|Date of birth:December 1, 1902|
|Place of birth: Orillia, Washington|
|Date of death: July 13, 1998(aged 95)|
|Place of death: Kent, Washington|
|College: Southern California|
|Debuted in 1927|
|Last played in 1937|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Pro Football Hall of Fame|
December 1, 1902|
|Died: July 13, 1998
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|June 20, 1929 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 18, 1930 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||45|
Morris Hiram "Red" Badgro (December 1, 1902 in Orillia, Washington – July 13, 1998 in Kent, Washington) was a multi-sport athlete, best known as a professional American football end in the National Football League for the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Badgro also played two seasons with the St. Louis Browns.
Professional football career
Badgro was highly regarded as a sure-tackling defender and an effective blocker on offense but he was also a talented receiver. In 1934, he tied for the NFL's pass-catching crown with 16 receptions, a significant number in those defense-dominated days when most NFL teams concentrated on grind-it-out football. He also had the distinction of being the first player to score a touchdown in the NFL championship series that began in 1933.
Badgro made many other key catches that were converted into Giants victories, including a 15-yard reception that was a key play in a long drive for the game’s only score in a 3-0 New York divisional title win. Badgro had his big defensive moments as well. Playing against the Boston Redskins in 1935, Red blocked a punt and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown.
Professional baseball career
Badgro retired after one year with the NFL's 1927 New York Yankees to play baseball. After spending the 1928 season in the minor leagues, Badgro played two seasons as a right fielder for the St. Louis Browns in the 1929 and 1930 seasons.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame bio
- Professional Football Researchers Association article
- Morris Badgro Profile at USC Legends
- Red Badgro at Baseball-Reference
- Morris Badgro at Find-A-Grave