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Blaik, Redlocked

(15 February 1897–06 May 1989)
  • Douglas A. Noverr

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Blaik, Red (15 February 1897–06 May 1989), college football coach, was born Earl Henry Blaik in Detroit, Michigan, the son of William Douglas Blaik, a real estate agent and housebuilder, and Margaret Jane Purcell. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1901, where at Steele High School Blaik lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. From 1914 to 1917 Blaik attended Miami University of Ohio, where he was a prelaw student and played four years of varsity football, starting at right end on teams that were undefeated in their 1916 and 1917 Ohio Conference championship seasons. In his senior year Blaik gained his first coaching experience under head coach George L. Rider, who had Blaik supervise the ends and tackles. Blaik also played basketball, and he won three letters as an outfielder on the baseball team, which he captained in 1917. He received an A.B. degree from Miami in 1918....

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