Gerald <I>Francis</I> Clifford

Gerald Francis Clifford

Birth
Chilton, Calumet County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 24 Feb 1952 (aged 62)
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 88935255 · View Source
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The Hungry Five is the collective name given to five Green Bay, Wisconsin area businessmen who were instrumental in keeping the Green Bay Packers franchise in operation during its early years. Together, they raised funds, incorporated the team as a non-profit corporation, sold stock, established the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors and otherwise promoted the franchise.

The Hungry Five consisted of Curly Lambeau, Andrew B. Turnbull, attorney Gerald Francis Clifford, Dr. W. Webber Kelly and Leland H. Joannes. Turnbull was the Packers' first president and publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Joannes was the president for 17 years, helping guide the Packers through the Great Depression, near bankruptcy and a second stock sale. Kelly served one year as president, and also as team physician and as a board member. Clifford handled the team's legal affairs for 28 years. All have been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Despite their years of service, only coach/player Curly Lambeau was ever paid a salary. They were christened "The Hungry Five" by Milwaukee Journal sportswriter Oliver E. Kuechle because they always seemed to have their hands out for money, since the franchise was often in financial trouble.

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  • Created by: Daniel Allen
  • Added: 21 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 88935255
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Francis Clifford (19 Jun 1889–24 Feb 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 88935255, citing Allouez Catholic Cemetery And Chapel Mausoleum, Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Daniel Allen (contributor 47353628) .