New Coach Star at Football, Baseball, Basketball; Is Musician and Song Writer

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iVeu; Coach Star at Football, Baseball, Basketball; Is Musician and Song Writer Although Conzelman played only his first football there under Coach Mike Walker in 1914. Jimmy was a halfback on the Mid-City Mid-City Mid-City eleven and was selected on the all-star all-star all-star high school squad. The high school districts were rearranged that year and in 1915 Conzelman was transferred to Mc- Mc- Kinley, where he was the regular quarterback during his one year at that school. The 1915 McKinley team won the league championship. gaining the first leg on the Tale Bowl, which had Just been put in competition. While at McKinley Jimmy was selected on the all-star all-star all-star football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a guard on the basketball five and a catcher on the baseball team. Conzelman matriculated at Wash mgton University in 1916 and played freshman football, but when the United States entered the war in 1917, Jim enlisted in the navy and was sent to Great Lakes, where he played for two years on the station's football, baseball and bas ketball teams. Won a Boxing Championship. Richie Mitchell was boxing in structor at Great Lakes and he trained Jimmy so well that though it was his first experience with the gloves, he quickly won the championship in the middleweight division. One of his fights was a victory lover Denny O'Keefe, who later drew with Jack Britton when Jack was welterweight champion of the world. Boxing managers tried to persuade Jim to take up professional boxing and Philadelphia Philadelphia Jack O'Brien told him that he could become a champion in a year, but Jim's mother objected and after the war he returned io Washington University, in February. February. 1919. , Conzelman played quarterback for Washington the following fall, and the Bears, then Pikers, suffered suffered only two defeats and Jim was picked as all-Valley all-Valley all-Valley quarterback. He caught for the Washington baseball team which won the Val ley championship in 1920. but he was declared Ineligible for football football because of two "over cuts" in one of his classes, though hia grades were satisfactory. The death of his father during that school year made It necessary for Jim to withdraw from school to provide for his mother, two young brothers and a sister, and when the Staleys of Decatur, a one year of varsity football at Washington 1919 he is remembered remembered distinctly as one of the outstanding outstanding backfield men in the history history of Washington football. He was a real triple-threat triple-threat triple-threat man. He could run, kick and pass and his presence in the backfield, as quarterback, quarterback, made the 1919 Pikers, as they then were known, one of the most colorful teams in the Missouri Missouri Valley Conference. It is the first time in the history of the institution that the coaching coaching duties have been handed over to a graduate of the local grid-Irons. grid-Irons. grid-Irons. In the past, coaches have been drawn from other centers, notably in the case of Dr. Sharpe, who was signed as director of ath letics and football coach after having having served at Cornell and Yale. Coached Irofessioiial Clubs. While this will be Conzelman's first position as coach of a college college or university squad, lie has had broad experience as a. director of football players, having coached professional teams at Hock Island, Milwaukee, Detroit and Providence. Providence. In 1928, under his leadership, leadership, the Providence team won the championship of the National Foot-- Foot-- Foot-- ball League. Conzelman also has had experience experience as an amateur and professional professional baseball and basketball player and during the war he took up boxing and won the middleweight middleweight championship at the Great Lakes Training Station, retiring, undefeated after 15 fights, seven of them in defense of his title. He also has distinguished himself as a handball player, reaching the finals in the New York State championship championship tournament at Madison Square Garden in 1921. Conzelman's versatility extends outside the fields of athletic competition. competition. During his college days he organized an orchestra, played the banjo and composed popular music. He also spent four years in construction work, wrote a football football column for newspapers in several several cities and when he withdrew from professional football at the close of the 1930 season he returned returned to St. Louis and started a neighborhood newspaper in Maple-wood, Maple-wood, Maple-wood, serving as editor, business manager, advertising manager, solicitor solicitor and collector. liorn In St, Ixmls. Born in St. Louis. 3 3 years ago, Conzelman attended Loyola Academy Academy for a time and later enrolled la Ceutral High School, playing center Continued on Jfext 1'agrv

Clipped from St. Louis Post-Dispatch22 Jan 1932, FriPage 16

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)22 Jan 1932, FriPage 16
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