Edward C.(Ed) Hennessey

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In this area of the coal region, along with great high school athletes, there was always a fine semi-pro circuit and certain men dominate all types of sports. Even though they worked 5 to 6 days in the mines, they were not too tired to get out after work or on weekends to compete.

Such a person was Ed who was always in demand especially in baseball where he played on many area teams, covering center field where his speed was best used.

Ed Hennessey played both football and baseball at the top level of the spot in the 1920’s. After a successful career at Mt. Carmel Township High School, Hennessey attended Mt. St. Mary’s College on a football scholarship. He was an instant success at the Mount; but as often happens he found the need to help support his family more important then college and left before graduation. He continued to play football as a semi-pro with the Ashland entry in a local semi-pro league.

He played with the Mt. Carmel Professionals, and on October 16, 1924 was part of a local All Star Team which played against the American League All Stars, which featured Lou Gehrig, Al Shacht, Tom Zachary and others.

He remained in football as the trainer for the Mt. Carmel Township Golden Bears after completing his own competitive career. He dies in March 1966 at the age of 64.

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