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W. Conway "Conk" Abee

Football ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

An athlete in the truest sense of the word is one who can take his or her ability and successfully apply it to various sports. Conk Abee was such an athlete: he was a three-sport star at Harding High School (predecessor to Aliquippa High) from 1926 to 1928, winning three letters in football and two in basketball; he was a shot put, discus, and javelin performer, as well. Conk starred in football at Bellefonte Academy, both as a ball carrier and a defensive back and continued his career at New York University. In 1931, Conk was chosen second team All American by the All American Board of Football, and he went on to be an great collegiate player the following two seasons and was honored as the Outstanding Athlete of the Year at the 1934 NYU graduation ceremonies. Conk then played semipro football with the Patterson (NJ) Panthers before moving on to play for the New York Yankees of the American Professional League in 1936 and 1937, a team owned by entertainer Kate Smith and with teammates that included the great All American Ken Strong. Conk then returned to his native Aliquippa, where he worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation for 37 years as a foreman before he died in 1984.