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Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton (College football.  Born, Ypsilanti, MI, Jan. 28, 1951.)  Only Red Blaik served longer as head coach of Army football than Robert Eugene Sutton, who also spent eight years as West Point’s defensive coordinator (1983-90).  Sutton served nine years (1991-99) as head coach with a 44-55-1 record.  His 1996 team was the first Cadets squad […]

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg (College Football.  Born, West Orange, NJ, Aug. 16, 1862; died, Stockton, CA, Mar. 17, 1965.)  Although his primary athletic reputation when he entered Yale was as a baseball player, Amos Alonzo Stagg went on to become one of the legends of college football as both a player and coach. He played only two […]

Tad Jones

Tad Jones (College football.  Born, Excello, OH, Feb. 27, 1887; died, New Haven, CT, June 19, 1957.)  Brother of Howard Jones, the school’s first paid coach, Thomas Albert Dwight Jones became a successful Yale head coach.  Jones was graduated by Yale in 1908, becoming head coach at Syracuse (1909-10) for two seasons.  He was lured […]

Howard Jones

Howard Jones (College football.  Born, Excello, OH, Aug. 23, 1885; died, Toluca Lake, NY, July 27, 1941.)  Although he was to earn fame as the long-time coach at Southern California (1925-40), Howard Harding Jones learned both football and coaching at Yale.  Jones played for powerhouse Yale teams before his 1908 graduation, coached there in 1909, […]

J.J. Jennings

J.J. Jennings (College football.  Born, Holyoke, MA, Aug. 16, 1952.)  James J. Jennings set nine school records during his three-year career as a running back at Rutgers (1971-73).  As a senior, Jennings led the nation in scoring (128 points) and had a 230-yard rushing game against Massachusetts (Oct. 6, 1973.)  In 33 college games, he […]

Larry Kelley

Larry Kelley (College football.  Born, Conneaut, OH, May 30, 1915; died, Hightstown, NJ, June 27, 2000.)  In the mid-1930s, the fortunes of Yale football were still a major national story and Lawrence Morgan Kelley was a major part of that story.  Kelley performed the unusual feat, especially for an end, of scoring in every game […]

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 […]

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy (Sportscaster. Born, Tulsa, OK, Sept. 19, 1924; died, West Palm Beach, FL Aug. 3, 2004.) An icon for generations of Mets fans, Robert A. Murphy started calling play-by-play for the team when it entered the N.L. in 1962. Murphy was one of the three original voices of the Mets, along with Lindsay Nelson and […]

Frank Howley

Frank Howley (College football.  Born, Hampton, NJ, Feb. 3, 1903; died, Warrentown, VA, July 30, 1993.)  As a standout left end on mediocre N.Y.U. teams (1922-24), Frank Leo Howley earned the nickname “Golden Toe” for his placekicking exploits.  Howley became a brigadier general in the U.S. Army during World War II, military governor of Berlin, […]

Century Milstead

Century Milstead (College and pro football. Born, Allegheny, PA, Jan. 1, 1901; died, Pleasantville, NY, June 1, 1963.) Ranked among the best linemen of his time, Century Allen Milstead was a two-time all-America tackle at Yale (1923-24). Unlike many of his contemporaries, Milstead assayed a pro career and signed with the newly-organized Giants. After the […]

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