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Illinois State University football team, 1941.

The gridiron “Red Birds” (spelled as two words back then) went 3-4-2 in 1941, with losses including a 7-0 heartbreaker to Illinois Wesleyan. Seen here (left to right) are Jim Mottershaw from Divernon; Al Trumpy, Pekin; Cecil Hospelhorn, Hudson; Roy Wesley, LeRoy; Sam Chicas, Westville; and Walt Laitis, Westville. The seventh player is unidentified.


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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

September 1st, 2016

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