Browns Sign Conzelman As Assistant To Barnes
To Barnes A a Quits Grid Post; Joins Browns And Investment Co. e BY JACK HEMSTOCK. Jimmy Conzelman, complete with witticisms, songs, gags, a thorough knowledge of athletics and an abil ity to get along in sports circles, has resigned as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals football team to join the St. Louis Browns as assistant to President Donald L. Barnes. Barnes announced today that Conzelman, former gridiron star and later coach at Washington University, will take over duties as assistant to the president of both the baseball club and the American Investment Company of Illinois, also headed by Barne ;. He also will be director of public relations forboth companies. A one-time navy boxing cham pion, sculpture salesman, song writer, opera singer, radio announcer and newspaper scribe, Conzelman was present in Barnes' of fices in the Ambassador bldg. today when the announcement was made. "Excellent Addition." Conzelman's background in ath letics and business and his national reputation in the field of public relations . will make an excellent addition to the Browns organization," Barnes said. ' "I am happy to come back to St. Louis," Conzelman said. The addition to the Browns' staff likely will prove valuable to the club as a "scout" of youthful play ing talent, through his connections at colleges throughout the country. Barnes, in announcing the move, made this statement: "I am happy to announce that Mr. James Conzelman will join the St. Louis Browns and the American Barnes. Conzelman. Investment Co. of Illinois In the capacity of assistant to the president and will head up the public relations departments of both companies. "Vice -.President and General Manager Bill DeWltt and myself believe Mr. Conzelman's background in athletics and business and his national reputation in the field of public relations will make an excellent addition to the Browns' organization." (Signed) DONALD L. BARNES, President, American League 1 1 Baseball Club of St. Louis. President, American Invest-ment Co. of Illinois. Had Stormy Resignation. Conzelman, who lists a job as assistant to the president of a Chicago transportation company among his many sidelines, resigned as football coach at Washington Uni-cersity in January, 1940, after serv ing In that post for eight years. The resignation was met by a storm of protest from members of the student body. While hailed as a player in his student days, he also gained local fame as a piano player and com poser of ditties. Jimmy played his first football under Coach Mike Walker at Central High School, later shifting to McKinley because of a change in school districts. He entered Washington U. in 1916. Conzelman is listed as 45 years old.