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Greasy Neale
Greasy Neale 1922.jpg
Neale as Washington & Jefferson football coach, c.1922
Biographical details
Born(1891-11-05)November 5, 1891
Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedNovember 2, 1973(1973-11-02) (aged 81)
Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.
Playing career
c.1922 West Virginia Wesleyan
1917 Canton Bulldogs
1918 Dayton Triangles
1919 Massillon Tigers
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1915 Muskingum
1916–1917 West Virginia Wesleyan
1918 Dayton Triangles
1919–1920 Marietta
1921–1922 Washington & Jefferson
1923–1928 Virginia
1930 Ironton Tanks
1931–1933 West Virginia
1934–1940 Yale (backs)
1941–1950 Philadelphia Eagles
1919–1921 Marietta
1923–1929 Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall82–54–11 (college football)
26–11 (college basketball)
80–73–2 (college baseball)
66–44–5 (NFL)
Tournaments3–1 (NFL playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Ohio League (1917, 1918)
2 NFL (1948, 1949)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1969)
Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame (1987)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1967 (profile)

Baseball career
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1916, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1924, for the Cincinnati Reds