Kaplan was a professional football player in the NFL and AFL (American Football League) in the 1920s.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. November 16, 1899 - d. December 28, 1989
After playing his college ball at Hamline College in Minnesota, Kaplan played one season in the NFL. In 1923, he played in eight games for the Minneapolis Marines, which finished the season with a record of 2-5-2, thirteenth in the league.
In 1926, Kaplan returned to professional football, this time in the AFL. He played for the Rock Island Independents in 1926, who finished seventh in the league with a record of 2-5-1.
The AFL was started by Red Grange's agent so that the Galloping Ghost could play in New York; the New York Giants had exclusive territorial rights in the NFL and would not allow another team to play in the area. Despite Grange's popularity, the league (in that incarnation), folded after only two seasons because the owners could not pay the players' salaries.
Kaplan played at Hamline College, and later in the NFL with the Minneapolis Marines in 1923. He then played in the AFL with the Rock Island Independents in 1926.
5'7", 165 pounds
In the NFL:
Passing touchdowns: 2
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Field goals: 3
Extra points: 3
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The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)