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Power Five: 1925

Power Five: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Linskey, Harvey, Foley, Bailey, Saffo (Catholic U.)" National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Because Catholic U. has uploaded decades of its annual yearbooks, we know that the players' full names were William Laurence Linskey (center), William James Harvey (receiver), Raymond Kirwin Foley (quarterback and punter), John Moran Bailey (quarterback) and Paul Laurence Saffo (right guard). All were Connecticut natives. Indeed, Linskey, Harvey, and Foley were not only members of the same class ('28) but were all natives of Naugatuck, CT.

After graduating with nine athletic letters, Raymond Kirwin Foley joined the baseball New York Giants (the same team where Moonlight Graham of "Field of Dreams" fame took the field in a single game in 1905). Unlike Dr. Graham, Foley made it to the plate (twice). MLB records show that as a pinch hitter in 1928, Foley walked once (ultimately scoring), and struck out once.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, John Moran Bailey returned to Connecticut and became a legendary force in Democratic politics there. He ultimately chaired the Democratic National Committee in the tumultuous years between 1961 and 1968.

Paul Laurence Saffo graduated from Yale Medical School, and became a well-known physician in the Los Angeles area. His namesake Paul Laurence Saffo III is a futurist with Stanford University.

Catholic U Athletes Today

We, my spouse and I, are track and cross-country officials for all three divisions of the NCAA. Over the past 15 years or so, we've been privileged to officiate for Catholic U athletes at several Landmark League Championships. The coaches, the administrators, the alumni and the parents of those athletes have every right to be proud: those are first-class student-athletes.

Catholic U.

Had a fairly good football program in the 1930's; won the Orange Bowl in 1936, I believe.

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