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Robert Cal Hubbard

Football ∙ Geneva

 

 

 

 

You are a true Geneva College sports fan if you know that Cal Hubbard’s first name is Robert. No matter what you call him, Cal helped put Geneva on the national sports map in 1926 as a member of the Golden Tornados’ famous football team that upset Harvard, 16-7. Geneva compiled an 8-2 record in 1926, losing only to powerful Cornell, 6-0, and being upset by Grove City College, 3-0. For his outstanding play, Cal, a 6'-4" 240-pound offensive end and linebacker, earned All American honors. Cal played the 1924 season at Centenary College of Louisiana and transferred to Geneva when his coach, Bo McMillin, took over the grid coaching duties there in 1925. Cal was also a member of the 1925 and 1926 Geneva track teams, setting a discus throw record of 142'-8" inches that still stood when he was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. He and Frank Walton were co-coaches of the Geneva College football team in 1942. Cal played ten seasons of professional football for the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. His 30 year career in baseball umpiring ended in 1951 when a hunting accident cost him the sight of one eye, but he then served as chief of American League umpires from 1951 to 1970. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1962) and is the only member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963) and the Baseball Hall of Fame (1976).