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Benny Friedman

Benny Friedman (Football.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Mar. 18, 1905; died, New York, NY, Nov. 23, 1982.)  An all-America quarterback at Michigan, Benjamin Friedman became a major name in New York football as both a player and coach.  Friedman played with short-lived N.F.L. teams in Cleveland (1927) and Detroit (1928) before joining the Giants for three […]

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 […]

Glenn Dobbs

Glenn Dobbs (Pro football.  Born, Frederick, OK, July 12, 1921; died, Tulsa, OK, Nov. 12, 2003.)  A big star at little-known Tulsa, Glenn Dobbs, Jr., was briefly a brilliant backfield performer for the Brooklyn Football Dodgers in the All-America Football Conference.  Dobbs spent three years with the Randolph Field team during military service (1943-45) during […]

Bill Cox

Bill Cox (Soccer.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 8, 1909; died, Mt. Kisco, NY, Mar. 28, 1989.)  William Drought Cox was probably the man who restored soccer to a status as popular sport in the United States after it virtually disappeared from the American sports calendar during World War II.  Cox led a group of investors […]

Charlie Conerly

Charlie Conerly (Pro football.  Born, Clarksdale, MS, Sept. 19, 1921; died, Memphis, TN, Feb. 13, 1996.)  A U.S. Marine in the South Pacific during World War II, Charlie Conerly returned to college after the war ended in 1945 despite having been drafted No. 11 by the Washington Redskins.  In 1947, his senior year at Mississippi, […]

Pete Cawthorn

Pete Cawthorn (Pro football.  Born, Houston, TX, Mar. 28, 1898; died, Houston, TX, Dec. 31, 1962.)  Head coach of the N.F.L. Brooklyn Football Dodgers, Peter Willis Cawthorn lasted less than a season and a half, but the team didn’t last much longer.  Cawthorn was 2-8-0 in 1943 and the team changed its name to the […]

Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle (College and pro football.  Born, DeRidder, LA, May 1, 1905; died, New York, NY, Dec. 26, 1942.)   A halfback at West Point, Christian Keener Cagle was a three-time All-America choice (1927-29).  Cagle played for the Army varsity in 1926 and became a star when he ran for two touchdowns against Notre Dame and two […]

Hardy Brown

Hardy Brown (Pro football.  Born, Childress, TX, May 8, 1924; died, Stockton, CA, Nov. 8, 1991.)  After playing for Southern Methodist and Tulsa with military service in World War II in between, Hardy Brown became a linebacker with the Brooklyn Football Dodgers in 1948.  When the Dodgers folded after the season, Brown moved to the Chicago […]

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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