Alfred J. Robertson

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Alfred J. Robertson
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born c. 1891
Died October 30, 1948 (aged 57)
Rochester, Minnesota
Playing career
1912 Carleton
1915 Montana
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919 Fort Hays State
1920–1947 Bradley
1919–1920 Fort Hays State
1920–1948 Bradley
1921–1948 Bradley
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1920–1948 Bradley
Head coaching record
Overall 3–6 (football; Fort Hays State only)
322–196 (basketball)

Alfred James "Robbie" Robertson (c. 1891 – October 30, 1948) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. Robertson Memorial Field House, the former home basketball venue at Bradley University, was named in his honor.

Playing career[edit]

A native of South Haven, Minnesota, Robertson lettered in football, basketball, and track at Carleton College. In 1912, he captained the football team and was named All-State quarterback. Robertson transferred to the University of Montana in 1914, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. At Montana, he also played quarterback before graduating in 1916.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Robertson was the third head football coach at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and he held that position for the 1919 season. His record at Fort Hays State was 3–6.[3]

Illness and death[edit]

Robertson was hospitalized in October 1948 in Peoria, Illinois and had surgery for a "rare liver aliment" at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota later that month. He died on October 30, at the Saint Mary's Hospita in Rochester, at the age of 57.[4]