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Hamity, Lew

Lewis B. Hamity

Hamity played football at the University of Chicago and in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. While in college, Hamity was a teammate of future NFL quarterback Solly Sherman.

Hamity served in the U.S. Armed Services during World War II and then became a salesman for Phil Maid Lingerie. He later bought Mapes and Sprowl Steel, serving first as president, then as chairman.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. February 13, 1918 - d. February 22, 1999

Career Highlights:
During his college career, in 1937, Hamity was named AP All-Western Conference honorable mention although the Maroons had a terrible season with a record of 1-6-0. That year, he was also named second team Jewish All-America by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

In 1938, Lew was named Chicago's captain and led the nation in passing with 31 completions in 88 attempts and 405 yards in six games. Against Michigan that year, Chicago lost the game, 45-7, but the highlight of the game came when Hamity threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to John Davenport for Chicago's only score. The Maroons had a record of 1-6-1 that season.

After graduating, Lew played for the Chicago Bears in 1941; one of his teammates was star quarterback Sid Luckman. The Bears finished the season with a record of 11-2 and then defeated the New York Giants, 37-9, in the NFL Championship.

Origin:
Wisconsin

Career Dates:
Hamity played as a back at the University of Chicago from 1936-1938. He then played halfback in the NFL with the Chicago Bears in 1941.



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The YMHA Bulletin, November 26, 1937


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