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Charles Berry

Football & Baseball (Inducted: 1976-77)

Charles Berry

Charles Berry crossed the river from his native Phillipsburg, NJ to become one of the all-time gridiron greats at Lafayette. He played four years of football and baseball and captained both teams as a senior.

In 1924, Walter Camp named him to his All- America team at end and he later played with the Pottsville Maroons of the National Football League. He was an outstanding baseball catcher and played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox of the American League. After his playing days, Berry turned to coaching and produced a 33-6-4 record in five years as head football coach at Grove City College. He also managed the Philadelphia A's farm club in Wilmington, Delaware. His versatility continued as he gained fame as a major league baseball umpire for 20 years and pro football head linesman for 24 campaigns. He is the only man ever to work a World Series and NFL championship in one year. He once umpired a baseball doubleheader in Chicago in the afternoon and officiated the College All-Star grid classic in the evening. In 1969, Berry was named to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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