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Dr. J. Huber "Hube" Wagner

Football ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

In the Good Old Days of college football, there were famous triple threat stars who could run, pass, and kick expertly. Then there was Hube Wagner, who became one of Pitt’s all time greats by proving that he could do almost anything. Hube graduated from Monaca High School in 1910 after an outstanding athletic career and lost no time in establishing himself as a star at the University of Pittsbirgh that fall. Although primarily an end, Hube displayed uncanny versatility during his career by playing every position except quarterback. As a freshman, he immediately became a member of Pitt’s famous 1910 football team (coached by Colonel Joe Thompson) that was unbeaten, untied, and unscored-on. During his four years at Pitt (1910-1913), the Panthers played such powerful opponents as Notre Dame, Penn State, Navy, Cornell, West Virginia, Bucknell, and the Carlisle Indians. Hube became a sensation because of his powerful ball carrying and fierce tackling in the days when grid stars had to play both offense and defense. He was elected to the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. After graduation, he carried the title of Dr J Huber Wagner and became a prominent surgeon in Pittsburgh until his retirement in 1975. Hube served twelve years on Pitt’s Board of Trustees.