|Date of birth:||August 9, 1878|
|Place of birth:||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Date of death:||January 3, 1963(aged 84)|
|Place of death:||Massillon, Ohio, U.S.|
|Career highlights and awards|
William John Laub (August 9, 1878 – January 1, 1963) was the Mayor of Akron, Ohio, 1916-17, and an early professional American football player-coach. Laub was the first head coach of the Canton Bulldogs (known then as the Canton Athletic Club) and a player-coach for the Akron East Ends.
Early life[edit | edit source]
After graduating high school in Akron in 1895, Laub attended both the undergraduate school and law school at Western Reserve in Cleveland, known today as Case Western Reserve University. Laub graduated with his Bachelor's degree in 1900 and Law degree in 1903.
Football career[edit | edit source]
In 1902 Laub helped guide the Akron East Ends to the Ohio Independent Championship; the East Ends were an early powerhouse in Ohio football. During next two seasons, the East Ends finished in second place, losing both years to the Massillon Tigers in the championship games by scores of 11–0 and 6–5.
During the dismantling of the Akron East Ends, Laub became the first head coach of the Canton Bulldogs. To bolster its new team in 1905, Canton hired seven players away from the Akron East Ends, including Laub who would serve as the team's coach and tackle. On November 18, 1905, Canton traveled to Latrobe, Pennsylvania to play the Latrobe Athletic Association. The game ended in a 6–0 Canton loss. However during the game, Laub was severely hurt when he tore a muscle in his leg, ending his career. He was then replaced by Blondy Wallace as the team's tackle and coach.
Political career[edit | edit source]
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Laub died in 1963 and is buried at Rose Hill Burial Park in Fairlawn, Ohio. He resided at 929 West Market St. in Akron, and the house is today used by the Junior League of Akron, donated by the Laub family in 1968.
References[edit | edit source]
- Julie Washington (21 September 2016). "Cool Spaces: Junior League of Akron's headquarters is 2016 Designer ShowHouse". The Plain Dealer. https://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2016/09/2016_junior_league_of_akron_de.html.
- Riffenburgh, Beau; Bob Carroll (1989). "The Birth of Pro Football". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 11 (Annual): 1–30. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20101127045157/http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/11-An-388.pdf.
- Carroll, Bob. "Ohio Tiger Trap". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association): 1–4. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20120226105857/http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Articles/Ohio_Tiger_Trap.pdf.
- PFRA Research. "Ohio Pounce Again". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association): 1–5. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20101126225418/http://profootballresearchers.org/Articles/Tigers_Pounce_Again.pdf.
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