Red Barron

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Red Barron
Barron running behind Judy Harlan.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Position Halfback
Class 1922
Career history
Personal information
Born: (1900-06-21)June 21, 1900
Clarkesville, Georgia
Died: October 4, 1982(1982-10-04) (aged 82)
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career highlights and awards

David Irenus "Red" Barron (June 21, 1900 – October 4, 1982) was an American football and baseball player. Barron was a three-sport letterwinner at the Georgia Institute of Technology.[1] In football, he was named second or third team All American twice, first-team All-Southern four times, and was an inductee to Tech's Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.[2][3] He was also twice an All-Southern baseball player at Tech.

Georgia Tech[edit]

Barron was a prominent halfback for John Heisman and Bill Alexander's Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football teams of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1918 to 1922. Former Tech fullback Sam Murray, who played as a substitute for later Tech back Doug Wycoff, was asked about a certain strong runner in the 1930s, "He's good. But if I were playing again, I would have one wish – never to see bearing down upon me a more fearsome picture of power than Judy Harlan blocking for Red Barron."[4]

During the Cocking affair, Eugene Talmadge attempted to place Barron in a new position as vice president of his alma mater; the move was widely criticized by Georgia Tech alumni, and Barron subsequently declined to accept the position.[5]

Professional sports[edit]


Barron played with a group of all-star collegians representing Coral Gables against Red Grange's traveling Chicago Bears.[6] NFL league president Joseph Carr chose Barron for his All-star team of 1925.[7]


Red Barron
Left fielder
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 1929, for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 7, 1929, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average .190
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

Barron then played baseball professionally with the Boston Braves in 1929.[1]

High school football[edit]

He later became a high school football coach. Barron coached for Dacula High School,[3] as well as Monroe, Rabun County, and Clayton high schools.


  1. ^ a b "Red Barron". Archived from the original on 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  2. ^ "Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
  3. ^ a b "Who's Who of Georgia High School Football (Pre-1948)". Georgia High School. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  4. ^ "The Cast of Characters". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. 51 (4): 18. 1973.
  5. ^ John Dunn and Gary Goettling. Ramblin' Wrecks from Georgia Tech: A Centennial History of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Georgia Tech Alumni Association. ISBN 978-0-615-16888-3.
  6. ^ "Red Barron Will Return To Grid". The Spartanburg Herald. December 4, 1925. Retrieved March 22, 2015 – via Google news. open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ Chris Willis (2010-08-19). The Man Who Built the National Football League: Joe F. Carr. p. 217. ISBN 9780810876705.

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