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    Elroy Hirsch Personal Mementos Lot of 6 - With Two Signed Books. The Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Collection

    "Crazylegs" - The nickname helped define one of the most talented athletes in the country during the 1940's and '50's, but more importantly is a label that brings back the memories of a truly special time in collegiate and professional football history.
    Born in the small town of Wausau, Wisconsin, which lies alongside the Mississippi River, Elroy Hirsch played his first college football season with the Wisconsin Badgers in 1942. After witnessing him play for UW-Madison against the Great Lakes Naval Station during his freshman season, famed Chicago Daily News sportswriter Francis Powers reported the following: "His crazy legs were gyrating in six directions, all at the same time; he looked like a demented duck." The name stuck, and the rest is gridiron history.

    After his one and only year in the Wisconsin state capital, Hirsch joined the United States Navy V-12 program in the United States Marine Corps, which later required him to transfer to the University of Michigan. He played two seasons for the Wolverines and earned the distinction of being the only athlete at the school to letter in four sports in a single year.

    After his college days, Hirsch made his professional football debut with the All-American Football Conference's Chicago Rockets, where he played three injury-prone seasons. Nevertheless, in 1949, after the AAFC and National Football League merged, Hirsch joined the Los Angeles Rams, where he gained his fame. Playing in LA as the team's star receiver and leader through the 1959 season, Hirsch's most significant year came in 1951, when he helped lead his Rams to the 1951 NFL Championship.

    An esteemed member of the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, the man they called "Crazylegs" was the subject of a popular feature film in 1953, in which he played himself. After his football and movie career were through, Hirsch went on to serve as a beloved athletic director at the school where it all started - the University of Wisconsin.

    Heritage Auctions is proud to present the following lots, featuring Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch that are consigned by his daughter Patty Hirsch Malmquist. Unquestionably, this collection is the nicest selection of memorabilia ever sold publicly from one of the most influential and fabled athletes in sports history.


    Offered here is a lot of six personal pieces of memorabilia, which comes straight from the Elroy Hirsch Collection. Included are the following: "Iron Men" hardcover book signed on the title page by Hirsch; "Pro Football's All-Time Greats" hardcover book signed by Hirsch on the title page; .5x2x4" University of Wisconsin paperweight; 11.75 wooden namestand from Hirsch's desk; Hirsch's personal gavel, engraved "Big Ten Conference Chair. Directors of Athletics Elroy L. Hirsch 1975-76, 1985-86; Hirsch's University of Wisconsin luggage tag. Moderate wear exhibited throughout. Letter of provenance from Patty Hirsch Malmquist, daughter of Elroy Hirsch. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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