Ralph Waldsmith

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Ralph Waldsmith
No. 10 (1922)[1]
Date of birth (1892-08-07)August 7, 1892
Place of birth Akron, Ohio, United States
Date of death June 7, 1925(1925-06-07) (aged 32)
Career information
Position(s) Guard, Center
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
College Akron
Career history
As coach
1916, 1919 Akron Indians
As player
1914 Akron Indians
1916–1917 Canton Bulldogs
1919 Akron Indians
1921 Cleveland Indians
1922 Canton Bulldogs
As owner
1919 Akron Indians
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Ralph George "Fat" Waldsmith (August 7, 1892 – June 7, 1925) was a professional football player during the early years of the National Football League. Waldsmith won an NFL championship with the Canton Bulldogs in 1922. before that season, he played for the Cleveland Indians in the American Professional Football Association, which was the run-up to the NFL.

Pre-NFL era[edit]

Prior to playing the NFL, Waldsmith played in the Ohio League with the Akron Indians in 1914, alongside Knute Rockne. He played in every game that season.[2] In 1916 and 1917, Ralph won the Ohio League championship with the Canton Bulldogs.[3][4] In 1919 Waldsmith was the coach and co-owner of the Akron Indians. That year, he signed Fritz Pollard to play for Akron ao that the team could compete against the Massillon Tigers and Canton.[5]

Akron Zips Hall of Fame[edit]

In 1978, Waldsmith was inducted into the University of Akron's Varsity “A” Sports Hall of Fame.[6]


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