RED GRANGE AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO


Harold Edward (Red) Grange was born June 13, 1903 – died January 28, 1991. Grange was a professional and college American football player. He was a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He signed with the NFL’s Chicago Bears the day after his last college game; player/manager George Halas agreed to a contract for a 19-game barnstorming tour which earned Grange a salary and share of gate receipts that amounted to $100,000, during an era when typical league salaries were less than $100/game. Grange is credited with changing that view and bringing professional football into the mainstream. The league only lasted one season, after which Grange’s team, the New York Yankees, was assimilated into the NFL. Grange suffered a serious knee injury against the Bears, which robbed him of some speed and his cutting ability. After sitting out 1928, Grange returned to the Bears, where he was a solid runner and excellent defensive back through the 1934 season. The two highlights of Grange’s later NFL years came in consecutive championship games. In the unofficial 1932 championship, Grange caught the game winning touchdown pass from Bronko Nagurski. In the 1933 championship, Grange made a touchdown saving tackle that saved the game and the title for the Bears. Grange retired from professional football in 1934, earning a living in a variety of jobs including motivational speaker and sports announcer. Grange married his wife Margaret, nicknamed Muggs, in 1941 and they were together until his death in 1991. She was a flight attendant, and they met on a plane. The couple had no children. His autobiography, first published in 1953, is The Red Grange Story (1993 paperback edition: ISBN 0-252-06329-5). The book was written “as told to” Ira Morton, a syndicated newspaper columnist from Chicago. In the 1950s, he visited Abington Senior High School (in Abington, Penn., a suburb of Philadelphia). Shortly thereafter, the school adopted his nickname for the mascot in his honor, the Galloping Ghost. Red Grange Autographed Photo, Approx. Size 7 1/2 x 9 1/4, Black & White Photo. Written on Photo: Sincerely to Joe Shutter from Red Grange. Regular Price – $ 599.99 / Sale Price – $ 248.95.

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