1982.)  An authority on single-wing football, Richard W. Colman, Jr., succeeded Charlie Caldwell as head coach at Princeton before the 1957 season when Caldwell was taken ill.  Colman took the position permanently on his 43rd birthday.  In 12 seasons (1957-68) […]

Pete Carril

Pete Carril (College basketball.  Born, Bethlehem, PA, July 10, 1931.)  A 29-year head coach at Princeton, Peter Carril took 11 teams in to the N.C.A.A. tournament and coached the 1975 N.I.T. champions.  Overall, Carril had 525 coaching wins in 798 games, including one season at Lehigh in 1966-67 (11-12), after which he went to Princeton, […]

Moe Berg

Moe Berg (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 2, 1902; died, Belleville, NJ, May 29, 1972.)  A Princeton man, linguist, and major league catcher, Morris Berg entered the murky world of international espionage during World War II.  Berg was raised in New Jersey, graduating from Newark’s Barringer High School in 1918, and enrolled at N.Y.U.  […]

Snake Ames

Snake Ames (College football.  Born, Chicago, IL, 1868; died, Chicago, IL, Dec. 23, 1931.)  A Princeton fullback (1886-89), Knowlton L. Ames made all-America in 1889.  He scored 730 points in four seasons, mainly on two-point kicks after touchdowns (176) and five-point field goals (26), but also ran for 62 touchdowns at four points each.

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