Eliowitz, Abe : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Eliowitz, Abe

After a terrific three-year career at Michigan State, Eliowitz played fullback and halfback in the Canadian Football League. In 1931, he was awarded the Governor Bruckner Trophy as Michigan State's MVP.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. November 10, 1910 - d. November 19, 1981

Career Highlights:
Eliowitz played on some very good Michigan State teams in the early 1930s. In 1930, the Wolverines finished with a record of 5-1-2, with their only loss to Georgetown (14-13) in the first night game in Spartan history. That year, they tied their arch-rival Michigan, 0-0. The tie broke a 14-game losing streak by MSU against the Wolverines; Michigan State had been outscored 392-9 in that span.

In 1931, Eliowitz was named AP All-America honorable mention, and received the first MVP award ever given by Michigan State and the Spartans finished with a record of 5-3-1. In 1932, Abe was co-captain and was named Grantland Rice All-America honorable mention as MSU had its best season during his career, compiling a record of 7-1-0. A terrific all-around athlete, Eliowitz also played on the baseball team and is still No. 6 all-time in school history in triples in a season with six (1931), and triples in a career with 10.

After graduating in 1933, Abe played in the Canadian Football League in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1935, while playing for Ottawa, he won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player in the East Division. He was the first Ottawa player to win the award. Eliowitz was a four-time All-Star in the CFL, with Ottawa in 1934 and 1935 and with Montreal in 1936 and 1937. In 1969, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Origin:
New York City

Career Dates:
Eliowitz played halfback at Michigan State University from 1930-1932.

Physical description:
5'10", 180 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)
American Hebrew, December 1932


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