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Encyclopedia > Frank Sinkwich
Frank Sinkwich
Date of birth October 10, 1920
Place of birth Flag of United States McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Date of death October 22, 1990
Position(s) Halfback
College Georgia
NFL Draft 1943 / Round 1/ Pick 1
Awards 1942 Heisman Trophy
1944 NFL MVP
Honors Associated Press Number 1 athlete for 1942
University of Georgia Circle of Honor
Retired #s Georgia Bulldogs #21
Records NCAA single-season total offense record
Statistics
Team(s)
1943-1944
1946-1947
1947
Detroit Lions
New York Yankees
Baltimore Colts
College Hall of Fame

Francis "Frank" Sinkwich (October 10, 1920 - October 22, 1990) won the Heisman Trophy in 1942, while playing at the University of Georgia, the first recipient from the Southeastern Conference.[1] Twelve years later, after a brief but celebrated career in professional football that included being named the National Football League Most Valuable Player Award in 1944, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[2] Image File history File links Sinkwich. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... McKees Rocks is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, along the west bank of the Ohio River, adjoining Pittsburgh. ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1943 NFL Draft was held on April 8, 1943. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Head Coach Mark Richt 6th Year, 60-17-0 Home Stadium Sanford Stadium Capacity 92,746 - Grass Conference SEC - Eastern First Year 1892 Athletic Director Damon Evans Website georgiadogs. ... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The New York Yankees were a professional American football team from 1926 to 1928. ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning and research in the State of Georgia. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...

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Early years

Sinkwich was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to immigrant parents who were ethnic Croatians from Russia.[3] When he was still a child, his family relocated to Youngstown, Ohio, an industrial town situated near the western Pennsylvania border. Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, P-Burgh, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... McKees Rocks is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, along the west bank of the Ohio River, adjoining Pittsburgh. ... Location within the state of Ohio Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Mahoning Founded 1796 Incorporated 1848 (village) - 1867 (city)  - Mayor Jay Williams (I) Area    - City  34. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


According to an article Sinkwich wrote in 1988, he grew to appreciate the value of competitiveness on the streets of Youngstown's West Side. "I learned early in neighborhood pickup games that I had the desire to compete", he wrote. "When people ask why I succeeded in athletics, I always tell them that I didn't want to get beat".[4] 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Football career

Sinkwich gained early recognition as a star athlete at Youngstown's Chaney High School.[5] He went on to the University of Georgia and played under coach Wally Butts, where he was a two-time All-America selection and led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 season in 1942, capturing the Southeastern Conference Championship and a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA. That same year, the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club honored Sinkwich as "back of the year",[6], and he was overwhelmingly voted the Number 1 athlete for 1942 in the annual poll by the Associated Press over second-place finisher Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox,[7] a year in which Williams was American League Batting Champion, American League Home Run Champion and hit for baseball's triple crown. Chaney High School is a public high school in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. ... James Wallace Wally Butts (February 7, 1905 – December 17, 1973) was the head football coach (seasons 1939 through 1960) and athletic director (1939 to 1963) at the University of Georgia. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Years Day) at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1 • 4 • 8 • 9 • 27 • 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) See Nicknames before Red Sox for disputed nicknames Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World... American League National League ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the most home runs in a particular season. ... In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ...


In his three-year college career, Sinkwich rushed for 2,271 yards, passed for 2,331 yards, and accounted for 60 touchdowns--30 rushing and 30 passing.[8] He was the leading NCAA rusher in his junior season of 1941 with 1,103 yards. During his Senior year of 1942, Sinkwich set the NCAA single-season total offense record of 2,187 yards.[9] Sinkwich earned his Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) from the University in 1943 and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... The terms Fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Rotary International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ...


After his collegiate career, Sinkwich joined the United States Marine Corps; however, he received a medical discharge in order to play with the Detroit Lions as their number one pick in the NFL Draft in 1943 (Sinkwich was also the overall number one pick in that draft).[10] In Detroit, he earned All-Pro honors in 1943-1944, as well as being named as NFL MVP in 1944..[11] The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ...


After his two years in Detroit, Sinkwich served in both the United States Merchant Marines and the United States Army Air Forces, but a knee injury received while playing for the 2nd Air Force service team in 1945 ended his playing career.[12][10] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[13] US Merchant Marines, WWII, North Atlantic The United States Merchant Marine is a fleet of ships that is used to transport both imports and exports during peace time and serves as an auxiliary to the United States Navy during times of war, delivering both troops and supplies. ... The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was a part of the U.S. Army during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...


Legacy

Sinkwich died after a long illness, in Athens, Georgia. Nowhere did his death elicit more emotion than at his old alma mater. "We've lost one of the great legends in football history," said then Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley. "He was not only a great player but a wonderful person and citizen of Athens".[14] Athens is a city in Clarke County, Georgia, U.S., in the northeastern part of the state, at the eastern terminus of Georgia 316. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... Vincent Joseph Dooley (born September 4, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama) was the head football coach (seasons 1964 through 1988) and athletic director (1979 to 2004) at the University of Georgia. ...


References

  1. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  2. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  3. ^ New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Frank Sinkwich
  4. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  5. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  6. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, June 14, 1982.
  7. ^ (December 28 1942) "Who Won". Time. Retrieved on 2007-01-06. 
  8. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  9. ^ Magill, Dan [1993]. "Chapter 2", Dan Magill's Bull-Doggerel:Fifty Years of Anecdotes from the Greatest Bulldog Ever, 1st Printing, Marietta, Georgia: Longstreet Press, pp.43-48. ISBN 1-56352-089-3. 
  10. ^ a b Grosshandler, Stan (August 1997). "Georgia's Greatest?". College Football Historical Quarterly Volume X (Number IV). Retrieved on 2007-01-06. 
  11. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  12. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  13. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.
  14. ^ The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1990.

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Preceded by
Bruce Smith
Heisman Trophy Winner
1942
Succeeded by
Angelo Bertelli
Preceded by
Sid Luckman
NFL Most Valuable Player
1944 season
Succeeded by
Bob Waterfield

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Frank Sinkwich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (189 words)
Frank Sinkwich (October 10, 1920-October 22, 1990) won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 while playing at the University of Georgia from 1940-1942.
Sinkwich was a two-time All-America selection and led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 season in 1942, capturing theSoutheastern Conference Championship and a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA.
Sinkwich went on to the NFL and earned All-Pro honors with the Detroit Lions in 1943-1944, as well as being named as NFL MVP in 1944, but a knee injury received in the Air Force game in 1945 ended his playing career.
DogBytes - Legends (3845 words)
Sinkwich's special helmet was ready for the next game against Columbia and he played the rest of the year with a large jaw protector attached to his helmet.
Sinkwich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954, with his achievements still fresh in the minds of the voters.
As a fan, Sinkwich was a major supporter of UGA athletics for the rest of his life, and he chaired the committee to raise funds for construction of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall along with his mentor, Hartman.
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