Harry R. Josephson
Hometown: Carmichael, CA
Team: Football

Harry R. Josephson '53
Hometown: Carmichael, CA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1984
Other Sports Played: Baseball

Normally when you think of a triple threat in football your mind conjures up images of a halfback who can run, pass, and kick. But in 1953 and 1954 Brown had an end who fit that category. His name was Harry R. Josephson '55, and he was some football player. In many ways, the rangy, glue-fingered wingman from Canton, Massachusetts, was the ideal end. At least his coach, Al Kelley, thought so. "Harry was a superb pass receiver," Kelley wrote recently. "He was the type who caught the ball that seemed impossible to catch. Harry also played defense with more than a modicum of enthusiasm. There were times when he would break through the interference on sweeps and nail the ball carrier before he got out of his own backfield. And as a punter, Harry had few peers in the East. He had the leg drive to boom the ball deep down the field and the accuracy to kick it out inside the enemy's ten-yard line, if that was the strategy." The 1954 team was one of Brown's best, going 6-2-1, with victories over Columbia, Princeton, Lehigh, and Colgate and a tie with Harvard. But one of Harry Josephson's best days came in 1953 when Brown pulled off one of the East's major upsets by blanking powerful Holy Cross, 6-0. Bill Klaess, a guard, picked a fumble out of the air and rambled nearly 80 yards to put Brown ahead in the second half. But then Josephson kept the Purple pinned deep for the remainder of the game with a pair of punts that rolled out of bounds inside the Crusader five-yard line. Harry Josephson was an honorable mention All-American after the 1954 season. In high school, he was a twelve-letter man in football, track, basketball, and baseball. He was All-Massachusetts as a fullback in the fall and a pitcher-outfielder in the spring. He went on to become one of Brown's outstanding baseball players of that period. "Harry was our best pitcher, our stopper," teammate Dave Zucconi recalls. "He was also our cleanup hitter, the man who drives the runners home." Josephson's winning percentage of .643 as a pitcher is fifth best on the all-time Brown baseball list. After serving as a major in the Air Force for many years, Harry Josephson is now a salesman with Century-21 in Carmichael, California.