Dick Rauch

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Dick Rauch
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Date of birth: (1893-07-15)July 15, 1893
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death: October 1970 (Age 77)
Career information
Position(s): Offensive lineman/Head coach/Scout
Uniform number: 14 (1925)
29/30 (1928)
College: Penn State
Organizations
As scout:
1921-1922
1923
Penn State
Colgate
As coach:
1921-1922
1923
1924-1926
1928
1929
Penn State (assistant)
Colgate (assistant)
Pottsville Maroons
New York Yankees
Boston Bulldogs
As player:
1924-1926
1928
1929
Pottsville Maroons
New York Yankees
Boston Bulldogs
Career highlights and awards
  • Anthracite League champion (1924)
  • Disputed NFL champion (1925)
  • NFL head coaching record: 33-24-3
  • First NFL coach to institute daily practices
  • Last Head coach of the Pottsville Maroons- Boston Bulldogs franchise
  • Last Head coach of the New York Yankees (NFL) franchise
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal U.S. Army
Years of service 1917-1919
Battles/wars World War I

Richard Harvie Rauch (July 15, 1893 – October 1970) was an American football player and coach in the United States. Rauch attended Penn State University. He was a player-coach for the Boston Bulldogs, New York Yankees and the Maroons over the course of his four-year career. Rauch made his professional debut in the National Football League in 1925 with the Pottsville Maroons. He was also the first NFL coach to institute daily practices.

Early career[edit]

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rauch attended high school at Harrisburg Tech in 1906. He did not make the football team until his senior year, in 1909. He played center on that team. After high school he went to work in the Pennsylvania Steel Mills outside of Harrisburg for six years. Rauch decided to continue his education. In 1916 he entered Bethlehem Prep, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to brush up his mathematics and obtain sufficient credits to enter Penn State. At Bethlehem Prep, Rauch lettered in three sports, football, basketball and track.

Penn State and the Army[edit]

In 1916 Rauch entered State College and he soon captained and played tight end on the school's freshman team. By 1917 he made the varsity team and played the entire season at end. At the end of the 1917 season Rauch joined the U.S. Army and was placed in the ordinance department and was stationed in Virginia.

He was discharged from the Army in August 1919, and returned to Penn State. By that time Rauch started at center, and then was put in at offensive guard. His place at center was taken by Larry Conover. Rauch continued to play guard his senior year in 1920, with the exception of the last four games when he was shifted to offensive tackle. After graduating Penn State retained him as assistant coach in 1921. He excelled in scouting. He performed the scouting duties for every college he served.

Colgate[edit]

In 1923, Rauch went to Colgate University as the team's offensive line coach. Colgate soon gave him a contract for the following year in 1924. However he accepted an offer by the Pottsville Marroons as serve as head coach of their professional football team.

Pro football[edit]

Maroons owner Dr. John Striegel hired Rauch, because he was a protégé of the strict discipline philosophy instituted by Penn State coach, Hugo Bezdek. During Rauch's first season with the Maroons, the team won the Anthracite League championship. The very next season the Maroon joined the NFL, and in just their first year in league, the franchise won the NFL championship before having it stripped away from them by the league in a controversial move.

The next season Rauch's Maroon completed a 10-2-1 record and captured third place in the NFL standings. However after a 5-8 record in 1927, Rauch left the team to coach the New York Yankees. Following a 4-8 record with the Yankees during the 1928 season, Rauch returned to the Maroons franchise which had just been sold to a group of New Englanders who move the franchise to Boston and renamed the team the Boston Bulldogs.

The 1929 season was Rauch's last season coaching in the NFL. After a 4-4 record, the Maroons-Bulldogs franchise folded.

Outside football[edit]

Besides being a football player and coach, Rauch also worked as an ornithologist, a steel worker, an electrician and a graduate electrical engineer. Dick spent his off-seasons writing poetry and traveled as far west as the Yukon to study the nesting habits of birds. He later put his knowledge of birds to use by exploring the Antarctic for the U.S. government.[1]

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