HOF Spotlight: Cal Hubbard

Name: Robert “Cal” Hubbard
Position: Tackle
Pro Career: 1927 – 1936
Team Affiliation(s): New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Pirates
College: Centenary, Geneva
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member

Brief Bio: An oversized yet very swift athlete, Cal Hubbard was a force to be reckoned with in the early days of the NFL. In 1927, Hubbard was a key piece of a tough Giants defense that recorded 10 shutouts in 13 games and allowed just 20 points all season in route to the championship. In 1929, Hubbard was traded to the Packers at his request (he preferred the small town atmosphere). In Green Bay, Hubbard enjoyed the best years of his career and help to lead the Packers to three straight Championships from 1929-1931 under legendary coach Curly Lambeau. Hubbard was named All-NFL six times (1928-1933) and was named the NFL’s all-time offensive tackle in 1969, well after his playing days. During the summers in Green Bay, Hubbard discovered a love for umpiring baseball games, a passion he would enjoy for the rest of his life. In 1958, he was appointed umpire-in-chief of the American League. To this day, Hubbard is the only individual to be enshrined in both the Baseball and Pro Football HOFs.

Career Stats: 105 games played; 1 receiving TD; 1 INT TD; (key defensive statistics were not kept in the early days of football)

Featured Card: 1975 Fleer Hall of Fame #17. Similar to Joe Carr, Hubbard’s lack of a rookie card or other major card release during his playing career gives us a chance to look at a much newer yet specialized set. In 1975, Fleer produced a rather extensive Hall of Fame set, which has become a favorite autograph-able card for vintage collectors (as is the case of the image you see above). Trivial Beckett value is $0.75 (for the unautographed version of course). There are currently no eBay auctions for this particular card, but there are several Hubbard options available. If you do not mind hopping the fence and purchasing a baseball card (not a problem for most of the blogosphere), there is a nice 1955 Bowman card featuring Hubbard as a HOF umpire that might be worth checking out.

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