Ralph Waldsmith
Date of birth: (1892-08-07)August 7, 1892
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio, United States
Date of death: June 7, 1925(1925-06-07) (aged 32)
Career information
Position(s): Guard, Center
Career highlights and awards
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Ralph George "Fat" Waldsmith (August 7, 1892 – June 7, 1925) was a professional football player during the early years of the National Football League. Waldsmith won an NFL championship with the Canton Bulldogs in 1922. before that season, he played for the Cleveland Indians in the American Professional Football Association, which was the run-up to the NFL.

Pre-NFL eraEdit

Prior to playing the NFL, Waldsmith played in the Ohio League with the Akron Indians in 1914, alongside Knute Rockne. He played in every game that season.[1] In 1916 and 1917, Ralph won the Ohio League championship with the Canton Bulldogs.[2][3] In 1919 Waldsmith was the coach and co-owner of the Akron Indians. That year, he signed Fritz Pollard to play for Akron ao that the team could compete against the Massillon Tigers and Canton.[4]

Akron Zips Hall of FameEdit

In 1978, Waldsmith was inducted into the University of Akron's Varsity “A” Sports Hall of Fame.[5]



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