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Ralph "Fats" Waldsmith

This native Akronite, born eight years before the turn of the century, played football under Curtis Bowman at Akron High School. He starred at center on the 1909-10 team that won 11 lost one and tied two - outstanding the opposition 194-3 and claimed the state crowns. Fats went on to star three more years at Buchtel College for the Frank Hagerty-coached teams of 1911-13. He earned All-Ohio honors as a senior and after graduating from Akron U in 1915, joined Fred Sefton, who had succeeded Haggerty, to lead the Canton Bulldogs to the national professional championship (1915). He played four seasons with the Bulldogs, one with the Akron Pros (1919) and two with the Cleveland Indians, Waldsmith died in 1925.

Inducted 1976 | Basketball