Al Hessberg

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Albert Hessberg II (June 14, 1916 – January 14, 1995) was an American college football player and lawyer.

At Yale University, Hessberg played track and was the first Jewish standout player on the Yale Bulldogs football team.[1] Hessberg became the first Jewish member of the prestigious secret society Skull and Bones at Yale, at a time when Jews were excluded from such clubs.[1][2] He graduated in 1938.[1]

He graduated from Yale Law School in 1941. He spent the rest of his life practicing law in Albany, New York, eventually becoming senior partner at Hiscock & Barclay and president of the Albany County Bar Association. He died of cancer at age 78.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Oren, Dan A. (1985). Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 87–88, 351. ISBN 0-300-03330-3. 
  2. ^ Jaher, Frederic Cople (2001). "Antisemitism in American Athletics". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. 20 (1): 61–73. doi:10.1353/sho.2001.0068. 
  3. ^ "Albert Hessberg 2d, Albany Lawyer, 78". New York Times. 26 Jan 1995. p. 21.