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224 Persons in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame:

Ace Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence McKay Parker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
101
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Yanks, New York Yankees, Duke University. Also played pro baseball.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Arnold Palmer

Real/Birth Name:
Arnold Daniel Palmer
Nickname(s):
The King
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won seven major golf championships: The Masters: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 , the U.S. Open: 1960, and the Open Championship: 1961, 1962.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bobby Bell

Real/Birth Name:
Bobby Lee Bell
Also Known As:
Bobby Lee Bell Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker/defensive end. Team Kansas City Chiefs

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Buck Baker

Real/Birth Name:
Elzie Wiley Baker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Stock car racer.

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Buck Leonard

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Fenner Leonard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First baseman, Negro Leagues teams Brooklyn Royal Giants, Homestead Grays

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Buddy Lewis

Real/Birth Name:
John Kelly Lewis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Third baseman, right field. Team Washington Senators

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Carl Eller

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Eller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end. Teams University of Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks. Served 60 days for misdemeanors. Active in support of sleep apnea awareness.

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Catfish Hunter

Real/Birth Name:
James Augustus Hunter
Nickname(s):
Catfish
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died following a fall down the stairs at his home. Suffered from ALS.

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Charley Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Wesley Rippay
Also Known As:
Charles Wesley Jones
Charlie Jones
Nickname(s):
Long Charlie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Left field. Teams Keokuk Westerns, Hartford Dark Blues, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Stockings, Boston Red Caps, Cincinnati Red Stockings, New York Metropolitans, Kansas City Cowboys. First pro basseball player to hit 2 home runs in one inning.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Charlie Justice

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Ronald Justice
Nickname(s):
Choo-Choo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback. Teams University of North Carolina, Washington Redskins

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Claude Gibson

Real/Birth Name:
Claude Gibson
Also Known As:
Claude "Hoot" Gibson
Nickname(s):
Hoot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NFL teams San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Curly Neal

Real/Birth Name:
Fred Neal
Also Known As:
Fred "Curly" Neal
Nickname(s):
Curly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team The Harlem Globetrotters

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry as a team member of The Harlem Globetrotters.

Dale Earnhardt

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Dale Earnhardt
Also Known As:
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Nickname(s):
Ironhead
Mr. Restrictor Plate
The Man in Black
The Intimidator
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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NASCAR driver. Died in a race car wreck at Daytona.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dale Jarrett

Real/Birth Name:
Dale Arnold Jarrett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

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Stock car driver.

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David Thompson

Real/Birth Name:
David O'Neil Thompson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66, 29 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shooting guard, small forward. Teams North Carolina State University, Denver Nuggets, Seattle SuperSonics. 13,422 points, 22.1 per game.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dean Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Dean Edwards Smith
Also Known As:
Dean E. Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Basketball head coach, team University of North Carolina Tarheels. Recruited the university's first African-American scholarship basketball player. Pushed for equal treatment for African Americans by local businesses. Supporter of Democratic party causes.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Eddie Sutton

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Eugene Sutton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Head coach for 36 years, various colleges, a win-loss of 806-326.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Elvin Bethea

Real/Birth Name:
Elvin Lamont Bethea
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end. Teams North Carolina A&T State University, Houston Oilers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Enos Slaughter

Real/Birth Name:
Enos Bradsher Slaughter
Nickname(s):
Country
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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Everett N. Case

Real/Birth Name:
Everett Norris Case
Nickname(s):
Gray Fox
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach team North Carolina State for 18 years.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Fred Crawford

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick A. Crawford Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tackle. Teams Duke University, Chicago Bears

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Gaylord Perry

Real/Birth Name:
Gaylord Jackson Perry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81, 35 days before his 82nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Jim Perry by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

General Crowder

Real/Birth Name:
Alvin Floyd Crowder
Nickname(s):
Yankee Killer
General
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

George McAfee

Real/Birth Name:
George Anderson McAfee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 9 days before his 91st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback. Teams Duke University, Chicago Bears

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Herb Thomas

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Watson Thomas
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

One of NASCAR's most successful drivers in the 1950s.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hoyt Wilhelm

Real/Birth Name:
James Hoyt Wilhelm
Nickname(s):
Old Sarge
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80, 28 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard (special), ceremony date: 20 June 2008 as a team member of Los Angeles Dodgers.

Humpy Wheeler

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Augustine Wheeler Jr.
Also Known As:
H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

President and General Manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Voice role of Tex in animated movie Cars

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jack Coombs

Real/Birth Name:
John Wesley Coombs
Nickname(s):
Colby Jack
Jack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Robins, Detroit Tigers. Coach, team Duke University

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James Worthy

Real/Birth Name:
James Ager Worthy
Nickname(s):
Big Game James
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 9 inches (205.74 cm)

Brief Facts:

Small forward. Teams University of North Carolina, Los Angeles Lakers

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Jethro Pugh

Real/Birth Name:
Jethro Pugh Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle/end. Team Dallas Cowboys

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jim Perry

Real/Birth Name:
James Evan Perry Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Gaylord Perry by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

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Jim Ritcher

Real/Birth Name:
James Alexander Ritcher
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center, guard, offensive lineman. Teams North Carolina State University, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John McLendon

Real/Birth Name:
John B. McLendon Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African American basketball coach at a predominantly white university and the first African American head coach in any professional sport. Coached teams North Carolina College for Negroes, Hampton Institute, Tennessee State A&I University, Cleveland Pipers, Kentucky State University, Cleveland State University, Denver Rockets

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Junior Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Glenn Johnson Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Last American Hero
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Early driver in NASCAR racing. Car owner. Imprisoned for moonshining. Credited with discovering drafting as a race strategy.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kay Yow

Real/Birth Name:
Sandra Kay Yow
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach. Teams Elon College, North Carolina State University. Also volleyball and softball. Olympics coach. Olympics Gold Medal 1988. Olympics Gold Medal 1984.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lee Petty

Real/Birth Name:
Lee Arnold Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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Descendants:

Brief Facts:

One of the pioneers of NASCAR.

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Meadowlark Lemon

Real/Birth Name:
Meadow George Lemon III
Nickname(s):
Clown Prince of Basketball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

More than 16,000 games with the basketball team The Harlem Globetrotters. Movie The Fish That Ate Pittsburgh. Later owner of a team and part owner of another. Later also a minister.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry as a team member of The Harlem Globetrotters.

Mike Krzyzewski

Real/Birth Name:
Michael William Krzyzewski
Nickname(s):
Coach K
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team United States Military Academy. Coach, teams US national men's basketball team, United States Military Academy, Duke University. Olympic Gold Medal 1984. Olympic Gold Medal 1992. Olympic Gold Medal 2008. Olympic Gold Medal 2012. Olympic Gold Medal 2016.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Mike McGee

Real/Birth Name:
Michael B. McGee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive guard. Teams Duke University, St. Louis Cardinals

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ned Jarrett

Real/Birth Name:
Ned A. Jarrett
Nickname(s):
Gentleman Ned Jarrett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver and two-time champion.

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Raymond Floyd

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Loran Floyd
Nickname(s):
Ray
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 24 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pro gollfer, won 4 major titles.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Richard Petty

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Lee Petty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
son of
older brother of
Older than Maurice Petty by 1 year.

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Descendants:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR champion, always car number 43. Trademark cowboy hat and sunglasses. In 1996, he was the Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State, but was defeated.

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Roger Craig

Real/Birth Name:
Roger Lee Craig
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies. Manager, teams San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6807 Hollywood Boulevard (special), ceremony date: 20 June 2008 as a team member of Los Angeles Dodgers.

Roman Gabriel

Real/Birth Name:
Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80, 6 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles. As coach, teams Cal Poly Pomona, Boston Breakers, Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks

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Ronnie Shavlik

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Dean Shavlik
Nickname(s):
Ron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center. Team New York Knicks

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Smoky Burgess

Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Harrill Burgess
Nickname(s):
Smoky
Smokey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Catcher. MLB teams Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox

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Sonny Jurgensen

Real/Birth Name:
Christian Adolph Jurgensen III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85, 12 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

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Sylvia Hatchell

Real/Birth Name:
Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach, women's basketball teams University of North Carolina, Francis Marion University

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Ted Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Edward Brown
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Running back. Teams North Carolina State University, Minnesota Vikings

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Tommy Helms

Real/Birth Name:
Tommy Vann Helms
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Second base. Teams Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox. Managed the Reds.

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Wallace Wade

Real/Birth Name:
William Wallace Wade
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard.Team Brown University. Head coach of the team at University of Alabama in 1923. Over the next 7 years, his team won 3 national championships, appearing in the Rose Bowl in 1925, 1926 and 1930.

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