Red Barron

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This article is about the American football and baseball player known as Red Barron. For the World War I fighter ace, see Red Baron.
Red Barron
Barron running behind Judy Harlan.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Position Halfback
Class Graduate
Career history
Personal information
Date of birth (1900-06-21)June 21, 1900
Place of birth Clarkesville, Georgia
Date of death October 4, 1982(1982-10-04) (aged 82)
Place of death Atlanta, Georgia
Career highlights and awards
Red Barron
Left fielder
Born: (1900-06-21)June 21, 1900
Clarkesville, Georgia
Died: October 4, 1982(1982-10-04) (aged 82)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 1929 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 7, 1929 for the Boston Braves
Career statistics
Batting average .190
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 1

David Irenus "Red" Barron (June 21, 1900 – October 4, 1982) was a three-sport letterwinner at the Georgia Institute of Technology.[1] In football, he was named All American twice, 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. He played baseball professionally with the Boston Braves in 1929.[1] He later became a high school football coach for Dacula High School.[3] He also coached high school ball at Monroe, Rabun County, and Clayton high schools. Barron played with a group of all-star collegians representing Coral Gables against Red Grange's traveling Chicago Bears.[4] NFL league president Joseph Carr chose Barron for his All-star team of 1925.[5]

Former Tech fullback Sam Murray, who played as a substitute for 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."[6]

During the Cocking affair, Eugene Talmadge attempted to place Barron in a new position as vice president of his alma mater, Georgia Tech; the move was widely criticized by Georgia Tech alumni, and Barron subsequently declined to accept the position.[7]


  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. ^ "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
  5. ^ Chris Willis (2010-08-19). The Man Who Built the National Football League: Joe F. Carr. p. 217. ISBN 9780810876705. 
  6. ^ "The Cast of Characters". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine 51 (4): 18. 1973. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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