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Roth, Sid

Alexander Sidney Roth

Roth was an All-America guard at Cornell in 1938. The Sid Roth Award is given annually by Cornell to the team's most valuable lineman, Roth also played varsity lacrosse at Cornell.

After his playing career, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Roth then went into construction and became one of the largest home builders on Long Island. He also built apartment buildings and shopping centers and became an active volunteer in Jewish organizations.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. September 30, 1916 - d. December 6, 2001

Career Highlights:
Born in Brooklyn, Roth attended Poly Prep Country Day School and then went to Cornell. In 1937, Roth was named AP All-East second team and Cornell had a record of 5-2-1. They had a tough schedule that season as the Big Red lost to No. 12 Yale 9-0 (it was the only game all season that Cornell was shut out). Against No. 7 Dartmouth, however, Cornell played well and came away with a 6-6 tie.

In 1938, Cornell outscored their opponents 110-45 and finished the season ranked No. 12 with a record of 5-1-1. Roth was named Grantland Rice All-America first team, AP All-America second team, and he played in the 1939 East-West Shrine Game.

After naming Roth to his All-America team in 1938, Grantland Rice wrote, "Over a year ago Carl Snavely, Cornell coach, rated Roth as one of the best guards he had ever coached. This last season he came forward with a new bound. Roth combined speed, power and alertness. He was not only a star defensive guard but also just as valuable on offense. Cornell had one of the greatest lines in the country this fall -- possibly the greatest line -- and Roth was the Big Red's outstanding performer." Roth is a member of the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brooklyn, New York

Career Dates:
Roth played guard at Cornell University from 1936-1938.

Physical description:
6'1", 218 pounds

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