MORRIS (RED) BADGRO

MORRIS (RED) BADGRO

Class of 1981
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(Southern California)
1927-1928 New York Yankees, 1930-1935 New York Giants, 1936 Brooklyn Dodgers

Morris Hiram Badgro. . .Three-sport star at USC. . .Rookie with Red Grange-led 1927 Yankees. . .In pro baseball with St. Louis Browns two years, returned to NFL, 1930. . . Superior defender, excellent blocker, big-play receiver. . . Tied for NFL pass-receiving title, 1934. . . First- or second-team All-NFL 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934. . .Scored first TD in NFL championship game series, 1933. . .Oldest player ever elected to Hall. . . Born December 1, 1902, in Orillia, Washington. . .Died July 13, 1998, at age of 95.

In 1981, Morris “Red” Badgro at the age of 78 became the oldest person ever elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that time. The 45-year span between his final game with the National Football League’s 1936 Brooklyn Dodgers and his election also was a record. The Badgro saga is even more unusual in that he wasn't even sure he wanted to play pro football and, in fact, retired after one year with the NFL’s 1927 New York Yankees to give pro baseball a try.

Red played in the major leagues for two years with the St. Louis Browns but eventually decided to give pro football another look. The football Yankees had folded so Red signed with the New York Giants. During his six-year tenure with the Giants that began in 1930, the team was a solid championship contender every year and Badgro, a two-way end, was one of the most honored stars. He was named to an all-league first or second-team in 1930, 1931, 1933, and 1934.

Badgro, who was born in Ordillia, Washington on December 1, 1902, was highly regarded as a sure-tackling defender and an effective blocker on offense but he was also a talented receiver. In 1934, he tied for the NFL's pass-catching crown with 16 receptions, a significant number in those defense-dominated days when most NFL teams concentrated on grind-it-out football. He also had the distinction of being the first player to score a touchdown in the NFL championship series that began in 1933.

Red made many other key catches that were converted into Giants' victories, including a 15-yard reception that was a key play in a long drive for the game’s only score in a 3-0 New York divisional title win. Badgro had his big defensive moments as well. Playing against the Boston Redskins in 1935, Red blocked a punt and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown. Badgro passed away on July 13, 1998 at the age of 95.

Year

Team

G
Rec
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1927 New York Yankees
12
Statistics not available
1
1928 New York Yankees
1
Statistics not available
0
1930 New York Giants
17
Statistics not available
3
1931 New York Giants
13
Statistics not available
0
1932 New York Giants
12
6
106
17.7
0
1933 New York Giants
12
9
176
19.6
2
1934 New York Giants
13
16
206
12.9
1
1935 New York Giants
5
1
13
13.0
0
1936 Brooklyn
9
3
59
19.7
0
Career Total
94
35
560
16.0
7
Additional Career Statistics: Passing TD: 1; Fumble Recovery TD: 1; Scoring: 8 TDs

Full Name: Morris Hiram Badgro

Birthdate: December 1, 1902

Birthplace: Orillia, Washington

High School: Kent (WA)

Died: July 13, 1998

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 24, 1981

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 1, 1981

Presenter: Mel Hein, Former Giants Teammate

Other Members of Class of 1981: George Blanda, Willie Davis, Jim Ringo

Pro Career:
9 seasons, 94 games

Drafted: Badgro played prior to the NFL Draft being implemented.

Uniform Number: 17, (29, 32)

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