Gross, Louis : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Gross, Louis

Gross played ball for Minnesota, where he was awarded the Western Conference Medal for proficiency in scholarship and athletics. An outstanding all-around athlete, Gross also took third place in the 1922 NCAA discus throw (131'10").

In football, Gross played defense alongside George Abramson, and they called signals to one another in Yiddish -- except against Michigan, because, as Abramson explained, "they had Benny Friedman, who could understand the language."

Birth and Death Dates:
b. March 18, 1903 - d. September 21, 1995

Career Highlights:
Gross was an outstanding tackle for Minnesota in the 1920s. In 1922, Gross was named Walter Camp All-America honorable mention and the Gophers had a record of 3-3-1, losing their final three games of the season. In 1923, the team's record improved to 5-1-1; they lost to Michigan 10-0 in the final game of the season. In 1924, Louis was named Christy Walsh Syndicate All-West honorable mention, but the Gophers stumbled to a record of 3-3-2.

Origin:
Chicago, Illinois

Career Dates:
Gross played tackle at the University of Minnesota from 1922-1924

Physical description:
6'0", 200 pounds



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)


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