Emil G. Hirsch
Hirsch, who played in the University of Pennsylvania's first football game, was the son of the Grand Rabbi of Luxembourg. He came to the U.S. at the age of 15 when his father became rabbi of a congregation in Philadelphia. Later, Emil became rabbi of the Sinai Congregation in Chicago, and edited The Reform Advocate. In Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery: An Autobiography, Washington wrote that he and Hirsch both gave speeches at the University of Chicago in celebration of the end of the Spanish-American War.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1851 - d. January 7, 1923
In 1871, Hirsch participated in the University of Pennsylvania's first football game. The 1872 senior class met the other three classes in the match, with 18 men on a side. Hirsch represented the senior side.
Use links below to navigate through the football section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)