Luke Urban

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Luke Urban
Luke Urban.png
Urban pictured in Sub Turri 1921, Boston College yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey
Biographical details
Born (1898-03-22)March 22, 1898
Fall River, Massachusetts, USA
Died December 7, 1980(1980-12-07) (aged 82)
Somerset, Massachusetts, USA
Playing career
Football
1916–1917
1919–1920
1921–1923

Basketball
c. 1920

Baseball
c. 1920
1922–1923
1924–1925
1926–1927
1927–1928
1928–1929
1931

Ice hockey
c. 1920

Boston College
Boston College
Buffalo All-Americans/Bisons


Boston College


Boston College
Buffalo Bisons
Columbus Senators
Toledo Mud Hens
Boston Braves
Buffalo Bisons
Springfield Ponies


Boston College
Position(s) End (football)
Catcher (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1921–1930

Basketball
1918–1921
1921–1924
1925–1931
1940–1960

Baseball
1948–1950

Canisius


Boston College
Canisius
Canisius
Durfee HS (MA)


Fall River Indians
Head coaching record
Overall 46–27–7 (college football)
84–57 (college basketball)
247–91 (high school basketball)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Basketball
4 Eastern Massachusetts Basketball (1947, 1948, 1952, 1956)
2 New England Basketball (1948, 1956)
Awards
Football
All-American, 1920
All-APFA (1920)
2x All-NFL (1922–1923)
Luke Urban
Catcher
Born: (1898-03-22)March 22, 1898
Fall River, Massachusetts
Died: December 7, 1980(1980-12-07) (aged 82)
Somerset, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 19, 1927 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 21, 1928 for the Boston Braves
Career statistics
Batting average .273
Hits 35
RBIs 12
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Louis John "Luke" Urban (March 22, 1898 – December 7, 1980) was an American multi-sport athlete and coach. He played four seasons of professional American football in the National Football League and two years of Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves. Urban was also a college football coach, a college and high school basketball coach, and a minor league baseball manager.

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

Urban played football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey for the Boston College Eagles. He was a captain for the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a member of the 1920 College Football All-America Team.[1]

Football[edit]

Urban played end for the Buffalo All-Americans from 1921 to 1924. He was named to the Buffalo Evening News All-APFA Team in 1921, George Halas' All-NFL Team in 1922, and the Collyers Eye Magazine and Canton Daily News All-NFL Team in 1923.[2]

Baseball[edit]

Urban signed with the New York Yankees and played for their minor league teams in Buffalo and Columbus. He made the Major Leagues in 1927 with the Boston Braves. He appeared in 35 games for the Braves that season.[3] Urban refused to report to spring training in 1928 as part of a contract holdout. He eventually reported to camp late.[4] On June 22, 1928, he was traded with Jimmy Cooney and Johnny Werts for Bonnie Hollingsworth.[3] He played for Buffalo from 1928 to 1930 and the Springfield Ponies in 1931, and the Hartford Senators from 1931 to 1932.

Basketball[edit]

Urban played basketball for Worcester Five of the Inter-State Basketball League in 1921.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Urban served as Boston College's head basketball coach during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Following his graduation, Urban was offered the position of head football coach at Creighton University, but turned down the offer in order to play professional football.[6] From 1921 to 1930, he was the head basketball and football coach at Canisius College. His football teams had a record of 46–27–7 record, with of his eight clubs having a record of .500 or better. He was the school's winningest football coach until he was passed by Tom Hersey in 1990.

Urban was the head basketball coach at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts from 1940 to 1960. He had a 247–91 record with the Hilltoppers and won two New England championships.[7]

Urban was the manager of the Fall River Indians the of the New England League from 1948 to 1950.

Honors[edit]

Urban was inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame in 1965, the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Canisius College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976.[1][8] Durfee High's gymnasium was named the Luke Urban Field House in honor of Urban.

Head coaching record[edit]

College football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Canisius Golden Griffins (Independent) (1921–1925)
1921 Canisius 4–3–2
1923 Canisius 5–2–1
1923 Canisius 8–1
1924 Canisius 4–3
1925 Canisius 4–4
Canisius Golden Griffins (Western New York Little Three Conference) (1926–1930)
1926 Canisius 2–5–1
1927 Canisius 7–1
1928 Canisius 5–1–1
1929 Canisius 3–4–1
1930 Canisius 4–3–1
Canisius: 46–27–7
Total: 46–27–7

College basketball[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Boston College Eagles () (1918–1921)
1918–19 Boston College 4–1
1919–20 Boston College 5–3
1920–21 Boston College 7–6
Boston College: 16–10
Canisius Golden Griffins () (1921–1924)
1921–22 Canisius 6–4
1922–23 Canisius 10–4
1923–24 Canisius 8–1
Canisius Golden Griffins () (1925–1931)
1925–26 Canisius 5–8
1926–27 Canisius 9–5
1927–28 Canisius 8–5
1928–29 Canisius 7–5
1929–30 Canisius 5–12
1930–31 Canisius 10–5
Canisius: 68–47
Total: 84–57

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Louis Urban". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Louis Urban". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Luke Urban Player Page". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Practice Games To Keep Yankees". The Evening Independent. March 5, 1928. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Well-Known Stars Of Court Here Saturday". The Hartford Courant. November 29, 1921. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Urban Asked to Coach.". The New York Times. December 7, 1920. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  7. ^ Doug Chapman (April 10, 1988). "The doors to the Hall of Fame to be opened early for Karam". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Canisius College Athletics Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 

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