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Published: 2015/11/11
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Frankie Sinkwich on joining UGA football
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Oconee Leader
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Published: 2015/12/11
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Published: 2017/10/16
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Published: 2017/10/16
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Published: 2017/10/16
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What position did Frank Sinkwich play?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
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Published: 2015/11/10
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Published: 2015/08/17
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Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Ghost of Erk Russell
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Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: UGA Vault
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Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Oconee Leader
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Charley Trippi, Georgia (1942, 1945-1946)
Published: 2015/07/20
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Published: 2015/12/24
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Erk Russell and Vince Dooley
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Published: 2015/11/18
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Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
A Rose Bowl Story
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Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: Greg Poole
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Published: 2008/05/14
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Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: UGA Vault
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Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: Jerry Smith
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Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: UGA Vault
Football Bowl Games 1942
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Published: 2010/07/31
Channel: historycomestolife
Georgia Bulldog football letterman Cliff Kimsey - Interview with Loran Smith - Part 1
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Published: 2011/01/07
Channel: Clay Kimsey
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Published: 2014/09/14
Channel: OSU Buckeyes
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Published: 2017/09/10
Channel: NFLReid
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Published: 2009/05/26
Channel: AVSEAL2012
Georgia Bulldog football letterman Cliff Kimsey - Interview with Loran Smith - Part 2
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Published: 2011/01/07
Channel: Clay Kimsey
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Published: 2011/01/07
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Published: 2012/04/22
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Published: 2017/09/10
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Published: 2012/08/06
Channel: Ghost of Erk Russell
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Published: 2015/11/24
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Published: 2017/03/05
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Published: 2012/09/09
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Published: 2010/10/06
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Published: 2012/10/05
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Published: 2017/10/16
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Published: 2012/08/06
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Published: 2015/01/26
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Published: 2012/10/26
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Frank Sinkwich
refer to caption
Sinkwich, c. 1942–43
No. 21
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1920-10-10)October 10, 1920
Place of birth: Starjak, Croatia
Date of death: October 22, 1990(1990-10-22) (aged 70)
Place of death: Athens, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Youngstown (OH) Chaney
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1943 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1947
Attempts–completions: 301–121
Passing yards: 1,913
TD–Int: 19–42
Rushing yards: 1,090
Rushing touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Frank Francis Sinkwich Sr. (October 10, 1920 – October 22, 1990) was an American football player and coach. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 playing for the University of Georgia, making him the first recipient from the Southeastern Conference.[1] In the course of a brief but celebrated career in professional football, Sinkwich was selected for the National Football League Most Valuable Player Award. He coached the Erie (PA) Vets semi-professional football team in 1949. Sinkwich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[2]

Early years[edit]

Sinkwich is of Croat origin.[3] He was born in Starjak, Croatia (about 12 miles west of Zagreb) as his mother had traveled back to Croatia in 1912. World War I broke out in 1914 and as with many, she and the children remained there for the duration of the war. They returned to the US, going to Youngstown, Ohio when he was two years old, joining his father Ignac (Ignatius) who operated a grocery store. By 1940, the family operated a restaurant in Youngstown. His surname was originally spelled Sinković.

According to an article Sinkwich wrote in 1988, he grew to appreciate the value of competitiveness on the streets of Youngstown's west side. "I learned early in neighborhood pickup games that I had the desire to compete", he wrote. "When people ask why I succeeded in athletics, I always tell them that I didn't want to get beat".[1]

Football career[edit]

Sinkwich gained early recognition as a star athlete at Youngstown's Chaney High School.[1] He went on to the University of Georgia to play under coach Wally Butts where he was a two-time All-America selection. In 1941 he led the nation in rushing yards with 209 carries for 1,103 yards. He set the NCAA single-season total offense record of 2,187 yards[4] and led the Bulldogs to an 11–1 season in 1942, capturing the Southeastern Conference championship and a victory over UCLA in the 1943 Rose Bowl.[n 1] That same year, the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club honored Sinkwich as "back of the year",[5] and he was overwhelmingly voted the "Number 1 athlete for 1942" in the annual poll by the Associated Press over second-place finisher Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox,[6] a year in which Williams hit for baseball's triple crown.

The 1942 season was Sinkwich's first year of backfield-mate Charley Trippi. Georgia defeated Florida 75–0, the worst defeat in the history of Florida football. Sinkwich played with a broken jaw and kicked a field goal in a 19–3 defeat of Florida in 1941.[7]

In his three-year college career, Sinkwich rushed for 2,271 yards, passed for 2,331 yards, and accounted for 60 touchdowns (30 rushing and 30 passing).[1] Sinkwich earned his Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) from the university in 1943 and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.[8]

After his collegiate career, Sinkwich joined the United States Marine Corps; however, due to his flat feet he received a medical discharge and proceeded to play with the Detroit Lions, who had selected him first overall in the 1943 NFL Draft.[9] In Detroit, he earned All-Pro honors in 1943–1944, as well as being named as NFL MVP in 1944.[1]

After his two years in Detroit, Sinkwich served in both the United States Merchant Marines and the United States Army Air Forces, but a knee injury received while playing for the 2nd Air Force service team in 1945 hampered his playing career when he returned to professional football in 1946 and 1947.[1][9] He coached the semi-professional Erie (PA) Vets football team in 1949. Sinkwich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Sinkwich died after a long illness, in Athens, Georgia. Nowhere did his death elicit more emotion than at his alma mater. "We've lost one of the great legends in football history," said then Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley. "He was not only a great player but a wonderful person and citizen of Athens".[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At the Rose Bowl in the team picture he was placed in number 52 instead of 21 because they did not want the press to be all over him.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Frank Sinkwich was worshipped by his fans". The Vindicator. October 23, 1990. 
  2. ^ "Frank Sinkwich". Georgia Bulldogs official site. Retrieved 2009-09-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ Croatian Chronicle Network 35 Pacific Northwest Croatian Athletes
  4. ^ Magill, Dan (1993). "Chapter 2". Dan Magill's Bull-Doggerel:Fifty Years of Anecdotes from the Greatest Bulldog Ever (1st Printing ed.). Marietta, Georgia: Longstreet Press. pp. 43–48. ISBN 1-56352-089-3. 
  5. ^ Perazich, Chuck (June 14, 1982). "Frank Sinkwich Lauded at Croatian Home Fete". The Vindicator. 
  6. ^ "Who Won". Time. December 28, 1942. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  7. ^ http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/102705/col_20135405.shtml#.V8H9Y62yn21
  8. ^ https://www.pikes.org/ProminentPikes.aspx?pid=3&spid=53
  9. ^ a b Grosshandler, Stan (August 1997). "Georgia's Greatest?" (PDF). College Football Historical Quarterly. X (IV). Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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