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Elroy Hirsch

Hirsch, Elroy,   pp. [1]-[87]

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Hirsch was born June 17, 1923, in Wausau, Wis. After graduating from
the Wausau Senior High School in 1941, he entered the University of Wisconsin. In
January of 1943, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sent to the University of
Michigan V-12 program, then transferred to Parris Island for boot training, to
Camp LeJeune for pre-officer training, and to Quantico, Va., for Officers training.
He was commissioned in May of 1945 and honorably discharged in May of 1946.
During the 1946, 1947, and 1948 seasons, Hirsch played professional
football with the Chicago Rockets of the now defunct All America Conference,
meanwhile attending the University of Wisconsin. He acquired the bachelor's degree
from Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, in 1951.
In 1949 he joined the Los Angeles Rams, to play with the team through
the 1957 season. Upon retiring from football he accepted a position with the Union
Oil Company as director of sports and special events. In this post he helped
produce a weekly half-hour television show on which a "name" athlete demonstrated
his sport. He also traveled throughout 11 western states setting up weekend sports
clinics and speaking to civic clubs.
Hirsch resigned from Union Oil to accept the position of general manager
of the Los Angeles Rams in 1960. The club was sold to Daniel F. Reeves in 1963
and Hirsch became assistant to President Reeves.
As general manager Hirsch was responsible for budget, negotiation of all
contracts with players and coaches, supervision of the scouting system and college
draft, and all other club business. His scouting system used 115 scouts spread
out acress the country to send in reports on college players.
Hirsch's athletic background includes three years of varsity basketball,
two years of varsity football, and one year of varsity baseball, in high school;
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