Frank M. Ridley

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Frank M. Ridley
Born (1883-05-01)May 1, 1883
La Grange, Georgia
Died January 28, 1953(1953-01-28) (aged 69)
La Grange, Georgia
Occupation Physician
College football career
Georgia Bulldogs
Position End
Class Graduate
Career history
College Georgia (1901–1902)
Personal information
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Frank Morris Ridley, Jr. (May 1, 1883 – January 28, 1953)[1][2] was a college football player and physician.

College football[edit]

Ridley was a prominent member of the Georgia Bulldogs football teams of the University of Georgia, captain of the team in 1901 and 1902.[3][4]


At year's end, Ridley was re-elected captain.[5] He was then the youngest ever captain and the only to be elected such twice.[5]


After the scoreless tie with Georgia Tech, Ridley "was somewhat disgusted and declared that it was the worst game the Georgia team had ever played."[6] Ridley was selected an All-Southern lineman along with teammates Harold Ketron and Sandy Beaver,[7] achieving the honor in his first year at the position – moved to end from the backfield.[8] One account of Ridley reads "Ridley's first year on the team he played this position so well that Coach Heisman named his as the All-Southern end. He is quick and active and never hesitates to tackle a man, seldom being blocked."[9]


In 1906 he graduated with honors from the old Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons. He specialized as a surgeon and diagnostician.[2][10][11]


On June 6, 1906 Ridley married Sister Mabel Douglas Hood.[12]


Ridley was once shot at the wedding of his cousin in 1907, nearly dying.[3][10][13]


  1. ^ Registration State: Georgia; Registration County: Troup; Roll: 1558648 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line].
  2. ^ a b Lyndon H. Hart (1992). Ridley of Southampton: Being the Descendants of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Day Ridley of Southampton, Then Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Circa 1700-1992. p. 273. 
  3. ^ a b "Ridley". Weekly Banner. January 4, 1907. 
  4. ^ "Team Captains". 
  5. ^ a b "Ridley Again Captains Georgia Football Team". Atlanta Constitution. December 11, 1901. p. 8. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947". History of the University of Georgia. p. 3470. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  7. ^ e. g. "From Southeastern College Teams The Constitution Selects An Eleven". Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1902. 
  8. ^ Kyle King. Fighting Like Cats and Dogs (PDF). p. 31. 
  9. ^ "Georgia Will Send Great Team To Oppose Clemson". Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved March 10, 2015.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ a b "Families of Disputants Related By Marriage". Atlanta Constitution. January 3, 1907. p. 1. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
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  12. ^ "Zeta". The Alpha Phi Quarterly. 18: 229. 
  13. ^ "Guests See Tragedy" (PDF). Washington Herald. January 3, 1907.