Pearlman, Louis : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Pearlman, Louis

Pearlman played one season at Dickinson College and faced Jim Thorpe and cross-town rival Carlisle in 1911.

Birth and Death Dates:

Career Highlights:
Harry Kallet, an All-America at Syracuse in 1911 said in the encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, "I remember when the Pearlman family came to Syracuse, Louis' father was a rabbi, about 6'3", and the nearest human being to resemble the statue of Moses in the Medici Palace in Florence, Italy. Louis played with the Central High School team in Syracuse and then went to Dickinson. The kids nicknamed him 'Pesach' Pearlman."

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. Pearlman's teammate Hyman "Goldie" Goldstein later said of the game, "...I received the ball and ran several times for big gains. And then Pearlman...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?'"

Later that year, the Carlisle Evening Sentinel cited Pearlman's outstanding performance for Dickinson against their cross-town rivals, the Carlisle Indians. Unfortunately, lack of funds forced Louis to drop out of school before his senior year.


Career Dates:
Pearlman played halfback at Dickinson College in 1911.

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)