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David "Ham" Cullen

Football ∙ Conway

 

 

 

 

After his athletic retirement, David (Ham) Cullen lived near Butler, but his heart was still in Beaver County, where he was a star athlete at Freedom High School and Geneva College. Born and raised in Conway, he attended Freedom High School in the early 1920s and spent a year at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, before transferring to Geneva. At Freedom, David won the WPIAL discus throw championship in 1922 and set the Beaver County shot put record in 1923. He also played guard on the Bulldog football team. At Geneva, he won honors both in track and football, and he won the shot put, discus throw, and hammer throw championships at the Tri State conference meets of 1926 through 1928. David also took several AAU titles in the same events. He was a star guard on the Geneva College football teams of 1925 through 1927 and was named to the All Conference team twice and to the All District team in1927. At college, Dave had brief careers in both coaching and professional football, mixing the two occupations. He was line coach at Geneva in 1928 and an assistant football coach in 1929 and 1930. He played semipro football for the Burns AC team of New Kensington, then pro ball for the Portsmouth Spartans as an offensive and defensive guard from 1928 through 1930. He finished his pro career with the Cleveland Indians in 1931.