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Harry Gamage



Born Feb. 3, 1900. Macomb, Ill., native. U of Illinois. The winningest football coach in USD history, Gamage was coach there for 18 years (1934-41 and 46-55). After taking over a USD team that hadn't had a winning season in seven years, Gamage's squads were 82-67-7 and won four conference titles. Before coming to South Dakota, he had a 32-25-5 record in seven years as head coach at Kentucky, where one of his assistants was Adolph Rupp. Before that, he was freshman coach at Illinois from 1924-26 (while Red Grange starred there). Was the best man at George Allen's wedding. Played football at Illinois for Bob Zuppke. Gamage was elected to the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in 1963. (GROUP PHOTO IS OF GAMAGE IN CENTER WITH FELLOW HALL OF FAMERS PETE RETZLAFF AT LEFT AND JOE QUINTAL AT RIGHT)






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