Cal Hubbard

American Football


  • Baseball Hall of Fame (1976 )

Robert Calvin "Cal" Hubbard ( born October 31, 1900 in Keytesville, Missouri, USA; † 17 October 1977 in St. Petersburg, Florida) was an American American football player and coach and referee in the baseball sport. Hubbard is the only person who is a member in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Career as a football player

College Players

Cal Hubbard visited his birthplace in high school. He studied from 1922 to 1924 at Centenary College and played there also American football. Hubbard was mainly used in defense, where he played as a defensive tackle or a defensive end. 1925 Hubbard sat out his studies for a year. After his coach had changed at Centenary College at the Geneva College, Hubbard followed him and played in 1926 for one year with the team of the college. Both teams were unterklassige college teams. Nevertheless, Hubbard managed by his performance as a football player after his studies to make as a professional playing career.

Professional players

In 1927, Hubbard received a contract from the New York Giants, a team from the National Football League ( NFL). Hubbard received a salary and $ 150 per game. He played alongside the former star of the team Steve Owen in the defensive line. The Giants had more All- Pro players like Joe Guyon or Pete Henry in their ranks and were able to win in the first game of the year Hubbard 11 of 13 games. Hubbard thus celebrated its first NFL championship.

Hubbard felt in the metropolis of New York City not very well. On October 7, 1928, the Giants played with the Green Bay Packers and Hubbard had used this opportunity to make representations to the Packers. The team from Green Bay was ready to take Hubbard, however, worked out the exchange after the season is not without problems. Hubbard still had a contract with the Giants and they were only willing to let change him when he threatened to retire.

The Packers were trained by Curly Lambeau. Lambeau tape in 1929 with Mike Michalske and John McNally two more All- Pro players on his team. After the Packers had survived the season unbeaten, Hubbard was able to celebrate his second championship this year. With Arnie Herber the Packers committed in 1930 another player who was taken after his career in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It followed in the years 1930 and 1931 two more championship titles for Hubbard and his Packers. 1934 Hubbard began his playing career for a year from 1935 again for the Packers aground. In 1936, he had run his career with the Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Coaching career

In 1934, Hubbard worked as an assistant coach at Texas A & M University. At the same time, he worked in the summer as a baseball umpire in a unterklassigen League Baseball. 1935, however, he gave up coaching career and returned to the Packers in the NFL.

Baseball Umpire

Hubbard worked in his off-season as a baseball umpire and was built in 1936 by Major League Baseball ( MLB) committed. As referee in the American League, he led the World Series in 1938, 1942, 1946 and 1949, and the All-Star Games in 1939, 1944 and 1949. According to a hunting accident in which he went blind in one eye, he had his career in 1951 end. Starting in 1954, he returned to the MLB, where he was responsible for refereeing. In 1969, he finally sat down to rest.


Cal Hubbard was six times elected to the All- Pro. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as in the NFL 1920s All- Decade team.

Off the pitch

Hubbard died of cancer and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Milan, Missouri. Hubbard was married and had a son.