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 Alfred Earle “Greasy” Neale

Alfred Earle “Greasy” Neale

Birth
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Death 2 Nov 1973 (aged 81)
Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 759 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Football Coach. Major League Baseball Player. This native of Parkersburg, West Virginia was one of his state's most gifted athletes successfully playing football, baseball, basketball and golf. He played football for West Virginia Wesleyan University where, as an end, he caught fourteen consecutive passes in leading his team to their first victory ever over West Virginia University. He graduated from college in 1914 and played football one year professionally for the Canton Bulldogs. After his football playing days he combined two careers by playing Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds from 1916 to 1924 and the briefly for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1921 while coaching college football in the fall. During his Major League career he compiled a .259 batting average while hitting eight home runs and knocking in 200 runs. In the 1919 World Series he led the Reds with a .357 batting average, and scored three runs while batting in four runs. "Greasy's" college coaching career began in 1915 when he took the head job at Muskingum College. The next season he returned to his alma mater where he spent two seasons as head coach. After serving a year in the military he returned to the college coaching ranks spending time at Marietta College from 1919 to 1920, Washington and Jefferson from 1921 to 1922, the University of Virginia from 1923 to 1928 and West Virginia University from 1931 to 1933. The highlight of his college coaching career was taking his Washington and Jefferson team to the 1922 Rose Bowl. His career college coaching won-lost record was 78-55-11. After a stint as an assistant coach at Yale, Neale was offered the job as head coach for the hapless Philadelphia Eagles. Under his leadership he made the Eagles a National Football League powerhouse winning back to back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949. Known for his creative schemes he adapted the new T-formation offense and developed the forerunner of today's widely used 4-3 defense. He was fired in 1950 finishing his pro coaching career with a record of 71 wins, 48 losses and 6 ties. In 1967 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Two years later the coach was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first coach to be inducted as such in both halls and the only man to play in a World Series, coach in a Rose Bowl and be in enshrined in the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 759
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Earle “Greasy” Neale (5 Nov 1891–2 Nov 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 759, citing Parkersburg Memorial Gardens, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .