Goldstein, Hyman "Goldie" : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Goldstein, Hyman "Goldie"

Goldstein played quarterback for Dickinson in the 1910s. Because the tiny college was located in the same town as Pop Warner's Carlisle team, the two teams often scrimmaged. Goldstein was dubbed "The Man Who Tackled Jim Thorpe the Most," and Thorpe himself said that Goldstein was the only man who tackled him viciously. Goldstein refused the chance to play professional football in favor of attending law school. He then practiced in Indianapolis.

Looking back at Dickinson's former quarterback, the legendary Pop Warner said in 1950, "In addition to being a star kicker, passer, and ball carrier, (Goldstein) had the rare quality of fine judgment and generalship. He was outstanding." After learning of Warner's assessment of Goldstein, former Dickinson coach Si Pauxtis said, "I have often said that Goldie rates at the top of all the quarterbacks I coached in the 35 years I have devoted to the game." The 1917 season was prematurely ended by America's entry into World War I and Goldstein served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return to civilian life, Goldstein began a law practice in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a criminal defense lawyer. A member of the Dickinson College alumni council, he also served a term as president of the County Bar Association.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 14, 1891 - d. June 1982

Career Highlights:
Born to Russian immigrants in the small coal town of Portage, Pennsylvania, Goldstein played many sports at Dickinson College. As a baseball player, he was good enough to play semi-professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. It was on the gridiron, however, that he became most famous.

In 1911, Dickinson lost 21-10 to Penn, but the closeness of the score prompted some Philadelphia newspapers to declare the game an "ignomious" setback for Penn as Goldie was praised for his play. He later said of the game, "...I received the ball and ran several times for big gains. And then Louis Pearlman, another Dickinson player, made several gains. After each gain the Dickinson rooters would give a yell for 'Goldstein' or 'Pearlman.' One of the Penn spectators turned to a Dickinson fan and asked, 'Don't they have any Americans on the Dickinson team?'"

In 1913, Goldstein (who was the team captain) played the entire game against Lafayette,with broken ribs and passed out at the final gun. He was a member, and captain, of the All-Time Dickinson Eleven. In 1917, Dickinson found itself without a quarterback and Goldstein, who was enrolled in Dickinson's Law School at the time, was invited to return to the team -- eligibility rules being different back then. An outstanding all-around athlete, Goldie also competed in baseball, basketball, track, boxing, and soccer.

In November 1969, Goldstein was inducted as a charter member of the Dickinson Sports Hall of Fame.

Portage, Pennsylvania

Career Dates:
Goldie played quarterback for Dickinson College from 1911-1915, and in 1917.

Physical description:
5'11", 150 pounds

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