Robert “Cal” Hubbard

Photo Credit: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

Photo Credit: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio

Cal Hubbard was born in Missouri where he attended high school before leaving the state to attend college.  It could be said that Hubbard was destined to play football as he weighed 200 pounds at age 14 and during his college years he stood 6’4” and weighed 250 pounds.  However, this did not compromise his speed as he was able to run the hundred yard dash in eleven seconds.  He chose to attend college at Centenary College in Louisiana where he met Coach Bo McMillin.  While on the field, Hubbard often played on both sides of the ball, as an offensive lineman and a defensive tackle/linebacker.  He stayed at Centenary from 1922-24 when he left with Coach McMillin for Geneva College following the 1924 season.  He was unable to play the 1925 season because of eligibility rules and returned to play for the 1926 season where he helped the Geneva College Covenanters defeat Harvard University which led them to the post season.  Hubbard graduated in 1927 and he decided to turn professional where he played for New York, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh throughout his career, which lasted from 1927 until the 1936 season.  During the offseason following the 1928 season, Hubbard ventured into another career by umpiring baseball games.  Because of his great eyesight he was considered to be one of the best umpires in Major League Baseball, even being elected to umpire four World Series and three All-Star games.  He continued umpiring games until the 1951 season when an eye injury forced him to retire. Upon his retirment he became the supervisor of umpires for Major League Baseball, a position he held until 1969.

Following his illustrious football career he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the 1962 class.  He was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1963.  Then, perhaps his most famous accolade, Hubbard was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976 as an umpire, becoming only the fifth umpire to do so at the time.  Currently, he is the only person to be inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame.

(Pro Football Hall of Fame, http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=101)

(Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, http://baseballhall.org/hof/hubbard-cal)

(The State Historical Society of Missouri, http://shs.umsystem.edu/historicmissourians/name/h/hubbard/index.html)

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