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Class of 1963
"Baseball has become successful because of the excellent way in which it is organized and I can honestly say that I believe the National Football League is just as strongly entrenched as any lease in baseball. The fly-by-night birds are now on the outside looking in, and we intend to keep them there.”
Full Name: Joseph Francis Carr
Birthdate: October 23, 1879
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Died: May 20, 1939
High School: None
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: September 7, 1963 (represented by Dan Tehan)
Presenter: Earl Schreiber, President, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Other Members of Class of 1963: Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Earl "Dutch" Clark, Harold "Red" Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur "Pete" Henry, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Earl "Curly" Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John "Blood" McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, Jim Thorpe
Joe Carr Enshrinement Speech 1963
Presenter: Earl Schreiber
Joe Carr was the engineer of organized pro football. The little railroader put it on the right track from it's ride from rags to riches. He started as manager of the Columbus Panhandles, a railroad yard team whose lineup had almost nobody but Nessers. Turning to newspaper work he became a force in organized baseball, he was sure pro football could be developed along the same lines. His urging led to formation of the league; in its second year he took over as president. His faith had blinkers but not once did his eyes leave the rails which gleamed ahead towards his major league goal. Not once, till death shattered them. Too bad you say he's not here to proudly survey results of his devotion. Yes, but actually, he's already seen it. Like he kept trying to tell so many of these people and so many others, Joe Carr saw it all down the tracks through the mist a long time ago. Receiving for Joe Carr, Sheriff of Cincinnati, Dan Tehan, football official in this league for thirty-four years and the man who will blow the whistle tomorrow. Dan Tehan.
Dan Tehan on behalf of Joe Carr
Honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, it's a distinct honor for the committee to select me to receive the replica of Joe Carr for the National Football Hall of Fame. It was Joe Carr who gave me the opportunity to be a small part of the greatest football league in the world. Thank you.