Morris Hiram Badgro
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Red Badgro, who played in 143 games in the major leagues, died on July 13, 1998 in Kent, Wash. He was 95.
Badgro is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He was inducted into the hall at the age of 78. As a football player, Badgro caught the first touchdown pass in the first NFL championship game in 1933.
In that game, however, he was stopped by Harold "Red" Grange short of scoring the winning touchdown.
He recalled the incident in a later interview:
"If I had gotten by Red Grange, I would have scored. Grange had me around the middle … his arms were around the ball, and I couldn't get rid of it. If I get by him, we win the game … I wish I had (the ball) again."
Badgro attended USC and lettered for four years in football, basketball and baseball. He also worked as an extra in movies with his teammate John Wayne.
Following college, he played for the football New York Yankees in 1927, a minor league baseball team in 1928 and for baseball's St. Louis Browns in 1929 and 1930.
He hit .257 in 143 games in the major leagues and his numbers include two home runs and 45 RBI.
He returned to football following the 1930 season and played for the New York Giants from 1930 to 1935 and for Brooklyn in 1936. He was an All-Pro selection in 1930, 1931, 1933 and 1934.
His nickname of "Red" was attributed to his red hair.
Following his playing career, he worked as a coach at the University of Washington.
Source: Associated Press obituary