Cal Hubbard Autograph - Only College & Pro Football and Baseball Halls of Fame Member.
Lot 260. Cal Hubbard Autograph - Only College & Pro Football and Baseball Halls of Fame Member. Robert Calvin Hubbard played football at Centenary College, where he became the schools’ first All-American, and at Geneva College. Then from 1927-36 he played, end, tackle and linebacker for the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Pirates (Steelers). In that time, he helped the Giants or Packers to win four NFL Championships, was a four-time All-Pro – and created the linebacker position. Mel Hein, a Hall of Fame center, said Hubbard was “probably the greatest tackle I ever played against.” In 1963, Hubbard was part of the first class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame a year earlier. In 1969, in a poll of Hall of Fame committee members, he was chosen as the NFL's greatest tackle of all-time. In 1928, during football’s off-season, Hubbard began umpiring in the minor leagues. His American League career began in 1936 and continued until 1951. Quickly emerging as one of baseball’s best umpires, Hubbard was selected to umpire the World Series in 1938, 1942, 1946 and 1949, and the All-Star Game in 1939, 1944 and 1949. He contributed to changes in the way games are umpired. In 1951 during the off-season, his right eye was severely damaged in a hunting accident, forcing his retirement. But the American League hired him soon afterwards as an assistant supervisor of officiating crews. From 1954-69, he served as the league’s top supervisor. In 1976, he became only the sixth umpire elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He died in 1977. His large autograph is gem mint 10 on an unlined index card with “Best Wishes” above. Accompanying the autograph is an Oct. 2, 1944 newspaper photo that shows Hubbard in action in a Washington-Detroit game in which the Tigers’ loss enabled the St. Louis Browns to capture their first American League pennant. The 6.75” x 8.25” photo is ex. Winning Bid $92.